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@  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.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.


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#1 BHFlint

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 12:43 AM

Most of my collection, due to matters of taste with the significant other, is relegated to the bedroom and walk-in closet (which has some really awesome built-in shoe shelves that are the perfect size for most Ultra-sized figures and below). I have two large bookcases, one medium etagere, a TV armoire with a small MDF shelf from Target on top, a desk, and one of those durable plastic shelves you get for 15 bucks from Target or Wal-Mart. Additionally, I have a curio shelf in the closet, plus the aforementioned built in, and a pair of convenient six foot panel resting over the parallel hanger rails; one's at about seven feet, the other about three (no idea why there's a rail that low, honestly).

Since it's the most current main line, we'll start with the Cybertron Bookcase, which is on the right-hand wall of my bedroom, between the door to the hallway and the pocket door leading into the bathroom.
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Earth Autobots and Decepticons. Skyshadow is holding the "Oblivion" Saber because that's why Jetfire is under cover-- to retrieve the rogue Mini-Cons. I've incorporated the Classics Mini-Cons back into the UT, where they originated. They're the only Mini-Cons I've actually got on display at the moment, since a good deal of them are in a plastic bag left over from when I rearranged shelves the day before yesterday.
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Now we have Cybertron's leader (gold key) figures, plus Galaxy Force Vector Prime and Cybertron Defense Hot Shot. CDHS is there because he becomes leader of Velocitron at the end of the series. Hanging from Evac's winch is the Omega Lock.
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Speed Planet, plus the slightly incongruous Galvatron and Nemesis Breaker. He's only there because I ran out of room on Giant Planet's shelf.
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Because it's Giant Planet. The smallest figures on this shelf are Sideways and Unicron. It's a Planet X/Giant Planet showdown, plus Wing Saber.

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YARR! I love Pirates so hugging much, and I was just thrilled to find out that Cannonball is one. Here's his crew: He's equal opportunity Unicron Trilogy, with the exception of Nemesis Prime. Anyone who's read my fanfic will understand a lot of the choices here. You can't tell from this shot, but I've got Ultimate Battle Classics Megatron there (Gutcruncher), Cybertron Voyager Starscream (Thrust), Bert and Ernie (yellow and red Scrapmetals), Energon Slugslinger (Fangrel), and one of each Terrorcon except for Insecticon.
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 12:56 AM

Beast Planet. Classics Mini-Con Dinobots and RID Bruticus call Beast Planet home.
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Damn I have a messy desk. My 2003 Allspark Hall of Fame award is there, as well as some original Matt Nelson Superdeformers artwork. Yes, that's a plush Dragonite foot.
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The VCR shelf of the TV armoire is stuffed with Mini-Mates, Smallest TFs, LOCs, and Lego X-Pods. And Titanium Unicron. And Chris's great grandfather's memoires manuscript. And a Gameboy. And lots of dust.
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Here are the Primes and Primals, bottom row: G1 reissue Rodimus Prime, Big Convoy, DVD Robot Masters Leo Prime, Primal Prime, BW10th Anniversary Optimus Primal, Vector Prime (a mishmash of the US and Japanese versions, since my Japanese Galaxy Force VP was damaged in the fire), Beast Machines Primal, RID Primal, and an original BW ultra Primal.
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Above them are the big guns: Super Fire Convoy, Star Convoy, 20th Anniversary Prime, Galaxy Convoy (he and VP were the only major purchases from Galaxy Force-- I simply could not wait), Beast Planet Optimus Prime, THS-02 Prime, LOC Vector Prime, Energon Powerlinx Prime, Armada Superbase Prime, LOC Cybertron Prime, and Ultimate Battle Prime. I try to have an iteration of each generation's Prime or Primal.
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Now we move to the small etagere next to my TV. Primus and Unicron are on the second shelf, and below them I actually have BOOKS in a bookshelf! Happy Meal Rhino and Panther, plus BW Poison Bite and Jawbreaker, a little gashapon Venom, and Cookie Monster round out the book shelf.
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Above them are my only other major non-TF display, my Bionicle figures. Vezon is atop Kardas, with severa Barraki, Piraka, a Visorak and one of those other evil Bionicle guys from a few years ago. On the side of the armoire is a Toa Inika fighting with a Piraka and a Barraki.
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Alternators take up two shelves. I've got every current US release except Camshaft. Swindle and Dead End are Binaltechs, and I wish I had the American versions; they're both very floppy and top-heavy.
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I already need to update this picture, as I found Classics Jetfire this evening.
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Energon figures. I'm considering punting them into storage.
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Off-screen RID vs. Scourge and Fort Max. For a while I had Megabolt atop Fortress Maximus.
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 01:14 AM

The RIDs stand atop the shoe shelf in the closet, which is chock full of G1-era and Universe goodness. I'm considering bringing Universe back into the main display and using the shoe shelf for Alternators. We'll see what kind of mood I'm in on my next day off.

I got that Abominus complete at Botcon a few years back, but the Sinnertwin broke. Fortunately, while box-diving in my mom's garage, I found my original G1 Sinnertwin, still in really good shape. Sticker wear here and there, but I don't care about that all that much. All of the G1 Autobots on the shelf to the left of Abominus are reissues except for Wheelie; the shelf below are all originals.
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Universe! Probably my favorite overall line because of the story and the choices in figures from all eras. I have pretty much the entire line minus a couple of the Micromaster sets and the Target Constructicons; I skipped the dollar store Energon repacks because I already have them.
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Above the Decepticon Universe figures I have my badges from just about every Con I've been to. I was volunteer staff at OTFCC 04. It was fun.
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It occurs to me I didn't get a shot of the Universe Decepticons today, so this old shot from April 06 will have to do. They haven't moved much since then.
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More Universe Autobots:
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G1 Autobots. Powermaster Prime and G2 Grimlock are original, the rest are reissues:
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RID. Pretty boring:
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I like to hang my toys up:
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Best of the Beast Wars. There's no rhyme or reason to their organization; it's just the figures I like the most. When I get more space, they'll all go on display.
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Here's the first two thirds of the Unicron Trilogy: Armada Autobots and Decepticons vs. Energon Autobots. Again, space issue.
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Here's the Energon Decepticons on the other display in the bedroom:
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This here is my Megatrons shelf. I need to dig my Gigatron out of storage, and get Smallest Megatron down from the Cannonball shelf (I inadvertantly left him there when shooting):
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Armada Megatron's sort of obscured, sorry.

Beast Wars the Tenth: Kind of a sparse display, but it was a small line. These guys are relatively boring, and I mostly got them for Tarantulas and Trans-Mutate, since those were molds I didn't have already.
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And here's the only toy display in the living room; it sits above the wet bar:
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McFarlane Dragons are awesome little statues.

And that's pretty much it. I have some random Lego displays around the house-- the Millennium Falcon sits atop the filing cabinet in the dining room, and I've got a lot of Vikings kits on my "studio" shelf in the office, but they're all really dusty.
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I've changed the layout of my computer hutch since then; no framed images, just Lego Batman and Star Wars stuff.

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 01:53 AM

I see several toys I need to swipe.

I know there's a joke here somewhere. Something about the closet and the toys.......I'll get back to you. icon-fire.gif

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:01 AM

The joke might be that I so rarely enter the closet that there were cobwebs on the toys this afternoon...

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 09:14 AM

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:20 AM

He has a can of compressed air. That might do it.

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:57 AM

Fang... your Universe collection makes me weep.

which is very shocking news... I had to ask the nurse at the emergancy waiting room why I could still see if my eyeballs were leaking...

she laughed and some fairly large men escorted me toward the door.



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Posted 20 January 2007 - 03:08 AM

Very nice Bill! icon-hotrod.gif

Edited by Boo, 20 January 2007 - 03:09 AM.