Nice to know the 7:40pm Milwaukee West train that was CANCELLED due to mechanical failure....won't be counted in the metra on time reports for September. I was just waiting around Union Station because I like looking at granite....yeah...that's it.

Oh...and the 8:40 train I boarded? It was late to the station too....and left 16 minutes after the scheduled departure time.

Stellar job tonight Metra.
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Just don't order directly from +Motorola Their shipping is a shitshow. Love your products but you really need to straighten out your logistics guys.

I ordered a moto mod for my new Motorola Z2 Force. It got shipped directly from China, just like my phone. It shipped on the day it was supposed to be delivered. It started off just like my phone and they didn't get the palette of shipping boxes to FedEx in time for their cutoff for the delay. 1 day delay.

It then gets here in the US in Memphis. Like my phone it had to go through customs. Unlike my phone, it popped up a clearance exception. The clearance exception said that the shipper had to provide information for it to clear customs. It sits in this over the weekend. I call chat with Motorola on Monday, they say they will escalate the situation. I wait a day, no change in the tracking message. I chat with Motorola again to try to find out what's going on. I actually get handed off to the escalation specialist this time. He does his escalation thing and says I will get an email from him once it has been resolved. Last night a new message popped up on the tracking number:
"Per shipper instructions, package will not be delivered until the scheduled delivery date."
So the shipper told Fedex....there's no rush, only deliver it on the scheduled delivery date. At that time the clearance exception was still on there...so still no scheduled delivery date.
This morning I get up and check the tracking. There's now a scheduled delivery date.....OF AUGUST 30TH....a week from today. I could drive down to memphis and pick it up myself in the time it will take to get it to me. One other thing I noticed: This new scheduled delivery is after a new shipment with the same tracking number was picked up IN CHINA. It was then released for shipment here in the US in Memphis. It still has a scheduled delivery of August 30th though.

TLDR:
Shipment is sent on the day it was estimated to be delivered.
Original Shipment from China gets delayed due to customs issues the shipper has to resolve.
A new shipment gets sent from China...with a scheduled delivery date of 2 weeks after the original estimated delivery date.

This little moto mod is the wireless charing back for my Moto Z2 Force....it is one of the PRIMARY REASONS I bought this phone. Never order directly from Motorola. Get it on Amazon, get it from another carrier, anyone but Motorola.


SMH
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One of the things I love doing, on the roughly hour long commute I have to downtown Chicago, is reading. I've done both Kindle books as well as Audible books.

I prefer listening to Audible, however, I have a problem with continuing to be an audible member. It is simply much cheaper to buy Kindle books that come with WhisperSync (the audbile audiobook that syncs your progress), than it is to get audio books from Audible in which I don't also get the book on Kindle. I can't fathom why Amazon has left Audible like this. They really need to unify the services, make it one price to get both the Kindle ebook and Audible audiobook. I like getting credits I can use every month to buy books with Audible, but if I can get a Kindle eBook with Whispersync for cheaper, then I don't see the point in the audible membership.
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Atlus....you don't fucking get it.

There are those who intentionally spoil just to spoil endings and ruin someone's enjoyment of a game. YOU CAN DO NOTHING TO STOP THESE ASSHATS. They're going to do it regardless of whatever restrictions you put out there.

Then there's the people who play a game on a stream or post videos to youtube so people can enjoy the playthrough of the game. This sells games for you. Multiple times I have watched Twitch streams, and found out a game looked cooler to play than what was presented in the steam listing or some trailer the publisher put out for the game. That ended with me buying the game. I don't always have time to play all the games I buy. That's backed up by my stats for steam where somewhere around 65% of the game I own on there, I've never played. I look at it this way: Me buying the game is my vote that more of that type of game should be produced. I don't care if I ever play that game...as long as I've bought it that means I've supported that developer towards producing more stuff I like the looks of.

Because I can't play every game that comes out, and I can't play every game I buy....I have to rely on streams to see the stories in games I may never get around to. You choosing to threaten streamers and youtubers with copyright violations is only hurting your reputation. Pushing the date back in Persona 5 to 11-something does nothing to repair your reputation. Just let people, ALL PEOPLE INCLUDING STREAMERS/YOUTUBERS WHO HAVE BOUGHT YOUR GAME, play the damn game to it's conclusion.

You say you didn't want the tone of your previous posting to be threatening....but having any restrictions at all is inherently a threat. The solution is let people play the game they bought...and share it with the people they choose to share it with (via streaming/youtube, I am not saying share the actual game) free of any restrictions on what they can show.

If you give away games to streamers or youtubers, feel free to restrict what they can stream....but if they have legally bought the game....they should be able to do anything they want with it without the threat that they may have their streaming/youtube careers ruined by some asinine publisher who can't get it through their thick skulls that Streaming and videos on youtube actually help video game sales.

People have brains...they don't need you setting restrictions on what streamers can show to hold their hand so they don't get spoiled. They can choose to avoid streams to avoid spoilers....I see it all the time on twitch. Someone says hi to the streamer but apologizes they can't stick around because they don't want to be spoiled. It's always cool with the streamer...at least they said hi.

I don't care if there are run-on sentences here...and I don't care about grammar. This is just a stream of thoughts coming out of my head that I wanted to share about this situation.

References to what this is all about:
http://atlus.com/note-persona-5-streaming/
http://atlus.com/update-persona-5-streaming/

I have no interest in the game Persona 5 myself. I watched both Bikeman and DansGaming on Twitch play it a bit, but it's just not my type of game. I speak about this here because of my strong feelings for what occured surrounding this game. I actually heard MULTIPLE streamers say they weren't going to stream the game because of the restrictions. Good for me since I don't enjoy that type of game....but bad for all those fans out there that wanted to see it. I post this here for those fans who were let down by this policy. Because I don't want to see it happen with any of the games I want to see streamed.
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G2A you're not doing yourselves any favors. By NOT taking the actions that Gearbox suggested (reasonable considering their concerns about your business practices), you basically admitted that you allow the sale of illegally acquired keys (that does not mean they are illegitimate keys, a distinct difference) on your marketplace. You can claim ignorance but that does not excuse your responsibility....especially when you can do something about it. You are not ebay....ebay can do very little to verify that products for sale on there are acquired legally and can be sold legally. Keys to games can EASILY be checked by developers and publishers against known blacklisted keys, even in an automated way (as suggested by Gearbox).

Anyone who has or was thinking about using them, please stop. They are a cancer on the gaming industry that needs to die (in its current form).

G2A I suggest you backpedal....take and implement ALL the suggestions by Gearbox with every publisher you have games for. Become the marketplace for game keys that people can rely on. There should be absolutely no reason why you cannot verify keys with the people who make and sell the games. There should be no reason why there needs to be a G2A shield product. Get your revenue elsewhere...not from gamers scared they are going to get screwed by the sellers you allow to operate on your marketplace.

-a former customer
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Is there such a thing as chronological order for G+? I'm tired of seeing 4 day old shit when I refresh the page right next to 5 minute old shit.

edit: and yes this is for my home stream. I don't want to deal with making sure a specific circle I have everyone in, has everyone in it, just to see the damn posts in chronological order.
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edit: They have resolved this situation, and made me a happy customer again. I still have to wait for my Rival 500 as it is still out of stock with them, but they threw me a nice bone for my troubles. More on that later.

I highly recommend +SteelSeries products. They make great products. I own the following:
Siberia Elite Prism Headset (now called the Siberia 650)
Stratus XL Gamepad
Apex 350 Keyboard

At work, I asked my company to buy me the following (they did):
Apex 300 Keyboard
Rival 100 Mouse

I had an issue with the USB hookup for my Headset....I reported it to them, and got a replacement shipped out in a couple of days. Fast service, very happy.

I have been trying to replace my Logitech G700s with a Rival 500.

My original order sat in customs for something like 2 weeks beyond when it was originally scheduled for delivery (something they have no control over...though I wonder if it was really customs that entire time). I ultimately cancelled the order hoping to get one from Amazon. Amazon didn't get them in either, despite sellers on their marketplace getting them in and marking them up considerably beyond the base price.

I decided to order directly from Steelseries again, because this time, it showed as "In Stock" on their website. This was on the 8th...with an estimated ship date of the 9th....and estimated delivery of the 11th through the 16th. The charge is on my bank account....fully posted...not pending in anyway. I still have not received a shipment notice. My attempts to find out why have resulted in getting transferred to the web shop rep...who has so far been unresponsive. "In Stock" my ass.

I highly recommend Steelseries products. Just do not buy them directly from Steelseries!

+Jason Bouwmeester
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Just some thoughts in response to seeing +Rockstar Games announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2....

I'm a PC Gamer. I own a PS4, but I rarely play on it. I own it because I feel between the two consoles right now, it has the best exclusives that I want to play, when I can't play them on my PC.

My PC is as powerful as any console out there, and that includes the two newer versions that are being released. Everything a console can do, my PC can do, but better.

So when I see a game like Red Dead Redemption 2 get announced, and no PC support is announced....I feel like developers aren't making the best games they can make. They are making a game that works for the masses. I can certainly understand that mentality...but I wish it would change. Make the best game you can make for PC first...then make the compromises and make it work with consoles.

It's similar to my ownership of my HTC Vive. Not all VR games are coming out for the Vive. It offers the best Room Scale VR experience right now, and will even when Oculus Rift owners get their touch controllers and second camera. Rift games are being made primarily for 180 degree experiences. A lot of Vive games do 360 degrees....giving you the full experience of being part of a fantasy or scifi world. This is the best, most immersive experience IMO. The world is happening around you not just in front of you.

That said, not everyone wants to develop for that 360 degree experience. Again I think developers are focusing on stuff for the masses, and again, I wish they wouldn't.

This is why I support a game like Star Citizen while it's being made. It is a PC Game. They are making it so it shines on the PC. They keep getting questions from console gamers...will it come out for consoles? Nope, only a pc game....because they can make the game shine that way. They want to see it be the best it can be.

Developers, make your games the best they can be....make your games for PC.
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I can deal with my Google+ feed filling up with Pokemon Go posts. The Ingress community will deal with Pokemon Go posts filling up the community. My G+ feed is filled with people who played Ingress...so I expect some of them will play PG as well. Ingress is related to PG, and the support from Niantic is just as shit as it was with Ingress, so the natural thing that will happen is people playing PG looking for help within the Ingress community.

But god damnit...just because you think you need to share Pokemon Go, doesn't mean you should. I'm seeing shit from the game in places I didn't think I would ever see it in. People are inserting it in places it has no business being.
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EVERY LIFE MATTERS

DOESN'T MATTER WHAT COLOR YOUR SKIN IS.
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