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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 August 2018 - 08:40 PM)

I saw him on The Trek BBS some months before he hit the Allspark.

@  Nevermore : (19 August 2018 - 05:47 PM)

He was considered an annoying pest even back then.

@  Nevermore : (19 August 2018 - 05:47 PM)

I finally managed to dig up some of Jason Irelan's earliest posts, at the Alvaro Comicboards Transformers forum. Dating back to 2003.

@  Nevermore : (19 August 2018 - 12:43 PM)

The best thing is that repeatedly buying the same cabinet means an increasing routine in assembling the things.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 August 2018 - 10:39 AM)

Welp, beats me. I got four shelves.

@  Nevermore : (19 August 2018 - 08:38 AM)

Finally I can showcase my collection in an appropriate manner.

@  Nevermore : (19 August 2018 - 08:38 AM)

I bought thirteen display cabinets for my new apartment from Ikea.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 August 2018 - 12:42 AM)

*groan*...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 August 2018 - 11:43 PM)

Well don't hang up on us, tel us abaud it!

@  Cybersnark : (18 August 2018 - 04:25 PM)

I'm back with a new modem!

@  wonko the sane? : (18 August 2018 - 03:58 PM)

And I just managed to clean out my bed drawers, so I can move on to the next step when I'm ready.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 August 2018 - 03:45 PM)

I doubt I set any records, but now my cat can't jump on my PC and hit the power button or reset button, so... improvement.

@  RichardT1977 : (18 August 2018 - 02:28 PM)

Back in St. Olaf they used to have IKEA building contests...

@  Paladin : (18 August 2018 - 11:44 AM)

enjoy yur affordable Svedish crap.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 August 2018 - 11:33 AM)

Ikea is dangerous. I bought a new desk and a bed frame...

@  ▲ndrusi : (18 August 2018 - 11:19 AM)

Var.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:19 AM)

Oh, and there's also a few percent extra wage for every overtime hour on top of that.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:19 AM)

Some people just work an hour extra every day and then request a day off when they have collected enough hours.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:18 AM)

Come in on your day off? Work an hour extra on a normal working day? Counts. What you do with your overtime doesn't matter just as long as you worked overtime in the first place.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:18 AM)

Anything goes - filing a request for financial compensation for your overtime, getting them compensated by spare time either in full "stay at home" days or "go home early" days (always with permission by your superior), it doesn't matter. What matters is that you worked longer than your contract and your official shift plan require you on any given day.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:16 AM)

Now the important thing here is that overtime is clocked daily, so if you work an hour extra (all overtime prior to the Christmas peak season is voluntary) and then immediately work an hour less on the following day (assuming you got your superior's permission), you may have a net zero on your overtime account but still scored one hour for the premium regardless.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:14 AM)

In other news, I unlocked an achievement at work: There is an agreement between the works council and the employer which states that anyone who works 55 overtime hours this year between January and the end of September gets a premium in October.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:12 AM)

Of course, the idiots keep bringing up the fact that DC used it "first", despite us telling them over and over again that who was "first" is completely irrelevant in trademarks.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 06:10 AM)

Actually they just settled.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 August 2018 - 05:03 AM)

Sounds like Hasbro should win it easily.. They'be been using it constantly for years, so even if DC did have it, they haven't been using and defending their trademark.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 04:54 AM)

Well, haven't in a long time, that is.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 04:54 AM)

And there haven't been any toys based on DC's Teen Titans Bumblebee character until recently.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 04:54 AM)

Because Hasbro is selling toys.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 04:54 AM)

The trademark dispute was specifically about toys.

@  Pennpenn : (18 August 2018 - 04:50 AM)

Thought to be fair I didn't even know Hasbro and DC were having a trademark dispute. I thought that was something that would have been settled years ago (and DC wouldn't be doing much with their Bumblebee at the moment given Marvel's using Wasp at the moment)

@  Pennpenn : (18 August 2018 - 04:37 AM)

It sounds like the kind of person isn't going to be deflected by petty concerns like "reason" or "facts".

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 04:18 AM)

I told him repeatedly that the insects are completely irrelevant because THEY ARE NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING TOYS (or ANY business at all, for that matter).

@  Pennpenn : (18 August 2018 - 04:08 AM)

Even if he meant that the word "bumblebee" has been used to describe a particular type of insect (which is a much more coherent statement) it's still wrong.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 03:40 AM)

Claiming that Hasbro's trademark has always been for "Autobot Bumblebee" (a quick look at any toy packaging in the past 12 years proves this wrong), Apple the computer company has never held a trademark for "Apple", only for "Apple Computers" (the USPTO database proves this wrong), you cannot trademark common words (the USPTO database proves this wrong), the insects have been using the name "Bumblebee" for thousands of years (insects don't speak English), and ARGHHHH.

@  Nevermore : (18 August 2018 - 03:38 AM)

Jesus, there's this moron at TFW2005 who has a history of exceptionally outrageous bulls*** claims who is making all sorts of provably false statements in the thread about the Hasbro/DC "Bumblebee" trademark dispute.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 August 2018 - 12:06 AM)

If you stop for gas/directions shortly before getting there and the attendant is unusually creepy and/or inbred, turn back

@  Noideaforaname : (17 August 2018 - 09:49 PM)

Booked a cheap cabin in the stormy mountains filled with alcohol. This is either a great find or the start of a horror film.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 August 2018 - 06:55 PM)

I loved those commercials...

@  Patch : (17 August 2018 - 06:14 PM)

Paladin drank Bud Ice once in the 90s, and the penguins have been after him ever since.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 August 2018 - 01:44 PM)

You weren't using it anyway.

@  Paladin : (17 August 2018 - 12:11 PM)

one by one the penguins steal my sanity...

@  Donocropolis : (17 August 2018 - 06:30 AM)

New band name: The Sabre Worf Hypothesis

@  wonko the sane? : (16 August 2018 - 06:36 AM)

That never goes away. I still have little panic attacks when I see water where it's not supposed to be. I've lived through enough leaking roofs, broken pipes and floods to know it could be a very bad sign.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 August 2018 - 09:20 PM)

Despite my parents explaining that to me when I was a kid, I still half-panic every time I see condensation dripping.

@  Shrug : (15 August 2018 - 08:23 PM)

Yup. If the water happens to be on the left or right of the vehicle, make sure to remember that. That way it's real easy to tell if it's something else dripping.

@  Nevermore : (15 August 2018 - 05:15 PM)

So I checked online and it appears... it's totally normal, that's apparently condensed water from the air conditioning.

@  Nevermore : (15 August 2018 - 05:14 PM)

Phew!" For a moment I thought I was in real trouble because when I arrived at home and drove my car into the garage, there was a trail of large wet spots.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 August 2018 - 08:01 AM)

The showerhead exploded off the pipe this morning. So yeah... think it's going to be a "great" day.

@  Donocropolis : (13 August 2018 - 09:44 PM)

Luckily, it was "Wheel Horse Lawnmower"

@  Donocropolis : (13 August 2018 - 09:44 PM)

I knew that my father was getting old when he finally posted a facebook status that was clearly a search term.


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#1 Telly

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 02:54 PM

i highly doubt this is a new thought (especially given how sharp the people here are), but its been bugging me for some time.

 

so at the beginning, doc comes to marty and jennifer and tells them they have to do something about their kids in the future. no problem there. so they hop in the delorean and set course for 2015. THIS is where it starts bugging me. how can marty and jennifer help their kids if they (marty and jen) have essentially been removed from the timeline?

 

im hardly a genius when it comes to this stuff, but seems to me that when they leave in the delorean, they no longer exist in the timeline. since theyre moving through the two years, they dont exist between 1985 and 2015. how can they still have kids if they werent around in the preceeding 30 years? is the 2015 they go to an parallel universe?

 

i hope i did a good enough job of explaining what im getting at, cause im not always very good at getting out whats in my head

 

thoughts on this?


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 03:28 PM

My explination, is simple. They don't disappear because they're still there. What I mean is, while they disappear from the timeline, they return at about the same point they left. That return is factored into the timeline. The timeline only changes when they make actual changes in their own personal timeline, like how the 'You're Fired' fax doesn't disappear til Marty doesn't race Needles. As long as you return to the point you leave, it doesn't matter that you left.

 

As another sort of example, in Doctor Who (which I know would technically follow different rules) the 11th Doctor brings Rory and Amy to a relatively close year (like 10-ish years) and in it they see their future selves actually visiting the area, becuase at that point they were fated to return to their normal lives in their normal timeline. Its not until something changes that that that future becomes invalidated. But at that point time still seemed to move forward with the idea that they'd be able to be at that future place when it was their present.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 03:31 PM

... I need to find that image that shows there's like nine timelines in the series and how they get obliterated one after the other
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Posted 06 August 2018 - 03:48 PM

There was an episode of M.A.N.T.I.S. (an old one-season superhero show on Fox) that pretty much did what you're saying. The main hero got thrown into the future, and the whole world sucked because he was declared dead from the moment he left and wasn't there to stop something horrible.

But yeah, it seems like Time always takes it for granted that time travelers will come back to when they're supposed to be.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 03:59 PM

I was going to say something about the possibility of there being TWO sets of Doc and Martys in the corrupted 1985 (with the "proper" Doc and Marty possibly having never met and Doc not being able to build a time machine), then I realized it could be a delayed erasure, like what occurred in the first film.

 

So, coming from 2015, they might have actually bought themselves extra time to fix the time line.  It was days before Marty noticed the timeline changes in the picture, so I'm assuming the "proper" duo had at least a couple days before the new reality "caught up" with them.



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Posted 06 August 2018 - 04:14 PM

Okay I was wrong, there's just eight.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 04:46 PM

There was an episode of M.A.N.T.I.S. (an old one-season superhero show on Fox) that pretty much did what you're saying. The main hero got thrown into the future, and the whole world sucked because he was declared dead from the moment he left and wasn't there to stop something horrible.

But yeah, it seems like Time always takes it for granted that time travelers will come back to when they're supposed to be.

 

i think the 90s flash show did something similar too

 

as for the picture nutjob posted...

 

 

i knew posting topic this would just lead to me being confused even more!


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 05:21 PM

Okay I was wrong, there's just eight.

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"Deux-Loreans" is wrong. Gasoline decays and damages engine parts if it's left sitting in the tank for even 6 months, let alone 70 years. 1885 Doc would have drained the tank before burying it.

It's possible to convert coal to gas, and a man who could invent what was apparently a stove-powered icemaker in 1885 should have been able to do it. We must assume that Doc lacked the parts necessary within their one week deadline.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 05:21 PM

Time travel, its enough to give one a headache as you try to think about the various consquences of it


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 06:14 PM

 

There was an episode of M.A.N.T.I.S. (an old one-season superhero show on Fox) that pretty much did what you're saying. The main hero got thrown into the future, and the whole world sucked because he was declared dead from the moment he left and wasn't there to stop something horrible.

But yeah, it seems like Time always takes it for granted that time travelers will come back to when they're supposed to be.

 

i think the 90s flash show did something similar too

 

as for the picture nutjob posted...

 

 

i knew posting topic this would just lead to me being confused even more!

 

That episode is insane. If I recall correctly, O'Brien goes to the future, meets himself, dies, and then his future self goes back to the present. O'Brien for the rest of the show is technically a time clone from alternate timeline.



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Posted 06 August 2018 - 06:35 PM

that is correct. the miles that ends the series isnt the same one that started it. its only a few hours difference between the 2, but still

 

i think voyager also did sort of the same thing with harry kim


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 07:23 PM

The part about BTTF 2 that bothers me is the one that came true.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:12 PM

Funny enough, if you watch some of the bonus features on the trilogy sets. (I have the one that first included the Ride footage) they address this.

 

Basically yeah, they state that the way it works is off the knowledge that at some point Marty and Jenifer go back to the timeline. Or the 'real' answer. If it worked with Marty and Jenifer vanishing from the timeline, they couldn't do the movie, so that didn't happen.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 09:57 PM

This is one thing Voyager actually got right with the invention of timeships.  They are able to "integrate" multiple versions of the same person into a single entity in the timeline.  No need to explain it further than that.  Past, present and future selves are all the same individual--there is no right or wrong version--they're all native to the same timeline.



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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:26 PM

I am obligated:

 

 

More to the point:

The Back to the Future movies seem to roughly follow the rule that timelines take a certain amount of time to catch up and that individuals involved in time travel are somehow specially protected from the events, at least to a certain degree.  So Marty, Doc and co can jump around in time and there seems to be a general 'assumption' of sorts by the timeline that they return and everything's normal, right up until something that might change it happens and then it seems to take a dramatically valuable period of time to adjust.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 11:45 PM

How long did Marty spend in 1955 before his photo started fading out? Like a week? It would probably have taken the same amount of time for 2015 to start going screwy. And they were only there for about a day. Same reason the effects of Biff's trip didn't start manifesting until they traveled back. (Although that too is a bit confusing. Why didn't the three of them end up back in normal 1985, only to have the entire town slowly change like Marty's family photo over the course of the following week? Could it be explained away by Biff deciding to stick around for an extra week after dropping off the book to take a trip down Memory Lane?)

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:05 AM

 

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How long did Marty spend in 1955 before his photo started fading out? Like a week? It would probably have taken the same amount of time for 2015 to start going screwy. And they were only there for about a day. Same reason the effects of Biff's trip didn't start manifesting until they traveled back. (Although that too is a bit confusing. Why didn't the three of them end up back in normal 1985, only to have the entire town slowly change like Marty's family photo over the course of the following week?

 

best guess is past changes are near instantaneous (well, from a certain point of view). since times normal motion is forward, anything changed in the past has ample opportunity to set in and take affect. its kinda hard to imagine as most stories dont have more than one person running around changing time in opposite directions. its usually a person (or in this case a team of people) working to change ONE thing then heading home. hardly ever see someone from said time stealing the groups time machine and going back to change something else. so i think this is a unique situation in time travel stories

 

back on point, i think doc is completely right with his explanation of why they didnt come back to the "normal" 1985. the timeline had 30 years (starting from 1955) to adjust itself and make rich biff set in and be the norm. as for the picture taking a week to fade, marty had until the big dance to get them together cause that was where they had their first kiss. had marty shown up two weeks before the dance or two hours, he wouldve had the corresponding amount of time to get them together; two weeks in the first case, two hours in the second case. and the picture wouldve been faded (or not) to reflect how much time he had. 


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:31 AM

The first thing to understand about time travel: no one person, or group of people, is so important that just the presence or lack of presence will affect anything. Unless you travel far enough that your modern germs start a plague... or you go so far forward that you die from a modern disease you have no immunity for.

 

The second thing to understand: if your start and end point of your trip aren't so significantly spaced that your disappearance can't be explained away by something mundane (I.e. You leave at 10 am, and come back at noon. "guys, I just went to walmart.") then you still exist for the time between. Because we as individuals aren't that important. If you bugger off for a couple of years (i.e. you leave at 10 am august 2012 and come back 10 am august 2018.) and make no attempt to repair the gap (cause the only way to fix time travel is with more time travel.) THEN you do not exist for that period. But likely will have changed nothing anyway... cause we as individuals aren't that important. Which is why stuff like BTTF goes out of it's way to make departures and arrivals almost overlap. There's a lot less to fix if no one even notices you left in the first place.

 

You thought JET LAG was bad. Try spend 1 minute and 2 weeks in the future. This is why time travel sucks.

 

Long story short: if someone offers you a cheap and relatively easy way to time travel. Don't do it. It's not worth the real head ache or the existential crisis.



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:52 AM

How long did Marty spend in 1955 before his photo started fading out? Like a week? It would probably have taken the same amount of time for 2015 to start going screwy. And they were only there for about a day. Same reason the effects of Biff's trip didn't start manifesting until they traveled back. (Although that too is a bit confusing. Why didn't the three of them end up back in normal 1985, only to have the entire town slowly change like Marty's family photo over the course of the following week? Could it be explained away by Biff deciding to stick around for an extra week after dropping off the book to take a trip down Memory Lane?)


We actually dont know if 2015 changed before they left. They were already in a bad neighborhood and Biff got back right before they left. All we saw was a bad neighborhood in the dark.

What bothers ME is the movie not explaining old Biff being in pain. There is some implication, but not enough that I understood it before it was explained to me. In the timeline he created he did not survive to 2015. I think that is very poignant and should have been hammered home.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:55 AM

Ah, see, first flick, Marty was the locus of the timeline disturbance. Apparently it takes time (!?) for disturbances to propagate forward through the timeline, hit Marty's existance and then propagate back to him in the past. Then in the second flick, the time it takes for Old Biff's changes to propagate forward means they left the 2015 of Timeline 3 before the changes hit, but landed in 1985 Timeline 4 after the propagation wave had already passed.
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