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  1. Haven't used my Virtual Boy in a long while. Just turned it on for the first time in ages. Still works fine even after being knocked over a couple times.

    1. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Good to know. Mines in a storage case, it's been about 2 years. I always worry it won't work the next time I go to set it up.

  2. Just got the Joust arcade ornament in the mail today. Now I have all 5. I wonder which one they'll do next year.

  3. Did anyone else go out to check the mail before they realize it's not coming today?

    1. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      LOL, I was about to reply "I'm not Canadian" but I just realized it's technically a day in the US as well, though not (typically) a day off.  I put them mail out right on time this afternoon, too!  Thanks for the reminder.

    2. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      I usually don't know what day it is, so I check the mail every day, even on Sunday.

  4. I tried going to bed at about 10:00. I laid there for an hour and didn't get to sleep. So I got up. It is now 1 a.m. Insomnia is evil.

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    2. Barf the Caveman

      Barf the Caveman

      Oh yeah... The worst is when you know you have something important to take care of and you need to be sharp. and then...you aren't and you feel crummy all day. Fortunately though, a great invention was made: Vicks ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep Aid.

    3. dr. kwack

      dr. kwack

      Well, if it's a Friday night/Saturday morning try this- I work at a public access TV station and at 2:00 Saturday mornings we run a show called Insomnia Theater. Weird exploitation movies from the 50s, strange cartoons, old cold war civil defense films, etc. Just visit www.tusco.tv/watch to see it in all it's boring glory. Word from our sponsor...📽️😛

    4. Max_Chatsworth

      Max_Chatsworth

      @Barf the Caveman

       

      I have used that stuff and try to use it from time to time, but it is either spotty whether it works on not.  Even worse if I happen to string together a few good nights using it, then I realize you aren't supposed to use it more than 2 weeks at a time...and not long term...so I avoid it. 

  5. So the word "speeded" was on the front page of the newspaper today. I questioned its validity as a word, but as it turns out, it is a word. "Sped" can also be used.

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    2. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      I'm not sure @wongojack, let me action that request. ;)

       

       

    3. wongojack

      wongojack

      Ha, no that's not common for me, but I will track your "ask." 

    4. Mikebloke

      Mikebloke

      I think it's a contextual thing, of which sped should be used in almost all situations but speeded would be reasonable, such as replacing "sped up", "he speeded onto the motorway". 

       

      I should ask the wife she has a degree in this stuff. 

  6. Where is everybody?!

    1. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Well, I thought I was in Pennsylvania, but it seems I've moved to a state of confusion.

  7. Today's New York Times crossword, 8 Across's clue - "Developer of 1982's E.T., a video game so bad that hundreds of thousands of unsold cartridges were secretly buried in a New Mexico landfill".

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      Quite often I solve crosswords with the clue "space creature" that resolves to ET. I think that is interesting giving it is almost 40 years ago and frankly the brand hasn't been kept alive as much as one would've expected it to be.

       

      As for the NY Times clue, they could as well have chosen "Developer of Atari games such as Yars' Revenge, Indiana Jones and E.T." without bringing the write-offs into question. Those who don't know who HSW is wouldn't be helped by that extra information anyway.

    2. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      More evidence that the NYT is a worthless rag.

  8. Mr. Roger's Neighborhood is on now. (Sunday morning at 7 is the only time it's on). The Neighborhood of Make-Believe is sort of like a soap opera for kids. I want to see King Friday's comet!

    1. masschamber

      masschamber

      ahhhhh, Fred Rogers apparently the only man on earth that was 100% genuine with 0 skeletons in his closet.

  9. Autumn starts in about 80 minutes, so happy autumn, everybody.

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      I'll wait a little before I shift to studded tires on the car. Ideally two months.

  10. www.magnavox-odyssey.com is dead. :(

    1. pacman000
    2. Mikebloke

      Mikebloke

      Yeah, it went down recently :( :( still many others though. 

  11. I began to lose interest in modern video games right about 2001, right when the X-box and co. came out. I bought a Gamecube, but it seemed like almost all the video games then were fighting in wars and other crap I wasn't interested in. I remember there were a bunch of cool, unusual N64 games I liked, but the number of unique, imaginative games went down starting then. What say you?

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    2. The Usotsuki

      The Usotsuki

      1995, and I got the feeling that about then it was already almost all fighting games and FPSes.

    3. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      The ability for small developers to put out creative stuff *has* exploded recently, with Steam, GOG, etc. so IMHO there is actually a lot out of variety and creativity out there, it's just lost in the sea of choices... and the big developers haven't been able to take those kinds of risks for a long time.

    4. Mikebloke

      Mikebloke

      I'm selective with new games. I used to be a big paradox fan in the 00s but my interest is dwindling. 

       

      When I get an xbox one I'll buy rare replay and the crimson dragon game if its still available to buy. No others catch my attention. 

       

      Switch is full of wii u games... That I have or can buy on wii u. 

       

      Ps4 I always said I would buy, but the games I would is now on pc or likely to be on pc in the future. 

       

      I thought having the ps3 out would spur me to play that more or buy more games for it. But nothing. 

       

      Did get a new gx4000 game today though. There's that. 

       

       

  12. I want to make an Atari 2600 game called "Brian Games." I think it would be a big hit, especially with people named Brian.

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      I've played Brian Jack's Superstar Challenge and possibly Brian Jack's Uchi Mata. I own Brian Clough's Football Fortunes but never played it. However I've not played Brian Bloodaxe nor Brian Lara Cricket. I've never come across Brian Vodnik's Vikings, Brian the Novice Barbarian or Brian and the Dishonest Politician. I might've seen Brian the Lion but the other Brian games are too new for me.

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      @carlsson 

      You might wanna switch to decaf.

    3. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      I did one for the "make your own game label artwork" thread with Brian and Stewie from Family Guy on the cover.  It was with Photobucket, so now it's gone.

  13. Smoke from wildfires are making it seem like midnight rather than noon here. It's so dark. We're told our water has been contaminated with smoke and not to drink it. I hope we don't have to evacuate because we wouldn't know where to go. I know where all the stuff I want to keep is so if we have to, I can just get it and go. The stuff is: All my Pokemon Mini and game.com stuff, for personal reasons, and because it's a really small collection. Now I know how CPUWIZ feels.

    1. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      CPUWIZ loose his house?

       

    2. Mikebloke

      Mikebloke

      Stay safe. 

  14. If I'm gone for an unusual amount of time, it's because my internet is going down.

    1. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Define unusual.

    2. Kiwi

      Kiwi

      DEFINITION BOT: unusual is not habitually or commonly occurring or done.

  15. Tetanus booster shots are not fun.

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    2. atari2600land

      atari2600land

      My clinic says once every 10 years. Although I don't remember getting one in 2010 though.

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      In Sweden, children get three shots within one year and a fourth shot within 5-10 years later. After that you should have protection for at least 20 years. Perhaps the vaccines are different, or you're living in a more harsh environment with bigger risks so you need to get booster shots more frequently.

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      My immune system is always on guard because I'm always getting stuck with sharp dirty objects in the garage and stuff. Or drilling out cysts with Dremel. Plenty'o soldering iron blisters I pop the following week too.

  16. Some idiot is lighting loud fireworks for no good reason and it's scaring the dog.

    1. Stephen

      Stephen

      So damn annoying.

  17. If Yahoo mail senses an adblocker it will freeze all action unless you turn it off or pay for an ad-less address. Stupid &*^&^&*^s! How is that even possible to do?!

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      It did the same thing to me a couple of months ago!  I got so pissed off I opened a GMail account.  After a bit, the Yahoo just started acting normal again despite my Adblocker.   I Hate the GMail because everything is so squirrely, it looks so wrong, and they do Everything the hard way (The emails seem to nest backwards and ya can't tell who you've sent what,   full screen is a pain, etc.,  But I keep it around ...Out of Spite)...Now I use both.

    3. thanatos

      thanatos

      Mine doesn't, I use it in Chrome with AdBlock Plus.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      HMMmm...FWIW,  I use Firefox and AdBlock Plus.

  18. So the computer gave me another "fan not detected" warning. I pressed F1 to start. It's not really loud or anything. The only thing that was odd about it is that the computer froze right in the middle of what I was doing.

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    2. atari2600land

      atari2600land

      The thing is, last month I took it to a computer repair shop because I got that message, but it was really loud that time, and they replaced a fan.

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      Yes, I remember you posted about the computer repair shop. If they replaced a fan but the computer still posts error messages, something mignt need investigating.

       

      Personally I'm considering adding a reset button to my computer, but not sure exactly where to put it.

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      Did you just pay a shop to fix this problem?

  19. I saw an ad on TV that said "G4 2021". Could that mean that the G4 channel is coming back next year?

    1. Jinroh

      Jinroh

      That is precisely what it means! I think Comcast was the one who bought the rights and is reviving it.

    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      I'm down for some more Diane Mizota.

  20. I know how the USPS can save money: Make their receipts shorter. I mailed one thing and it's like a foot long receipt.

  21. I got tired of waiting so at about 4 p.m. I went out and sprayed around where I saw them coming out of the house. There were only a couple around, and they left. I don't know how many of them are still around as I saw about a dozen when I knocked the hive down. So hopefully they got the message that I don't want them there.

    1. Kiwi

      Kiwi

      Gotta strike at night.  Maybe get a flamethrower to roast the buggers.  Or the iron foot of doom will stomp them out.

  22. I was able to knock the wasp nest down. About a dozen or so wasps appeared looking around frantically. I guess the next step is to spray and call someone. Terminix's phone wasn't working.

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    2. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      If you ever decide to use the foam spray, the scent of it lingers for an incredibly long time and keeps them from coming back anytime soon!

    3. cvga

      cvga

      We discovered a nest in our basketball hoop (support bracket). One of the plastic caps had come off and hornets built a nest in it. They weren't very happy (possibly because our shots were so bad). They came storming out so we taped up the opening and then killed them one by one as they returned. I'd prefer not to kill them but I more heavily prefer them not to be so close.

       

      Thanks for the dawn/water tip. I'm going to create a spray bottle.

    4. Max_Chatsworth

      Max_Chatsworth

      Sounds like you are about to have yourself a real life game of Donkey Kong 3!  Awesome!

  23. Wasp nest above my front door. Tried to poke at it with a broom to try to scrape it away (it was a small one). A few wasps flew out, but the wasp nest is still hanging there. Did not get stung. Must call Terminix tomorrow. :(

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    2. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      Get that Raid instant foam spray.  You can fire it off from a crazy distance.  It covers up the nest INSTANTLY.  Give it maybe 10 minutes or so, come back and knock it down and stomp on it.  Works wonders!

    3. digdugnate

      digdugnate

      i second what @retrorussell said- that Raid stuff you can shoot from like 20 feet away.  Spray first thing in the morning (like 7am) and soak the area if you can, wait 24 hours, destroy nests.  :)

    4. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      NOT THE BEES!

      Not_the_Bees_-_Nic_Cage_in_The_Wicker_Ma

  24. The copyright date at the end of each page in the forums should read 2020, not 2019.

    1. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      2020 is a practice year. It doesn't count.

  25. So the fan on my computer needs to be replaced. They're really busy right now for some reason, but at least they looked at it yesterday. They said they had one from another computer that they can put in there to replace it. So I doubt I'll have my computer this weekend.

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    2. atari2600land

      atari2600land

      I really don't want to have to buy a new computer. But if I have to, I'm seriously considering a Mac.

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Well don't buy a mac then. Just put a new fan in the old pc.

       

    4. atari2600land

      atari2600land

      My computer is back!

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