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@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.


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#21 Magnusblitz

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:05 PM

Can you elaborate more on "winner will be chosen based on the accuracy of their bracket"? Are later rounds worth more? Almost every real March Madness game doubles the points for each additional round...



#22 Princess Viola

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:44 PM

my bracket will be way off, but i'll be pleasantly surprised if it isn't

 

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#23 Kalidor

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:51 PM

It's really just for fun. Ultimately I'm not sure if we can enforce bracket accuracy, nor should we really penalize people for not getting it right since there's not actually a competition. 

 

I think if you participate by filling out a bracket then we'll put you in the running for winning the loot.

 

We just want people to get into the spirit and have fun. 



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:23 PM

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I maaaay have flipped a coin to decide each match...

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:35 PM

WITNESS MORTALS THE POWER OF MY JIVEY EDITING IN MICROSOFT PAINT PART DUEX  SINCE I FORGOT A WINNER

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#26 Strafe

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 05:13 PM

The graphics work is just so cool. And the seeding order seems pretty spot on, some real work went into this.

As I do during March Madness, I am rooting for preconceived ideas to get smooshed into paste.

[Edit: Going to declare myself ineligible since I worked here, I filled out my bracket because it's fun]

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#27 Kalidor

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:18 PM

Graphics were done largely by ChessPieceFace. I did the site headers but he did ALLLL the stuff like in my sig. Shattered designed the brackets, created this forum and did all the seeding stuff since we're all sports idiots who have no idea what any of that means and I think Nightviper tweaked the bracket design Shattered had created.

 

Just to give you an idea of how fast this went from idea to completion, the post that says "Hey, here's an idea for a community event" was made on March 9th. 



#28 Galenraff

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 10:27 PM

Right.  I'll just call Defensor "Duke" right now and complain about my bracket all month accordingly.

 

To get to the championship he presumably has to go through Devastator, Predaking, and either Superion or Computron.  That's the more realistic scenario, but I've put in a few upsets because I genuinely believe the votes will progress in a way that will give us some surprises.  So I've tried to make a few predictions that might happen, while still hoping my boy Defensor can get in the groove, so to speak.  :D

 

But watch - Rail Racer upsets and kills me in the first round.  That'd be so typical.

 

 

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#29 Shadewing

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:40 AM

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Based on how I feel is the most likely the fandom will vote; I'll be very surprised if anything non-G1 gets past the second round. THe only thing I am really unsure of is Devastator vs Predaking as both seem equally popular, but went with the one that get more attention. I would also question my Superion over Computron, but Superion again has more media exposure and with his recent CW toys will probably have a big surge in popularity.


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#30 Magnusblitz

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:39 AM

Okay, so, this thread says we have until March 20 to post brackets. But the voting starts tomorrow, which seems wrong. So I've attached a last-second bracket to get in.

 

FWIW, two minor things I would tweak if you do this again (since you guys admit you have no knowledge of how these weird ball-throwing things called sports work, hehe):

 

1) Each round should be double the points of the last round... its tougher to get those picks correct (more chances to be wrong), no reason predicting the championship should be worth the same as predicting Devastator beating Sixturbo!

 

2) The bracket was set up a bit backwards, it should be set up in a proper 'snake' pattern so the #1 and #2 overall seeds can't meet up until the final. Instead, you have #1 and #2 meeting in the semi (and #3 in the same quadrant as #2) while the side of the bracket with #4 and #6 meet up in a semi if seeds hold.

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#31 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:31 AM

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:42 AM

My ever-not-so-random selections.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:11 AM

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#34 BuiLD-ThINg

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:19 AM

*whimper*

wHerE BUiLD-tHInG cARd?!

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bUiLd-ThINg tOo sExY fOR sIG!
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#35 Galenraff

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:45 AM

Magnusblitz, sad though it might be, it's possible it's either myself or Gizmoboy who are the most sports-aware on the staff these days.  So the staff did take these things into account, and some decisions were made to balance authenticity with practicality.  Seeding was tough enough (and at least as arbitrary as for NCAA), but to try and seed the "regions" would have been more complex than was necessary.  From my perspective, it's not uncommon to have a tougher region in a given year, so an overall 1 meeting an overall 2 would be like a powerhouse 1v2 meeting in the elite eight before facing an easier 1 seed from a different region in the final four.  So while less elegant, it's sufficiently close to reality without being too unwieldy a process for our first time doing this.

 

We're talking about the points/contest rules/due dates, etc.  Kalidor mentioned this came about in a few days, and we appreciate people bringing up these issues.  We'll address them shortly and let everyone know of any changes (with sufficient warning to adjust entries if needed).

 

Regarding points, I just want to personally advocate for a bracket I play in each year where instead of doubling, the points are 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16.  Yes, it's a lot harder to get the late rounds correct so they should be worth more, but outright doubling seems to render the early rounds too worthless.  By not outright doubling for the last two rounds, you make a lot of closer, more interesting challenges where picking the right loser for each of those rounds can actually make as much of a difference in the score as picking the right winner.  It seems to reward more total bracket accuracy as opposed to just picking the right winner regardless of how inaccurate your early round picks may have been.  Just something to consider and/or suggest to whoever runs your own favorite pools if you like that sort of contest as opposed to some knucklehead winning it just because they pick a Duke or Kentucky or North Carolina to win it all and got almost nothing else correct.  :)


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This is a monarchy, not a democracy! Long live the king!!

 

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#37 G.B.Blackrock

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:00 PM

Magnusblitz, sad though it might be, it's possible it's either myself or Gizmoboy who are the most sports-aware on the staff these days.  So the staff did take these things into account, and some decisions were made to balance authenticity with practicality.  Seeding was tough enough (and at least as arbitrary as for NCAA), but to try and seed the "regions" would have been more complex than was necessary.  From my perspective, it's not uncommon to have a tougher region in a given year, so an overall 1 meeting an overall 2 would be like a powerhouse 1v2 meeting in the elite eight before facing an easier 1 seed from a different region in the final four.  So while less elegant, it's sufficiently close to reality without being too unwieldy a process for our first time doing this.

 

We're talking about the points/contest rules/due dates, etc.  Kalidor mentioned this came about in a few days, and we appreciate people bringing up these issues.  We'll address them shortly and let everyone know of any changes (with sufficient warning to adjust entries if needed).

 

Regarding points, I just want to personally advocate for a bracket I play in each year where instead of doubling, the points are 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16.  Yes, it's a lot harder to get the late rounds correct so they should be worth more, but outright doubling seems to render the early rounds too worthless.  By not outright doubling for the last two rounds, you make a lot of closer, more interesting challenges where picking the right loser for each of those rounds can actually make as much of a difference in the score as picking the right winner.  It seems to reward more total bracket accuracy as opposed to just picking the right winner regardless of how inaccurate your early round picks may have been.  Just something to consider and/or suggest to whoever runs your own favorite pools if you like that sort of contest as opposed to some knucklehead winning it just because they pick a Duke or Kentucky or North Carolina to win it all and got almost nothing else correct.  :)

 

The issue I'm most concerned with is, how are the winners within the brackets chosen? I'm deeply against it being left up to some kind of popular vote. Too much potential for folks to "spoil" a 1-vs-16 seed contest that would never have happened in an actual contest between the characters (assuming, of course, the seeds were at all accurate to their relative strengths). In the actual NCAA basketball tournament, 2-vs-15 upsets are rare, and I don't think a 1-vs-16 upset has EVER happened. I simply can't imagine any popular vote scenario that does the seeding justice.

 

But how to do a contest "randomly"? A coin-toss doesn't really demonstrate the strength of a 1-seed vs a 16-seed, and that imbalance of strength should be addressed. Whatever the set-up is, it should allow for upsets without destroying the relative strengths that we've attributed to the characters.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

I know the overlap between the first round closing and due date for brackets is odd and unfortunate, but quite honestly we had so little lead time for this event and the first round is so obvious that I didn't see this as an issue. I'd rather have more entries and have the first round essentially just be a practice round. It didn't seem right to only have a 12 hour window in which to post your bracket. Everyone is on the same page of being able to post their final bracket at the same time. Feel free to edit right up until the deadline. Changes will be accepted right up until the March 20 11:59pm EST deadline.

In terms of the internal mechanics of how we will assess the accuracy of each bracket in terms of winning the Cheetimus prize, we will indeed be using Galen's 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16 system.

#39 Kalidor

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:14 PM

Next year I'll convert the characters to my D20 game system and then battle out with dice and terrain in a Google Hangout that everyone can tune into.  :thumbsup



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:33 PM

Wow. You really know how sports work!

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