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Cobalt-60
Oct 11, 2016

Over time, random factors add up. What is chaos in the moment becomes systemic over time and space. As data accumulates, a pattern emerges.

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Teriyaki Hairpiece

Who's going to shed a year for JC Penney?

I will say this for them, they're one of the only stores to carry Big and Tall clothes at good prices and selections. Of course, I don't think this is their death, just a re-organization (and shrinkage.)

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MachineryNoise
Jan 13, 2008

So I shout "Set your life on fire!"


Gun Saliva

Bamabalacha posted:

My little brother requested the Mandarin every year for his birthday dinner for like a decade. That place loving sucks, even more so because there are so many legit amazing Asian restaurants in Toronto.

Are those other places going to give you a free meal for your birthday? I don't think so.

Bird in a Blender
Nov 17, 2005

It's amazing what they can do with computers these days.


Sekhmnet posted:

Ponderosa didn't have the crazy 'salad bar'(that was basically a buffet of everything) like sizzler but they had a shelf of cafeteria stuff where you ordered. Like you order your main meal, a steak or whatever and then move down the shelf putting sides and salads and deserts or whatever on your plastic cafeteria tray and then paid. They might have had an all you can eat shrimp or ribs but you'd have to ask the waitress to bring you more instead of just going back to the buffet to load up another plate. At least that was the routine at the ones I went to in Michigan in the 80s/90s.

We must have gone to different Ponderosas because the one I used to go to all the time as a kid definitely had a full all-you-can-eat salad bar. It's all I would get. They had other food you could eat too, cafeteria style like you said.

Doggles
Apr 22, 2007




https://twitter.com/CNBCnow/status/1261422650284314624

Yawgmoth
Sep 10, 2003

This post is cursed!


Bird in a Blender posted:

We must have gone to different Ponderosas because the one I used to go to all the time as a kid definitely had a full all-you-can-eat salad bar. It's all I would get. They had other food you could eat too, cafeteria style like you said.
The Ponderosa by my house had some oddly fantastic chicken wings and when I'd go there I'd load up like 3 plates of wings in addition to getting everything because I have the blessing/curse of an insane metabolism. That place was also my first job (as a busboy/dishwasher), and my first true experience with the lows humanity can delve to.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Yawgmoth posted:

my first true experience with the lows humanity can delve to.

Yawgmoth
Sep 10, 2003

This post is cursed!


Oh there's not much that hasn't been posted already; Ponderosa is/was just Golden Corral without a chocolate fountain. 600lbs people bringing their 300lbs and climbing kids in to stuff their faces, parents letting their kids run around screaming, hopped up on plates of ice cream and sprinkles that no doubt had already had 20+ other gross kids jamming their hands into the bucket, people making garbage lasagna every loving time so I would have to deconstruct their towers of plate/mac n' cheese/napkin/plate/napkin/mashed potatoes/plate/ice cream/etc., and my boss who gave negative fucks about anything & eventually quit to sell phone apps full time (he claimed to be getting paid $20 for each person he sold some game app to; this was 2003).

The worst people were the weird old people who had deluded themselves into thinking Ponderosa was a "fancy" restaurant because they called themselves a steakhouse. We were staffed like a CVS because sales of non-buffet items were practically a rounding error, thus there was hardly a need for actual waitstaff. But we had two couples who would come in and think they deserved to be treated like loving royalty because they were ordering steaks and only rich and classy types ate steaks so we should have an entire shift's worth of peasants people to wait on us because we are so clearly wealthy and thus more important than anyone else. And then they'd complain that they didn't get the table they wanted, that drinks weren't refilled immediately, that the staff was "disrespectful" for poo poo like wiping down a table they could see, and a bunch of other petty poo poo that no one in the company cared about. Of course, despite their constant whining, they'd be back every saturday at 5pm like loving clockwork.

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012



FlamingLiberal posted:

Retail sales dropped by almost 17% across the board last month

https://twitter.com/npr/status/1261277265041784833?s=21

How is it only seventeen percent?

Veni Vidi Ameche!
Nov 2, 2017

You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a smooth IK




Platystemon posted:

How is it only seventeen percent?

This was also my question.

FlamingLiberal
Jan 18, 2009

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It was 17% on top of the losses from March

Veni Vidi Ameche!
Nov 2, 2017

You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a smooth IK




FlamingLiberal posted:

It was 17% on top of the losses from March

Oh, poo poo.

greazeball
Feb 4, 2003




Oven Wrangler

FlamingLiberal posted:

It was 17% on top of the losses from March

It still doesn't make sense though:

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Here's how spending drops affected different parts of retail in April, compared to a month earlier:
Online (nonstore) retailers: +8.4%
Grocery stores: -13.2%
Pharmacies and other health/personal care stores: -15.2%
Big-box (general merchandise) stores: -20.8%
Gas stations: -28.8%
Department stores: -28.9%
Restaurants and bars: -29.5%
Sports, music and other hobby stores: -38%
Furniture stores: -58.7%
Clothing and accessories stores: -78.8%

I guess we don't know the volume of the different sectors (retail sales includes spending on gasoline, cars, food and drink, according to the article), but visually these numbers don't average out anywhere near -17%. Maybe there's some other giant sector that's up 40% somewhere?

WithoutTheFezOn
Aug 28, 2005
Oh no

Groceries appear to be about 1/6 of all retail sales.

Bunch of numbers in table 1 here: https://www.census.gov/retail/marts...rts_current.pdf

Duckman2008
Jan 6, 2010

TFW you see Flyers goaltending.

Grimey Drawer

People might still be ordering some clothing stuff ? Like, Iím about to order some gym shorts because Iím suddenly wearing gym shorts almost every day (not saying thatís a good idea).


I would bet pajama sales went up.

Phy
Jun 27, 2008





Fun Shoe

Toilet paper, flour and milk propping up the ecnomy

Pope Corky the IX
Dec 18, 2006

What are you looking at?

Juices, muffins
Pasta and cheese
Milk and biscuits
And cocktail sauce
I am a grocery bag

Krispy Wafer
Jul 26, 2002

I shouted out "Free the exposed 67"
But they stood on my hair and told me I was fat

Grimey Drawer

Yeah, itís difficult to gauge without knowing Marchís numbers. But March probably wasnít as bad as April since everything was still open for those first 2 weeks.

How did restaurants and bars only drop 30%?

Elviscat
Jan 1, 2008

High Energy, Good Feeling!



At least around here people are actively ordering takeout more in an effort to prop up local restaurants.

That combined with giant drive-thru lines, take-out booze in a lot of cities might have helped offset the losses somewhat.

My girlfriend has been bringing my roomates and I like a gallon of cider every weekend in an effort to support our local cidery's taproom in a one-woman effort to keep them afloat, since it's her favorite place to go out and have a couple drinks at.

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012



Go to the Winchester, grab eight warm pints, and wait for all of this to blow over.

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOwxxsPaogY

blatman
May 9, 2009

14 inc dont mez



Platystemon posted:

Go to the Winchester, grab eight warm pints, and wait for all of this to blow over.

this was the kind of societal collapse I was banking on, something where you can still band together with your fellow man and get eaten by the living dead as a team not this social distancing the-world-economy-is-bleeding-to-death bullshit, I want panic attacks because lavos erupted from deep beneath utah not panic attacks because my neighbors have been having a giant country-music party for the past 3 days

Krispy Wafer
Jul 26, 2002

I shouted out "Free the exposed 67"
But they stood on my hair and told me I was fat

Grimey Drawer

Had they just stayed at Liz's apartment everything would have been over by the next day.

Doggles
Apr 22, 2007



https://twitter.com/businessinsider...407584918786053

They're now worth only about twice the cost of the founder's golden parachute.

FlamingLiberal
Jan 18, 2009

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Doggles posted:

https://twitter.com/businessinsider...407584918786053

They're now worth only about twice the cost of the founder's golden parachute.
So I think they are now actually in line with their competitors who do the exact same thing but werenít run by a crazy Israeli cultist

Spring Heeled Jack
Feb 25, 2007


Anyone else been getting ads for these Ďsmartí toaster ovens? They usually include some kind of subscription service for the food as well, but some work by scanning the barcode on existing food packaging.

Hereís one of a few Iíve seen recently:



I have to wonder how long these companies will stick around and how useful these loving things will be if they fold. I canít imagine how much this thing actually is if thereís a $500 off sale.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007



Grimey Drawer

Spring Heeled Jack posted:


Hereís one of a few Iíve seen recently:



I have to wonder how long these companies will stick around and how useful these loving things will be if they fold. I canít imagine how much this thing actually is if thereís a $500 off sale.

Thatís exactly what I was thinking. Also itís ridiculous looking.

Promoted Pawn
Jun 8, 2005

oops



List price is $1200. Itís the natural conclusion of the ďset it and forget itĒ dream, where you portion your ingredients and it both refrigerates them until cook time and also automatically cooks them for you to be ready when you want. However this is all happening within the same chamber so if you just want to dry roast your veggies theyíre going to get steamed anyway because the pasta/rice is also boiling and throwing a bunch of steam into the chamber.

Also it looks like itís really only capable of making a basic ďpasta/rice and meat and veggiesĒ meal, which is good but also so easy to make that I canít imagine anyone spending $1200 on a device that only does that thing. Anyone whos time is so valuable that this looks like a good proposition is just gonna get take-out anyway.

Haifisch
Nov 12, 2010

Objection! I object! That was... objectionable!






Taco Defender

Spring Heeled Jack posted:

Anyone else been getting ads for these ‘smart’ toaster ovens? They usually include some kind of subscription service for the food as well, but some work by scanning the barcode on existing food packaging.

Here’s one of a few I’ve seen recently:



I have to wonder how long these companies will stick around and how useful these loving things will be if they fold. I can’t imagine how much this thing actually is if there’s a $500 off sale.
The stupidest part is that if your goal is to avoid meal planning, prepping, or cooking it's already accomplished by a regular toaster oven, which is perfectly capable of heating prepackaged food with no effort.

The only possible advantage is the subscription meals which I assume are intended to be healthier than typical toaster oven meals, but from what Pawn says it's already just replicating the lowest effort meals you can make other than soup.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007



Grimey Drawer

Some motherfucker is always trying to reinvent the wheel.

Just on the face of it it doesnít look like you are really even saving that much time

FlamingLiberal
Jan 18, 2009

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Promoted Pawn posted:

List price is $1200. Itís the natural conclusion of the ďset it and forget itĒ dream, where you portion your ingredients and it both refrigerates them until cook time and also automatically cooks them for you to be ready when you want. However this is all happening within the same chamber so if you just want to dry roast your veggies theyíre going to get steamed anyway because the pasta/rice is also boiling and throwing a bunch of steam into the chamber.

Also it looks like itís really only capable of making a basic ďpasta/rice and meat and veggiesĒ meal, which is good but also so easy to make that I canít imagine anyone spending $1200 on a device that only does that thing. Anyone whos time is so valuable that this looks like a good proposition is just gonna get take-out anyway.
You can make that same kind of meal with a $120 InstaPot

Spring Heeled Jack
Feb 25, 2007


FlamingLiberal posted:

You can make that same kind of meal with a $120 InstaPot

You can buy a stove, an instapot, and at least a weeks worth of groceries for $1200.

PHIZ KALIFA
Dec 21, 2011
ABS THUNDERSKULL.

element: thunderbolts.

steed: a thunderbolt.

slogan/motto: "gonna clap them cheeks like a Thunderskull."


(scoffs at these bougie fucks while cooking a starfish on an upturned Chock Full O' Nuts coffee tin)

Teriyaki Hairpiece
Dec 29, 2006

Ask me about my dream Frasier episode where Frasier and Bulldog oil their heads and then rub them together. It's definitely not a fetish of mine, I swear!

I dream of someday owning a Tob-260N which will do everything short of sucking your dad's dick and even that only costs $250

Trabant
Nov 26, 2011

All systems nominal.


Grimey Drawer

^ That's a hell of a sentence.

greazeball
Feb 4, 2003




Oven Wrangler

Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

I dream of someday owning a Tob-260N which will do everything short of sucking your dad's dick and even that only costs $250

Well Father's Day is coming up... how much for the Premium version?

FlamingLiberal
Jan 18, 2009

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So, and apparently this is not a joke, Chuck E Cheese created a separate brand name for them to sell pizza and wings via food delivery apps since in most places they canít open normally

https://twitter.com/usatoday/status...6810162176?s=21

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017



That's probably smart. No one's going to pick Chuck E Cheese when they want pizza without the accompaniment of a raucus arcade and playground overseen by a robot rat.

The Moon Monster
Dec 30, 2005
THIS CUSTOM TITLE WILL COME IN HANDY WHILE LURKING


Spring Heeled Jack posted:

Anyone else been getting ads for these Ďsmartí toaster ovens? They usually include some kind of subscription service for the food as well, but some work by scanning the barcode on existing food packaging.

Hereís one of a few Iíve seen recently:



I have to wonder how long these companies will stick around and how useful these loving things will be if they fold. I canít imagine how much this thing actually is if thereís a $500 off sale.

Suvie huh? So is this company's entire business plan selling to people who think this is what that sous vide they've been hearing about is?

Pastry of the Year
Apr 12, 2013



FlamingLiberal posted:

So, and apparently this is not a joke, Chuck E Cheese created a separate brand name for them to sell pizza and wings via food delivery apps since in most places they canít open normally

https://twitter.com/usatoday/status...6810162176?s=21

This is Pasqually, by the way:



I actually have a great fondness for those weird old Chuck E. Cheese animatronic characters, so when this news broke yesterday I was like you know what, good for you.

You may argue about the quality of CEC pizza, but it's where I learned, as a kid, that I love black olives, so it can never go below 2/5 for me.

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Moon Slayer
Jun 19, 2007

What is this hippy-dippy BS? We're here to save lives, not teach yoga or start a rave.


Hell Gem

Charles "Chuck" Entertainment Cheese.

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