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dplank wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 1:16 pm He fashioned himself a modern Roman J Israel I suppose….

Anyone? wab? 😂😂
I don't recall the bits where Denzel's character partied with porn stars and had his iPad stolen...
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HisRoyalSweetness wrote: Sat Feb 03, 2024 3:32 pm
dplank wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 1:16 pm He fashioned himself a modern Roman J Israel I suppose….

Anyone? wab? 😂😂
I don't recall the bits where Denzel's character partied with porn stars and had his iPad stolen...
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Finished Batman Reptilian and TBH it was a disappointment. The art was great. The story started off good, but ended poorly.

Moving on to a graphic novel called Night Of The Ghoul and it's awesome.

Then I bought Ghost Of Tsushima: Director's Cut the other day and had a chance this weekend to put some time into it. Fantastic game!
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FWIW—if we’re getting into hobbies…last summer, after living in the desert for a year and having awesome clear skies I bought a telescope. Today, I took the plunge and bought an even BIGGER telescope. I just moved up from a 6” Dobsonian to a 10. Anybody else looking skyward besides this sky nerd?

PS—might want to turn the lights off or at least down a bunch. You’re causing “light pollution” and messing with the view.
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Noots wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 8:24 pm FWIW—if we’re getting into hobbies…last summer, after living in the desert for a year and having awesome clear skies I bought a telescope. Today, I took the plunge and bought an even BIGGER telescope. I just moved up from a 6” Dobsonian to a 10. Anybody else looking skyward besides this sky nerd?

PS—might want to turn the lights off or at least down a bunch. You’re causing “light pollution” and messing with the view.
Just with binocs, 10 X50. I love winter for viewing. I go to sleep pretty early (9-10 p.m.) so it's good it gets dark earlier. I live kind of in the boonies so light isn't a major issue. That's a major telescope you moved up to, good viewing to you. I should break down and at least buy some astronomical binocs.
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Noots wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 8:24 pm FWIW—if we’re getting into hobbies…last summer, after living in the desert for a year and having awesome clear skies I bought a telescope. Today, I took the plunge and bought an even BIGGER telescope. I just moved up from a 6” Dobsonian to a 10. Anybody else looking skyward besides this sky nerd?

PS—might want to turn the lights off or at least down a bunch. You’re causing “light pollution” and messing with the view.
I have NVGs and one of my favorite things to do is use them stargazing. I just have binoculars, but it's still pretty incredible.
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Noots wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 8:24 pm FWIW—if we’re getting into hobbies…last summer, after living in the desert for a year and having awesome clear skies I bought a telescope. Today, I took the plunge and bought an even BIGGER telescope. I just moved up from a 6” Dobsonian to a 10. Anybody else looking skyward besides this sky nerd?

PS—might want to turn the lights off or at least down a bunch. You’re causing “light pollution” and messing with the view.
I've always been fascinated with the stars but I don't think I've ever really looked through a telescope!

What exactly do you see from a magnified view of the sky?
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So I'm quite a noob at this. But last Summer/Fall in the couple of months after I bought my scope and before it got too cold, I had seen:
The Moon -- huge photo, looked like a grapefruit. Photos I took were from the "blue moon" at end of September.
Saturn
Jupiter and the Galilean Moons
The Orion Nebula after finding the Belt and the Sword
Venus---who knew Venus had phases, like the moon? I was like wait, there's a chunk missing.
Countless stars and clusters of them--including The Pleiades (did you know Subaru's logo is based on it?), Betelguese, Vega, Polaris and more.

I'd like to start going for some more of the deep space objects, like the different Nebulae out there, find the Andromeda Galaxy and more.
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My dad was always interested in astronomy. When he died 17 years ago, he had this ridiculously cool Celestron telescope that I managed to sell for almost $10K. At the time, it was pretty amazing because you could download an object's location from the internet and it would automatically point the telescope to it. I don't remember enough of the other details, but he had a ton of different accessories and eyepieces for it. It seems like a hobby I could get into as I age and can't run and jump around all the time.
The Marshall Plan wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 5:21 pmThen I bought Ghost Of Tsushima: Director's Cut the other day and had a chance this weekend to put some time into it. Fantastic game!
I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experience as you play through it. It's easily one of the best games of its generation.

I made it through about 3/4 of The Last of Us 2 (I think). The game just continues to deliver on the story - they do such a great job with all the little details in the world and character building. The world just feels so lived in. For example, you play through various scenarios in an aquarium, and they had a section with a bunch of SCUBA diving gear (it's all just essentially decoration - you can't use it or anything). Being a diver, I know quite a bit about the subject, so I looked around at what they had. They didn't just have a few sets of SCUBA gear scattered about, they had it kind of split up in different areas around the room: they had a bunch of hooks on the wall with regulators hanging on them, fins and wetsuits were stored in a cart, cylinders stored in a rack meant for SCUBA cylinders, there was a dedicated rinsing areas for the SCUBA gear with a sign saying something like "Rinse ALL gear after every dive." All of that is stuff you probably wouldn't know unless you were a diver, and completely unnecessary in terms of the game itself. However, when you add that incredible attention to detail over and over throughout the game, it really adds up and just makes the game feel so much more interactive and real.

I do find the combat to be wearing a little thin - it's pretty repetitive, and I'm always a bit impatient for stealth games. I usually stealth kill the first 3-4 enemies in an area before saying "screw it" and just opening fire. Sometimes that gets me into trouble, but playing on the medium difficulty, it hasn't been too bad. I think they did a pretty good job with it considering the type of game it is, but it's definitely not the main reason I'm playing it.

I won't say too much about the story because there are massive spoilers, but man I can't wait to see how this plays out on the next season of the TV series (I wonder if they're going to split the second game up into two or more seasons. The way the story is constructed in the game, I could definitely see that happening).
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LacertineForest wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 11:28 am My dad was always interested in astronomy. When he died 17 years ago, he had this ridiculously cool Celestron telescope that I managed to sell for almost $10K. At the time, it was pretty amazing because you could download an object's location from the internet and it would automatically point the telescope to it. I don't remember enough of the other details, but he had a ton of different accessories and eyepieces for it. It seems like a hobby I could get into as I age and can't run and jump around all the time.
The Marshall Plan wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 5:21 pmThen I bought Ghost Of Tsushima: Director's Cut the other day and had a chance this weekend to put some time into it. Fantastic game!
I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experience as you play through it. It's easily one of the best games of its generation.

I made it through about 3/4 of The Last of Us 2 (I think). The game just continues to deliver on the story - they do such a great job with all the little details in the world and character building. The world just feels so lived in. For example, you play through various scenarios in an aquarium, and they had a section with a bunch of SCUBA diving gear (it's all just essentially decoration - you can't use it or anything). Being a diver, I know quite a bit about the subject, so I looked around at what they had. They didn't just have a few sets of SCUBA gear scattered about, they had it kind of split up in different areas around the room: they had a bunch of hooks on the wall with regulators hanging on them, fins and wetsuits were stored in a cart, cylinders stored in a rack meant for SCUBA cylinders, there was a dedicated rinsing areas for the SCUBA gear with a sign saying something like "Rinse ALL gear after every dive." All of that is stuff you probably wouldn't know unless you were a diver, and completely unnecessary in terms of the game itself. However, when you add that incredible attention to detail over and over throughout the game, it really adds up and just makes the game feel so much more interactive and real.

I do find the combat to be wearing a little thin - it's pretty repetitive, and I'm always a bit impatient for stealth games. I usually stealth kill the first 3-4 enemies in an area before saying "screw it" and just opening fire. Sometimes that gets me into trouble, but playing on the medium difficulty, it hasn't been too bad. I think they did a pretty good job with it considering the type of game it is, but it's definitely not the main reason I'm playing it.

I won't say too much about the story because there are massive spoilers, but man I can't wait to see how this plays out on the next season of the TV series (I wonder if they're going to split the second game up into two or more seasons. The way the story is constructed in the game, I could definitely see that happening).
I’ll keep you updated on Tsushima. Right now the game is easily living up to its expectations. I’m focusing on side quests and things like that now. That’s my strategy for the big open world games because those abilities and resources you gain in those side quests make the main story a lot easier.

Amazing fighting system! I LOVE the standoffs. I love the cinematic feel. Great characters. Acting. You care about the hero. I just learned Water Style to make it easier against enemies with shields. Found my first fox den.

Your commentary about detail is huge. It’s why I love GTA 5 so much. I’ve beaten SP a solid dozen times but every time I find something new.

I just beat GTA 5 on PS5. Compared to XBX the graphics are better and the random events spawn with more consistency.
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The Marshall Plan wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 1:17 pm I’ll keep you updated on Tsushima. Right now the game is easily living up to its expectations. I’m focusing on side quests and things like that now. That’s my strategy for the big open world games because those abilities and resources you gain in those side quests make the main story a lot easier.

Amazing fighting system! I LOVE the standoffs. I love the cinematic feel. Great characters. Acting. You care about the hero. I just learned Water Style to make it easier against enemies with shields. Found my first fox den.

Your commentary about detail is huge. It’s why I love GTA 5 so much. I’ve beaten SP a solid dozen times but every time I find something new.

I just beat GTA 5 on PS5. Compared to XBX the graphics are better and the random events spawn with more consistency.
Standoffs never got old for me - they're so well-executed. Agree with everything else you said about it, and I use a similar strategy with open world games. I really like how all of the side quests fit into the overall narrative and complement the main story. A lot of other open world games' side quests feel a bit tedious and superfluous, but that's not the case at all with GoT.

GTA5 was the first game I played on the PS4, and I've been a huge fan of every GTA single player experience since GTA3 blew my mind in high school (Pretty sure I could still fly the dodo - that thing took practice to get good at). I'm really looking forward to seeing what they've got cooked up for 6. It's a can't miss game for me, for sure.
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Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!
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Hema2.0 wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:40 pm Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!
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Hema2.0 wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:40 pm Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!

That is awesome, my friend Liz who owns a pub in the city just flew out there today herself. Enjoy. I think my favorite surprisingly good umbrella drink of choice out there was the Passion Fruit Margarita. Mrs. Noots and I need to get back there. Cheers!
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I hate to be the one to say it, but True Detective SUCKS. Like, laughably bad. Sad cause I was looking forward to it.
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Hm. I’m into this season. The irrationally angry trooper is a bit much and she’s a pretty bad actor, but the story at least has my attention.
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dplank wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:15 pm I hate to be the one to say it, but True Detective SUCKS. Like, laughably bad. Sad cause I was looking forward to it.
I'm less than impressed by season 4 so far.
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Grizzled wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:37 pm
dplank wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:15 pm I hate to be the one to say it, but True Detective SUCKS. Like, laughably bad. Sad cause I was looking forward to it.
I'm less than impressed by season 4 so far.
The acting / script is shockingly bad
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Noots wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:07 pm
Hema2.0 wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:40 pm Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!

That is awesome, my friend Liz who owns a pub in the city just flew out there today herself. Enjoy. I think my favorite surprisingly good umbrella drink of choice out there was the Passion Fruit Margarita. Mrs. Noots and I need to get back there. Cheers!
I absolutely love jalapeno margaritas in Mexico. But I will try that as well
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Rusty Trombagent wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:32 pm this is going to haunt me
I saw that thread posted and, you know, it just made total sense to me.

What single woman looking for a good time or something more meaningful wouldn’t want to hookup with a guy that writes his thoughts on a Bears fan site?
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Noots wrote: Sun Feb 04, 2024 8:24 pm FWIW—if we’re getting into hobbies…last summer, after living in the desert for a year and having awesome clear skies I bought a telescope. Today, I took the plunge and bought an even BIGGER telescope. I just moved up from a 6” Dobsonian to a 10. Anybody else looking skyward besides this sky nerd?

PS—might want to turn the lights off or at least down a bunch. You’re causing “light pollution” and messing with the view.
I have a 6" telescope. I've always used it to look at the planets when they're out. It's so much fun. I can see Jupiter and a lot of the moons, Saturn's rings, etc.
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The Marshall Plan wrote: Tue Feb 06, 2024 6:37 am
Rusty Trombagent wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:32 pm this is going to haunt me
I saw that thread posted and, you know, it just made total sense to me.

What single woman looking for a good time or something more meaningful wouldn’t want to hookup with a guy that writes his thoughts on a Bears fan site?
Gonna need to know how these single women feel about Justin Fields before we can grow this relationship though. That's always the tricky part of courtship.
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Rusty Trombagent wrote: Tue Feb 06, 2024 9:39 am
The Marshall Plan wrote: Tue Feb 06, 2024 6:37 am

I saw that thread posted and, you know, it just made total sense to me.

What single woman looking for a good time or something more meaningful wouldn’t want to hookup with a guy that writes his thoughts on a Bears fan site?
Gonna need to know how these single women feel about Justin Fields before we can grow this relationship though. That's always the tricky part of courtship.
You meet her at a tailgating before a game.

She’s got the Ditka jersey. Hates the Packers. Some good ideas about what to do in FA.

Things are looking good. You’re already planning on naming your children with her Devin, George, and Brian. If you have a girl, Virginia is a no brainer.

But then the conversation turns to quarterbacks……

She was on Team Rex during the Grossman Orton War. Uh oh.

Thought Mitch driving a Camry was a logical attribute for evaluating a draft pick. Yikes!

Then she says we should solve the QB debate by signing Kirk Cousins in FA. Deal breaker.

Says she’s in an online fan group with a guy named Chet From Oak Park….
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Noots wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 6:07 pm
Hema2.0 wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:40 pm Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!

That is awesome, my friend Liz who owns a pub in the city just flew out there today herself. Enjoy. I think my favorite surprisingly good umbrella drink of choice out there was the Passion Fruit Margarita. Mrs. Noots and I need to get back there. Cheers!
When we were in the Dominica Republic my wife started drinking some Passion Fruit cocktail and loved it. The problem was she appears to be allergic to it as she started breaking out. She had already had a BIT too much and wouldn't stop drinking them. I just shock my head at her.
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Hema2.0 wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 5:40 pm Hanging out in Chicago tonight, drinking my Spotted Cows I picked up driving thru Wisconsin from the U.P. Heading out to Cancun for 10 days tomorrow so I just want to say IDGAF what happens decision wise when I'm gone. Mr. poles GOT this!
Have a great time. I think I'm about a month out from flying to Alicante Spain (on the Mediterranean). Super excited haven't ever been there. Just not fired up about 19 flights each way. Best thing is that it's through my wife's work, so free. They day we were to fly back, they couldn't get us a flight all the way home (were going to be laid over in Amsterdam I think), so they just agreed to pay for us to stay an extra day. Might take that day and go to the Pacific side and see where my grandmother grew up.
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George Kittle got that natural charisma that could easily translate to the booth when he retires.
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Blusky is now open for anyone to register (no invite needed). I'm still waiting for more sports content to start showing up - I like the service (basically looks and feels exactly like Twitter/X), but it's missing a lot of the best accounts from Twitter. There might also be some limitations about posting videos/images - I think I ran into that when I tried to post some videos. Hopefully opening up registration changes things. I deleted my Twitter account earlier this year when they did the name change and would love to see Blusky supplant Twitter altogether.

https://bsky.app/profile/bsky.app/post/3kkqwku6ia32i
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Kittle will probably go into wrestling. How can anyone not like this guy?
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LacertineForest wrote: Tue Feb 06, 2024 12:18 pm Blusky is now open for anyone to register (no invite needed). I'm still waiting for more sports content to start showing up - I like the service (basically looks and feels exactly like Twitter/X), but it's missing a lot of the best accounts from Twitter. There might also be some limitations about posting videos/images - I think I ran into that when I tried to post some videos. Hopefully opening up registration changes things. I deleted my Twitter account earlier this year when they did the name change and would love to see Blusky supplant Twitter altogether.

https://bsky.app/profile/bsky.app/post/3kkqwku6ia32i
Yeah, it's kind of an unspoken thing how much the sports industry props up twitter. I've been over at Bluesky for a few months now and until that exodus happens of football accounts, I cant take it seriously.
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