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@  Pennpenn : (17 October 2018 - 02:14 AM)

Youtube was gone?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 11:53 PM)

I actually agree with you MEDdMI, or at least be creative. x.x

@  MEDdMI : (16 October 2018 - 11:29 PM)

Death threats are boring. Get to know the person, then torment them with stuff that really gets under their skin. *evil grin*

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2018 - 10:18 PM)

YouTube is back!

@  Waspinator : (16 October 2018 - 09:55 PM)

Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

@  RichardT1977 : (16 October 2018 - 09:27 PM)

BTW for the three of you who haven't discovered yet, YouTube is down.

@  Telly : (16 October 2018 - 08:05 PM)

maybe this is that persons first death threat, and the creativity will come with more experiance

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 06:14 PM)

Nah. Or at least not near as creative as some of them I've got. This one was a basic "If I ever see you IRL I'll slit you're throat."

@  wonko the sane? : (16 October 2018 - 06:00 PM)

was it at least a creative threat?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 01:07 PM)

Speaking of which.. Got a deaththeat today on an other messageboard. :D

@  Shockwave 75 : (16 October 2018 - 07:14 AM)

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pidgeon; no matter what you do it's going to shit on the board and strut around like it won.

@  Pennpenn : (16 October 2018 - 05:48 AM)

Well, there is also the fact that the person you're arguing against won't accept the authority as neutral (or valid or credible) unless they agree with everything that person says.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 October 2018 - 05:35 AM)

Never argue with idiots. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:21 AM)

Anyone who's ever argued with dumbasses on the internet knows how stubborn and persistent they can be. Dozens of people can tell them they're wrong, and they' just stick their fingers in their ears and go "na na can't hear you!"

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:19 AM)

Especially if its a bet about an objective truth. Chances are, you provide overwhelming evidence for your position, the dumbass won't accept your evidence or will just change the rules and then claim the money you allegedly owe him.

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:17 AM)

I've just been reminded of a life lesson: Never take a bet with a dumbass unless there's a neutral authority accepted by both sides that will decide on the winner.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 October 2018 - 03:42 AM)

Peace was never an option.

@  Waspinator : (16 October 2018 - 02:03 AM)

The war between the cerapods and the theropods continues to the modern era

@  Waspinator : (15 October 2018 - 11:51 PM)

The parrot, once I stopped pressing the button on the toy. It might have gone on forever otherwise.

@  Foffy : (15 October 2018 - 11:43 PM)

Depends. Who won?

@  Waspinator : (15 October 2018 - 11:37 PM)

Should I be worried that my 40-year-old parrot got into a roaring contest with a Jurassic World toy?

@  Paladin : (15 October 2018 - 04:38 PM)

was the bride's name Sarah Connor?

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 October 2018 - 04:38 PM)

A sawed off shotgun is fairly easy to conceal. Of course, they're also illegal.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (15 October 2018 - 04:19 PM)

Maybe they wear a really, really baggy coat.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2018 - 04:10 PM)

I don't wanna think about the body type where a SHOTGUN is concealed carry.

@  MEDdMI : (15 October 2018 - 04:08 PM)

"If there any objections-" *Both sides pull out ridiculous amounts of weapons against each other*

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 October 2018 - 03:57 PM)

Someone else quips in the comments, "I have heard of a shotgun wedding, but this is ridiculous!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 October 2018 - 03:57 PM)

I saw a random shipost on Facebook. Evidently, there are people in the U.S. who have to ask wedding guests not to bring their concealed-carry weapons.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 October 2018 - 07:09 AM)

Hey.. I tried to say that google game streaming actually works pretty good... Now if that's depressing, that's a WHOLE nother ball of wax. ;D

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2018 - 06:29 AM)

The box is being used exactly as it was meant to: for random conversation. If it's depressing it's because the group whom use it is neither oblivious or stupid and we happen to be discussing depressing things.

@  fourteenwings : (15 October 2018 - 12:27 AM)

I'm starting to feel like the box is being used in lieu of actual serious threads (not to be terrible but seeing this as soon as you get on the forums is depressing).

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 October 2018 - 10:35 PM)

It's shameful that randos in richer countries pretend like it's not happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 October 2018 - 10:35 PM)

Small island countries are already sinking below sea level and being consumed by the ocean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:28 PM)

Which is why poorer countries are some of the ones most worried at this point, I imagine. Wealthy countries like the US, Canada, etc won't feel the effects nearly as soon

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 10:05 PM)

Realistically: there doesn't have to be truly catastrophic impacts to screw us all over. Frequent enough storms will disrupt our infrastructure, which will hobble our ability to rebuild quickly and cause pretty big backslides in quality of life. I don't mean "oh no, I can't charge my iphone", more like "dysentery is as common as the flu because the resources just aren't there to clean the water anymore".

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:03 PM)

If no, then procrastinate some more

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:03 PM)

Well, the most important question: is it going to stop me getting some drive thru at McDonald's?

@  Noideaforaname : (14 October 2018 - 09:21 PM)

It's kinda nuts seeing insurance ads tell everyone multiple 500-year storms a year is the new normal, but the general attitude over is still at best *shrug*.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 October 2018 - 08:18 PM)

Sad thing is... Boomers are still leaving their vile taint on a lot of the younger generation.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 08:08 PM)

Certainly the boomers won't live to see it, and they're the worst generation for not giving a shit

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 08:08 PM)

We're seeing some of it, yeah, but very likely all the truly catastrophic impacts will hit once most of us are dead

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 07:46 PM)

Stupid thing is: We ARE seeing results in our lifetime, but it's still slow enough that we, as a culture, are willing to ignore it despite what the scientists are saying.

@  MEDdMI : (14 October 2018 - 07:41 PM)

Captain Planet we need you

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 07:30 PM)

As long as nothing interrupts their morning latte and consumer-driven lifestyles, they're good

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 07:26 PM)

Because humans are notoriously bad at caring about things they don't see happening within their lifetimes

@  Shrug : (14 October 2018 - 06:09 PM)

And no one else in my class cared. None of my teachers cared. My parents didn't care.

@  Shrug : (14 October 2018 - 06:08 PM)

One of my more frustrating memories regarding Climate Change is from when I was in 2nd grade in 1996. My poor redneck middle-of-nowhere school had a decade old science textbook written so a 2nd grader could read it and it had enough about the impending Global Warming that I was worried as a 6 year old.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 04:45 PM)

Plus a MUCH higher chance of lake effect snow: since milder means the great lakes will take that much longer to freeze over.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 04:07 PM)

Eh, really does depend on what you look for in winter. "Milder" also usually means "wetter", so... you know, MORE snow to deal with.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 02:01 PM)

It was unusually warm here as well, until 2 or 3 days ago. The temperature's a little more seasonal, now. They are predicting a milder winter than usual this year, which for Canada isn't such bad news

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Costa's Run Is An Under-Rated Gem

IDW Comics Costa

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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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#102 lastmaximal


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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.