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@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 01:52 PM)

50/60's Twilight Zone, the 80's, millennium and recent ones also, all are in The Twilight Zone.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 October 2020 - 08:03 AM)

Twilight zone. Duh.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 October 2020 - 07:52 AM)

Um.... what did I log in on...

@  Paladin : (28 October 2020 - 06:17 AM)

have they actually gotten worse than the one where Homer gets paralyzed by a spider and has to learn to communicate through his farts?

@  unluckiness : (28 October 2020 - 05:53 AM)

It's only fitting that SImpsons have halloween specials since it's been a shambling corpse of its former self since its teens.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 04:12 AM)

No I caught one of the latest one with parodies of Stranger Things which admittedly is horror series but Heaven Can Wait and The Shape of Water are Fantasy films. Plus implications of the characters being sociopaths or twisted has become a norm these days.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

Which probably adds to the "reasons they should just stop making more of The Simpsons" pile.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

You make it sound like The Simpsons becoming less repetitive is a bad thing.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 02:48 AM)

Remember when Simpsons Halloween specials parodied horror movies and would have the characters make off out of character remarks like "we chucked donuts at a old man for kicks."? they don't and can't do that any more.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 08:00 PM)

Tired of the same old Halloween stuff? Check out Tubi. The depths of the schlock available is astounding.

@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...


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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:50 AM

Have you grown tired of every Cybertronian government being a corrupt, unsustainable mess? Do you want to see a Cybertron where devolving into endless civil war can finally be prevented? Do you just like the word council? Then this is the place for you to design what you picture as the ideal Cybertronian government!

Here's my take, starting from local government and working our way up to galactic wide government.


The Cybertronian Commonwealth: Formed after the Universe War by Optimus Primal and his comrades, this state has officially dissolved the Maximal Imperium and Predacon Alliance, replacing the two rival states with a pan-factional democracy that allows everyone's voice to be heard and accounted for. The legislative body of the Commonwealth is the Cybertronian Parliament, a grand council made up of various representatives from Cybertron and her colonies. The process to reach Parliament, however, begins on a much smaller level. Starting from the bottom...

Small territorial councils- Councils made up of local officials and politicians from a specific territory on a world. Every territory on a planet has these councils, although some function slightly differently than others. The goal of each council is to maintain the stability and prosperity of the region under it's jurisdiction, encourage cooperation between the different cities, towns, etcetera within the region, and elect a governor to represent them in the planetary House.

*On Cybertron, these councils are called Provincial Councils. Instead of a governor, the PCs elect a Lord, who then goes to the High Council. The goals and duties of a Lord and a Governor are virtually identical, however a Lord simply has more prestige due to being from Cybertron, the heart of the Commonwealth.

Houses- Made up of the various governors from across the planet who then convene to manage the economics, infrastructure, policing, etcetera of their respective colony. The goal of each House is to ensure the stability and prosperity of their colony world, as well as elect an Imperial Peace Marshall (or, in the case of Predacon-majority worlds, Emirate). The Marshalls/Emirates represent the colony in the larger Cybertronian Parliament, convening with not only each other, but also the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military, and even the High Council of Cybertron.

*On Cybertron, instead of a House there is a High Council. While the High Council handles many of the same duties as any other House, it has an elevated position of power and prestige in Parliament due to its governing of Cybertron itself. Because of this, the High Council coordinates much more frequently with the Commonwealth Military and it's Supreme Commander, as well as sometimes overruling the actions of individual colonies. However, if 2/3rds of the Marshalls/Emirates in Parliament vote against the High Council's decision, the Council is forced to back down and attempt to reach a compromise, or scrap the idea altogether.

Parliament- The Parliament is made up of the Imperial Peace Marshalls/Emirates, the High Council of Cybertron, and the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military. The goal of Parliament is to manage the entirety of the Commonwealth, from its economics to its defense, from its expansion to its foreign relations. Anyone in Parliament can propose a legislation, which can then be voted upon. The High Council can at times veto the proposed legislations of a colony, and even override it's House, although the Council is kept in check by the rest of Parliament, which can in turn veto the Council is a 2/3rds majority is reached. The head of the Parliament, and by extension the entire Commonwealth, is the Prime Chancellor, who is elected from within Parliament (and is usually from the High Council, although there are exceptions). The Chancellor heads the Parliament during sessions and operates mainly in the fields of defense coordination with the Military, foreign relations and trade with other galactic nations, and the economics of the Commonwealth as a whole. A Chancellor can be removed from power if the majority of Parliament votes for their impeachment, although this rarely, if ever, occurs.

Commonwealth Military- The Commonwealth Military operates mostly outside the realm of politics, instead focusing on the defense and expansion of the Commonwealth. While each major branch of the Military has it's own respective head, one of these leaders is appointed by the Prime Chancellor to become the Supreme Commander of the Commonwealth Military. The Supreme Commander serves the dual purpose of overseeing the operations of the entire Military and representing the Military in Parliament. While some question the purpose and legitimacy of a military commander being allowed a seat in Parliament, the Supreme Commander's position helps ensure that matter of expansion, defense, and internal stability are always accounted for in Commonwealth politics. As a bonus, having a seat on Parliament helps keep the rest of the government up to date on Military matters, helping to avoid any miscommunication and potentially poor decision making that could negatively effect the Military. The Supreme Commander, while subordinate to Parliament and the Chancellor, is often granted a level of independence to manage the Military as they see fit.

*Internal stability within the Commonwealth is managed by the Commonwealth Peacekeeping Agency (CPA), which was formed after the merging of the Maximal Command Security Force and the Predacon Secret Police. The CPA is a branch of the larger Commonwealth Military, but is generally granted a degree of autonomy due to their more localized nature. The CPA itself is headed by the aptly named CPA Command, which is in turn subordinate to the Supreme Commander.

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:57 AM

Did not mean to post this thrice. Someone with the appropriate privileges please delete two of the three versions of this post.