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@  KaliniuS : (28 March 2014 - 12:27 PM) I know..... I know
@  KaliniuS : (28 March 2014 - 12:28 PM) My wife also made me realize how long that is
@  SpaceInsomniac : (28 March 2014 - 02:40 PM) Yeah, maybe ease up on the track creation with the next one, if you can.  Not that I don't enjoy your tracks.
@  colonel_j2020 : (28 March 2014 - 07:54 PM) I almost want to know what my wow time is like.... on second thought maybe not
@  d2_s : (29 March 2014 - 01:02 AM) i don't want to know my Trials Evo total time it's likely not far behind. You definitely better not check your wow time colonel lol
@  KaliniuS : (29 March 2014 - 10:22 AM) I'll most certainly not be creating tracks as quickly or often on Fusion. I've got one more kid since my early Evo track-making days and have less free time than before.
@  KaliniuS : (29 March 2014 - 10:23 AM) I also want to make each track special, not just release tracks for the hell of it that I know are just ok.
@  KaliniuS : (29 March 2014 - 10:25 AM) I've got 3 ideas already for tracks (so far) and each are good in my head
@  d2_s : (30 March 2014 - 04:38 PM) Sounds good to me Kal. Looking forward to what you'll be doing in Fusion :)
@  KaliniuS : (31 March 2014 - 12:48 PM) My first (maybe 2nd) Fusion track will be based on a '80s movie.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (31 March 2014 - 01:56 PM) I don't know the chances from me guessing from that little clue, but if the game features another bike that you can peddle, someone should really make a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure map.
@  SpaceInsomniac : (31 March 2014 - 01:56 PM) And by that I mean track. :)
@  KaliniuS : (31 March 2014 - 05:43 PM) lol I hadn't thought of that. The movie I was thinking of is a little more obscure and the track would have a gimmick to it, but it would only be aesthetic.
@  LeadBetter : (03 April 2014 - 09:19 AM) Is the movie Solarbabies, Kalinius?
@  KaliniuS : (03 April 2014 - 10:57 AM) haha nah. It might be near impossible to guess. Done properly, it'll probably take me a while to complete so it'll probably be my 2nd track.
@  Brandino : (06 April 2014 - 10:09 AM) Captain America was a good movie , i recommend it!
@  TonyDP : (08 April 2014 - 06:47 PM) Saw Captain America 2 yesterday; great film with some nice tie-ins to the larger Marvel universe. Just be aware that there are a lot of references to the first movie so if you haven't seen it some of the plot points and characters may not make 100% sense. Also, the 3D in this film (like so many of the Marvel movies) was pretty much negligible - no pop out of the screen and depth was often tuned out.
@  KaliniuS : (09 April 2014 - 08:13 AM) Titanfall screenshot comparison between 360 and XB1: http://mp1st.com/201...0/#.U0VHCV46Zbw
@  AKA Superman : (09 April 2014 - 02:13 PM) Here's a better comparison of all 3 versions:
http://www.eurogamer...rmance-analysis
@  KaliniuS : (19 April 2014 - 09:29 AM) I posted a video of my first Trials Fusion track in the Fusion thread :D

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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


Lastly, BE HAPPY!


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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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