Runners Up you prefer to the Gold Standards

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ObsidianJones:
You know, people say McDonalds has the best fries.

What are people smoking? There is no potato in it. The thing that is supposed to make a fry a fry. And Wendy's sea salt with bits of potato is just too much. Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

Saelune:
Dragon Warrior Monsters was way better than Pok?mon. It had this super complex and cool breeding system that was super fun! I loved the crap out of the first two, never got to play the third though. They remade the first for 3DS, but it was Japan only...

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Worgen:
*Snips*

Xprimentyl:
*Snaps*

Gentlemen. Gentlemen, Please.

Have you forgotten that We are Them? Those that regular people talk about in Awe and wish they could be as cool as someday? We're Champions of Science and Good Times. We're the ones that were into Video Games before they were cool. We are Those Boys. And We indeed Love making Noise. We shouldn't quibble over something so baseless.

... Because Croissants over Donuts any day of the week.

Yeah, generally I prefer croissants over doughnuts, even when I do am in the mood for doughnuts its usually plain cake or jellyfilled.

Casual Shinji:
I prefer pre-MCU Marvel movies over the MCU Marvel movies. Yes, even Ang Lee's Hulk. As ill-conceived as that movie was it was atleast interesting to behold. You could actually feel a director's hand at work, not an automated assembly line.

Phase 1 of MCU was pretty bad with one standout. I've been liking more recent MCU movie where they let the training wheels off and directors get an input.

I'd also point out that you're including Howard the Duck and the old Captain America in your better films. So I can't go with you there

Saelune:
Probably because you call it 'Monster Battling'.

Because it feels bad.

Look at this adorable fire-tailed lizard. It's cute. It loves me. I get it a cape, we go on adventures. We pick up women together and it gets more success than me...

And then I see a gigantic Snake thing made out of stone, I pet my magical friend on the shoulder and say "You. Go do something about that".

That's horrible!

Worgen:

ObsidianJones:
You know, people say McDonalds has the best fries.

What are people smoking? There is no potato in it. The thing that is supposed to make a fry a fry. And Wendy's sea salt with bits of potato is just too much. Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

Saelune:
Dragon Warrior Monsters was way better than Pok?mon. It had this super complex and cool breeding system that was super fun! I loved the crap out of the first two, never got to play the third though. They remade the first for 3DS, but it was Japan only...

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Worgen:
*Snips*

Xprimentyl:
*Snaps*

Gentlemen. Gentlemen, Please.

Have you forgotten that We are Them? Those that regular people talk about in Awe and wish they could be as cool as someday? We're Champions of Science and Good Times. We're the ones that were into Video Games before they were cool. We are Those Boys. And We indeed Love making Noise. We shouldn't quibble over something so baseless.

... Because Croissants over Donuts any day of the week.

Yeah, generally I prefer croissants over doughnuts, even when I do am in the mood for doughnuts its usually plain cake or jellyfilled.

Gaze upon the face of the cronut and despair.

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You know what, I feel like I had a hand in creating the Escapist Pastry Wars of 2019.

Of all the things to be remembered for...

I like the Amazing Spider-Man movies with Andrew Garfield over the Raimi trilogy and the new MCU Spider-Man.

EvilRoy:

Worgen:

ObsidianJones:
You know, people say McDonalds has the best fries.

What are people smoking? There is no potato in it. The thing that is supposed to make a fry a fry. And Wendy's sea salt with bits of potato is just too much. Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Gentlemen. Gentlemen, Please.

Have you forgotten that We are Them? Those that regular people talk about in Awe and wish they could be as cool as someday? We're Champions of Science and Good Times. We're the ones that were into Video Games before they were cool. We are Those Boys. And We indeed Love making Noise. We shouldn't quibble over something so baseless.

... Because Croissants over Donuts any day of the week.

Yeah, generally I prefer croissants over doughnuts, even when I do am in the mood for doughnuts its usually plain cake or jellyfilled.

Gaze upon the face of the cronut and despair.

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That doesn't look good. If I want a croissant I want a croissant, I don't want one covered in shit.

ObsidianJones:
If you're in the Tri-State Area

Which one?

ObsidianJones:
Are you tired of all the love that Street Fighter gets and you wish the world knew about Project Justice?

I can't hear you over the pure beauty that is Bushido Blade.

ObsidianJones:
Do you get why people love their iPhones but you're all about that oneplus 7 life?

Too poor for that since buying a house, but I love my OnePlus 5.

Silent Protagonist:
I generally prefer diet sodas to their originals, most strongly with Coke/Pepsi.

Same here, but Diet Sunkist in particular is my thing when it comes to soda. One of the only orange sodas with caffeine.

Palindromemordnilap:
I'm with ObsidianJones, I much prefer store brand tubs of ice cream to whatever top label stuff they're selling. It tastes just as good, if not nicer sometimes, is cheaper and you get way more of it

For the big brands, sure the store brand ice cream is just as good but cheaper and for more if it's available in the flavor you want. Local brands are often better though, if only because they have to be to compete when they can't on price. Here we have Ellen's, which is good enough that they've expanded from their store into being the ice cream used by many of the local restaurants (and the restaurants advertise that it's Ellen's).

ObsidianJones:
Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

Their politics might be shit, but Chik Fil-A is damn tasty (and they treat their employees pretty well for fast food), and that includes their fries. Best fast food fries I've had, easily.

As far as liking "other" brands, I do a lot of my shopping at ALDI, which basically stocks "other" brands exclusively. Save a ton of money that way and for a lot of things you can't really tell the difference.

As for my own unique contribution to this thread - 1) I enjoy cider and strongly prefer it to beer 2) My favorite ciders are Strongbow and Woodchuck, in that order. Woodchuck is no longer distributed in my state, and I only know a couple of places that carry Strongbow (probably because it's a cider brand owned by Heineken). If I can't find either and have to drink the other stuff I go to ALDI and grab some Wicked Grove because it's basically identical to Angry Orchard but much cheaper. "Locally brewed" ciders have a bad habit of being made with much higher ABV, which means they end up not really having much flavor. Though recently I've had some Swilled Dog and it's not bad, but it's no Strongbow or Woodchuck.

EvilRoy:

Worgen:

ObsidianJones:
You know, people say McDonalds has the best fries.

What are people smoking? There is no potato in it. The thing that is supposed to make a fry a fry. And Wendy's sea salt with bits of potato is just too much. Burger King are the fries I go for if I'm not making my own.

I wish I got into these types of games. Monster Battling hit when I was in college and I felt ultra cool Solid Snaking with my big boy ps1. I played a little Pokemon, but I admit I just don't get it.

What got you into giving Dragon Warriors your time over Pokemon?

Gentlemen. Gentlemen, Please.

Have you forgotten that We are Them? Those that regular people talk about in Awe and wish they could be as cool as someday? We're Champions of Science and Good Times. We're the ones that were into Video Games before they were cool. We are Those Boys. And We indeed Love making Noise. We shouldn't quibble over something so baseless.

... Because Croissants over Donuts any day of the week.

Yeah, generally I prefer croissants over doughnuts, even when I do am in the mood for doughnuts its usually plain cake or jellyfilled.

Gaze upon the face of the cronut and despair.

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That's not a cronut. This is a cronut:
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Baffle2:

Xprimentyl:
Let?s be fair, ANY sweets left on display in [what I?m assuming is] a gas station

Morrisons is a supermarket.

Meh, same/same; I guessed 'gas station' because many around here have Krispy Kreme plastic mausoleums. But baked sweets put on display anywhere with swinging/sliding doors to which the general public has access will attract flies; that's why I refuse to eat anything out of such cases, nothing appealing about picked over desserts rife with fly footprints and fecal matter.

Agema:

Mostly, I hate high street coffee chains. Starbucks, Costa (in the UK), etc. Shit coffee at absurd prices.

Agreed, Starbucks is absolutely horrid. I'm convinced they don't actually brew coffee, rather they collect the rancid liquid that pools at the bottom of public ash trays and heat it up with copious amounts of pretense.

ObsidianJones:
You know what, I feel like I had a hand in creating the Escapist Pastry Wars of 2019.

Of all the things to be remembered for...

If it makes you feel any better, think of all the nobodies who were found hanging dead in their closet after attempting autoerotic asphyxiation.

But if there's to be a pastry war, I'll be Switzerland and politely remain neutral. I may have my love of a warm, plain glazed Krispy Kreme, but I ain't dying for it; I rarely eat sweets.

Schadrach:
Which one?

The Gold Standard One :p

Kidding... sort of. I'm a New Yorker. Tri-state area for me is New York, NJ, and Connecticut.

I can't hear you over the pure beauty that is Bushido Blade.

So, here's what my friends and I used to do in college.

We'd go to the bamboo thicket stage. You'd have to chop down three trees before you could attack. If you killed someone before the three trees, you were banned from play for three rounds.

It made the game really tense if you were just on your second tree and someone was running at you with a Broadsword. It should have been a legitimate mode. But sometimes the best game modes are the ones you made yourself.

trunkage:
That's not a cronut. This is a cronut:
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Xprimentyl:

Baffle2:

Xprimentyl:
Let?s be fair, ANY sweets left on display in [what I?m assuming is] a gas station

Morrisons is a supermarket.

Meh, same/same; I guessed ?gas station? because many around here have Krispy Kreme plastic mausoleums. But baked sweets put on display anywhere with swinging/sliding doors to which the general public has access will attract flies; that?s why I refuse to eat anything out of such cases, nothing appealing about picked over desserts rife with fly footprints and fecal matter.

Agema:

Mostly, I hate high street coffee chains. Starbucks, Costa (in the UK), etc. Shit coffee at absurd prices.

Agreed, Starbucks is absolutely horrid. I?m convinced they don?t actually brew coffee, rather they collect the rancid liquid that pools at the bottom of public ash trays and heat it up with copious amounts of pretense.

ObsidianJones:
You know what, I feel like I had a hand in creating the Escapist Pastry Wars of 2019.

Of all the things to be remembered for...

If it makes you feel any better, think of all the nobodies who were found hanging dead in their closet after attempting autoerotic asphyxiation.

But if there?s to be a pastry war, I?ll be Switzerland and politely remain neutral. I may have my love of a warm, plain glazed Krispy Kreme, but I ain?t dying for it; I rarely eat sweets.

Dirty Pool, Old Man. That was an horrific thought.

I'm forced to do nothing else but respect your hustle.

trunkage:

Casual Shinji:
I prefer pre-MCU Marvel movies over the MCU Marvel movies. Yes, even Ang Lee's Hulk. As ill-conceived as that movie was it was atleast interesting to behold. You could actually feel a director's hand at work, not an automated assembly line.

Phase 1 of MCU was pretty bad with one standout. I've been liking more recent MCU movie where they let the training wheels off and directors get an input.

I'd also point out that you're including Howard the Duck and the old Captain America in your better films. So I can't go with you there

I actually like Howard the Duck. It's strange to think that that movie has a better original score than any of the MCU movies.

Casual Shinji:

trunkage:

Casual Shinji:
I prefer pre-MCU Marvel movies over the MCU Marvel movies. Yes, even Ang Lee's Hulk. As ill-conceived as that movie was it was atleast interesting to behold. You could actually feel a director's hand at work, not an automated assembly line.

Phase 1 of MCU was pretty bad with one standout. I've been liking more recent MCU movie where they let the training wheels off and directors get an input.

I'd also point out that you're including Howard the Duck and the old Captain America in your better films. So I can't go with you there

I actually like Howard the Duck. It's strange to think that that movie has a better original score than any of the MCU movies.

I think Howard was better than most other Marvel movies of its time. Definitely thought it was better than The First Avenger. But I think First Avemger is as bad as the 80s Cap America

Xprimentyl:

But in all seriousness, I often watch the video below when I need some good vibes; Irish folks trying Kripsy Kreme for the first time; they're initially cynical (y'know, "typical American gluttony and decadence,") but it doesn't take much to bring them around. Krispy Kreme are the physical manifestation of happiness, science FACT.

Lies, slander, and calumny. Everyone knows that the physical manifestation of happiness is chocolate. Exhibit A: "A glass and a half full of joy", it says. QED, physical happiness. I rest my case.

Baffle2:
I prefer Titan power tools to more expensive brands, because more expensive brands are more expensive.

As an Australian tradesman I'm a big fan of Ryobi battery tools, even if they are cheaper than many tools. Mainly for the fact they don't constantly change their batteries like other battery tools, so if you buy a new ryobi tool you can stick older batteries from previous purchases into them. Drives me nuts with the battery tool industry and their constant forced obsolescence.

Fieldy409:

Baffle2:
I prefer Titan power tools to more expensive brands, because more expensive brands are more expensive.

As an Australian tradesman I'm a big fan of Ryobi battery tools, even if they are cheaper than many tools. Mainly for the fact they don't constantly change their batteries like other battery tools, so if you buy a new ryobi tool you can stick older batteries from previous purchases into them. Drives me nuts with the battery tool industry and their constant forced obsolescence.

As an Australian but definitely not a tradie, I concur with this statement

Fieldy409:
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trunkage:
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Ryobi don't really need to make their batteries backwards or forwards compatible, because they die within a few months either way. (YMMV, I've only had one pair of Ryobi drills and they were great while the batteries lasted, which means they were very briefly great. I've had a Hitachi drill for a few years and it is fantastic. Came with two batteries that charge quicker than I can use them, going strong after three years.) I still have the bag the Ryobis came in though, it's a pretty good tool bag.

Baffle2:

Fieldy409:
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trunkage:
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Ryobi don't really need to make their batteries backwards or forwards compatible, because they die within a few months either way. (YMMV, I've only had one pair of Ryobi drills and they were great while the batteries lasted, which means they were very briefly great. I've had a Hitachi drill for a few years and it is fantastic. Came with two batteries that charge quicker than I can use them, going strong after three years.) I still have the bag the Ryobis came in though, it's a pretty good tool bag.

There's a Ryobi leaf blower at work that gets used almost every work day. So far for almost 3 years.

Baffle2:

Fieldy409:
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trunkage:
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Ryobi don't really need to make their batteries backwards or forwards compatible, because they die within a few months either way. (YMMV, I've only had one pair of Ryobi drills and they were great while the batteries lasted, which means they were very briefly great. I've had a Hitachi drill for a few years and it is fantastic. Came with two batteries that charge quicker than I can use them, going strong after three years.) I still have the bag the Ryobis came in though, it's a pretty good tool bag.

Yeah I dunno what happened there, Dad and I have got Ryobi batteries that must be pushing 10 years old, outlived the tools they came with and we use them regularly. Plus we are kinda rough on tools, we keep them in boxes with other tools on top of them in the van and sometimes that can damage them.

The Ryobi battery grinders are a bit shit though, the trigger keeps breaking on them. I might know somebody who bypassed the broken trigger and kept using it for a long time but that is very naughty and dangerous.

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