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  1. Ok, I played about an hour of Everybody’s Golf VR. It’s a bit disorienting at first, as you have to learn an entirely different way to play a golf game. A little patience with the tutorial is a good idea. But given that it’s entirely new, it surprisingly intuitive after you get the basics down. The controls feel quite accurate. The game pays attention to the rotation of the Move controller, and the ball will hook or slice accordingly. So you need to pay attention to wrist rotation while you swing. It’s entirely possible to play by just flicking your wrist to swing. Although 100% power does require at least some arm movement. The Move also vibrates a bit when you swing too low and strike the ground. I’m not sure how that affects striking the ball though. So far I’ve had good success with tee shots, approach shots are more difficult. Easily the most most difficult part is putting. Getting a handle on the power is a challenge. With tees and approaches, you usually won’t pay too much of a penalty for just hitting 100% power. But with putting you will. Every shot starts in practice mode, so you can try out swings (which give you an indication if you sliced or hooked, and the power level) before you decide to try for real. I have to say, it’s really cool to stand at the tee and look out over the rolling landscape where your ball is going to travel. It’s worlds apart from any other golf game experience I’ve had. After just an hour played, I’d say this game is pretty challenging. I’ve yet to birdie a hole (mainly because of putting difficulties). I played a 9-hole round and got +8. It it would be nice if this had multiplayer. But I’m glad there is finally a VR golf game I can play.
  2. Looking forward to Everybody's Golf VR. I may purchase it tonight even though I will be away for the holiday weekend starting Thursday. From the reviews it sounds like a great VR title hampered by lack of content and modes...but for me, I just really want to play this game in VR.
  3. I love this show, it's a great character study, very funny. Not sure if it's on Acorn, but I really enjoyed The Fall starring Gillian Anderson. It's a bit police-procedural, a bit true-crime, and a lot psychological thriller.
  4. Back from the trip. Overall it was totally amazing. But as this is the beer thread I will endeavor to only offer some highlights on that topic. For now I'm focusing only on the first city, Amsterdam. Our first 5 days were in Amsterdam, and despite that not being a cultural capital for beer, we did manage to find some gems (either in the form of bars or breweries). the first gem was a taproom in Amsterdam Centrum called Foeders, they specialized in Dutch and Belgian beers and have the personal distinction of being the first taproom where I have seen 3 Fonteinen by the glass (the below pic only shows part of their menu, the 3Fs are on the chalkboard that says "Lambic by the glass"). They also had a great bottle collection (compared to any taproom in the the west coast US), and while these prices aren't exactly bargains, they looked to be a little cheaper than in the US (IME). Also they had some beers you just can't get outside of Europe like De Cam: Foeders was also the first place I tried a local (Haarlem) brewery called Uiltje (meaning "little owl"), which was the start of a nice discovery. More on Uiltje later. The second bar that turned out to be a gem was De Struif, also in Amterdam Centrum. The best thing about De Struif is the atmosphere. Very small, very old school, the clientele seemed largely local, the vibe was convivial. We mostly stuck to Belgian Trappist beers here, like Westmalle. Here is a random pic from De Struif, I do not know anyone in this pic 🙂 The 3rd gem in Amsterdam is De Wildeman, here is a pic: This place had a nice draft list, covering beers from many western European locations. To me, the most exciting find was an IPA from the UKs Cloudwater, which I've only read about prior. I had one of their New England IPAs (and yes, the irony of an English brewery making a "NEIPA") was not lost on me :-). It was quite good. After that I treated myself to a bottle of Cantillon "Rose De Gambrinus" a beer I've never seen for sale before. Much to my surprise it came served in a traditional wicker caddy, to leave the beer as undisturbed as possible (to not kick up sediment), classy. It was, as you might expect, exceptional, raspberry puree with a beautiful tangy burst and well controlled acidity. The 4th gem in Amsterdam was a bar called Arendsnest (eagle's nest), which unlike the others so far, specialized in Dutch beer. Here is a terrible shot of their menu: Needless to say I was mostly lost with this list, although I did recognize Uiltje. I ended up with the Jopen "Totally yuzu" for two reasons. One I had been seeing a lot of "Cascadian Dark" ales around, which intrigued me since I'm not familiar with the style (turns out it's kind of like a black IPA). Also I was hoping it had Yuzu in it, but it did not. While the beer was nice, it was the view from the outdoor seating at Arendsnest that really made it a nice spot. This is a whot from where we sat: The next day we headed out of town to the MC Escher Museum in The Hague, which, as a life-long fan of his work, was amazing. But, this is beer, so I'll stay on topic. One the way back from The Hague, we stopped in Haarlem. I'd already heard good things about the city (and it is indeed a super charming place), but now I knew two breweries there which became targets for a visit, Jopen and Uiltje. Turns out Jopen opened in a former church building, which is simply stunning: Their menu had 30 beers on draft. I tried a few of them, including a Belgian Pale, which was very nice, light and refreshing. I also tried their version of a NEIPA called "Yankee Punch" - and while it didn't rival the best I've had from Treehouse or Fieldwork, it was quite good. Tearing ourselves away from Jopen we headed to Uiltje (pronounced Owl-Chuh). The brewery itself was not open, but their taproom was, although Haarlem is not a late-night city, so we only had about 30 minutes here. Of all the places thusfar on the trip, this felt the most 'american' in vibe. The bartender was also one of the brewers, so he was entertaining to talk to. It was clear he as a fan of the American craft movement and it's penchant for experimentation. He excitedly described one such experiment Uiltje tried, which was to throw an entire Christmas tree into a batch of Christmas beer. There was a bit of a pause at this point, when his voice changed from excited to more sober. The experiment was an utter failure and ended up clogging up all their equipment, he then acknowledged than the established method of adding plant matter to beer sealed in cloth bags was in fact the best way. But hey, "we tried!" I tried their Mosaic Mammoth NEIPA which was very good, and then on his recomendation I tried the "Sombre Pharos" porter (off camera to the right in my pic) from a UK berwery Vibrant Forest. It was absolutely amazing, a rich almost umami dark cocoa beer, not very sweet, with a slight bitterness like 80% chocolate. The final spot, back in Amsterdam, was a place I'd been hearing about since we arrived. Brouwerij 't Ij (the Ij is the river through Amsterdam). I knew it was housed in a windmill, but the actual site as even more impressive: Ufortunately, the beer here was not as special as the setting. It's still very much worth going to see the place, it's pretty dazzling visually, and the beer is 'fine' but it's not going to keep you coming back. That's it for the Amsterdam leg of the beer journey. After this was Brussels, which I will post about soon. Even though (or perhaps because) Brussels was more beer focused, I didn't document it quite as well.
  5. Rick and Morty - Season 4, November 2019
  6. Two eps into Chernobyl on HBO, it’s the real deal. Absolutely gripping, and even though it’s 30 years removed, absolutely terrifying.
  7. I'm leaving for Europe this afternoon. The first 5 days will be in Amsterdam, which won't necessarily be beer focused (although I will be checking out the beer scene!). After that we hit Brussels for 5 days, which will be beer focused. I've gotten a lot of recommendations from a friend who lives in Germany who travels to Belgium regularly to get beer (in his words "there's no good beer in Germany" - LOL). I'm sure I won't be able to visit every place on my list. But there are a few MUST visits: Cantillon Their spot is 20 min walk from where we are staying, and right next to the main train station, so I imagine I'll be going here a few times. 3 Fonteinen While Cantillon is arguably the most highly regarded brewery in the world, 3F is coming up fast, and many people (including my German friend) believe their lambics are better. I've only had their Kreik, and it was phenomenally good. Oud Berseel They are in a town neighboring Lot where 3F is, so this is a no brainer. Moeder Lambic This is a bar in Brussels known for having one of the best beer selections in Brussels. Also, 5 min walk from our place 🙂 Then for the Toer de Gueze itself on Saturday, I'll be visiting Timmermans, Lindemans, Boon, and Tiqulin - I'm most excited for the first and last. Bruges is the last stop, 5 days there too. I'm planing to rent a car to make it out to some of the legendary breweries in West Flanders, including Westvleteren, Verhaege, De Struise, De Dolle, and possibly St Bernardus (they are a little out of the way...so it will depend on timing).
  8. I’ve used a projector as my TV for about 15 years now. I’m on my 3rd projector in that time. I’ve also lived in 3 different apartments in that time with varying levels of light control. Where I am now, the “AV Room” (houses my computer, music setup, consoles and projector) is roughly 20’ x 10’ - the pj projects on the long axis of the room. It’s about 17’ from the screen. I have blackout “curtains” (really just cloth) that I can lower when needed. I was never a big TV watcher. I’ve never been the type to leave a TV on in the background. And it suits me to watch only evenings/night time. If I game in the afternoon, I will darken the room.
  9. FWIW, a search for JVC DLA-X790R basically shows its street price is $4k. I’m not willing to go that high. Perhaps this fall when I think I’ll be ready to pull the trigger, the price on that will have fallen and it can be in my orbit. I think the 5050 paired with a Panasonic 820 is the sweet spot for my use at this point.
  10. It is pretty crazy-wonderful to see Herzog in a project like this. I wonder if his (small) role in Rick and Morty had any bearing on this decision.
  11. Ah my bad, for some reason I thought I'd read that the BenQ is not using shift. In any event, it does throw a sharper image than the Epson...here are some comparisons I found at AVS: Now, I'm not sure that would be noticeable at a 10-15' distance, but it certainly is a genuine difference in on-screen detail. Sadly the BenQ appears to have a roughly 60ms input lag, which I'm told could be noticeable for gaming...which is a real drag.
  12. I think you're right. It's an easy way to get around subscription fatigue that so many of us have. Once you have folks in, they're less likely to cancel next year when the price increments up. rinse and repeat.
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