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Guild Wars 2 Reshade/SweetFX

I followed the directions in this video and what an improvement! This was way easier than manually installing reshade and sweetfx and then fine tuning the effects I'd want. Instead it took me about 5 mins and everything looks amazing. Here are some before and after shots. Click on an image to open it in the lightbox image viewer, then hit the left and right arrows on the sides of the image to easily compare. Guild Wars 2 Max settings: Max settings with Reshade

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I upgraded to a GTX 1060

I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my graphics card. I bought a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition. So far it's running pretty good. It is a huge upgrade over the 1 GB non gtx geforce stock card that came with my Dell XPS desktop. It only needs a single 6 pin power connector and the small profile fits perfectly without forcing me to buy new sata cables to fit around it. This card does run a little hot since the fans are dialed way back from the manufacturer. At i

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Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who series 8

Doctor Who has always been one of my favorite shows, but this last series with Peter Capaldi has hit a new low for me. I loved Matt Smith and David Tennant as their own respective doctors, but Peter Capaldi's doctor is so bland. He might be a better doctor if the show actually had decent writers though. In all of time and space to travel to, the doctor has spent about 90% of that season in the school where Clara works.. Surrounded by children, Peter Capaldi's age is even more pronounced and he i

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Invision Power 4.0

Invision Power Services has launched their test site for their new 4.0 software that we'll be upgrading to sometime after they release it and a new skin is available (most likely the same skin / theme we are using now). Its interesting as I didn't know what exactly to expect. I knew they were recoding the entire platform so all their products can be used separately, but I was kind of expecting some new eye popping layout or something. When compared to their current forum, it actually looks very

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Ditto Catnip Box

I took a series of pictures of Ditto's catnip box during the summer of 2013. He really loves his catnip. Watch the slideshow by clicking this link: http://www.ancientclan.com/gallery/slideshow/album-84/

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vBulletin.com has been hacked

I received this email today: After logging into vbulletin's site, I changed my password and checked out the client forums. vBulletin's software was compromised, again. Earlier this year, PCGamers forum was hacked and then earlier in July, Ubuntu forums was hacked. And just the other day vbulletin.com, vbulletin.org and MacRumors were all hacked. All of the sites were running vbulletin software. References: http://blog.canonical.com/2013/07/30/ubuntu-forums-are-back-up-and-a

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Corrupt one sided biased Media

I was looking through my old blog posts and I see this: http://www.ancientclan.com/blog/1/entry-33-worst-case-scenario-for-us-by-end-of-2008/ I was watching way too much MSNBC in 2008. Back in the day I used to watch Fox News. I thought Bill O'Reilly was great with how he interviewed politicians. The no spin zone was a concept that I liked. My dad would listen to Rush Limbaugh and I'd hear many of his broadcasts. Years later I moved to NY. Democrats are more popular in this state. I en

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Brinkmann Gourmet Charcoal Smoker Modifications

In my previous blog post I showed my new smoker: New Brinkmann Smoker (ECB) El Cheapo Brinkmann But the smoker didn't work out all that good right out of the box. These are the following modifications I've made to it: When I first got my smoker I put a grate at the bottom of the charcoal pan because I read that a grate will help in keeping ash buildup from blocking the air flow. This was not entirely correct. What I needed to do was have the grate about an inch off the bottom so that air flow

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New Brinkmann Smoker (ECB) El Cheapo Brinkmann

Back in May of this year I bought a new Smoker because I've been thinking about trying out smoking food for a couple years now. I've gotten pretty good with a standard grill, but I wanted to improve my slow cooking skills and try something new with different flavors. After watching numerous seasons of BBQ Pitmasters, I became inspired to finally try out charcoal smoking. Instead of buying something expensive, I shopped around, looked at reviews, different makes and models and I decided to go wi

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This is why I will never buy another Motorola phone

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57526994-94/android-users-outraged-over-motorolas-broken-promise/ Next phone I buy will be an HTC or a Samsung. I will never buy a Motorola phone again. I specifically bought this phone because it was on sale, it had basically the same specs as the samsung galaxy at the time and it was guaranteed to be upgraded to the latest android operating system. I never got that upgraded operating system. Android 2.3 is so outdated, that numerous apps are not eve

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vBulletin strikes again.. PC Gamer Forums

I haven't liked vBulletin for some time now and mostly put that forum software behind me except for the occasional jab about how bad their software is. I came across this interesting update from PC Gamer the other day... with a part that I emphasized: http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/07/26/why-forums-and-comments-are-still-offline/ http://mos.futurenet.com/forum/ I don't visit PC Gamer's website, so I'm not certain what version of vB they were using, but this is pretty huge. The to

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Invision Power 4.0 new editor features

The improvements they are making to IPB look really great. Some of the highlights for me: http://community.invisionpower.com/blog/1174/entry-9537-ips-40-editor-part-1-content/ Embeds will always work. Now that is a huge difference. http://community.invisionpower.com/blog/1174/entry-9538-ips-40-editor-part-2-uploads/ Drag and drop images right into the editor. I've been waiting for this feature. No more having to click attach and then navigate to the right folder where you

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vBulletin 5 Connect... dodged a bullet there

vBulletin went straight from beta 28 to Gold release with no release candidate versions and they even upgraded their official forums to it. WTF. There is no member list, no users online list. Notifications are horrible, its buggy as hell and looks like crap. http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/ The only thing it has going for it IMO is that the mobile version looks decent on a cell phone screen.. but even then I came across some 503 errors and pages that failed to load. So buggy. They say "

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vBulletin vs. IPB custom pages

vBulletin has updated their vBulletin 5 Connect demo.. Heres a prime example of the horrible crap of vbulletin's sofware and one of the obvious reasons we stopped using their product. vBulletin custom page example: http://www.vbulletin.com/vb5demo/custom_page Yay, I could have put text on a page. Here is an example of a random test page that I made on ipb: http://www.ancientclan.com/test.html I have the ability to put anything from the database onto any page I want

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Sledge's Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

Instructions to make: Sledge's Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings Ingredients: - Chicken Wings - Sledge's Sweet and Spicy Rib Rub Stuff you will need: - A good knife - Aluminum foil - Ziploc gallon storage or freezer bag - Grill - Tongs Instructions: 1) Prepare your chicken wings! I consider one batch of wings to be about 2 or 2 1/2 pounds. This package is enough for two batches of wings. 2) If you have never cut chicken w

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Sledge's Sweet and Spicy Rib Rub

Instructions to make: Sledge's Sweet and Spicy Rib Rub This dry rub can be used on pork or beef ribs, chicken, chicken wings, beef, pork, steaks, etc! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed in measuring cup) 1/4 cup white sugar 1/3 cup paprika 1 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/4 cup + a little over.. half seasoned salt, half bucks seasoning 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoon caye

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Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

http://vimeo.com/18046748 This is a pretty good video of the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010 from 1:10 AM EST (6:10 GMT) to 5:03 AM EST (10:03 GMT).

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Fixed Lady's MP3 player

I didn't take pics of this fix.. but thanks to this website: http://anythingbutipod.com/2008/03/creative-zen-disassembly/ I was able to figure out how to take it apart. Those are some really really small screws.. and thankfully her mp3 player only had a loose battery. Whenever the mp3 player was lightly shaken the power would cut off and only come back on after it was connected to a computer usb. After taking it apart, the solder connections were fine, but the battery wires seemed to b

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Fixed DC power jack for Lady's laptop

So lady's laptop has had a power jack issue for almost a year now, but almost a week ago it got even worse and would hardly stay plugged in or charge unless the plug at the back of the laptop was pushed and held into place just right. I've seen this issue before with a PS2 and I was able to fix that by re-soldering the DC power jack connection to the motherboard. Well, turns out that getting access to the DC power jack on a laptop is a hell of a lot more complicated than a slim PS2. I have to gi

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vBulletin vs. Xenforo = Lawsuit

http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php?363883-Internet-Brands-claims-against-Xenforo http://xenforo.com/community/threads/internet-brands-claims-against-xenforo.4727/ Internet Brands, the parent company of vBulletin has filed a lawsuit against Xenforo because XF is developed by former vBulletin head developers and are directly competing with their product. Apparently there maybe contractual breaches from the developers former employment with IB. Of course, customers of vBulletin

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Juicy Lucy Burgers

Instructions to make: Juicy Lucy burgers Ingredients: - Hamburger meat - Seasonings - 2 slices of american cheese per burger Instructions: 1) Mix up your hamburger meat with some seasonings like season all, maybe some chopped onions. (look at my other burger recipes in this blog) 2) Make some small hamburger balls to form into patties, one slightly bigger than the other. You have to make them smaller than normal because you will need two hamburger patties

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New forum made by ex-vBulletin developers

If anyone can remember the old bulletin board software wars from years ago, you would remember an old major player called ikonboard. This software was a phpBB, UBB and vBulletin rival back in the day. But after they got purchased by a bigger company they lost alot of their users when the old developers of ikonboard broke away and created invision power board. Shortly after ikonboard became pretty obsolete. Now the same thing is happening with vBulletin. vBulletin was purchased by Internet B

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    • DeathscytheX

      I just discovered Hyouka and I'm hooked. The animation is stunningly beautiful... not Evergarden tier, but extremely good compared with most. The Chemistry between Hotaro and Chitanda is outstanding. Chitanda is super adorable and Hotaro's lack of enthusiasm for anything just makes their interactions great. Plus the "mysteries" are intriguing as they go about solving them.
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    • Sledgstone

      I've been a bit inactive lately. Lots of things going on with my personal life and work. There's a new big update for the forum software we use and it's finally been released which is also another reason why I didn't update the themes yet. Hopefully if I have the time this weekend I'll get that all updated.
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    • DeathscytheX

      Anthem isn't perfect. It probably should have been delayed another 6-8 months, but its a hell of a lot of fun. I just find it funny how Destiny can rack up big review scores with the similar issues and significantly less content. The popular thing to do right now is crap on EA, and its justified... but it'll be a shame if this game gets the plugged pulled on it early. There is a lot of potential here to fill the gap until the next gen consoles come. Arekkz has the most realistic take on the game, the rest of the YT community is just spitting out talking points which is kinda sad too see since they're suppose to be the alternate to big game sites.
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    • DeathscytheX

      Last Spring was an anime season of epicness. This season is of charm and adorableness. Meiji Tokyo Renka, My Roommate is a Cat, The Quintessential Quintuplets, and ENDRO have all captured my heart and they're not even my favorites this season. I'll def have my work cut out for me doing a full review at the end.
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    • Sledgstone

      I've been sick as hell for the last 5 days now. Damn sinus infection has wrecked me. At least I got some time in on God of War. Damn that game is amazing.
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