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MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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uli2000 posted:

I know this is the companies circling the drain thread and not the companies that are punching well above their weight thread, but Freakonomics had a great podcast about how Trader Joe's, despite doing pretty much the opposite of what grocers in the US are supposed to do (no advertising, store brands only, paying high wages) and not only succeeding but being the most profitable US grocer per square foot by a long shot.

Its because TJ's is awesome.

Everyone that I've been to is always busy and they have good quality stuff.

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MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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ryonguy posted:

They positioned themselves as a Tumblr replacement but didn't know that the .io TLD has a blanket soft ban on porn until somebody mentioned it to them yesterday.

https://twitter.com/Pillowfort_io/s...065521863737344

I have my doubts they are anymore competent than tumblr.

Lol owned.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Catboy Autonomist posted:

I'll also add a similar thing happened c. 2010 with Digg to Reddit when they managed to completely gently caress up their own site's functionality

That said i think in general there will be a shift away from large monopolistic online social media platforms back to smaller places as these kinds of place struggle to be financially viable in the long run or capable of being moderated properly (Reddit for example, I don't believe has ever turned a profit but keeps getting money from investors lol)

Hell yes 2019 is the year for the SA forums!

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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kumba posted:

there are a ton of 7-11s on the west coast of florida, though when I moved to central florida there is not a single one within a 50-100 mile radius

Thereís a million of them here in California. I went to Chicago a few months ago and they are opening like 3(?) new ones around Wriggly field.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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The Moon Monster posted:

Wait so did they actually cause/exacerbate those fires

Yes.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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FilthyImp posted:

Amazon also does returns through a drop-off table in some Kohls locations.

I just did this today and drat if itís not a smart move by kohlís. While I was there at least 5 other people came in to return stuff and when you do your return you get a 25% off coupon on your total purchase.

I have to imagine they are getting a pretty decent return for letting amazon use the small space and two employees.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Don Gato posted:

Wasn't the app store from the iPhone 3? I remember the original iPhone was terrible but enough people bought it that a couple of years later it managed to actually change the world.

Granted I was dirt poor at the time and couldn't afford a phone so I'm not actually sure how good or bad it was.

The OG iPhone was anything but terrible.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Fenarisk posted:

I tried something like this on a flight a month ago and they won't let you bring it on board.

On a 5 hour flight my phone barely lasts with music and playing hearthstone on the wifi (samsung s6), it was awful.

Iíve flown all over the world this past year and never had an issue with my larger Anker pack.


Also I always laugh at people running around the airport looking for a plug because their phone is gonna die and they canít call their ride.

Always travel with a battery pack. Even the small ones will charge your phone a few times and they take like no space.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Trabant posted:

Target isn't circling the drain, but they are in drain-circling retail and this is incredibly dumb:

Lol this is hilarious.

You know I just had a thought... wouldnít this be skirting the consumer protection laws? Like when you take something to the register and it rings up for a different price vs whatís displayed?

Seems like they are playing a dangerous game here.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Rick posted:

It's my fault, I tried the amazon basic shirts this year instead of doing my normal JC Penny trip. I promise next time I buy work clothes to go back to pennys please stay open.

Let me tell you about this little shop called Costco my friend.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Sex Hobbit posted:

LaCroix's only legitimate use is as a gin mixer.

I donít think I can agree with this.

Donít sully gin like that.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Killswitch posted:

How does anyone call it anything but club soda?

Branding.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Biplane posted:

Just like gin!

Hey not fair not all gins are garbage. Just a lot of them. Especially the American ones.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Groda posted:



I badgered my parents for New York Seltzer so much when I was a kid. It had such satisfying packaging -- I think the labels were polystyrene, and were so satisfying to peel off.

Oh yes! These are good!

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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This would be amazing.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Pick posted:

I've got a metric shitload of tumblr followers, but they never seem to be pornbots. What are you posting?

Porn ofc.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Iron Crowned posted:

is it at least good porn?

Itís on tumblr what does your heart tell you?

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Manky Tungeon posted:

Just came across this post...





haha

Thats pretty amazing if thats true.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Yeah I have a huge rear end loving tv and rocking sound system and Iíd pay to watch the 4K version of whatever new release at home.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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kumba posted:

Disney+ will be out this year, and there's no way they're not going to try and capitalize on exactly that

I imagine it will be like Amazon Prime; pay the $6.99 for Disney+ and get access to their archive of old poo poo, and then a la carte purchases for $10ish to rent a brand new movie (or maybe not opening day but the next week etc)

I would be incredibly surprised if they didn't do that

I might be ok with this.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Krispy Wafer posted:


Thatís the only problem Netflix is having. They want their streaming movies considered for awards, but to do that they need a limited release in theaters. Theyíve been blocked by so many chains that theyíve considered buying a small theater chain specifically for releasing their movies for Oscar consideration.

https://www.latimes.com/business/ho...0409-story.html

This is probably going to happen and should solve their problem.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

https://deadspin.com/how-much-longe...ball-1833463105

This is the article. It's wonderful and about how wretched the whole MLB is and how they're getting worse. People want to blame "pacing issues" or TV or whatever for the decreasing popularity of baseball, when in reality if an average person could drive to a game on a weekday and have a hot dog and a beer and have the whole thing cost $30 or less, it'd fix their attendance problems right quick.

Yeah this. Itís a whole lot a bullshit that if I wanna go to a game with a friend itís a $200 day for both of us easy (probably more TBH).

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Movie pass + amc Stubbs premier = plenty of free drinks lol.

I was sad when it went under but there was no way it was gonna work.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Shrapnig posted:

Minor league baseball is cheap because the players get paid like $10k a season and the team employees, like front office staff, not concession people, make about $40k a year to have “general manager” and the like roles while working 90 hours a week.

Some of them do not get paid much but the average is not quite that low.


MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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quote:

Itís easy to sympathize with a kid who is not a high draft pick yet longs to play in the majors. If he needs considerable development, heíll likely start in Single-A ball. There, he would make approximately $1,600 per month on average for an A+ league or $1,300 per month for A, with many of the players living with host families. It is here that many question how a ballplayer is making a living wage.

After that, the salaries change. A player in Double-A will earn approximately $6,000 a month on average, and those in Triple-A (the players most likely to be developed into Major League talent) average about $10,000 a month. Itís not major league money, and many would say that $10,000 a month would allow you to live comfortably, but remember, the seasons in the minors are shorter than those in MLB.

Single A really sucks for these dudes but the majority of them are young and developing talent to play in the majors.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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pangstrom posted:

Real Fans will disagree, but baseball is such a static sport that it's arguably more exciting when it's played only semi-competently. Balls getting past the catcher, infielders booting plays, outfielders misjudging balls, base running mistakes etc. are exciting. Bad soccer or football or hockey or basketball is just bad.

The feeder leagues of every sport are pretty depressing from a salary / odds of "making it" perspective.

The documentary on Netflix ďThe battered bastards of baseballĒ illustrates this pretty well. Itís a good watch.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Ofecks posted:

During my awkward early teenage years I liked basketball. Michael Jordan and Shaq were still playing, to give an indication on timeframe. Watching the crowd go nuts at college tourney games and Dick Vitale's colorful commentary was especially good. I had a cheap hoop in my driveway, and I had NBA Jam on SNES.

I've seen enough American Football to understand the rules, mostly as a curiosity because my dad would get so worked up over it. I guess I kind of get the appeal of the sport but it is incredibly overblown and a huge waste of resources in student athletics, especially for public schools. Also the name is a misnomer and it bothers me. I'm hoping it will eventually go extinct so the real Football can take its own name back. And on that note, I don't know much about actual Football except it's the dominant sport pretty much everywhere except the US and Japan, although I imagine that has changed in the former over my lifetime due to our growing hispanic population.

I like retro baseball video games (the basic formula that Famicom Baseball in '83 invented, and everyone else copied) but you'd have to pay me to watch it on TV. I did a couple times in high school because the guy who dated my crushes (more than once) was into it and I guess it was a "what's his secret" thing. As it turns out, he was more attractive and cooler than me, and baseball is incredibly boring to watch.

WTF is ice hockey? I live in a southern state so it's pretty alien. The Nintendo game was fun I guess!

I was reading this post and I was like ok yeah this person doesnít live in the US....

You live in the south and thats how you talk about football? So very very odd.

Real football is awesome though you should definitely learn about it. Going to a football game really is a lot of fun ( at least here in LA) because of how great the crowds are.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Gann Jerrod posted:

The ThinkGeek website is shutting down, with a remnant surviving on GameStop’s website.


This news combined with GameStop’s current woes makes me wonder if it’ll last the year.

Lol!!!!!!

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Sir Lemming posted:

Aw drat, I actually like World Market, hope they're able to stick around.

I like BB&B too, but it's just so plainly obvious that you can get the same stuff cheaper and more convenient anywhere else. They give away 20% off coupons like candy because that's the only way to get a good price there.

I don't really know what would save them.

I love world market!

The one near me closed down and I was sad.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Croatoan posted:

Subway blows and there's way more options now than there were 10 years ago. Here's a good example, when was the last time you ate at Quiznos?

I do agree with this except for the fact that there are 24 hour subways that actually get a lot of business.

When itís 3 - 4 in the morning there arenít many ďhealthyĒ options around.

I had my first subway in literally years because there was nothing else worth a poo poo that was open. It did the job but I absolutely wouldnít having it if it was the middle of the day.

Also jersey mikes is loving expensive.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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I've never had JJ because it really wasn't a thing in CA until recently and even now I can't be bothered when I can just go here....

https://fatsalsdeli.com/menu/

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Pick posted:

Subways smell FOUL and I don't know what that smell is

Its the fresh baked bread OP.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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DariusLikewise posted:

Tim Horton's I think was going downhill before the acquisition. Losing their coffee bean supplier to McDonalds in 2011 degraded their coffee quality quite a bit.

Well this explains why McDonalds coffee is probably the best coffee out of all the chains (and I prefer it over Starbucks).

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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How Rude posted:

Counterpoint: said furry is also a queer black guy and it makes all the lovely straight white guys in the terrible fighting game community froth at the mouth when he wins. He rules.

Counter counter point: itís still loving weird.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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JITB tacos are amazing.

They really have no right to be good but they are.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Ariong posted:

SonicFox: You know what I am? Iím a dog chasing cars.


On the one hand I wish they wouldnít drown it in that weird sauce, but on the other hand they might be doing that so we canít tell what the meat tastes like.

Its not actually meat

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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Haifisch posted:

But doing what works isn't disruptive.

Semi-related:
https://twitter.com/JoeyAguaFresca/...7211525120?s=19

Lol the second video is gold.

Also I guess itís hard to pay attention while driving.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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butt dickus posted:

Heifer, heiferettes and cows are all female, but we call them different "genders." I'm not sure if that's an industry term or just one that we use. Fun fact: cattle dongs are called "pizzles."

A heifer is a specific term used for a female cow that has not had a calf. Itís definitely an industry term.

A cow in general denotes a female that has had a calf.

MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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BloodBag posted:



I know that looks cool and all, but from my experience if you let Titanium get purple like that, you've not kept the gas flowing over it long enough after you've finished the arc.

Interesting! Will it still hold fine or is it not structurally sound?

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MarcusSA
Sep 23, 2007






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BloodBag posted:

It's just oxidized. It should be okay. In the field of work I do, Titanium cannot be oxidized in the heat affected zone like that. Come to think of it, that material may also be stainless steel, which got up to 1000įF. I do electron beam welding so everything I do is done under a vacuum to protect the beam as well as eliminate oxidation.

drat thatís cool as poo poo. The only welding I did was in high school and I was not good at it lol.

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