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Elbren

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  1. Elbren

    Harbaugh to Coach Ravens 2019 & Beyond

    UGH. 🤢 😡
  2. I love Disney, but I have to agree. There hasn't been anything memorable from Disney the past few years that wasn't Marvel or Pixar. They were hoping to add to that w/ the purchase of Star Wars, but they've let Kathleen Kennedy run that into the ground. Hopefully, that can be saved at some point. Yeah, I kinda liked Cinderella. I easily thought it was better than Beauty & the Beast. It didn't do very well at the box office though. Only $201 Mil. domestically, $543.5 Mil. worldwide. Still, good money but not at the same level as Pixar or Marvel.
  3. Not a lot of info. has come out about this film. The biggest news thus far was that they cast Will Smith as the Genie. Most people ASSUMED that he would simply be the voice behind a CGI character similar to Robin Williams' blue genie from the original cartoon. Well, they released this photo earlier this week ... ... I'm honestly not sure what to say about that. It doesn't help that all of Disney's other live action remakes have been pretty mediocre and forgettable. (Pretty sure Beauty & the Beast was the only one to do well) My kids are excited for this, but I think we're going to have to sit this one out. Really tired of wasting $60-75 on films that look like dumpster fires.
  4. Elbren

    Marvel's Phase 4 Movies

    Avengers 4 finally gets a title and a teaser trailer. Avengers: Endgame
  5. Elbren

    Short rants.

    I'm not really sure if this is a "rant" or a PSA to build your own computer, but here we go ... The day after Thanksgiving, my older budget graphics card (GT 730) started dying on me. Without going into too much detail, it seems to be the really cheap heat sink/fan combo on the card. So, I need to replace it ... easy, right? Wrong ... - 1. Hunting for the right graphics card - First place I check is a little Mom-N-Pop computer parts/repair shop in Bel AIr. Nope. Nothing there. Next, Best Buy. Not much selection and most of it seemed way over priced. Next, Micro Center in Parkville. Huge selection, but pricing still seemed high. I expected that, but I mostly went here to ask questions anyway. Final stop was online (It's 2018. This, honestly, should have been my first and only stop) I decided on the GTX 1050 Ti FTW and bought it from Amazon. - 2. Power Supply - The graphics card gets here 2 days later and I go to install it. I take the side plate off the PC and I immediately realize my problem. This was a pre-built PC and, if you know anything about PC's, you know that pre-built systems always have a crappy power supply. It's a cheap, 250W PS that literally only has two power cables coming out of it; both going into the motherboard. One for the processor (it's an Intel) and the other for the MB itself. The HDD and optical drive are on the same power cable that actually connects to the MB. The MB has PCI-E slots, but the PS doesn't even have PCI-E power connections. So, now I have to hunt for a cheap/decent power supply. I didn't want to wait several days again, so looked online at Best Buy and they had exactly what I wanted .. and it was $30 ... and in the store! So, I go to the Bel Air store, but don't see it on the shelves. I ask an associate and he spends 20 minutes looking all over the place. He can't find it, but says that White Marsh has it. Drive out to White Marsh and basically have the same exact experience I did at the Bel Air store. Every other PS at both stores was more than double the price ($60 - $100), so I drive out to Micro Center in Parkville. Again. Find exactly what I want on sale for $40. - 3. New Problem - I get home and immediately open the case. I start pulling connections and immediately notice a new problem. The MB power connection is only 10 pins. Literally EVERY computer I've ever opened and looked at has a 20/24 pin connection. The PS I bought, like EVERY PS I have ever seen, has a 20/24 pin connection. I look it up online and, apparently, Lenovo uses this proprietary connection on most/all of their MB's. So, now I need a 20pin-10pin adapter. I had to go out anyway for groceries, so I stopped at the little Mom-N-Pop shop again. Nope. Stopped at Best Buy. Dude had no idea what I was talking about. Even Micro Center didn't have it. Looked online and bought one at Amazon. Sure enough, every single review is from someone who bought a Lenovo system. Now, I'm stuck waiting another two days for this adapter. Hopefully, this is the last problem and I can get this graphics card installed. Long story, short ... ALWAYS build your own PC if you can. I wouldn't have had any of the problems I've had if I had just built this system myself. Pre-built systems always have cheap/crappy parts, proprietary connections/MB layouts and are filled with a million things that make you say, "WTF, why would anyone do this or think this is ok?"
  6. Elbren

    Week 11 vs. CIN

    Like most running QB's, this was the knock on him coming out of college. Better get used to it. lol We'll be seeing a lot of it over the next 4-5 years.
  7. Elbren

    Week 11 vs. CIN

    It's halftime, we have five different guys w/ carries so far and none of them are Ty Montgomery. What's the deal, is he not active today?
  8. Elbren

    LCD TV Recommendations

    It's been awhile since I looked into them, but I've always loved Samsung's models. I currently own a 65" Mitsubishi and that thing is still going strong. If you're looking in that price range, I would suggest looking for a model w/ a curved screen. I love those things, but freely admit, they're an improvement over flat screens ... but not by that much. If you didn't want to fight the crowd on Black Friday, I would suggest waiting until the Superbowl. It's one of the best times of the year to buy a TV.
  9. Elbren

    Marvel's Phase 4 Movies

    As I'm sure many of you already know, Stan Lee passed away on Monday. 😥 He was 95. I haven't been into comics in almost 20 years, but the characters he helped create and the worlds he helped build have been w/ me in some shape or form for almost my entire life. Comics, Saturday morning cartoons, games, books, a fully interconnected movie universe spanning over a decade ... I'll be 40 next year, yet these characters and stories are still finding new mediums and new ways to entertain me. It's crazy how much of an impact someone can have on your life (and now my kids' lives) despite starting out as young writer using a pseudonym because he was too embarrassed to be associated w/ comics. Stanley Lieber will definitely be missed.
  10. At E3 this year, Microsoft announce that they had bought Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games while also opening a new studio, The Initiative. Now, they've announced that they bought two more studios: Obsidian Entertainment and InXile Entertainment. inXile is the studio behind Torment: Tides of Numenera, Fantastic Contraption and the Wasteland series. Obsidian is the studio behind Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Pillars of Eternity.
  11. Elbren

    Ravens Acquire Ty Montgomery

    lol That's great. That tells you how little the Packers thought of Montgomery (and how many teams actually wanted him). I'm sure the events of this past week didn't help matters.
  12. Elbren

    Ravens Acquire Ty Montgomery

    Yeah, that's where I am on this. It basically didn't cost us anything, so I'm not upset ... but what exactly was the point of this deal? Montgomery doesn't do anything that our other RB's don't already do. Buck Allen basically has the same amount of catches/yards as Montgomery since 2015 and both Allen and Collins are easily better at running the ball than Montgomery. I just don't see the point of this deal ... it's like they made a trade just for the sake of making a trade. The team cut MLB Albert McClellan to make room on the roster.
  13. Elbren

    Week 8 @ Carolina

    Yeah, just another game highlighting our failures in the draft. Moore puts up 90 yards and is all over the place ... Hurst, who has been a complete non-factor so far, has 3 catches on the year and drops a ball near the goal line that hit him in the chest. Who was the guy filling in for Hurst today? Hurst is terrible, but whoever was out there today made him look All-Pro. lol The guy spent the entire game either standing next to Flacco or BEHIND him.
  14. Elbren

    Call of Duty Black Ops 4

    They don't even care about yearly iterations anymore. They've actually been talking on-and-off the past couple of years about doing away w/ the yearly iterations and going w/ "live services". THAT is how much money is there to be had from micro-transactions. (yes, people are that stupid) People (at least here, in the States) are always talking about Madden, but the realty is, Madden isn't their big money maker. It's the FIFA franchise. FIFA Ultimate Team (FIFA's multiplayer component that's based around randomized card packs) is quite literally a billion dollar money making machine for EA. It makes so much money, they've been slowly trying to push this into other games, like Battlefront II. It makes so much money, they actually canceled Amy Hennig's Star Wars game and closed Visceral Studios because they saw no realistic way of shoehorning a MTX system into the game. She literally had an EA executive look at her and ask, "Yeah ... but how are we going to make a billion dollars off of this, like FIFA Ultimate Team?" Recent Jim Sterling video about how much money is being made by companies like Ubisoft, EA and Activision/Blizzard ... despite what they say when they close development studios. Warning: language NSFW
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