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I don't know, his performance tonight was pretty mundane. The Tampa D getting after Patty and KC D shooting itself in the dick were the real keys to victory. Brady just stood there and benefitted from it.

I will give him his due though. The only time I have ever liked Brady is in the SNL sexual harassment training video:

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This is true, but Tommy did his job and had the refs erase his 1 mistake. Barrett deserves that MVP for wrecking Mahomes from start to finish.
 

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You need to team up with friends and share. We have our own D+. We have one friend that my wife gets Netflix from and we have another with H+ who offered it to us. As little as we (I) watch the last two, there's no way I'm paying for them.
 

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I know these companies love the steady revenue streams, and it would be hypocritical of me to criticize the business practice of using inertia to your advantage. I live and die by the fact that gravity is my business's best friend. But there is nothing these people offer that is worth paying for every single month. At least I can argue that my customers get 100% of what they pay for.

The problem is that it wasn't so bad when there was just netflix. But now there is Hulu and HBO Max and Disney+ and Peacock and Paramount and Playstation and CBS All Access and ESPN+ and and and and.... yet no combination of them can reasonably replace your cable/dish. There is no way a reasonable person could keep up with what's even on all of these services, much less take advantage of them.

Yet these streaming services net the media companies so much more than the $1.37 per subscriber they get from the cable companies to be part of a "package". So I get why they do it, but at some point, it's like drinking from a firehose.

They want to become the media equivalent of the gym. Sign you up in perpetuity and secretly hope that you forget about it. It's a game I refuse to play.
 

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I agree, except that, in the case of the one service I pay $6/mo for, we get instant watch or download access to all the Marvel, SW and Disney/Pixar content on all devices. That is worth it to me... for now. Although after their recent treatment of Gina Carano, I'm wondering...
 

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True it should be a value but I have it bundled with Hulu live, I would very much like to get away from the live part, but

dam internet spoils shows before I get a chance to watch

Wife wants news access & non live news really doesn’t cut it.

Now the family is finding things to watch & I will have a rebellion if I suddenly cut things away. Which is what I’m doing when Disney’s time ends.
 

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I agree, except that, in the case of the one service I pay $6/mo for, we get instant watch or download access to all the Marvel, SW and Disney/Pixar content on all devices. That is worth it to me... for now. Although after their recent treatment of Gina Carano, I'm wondering...
I get that, and D+'s intro price was attractive for a lot of folks. But even if I weren't bandwidth-limited out in the boonies, I just can't pay for stuff I already own. I would argue that most people who really care already had the dvd/blu-ray of 90% of that material in their houses. How much is it worth to be able to stream The Phantom Menace to your phone while you wait for your tires to be rotated?

But you already know, I'm a media server guy. I have all the disney/pixar, marvel and SW stuff ripped to hard drives. It's available for free to anyone in my home. Aside from Mando, I can't imagine there is much material on D+ that I didn't already possess.

I had D+ free from verizon for a whole year, and I turned it on exactly zero times. Directv gave me HBO Max free for three months, and I have turned that on exactly zero times in 2.5 months. I just don't see the value, or maybe I just don't have the time to enjoy them.

I'm old. Get off my lawn! ;)
 

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Lol! I'm very much the same, but don't have the media server to fall back on. Yes, we have most of those movies somewhere in the house or car, but my kids are not great at keeping things in their proper place (they take after their mother in that way :p ). So, really, I'm paying $6/mo for D+ to be my media server.

What works especially well for me (granted this was true of Netflix as well, at a higher monthly price) is the ability to download content onto my ipad before jetting off somewhere that I might need to have [not The Phantom Menace] to watch because TV is lame there and the internet is spotty. That, and in a lesser way, the new content (Read: The Mandalorian), is what keeps me there... for now.
 

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I only have 1 disc player left in my house, so stream it is.
Definitely. I don't actually USE disks, I just ripped my whole collection and then put them all in storage.

The only discs in my house are my daughter's harry potter blu-rays. I've ripped them for her too, but she likes to put the discs in the player; she says it makes her feel "retro". She's 12. :laugh:
 

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I did all that fancy stuff back when I had a Windows Media server that recorded antenna tv and streamed to my multiple xboxes scattered thru the house, but then MS pulled the plug. I’m perfectly happy with Hulu live TV, Netflix and Amazon video that comes with Prime.
 

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I did all that fancy stuff back when I had a Windows Media server that recorded antenna tv and streamed to my multiple xboxes scattered thru the house, but then MS pulled the plug. I’m perfectly happy with Hulu live TV, Netflix and Amazon video that comes with Prime.
Is that your complete TV expenditure, or is that in addition to cable/sat?
 

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That’s all I have unless you count my antenna that I toss up for live football to eliminate the 60 second streaming delay. Fantasy football updates and NSA have spoiled many a plays for me when I watch a game with Hulu. I have not had cable for 15yrs. We spend around $70 on streaming and $55 for 500Mb fiber service since my wife insists on having some cable channels otherwise I’d dump Hulu.
 
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That's funny, I watch football on perma-delay unless it's sunday ticket where I'm watching 4-8 games at once and can switch the audio to the most interesting one.

I turn off fantasy notifications, and then I let the game get an hour or so ahead. I refuse to watch commercials, halftime filler, or all the other non-action of a 4hr game. Life's too short to spend half your afternoon getting pelted with ads for beer, trucks, and Jake from State Farm. :sick:

The ability to delay-then-jump is extra important on Sunday nights so I can even skip the 30sec gap between plays to minimize my exposure to Chris Collinsworth. :ROFLMAO:
 

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I like commercials during football because I can pee or get a beer or both!

We still have DirecTV plus HBO and Disney+ and Netflix and Amazon Prime... It's a lot. Just about to get the wife to let go of DirecTV though there are still a few shows she'll miss. The streaming TV companies are hardly cheaper anymore either which sucks.

We get A LOT of use from Disney+ (2 year old girl loves princess movies), and Netflix lately. I've debated getting rid of Netflix but they have a ton of older kid material plus legacy stuff and fun new shows so we'll see. Amazon prime video or whatever is included in Prime so it's whatever..
 

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I hate skipping commercials during football or watching those speed viewings where they cut it down to just the plays for 60 minutes. It just destroys the ebb and flow of the game, makes each play feel less important and peels away the emotional rollercoaster. Basically makes a game as meaningful as a a sitcom. I rarely watch more than 1 game per week, so I fully enjoy my 3 hour break from reality
 
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How, pray tell, do the commercials contribute to "the flow of the game"?

Score, 4 min of commercials, kickoff, 4 min of commercials, collinsworth explains that brady/rogers/brees/mahomes is the best in the league (only if they're in the lead) despite claims the week before that one of the others is the best, why their opponent is actually not nearly as terrible as your eyeballs say they are, timeout, 4 min of commercials. Rinse, repeat.

These things do not add to my enjoyment in the least. My brain can process more than one play per real-time minute, and the less jibber-jabber I hear from these talking meatheads, the better. Except Romo. He's delightful to listen to, especially when he tells you what play they'll run next and you can watch it unfold exactly as predicted. I just wish he wasn't paired with Nantz, who is about as interesting as watching paint dry. The NFL needs to get Romo and Al Michaels teamed up. I'd listen to a full 3 hrs of that.

Maybe I've been spoiled by motorsports, which in general takes far fewer breaks, the action rarely stops, and the announcers are more... animated. But even then, I FF through cautions and commercials. As I type this, I'm letting the Daytona 500 get a bit in front of me before I queue it up.
 

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I avoid all commercials all the time if possible. If DVRed, skip x10. If live, I flip to my alternate channel. Only time I see commercials is when they rig it so the commercials are on at the same time, and I then turn my attention to the iPad sitting on my chest. Except the Nacho Fries commercials, those are gold... :p
 

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DVR pause for potty breaks. If a game sucks that much, I'll find something else to watch or do.

I agree there are some funny and entertaining commercials out there, but they are surrounded by pure trash most of the time.
 

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Commercials make up roughly 1/3 of the broadcast of an NFL game. I do not need to pee, check fantasy, or get snacks for 20min per hour. Only someone with an eating disorder and a bladder problem needs that much time off.
 

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I love Toy Galaxy, been watching that channel for years. Dan's a funny guy, and he seems pretty reasonable about most things... except Boba Fett. He has an unhealthy obsession with Boba Fett. But that's what happens when you have an enabler for a wife and apparently no kids. He brings up Mrs Toy Galaxy often, and they hit every toy show and flea market in the NE looking for stuff.

And now that the channel has a huge following, people send him tons of stuff unsolicited. I don't know what he does with it all. He must have nine storage units and still donate half of it. Yet he's also frugal, not ordering most things he wants and just waits to stumble on them in the wild. It's strange behavior for someone that obsessed with toys. I like his top-10 lists, most-wanted lists, and yearly rankings - which I rarely agree with, but it doesn't matter. I like watching him deliberate.
 

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Not a bit wrong. If someone doesn't like my hobby, then so be it. It's still my hobby and I can sleep at night just fine.

If one was emotionally stunted and unable to "adult", then maybe critics would have a point. But when you've gone to school, grown up, gotten married, bought a house, had kids, made a career for yourself and happen to enjoy some nostalgic collecting as a hobby... anyone that doesn't like it can get bent.
 

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My biggest problem is that I bounced from collecting guns and knives and police patches and badges and military surplus items to toy soldiers to GI Joe to steel pressed vehicles to ..... You get what I’m saying?😉 My wife is like: “Please pick one hobby!”
 

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My biggest problem is that I bounced from collecting guns and knives and police patches and badges and military surplus items to toy soldiers to GI Joe to steel pressed vehicles to ..... You get what I’m saying?😉 My wife is like: “Please pick one hobby!”
Yep, this is a problem with most collectors even if they only collect toys. They drift between lines until they end up with a bunch of chaotic crap that they never really wanted. I am 100% aboard Pixel Dan’s plan of staying hyper focused on the stuff I really want and that it falls within the parameters I set in the beginning after we both sold off our V 1.0 collections.
 

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I agree wholeheartedly. If kept in check and properly curated, it’s a collection. If not, just a big mess. And you have to stick to what you love, since you’ll unlikely ever get back as much as you spend. But, tastefully kept and well displayed, I’ve never had anyone even look crosseyed when seeing my office. Most seem genuinely impressed.
 

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I can't say I'm hyper-focused or highly curated... but my collection is moderately focused on about a half-dozen lines, and while I display a lot of figures, I keep the bulk of the mess hidden away in bins or storage. Most people think what I have out is awesome, except for my older sister who's first comment was, "You need a 12-step program. Please tell me you don't SHOW this to people?" Everyone else is highly impressed and wants to show their significant other and children.

I really need to have a massive sale, but it's like picking between your children. Will I ever do anything with the thousands of 4" Joes I've accumulated? I don't know, but I know that I'm not in the mood to match all their accessories from the bins and deal with thousands of anal-retentive mouth-breathers on ebay.

I cut out DC figures, and I'm adding very few TFs aside from a few legends scale figures. But Marvel Legends really cranks them out. And last year I bought a metric ton of chinese legos from which to build all manner of military and Joe vehicles for my CoD figures.

Without question, my biggest downfall has been buying extra junk for customs. I'll bet I have 500 Legends figures I bought on clearance just for parts to make custom Joes... which seems like a total waste now that Habsro is doing 6" Joes. I try not to think about all the money I've spent on projects that will never happen. It's too depressing. Yet I know that if I hadn't bought those parts, I'd be lamenting that the parts I need now cost a fortune b/c that former peg-warmer is scarce. It's really best not to dwell on such things. Life's too short.
 
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Your Legends parts bucket is 5x’s the size of my entire figure collection. 😳

I’d say my biggest waste is the $1000’s of Lego dollars just sitting in bins, but with a 1yr old now in the house, they will actually see the light of day again in the future.
 

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I have soooooo much stuff just tucked away. I need to go through it and really trim down to what brings me the most happiness. I just hate the work of selling so very very much. Parting with my MOC ARAH collection was excruciating, and that was stuff that was easier to sell and brought in far more money than a million loose figures will.

I still have a near complete FLAGG that I slowly pieced together that I've never actually built. The deck parts are still in the shipping box I got them in a decade ago... Same with the terror drome.

At some point, I'll force myself to get rid of stuff or choose to keep it for my eventual grandkids who may care about awesome playsets more than my kids did... I know this is a pipe dream, but it helps me justify keeping the hard-to-find stuff.
 

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Yeah, we sold off about all the MOC/MIB Joe stuff I had left right before the USPS when totally to $#!+. I had one delayed delivery, but we lucked out on the rest, and did fairly to really well on much of it. I couldn't imagine trying to do loose stuff though. My daughter wants to cash out some MIB 1:6 scale stuff I've had in the attic for a decade+, but then Covid found us and I haven't reminded her. I know it will be its own hassle, but might pay off if we get motivated buyers. I just don't want to deal with the USPS (which is the only reasonable shipping method at that size) again. Anybody need a 3' long Bradley fighting vehicle? :p
 
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That Bradley would be awesome converted to RC. What are they worth now? A buddy of mine had one, he also had about 300 1/6 WW2 paratroopers from ultimate soldiers set up in his basement.
 

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I have a similarly sized (not actually 1:6 scale) Abrams tank that is RC. I don’t know what something like that would be worth. It’s got to be extremely rare, but it’s not like it would be worth (or likely survive) shipping, so it would have to be sold locally, so not likely more than yard sale prices.

Wow, your buddy was committed. That had to have cost a mint. I had maybe 40 - 50 figs of varying quality and worth (none of the really good, really expensive ones though), the Bradley, a Rhib boat, a Humvee, a dirt bike, a gun buggy and a couple Little Bird helos. Then we started having kids and I lost my office/display room, and ultimately my interest in 1:6.
 

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I'm three episodes deep into the Ken Burns Vietnam docuseries, and I'm fascinated. I thought I knew a fair amount about the war, but I have learned so much, and I'm not even halfway through.

That 15-20 year period between Korea and the time many of us were born is tremendously interesting. Many of the things I'd heard about, but I wasn't 100% clear how it all fit together.

I know what I'm going to do the rest of the weekend while the kids are hanging with the grandparents...