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@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 04:39 PM)

Still waiting for my box from BBTS to arrive.

@  tigerhawk : (16 January 2021 - 04:29 PM)

Kingdoms is fantabulous and it's only the first wave.

@  tigerhawk : (12 January 2021 - 12:10 PM)

My Super Collection Megatron always had two left legs and I just discovered my Thrilling 30 Crosscut has two right hips.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Fortunately, it's only Netflix Hound, so not really much of a loss here.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:55 PM)

So it's been a while since I've had a misassembled Transformers toy.

@  Echowarrior : (11 January 2021 - 10:02 AM)

More Micromasters would be welcome.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 January 2021 - 06:15 AM)

Instructions unclear, have more sports cars.

@  tigerhawk : (11 January 2021 - 01:57 AM)

Or they could make the other Micromasters of the teams they half assed.

@  ▲ndrusi : (10 January 2021 - 11:20 PM)

There should be a box set of eight Stakeouts.

@  Bass X0 : (10 January 2021 - 08:27 PM)

There should be a box-set of Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet. But I'm not expecting it.

@  Nevermore : (10 January 2021 - 07:51 PM)

I hope there are re-releases this year!

@  tigerhawk : (10 January 2021 - 03:59 PM)

I hope there's rereleases of Earthrise Ramjet, Dirge and Ratchet next year.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 January 2021 - 07:51 AM)

Oh no, he was loved. I'd argue he could have had a better life physically, but he was loved. Deeply.

@  Telly : (08 January 2021 - 01:42 AM)

as long s/he gave love and was loved, it was a good life

@  Echowarrior : (07 January 2021 - 11:10 PM)

Poor puppy. Poor kid.

@  CORVUS : (07 January 2021 - 03:04 PM)

My condolences :(

@  wonko the sane? : (07 January 2021 - 10:45 AM)

So: My sisters dog just had a heart attack and died... while her 12 year old son was walking him. Welcome to 2021 everybody!

@  Dekafox : (04 January 2021 - 07:24 PM)

Except they're Deceptican'ts usually.

@  Devcon : (04 January 2021 - 05:17 PM)

Depending on which dub: Either Decepticons or Decepticans.

@  Bass X0 : (04 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Deception is the French word for disappointment. What does that make the Decepticons in France?

@  Echowarrior : (03 January 2021 - 11:29 PM)

We're just tiny little specks, about the size of Mickey Rooney.

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 January 2021 - 04:33 PM)

It's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, a sun that is the source of all our power

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.

@  TM2-Megatron : (02 January 2021 - 11:57 PM)

relative to the speed that it's swirling around the centre of the galaxy, its rotation is fairly slow

@  PlutoniumBoss : (02 January 2021 - 09:31 PM)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 January 2021 - 07:21 PM)

The Earth moving gave us 2021.

@  ▲ndrusi : (02 January 2021 - 10:50 AM)

It does that.

@  tigerhawk : (02 January 2021 - 10:11 AM)

I think the Earth is moving.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:35 AM)

Sunday evenings are awesome. Looking at the clock at 8 PM and thinking "I still have plenty of time before going to bed..."

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:33 AM)

Now I've been working permanent late shift for almost three years. Don't regret it one bit. One of the rare cases where the needs of the company overlap with my own preferences.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:32 AM)

Before the permanent late shift was introduced three years ago (which I volunteered for as soon as the form became available), I always tended to plan my vacation for early shift weeks. Since the majority of the people in most departments prefer to work early shift and thus tended to plan their vacation for late shift weeks, there were usually enough slots available for me to get my request fulfilled.

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:26 PM)

I was promoted last December, so this past year is my first with the company where I've been able to get whatever vacation I wanted. Instead of competing with 100 other people, there's now only 1 (out of 3 others who share my job) that's been in the building longer than me, and so has first dibs at weeks. It's pretty easy to work it out between ourselves before we give in our requests, though

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:24 PM)

But there's also departments to consider, since we have a varieity of types of machines and not everyone is qualified to run everything. Altogether, there are a lot of ways you can get screwed

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:21 PM)

So a few of the same rules, a few different ones. For regular employees, requests need to be in by January 15th. If they are, those are doled out based on seniority. You're only guaranteed 2 weeks in "prime time" (basically June, July, August). Anything submitted after January 15th is given out first come, first served based on availability

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (01 January 2021 - 02:39 PM)

So who said "Jumanji!"?

@  TheMightyMol... : (01 January 2021 - 08:20 AM)

I knew a woman at Target who was forced to use up her vacation time before she could qualify for maternity leave. Then they denied the leave because she technically hadn't been at work for two weeks beforehand.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 04:21 AM)

Also, if you become sick during your vacation and you turn in a doctor's sick note, it means that you don't lose your vacation days, because according to the law, vacation is intended for recreation, not for recovery from sickness or injury.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 04:00 AM)

Another priority is "vacation request for the next year turned in before the deadline". Like, you missed the deadline, you have to make do with what's left.

@  Nevermore : (01 January 2021 - 03:59 AM)

No, they prioritize vacation during school holidays for employees with school-age children. Also, only three of the six weeks during the summer holidays per employee so a larger number of employees can get their requests fulfilled.

@  TM2-Megatron : (31 December 2020 - 08:14 PM)

like, not company-wide, obviously, but by facility

@  TM2-Megatron : (31 December 2020 - 08:14 PM)

That's actually not bad at all for such a large company. Do they prioritize vacation by seniority?

@  Nevermore : (31 December 2020 - 08:11 PM)

In my nine years with Amazon, only one of my vacation requests (not counting requests for single days) has ever been denied (with an alternate option offered for a mere week later). It might have helped that I have always tended to plan my vacation against the grain.

@  Nevermore : (31 December 2020 - 08:06 PM)

We also have a legally guaranteed minimum of at least 24 vacation days per year, and the law mandates that the vacation should be granted in one stretch "unless urgent reasons on behalf of the company or the individual employee make it necessary to split up the vacation". The most common valid "urgent reason on behalf of the company" would be "multiple employees have requested their vacation days for the same period, so the employer has to organize everyone's vacation grants equally".

@  TheMightyMol... : (31 December 2020 - 02:50 PM)

Most places run with the bare minimum amount of staff they think they can get away with. So if one key person is out, they're in trouble. Hence, they don't like letting people take vacations.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (31 December 2020 - 10:35 AM)

Here in the US... you're honestly likely to get fired for taking vacation.

@  Nevermore : (31 December 2020 - 05:31 AM)

Here in Germany, employers are usually very eager to remind you to take all your vacation days.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 December 2020 - 04:55 PM)

My old job made it ridiculously obtuse just putting in a request for vacation, gave me a hard time for daring to use my PTO, but also gave me a hard time for NOT using my PTO. That they didn't want me to use anyway.

@  Otaku : (30 December 2020 - 03:57 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw I'm assuming it is the kind of job where they get in trouble if you don't use your vacation time, but where it is (at best) inconvenient when you do.  Though there's always room for some, most, or all of management to just be jerks. ;)

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (30 December 2020 - 07:40 AM)

My old job got mad if you took vacation, then would get mad if you didnt.


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#1 Egon1982

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:54 PM

ABOUT TIME!

 

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This show should had ended in 2000 with Behind the Laughter.

 

I've been a fan of the Simpsons since i saw them on Tracy Ullman in 87 and 88 when i was 5 and 6 years old and loved those shorts and i taped every episode of the show from 1989 to 2000 and the show should had DIED with Behind the Laughter! It was a biting satrical show with intelligence, heart (mother Simpson for example), humanity, soul, anti-authority/anti-hollywood social satire and excellence with a proper use of celebrity guest voices. Even quality writing with wit/snark/sarcasm and intelligence especially by Conan O'Brien and relatable characters.

 

I mean Lisa was a voice of reason, Marge was a lovable sexy mother, Homer was a dumb but likable father who had heart, Bart was a brat with heart and all that. I mean you had the brilliant touching episode of Mother Simpson which was the most moving animated thing i saw at the age of 13 along with Barefoot Gen, i mean Alf's score to that episode was very moving and memorable. You also had classics like Old Money which is one of my favorite episodes as that had heart, realism, sincerity and a good use of humor as i felt bad for Grandpa for losing his love interest yet had a uplifting ending on how Grandpa properly spend that money. There was Lisa on Ice which had a touching climax that had heart and sincerity to it as did Lisa's Substitute which is one of my fave episodes as that episode moved me as a kid even with "You are Lisa Simpson" note on it. On the "Bart sells his soul" episode, it had some excellent sarcastic smart well timed humor like the cleaner machine sequence.

 

I also remembered such quality episodes like my personal favorite episode being Krusty gets Kancelled which was an ingenious satirical episode that mocks celebrity life and had a proper use of celebrities than worship that culture as it was done the right way. That song "Send in the clowns" moved me when i heard that song sung from Krusty which was more from the heart than just for laughs like how when he sang badly during that "sending our love down the well" song. I also remembered when i was 10 when Itchy And Scratchy The Movie episode came out as that is one of my favorite episodes i loved, such a well written episode about Bart learning a big lesson and Kamp Krusty which is my third favorite episode of the show was a ton of fun. Then after Behind the Laughter, something was happening with the show as the characters were not the same ones i knew from my childhood/teenhood and i kept watching in 2000/2001 yet noticing more changes and all even in 2002.

 

I gave up on this show in 2004 and i moved on to other adult animation as the show was getting soured/stale since 2000 as i feel anything past season 10 is NOT The Simpsons but Zombie Simpsons! I feel The Simpsons is a product of the late 80s and 90s that belongs in it's own time and has no place in today's world.

Fox aka 20th century Sucks ( a formerly great studio ran by people who care before they went for greed/caring about money more than quality just like Sony as they are so incompetent). I bet some fans of the show who grew up in the late 80s and 90s like me who gave up after 2002 or 2003 or 2004 knew it was an abomination because gone was the intelligent satire, writing/soul/emotion/heart/intelligence is replaced by a living dead corpse of a show puppeted by the greedy Fox who only cares for money than quality as Simpsons is now just another Sitcom than a meaningful intelligent show with emotion/heart/intellgence/soul as Zombie Simpsons feel irrelevant nowadays compared to the 90s Simpsons and of course other adult animation nowadays.

 

I tried to watch an episode of Zombie Simpsons in 2014 where Krusty's dad died and man oh man i felt my brain was melting and wanted to punch the TV. Even seeing the Lady Gaga episode in clips nearly gave me cancer.

 

Yet if the show ends next year, it's better to kill something than let it suffer for it's losing more viewers and merchandise sales are going down the drain. This show has became a wounded fatally dying soldier that was shot a bunch of times in a war field and seeping behind a building with other soldiers and is asking "please kill me! please kill me so i won't suffer anymore" or being like Weekend at Bernies. The Simpsons had their time in the sun but since 2000 enough is enough, time to give up Fox and end this show next year! time to rest in peace, move on and done more than enough and more than enough episodes and more than enough episodes as it's becoming a joke of itself and Fox is hurting it's legacy, i feel like it's damaging things and i'm tired of it. I feel like Tom Atkins at the end of Halloween III with "Stop it, stop it, STOP IT!!!!". Plus had a good run in the 90s.

 

It's not only beating a dead horse, it's also beating a dead childhood/teenhood friend friend who needs to be buried. It's now a shambling soulless unfunny poorly written husk of a show.

 

I also feel with Conan and some of the other writers left even Phil Hartman's death, the show went downhill. The first 10 seasons even Behind the Laughter had life and since 2000 it's been on life support. But you know what, as i'm a futurama, My Little Pony FIM, Gravity Fall, Regular Show and King of the Hill etc fan, i'm very happy and glad they ended on good notes and didn't become shambling zombie corpses as it's better to let them rest in peace and move on to make new fresh adult animation.

 

I'm glad i stopped watching the show 15 years ago and moved on to other adult animation. I even saw the awful Simpsons movie in theaters which i had been waiting years to see after hearing in magazines since 1991 about it and it should had been made in the 90s and released around there or in 2000, now that would had been one hell of a thing instead of waiting too long as it's just Zombie Simpsons The Movie. 15 years ago, i finally did said "so long childhood partner, i will miss you" as i knew the show is dead and i moved on to cherish this show on DVD on Simpsons 1 to 10 to Behind the Laughter.

 

Someone once said that being a Simpsons fan is like having a Simpsons" is like an aging family pet. We all grew up with it, love and cherish all the memories, but sadly, the time has come to put it down.


Edited by Egon1982, 26 November 2019 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:09 PM

i'm sure Disney will keep it going with more movies or theatrical shorts.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:16 PM

Complaining about beating a dead horse while posting the same stupid copy/paste bullshit keyboard diarrhea rant for the 100th time between here and TFW.

 

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:22 PM

I'm not even clicking on a link from Zambia or wherever that's from.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:47 PM

Even after 30+ years, there are certainly worse shows on TV.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:55 PM

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:09 PM

I'll believe it when another source confirms.  Danny Elfman hasn't worked on the day to day Simpson episodes in decades, with Alf Clausen being the dominant composer for the series until recently.



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:18 PM

The Simpsons is a perpetual motion property, at this point. We're talking full on undead nightmare, but undead in the vein of "Return of the Living Dead" where even pegging them in the head had no effect.

 

The only thing that will inevitably see the end of the Simpsons is when the primary cast start dying off.



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:29 PM

Even then it may continue. Not like Kermit is still voiced by Jim Henson anymore, after all.

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:31 PM

Eh, Simpsons hasn't really been big on recasting voice actors. Otherwise we'd still have a plethora of supporting characters still around.



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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:43 PM

The Simpsons is still proftibale, so no.

 

But hey Supernatural has finally been granted the sweet merciful release of death, so who knows what the future holds.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 06:01 PM

I'd be entirely cool with it if they ended the series proper: but kept doing a 45 minute to an hour long halloween special every year. It's the only part of the simpsons I still bother to watch.


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Posted 27 November 2019 - 02:04 AM

So that's it, after 30 years, so long and good luck?


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 05:18 AM

They should have ended it decades ago, rather than letting it get to the point they started writing episodes around whatever celebrity they could get on board. That Lady Gaga episode was the kind of indulgent crap they would have mocked back in the day.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 10:30 AM

They should have ended it decades ago, rather than letting it get to the point they started writing episodes around whatever celebrity they could get on board. That Lady Gaga episode was the kind of indulgent crap they would have mocked back in the day.

 

Indeed. I can remember when they got a whole slew of celebrities in one episode, and the show wasn't about them.

 

Kinda sad that so many of those celebrities are dead now, but there you are.


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 10:34 AM

They should have ended it decades ago, rather than letting it get to the point they started writing episodes around whatever celebrity they could get on board. That Lady Gaga episode was the kind of indulgent crap they would have mocked back in the day.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 01:38 PM

How about a "Everyone is 30 years older" last episode, and then ending it with something outrageously silly, like the power plant being shut down, so now Springfield has no industry, so everyone must swallow their pride and move to Shelbyville? Or did they do that story already? I'm about 10 years behind.

 

The Simpsons, like most TV, is like dogfood. If people keep watching it, they'll keep making it.

 

end it the same way they ended little house on the prairie, by blowing the town up


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 02:14 PM

They already tried that plot in the movie though, but I guess they could succeed this time. :D


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 03:23 PM

They should have ended it decades ago, rather than letting it get to the point they started writing episodes around whatever celebrity they could get on board. That Lady Gaga episode was the kind of indulgent crap they would have mocked back in the day.

 

Having pointless celebrity guests is exactly what they did "back in the day."  It's nothing new, although I would say the period they started doing that (late 90s) was when the show really fell in quality.  



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 07:01 PM

They should have ended it decades ago, rather than letting it get to the point they started writing episodes around whatever celebrity they could get on board. That Lady Gaga episode was the kind of indulgent crap they would have mocked back in the day.

 
Having pointless celebrity guests is exactly what they did "back in the day."  It's nothing new, although I would say the period they started doing that (late 90s) was when the show really fell in quality.  

They always had celebrities, but they never used celebrities to substitute for worthwhile writing. They never had Bart go live in a cool skate loft because they've gotten Tony Hawk to do a cameo, or had the entire universe except Lisa swoon over Lady Gaga for being so wonderful, kooky and caring and selfless and wonderful. I won't even start on all the episodes where a family member gets a celebrity voiced new best friend/rival who is just as smart/cool/funny as they are and is never mentioned again afterward.



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