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Friday Filler – Sometimes You Hafta Do the Hard Stuff- Even If It’s Easy


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Holyfreakinshirt!  What day is it anyway?  I know I’ve complained about this before, during this “interesting new version of normal.”  But dammit…nothing is normal right now…except for TSTO.  It is sooooooo normal, that it is making me insane.

There is little doubt that we are stuck in a rut…and the people who are “coming back to the game,” after layoffs of  year, or even two (especially those who have been gone less than two years) have GOT to notice.  If you are paying attention, you will notice that almost nothing has changed in format in months, and months and months.  This isn’t a new observation…but, it really is like seeing an “Under Construction” sign on a new building…leaving for a year or two, and coming back to see that only the sign has been repainted.

And I’ve had enough. I’m going to get answers.  I’m going to call “EA Bob” and find out what the hell is going on, (besides very little.)

Here’s my list of things I’m going to ask, when I grab him between pizza runs on his side hustle, from his clearly part-time job at EA.
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Friday Filler – If You’re Still Reading This…

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“If you’re still reading this, the world didn’t end…”

I have to crack up at the Mayans.  Really. I think the fact that they apparently were wrong, TWICE is hilarious. But then again, was it the Mayans who were wrong, or was it us?

Back in 2012, when the world was supposed to end (after it didn’t for Y2k or about twenty other times prognosticators of doom got it wrong), there was more than a passing obsession with the “End of the Mayan Calendar” which then proffered with great certainty, that when the Mayan Calendar ended…so would the world.  Of course, this logic is tainted with the reality of what actually happened to the Mayans, which had nothing to do with their calendar, and everything to do with hubris and overconfidence.

And weirdly, while it seems that we have lived through yet another expanded version of the REAL end of the world, via the altered prophesies of the Mayan Calendar, we might learn a thing or two from the authors.

Are we destined to repeat history? Was Homer right?  Should we be more afraid of the SIMPSONS PROPHESIES?????
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Friday Filler- Wait…So This Is Still A Game??

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I had to laugh at the opening screenshots of this new “event.”  The whole bit with the mysterious “TGM” (The Game Master) revealing that their reality was a simulation.

With the response being a very appropriate “Duh!

But, of course, as I have discussed in many other posts over the years, I absolutely loved the possibility that there may not only be different versions of our reality, but that all of what we know is but a simulation…like a video game.

Until recent events.

If this is all just a simulation, then the “player” (our own version of Sky Finger) is a total jerk.

But, let’s be honest…this event also proves once again, that “those who make our reality” in TSTO, are also a bunch of lazy jerks.  Yes. I’m talking to YOU BOB!!
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Friday Filler – Looking Forward To 2020 As Soon As 2019 Leaves!

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Our little game has always had a bit of a problem with time as a construct.   Time is supposed to be linear…always moving forward.  But, of course, in our game, the time/space continuum has been off since they started having multiple versions of the same characters wandering around in the same space/time.

As any fan of movies like “The Time Machine,” or “Back to the Future” know, messing about with the past can have disastrous outcomes for the present and the future.  The fact is, changing even one tiny fraction of an event in the past, could ripple forward with cataclysmic results. People aren’t born,  inventions aren’t invented, and we have to deal with multiple takes of the same event from differing eras of the same person!  It’s like watching “Inception” on acid…which you don’t need to do, because watching “Inception” makes you feel like you’re on acid. But, I digress…

EA seems to disregard this fact, and has  apparently placed the game once again into some sort of “suspended animation” that is keeping us locked in Christmas 2019, without the ability to do most of what we love about the game.

Let’s take a look at where we are…
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Friday Filler – Giving Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

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There’s one out of the way.  Because thanks is what this entire post is about.

And yes…the neighborhood turkeys are multiplying, and oblivious to the dangers of the season. THEY should be thankful that it is illegal to shoot them within city limits.  But, I have a sneaking suspicion they are acutely aware of this fact.

But, back to my thankfulness…

It has been brought up to me recently, that “these informational posts are great, and would be even better if a bit of the judgemental close-minded conjecture was slightly reduced…Alissa is my favourite hard worker because she sticks more to the facts and doesn’t lace a good chunk of her posts with subjective intense opinions…”   

Yikes. Words hurt HT! But you did make me realize that this time of the year we need to work on being thankful, and full of grace. In this fractured world, with so many opinions about everything, it is easy to start a conversation with the negative. Or even worse…do the “but, flip flop.”

“I’m very thankful that there is still a TSTO, BUT…”

See? It’s the “thankful, but syndrome.”  So not being truly thankful or penitent!
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Friday Filler- Finally…The Simpsons Comes HOME!

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Just so we are clear, I’m not talking about the Simpsons coming to Disney Plus…which may be one of the worst launches of a “Major Streaming Service Ever.”

Besides the fact that their servers barfed…and loads and loads of subscribers couldn’t get any programming…apparently, what they can get, is altered…a lot.

This includes the SIMPSONS!!  The much vaunted, much ballyhooed new home for the back episodes of ALL of The Simpsons, has Simpsons  Fans Fuming!
The Disney Plus is formatting the show, cuts out a ton of the picture. And because of this, a ton of the jokes/gags/content are just not visible.  CHECK THIS STORY OUT…

But…This is NOT what I’m here to talk about today…as the most recent episode of the Simpsons actually took place in the REAL BIRTHPLACE of the Simpsons. And it was hilarious!
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Friday Filler – Of Gods, Trolls, and Limits of Power

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OK…in full disclosure, I am once again breaking all of the “time/space/continuum” rules by writing this early (Thursday) after doing an Addicts Live last night (Wednesday) that won’t actually be live until the day after tomorrow (Saturday).  But, that’s Ok. Time is relative…and I am going to be spending most of my time Friday-Sunday,  WITH my relatives, and in fact, am likely doing so as we speak (if I was actually there, with you, speaking to you).

This weekend is my nieces’s wedding, and all of my daughters are flying in for the celebration, including Katie, Ryan, and Jake (the cutest little tapper…or at least one of the two cutest, if you ask Alissa) on the East Coast.

So yes. I am actually happy that TSTO is so dingdangdiddly EAsy and boring. I just don’t have that much time to care. Which is perfect. Because we are only in week 3…of what I thought was week 4…because I have paid so little attention to it. Go figure. 

But, this week, we got Bridge Troll Moe, which was actually hilarious, and brought up a ton of recent, and past memories about trolls.
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Friday Filler – What Does $2K in TSTO Donuts Look Like?

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And, thank Grog that one of our readers gave me something to write about. Because I sure as heck had nothing good to write about as far as the “update” that didn’t happen…again.

Wednesday, when the update was SUPPOSED to happen, one of our disgruntled readers posted their displeasure about the lack of an update, including information about what they had invested in the game over the years he had been playing.

It rEAlly made me think…

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Friday Filler – Navigating The News in TSTO and Life

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Holyfreakinshirt! If I hear one more person quote another news source, other than THIS new source, I am going to lose it! ?And when I say “lose it,” I’m not talking about the “where’d I put my keys” kinda lose it.

Wait. What? There are different places you can go to get news about TSTO and the Simpsons?  Come on. Really? After all of this time, people actually go anyplace else than here to find out what’s going on?

This isn’t like the big debate over CNN or FOX, or any other traditional news sources (and no...I won’t go there).  It is about getting your TSTO news from any other source, than right here.  Why? Because Alissa cares!!

Wait. It’s not that I DON’T care…it’s just that Alissa cares, way, way, way more than I do. In fact, other than a couple of others who appear to have gone completely off the rails, (and yes, I am still just talking about TSTO) there is only one reliable, regular, obsessively up-to-date source of TSTO News around.

And no,  I’m not talking about John.
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Friday Filler – Sorry…But I’m Going There!

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Man…another one of “those weeks,” when trying to keep track of time, and the time space continuum, and how to make more time, when you have too much to do.

It got weird this week, in that we recorded an “Addicts Live,” on Tuesday. But, we had to kind of pretend it was Saturday.  Which was weird enough.  But, at the very same time, Wookiee and his amazing spousal unit Heather were getting induced, to bring their newest family member into the world.  An amazing new son, who was “early,” but still cranked up the scales at 9 pounds!  So, being early, during a broadcast that was early, but airing later, and not being able to talk about it, almost broke my head!

It’s an amazing little family we have here.  It’s absolutely crazy that I first met Joe (Wookiee) and Alissa just a little over six years ago. Six years…damn. That is a long time to do anything, much less blog about a game that nobody thought would still be around. That breaks my head.

I love them. They are like kids, or nieces and nephews, or something(somehow I fit the “crazy uncle” better than a Dad for them). And Safi has been a wonderful addition…his “Ying” to my “Yang (although if you watch “Live” tomorrow, Safi goes DARK!).

I’ve now “been back to Addicts” for twice as long as I was gone. We don’t really talk about “the unpleasantness,” these days. It’s kind of like the South losing the Civil War. It happened. We are over it. Mostly.

Of course, as much as I love her, there is one thing about writing for this site, with “Alissa’s Rules,” that makes me a bit nuts. And yes…I’m going to “Go There.”
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