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  1. Open the top, and turn the box upside down. If the Zonkers fall out, this is the bottom. If they fall up, this is the top. If nothing happens, this box is empty.

     

    ~As seen on the bottom flap of a box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers...

  2. No joke, this is a pic of my Dentist's office!   See Pic.  (Games are set to free play while you wait.)

     

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      @sramirez2008  heha Actually we do have Asteroids at a local barcade called Flipper's...And I have an Asteroids Cab too (needs a little work)...

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Oh one more tidbit I forgot all about...This was the location of my dad's music store in the 70s!!  (It's all been rebuilt or remodeled since then, though,  so it looks nothing like it used to.)

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      @BydoEmpire haha Meant to comment before...Your comment cracked me up because that's what it used to be like!  :)

  3. Feels like Spring has sprung here!  72 degrees!  Snowdrifts melting in the shadows, a little green under the brown grass...(See pic)  Happy Easter BTW!

     

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    1. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Happy Easter to you too!

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      And I am awaiting friends from out of town,...Then another friend and his GF are bringing by some homemade wine,  A sample from their forthcoming Wine Bar!  I wish he was bringing some homebrew beer as he's really good at that, but it will be cool.  In town we already have various Microbreweries and one Whiskey/Moonshine place so a Wine Bar is more needed I suppose.

  4. Went to the Dentist today.  And they've added a small arcade!  Games set to Free Play while you wait.  Just 4 games,  but still!  A very nice surprise...They had SF Rush 2049, some fishing game, another racer called California (something)..And Incredible Hulk Pinball from 1979.  I was late to my appointment so only played a quick game of Pinball on my way out the door, it had no sound,...Other people were just sitting there looking at their phones, which made me feel weird, but still it is cool!  Maybe I'll get a pic next week, I'm going back in...

    1. TwentySixHundred

      TwentySixHundred

      haha that's their way of making you come in :) Atleast it helps take your mind off whatever the poked and prodded at 👍

  5. Had to do a firmware update on my toaster,  defragged my curtains,  changed the OS on my light bulb, reset my lawnmower, degaussed my vacuum cleaner, power cycled my patio furniture...  but it's all good, at least I didn't have to find the right drivers for my turtleneck sweater.

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    2. pacman000

      pacman000

      It’s coming... Soon...

    3. john_q_atari

      john_q_atari

      it would be funny if it wasn't true.

    4. frankodragon

      frankodragon

      Did you also DRP the toilet?

  6. Looks like the stories are true.  I stopped in the Goodwill a while back and they had around 100 video games.  Each one said on it somewhere, NHL, MLB, Madden, or Kinect Adventures, whatever the F that is.  My guess is that now donations go into 3 piles:  Ebay, Amazon, and stuff so awful they might as well just leave it in the stores.

    1. copper20

      copper20

      I'd use those for putting a super famicom game into an snes cartridge. No need to mess with the cartridge slot. You would have to find a replacement label though but that's not bad.

    2. Zoyous

      Zoyous

      I'm not sure if they're still doing this, but in Charlotte there was a Goodwill retail location that was solely focused on electronics and had quite a good game selection. I forget what it was called (something like Goodwill: Electronics, but not that), but I looked it up at the time (2015-ish) and they were rolling out these locations in several large-ish cities and I figured they were funneling the good stuff to those locations.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      @copper20  Oh I probably should have specified,  Games were only for PS1 and PS2, and XBOX, XBOX 360 (sometimes Wii).  20 or more of  each title.  No carts to be seen ever.  A long time ago, a different goodwill location had a boxed Atari 2600 for $30, and I didn't buy it because it sounded like there was dirt or gravel rolling around inside the box LOL!

       

      Actually for electronics I've lucked out in the past, having bought a boombox, a 6 disc CD changer (I wanted to have a spare one), and some cables...Strangely I paid more for the cables than I did for the boombox or CD player hehaa...

  7. Passing thought:  I think there's 3 kinds of songs,  when it comes to Great Songs* anyway.  Songs where the music is great;  Songs where the lyrics are great;  And (the more rare) Songs where the music and lyrics are both great.

     

     

     

    *This will vary based on your tastes of course.  And this doesn't generally apply to instrumentals,  ambient, atmospheric, or noise tracks...

    1. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Hmmm

      But that's all based on opinion though.

    2. Giles N

      Giles N

      I agree (as a fan of JS Bach) that

      great music is made of prime composition and fine lyrics...

       

          (... yeah, and much metal in Bachs direction...)

    3. Rogerpoco

      Rogerpoco

      I actually don't keep lists, but I think of "favorite songs" in a couple distinct categories-

      Songs with a "vibe" I just like, usually a good chorus, and then-

      Songs that seem "perfectly constructed".

      Falling to Pieces, by Faith no More, and Your Betrayal, by BFMV would fall into the latter category, as I wouldn't call them "favorite songs", but as a musician, it's a "nailed it" kinda thing.

  8. Still digging out...We got 31 inches of snow here from Saturday to Monday.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I use the internet to calculate hehahhaa...Figure our temperatures range from about -25 C to  35 C.  (Give or take)...

    3. Giles N

      Giles N

      @GoldLeader

      I envy you those 35C!

      (I can do fine without those minus 35)

       

      Here’s back in January:

       

      Even if cold, its pretty.
       

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    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^Very Nice!

  9. Blizzard here!  At least a foot and a half of snow,  Wind starting to howl,  Power just flickered, can barely see across the street.  I'm watching the movie Outland (Paused).  I went out on my sunporch and thought I saw movement outside.  I shined my flashlight on the ground, and saw what at first glance looked like footprints in my backyard, right on the other side of the glass...Then Something fell right in front of me!  Turns out, the snow had built up on the power lines and the wind was knocking it off in big chunks, which caused the movement and the prints!    *(I may need some different pants!  LOL)*

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    2. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Look out!  It's Altered Beast!  "Rise from your grave!"

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Yeah!  The picture has blowing snow and was taken through the window.   Call me crazy, but I didn't want to go out in it, in my pajamas and bathrobe hehaaa!  Unfortunately, I am quite snowed in.  I'd shovel my driveway (4+ foot drifts), but I don't think the storm is done with us yet...

    4. GoldLeader
  10. Circus Convoyers,  I'm not switching browsers!  Raisin Bran, More Raisins Please!  WalMart, Price your paper plates already, and get in some shredded Sharp cheddar cheese, not Finely shredded!  And quit running out of Coffee Mate.  Shoelace guys,  Make'em shorter!  Don't want'em flopping down on some men's room floor.  Toilets,  How 'bout a sensor that turns off the water before it crests over the rim?  YouTube, your Ads are full of lies! save2600 you delete too much.  Yanny,  it's pronounced Laurel.  Adobe, Stop with the updates already and (Oh wait..Ignore that one)... Christ!  We can put a Rover on Mars, but I can't order an Atari game!

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      *oh I see you've heard our demo.  :rolling:

    3. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      the countdown appears stuck to me, so no circus convoy for me.... I keep missing all the deals and projects on AA and I can't seem to get the orders for stuff like this audacity game site offers either... maybe it's time to sh*t can all this stuff and lead a life ignorant of all I somehow miss...

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      You may be in luck Doc!  Circus Convoy got moved to tomorrow...But it seems like (maybe) those of us who use Firefox are not seeing countdowns.  I don't have Chrome anymore on my desktop...Oh there it is on my laptop, but IDK...We'll see if I'm in the bathroom tomorrow when this thing goes live and if I feel like using Chrome when it should work on Firefox numsaying?

  11. Imagine a Pteranodon.     Now think of that sound they make.   So I ask you,  if Pteranodons have been extinct for 85 Million years,   How did you know what sound they make?

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    2. Giles N

      Giles N

      People have made superhits out of unknown animal sounds before..,

       

      https://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      My take:  People (my age-ish) grew up with Land of the Lost, Valley of the Dinosaurs, The Land that Time Forgot, etc,..So movies/cartoons/TV have given us that imprint of sound...And of course like in all things, Family Guy!

       

       

    4. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

      Jurassic Park spoiled us all.

      Don't you deny it.

  12. The other day at the Doughnut shop I made the mistake of trying something called PinkBerry.  It had pink frosting and was presumably a cross between Strawberry and Raspberry.  Instead it tasted like a cross between, SUGAR,  MORE SUGAR, Refined Extra SUGAR, and Holy Goddamn Frick that's a lot of SUGAR!!

     

     

    It was worse than Awful...Felt like I needed a gallon of Bourbon to unclog my arteries...

  13. Dear Metallica,

    Ignoring the good songs and often amazing production,  Every vocal line on every album since the black album, has ended with the syllable "EEEYUH!"   I know I've been asking since the 90's, but can we please go back to the way it was?

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    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Hardwired is really good, I still listen regularly.  FWIW, Load definitely grew on me over the years, and I rate it higher than the Black Album nowadays.  IMHO Hardwired is their best since Justice.  Atlas Rise, Dream No More, Confusion... lots of good tunes.

    3. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      When the Black Album was released, I remember thinking, "haven't these guys watched Spinal Tap?"

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^Man!  I Totally thought the same thing!!

       

      I hope you guys watched them on Colbert tonight in honor of this Status Update!

       

      Master of Puppets is 35 years old Tonight!!!

       

      Hypnotizing Power

      Crushing all that Cower

      Battery is here to stay eeyuh!

  14. I passed a kidney stone earlier.  Took Alleve for the pain, then drank a drink made up of Vinegar, Lemon Juice, MCT Oils, Kick Ass Immune Activator (just 2 dropperfuls), and Gatorade.  I had a chaser of Gatorade, and also drank some water...and 20 minutes later I was fine.  I'm not sure if this drink is the cure, but I've never gotten over one so quickly!

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    2. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Glad you're okay! I've had four of the little bastards in my lifetime. Worst pain I've ever experienced. 4AM emergency room trips and Dilaudid twice. They're absolutely horrific.

    3. ls650

      ls650

      I've been lucky enough to never get one, but my best friend gets one every few months.  She ends up in excruciating pain for two or three days!

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Thanks all!  I had one more bout of pain (Over quickly though),  and I'm hoping I'm over that part of it...The next part can be painful or not depending on certain things, like the size, etc. 

  15. I bought an N64 in 2009 for $25 w, hookups, joysticks and memory.  Then bought about 20+ games for $2 each*.  Just got an Everdrive (cheapo).  So I pulled it out for the second time.  How do you guys hook yours up?  ATM I'm going S-Video to HDMI (which looks great for Genesis) but it looks crummy.  I've been meaning to get a Retro Tink Pro 2X (or equivalent), anyone tried the Super 64?

     

     

     

    *Damn, but times have changed!  In 2014, I also sold an N64 to a girl I worked with for $25 with Zelda and joystick, hookups etc.

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    2. Jinroh

      Jinroh

      RCA to my CRT TV, it's decent enough for me. :3 The prices of N64 seem to be climbing a lot, even though I see all these Gen Z and Millenials bagging on it all the time. 😕

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      @joeatari1 Thanks Joe!  And Thanks all!   After SNES and Genesis, I was a PlayStation guy.  Seems like the PlayStation still looks a lot better on the screen.  I do like N64's exotic controller.  Outside of SONY,  it's the last time the D-Pad was in the right spot.  Modern consoles always put the analog stick where the D-Pad goes if you ask me.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I have a Retro Tink 2X Pro SCART, but of course, N64 doesn't put out a SCART signal like the clearly Superior SNES and Genesis.  I'm probably gonna get a Retro Tink 2X Pro or that other one (Retro Scaler 2X).   I think an RGB mod is a bit much (price and effort), and a Super 64 is pricey too...

  16. Thanks for returning my ointment,  but next time you borrow it, could you wipe off the applicator before returning it?

    1. Keatah

      Keatah

      It was so exciting I totally completely forgot to clean up!

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      Hope it wasn't your Preparation H.

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Not sure what it was, the label was wearing off. It was a potent experience. Bigger and better than the Soong androids' emotion chip.

       

  17. -9 (RealFeel -27) I'm dressed in layers,  Gonna go shovel my walk and take out trash...When I do leave, like for work on cold days*, I leave my Winter hat on like I'm a South Park character,  except I take it off to go to bed and take a shower (Unlike the South Park kids which I always found funny)...

     

     

     

     

    *I'm on days off following a COVID test (Negative BTW), I really haven't even left the house since Friday.  Despite going a little stir crazy, I'll probably try to stay in til Tuesday when I have work again.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^Oh Yeah!  That is Mighty Cold for Texas!!  And being near the ocean, that kind of cold can chill you to the bone!

    3. Cobra Kai

      Cobra Kai

      I love the cold weather. I have so many great memories from childhood in the snow. Also, the cold air is really clean, and there's no water in it for allergens to cling to. Breath in that fresh cold air and enjoy.

    4. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Sitting at 3°F right now, with wind chill taking it down to about -25°F.  Only had about 3 or 4 inches of snow, but the real stuff is supposed to hit overnight.  Also getting down to -9°F tonight, so we're about to find out if the HVAC can keep up.

  18. So...A TIA, a RIOT, and a MARIA walk into a bar...   

     

     

     

     

    And the bartender says:

     

     

    Cool!   I'm hungry for a bowl of chips!

     

     

     

    and    He puts them in a bowl and eats them!

     

    Haaaaa!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Now ...Who does that?

     

     

    If a chip can walk it should not be eaten,   I always say.

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    2. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Watching them is almost like SLAPSTIC comedy.

       

      (Yeah, I'm stretching on that one :grin: )

    3. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      They're out doing things that DENISE and FAT AGNUS could only dream of.

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      ...because the game crashed. ;)

  19. AtariAge is a nice way to pass the time.  I'm waiting for Amazon to deliver some parts so I can fix my dryer,   Again.   I think I'm gonna make some burritos.

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    2. jd_1138

      jd_1138

      Aww, the dilemna of the DIYer. We watch YouTube vids and search Google to learn how to repair something, but chances are we'll never encounter another situation like that again so our hard-won experience is kinda wasted.  Or the next model we get is completely different. :( I do sometimes repair household stuff and cars for a friend, so sometimes I get to use what I learned or some of the knowledge is transferable. Makes me envious of an appliance repair man. He's been there, done that, and will use the knowledge over and over everyday.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Yeah,  usually I'm about as mechanical as a pound of whale blubber,  but I've been learning on this one, which started when I watched the repairman do it.  Then some trips to the appliance store to buy parts and the guys behind the counter started teaching me some things,  some YouTube and troubleshooting and I think I have some of it figured out!  At very least I know how to replace run fuses, the heating element, and thermal fuses...And I think I figured out why she's running so hot,  not the vent (which had already been cleaned professionally) as I thought, but a pretty clogged up lint catcher (whatever that part is called haha) even after it had been cleaned.  Tonight I scrubbed it so I could see the screen part underneath again and hopefully it works for while this time!  If not,  I bought some spares (extra heating element, some thermal fuses) to make it work.  If it keeps dying, I may have to just buy a new one, but hopefully it will last a bit.  It's probably 17 years old :)

    4. Rogerpoco

      Rogerpoco

      Haha, at my last house, we had to take the tumbler out of our dryer, and replace these little white gear looking things-my mechanical ineptitude likely exceeds yours, haha, GoldLeader, I was so proud, I STILL have one of the broken gears around somewhere, as a momento to my success!!

  20. I think Amazon Returns are the biggest pain in the ass there is.  Details are missing and wrong, your account never will show a plus balance, it uses your refund for Prime without telling you, Clicking on it will Always say wait 7 days and it will show up in your back account or credit card when in fact it was already applied to orders as if it were reward points...And to top it all off I had to ReOrder the part at a higher price because a replacement was never offered (when That was what I asked for)...**End of rant**

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    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      I've had no problems with returns, except a defective monitor got an Amazon credit instead of CC refund.  That was annoying but now I know. Otherwise it's been pretty easy.

    3. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      I've been doing Amazon returns through the app as opposed to web interface for some time because of exactly the problems you're describing.  It's better, but by no means stellar.  Refund information is at least condensed into small-enough screen real estate that it's harder to send the refund to the wrong place, though not totally impossible.

    4. Curious Sofa

      Curious Sofa

      Thanks all!  Yeah the GF feels HORRIBLE about it.  It's basically a change to their screens on the computer / browser, which now (as of a few months ago, from what I can tell of the many complaints on reddit etc) defaults to "refund to your Amazon account".  With a much smaller print option to "Refund to your credit card ending in XXXX".  And one of the reasons it confused her was that we use an Amazon Visa (via Chase, earns Amazon points etc), so she biffed it thinking our Amazon account was our Visa.  They really, REALLY need to specify "return to GIFT BALANCE" or something similar, not "to your amazon account".  It's purposely misleading, and in combination with the new default setting being that, you KNOW they designed it on purpose.  And yeah, we won't be making THAT mistake again! :)

  21. Anyone else have a LAVA LAMP growing up?

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Right on!  I had an orange one as a kid (70's).  I want to say it was cracked somewhere near the top but it worked.  I have no idea whatever happened to it.  Just thought about it for some reason...

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      No; I wanted one. I did have a lamp with a fake faucet, which poured water & looked like it was floating in air.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^ @pacman000 That rules!  I remember a store (I wanna say it was called Zeezo's) in Colorado Springs had a Giant one of those outside probably about 10 feet tall or so!

  22. I saw a bee yesterday!  Flying around the mostly melted snow drifts.  The high was 59, but I didn't expect to see a bee flying around outside in the middle of Winter!

  23. I wanted marshmallows and raisins, so I just ate a bowl of Count Chocula Raisin Bran (just mixed'em together) while I watched some Lost in Space.  Who says ya can't have it all? 

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      Now how the hell did that get posted here!?!?!

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I just pushed your LCD's Degauss button and up popped some obscure Vietnamese techno thing...🤣

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Funny Keatah,  I thought your post fit perfectly with the idea of having it all.  I didn't know it was a misprint.  That happened to me once and put one of my retarded musings on Random Terrain's serious update...Whoops!   I have no idea how it did that.

  24. Remember in 1981,  when everyone could use their pop tabs to spell out P E P S I  S P I _ I T,  but nobody had an R?

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    2. Tickled_Pink

      Tickled_Pink

      I thought it was a "T".

    3. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      I remember getting cash back in the bottle tops of RC.  A dollar or two was the most I remember seeing but back then it was a big deal to kids!

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      From what I remember (and jr. high lunchroom chatter), There were some Ts out there, but very few Rs...Been a long while though,  I could be wrong.

  25. I just don't think they should defund The Police.      I mean... King of Pain, Invisible Sun, Message in a Bottle,  They got some good stuff.

    1. Keatah

      Keatah

      Right. And don't forget the beauty of BLM. I couldn't imagine my country being without it. Check it out right here!

       

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_of_Land_Management

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