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Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside.
« on: January 06, 2015, 02:36 PM »
I need more female characters, so they get priority.

I shaved off the beard so you could basically sketch me as a guy or a girl. It's all fiction anyway.  ;)

Either way, I'm probably wearing short running shorts and have hairy legs. (Ok, that's true).

Somewhere between sardonic and deadpan. Is that a shade of yellow?

Living Room / Re: which phone?
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:05 AM »

Plus with Android, you can't remove what you've previously installed, (and probably no longer use), from the list kept in your account at the online Play Store - which is a f'n PITA.

Actually, if you go into the play store -> my apps -> all, you can remove apps you no longer want in the list.

Living Room / Re: which phone?
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:21 PM »
I used Windows Phone for a couple years, starting with WP7 through Cortana. I am presently using Android. I enjoyed using/having a windows phone more than Android. It's a far more consistent, streamlined and intuitive experience.

Honestly, I do not like Android. I don't care for it. It's a convoluted mess of Vendor, OS, and everything inbetween. It is loaded with apps I don't want that I cannot install. As an ecosystem, Android brings me no joy. . . but I wouldn't trade it for Windows Phone today, because Android Just Works, with everything, pretty much all the time. A new service, app or device comes out, it works with Android. Windows Phone, you have to beg, wait, and hope support comes along. And when it does, it's usually half-baked.

Long story short -- I prefer the Windows Phone OS, but you can do a lot more with Android.

Living Room / Re: The Old City
« on: December 06, 2014, 08:48 PM »
@SB -  wouldn't something like Old City be great with something like an Oculus Rift headset? Too bad OC's probably well beyond the budget and/or capabilities of most indy game shops. Some of the best work seems to be coming from that quarter.

I agree, The Old City would be absolutely amazing -- on fully realized VR tech. On the Oculus Rift, however, notsomuch. The problem right now isn't budget/capabilities of the indy game shops. . . if it were worth their while, it would probably be manageable (if not trivial) for them to rise to it. The real problem is that OR display resolution is awful. I got to try one out a couple months back at the office. The roller coaster demo was neat, but the resolution was so pixelated it was like a 360 degree N64 game. For now, I'd take the gorgeous art of the old city on a flat screen over the OR any day. That is, until the VR tech catches up.

Living Room / Re: Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:31 PM »
10 miles x 10 days in a row?
That sounds crazy.  I'm going to donate but i'd still feel better if you didn't try to complete it if it risks injury.
He's got plenty of time- at a typical human running speed in the 8-12 MPH range it probably won't be much more than 2 hours a day of travelling sustained for the 10 days.

It adds up to well more than my usual weekly mileage, but I'm good for it. 10 miles is really no problem (except finding the time!) but after several consecutive days without rest it takes its toll.

At least I'll be traveling with well under 80lbs of gear!

Living Room / Re: The Old City
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:28 PM »
Looks really interesting. Unfortunately I can't run the trailer for some reason. It refuses to load in FF and crashes completely in Chrome.

Weird. Well, their website is a little janky. Try it on YouTube

Living Room / The Old City
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:20 AM »
I've been looking forward to this "Game" for quite some time. I haven't had a chance to play it yet, but it looks sublime. It's not so much a conventional game as a puzzle/exploration game. I think like Myst but in real time first person 3D.

A decaying city from a civilization long past. A sewer-dwelling isolationist and his hunt for knowledge. A forgotten childhood and the few memories that remain.

Set in the outskirts of a long-abandoned metropolis, The Old City: Leviathan drops you into a strange world accompanied by nothing but the protagonist's poetic musings and an atmospheric score. You'll need to explore and absorb the world around you if you ever hope to understand the history of the eponymous city, and how you came to be there.

This is a world that morphs and changes when you least expect it, teetering on the boundary between dreams and reality. Your only goal: to understand.

We sought to discard the esoteric puzzles and repetitive gameplay loops of traditional games in favor of a pure narrative experience that delves into philosophical themes oft neglected by the medium.
A common phrase used in this context is “gameplay first.” The assumption is that anything other than the gameplay mechanics themselves is secondary and even unnecessary. Dear Esther was one of the first to challenge that concept, opening the door for titles such as The Stanley Parable and Gone Home, and we intend to build upon that foundation.

Players have the option to simply walk from start to finish, but the real meat of the game lies in the hidden nooks and crannies of the world; in secret areas, behind closed doors, and in a 30,000 word novella that reveals itself as the game progresses.

Up to five hours long in its own right, The Old City: Leviathan is the first part of a larger story, and is set to be released late in 2014.

It's out now, and 25% off on steam for a limited time.

Living Room / Re: Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:14 AM »
Thanks guys! Afterwards, I swore I'd never do it again. And wasn't sure I ever wanted to run again.

A few days later I was running again. (Duh)

And now I'm doing it again. Sigh. :)

Living Room / Re: Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:50 AM »
I am now mentally psyching myself up for the final 10 miles. I'm sore, tired and ready for a break but [hopefully] no worse for wear. Thank you Donation Coder for the donation/sponsorship!

Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts?
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:57 AM »
I'm a regular listener of Group Therapy with Above & Beyond (previously Trance Around The World) - I try and download the split versions and keep the tracks I like. I don't have words to express the amazing, positive impact this show has to my life. Not even being dramatic.  ;D

I'm excited to add this to my queue for today's run, thanks!

Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts?
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:49 AM »
My most listened to podcasts is Euphonic Sessions with Kyau & Albert - Nice and LONG trance play lists, for those long runs.

Ah! I'll need to check that out. I used to listen to a lot of Armin Van Buren and Phil somethingsomething (forget at the moment).

Definitely check out Euphonic Sessions, you won't regret it. While A State of Trance is great, ES is by far my favorite. Paul Van Dyks podcast is pretty good too. Get back to me on this Phil guy...

Living Room / Re: Your favorite podcasts?
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:13 AM »
Mostly lit and sci-fi audio stories for me:

Thanks! I've been looking for something to fill the gap since I finished We're Alive and Leviathan Wakes.

My most listened to podcasts is Euphonic Sessions with Kyau & Albert - Nice and LONG trance play lists, for those long runs.

I really enjoy a number of NPR podcasts, favorites are Wits (comedy) and Radio Lab.

Living Room / Re: Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:13 AM »
10 miles x 10 days in a row?
That sounds crazy.  I'm going to donate but i'd still feel better if you didn't try to complete it if it risks injury.

Thanks mouser! I am pretty sure I'm up to the challenge, keeping the pace nice and easy. 10 miles down, so far so good!

Not the silver bullet you're looking for, but what has worked for me the last year or so is Draft for collaborative document editing and Asana for... well, everything else.

Living Room / Sponsor me! 100 miles in 10 Days for Charity
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:45 PM »

I'm running 100 miles in 10 days to support a good cause -- I'm looking for sponsors in the For Lucas 10 x 10 challenge. To sponsor my run, go to You can either donate in my name (Allen Day) or mention me in the comments. If you want to donate now, great--that'll put the pressure on. If you want to donate by the mile after I finish, even better, but please let me know you're doing it. It'll serve as encouragement to finish... and maybe run a couple extra miles.

For more info on the challenge and charity, check out the for lucas 10 x 10 running dad challenge.

Thanks, and please spread the word if you're so inclined!

Via Facebook

Living Room / Re: web hosts
« on: April 22, 2014, 07:10 AM »
Thanks for the input all, getting a nice little list of options to mull over!

I'm still here representing Seraphimlabs.

At the moment my own site is down indefinitely, it is in dire need of an overhaul and redesign that I just plain haven't gotten to. But I do have servers still active, and can set you up with an account.
-SeraphimLabs (April 21, 2014, 04:32 PM)

I appreciate the offer, and if it was just me I'd probably jump on it. For present purposes though it's probably not what we're looking for. We're generally deploying 1-3 standalone client-owned sites per month and my parent company is going to require a service with a more obvious support structure to lean on when/if things do get bumpy.

Living Room / Re: web hosts
« on: April 21, 2014, 11:43 AM »
Thanks guys, keep 'em coming!

Living Room / web hosts
« on: April 21, 2014, 11:03 AM »
All right DC brain trust... my company is in need of a new web host for our clients, as Hostgator has been in a significant state of decline over the last couple years. Ideally we're looking for shared hosting plans as VPS managing/reselling has proven to be more trouble than it's worth for a shop as small as ours. 

I can read feature lists and prices as well as the next guy, but what I'd really like is recommendations based on real experience--especially if you've used a host for a long-ish time and are happy with them. Obviously reliability is important, customer service being a close second priority.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:24 PM »
Just finished Tread Lightly: Form, Footwear, and the Quest for Injury-Free Running, it was pretty interesting. Although it was rather inconclusive, it did dispel some things I'd taken for granted.

I may not finish The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing -- there's a ton of great info in here, but he's extraordinarily long winded and repetitive and I'm starting to think I've gleaned all I'm gonna...  as with your book there mouser, I feel like it could have been boiled down to a few pages. (Actually, it has. By the same author. )

Finally, I'm reading Ancillary Justice and it's a bit mind blowing. I haven't enjoyed a sci-fi book so much in a very long time.

General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:50 PM »
Beyond Compare is an amazing tool.

Yeah, it's pretty much open 100% of the time on my pc

General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:31 PM »
The REAL killer feature here -- you can now search your saved sessions. This alone is worth the upgrade price as I have several hundred for the various websites I maintain personally and professionally.

General Software Discussion / Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:26 PM »

Looks like pricing For v3 pro to version 4 pro (windows only) is going to be 25 bucks

  • Mac OS X Version
  • New Home View
  • 3-way Folder Merge Pro only
  • Ad Hoc Unimportant Text
  • WebDAV, Subversion and Dropbox Support Pro only
  • Overhauled Picture Compare
  • Overhauled Preferences Dialog with Search
  • Hex Compare wraps lines to fit the window, and adds in-line editing.
  • New View Patch command shows diff/patch files as a text comparison.
  • Added new text comparison algorithm choice based on Bram Cohen's Patience Diff.
  • HTML folder comparison reports can now embed links to file comparisons.
  • Improved appearance on high DPI (retina) displays.
  • Version Compare now compares the fixed PE header in addition to the version resource.
  • Zipx archives can be compared, complete with PPMd, LZMA, WavPack, and WinZip's JPEG compression.

Beyond Compare v4 Beta

I'm down about 40lbs and in the best shape I've been in... a long time. I've definitely been in the "a little bit every once in a while" camp, life isn't worth it without the little pleasures.

I fell a bit off the ladder.. can we do another 30 days of September? Who's up for it starting TODAY?

Might as well just make this a permanent thread. The coffee mugs can have checks for each time you restarted :)

Living Room / Re: Where/how do you mostly watch movies/videos?
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:55 AM »
I'm not sure how to answer this, precisely -- is Roku "DVD Etc." or is it computer?

I watch most stuff on my TV; I watch a few shows live (I pay 10 bucks a month and get all the major local networks; ideally bunny ears should be able to do this but only 1 channel is OTA here).

I watch most shows/movies  via streaming through my Roku, but there are a handful of shows I'm unwilling to wait 6 months to watch that I otherwise coerce to my screen.

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