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@  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

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.


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#61 Caldwin

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 07:32 PM

I just got this this week. I'm starting it right now. So if ya'll don't see me for the next few months, you'll know why.
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Posted 23 November 2018 - 01:49 AM

I understand completely. I was quite the hermit the last couple months outside of work. And I still haven't finished the post game. Let's Go Eevee was a nice break but I need to go smite the evil already.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 09:37 PM

So, what should I be more ashamed of, that I just got my first in-game puff puff, or the fact that until a few days ago when a video came up on my YouTube suggestions, I'd never even heard the term puff puff before?
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:55 AM

Just because I love the art of Dragon Quest (and because I like making these 'show off your collection' type things, here's my DQ collection

toroCqF.jpg

I used to have DQV on DS, but had to sell it for the money. I later got it on the iPad (shown) but unfortunately, just didn't have the heart to get far. These games are long. I also used to have DQ Heroes, but I never really could get into the Warriors type games. So I don't have it any more. So this is my collection as it stands now.

I really must see what artbooks exist.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

There is actually a artbook for the series coming on the 11th.


Edited by Daith, 29 November 2018 - 04:43 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 05:57 PM

I'll definitely be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the heads up!
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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:00 AM

I met a certain mermaid, who seemed like a waste of time,
but ever since I met her. I want to talk in rhyme. 
The chain wasn't all that long, I didn't even have to try,
and by the end I had the feels, it made me want to cry.


Just finished that part.
 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:21 PM

Just wait. Its just the beginning.

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Posted 12 December 2018 - 06:54 PM

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I am running into a bit of a problem. The past couple few boss fights have really bullied my main character. So he kept dying right before the boss would die and I didn't have a chance to Zing him.

So this means while all my other characters are around lvl 38 or 39, my main fighter is at lvl 32.

I'm thinking of sidelining him for a bit. He'd still get experience, he won't die so much and I keep my party strong.

But if I do sideline him...I'm not sure. Will he get experience slower than the others and fall even more behind, or should he still level faster since it should take less experience between levels?
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Posted 14 December 2018 - 05:25 PM

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Posted 14 December 2018 - 06:02 PM

So, I just earned the Puff-Puff Buff trophy. Eeyup! It's sitting there as a trophy for all on my Friends list to see. It is never going away.

I regret nothing!
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Posted 14 December 2018 - 09:56 PM

Im wondering which one Im missing yet for that trophy :D

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 08:51 PM

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:00 AM

Just a little opinion I remembered (Angri-La spoilers)

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 05:18 PM

Im wondering which one Im missing yet for that trophy :D



That video's pretty okay since it just shows how to get each puff puff and Dragon Quest is fairly tongue in cheek about these things. I haven't watched any of the other videos from that channel though. But just given the channel name and some of their thumbnails, I'd say be wary about playing any of these videos in front of your parents. Could be awkward. But here's a checklist of available puff-puffs as they appear in the video.

Hotto
Gallopolis
Gondolia
Octagonia Upper Floor
Phnom Nonh
Sniflheim
Octagonia VIP Room *after you meet up with Jade again*
Battle Ground
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Posted 23 December 2018 - 08:31 AM

I just got Dragon Quest I for the iPad last night for $3 to play when I'm not at home to play XI. Wow, that music takes me back.

Course, I'm going to have to rummage to see if I can find the old strategy guide. I kinda know what I need to do, but it's been a loooooooong time.
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Posted 23 December 2018 - 11:41 AM

Basically go east and kill a vampire.. then in a counter clockwise circle till you form the rainbow bridge LOL

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 01:26 PM

I think you're thinking about Final Fantasy.

Also, iPad version has puff-puff. Oh the amazing things you can get when you get out from underneath NOA!

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 05:35 PM

Actually switch out Vampire for Dragon and he kind of has it.





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