Random thing you loathe right now.

Just found out that multiple members of my family are positive for coronavirus, and a couple are very sick. Here's hoping everyone pulls through fine.

Ugh, sorry to hear that Coldstream. All the best for a quick and safe recovery for them.

Hope they pull through Coldstream.

Man, getting back into "work mode" after vacation is hard. I am sitting here at my desk overwhelmed with all that needs to be done before me. I know what I need to do to get moving is start triaging issues, prioritize responses, and start following up on all the open items. But, I'm having a really hard time getting momentum going. I read a work email, then I read it again, and I know I'm supposed to follow up and start getting this done, but I'm just frozen. I seem to be unable to bite the bullet and just get the ball rolling. Ugh.

Start small. Do one thing, then get a cup of coffee and do the next. Eat the day in small portions...

Same issue. Had a rough start for work but did some small stuff to get started. Still rough. My loath was the new timekeeping software. Not only does it straight up look worse and have a worse UI. It's straight up not ready for use. There was a very diplomatic email saying that in PR bullsh*t. So we basically got told to keep notes until its ready...

Timekeeping is such bullsh*t for salaried employees. We work until sh*t is done. Don't waste an hour of my week making me break down meeting time vs project time when I could be doing something useful.

Stele wrote:

Timekeeping is such bullsh*t for salaried employees. We work until sh*t is done. Don't waste an hour of my week making me break down meeting time vs project time when I could be doing something useful.

I appreciate our current time tracker as much as any I’ve seen. Weekly breakdowns to a 10% (half day) granularity per project, and most folks are single-project. It is intended - and presented - as a budget tracker more than a standard time tracker. It’s in Sharepoint, so it’s awful, but at least it doesn’t take much time to fill in.

Stele wrote:

Timekeeping is such bullsh*t for salaried employees. We work until sh*t is done. Don't waste an hour of my week making me break down meeting time vs project time when I could be doing something useful.

It's even more bullsh*t for active-duty military, and yet some of the dumbasses in BUMED/DHA have decided that time-cards are how they're going to "force-shape" and figure out appropriate manning levels at the military medical facilities. Bear in mind that any time we actually log the real hours we're working, people start screaming that we have to "fix" our time-cards. We're alternately scolded if we put "crazy-8's" into our time-cards for a perfect 40-hour work-week (just to get the damned thing submitted) but also if we try to put any semblance of real hours in there. So ultimately, it's all a massive waste of time with no bearing on reality and utterly unactionable.

Never-mind the fact that the rest of the entire military somehow manages to keep things manned without time-cards. Really happy that I'm firmly ensconced in the operational side of the military so I don't have to mess with that anymore. There's a shift towards operational medicine currently, which has the hospital-lurkers panicking, but I don't see much light at the end of the tunnel unless someone drastically splits military medicine into entirely operational (BUMED) and beneficiary (DHA) spheres.

Did I mention that active-duty filling out time-cards is insane? Our oaths literally mean that we're on the clock 24/7/365. On deployments you have precisely zero days off for months on end! Shove that on a time-card!

Smashing my dumb little pinky toe against the corner of sharp edges furniture. Plus, if the nail has a tiny crack or break on the edge, my sock gets stuck on it and pulls on the toe.

f*cking toes.

Last year, in the before times, my local Gamestop closed. I was saddened, as this is the same shop that i have been visiting for more than a decade. Now, the next closest Gamestop that was a town over from me is closing. I know we all have some mixed feelings on Gamestop in general, but I always loved going into the store and browsing around. I loved talking with the staff about games and I often would bring in my old titles to sell/trade for something else. I'm going to miss all of that.

I hear you there, ThatGuy42. We also had a few GameStop stores. One of which was staffed excellently. The staff were always pleasant, what felt genuinely so, and they knew their video games. Proper knowledge. The store was always tidy and well organised. The staff even recommended a competitor for a well looked after collectors edition, when I was browsing in their store and about to make do with a lesser beat up copy. I always appreciated that. And I wouldn't have checked the other store, as it was staffed by not so great people. Alas. I do miss that GameStop.

Some moron equated coronavirus and the current pandemic to deaths and health issues as caused by smoking, as caused by McDonald's, and I'm seeing folks in my circles sharing and reiterating. Those daily numbers would apparently be tenfold if they were reported on. It's a conspiracy. They're taking our rights away from us. Ugh!

Yeah. Remember when the health services were last brought to their knees by McDonald's? No? By smoking? No? That's because it never happened! Critical thinking has failed!

Once Steam took hold, amid the slow decay of independent game store chains, I stopped going to GameStop except to take my son there. Just... Didn't need it. And meanwhile the chain amped up the more abusive selling techniques - not sure if you all remember but we had some discussions about that here, maybe a decade or more ago. I've always wondered how long they would hang on. My feeling was that once broadband became easily available, they'd be down to console games and memorabilia. Seems like that has happened.

Yeah, the last time I went into a Gamestop actually looking for something was back when I decided to finally grab Asheron's Call: Thrones of Destiny. That was around 2006-ish. And funnily enough, the store I went to had one copy, and when I tried to buy it that copy had already been paid for with no information in the system as to who it belonged to. It'd been sitting there for over a year, so they just gave it to me.

They always had pretty poor selection for PC gaming outside of new-ish AAA titles, and digital distribution killed that. They do sell quite a bit of console titles, but so does several other places, including Walmart and Target. They sell merchandise, but so does FYE and Boxlunch. And there's almost nothing in their store you can't get from Amazon.

They filled a specific niche 15+ years ago when gaming wasn't as mainstream, but now every part of their business model is done better by someone else.

Even on console, once digital distribution took hold I almost never went into Game Stop.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Even on console, once digital distribution took hold I almost never went into Game Stop.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY A FUNKO POP!?

I got my Xbox Series X through GameStop because their's was the only online store I could get to work on pre-order day. I got my nephew a gift card from them for his birthday or Christmas a few years back. That is probably the last two times I have done business with them in at least five years. I did try to buy some old SNES and N64 games through their website around Black Friday but turns out you can't buy them that way even though it had them listed as part of their BF deals.

r013nt0 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

Even on console, once digital distribution took hold I almost never went into Game Stop.

Would you like to preorder your next post?

Can I interest you in this used post? You'll save $.99 vs a brand new post.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY A FUNKO POP!?

Side note: Unless the character is already designed with a much larger head, Funko Pops look ugly as hell

Stengah wrote:

Side note: Unless the character is already designed with a much larger head, Funko Pops look ugly as hell

Super agree.

r013nt0 wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

Even on console, once digital distribution took hold I almost never went into Game Stop.

Would you like to preorder your next post?

Can I interest you in this used post? You'll save $.99 vs a brand new post.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY A FUNKO POP!?

I recently found a local store that is like 90% Funko Pops, but they have some old games too. Not a great selection of games but everything was in good condition and the prices were reasonable. I picked up a very nice copy of one game there and then found the same game later that day at a Vintage Stock that was $20 more expensive and looked like someone had taken a belt sander to the label.

This is out there, but some woman called in to a radio show and said Nancy Pelosi is running the country right now, and she's pushing her lesbian agenda and is probably also an alien.
.. and the show wasn't the wacky Coast to Coast show!

MaxShrek wrote:

This is out there, but some woman called in to a radio show and said Nancy Pelosi is running the country right now, and she's pushing her lesbian agenda and is probably also an alien.
.. and the show wasn't the wacky Coast to Coast show!

I for one, welcome our new lesbian extraterrestrial overlords?

Also, I currently hate that learning a new skill takes time and patience.

It was the Friday before go-live, and for some reason I was tagged for a last minute change that has every chance of going south.

I almost regret for signing on for another 6 months on this contract.

So was out running errands and took a walk in nature and different things this morning, so imagine my surprise when I finally get home and find a notice on my porch that my water has been turned off for non-payment. Now I get my bills in email and when I get the email, I pay within the next few days and keep the email in my inbox as a reminder until that's done. So I went in and searched my email and the last thing I had from them was from November.

Since then, I've received no notifications whatsoever that I had anything delinquent, no bill notifications, nothing. I looked through spam too and nothing there either. So my very FIRST notification that anything was wrong was the water shut off. Since the emails have been regular since 2007, it never even crossed my mind there was a problem.

So now I'm waiting for my water to be turned back on, which might be by this evening. Thank goodness I have water stored up for emergencies. I just never thought my emergency would be this! At least not this so unexpectedly.

Sucks!! You might be able to turn your water back on by yourself. Maybe ask a neighbor if they can help you. All you need is pliers or a vise grip. Though I’m not sure what kind of penalties the water district might impose on you for doing so.

RawkGWJ wrote:

Sucks!! You might be able to turn your water back on by yourself. Maybe ask a neighbor if they can help you. All you need is pliers or a vise grip. Though I’m not sure what kind of penalties the water district might impose on you for doing so.

I don't think we're supposed to mess with it, so I'm not going to make matters worse than they are.

Yeah it might get you in hot water.

master0 wrote:

Yeah it might get you in hot water.

LOL

That reminds me of years back when we had our banking through Navy Federal. My wife had a credit card with an insanely good interest rate that was fixed (something like 1.8%). When she signed up for the credit card, the people at Navy Federal offered to set up a payment that would always cover the minimum due when her account showed that she got paid. This worked for two years until I happened to look at a statement to see how much was on it, and saw that the interest rate was 23%.

My wife called over, and it showed in their records that we were late paying it one month and that allowed them to jack the interest rate up. We argued that this was an automatic payment from our checking to our credit card, both of which were through them, and that if it had been late it's because their system was messed up. It was paid on time every month after that particular month. The last thing my wife said was if they didn't fix it, we'd take our banking elsewhere, and the manager we were speaking to told us something like, "no you won't." We had literally everything switched over to USAA in a day. Checking, savings, credit card, two loans, and there's no way we'll go back with them.