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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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#41 MEDdMI

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:29 PM

One of the places we'll visit is Ikebukuro, which has the Pokemon mega center and some other stores. It also has Otome Road, a street that has a lot of stores/cafes for female otaku. In case you thought only the male otaku were being catered to...

 

The best part of this vid is the girl's reactions, honestly. The Pocky is a good fake-out to pretend kiss. Maybe if there was a manlier/buff version, but TMM would never be up for that, and I'd be too embarrassed to go on my own. :D



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Posted 23 May 2019 - 11:01 PM

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This is how crazy I am. Bold purple are the areas, pink is must-see, yellow is see-if-we-can, blue are the hotels, green are full-day trips outside Tokyo, and the magenta in the bottom left is a rough breakdown of how much time we'll have to ourselves each day. I figured 12hr days, roughly from 10am to 10pm, minus 2hrs for meals/breaks, minus 3hrs when we might get together with family. Not figuring in travel time except for the longer ones which I know how long it will take. Purple areas show how much time I expect we'll spend. I definitely need to make some cuts, especially in Asakusa/Akihabara. One or two arcades should be fine, I don't need to hit them all. :D I also need TMM to take a closer look at the toy stores and take off a few options. I haven't looked too hard into the owl cafes yet, there's quite a few in Tokyo and the decision may end up being whichever fits into the schedule better.

 

I normally don't get this detailed for trips but I really want to make sure we maximize our time there, but not get dead tired. I plan to make maps of each area and mark down the places we want to go (probably just use Google Maps and number the destinations, but the guidebook has nice mini maps too). I still have to keep it flexible, like the Eorzea Café we're hoping to get in at 7pm since it has allotted time slots and the last one at 7pm one lets you stay 3hrs. However, it is way too early to reserve right now, and probably will be until a month before hand. Also haven't gone into Osaka here but there's just one or two places I'm planning on since we have less time.

 

I think I mis-entered the info for Kawagoe, will fix later.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:05 AM

I tried doing something like this years ago. More local mind you. We started and fell way behind and chose to slow down and do 1-2 of the 5-6 things just so we could enjoy them more. I hope it works out where you two can fully enjoy the trip.


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Posted 24 May 2019 - 11:30 AM

Yeah, there's definitely going to be some see-how-we-feel. Definitely going to try to hit the must-see areas first and take it from there. Tokyo is very condensed so a lot of these are near each other and/or smaller shops.

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Posted 24 May 2019 - 01:16 PM

The place I was referring to was Maui Hawaii. We soooo wanted to do the full Road to Hana but only got halfway and we never made it up to the entire upper western area that has amazing paper plate dinners with the most amazing views. They are on the list for when we eventually go back.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:56 PM

Hawaii would be fun to visit sometime, though I wouldn't want to go in the summer. XD We never had the time/money for a proper honeymoon. We've taken overnight or day trips here and there, and any trips that are longer have been primarily for visiting family/friends out of state. We're sorta treating this trip like a honeymoon, though there will still be some family gatherings.

 

Hotel reservation woes, spoilered b/c rambly.

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 11:16 AM

hrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :angry

Pending hotel charge disappeared. I've been trying to get a hold of the bank but since it's on TMM's card/account, they won't talk to me and I haven't been able to get through in the time we're both at home/awake.



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 09:55 PM

Forgot to call the bank with TMM. *slaps forehead* On a side note, I feel like I'm back in school, though I barely bothered to do this sort of thing. Before and after shots. 4 more months... how can I keep myself from going crazier?

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:50 PM

Got charged for the hotel, so that's safe. Or I'm gonna burn down the bank. One or the other.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:23 PM

Why not do both? :)

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:35 PM

Laziness, mostly.

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 09:18 PM

Phew. Guess it took a little longer w/ foreign transaction fees? Going to look into getting a travel credit card w/ no transaction fees 2 months before the trip (since most offer bonuses for spending X amount in a few month's time, and it'd be too early to do so now). Still, that's a big relief. Now I don't have to yell at the bank.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 10:26 AM

do it anyway, keeps them on their toes. 



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Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:09 PM

Since we're flying out of Boston, looked into different ways to get there from RI. It's a long drive so we didn't want to bother relatives, taxi or keeping the car there would be hella expensive, and Uber/Lyft is iffy. Amtrak prices were pretty cheap, but they don't run that often, so if there's any delays/cancellations, we'd be screwed. Plus the closest it gets is to the main station, we'd have to switch to a local bus to get to the airport. Ended up going for the Peter Pan bus, runs every 2 hours and drops off right at the airport. There was one that would get us there 3hrs before the flight, but still paranoid about breakdowns. Got the earlier bus, *just* in case, so we'll have plenty of time if something goes wrong. I'd rather be 5hrs early than miss the flight. Cost is around $100 round trip for both of us including tax.

 

I've been going back and forth between being calm and obsessing. Worrying a little less about the schedule when we get there, still waiting to hear back from some relatives. Trying to stagger expenses for things. The troll who used to live with in the basement should be able to pet/house sit, so that's less of a worry. Poor dog's gonna need someone to stay with her so she doesn't get too lonely. 3 more months...



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Posted 02 July 2019 - 03:16 PM

Want an airport worker's opinion?


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 03:26 PM

Want an airport worker's opinion?

Please, for the love of God, tell me you are not a flight controller...


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 03:55 PM

Want an airport worker's opinion?

Sure. I've traveled a lot and my general rule is 3hrs early for international, 1.5hrs early for domestic at least. I used to work at Chicago O'Hare, but that was over 10yrs ago.

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 05:30 PM

 

Want an airport worker's opinion?

Please, for the love of God, tell me you are not a flight controller...

 

 

I wish.

 

 

 

Want an airport worker's opinion?

Sure. I've traveled a lot and my general rule is 3hrs early for international, 1.5hrs early for domestic at least. I used to work at Chicago O'Hare, but that was over 10yrs ago.

 

 

Always plan for the worst.  Always plan for the bus to break down, the lines to be long, and the plane to break.  Just plan for the worst.

 

Ironbite-I'm lucky as my airport is an international hub and I can just breeze through security.


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Posted 05 July 2019 - 10:39 PM

Pretty much. It's why I'm not scheduling anything for the day we arrive. Who knows when we'll actually arrive at the hotel, and we can decide if we feel up to poking around after.

 

Getting a bit overwhelmed trying to find things we'll both enjoy, then getting distracted by other things. I'm still on the hunt for an onsen near Tokyo that'll either allow swimsuits or has a nice private room we can rent. Leaning a bit towards Nikko and Edo Wonderland for the full day trip. Found a smaller onsen/amusement area that's themed like a Japanese matsuri, includes renting yukata. On the downside, all the onsen areas are separated gender/naked only. Then there's a spa/pool one really close to the hotel where we'll be staying! ....but, its naked AND mixed gender. On a side note, I'm now wondering if the owl café is such a good idea. If we go, we'll have to *really* research beforehand and make sure they treat their owls right.



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Posted 09 July 2019 - 02:27 PM

Think I've calmed down a little for now. We'll probably take the Skyliner train to Ueno, and then a short cab ride to the hotel from there. A bus to Tokyo station is cheapest, but traffic could be busy at that time and I'd rather avoid navigating local trains during rush hour with luggage. Currently trying to get an idea of how much to set aside for gifts and food, plus all the other things I can't buy until Sept (JR rail pass, tickets to Eorzea café, etc). That doesn't even include stuff for ourselves. City taxes for the car, house, etc are also due in Oct, so, yeah. @[email protected] 






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