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  1. Today I found out that whale songs are the scariest things on the planet.

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    2. DoctorSpuds


      @Rogerpoco Well, I am a shallow bastard, I'm judging the boy based purely on its looks.

      As someone who has clearly immersed themselves in the many legged world of the insect, what insect would find itself on the patent pending 'not-nice bug' list? Is it an obvious choice, like a venomous/poisonous, bug (Spider, scorpion, wasp), or something that's just a pain to keep alive due to specialized environments, I know insects are pretty hardy but there's sure to be a few diva's out there.

    3. Rogerpoco


      Oh, Assassin bugs aren't hard to keep, but you do NOT wanna get bit by one!

      Centipedes-'pedes with a nasty bite can really hurt you, they are insanely fast, and they are a bit difficult to keep.

      Tarantulas are funny-there are mean ones, and nice ones, by species, and also dangerous and not dangerous ones, based on species(none actually lethal.)

      Most New Worlds are "nice", but the ones that aren't are especially ornery, big show of defense to scare you-but they can't much hurt you, mostly the bite itself, not the venom.

      Old Worlds, however, are mostly referred to as "ornamentals", i.e., don't ever mess with it, it'll hurt you.

      They mostly run and hide, they seem aware of their potent venom, but if it tags you, you'll likely go to the E.R., haha!!!

      Scorpions, not quite the same, but similar-you can handle "Joe" over here, who kinda looks the same as "Pat" over there, but Joe won't ever sting you, and Pat will kill you.


    4. DoctorSpuds


      So, much like any other pet/companion with the looks being generally off-putting to many. Now I'm wondering if there's anybody crazy enough to try and be a 'wasp-keeper'

  2. Just found a SMB3 cart on the side of the road. How odd.

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    2. GoldLeader


      Were you walking?   Driving?  How'd you happen to notice it?

    3. DoctorSpuds


      Walking the dog. Folks like to put stuff out on the side of the road so that anybody can take their pick before it gets hauled away, a pretty effective form of recycling if you ask me. It was shoved down the side of a box partially obscured by an old receipt printer of all things.

      Not a bad find considering how vigilant folks are about 'the good stuff' around here.

    4. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      @CPUWIZ do you still have that photoshopped Westboro sign? GOD HATES NES - NES FRIES GOD LAUGHS :lol:

  3. Your consistency is consistently inconsistent

    1. x=usr(1536)


      Much like every point-of-sale card reader currently in use!

  4. Smoke alarms started chirping at 2 this morning, no stores open until 7. No batteries in the apartment, no hope, no sleep.

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    2. DoctorSpuds


      They're hooked up to the mains as well, we took the batteries out and they still kept beeping. And beeping, and beeping, and beeping.

    3. GoldLeader


      If they beep without the batteries,    Umm ...  Then why do they even need batteries?

    4. GoldLeader


      I know,  I know..In case fire knocks the power out.

  5. Screw it!

    I'm takin' a nap!

    1. CPUWIZ



    2. DoctorSpuds


      Nap's cancelled, I couldn't find one.

    3. Kiwi


      Yeah, naps are hard to find.

  6. According to the Internet, Mario dies today.



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    2. DoctorSpuds
    3. carlsson


      If that is Japanese time, they're already into morning hours of April 1 which means he's dead now.

    4. Serguei2


      I smell April Fools.

  7. I bricked my RetroN 5. Wow, that was easy, apparently my Virtua Racer cartridge is cursed.

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    2. RockyRaccoon


      Virtua Racer probably isn't gonna work on anything short of official hardware due to the special chips in it. It doesn't even work on the Genesis III that was made by Majesco, officially with a license even!

    3. DoctorSpuds


      All I have left for racing games is Hard Drivin' 2 on DOS, you wouldn't wish such a horrible fate upon me, would you?

    4. zylon


      could try the Saturn port, if you have one. I have a Gen 3, and one of the clone versions. Neither will run that game

  8. What do Rob Zombie, the B52's, and Britney Spears have in common?



    1. GoldLeader


      Now,  That's quite the Mashup!

    2. thanatos


      Hah, I played this, and 30 seconds later my wife ran downstairs "Why are you playing Britney Spears?".  And she loved the mashup!


  9. Raise your hand if you woke up this morning.

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    2. zylon


      woke up this morning, and the sun was gone. Turned on some music to start my day....

    3. McCallister


      Pics or it didn't happen.

    4. DoctorSpuds
  10. This Beat Service...

    It's quite special, isn't it?

    1. x=usr(1536)




      Right name, right colours 😉

  11. Hangdog: A word that exists.

    1. pacman000


      It means sad, dejected; imagine a dog walking along the road with its head held low.  First written in the 1600's.



    2. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      Look, some days you just gotta let it fly free....oh. HangDOG. No second N. Uhhhh disregard.

  12. It seems I have inexplicably developed a mild Brooklyn accent exclusively for words ending in 'OG'

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    2. DoctorSpuds


      Dog is dawg

      Bog is bawg


      Precognizant is prec-ah-gnizant

      and Predognizant is pred-aw-gnizant.

      what the hell is this?

    3. Wally1


      Maybe it's a trip you once took.


      Or a TV show you saw.


    4. DoctorSpuds


      It's a mystery.

  13. Ah crap! Stretched my neck wrong and now I can't turn my head to the left. I have a good feeling about today.

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    2. DoctorSpuds


      Just got back from work and nah, she ain't feelin' better. What a time to realize I ain't got any Tylenol at my apartment.

    3. GoldLeader


      Go buy some Ibuprofen!    (It's $1 at the Dollar store.)

    4. DoctorSpuds


      You think I got Ibuprofen money?

  14. So it is true. Portland does just shut down when even a bit of snow falls. Looks like I'm not going in to work today.

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    2. GoldLeader


      We've only got an inch but it's very frigid (-1 realfeel -11) and due to a COVID Test (already negative; Yay!), I'm gonna let one of the other drivers get some extra hours, so I'm Off Tonight Too!  YAY!!!!    Off yesterday, and now a 3 day Weekend!! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!

    3. Cebus Capucinis

      Cebus Capucinis

      In their defense, PGE is reporting 200k people without power.

    4. GoldLeader


      I didn't know that Portland game show had no power!

  15. First migraine of the year! I am so very blessed. Time to go dunk my head in molten lead because that would be more comfortable.

    1. atari2600land


      I get mine in my right eye. That's always lovely.

    2. Cobra Kai

      Cobra Kai

      I have some pretty good drugs for my migraines. One is called  Relpax but it's kind of expensive so I use that sparingly, and the other is Sumatriptan which is really cheap, but I have to cut the pill in half because while it removes the migraine it also gives me anxiety in too high a dose. The Relpax makes me very tired also, but both of them work wonders on severe headaches.

    3. GoldLeader


      Late to this but thought I'd mention:  Bananas help some people out.  Something about a perfect mix of Potassium and Magnesium.    Also, a lady I worked with suffered migraines almost every day, then one day drank a Gatorade, and NO MIGRAINE!  So she drank one Every day and they went away!

  16. Did anybody else just not use Dolby when listening to cassettes?

    1. joeatari1


      I used to buy the better "metal" cassettes back then so I didn't need it.  They reduced hiss to almost nothing.  If I did use Dolby with them it seriously impaired the high frequency output in the music.  Cymbals would sound very attenuated.

    2. DoctorSpuds


      It makes the music sound squashed.

    3. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Yep; NEVER Use B or C, i think they make the tape sound worse.  I typically stick to 70eq as well and rarely use 120.  The only Dolby NR i like the sound of is HX/HX-Pro and it's not really traditional NR like B and C and S are; it's only applied while recording.  Sounds great on Sony Decks but i mostly use my two Nak's. 

  17. Hey! Riddle me this!

    Why is Lego so goddamn expensive!?

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    2. simbalion


      It seems Legos have always been expensive. Part of it might be the limited production, but the other might be because they are not made as a throw-away toy. Legos are actually meant to last a long time with the newest bricks supposedly able to work with the earliest. While I had the occasional issue with a bad brick over the years, I have to admit the things are durable.

    3. DoctorSpuds


      I have noticed a gradual drop in brick count as compared to prices over the years. It also does heavily depend on what you're getting, the licensed sets always have a higher price to brick ratio but even some of Lego's own brand sets have been ridiculous, especially the new Lego Police sets. Their new 4+ range is also a downright scam. In exchange for getting simpler sets to build you have to pay a wild premium. Some sets with sub 200 pieces cost as much as 40 dollars. It just annoys me, when I was a kid I couldn't buy Lego because I didn't have any money, now that I'm older I still can't buy Lego because it's prohibitively expensive and the value for money simply isn't there.


      Oh well, I probably have bigger things to get annoyed over.

    4. GoldLeader


      You can join me in being extremely mad that nutari calls its abomination a "vcs"!    🤣🤬🤬🤣

  18. Wow

    Percussive maintenance for the win I guess. Entex Tele-Pong with some serious battery corrosion and interior problems (stuffed with newspapers to keep the board steady, handmade solder-free battery springs) and it would only display the center line of the field but not the paddles or ball. I knew they were registering because there was a beep when the ball left the field. Give the board a few 'gentle' whacks and voila! I can now play the most barebones game of Pong ever seen by humans!  



  19. I can't believe I have to say this in 2021, but folks, don't copy that floppy.

    1. DragonGrafx-16
    2. DragonGrafx-16


      Funnily enough it was actually recommended back in the day to copy the floppies of your software. It was just that you weren't supposed to distribute it. lol

    3. GoldLeader


      I don't have the resources left to copy a floppy...I'm too busy downloading a car...

  20. There is nothing more cathartic than re-arranging/re-sorting your collection.

    1. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      And then alphabetizing each console's library :) 

  21. As a general rule: If the reward for completing a game is a cosmetic, outfit, weapon skin, etc. then it should carry over to your other saves so you can play through a new game with those cosmetic unlocks.


    If you're gonna drop 100+ hours into a game and be rewarded at the very end with some costumes you should be able to start your next playthrough with those costumes.


    It just seems like common sense

    1. SlidellMan


      I agree completely. A little logic goes a long way.

  22. Ooh! Shading is fun!


    1. DoctorSpuds


      I drew this whilst listening exclusively to the music from this video...

      My mental state is in tatters as a result.

    2. GoldLeader


      ^That is Crazy!  


      Here's the one that I find...Insane!   (Warning ...Will stick in your head for Days!!)



  23. Anyone know how much Red Label 2600 games cost back in the day? My Google-Fu is weak today.

  24. My favorite pastime is to search semi-rare 2600 games on Ebay and whine at how overpriced they are. 

    Very cathartic.

    1. ApolloBoy


      Prices (and interest) on everything seems to have shot up since the pandemic. I will say though that I've since been able to sell off dupes and commons that would've been very tough to get out the door otherwise!

    2. DoctorSpuds


      Oh yeah, since the plague hit my collection's doubled in value, problem it it also means that some of the stuff I want has gotten outrageous in price. It's still fun to search up the rare-ish Activision games and scoff at the prices though. 

    3. GoldLeader


      Being right here at AtariAge,  I'll bet you're not alone in this hobby.  ;)

  25. Just rewatched all the Wallace and Gromit shorts last night. They're simply delightful. The academy awards were well earned. 

    1. Curious Sofa

      Curious Sofa

      Just ordered myself a Gromit Funko from Hot Topic, not because I'm a Funko nut, but because it reminds me of the terrific show.  Could not agree more with you, simply delightful hits it on the head. :)

    2. Machine


      The Curse of the Were-Rabbit......so good! I guess they had a fire about 10 years back and lost a ton of Wallace and Gromit sets. I would love to see another movie.


    3. Hwlngmad


      Wallace and Gromit is good stuff.

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