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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!

Got Invited To A Movie Premiere In NY

June 4, 2008 2 comments

OK I’m sure nobody cares but I wrote a couple of blog posts about about the Canzo Empyrean move after seeing a few of the trailers on YouTube a while ago, and when I checked my email Monday I had an invitation from Fornal Films to come to NY for the US sneak preview/premiere.

Sounds like it’s going to be a blast! Me and a couple of other contributers from The Restricted (I was able get me +2 on the invite) are going to NY and we’re going to meet with members of Ars Subterranea. They’re going to lead us along a 40 min subterranean hike to the secret location of The Mestabah Megiddo Theater for a private screening of the movie where we’ll be given a sample of “The Specter’s Citrus Blue”…

Not so sure what to really expect, but the production value put into the event itself sounds like it will be worth the trip.

Sorry not trying to brag or be cocky, I just think it’s cool that somebody paid any attention to what I was writing.

Be sure to check The Restricted for a full review of the movie and events by myself and Tony Glasses. http://www.therestricted.wordpress.com

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!

So Long & Farewell

March 26, 2008 Comments off

3GP your days are numbered! You’ve been a great little proggy for a long time, but unfortunately I’ve strayed and tasted the fruit of another. Don’t’ get me wrong, I plan on keeping you around for a little while and stringing you a long, just in case things don’t work out as well as I hope with this new video converter, but to be honest I think we‘ve simply grown apart… and we both know it.

It’s not you, it’s me… oh who am I kidding? It’s you that I have a problem with. I’m tired of you constantly letting the audio and video fall out of sync with each other; I know it’s not on a consistent basis, but enough is enough. We’ve been together for a long time, since the first week or so after the Sony PSP came out, and I’ve kept you around long after I made my move to the iPod, but I think it’s time that we went out separate ways.

I’ve kept you around for a long time and been loyal when it came to video conversion, but I have to tell you… this new proggy, Jodix, is just more dependable than you. Although I’ve enjoyed your ease of use, simply being “easy” is not a good reason to keep someone around. So it is with great sadness that I remove you from my hard drive.

Just Me Being A Geek

February 23, 2008 Comments off

OK, so my laptop finally crapped out on me the other day. It didn’t stop working all together, but for some reason my mouse pad and keyboard just decided that they no longer liked their stations in life and just weren’t going to participate anymore… go figure. *shrug* The easy work around was to snag the mouse and keyboard off of my home PC and hook them up to my laptop, but that’s more or less rendered my laptop “not so portable” anymore. I do a lot of my writing at work or on the road, so until I bite the bullet and find replacement parts or just go out and get a new laptop (I’m really pulling for the new laptop BTW), I really don’t have a convenient way to write right now… so my apologies for the lack of posts here lately.

So what’s been going on in my life here lately, other than a broken laptop? Oh where should I begin? Lets start with what’s new on the Transformers collecting scene, that always puts me in a good mood.

All the stuff from my “I sold my 25th Anniversary G.I. Joes Haul” came in, Devil Satan 6 is the awsum! He’s in better shape than he looked like in the pictures and that made me extremely happy. The TF Jr’s were indeed unopened, and I was indeed the first person to free them from their “Styrofoam Prisons”, and when I posted about it on TFW it sparked an offer from another collector for two of the six figures that form Raiden Jr. *SCORE* And the Collector’s Club Exclusives were everything I thought they would be, so all in all it was a great series of transactions; I made way more off of my Joe’s than I thought I would, and when it came time to spend it I got a lot of ridiculous deals on the stuff I wanted.

Here recently, I’ve stumbled into some great deals too. I snagged five of the six figures that form Piranacon from the original Generation 1 Transformers series for a fraction of what they were worth, due to the seller not knowing how to spell his name correctly. I’ve had the sixth figure needed to complete him laying around for a while now and never figured I’d be able to complete it because of his ridiculous price so I’m not complaining. On top of that I was able to work out a deal with another collector for a bunch of the parts I needed to complete my newly acquired Piranacon, along with parts for my G1 Metroplex and Trypticon, so now I just need to get the big gun for Pirranacon, and the smaller guns for Scamper and Full Tilt, and I’ll have all three figures 100% complete. If all goes well with this deal, I should be able to get most, if not all, of the parts I need to complete Scorponok from the same guy too… so n00b3rz eatz0r your heart out, lol. I’ve been wheeling and dealing so much here lately, I feel like a fucking Ferangi 🙂 , but so far 08 has been turning out to be a great year for collecting, at least for me anyways. Here’s to hoping it continues *cheers*

I’ve been trying my hand at photography here lately too, not so much like professional photography but more like product photography (?). I built a small light tent and have been taking pictures of some of my TFs to try and hone my skills. I’m having a little trouble with the white balance and getting my backgrounds to turn out completely white, they tend to have a slightly blue tint to them but I’m encouraged by the results so far. My wife’s been a major help, she the Photographer not me; I just take pictures, and yes there is a difference. Here’s a few I took with little or no Photoshoping, other then cropping the pictures down to size.

I’d really like to get good enough to submit some of my stuff to the TFW galleries, because I have quite a few figures that they are missing from there and they have been such a great help in collecting for me I’d like to give something back. Other than that I don’t really know what I would do with those said skills other than have really good looking images for anything I sell on eBay, lol. I guess I’ve always been like that; I just like to know how things work, see if I can do it, and then I lose interest in it. Kind of like, way back, when I only had a webTV and I decided to write my own IRC chat program for it completely in HTML. I worked day and night on it for about a month, and once I finished it, I never gave it a second thought. The key with that is that WebTV recognizes one HTML command that normal computers don’t: wtvchat or wtv.chat or something like that (It’s been a reeeeealy long time ago), but once I did it I quickly lost interest in it because there was no challenge left behind it other then coming up with snappy little saying to pop up when someone clicked the little button.

Anyways, I’ve rambled on long enough… Peace!

Super Tuesday

January 25, 2008 Comments off

So Super Tuesday is fast approaching, and believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to finding out the results. It’ll be nice to know which candidates are actually going to be getting their parties nominations, and know who my choices for the next President of the United States will be. Who am I pulling for? To honest with you, I don’t know yet. There are things about most of the candidates that I like and dislike at the same time.

When it all started, I was extremely “Pro Clinton” for the same reasons that I think most Americans were/are – her inseparable connection with Bill Clinton. But after listening to her flip-flop on so many issues I’ve really become uncertain about her. I hate to buy into all the media hype, but I really do feel like “she would say just about anything to get elected“. That’s left me unsure about where she really stands and what her points of view are on a lot of the issues, and most of all her character.

Ron Paul, what can I say? For a short time I thought about throwing my support his way, but in all honesty I don’t think he has enough pull to get the Republican nomination. The most (I think) he can hope for, is to stay in the race long enough to try and influence the other candidates. I think what killed it for me with Ron Paul was his association with those so called “Neo-Confederate” groups, not for the racial reasons that the media tried to make it about, but because I think we need a president that will unite this country and I can’t throw my support to someone associated with groups that want to tear this country apart.

Sorry Michelle, I know you’re a reader and I appreciated (and continue to appreciate) all of your support through our struggle here in Ohio with Senate Bill 16, but that’s my honest opinion. To anyone else not so familiar with Ron Paul, Michelle’s blog Lady Liberty is a great place to learn more about Mr. Paul and his campaign. Please do read it and make a decision for yourself, don’t let my jaded opinions sway your decisions… and believe me, they.are.jaded.

As of right now, and let me stress that I mean right now because it will probably change, I’m kind of pulling for Barack Obama. His apparent youth and inexperience was kind of off putting for me, but after hearing him speak and seeing how he carried himself during his campaign so far. I’m a big believer in character, and what is says about a person. You need to have a strong character to be a leader and so far he has impressed me with the amount of dignity he’s carried himself with.

So what influences who such a jaded individual from the “X” generation votes for? Well let me tell you: I look at what I like and don’t like about this country and try to pick the candidate that best fits my view on things, just like every other American.

A Letter To My Father

December 5, 2007 8 comments

A letter to my father, Manuel Morales

Well it’s about that time, your oldest son is about to turn 29, and as I reach the 30 year mark in my life I’m starting to realize that I can no longer spend the rest of my life hating you. I spent my youth longing for a father, and the later part of my life resenting you for not being there.

I’m a father now; I have a baby girl whom I love more than life itself. She’s four, but you wouldn’t know that. I’ve become a man, I have a family, and there’s nothing that I wouldn’t do for them. Sure it hasn’t always been easy, anything worth wild rarely is. I want you to know that everything I’ve done, everything I’ve accomplished has been in spite of you, not because of you. I made a promise to myself and my family that I would do everything in my power to make sure that I was there for them, the way that my father never was.

I wish I could tell you how much you’ve hurt me throughout the years, but the sad thing is that you will never know. You were never there to see the tears as I cried myself to sleep at night, or the tears welling up in my eyes as I write this now.

Some of my fondest memories as a child were those few times that you would show up unexpectedly at my grandparent’s house to tell me that you loved me and that you would always be there for me… only to wake up in the morning and find out that you were gone, slipping away in the night without even saying goodbye.

I remember a few times going to my grandparent’s house to find a package for me, from you. Usually some kind of subscription for children’s books that you would never pay for, so I would only end up with the first book out of the series and that was it. I cherished those books though, even keeping the boxes that they came in until they fell apart. They were a reminder that I did have a father out there… somewhere.

I loved you unconditionally like any child would love his parent, hoping that one day you would show up and want me in your life again. Eventually, reality set in and that hope turned into hopelessness, that hopelessness eventually turned into hate, and that’s where I’ve spent most of my life: hating you.

I’m sorry, but I can’t let you have that kind of power over me anymore, I can’t let that hate run my life. So if by some stroke of luck this letter finds its way to you, this February 13th think about what you were doing and what you were feeling exactly 29 years ago, and know that your son forgives you. You have a beautiful granddaughter, and I would very much like you to be a part of her life.

Your Son,
Brad