Random thing you loathe right now.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Minarchist and ClockworkHouse are the same person anyway.

True story. Why do you think only "Minarchist" could make it to PenCon?

SixteenBlue wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Minarchist and ClockworkHouse are the same person anyway.

True story. Why do you think only "Minarchist" could make it to PenCon?

I knew it!

SallyNasty wrote:

I will say, as a member of their reward zone thing for gamers, they are doing a lot to get my money. I think they have some really stupid practices, but they do pretty well by gamers specifically. Their magazine (as good as game informer, really) has incredible coupons, and is included with and the same cost as the gamestop card.

Heh, I thought their Reward Zone dealie was going to be last good thing I'd have to say about Best Buy. I signed up for it when I bought Forza Horizon CE, specifically from BB for the 800 points back ($10) and the pre-order code for the Golf R. Never got the points. Never got the pre-order codes ("We never received any.").

So now I've finally joined the 21st century, and will do what electronics shopping I can at Amazon.ca, or at local shops (NCIX, Simply Computing, etc). The only reason to go to BB/Future Shop now is if I know exactly what I want, the website says it's in stock, and I need it now/it's the best price.

What really annoys me about BB/FS is their advertising, especially coming off their Christmas saturation: they present themselves as having all the electronic/digital stuff we need. First off, we—even the most tech-fetishizing of us—don't need any of that sh*t—and none of us are picking up HDTVs, laptops, and DSLRs left, right, and centre for Christmas gifts. And secondly, nobody needs the sh*t shopping experience BB/FS are so talented at providing (Salesperson one aisle away from the TVs: "Sorry, I can't help you with that, you'll have to find someone in TVs." There is no one in TVs.).

The last time I was in Best Buy (about two years ago), some wonderful young dood started playing with the car stereos or the stereos or something and the music was SO loud, and no one was doing anything about it. I put up with it for a bit, but I got so irritated, I turned and started walking out, passing a manager on the way. I stopped and told him the reason I was leaving, and he mumbled something about going back to check it out.

I know it's not really Best Buys fault but it added up to the exact opposite of what I want from a shopping experience.

mortalgroove wrote:

I know it's not really Best Buys fault but it added up to the exact opposite of what I want from a shopping experience.

It's exactly Best Buy's fault. That's why dey not so good dese days.

  • Try and set up international mail forwarding on Royal Mail site.
  • Get visa memorable name wrong.
  • Card locked.
  • Ring to get card unlocked, will take 1 hour to process.
  • Check an hour later, bring up Royal Mail page with all details filled in ready, toddler shuts down the computer.
  • Boot up computer again, sh*tty Sky router DHCP craps out again.
  • Set static IP on computer and try Royal Mail site again.
  • "Our website is unavailable today (Saturday 26th January) as we are undertaking a major upgrade to improve access to our products and services."

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Yep, broke my foot stumbling drunkenly to bed. More annoying (and uncomfortable)than loathe-worthy, but there you go.

Becoming progressively weaker throughout the day as a cold/flu shuts my body down.

It sucks, but at least I'm at home.

Jonman wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm grinding liquid metal slimes in Dragon Quest IX. I recognize that it's tedious, and I recognize that level grinding in general is disrespectful of the player's time. And yet, here I am, grinding liquid metal slimes.

Wasn't it you that was Professor Grindypants in FFXIII too? Maybe you might just have to admit that while it may seem disrespectful, it strokes a little bit inside your brain's fun-places?

I dunno man, I didn't really consider FF XIII grinding. Fighting adamantoises was always a high-energy edge-of-the-chair affair, not the typical go-kill-trash-mobs-for-two-hours snooze fest you usually associate with grind-heavy JRPGs.

Hyphens.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Minarchist and ClockworkHouse are the same person anyway.

True story. Why do you think only "Minarchist" could make it to PenCon?

I'm the half of the brain who's good at Mario games.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Yep, broke my foot stumbling drunkenly to bed. More annoying (and uncomfortable)than loathe-worthy, but there you go.

That sucks, dude. How bad was the break?

I had a nightmare with my broken foot.

Jayhawker wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Yep, broke my foot stumbling drunkenly to bed. More annoying (and uncomfortable)than loathe-worthy, but there you go.

That sucks, dude. How bad was the break?

I had a nightmare with my broken foot.

Yeah, that totally sucks. Definitely sounds like a "sh*t happens" moment which are the worst.

Car salesmen who can waste half an hour talking about some bullsh*t feature that I don't give a damn about and just car shopping in general. Feel like the whole day would have been better spent if I had stayed at home and played video games. The best I can say is that I narrowed my choices down and I know where I don't want to buy from now.

Also is it just irony that the place that talks the most about not pressuring you into buying something is the place that pressures you the most or is that a rule they have to follow?

Jayhawker wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Yep, broke my foot stumbling drunkenly to bed. More annoying (and uncomfortable)than loathe-worthy, but there you go.

That sucks, dude. How bad was the break?

I had a nightmare with my broken foot.

The doc said it was just an-place fracture; ie, the bone didn't separate. Shouldn't need a cast (I might be able to get away with just wearing a hard-soled shoe), but I can only walk on that heel, and even that's unpleasant.

I'm hoping this ends up being more awkward than anything else. *fingers crossed*

Some jackass at the WalMart in Ithaca, NY used my credit card to buy something for $390 yesterday. Fortunately the purchase triggered the fraud alert system at my bank and when they subsequently tried to buy something at the same store for $470, it was declined.

The card itself is right here in my hand so they must have gotten the number from somewhere and printed their own.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Yep, broke my foot stumbling drunkenly to bed. More annoying (and uncomfortable)than loathe-worthy, but there you go.

That sucks, dude. How bad was the break?

I had a nightmare with my broken foot.

The doc said it was just an-place fracture; ie, the bone didn't separate. Shouldn't need a cast (I might be able to get away with just wearing a hard-soled shoe), but I can only walk on that heel, and even that's unpleasant.

I'm hoping this ends up being more awkward than anything else. *fingers crossed*

You know what should help with that pain? Booze.

TigerBill wrote:
Yellek wrote:
trichy wrote:

Co-workers who send emails to the CEO about something I f*cked up before checking to see that I actually made a mistake.

Spoiler:

I didn't.

Then, when she got raked over the coals by our boss for jumping the chain of command with unverified bullsh*t, she apologizes sweetly and says that she and I should set aside some time to work out our "communication issues".

Is it legal to light a co-worker on fire if they really have it coming?

*hands trichy a match*

*sets can of gas next to Trichy* *backs away slowly*

*finishes cooking co-worker and half the staff*

FeralMonkey wrote:

Some jackass at the WalMart in Ithaca, NY used my credit card to buy something for $390 yesterday. Fortunately the purchase triggered the fraud alert system at my bank and when they subsequently tried to buy something at the same store for $470, it was declined.

The card itself is right here in my hand so they must have gotten the number from somewhere and printed their own.

The bright side is you are heavily protected in instances of credit card fraud. Sounds like they caught it right away too.

The worst part, when this happens to me, is having to change the account number and update my automatic payments.

Random curiosity; How likely is it that they can track down the person who used it? I mean they know which purchase it was and when, surely they have surveillance footage - do the investigations bother going that far into these things?

I know I've seen news broadcasts with security camera video of people who've used stolen cards locally, but I didn't ask the bank if/how they'd be pursuing the crook in this case. I've got a new card coming but it won't be here for 10 days or so. I don't have any automatic payments tied to this card, but it is the one I use for everything online and I'm pretty sure it's saved on Steam and Amazon, etc. So I'll have to remember that when I make any future purchases.

It's also my rewards card, and I had some sizable bills that I was going to pay with this card, but I guess I'll use an old-fashioned check this time.

On the bright side, I think my bank's fraud alerts work pretty well, in that they've never had a false positive, even during a Steam sale, and so far have caught the only actual case of fraud I've ever had.

Rykin wrote:

Car salesmen who can waste half an hour talking about some bullsh*t feature that I don't give a damn about and just car shopping in general. Feel like the whole day would have been better spent if I had stayed at home and played video games. The best I can say is that I narrowed my choices down and I know where I don't want to buy from now.

Also is it just irony that the place that talks the most about not pressuring you into buying something is the place that pressures you the most or is that a rule they have to follow?

After telling a salesman that I don't want to lease, I had him draw a pie graph with numbers, charts, and percentage figures about why I want to lease. I told him I want to keep my car until it dies, and then he said "But you can give it back once the lease is up!"

I don't think car people grasp that customers sometimes have an inkling of what they want.

FeralMonkey wrote:

Some jackass at the WalMart in Ithaca, NY used my credit card to buy something for $390 yesterday. Fortunately the purchase triggered the fraud alert system at my bank and when they subsequently tried to buy something at the same store for $470, it was declined.

The card itself is right here in my hand so they must have gotten the number from somewhere and printed their own.

F*cking hate that. My wife and I discovered a ~$400 charge on our credit card from a Bed Bath and Beyond in New Jersey (we live in Maine). It was dated December 22nd, probably intentionally in hopes we'd think it was just some holiday purchase. Apparently, they bought a really nice coffee maker. We got the money refunded, and had to go through the hassle of getting a new card. It's just the principle of the whole thing, the basic situation of someone stealing from another like that. We're pinching pennies trying to save for our baby's arrival in a week and this bag of dicks rips us off for a coffee maker.

I just...I want to find these people and do unnatural things to them. Very, deeply unnatural things...

This is petty I know but Vine. This thing's only been in wide use for a couple of days and it's already driving me nuts. Instagram was bad enough when everyone was using it to hipsterise photos but this thing is just so dumb. Practically everyone I follow of note is spamming Vine links and a bunch of places like PBS are now running contests for it. I really hope this is a flash in the pan and goes away soon.

Oh yeah, I also found out that a year after jacking up my line of credit's interest rate by 3% for no other reason then pure greed, TD has decided to do the same thing with my Visa, using some bullsh*t reason about assessing risk. Never mind that even when I was about to bounce my rent a few years back, I never missed a debt payment ever and my total debt is well more than half of what it was a couple of years ago and steadily dropping. I've applied for a different card elsewhere that will have my old rate if I get it but that comes with all the hassle of getting a new card. TD is reporting record profits but that's just not good enough. f*ck banks.

Waking up coughing every couple of hours. Not only am I miserably sick with the flu, my body is sabotaging my efforts to get better.

One of our favourite places to eat and west Ottawa/Carp community staples The Cheshire Cat Pub burned down last night. The place is legendary in this city and was run by two of the nicest, hardest working people on the planet. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. My girlfriend and I went somewhere for dinner Friday night and it was packed to we went here instead. We're really sad it's gone but we're glad we got to go one last time. If you live in West Ottawa, please consider giving some business to Alice's Village Cafe in Carp. It's owned by the same people and they deserve the business while they assess if their insurance will allow The Cat to get back on its feet. This is a really sh*tty way to start the week.

We had a flag go up a few years back (while on vacation in VT) about my card being used in AR at a Wal-Mart to buy a $5 gift card. I can only assume that it was flagged because of timing, and not the amount. Certainly did make the trip awkward, since we were staying at a place just far enough off the grid that we didn't have cell coverage, and it was the only card I had at the time. Having to pay for the private dining room for the 15 people in our group, as well as the hotel, with cash was ... interesting?

I've had my various banks give me 3 false positives. Twice while I was cruising around Colorado on motorcycles (they really don't like seeing $20 fill ups every few hundred miles every few hours apart), and once during Desert Bus when I was making 4 or 5 PayPal donations for small change each day.

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

McIrishJihad wrote:

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

While that is convenient for you...that's just awful fraud management. Someone has your number and they don't even change it? Who knows how many other people also have it?

You should request it be changed anyway. Do their job for them.

< rant >

So we've decided to pick up and move to Sweden. It was a tough decision to choose between my wife's hometown: Stockholm, and my hometown: Sydney. The biggest deciding factor was family - my wife has a large family in Sweden whereas in Sydney it's only my mother and brother. I do, however, have a large number of friends I've known for decades whom I miss dearly. It was also a hell of a thing to tell my mother that her only grandson would be growing up on the other side of the planet. Despite her own obvious sadness and disappointment she's been nothing but supportive. She's emptying her savings into our bank account to help give us a good start and is making plans to fly out as soon as she can.

We're back in London at the moment getting ready for the removalists and working out what we can take in bags on the last trip over. We're going to be loaded down with suitcases and a baby buggy. We don't have a car at the far end and will have to get all our luggage up a long winding hill in the middle of a Stockholm winter. Needless to say, we asked for help.

The response to that from the in-laws has been spectacularly underwhelming. Bit too much of a hassle to take a few hours off work to help, but here's a cab number. Let us know when you've moved.

I don't think it's too much to ask at this point that at the very least they break out the f*cking bunting and a marching band. We've turned our lives upside down here. I'm giving up my family and friends and the warmth of the sun. Whenever they've come to visit our country we've burnt precious holiday allowance from work making sure they're well attended to and they can't even be bothered to do it for us when we're moving our family to theirs. My mother had built an extension to the back of her house so that, should we have chosen to move to Sydney, we'd have somewhere to land. We'd be lucky to find someone waiting with a cup of coffee this time around.

Right now we're feeling like we've made a huge mistake. We're scared and stressed beyond recognition and could use some support, a friendly face, and a soft landing and it doesn't feel like we're getting it. We've not even moved there and it already feels like we've put the whole thing on notice and might be doing this all over again in a year.

< /rant >

Cup of tea and a biscuit I think.

Our furnace broke again last night.

Maq wrote:

< rant >

So we've decided to pick up and move to Sweden. It was a tough decision to choose between my wife's hometown: Stockholm, and my hometown: Sydney. The biggest deciding factor was family - my wife has a large family in Sweden whereas in Sydney it's only my mother and brother. I do, however, have a large number of friends I've known for decades whom I miss dearly. It was also a hell of a thing to tell my mother that her only grandson would be growing up on the other side of the planet. Despite her own obvious sadness and disappointment she's been nothing but supportive. She's emptying her savings into our bank account to help give us a good start and is making plans to fly out as soon as she can.

We're back in London at the moment getting ready for the removalists and working out what we can take in bags on the last trip over. We're going to be loaded down with suitcases and a baby buggy. We don't have a car at the far end and will have to get all our luggage up a long winding hill in the middle of a Stockholm winter. Needless to say, we asked for help.

The response to that from the in-laws has been spectacularly underwhelming. Bit too much of a hassle to take a few hours off work to help, but here's a cab number. Let us know when you've moved.

I don't think it's too much to ask at this point that at the very least they break out the f*cking bunting and a marching band. We've turned our lives upside down here. I'm giving up my family and friends and the warmth of the sun. Whenever they've come to visit our country we've burnt precious holiday allowance from work making sure they're well attended to and they can't even be bothered to do it for us when we're moving our family to theirs. My mother had built an extension to the back of her house so that, should we have chosen to move to Sydney, we'd have somewhere to land. We'd be lucky to find someone waiting with a cup of coffee this time around.

Right now we're feeling like we've made a huge mistake. We're scared and stressed beyond recognition and could use some support, a friendly face, and a soft landing and it doesn't feel like we're getting it. We've not even moved there and it already feels like we've put the whole thing on notice and might be doing this all over again in a year.

< /rant >

Cup of tea and a biscuit I think.

Can't imagine what moving across countries is like, especially when there are large bodies of water between you. Going somewhere strange (for you, at least) and not having a friendly face there can be intimidating. I hope the in-laws are at least a little more helpful eventually, but in the meantime, I'm pulling for you two.

SixteenBlue wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:

My only upside to all this - for all the crap that I'll give BoA, they've never changed my card number. Just issued a new card with updated expiration and CVV in all instances.

While that is convenient for you...that's just awful fraud management. Someone has your number and they don't even change it? Who knows how many other people also have it?

You should request it be changed anyway. Do their job for them.

Changing the expiration and CVV is, to me, enough. Sure, someone has my 15/16 digits, but they don't have the valid expiration and CVV, so they don't have a valid card any more.

It also means I don't have memorize a new set of 16 digits, AND expiration and CVV - just expiration and CVV.