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#1 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

Every year, I run a Black Friday thread that details all of the video game deals that will be happening. I run this particular thread for two main reasons:

  • I love a good sale on video games
  • I want all of the information to be combined and available in one goddamn place, not strewn all over the internet

However, this year in particular, I've noticed a trend that...in all honesty...disgusts me. More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day. We're not talking about stores opening at 10:00pm or something. We're talking about 5:00pm, 6:00pm, times like that. It's fucking annoying.

My family celebrates Thanksgiving every year in a very minimalist fashion. It's my parents, my two brothers, our grandfather and our uncle. That's it. We don't have big family get-togethers, namely because we live in Texas and the majority of any living family is either in Canada or Ohio (with my mother's family scattered all kinds of places). We'll get some visits from our old friends and such, but beyond that, we keep it relatively quiet. In the last year or two, we've added my nephew (my youngest brother's son) and two girlfriends (mine and my other brother's) to the table. This is the Thanksgiving we've known the entire time we grew up: we had one spot to be at, we took about an hour or two to eat, then we sat around and did nothing for the rest of the day. We've recently added darts to the mix, but beyond that, it's simple. In all honesty, growing up poor, we were lucky if we even had more than a turkey that my father was given at work and some stuffing and carrots. Nowadays, with more of us being older, the table isn't nearly as barren. We are genuinely THANKFUL on Thanksgiving for the fact that we are alive, loved, and have each other.

However, not until a little over a year ago when I started dating my girlfriend did I finally take part in a "big family Thanksgiving." Most of her father's immediate family lives here in Texas, and her parents are divorced. This means that there are at least two Thanksgiving dinners to go to, and if her mother and step-dad stay in town, it's three total.

I've never known what it's like to see 20-30 people in one house for Thanksgiving until then. I never knew that you could have almost four tables worth of food laid out. I never knew what any of that stuff was like. The hectic nature of it all, especially since that first Thanksgiving with her was only about three weeks into dating, was absolute madness to me.

That madness immediately made me think about Black Friday shopping, namely because this part of her family's idea of after-Thanksgiving fun time is to go wait in line at stores for Black Friday and then try to get the best sales possible. They will literally be on speakerphone at different stores with each other offering explanations of wait times in line, position in lines, what sales they are going for. It's like a fucking military operation hunting down a terrorist (please don't get angry at me like I'm Tom Cruise for that comparison OMG!).

Now, this whole thing didn't happen until later in the night - sometime after 10:00pm. However, now with the times being pushed up towards the 5:00pm - 6:00pm area at some stores, the family has pushed Thanksgiving time up to around 10:00am.

My first thought: this is fucking ridiculous.

Thanksgiving is a time when you should be with your families, a time when we give thanks to...whatever is out there...for the harvests to be plentiful in the upcoming year. It's a time of feasting and resolution of problems over the year. It's a time to celebrate the beauty of the fall, the glory of nature, and the turning of the seasons.

It's being trampled on by goddamn consumerism. This may seem like one of those rants that you hear around Christmas time, that Christmas is just a commercialized holiday. You might be right. I don't know, nor do I care if it is. The commercialization of Christmas is drastically different in my opinion to what Thanksgiving and Black Friday has become. People care more about a fucking sale on needless shit than they do about being with their families for the day.

What pisses me off more is the thought that people have to work on goddamn Thanksgiving. THEY HAVE TO WORK ON THE DAY THEY SHOULD BE SPENDING WITH THEIR FAMILY!

I didn't honestly mind this Black Friday shit whenever it was actually ON Black Friday. However, it's invading some personal space now, a comfort zone that I don't care to lose. What happens next year? Stores open at noon on Thanksgiving Day? Hell, my work place is opening at 6:00pm on Thanksgiving Day...and staying open for 30 straight hours...and I have to work the midnight to noon shift. We're just a small local business with literally two employees. It's come to the point that even a small business needs to find ways to take advantage of this Black Friday time because of how much of a boost to your overall profits it will be.

So I say this to you all: think first about Thanksgiving and put Black Friday in the back of your mind. Think about your friends and family. There are many gifts and prizes to acquire at a store, but none of them will ever be the same as a hug or a kiss or a meal with your family and significant others. This is a time where you should enjoy this comfortable space with the people that matter, with the ones that...when they leave this Earth one day...you will cry for and mourn.

I know that is not the exact situation for everyone, but it is for me.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Until next time, piece.

I understand your point, I can't stand how consumerism has taken over the holidays. I'm not a Black Friday shopper, but I'm okay with stores opening.

The holiday season is the most depressing time of the year for people without close loved ones. If seeing a movie or snagging a great deal or even working makes it a little less lonely who am I to judge.

Yes, some people will abandon their families to try to snag deals, but that's their choice. I'll choose to celebrate the holidays my own way and they'll choose to celebrate it theirs.

#2 Edited by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

Nintendo's fucked. The Xbox One and PS4 are x86, it's going to be so much effort for developers to port games to Wii U once they start making games natively for the new platforms.

I remember the disappointment after watching that press conference. All they had to do was give the console a proper name and launch with an HD Zelda title that was reminiscent of Ocarina. They blew it.

#3 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

I'm looking to play games on my MacBook Air. I want to buy a controller. What should I buy? I know that Playstation controllers are bluetooth. Should I buy a PS3 controller or wait until the drivers are released for the PS4 controller? Is it even possible for me to use a 360 controller on a Mac? Thanks.

#4 Edited by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

Anything compulsive really. Usually StarCraft or Halo.

#5 Edited by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

@angre_leperkan439: I share your confusion when girls do this to me. I've just learned to be patient and not take it personally. They may just be busy.

#6 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

-The Vergecast

-The Talk Show with John Gruber

-This American Life

#7 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

@max_cherry: Thanks so much.

@humanity said:

@wolverine said:

My story is a fairly common one. I didn't try my best in high school, ended up going to community college for two and a half years before transferring to a state school. This is my second semester living on campus and I'm about forty credits away from graduating.

I'm beat...

At community college I thrived. It was my second chance. I had some amazing professors, I established meaningful friendships, and I learned a lot about myself. I don't feel like I'm getting much out of my experience here. My dorm room feels like a jail cell at times. I'm surrounded by acquaintances. I'm broke and lonely.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm contemplating dropping out, but I really don't know what I'd do with my life.

I don't want to be a downer, but I felt likewise at the end of my degree. I was tired of tests and the routine. I was tired of passing arbitrary classes to fulfill my major's credit requirements. Honestly I couldn't wait for College to be over and to be able to just work full-time. Then school did end, and all of a sudden there was never any time to see any friends as everyone was busy working. You didn't get to see them in class anymore, or have social interactions with people in your classes. Work wasn't much better than school and worse in several ways. It just turned from one race into another.

That's not to say I'm unhappy at my job. It's fine, pays decent and isn't too stressful. I get to do more or less something I enjoy - thats a big plus in any job. But the feeling of being trapped in some cycle never really goes away. Dropping out now won't really solve anything because you can't just "drop out" of work later in life when you have serious bills to pay and not earning that money simply isn't an option. I think you just have to learn to deal with it in a way, finding something in your life to look forward to each day and concentrating on that.

After all, you're the motherfucking Wolverine man.

@defe said:

I'd stand with the others in saying that dropping out seems inadvisable. That being said, it sounds like you're exactly the same age as me, so I have about as much life experience as you do. However, I've been at the same school for 3 years. My first year here was easily the worst of my life, but each year has been a bit better than the last. I can certainly understand the "surrounded by acquaintances" comment. That was largely how I felt for my first 2 years, and to some extent still do. In high school it was easy to get pretty cozy being surrounded by people who I had known since early childhood. My relationships in college felt shallow and uninteresting by comparison. In that respect my story isn't terribly inspirational, as my solution was to dig my heels in and cling to a few high school friends, largely ignoring most people here. I suppose everyone handles it differently. And even with what an incredible shitshow much of college has been, nobody can take that education from me, and I'm preparing for my future. There's no avoiding the fact that we'll need to support ourselves financially some day, so the best thing to do is keep on trucking. No matter how good or bad college is, it's over in a few years. I honestly have no idea what to say about being broke. I'm blessed enough to be financially supported by my father, so I can't offer advice there aside from the generic stuff you've probably heard repeated ad nauseum already. Best of luck.

You see, sticking the rest of it out would seem logical if a degree would lead me to a solid career, but I'm an English major. I want to write fiction and the classes I'm being forced to take aren't helping me get better at my craft.

If I dropped out and moved back into my parent's house I could get a full time job, read what I want, and continue writing fiction. I'd be in the same position if I wait to get a degree two years from now, except maybe I could work for a university. The pay wouldn't be much better though unless I went and got further schooling.

#8 Edited by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

@darji said:

@nonused said:

I saw a kid on a leash for the first time in my life today. It was simultaneously intriguing and disheartening, but it also made me wonder: who else puts their kids on a leash? Is it you? Do you put your kid on a leash? Why? I must know.

Did you not play heavy Rain? That is what will happen if you let them run around freely.

JASON!!!

#9 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

I can't function without coffee. You become so reliant on it after a while.

#10 Posted by Wolverine (4282 posts) -

@chobobot: I would wait a year and see. Make you're decision once you're positive you know what you want to do. Really think it over. Your PC seems perfectly fine for the time being.