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  1. Kindle says 47% of the way through as of last night, and I have to say this first bit has been really excellent. I've talked to a lot of people who have said roughly the same thing. The first 2/3 of the book is the exact kind of awesome hard sci-fi book that I'm loving right now. The last 1/3 is a thought experiment set 5000 years in the future that actually detracts from the awesomeness of the book and almost would have been better as a sequel. I would have read 1000 pages of just this near future story. I want to capture an asteroid and build a huge complex in orbit. edit: Oh and check out the illustrations on the inside of the endpapers if you pickup the hard cover. They're gorgeous.
  2. Yes, I played the Beta and I really enjoyed it. I have played every Bungie game since Myth the Fallen Lords and haven't been let down yet. Its Science Fiction with a bit of fantasy mixed in. Its got good shooting controls. I like the co-op aspects.
  3. Kerberos is the 3 headed dog that guards the gates to the Underworld in classic Greek mythology. Pluto and all of it's satellites revolve around names from the Greek Underworld. Aside from that, it is a world that has a Kerbal feel.
  4. Hmmm..... air - I was in the Air Force at the time. 805 - my parent's old area code ronin - I was in the Air Force, stationed in Japan. It made sense at the time. This is the part of my email address that always trips up call center personnel.
  5. I've made 4 ships. I started slow, just getting to orbit and had roughly $110,000 doing basic test missions while unlocking some science nodes. I think I did something like 10 contracts in the first day of game time, culminating in getting to orbit. Did a big 4 contract missions to land on the Mun. Jumped from $110k to $270k. My Mun-capable rocket costs roughly 50k a shot. I had a rather bad failed mission which dropped me down to $220k. Then I did a nice mission back to the Mun for science, planting a flag, and getting back. Jumped to $510k. I just did a big mission to Minmus, clearing a couple contracts and getting up to about $700k. I don't think its too hard to make money, but at the same time it seems you have to be consistently making new milestones. Failures can put a pretty big dent in your budget. Which can be a bit realistic. Meters versus feet and all that.
  6. I think the update is great and largely the contracts have been great. That said, I have experience a few bugs and a few quirks. 1. "Impossible contracts" I haven't seen a clamp contract on another body yet, but I have seen plenty involving testing something during flight or while splashed down. While none of these are impossible, testing some of them will be too expensive for the small return unless you can somehow build it into your next big mission. 2. Because of the low payment on many testing contracts, I usually don't take them. The only time I take them is while they need to be testing landed on the pad. 3. I had one really annoying bug quicksaving with Jeb on EVA on Minmus. When I'd reload the save, he's suddenly be mid jump and impact with Minmus and die. It was really annoying. I had installed hyperedit last update and was able to use it to quickly reload, pause, teleport him to the pod before he died. The only way I could do this stock would have been editing the quicksave file. 4. I had another slightly annoying bug where my right mousebutton stopped working for anything while playing KSP and stayed that way the whole time KSP was up. With respect, I think its silly to rage quit over it. This was a huge update altering a lot. There will be some polishing that will kill some of the kinks. We're rushing towards a feature complete game. By my count, multiplayer is one of the things on that list. I promise there will be some bugs to that... Now I need to figure out how to submit a bug report again, its been a while.
  7. I can't wait to do some contracts. As a former Government contractor I want to be in the middle of building something and have the contract yanked out from underneath me or changed. It really adds a level of suspense to the game.
  8. For its time, The Worst Holiday by Abyssal Lurker is the top of my list.
  9. If my ISP would give my little Midwestern suburb more than 1 meg uplink, I would probably stream every night. As it is, when I try streaming from the xbox it reminds me in the worst way why I can't stream. delays, graphical issues, and more just dishearten me.
  10. If I were looking into buying the game, I likely wouldn't find this review very valuable in making my decisions. It jumps around a lot, has few details, and largely leaves me with no more information than when I went in. I'm assuming since you posted here I could give you are ok with some feedback. here is some more detail. Kerbin isn't Earth. Confusing - pointless critique Full funding. Waiting 3 years - sucks, right? Welcome to early access. Your pro's also don't have much to do with the actual game and whether it is worth buying. In the end your review has very few concrete details and doesn't answer the key idea behind a game review. What is the game? How do you play it? What is good about it? What is bad about it? Would you recommend someone buy it?
  11. I wish I could see it but photobucket has said your images are too popular for me. I'm really interested in doing this myself and I love inspiration.
  12. If you know the inclination ahead of time thanks to the tracking station, I'm sure you can take off and be pretty close to the right inclination and then adjust. Especially if you set them as a target before take off. They said early missions are scripted, so they're trying to get you to master some different concepts early it would seem.
  13. I roll with a Tallarn Imperial Guard army. They are the desert guys. Everyone is a little shocked when I throw out 1000 points of Tallarn foot troopers and then modern vehicles to round out to 1850.
  14. When I wanted to get stuff cheap or even better trade things I don't need for it, I used Bartertown (google it). Being a new guy you'll have to get acquainted with the rules, and you'll be shipping or paying before seeing your stuff. For the most part through the community is great and I found I always had minis to trade and people usually wanted them.
  15. I recently got back into Minecraft after a hiatus from 1.2 to 1.7. I don't share the same distaste for some of the new features that others do. When you play survival with the express intention of building up, gearing up, and killing the Ender Dragon a lot of it makes more sense. That's what I did with the latest release. Now I'm back to my favorite part of the game, redstone. I can do red stone for hours. Of course I always play survival so the red stone I get is near and dear to me. I try not to waste it.
  16. I went through my entire 20's with a mach 3 I got when I registered for the draft. It served me well but got rather expensive on the cartridges. I gave the Fusion a try recently. Walgreens had the handle and 1 (maybe 3 cartridges) pack on a huge sale. It was ok. But I've wound up going back in time to a safety razor with razor blades. The blades work out to about 5 cents each for me and I get the closest shave I've ever gotten. I spend much less on shaving now, despite buying more products.
  17. I skimmed over most of this and have a good idea of what is going on... Finding specialized talent: Accountants and HR personnel can be expensive. There are some companies that will provide these services to you at a cost. Since your profile says Oregon (family hails from across the border in Eureka, woot!) you have HR Block as a widespread company that can help with this. There are other smaller firms. Get out the yellow pages and go to "accountant" and find someone with an appropriate accounting degree. Even one man shops are neat because they have to compete with the bigger firms, and you're paying for their time. Being small, you likely don't want to hire an in house accountant. Advertising: Can you maintain that relationship with the hotel? That will be a huge driver of your business. Aside from that you have to think like a tourist. I know I found all the locations and activities for my last vacation through TripAdvisor and Google. Mainly Trip Advisor because I like to read reviews of activities so I can find out if you're going to grope anyone in my party or rob us. if I don't find things through the internet, I generally find them through word of mouth at hotels and restaurants. You have to generate that word of mouth by making sure locals know who you are and giving them a reason to recommend you. Maybe meet some folks and invite them out on a zip line trip if they will keep a display of business cards at their front desk. I don't generally pull brochures from the displays at hotels, but know many people who do. Ask a hotel employee how people get their brochures in those displays. Generally it will be the result of a business association, I'm sure, or the chain gathers the information. They should be able to tell you. But above all, register your business with Google. Make a website or hire someone to make a website (which I see you have done, but could be better). Make sure you have a presence on Trip Advisor and make a dedicated effort to respond personally to bad reviews there. If you make good with a bad review, its something at least I take personal notice of.
  18. Chicken and pork....cooked through. Beef - medium rare unless the cut of meat requires special treatment. Seafood - case by case basis unless it is sushi. bacon - crunchy I have a smoker and I put it to good use on pork, chicken, and even beef. I brew beer and enjoy stouts and ales.
  19. I'm not going to link it, but I found them with a 10 second google search. A lot of the manufacturers have moved onto the 3DS now. Look up the Supercard Mini SD, its made by the R4 folks.
  20. I was on a backpacking trip in the Sierra mountain range, California, USA. I was about 10. My dad and I were in a tent when it began to rain lightly. Then it felt like the sky was ripped asunder and water flooded into the tent and soaked my sleeping bag, me, and my clothes. Lightning was going off everywhere. I couldn't wait to go on another trip. I'm sadistic like that.
  21. I'm an INTJ and I have loved hugs since I could get girls to give them to me. Boy hugs not so much.
  22. *coughnothingcanbeattheGeoMetrocough*
  23. I hear you. though many fellow soldiers I knew lifted quite a lot of weights to get that kind of appearance. and I can think of at least one I'd put on a most handsome list. I think another forum goer has pointed out the cool factor, and I pointed out Hong Kong flicks. Largely, the same goes for cyberpunk. They put it in because the same people who dig cyberpunk are into Asian stuff, so why not have characters who go around swinging Katana's instead of shooting guns. The katana winds up in lots of things like zombie flicks (The Walking Dead). For a lot of people there is a lot of romance to it. I know for my own bowels sake, I hope I have a gun at ready, loaded, and safety off if a Street Samurai ever comes after me. The 20 ft rule may not be steadfast anymore, but it did exist at one time for a reason.
  24. I saw one where they used a variation of that trope to do an interesting story. The Unit had an episode in their second season where "sunspots" caused communications to be sporadic nearing disabled. Its a classic siege story where they are outnumbered and must last through the night. The science may not have been right, and it may not really be possible and maybe not even written particularly well, but it was an interesting adventure story. Your argument tends to go for classic books too. Novels, tv shows, and movies tend to be written in the times they exist in. Historical fiction and science fiction do their best to either emulate the past, or imagine the future. That imagination tends to be tied to what futures the authors can imagine from where they are at today. Science Ficiton writers of the 1940's and 50's are lauded for predicting things like the personal computer and the cellular phone. Authors of the 70's and 80's are lauded for foreseeing the Internet and humans interacting with it. For everything they begin predicting correctly there are a million things that would seem silly now, or still seem like possible future tech. Examples: Heinlein predicted moving walkways in all cities akin to the walkways you now ONLY find at Airports. He also predicted helicopters would replace the personal automobile in everyday transportation. Both seem a little silly now but probably seemed like a possibility back then.