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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.


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#2921 Telly

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:32 AM

My family and I have been watching an episode or two of TAS on Sunday nights.  It really is no more ridiculous than your average episode of the live action version.

 

One thing I can say, though, is that the animated series LOVES purple pterodactyl aliens.  At least every other episode has an appearance by purple pterodactyls.

 

well, you know, you draw one alien species, may as well get as much use out of them as you can. gotta stretch that budget!


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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:57 AM

A lot of the things that we tend to consider fundamental aspects of how the Star Trek universe works weren't established until season 3 of TNG or later.  For instance, in TOS and early TNG, there is a lot of contact with planets that clearly don't (or don't clearly) meet the criteria for first contact that was later established.

 

TAS followed perfectly well from TOS, and in fact seemed to have its world established a bit better in some ways.  It's only in light of later shows and movies that it feels a bit wonky.



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Posted 21 August 2019 - 12:57 PM

 

My family and I have been watching an episode or two of TAS on Sunday nights.  It really is no more ridiculous than your average episode of the live action version.

 

One thing I can say, though, is that the animated series LOVES purple pterodactyl aliens.  At least every other episode has an appearance by purple pterodactyls.

 

well, you know, you draw one alien species, may as well get as much use out of them as you can. gotta stretch that budget!

 

 

Meanwhile, in live action:

 

<Star Trek> YOU get a bumpy forehead! YOU get a bumpy forehead! YOU get a bumpy forehead! EVERYBODY GETS A BUMPY FOREHEAD!

 

<TNG era Romulan> *Rubbing bumpy forehead* But y tho?



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 09:41 PM

We owe a lot to Roddenberry, but ironically Trek really took off once he was removed from being in charge.


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Posted 01 September 2019 - 10:10 PM

there would probly be no ds9 as we know and love it if he were still involved at that point


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:56 AM

One thing that often gets overlooked about the Roddenberry-made stuff was that in the universe of Star Trek, the Federation - and similar races like the Klingons and Romulans - are a small, insignificant power in a galaxy full of ancient and terrible things. Every other week was dealing with either some power beyond the ability of the characters or some long dead civilisation. But that all got slowly ground down into what we usually think of when we think 'Star Trek', the mighty Federation, unstoppable by practically all. Even the 'wonders you cannot possibly imagine and terrors to freeze your soul' Q speaks about turns out to be just more dudes with technology similar enough to never outright outclass the Federation.



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:27 AM

It's an interesting contrast. I wonder a bit how much it really has to do with Roddenberry though. Once there's a political status quo established for the quadrant, which developed in bits over TOS and the movies and TNG, anomalous advanced civilizations kept being a weekly plot device but everyone else increasingly still had to go back to work in the morning. I mean arguably, DS9 is unique in actually putting one of those unknowable super civilizations in a permanent spot and giving them something to do in relation to the rest of the universe.

The Federation and Klingons both go to investigate Vger, but the Klingons will be back, while the next super-advanced alien probe threatening destroy Earth without the right signal is, you know, just another unrelated one.

So I think it's an inevitable consequence of the Trek universe starting to be something that matters and that its stories are sometimes about, which is not where TOS started but requires laying down a status quo.
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Posted 02 September 2019 - 09:57 AM

There's also the fact that TNG and DS9 weren't really about exploring strange new worlds and discovering new civilizations (neither were TOS, Voyager, Enterprise, or Discovery*, but they at least paid lip-service to the concept). Instead they were about finding ways to coexist with the civilizations that we already knew.

(* Star Trek in general has never actually been about exploration, that was just the justification they used to motivate the characters into dramatic/symbolic situations.)

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 04:24 PM

One thing that often gets overlooked about the Roddenberry-made stuff was that in the universe of Star Trek, the Federation - and similar races like the Klingons and Romulans - are a small, insignificant power in a galaxy full of ancient and terrible things. Every other week was dealing with either some power beyond the ability of the characters or some long dead civilisation. But that all got slowly ground down into what we usually think of when we think 'Star Trek', the mighty Federation, unstoppable by practically all. Even the 'wonders you cannot possibly imagine and terrors to freeze your soul' Q speaks about turns out to be just more dudes with technology similar enough to never outright outclass the Federation.

 

I'm not going to lie, I'm still mildly pissed off that the First Federation from TOS just kind of...vanished.



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 05:11 PM

It seemed like the First Federation deemed the current Milky Way powers not ready for full first contact. The TOS cultural exchange and some limited trade of non-sensitive goods (Quark sold Tranya, a First Federation beverage, on DS9) seems to be able all they're ready for until the Federation and its neighbors have advanced sufficiently and worked out their own issues.



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:36 PM

How the Federation or other powers might interact with a permanent presence of much more technologically and culturally advanced people in their corner of the galaxy would certainly be a different kind of story for Trek, and could be interesting if handled very well. And it's certainly one that would not fit as well into the picture of the galaxy established by the movies and TNG that's closely analogous to real-world global politics. I don't really know how you make that interesting as a story element, but there's potentially interesting stuff to explore there. 

 

Suppose it's something Babylon 5 played with to a certain extent, by putting our perspective with the human characters and having the more advanced Minbari and much more advanced Vorlons around, but.


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Posted 02 September 2019 - 07:18 PM

Yeah but we swiftly got the White Stars (aka B5's Constitution Class Starship) and the tech imbalance of the setting kind of ceased being a thing. The revelation that Earth Alliance was creating hybrid warships based on Shadow-tech wasn't nearly as big a deal as it ought to have been, since by that point in the series the White Star Fleet had already smashed the Shadows in the face multiple times.





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