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@  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.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P


March Mayhem 2015: Post Your Bracket!

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#41 Doin It To Ham

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:16 PM

I'm not sure why anyone has to take issue with how they're running a fun little game. That's just silly. 


Thanks for putting this together, staff & co.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:17 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.  :)


Well, as far as the seed setup goes, it wouldn't be too hard to do properly - I mean, you already assigned the seeds to the characters, no problem with that, just saying that the snaking should've been done correctly. All-in-all it's not a big deal, I was just surprised to see that it wasn't snaked (though it's close).


As for the points, that sounds fair to me - I agree that there's reasons to not completely double it.


And lastly, for bracket accuracy - I think it SHOULD just be popular vote. If someone runs the table (obviously I think ROTF Devastator can overcome his low seed!) due to vote popularity, well, so be it. That's how the GameFAQs battle ended up with Tetris L-Block and Draven winning in successive years, breaking the Noble Nine hegemony amongst their character battles. I never get a sense this is supposed to be based on strength of the actual combiner in fiction, just pure popularity.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:24 PM

I'm not sure why anyone has to take issue with how they're running a fun little game. That's just silly. 


Thanks for putting this together, staff & co.


I like fun games too, but, rules should always be obvious up front and make sense for the game and promote healthy competition and 'fun' when possible.


Even in bracket pools and fantasy leagues with no money involved, still best to keep a tight ship on the rules.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 17 March 2015 - 01:25 PM.

#44 Doin It To Ham

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:46 PM

Wasn't referring to rules clarification. Was referring to "You guys should have done x instead."

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:34 PM

Here's mine.


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#46 LiamA

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

Are all these guys the same size for this thing?  Several of them are Minicons or Micromasters and their combined form would be about the size of a regular Transformer.

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:50 PM

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:08 PM

Here's mine if I'm not too late

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#50 SoS

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

Argghhh, this was sooooo hard! I favored many combiners that I didn't chose in my bracket because I knew they had no chance of winning. Sigh....


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:20 PM

Here's the way it would go down:



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#52 Fenix Twilight

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:05 PM

I have to admit, the words "I have no idea what I'm doing" have never been more accurate. :D


But I did have fun filling it out.

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#53 Tigerpaw28

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:57 PM

While I would've like to have anticipated some more surprises, I think the reality is that the classic G1 guys are going to dominate this tourney.


That said, I think it'll be fun to see the classic match up of Starscream's Brigade versus Megatron's Stunticons in the final.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:33 AM

Voting is done for round one!

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:08 PM

where are God Neptune, Dinoking, Goradora, Aligned Ruination, and The Beast? do they not get to compete?

I call bs if redundancy is the issue. since we have 3 devastators, 2 bruticuses (3 counting his repaint ruination), and 2 superions.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:13 PM

where are God Neptune, Dinoking, Goradora, Aligned Ruination, and The Beast? do they not get to compete?

I call bs if redundancy is the issue. since we have 3 devastators, 2 bruticuses (3 counting his repaint ruination), and 2 superions.


None of the Power Core Combiners are there either. I think Ultra Prime from combiner wars is also missing. Also FOC Bruticus should possiblly count since he's technically different then G1 Bruticus.

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#57 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:38 PM

I've got a spreadsheet we used for at-home NCAA brackets that I've tweaked to use for this. It'll take me a little while to get all ~28 brackets entered in though (gotta do it by hand). I'll try get it done by today, though. Should make it easier to keep track (and see who picked what, etc.)


Also, points per round are going to be 1, 2, 4, 8, 12?

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 02:39 PM.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:48 PM

BScorpinok75's bracket is a bit messed up at the end. His final four is Devastator, Liokaiser, Predaking, Raiden. But he has Dev over Lio and Raiden over Predaking, but the matchup would be Dev/Pred and Lio/Raiden. Who you wanna pick instead in those matchups?


EDIT: Rosicrucian's bracket is also messed up at the same point. His final four is Nexus Prime, Ruination, Monstructor, Computron. He has Nexus over Ruination and Monstructor over Computron, but the matchup in the bracket would be the two "north" teams (Nexus VS Monstructor) and the two "south" teams (Ruination VS Computron).

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 02:55 PM.

#59 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:19 PM

GB Blackrock's bracket is also wrong, at the same point. His F4 is Defensor, Menasor, Bruticus and Superion. The matchups would be Defensor/Bruticus and Menasor/Superion.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

And the last mistake... Tigerpaw28 did not pick a winner (of a Bruticus/Menasor final).


Anyways, I've finished the spreadsheet, uploaded as a image here: http://imgur.com/16dYh1b(LARGE IMAGE WARNING)


I'll be happy to edit in BScorpinok75, Rosicrucian, GB Blackrock and Tigerpaw28's fixes when I see 'em.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 03:42 PM.