Car Subscriptions? What Are We Talking About?

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Happy Car LogoIs this what the world is coming to these days? I mean, this seems so ridiculous to me, it’s worse than a car lease! You pay anywhere from $600 to $3,000 or more per month for a car and after your 24 month contract is up, you don’t own anything! Plus, unlike a car lease, there will be no option to buy the car when the contract ends, even if you wanted to! This new scam … I mean, scheme is called a car “subscription plan” modeled after the way cell phone companies handle their cell phone plans and customers (Yep, you read that right). It appears that Volvo, Porsche, Cadillac, Audi, Ford and more companies are trying to get in on the act. One big difference that I should note here is that, unlike a lease, this new “subscription” plan covers your insurance and maintenance as well. This seems like you have no control over just about anything, and heaven forbid if you scratch it or go over your miles per month limit! It all sounds good, but really, isn’t this kind of like throwing your money away when you can buy a car or truck and actually own the damn thing when you are done?? Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know.

If you don’t believe me or if you want to learn more, check out the link to the original article.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Maximum Character Slots Per Server

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Yep, this is another SWToR post/rant, only this time it’s about a problem I am having or ran into after the latest patch, the United Forces (hardware consolidation) update. I mention the hardware consolidation part because that’s really where this problem started. You see, SWToR was originally spread out over many servers, each one a duplicate of the others. You had X number of character slots on a server, and then you could go to a different server and make more. This meant that you could really have lots of toons, they were just spread out over however many servers you played on.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Dark and Light Pimp Daddy’s

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Like I mentioned in a previous post, I play Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I just had to share this screenshot with all none of you that visit my site. This is one of my main characters, a Jedi (on the left) and at this point in time he is running around with his companion that is a Sith Lord named Lord Scourge (on the right). The funny part of this thing is the eyewear that both toons have on. First of all the match, they are the same thing, which happened totally by accident. But also, the eyewear makes them look totally like futuristic Pimp Daddy’s!!!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic – Favorite Pastime

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So, I thought I’d post a screenshot of how one of my Sith characters I play in Star Wars: The Old Republic enjoys his days and/or nights when he gets let out to play. Yep, that’s right, he’s Force Choking a Jedi General during a fight in which he commences to whup up on that general pretty good. My Sith, Darth Zenril is his name by the way, won the fight hands down … or out in this case! 😉

Image of Sith Force Choking a Jedi

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I Fell On A Black Day

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Life’s had me busy and tied up with lots of things, so for all you people that don’t read this blog anyway, yes I’m finally posting something.

You see, I don’t watch the news on TV and I don’t read the paper. I don’t follow news and current events on the Internet though I could, and I used to. Heck at one point I called myself a news junkie, but I used to get so mad or upset or whatever over all of the nothing but bad news all the time, I just quit keeping up with news. I had to for my own sanity and health to be honest. However, that means that sometimes I am late to the party for some things. And this one is a big one.

Chris Cornell … yep, that Chris Cornell, the singer and creative juggernaut behind great bands like Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog  Continue reading

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Mission Control … er, I mean Movie Control

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Image saying cancelledYou know, it’s sad the things that control what happens in Hollywood. I’ve seen a lot of movies, what can I say, I’m old. And, I’ve seen some great starts to what should have been, and what everyone thought would have been, a great trilogy or franchise. Even sometimes a reboot of an old movie, subject or idea can be done right and you think “Wow! This is going to be a great series of films!!!”. They can be rebooted wrong too, I know, but for now I am thinking of the good ones. So we have a film that is great, and we expect more of the same. But let me tell you, you might be surprised at some of the things that can stop a film from being made. Even if the movie itself did well at the box office, depending on what it was about, it may have a lot of potential to sell merchandise like toys and stuff. If the merch didn’t do well, that alone might be enough to can a film if they didn’t think the sequels were going to sell the junk any better. Sometimes it’s as simple as finding out another studio has a similar project in the works and now the movie company producing whatever film it was thinks theirs will look like a knockoff of the other movie, because the other movie will come out sooner.

I’ve read about Hollyweird buying up scripts not with the intention of ever actually making the movie! No, they just don’t want anyone else to make the movie! So they buy the script, sometimes for millions of dollars, and just sit on it!!! Sometimes it’s casting problems that can stop a movie, or bad management from the beginning so the planning for it never really pans out. It’s crazy how many movies have died horrible deaths for stupid reasons.

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