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@  Goldenheart : (03 July 2016 - 03:15 PM) Q: Hey, d2, does Australia have a 4th of July?
@  Goldenheart : (03 July 2016 - 03:15 PM) A: Yes they do... and a 5th of July, and a 6th of July... :-P
@  Goldenheart : (05 July 2016 - 12:55 AM) Hope everyone had a good 4th!
@  d2_s : (09 July 2016 - 12:07 AM) Looks like you answered your own question GH and correctly too :)
@  d2_s : (09 July 2016 - 12:07 AM) Hope you and everyone else had a good 4th as well.
@  colonel_j2020 : (09 July 2016 - 07:39 AM) I had my first 4th of July in the USA this year although I was working for 16hrs that day.....I'm from Canada, Eh.  Hope all enjoyed.
@  TonyDP : (10 July 2016 - 04:23 PM) I picked up Quantum Break last week as it was on sale for $28 on Amazon. Just finished it and I thought it was a good game with an interesting story, good combat and unique powers. Even the live action TV show segments were interesting. Remedy always makes games with interesting stories and this was no exception.
@  d2_s : (12 July 2016 - 05:58 AM) I thought the story in Quantum Break was very good andits best feature. The use of good recognisable actors didn't hurt it either.
@  Brandino : (14 July 2016 - 11:52 PM) Anyone getting the new mini NES?
@  colonel_j2020 : (15 July 2016 - 04:29 PM) The mini NES looks very cool.  I might get one because...idk...because.
@  Goldenheart : (16 July 2016 - 09:08 PM) I considered it when I somehow thought it was $30. It would look cool, & the ability to play actual NES games is cooler still, but then I realized I have the ROMS & never play them, so... I'll pass. Very cool tho
@  Goldenheart : (16 July 2016 - 09:09 PM) Would be even more classic if it had component out also, but I doubt it will. (HDMI is all that was mentioned.)
@  TonyDP : (16 July 2016 - 09:37 PM) Zero interest in the Mini NES; I've never been into retro-gaming and never cared for those old Nintendo 8 bit games. Heresy, I know.
@  d2_s : (20 July 2016 - 05:39 AM) Same. As cool as a gadget as it is, most 8-bit NES games are too retro for me.
@  Goldenheart : (20 July 2016 - 06:40 PM) *I meant "composite out". Sheesh! Who names a standard with the 1st FIVE letters the same as another standard??? Anyway, NES min also has saves states, which is awesome. I wonder if Sega will follow suit some day with a Genesis mini, or if Nintendo managed a patent on the whole concept
@  SpaceInsomniac : (21 July 2016 - 06:00 AM) Free to play MMORPG Neverwinter recently launched on the PS4.  Anyone else playing it?  It's pretty fun.
@  Goldenheart : (21 July 2016 - 06:41 AM) Oh, geeze. Sega already did this, but their Genesis thing looks nothing like a Genesis. It's just a round lump of plastic. No wonder I didn't remember it exists. I have seen it in the past. It even has a slot for cartridges, which I would say is about the only thing they got right about it.
@  ermac666 : (23 July 2016 - 12:30 AM) LOL, this pokemon go craze is getting out of hand. People flodding the streets and obscuring traffic. The gamne is so popular that it made nintendo a lot of money, their stocks rise, and they are now more valuable than sony just like that.
@  ermac666 : (23 July 2016 - 12:30 AM) flooding I meant
@  d2_s : (23 July 2016 - 07:22 PM) Their stocks will return to more normal levels soon enough. While we're on the subject of Pokemon Go: http://i.giphy.com/R0Jf8BNCgs5Es.gif

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#1 SpaceInsomniac

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:12 AM

Not too long ago, there was a time when not everyone had high speed internet.  I still remember going to IGN and waiting 30 minutes to an hour for a gameplay video that lasted only a few minutes, and played in a window that was perhaps a tenth the size of the screen.  And early streaming video technology was horrible at best.

Like this, only smaller:


Now days, I just hop over to Giant Bomb and I'm streaming an hour of gameplay that looks better than an SD television.  Ain't technology grand?

But just as home consoles killed arcades, and MP3s killed record stores, high-quality streaming video killed the demand for another type of business.  There was a time when people who wanted to watch pornography had to leave their house and actually make contact with other human beings at a rental store.  There's a disturbing thought.  And just as people bitch about their retail job, and the customers they have to deal with, you just know that the people who worked at these places must have had some very interesting stories to tell.

That brings me to this blog, which I first read before I was even aware of the word "blog," and which has now been removed from its original URL.  You have to use the internet wayback machine to read it at this point, but I've already done that work for you.  Here's a quick excerpt:

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Lots of people are hung up on a particular race, or a particular racial combination, and many straight men are pretty specific about breast size (The Nice Rack series and theItty Bitty Titty series seem to rent fairly evenly). The most common fetish, if you can call something so common a fetish, is for borderline jailbait. This is true of both straight and gay porn. The gay series to watch are Eighteen Today, Just 18 and Gay and First Time Tryers. The straight series are Bring 'Em Young, Barely Legal, and, horrifyingly,Faces with Braces. We actually have a guy who vets all our videos and makes sure that nobody is under 18, but still, guys who bring a stack of those up to the counter make me want to hiss and warn them away from my little sisters. And it's never the 21-year-olds who rent Barely Legal, it's always the 45-and-ups. Gah. The 21-year-olds do occasionally rent the one Older Women, Hotter Sex video we have. I approve of this, in a shocking display of my own personal prejudices.

And as one more example:

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Several of our straight porn boxes have a cheerful little blue circle on the front. It's designed to look like a sticker and it says "Gaping Asshole Inside!" in the same sort of cheerful font one might use for "Now with more fiber!" or "New fresh scent!"

It is clearly meant to be a feature, a sort of guarantee of quality: whatever else may or may not happen in this film, you are guaranteed at least one gaping asshole. Frequently there is also a gaping asshole holding the box, but that issue is not addressed.


It's even more specific, detailed, humorous, and disturbing from there, and it's an absolutely fascinating read.  Check it out:
http://web.archive.o...om/mb/tpcs.html


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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:45 AM

So I started reading this again, and found one section that I can absolutely relate to:

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A man came in today and a note popped up on his file: "This charmer shoved his tapes on the counter in front of the disabled guy who wasn't getting out of his way fast enough."

The man is screwed for life at our store and he doesn't even know it. No, we won't be deliberately mean to him or short change him or anything like that. But we also won't cut him a break on late fees or give him the benefit of the doubt on damage claims or go out of our way to help him out, which we frequently do.

Clerk Karma happens more for our customers than people think, and it's odd how far-reaching, if minor, the effects can be. Even the highest management will take a note into an account. A fee on an account with a note that says "This guy admits it was his fault but he was really cool about it." usually gets reduced by the Powers that Be. "This guy screamed at me for 20 minutes." is unlikely to get the same friendly reprieve.

I like it. We're not penalizing the jerks so much as rewarding the good, and it's comforting to know that life sometimes works that way, even if it's on a small scale. And of course, many small scales I don't know about may be adding up all over town.

I really liked reading this, because I feel the exact same way.  I work in retail, and rude or pushy customers basically have to pry customer service out of me.  I do the very minimum required, unless they specifically request that I take a particular action.  Polite and thankful customers end up learning about all sorts of things I can do to acquire the item they're looking for, or help them with whatever problem they might have.

Whenever I notice mean, rude or unthankful people throughout life, I have to wonder just how much more difficult they're making their lives.
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:59 AM

I started reading this in bed the other day, and read most of it until later than I should have. Strangely entertaining.

No thumb print on my iPad...sorry to disappoint.




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