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  1. Our district bumped pay for subs to a whole $125/day for those with bachelors. They're having such a hard time finding people that the transportation literally called us this morning offering to pay US $20/day if we'd pick up my oldest from school, ourselves. In totally unrelated news, my wife, a special needs teacher, quit. Being a teacher sucks right now. She was killing herself playing multiple roles due to a lack of staff and not great pay. Nothing like getting home and working hours into the night on her own dime. It was so much that it was actually affecting her health. She was offered a 30% raise to be a residential therapist at a boarding school, so that's an easy choice to make.
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    This worked out... Wordle 215 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟩 ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  3. I'm pretty sure I'm at like...a quarter of that The one that really sticks out in my head is finally getting around to Asobi Asobase. That series is so fucking good.
  4. "We don't approve of what happened, but we'll allow it and sign off on it if it happens again. Really nothing can be done in regards to tying up minors and leaving them to die."
  5. We don't know actual sales numbers, just dollar amounts. Nintendo doesn't report on digital sales, so even those monthly lists with top sellers are only including Switch retail sales. A ton of inexpensive indies are selling and, very likely, selling well. It just doesn't mean much to Nintendo since their 30% on indies didn't amount to much when their 100% on their games are burning up the charts. @TwinIon is right on the math. If only a quarter of their revenue is on digital sales and half of that is from games that are digital only, you need to figure out how much of that 12% is from indie titles. Do that while keeping in mind that 12% includes Fortnite.
  6. I should reiterate this. The Wii U has zero to do with the Switch's success. The Wii U was a failure the same way the GameCube and N64 were. The Wii was an accidental success for Nintendo. They had been losing home console market share since the NES. The Switch is a successor to Nintendo's VERY successful handheld console line. The closest Nintendo has ever gotten to a failure there is the DSi and, at other time, even that thing sold more than any of Nintendo's home consoles after the SNES. Mario Kart 8 is a phenomenal game that was stuck on a home console market that Nintendo has not been able to competently navigate since the NES. Software has nothing to do with it. Nintendo just doesn't do well with home consoles and they haven't for decades. Just wipe the Wii's 100m units from memory. Nintendo wasn't really able to sell real amounts of any games on that thing outside of pack ins or games with accessories. Wii Fit had the board. Mario Kart Wii shipped with a wheel. Zelda shipped with a Wiimote as did Wii Play. Wii Sports Resort came with a Motion+. Mario and Brawl are the only games that moved units on the Wii without some extra piece of hardware shipped alongside the game. The Switch is a handheld and is doing as well as past Nintendo handhelds. Just because my laptop has a docking station doesn't magically make it a desktop. I'm going to take this a step further. Sony is the only company that actually understands the market. Go figure that it took someone that knows how to sell VCRs, TVs, and stereos to crack that nut. Sega never had any idea. They were only half competent with the Megadrive/Genesis and were still able to steal away half the market from Nintendo because Nintendo just doesn't understand it. Sega then subsequently gave it all up as soon as an actually competent competitor in Sony came in and set up shop.
  7. Everything you really need to know is laid out in a flashback anyway. It would certainly be nice, but I'd agree that it isn't necessary.
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    Not too bad... Wordle 214 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟨🟨⬜⬜🟩 ⬜⬜🟩🟩🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
  9. Also, it's 2022. People have phones with Internet and stuff. Just Google COVID pill on Google or Yandex or whatever these antivaxxers use to find new and just not take note of which pill is Pfizer's and which is Merck's.
  10. The number of Decks that would have to be sold for Nintendo to care about the lack of sales from INDIES would have to be in the PSP sales category. Anything less and it doesn't make a difference. There's are 100m+ Switches out there. Anything less likely doesn't even become a bullet in an unrelated slide in any presentations made for the exec team.
  11. The Wii U has zero to do with Nintendo's success with the Switch. Nintendo has been number one in the dedicated handheld console market since they created it back in 89. Either way, we're really over estimating Valve here. PlayStation Network has what? 105m monthly active players? That's the same Sony that had some really slick hardware that was competitively priced, was readily available at every big box retailer on the planet, and had honest to God exclusives. The same Sony that had a legit success with the PSP. Steam has 120m monthly users on their free platform. That extra 15m players aren't really going to make much of a difference here. Nintendo mostly ignored the PSP and that thing moved 80m units. Valve isn't selling a Deck 2/3 of their entire active user base. That's the level Valve has to approach to move the needle here.
  12. Valve still has a lot to prove on the hardware front. Their only successful piece of hardware to date, the Index, is used by fewer than 20% of their own VR users with the lion's share going to some flavor of Facebook hardware. Steam Machines? Stream Link? The Steam Controller? Given their history, I have no idea why anyone would be bullish on Valve succeeding with a $400+ handheld launching in the middle of a massive components shortage. I'm sure it'll do well with the RGB gamers, but that's likely new market. Something to keep in mind about poor launch 3DS sales is that it came at the price of continued DS sales. People not buying a 3DS weren't buying some other non-Nintendo handheld. Microsoft is the only ones that could really take a chunk out of Nintendo's grip on the market. I would instantly buy an ARM-powered handheld meant for light gaming or game streaming from the now even more massive library of Game Pass games. I'd go back in time and buy that yesterday. I troll AliExpress looking for some less shitty Android gaming handheld. The GDP XP looks pretty sweet, but I'd rather have something made by Microsoft coming in around the same price.
  13. The games industry has always desperately wanted to be the movie industry, so here they are.
  14. So how large of an acquisition bonus do we think Kotick negotiated for himself?
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    Wordle 213 5/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I just about ran out of letters towards the end.
  16. Says it's for 20 months worth of unemployment. In Massachusetts you can receive 50% of your regular pay, up to a max of like ~$950. ~$950/week for 20 months comes out to about that. That means she was making at least $99k/year before being out of a job for the last two years. Massachusetts does allow you to claim health reasons for being out of work and she's 62 in a pandemic with who knows what medical history
  17. Random aside. Does this movie mean Thanos was right? If you cut the population in half, you haltt he birth of all Celestials across the entire universe for thousands of years. The popular fan argument was always that Thanos could have double all resources instead of killing of half of everyone, but doing that would have just hastened everyone's demise. Is r/thanosdidnothingwrong all over this?
  18. How about some nice bullshit? Mass. seeks to claw back at least $2.7 billion in jobless benefits it says were incorrectly paid - The Boston Globe WWW.BOSTONGLOBE.COM The Department of Unemployment Assistance made overpayments on about 719,000 claims in 2020-2021. It’s going after recipients even if they weren’t at fault. Quick of it, the Baker admin is going after and trying to reclaim all the federal unemployment money it handed out and then later decided was mistaken. This is federal money that they're literally looking to pull out of Mass residents' hands for no reason other than Republican desire to make sure nobody gets anything the right doesn't think they deserve. This one is a bit personal, because they're going after my wife for some $7k in unemployment she got back in 2020 when her hours were cut from 32hr/week to 4hr/week... hours she rarely worked because her clients kept canceling for fear of COVID. She spoke to no less than four different people that told her she has eligible throughout the entire process. Like a month ago she got a letter in the mail saying they were mistaken and she was overpaid by $7k and they want it back. Their reasoning? Because of their backlog on claims, she wasn't paid for months. Instead she randomly received it months later as a lump payment after she had found a new job as a remote special needs teacher. She called to make sure everything was fine and was told as much, so we spent the money on some past due bills. That's it. They want all of it back because it was sent to her after she started a new job, even though it was for time claimed while she was out of work. The dollar amount would have been fine if she had received it on time, but their backlog instead meant she got it late. If I had a spare $7k, maybe... no, fuck them. Now I'm expecting them to claim we owe +$7k in taxes because of this. $7k, again, that was all federal money and didn't even come out of state coffers. Really cool that we keep electing Republican governors.
  19. It's wild. A lot of people seem to have a bunch of misunderstandings around him.
  20. They won't live long enough to be negatively affected, so why should they care? Their kids are going to have enough money to figure it they're lives out and they can't be bothered to worry about family they'll never live to meet.
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