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  • simian commented on The State of Digital Comics

    After 3-4 years of HEAVY purchasing I've run out of storage room so I'm transitioning to mostly digital. Unless it's someone I love dearly (Hickman, Fraction, Wood, etc) I'm slowly reducing my pull list at my LCS and moving to digital for new series. The dollar ratio between physical/digital has gone from $80/$10 a week to $30/$20 ... It also helps that I'm culling a lot of the series as well.

  • simian commented on Google Play App Roundup: VoxelMaker, Earn to Die 2, and GoatZ

    Voxel Maker looks interesting enough if only to make voxely avatars for various profile pictures.

  • simian commented on Tested Goes to Star Wars Celebration 2015!

    Lego Lego Leeeeegooooo.

  • simian commented on Living with Photography: Adobe Lightroom 6 Review

    I've been a standalone LR user for awhile but with the ugprade fee being $79 I'm probably going to switch to CC instead going forward on LR6. Who knows maybe it'll be like a gym pass and guilt me into taking more pictures.

  • simian commented on How I Turned Raspberry Pi 2 into an Audiophile Music Streamer

    Yay a DAC article!

    @patricknorton on a tangent do you have any recommendations for a portable DAC like the Sound Blaster E5?

  • simian commented on Testing: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

    I bought an N6 off contract in January but recently Rogers has been offering an marginal incentive to switch from my old iPhone plan (6GB for $70 a month) to one of their sharetab plans but with 8GB a month (though for $40+ more). The story I've heard is that Rogers will be incrementing the price of my plan quarterly until it hits $100/month so I might just pull the trigger and get some better data / voice perks with a new phone.

  • simian commented on LEGO with Friends: Veronica Belmont, Part 5

    Not to be knit-picky but I almost started to yell at the screen when Norm didn't attach the hook to the canon on the back of the snowspeeder.

  • simian commented on LEGO with Friends: Veronica Belmont, Part 4

    Video is working now but hearing praise for the Divergent series makes me wish this had become a lost episode. That series (book + movie) are so so soooooooo bad.

  • simian commented on LEGO with Friends: Veronica Belmont, Part 4

    Hrm... The window for the video isn't showing up...

  • simian commented on LEGO with Friends: Veronica Belmont, Part 3

    Fresh Off the Boat was beyond terrible that I could barely make it through the first episode but then again I think all of ABC's Comedies crap (apart from Better of Ted & Happy Endings).

  • simian commented on LEGO with Friends: Veronica Belmont, Part 1

    Damn 2/3 of the kits they previewed for this week are on my LEGO Store wishlist.

  • simian commented on The Best Android Smartphone for Your Network (March 2015)

    I wish that MotoMaker was available in Canada since right now the Moto X 2014 is only available through one carrier and has a pretty high markup. I picked up an N6 when it was available here but while it's nice enough the size is a bit too much for my everyday use.

  • simian commented on In Brief: Google Announces Chromebit Computer-On-a-Stick

    $100 is a bit much but this would be nice to toss in a bag if you needed to do something off site but don't necessarily want to bring a laptop.

  • B77W mentioned you in Feeding the LEGO Habit

    @simian: It seems to me you have an excellent plan, and hopefully it works out for you (i.e. you don't get kicked in the junk). I think you're going to like that Birds kit, and it does make a good couples project. Besides, one of the birds has a flower for cryin' out loud! That's romance right there.

    @Nscafe: My Lego itch has been scratched for a couple of months now. I did the Birds and Tumbler along with a few smaller sets and a few for my daughter as well (Vet Clinic, Elsa's Ice Castle, and a few promotional sets). Plus, I recently finished a build at work (yes, I said at WORK) that the executive team wanted me to do as a display piece in the office. It is a model of the company logo with 17,000 bricks and is about 12' wide by 2' tall. Perhaps I'll start a thread with a few pictures so people can have a look.

  • norman mentioned you in Tested: Canon 7D Mark II vs. 6D Cameras

    @simian: those would be pretty complimentary, since the mk2 is basically a 6d!

  • B77W mentioned you in Feeding the LEGO Habit
    @simian:  Yeah that Tumbler was impossible to find for a couple months. I ended up ordering it online after checking every couple days for over a month!
  • B77W mentioned you in Feeding the LEGO Habit

    @simian: Not sure if you've made a purchase yet, but I can say that the Tumbler is a really enjoyable set to build. Just finished it last week and it was great. Lots of interesting angles and connections to make, some cool details inside the cockpit... and oh my, those tires are wonderful! I would also recommend the Birds set for another great build (though smaller and a little faster than the bigger sets of course). They're a really interesting design and look great when they're finished.

    Whatever you get, enjoy!

  • Nscafe mentioned you in Feeding the LEGO Habit

    @simian: It's a nice set. :)

  • m1ndy9876 mentioned you in Google Play App Roundup: Inbox, République, and Deep Loot

    @uthor: @simian: @cobra88king8: http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/05/google-inbox-invite-happy-hour/

  • Jerware mentioned you in Testing: Oculus Rift DK2 with Elite: Dangerous + HOTAS

    @simian: Norm has the Saitek X52 Pro, and I just bought one too. It's $134 on Amazon right now.


    A lot of people love the newer X55 too, which is $199 and has more "authentic" military styling. Personally I prefer the more sci-fi look of the X52, plus the Elite Dangerous in-game stick appears to be modeled after it.

  • eldergeek mentioned you in Thinking of replacing my HTPC with a NUC

    @simian said:

    @eldergeek: hehe thanks but I've been a Linux\Solaris sysadmin for near 15 years so my problem isn't with Linux itself, just that almost all desktop distros have some sort of 'quirk' that ends with my crawling through forums to find drivers, kernel modules, libraries to get something working. I generally try to not emulate my work life in my non-work life ;)

    Is it bad that it's part of the bit of linux use I enjoy? Does that make me a masochist?

  • eldergeek mentioned you in Thinking of replacing my HTPC with a NUC

    @simian: Linux isn't that much of a headache, and I'd be happy to help if you ever decide you do? :)

  • fitnessfun mentioned you in Gaming Keyboard Suggestions


    Don't forget about the mouse! Ergonomic keyboards are great and prevent strain on your wrists, but a good mouse can make all the difference too. http://toptengamer.hubpages.com/hub/top-mmo-mouse

  • will mentioned you in Episode 260 - Sweet and Creamy - 6/5/2014

    @simian: That's on your end, I believe. No one else has mentioned it, and we would have heard complaints by now.

  • T_Pants mentioned you in Google Play App Roundup: Sunrise Calendar, Worms 3, and Nun Attack Origins: Yuki

    @simian: Same. My work phone is the only place where my Google / exchange calendar align, our corporate IT policies block Google from syncing with my desktop calendar... it's pretty annoying!

  • Trinkle mentioned you in Bits to Atoms: 3D Printing Buckaroo Banzai's Jetcar

    @simian said:

    I constantly whistle this around the house and secret want to choreograph it with myself playing all the roles.

    I am glad I am not the only one that does this.

  • will mentioned you in Episode 258 - Mr & Mrs Smith, Part 2 - 5/22/2014

    @agnostichef: @simian I grew up on a farm, with all that entails. I've slaughtered chickens and pigs before (no cows though), but I'm not sure I agree with you on this. I think it's ok to have egg-laying chickens that you treat as pets, rather than livestock. Obviously, that won't work if you're in it to make a living, but for the size of chicken coop I'd put in, it isn't unreasonable.

  • agnostichef mentioned you in Episode 258 - Mr & Mrs Smith, Part 2 - 5/22/2014

    @simian: Free Chickens are just chicken owners with no balls. I grew up on farms and when a chicken stopped producing for whatever reason we killed it and either ate it, gave it to the hogs, or butchered it and added it to the compost heap. Egg laying chickens don't make the best chickens for eating but meat is meat. Though I do know that most "elite hipsters" would never harm another person/animal so I don't even know anymore. We have chickens on 2 sides of my house and ducks on the other side. I understand them but like anything in life you have to think having farm animals though to the end before you go out and get them.

  • caska mentioned you in Episode 253 - Listener's Choice - 4/17/2014

    @simian: The trailer had me intrigued so I went and saw the movie when it came out. I'm glad I did because I found it to be a sort of chick flick for guys. They essentially make fun of the bits I'm assuming you find creepy and instead it turns into some funny moments if you're a fan of British humour. Another thing I liked is apart from the love story there's a pretty strong father- son relationship theme that underpins the whole movie. So yea I found it to be a fun watch!

    @burgels and @Dubl*A: it helps sometimes when you're author is also a poet and the narrator can sing. Guy Gavriel Kay's A Song for Arbonne has a few songs throughout and Euan Morton does a great job of singing making the moments as impactful as you know the author intended them to be.

  • CouchPotatoTalk mentioned you in Best Set Top Box for Local File Playback?

    @simian: NUC with XBMC is like my dream device. I would love to do Steam in home streaming with it much like Will does. In the meantime though, a laptop with XBMC works well enough. Just have to try and hide it.

  • kim_a mentioned you in Best Set Top Box for Local File Playback?

    @simian: I'm also using a Boxee, which sadly no longer works with SMB for local files since updating to Mavericks...

  • zgryphon mentioned you in Tested Mailbag: Flavors That Some Would Deem...Unnatural

    @simian: It appears to be "Glenfarclas". And to judge by their website (www.glenfarclas.co.uk), if you prefer 12-15-year Scotch, you're in luck, because they have both! As well as 10, 17 (seen here), 18, 21, 25, 30, and 40(!), and something called "105" which does not appear - alas - to be an age descriptor.

    Personally, I'm not inclined to drink any product whose own manufacturer describes it as tasting "peaty", but your mileage is more than welcome to vary. :)

  • stenchlord mentioned you in Canon EOS M - Backup body?

    @simian: I've found the AF is much worse in low light situations, like unbearably so. Noise has also been an issue but noise doesn't bother me much of the time cause if I'm posting something online it usually gets resized pretty harshly to be more monitor friendly.

    I also tried my 70-200/4L IS on my EOS M, felt ridiculous to use and it's much smaller than the 2.8 lol.

    For those interested, I'll link to a shot taken at ISO 3200, it's a 1/6 handheld so excuse any blurriness. It's also just taken in JPEG not RAW since that's what most people would use. It's pretty bad but again, I think it's good enough if you intend to print (6x4) or resize for online viewing. Second link will be same image resized to 800px on the longest size -- Link 1|Link 2

    If you're going to pixel peep then yeah it's not very nice but for most people I think it's going to be more than fine.

    The thing that irks me is that the noise becomes much more apparent earlier in the ISO range. So even a shot taken at ISO 800 (indoors but during the day) can still show a quite a bit of noise -- Link

    Still having said that, I still have fun using it. I think for the most part it's the novelty of having such a light kit. When I've got my DSLR out I feel like I'm always on to look for the right moment to capture, with the EOS M it's an after-thought. Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to the user but it's meant I've had a hell of a lot more fun with my friends when we've gone out as opposed to standing outside and taking photos of my friends having fun.