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@  MEDdMI : (19 April 2019 - 09:21 PM)

oof, yikes. Good luck.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 April 2019 - 09:18 PM)

We're in the middle of a kitchen reno and NOTHING will be done until tuesday. I could beat a four day weekend with a hammer right now if it meant I could use my stove again.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

Can't beat 4 day weekends either.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 April 2019 - 06:47 PM)

I prefer later shifts myself, but my 3 day weekend shift isn't bad. Nice to work without those administration busy bodies poking around.

@  Nevermore : (19 April 2019 - 04:12 AM)

Yeah, traffic is a plus as well. Rarely got any trouble getting to work on late shift (even with the neverending construction site on the highway), and when my shift is over, there's hardly any traffic at all anymore.

@  MEDdMI : (18 April 2019 - 06:27 PM)

while I don't have weekends consistently off, working 2nd shift isn't so bad. I'm more likely to do stuff before work than after (when I'm already tired). Plus no rush hour traffic

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 April 2019 - 05:03 PM)

Switching shifts constantly is never good for one's health. There was a time when I worked overnights steady for about 2 years; did wonders for my health, as well

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Don't miss early shift (and especially switching back and forth every two weeks) a bit.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Man, permanent late shift really has done wonders for my overal well-being. Never having to get up early for work, staying up late, weekends off... a ot of my coworkers think I'm crazy, but late shift is really my preferred shift.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

(My total lack of sleep on that day might have contributed, though.)

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

At noon, it was warm.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

On Monday, we went on strike early in the morning, I was also wearing to jackets and gloves and my toes and fingers were freezing.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 April 2019 - 04:31 PM)

Nope, right now my days are doing that. Frigid at night (Well, just below zero, but still.) and warm enough to be always be ill prepared during the day.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Today it's so warm I had to take a shower to wash off the sweat after a lengthy bike trip.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

This past Friday I was wearing two jackets and winter gloves outside and took a hot bath when I returned home.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

Is "April weather" an issue in other countries as well, or is that specifically a German phenomenon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Well, when you understand the history of the area it make sense. It's basically a series of countries buying the place, moving in, saying "we rule you people now", and the locals shrugging and responding, "okay, you have fun with that".

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2019 - 07:58 AM)

When did we all turn into Henry Higgins?

@  unluckiness : (16 April 2019 - 03:16 AM)

To be fair, most Americans can't get the hang of English, so I can understand why.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:15 AM)

(And yeah, Calliope is a Greek muse, not French, but the street was named BY the French when they took over.)

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:10 AM)

In New Orleans there's a bunch of streets with French names that are pronounced by locals with a more English emphasis, for example "Calliope Street" is pronounced "CAL-lee-ope".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 11:56 PM)

I figured as much for Canadians.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 11:37 PM)

hm; whenever I've heard people talk about the school they said it the same way as the cathedral...but I guess that's in Canada, so they're probably more familiar with the cathedral than the school

@  Dracula : (15 April 2019 - 11:11 PM)

There's plenty of place names in the US like that. Around here we have an "el doh-RAY-doh," and up north there's a Cairo that's pronounced "kay-roh"

@  RichardT1977 : (15 April 2019 - 09:56 PM)

Yeah, the common pronunciation of the University is probably the reason most Americans don't pronounce the Cathedral name correctly.

@  Arazyr : (15 April 2019 - 08:03 PM)

That's my understanding of how the two are supposed to be pronounced as well.

@  Echowarrior : (15 April 2019 - 07:42 PM)

When I'm talking about the cathedral, I say "noh-treh dahme". When I talk about the university, I say "noh-ter dayme". I don't see a problem with that.

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 06:26 PM)

guessing "Hunchback" just got bumped WAY down the list for Disney's live-action remakes...

@  Patch : (15 April 2019 - 05:56 PM)

We all pronounce it wrong, so no one knows enough to care.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 05:40 PM)

It'd be odd for most Americans not to know how to pronounce Notre Dame, considering they have a University with the same name that's the subject of a relatively popular film based around a sport most Americans love

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Three or four more hours will be needed to contain the fire.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Update from France 24: the Paris Fire Brigade says two towers and the main structure of the cathedral have been saved from complete destruction.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:57 PM)

One does not have to speak French to know that rhyming with "voter name" is off the mark.

@  Locoman : (15 April 2019 - 03:51 PM)

Really? It's an international tragedy and you're zeroing in on the people who maybe don't speak French?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:44 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw I just read on BBC News that the cause is not yet clear, but officials suspect the fire could be linked to renovation work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM)

Oh boy, here we go with the U.S.-American newscasters who can't pronounce "Notre Dame" correctly.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 April 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Too soon to say.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 April 2019 - 03:20 PM)

Do we know if it was an attack? Arson? Or just bad wiring?

@  Nevermore : (15 April 2019 - 02:10 PM)

Religion is dead?

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 02:01 PM)

major cathedral burning down on Holy Week is some kind of metaphor.

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Hard to believe a wonder of the world could just be wiped out so easily. Hopefully they can still save it

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Well, Notre Dame is burning down

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 10:05 AM)

yikes I thought the site was going to be down for a while

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:07 PM)

So, time for another strike. No sleep for me tonight. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:04 PM)

Think Game of Thrones "light" meets Cabaret and you get the idea.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:03 PM)

Kinda sorta, just with more intrigue, conspiracy, depravity, crime and violence.

@  RichardT1977 : (14 April 2019 - 06:37 PM)

So it's like a prequel to Cabaret?

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 04:02 PM)

And man, characters are smoking literally EVERYWHERE.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:27 PM)

Also, full frontal male nudity. (There's been quite a bit of female nudity since episode 1.)

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:26 PM)

Episode 6, and Hitler is randomly name-checked.


Phil's review of War for Cybertron: Siege Hound

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 02:00 AM

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Prelude: You ain’t nothing but a Hound bot, fighting all the time!
You ain’t nothing but a Hound bot, fighting all the time!
Well, you ain’t never caught a Ravage and you ain’t no friend of Prime!
Well, they said you’re Deluxe-Class, well that was not a lie!
Well, they said you’re Deluxe-Class, well that was not a lie!
Well, you ain’t never caught a Ravage and you ain’t no friend of Prime!

So, uh, Siege Hound! Here we go!

Robot Mode: In many ways Hound is a pretty straight-forward adaption of the original G1 Hound toy. He has the same cubic design where he almost looks like a stack of different-sized boxes, the chest design is spot on, and even the coloring is near-identical (much darker than that of Universe Hound, for example). So in terms of character recognition there really isn’t any doubt, this is Hound.

Naturally the figure has quite a few advancements over the classic Hound, such as excellent articulation. Hound can pull of kneeling poses, kicking poses, and all sorts of combat moves, no problem. He’s got tilting ankles, twisting wrists, the works. The detailing is classic G1 Hound, too, especially the stars on the shoulders (though one has to wonder whether those mean ‘General’ on Cybertron, too). Hound also comes with battle damage detailing, like most Siege figures, but where it looks strange on some figures, it looks really cool here. It’s restricted to the “metal” plates on his torso and shins and looks really great, no complaints here at all.

In terms of weapons Hound comes with two separate guns (a short “Electro-Scope Launcher” and a bigger “Holo-Beam Refraction Blaster”) and a separate drum magazine that can be added to either weapon. All three components can also combine into a bigger weapon (the "HD Vector-Beam Mega-Blaster"). Hound traditionally has a single shoulder gun on his right shoulder and you can plug in either weapon there (or on the left, too). There is some limitation here, as a black plate from his back is directly behind the 5mm port, making it difficult (though not impossible) to plug in the Electro-Scope Launcher. The larger blaster fits much better. Hound is also covered in 5mm ports to plug in additional weapons and features plenty of small pegs to apply blasting effects from the Siege Battlemasters, too. Very nicely done.

All in all Hound is a total package in robot mode, a great figure. Great articulation, great look, great detailing.

Alternate Mode: This being the pre-Earth version of Hound, he naturally transforms into a Cybertronian vehicle that merely LOOKS like an Earth-built military Humvee, but certainly isn’t one. No sir, no way! Pay no attention to the markings that closely resemble those found on an Earth military vehicle reserved for one-star generals, it is a mere coincidence. Jokes aside, Hound looks pretty good in vehicle mode, though quite different from his G1 form. His weapons can be mounted on top or on the sides, the cockpit shows individual seats, and as many as four additional weapons can be mounted, too. Also, the level of detailing is great, especially on the front. So bottom line, no complaints here, either. Well, one maybe. Hound barely has any clearance under the vehicle due to the robot mode arms being there. He can still roll without dragging, but it’s close. Apart from that, though, no problems. A great vehicle mode.

Remarks: For all that G1 Hound was the only one among the original Autobot crew to transform into a military vehicle, he sure was a peace-loving guy. Hound has changed since those days, though. His live-action incarnation especially was all about the guns and warfare and less about the peaceful exploration of alien planets. But this here isn’t Movie Hound, of course, but rather Siege Hound, who is more or less G1 Hound, but probably too busy fighting a war on Cybertron to be peace-loving and exploring. Just a guess, we don’t really have a story for the Siege toy line yet.

I still clearly remember saying something along the lines of “I don’t need a new Hound, I got the Universe version.” As a matter of fact I remember quite a few people saying that. Well, time to eat those words. While Universe Hound is still a great figure, mind you, Siege Hound is better. Not much better, but better. In fact I’d call him a near-perfect Deluxe-class Transformer with but miniscule problems (the shoulder gun and the lack of clearance in car mode, can’t think of anything else). So bottom line: unless you’re totally not a fan of Hound or are offended by a Cybertronian vehicle looking exactly like an Earth-style Humvee, Hound is definitely a figure you should look at.

Rating: A-

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