okay a little bit lest shitposty but there’s something i want to talk about
so by now, most of you know about the money goal, how i need 83 dollars left, and how i presumably thought my friend was going to help with the rest.
that’s impossible now, their father is refusing them to help me with the rest of the money.
i’ve stated that before, but a little vague, i know. i just wanted to say with how my mood is going about this whole situation, and by the amount of commissions i’ve been getting the past days (….zero), there is no way i’m raising the rest of the money by my self in 8 days.
i’m sorry to disappoint the people who were hoping for me to reach the goal-
Shiro was obviously a really renown and skilled pilot, who no doubt had a bunch of successful space exploration missions under his belt. After all, the garrison wouldn't send a complete rookie to the edge of the solar system and the furthest humanity's able to reach, given the technology capabilities they're implied to have.
but what if Shiro was just a really fucking legendary frat boy
…and after the 50th time my little cousin said that at today’s family get-together, I went to the car and got the dice. Three small children between the ages of 6 and 10 got to play (a very loose, impromptu, anything-goes version of) D&D for the first time ever. I titled it, “Save the Princess.”
My niece played a wizard, while the bored cousin played a fighter, who gradually evolved into the equivalent of a rogue/eldritch knight, and the other cousin played a cleric. These are the ensuing things my young players said.
DM: You are all staying at an inn tonight. It’s like a hotel. Wizard: Is there a pool?! DM: … why not. Wizard: I’ll get my bathing suit! —————-
DM: The man who was reading the book in the lobby last night comes up to you guys. NPC-Druid: I’m going to get to the dragon first, turn into a bear, and kill him! Fighter: There’s going to be bear traps! DM: Roll to persuade him there’s going to be traps. NPC rolls a 3, and the Fighter rolls a 7. DM: The guy with the book starts crying and goes back to his room. —————-
DM: A pony is 20 dollars, a horse is 50 dollars, and an invisible horse is 70 dollars. Wizard: Ooooo! Let’s buy a pony! Cleric: YEAH! Wizard: It’s white with polka dots, okay! Cleric: YEAH!
Fighter: I want to put a bottomless hole under the wolf! (rolls too low). DM: You put a hole next to the wolf. Cleric: I want to put the wolf to sleep. (rolls high enough). DM: Alright, he’s asleep now. Wizard: I’m going to push the wolf into the bottomless hole.
Wizard: I want to cast a spell to put bugs in his shirt… Is the dragon wearing a shirt? —————-
The saddest part about the campaign was that the dragon didn’t get one hit off on the players. The wizard, however: poisoned it, burned it, summoned a rock that fell on its head, summoned a swarm of insects that got in its scales and bit it a lot, and the fighter made it incapable of breathing fire. This is how the dice fell, and this is how the dragon died.
it was the summer of 2001, and Joe meets Patrick and he's like "yo, I know about music." then Patrick's like "yo I know more about music!" "that's impossible. so you wanna start a band?" and Patrick's like, "yeah that's cool." and then, he's like "yo this is a book store not a music store." and then they met at Patrick's house. so Patrick's wearing shorts, socks, and a hat. Patrick is playing drums for some fuckin' reason and then Pete's there for some reason. and they start playing music together and they're like "oh, let's play some covers from some other bands." it was like Green Day, and fuckin' Misfits, and fuckin' Ramones. Pete said to Joe, "yo, that's dope, but we need a fuckin' drummer." because Patrick's playing drums and he's a singer. Patrick's like "yo, I got a soul voice," and they're like "wait how do you have a soul voice?" and he's like "yo, watch this: YEEEEEEeeeeeeEEEEEEeeeeeeeeEEEeeeeeeAAAAAAAAaaaaAAaahhh!" and they're like, "oh my god, that sounds like soul!" so they put it in a song, and it was like, "WHERE IS YOUR BOY TONIIIIIIIiiiiiIIIIIIIIIiiiIIIIIIIGHT?!" and they're like "yo that's fuckin perfect, this is Fall Out Boy." and they made records like Evening Out With Your Ex-Girlfriend. Evening Out With Your Ex-Girlfriend, everybody loves it. "it's called Evening Out With Your Girlfriend." with your ex-girlfriend. it's called evening out with your Ex-girlfriend. it's called eating out your girlfriend, and it's real and it doesn't matter. and Pete talked to Patrick and Joe and he's like "you what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. yo, this is gonna be fuckin' doooooooooope!" so they made a record and it was called Take this to Your Grave. they made it without a drummer, and they had like 3—4 drummers come in. The four drummers they had come in were like Josh Freese, Neil Pert, the dude from Toto, the fourth one was like the guy from Papa Roach or something, and they're like "you, we need Andy Hurley. Andy Hurley. Take This to Your Grave. Fuckin' record it." and he did, and he killed it, and he was like "bigidalililililillillilila, PSHHH!" killin' the skin, tapping the skins, tapping the rim, playin' the shit, killing these bitches, rapping it out. you're getting a fucking tattoo right now?! what the fuck is going on?! We should get signed to Fueled By Ramen, 'cause thee guys know what the fuck is going on. and they were like "yo, if you can make our scene any bigger than it is, which is not fuckin' hard, we will sign you guys." and Pete was like "yo, we got this record that's fuckin' dooooooope, dude, it's called Take This to Your Grave, it's called From Under the Cork Tree it's gonna be fucking huge." and then Patrick's like "I gotta keep it real, I gotta keep it artistic, these are three songs that are gonna make the album and it's called-BURP-Thnks Fr th Mmrs, 20 Dollar Nose Bleed, and Sugar, Were Goin' Down. and they made this record that was fuckin' dope, and it fucking hit on the charts like one two three, three two one, three four five six seven eight nine ten. ten to one. From Under the Cork Tree sold like four million records. ten million records. fifteen million records. and Brendon Urie had nothing to do with the entire record. and Patrick was like "that's gooooOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOd." Pete was like, "yo, fuck you I can do whatever I want." and Joe was like, "yeah it's cool man whatever I don't give a shit." and then Andy was like "eh, cool." and Pete was like "Make up is fuckin' great for a guy. because it makes a guy look beautiful, which a lot of times, a guy is not beautiful. and I wanna change that. I wanna make sure everyone thinks that guys are beautiful." I'm good so far yeah. yeah I do. SHUT THE FUCK. oh fuck, alright alright. Pete was like "oh my god, I'm so embarrassed about this dick pic." and then I saw the dick pic and was like "ah it's not bad." it's not a bad dick. let's be real. we made Rollins Stones one issue before Fall Out Boy. and Fall Out Boy made the issue right after us and they were so pissed they were like "yo, fuck you guys!" they're like "yo! Panic! has the fuckin' cover for Rolling Stones, yo, fuck these dudes, we're gonna fucking go miles above. we're gonna hit every fuckin' continent there is known to man." but they didn't because they missed a second of time. apparently they were like "oh shit, we got every continent." and they didn't actually hit it. dude, and Pete was like, "WHAT THE FUCK?! 'oh you didn't fuckin' make the continent' it's like FUCK YOU!" so From Under the Cork Tree happens, we fuckin' have three-four years of awesomeness. like, people are coming in themselves 'cause it's so big. Alright so Fall Out Boy was like-- so Patrick's like "yo, we are going to name these records from under the Cork tree and from Innity-- from infinity on high." Pete was like "yo folie à deux means the theatric of two." "The madness of two." oh sorry I'm sorry. follow boy was like "yo we got to take a break." Meaning Pete was like "yo we got to take a break bro." and Patrick's like "I need time for my music. UHUhUhUHuhUUUh." and joes like "yo I need time to find the fucking art dude I got to find some fucking me-- metal" and andys like "i'm just gonna play with some fucking metal bands." and they're like "all right this breaks been like three years long two years long three years long 3 1/2? we gotta fucking come back man we gotta come back strong." you took my beer away what the fuck? "no you poured it all over yourself." "yeah you poured it on yourself man here." "we got to make this shit legit it's gonna be fucking dope it's going to go fucking sky high. we're going to make a fucking record that sails the skies. we're going to call this record save rock 'n' roll." so they made alone together light 'em up alone together Phoenix. and everybody's like "what the fuck? you're working with this guy who fuckin' recorded Avril Lavigne and P!nk." is this pu-- what the fuck is this on my shirt, did I puke on myself? oh god. Pete was like "yo were gonna end up on a tour with Panic! At The Disco and twenty pilots. and that's all and that's all that matters. and that's just how the fuckin' story goes."
its a weird time to be a fan of transformers toys right now
see, since the entertainment industry realized that China is a massive untapped market a couple of years ago, Hasbro has started making this MASSIVE marketing push in China
so basically, China has all of the latest Transformers toys on shelves. always well stocked, always up to date, always readily available
meanwhile, outside of China, the rest of the world is struggling to find the latest releases. hasbro just… isn’t shipping stock to western stores.
so what’s happening as a result?
Chinese companies, namely Wei Jiang and Kubianbao, have started releasing extremely high quality counterfeit versions of official Hasbro toys. Not just cheapo knockoffs, properly high quality fakes that are better than the Hasbro releases.
Can’t find the 20 dollar official Hasbro Megatron toy? Buy Wei Jiang’s counterfeit version! It’s 45 dollars, readily available online, it’s twice the size of Hasbro’s one, it has several improvements made to the figure’s engineering over Hasbro’s version, AND they added die cast metal to it.
So what’s happening is that fans outside of China are importing chinese bootlegs of Hasbro’s toys because they’re objectively better and more readily available than Hasbro’s official releases.
And they’re more readily available because Hasbro is focusing marketing on China right now.
And, if my research is correct, Wei Jiang and Kubianbao’s counterfeit offerings are often sold in the same stores as Hasbro’s official stuff, and Chinese fans prefer buying the counterfeit stuff because it’s better.
So, because Hasbro started trying to maket heavily to China to the point that they’re neglecting markets in the rest of the world, they’re losing sales all over the world to Chinese counterfeiters because the Counterfeit toys are better and easier to find.
And the Chinese audience they’re marketing so heavily to prefers the knockoffs to the official releases anyway. Because the knockoffs are better.