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@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.


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#1 Paladin

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:33 PM

Taken over by a hedge fund. 

 

Just like KB Toys, Sears & Toys R Us. 

 

https://www.nytimes....noble-sale.html

 

 

 

i give it five years max before they stripmine everything. 


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:38 PM

Well, that's a shame. The B&N in Amherst is generally among my stops when I shoot down to the US for some shopping, and their annual Criterion sale (as well as sales on Arrow Video stuff) is usually something I look forward to.

 

I like those collected volume hardbound books they sell, too. First picked one up (the HP Lovecraft collected works) when I was in Chicago for work, but since then have bought a few more. Guess I should pick up the remainder of those I'm interested in.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:58 PM

Taken over by a hedge fund. 

 

Just like KB Toys, Sears & Toys R Us. 

 

https://www.nytimes....noble-sale.html

 

 

 

i give it five years max before they stripmine everything. 

 

While I stand by my assertions that TRU might not have died so soon had things not happened as they did years ago, it really does seem to be the case that, without this takeover, B&N would be dead even sooner than the five-year prediction you're suggesting, so there's that....



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:31 PM

Bye, Barnes and Noble.



#5 TheMightyMollusk

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:40 PM

Well, shit.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:09 PM

Think they closed all the ones in town years ago. But it's not surprising. These days not a lot of reason to have a store for books when you got amazon and ebooks.

 

Depressing all the same. I used to love the smell when you went into one of them. Walking the isles and looking at covers of new releases.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:48 PM


My biggest problem with BN going away is how I would even learn of new books I wanted to read without it. Walking the isles there is how I find new books to read and old ones I've not discovered.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:08 PM

Could this leave room in the market for smaller bookstores again?


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:13 PM

Considering smaller bookstores had less overall buying power, and less square footage: NO, it'll just end with bookstores being a niche market with a ridiculous markup. As it stands in my neck of the woods, long standing, family owned stores are being forced off the main and into smaller retail packets because they can't compete and consequently can't make rent.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:51 PM

If I can't get Borders back, let me keep Barnes and Noble at least! :(



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:01 PM

Well, that's a shame. The B&N in Amherst is generally among my stops when I shoot down to the US for some shopping, and their annual Criterion sale (as well as sales on Arrow Video stuff) is usually something I look forward to.


That's the one I go to unless there is another Amherst outside of Massachusetts.

I like the store for their collectibles section.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 01:32 AM

 

Well, that's a shame. The B&N in Amherst is generally among my stops when I shoot down to the US for some shopping, and their annual Criterion sale (as well as sales on Arrow Video stuff) is usually something I look forward to.


That's the one I go to unless there is another Amherst outside of Massachusetts.

I like the store for their collectibles section.

 

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 06:45 AM

Ah. I figured it was NY.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:58 AM

I'm so used to reading ebooks on my Kindle that an actual book feels weird in my hands.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

In short order this is all that will be left.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 12:47 PM

I'm so used to reading ebooks on my Kindle that an actual book feels weird in my hands.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:14 PM

I use my e-reader to read books that are long since out of print (19th century stuff). Otherwise I want an actually book in my hands.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:52 PM

I'm not going to call it dead until it's actually, y'know, dead.

 

Anyway, I hope Barnes and Noble doesn't go away. I have it to thank for a small chunk of my Doctor Who DVD collection, among other things. Plus, I like going to bookstores.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 08:12 PM

With Hastings and Toys R Us dead, and Target's trend chasing tendency, Barnes and Noble is one of the few major retailers left that reliably carry an appreciable range of "geeky junk".

 

Man, it does feel like we're continuing to see the end of an era in terms of retail.



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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:45 PM

Barnes and Nobel has always been a mixed bag for me. I do enjoy just browsing around in there to see what they have and they were one of the few places that kept selling comic books when it became a "FLCS" stuff only.  But it's been well over a year since I've been in there. 





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