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General Discussion / Re: Pets Showcase!!
« on: August 08, 2015, 11:29:42 PM »
Haha, not at all what I imagined. So she got to pick her own name. I'm also happy that Regrettable ended up with a name that could make her feel wanted. :-) I laughed when I read those original names.

General Discussion / Re: Pets Showcase!!
« on: August 08, 2015, 02:35:40 PM »
She looks like a sweet gal. 10 years is a respectable age. How did she get her name?

Dev Logs / Re: A Quiver of Crows
« on: August 03, 2015, 05:29:46 PM »
That sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I think every shooter I've ever played has been completely linear, so I'm really curious to see how this turns out. I missed out on participating in the alpha since I didn't have the required hardware.

Dev Logs / Re: A Quiver of Crows
« on: August 03, 2015, 04:13:22 PM »
This looks really great! Is there some degree of exploration within levels?

Contests and Events / Re: **Healthy 2015**
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:02:51 PM »
I thought I'd pass along something that was mentioned to me: Gamer Push-ups.  The basic idea is when you have a long loading screen, or you die, or whatever's fitting for the game, you do 10 push-ups.

Naturally, it doesn't have to be push-ups: it can be squats, crunches, or whatever you want.  And I figure if you can't make it to 10, you can start with 5.

Haha, I'm not sure if that would make me do more push-ups or less gaming! Perhaps both would be healthy. :-) I'm crossing my fingers that Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality gaming in the future will include exercise. It seems like HoloLens could be used to create a pretty awesome multi-player war game. Take Laser Tag to the next level with a virtual maze in your back yard. (edit: I'm getting off on a tangent here, but I hadn't thought about the possibilities for something like HoloLens to create a virtual world for us to physically move around. I could imagine an auto-generated dungeon maze RPG designed to fit the constraints of a room or yard. Reaching the edge of the space might lead you to a door that generates a new section of the labyrinth, essentially re-using the same physical space to show new areas of the game. I might look a little silly creeping around my yard and running from imaginary dragons, but it could be really fun - and healthy!).

General Discussion / Re: The World of Warcraft Thread
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:58:24 PM »
Lol, I just realized I have the lyrics to Blood Elf Druids memorized, even though it's been years since I've heard it. :-) I've never even played WoW. That tune was dangerously catchy.

Forum Games / Re: YouTube Videos Worth Watching
« on: July 22, 2015, 01:57:58 PM »
That's really interesting to watch. I have to admit that I'm one of the few avid gamers from the NES era who never played any of the MegaMan games. But as I'm watching, many of the game mechanics that catch these teens off guard seem completely intuitive and predictable to me. I think it shows how deeply games have changed over time. I would struggle just as much with games for modern systems.

Oh... and they clearly need to be taught proper thumb technique for those controllers. :-)

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Human Tricks
« on: July 17, 2015, 07:36:23 PM »
Some of the tricks here creep me out! My claims to fame: 1. I can doodle whistle. 2. I can snap my fingers fast enough to simulate drum rolls... at least sort of. :-) 3. I can (and do) solfege virtually any song I can sing. This helps a great deal, because I never could remember the lyrics to Christmas carols.

General Discussion / Re: Stupid Human Tricks
« on: July 17, 2015, 07:28:21 PM »
I have a knack for lock-picking doors, cabinets and drawers.

There I said it. Please don't arrest me  :gasp:

Haha, I'm noticing some commonalities with your talents. :-) Is there any work available for ninjas these days?

Forum Games / Re: Ready, Aim, Fire! 2 - "[CLASSIFIED]"
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:20:43 PM »
Can somebody lend me a pistol? I promise, my intentions are completely innocent. I'm in.

General Discussion / Re: What's on your mind?
« on: July 02, 2015, 06:11:13 PM »
Whoa, that's a big Yoda. If I looked out the window and saw that thing looking at me, I'd think we were under an invasion. That looks like a lot of fun.

I don't have any big plans. Last year I heard that our town was having a fireworks display in "the park." I walked about 10 miles looking for that park and never found it. So this year, I'm determined to figure out where it is.

General Discussion / Re: $8 Online Dev Courses - No joke! (Sales)
« on: July 01, 2015, 07:12:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing. I've been thinking about signing up for some sort of course. Until now I've just been studying on my own with a subscription to Safari Books Online.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday SuperRoo
« on: June 30, 2015, 08:14:45 PM »
Yeah, that pic is awesome. It makes me miss living in Alaska.

Contests and Events / Re: **Healthy 2015**
« on: June 29, 2015, 06:25:24 AM »
Slowing metabolism, fading memories and crap knee joints are three design flaws I've made up my mind I'm going to bring up to the Boss when I get finished here on Earth.

...and omg i want a $2.99 Grand Slam at Denny's now. The only thing they ever did to rival that was their very brief introduction of caramel shakes.

Contests and Events / Re: **Healthy 2015**
« on: June 28, 2015, 06:14:38 PM »

Wait... Texas, Arizona and New Mexico are in the "below average" region?? Isn't it like 120 degrees there in the shade? Oh... by "average" do they mean their average temperature (like this year it's cooler than it usually is there), or like, world temperature averages?

Haha, yeah, "cool" is more a state of mind in these states. But yes, the graph meant relative to the normal temperatures for the regions. They are expecting the El Nino event to change things up quite a bit this year.

Yeah, depending on what kind of exercise you do, it can do different things that may or may not impact weight.  Like I am lifting now, with the goal of building muscle mass, so I may not actually lose weight.  However, muscle is ~4x dense as fat, and with proper training and diet, you essentially convert the fluffiness into muscle which results in a "leaner" look.  Another side effect is that more and larger muscles require more energy, which also helps keep your metabolism in check.

The best thing to do to "cut" fat though is cardio, 20 mins a day.  The general rule is energy in and energy out - if you consume less calories than you use, you lose weight.  Consume more, you gain weight.  There are slight nuances (portion sizes, appetite control) that you can tweak to couple with exercise to achieve your results better.

It's interesting to watch the new ideas and strategies that researchers come up with. There seem to be quite a few variables involved, so I guess it's not really surprising that we often hear them give different advice. It's all a little mysterious to me. I've been pretty lucky in that my winter inactivity didn't cause me to gain weight, even though my diet didn't really change.

I like your word, "fluffiness." :-) It's much nicer to think that America has just gotten fluffier over the years.

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