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  1. I don't have a true 4K (3840x2160) display at home, although I do have an ultrawide monitor with native 3440x1440 resolution. My settings are game dependent. For instance, FPS titles benefit the most from smooth frames and, if I need to, I'll dial in the graphics settings to make sure everything runs smoothly. Other titles, like Turn Based and Real Time Strategy titles, RPGs, and even certain Simulation titles aren't as twitchy. For these games I like to crank the graphics settings up as high as I can. 1080p is what I use for my living room HTPC, since I have an old Plasma TV hooked up to that system. I run games on that PC using mostly high settings. All that said, my two PCs (not including the 1440p monitor) are also getting long in the tooth. I've had them running for a good 7 years and today's software is finally starting to push the silicon. My turn-around time for system upgrades is normally 3 years, so I guess I'm overdue.
  2. Actually, if a remote desktop solution like VNC or similar is out of the question (due to the work laptop configuration and/or company IT policies) then a KVM switch would be the next best solution. My worry is that plugging and unplugging HDMI cables would add extra wear and tear but that is my own personal paranoia to be honest.
  3. Do you need a hardware solution to access your portable system? What OS are you running? Have you looked into a software KVM switch or something like VNC for Windows? Either should give you access to the laptop on your dual desktop monitors, and since you are on your own local network latency should be minimal if it is visible at all.
  4. Well, all things considered, 2019 was a quiet year from both Bandai and Arcadia--not too many releases compared to 2018 and 2017. Here's hoping to more Macross in 2020. An Arcadia made TV SDF-1 would be a cool surprise for sure, but I will also take that VT-1 that was teased by Mr. K. Apart from that, finally getting the VF-0A brownie would be fun.
  5. For me, Gasaraki was a product of its time, and what it did differently from other mecha shows in the late 1990s helped it to stand out. On subsequent viewings, though, the metaphysical/religious tones don't hold up as well to make it a timeless story. Oh well, there are a handful of episodes that I still like to revisit from time to time. In any case, it's very cool to see Bandai giving this show the RD treatment. On a side note, I think the RD brand is better served for mecha deep dives like this than HMR, myself. Let HMR be exclusive to Macross. Alas, that ship has sailed.
  6. For my part, I didn't mind Chibnall or the stories that he and his team of writers made up for season 11. It was a bit of a left turn from Davies and Moffat for sure, especially given that the historical set pieces (Rosa and Demons) were my stand out favorites apart from Jodie's introduction and the return of the TARDIS. If I had to rate any of the episodes critically, my duds would include "Arachnids in the UK", "The Witchfinders", and "Kerblam!" although these definitely weren't showstoppers. "It Takes You Away" was probably the most creative episode, IMO--trippy and visual. My only comment is that I wish there had been more time to explain the in-between realm and the alien that created the complete living universe on the other side. The whole story ended with me having a lot of questions, but maybe that was the point? Anyway, I haven't started watching season 12 yet, so I can't compare it to Jodie's first season. I'll need to rectify that soon.
  7. I received part 2 from rightstuf today, so I will finally be able to watch the whole second series from start to finish myself. Looking forward to putting some time in over the long weekend. I don't have too many expectations as I've been avoiding the spoilers here and 'round the net. Basically, I'm going into 2202 like I did 2199: 1) to enjoy the new take 2) to see what parts of the OG story are still intact 3) to see what's changed. For my first pass, for instance, I usually try to catch if any of the animation was improved going from the VOD release to the physical on-disc release.
  8. Caught this LEGO news over on another forum, but wow. Not sure what to make of it right now. https://brickset.com/article/47293/the-lego-group-acquires-bricklink
  9. Mm. That would have been a good twist for the rebooted Wrath of Kahn tale. In the JJ-Verse, at least given how things are setup for Into Darkness, Kirk has more of an emotional connection to Pike than Spock does to Kirk (or vice versa). A missed opportunity indeed.
  10. The MTV animated series was a decent adaptation of the comic, although it only covered the first 10 volumes (or something thereabouts). I got into the original Image Comics releases working part time as an undergrad one summer. A mate introduced me to them. Loved how The Maxx explored its themes of identity. Anyway, I think it will be sweet to see Sam Kieth's art and ideas come to life in a live action medium. I'm really curious to see how well it will all translate with real actors and (I hope) some good practical effects. For instance, seeing the outback and Mr. Gone will be worth the price of admission, especially if they come up with a cool way to juxtapose all that stuff to the real world.
  11. I'll go see it too. The only film from the reboot series that I've been disappointed in thus far is Into Darkness.
  12. Interesting. I thought there were some high points in the first and third films from JJ's Action Trek series, and I don't mind giving the alt universe another visit if this project wraps up and makes it to the cinema. The second one, though, I wish I could forget that experience. With luck, this won't track in that scandalous direction.
  13. I know it isn't directly related to Star Wars, but I thought Jang summarized most of it well over on his JANGBRiCKS channel. To give some background, his channel is focused toward adult LEGO collectors and those interested in seeing his own creations, speed builds, and so on. Now the FTC/COPPA changes have a potential to dismantle the adult YouTube community in the LEGO space, since the broad government definition classifies most LEGO videos as for kids. I'm not a lawyer and I don't pretend to be one on-line, but Jang is taking a serious stance. I don't blame him. Jang's FTC & COPPA Video Sorry about the LEGO FTC tangent. Now back to Episode IX discussion.
  14. Archienov- Your VF-0D is spot on to me. Ssimply amazing. From what I remember, the quality of work is right up there with the custom weathered 0D that @wm cheng completed all those years ago when the 0D was first released. Bravo to you and your local commission contact. It's a very smart look and unique. Not having to pay Arcadia's PF tax is a sweet bonus too. Ah, I found the link! Here's the result of wm cheng's 0D weathering project in case people need a refresh or just want to compare the two projects out of curiosity.
  15. Mm. That's not the Ray we know, but there's something about those eyes that ring familiar.
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