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by Hawkwing74
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

I enjoyed Darkest Dungeon and it kept me busy for a few weeks but after a bit I kind of just stopped playing it. It is unique but I hated playing a game where i'd start to get a character to the point of being useful/attached to them and then they would get deranged or whatever to the point you can...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

I saw so many good reviews that I bough Darkest Dungeon. It's a very unique game. Enjoying so far.

Kickstarter is having some pretty good results from time to time. One wonders if these games would ever have seen the light of day without it.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: the official Indian food lovers thread!
Replies: 156
Views: 24479

Re: the official Indian food lovers thread!

11 year thread necro - winning!

May not be fully authentic but I love Chicken Tikki Masala and Chicken 65.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 422
Views: 118539

Re: What are you READING right now?

I picked this up for $2 at the local Goodwill store. The Dilbert Principle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3DPHQ6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 This book came out in 1996 but so many points are still relevant to corporate and cubicle life. Enjoying very much so far. I found this one...
by Hawkwing74
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3201

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I can't get through to Equifax, at least to the point of getting a result. Phone system - lets you go through it, only to tell you it's unavailable at the end. https freeze equifax website - same result. Input all your important info and then errors out. This whole thing really feels like an even b...
by Hawkwing74
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3201

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

I put a credit freeze on Equifax, Transunion and Experian this weekend. Equifax did not charge me but the others did. I guess since I was a victim of their error, it was free for Equifax.

My wife was not affected so we have that at least.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3201

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Also if you want to opt-out of pre-screening for lines of credit and insurance can be done here: toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit http://www.optoutprescreen.com. The three main reporting agencies plus Innovis will place a 5-year halt and you can mail back the form after signing f...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3201

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Ugh, I need to look into the credit freeze also. What a pain.

They say I am affected by the breach as well. All I can think of is I wanted to switch cell phone service. No house or car loan or new credit card coming up. I guess I probably need to complete the switch before putting a freeze.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2557

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Thanks for sharing, TheEmrys. Showing to coworkers, those are great.
by Hawkwing74
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2557

Re: Eclipse on August 21

Got a few good looks but we had a lot of clouds in the Chicago area.
by Hawkwing74
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Eclipse on August 21
Replies: 76
Views: 2557

Re: Eclipse on August 21

If weather is good we should have 86% coverage. Will head out from the office to look.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 496

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

Final Fantasy Record Keeper f2p was trash long before this game was released. :lol: I did try that one...I got bored and I don't think they got more than 5 or 10 bucks from me. The issue I have with Mobile Strike style games...if someone pays more than you they win (obviously) but they also destroy...
by Hawkwing74
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Series on Android
Replies: 16
Views: 496

Re: Final Fantasy Series on Android

This is not totally relevant, but I wish Squaresoft hadn't sold out to the freemium ass cancer. Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is a freemium which looks like a reskin of Mobile Strike. These types of games are simply toxic to the gaming world. Certain people are vulnerable to them the way others are...
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 27
Views: 914

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

I get that some people do not like the book. But dammit you all are just being fickle. And people call me a curmudgeon. :roll: I am a curmudgeon, my wife says so. A friend was so excited about the book that I just expected more. And I am so, so tired of "corporation 100% evil, plucky hero 100%...
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 27
Views: 914

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

With fuel/energy being scarce/expensive, the "stacks" allow the largest amount of cheap housing possible to be close to viable city centers. Infrastructure is essentially completely broken for normal people, so no one can afford to live in "suburbs" anymore. Um...why is that the...
by Hawkwing74
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Ready Player One Trailer is out
Replies: 27
Views: 914

Re: Ready Player One Trailer is out

I thought the book was average at best. Why on earth would anyone stack trailers in Oklahoma? Have you SEEN Oklahoma? No shortage of space.
by Hawkwing74
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

I found a game similar to Hearts of Iron 2 (it is an extensive mod) called Darkest Hour. This game is getting old now, but still runs in compatibility mode. I've never seen such a crazy historical sandbox where almost anything can happen and every game is somewhat different. I found a mod where you ...
by Hawkwing74
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

The cricket game on Google's homepage. :P Every time Google does something like this I think about the time it took to create this thing just so it can be on Google's homepage for a day and then never seen again. And yet it will be played by more people for more hours than most indie games! :) 61 i...
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 41
Views: 2595

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

2 days left till Game of Thrones! My Indian coworkers tend to love the show as much as me. 4 out of 7 on our dev team watch it. Our boss's boss's boss's boss watches too. Also, I am going to start watching The Expanse now that I'm mostly done with book 1. Enjoying Star Wars: Rebels which was a pleas...
by Hawkwing74
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 49
Views: 3928

Re: Retro console gaming

I thought I could be a "retro gamer" and maybe to some degree I can. I could play through Planescape: Torment again, for example. My wife wanted to try some games recently and installed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Final Fantasy VII. She found them on some list of games ladie...
by Hawkwing74
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

Ugh, Stellaris is hard. I had another awakened empire attack me. Finally won after a brutal series of naval engagements. The minute I win that one, The Unbidden come in with a 400k power fleet and start eating my planets. After the war I was in, there was no way I could get my fleet back together wh...
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

And here I thought I was the only one that did that. trainersftw BUT only in single player games. I draw the line at online multiplayer stuff. Right, I would not even know how to engage in multiplayer hacking and don't trust "warez" sites. Paradox grand strategy games are such that I can ...
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

Been playing Stellaris with the expansion and various mods. Stellaris is interesting to me because the difficulty is all over the place. Too much depends on how the galaxy is initially set up, it seems. Also, the AI seems to randomly choose between super-aggressive and super-passive no matter what ...
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

Been playing Stellaris with the expansion and various mods.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 69
Views: 3141

Re: End of an E®A

Vhalidictes wrote:
Based on the number of ads I throw away weekly, bulk mailing rates are way too low.

THIS...Post office needs help, they should pay full price if they want to send me that rubbish.
by Hawkwing74
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

A Steam sale is ongoing. I have a feeling I'll be getting a few games I have no time to play. Cities: Skylines, Age of Wonders 3 and others are 75-80% off till July 5th.
by Hawkwing74
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 154
Views: 3131

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

I don't believe I have ever eaten it.

It sounds intriguing after many years of hearing about it. A Filipino friend cooks with it but I haven't eaten the results.
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 630
Views: 73421

Re: What are you playing right now?

Anyone try Tyranny yet? It seems it's an RPG where the big bad guy took over the world.

I got it on Steam Sale but have not tried yet.
by Hawkwing74
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5
Replies: 4
Views: 928

RIP Steven Furst - Babylon 5

Another of the B5 actors has died. I loved his role as Vir Cotto. Great character.

RIP.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Furst

Now part of the B5 "curse" but not listed yet.
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls056207990/
by Hawkwing74
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 97
Views: 4180

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

I hope he paid his capital gains taxes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2017/02/21/if-you-traded-bitcoin-you-should-report-capital-gains-to-the-irs/#2bfc3fd6e3d8 Yeah I was reading that yesterday. I can't give my opinion on capital gains on *everything* or this will go into R&P. ...