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  1. The posts got deleted. The other day a russian spam bot had gotten onto the forum and there were half a dozen or so posts that were loaded down with links to various malware sites. My comment was joking that if I could read the Russian, I'd know what the porn (or whatever) they were advertising was.   :)

  2. And we know that Google has deep enough pockets to survive whatever the cable companies might throw at them. Google might be the devil, but cable companies are something far worse in my opinion, especially with the stuff they've been trying to pull on the whole net neutrality issue. Suck it, cable companies. I hope all of you die and make room for the independent providers you've been strong-arming and bending to your will or forcing out of business because they don't want to play your game.

  3. Don't know what's up with that, but for like a week, every time I opened my browser with a tab already set here, it would give me an "Oops, Chrome can't find that site" error. I know it wasn't that the site was down, because I asked several other ODIN guys in TS about it, they all had connection just fine. What might be causing that? Why would I be able to access any other website, even random ones through google search and stuff, but not this one?

  4. If you're in the service, or if you have been in the past, or if you know someone who fought and died for us, I encourage you to post a picture of them here. If you don't have a pic, say a few words. Let this be our chance to honor them, at least in our own small way, our chance to remember them and ensure that their sacrifices aren't forgotten.

  5. Hey folks, I just wanted to put in a message about the Memorial Day weekend we're heading into. For most people, Memorial Day is more of a 'national barbeque day' than a day to remember our veterans. Be aware, as you go through your day and your weekend, and you get your party on, that we are able to do so solely by the sacrifice of our neighbors, family, friends, and heroes; those who pick up a weapon and stand up in the face of evil. I know that some folks probably don't agree with the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, but know that there are very evil men who would kill you, your parents, brothers and sisters, your children, simply because we were born in a different country than them. I am a firm believer in the adage "All that is required for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing".


    The image here are the soldiers from my very own unit who were killed on my last deployment. Six of the eleven were from my company alone. Know that these men laid down their lives, and left their families behind, to ensure that we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we have.


    This is only a snapshot. These are only the men from my unit who gave their lives. This does not include the many more from all branches who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. This does not include the men and women I know, the countless I don't, who have left arms, legs, blood and guts, and even pieces of their souls on foreign soil.


    We play a series of games that glorify warfare, make light of combat, bloodshed, and killing. Sometimes it's easy to overlook the horrors of real war, the devastation that a real battlefield can bring. Remember that as we play, guys. Say a prayer for those who came before, those doing it right now while we enjoy a weekend, and those that will be there in the future.


    "From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots."


    Soda, Buzz, Ira, Hardin, Bolen, and Hizon, you guys are dearly missed.





  6. Okay, let me get you to elaborate. I don't know a thing about business plans. What exactly is it? I mean yeah, I've googled and gotten the definition, but what IS it? Where can I find some examples? Where can I see something that I can say 'Okay, I get it now, I need to plan for this, and this, and have these set up for eventualities, and oh I hadn't even thought about that and that!' Obviously I haven't been looking in the right places, because I haven't found anything that makes any sense to me, and most of the results I come up with want money I'm not willing to part with just yet.


    I mean, if it's just a manifesto of what I want to do then GREAT, I've got that down in the paragraphs I wrote in the OP! Something tells me that's not quite it, though...


    Things like the expenses I've already started wrapping my head around, but at this stage I can't come up with numbers. I have to do a lot more research before I can start looking at serious numbers, if I tried to now it would just be guesses. That's definitely on the agenda.


    And I hear you on the accounting thing. My mom was the accountant for my parents' small business after they had an accountant who embezzled a ton of money and it hurt them real bad, and even she started to have issues when her health began to decline that my dad still fights with the IRS over. I know that the books can make or break. I plan to stay very much on top of that issue just to keep it from being a problem.

  7. So it's pretty much official, I'm getting out of the army on a med board. The wife and I want to open a business. Some of you guys have heard me talk about it, and I'm signed up for lots of classes and stuff ("Boots to Business", that type of thing) that the army offers for transitioning soldiers interested in starting small businesses.


    I know that many of you guys have some knowledge in small businesses, ownership, operation, even if you didn't open one yourself you may very well have worked for a small business that was a dozen or so employees. My family has a history of small business ownership, and I'm trying to take what advice I can there, but my idea (as some of you have heard) is somewhat 'unbroken ground' in the business world, so to say. It's taking what I believe to be a potentially burgeoning idea, coupling it with a proven and successful idea, and hoping the union isn't too niche to lose out on revenue while hoping it's not too mainstream to lose out on revenue.


    For those who don't know, my wife and I want to (for lack of better wording) take the idea of the internet cafe and make it marketable while still mainstream. The world of gaming is growing, with nearly 60% of Americans being self-admitted gamers. We want to make the kind of place that has a coffee shop setting and comfort, with drinks, finger foods, maybe even beer and wine, and cater it to gamers. I enjoy building custom gaming rigs, and I build them as a hobby for friends and family. I'm not too terrible with trouble shooting, I do a lot of it for friends, but I know there are many out there who are far more literate than I when it comes to code... in fact, I'm basically clueless. I'm a hardware guy, not software. That aside, my wife and I both very much enjoy cafe type settings, places we can go, relax, hang out, spend time with friends, and yet very often we drag a computer along and play games with said friends. I am also very much into RPGs, board games, card games, really any type of gaming except the Vegas style. My wife is close to finishing a degree in Information Security, and she has come to enjoy computers and gaming almost as much as I do.


    We want to open a store that combines both of those. We want it to be a cafe or coffee shop that's a safe haven for your inner geek, a place you and friends can sit down to play a few rounds of Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh; Munchkin or Smallworld or Settlers of Catan; or sit down at a custom-built, top end gaming machine and play a few hours of Call of Duty, Arma 3, Planetside 2, or even World of Warcraft. Oh, and while you're there you can get a mocha-latte-frap-double-espresso-caffeine-concoction, or just a regular coke, or even a beer or a glass of wine and maybe a slice of cheesecake or a raspberry tart.


    Oh, and if you LIKE the computer you played a few hours on, got a hundred plus FPS on max graphics settings on the big widescreen monitor... that's right, you can buy it. And I can guarantee that it'll be at prices that will put companies like Alienware out of business. God, I hate Alienware.


    But what if you already have your own gaming computer, or your top-end laptop or whatever? Well bring your rig in and for a reduced price you can use our commercial-grade high speed internet, gaming mice and big screens at a separate terminal.


    Most of you probably missed it but a while back a buddy of mine set up a kickstarter to fund his goal of a gaming pub, and raised a huge amount of money from gamers all over the nation to help him get going. Gaming has gone mainstream. I want to bring the dedicated gamers out of hiding and let people get their geek on in a social setting. I want to expose more of the public to the idea of video games, board games, RPGs, and I wouldn't mind making a living of it. Everyone has always told me if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. I love hanging out with friends, and I love games, so that's what I'm going to try to do.


    So what advice do you guys have for starting small businesses? I've heard the term business model, and I know you need financing for set up costs, etc, etc, etc... but I don't have any real knowledge. With it being such a strange business idea, most of my family doesn't really have a whole lot to offer, and I'd like to get as much advice from as many people as possible so I can increase my realistic chances from the start with the best foot forward.


    I plan on using part of my GI bill to go back to school when I get out, and I'd like to pursue at least an associates in business admin, something to help me grasp what are all of the things involved in starting a business. But I still think that advice from people who've done it before is an invaluable tool.


    So throw me some bones here, folks. What advice do you have?

  8. I'm going through the Army's transition program to prepare soldiers for re-entering the civilian workforce and today in the classes they were handing out some books.


    Who had a full-page ad on the back cover?


    That's right.




    Talking about how great they are to work for.




    I couldn't help but laugh.

  9. You sissies. You realize that no matter where you go on this entire planet, no matter what you do, you will NEVER be farther than 6 feet from a spider? Not that there are enough to put one every 6 feet... no. It's that they're everywhere us humans are, and everywhere us humans aren't. Deep sea expeditions? Yep, there's spiders inside those subs, climbed in there to find a nice place for a nap. Same thing with space. Actually, if it weren't for spiders we would be overrun with pest insects. You think clouds of mosquitos draining your pet to brink of death within a few days just in the hour or so at night you put him out to pee is better than a few dozen spiders you don't see? Put your big girl panties on and watch a video.

  10. I'm going to be that guy. I'm going to live up to the nickname that BigRob gave me. I'm going to roll in here and shit all over this parade and be The Seagull.




    No, "Goat Simulator" does NOT look amazing. It looks like crap. I'm sure it's fun for a few hours to run around, find some easter eggs and headbutt some farmers into something that makes them explode and go flying or some crap... but honestly, to me at least, it looks like a half finished game that I would never pay $20 for, or whatever their asking price was. I'm sure there was much hard work, many long hours, put into the game, and I respect the guys that put it together, but this game looks like exactly what it is: a physics sandbox with very little thought beyond "Hey, what if we made the player a goat and they could headbutt people and shit?". That's not enough of a game for me.

    The best part about this is that this is simply my opinion of it. You guys are welcome to buy it, play it, and spend many happy hours laughing at the hilarity you find. I'll not think any less of you for doing so, because this is the Sons of Odin and the whole reason for this gaming community is to find games we enjoy and spend our time playing them. So that being said "More Power To Ya!"


    I'll pass, so don't mind me.     :D