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@  colonel_j2020 : (07 March 2015 - 12:35 PM) I never had a wavebird.  I have 4 wires controllers.  Though I have only heard good things about the wavebird.
@  colonel_j2020 : (07 March 2015 - 12:35 PM) *wired
@  TonyDP : (11 March 2015 - 07:06 PM) Picked up a Chromebox today as I needed a computer to do mainly web activities and was tired of having to constantly update Windows and virus defs. Loving it so far; using it right now and HDTVArcade loads up just fine
@  d2_s : (13 March 2015 - 05:30 AM) Nice one Tony. BTW - i haven't seen you in a while on Destiny, feel free to hit me up any time :)
@  SpaceInsomniac : (13 March 2015 - 04:46 PM) Speaking of which, I'll be on PS4 tonight if you want to farm coins so you buy Red Death, d2.  It's a darn good weapon.
@  d2_s : (13 March 2015 - 05:20 PM) Ta, not sure if/when i'll be on, but i'm only 1 coin short so it wont take too long. It was one of only 3 exotics i didn't have on xbox. Now i'm only missing Suros and the Necrochasm. On PSN any exotic will do at this point...except the No Land Beyond. #%^# that gun :D
@  TonyDP : (13 March 2015 - 05:21 PM) Hey D2, I was just about to post a shout saying the same thing. I'm doing a few errands right now but may be on later and hopefully over the weekend as well. Will look for you.
@  d2_s : (13 March 2015 - 05:24 PM) I'll keep an eye out for you too Tony. It's been a while.
@  d2_s : (14 March 2015 - 02:25 AM) Actually, I told a lie. I need three exotic weapons on Xbox Destiny: Suros, Hardlight and Neceochasm. The only one worth a damn out of them is the Suros, the others are just to complete the collection :D
@  ermac666 : (14 March 2015 - 05:20 AM) Resident evil revelations 2 is awesome. You guys should check out the 1st 3 episodes. Final episodes will come out the this coming week.Download away guys. It's for all current gen and last gen consoles and PC.
@  ermac666 : (14 March 2015 - 05:20 AM) *episode
@  KaliniuS : (14 March 2015 - 05:09 PM) I'm pretty excited about Rock Band 4 coming to current consoles, plus the fact that all my old DLC songs that I bought will transfer. I still play RB3 semi-regularly
@  Brandino : (16 March 2015 - 05:35 PM) I miss Rock Band... however I love not having giant plastic instruments sitting around my tv!
@  KaliniuS : (18 March 2015 - 10:00 AM) That's what closets are for lol
@  TonyDP : (18 March 2015 - 07:44 PM) Hey D2, have you been on the Xbox One lately? Haven't seen you in a while. Did the Level 30 Heroic (Omnigul) with my Warlock tonight. What a grind.
@  KaliniuS : (22 March 2015 - 06:27 PM) The achievements for the final Trials Fusion DLC are up on Xbox.com and Xbox Live. This means we'll likely see the DLC available for purchase on Tuesday/ Wednesday.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (23 March 2015 - 06:38 PM) Is there actual mutltiplayer yet, or just that supercross crap?
@  SpaceInsomniac : (24 March 2015 - 03:34 AM) Gearbox just posted codes for 25 golden keys in each of the two games included with Borderlands: The Handsome Jack collection.
@  d2_s : (24 March 2015 - 11:33 PM) @Tony I have been around, but I haven't seen you either. This weeks nightfall should be a cakewalk for us so we should do it for sure this time. Shoot me a text message when you're on to get my attention if need be. I'll look out for you.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (28 March 2015 - 01:35 PM) I'm going to be playing Borderlands for a long time, but I just picked up Ruin Wings and got Don't Touch Me gloves from an exotic engram for when I return to Destiny.

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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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