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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from eSwags in Memorial Day Weekend   
    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.
     
     
     

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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from RichieBari in The Future Of These Forums - Please Read   
    @N, I for one won't migrate to Facebook. I don't use it. I used to, still have my account somewhere, but haven't logged in because I don't like what Facebook's become.
    I'm not super active in online discussion worlds, I'm here because I got in with Sons of Odin and this is where they hang their hats so this is where I 'chill' for my very limited forum time. I do really enjoy the articles you guys post, but I haven't had downtime at work since I've been on leave following surgery and only recently went back.
    I'd hate to see this board go, I really do enjoy them, the discussions, and the people (even if it's only because I lurk more than I comment), but you guys have gotta do what you guys have gotta do.
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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from Poropunenko in Entrepreneurial advice?   
    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?
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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from xirma377 in Introduce Yourself!   
    Hi Bradders. How many years you been lurking the forums here now? lol!
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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from eSwags in Memorial Day Weekend   
    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.
     
     
     

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    11Bulletstopper reacted to eSwags in Spiderbros   
    Dude that was cute, we shoot people, zombies, demons, etc. for fun... and you can't handle a little dancing spider.
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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from Josephka in I post too much   
    I saw that I have just over 1,000 comments on these boards. Looking at the boards overall, totalling up the number of comments in all threads, I account for 1 in just under 19 comments. Li'l ol me. Just one guy. That much posting.
     
    I post too much.
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    11Bulletstopper reacted to noctisguy in Largest-Yet EVE Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships   
    I know what you mean; sometimes a forest fire is needed to allow the undergrowth to spring forth.
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    11Bulletstopper reacted to Dukaht in Windows 7 or 8?   
    With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to converge the user experience of desktop computers with touch screen mobile devices. The concept is not bad, but Microsoft has never been a very good software creation company, they just never had the leadership for it. They are a software production and distribution company that is trying desperately to stay relevant now that they missed the boat on mobile devices. Windows 8 can be configure to be a good system, but I have neither the time or patience to do that. Windows 7 does everything I need (for gaming).
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    11Bulletstopper got a reaction from N in Im glad I finally registered for the cock of the month club   
    How is it that of all the threads on here, THIS ONE has got to be in the 'recent activity' link on the side???
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