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NEStalgia

@Octane I imagine anything sold in a US supermarket that says "authentic [insert culture here]" is as authentic as Tofurkey.

@ThanosReXXX Pfft, and here I thought you were also the type to be concerned with data security, privacy, and the global surveillance state that is the new internet driven world.... I guess you'll be cloud streaming your games soon, and trading your discs for digital keys too!

Politics is opinion over which groups to endorse, which views to promote etc. Pointing to corporate ties to governments isn't politics, it's active policy. Specifically with China, that has all kinds of specific relevance as that government-business setup is important with just about all trade. When you do business with China, you are doing business with the Chinese government. Small Chinese business is generally fine as they don't have the eye of government as a direct participant. But the big ones. Huawei, Alibaba, Lenovo, Tencent, etc. you're working directly with the CCP whether they make it clear or not. The implications of that, their openly stated policies and aims etc should give one pause.

I unfortunately do still buy Lenovo, since they're really the only company that makes what they make, there's little choice. But they're also the poster child for my point. They've been caught, not once, not twice, but THREE times, embedding spyware into the CMOS of machines of the type that even if you purge it from Windows, it just reinstall the next time you boot....because it's baked right into the hardware itself. It phones home to Beijing. I don't trust any tech company, I don't trust the cloud, and I don't trust any government, but when China is involved, there does need to be an expectation of extra vigilance. It's a different world there. I've purchased from plenty of smaller Chinese companies....but the big ones...no way.

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@Morpheel This might count as the first instance I've ever heard the word "taco" used as a verb.

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Eel

Well "make a taco with" is several words too long.

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@Morpheel I need to get to reddit as fast as possible to make "taco it" a meme....

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Eel

I'd be very surpised if someone else hasn't used taco as a verb before

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ThanosReXXX

@NEStalgia Meh, to-may-to, to-mah-to.
You more than likely aren't trying to annoy me on purpose, but this specific subject is doing exactly that.
I don't need an explanation on what the dictionary says is political, it is what I personally FEEL borders on the political, once we're going to throw in the meddlesome practices of certain governments that may or may not demand certain things from certain companies, and how my purchase affects the way I may possibly be aiding them in their resentful practices by buying stuff from a web shop linked to, and/or supported by the government party...

And as I said, I've ordered several things from sites like Tmart, AlieExpress and Alibaba. But perhaps to add some nuance to it: not THAT many times that I've turned into some one-man army of Chinese government support, and the couple of times that I did order, I did so because I couldn't get the specific object from another site, or not at that price point. And at times like these, I'm not really overly concerned with malpractices of governments from countries that these companies call their home, because the only alternative would be to not get the product I desire, or having to pay more for it, two choices which aren't an option worth considering, far as I'm concerned...

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HobbitGamer

I mean, half the clothes we’re wearing are probably made in China. But it’s not like Liberty Prime is knocking down my door in retribution.

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NEStalgia

@ThanosReXXX It's not about how you're aiding policies of a given government. That's a different issue that our entire Western culture is guilty of feeding by seeking slave-labor without having to actually declare the purchase of slaves despite owning them all the same. That's separate. My issue I'm talking about is about walking into the maw of an entity that has openly declared you as both their enemy and their Petri dish. It's about the personal risk of providing information about yourself to an organization seeking to collate personal information. Be it Facebook, Google, or the CCP. But as nefarious as they all are, I may despise Eric Schmidt, but I'd still give him my passwords before any card carrying CCP member. Even he has a shred of scruples, somewhere in that grinch shaped heart.

Supporting their policy is irrelevant. We have no choice. Our existence no feeds it regardless. That's a societal failure. But the point of not buying from those stores is not letting them harvest and catalog your actual person.

Of course, on the actual political side of it, Seriously, politics or no, actually read the "New Silk Road" agenda details and tell me with a straight face we're not fighting a cold war and losing badly....

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SheldonRandoms

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@Anti-Matter I wouldn't buy used video game controllers ever again. 90% of the time, it was sold because it wasn't performing correctly. It's a wearable, consumable device, and most of the time if anyone's selling it (without the rest of the system) it's because something is wrong with it. Consoles...I've had one bad experience with a used one, but even that isn't entirely a bad one (current PS4 Pro was beeping like crazy for months, but after I moved it it stopped beeping.....though the video cut out the other day. That was weird.)

I think "not from China/HK" is pretty much the safe standard rule for buying anything, "new" or not, though Not unless it's a known/trusted exporter.

That's what happened when I bought a SpongeBob and Patrick PS2 controller on ebay that one time. SpongeBob worked while Patrick didn't, the listing didn't say so, however I didn't care since it was the only listing that had the Patrick controller, so I went for it for "collectible" reasons.

Also, BIG THE CAT HAD THE BEST GAMEPLAY IN SONIC ADVENTURE ONE! You can tell that this is a fact instead of an opinion since the entire sentence was in all caps.

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Eel

Ok so something funny happened with the yarn I ordered some time ago.

After a few days I noticed it said "returned to seller" in the shipping status, and it hasn't changed since. I complained to amazon and they sent me the same skeins (balls?) again completely for free as compensation.

So right now, I received the first of the replacement skeins, in a baggie, for some reason they shipped them separately and this one simply got sent out first. Cool that's ok I can wait more.

But I also received a mysterious little box I wasn't notified I would receive.

It's the original order with both skeins.

So yay, double yarn for my trouble.

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SheldonRandoms

Now the final result can be even BIGger!

I made Sheldon & Mr. Randoms back on Flipnote Hatena, now i'm a kangaroo mod that has a funko pop collection!

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Eel

It’s a hat, it’s a scarf, it’s a bag, you can use it as a blanket, and also as a mop!

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SheldonRandoms

It'll be like that soccer ball I sewed in school that one time. I got the highest grade on my soccer ball s̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶i̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶l̶d̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶s̶e̶w̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶l̶i̶f̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶m̶e̶,̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶I̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶s̶e̶w̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶e̶n̶t̶i̶r̶e̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶b̶e̶f̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶ ̶d̶u̶e̶,̶ ̶I̶ ̶a̶s̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶M̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶h̶e̶l̶p̶ ̶m̶e̶ ̶s̶e̶w̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶s̶o̶c̶c̶e̶r̶ ̶b̶a̶l̶l̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶s̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶i̶d̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶b̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶b̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶h̶a̶n̶d̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶g̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶1̶0̶0̶%̶!̶ After my highest grade for sewing a soccer ball, I, @SheldonRandoms decided to retire from sewing altogether since I could never sew something so swell ever again. It was a once in a lifetime event, and i'd love to sew again for my adoring fans, however, the quality cannot be reached again, and I simply refuse to let my fans down, so that is the reason i'll never sew anything ever again.

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HobbitGamer

Am I the only one that misread it at first, and wound up thinking @Morpheel ordered yams online?

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Eel

Unfortunately, amazon doesn’t sell food items in Mexico.

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Tyranexx

One of the crazier recipes out there is for spaghetti tacos. I'd try it, but I've always had a slight preference for burritos and tamales. Definitely tamales. 😍


Whoever suggested switching between two times needs slapped. I'd rather stay on Daylight Savings Time year-round. That way I'd realize there's still a sun when I get off work during the winter months. XD

(Okay, my Monday hasn't been bad, just long)

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HobbitGamer

@Tyranexx I agree. There’s actually a House Bill up (again) that would end DST. Since, you know, it’s not the 40’s still.

We also should ditch US Standard and move to Metric. But there was an independent commission in the early 80s that told the Reagan administration that, essentially, Americans are to dumb to understand it and adapt to a change. So we’re stuck using Hands to measure horses, Yards to measure Feet, and different Spoons to go in Cups.... 😑

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NintendoByNature

I saw on the news DST causes people to be 25% more likely to have a heart attack. That's no joke they were serious

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Tyranexx

I'm usually slightly messed up for about a week or so even though I try to compensate for it in advance. No matter what, physically and mentally my body thinks it's Time A when it's really Time B. This one is always worse for me since it affects sleep more.

@AlohaPizzaJack: I've read about that bill though I don't know how much good it'll do as they've been introduced before.

Metric would be a bit of a change for me, but I could adapt to it and ultimately wouldn't mind if we did switch. With temps though...I kinda prefer Fahrenheit. I used to know how to convert both it and Celsius to Kelvin pretty well, but that was back in high school. XD

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