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The Geek Art Movement

VickiM Re:Geek art since the 80's (89 comments)

My holiday tree is decorated with bead pixel art from mainly 8-bit and 16-bit games, plus a Fygar. I think the giant Golgo 13 head the spouse demanded is a bit off-putting, but it's generally very cool indeed.

The Magnet Man bead art was upgraded to the year-round honor of hanging on the fridge with the help of some neodymium magnets.

about 2 years ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

VickiM Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

It's not cool to be anti-Semitic anymore. When will it finally be socially and morally reprehensible to treat atheists like this?

about 2 years ago
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Doctors Transplant Same Kidney Twice In Two Weeks

VickiM Re:Discount (130 comments)

A 67 year old man would probably be on Medicare. So it was more likely double-billed than discounted.

more than 2 years ago
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Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

VickiM Re:Theory (630 comments)

My theory is that nearly all people saying they're looking for their soulmate aren't ready to find their soulmate. Too many people believe in an effort-free, life-long love. Riding off into the sunset and never a care again. Perhaps I'm one of the jaded ones, but in my experience, even the best relationships are at least 50% work.

I also met my spouse on OkCupid. Some call us soulmates. I'm just glad to be so happy every day; I don't care what the label is. Had to wade through a lot of people to find him, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Iwata Confirms Nintendo Network, New Wii U Controller Functions

VickiM As a gamer (111 comments)

I will respond to this information with a true gamer's response: I will buy a Wii U the day Pikmin 3 is released. Basically, content is king. I know people bash the Wii a lot, but I realized when organizing my shelves the other day that my SO and I have managed to collect more Wii games than I've had for any other system in my life. Some were great, some were so-so, but I don't regret any of the purchases.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

VickiM Honestly, I don't know (596 comments)

Help me out here. I'm 30, so I started voting and paying attention to politics around 2000. For my entire adulthood, it's been taken as a given that politicians vote based on who pays them most. If we took away bribery, how would they know how to vote? I feel like we're saying we need to take the tomatoes out of marinara sauce. All politicians have is bribery and pandering. Without bribery to give them something to do, they'll just keep passing laws about abortion every couple weeks.

more than 2 years ago
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Compared to 2011, I expect that 2012 will be:

VickiM Mixed (309 comments)

My paycheck will probably go down at least another 3-5% because of healthcare costs increasing an no raises. The new husband will probably have an increase in pay because his tiny company is growing but they don't offer healthcare yet, so while I'm down 5% he'll be up 5%. We'll probably be about even! If he get health coverage, though my workplace, we'll be down at least 10-15% of our collective purchasing power over last year.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

VickiM Re:Wrong (861 comments)

Funny thing about Category F. I just got married about a month ago, and it would cost over $500 a month to put my husband on my crappy pay-nothing high-deductible insurance, just in case he fell out of a window and survived. Neither of us are engineers or programmers. That $500 is a lot of money for us, and we just can't justify it. Our hope is to find one at a competitive rate in 2014. Until then, I'm keeping the windows locked and won't let him in the kitchen with all the knives and heat sources.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Expects To Be Unprofitable In 2012

VickiM Re:More content (323 comments)

Oh, I see your older post now! It's a Canada thing. You, sir, are no troll!

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Expects To Be Unprofitable In 2012

VickiM Re:More content (323 comments)

That's weird. When I look at my account:
Star Gate Atlantis - Yes
Airplane! - Yes
Doctor Who - All the new Who that has been release on DVD except Season 6 which was released two days ago in Region 2 only
Star Trek Series - I see original, TNG, Voyager, DS9, Enterprise, the Animated Series.
Die Hard - Yes
Family Guy - Yes
Futurama - Yes
Grey's Anatomy - Yes

Are you a troll?

about 3 years ago
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Nintendo Releases The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

VickiM Played it the last few days (138 comments)

It's a good game, but was over-hyped. A lot like most games in a series, I supposed. But, hey, my save file hasn't yet corrupted itself and there aren't weird glitches making people spin for no reason, so I'm happy. It's harder than previous Zelda games, which I am starting to appreciate, and I'm getting the hang of having to actually fight the monsters instead of just hitting a button over and over again. I agree, though, that it's not as pretty as I had hoped, and I say that compared to just other Wii games. It's more a stylistic thing than a pixels thing, for me. I preferred Wind Waker's visuals.

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Loses 800,000 Subscribers After Qwikster Gaffe

VickiM Re:Needs new leadership (325 comments)

People were pissed enough when they heard that they'd have to go to two separate sites (Netflix and Kwikster) to get streaming versus mail delivery DVDs. I imagine there will be the same sort of reaction when we're told that if we want Sony movies, we go to Site A and pay $5.99 a month, and if we want Warner Brothers, we go to Site B and pay $5,49 a month, and if we want Disney we go to Site C and pay $7.99 a month. If that's the way things go in the future, I think a lot of people will go back to opting for Site D, also known as The Pirate Bay.

more than 3 years ago
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Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

VickiM Re:no offline play = no sale (384 comments)

Personally, my friends and I all played D2 offline, either single player or LAN. Sometimes I did TCIP with my sister after she moved.

I did log into Battle.net once, though. Can't remember if it was for D2 or Warcraft III. Someone was spaming "FSCK.YOU."

more than 3 years ago
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World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition

VickiM Oh joy (244 comments)

If I remember correctly, the experience isn't that grand. All I remember from my below-level 20 characters is running around trying to get the materials I needed for my skills (herbs and ores) but there always being high-level characters with epic mounts grinding for copper and iron to sell in the auction hall, standing in line for quest-related spawns, and the unexplained fact that while only one in twenty murlocks have an eyeball, they're fairly effective warriors.

more than 3 years ago
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Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops

VickiM Re:Structured data makes this easier (254 comments)

IIRC, ICD-9 will start with 'E' or 'V', else it's ICD-10

Actually, I think E and V are different types of codes. Diseases, injuries and procedures are just numbers. E codes show injuries that were caused by external forces. I can't remember V off the top of my head; I think they're types of office visits.

more than 3 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Demo Released

VickiM Re:Played it. (188 comments)

I, for one, generally enjoy GTA games but have zero interest in Duke Nukem, South Park or Beavis and Butthead. GTA isn't my favorite game, but it doesn't make me run from the room like Beavis or that talking poop would. Not liking crude humor doesn't mean a person fears controversy.

Just my opinion; not trying to tell others what to think. By all means, play whatever you want to.

more than 3 years ago

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