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  1. Finally finished Brain Mcclellan's Powder Mage Trilogy. I've had The Autumn Republic in my Kindle for about a year and a half without reading it, I went and reread the first two books to refresh myself first. Excellent series, really glad I invested myself in it. Recommended. I think maybe I'll start on McClellean's new series set in the same universe. Also there's a ton of short stories/novellas based in the Powder Mage universe. Anyone read any of those?
  2. The stuff kids actually want and cherish, that stuff stays around a lot of the time. Kids grow up and as long as their parents don't throw them away, when kids get to "that age" they usually they give them to younger siblings or relatives or kids of friends (see Toy Story 3) or donate them to Goodwill and places like that. Maybe they'll still keep a select extra extra special few in a cedar trunk (or two) that they drag with them from home to college to their first apartment to their first house using it/them as a coffee tables or stacked as a night stand but every now and then on rare occasions when completely alone they pull out the key they put on a Tamagotchi key chain open up the trunk, lie down on the floor relive old memories, and have an old fashioned play session exactly like they had when they were a kid...erm, um, just as an example Also toys become valued by collectors as they get older and some make a hobby of either recreating that toy collection they had as a kid or finally having the one they always wanted or some combination thereof. The junk stuff yeah, and I agree too bad they keep putting it out and people keep making it. I remember as a kid I never wanted an Optimus Prime blowing bubbles kit or a Voltron flashlight. I wanted the real toys. Here I disagree with you. I don't believe in helicopter parenting and I associate this with that. Kids who are shielded all their lives from being advertised to, never learn that the x-ray specs they wait so eagerly to get are pieces of crap that don't work in the slightest, that pumps in their Reboks won't make them jump higher, that Ironhide and Ratchet look nothing like they do in the cartoon, they don't even freaking have heads!!! - when they become adults are woefully inadequate to be responsible consumers. The goal behind advertising to children and the people who do it are evil, but a useful evil. You guys get it.
  3. So it had nothing to do with Bain Capital buying the company and leveraging it for all the money they could get out of it? They did the same thing to Kaybee Toys in the 90's, Amazon sure was going strong then. The world changes and most of the time corporate short-sightedness and greed are big factors in a company's downfall. A company that wants to can find ways to adapt and reinvent itself and maybe it survives, but even if it does it's never the same. Toys R Us is somewhat equivalent to Blockbuster Video. Blockbuster Video came around and every small mom and pop video store couldn't compete. It was business but still kind of shitty when Blockbuster did that and kind of shitty when Toys R Us put out the mom and pop toy stores. Then Netflix comes and bye bye Blockbuster. I contributed to Blockbuster's downfall when I switched to Netflix years ago and I still subscribe to it and happy it's around like it is in these times. I still have fond memories of Blockbuster Video just like I do of Toys R Us and I miss it, but I know it's not a practical business for this day and age. I still think a smart, inventive, and enthusiastic to stay in business company could keep brick and mortar book stores and toy stores among others around in a hybrid way with technology and internet in modern business practice, but...I don't know. and Walmart and Target are stepping it up against Amazon. Prices for common goods are consistently better there than on Amazon. I hardly ever by from Amazon anymore after checking with those two. Amazon has been focusing more lately on being a streaming service and their original programs and movies, but I know they are still a Goliath in online shopping. So not everyone will be out of business. You'll have Pestilence Amazon, Famine, Walmart, and Death Target. until Satan Disney buys them all
  4. It's not like Toys R Us didn't put most of the mom and pop toy stores out of business when they emerged to supremacy years ago, but for people like me who have childhood memories wrapped up in the store, and for the people losing their jobs, and the idea of leverage buy outs in general, it's all still pretty sad and pretty shitty. Another bit of yesteryear fading away and it instigates another nostalgia trip by yours truly. Scot didn't do his Daylight Savings Time Sucks thread this year, we need something to break the monotony and celebrate tradition. Consider yourselves forewarned... Saturdays in the 1980's... My mom would take me to the Toys R Us in Lanham, Maryland. It was a little on the dingy side but back in the day it always had the goods! You would go in and make a sharp left and were corralled kind of like a maze through the area the Toy R Us Gods wanted you and your parents to see first. All the seasonal novelty stuff, tee-shirts, candy, gumball machines, that kind of thing. Then you'd make it to the far left wall was just stacked with board games. I know it couldn't have been more that 7 or 8 feet high, but thinking back on it as a kid, the memories make it seem like it was 100 feet high with all the classic board games there ever were and new board games based on whatever was currently popular in movies, TV, music, video games, books, or even food. Then there was an electonics and video games section, but my best memories are right during the mid 80's when they video game industry was still recovering from the crash. There were things like the Nintendo game and watches and a whole bunch of the miniature arcade games, the Coleco Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac-Man, etc. Original table top electronic games, video game/calculator watches, Atari and other pre-Nintendo console video game cartridges, computer stuff and robots like Omnibot. The mid section of the store had all the bikes and big wheels and rocking horses and toys you could ride. The back of the store was the pre-schooler section with the Mr. Potato heads and Fisher Price stuff along with the kids and young adult books, Dr. Seuss, Judy Blume, all that. But there were two ailses...just two ailses in that whole big store...that were the real sweet spot. It was all I cared about getting to, I made straight for those aisles zipping through the maze that was put there seemingly only to torture me, begging my mom all week to take me to Toys R Us and now I was there and they were making me work just that little bit harder to get to where I knew Valhalla awaited! Transformers! G.I. Joe! He-Man! Go-Bots! Voltron! Mask! Thundercats! Super Powers! Secret Wars! Along with the fading dominance of the vintage Kenner Star Wars and the toylines they thought were going to be big but failed big time like Dune and Sectaurs or just barely didn't measure up to what else was out like Wheeled Warriors or Robotix. There were imports of just about every Japanese robot/space toy that had a cartoon show in Japan, many of them big, heavy, and die cast metal. Garidian, Godmars, Super Dimension Century Orguss, we had no idea what the hell they were, never seen the cartoons, but damn they looked cool! And Transformers/Go-bots knock-offs like Converters or Variables. I had the Transfomer Reflector as a kid, but I didn't have to send away by mail for it, I bought it at Toys R Us, it wasn't in a Transformers box, but I knew it was Reflector. These aisles were just OVERFLOWING with everything I could ever want as a kid. If I went too far one way things turned pink and I'd end up in the girls' toys aisles, too far the other way and things went all Legos and Construx and Lincoln Logs, or Hotwheels, Matchbox, racecar tracks and stuff, or the WWF toys (not WWE back then) or the movie/cartoon/TV Show tie-in toys of Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Rambo, Rocky, Karate Kid, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, A-Team. Stuff I either didn't care for or were a notch or three down on my idea of coolest toys. I remember one fateful Saturday, going to Toy R Us and right to the golden aisles and searching through the G.I. Joe figures carded on pegs. Bazooka, Bazooka, Cobra Soldier, Shipwreck, Bazooka, Crimson Guard, Dreadnok, Bazooka, Footloose, Televiper, Bazooka, Bazooka...then I saw it... I couldn't believe it but it was there...Snake Eyes!!! Version 2.0 with the ball jointed head, ninja accessories, and Timber! It was like winning the lottery. Another time, it was the Saturday just before Christmas 1985. My mom gave up on the idea of surprising me with the G.I.Joe U.S.S. Flag seven foot long aircraft carrier because she needed my help to buy the mammoth toy. She took me and my too friends. We bought the Flag and then when we got out to the car we discovered it was too big for the trunk of my mom's Cadillac. So there my friends and I rode on the way home, the three of us in the back seat with the ginormous box at an odd angle and stretched across all our laps. Happy times. Happy memories. Times change though. It's sad and a shame how it happened, the people that had to and have to lose their jobs, I wish it wasn't so. But I also think even if the store could survive, what was once so special about it, so memorable about going there, is lost to the past no matter what.
  5. When the 2nd amendment is revised so it no longer can be used as a rights issue.
  6. Kellogg's Donut Shoppe cereal. Pink donuts that look and taste just like I'd imagine the donuts that make Homer Simpson go They're small donuts and I ate them. But I ate a BIG bowl of them. and about as nutritious a "cereal" as this and they also make this cereal in chocolate.
  7. Thank you for giving me something sweet to go with the bitter.
  8. The dragon is scary. The dragon is ferocious. The dragon is very grumpy. But like all dragons, it's also magnificent to see flying. Sometimes it's worth it to get singed a little for tradition.
  9. Trying to finish "Shut Eye" before I go to Sneaky Pete, S2. It's starting to get difficult. While season 1 of Shut Eye had a lot of silliness I still enjoyed it a good bit, S2 has some good parts but it's really jumped way over the shark with the
  10. Why no new Daylight Savings Time Sucks thread?
  11. formaldehyde cheap perfume other people's farts
  12. Sounds like you are enjoying it. I know I was surprised by how much I got to like it by around the middle of season 1, at the beginning it was a lot of eye rolling from me thinking "What's so great about this show? It's just ok." . I'm all caught up through season 2 and found that just as enjoyable as season 1. There's only 12 episodes in season 2 opposed to 13 episodes in season 1, so don't let that throw you if you continue on.
  13. You know, I loved both Linville and Stiers. There was no liking Frank more than Charles or vice versa. They were their own unique characters, each one adding to the goodness and richness of the series. I liked that Frank was "Ferret Face" and really had nothing redeeming about him while Charles was obnoxious, and elitist to the point of being bigoted but had a kindness and empathy in him as well. Also that he could hold his own with Hawkeye and B.J. When Stiers guest starred on a series it was often a memorable and well played character. The alien on ST: TNG that had to return home to be euthanized because he reached 60 years old. Frasier's mother's lab partner on Frasier, who Martin was suspicious of being Frasier's actual father until he found out he was gay. Stiers and Grammar play characters so stylistically similar Fraiser actually does seem a spiritual child of Charles Winchester III. I don't know if anyone remembers it, but there was a Ryan Reynolds sitcom called "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place" later becoming "Two Guys and a Girl". Pretty generic sitcom, but for the first season Stiers played a regular customer at the pizza place who was not mentally sound and kept confusing real life with movies. He was very funny as that character. He was the dad in "Better Off Dead" one of the greatest movies of the 80's. He even was Martian Manhunter in the live-action Justice League series pilot from the 90's. Notorious for its cheesyness, and lets face it, Stiers does not have a super hero's physique, and the make up was comical. But still Stiers gave that character some dignity through it all. His voice work was remarkable. He worked with Disney a few times, but Cogsworth in "Beauty and the Beast" is my favorite role he did with them. I also loved it when he provided voiced for DC comics characters in animated series. He was excellent as The Penguin in "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman" and voiced several other characters in different DC animated projects. I was a fan of the guy. RIP
  14. Watching Season 1 for the first time now on Hulu. Three episodes in. Glover is awesome.
  15. The ad was offensive. H&M is a Swedish company controversial ad was on a UK website. It is perfectly reasonable to see this is as an unintentional act of cultural insensitivity. H&M removed the item and issued an apology. In a rational world that should have been the end of it. Those who want to continue to make an issue of it are either trolls or virtue signalers or some horrible combination thereof and need to get over themselves.