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We had a bit of a gaming get together before the Superbowl last night.  Gave Tokaido it's first run.  An interesting game I think.

 I like the lack of a dice roll.  There is random element in what cards you'll get, but I like the gamble of jumping ahead to what you need, or trying to fit in as many stops as you can.

Then, we just 3 of us left, we went back to good old Takenoko, which I lost by a point on the last draw of land tiles, despite completing first :-(
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Being a little geeky, I have a spreadsheet in which I rate TV shows on story, pace, characters, script, moments and cinematography.  The spreadsheet currently lists my top 6 (as the last 4 are all tied) as -

1. Breaking Bad
2. Game of Thrones
3. The Shield
3. The Wire
3. Justified
3. Entourage

The next five are all tied too - 

Elementary
The Americans
Homeland
House of Cards
The Walking Dead

Thoughts?
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I'd have to swap GoT and The Wire around, but looks about right. Also, I have never watched Entourage. Am I really missing out?

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Be aware, spoilers ahead

I watched Pacific Rim last night and boy was I disappointed.  Around 40 minutes in I almost just stopped to go do something else...

I didn't particularly care about the characters.  The script seemed generally very bad and rather too cheesy.  "I think this guys dead, but, lets check for a pulse", "Okay"... pew pew pew  "No pulese".  Terrible.

Girl flips out but they have no-way to shut it down?  Really?  Just the fact pilots need to be in it and in suits seemed rather unlikely to me.  No VR in the future?

They're fighting for how long before they decide to use a sword?  Really?  "Shall I punch him in the face or shall I stab it? Nah, keep punching".

Charlie Day was perhaps the only bright spot for me.

How has it got 7/10 on IMDb?!?  I would say 3 or 4 out of 10 myself...
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And I'm usually easily pleased by big fighting robots and explosions and such... 
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If you have a compatible Samsung device, I highly recommend the Gear VR.  Amazing experience.
 
Not the easiest thing to review, as it's rather hard to explain what the Virtual Reality experience is like.
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R u watching porn dude😀?
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Does anyone else find for the first 5 or 10 minutes it mists up inside?  Any tips for reducing this?
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only needed on the inside, of course.
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Do something good today, give blood AND register on the #BBMR (British Bone Marrow Register)

Just tell the staff before you give blood that you'd like to register. More information at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow
The British Bone Marrow Registry is a division of the NHS Blood and Transplant, working in co-operation with the other UK bone marrow/blood donor registries and the NHS Cord Blood Bank. Stem cell donations from cord blood can be made at specialist hospitals within the NHS.
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We had a bit of a gaming get together before the Superbowl last night.  Gave Tokaido it's first run.  An interesting game I think.

 I like the lack of a dice roll.  There is random element in what cards you'll get, but I like the gamble of jumping ahead to what you need, or trying to fit in as many stops as you can.

Then, we just 3 of us left, we went back to good old Takenoko, which I lost by a point on the last draw of land tiles, despite completing first :-(
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I got and played Tokaido for the first time recently. It is, as you say, an interesting game. It's like a worker placement game where the choices change each round, and in any particular round making certain choices shuts off others from you.
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The Shield

It had been on my 'list' for quite some time, but back in October I got round to starting Season 1 of the Shield.  Wow, what a great first episode and great start to a show.

The show follows Vic Mackey, a somewhat corrupt cop and his Strike Team that work the drug scene in Los Angeles.

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...in S01 Ep 1 Mackey shoots a new Strike Team member, sent to spy on him.  Much of the following seasons revolve around the team trying not to get caught for this and other rather dubious tactics they use to get results.

I'm not sure I enjoyed the later episodes where it was all about survival, but all in all a great show with great pace and some amazing moments that leave you with your jaw on your chest.

I think I would have to go 8½ to 9 out of 10 for 'The Shield'.  Like 'Justified' it's perhaps one of those shows that doesn't get talked about as much as it should.
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It's a long shot, but does anyone know what package I might have disabled that stops the Oculus store installing?  I think I've been through, screen by screen, but can't figure it.

It's a pain enabling them all, then disabling again, even with import and export.

Thanks.
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There might not even be a 'right' and 'wrong'.  It's opinions after all.  I have already stated what I think of your opinion.

Lets agree to disagree, fine by me.
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Watched 'The Martian' and 'Jurassic World' both in 3D over the last couple of days.  Really quite impressive tbh.

Anyone else made the most of Oculus Video like this?

Has made me think about getting a 3D camcorder...
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Erm... I guess I would say the same place I get my other movies...
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Not the easiest thing to review, as it's rather hard to explain what the Virtual Reality experience is like.
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Bought from Honorbuy for just under £190.
 
The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 just made it in to town...
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    HND Leisure Management, 1993 - 1995
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Retail Manager in Central London with a love of the NFL, biking, Android and PC online gaming.
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Retail manager in Central London with the love of NFL (Redskins), biking (CB1000R), gadgets (Android) and PC gaming (Battlefield 3 and Rift).

For the football fans, I've played for the Leicester Panthers (& Youth), Leicester Lemmings (Uni), GB Lions (Uni) London Mets, England, Chiltern Cheetahs and Farnham Knights.  I've been a Redskins fan since around '86 and have been to 3 of their games in the US.

For the Android fans, I've owned more devices than I can list here, many to review for my site Hemorrdroids but currently use a Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7.

Games might know me as 'McBain of CoF', but I tend not to play much these days.

Right now I'm still playing a little Battlefield or Counter Strike Global Offensive. I do enjoy a decent MMO, the most recent was SWTOR but I soon went back to Rift.  Right now I'm not on any MMO though.
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Captained England at American Football at age 24. Now I run Lanarchy.co.uk and Hemorrdroids.net
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  • Waitrose
    Department Manager, 2002 - present
  • Warner Cinema
    Deputy General Manager, 1995 - 2002
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Kibworth
Favourite place to eat in Whitchurch, always good food and good service.
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Lacking facilities. No air conditioning, slow WiFi, limited TV channels, just two plug sockets in the whole room (one used for the TV). On the plus side, nice breakfast.
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Great day doing rid what ya brung. Good price at only £25.
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We had a two night stay. The rooms are modern, with a good shower, but the twin beds were very slim with duvets almost thinner than the beds. The TV was a little small, but the free WiFi was reasonable.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Good
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Well priced Sunday Roast, very good value. Service was a little slow and facilities were less than great (no light in the mens toilet cubicle for example)
Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Poor - FairService: Good
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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