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@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  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.


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#1 Luke

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 12:46 PM

I love hunting down bundles of digital comics. It's a great way to (legally!) pick up a lot of cool stuff and even find a lot of newt things without busting my budget. It also occurs to me that I've been doing a poor job of sharing that love, so I'm going to change that. :)

 

First, a note about my preferences: I hate proprietary formats with a fury that is generally reserved for stepping in dog poo. You won't find me sharing the latest bundles from Comixology because my opinion is that they only rent comics. That said, it's just my opinion and an awesome deal is still an awesome deal, so share 'em if you got 'em. :D

 

Because I avoid proprietary stuff, a lot of the bundles I run across are from independent publishers (I've never, EVER seen a Marvel or DC bundle that is open-format). Dynamite does a lot of bundles, as does IDW, Boom! Studios, and less often Image. A lot of the output from those publishers is licensed, so there's often something I really love in there that makes it worth the cost all by itself and the rest is almost a bonus. Even in mixed bags there is usually something am willing to try out. Bundles are a super-cheap way to expose yourself to good comics you might otherwise not bother with or even know about. In my experience I've found a lot more gems than duds.

 

I am assuming here that pretty much everyone is familiar with CBZ format and torrenting (most of these offer or require the ability to download via torrent), but if you have any questions just ask.

 

Current Bundles:

 

HumbleBundle frequently does comic bundles and has a Dynamite Comics bundle up right now. Kind of a random assortment of things, but a few good ones in there and the price is right to try some new stuff. This bundle goes until Wednesday. Of those I've only read Shadow v1 (good Shadow story, but only middling Ennis writing), and Legenderry (I'm not much for steampunk, but it's an amusing mash-up).

[Not comics, but Humble Bundle also has a bundle of SF ebooks--almost entirely Asimov, Bester, Zelazny, and some early Wild Cards. They'll be adding more to it next Wed when it hits the second week.]

Groupees also has a dirt-cheap bundle of a bunch of indy stuff I haven't heard of. Really though, for $3 it's worth it even if only ONE of those is any good. Big drawback is that a bunch of it is pdf-only. Apparently some of the publishers literally don't even know what CBZ format IS, which is... I don't even know how that's possible.

And I guess this BitTorrent bundle from Dynamite Comics is still up (it's been up for something like two years now, which is highly unusual). 30 comics for free, over a hundred more for only $6. They don't offer CBZ either, but epub is almost literally the same thing; just change the file extension and you're good to go. some of the stuff in here nicely compliments the Dynamite HumbleBundle above.

 

Any others? Please share them!



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Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:00 PM

I love hunting down bundles of digital comics. It's a great way to (legally!) pick up a lot of cool stuff and even find a lot of newt things without busting my budget. It also occurs to me that I've been doing a poor job of sharing that love, so I'm going to change that. :)
 
First, a note about my preferences: I hate proprietary formats with a fury that is generally reserved for stepping in dog poo. You won't find me sharing the latest bundles from Comixology because my opinion is that they only rent comics. That said, it's just my opinion and an awesome deal is still an awesome deal, so share 'em if you got 'em. :D


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:44 PM

Yeah, Comixology provides DRM-free backups for most publishers' books. DC and Marvel are the obvious exceptions, and I'm sure there are other publishers who opt out. But I enjoy a regular and tedious ritual of backing up my Comixology purchases.

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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:33 AM

This is obviously new since the last time I looked. :D Thanks for that.

 

So a correction then, some of the Comixology bundles can be downloaded.


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Posted 29 February 2016 - 05:32 PM

If you use Chrome, there is an extension that will allow you to download .cbz/.rar backups of all of your books from comiXology.



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Posted 24 March 2016 - 01:20 PM

I forgot to relate the Pathfinder comics deal that Humble Bundle recently ran. Oopsie. :burn

 

Humble Bundle is running an Aspen Comics bundle. I've been told it covers significant ground in the Fathom "universe", but is missing some stuff in the middle. Since Humble adds to the bundle in the second week I suspect they'll plug some of the holes then. I've also been told it would be handy to have a Fathom reading order handy; I'm poking around for a good one but I'm not sure what "good" is since I'm not well-versed in the series myself.

 

Personally I'm a bit annoyed that the bundle offers omnibus collections and then separate and completely redundant volumes. I've never seen this kind of overlap in the same bundle and it makes me a little worried that we'll see more of that in the mid-offering additions.

 

Groupees is also doing an Archie bundle. Looks like a great place to see what all the fuss of the new Archie is about, plus there's a bunch of Sonic, some Mega Man, even some of the new Black Hood. The first bonus is volume 1 of Afterlife With Archie. The coupon codes aren't really exciting, as Archie has weekly sale codes of 20-40%. IMO the deal is good enough without them and there might be even more bonuses to sweeten the deal.



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Posted 24 March 2016 - 02:05 PM

If I buy from the Humble Bundle in the first week will I have to buy again when they add things for the second or will I get the stuff automatically?

Edited by NotVeryKnightly, 24 March 2016 - 02:08 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2016 - 11:52 PM

It depends on the tier you buy. If you've bought a tier that gets added to, you get the additional stuff. If you didn't buy it and the additions are must-haves for you, you can increase to that tier. The lowest(-priced) tier almost never gets additions, only the middle and highest.

 

...and now that I'm looking at it, the tiers that get additions usually have a "more coming soon!" blurb, and none of them do this time. Seems odd to suddenly not have them. I'll have to poke around on that.


Edited by Lukeblast, 24 March 2016 - 11:53 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 01:47 PM

Does this mean I shouldn't expect anything more to come up for this bundle later?

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 07:20 PM

I asked, and yes this is the full bundle.

 

It's fairly unusual for them to put the entire bundle up to start. Kind of annoying that any holes are just... holes, but ah well. Can't have everything (literally, in this case!) :D



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Posted 03 April 2016 - 11:03 AM

Humblebundle now has a Buffy/Angel/Spike bundle.

 

Looks like a metric crap-ton of comics. Lots of collections. This also appears to be the complete bundle, with no later additions.

 

Humble's Aspen Bundle is still good until Wed 4/6.



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Posted 25 April 2016 - 11:06 PM

I'm sure all the Pony fans are well aware of this bundle because HOLY CRAP MAN. What an absolute steal! I still can't bring myself to be that interested, but I honestly wish I new a few friends/family that I could gift it to because I'd be a freakin' hero. :D

 

Groupees has a fantasy bundle too. It's a little lacking honestly, but for $5 it's not too shabby.



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 04:46 PM

Thankfully, any comics I download from DC/Vertigo on comixology are on my ipad which is also linked to my apple account. this gives me a automatic backup to redownload as and when


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Posted 29 April 2016 - 07:38 AM

Yeah, apparently I should give Comixology another try, but to be honest it's not like I'm lacking in stuff to read and it's really easy to just go to their site and search "bundle" so I haven't been in any hurry to report all of them.

 

In other news, the latest Dynamite bundle at Groupees has gone INSANE. They added to it (33 comics for $5!) and also added higher tiers that will add on previous Dynamite bundles that they've previously offered. They cost a little more now ($15-20 for tiers that used to be $10) but there are a ton of complete series and arcs, and at the maximum tier of $55 you get something like 375 comics! That's excluding the art books and previews and counting TPBs as one comic, so it's an even better deal than that. There's a ton of series there that are worth trying out for that price!



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 10:09 AM

Groupees is on a roll with their bundles--this one almost slipped by me. It's something of a mixed bag of mostly Volume 1 TPBs from several different publishers. Several of these have been in previous bundles from Groupees and Humble Bundle, but there's still some gems here and if you're looking for something new to read you can't really go wrong.

 

I also forgot to mention Humble Bundle's manga bundle that went up last Wed. It's a great deal if you're even half-interested in trying out some of these series. Unfortunately it looks like this is the full bundle and some of these series have many more volumes to them.



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 10:35 PM

There's a Garth Ennis Dynamite bundle over at Humble Bundle. If you ever wanted to read The Boys, I'm pretty sure it's all there. If not... wait a week, because this bundle has more stuff coming.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 05:29 PM

Really great IDW Ghostbusters bundle:

 

https://www.humblebu...s-comics-bundle

 

Excellent books.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 12:24 PM

Thanks for catching that!

 

I'm not sure what's "missing" from it, but more will get added mid-week. It already looks like a damn good deal. :)



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 04:11 PM

It's updated with GET REAL 1-4 and DEVIATIONS. Think that leaves just the Halloween ComicFest 2012 story, the Mars Attacks One-Shot, the TMNT crossover and the Thanksgiving story unbundled.


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 05:00 PM

IDW Star Trek bundle.



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