Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

I vaguely remember my cat trying to wake me this morning, before I returned to sleep amidst a glance at the time. (I was zapped from work.) Some hours later I awake to see her snuggled alongside, with sleepy cat language as I stirred. I couldn't help but smile. Instant good mood! Pets are awesome.

Using Bing Rewards, I've earned 308,900 points in several years. Every 4650 points I redeem the for Xbox Live digital gift cards to buy games. Every now and then the gift cards go on sale for 4000 points or so, or they send points for no reason. Now Game Quests on Live add more points to earn from playing games or clicking on something.

The preceding has been an unpaid endorsement.

308,000 points? How much is a game, typically? Do you just own the entire catalog? Or is this WoW damage points levels of inflation?

MaxShrek wrote:

Using Bing Rewards, I've earned 308,900 points in several years. Every 4650 points I redeem the for Xbox Live digital gift cards to buy games. Every now and then the gift cards go on sale for 4000 points or so, or they send points for no reason. Now Game Quests on Live add more points to earn from playing games or clicking on something.

The preceding has been an unpaid endorsement.

Damn, I never realized there were so many ways to earn points from that. Quizzes, polls, I even got 500 points for changing my mobile search engine to Bing.

Just from searching for the past year, I got enough for a 1 month GamePass Ultimate (8400). Now that I know all the other stuff, I can get even more pointy. For 5250 I could get $5 to spend at Burger King, Chipotle burrito, Domino's pizza, or a demi coffee at Starbucks (is that $5 or less?). Or if I wanted to waste my points, there are a ton of sweepstakes.

I use it for games. Every once in a while I tell my son he can pick out a $5 Minecraft download. It's very convenient.

Robear wrote:

308,000 points? How much is a game, typically? Do you just own the entire catalog? Or is this WoW damage points levels of inflation? :-)

Up until recently it was using only Bing search on the PC and tablets. All I did was default my search engine to Bing. They have time killers like quizzes or just stuff to read. The searches add up, and for 4650 points you can get a $5 gift card. Usually one every month. I use it for my son's Minecraft stuff, for cheap arcade or silly titles, or if I just want to use it towards games on the Xbox.

I think the Game Quests on Xbox Live might be connected to Game Pass. An XboxOne achievement gives you 50 points, finishing 3 quests gets you 500.
Some quests are simple: open the rewards app 3 times, get 2 achievements, cash in your points (these are timed over a week or so, plus there are dailies.)

Some are things like "Buy Doom Eternal, get 6500 points" or "Complete this punch card for (game X) get 2500 points."

Every now and then they send thank you emails with 50 or 100 points.

Yeah, I've gotten a few emails to entice me, I guess. Can't bring myself to fire up Bing lol.

Even if you don't do a lot it can still get you stuff because you get points for every dollar you spend on the Xbox/Microsoft Store (unless they have changed it). I have been playing for Xbox Live that way for a few years.

I've been waiting for months to see the movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It was one of the best-reviewed movies of 2019, and the trailer looks great, but it received only a limited release and has slowly been working its way through the US to my little corner of the world. Our local art house theater finally started showing it... and then COVID shut all the theaters down. I was so disappointed.

But! I noticed that the film has been added to Hulu as part of its subscription service. The movie's distributor has a lot of other things on Hulu, but I hadn't expected Portrait of a Lady on Fire to show up there for many months. I guess COVID sped that along.

I get to watch it now! I'm so excited!

You know why I love being a manager? Because today in my team meeting I said that our number one priority was to pull an April Fool's joke on our IT Operations organization. We need to inject some fun in these dark times.
You know why I love my team? Because they came up with a plan to deploy an Okta chiclet to our company Single Sign On page labeled "IT Enterprise Ops" with just one simple link to here. They even wrote up a complete IT Announcement that will be sent to our target audience go along with this launch.
I love a good April Fool's day prank.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I've been waiting for months to see the movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It was one of the best-reviewed movies of 2019, and the trailer looks great, but it received only a limited release and has slowly been working its way through the US to my little corner of the world. Our local art house theater finally started showing it... and then COVID shut all the theaters down. I was so disappointed.

But! I noticed that the film has been added to Hulu as part of its subscription service. The movie's distributor has a lot of other things on Hulu, but I hadn't expected Portrait of a Lady on Fire to show up there for many months. I guess COVID sped that along.

I get to watch it now! I'm so excited!

It's an outstanding film.

The movie "Emma." that hit streaming early because of COVID. Jumped to the top of my "favorite Jane Austen movies" list. Amazingly good.

Robear wrote:

The movie "Emma." that hit streaming early because of COVID. Jumped to the top of my "favorite Jane Austen movies" list. Amazingly good.

That was the last movie I got to see in the theater. Probably for a really long time. And I agree: it's really excellent!

Currently loving rewatching one season shows. Unfortunately some of my favorites aren’t streaming in the usual places, but I’ve got them on DVD.

I finished all of Wonderfalls- a great show cancelled way too soon. And just rewatched the pilot episode of Freaks and Geeks last night. I think that may be the most perfect pilot to a show ever made. The anime, Serial Experiments Lain, is likely next up after that.

I have just discovered the ten year old Showtime series Shameless. It's on Netflix now.

I can't say enough good things about this show. It's got everything: humor, pathos, kids, adults, tragedy, crazy relationships, William H Macy, Emmy Rossum, Joan Cusack... it's an adult comedy made for adults. I've been trying to cheer myself up watching sitcoms, but they all seem so artificial that I can't stand them. Shameless is the real deal.

It's just an outstanding show. If the pilot doesn't hook you, give up, because that episode is a perfect encapsulation of what the show is about. Check out Shameless on Netflix or Showtime.

p.s. TV-MA, coarse language, sexual content, nudity, drug and alcohol abuse, but, at least as far as I've seen, no violence.

BadKen wrote:

I have just discovered the ten year old Showtime series Shameless. It's on Netflix now.

I've been trying to cheer myself up watching sitcoms, but they all seem so artificial that I can't stand them.

Somewhat related/unrelated as I'm thinking on the UK original, but with being at a loss for activities, why not go with a tedious link factoid!

I was brought down in mood by Shameless (UK). I actively disliked the character Frank Gallagher. Now, I only caught sporadic episodes here and there, through praise tickling intrigue, but it felt like it triumphed failure and celebrated mediocrity. I've wondered now and then if coming at it later (it aired 2004 - 2013) if I may find more nuance there. Or an underdog tale. Or even try the US version, cultural differences making it more palatable, almost like a cartoon, relatively.

I struggle very much with alcoholic under achievers, boisterous extravaganza for mediocrity, mob mentality/vigilante (against the law) problem solving. Reasons range from my father, to our then social standing, class standing, educational ceilings, and some traumatic injustices along the way. Maybe it was too close to home. Maybe I never found the threads that showcase strength of mind, hard work, honesty, and a moral compass, rising up from the clutches of mediocrity and towards betterment, in the face of adversity from the privileged.

Anyone watched both the UK and US versions? How similar or how different are they in theme, in message?

April Fools' Rick Roll of the IT Ops team successful! I've got people laughing and smiling this morning. That's a win.

ThatGuy42 wrote:

April Fools' Rick Roll of the IT Ops team successful! I've got people laughing and smiling this morning. That's a win. :)

Nice. We had one prankster at work today who sent out to everyone a new customer form filled with everything that would make that customer a nightmare for us. It would have been funny but no one reads those forms.

Yeah Shameless was pretty great. I don't think we've watched the last couple seasons, but we used to catch it every week as it aired.

RnRClown wrote:
BadKen wrote:

I have just discovered the ten year old Showtime series Shameless. It's on Netflix now.

I've been trying to cheer myself up watching sitcoms, but they all seem so artificial that I can't stand them.

I was brought down in mood by Shameless (UK). I actively disliked the character Frank Gallagher. Now, I only caught sporadic episodes here and there, through praise tickling intrigue, but it felt like it triumphed failure and celebrated mediocrity. I've wondered now and then if coming at it later (it aired 2004 - 2013) if I may find more nuance there. Or an underdog tale. Or even try the US version, cultural differences making it more palatable, almost like a cartoon, relatively.

Yeah, Frank is a {sexist slur} (UK usage). No other way to put it. In the US show, he is more of a sideshow than a serious character. Even when an episode is about him, he is more of a foil for the relationships among the other characters.

I definitely wouldn't characterize the Showtime version as cartoonish. From your description, it is much less of a downer than the original, but it does handle serious subject matter seriously. There's always a touch of humanity and humor, though. And some of the side stories are rather amusing.

I like it because it strikes a good balance between drama and humor. It deals frankly (sorry) with class issues and all manner of things you would expect to come up in a house full of kids and teens being raised by the older sister.

Shameless (US) is definitely more warm than serious. It deftly avoids descending into slapstick, which is the refuge of far too many US "dramedies."

Sold! Thanks, Ken.

Forensic Files.

I love watching the Masterchef contestants struggle to avoid crying while John and Greg tell them their food is wonderful.

Edit:
Oh and I love this too which always remember when I talk about Masterchef

The US Naval Institute is opening up free digital membership through 30 June, including Proceedings and Naval History magazines, and discounts on books.

https://www.usni.org/open-access

I own a Switch now!

halfwaywrong wrote:

I own a Switch now!

*double snap*

Siracha hot sauce. I didn't realize how awesome it is until we had a bottle at home. Now I put it on everything. I mix it in with mayo, I add it on sandwiches, tastes great on eggs, it's just the perfect sauce I need right now. Thank you, grocery store, for being out of Tobasco, so that I could buy this fantastic sauce instead.

Best thing about Sriracha - the original Rooster one - is that the price has not changed since it debuted in the '80's. But it is highly delicious. It is particularly delicious on hot dogs.

I found a Thai hot sauce that competes with it that is far more flavorful, though. It's yellow. Three Mountains. Love that stuff.

Candy Loving. To be an adult male in th 1970s..