A Minor HasCon Update: Now with Slight Controversy

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There’s been another slight update with HasCon: there have been a few more vendors added but none of them really sell toys. There’s also a brand new bonus, if you get the VIP ticket, you’ll get a $100 gift card to Hasbro Toy Shop. Purchase access to other events and you’ll get a $50 HTS gift card.

Okay, now they are offering gift cards. To get people to buy the VIP ticket. YEAH.

Then there’s the minor Flo Rida controversy as well. On that end, I feel it’s a bit of “much ado about nothing” but then again, I could be wrong. Hasbro can invite whoever they like. It is their show. But let’s be clear here:

-The dealer room seemingly has next to no toy sellers, other than Hasbro Toy Shop.

-A good portion of the guests have nothing to do with Hasbro.

-The two Transformer VIP events have been combined into one night.

I hate to say this, but this doesn’t really sound like much of a Hasbro focused convention. I get it: they want to drive ticket sales and some of these guests might do just that. I understand that the focus of this isn’t on Transformers. It isn’t a BotCon type of show. This is meant to be a celebration of all things Hasbro.

The only problem is that this isn’t focused, at least, it isn’t focused on Hasbro. The inclusion of some of the guests pretty much solidifies that.

We have less than a month until this train wreck goes live. Maybe things will improve before then but I highly doubt it.

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Taking It Less Than Well

On Tuesday, Prime and I were going to take in a Brewers game, as we had tickets. However, the best laid plans of Bots and flesh creatures can, and often do, go awry. That happened during the afternoon. The plans got cancelled. To make a long story short, no Brewers game for us.

Normally, I’d be upset but I’d manage. There would be some disappointment, maybe a few tears but that would be the end of it. I might make a terrible joke that Prime would owe me big time. Then I would have turned on the radio and called it good.

Not this Tuesday. No, I broke down sobbing. Not a little, either. This was a full-on ugly cry. We’re talking loud, yelping sobs that shook window panes. This wasn’t for a few minutes, either; I think it lasted about twenty minutes, at least.

Yeah, loud yelping sobs over a baseball game. This isn’t about a damned baseball game. It’s about something else entirely.

I’m not handling the loss of BotCon as well as I had thought. This is upsetting me more than I care to admit. It doesn’t help matters that HasCon isn’t all that appealing to me. It’s not for a lack of trying but I can’t get excited for it. From the lackluster guests to the VIP event fiasco, I simply cannot feel excited about it.

I’m also not going, so it’s been well over a year since I’ve had a vacation. I haven’t had a chance to recharge my batteries in a very long time. I haven’t hit burn out yet, but I’m wondering if I’m not getting close.

I spent a good portion of today feeling depressed. When I got home, I packed away some of my clothes and repacked some toiletries. I don’t have anywhere to go but that little bit of busywork took my mind off things and helped my mood.

Maybe I’ll get lucky: maybe I will have a convention to attend in the future. But for now, I have to wait. I’m just not sure for how long.

I just hope I can make it.

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Words Matter

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Libby Anne has a great post on spanking. It deals with the idea of defending the practice and how problematic that can be. I highly recommend you read it; it’s a great post.

But it shouldn’t be a debate at all because it’s founded on a weak argument. We have science proving that spanking isn’t productive or helpful. Then there’s the cognitive dissonance end of it. As Libby Anne puts it:

The truth is that there is no one agreed-upon definition for spanking. Everyone means something slightly different, and that lack of clarity is dangerous.

The term is nebulous at best and at worst, you start thinking that this sort of abuse is absolutely normal. Remember: I was 14 and I was choked by my mother. When I heard, over a decade later, that a woman in Wisconsin was going to jail for child abuse because she had choked her own child, I was stunned. I didn’t see it as abuse. Prime had to tell me that yes, being choked was abusive behavior.

Consider a child who is beaten regularly, but their parents use the term “spank” to describe the punishment. When that child hears other children say that they are spanked too, or hears an adult say that spanking is legal, what are they to think?

They will think that this is normal, that this is present in every household in America. They simply won’t see it as being abused. I know this through personal experience.

I saw being choked by a parent as normal. Think about that for a good, long moment. I was outright assaulted, but I didn’t see it as assault. Even worse? If I confronted my mother about this, I know she’d either deny it or downplay it. She didn’t actually hurt me, she would say. It was just discipline gone wrong. It couldn’t be abuse, because she wasn’t abusive; she actually loved me.

But every abuser “loves” their victim. No abuser sees what they are doing as abuse. They will defend their actions, because they see nothing wrong with them, because something similar happened to them but they turned out all right. Or to put it a better way:

I’ve often heard advocates of corporal punishment say that beating a child is wrong, but spanking is good and productive. When one parent’s beating is another parent’s spanking, this is unhelpful. Until we find a way to better define the term—and more universally define it—any defense of “spanking” has the potential to create serious collateral damage.

You may know what you mean when you say “spank.” But does everyone else?

Words matter. Definitions matter. Remember that.

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Reboot to the Skidplate

There’s been some debate as to whether the Transformers films should be rebooted. I hate to say it, but this is probably coming and coming soon. Now, others have their thoughts, so I thought I’d share mine. Warning: there are some spoilers to The Last Knight so if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t go past the fold.

Everyone else: let’s get started, shall we?

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A Note on Current Events

You’d have to have been living in a cave without wifi or living under a rock somewhere to not know about Charlottesville.

Let me go on the record here and say that I did not create this blog in order to espouse politics. But on this, I cannot stay silent. This was a disgusting display. There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how angry and revolted I feel at this moment. I’m a child of the ’80s, a teen of the ’90s and I’ve seen some shit but nothing as repulsive as this.

This has no place in society. At all.

And by the way: you can’t be a Nazi and an American. There was a little skirmish about that in the 1940s that settled the issue. Other countries were involved. Bombs were dropped. Accords were signed. This was settled seventy years ago. The world kind of agreed that Nazis are bad people and they are not US citizens.

You can’t be a Confederate and an American, either. There was a tiny little dispute over that back in early 1860s. You might have read about it in school: it was called THE FUCKING CIVIL WAR. The South seceded from the Union. Confederates were not nor have they ever been United States citizens. They renounced the US! I should know: I spent most of my formative years in the South.

I know that I might lose followers for this. I can’t say that I blame you. This is upsetting. It is exhausting. Politics is an exhausting issue. But I cannot stay silent about this. Silence is tacit approval and that is something I refuse to give. Because there is someone who would be very disappointed in me if I said nothing.

Bumblebee-NaziFighter

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. Bumblebee fought the Nazis. If I am to follow his example, I can do no less.

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Here is a Pocket Monsters Thing.


Say hi to the brand new Dusk forme Lycanroc. I’ll be the first to admit, I like the way this guy looks, as it has a more “wolfish” appearance than its previous formes.

Looks like it’s also going to be on Ash’s team in the anime. That’ll be interesting, to say the least. Now, here’s hoping I can make it to November.

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Sunday Morning Nostalgia Crush!


The into and outro to Saturday Supercade. If you’re wondering why Mario sounded different, well, he was voiced by Peter Cullen. Yes, Optimus Prime was chasing an ape. I’d throw in a Beast Wars or “Trukk not Munky” joke but I’ll refrain.

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