Random thing you loathe right now.

I'm wearing sunglasses at work because the boss decided the newsroom was too dark. Never mind that I've got two lights under the shelves in my cube and I stare into a monitor that could light up an auditorium.

It's bright enough in here to grow dope.

Enix wrote:

It's bright enough in here to grow dope.

There's your problem and your solution in one sentence!

Jayhawker wrote:

I went to purchase and download the new ACIII game on to my wife's Vita yesterday, but could not find the console. Turns out she believes it was stolen from her car. ACIII was the primary reason my wife wanted the Vita. Her and my daughter were so excited to play the female protagonist.

Gone with it are the LBP cart and a 32 Gig memory stick. F*cking sucks. I'm not sure we can afford to just replace it any time soon.

That sucks. I know I'd be really upset if my handheld got stolen, especially because there's no way I could afford to replace it right now.

Man, I have a sore lower back. Is it from squatting and deadlifting my own bodyweight? No, I can happily do that until the cows come home.

It's from sneezing.

Once.

Jonman wrote:

Man, I have a sore lower back. Is it from squatting and deadlifting my own bodyweight? No, I can happily do that until the cows come home.

It's from sneezing.

Once.

http://www.totalprosports.com/2012/0...

Sneezing, believe it or not, is one of the most common (though extremely embarrassing) causes or off-field injuries in Major League Baseball. Sammy Sosa, Goose Gossage, Russ Springer, Juan Gonzalez, and Marc Valdez (among others) have all missed time thanks to sneezing injuries.

Most of the time, the sneeze causes back problems. However, in the case of stud pitcher Mat Latos, his attempt to suppress a sneeze in 2010 ended up giving him a sore oblique, which put in on the 15 day DL.

And I've suffered some pretty severe pain from sneezing, too. I'm pretty sure a sneeze was responsible for ripping open a repaired hernia, as well.

Enix wrote:

It's bright enough in here to grow dope.

That's the new "classifieds revenue."

As an addendum to my PS3's death...

The Netflix app on the 360 sucks.

Jonman wrote:

Man, I have a sore lower back. Is it from squatting and deadlifting my own bodyweight? No, I can happily do that until the cows come home.

It's from sneezing.

Once.

If it makes you feel better, I once hurt my back reaching for my towel after a shower. Which is why I am strictly air-dry now.

Thin_J wrote:

As an addendum to my PS3's death...

The Netflix app on the 360 sucks.

Don't you have to pay a monthly fee on top of the netflix fee for that?

ibdoomed wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

As an addendum to my PS3's death...

The Netflix app on the 360 sucks.

Don't you have to pay a monthly fee on top of the netflix fee for that?

Netflix app on Xbox is free, but still requires a Netflix account.

McIrishJihad wrote:
ibdoomed wrote:
Thin_J wrote:

As an addendum to my PS3's death...

The Netflix app on the 360 sucks.

Don't you have to pay a monthly fee on top of the netflix fee for that?

Netflix app on Xbox is free, but still requires a Netflix account.

I think the Netflix app on Xbox requires a gold membership, which is not free.

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

Jonman wrote:
kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

This. I'd much rather pay the XBL Fee than use the free service Sony provides. And i was paying it long before there were tons of apps and other services.

And yes, the Netflix App on the 360 blows. I'm shocked they did not rework it for the Fall Update.

So what's worse, paying for a service that works so well, or talking about the free games you get for just $50 a year?

Jonman wrote:
kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

Same here. That $3 US a month I pay for Gold (got it on sale for $35 a year and bought a couple of years worth) gets me quite a bit of stuff like early access to demos, cloud saves, a network with some semblance of security, online multiplayer, and media apps like Amazon Video and NetFlix. It is not perfect (I absolutely hate the new Dashboard with its 2x increase in advertisements) but it is better than PSN

So I just got a call from my wife and our dryer appears to be dead. Shoot.

I read this email today---> "BLANK has reviewed the employer's latest offer and has determined that there is no reason to return to the bargaining table at this time... job action will commence on Wednesday, November 7th..." $%@#$%@. Minutes later I got a phone call from my mom "Your grandma's cancer has spread from her uterus to both her lungs, and her kidneys..."

Someday I want to curl into a fetal position and cry.

edosan wrote:

So I just got a call from my wife and our dryer appears to be dead. Shoot.

When you hear that in April-we can save up and make due over the summer.

When you hear that in November- f*ck, well I guess we know what Santa is bringing this year.

Jayhawker wrote:
Jonman wrote:
kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

This. I'd much rather pay the XBL Fee than use the free service Sony provides. And i was paying it long before there were tons of apps and other services.

And yes, the Netflix App on the 360 blows. I'm shocked they did not rework it for the Fall Update.

So what's worse, paying for a service that works so well, or talking about the free games you get for just $50 a year?

Rykin wrote:

Same here. That $3 US a month I pay for Gold (got it on sale for $35 a year and bought a couple of years worth) gets me quite a bit of stuff like early access to demos, cloud saves, a network with some semblance of security, online multiplayer, and media apps like Amazon Video and NetFlix. It is not perfect (I absolutely hate the new Dashboard with its 2x increase in advertisements) but it is better than PSN ;)

These - sorry Wembley, totally forgot that it does require XBL Gold, but as Rykin and Jayhawker point out, XBL Gold is usually seen as an assumption. My gamertag has been Gold since the day I got it, so I've got no clue what the other side of that valley looks like.

McIrishJihad wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
Jonman wrote:
kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

This. I'd much rather pay the XBL Fee than use the free service Sony provides. And i was paying it long before there were tons of apps and other services.

And yes, the Netflix App on the 360 blows. I'm shocked they did not rework it for the Fall Update.

So what's worse, paying for a service that works so well, or talking about the free games you get for just $50 a year?

Rykin wrote:

Same here. That $3 US a month I pay for Gold (got it on sale for $35 a year and bought a couple of years worth) gets me quite a bit of stuff like early access to demos, cloud saves, a network with some semblance of security, online multiplayer, and media apps like Amazon Video and NetFlix. It is not perfect (I absolutely hate the new Dashboard with its 2x increase in advertisements) but it is better than PSN ;)

These - sorry Wembley, totally forgot that it does require XBL Gold, but as Rykin and Jayhawker point out, XBL Gold is usually seen as an assumption. My gamertag has been Gold since the day I got it, so I've got no clue what the other side of that valley looks like.

I didn't realize it was that cheap. $35/yr and it's been out for 7? So that's only around $250 which is piddle, I've wasted more on shoes.

Dear Itunes,

Why did you decide it was a good idea to take a random sampling of about 1500 of my songs, cut of the last five seconds of them and then add 30 seconds of nothing to the back of them?

Thanks,

Norfair.

ibdoomed wrote:

I didn't realize it was that cheap. $35/yr and it's been out for 7? So that's only around $250 which is piddle, I've wasted more on shoes.

That is if you wait for a sale. Usually Buy.com puts it on sale every couple of months. I think that is like 40% off or better over the regular price.

Rykin wrote:
ibdoomed wrote:

I didn't realize it was that cheap. $35/yr and it's been out for 7? So that's only around $250 which is piddle, I've wasted more on shoes.

That is if you wait for a sale. Usually Buy.com puts it on sale every couple of months. I think that is like 40% off or better over the regular price.

Good to know. I had never considered putting any of the three consoles online for multiplayer since none of them have a keyboard, but since Dark Souls, I've been shown the light, you don't need to communicate with others to game with them. I just bought a new 360 to try and solve my trials evo and download speed issues (neither of which it solved, sigh) but I think it gives some trial gold time I might try.

KingGorilla wrote:
edosan wrote:

So I just got a call from my wife and our dryer appears to be dead. Shoot.

When you hear that in April-we can save up and make due over the summer.

When you hear that in November- f*ck, well I guess we know what Santa is bringing this year.

Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking. We'll see when the repair guy comes over today.

I you use an RSS reader I would suggest subscribing to the feeds from DealNews.com. It is usually where I find the deal at.

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I don't know how it happened because I'm normally very organised with this but I just discovered that I never paid our last hydro bill. This was discovered when our current one arrived and totalled $331.70. Any disposable income I had for this month is now gone and I've basically got nothing left after the bills are paid since there's also a one-time expense of over $400 this month for puppy related things. This was after doing almost $400 worth of freelance tech work recently too. Most of that extra money was earmarked for Christmas so I wouldn't have to put basically every present on my Visa. A great way to end the week.

ibdoomed wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
Jonman wrote:
kuddles wrote:

That's the part that gets me. Everyone is complaining about how Microsoft seems to be more interested in portraying the 360 as a media device instead of a game console, but you're still forced into paying for Xbox Gold to use half the features that any other media device has for free, so it doesn't seem that appealling if you were using it for that reason either.

Indeed. But for many of us, paying the annual fee for XBL Gold is a given due to the nature of the way we use the console. That's sunk-cost that I'm paying regardless of whether I'm using media apps or not. So to my demographic, there is no additional cost to having Netflix on my 360.

This. I'd much rather pay the XBL Fee than use the free service Sony provides. And i was paying it long before there were tons of apps and other services.

And yes, the Netflix App on the 360 blows. I'm shocked they did not rework it for the Fall Update.

So what's worse, paying for a service that works so well, or talking about the free games you get for just $50 a year?

Rykin wrote:

Same here. That $3 US a month I pay for Gold (got it on sale for $35 a year and bought a couple of years worth) gets me quite a bit of stuff like early access to demos, cloud saves, a network with some semblance of security, online multiplayer, and media apps like Amazon Video and NetFlix. It is not perfect (I absolutely hate the new Dashboard with its 2x increase in advertisements) but it is better than PSN ;)

These - sorry Wembley, totally forgot that it does require XBL Gold, but as Rykin and Jayhawker point out, XBL Gold is usually seen as an assumption. My gamertag has been Gold since the day I got it, so I've got no clue what the other side of that valley looks like.

I didn't realize it was that cheap. $35/yr and it's been out for 7? So that's only around $250 which is piddle, I've wasted more on shoes.

All this is really true. I don't even factor the cost of Xbox Live into the equation. I've been paying for Xbox Live since the original Xbox. In fact I think I subscribed to live to play Ghost Recon 2 with GWJ or something. I honestly can't remember. Anyway, that's just money that's gone no matter what. And in basically every way I prefer the 360 when it comes to games. I just have (had) a PS3 for a few exclusive games that I really love, to have a blu-ray player (although I bought a player and stopped using it for that to try and save wear on the hardware), and it worked great for streaming media from my HTPC. Things like recorded TV shows, etc. Yes, the 360 will do all that stuff, but stuff simply looks cleaner and better on the PS3 than it does on the 360 when streaming. And the Netflix app is just better. Not by huge amounts, but in some little ways that make the 360 version really annoying over time after getting so accustomed to the alternative.

ibdoomed wrote:
Rykin wrote:
ibdoomed wrote:

I didn't realize it was that cheap. $35/yr and it's been out for 7? So that's only around $250 which is piddle, I've wasted more on shoes.

That is if you wait for a sale. Usually Buy.com puts it on sale every couple of months. I think that is like 40% off or better over the regular price.

Good to know. I had never considered putting any of the three consoles online for multiplayer since none of them have a keyboard, but since Dark Souls, I've been shown the light, you don't need to communicate with others to game with them. I just bought a new 360 to try and solve my trials evo and download speed issues (neither of which it solved, sigh) but I think it gives some trial gold time I might try.

If you don't get it during one of the awesome sales, you can usually get a 12-month card at discount clubs (BJ's, Sam's Club, Costco) for $50, and regular price is $60.

Whenever Microsoft is attending a con or show, they'll usually do a bag stuffer of a 1-month card. Snag those from a few friends and you can chain together a few months. I think I've got 3 that I never redeemed from PAX East, I should really check if those are still valid...

Just to provide a bit of a counterweight here, I paid for Xbox Live Gold for years and didn't find it to be a very useful addition. If you're going to be doing a lot of multiplayer gaming, it makes sense, but if most of your gaming is single-player or offline, you're better off putting that subscription money toward a dedicated streaming device that doesn't require a subscription to use. I used my console primarily for story-heavy shooters, RPGs, and the like that were mostly solo play, and Live Gold does nothing to enhance those experiences. Our primary use of our Gold subscription was Netflix streaming, and I'm much happier doing that on my Roku than my 360.

Instant heat microwavable meals. I always assume that it is horse and it reminds me of all of the random food you can eat in Fallout 3. But I still eat it.