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  1. got my 11yr old son Xbox One and some games (Halo, Forza, Minecraft, NHL16). He thinks he needs/wants Kinnect. Are there games that are better with Kinnect? It looks like the games that work with Kinnect are the dance games and the basic sports games, but not many others. What is the verdict on Kinnect? Thanks.
  2. If a spreadsheet is not your thing there are plenty of online apps. I use myfitnesspal.com. Free version. I track everything I eat. I set a weight loss goal (one pound/week) and mfp tells me my daily calorie allowance. If I exercise I get more calories. For example 30 minutes on the bike gets me ~300 extra calories. I've dropped 21 pounds since the spring 229 from 250) with a goal of 200 by summer. Slow steady progress is the key for me. It would be nice to drop 10 pounds in a week but that is not sustainable.
  3. So my 10yr old son has been watching I think Season 2 on Disney XD and is really into this show. I think these shows are from ~2006. Now he wants to buy a bunch of dvd collections from Costco that have the entire series of I guess Season 1, 2, 3 & 4. These are 5-6 disc sets. From my watching about 20 minutes with him the other day, I don't think there is anything a 10yr old can't handle. So besides the factor, is there anything I should be aware of as a parent?
  4. Are there two of these? I ate at one near DuPont Circle and it was very good. Thanks to Tobias for the recommendation. Yes, the other one is in Georgetown, and it's the one with the Birreria... The one in Dupont Circle is right next door to what I consider to, at times, be the best restaurant in DC, easily in the Top 5 or 10, and has been for the past 20 years it's existed: Peter Pastan (same Chef who owns 2Amy's and Etto): OBELISK http://www.obeliskdc.com/ Are there two of these? I ate at one near DuPont Circle and it was very good. Thanks to Tobias for the recommendation. Yes, the other one is in Georgetown, and it's the one with the Birreria... The one in Dupont Circle is right next door to what I consider to, at times, be the best restaurant in DC, easily in the Top 5 or 10, and has been for the past 20 years it's existed: Peter Pastan (same Chef who owns 2Amy's and Etto): OBELISK http://www.obeliskdc.com/ Question for Nittanylion. What do you think of Chef Tony's in Bethesda? Had dinner there Saturday night. My 10yr old wanted to see the open kitchen so we walked up to watch. Chef Tony spent about 10 minutes talking to us about his restaurant, parking in Bethesda, food, entrepreneurship and what to get for desert as he cooked. Seems like a nice guy and the food was good. Wouldn't say it was great but we liked the grilled Cesar salad, the cod and the sole. I need to organize my thoughts before I respond in regards to Chef Tony. I don't want to be an ###. I think Black Hog is pretty decent. If you're going to drive out to rural MD looking for excellent 'cue, I'd suggest a road trip to Lanham, in PG County. There you will find KBQ. I think DCity Smokehouse in the city is the best BBQ in the greater metro area, but KBQ gives them a run for their money. http://www.kbqbbq.com/ Be an ### if you want. You obviously know these guys and their cooking. I'm just a guy that eats out occassionally and would rather have chef cooked food than a chain. I appreciate your comments on other local restaurants and if you can steer me to better places, I'm happy. Thanks.
  5. Are there two of these? I ate at one near DuPont Circle and it was very good. Thanks to Tobias for the recommendation. Yes, the other one is in Georgetown, and it's the one with the Birreria... The one in Dupont Circle is right next door to what I consider to, at times, be the best restaurant in DC, easily in the Top 5 or 10, and has been for the past 20 years it's existed: Peter Pastan (same Chef who owns 2Amy's and Etto): OBELISK http://www.obeliskdc.com/ Are there two of these? I ate at one near DuPont Circle and it was very good. Thanks to Tobias for the recommendation. Yes, the other one is in Georgetown, and it's the one with the Birreria... The one in Dupont Circle is right next door to what I consider to, at times, be the best restaurant in DC, easily in the Top 5 or 10, and has been for the past 20 years it's existed: Peter Pastan (same Chef who owns 2Amy's and Etto): OBELISK http://www.obeliskdc.com/ Question for Nittanylion. What do you think of Chef Tony's in Bethesda? Had dinner there Saturday night. My 10yr old wanted to see the open kitchen so we walked up to watch. Chef Tony spent about 10 minutes talking to us about his restaurant, parking in Bethesda, food, entrepreneurship and what to get for desert as he cooked. Seems like a nice guy and the food was good. Wouldn't say it was great but we liked the grilled Cesar salad, the cod and the sole.
  6. Have been watching all along but thought I would start from the beginning with my 10yr old - he is into Sci Fi and we were talking the other day about time travel. So we watched the first three episodes on Saturday. First scene of first episode made me do a double take. Year is 2043 I think. Cole is in the CDC walking around and stops next to a skeletal body in a white lab coat. He bends down, picks up the arm/wrist and says "see you soon" - on the wrist is Dr. Railey's watch. I guess I never made the connection before. But then I recall her in another episode in the CDC saying something like it was weird to be in the place she is going to die. Anyway, she is hot (sorry I don't know how to embed the link behind text). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0776040/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
  7. I was wrong. They didn't muck it up. Good episode. Liked how when future Cole saw other Cole he hid a little so they wouldn't see each other and mess up their/his timeline. I guess the thing to keep in mind is that every time travel back can change the future. Like saving Ramsey. In one future he is dead, but Cole goes back and things change. Just realized that maybe I should put a spoiler tag on some comements. But I figure anyone reading this topic has probably already watched the episode. If someone thinks we should start using spoiler tags let me know. Still need to see much more of the blond chick. The first time, when Cole hears Ramsey getting shot, do we know for sure that he's hearing Ramsey getting shot? It's late and my brain hurts, but is there a chance that he's actually hearing himself shooting the other soldiers on the walkie-talkie? I forgot how the time-jump happened there. /quote] You just blew my mind. Gotta watch again.
  8. I was wrong. They didn't muck it up. Good episode. Liked how when future Cole saw other Cole he hid a little so they wouldn't see each other and mess up their/his timeline. I guess the thing to keep in mind is that every time travel back can change the future. Like saving Ramsey. In one future he is dead, but Cole goes back and things change. Just realized that maybe I should put a spoiler tag on some comements. But I figure anyone reading this topic has probably already watched the episode. If someone thinks we should start using spoiler tags let me know. Still need to see much more of the blond chick.
  9. so far so good. I just hope they don't muck it up with extra story lines. I like the premise of going back in time to figure out where the virus came from and to track down the 12 monkeys. I don't want them to muck it up with the gang in the forest trying to get inside and/or kill the team trying to go back in time. I'll keep watching because it is entertaining and I like (to look at) the female lead.
  10. I liked the movie. Tried the TV show. It held my interest. It will be interesting to see how the story (stories?) develop. Plus Amanda Schull is nice to look at. Will keep watching.
  11. Anyone seeing any real snow accumulation so far? I'm in Potomac near Churchill HS. I can still see grass. The street is slushy in some parts, but just wet in others. I'm in a little traveled court and usually we are a mess and rarely see a plow until 2-3 days after the storm. Unless things change fast, I don't think there is much to worry about. Stay safe.
  12. I'm in Friendship Heights and it definitely was over Montgomery County for a minute or so. It was just north of Sacks on Wisconsin then looped back towards Willard Ave then back out towards the Potomac River. Pretty cool - it was probably 1/4 mile from my office.
  13. Jaleo is a tapas place that is pretty well known in DC. Not really a DC native food, but the chef is fairly famous - has a chinese/spanish place in Vegas as well as a few locations around DC. Tons o' choices on the menu. For DC atmosphere any of the places in Washington Harbour (Georgetown) are ok. The food is not great, but it is decent at places like Tony & Joe's, or Sequoia. Outdoor dining next to the Potomac River with view of the Kennedy Center. Not sure what is in Tysons besides 10,000 chain restaurants. Maybe 15,000. Actually, some of the restaurants in the Great American Group are near Tysons. I've been to a few and they are consistently good. I like Sweetwater Tavern.
  14. You'll get some good shots inside, just make sure the lighting isn't too low. Outside you'll just need to make sure you aren't too far away. If you want to get some great shots of your kids playing soccer, go for the 70-300 at some point. Great lens for the money. And eventually I'd suggest a 35mm or 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 prime for low light indoor shots. I prefer the 35mm and have the 1.8.I have the D5000 with the 18-55 and 55-200. The 55-200 is a nice lens, but sometimes I want more reach. I'd take CE's suggestion and go for the 70-300. You'll be missing the 55-70 range, which isn't that big a deal (at least to me). The extra 100mm from 200 to 300 will make sports, wildlife and outdoor pics better. But, if price is a concern, the 55-200 is much cheaper than the 70-300. Don't get me wrong, I've taken very good sports, wildlife and outdoor pics with the 55-200, but sometimes I want to be just a bit closer.
  15. Three things:1) Crank up the ISO. This will result in a slightly grainier picture, but will let in more light. This works well at dusk and such.2) Tripod, tripod, tripod. Sometimes, this is the only way I can capture nice night shots. You simply have to leave the shutter open to get more light, but if you shoot by hand, then you get blur (which is unavoidable because of body movement)3) A solid flash will also help (not the flash on the camera, which isn't that good.)My wife wants to get me a flash for my birthday. I have not begun to do the research though. Are you a Nikon or Cannon guy jwb?If Nikon, what would you suggest. Might just go all out and get the SB900Nikon D80 here. I got the SB400, and I really like it a lot - it's small, does the "ceiling bounce" that you want, etc. My research suggested that the higher end ones were really "more" than a hobbiest photographer needed. Look into it, because it's really reasonable in price (compared w/ the others.) The size was a big deal for me, too - this is a fairly non-obtrusive flash that you can leave on the camera without worrying that it's going to catch on stuff, etc.Check out www.kenrockwell.com - he also recommends the SB400 for almost every occassion (except studio work). A lot of people aren't fans of Ken because he is a little (actually very) corny. Another good Nikon site is bythom.com - Thom Hogan is a pro who shoots Nikon and has good advice - more on the higher end stuff.Edit to add - you can also check out dpreview.com for reviews and very good forums.
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