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  1. Cripes! With the prices Amazon is wanting for Arcade1Up products they can just forget it! Almost $400 for the countercades and over $700 for the couple standup units I looked at?!

    1. thanatos

      thanatos

      Those are probably price-gouging 3rd party sellers you're looking at.

       

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      It might be. Seems to be all I can find on Amazon right now and was just going by free shipping by Amazon tag on the products.

    3. Elvis

      Elvis

      My MRS. Pacman ordered from Best Buy was 149 dollars. And the Centipede at Game stop was 149. 

  2. I just saw an ad for a Walker Texas Ranger reboot now. Man, Hollywood is just plain crap!

    1. Swami

      Swami

      It stars Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) from Supernatural. I read Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) was originally set to star, but his co-star/brother somehow stole the part. Now Jensen is guest starring in The Boys on Amazon. I don't see either part lasting more than a couple seasons, let alone 15.

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      I almost fell asleep watching the preview.

  3. Vintage tube radios make even crappy modern pop sound a bit better. Of course when a song comes on I actually like, I crank it!

    1. Wally1

      Wally1

      I had a Fender vintage tube bass amp and that sucker had such sustain when used with an electric solid body guitar!

    2. cedropoole

      cedropoole

      IMO, the real reason tubes sound so good is that they are almost always Class A amplifiers. There are a few solid state amplifiers that are Class A as well like my Denon PMA-520. There was a Yamaha Pyramid amp from the late 70's that was Class A solid state and every one of these sound incredible to my ear. Steve Hoffman says: The big advantage of Class A is that designers can make simpler circuits that are very linear with low distortion at low power. Class AB designers have to make more complex circuits using feedback to get very low distortion levels.

  4. Local radio station is suddenly playing its announcements and commercials much louder than the music. Almost blew the speaker on the mid-60's Zenith radio I was tinkering with. Oh and now the music suddenly went up in volume as I was typing this!

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    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Don't even get me started wit most modern movies. Most seem to be produced for the foreign market anymore and explosions translate easily. After doing some cleaning, I now have my 1936 Philco 116X console out. Let's see how this 11 tube beast handles things! It is already doing better at ironing out the extremes.

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      Is it even legal to play commercials louder then the music? I know TV stations are supposed to balance the audio, so commercials are no louder than the program. 

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      What they started to do was play the programs at lower volume which I guess exploits a loophole of some sort.

  5. Just got done fighting with two Colecovisions and three power supplies. Still can't get one to work properly. One has a definite chip issue and the other fades to black and white after a moment or two. Perhaps my ADAM might still work once I dig it out later. Back to the Intellivision!

    1. GoldLeader
    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Or maybe someone can fix one or more of them?  And of course I gotta recommend you buy a Phoenix console,...Scratch that, it looks like they finished a second and final (?) run. (D'Oh!)

       

       

       

  6. It's snowing outside, so here I am checking out the forum while cranking out some classic rock and pop tunes on my 1938 GE radio. Local AM station has a 'Classic Canteen' on every day from 12:30pm until 2pm.

    1. Out_of_Gas

      Out_of_Gas

      Sweet!! I am listening to Radio Dismuke. Internet radio station that plays early Jazz from the 1920's-1930's

    2. MrMaddog

      MrMaddog

      So glad there's still AM stations that play music instead of just talk radio.

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      They are getting fewer and fewer though. I can just barely hear some more off in the distance, but I'm not in the right area to get them. Also, the noise from modern appliances and such is getting worse and worse as well.

  7. Almost felt like walking off my job today, but realized that would be a stupid move. Then, came home and found out my dad almost said something that could have cost me my job! ARGH!

    1. Deovin

      Deovin

      I have often thought and dreamed of changing my job, but unfortunately and fortunately I didn't.!!!

  8. Found out that I still love Huckleberry Hound today after seeing a few segments on Boomerang. Sad that they only released one season on DVD and the episodes are edited to boot. Oh well, I can at least dust off my two vintage Huckleberry Hound banks. :)

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    2. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      I bought some archives of Huckleberry Hound a few years back needing some inspiration on how to roll with life and be chill.   Gave me a good laugh when life was a bit strained.

    3. Atariboy

      Atariboy

      It's too bad Warner Brothers won't release the rest of them on DVD. Something about music rights apparently. Some of the musical cues came from a sound library that's apparently now cost prohibitive to license them from in order to release them on DVD.

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      It seems music rights have become a big pain in the arse in recent years. That's the reason why more and more of our favorite shows are either being chopped up or just not shown period anymore.

  9. The old Postal Jeep I got jerked around on this spring has shown up at a local car lot. For twice the price of course! Might have been there for months as I haven't traveled that route most of the year until today.

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      I'll never understand why people seem to think that DJs are these ultra-rare, never-gonna-find-another-one vehicles and price them ridiculously as a result.  It just doesn't make sense.  Maybe they're just waiting for the right sucker who doesn't know any better to come along?

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Most DJs in Ohio got scrapped by the Postal Service as they decided to not sell them to the public like originally planned. The few survivors mostly got snapped up and run into the ground by rural carriers. Also, a pile of rust in Ohio is often considered worth at least $2500.

    3. D Train

      D Train

      no low-ball offers.  I know what I have.

  10. The last of our original Pizza Huts is scheduled to close Nov. 9th. That takes us from three sit in locations down to one very poorly rated take-out location. All the Pizza Huts from my youth are now gone. My, this year is so great I could just blow my brains out!

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    2. frankodragon

      frankodragon

      A Pizza Hut near me also moved to one of those small areas.  And the lady employee was a real snot.  The pizzas at Kwik Trip (Wisconsin) are becoming a bit better than Pizza Hut's. 

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      FWIW,  After being Great,  then experiencing a quality drop for a few years, The Godfather's here in town is Excellent once again!  I don't know if this is true nationwide, but if ya got a Godfather's, give it a shot...

    4. pacman000

      pacman000

      Don't do that; there are other Pizza places. 

  11. This is a real eye opener: https://za.investing.com/magazine/american-companies-owned-by-china/?fbclid=IwAR0bBwnM4NEGE2pW0DaQxpwtSD6AKrXbbnLeuG3T70aOoqXQhmT2Z26ROT4

    I knew about a few of these companies, but the number now owned by China is appalling!

    1. IntelliMission

      IntelliMission

      That article has huge inconsistencies:

       

      - Only a division of IBM is Chinese owned.

      - Most importantly, General Motors is still American and oly has a partnership with a Chinese company for now.

       

      Still, China's economy appears to keep growing and some argue they've overthrown the USA as the new dominating superpower.

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Oh, I take everything with a grain of salt, but it seems China can have a heavy influence on a company even when they have a small stake in it.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      China's economy is 1/6 the size of the U.S. economy,  but they are huge...The world's second largest.

  12. I am so tired of taking up the work load of young workers who are worthless from the time they are hired and/or leave for a new job right as we get them broke in. Of course, my company only wants to pay the bare minimum where other retailers are offering better.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      PS I'm picking up slack for new workers almost every night right now;  Although we also have hired a couple of good workers which is rare haha...

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      Giant Eagle doesn't seem to want to adjust their starting wage to compete for some reason. Even the regional brands are offering better. When Walmart and Aldi's can steamroll you on starting wages, you need to adapt!

    4. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      Well I can relate.  At least in the past.

       

      I see the work force out there, especially during CoVid in retail and you can tell the younger workers don't want to be there.

       

      At my work, it is actually the older workers who are able to slack off, they are praised for being old, and they are afraid to get rid of them, especially when they are the right sex, more media popular race, and accelerated age.  :P   All these buzzwords that will keep that person employed till the day they croak.  And if you call them out on them really not working, you are see as a terrible person.  LOL

       

      I just salute them for playing the system, and hope I can play it as well when I'm a much older liability.   Or, I'll more than likely retire long before then, and THAT date is only a few years out.

  13. Wang Chung wants us to stay safe tonight:

     

  14. I slept good last night and I still feel tired.

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I felt a bit tired today and I did not sleep good last night....Got up after 5 and a half hours...But mostly it was fine...tonight I'll probably sleep well :O)

  15. I am enjoying the old Doctor WHO episodes pieced together from sound recordings and using animation better than the last new Doctor WHO episodes I ever watched.

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    2. MrMaddog

      MrMaddog

      Yeah the classic episodes had much better writting than production values, while the current ones are the total opposite...

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      I just finished the second half of The Faceless Ones on BBC America last night. Yes, the reconstructions have flaws, but better than nothing and I still liked it.

    4. cybercylon

      cybercylon

      I patiently waited for the steel box version of The Faceless Ones, and I really enjoyed it. Their (BBC's) animated reconstructions are generally not region encoded, but what can trip people up in North America is the fact it is 25 fps, and some devices don't like that. PS4  is fine with it. I plan on getting Fury from the Deep soon.

  16. Looks like all my nice, restored antique radios will soon be nothing but doorstops. This will probably finish off AM, not save it as I doubt people will rush out to buy digital receivers when you ca just stream:

    http://www.insideradio.com/free/ajit-pai-digital-only-signals-could-help-bring-ams-back-from-the-brink-of-extinction/article_eff2af86-0793-11eb-aa73-4f22fb8254f3.html

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    2. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Or they could just do what a lot of major AM stations have done and add HD Radio to their existing analogue AM signal.  Best of both worlds with coverage remaining good.

       

      I really hope we never go to anything similar to DRM in this part of the world.  Every time I go back to visit family in Europe I'm appalled at how piss-poor radio reception has become as a result of that changeover.

    3. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      AM here in Dallas used to have AM 770 that was a great 70's and 80's channel.  They opted to go to a religious format and became like 80% of the material on AM.   WBAP 1040 is good news.   A Korean channel.   Really not much of note on our AM dial now honestly.

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      ^ That's the real issue, the content. You can thank big corporate radio for a lot of that among other issues.

  17. First actual day of vacation and my van blows both a front and rear brake line simply trying to back out at home. Sigh...

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Well,  Darn!   My car did something similar not too long ago...

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Good old rust and corrosion setting in. Currently waiting for some place in town to actually get the right line in at the moment. Even the main brake shop was short on line for my van!

  18. Touchless, online ordering has saved me a lot of money. I don't have or even want a Smart Phone and still prefer to pay in cash or at least in person. So, they just don't get my money. :D

    1. simbalion

      simbalion

      Also, I live just outside the delivery radius of most of the food places in town, so there's that too.

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      My earlier comment on said ordering wasn't even related to smartphones.  I only use the web sites.  I will not install a company's app under any circumstances.

       

       

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      I was making a comment on how some places advertise that you have to get online and let them know you have arrived in their parking lot.

  19. The last skating rink near me closed its doors forever and the building is up for sale. The 1920's skating rink near me packed it in nearly a year ago and it still had all it's 80's arcade games.

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    2. cvga

      cvga

      I had a birthday party at the skating risk. One of my gifts was a K-tel Power Play album. Later during the party, my little brother fell and my mom broke her wrist trying not to fall on him (he was probably about 3 years old).

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      I never broke anything, but remember looking at the ceiling several times!

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Sorry ta hear it...I just checked and our local skating rink (Roller City) is still Open!  I used to go there in 4th Grade (1977) and skate to Meco's Theme from Star Wars!  It had arcade games too, but I haven't been there since the 80's...I still remember our 6th grade class going there on a Wednesday night and almost everyone having to leave at 9PM, but my brother paid extra so I could stay til 11PM!

  20. After doing a little research on Star Trek V and finding out how many problems happened, it is a miracle the film got made at all. ILM wasn't available, budget cuts, strikes, rewrites, prop issues, studio meddling, and rushed into production by Paramount. You know, I think I appreciate the film more with what they DID manage to accomplish! Oh and the Enterprise model had been damaged before filming on a tour.

    1. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      It's been suggested that the best way to interpret Star Trek V is to see it as Kirk's dream.  He spent an exhausting day in Yosemite climbing El Cap, he had lots of beans and booze, and then he fell asleep by the campfire.  If everything that happens after that happens only in his dreams, then the movie makes a lot more sense.

    2. MrMaddog

      MrMaddog

      It's like Rocky V...it never really happened.

    3. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      (In all seriousness, though, Shatner deserves more credit than he gets.  I don't find many issues with his direction, and the movie does manage to touch upon some big ideas and delivers some powerful moments.  The biggest problems were with the script, and as you say, an unusually fraught production.)

  21. Burger King said that eventually all their locations will be only drive thru or take out. Well, one more reason for me to not go there! :) Sorry, I really don't like trying to eat in my car.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Drive Thrus rule!   Then ya can take the food home,  eat in front of the TV, and all is well in the world  :)

    3. Joe C.

      Joe C.

      It's annoying when you go to a KFC as an example thinking there's a drive through and looking like there's a drive through to find out there's no drive through!

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      Here is my thing: I don't usually go fast food unless I am out and about or traveling somewhere. If I can only do drive thru, I will look for the nearest family restaurant or simply grab something at Speedway or Bell stores, which earns me points. The only take out I do at home is pizza!

  22. Looks like the broken mirror on my van will remain a mystery. They were supposed to check the camera footage at work, but everything went into a spiral because the corporate high ups were supposed to visit today. Of course they didn't, but my little issue got lost in the shuffle.

    1. Kiwi

      Kiwi

      Keep pressing them to solve your issue.  I know I had to when I was at work. 

  23. Someone hit and broke the glass in my driver's side mirror while I was working at the store today. Didn't realize it until I was a couple blocks down the street and noticed the mirror was out of adjustment. :(

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    2. ls650

      ls650

      Hopefully you can get one cheap from a wreckers.

    3. cybercylon

      cybercylon

      Assuming you have comprehensive coverage on your insurance, that covers things like hit and runs and vandalism. Its deductible might be significantly lower than collision. Worth asking. Also, cameras are everywhere these days. This wasn't near a traffic light, was it?

    4. cybercylon

      cybercylon

      re: near traffic light... sorry.. noticed you were in parking in a shopping plaza. Depending on the owner of that plaza, coverage for video might be limited.

  24. Thanks to the points earned on my shopper card, I scored the 65th Anniversary Edition of The Adventures of Robin Hood for a whopping $1.50 out the door! :D

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Nice!   Where'd ya get it?

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      At a resale shop called The Exchange. It's a chain of stores that deal in resale of all types of media. Sadly, the old game stuff is getting thin anymore or pricey.

  25. I have the urge to someday check out the 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood movie. I've seen bits and it looks kinda fun.

    1. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      It's an excellent movie.

    2. LaserCat

      LaserCat

      There is a clip from this movie in Bugs Bunny's RABBIT HOOD. "Nah that's silly, it couldn't be him."

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      I remember that Bugs Bunny short. It was neat how they integrated a scene from the actual film into it and it actually worked.

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