To hell with Walmart.
Hey, look, it's the rarely seen pissy rant that, for once, isn't about Trump and/or the video game industry.


Ma and I went to Walmart today (among other places). We were going to buy groceries. We had her checkbook with us. We did not have her NC ID card with us. Walmart refused to accept her check without her ID card.

Okay, fine, if this had been the first time that we'd tried to use her checks to buy groceries in Walmart and they had told us this, then that still would have been super annoying, but understandable. Store policy is store policy and all that. It's why we always bring her ID card with us when we buy stuff at Ingles in Walnut Cove, since they also require ID cards/driver's licenses to use checks there.

However, the reason that this pisses me off so much is that the previous time we were in Walmart and bought groceries with Ma's check and didn't have her NC ID card with us, the cashier let me use my ID card (aka my driver's license). The cashier told us that it was okay to use mine as long as I was with Ma. Hell, it was the cashier who fucking suggested it in the first place, as I wouldn't have thought to try that myself. Then, when I explicitly asked that cashier if we needed to bring Ma's ID card next time, she told us no, we didn't, because Ma was "in the system now."

Today, though, both the (different) cashier and the manager that they called over said nope, we couldn't use Ma's check without Ma's NC ID card. So, honestly, I don't know if I should be more pissed off at these ones from today, or the one from the previous visit who apparently told us fucked up horseshit.

In any case, I said, well, okay, Ma and I will just be going to Food Lion instead. They offered to hold the groceries for us while I went home and got Ma's ID card. As that would have taken around 30 minutes or so, I declined. And so, we simply walked out of the store and left the cart full of groceries for them to deal with. Fuck 'em all. *shrug*

This actually turned out as a net gain for us, aside from the time wasted and annoyance caused in Walmart. At Food Lion, not only did we get what we wanted for $10 less than what we would have paid at Walmart, we also got twice as many boxes of Diet Mist Twst[1] 12-packs than we would have at Walmart, because they were on sale at Food Lion for pretty much half what they cost at Walmart. And, of course, they did not require Ma to have her fucking NC ID card to use her checks at Food Lion (and never have).

So, lesson learned: Walmart can go fuck itself, as far as I'm concerned. I have no more use for them, at least for the foreseeable future. (On a semi-related note, the men's room in that Walmart was one of the vilest, most disgusting public restrooms I've ever had the displeasure to use in quite a long while.)

[1] - The fact that the product that used to have the perfectly okay name of "Sierra Mist" was recently renamed to that asinine, misspelled "Mist Twst" bullshit is a whole other rant entirely.

Rerun: Fuck Daylight Saving Time
I am going to just cut/paste that previous post right here into this new post, because not a single goddamned thing is different, except that it's 2017 instead of 2016.

Original post:

"Fuck Daylight Saving Time," by Wil Wheaton.

I absolutely agree. Fuck Daylight Saving Time. We need to just pick one or the other and fucking stick with it year round. Stop making us pointlessly change the clocks twice a year. It's fucking asinine. If you live in an area of the world that doesn't do this stupid bullshit, consider yourself fortunate.

Fuck G.V. Hudson. Fuck William Willett. Fuck Benjamin Franklin (even if he was just joking). Fuck the Romans. Fuck anybody and everybody who has thought, is currently thinking, and ever will think that Daylight Saving Time, or anything even remotely similar to Daylight Saving Time, is a good idea.

"Penny Gadget Goes Insane"

I got several months behind on watching stuff on Channel Awesome and have just started getting caught up in the past day or so (the Nostalgia Critic/Doug Walker bits of the site, anyway). As stated in the above video itself, that is from the end of the Nostalgia Critic review of "Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas." And yes, he actually got Cree Summer to do the Penny voice for that bit. That's pretty frickin' awesome.

Of course, that's not the first time Doug has gotten celebrities to be be in his videos.

"James Rolfe Tastes a Nintendo Switch Game"

If a) I was getting a Nintendo Switch anytime soon, which I'm not, and b) was still into buying used games, which I'm not, this here would be something that would definitely put me off of ever buying used Switch games. o_O

"The Stolen Nintendo Switch Systems Didn't Matter - #CUPodcast"

"So what you're getting, if you didn't know by now, you're getting an open beta that you paid $300 for with the Nintendo Switch."

The Adventures of Willy Beamish on GOG
The Adventures of Willy Beamish is available on now.

As I recall, I only played this game once, over a weekend or so, via a rental for the Sega CD owned by my best friend in high school. That said, what admittedly little that I remember of it, I liked it, so maybe I'll give this a shot soon.

"4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump"
"Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him."

This article was far more interesting than I initially thought it would be before I started reading it. Despite the headline, Trump isn't the main subject of the article. It's mostly about the history of 4chan and how it gave rise to Gamergate, which in turn gave rise to the "alt-right" (which isn't really part of "the right," in the traditional sense, even if they ostensibly and temporarily share the same "goals," and also isn't made up just of assholes from 4chan) and its support for Trump. It is, as far as I'm concerned, pretty much the be-all-end-all article on the topic. I would recommend to everyone to read it. Not just skim it. Actually read the whole thing.

To put it succinctly, Donald John Trump, and in particular the concept of Donald John Trump as President of the United States, is little more than a living, breathing 4chan meme. Donald John Trump, and especially Donald John Trump as he ran for President and after he was elected as President and after he was sworn in and began the job of being President, is little more than Gamergate, writ large.

As seen through the eyes of someone who has obviously spent far more time in the trenches of 4chan than I ever have, ever will, and ever want to, this article shows that it makes perfect sense why these people would support Trump: they don't, not really. Trump was and is a prank on the system that left them, in their minds and perhaps in truth, utterly emasculated. They voted for the con-man, knowing full well that he was a con-man, because he was the con that they were playing on everyone, including themselves. Trump is the end (hopefully) result of a decades long, full-scale temper tantrum being thrown by so many of these American hikikomori. Trump is the manifestation of these people voting, willingly and knowingly rather than ignorantly, against their own self-interests, because they already believe that the system is busted and can do nothing to help them, so why not burn it to the ground? They take morbid pride in their failures. And any attempts by "the left" or "feminists" or the like (who they see as "social justice warriors," i.e. the enemy) to try to correct the misconceptions held by these people are largely ineffective and even counterproductive, driving them even further into their exclusivities.

For the first time ever, this article has led to me feeling the very briefest inklings of pity for these people, rather than the derision and disgust and dismissiveness that I ordinarily feel for them... that is, until I looked at the comments under the article and saw some of the very ones being described in the article making their rancid opinions known. Ugh.

And here is another, similar article. Not quite as interesting as the first, to me at least, and far more combative (justifiably so), but still worth reading, I think.

Found these via articles via Twitter.

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The Resistance with Keith Olbermann (31-40)
Latest addition: March 1, episode 40

All previous episodes can be found in this tag.

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Huh, how about that.
After trash-talking Irredeemably Toxic Shithole for at least the past two years now, a few of the whiny shitbags have finally started harassing me on Twitter over it. *eye roll* Half of me is vaguely annoyed by it, and half of me is idly wondering what took them so long. Either way, it doesn't matter at all. It just lets me put Twitter's Block button to good use.

In particular, they're taking offense at my recent repetition of something I said long ago, which is that many GamerGaters try to claim that any of the asinine dumbshit that GamerGaters are wont to do is actually not done by GamerGaters at all but is instead the result of "false flag" operations by anti-GGers/trolls in some vast conspiracy to discredit GamerGate. Additionally, trying to counter that by saying that one, as a GamerGater, actually did try to legitimately call out the doxxing, rape-threatening dumbfucks in GamerGate is like saying "Just because I'm a member of the KKK doesn't mean I hate black people. I totally called out the KKK members who are acting like white supremacists and burning crosses."

"'The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' Will Have Paid DLC, Season Pass"
*weary goddamn motherfucking sigh*

Welp, Nintendo finally did it (with one of their flagship console titles, anyway, as this certainly isn't the first time Nintendo has messed around with that sort of thing). It was, of course, only a matter of time. Welcome to the modern video game industry, Nintendo.

(It's actually vaguely refreshing to have something concerning the video game industry to be annoyed with again, rather than having all of my wrath directed solely at SCROTUS Trump all the time.)


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