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Yea, I’m Still Alive

August 4, 2010 Comments off

So its been a while since I’ve posted anything here…

So what have I been up to?

Well I made the Photo Staff on TFW. *joy* Which was apparently a big concern of mine around the time of my last post.

In other news, I’ve been making progress with my own site: Fallen Empire Toys Plastique Freak where I’ve put my photography skills to use. I review toys, everything from Transformers to Marvel figures, and enjoy every minute of it. 😀 Fresh back from BotCon in Orlando, I’ve slowly been making my way through reviewing my “toy haul” from the convention so keep an eye on the site and enjoy the fruits of all my hard work. 😀

Hopefully this is something that I can keep up with, I really enjoy having a place to post all my personal crap and just get stuff off my chest.

In them mean time, check out ma Seekhaz!

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Rebirthing The Restricted

April 8, 2008 Comments off

OK, so just started my newest little project, which I’m sure will turn out to be my newest time consuming sucker of sanity, but I did it anyway. Here lately I’ve notice that my blog has strayed from what I had originally intended it to be, and turned into more of an online diary. There’s nothing wrong with that, but unfortunately that’s left me with nowhere to put my more structured writing/articles that I originally started this blog with.

Solution? Start another blog just for that type of writing. So I present to you… The Restricted, a continuation of a project that Tony, Joe and I started a long time ago. I’ve been playing around with the idea for quite some time now, but have been putting it off because I really didn’t want to undertake the project all by myself. Tony and Joe however are otherwise occupied with writing their new television series (good luck to you by the way), and I figured it was do or die time and if I didn’t do it now the motivation would soon dwindle away to nothing.

So check me out as the sole contributor right now at therestricted.wordpress.com, and keep an eye out for new authors and contributors in the near future.

I still plan on making regular entries here and just keep them more personal, hopefully I will be able to build enough of a reader base with The Restricted to generate a little revenue and invest a little bit back into the publication, maybe do a weekly/monthly podcast to go along with it. Who knows?

Anyways, don’t forget to check it out and enjoy!

Penny Free Shopping Spree

January 31, 2008 Comments off

So I did it, after less than a week of deliberating I decided to sell off most of my G.I. Joe collection. I got rid of my entire 25th Anniversary line of Joes, variants and all, save my MOC 2007 SDCC Pimp Daddy Destro. I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of him, I like the story behind him too much and it’s kind of like owning a piece of history.

After asking around on some of the forums that I frequent, I was kind of skeptical about how much money I could get for them, but as usual eBay never lets me down. I’m not gonna tell you exactly how much I got for them, but it was defiantly more than what most of the collectors on the boards said I would get. The one that really suppressed me was my MOC “Yellow Variant” Sgt. Stalker… geezus! I should have set my “Buy It Now” price a lot higher, it sold in less than 12 hours at what I thought was a ridiculously high price. I guess with there only being one other one listed on eBay at the time and only had full sold for the entire month on January, I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I only pad $5.00 for the damn thing. 🙂

So now it’s time to say goodbye to my, short lived, stint in G.I. Joe collecting, and start looking forward to all those packages that’ll soon be arriving in the mail… w00t!

So what did I get in exchange for a full year’s worth of Joe collecting? I’m glad you asked, here he is the piece that started it all… a MIB Japanese “Pre Go-Bots” Devil Satan 6.

 

He’s the original version of Monsterous, my “childhood grail”, that I was able to complete over the summer. I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking through other people’s collections, and I’ve never even seen one before, let alone found one for sale… so I’m happy! He’s single handedly the second most expensive piece that I’ve bought, second only to my Brave Maximus. I did come across a blog where the writer said he paid well over $500 at a convention for his, and it wasn’t in as good of shape as this one, so he’ll stand tall for a long time as the most valuable piece I own.

But that’s not all folks! I also got a MIB set of Transformer JR’s, a short lived Japanese only line of “shrunken” G-1 Transformers, containing: Chromedome, Optimus Prime, and Fortress Maximus. The guy I got them from says that the box has never actually been opened, but due to age the tape has lost it’s adhesion and it’s technically no longer sealed. So no MISB for me, but that’s ok: I would have just opened em up anyways.

MISB Collector’s Club exclusives: Astrotrain, Landquake, & Skyfall

And a set of lenses and filters for the camera that I bought my wife for Christmas. (A Sony Alpha A-100 if you’re wondering)

SCORE! Not a bad little haul, if I do say so myself, and it didn’t even cost me a penny out of my pocket. Now all that’s left is to wait for the mailman to drop them off on my doorstep: all bought and paid for but still no pay off… LOL.

Lockdown

January 22, 2008 Comments off

OK, yea I’m still alive. *lol* So where have I been you may ask. Well that’s not such a long story, and I aim to tell ya… those fuckin iPods are evil! I’ve spent the better part of a month building my iToons library, obsessively ripping every DVD I own, editing the ID3 tags for damn near every goddamned Mp3 I have, and manually getting the album art for every fuckin movie and song in my library (before I realized that iToons will do that for you automatically if you register an account).

I’ve neglected almost everything in my personal life, my office is a shambles, I haven’t so much as dusted my toy collection, and other than checking the stats to my blog every once and a while, I haven’t done anything on the computer in weeks. Seriously: Why the fuck do I need to have every episode of Babylon 5 in Mp4 format? Do I really need to carry around all seven seasons of Deep Space 9 in my pocket? And I just finished watching every episode of Entourage, in order, less than a month ago!

*Fuckin OCD*

Geeezus, if you have OCD or even OCD-like tendencies, seriously stay the fuck away from these things they’ll destroy your life. I’ve turned into some sleep deprived audio/video-phile fruit cup. I stay up all night, until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore, ripping movies, I haven’t shut my laptop off since x-mas, and whenever I’m away from it; I have my iPod on… I sleep with the damn thing on for fucks sake!

So what snapped my outta my self imposed iPod isolation? Go-Bots! That’s right, those little generic half-assed transformer wannabe toys from the 80s. While waiting for a movie to download (legally, of coarse), I found an auction on eBay for the Go-Bots Power-Suit Combiner: Grungy with the box, Styrofoam, and enough bots to fill the suits for what I thought was a good price, so I did the “Buy It Now” and now I’m eagerly awaiting a package in the mail (LOL). But that got me thinking about some of the Go-Bots I had as a kid, and started looking for some of them too.

That brings me to my current dilemma. Much like Transformers, Go-Bots were originally sold under another name in Asia, Machine Robo, before they were re-branded and brought over to the States. I found the Japanese version of one of my favorite Go-Bots, Mint In the Box (MIB), from a toy store in Asia for a decent price and now I’m trying to figure out how to finagle enough money to snag him up before somebody else does. I don’t have too many bots that I want to part with, but I’ve been playing with the idea of selling my G.I. Joe collection to get enough money to buy him. I’ve got the entire 25th Anniversary line (Mint On the Card) all the way up to wave 5, including all of the variants except Snake Eyes with the black Timber, that should net me enough to pay for it plus some.

I really haven’t had much of an interest in them lately, but I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been able to find them for a while or if it’s because I’ve genuinely lost interest in them. I originally wanted to get the complete line and keep them all MISB/MOSC, but I’ve been looking at all of the planned releases for the line, and those little buggers are gonna break me. It was fine when I thought they were just going to be a filler line until the next line was ready for production, but they’re starting to look like they may be Hasbro’s main line for a while. I’ve got the entire line pre-ordered through BBTS all the way up to wave 7, along with all the comic book 2 packs, and I can see these getting really expensive in the future.

On the other hand, I’ve got a really good start on the line and if I sell what I’ve already got, I may never be able to afford to get them back.

It’s a stupid thing to have to worry about, especially with the economy the way it is and all, but… DAMN IT, I REALLY WANT THAT BOT!

Joes & Photoshop

December 3, 2007 Comments off

Just like the title says “G.I. Joes + Photoshop = all teh funs”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BotCon 2008

November 30, 2007 2 comments

Hey all! I just checked my eMail and guess what I found? Got an eMail from Brian at the Transformers Collectors Club with details about BotCon 2008. Read it and weep fellas, read it and weep!

 

Hello **** ***********!

Here is the start of the information you have all been waiting for:

BotCon 2008 will be held in Cincinnati, OH at the Duke Energy Center.

Convention dates are: April 24-28, 2008

The hotel is across the street and is the Hyatt Regency.
You can make your reservations online by using the link at BotCon.com or call:

888.421.1442

Note: There will be tours and classes offered on Wednesday April 23 and
Thursday April 24. Currently Shawn will be teaching his class on Wednesday and again on Thursday so we will have 50 slots. We are also working on potential classes in sculpting and or molding as well. We can’t answer any specific questions currently but we wanted to give you a heads up for your hotel reservations needs.

Convention registration and details to follow….

Don’t delay as last year’s rooms went in less than a day….

Thanks for your support!

Brian

PS. The con set is really going to shatter your world….
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Cincy, that’s drivabel for me! I could do that on a tank of gas. 0f coarse given current gas prices, it still might be cheaper for me to fly. lol

As much as I hate to give that city any of my money, with all the trouble I’ve had out of there latly… I’m soooooo there! Anybody else going?

I can’t believe Ohio got a second one, that’s so awesome it warrents a “Breakdancing Soundwave” LOL

Getting Reacquainted With Linus

November 22, 2007 2 comments

First off, to all my geek friends, I’d like to say “Damn it feels good to be home!” Now with that being said, I guess I should elaborate on what I’m talking about. Huh?

I finally made the switch back to Linux; ditching my old Windows based OS and all of the crap that comes along with it for something a little more secure and a lot easier on the wallet. How easy on the wallet is it you ask? How easy does free sound? That’s right I said FREE! Need an office suite? Free. Want to edit photos like Photoshop? Free. Virus protection? You don’t need it on Linux, but if you want it, it’s free.

How is this possible? Through the wonders of “Open Source”! Linux is an Open Source technology, and in a nutshell that means that anything written in Linux has to have its source code made available to the public. Anyone who has the “know how”, is free to modify this code to their liking, and the only stipulation is that if you make changes to it; you have to make your modified code available too.

Now all this doesn’t come without some “trade off”. While Ubuntu (my personal favorite flavor of Linux) has a very “Windowsie” feel to it, it’s not always as user friendly as Windows. Getting programs and codex’s is usually as simple as opening up Synaptic (Ubuntu’s program getter and installer), typing in the programs name, checking the box next to it, and then clicking the apply button… most of the time. Sometimes though, you may need to tweak them a little bit to get them to work on your particular computer. This however is usually as simple as going to Google and doing a search, you should be able to find a “walk-through” for whatever problem you’re having within the first page of results.

And that’s where I’ve been for the last week, trying to get this simple program working on my new Linux box…

The last time I used Ubuntu, “Dapper Drake” was the most current build (for you Linux users that should tell you how long ago it was) and Beryl used to be the program to do this with. To my surprise, Beryl is no longer supported, and its new counterpart is included with the newest distribution of Ubuntu (Gutsy Gibbon). So I spent about a week trying to get an unsupported program to work on a computer that it was never going to work on anyways. All because I didn’t take the time to check what build of Ubuntu I had and if it supported the program I wanted to install… *shrug* “whatta ya do?”

Long story short: I finally got it working and feel a little stupid for spending so much time on it, when all I had to do was google the build name and the program to find out all I needed to know.

Anyways, for anybody wanting to try it out, you can download the most current version of Ubuntu here, burn it to a CD, and give it a whirl. Ubuntu is especially nice because it comes as a “Live CD”, allowing you to try it out without actually installing it, then if you like it… just click the Install icon on the desktop. Ubuntu also lets you do a “duel boot” allowing you to have both Windows and Linux installed on the same computer, although I’ve never had any luck trying to do this under Dapper Drake. I should add that I haven’t given it a try under Gutsy Gibbon, and at the time it wasn’t important enough to me to Google it and find out why I couldn’t get it to work.