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  1. Sledgstone

    YT thread

    That lightsaber build is cool. I was hoping it'd be able to slice right through objects like an actual light saber, but thats ok, it looks bad ass.
  2. The first season is 10 episodes. Really interesting concept for a show. And they have Ragnar. lol. Quick concept of the series.. Earth was ruined in a giant war between the religious (Not christians, a different religion that doesn't exist for us) versus the atheists. The planet in this series is where survivors of the conflict went to try to start over but the fighting continued there. Good acting, writing, etc. but the plot is a bit weird, I was hoping for more episodes to tie up the first season, either their production got cut off short because of COVID, or it was just odd pacing for a season finale that didn't really feel like a season finale. If you're craving a new scifi series, this is a good one.
  3. The trailer has quite a few spoilers IMO but it does show some action without going much into the plot. I highly highly recommend this series. Seasons 1 & 2 are on Amazon Prime. I finished season 2 a couple days ago. Awesome show, great cast, great acting, great writing, etc. Apparently its based off the comics that I didn't know about until after I finished season 2. Extremely violent, very gory at times, some sexual content and a crap load of dark humor. Its a completely different take on superheroes compared to DC and Marvel movies. Most of the supers have all kinds of issues and many of them have no problem killing people or letting people die in collateral damage.. and others are straight up psychotic but present themselves as America's beloved heroes. CG effects, costumes, etc. are all top notch too. I don't know what kind of massive budget Amazon threw at this series but it paid off IMO. Amazing show. Hard to believe the guy that made Supernatural made this show. I love Supernatural, but this show is filmed like a movie.
  4. I bought a new reciever last week to replace my broken one that died about 6+ months ago. I finally got a new hdmi cable from amazon the other day so now all my stuff is full surround sound again. Oh man I didn't realize how much I missed surround sound until I heard it in all its glory again. I love that all the receivers now have all the hdmi inputs on them and then it has an hdmi out to the tv. No more audio sync issues ever again. The only game I've tested so far is Starcraft 2. I stream it from my PC over 5ghz wifi to my nvidia shield. I love that shield, it auto recognizes its 5.1 surround and the game auto adjusts to the shields audio settings. And because SC2 is such an old game my PC has no problem playing it in 4k. So I've now played SC2 in my living room in 4k with surround sound. It's awesome. :D I need to try some ps4 games. I have genshin impact downloaded so I'll try that soon. Hopefully the deck work I need to do doesn't consume my entire weekend again.

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      https://www.amazon.com/BlueRigger-Rugged-High-Speed-Cable/dp/B003XM1WE0

      Best hdmi cables ever. Fully supports 4k, HDR, 60htz high speed, etc.

  5. I want to strangle the person and/or people who installed the deck at my house. They did everything wrong. x_x I think two more weekends of work and another $100 more in wood and hardware and I'll be done fixing its supports for this winter. They installed the deck right to the concrete blocks that act as a skirt around the house. These blocks do not provide any structural benefit to the house, its just a wall for the crawl space.. but these blocks are just stacked on each other and stucco'd so it all looks like a normal basement wall.. well the deck settled over the years and caused the back wall to start collapsing.

    These idiots didn't connect the deck hardware correctly and they had the far support beam that all the joists are connected to attached to those blocks.. Because the hardware wasn't secured the board bowed outwards into those blocks causing them to shift.. the weight of those blocks pulled on the board more and the issue compounded itself. So could I just jack up that board? Nope.. because I had to reinforce the corners and connect all the joists to that board first or the entire back of the deck would collapse. And its a big deck, 1,000+ pounds of wood. I fixed the corner, added support pieces, disconnected the concrete blocks from the wood, used these beefy ass clamps that I bought from Lowes to pull the board back into place and secure it to the joists with structural exterior screws.. and now I have to add 3 new 4x4 supports to distribute the weight away from that wall. Pain in my ass. I'm glad I have my 3 ton jack from when I used to do car work. That jack can lift any part of this deck no problem which has been very helpful during these repairs.

    Turns out that entire back beam was being secured to all the rest of the wood of the deck with only 10 nails and 4 screws. I can understand cutting corners to save money, but holy f*ck that was dangerous. And deck hardware is expensive as hell. I've dropped $100 easy on 4 boxes of different screws, nails and structural screws. Those structural screws are just over $1 a piece. It all adds up quick. After last weekend that board and the corner its attached to is now connected with 40 additional screws and 14 structural screws. Thats no even counting all the extra nails I put in on the corresponding opposite ends of all the joists. Each joist hanger is supposed to have 8 nails, four 1 1/2 nails and four 3 inch nails. These jack asses used 2 small nails for each joist hanger and literally set all the joists in them without connecting them.. all that weight just free floating. The only thing keeping them all in place was the deck boards we walk on on the top.. of course all of those deck boards were only connected with 4 screws each instead of 8 or 12 depending on the length of the boards. So when I was doing all the work, I had to leave those top deck boards in place to keep everything together while I crawled under there, only a 2 foot clearance, and did all that work. wtf.

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

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      I was able to take one of the top boards of safely to get some light and to use my clamps at different angles. These are some pics just to show the work after. I added extra right angle connector pieces with extra screws to ensure the board stays in place because I don't know how many years it's been shifting and bowing like it was. It's pretty damn sturdy now.

    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      As long as you guys have been living there already, its amazing no one got hurt.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Very true. I'm thankful nobody's been hurt.

  6. I would have loved another season of into the badlands over this.
  7. My dad has stage 4 liver cancer. Its not operable. Hes going to have to start chemo soon. He had colon cancer last year but they were able to remove it. I'm hoping the chemo takes care of it.

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Wowzers, thoughts and prayers. :sad:

    2. slippers

      slippers

      this year sucks :( 

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Just when you can't think this year could get any worse. Here's to hoping he can kick it in the ass

  8. I beat Last of Us Part 2 a couple weeks ago. My opinion from watching Lady play it compared to my playthrough hasn't really changed. I will say though the combat is the real highlight of the game. When I got close to the halfway point of the game I realized I was playing stealth way too much and it was going too slow. Once I started running and gunning the game got so much more enjoyable. That was my fault for going too much stealth though, I was on I think normal difficulty but there really was a good amount of ammo and resources, especially with all the searching I did. Exploding arrows, rifle, molotovs, hunting pistol and pipe bombs where the best weapons in this game. Once I upgraded the damage for everything I realized after accidentally shooting someone's leg right off their body, the rifle and hunting pistols were beastly guns. After that I stopped going for most headshots and started aiming at legs for one hit kills as I blew everyones legs right off. They'd scream and bleed out. Very brutal. But the explosives.. holy hell.. the graphics and effects in this game... Limbs flying around and parts exploding, etc.. that looked like realistic damage someone would take from an explosion, so much blood. Eventually graphics are going to get so good it'll look like real people getting exploded. x_x
  9. The first episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond was on last sunday. God that was boring. They took completely sheltered kids, made sure everyone of them is somehow a minority group, young black woman with an education, her sister that doesn't look related to her at all, maybe another minority and she was adopted?, nerd white kid, and white kid with I'm guessing aspergers or something. None of them are in good physical condition to fight off the undead. By the end of the episode they all leave their community together to go travel to NYC.. 1100 mile trip from where they are. This group making it to that location in the world of TWD is almost laughable. It felt like I was watching a combination of Stand by Me and a variety of other cliched movie themes but it takes place with zombies. The final scene where they all left together completely felt like watching the Hobbits leave the Shire together. A small group with no hopes of survival embarking on a huge journey. But it works out for the hobbits.. because it is fantasy with a crap load of amazing supporting hero characters. For TWD World Beyond, this group shouldn't survive the first 2 weeks outside their community walls. And none of them have even killed a walker before until that first day they went out.
  10. I think this was the most recent TWD topic.. TWD started going off a cliff when all the major actors started leaving. The season 10 finale.. but it wasn't the actual season 10 finale because now season 10 will have an extra 6 episodes. And season 11 will be the final season of TWD. https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a33966590/walking-dead-cancelled-daryl-carol-spin-off/ Since they announced Carol and Daryl are getting their own spinoff they're now completely safe from death for the remaining 30 episodes so we know there will be no reason to fear for their safety in the slightest regardless of any circumstance their characters get into.. which is why the season 10 finale the other day felt rather boring.. there is Carol in a situation where she might die and we all know shes safe so when she survives there is no sense of relief or anything. Maybe if that episode actually aired when it was supposed to it would have felt more impactful. But in the end it felt kind of boring. Whatever spinoff show Carol and Daryl get needs to go to a drastically different location or something to make it something new. But even then I'm not feeling any interest in the show because if its a show dedicated to them they're all but guaranteed to never die, at least for the first season.. which means the show will bring in new characters, build them up and kill them off, but thats what TWD has been for years already. The way the show has been going for all of season 10 its basically been a Carol and Daryl series already.
  11. I missed that youtube video before it got taken down. I'm guessing it was a Trump having covid video. Seems like a giant publicity stunt seeing how every news station is hanging off his every word again. Even my local news app has been spamming me with Trump updates. I'm burned out trump. It's not possible to go a single day without seeing his face or hearing his voice on almost any medium I use for almost 5 years. Its been roughly 5 years (counting his initial primary election) of trump tv. I don't want to watch this reality show anymore and I hope it gets canceled.
  12. Hell yeah. This show is awesome. I'm glad they're already committed to a season 4.
  13. Sledgstone

    Humble Bundle

    https://www.humblebundle.com/games/you-can-pet-dog This is decent. Shenmue 1 & 2 for $4.80. Only a couple days left for this bundle though. I had Shenmue 1 for the Dreamcast but I had a bad disk because it would crash on me all the time so I never got the chance to get more than a couple hours into at the time.
  14. Those are pretty damn cool looking.
  15. Sledgstone

    Playstation 5

    I hate ebay flippers. I'm glad I'm not in a rush to get a PS5. When I do get a PS5 I'll be going for that $499 model with the disk drive. Its $100 more, but I figure since I don't own a 4k bluray player and they go for about that price, I can justify paying the extra for that version just for playing movies. I might just wait for a whole other version to come out with a larger hard drive too. I'm looking forward to seeing reviews of the console from actual customers after it releases to the public. Any youtubers that get free review consoles before release I'll assume have to have their review approved by sony and are basically long sponsored biased ads.
  16. Sledgstone

    God of War

    Ok.. this and Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be the primary games I'd buy the PS5 for.
  17. Sledgstone

    Playstation 5

    Not bad. I thought it was going to be $599 like the PS3 was initially. I bet with MS releasing the Xbox prices first Sony had to stay competitive. In a kind of related note: https://www.forbes.com/sites/krisholt/2020/04/16/sony-ps5-production-report/#28d072426685 I think Sony will purposefully gimp it's production for the first year because of the launch prices. To mitigate their loss per unit they'll say its a supply issue, but after the first year the components will drop in price and they'll start a larger production since they could make more money then. Its a gamble for them.. if we get a situation where everyone is flipping them on ebay for $700+ for the first 6+ months it'll cause alot of rage. EDIT: Actually I read that article a couple days ago.. looks like it might be false: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2020/09/sony_says_troubled_ps5_production_rumours_are_false Interesting. If sony can pump out 11 million units then we shouldn't get any ebay flipper bs.
  18. Yay! The trailer didn't really show much considering we know from leaks some of the new characters being introduced. I'm getting hyped.
  19. I want a 4k Switch. My Nvidia shield is the 2017 model that doesn't have the AI upscaling feature of the newer 2020 models. But from what I saw of the Shield's upscaling its pretty impressive. For the switch to have that, it'll be a great way for all the original games to be auto upscaled without having to re-release them in 4k versions. I've only recently started watching some actual 4k content on my 4k tv. I will say 4k is a big upgrade visually. From the distance of the tv to my couch, about 8 feet, 4k content looks like I'm looking out a window and seeing something in front of me. But if I get close to the tv I can still make out pixelations, flaws, etc. But from 8 feet away 4k is visually amazing compared to 1080p. 1080p content still looks good, depending on the content... an old movie upscaled to 1080p released on bluray played on a 4k tv will always look pixely on my couch, but true 1080p movies like anything that came out in the last couple years can still look damn good, but 4k versions of them look amazingly crisp and more vibrant with much better blacks that have none of that pixelation black shadow issue. I will say tho, I think HDR is a bigger upgrade than 4k. I've played Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4 and a few others with HDR on and the lighting effects can be draw dropping depending on the tv. Like walking around in a sunny area looks like the effects of real sunlight being shown on my tv. Its not really possible to take a screenshot or video to show the effects either because unless that video and tv or monitor the video is being shown on has HDR effects the video will only show a sunny area.. HDR tho makes it looks like genuine real sun light (depending on the quality of the game of course). Now if I can see a game that plays in native 4k with HDR effects on running at 60fps, I bet that would be amazing. If that new Horizon Zero Dawn game on PS5 can accomplish that, that would look gorgeous. Back to the switch, alot of its games that I've seen are more cartoony based so I'm not entirely certain how much crisper and vibrant the games will look on 4k. It might be a big improvement, but not worth buying a new Switch for if someone already owns one. I doubt it'll be as huge as a graphical upgrade compared to something like the new next gen consoles could be potentially pulling off. This basically sounds like the PS4 Pro version of the Switch that will be coming out. I have a PS4, but no desire to buy the PS4 Pro when it came out.. but if I didn't have a PS4 at the time, i'd have definitely bought the pro version instead. Kind of like the new Nvidia Shields. My old one works amazingly well and plays 4k content, but if I didn't already own one, I'd be buying the new Shield Pro version that recently came out. Edit: Heres a video I watched a while back that shows the Shield 4k DLSS AI upscaling differences and this is what we can expect with the new Switch 4k since it uses basically the same hardware.
  20. I like it. The sandworm design seems a bit odd, kinda looks a bit like a gigantic leach mouth.
  21. This show was awesome. That season 2 finale though. wtf. With how they left the season on such a huge cliffhanger, I really hope covid doesn't screw up the production start date of season 3 too bad. Those kids grow fast in between filming seasons as it is. We might have a CW Riverdale situation where a bunch of actors noticeably in their 30s are playing high school students. After watching the first two seasons, I still emphasize with Johnny. Hes a great guy but everyone has their own flaws. This still reminds me of this video showing Karate Kid from Johnny' perspective: I can't remember who made these original quotes, but they apply to this story like almost everything else: "Everyone is the hero in their own story" "There is no bad guy, just people with different opinions that are doing what they think is right." Its all about perspective, I like when Johnny explained what happened on the beach way back then to Miguel. From his perspective Miguel was basically "Wow, Danny was a dick".
  22. Season 3 is decent and Clementine does play a large role in it. I never played season 4 so I'm not certain what choices in season 3 affect the last season or not.
  23. That shotgun looks like it'd be great for me. All I'll be using it for is home defense so as long as its reliable and functional I'll be good with that. Thats some impressive range with a shotgun. I like that. I mentioned in that snapchat, I was thinking shotgun for slugs for defense for everything, but that .22 could be good for shooting theives in the neck. lol. Or least for wildlife control. If I need to put down a coyote from some big distance or at least scare it off the .22 might be good for that. I know people that like to use their .22 for killing ground hogs to remove them from their property. Birdshot could be good for in home defense so I don't accidentally kill anyone with a slug going through drywall. Eh.. In the end I don't have much money for gun purchases, I'll probably stick with just the shotgun and slugs when I can afford it. Good news is I feel safe enough to actually own a gun now. Safe as in my nerve issues in my arms has reduced significantly. I think its all thanks to the exercises I've been doing over the last couple years. Its been a year since I've had any numb arm issues while sleeping and I haven't had my fingers or thumbs twitch in a year either. I've dropped a couple things a week ago but that was me being clumsy and my hands were wrecked from using heavy ass pipe wrenches that entire day. Before I couldn't trust myself to own a gun when I could have potentially dropped a loaded weapon. Lol. When I first moved I had to do the same thing. We moved in October but it was too late to update our voting registration so we had to drive 20 mins to the old polling place. But we still lived in the same district so it wasn't really a big issue. We have been using scantron ballots here for years. Since they all have a unique barcode and number for each one and that number is then attached to the person voting, it ensures everyone gets their one vote. I never signed up for mail in ballots this year so I'll be going to my polling place and using the good old scantron and feeding it into the machine. As far as I know the mail in ballots are the same scantrons and once they are received by the elections, they feed them into the machine themselves. I think its funny how some people think that voting fraud can happen so easily when it seems like a good system with accountability. I think the scenario most people think about is some old 80s movie where they stuff the high school prom ballot box full of fake votes to make sure someone gets to be king or queen. Its so stupid. Voting in an election is taken way more seriously than that. I will say tho, if there ever is any voting fraud it needs to be fully investigated and people need to go to jail. The latest article I saw for voter fraud was where people voted twice in Georgia. But it was discovered and they'll be prosecuted. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/1000-georgia-voters-face-prosecution-for-casting-multiple-ballots/ Well now those people can spend the next 1-10 years in jail. In NY, if someone got an absentee ballot, mailed it in and then went in to vote, it would be spotted pretty quick by the computers once those ballots are scanned in. People who intentionally vote twice deserve their sentence. I will say tho, I'm glad mail in voting is become more available, theres some places with crappy polling locations that serve way too many people. If I had to wait in line 5 hours to vote I doubt I'd ever do it. Every place I've ever lived has been pretty straight forward tho with only a 10 minute wait on average during a presidential election.
  24. Had another busy weekend that spilled over into the beginning of the week. I replaced my dryer belt and cleaned out 15 years of built up lint out of it. Its amazing how much lint gets past that lint trap and just builds up. No wonder dryers are fire hazards. Lint burns so damn easy and with as much lint builds up in a dryer its like gasoline ready to ignite into a massive fire with the smallest spark inside it. wtf.

  25. ID isn't required for mail in voting or in person voting because the initial registration is where you are verified. When you register to vote you generally have to do it through the DMV when you get a state ID and that is where they verify you initially, or if you move you can update it with your new address. After that you have to go to your designated polling place and when you vote, they don't ask for ID. Mostly because when you vote, they see your name in the books, you sign it and they can compare your signature to last years. They give you a ballot with a number on it that they mark in the record next to your name. Sure somebody could come in to the voting place, say they are me, forge my signature and vote for me, but then if I come in later that day to vote, someone says I already voted, then that would kick off an election fraud investigation. Election fraud is federal charges and can lead to some serious jail time. Like 5 years in prison on just federal charges not counting state charges. For mail in voting you have to register for it through the board of elections or DMV if I remember right. They verify you through the website, I think its all tied into the DMV again.. they send you a ballot in the mail with a number on it that is specific for your registration, you fill it out, put it in the envelope and mail it in. Don't need to put a copy of ID in it since you were already verified. Sure somebody could take my ballot from my mailbox, fill it out and mail it in, but if I call to find out where my mail in ballot is and there is fraud.. once again an investigation would kick in. Of course someone could say, what if someone takes your ballot already filled out from your mail box.. I would think it'd be pretty obvious if there were a crap load of people going around to everyone's mail boxes and searching them for ballots when people are mailing them out at random times all over the course of a month and checking other people's mail boxes can be considered tampering with mail and lead to jail time. People could also just put the ballot in a USPS drop box. Lady had to renew her license a couple weeks ago. Turns out they enabled renewal online. The only thing she had to do was get an eye exam at one of the multiple locations that do it for the DMV. So she went to one of the local pharmacy stores down the street, paid $20 for the eye exam, they electronically sent the results to the DMV, days later she went online to renew, they verified that the results of the eye exam were received and she got the new license mailed to her. But it had the same picture from 8 years ago on it. lol. One of the restrictions for the DMV now is they will only do appointments and they'll only see people at that specific DMV office that live in the same county as that office.. and that sucks because we have a DMV that is small, hardly ever busy and its only a 12 minute drive from us, but its in the next county because we live right on the county line. The DMV we would have to go to is a 45 minute drive to a downtown Syracuse one that is generally so busy it literally has 2 waiting rooms. Screw that. I used to note register to vote because of jury duty. In hindsight I should have. The last 3 times I got a jury duty notification, I'd call the number once a day for 4 days and my number was never called for coming in so I've never even gotten to the initial showing up part yet. btw, at least in NY state, as long as you have a state ID you already are registered for jury duty. Or if you register a car to drive, you are already registered for jury duty. Theres some other things they pull your name up for jury duty too. You might already be signed up and don't know it because everyone hardly ever gets a jury summons. Hand guns in NY state are blocked off with all kinds of restrictions, background checks and registrations, etc. Its possible just time consuming. But shotguns and rifles only need background checks. I could technically go to a walmart and buy one, but there would be a waiting period for the background check. Or I could go to a trade show and buy one. I'd like to eventually own a shotgun for home defense and a .22 rifle. We have alot of woods near me. We have coyotes and other wild life, but recently we've had a couple black bears sightings in the local communities. Sure on facebook people are like, oh look how cute they are, leave them alone they're not bothering anyone.. yeah because they're small at the moment.. but if these bears start reproducing here and get big.. we could have a bear problem. wtf. So yeah, shotgun with slugs or bird shot for home defense from potential thieves and maybe bears. lol. A .22 rifle would be great though for killing anything from a distance. I'm no pro shooter, but a .22 makes almost anyone a pro shooter. lol. That recoil is so small you can pump 3-4 bullets into anyone or anything from a distance with ease.
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