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@  wonko the sane? : (18 November 2017 - 08:37 AM)

You won't be at school or work anymore... so mitigated success.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2017 - 05:21 PM)

Just don't try to plug yourself into an outlet. It won't end well.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2017 - 04:57 PM)

Trying to stay awake at work or school is a lot like using your controller when it's on low battery

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

If you're used to doing it with tabs, that makes sense. It doesn't feel weird for me.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:28 AM)

Also, it just feels weird if switching between webpages uses the same actions as switching between programs.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:21 AM)

I switch between different things on the browser and click on various plugins and stuff far more often than switching from program to program.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 10:19 AM)

Yeah I'm mostly just venting from frustration rather than trying to convince anyone, though @NotVeryNightly I will point out that the windows for the other programs I'm running are at the bottom of the screen as well.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 10:09 AM)

Tabs are on the top, near the address bar, browser tools, plugins and whatnot so the cursor will be there frequently anyway. Switching windows would require going down the screen.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 10:03 AM)

I mean, you do you. No bigs. You've just got a fairly unique stance that surprised me.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 09:54 AM)

I haven't seen words on the bottom bar of the screen since XP.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:13 AM)

All of which is put on the point that I don't care if people want to use tabs, I just want the option to not have them present for me on my browser.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:12 AM)

@Shrug- A quick glance at the bottom of the screen shows me what is open and where. Load times are basically so trivial that the load indicator on a tab is something I didn't notice until you mentioned it. The "which instance is playing noise" is a fair point but has basically only really been approaching meaningful for me maybe twice in all the time tabs have existed.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:07 AM)

@NotveryKnightly- I have never encountered a situation where that is true, especially given that tabs are on the other side of the screen to the other things I'm switching through.

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 09:06 AM)

@ Nevermore- The windows at the bottom have the names of the websites on them, presuming you don't collapse them.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:08 AM)

Geez, this is reminding me of the awful pre-tab days.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

I can look at the tab to see if it hasn't finished loading yet. Now you can see which tab is playing sound, so no need to hunt through windows to find a video ad that started playing.

@  Shrug : (17 November 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And a quick glance lets me know whats open and where. No clicking multiple windows hunting for something. No waiting for some window preview to pop up (which wasn't available when tabs first started.)

@  NotVeryKnightly : (17 November 2017 - 06:03 AM)

Switching between tabs is way quicker than between windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:09 AM)

It's like having a clear structore with sub-directores, instead of just having all files on your computer stored in one giant directory.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:08 AM)

This way, I can switch between windows and then select the tab, instead of always trying to remember which window is for which website.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:07 AM)

I find one browser window with multiple tabs a lot easier to handle alongside other windows than multiple browser windows alongside other windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

I find multiple tabs a lot more comfortable than multiple windows.

@  Nevermore : (17 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

erm... no?

@  Pennpenn : (17 November 2017 - 03:26 AM)

On mobile devices and whatever I understand why tabs would be a thing, but on a full desktop browser it's just- "Hey, here's a thing that's kind of like opening a new window, but objectively worse in every practical way"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 November 2017 - 01:41 AM)

Someone remind me again: which versions of the CW Hot Spot mold did not suffer from bad hip ratcheting?

@  BlackMax : (16 November 2017 - 06:33 PM)

Holy crap I just pushed the F11 key for the first time on a keyboard since about 1994.

@  Shrug : (16 November 2017 - 01:11 PM)

tabs being wretched bs is definitely an opinion I've never seen before

@  RC85747 : (16 November 2017 - 08:25 AM)

Vivaldi lets you hide the tab bar

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 07:45 AM)

Yeah but that gets rid of everything else as well.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 November 2017 - 07:33 AM)

Hit F11 Pennpenn

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:15 AM)

I get that people like tabs. Fine. Whatever. I just detest the fact that most current browsers don't let you have the option of just hiding the bar away so I don't have to even think about the wretched bullshit things.

@  Pennpenn : (16 November 2017 - 04:06 AM)

Does anyone know of a browser that doesn't force tabs on you? Just... any sodding browser that doesn't have tabs.

@  Telly : (16 November 2017 - 01:59 AM)

being mostly wrong is better than being TOTALLY wrong!

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 09:26 PM)


@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 08:24 PM)

I really hope so. All of my high school drawings and notes (Hand-written notes! God, I'm old.) from girls are in a chest in the attic of my parents house. I'll check when I visit!

@  MEDdMI : (15 November 2017 - 06:39 PM)

Do you still have those drawings?

@  BlackMax : (15 November 2017 - 06:31 PM)

I think lesbian ninjas is just an unmitigated good idea. *shrug*

@  Devcon : (15 November 2017 - 05:56 PM)

well, that and Balloon Doggies, Mr secretary

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:12 PM)

It's my crowning Allspark achievement! You're welcome.

@  Strafe : (15 November 2017 - 04:05 PM)

"Someone" being me. No mystery to it, I used to draw a lot during class when I was in high school. I came up with lesbian ninjas, which were a specialized team of assassins with amazing hair and impeccable style. I scanned some of my drawings and mentioned them a few times on the ezboard 17 years ago, and people seemed to like the idea.

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Thanks in any case!

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 01:05 PM)

Oh, wow. That is ages ago. 

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:03 PM)

ages ago meaning when the spark was still on ezboard

@  Telly : (15 November 2017 - 01:02 PM)

i think maybe it was part of a title of a movie someone posted ages ago and the "lesbian ninja" part stood out and people just latched on to it. please note this is possibly totally and completely wrong cause my memory is terrible anymore

@  Copper Bezel : (15 November 2017 - 12:11 PM)

I don't think it's a fandom thing, I think it's an Allspark thing. Or that's been my perception. Mayhem has some lesbian ninja regulars now but I think the reference is much older. = ] 

@  Robowang : (15 November 2017 - 11:02 AM)

Who knows. I always thought it was stupid.

@  RichardT1977 : (15 November 2017 - 10:31 AM)

What is this fandom's deal with lesbian ninjas? Is it some fantheory about Nightbird or something?

@  OrionPax44 : (15 November 2017 - 08:26 AM)

Huh my phone didn't even alert me for some reason. Guess it only does on the Mayhem Discord Hangouts??

@  BlackMax : (14 November 2017 - 09:41 PM)

Telly, you are FIRED as my PR agent. :D

@  Telly : (14 November 2017 - 09:05 PM)

you all dont know what you missed. there was fun. there were games. lesbian ninjas. tang and even a couple human sacrifices.

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Costa's Run Is An Under-Rated Gem

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#101 Sean Whitmore

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:30 PM

Again, that's what the editor would be for to remind the writer of.


The Prowl thing was doubly annoying as Schmidt edited the book that established Machiavelli Prowl, he could and should have told Costa that having him be the one who rashly played the hero was grossly out of character, but no, then the attempt to 'fix' it with a spotlight didn't really help as it did nothing to help fix his transformation into just another guy.


For all we know, he did. And maybe Costa said, "Thanks, now let me get back to telling my story my way", as is his prerogative.


This wasn't some long-established continuity he was upturning. It was a quite recent change that happened in essentially a backup story. And much as I prefered Roberts' take, I can't fault the writer of the ongoing for not feeling beholden to that.




Took the Ironhide mini to redeem him, though the resurrection that voided all memory of his misdeed did feel like a "get out of jail free" card.


Nothing wrong with that, shared characters like these deserve "get out of jail free" cards. What, am I supposed to hold a grudge against Ironhide forever because one guy wrote him terribly?


If someone writes, say, Preacher 2 and undoes Cassidy's crimes, that's something else, then.




I think McCarthy gets a bit much flak re: "he disregarded Furman's stuff".


I'm not convinced that's actually the case; the way his story was structured, there wasn't really much of anything to touch on in the first 3-4 issues to establish this, and so people read it as "disregarding old stuff".


Nowadays I don't devote much headspace to stories I didn't like, so I don't even remember most of my complaints about AMH. But I do remember being amused that the combiner process was apparently perfected off-panel, and wondering why the Decepticons didn't just fix up the side effects of Ore-13 while they were at it.




To be fair, Mirage's original character was conceived as "unsure of the Autobot cause," as well as being wealthy and aloof (causes friction with more "blue-collar" Autobots?) and the episode writer ran with that, so it does have deeper roots in the franchise than just that one episode.


Yeah, but the Autobots didn't read his bio any more than they watched "Traitor", so the story really should have done more to make us understand why they'd be so quick to believe the worst about Mirage. There was a quick line about him holding different opinions about the war, but that's not nearly enough to justify Ironhide's almost psychotic mistrust.



I stand by my belief that a large percentage of fans who got pissy about that only did so because they don't actually read other comics, and Transformers comics had never actually truly had to deal with the pretty standard "one writer booted, new writer takes over with a fresh start" process before AHM, nor the "time skip, OMG things are different/that's the point, you doofus, DC literally JUST did this" narrative. 


As someone who's spent more time on comic book message boards than Transformers ones...no. Pissiness about this is not tempered by knowledge that it happens a lot.


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:54 PM

(The humans dying in AHM never seemed as bad as some said. About on terms with the first two Bay films.)

And we all know how much people love the Bay films for their handling of pointless shock-value death (human or otherwise).

Seriously, this whole "it happens elsewhere so why be this bothered" thing might have something to it, but it doesn't really invalidate that the design inconsistency and sudden dip in writing quality were not things to be liked. When they happen elsewhere it's an annoyance that people have become numb to at the very least, but it's not excused there either.

Furthermore, I don't really recall people getting terribly upset specifically because Furman was being replaced AT ALL. It seemed to have more to do with the COST of replacing the writer at that precise point: the fact that this sudden shift in direction was going to truncate a long-game plot he had been building over several arcs and involving a well-reeived wider variety of characters and concepts. All to essentially be shelved in favor of what was shaping up to be a nostalgia fest that wasn't beholden to the idea of continuing any of those threads.

Then again, I only have my Allspark discussion recall to work with, other boards might have certainly gotten more riled up about "anyone but Furman" coming in.

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:03 AM

For all we know, he did. And maybe Costa said, "Thanks, now let me get back to telling my story my way", as is his prerogative.


This wasn't some long-established continuity he was upturning. It was a quite recent change that happened in essentially a backup story. And much as I preferred Roberts' take, I can't fault the writer of the ongoing for not feeling beholden to that.


Even ignoring the Machiavelli aspect to Prowl, it still didn't fit with the character as established by IDW at all and wasn't really a story that needed to be told. Two thirds of the Autobot ranks are rash do-gooders who would put themselves into the line of fire because it's the right thing to do, I don't see much point in turning one of the few that think before they act into that same, bland heroic mush then decimating the Transformers population to justify it, their war becoming a galaxy wide conflict fought by a race that numbers in the 5 digit range.