Friday, November 14, 2014

Horrid OP Event at Comic Asylum in Richardson, TX - UPDATE

I got a surprisingly quick response call from WizKids this morning.  The individual I spoke with recognized the name of the venue and was going to check with them, though I don't expect much from that.  I believe I will get a good response from them and wanted to publicly note that as well.

Definite Plus for WizKids!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Horrid OP Event at Comic Asylum in Richardson, TX

I went to a D&D Attack Wing event tonight.  I am not really into fantasy, but I figured it could be fun and I may have a good shot winning the White Dragon prize.

I was an hour late due to some things happening.  I bought a Green Dragon as the entry fee and played the only other player to show up.  Lost, but learned a lot.

Came time to get the "prize" only to find out that the owner (not present) had told the judge to not give the prize out if less than 4 people played in the event.  No warning was given about this ahead of time nor was that noted in the WizKidsEvent system.

I am going to try and report this to WizKids.  It may not matter, but it is another nail in their coffin if it doesn't.

The other player said he came 70+ miles for the event, which sounded likely.

Looks like the owner just wanted some things to sell on eBay.  I would have saved my evening for other things had I known about this scummy practice, though I now recall reading some bad things about this shop in the past.

I am going to post this comment anyplace I can to warn others.

This hurts other FLGS because it shows me that spending more money locally for things has no value when such scum run things.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Saving Wildlife by Killing It

I don't know if it is possible to beat the idiocy of modern society.  I am sure stupid things were done in the past and I have read about many, but the modern state seems to have magnified stupidity.

Armed government agents raid animal shelter to euthanize baby deer

I can understand some of the reasons we don't want people keeping wildlife, especially carnivores as personal pets, but isn't this a bit ridiculous?  Why was the equivalent of a SWAT team needed to kill off a fawn at an animal shelter?

When will we grow up and realize that giving government too much power to protect also enables even more power to abuse.  I see no good that came out of this situation.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Intolerant People

I read in many different places on the Internet and it never seems to fail that the most intolerant people are the ones who claim to have the most tolerance for differences.  They may accept this that or the other, but they will jump on you in a second if you dare disagree with them. 

This shows me that they are just as intolerant as any they oppose, perhaps even more so, since deviating from their self-proclaimed tolerant line is sufficient justification in their own minds for them to call you any sort of name and supposedly completely ignore you.

Most of those who supposedly hold intolerant views mostly just want to be left alone.  Why are the intolerant compelled to shove into their lives?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

They Know Where You Are

I was listening to a podcast that was advocating using location information from phones to pre-fill in forms and such on smart phones.  This is a great idea as a way to simplify the lives of potential users since they do not need to enter information that is already known.  I personally find cell phone interfaces tough to work with because I have big fingers and a tougher time seeing small text.

This is scary however in that the phone and hence those who track it know exactly where I am at all times.  Many applications already prompt to know location information on my Android phone and it is generally not possible to adjust that and still use the app.

So we may get flexibility and a lot less privacy....

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Start Doing Something

One problem some of us with so many ideas have is deciding on what to focus on.  Having too many things that could take our attention often means that we end up doing nothing since we can't make a choice of which one to pursue.

This advice is for me as much as anyone who reads this:  Do something!  You can't steer a ship that isn't moving.  Watch getting committed for the long term, but don't be afraid to jump in with something to get done now even if it may end up not being the ideal thing to do!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What Name to Use

I am going back and forth on what name to use on my blog and other Internet postings.  R. Bradley Andrews is much more distinctive, but seems a bit too formal in many uses.  Brad Andrews is simpler but others have dared to use the same name out there!

I thought about a clever alias, but the ones that come to mind seem to presumptive and I have already pretty much decided that I am going to live with my core ideas being connected with me.

I am shifting to the simple Brad Andrews either way, but we shall see.  What choice has everyone else made in this area?