FML general thread [8]

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Postby Gus Hanson » Fri May 22, 2020 12:06 pm

Thank you all for your opinions on the matter!
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sat May 23, 2020 12:36 pm

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:In the UK a lot of businesses are refusing to handle cash at present, and many are only doing business using contactless cards (or phones with Apple/Google-pay), so that there's no need for customers to type a pin either. The banks helpfully upped the contactless transaction limit from £30 to £45 as soon as this started (the phone apps don't have this limit, because you have to authenticate to them). An alternative is to order online for collection, pay with PayPal or whatever, and bring the receipt printout to the collecting point.

But I have a feeling that we are rather more advanced in cashless facilities than most places...


No, the US - the country of the credit card, ironically - is remarkably bad at it. Part of it is caused by high fees for bank transfers and the like. The other part is basically a technological deficit (!). I actually read up on it a few years ago, and back then there were discussions going on in the USA about developing technology that has existed in Europe for over 30 years...
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Postby pwhodges » Sat May 23, 2020 1:29 pm

View Original PostShamsiel-kun wrote:there were discussions going on in the USA about developing technology that has existed in Europe for over 30 years...

OT story. In 1957 there was an international meeting of record companies to agree what standard should be adopted for cutting stereo LPs. EMI suggested the 45/45 system which was eventually adopted. But RCA said that this would require licensing to be paid to them, as they had a patent on it - at which the EMI representative silently placed on the table a copy of their expired 1931 patent for the same thing! Their genius engineer, Alan Blumlein, had at that date not merely designed the system but also made a few stereo 78s using it - having first developed a stereo microphone, of course.
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Sat May 23, 2020 9:39 pm

So, about Vic. Regardless of where you stand on the more serious allegation lobbied against him, I have this weird anecdote about him. Some friends of mine have been in the Convention scene for well over a decade now. One of them is very well connected with several cons and generally has many panels that he's contributed to these cons for 10+ years. One if these friends told me of a time where Vic got one of his panels to close early so that Vic could have his panel in that room early. (A lotta girls to awkwardly hug-kiss-whatever, I guess.) Vic interrupts the panel mid session and yells at the con staff to kick them out. I don't know if Vic realized that he was double booked and had to leave the con early, or if he was eager to hit the town, or what, but he made a very big and very loud stink about waiting for this other panel to end so he could get started. Take all of this with a grain of salt, because I wasn't there to experience this for myself. (This was before my time attending conventions.) But, there it is.

I will say this about Vic's more serious allegations: Actors/Entertainment industry people, especially in niche markets, tend to stick together. They look out for each other. Spike Spencer will suggest other VA friends of his for a radio PSA and stuff like that. Even in larger industries, people tend to protect one another, even if they don't deserve protecting. We have Terry Gilliam coming out and saying Harvey Weinstein did nothing wrong, even though Weinstein's guilt was clear. Steven Spielberg signed a petition to exonerate Roman Polanski. Many filmmakers want to ignore the allegation against Woody Allen. The point is, people stick up for their colleagues in this industry, even if the people they stick up for are guilty. (Like Weinstein.) Industries that have a difficult time unionizing especially try to help each other out, like in the anime/video game VA business. And yet no one in the dubbing industry has publicly stuck up for Vic. No one is defending him. That's weird. That's REALY weird. If Harvey Weinstein has an industry Stan or whatever in Terry Gilliam (AFTER a guilty plea), and everyone in the industry has abandoned Vic, then that's telling of something. Many of the stores I've heard about him, both corroborated and not, tell of a man who is at best angry and unprofessional most of the time. So, while the Vic situation is severely unprecedented, it's not at all surprising. Everyone in the industry seems to be tired of his shit and wants him out. (All of his future projects looks like they've been relegated to the live-action type instead.)

However, it's not our job as individuals to force justice on this man. We can't do that. We cut off too much of ourselves off from the rest of the working world when we do that, and to no real effect either. While Vic's situation definitely comes from complicated aspects of the industry in which he works, the debates around him online have turned into some of the most unfruitful and distasteful things I've ever seen. Nobody should care this much about a voice actor. Nobody at all. Not one way or another. However, I will admit to gleefully treating the online drama as a spectator sport. Call it my only real guilty pleasure. (I feel no actual guilt over the many other "guilty pleasures" I enjoy, so movies like VelociPastor don't count in that category.) It's not entirely healthy, but it's interesting. It just helps if you don't get too riled up by it. Whether you stan or kick the man, you just end up getting angry over things you have no power in changing. As someone who works with video a lot, I just work hard to make sure that I'm kind to the people I work with and try to build a safe environment for creativity. People I meet who behave like Vic get kicked regardless of rape allegations, because they ruin my groove and the groove of others around me. That's how I try to make a real difference in the part of industry I work in.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun May 24, 2020 11:10 am

So for once there's something interesting on Dutch TV, and of course the power supply for my set-top box gave out since the last time I watched TV (which is a few weeks ago, yes, TV sucks that badly over here). They also used a non-standard plug so I can't use a universal power supply... :irked:
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Postby Blockio » Wed May 27, 2020 11:16 pm

Welp, there's one more thing on my list of "things I will do my damndest to never do again":
Pulling an allnighter for a math assignment.

Not that I had to do it because I needed the time to solve the tasks, no. I needed my father to help me get the scanner back to work so I could actually sumbit it before the 11:59am deadline and by the time I was done, it was too late to go to sleep and still wake up in time to scan and submit the stuff :facepalm:
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