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@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 05:17 PM)

nevermind

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:59 PM)

I've barely used them over the years, so I'm sure they won't miss me, but I'm done too. Thankfully Pulse put up the Seacons today.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:58 PM)

i didnt complete it, which is why this is confusing and pi$$ing me off. theres no record of it in my order history. i emailed them about it, so we will see what happens. either way, i think im done using them after this

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Either we're both unlucky or they're trying to force payment now for these takaratomy mall exclusives.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I asked them to kindly undo that and I got a sternly worded email about how I should use their website right.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:55 PM)

Yeah, if you completed the order, they charged you the money now. Mine said stack before I finished checking out. I only noticed I was charged because of Paypal.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

i wasnt even wanting to pay now. i was going to add them to my stack but i didnt get the chance after i was done setting up paypal

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:53 PM)

If you haven't officially placed the order, I don't think so? Although, I had to request a cancellation with them last week because their system changed details about my order after I placed it, so I don't exactly trust them.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

so im not actually being charged then?

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:48 PM)

So, if you were one click away from purchasing, then they probably did the pre-authorization already. The next click will charge you the money now.

@  Shrug : (21 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

TFsource charges upfront for regular pre-orders.

@  Telly : (21 October 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i was considering buying the upcoming seacons from tfsource. i had them in my cart and was on the checkout page. i set up a credit card through paypal, and before i even hit the "place order" button, i got a text saying that a charge or hold was placed on my card! is this normal? is it just checking to see if i have the money? why did it do it before i even placed the order??

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2019 - 01:23 PM)

It's a torture device.

@  Benbot : (21 October 2019 - 09:42 AM)

what's this about Hot Rod?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2019 - 10:36 PM)

Ex-Bundeswehr personnel, eh? Fascinating.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (20 October 2019 - 09:43 PM)

TF Roll Out Hot Rod's Presentation is coming real soon!!

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:05 PM)

So whenever he addresses his troops, he keeps cracking jokes. Sometimes these jokes are about the blunders he himself had made in his speech the previous day.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 01:01 PM)

At the moment, I'm blessed with a pretty nice superior. He's got a military background, but he takes an oddly entertaining approach to it. Imagine a stand-up comedian who accidentally enlisted as a drill sergeant.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Another type of everyday absurdity: Imagine you're leaving your workplace for your lunchbreak. Upon your return, you discover that your workplace has been cordened and/or gated off during your break, with "construction site" warning signs everywhere. You go to your superior and tell him: "I can no longer access my workplace! Why is there suddenly a construction site?" Your superior takes a surpised look and says: "I don't know, first time I see this." You figure: "Must be a Tuesday, then."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:51 PM)

It's kind of surreal, really.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:50 PM)

They agree that things are less than ideal, but they acknowledge that their scope of making decisions is limited. Oddly, I keep getting that regardless of how high up the chain of command I bother people.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 12:49 PM)

"I hear you, but you know how it is, there's nothing I can do about it." That's it, basically.

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 October 2019 - 06:40 AM)

What's it like to have management that's willing to listen to things they don't want to hear? I've never seen that.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:41 AM)

I manage to argue within the company's own internal logic and point out the flaws, shortcomings and discrepancies between "official company policy" and "everyday company reality".

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:40 AM)

Many of my coworkers are scared to even talk to managers. I often discuss company matters with them I disagree with, and it isn't a rare occurrence that they say "yeah, you're right..."

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:38 AM)

I know how to watch my tone, and I prefer to keep things straightforward and factual, never to attack the person, always the problem itself.

@  Nevermore : (19 October 2019 - 04:37 AM)

The good thing for me is ever since a minor hiccup many years ago when I was still non-permanent, I've always managed to along just fine with my various superiors (I've been through over a dozen already). And that's despite my outspokenness, my blunt honesty and my oftentimes harsh criticism.

@  Sabrblade : (18 October 2019 - 11:04 PM)

With visuals presented by the Cybernet Space Cube

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:51 PM)

And don't forget to sign up for a cybersecurity seminar while you're there

@  Dekafox : (18 October 2019 - 04:47 PM)

Well you can always strap on some cyberlimbs and go into cyberspace for a cyberpunk experience

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 October 2019 - 04:28 PM)

You know that "cyber" doesn't mean "cyborg", right?

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 October 2019 - 04:16 PM)

So where's the Cyborgs on CYBERtron?

@  The Doctor Who : (18 October 2019 - 03:47 PM)

Click here and we can send you notifications about your desire to discontinue notifications!

@  Benbot : (18 October 2019 - 10:40 AM)

Why does every damn website want to send me notifications? NO, no one wants your popups! Quit asking!

@  Echowarrior : (18 October 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Amazon in the US has pretty good benefits, though, and even the temp workers had forty hours a week to start with. Even with minimum wage, that's pretty good pay.

@  Nevermore : (18 October 2019 - 01:20 AM)

Oh, the turnover rates are high here as well.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Amazon.com and .ca, on the other hand, can be pretty terrible. I know from your squawkbox posts that you guys have your issues with Amazon over there, although you're lucky to have stronger government regulations and a union there. I gather the warehouse workers in the USA and Canada have it pretty crappy, with very high turnover, close to minimum wage pay, and no unions

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 09:38 PM)

Amazon.de doesn't really have the same issue. I've ordered from them (and UK, FR, IT and JP) several times, and their packaging is much better

@  Nevermore : (17 October 2019 - 05:22 PM)

I'm not sure how it works on the customer's end. As packers, we sometimes have items that are flagged as "overwrap", which means we absolutely have to put them into a box even if they're already in pretty sturdy manufacturer packaging.

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 October 2019 - 03:05 PM)

Yeah, I really do wish amazon had an option to upgrade packaging for an extra buck or something. I hate their bubble mailers

@  Benbot : (17 October 2019 - 07:17 AM)

That's how it works. I just hope my order from Amazon doesn't arrive crushed because they idiotically stuffed it in an envelope.

@  Telly : (16 October 2019 - 10:48 PM)

my walmart is acting true to form. as soon as mirage arrives from amazon, my walmart gets his entire wave in after months of having wave 1 clogging the pegs....

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2019 - 05:18 PM)

I stirred up some trouble at work, complained about the blatant neglect of employee safety. Was asked to take photos and write down the locations so the matter could be properly escalated. Made me feel a little better.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2019 - 02:55 PM)

I got stabbed in the eyelid by a mudwasp, pulled down a tree, and then got ice cream. You know, all told: not a bad day.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 October 2019 - 09:17 AM)

Burrunjor

@  Paladin : (15 October 2019 - 08:04 AM)

your mom.

@  Benbot : (15 October 2019 - 08:02 AM)

What's your favorite Paleolithic megafauna?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:06 PM)

Together with the Rhino G1 sets, probably the most expensive DVDs I ever bought

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2019 - 10:01 PM)

I've still got the age-old Rhino sets

@  Telly : (14 October 2019 - 09:09 PM)

i didnt find that at any of the ones around here, so i had to settle for seasons 1 and 2 of duckman for $3


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#141 G.B.Blackrock

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 04:37 PM

 

Maybe I'm too tied to the characterization of Picard in the novels. Picard in the novels had no interest in becoming admiral, quite explicitly.

 

He's an explorer at heart. Being tied to a desk would have been anathema to him.

 

He doesn't have to resemble Kirk to share Kirk's antipathy to becoming admiral.

 

As an admiral, he would still have a ship. Ross had one, Riker had one, and he could have one and be in charge of exploration. Just because he is an admiral doesn't mean that he has to stay at a desk on a star base or Earth.

 

 

Admirals CAN have ships (as you point out), but I don't think it works quite like you're suggesting.

In any event, the point is that Picard is demonstrated (arguably more in the novels, but even within the canon) to have an antipathy for this specific position. I do not argue that it's impossible that he would find himself in that role, and I'm certainly happy to see what explanation (if any) is offered in the new series.

But to deny that he would have resisted it seems, to me, to deny the character we've seen up to this point.


Edited by G.B.Blackrock, 24 May 2019 - 04:38 PM.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 04:50 PM

I don't see why anyone who ever aspired to be a starship captain would want to become an admiral.  That doesn't seem like any kind of upgrade.

 

(Well, I can see why Janeway might be done with captaining, but in normal circumstances, no.)

The reality is that no one actually aspires to be an admiral in Starfleet, they are merely promoted behind a desk before they inevitably go insane.  That's why there's so many insane admirals in Star Trek... it's how they get lunatics out of the captain's chair.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:00 PM

People change over time. I could certainly see Picard rejecting the admiralty for many years until he started to realize that the captain’s chair was better for someone younger. His knowledge and experience would eventually be better suited to a slower-paced position.

Part of the reason I lost interest in Star Trek novels was their insistence that Our Heroes are basically immortal. Even if you want to accept that 24th century humans regularly live into their 140s, they still have to age and change over time.

I’m cynical about a most things in life, but I’m going to continue to maintain a positive attitude about the new generation of Star Trek. Some of you people are real buzzkills.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 06:23 PM

I'm about a year behind on novels (I was broke and in survival mode until relatively recently), but I do know
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At that point, it just becomes a question between Admiral, Starfleet Academy instructor, or Ambassador (which involves leaving Starfleet entirely). As much as Jean-Luc would thrive as a teacher, he himself might not think he's up to it, so Admiral it is.

Plus, as tec suggested, maybe Akaar tried the same stunt he did with Riker.

"Captain, step into my office. --Congratulations, you're an admiral, deal with this crisis I'mgoingforlunchSEEYA!"

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 09:55 PM

As long as Bad Robot is involved, a good Star Trek show/movie will be utter impossibility.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:55 PM

As an admiral, he would still have a ship. Ross had one, Riker had one, and he could have one and be in charge of exploration. Just because he is an admiral doesn't mean that he has to stay at a desk on a star base or Earth.


I always thought it would have made more sense for the roles in TNG to be a bit different. Since the Enterprise-D was always called the flagship of the Federation, I thought Picard should have been an admiral and Troi should have been a Federation ambassador with Riker as the ship's captain.

It would have made the importance of their actions seem more far-reaching than just another Federation starship having banal adventures because there would have been no question that they had plenipotentiary authority.

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 08:02 AM

Riker as ships captain might have been even more of a Phase 2 successor than TNG was. If memory serves, wasnt the long term plan to phase out Kirk (Shatner only signed on for a handful of episodes I think) and make Decker captain after promoting Kirk?

Edit: take what I said with a grain of salt. Im positive I read that before, but Memory Alpha does not confirm it...hmm

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:02 AM

I'm really hoping this show is actually about Picard's struggles in starting up an independent vineyard while dealing with the social strain of retirement.


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Posted 28 May 2019 - 10:11 AM

People change over time. I could certainly see Picard rejecting the admiralty for many years until he started to realize that the captain’s chair was better for someone younger. His knowledge and experience would eventually be better suited to a slower-paced position.

Part of the reason I lost interest in Star Trek novels was their insistence that Our Heroes are basically immortal. Even if you want to accept that 24th century humans regularly live into their 140s, they still have to age and change over time.

I’m cynical about a most things in life, but I’m going to continue to maintain a positive attitude about the new generation of Star Trek. Some of you people are real buzzkills.

 

Clearly, you haven't been reading the post-series novels, as there's TONS of change and character growth in them. "Our Heroes" are in decidedly different places in life now than they were at the ends of their assorted series....



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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:31 PM

 

People change over time. I could certainly see Picard rejecting the admiralty for many years until he started to realize that the captain’s chair was better for someone younger. His knowledge and experience would eventually be better suited to a slower-paced position.

Part of the reason I lost interest in Star Trek novels was their insistence that Our Heroes are basically immortal. Even if you want to accept that 24th century humans regularly live into their 140s, they still have to age and change over time.

I’m cynical about a most things in life, but I’m going to continue to maintain a positive attitude about the new generation of Star Trek. Some of you people are real buzzkills.

 

Clearly, you haven't been reading the post-series novels, as there's TONS of change and character growth in them. "Our Heroes" are in decidedly different places in life now than they were at the ends of their assorted series....

 

 

 

No, my interest died before the current iteration.  I'm not really inclined to dive back in, but it does sound like they might be more to my liking.  At any rate, I'm glad they are something that people enjoy.



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 01:25 PM

And Star Trek: Picard has a showrunner: Michael Chabon.

 

https://deadline.com...ies-1202638580/


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#152 The Predaking

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 04:08 PM

Cool!

 

I am really looking forward to seeing this show this December!


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 08:22 PM

I'm vaguely bothered by the fact that they have filmed several episodes now and are just now announcing a show runner.  Maybe it's a late announcement rather than a late decision.



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:58 PM

May be too little, too late, but anything that shows Hollywood finally realizing that Kurtzman&Orci suck, both as a team and individually, is welcome (if overdue) news.



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Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:34 AM

May be too little, too late, but anything that shows Hollywood finally realizing that Kurtzman&Orci suck, both as a team and individually, is welcome (if overdue) news.

 

They did a good job with TF Prime, but I haven't been impressed with their Star Trek work.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:21 PM

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 04:38 PM

On one hand - Yay for Pibble rehabilitation!

 

On the other hand - Boo for the implication that even late into the 24th Century, Humans are still mutilating these dogs by clipping their ears.



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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:22 PM

I am so amped for this show! I want that poster on my wall!


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:28 PM

sooo... John Wick Picard??? 


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