Thoughts on the Latest Pokémon News: Diamond, Pearl, and Legends Arceus

So, we had a couple of new trailers drop yesterday for the upcoming Pokémon games. After watching both, I have thoughts about everything.

Diamond and Pearl:

-The Underground has gotten revamped. We’re not just digging up treasure and making secret bases. We can also catch Pokémon down there. What we can catch will change, which will keep it interesting.

-The Pokétch has returned and we’ll be using it for HM moves. I don’t know if the Poké Radar is back and I’m hoping it is, because I did enjoy chaining for shinies.

-Amnity Square has been expanded. We get to make Poffins and let our Pokémon play. It still seems that the “only cute Pokémon” are allowed out of their Balls. I wasn’t happy with that rule the first time around and I don’t know if I’ll be just as disappointed again. I’m hoping not.

-Contests are back. I don’t know if I’ll take part in them; I’m mostly concerned about getting Ribbons on my Golurk, Riser and I seriously doubt I’ll be able to bring him over to Sinnoh. But I might be pleasantly surprised. We’ll see.

-There is some customization in this game, which is a definite step up from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. GameFreak claimed that the player characters were too iconic and well known to change, so they refused to have any customization in the Hoenn remakes. It honestly felt like a step down from X and Y. But now that’s been fixed; I can’t wait to journey through Sinnoh in a nice pair of pants and without a freaking hat.

-I love the new models. Cheryl looks especially good. I just hope that the game follows the story we got in Platinum; if I have to double back to fight Fantina, I will not be happy.

-Looks like Honey Trees are still a thing. I just hope that this time, if I run into a shiny Combee, it’s female.

Legends Arceus:

-We’re getting customization in this game as well. Not just with clothing but the hair as well.

-We’re also getting a Ranch where we can keep our extra Pokémon. We can keep a full party of six but the extras go to the Ranch. It makes sense, as we’re in the era before computers and electricity. But I wonder how we’re going to heal our Pokémon; we probably aren’t going to have a Pokémon Center anywhere in this Region.

-Certain Pokémon are “Noble” Pokémon and we’re going to have to go up against them. It seems that some of the Pokémon that are going to help you on your journey are Noble Pokémon. As to whether or not we have to battle them or befriend them it isn’t clear. But some of them apparently have Wardens, so we might be gaining the trust of the Warden to use their Partners. Again, it’s not completely clear.

-Speaking of Noble Pokémon, this is A Thing That Exists:

-Meet Kleavor. It’s a Bug/Rock type and it’s known as the Axe Pokémon. It’s also an evolved form of Scyther. But I’m forced to wonder why we haven’t seen it before. This seems to be a past version of Sinnoh, so I’m wondering if things like Kleavor and the other Nobles went extinct. We’ve touched on the idea of extinction in Pokémon before–every Fossil Pokémon is technically extinct until it’s revived through science–but this would be a new take on it. I mean, it’s an interesting, if sad, idea and we know that extinction exists in the Pokémon world.

To say that the games look amazing is putting it mildly. I’m absolutely excited for these games and can’t wait to get my hands on them. My plans for the winter involve staying home. I won’t be bored during the long winter months.

Diamond and Pearl remakes are out in November. Legends Arceus will follow in January. As for pre-order bonuses, those remain to be seen.

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Workin’ for the Weekend Redux

I kept it light yesterday because I was stressed. Good lord, I was stressed. Sunday had been a meh day overall, but Saturday was a nightmare.

Saturday started off badly; I had to go in early because Prime had to be in at 7. So I wasn’t in the best mood to begin with, but it got worse. I had decided to take one of those “cakes in a cup” to work and the damn thing popped open, so I had flour inside my backpack. Not cool and a pain in the ass to clean. Then, I had to clock in and things really went to hell.

There had been a call in at the door. So there were only two people down there, which isn’t enough on a Saturday. Remember, we have walks to do, breaks and lunches to run, the usual. So I was sent to the door to help.

There were only two people down there all day. I should have been there for the rest of my shift. But every time I went on break, I was pulled to the front end afterwards. Which left them shorthanded at the door.

Hell, I almost ended up stuck on the front end after lunch until my coworker mentioned that she would be BY HERSELF after 16:00. That’s when the supervisor pulled her head out and sent me back down. But that was the second time that bullshit happened.

It didn’t happen a third. I didn’t check in after my last break. I just went back to the door. For reasons. Namely, I was there until 19:00 and would be the only one able to do the 18:00 walk. I planned for it. I even set myself up to be ready to grab the paperwork and take off after I shut the entrance door.

I was planning on staying at the entrance and calling for help on the exit, with that person staying there as I shut and locked the door, tallied up the numbers on the door count sheet, and grabbed the clipboard for the last walk. It would be easy, right?

Nope. I called for assistance for the EXIT door and was sent someone who only knew the ENTRANCE. So yeah, I had to stay at the exit door until everyone else had left, then had twenty minutes to squeeze in the last walk and file the paperwork. Holy fuck.

But here’s the thing: I wasn’t the only one dealing with this kind of shit. Literally the entire store had to deal with this. Multiple people were yanked from their departments and placed elsewhere because we had no coverage. Pharmacy had to pull from the front end. Optical had someone closing the department who had never closed before. Clothing kept calling for help. And we only had three people at the door for the entire day!

My coworker who was shoved in Optical said that Saturday was the second time that week she had broken down crying. Her anxiety was through the roof. Nearly everyone was saying as they left, “Fuck this shit!” No one was happy. Everyone was at wit’s end. Hell, it’s been almost three days since that shit show and I still feel mentally and physically exhausted! It was that bad.

Right now, we’re doing our seasonal hiring. If shit keeps up like this, not one of them are going to make it through November, let alone the Christmas season. We are absolutely screwed right now.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!

The opening to The Karate Kid. Yes, this actually existed. Don’t ask. Just don’t.

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Best Part of Waking Up…

It’s been another shitty week, so I’m going to make it a kitty week. So here’s some cats, relaxing. Enjoy!

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Pumpkin Spite Edition

1) Current mood:

2) This is your weekly reminder that #FacebookIsTrash.

3) Thought for the Week: The light at the end of the tunnel… is just the headlight of an oncoming train.

4) Last Sunday, one of my coworkers said she was just about ready to walk off the job. Why? Well, it seems that her closer called in that day, which isn’t unusual for her. So, apparently when she got the news, she reacted in an over the top, but sarcastic, manner. It was a joke. Her reaction was a joke. But one of the managers–KB–saw it and dragged her into the office. Why? According to him, she was “screaming” in front of the members, which absolutely wasn’t true. However, her closer? She’s gotten a counseling notice, but that’s all. Now, who should be the one getting an earful from management: the person who has a sarcastic reaction to getting screwed over yet again or the one who hasn’t made her ninety days and keeps calling in constantly? Because I think the answer is obvious.

5) I visited my local Walmart on Wednesday and I literally have no idea as to why. The shelves are still bare, one of the items I needed to get for Prime was out, and the FSA items I purchased couldn’t go on the FSA card. Even worse? One of the FSA items had a coupon for $3 off but the register wouldn’t accept said coupon. I have no idea why I keep going to Walmart to buy anything; it’s not worth the hassle. I’m thinking next time I need something, I’m going to check Meijer first. I might be pleasantly surprised if I do.

6) My Costco finally got masks. There’s a limit of two, so I went ahead and got the limit. I have no idea how long they’ll last; people have been requesting them a lot lately.

7) The Brewers’ magic number is still two. Also, I hate the dirty red birds known as the St. Louis Cardinals. For reasons.

With that said, I’ll pause for now. But stop by again next week for more random thoughts. So until next time, stay safe, have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

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Weekly Reader: Vol 3 Issue 38

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse. It’s another edition of Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something to share, drop a link over in the comments!

Peter Thiel’s Origin Story (from The Intelligencer): “In 2019, while on a trip to Washington to answer questions from Congress about his digital currency, Thiel joined Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, Trump, and their spouses at the White House. The specifics of the discussion were secret — but, as I report in my book, Thiel later told a confidant that Zuckerberg came to an understanding with Kushner during the meal. Facebook, he promised, would continue to avoid fact-checking po­litical speech — thus allowing the Trump campaign to claim whatever it wanted. If the company followed through on that promise, the Trump administra­tion would lay off on any heavy-handed regulations.”

Facebook forced troll farm content on over 40% of all Americans each month (from Ars Technica): “What’s more, the troll farms were able to slip their content into Instant Articles and Ad Breaks, two Facebook programs that give partners a cut from sales of advertisements that run alongside page content. “In Instant Articles, there was a period when perhaps as much as 60% of Instant article reads were taking place on scraped content, which is the Troll Farms article writing method of choice,” Allen said. Facebook had been inadvertently paying the troll farms.”

Misophonia: When Life’s Noises Drive You Mad (from NPR): “Misophonia got its name just a few years ago, and it is not officially listed as a diagnosis in any medical manuals. Many doctors have never heard of it, and if patients do mention their symptoms, they are sometimes dismissed or diagnosed with a mood disorder.”

‘I regret having children’ (from Maclean’s): “Unsurprisingly, women who express regret are called selfish, unnatural, abusive “bad moms” or believed to “exemplify the ‘whining’ culture we allegedly live in,” as Donath puts it. One commenter called Dutton “an utterly miserable, cold-hearted and selfish woman.” Even Donath has been savaged for her research: one critic suggested she be burned alive.”

Sir Walter Raleigh’s Colony Vanished Over 400 Years Ago. Scientists Are Still Looking (from NPR): “It’s one of the nation’s great mysteries: The first permanent colony of English settlers in what would become the U.S., founded in North Carolina in 1587 by Sir Walter Raleigh, disappeared three years later with virtually no trace.

Now, archaeologists hope a new search for the Lost Colony will unearth clues about what happened to 117 men, women and children who vanished and were never seen again.”

‘I need help’: Michigan health official troubled after almost being run off the road by anti-maskers (from Raw Story): “In his Aug. 22 email to commissioners, in which the health officer provides extensive data supporting the county’s school mask requirement, London paints a dark picture of the abuse he has faced, from people “accusing me of being a deep state agent of liberal-progressive socialist powers that are working to undo the America they love (paraphrased minus expletives)” to others calling him a “child-abusing monster.””

Dog collar or slave collar? A Dutch museum interrogates a brutal past. (from National Geographic): “From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Dutch traders sold more than 600,000 Africans to buyers in North and South America and enslaved and sold between 660,000 and 1.1 million people from Asian territories.”

Here’s Why Firefighters Are Wrapping Sequoia Trees In Aluminum Blankets (from NPR): “General Sherman looms over the north end of Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. Firefighters and park officials have been on alert in recent days, as the KNP Complex Fire has neared the area.

Intent on saving General Sherman and other high-priority trees, firefighters wrapped sequoias in aluminum-based blankets, sheathing the trees’ foot-thick bark with a synthetic material to help them survive.”

That’s all for today. But don’t fret. I’ll be back again, same bot time, same bot channel, with other tidbits and factoids you’ll want to digest. Until then, have a great rest of your week, stay safe and I’ll see you soon!

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Dumb Bunnies

So this is A Thing That Is Actually Happening: Disneyland makes Toontown ride ‘more relevant’ with Jessica Rabbit as central character. You are reading that correctly. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is getting an update and we’re getting Jessica as a private investigator.

bUt tHE tReNcHCoAt iS bAGgY!! 🙄

““Jessica Rabbit has determined it is past time for her to throw her fedora in the ring by starting her own private investigation service,” according to the new Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin backstory. “Watch out weasels, your reign of terror is over.””

Now, if you’ve actually ever watched the movie–and paid some damn attention!–you’d know that this is pretty much in line with Jessica’s character. In the third act of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jessica was the one risking her safety to both try and protect her husband and clear his name. While in Toontown, she was the one who saved Eddie Valiant’s life. She’s a helluva lot more than a simple damsel in distress and Disney is trying to reflect that.

But that hasn’t stopped the assmad “fans” from throwing multiple tantrums.

There are people on Twitter claiming that “Disney doesn’t understand her character”–funny, as SHE’S DISNEY’S CHARACTER–or that the “PC police” have struck or her trenchcoat is “baggy”.

Let’s be totally blunt here: this all boils down to “bOoBiEs gO jIgGLe” in these people’s minds. That’s it. They never saw Jessica as an actual character. To them, she was merely eye candy, put there for their titillation. Her character can’t change because to them, she has none.

Would these same “fans” complain about Mickey Mouse’s character radically “changing” because he’s not steering a steamboat? I mean, Mickey has changed jobs and appearances multiple times, but we don’t hear a lot of complaints about it.

Characters are not static. They can and do change. It’s true for every franchise and property. Don’t believe me? Compare G1 Bumblebee to 2007’s take on the character. There are differences and some fairly major ones. But at the core, it’s still Bumblebee either way!

Characters change. They get updates. It happens. What worked thirty years ago might not necessarily work today. The recent changes to this Disneyland attraction is a reflection of that. The original concept has been updated because things change. That’s a fact of life. And if a property can’t change, then the chances are very high that it will be left by the wayside.

There’s been a long enough drought when it comes to Roger Rabbit anything. I’m fine–hell, I’m better than fine!–with this. But then again, I always saw Jessica as more than a pretty face, so that might be part of it.

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Thoughts on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Warning! Spoilers!)

Whoever thought of this was a freaking GENIUS. ❤

Netflix has just started airing their new animated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series and Prime and I caught a few episodes. As always, I have a few thoughts on the series, so I’ll post them.

A word of caution: this post will contain spoilers. If you’d rather not know, then don’t read past this point. Everyone else? Let’s do this thing!

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Cat Break

For a day off, today sucked. So we’re just going to have a cat video. Because fuck everything.

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