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    Star Wars! *flails arms*

    Last edited 21/12/15 8:40 am

      Watched it on Friday night. Was really good regardless of reading a major spoiler online.

        Glad to say, stayed online & avoided any, even minor, spoilers.

        The prats I follow in Twitter are alright, but pears nonetheless.

        There are SPOILERS in the movie?? AAAH Now it's ruined!

      Yeah totally! Saw it yesterday and LOVED it! Will go see it again soon, I want to see it in a cinema equipped with Atmos.

      Seen it twice, will probably see it again over the break. I really loved it.

        Yeah, I saw it a second time last night. Loved it even more than first. Preferred it in 3D. Plus the pressure is off after the first viewing, you can just sit back and soak it in instead of over analysing every plot point. :)

        Last edited 21/12/15 8:48 am

        Saw it yesterday, my wife and I agreed in the car on the way home that we'll see it again before it leaves cinemas.

      Lucky enough to watch it twice also. Loved it! Just good ol' fun.
      No need to go deep into it picking flaws, it was just a great movie to sit there and watch which I haven't said about many movies out of Hollywood lately.

    Decided to try out the ghost in the shell game. after playing it for 5 hours I think I like it.

    Should be on holidays, back at work today.
    Bleh.

      I intended to be at work today, but I slept in, and ehhhhh.

      What a difficult life I lead.

      I had Friday off, so I started my holidays, only to come back to work for a day and a half.

      you train in, don't you?

        Yep.

          If Pip's in the area, can you tell her to swing by my house just so I can give you your Christmas stuff? I would send it but money and late

            I will pass it on, don't know what the holiday plans are. I'm mostly just making sure I don't murder anyone at work these next 3 days.

              Don't go to jail yet. I need to give you your Christmas stuff! Then you can get arrested all you want

    Took part in a Netrunner tournament on the weekend. Went 0-2-2 and picked up 12th place. There were 12 entrants.

    I could complain that having access to only a third of the cards hampered me. However some of strongest decks out there mostly use cards I own. The biggest issue was not knowing nearly 2/3 of the cards people could use.

    Netrunner is a game of decisions. Of bluffs and optimising choices. All of that requires knowledge I don't quite have. Yet.

      Have you tried to "git gud"

      As long as you had fun thats all that matters bun bun, knowing you, you will now make it your mission to get way way way better.

        I had fun.

        4 of 8 games were basically auto-loses. If I'm up against a deck doing something I didn't know could be done, I can't play around it to try and win. 2 loses could've been prevented by patience. 2 wins were mostly me getting good draws while my opponents did not.

        I was surprised that my weaker deck went 2-2 while the deck that I much more enjoy went 0-4. You use two decks and play one game with each per round.

        Funnily enough, my losing side is also the one with the stronger cards available. It's just that I wanted to play a very single minded but fun deck instead of the very broad and powerful one.

    My weekend was lovely. Just lovely.
    A bunch of the old LoL gang picked up LoL again on friday and we just sucked, like i was horrible at the game when i first started years and years ago but this was just another level of sucking, regardless i couldnt stop laughing and having fun. Was a good feeling.

    On saturday @sernobulus and i went to his parents house to pick up there old washing machine, Let me tell you: We are the best tradies, i mean technically nob isnt a tradie but he was my apprentice who was holding his phone up so i could watch a youtube video on how to tie a truckers hitch. Nothing fell off the ute on the way back to our place so i assume i did it sorta correctly?

    That night i was in the mood for a christmas movie, so we ordered pizza and rewatched die hard.At the end of die hard we just both nodded and said "man die hard is awesome" Because die hard is awesome.

    Didn't do much yesterday except last night went and saw star wars again. So much good. So much much good.

    How about you guys? What did you guys get up to?

    Im one of three people at work this week and i forsee myself checking TAY every 5 seconds.
    HUZZAH

      I feel like I need to get my wife on TAY purely so I can compete with all these emerging TAY couples.

        It's stiff competition. I wouldn't bother.

      Please tell me the trucker's hitch instructions involved a rabbit running around a tree and down a hole.

        NO BUT I WISH SOMEONE EXPLAINED IT TO ME LIKE THAT

          Now that you have mastered the trucker's hitch, step it up to a double trucker's hitch next time.
          Literally just a second one after the first one, works twice as good. Just don't break what you're tying down if you do that.

            master is a strong word, i didnt use the rope to tie anything down, just to make sure the things wouldnt move. I trust snap straps more than i trust my ability to tie knots.

    I had four days notice to host a Christmas dinner for my in laws and their weirder family members (this was a decoy dinner to distract them from the proper one!).

    I had to buy a new fridge because my 200L one wasn't going to cut it for 11 people. It arrived at 10am on the day. Badass fridge though, it was up and running in no time.

    Whole event ended up going really well, but I had absolutely no time to play xenoblade, and I'd JUST been given the keys to my first skell!

    Last edited 21/12/15 9:08 am

    Saw the Starr Warrs yesterday. Here's some God & bad spoilers, for discussion purposes.

    I loved it obviously.

    Lady hero stole the show, she was fantastic. I love the way she won't take food for BB, hates being dragged by the hand, fixes shit & climbs around on shit like she's Spider-Man's daughter & not *ahem*

    I was a bit funny with Darth 2.0 because he kept throwing tantrums. They made him as about as scary as a wet fart (so you know, moderately, if someone shits themselves near me, I don't like it). I presume once his training is done, he'll ditch the try hard Darth helmet & do his own thing.

    I can't believe they just reused the plot from a new hope with a sprinkling of bits from the other flicks, but whatever.

    Han's death was fantastic, I could see it coming a mile away but it plays out really well.

    Actually, can't say I was suprised by anything, but it was all done well enough that I never rolled my eyes.

    Except that scene where the Nazi party addressed the Storm Troopers. I know, Star Wars has never been what I call subtle, but wow.

    I really wish Good storm trooper changed his pants.

    The was a lot more CG than I was expecting.

    Not enough Kenny Baker.

    Lady Fett needs a far more important role in the sequels.

    I look forward to the sequels & will try to squeeze in a second viewing before my Xmas holiday ends.

    O'DOYLE RULES

      I actually really liked the idea of baby vader throwing tantrums, the dark side is all about anger and frustration and vader was still insanely calm when he was angry, i mean it was menacing as fuck but vader was also a jedi for a long time so he usually kept his cool and thought through everything, kylo is just a baby, he thinks he is the strongest and just trys to prove it over and over again and that failure wears on him because he wants to live up to vader. The nazi symbolism was anything but subtle i completely agree, i mean even in the originals it wasnt subtle but this was next level of not subtle.

        Yeah, it won't bother me (&bother is even a strong word for what I feel), if after he trains he drops the tantys.

        It fits, Anakin pretty much was holding back on tantys the entire time he was trying to be a Jedi & his fight at the end of the Prequels was essentially just him letting loose the ultimate tanty.

        & yeah NAZZIIIII OVAH HEYYAAAHHH

          You should watch the Clone Wars series. It'll add a bunch of nuance to a lot of the characters from that time period that the prequels miss out on because of Lucas being shit at character writing.

            Are you kidding? I've seen it, bland as.

            I don't mind catching eps occasionally, but it has nothing I much value. Not for that many hours of my life.

            I like the Prequels, remember?

              So you've seen scattered episodes of maybe the first season?

                I watched maybe the first 5 episodes in a row & I've seen scattered episodes of whatever plays on ABC3.

                It's ok, but unless there's a guide to the episodes that matter, I'm not doing it.

                  First season is ropey as fuck and there are some very average bits, but at the same time there's a ton of character building and a whole lot of lore building that's great.

        The fact that Vader was always in control of his anger and could harness and channel it was what made him a proper Sith, I think. Also probably a side effect of having been a fully trained Jedi. That said, he does have a few bits where he gets pissed off. Like choking Motti for shit stirring in IV. Or during the duel with Luke in V, Luke lands a hit on his shoulder and Vader flips the fuck out, unleashes the rage and that ends with Luke losing a hand.

        Also on the Nazi thing, don't forget that the Nazi party was born out of the remains of the German Empire after it was basically dismantled by the Allies after they lost WW1, and it was initially all about making Germany great again, rebuilding the empire and then getting revenge on the Allied powers that wronged them. It's not subtle but it kind of makes sense as a historical parallel.

          Not saying it doesn't make sense, just that they threw what minute subtlety they had out the window.

            Star Wars was never subtle. The first film had an evil space wizard that dressed all in black and in his first dialogue scene he physically chokes a dude, lifting him off the ground with one arm and then crushes his neck.

            Later on the EVIL EMPIRE (as they're referred to in the opening crawl) blows up a planet - a planet that is supposedly completely pacifist, with no weapons. And they do it basically to show off how big their dicks are, not because of any real grievances.

              But that's what I said, I clearly say & so does rockets that it wasn't subtle. But by comparison, this new one makes the old ones look subtle.

      I agree, it was pretty average, but people should watch it anyway.
      THIS IS A MISDIRECTION FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET.
      It was pretty awesome

      Last edited 21/12/15 9:37 am

    Working through the Holidays! HOORAY!!!
    *not Hooray*

    New star wars was cool.
    I wants a BB8 now...

      I got one of those BB-8's by Sphero as a christmas present to myself. He's pretty damn cool.

    I went and watched a Star War yesterday.

    Loved it. I could nitpicked it but I won't, because it was just so damn enjoyable. Was it a completely faithful "Star Wars" movie? Get outta here, what's the even mean? It was a fantasy movie set in space, it had lightsabers, iconic ships, and a lot of hooey about good vs evil, so it'll do.

    I agree with some comments I say that Rey is at this point an audience avatar. But she did a great job at that, and the scenes where she needed to show who her character is were carried off well.

    Fin was great. Well played, his on-screen chemistry with Poe and Rey was fantastic, that really helped me connect with the characters.

    If there was one think that felt a little out of place it was some of the sassy banter. This existed in the OT but to a lesser extent, sometimes it felt a bit much (Poe taunting Ren during the opening scene, and a lot of Fin's dialogue fell into this category) but it all fit so well in this movie, and this movie was done so well, that I accepted it.

    Kylo Ren aka Darth Emo took a couple of scenes to grow on me, but when I realised he was basically a confused kid and brought a lot of intensity to the role (channelling who I felt prequel Anakin should have been) his character clicked into place. I've seen criticisms that he was a weak villain and I think people who make this criticism are missing the point.

    I am surprised no kids started crying when Ren ran Han through with his lightsaber. It was pretty heavily foreshadowed so it wasn't unexpected in the slightest, but it was pretty hard to watch.

    There are a lot of deliberately unanswered questions that people seem annoyed by, but I'd suggest those people go back and watch ANH and look at all the plot threads that don't get resolved until ESB or RotJ for some serious perspective on that. I think as a generation of fans, we've never really had to wait for answers. Even with the prequels, all the important things were already known - Anakin becomes Vader, Sidious is Palpatine and will become the emperor, etc. Star Wars is a fantasy movie set in space, and fantasy needs mystery.

    It's not a perfect movie, it's not a perfect Star Wars movie. But went in knowing I would be extremely critical of it even if I tried to lower my expectations, and by the end of the first act I had completely forgotten that because I was genuinely just enjoying it. I didn't feel this way with the prequels.

    So, I call it a win.

      Great reveal, when the helmet comes off and you go oh, it's just a kid

        I love when he first has his tantrum. Pretty much shows that he's not a fully trained/in control Sith. More like a kid that wants to be a Sith.

          Anakin 2.0

            Except instead of being a whiny child, Ren actually does stuff

              Yeah,

              has a tanty every time he makes a mistake

      Still not 100% sold on Ren (&stimpy), Anakin had the fortunate role of not being a villain until he'd made that change, whereas as I was supposed to be in fear of a villain pulling a tanty everytime something didn't go his way?

      Anakin held back until his mother was slain.

      He started off well, his force grab of the blaster bolt was fantastic, but it was all downhill from there.

      That said, as above, I expect after he completes his training he'll be a villain to be respected.

      Yep, there was a lot of stuff dropped for sequels, I thought even more so than both the other 1s which, to me, felt a bit more stand alone.
      Which is as it should be, why even pretend this isn't the first of a new trilogy at this stage.

        Ren's tantrums are an example of exactly why he's not feared or respected (at least by the audience - the people in the room with him are rightfully afraid of a loose lightsaber being haphazardly swung around by a temperamental dark side wannabe). Him killing Han was the turning point. Snoke made that clear. Once Ren killed his father he was able to sever his connection to the light - which will enable him to embrace his powers instead of being a whiny baby.
        I can see why this would feel like a missed opportunity, by introducing a weak villain, but I really feel like it's going to have a worthwhile payoff. I think there's enough there to engage us (especially with Rogue One coming out next year?) until episode 8 is out.

          @sernobulus

          I don't think it is, I think this is the fast forwarding Anakin lacked.

          The prequels should have started on Teen Ani, seen some progression in 2 then he should have almost been sorted by the third & snapped.

          I'm the outspoken prequel lover, but I think they spent too long on whiny Ani & lost audience interest. I see Stimpy being the same arc done right (if they pull it off in 2, I'm mostly confident they will with THAT director)

            Yes, exactly. We needed teen Ani instead of toddler Ani so the immediate love interest between Anakin and Padme was believable instead of creepy and didn't have to be forced in episode 2 with whiny Anakin on top of everything else.

            The entire prequel trilogy would have been improved just by making Anakin about 8-10 years older and focusing more on his development instead of wasting time with all the trade federation garbage. It also would have helped if Lucas had a fucking writer look at the scripts before forcing actors to use that dialogue.

      For me it was no Jar Jar Binks, no Ewoks. 10/10 would watch again.

    @pupp3tmast3r

    Hey I remember you posting a trick with power/wiring in Fallout 4 settlements a while back, don't spose you could re-enlighten me?

      Yeah too easy; you might've already figured it out but I had no clue when I worked on my settlement. Basically forget about using connector wires and switches they just use copper for little to no utility in simple settlements (obviously larger more complex ones have more use for them). Build a generator next to a house/abode and then build connectors (I think they were called that?) they look kind of like metal traffic cones and there's 4 variations depending on the direction you want them to face. Basically place them on the sides of a house (near the roof) and and connect a wire to them. One should provide power to about 2 walls length of a house and power everything that uses electricity in that region.

      Of course if you want to power sentry lights or anything that has a number power cost next to it you'll need to manually connect the generator to it!

      Last edited 22/12/15 11:49 am

    Finally got all of the Xmas presents for the family.
    Now to play the waiting game...

      Waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

    In between feeling unwell and this stupid heat, I feel like I have got nothing done whatsoever.
    Hopefully I can get back to it.

    Mornin' every one.

    Heh, Christmas week, work is gonna be interesting this week. I don't expect it to be as busy as Dan Murphy's but I know it'll be basically flat out though.

    Weekend was good, worked Saturday, that was busy-ish, I like that, means i'm not standing around bored out of my mind. Sunday was nice & chill though, caught up with a friend, she might be joining us Christmas day, since her mum has gone overseas for 6 weeks & her dad & brother are in Townsville. Can't spend Christmas Day alone I figured!

    I'm also probably seeing Star Wars on Boxing Day, the original plan was Christmas Day since the local cinemas state they're open, but don't have any times for any movies that day.. So idk...?

    How is everyone?!

    Also happy birthday to @scree for yesterday! :D

      Thank you

        No problem! Did you have a good day?

        Also I sent you a Christmas card by the way, so keep an eye out for that :P

          Oh man, now I have to send you a Christmas card.

          Oh wait, I already gave you one, didn't I?

        Didn't realize it was your birthday yesterday. Hope you had a great day, friend.

          It was hot and that sucked. Then it cooled down and that was good.

    Still haven't seen Star Wars. Was unable to scope out session times for Star Wars last night because net dropped out and was still gone this morning.

    Still looking at imax, just because. Looks like I could maybe get to the 9am session on Saturday. But not sure if I'd be able to get over to Parramatta in time for lunch for Dad's birthday, especially since trains appear to be screwed that day. Otherwise decent seats aren't til the new year, pretty much. Hmmmm.

      Or... you could go see it in Gold Class... for $2 less.

      Just sayin'.

        But it wouldn't be the IMAX 70mm print which I'd kill to have somewhere up here showing.

          Maybe you didn't hear me.

          Gold Class.

          You know, where they bring the alcohol to you. Why go and get your own beers like some kind of savage?

            Because again, it's not the IMAX 70mm print.

              But the film only had one sequence shot for IMAX JJ Abrahams said, so it'd be kinda pointless watching a film that was mostly shot for standard cinema in IMAX, right?

              I mean I guess there's always VMAX up here, whilst no where as good as IMAX, it's still something?

                Well for Sydney at least it'd also mean you get to see it on the biggest screen in the world. So that's neat :P

          Yeah, I'd consider murder for one of those near me, too.

        I've been to one of those things before, for one of the Lord of the Rings movies. The chairs seemed to drop below the balcony ledge thing when you reclined so you couldn't see the screen, and having to get up and leave the room to go get a drink or whatever sucks. Also I don't really eat/drink anything when watching movies anyway.

        Seemed like a waste :P

          Hmmm thats odd. The gold class ones I've been too have been in the main cinema, not a classist style. Whole cinema of Reclining chairs.

      Anyone in Sydney should consider going to The Edge cinema in Katoomba, IMAX class screen, cheap tickets and great picture and sound, and last I checked they had tickets available for every session.

    Saw Star Wars second time yesterday.

    One thing that made me wonder
    After escaping Starkiller Base, Leia and Rey seek each other out of the crowd and wordlessly embrace. They had not met each other before or even knew each others names. So what was that all about? Maybe they did know. Wife's theory is they are continuing the OT story beats and Rey is Kyle Rens twin sister separated at a young age.

      I stand by my theory that she is Luke's daughter, and that Leia is probably the one who sent her into exile on Jakku to protect her from Kylo Ren.

        I still like the idea that she was a youngling under Luke's tutelage, but the family link thing (either Luke or Leia's child) feels more likely in terms of story. I really do love that multiple theories are possible, though. Speculating like this is fun!

        I think this
        What was that line glasses lady said?

        Anakins lightsaber called to his son & now it calls to you

      "Kyle Ren" typo made me laugh out loud. All I can think is that in the next movie The First Order can't find Ren and have to run around the galaxy shouting "SEEN KYLE? HE'S ABOUT THIS TALL"

        I was convinced his name was Kai Loren, until I noticed people referring to him as "Ren". Then, I just thought it must be "Kai Lo Ren"... Didn't know it was Kylo until I looked him up for more insight into his backstory.

      Wouldn't be surprised at all if Rey and Kylo turn out to be brother and sister. Been looking into the expanded universe a little since seeing the movie and it turns out that Leia and Han have three kids, the youngest Anakin, and a set of twins Jacen and Jaina.

      Apparently Jacen (who they seem to have renamed Ben in The Force Awakens) turns to the dark side and is ultimately killed by his sister Jaina

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacen_Solo

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solo_family#Jaina_Solo

        The EU isn't canon anymore though, and while it might make sense for the Solo kids to be twins in line with EU expectations, I think it makes more sense to move away from that.

        Kasdan specifically said he wrote the script with no exposure to the EU, so I don't think that's it. I really don't like the idea of there being another secret twins set, I think that'd feel like such a cop-out and it's also way too obvious.

        If Rey is Luke's daughter (which seems possible but I don't buy it) then it'd make sense that she and Leia might feel close.

        Personally my theory is that Kylo is Luke's son. Rey is Han & Leia's. To conceal the fact that Skywalker had a son, there was a switcheroo. Rey is sent to Jakku under the watch of Max von Sydow's character who will turn out to be super important, and Han & Leia's raised Kylo. He found out about this and that's what caused him to snap and turn to the Dark Side. Remember, no one knew that Leia and Luke were brother and sister except the two of them and Han (because she told him). Everyone else that was privy t that secret - Bail Organa, Obi-wan and Yoda, plus Vader and the Emperor via Vader - was dead. As far as the universe knew, there was one Skywalker, and he was a Jedi. He'd have wanted to keep his child safe, and where better than right under people's noses?

        The name is the big give-away. Ben. That's a very, very specific name. Luke was the only one that knew Obi-wan as Ben. Despite the famous line from A New Hope, Leia never met him, only knew stories about him, and she knew him as Obi-wan Kenobi. Han met him but thought he was an 'old fossil'. Why would those two name their son after the nickname that an old Jedi they barely knew used while in hiding? Meanwhile Ben Kenobi was Luke's first teacher, his mentor and someone he greatly respected and trusted. It doesn't make sense otherwise.

        This would also explain why Kylo was so upset at the feeling of closeness that Rey had with Han - the 'father she never had'. He knew. Han was his father figure, but not truly his father - Han was Rey's father. He was jealous of her immediate bond because he'd never had the same thing.

          Interesting theory, makes a lot of sense and personally I would rather this be the case than have them turn out to be twins.

            If you want to get technical about them using bits of the EU then don't forget that there was a character in the post-RotJ EU canon called Ben. Ben Skywalker, Luke's son. :)

            While I think they were writing without regard to the EU, Lucasfilm does pick bits of the EU to include as canon. Star Wars Rebels recently canonized the Interdictor-class cruiser and a bunch of details around the B-Wing (such as it standing for 'blade' wing and being manufactured by Slayn & Korpil) so EU details may have factored into the new trilogy, just probably not major plot-affecting details.

          I find your theory intriguing, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter

            There's a flaw in the theory though.

            Rey was officially born 11 years after the Battle of Endor, but Kylo Ren/Ben was born within a year or so of the battle, meaning there's roughly a ten year difference between them.

            Kills the twins theory dead, but also makes the switcheroo a bit trickier. Still might work for Kylo, but makes Rey being Leia & Han's daughter implausible.

      They had met hadn't they? She at least knew she was Han's wife, and presumably she was going to break the news about Han's passing - but Leia already knew that (having either felt Han's death or Ren's "darkness" through the Force. That was the significance of that scene to me. The embrace was for Rey about the loss of (as Ren pointed out) the loss of a closest thing to a father she'd ever had - and for Leia, the loss of her husband and presumably (since I'm well on the side of Rey = Luke's daughter) a familial connection that she is still keeping hidden for Rey's own safety.

      Though admittedly, Ren already knows about Rey's powers and potential value so it seems like there's no a lot to lose by revealing that secret... which now that I think about it, would be why she was the one sent to find Luke. Huh.

        Leia didn't appear in the film until after Rey got taken by Kyle Ron

          Yeah, I forgot she didn't land til after the battle during which Rey was knocked out and taken by Ren. Still though, Rey had done her research. She knew who Han and Chewbacca were, she'd heard of the Falcon, it makes sense to me she's know of General Leia Organa, though it's slightly questionable that she'd know her on sight.

            So how would Leia know who Rey was?

              Space Magic, the way to get around any contrivances in Star Wars.

              Because as I assume Rey is Luke's daughter who he hid on Jakku for her safety, Leia has presumably been watching over her in Luke's extended absence.

              Maybe because she actually is her daughter and she's been keeping tabs on her over the years. Or if she turns out to be Luke's daughter and he asked Leia to watch over her. It's all speculation at this point though, only 1 year and 5 months to go till Episode VIII.

              Edit: beaten to the punch (sort of). Damn you @kermitron *shakes fist*

              Last edited 21/12/15 11:28 am

      I'm in the camp that Rey is Luke's daughter. But regardless, the thing to remember is that the Force is pretty strong with Leia too, so I would imagine that those on the light side know a kindred spirit when they meet one.

    Just got the carpets cleaned, and Max is doing her best to sniff every fiber and look disgusted.
    Ah, cats.

    Howdy all,

    Weekend was a massive success. Flew in to Brisbane with my dad on Friday night for my mum's 60th - she didn't know I was coming, and was super surprised... but not as surprised as when she arrived at her surprise party on Saturday... Surprise!

    Then Jetstar went and fucked it all up. Cancelled my flight just as we were about to leave the house, couldn't get me on another flight last night, so I ended up getting on an early flight this morning and being late for work. Also forced to dress in casual, and totally unshaven. I'm going for that hobo chic look, but I don't think I'm pulling it off.

    Also managed to leave my book and 3DS charger at home (since I had a category 5 hangover on Friday morning). Fun times!

    So there's this bloke selling this Silverstone case on eBay that I want, noticed he specified local pick up only, so I messaged him on the off chance that he would agree to posting it to me, he said no. That was 2 weeks ago I asked. He's relisted it 4 times now. I wonder should I message him again asking if would be willing to post it to me in the new year. Cause I am really interested in it. Since a) Silverstone stopped making it just this year & b) he's asking a quarter of it's brand new retail value & it's in really good condition.

      How much are you paying? I've had people that said local pickup only before and I offered to organize a courier to come pick it up from them, they generally said that was fine.

        $50 is all he wants for it. I can't see it costing me more than $20 or $30 via Fastway or TOLL. His excuse was "I don't have time to pack it & send it" then maybe selling it at this point in time is not in your best interests if you only want local pick up, but that's just my opinion.

    Just got a message that the last thing I've been waiting on for my Secret SanTAY package has been delayed and may not make it before Christmas. Considering it was supposed to arrive a week ago, yeah, no shit.

    On the bright side, someone is going to get to enjoy a second, slightly smaller Christmas in January.

      Based on the number of posts happening with people saying I haven't forgotten but need X before I can I don't think you are the only one. Double christmas!!

        I feel like this year really has a sneaky Christmas that is happening sooner than it should be.

          I have major release due by the end of the year. So Christmas really hasn't been a focus for me so doing family Christmas over the weekend was a shock to the system. We were fairly organised for it, but still having trouble parsing Christmas is this week.

            I saw The Force Awakens last week, and (I'm not kidding) I have to now keep reminding myself that Christmas isn't already done and dusted.
            The kids will be pissed if I forget though...

    I gotta ask, what's the point of purchasing a tracking number on stuff with Aus Post when it just doesn't get activated, it seems? I only bought a tracking number cause the parcel I was sending was going through as a letter, but I wanted a one cause of the value of the contents. I feel like i've been jipped :(

    The other package I sent, it;s tracking number works fine dang it.

      Demand a refund? :P

        I don't think it works like that haha :P

          Why not? You paid for a service and they didn't provide it.

            It happens every time, I contact them and they can tell me where it is, but never their website. Only seems to work with the free tracking numbers you get.

    My weekend in summary:

    Saturday: Some stuff happened and it was warm.
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    TL;DR STAR WARS

      Seen it twice already, want to watch it again at least a couple more times. Sah gerd!!!

      Also, what's the bet they'll release the DVD/Blu-Ray on May the 4th.

        I reckon they'll release it long before May, but then release some sort of special edition then...because Disney.

          Unless it is still in cinemas come May...

      So damned keen to go and see it again.

      Incidentally, are you visiting over here during the holidays? Seems like a good excuse to go and see it again...

        It just so happens that we're headed up on the 24th and leaving again the 27th so we got a small window if you're not busy? :D

          I'm leaving on the afternoon of the 24th and back on the afternoon of the 26th so I'm free that night?

            If forum 6 is open on the 26th i'm keen as mustard! :P

              2D - 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm
              3D - 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm

              No idea how busy it'll be, though considering it'll be boxing day the answer is probably "Very"

                Haha i could imagine!
                Might chat more about it tonight with you on steam but i'm keen!
                Also i'm not too fussed over 2D or 3D

    Saw Star Wars on Saturday. Only screening I could find was a Lux ticket, so a 30 seat cinema with recliner chairs and complementary popcorn. Still got nothing on the $10 tickets for beanbags at the Pighouse cinema I first saw Phantom Menace at, way back when, but it was pretty good. Movie itself was alright.

    Omg, I'm still reeling. Will have to convince my folks to go see it over the holiday break - there are a few scenes I want a second, closer look at. Really looking forward to finding out about Rey's lineage, and seeing Ren's maturation - he's got potential to be a great villain, if he could stop destroying every computer he comes across. :P

    Failed at my resolve to finish SOMA over the weekend; instead I picked up Monster Hunter 4U that I'd had on my shelf for a while... Wow. From what I'd heard, the endgame is multiplayer-focused, so I'd ignored the series for a long time. But I'm really enjoying it so far. Only monster that's bested me thus far was the Yan Kutku, but a lot of the fights have gone down to the wire. Basarios was freaking awesome. :D

    MH even managed to pull me away from Destiny all weekend... awww crap. I forgot to put the gunsmith orders in for my alts. *facepalm*

      I think I gave up on MH4U after about 40-50 hours, the fights went from being 'oh this is pretty tough but I think I know how to beat it' to 'Man... that's intense, I don't know if I can beat that guy' to 'OH GOD WHY IS HE STILL HITTING ME I'M ALREADY DEAD'.

      I have now moved on to Pokemon... it is slightly less stressful.

      Edit: That being said, what weapon are you using? I found the game alot more fun after I discovered how awesome the Insect Glaive was.

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        Charge blade is best.

          Switch Axe 4 lyf

            I think I mained that for most of MHT. Although I think I moved on to longsword for a while at the end there actually.

            LS 4 deth.

            Honestly, why you're using a switch axe to give life is beyond me.

            :D

              Upswing is love. Upswing is life.
              Upswing is now a valid tactic in 4 and not the take-your-teammate-out-of-the-fight annoyance of 3.

                I grew to dislike the mounting mechanic in multiplayer. It's really effective but it holds up combat/gameplay for the rest of the team which felt less "have a breather/heal/sharpen" and more "everyone else go away I've got this!"

                  True. It was fun with 2 but a bit tiresome with 4 after a while.

            Really tempted by the switch axe... but... rocket powered drill-hammer.

              Oh man, the charged jump shot with that thing going square into the head of a monster. So good!

          But but... Kinsects! Also being able to constantly do leap attacks is pretty great.

          But this is coming from someone who never used a charge blade, so...

        Yea, that's what I'm kinda expecting. Hoping to get at least 50 hours or so out of it before things get too insane for me - I'm not under any illusion I'll finish it.

        Started with a greatsword (my staple through Dark Souls), but it felt slow and didn't like the moveset; swapped to dual blades for a while but couldn't do the damage I wanted, so switched to the hammer. I may not hit with every swing, but the X attack has a pretty fast combo (once you get the first swing out of the way), and the charge attack seems to have good potential for clearing groups of adds (jaggis, genprei, those ant thingies, etc). Still hilarious to see a genprei go flying when I hit it. :P

      I have MH4U too! :D

      Was wondering where you were. Wanted to go sparrow racing. :)

        We should team up and fight-slash-get-wrecked by something! :D

        I hopped into Destiny for a few minutes over the weekend to do the dailies, but I'm really not feeling the sparrow racing at the moment - the lack of incentive to do well, combined with the brute-force-the-RNG method of loot acquisition...

        Only things I'm really after in Destiny atm are the Titan's raid helm and the two new exotic chest pieces. Thanks to racing/hoarding, I've got infusion fuel to get any Titan helm that drops to 319, so I'm not in any rush to nab more racing helms. Not in any rush to hit 320, either - maxing at 318 on all characters suits me fine until they add content that requires 320 or higher.

          We should lock in HoliTAY Raid. Talk tonight if you're on.

      OK, what's your 3DS friend code... not in Taytagmasterlistoftags

        ...will investigate when I get home, and get back to you. I've never actually looked my code up :P

    I feel like christmas is gonna be good this year,
    last year i spent christmas with my ex and her family at the beach in bowen and it was pretty lovely. But i was pretty rushed because i was starting work in cairns on the 4th of january and i didnt get to spend much time with my family or friends. But this year i get to see some friends in townsville and get to spend a few days with my gran and nonna and extended family. Then i get to relax by the beach in Hervey bay at my sisters house and then i get some time to myself before going back to work.

    Lifes pretty good for ole rocketman.

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