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@  Cyoti : (01 July 2020 - 12:51 PM)

We can deport Yogi back to Canada now.

@  Sabrblade : (01 July 2020 - 12:50 PM)

Jellystone National Pawk. A westful wetweat.

@  Rycochet : (01 July 2020 - 12:47 PM)

Jellystone. We're going to be plunged into a decade of poor animation. Fortunately we've been led by bad cartoon characters for years so we won't notice much difference.

@  Maximus Ambus : (01 July 2020 - 06:19 AM)

what next? YELLOWSTONE?

@  Nevermore : (01 July 2020 - 05:46 AM)

Thanks, dead person.

@  Bass X0 : (01 July 2020 - 05:06 AM)

congratulations to all survivors of the first half of 2020.

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 10:21 PM)

21 for me, but after numerous repetitions I got it down to 17 and a half.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 06:16 PM)

I transform in six steps from human to human sitting on my ass at the computer and back again!

@  -LittleAutob... : (30 June 2020 - 05:55 PM)

x-x when in vehicle mode we can travel much F A R T H E R-

@  wonko the sane? : (30 June 2020 - 05:52 PM)

Because despite the fact that we can travel around the world in the time it takes to get a good nights sleep and a couple of meals: people rarely wander more than 25 miles away from home for the duration of their lives.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:49 PM)

I don't know how many days that trip takes - especially while sightseeing - but explaining they're 3936 kilometers (2445 miles) apart gives an idea, paradoxically because it is too large to easily picture.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 05:44 PM)

Aye.  When I catch lay people discussing miles and not how long the trip takes, it is in an attempt to stress how far away something is... like NYC to LA.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

But I can imagine 45 *minutes* easily.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:20 PM)

I can imagine a mile, it's a distance I've run. I can't really imagine 45 miles.

@  ▲ndrusi : (30 June 2020 - 01:19 PM)

I think there's also an element of the thing where things that are much bigger than us all blur together.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:49 AM)

If you're not, then you're more concerned with how long it takes.  Actual distance doesn't tell you that very well.  Besides traffic and road conditions, you'll need to know what kind of driving (city/interstate/rural/etc.).

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:47 AM)

Distance matters if you're being paid by the mile.

@  TM2-Megatron : (30 June 2020 - 11:44 AM)

Canadians are the same way, for the most part. If you're driving somewhere far, especially, it helps you plan out the day more than a distance in KM would.

@  Otaku : (30 June 2020 - 11:42 AM)

We use the time it takes to get someplace because that is what is relevant to us.

@  TheMightyMol... : (30 June 2020 - 10:55 AM)

Because even we can't figure out miles half the time.

@  Paladin : (30 June 2020 - 09:54 AM)

it's a big country with a lot of empty space. between our citizens' ears.

@  Bass X0 : (30 June 2020 - 09:52 AM)

Why do most Americans measure distance by hours of driving?

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 07:26 PM)

And as a result the world's lone blu-ray release of the film, an Australian disc that came out 7 years ago, now goes for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Thanks Disney.

@  TM2-Megatron : (29 June 2020 - 06:21 PM)

Well, they censored Daryl Hannah's butt in Splash :rolleyes

@  Paladin : (29 June 2020 - 05:43 PM)

maybe New Mutants is too bad even for D+.

@  Steevy Maximus : (29 June 2020 - 05:00 PM)

X-Men films are coming to Disney+ next month. But will they censor Hugh Jackman's butt?

@  -LittleAutob... : (29 June 2020 - 12:44 PM)

Pft.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 11:59 AM)

Behold! Night Strike Galvatron!

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 09:53 AM)

I will grant you a recolored body, and recolored troops to command.

@  Cybersnark : (29 June 2020 - 09:47 AM)

I don't want to be reissued. This body sucks, I wanna be updated.

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 09:43 AM)

I definitely don't intend to be reissued. Nobody would buy me.

@  Bass X0 : (29 June 2020 - 08:31 AM)

will anybody else attempt to be reissued?

@  wonko the sane? : (29 June 2020 - 07:51 AM)

*Gasp* Decepticons re-writing history to serve their own needs?!?!

@  Nevermore : (29 June 2020 - 05:48 AM)

The whole point of the DJD is that they're fanatical Megatron fanboys (especially Tarn) to the point of having their own headcanon taking priority of the actual canon, simply speaking.

@  TheMightyMol... : (29 June 2020 - 04:01 AM)

They didn't know the war was over until later. And then they denied it anyway.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (28 June 2020 - 10:47 PM)

"He's comin' right for us!"

@  Telly : (28 June 2020 - 08:40 PM)

was that even still in effect once the war ended?

@  TheMightyMol... : (28 June 2020 - 06:51 PM)

According to Roberts, soldiers can ignore the order to spare Whirl if he's directly threatening them. But mostly the DJD were out of their heads on Nuke and not really caring much at the time.

@  Xaaron : (28 June 2020 - 06:41 PM)

Also, they were hopped up on goofballs at the time.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 June 2020 - 06:06 PM)

Cause it was whirl. He opened his (non-existant.) gob at the just the right time to piss somebody off. Or, so I assume.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 June 2020 - 06:00 PM)

If Whirl was off limits why did the DJD kill him?

@  TM2-Megatron : (27 June 2020 - 05:57 PM)

That sounds about right. I actually didn't get into it until the IQ expansion came out (which saved me a bit of expense)

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:55 PM)

Weird question (and sorry for so many shouts): did Overpower really release in August of '95?  I could have sworn I attempted to play it with a classmate who shouldn't have been a classmate by that point.

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:52 PM)

So... I don't have all my cards still somewhere. XP I still play Pokémon via the PTCGO, and I've been doing Card of the Days over on Pojo (on and off) since 2013.

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:51 PM)

For both financial, personal, and practical reasons, all my collectibles had to go about 10 years ago: action figures, comic books, card games, RPG books, video games.

@  TM2-Megatron : (27 June 2020 - 05:48 PM)

I've still got all my cards, somewhere; I had a pretty decent collection. Still have the Japanese Digimon CCG, too. Glad I never got into Magic; way too pricey

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:36 PM)

Technically, Overpower was my first TCG... except I never, ever learned how to play it, or understood that booster packs contained different cards than the Starter Decks.

@  Otaku : (27 June 2020 - 05:35 PM)

Can't forget what you didn't know in the first place.

@  Patch : (27 June 2020 - 05:28 PM)

Ah yes, Overpower. Who could forget the expansion where they added a new stat and you had to re-collect your heroes all over again.

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 June 2020 - 04:20 PM)

Counterpoint, when was the last time you spent money on Overpower?


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#461 Axaday

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 02:15 PM

It isn't going to be overnight. They haven't even changed the price yet; They've just indicated that they will. Crude prices won't go down until China actually starts importing less crude. But it seems likely that raising their gasoline price will do that trick.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 02:26 PM

QUOTE(Axaday @ Jun 19 2008, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It isn't going to be overnight. They haven't even changed the price yet; They've just indicated that they will. Crude prices won't go down until China actually starts importing less crude. But it seems likely that raising their gasoline price will do that trick.


Yea I know, I'm just mad icon-wheelie.gif . I was not expecting to wake up in the morning and see $4.09...especially when I now have half a tank.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 03:03 PM

back up, $4.15 today.

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#464 Draange

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 03:06 PM

The gas station I usually go to fell from $4.15 to $4.13 to $4.10 over about the past week.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:09 PM

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The gas station I usually go to fell from $4.15 to $4.13 to $4.10 over about the past week.

yeah. and i like how they report on it.


"gas prices drop for third day in a row".


and yet, are well above where they were LAST THURSDAY.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE(Axaday @ Jun 19 2008, 03:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It isn't going to be overnight. They haven't even changed the price yet; They've just indicated that they will. Crude prices won't go down until China actually starts importing less crude. But it seems likely that raising their gasoline price will do that trick.

Too bad they don't go down as fast or as much as they go up...

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:57 PM

That's how it is....if they say prices are going down, it will take a week or more to see any results at all. When they say that gas is going up, you can go to the pumps either the same or next day and they'll be increased in price.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:26 AM

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That's how it is....if they say prices are going down, it will take a week or more to see any results at all. When they say that gas is going up, you can go to the pumps either the same or next day and they'll be increased in price.


This one will take MONTHS at least.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:49 AM

Yeah, but, correct me if I'm wrong, if the rumor was the opposite way saying that China was going to lower their prices by subsidizing it more in the future, wouldn't the price jump up instantly in anticipation? It is kind of annoying how that works.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:52 AM

gas prices are starting to hurt gas stations.


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - When gas station manager Roger Randolph realized it was costing him money each time someone filled up with $4-a-gallon gas, he hung a sign on his pumps: "No more credit cards."

He may be the first in West Virginia to ban plastic, but gas station operators nationwide are reporting similar woes as higher prices translate into higher credit card fees the managers must pay, squeezing profits at the pump.

"The more they buy, the more we lose," said Randolph, who manages Mr. Ed's Chevron in St. Albans. "Gas prices go up, and our profits go down."

His complaints target the so-called interchange fee ? a percentage of the sale price paid to credit card companies on every transaction. The percentage is fixed ? usually at just under 2 percent ? but the dollar amount of the fee rises with the price of the goods or services.

As gas tops $4 a gallon, that pushes fees toward 10 cents a gallon. Now stations, which typically mark up gasoline by 11 to 12 cents a gallon, are seeing profits shrink or even reverse.

In a good month, Randolph's small operation would yield a $60 profit on gasoline sales. But that's been buried as soaring prices forced the station to pay about $500 a month in interchange fees.

"At these prices, people aren't making any money," said Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the Alexandria, Va.-based National Association of Convenience Stores. "It's brutal."

Lenard's group reports convenience stores paid roughly $7.6 billion in credit card fees last year, while making $3.4 billion in profits.

The way interchange fees are structured has long annoyed retailers, prompting calls for relief.

Legislation pending in the U.S. House and Senate would allow merchants to bargain collectively with major credit and debit card companies.

The National Retail Federation says gas prices point to the unfairness of the system: Gas stations are paying more in interchange fees because the price of gas has gone up, while the cost of processing credit or debit cards remains the same.

"We have always contended that it doesn't cost Visa and MasterCard any more to process a $1,000 transaction than it does a $100 transaction," said J. Craig Shearman, vice president of government affairs at the retail federation.

The credit card companies say fees are just part of the cost of doing business.

MasterCard has capped interchange fees for gas purchases of $50 or more, said company spokeswoman Sharon Gamsin.

Accepting MasterCard also gives gas stations "increased sales, greater security and convenience, lower labor costs, and speed for their customers at the pump," Gamsin said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Visa argues that the fees are offset "by the tangible benefits to stations and their customers, such as the ability to pay at the pump," the company said in a statement to the AP.

Absent congressional action, gas stations are seeking other relief, including discounts to customers who pay in cash.

Shipley Energy, which owns 23 Tom's Convenience stores in Pennsylvania, has partnered with a new credit card company, Revolution, which charges smaller interchange fees.

Bob Astor, wholesale fuels business manager for Shipley, said those savings get passed on to customers as cheaper prices at the pump. Customers who pay with the card get an automatic 10 cent discount.

Gas stations in South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey and Arizona are among those offering cash customers a discount, with savings from four cents to 10 cents per gallon.

The Connecticut General Assembly recently passed legislation to make it easier for stations to offer discounts for cash purchases, bidding to cut consumer prices by 10 to 12 cents on average.

Discounts for cash customers may not, however, be the stations' salvation.

The National Association of Convenience Stores reports about two thirds of transactions at gas stations were with credit or debit cards in 2007, a figure expected to rise this year.

"The problem with cash discounts is, if people don't have the cash or don't want to spend the cash, you've inconvenienced them," Lenard said.

The experiment at Mr. Ed's Chevron, though, has paid off so far.

The station has been in business for 44 years and the ban on plastic hasn't scared many people off, Randolph said.

"We've got generations of customers who come here," he said. "Most of them have accepted it."

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:20 AM

If the percentage is fixed, these guys are idiots for not accepting plastic. They'll lose more customers that will hurt them more than the gain they'll make on cash sales, especially since the cash sales are generally prepay now and people hate to bother with that.

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Yeah, but, correct me if I'm wrong, if the rumor was the opposite way saying that China was going to lower their prices by subsidizing it more in the future, wouldn't the price jump up instantly in anticipation? It is kind of annoying how that works.

Yes, that's how it would work, and yes it is annoying. Commodity good though - they pay for next week's purchase with this week's sales rather than paying for the gas you're pumping in now with the money they make from you now. So they're always going to be very cautious about the future.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:33 AM

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I saw the price of diesel didn't go up the usual 25 cents for every 10 cents regular goes up. It actually stayed the same! Still ridiculously higher than regular, though.
It's time to bring the crunch!

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:07 AM

So wait... Chinese gas prices are going to skyrocket, so ours can go down? This sounds like that Twilight Zone episode, where the devil says he'll give a couple a million dollars if they push a button that means "someone they don't know" will die.

Also, while gas didn't seem to go down around here, I noticed on Wednesday and Thursday that it had held steady at $4.59 or so for the past week, instead of going up 10-20 cents like it has been. I guess that's something.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:11 AM

QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Jun 20 2008, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So wait... Chinese gas prices are going to skyrocket, so ours can go down? This sounds like that Twilight Zone episode, where the devil says he'll give a couple a million dollars if they push a button that means "someone they don't know" will die.

Also, while gas didn't seem to go down around here, I noticed on Wednesday and Thursday that it had held steady at $4.59 or so for the past week, instead of going up 10-20 cents like it has been. I guess that's something.


The theory is that if Chinese prices go up 10%, there will be less demand and use from them which will cause oil to go down. Not sure if I agree with that, but we'll see.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:04 AM

QUOTE(Wheelimus @ Jun 20 2008, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Jun 20 2008, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So wait... Chinese gas prices are going to skyrocket, so ours can go down? This sounds like that Twilight Zone episode, where the devil says he'll give a couple a million dollars if they push a button that means "someone they don't know" will die.

Also, while gas didn't seem to go down around here, I noticed on Wednesday and Thursday that it had held steady at $4.59 or so for the past week, instead of going up 10-20 cents like it has been. I guess that's something.


The theory is that if Chinese prices go up 10%, there will be less demand and use from them which will cause oil to go down. Not sure if I agree with that, but we'll see.

well, oil is already back up over $3 today.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE(The Predaking @ Jun 20 2008, 07:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, but, correct me if I'm wrong, if the rumor was the opposite way saying that China was going to lower their prices by subsidizing it more in the future, wouldn't the price jump up instantly in anticipation? It is kind of annoying how that works.


The thing you've got to understand is that prices don't really go up for the reasons that reporters print. Reporters see the price go up and then they go fishing for something to connect it to, but it is mostly all pretend fluff. They are more interested in turning in their article in time for print than they are in communicating facts.


QUOTE(ChessPieceFace @ Jun 20 2008, 10:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So wait... Chinese gas prices are going to skyrocket, so ours can go down? This sounds like that Twilight Zone episode, where the devil says he'll give a couple a million dollars if they push a button that means "someone they don't know" will die.


One of the big contributing factors to China's skyrocketing oil demand is that their government fixes the price artificially low with subsidies. Today they announced that they are raising the fixed price to $3.83 per gallon. They aren't doing it because they love us. They're doing it to relieve a big problem they've been having with shortages. At the old price people wanted so much more gasoline than they could provide that lots of places had trouble getting it. Now that they've raised the price to about what ours is, they are hoping that the demand and supply will be equal at the new price. If that's what happens, the price of crude isn't going to keep going up because of them.

Now, this is just China and China isn't the only one with a huge demand growth. But it should help. It doesn't mean gas prices are going back to $1. It might not even mean that they'll go down. But it should at least greatly dampen the growth.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:32 PM

Yep. Telling the Chinese to drive less is going to be about as effective as telling Americans to drive less. Our prices have gone up and on the aggregate it's had a very negligible effect on our demand and consumption. I don't expect China will be different, so I don't think prices will go down as a result of this.

It should be pretty effective at dampening growth at least a bit there however, which should slow or at least temporarily pause the crazy increases. Especially since this will send a message to the market that things are actively being done to try and get the prices to not keep rising so high - that might dampen some of the speculation on the market.

However, a number of political issues (particularly in the middle east) as well as the effects in other areas of China's economy as a result of this move, may cause other issues as well, but that'll be harder to know for sure until after they do it. The immediate likely possibility is a bit of an economic slowdown in China, which might mean a bit of an inflation and a bit of an increase in price on things we trade with them to get. So we may not see the price rise on oil now, we might see it on other goods in six months.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 03:07 PM

oil is up over $5 today on reports of "lower than expected US Inventories", which is the exact contradiction of yesterdays drop in oil prices.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 03:16 PM

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I guess I need to fill up before they raise the price again then.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:21 AM

Paid about $US6.20/gal last week when I filled up. I should start looking at cars which aren't ten years old and only getting 24mpg on a good day. Prius covered in solar panels is starting to sound good.