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Cake day: July 4th, 2023


  • The Costco stuff pops pretty well.

    I did try an air popper, but that makes some genuinely flavourless crap, and throws unpopped kernels everywhere.

    Best results I’ve had was in a big pot with some coconut oil, but it’s fiddly to get the temperature just right. It’s easy to go too high and burn it.

  • I’m talking a town of 35,000-40,000 people. There is not a single dedicated new physical media shop here. The most we have is the rack in the supermarkets. It all went online to Amazon, etc, and now it doesn’t look like it has long there either.

    And while that old media will last a decent while, it doesn’t last forever. The discs degrade, and fairly soon compared to CDs. Like 25 years or so.

    And if nobody is making discs any more, the drives won’t be far behind. It’s full of moving parts, so stock up on them. It happened to floppy discs, it’ll happen to optical discs too.

  • The smaller towns like mine feel the effects first. It’ll trickle up.

    Game went that way, eventually being taken over by the used section, and now all we have left locally is CEX, which is used only. Most of the prices are about the same as buying new from Amazon. Anything really cheap is often the same stuff in subscription services.

    Game still exists, but it’s tucked away at the back of Sports Direct shops in out of town shopping centres, and their main products appear to be plushies and funko pops.

    It is dying, and I’m not convinced it can be saved at this point. Who has a CD player any more? DVD players have gone from a £30 box that everyone had to something stuffed in the attic and the apps are built into the TV. A 4K BR player is still £150+ even for a cheap one. You don’t even get Dolby Vision at that price point. I don’t expect the next generation of consoles to have disc drives at all.

    Physical media is on life support, and it won’t be long before they pull the plug completely.