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@  Plokatron : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 PM)

Guess no one has the comic then. Blast I need that close up of Ironhide's helmet!

@  Arazyr : (11 February 2016 - 01:41 PM)

Happy Birthday, young'un. 8^)

@  D Buster Prime : (11 February 2016 - 01:21 PM)

It's my BIRTHDAY! I'm 35 years young!

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 10:54 AM)

nah! it's Venus that's going to Botcon!

@  Paladin : (11 February 2016 - 10:45 AM)

could've also meant Cree Summer...

@  Dracula : (11 February 2016 - 08:39 AM)

Good going, Blackarachnia. I heard it's been hard for her to get roles after Hasbro brought in Airachnid.

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 06:34 AM)

you mean Venus Terzo! she's supposed to be going to Botcon

@  Whirl Maximus : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 AM)

Blackarachnia was on Supernatural last night.

@  Plokatron : (10 February 2016 - 11:08 PM)

Ponderous slagging ponderous. Hey anyone got some good Hi-res captures of Ironhide in Infestation? I really need close ups of his head for reference on a project.

@  Plokatron : (09 February 2016 - 10:46 PM)

Ok now this is funny. I ordered a used copy of HoS GN and the one I got was a library copy once. It's marked Union County on it. Thats my home county. :D It never was in my library though. Mine is named after the man who built it not the town or county but still kinda funny.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 February 2016 - 09:44 PM)

Is it sad I read "KF7 Soviet" as "KFC7 Soviet"?

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 February 2016 - 03:38 PM)

Neat.

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 03:35 PM)

A what? Oh, you must mean a KF7 Soviet. Common mistake.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 February 2016 - 03:22 PM)

Can I just get an AK-47 instead?

@  Telly : (09 February 2016 - 02:35 PM)

this is form 47-a. you want form 47-A. start again

@  MEDdMI : (09 February 2016 - 02:07 PM)

Now you didn't fill the form in black or blue ink. Do it again.

@  Rycochet : (09 February 2016 - 02:04 PM)

You made a typo on the first page of the forms, you're going to have to go back and fill the whole form out again, from first to final.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 February 2016 - 01:31 PM)

"bats"

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 01:09 PM)

Nice and soft, you say? This isn't even my final form!!!!

@  Telly : (09 February 2016 - 12:47 PM)

its nice and soft like YOU dracula *bats eyelashes* and thatll probly be the last thing i post in this thing now lol

@  Dracula : (09 February 2016 - 08:52 AM)

It's course and rough...wait that doesn't work

@  NotVeryKnightly : (09 February 2016 - 08:43 AM)

It gets everywhere?

@  Paladin : (09 February 2016 - 07:57 AM)

i hate snow.

@  BillBarclay : (08 February 2016 - 04:58 PM)

btw one of the Transformers Victory intro's(not the original music used) on YouTube uses one of the pieces of music used on the US version of Transformers Armada

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 03:55 PM)

You should read it again, it gets better with age!

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 03:46 PM)

I am fully aware of that story and mentioning it carries the penalty of fifty towel snaps.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 03:31 PM)

Shh, it's a trap!

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 February 2016 - 02:48 PM)

See, you said "awesome" and "The Beast" in the same sentence, and I think you broke my mind with the contradiction.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 02:42 PM)

No-one tell Whirl about the awesome dinobot combiner, The Beast.

@  Plokatron : (08 February 2016 - 02:37 PM)

@Dracula Uh oh were in trouble.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 02:36 PM)

If you think that's cool, wait until you see what other stuff we're hiding from you.

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 02:33 PM)

Transformers Victory's intro is awesome. And not one of you told me.... WHY?!!!

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 10:43 AM)

It doesn't count those using it on other pages.

@  Rycochet : (08 February 2016 - 10:43 AM)

If it's the one by IPB Shoutbox, it means the number of people who are viewing the Shoutbox page.

@  tffan01 : (08 February 2016 - 10:34 AM)

Where's the red numbers?

@  Lush City : (08 February 2016 - 09:23 AM)

Ok total newb to the shoutbox, but what do the red numbers in the corner mean?

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 09:09 AM)

Thought it would lead to hi jinks and a lark like that movie Idiocracy instead it turned into something disturbing and traumatic like that movie Small Soldiers.

@  Dracula : (08 February 2016 - 08:55 AM)

You used MUNITION CHIPS in TOYS??

@  tffan01 : (08 February 2016 - 08:02 AM)

hi

@  Robowang : (08 February 2016 - 07:58 AM)

SEX

@  Whirl Maximus : (08 February 2016 - 07:48 AM)

I got bruticus limbs at FP last monday and Onslaught on Friday. Huge mistake, I inserted an X1000 microprocessor in each one and a extra for Bruticus, and they mopped the floor with the rest of my CW collection.

@  BillBarclay : (08 February 2016 - 06:18 AM)

i already got those(Scattershot & Onslaught) from Smyths Toys here in the UK, Asda's supposed to have the RID Warrior Class figures in(Megatronus, Blue Optimus Prime ect)

@  Plokatron : (08 February 2016 - 02:07 AM)

Yeah glad I ain't a bug or a bowwow. Hahaha

@  Plokatron : (08 February 2016 - 02:07 AM)

@Lisbon Virgo "I'm a black widow spider, you idiot! ...I can do both."

@  Daith : (08 February 2016 - 12:39 AM)

Better than still sitting on Cyclonus and Hot Spot

@  Telly : (07 February 2016 - 11:09 PM)

almost got excited earlier. my walmart got a new batch of cw voyagers in: onslaught and...scattershot :(

@  Smokey : (07 February 2016 - 09:08 PM)

San would probably like to die during sex.

@  MEDdMI : (07 February 2016 - 03:14 PM)

*clicks the non-existing Like button 100 times*

@  unluckiness : (07 February 2016 - 03:12 PM)

Is that Voldemort's Mini-Me?

@  MEDdMI : (07 February 2016 - 03:11 PM)

La petite mort https://en.m.wikiped.../La_petite_mort


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:04 PM

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JK Rowling denied top US honour

Harry Potter author JK Rowling missed out on a top honour because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft", it has been claimed.

Matt Latimer, former speech writer for President George W Bush, said that some members of his administration believed her books promoted sorcery.

As a result, she was never presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The claims appear in Latimer's new book called Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor.

He wrote that "narrow thinking" led White House officials to object to giving Rowling the civilian honour.

The award acknowledges contributions to US national interest, world peace or cultural endeavours.

Past literary recipients of the award include John Steinbeck and Harper Lee.

Others denied the privilege under the Bush administration included Senator Edward Kennedy, who died in August this year.

Latimer claimed, in his book, that the veteran politician and health care activist was excluded because he was deemed to be too liberal.


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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:06 PM

Oh well, I guess she'll have to find consellation in her MOUNTAINS upon MOUNTAINS of cash.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:17 PM

Not that I support the REASON for the decision, but I have to agree with the outcome. They may very well be good books about a boy wizard, but I don't think she's really at the Steinbeck level. I know, I know, it encouraged kids to read, but I just don't see it being medal-worthy.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:41 PM

So Bush and his lackeys are superstitious morons. And they screwed over the last of the Kennedies. cvx vc bv vbbv vbvb

(That last part was me banging my head on my keyboard. Friggin' idiots.)

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:45 PM

This is a thinly-veiled book plug!

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:45 PM

What the hell is a presidential medal of freedom anyways? is it like a bootleg pulitzer? this is honestly the first time ive even heard of such an "honor".
I seriously doubt she even cares, shes too busy counting her money and being horrified at some of the fan fiction out there.



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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE(Donocropolis @ Sep 30 2009, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not that I support the REASON for the decision, but I have to agree with the outcome. They may very well be good books about a boy wizard, but I don't think she's really at the Steinbeck level. I know, I know, it encouraged kids to read, but I just don't see it being medal-worthy.


Sorry, but I'd much sooner read a fun, heartfelt, magical, epic adventure than some excruciatingly dull tract like The Grapes of Wrath.

Screw Steinbeck.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE(Suspsy @ Sep 30 2009, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Donocropolis @ Sep 30 2009, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not that I support the REASON for the decision, but I have to agree with the outcome. They may very well be good books about a boy wizard, but I don't think she's really at the Steinbeck level. I know, I know, it encouraged kids to read, but I just don't see it being medal-worthy.


Sorry, but I'd much sooner read a fun, heartfelt, magical, epic adventure than some excruciatingly dull tract like The Grapes of Wrath.

Screw Steinbeck.

Agreed. And screw Harper Lee, too. Sure, her book had a good message, but To Kill a Mockingbird was dull. Very dull. It was insanely padded out. It's bade up of 75% padding, 20% good message, and 5% suspense. Gragh. Give me Harry Potter or Fahrenheit 451 any day.

Of course, maybe the problem Bush's lackeys had with Harry Potter wasn't the witchcraft; it was the fact that it was encouraging kids to read.

And, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is very prestigious, usually given to people who do really good things. Sometimes, there are exceptions... Like when Cheney got one from Bush Sr. in 1991. Ted Kennedy deserves the medal way more than Dick ever did. And, if you don't agree with him, you could also say John Paul II didn't deserve it either. I think he was better Emperor Popatine(Benedict), but still, it was gorramed stupid of him to be against condom use in AIDS-infected Africa and not do as much to help the people abused by the priests.

Edited by Spin-Out!, 30 September 2009 - 02:01 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 01:55 PM

QUOTE(Donocropolis @ Sep 30 2009, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not that I support the REASON for the decision, but I have to agree with the outcome. They may very well be good books about a boy wizard, but I don't think she's really at the Steinbeck level.


The outcome I understand, and if I'm honest, agree with. All that is said and done, they're books a lot of people and will probably be considered a classic. But the reasons are what I find abhorrent. They're probably the same dimwits who think D&D teachs you how to summon daemons and that video games will corrupt our youth into godless killing engines.
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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE(The Ambassador @ Sep 30 2009, 02:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
video games will corrupt our youth into godless killing engines.

That's nonsense. Even Bush's lackeys couldn't be dumbass enough to think that humans can be turned into bears... I hope.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:04 PM

The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:08 PM

QUOTE(Spin-Out! @ Sep 30 2009, 07:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Suspsy @ Sep 30 2009, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Sorry, but I'd much sooner read a fun, heartfelt, magical, epic adventure than some excruciatingly dull tract like The Grapes of Wrath.

Screw Steinbeck.

Agreed. And screw Harper Lee, too. Sure, her book had a good message, but To Kill a Mockingbird was dull. Very dull. It was insanely padded out. It's bade up of 75% padding, 20% good message, and 5% suspense. Gragh. Give me Harry Potter or Fahrenheit 451 any day.


...what.

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I don't even

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Are you trolling? Because what you just said basically amounts to "Why bother reading literature when Cosmopolitan has half the syllables?!". Seriously. You're openly, in a public forum, admitting you prefer contemporary juvenile fiction to some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. I just can't facepalm enough to express my feelings about this.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:13 PM

QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

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QUOTE(Suspsy @ Sep 30 2009, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Sorry, but I'd much sooner read a fun, heartfelt, magical, epic adventure than some excruciatingly dull tract like The Grapes of Wrath.

Screw Steinbeck.

Agreed. And screw Harper Lee, too. Sure, her book had a good message, but To Kill a Mockingbird was dull. Very dull. It was insanely padded out. It's bade up of 75% padding, 20% good message, and 5% suspense. Gragh. Give me Harry Potter or Fahrenheit 451 any day.


...what.

....

I don't even

...

Are you trolling? Because what you just said basically amounts to "Why bother reading literature when Cosmopolitan has half the syllables?!". Seriously. You're openly, in a public forum, admitting you prefer contemporary juvenile fiction to some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. I just can't facepalm enough to express my feelings about this.

I didn't like "To kill a mocking bird" either. A lot of the classic literature is considered as such because it was ground breaking at the time it was written, not for the quality of its content. It had a good message, and forward thinking ideals of equality... but it was very boring.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE(Specimen-17 @ Sep 30 2009, 03:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spin-Out! @ Sep 30 2009, 07:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Suspsy @ Sep 30 2009, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Sorry, but I'd much sooner read a fun, heartfelt, magical, epic adventure than some excruciatingly dull tract like The Grapes of Wrath.

Screw Steinbeck.

Agreed. And screw Harper Lee, too. Sure, her book had a good message, but To Kill a Mockingbird was dull. Very dull. It was insanely padded out. It's bade up of 75% padding, 20% good message, and 5% suspense. Gragh. Give me Harry Potter or Fahrenheit 451 any day.


...what.

....

I don't even

...

Are you trolling? Because what you just said basically amounts to "Why bother reading literature when Cosmopolitan has half the syllables?!". Seriously. You're openly, in a public forum, admitting you prefer contemporary juvenile fiction to some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. I just can't facepalm enough to express my feelings about this.

Uh, no. I read tTo Kill a Mockingbird, and it bored me. I've also read other good books like the Chronicles of Narnia, or Fahrenheit 451. And I kept turning the pages. And don't even get me started on my love for Edgar Allen Poe's writing. Now THAT is how you write. I just didn't like To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a classic, sure, but it merely isn't to my liking. I do like classic books; I want to read Dracula, Moby Dick, and I already mentioned my love for Edgar Allen Poe's stories. It's merely that, specifically, To Kill a Mockingbird was a boring book. It had a good message, but it was a boring book in my opinion. I'm sorry if I'm reiterating or it appears I'm trolling, but I'm just saying that, while I love classic literature AND modern literature, To Kill a Mockingbird was just not to my liking. Hell, Harry potter books are often longer than To Kill a Mockingbird. I just did not like To Kill A Mockingbird.

Edited by Spin-Out!, 30 September 2009 - 02:18 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE(wonko the sane? @ Sep 30 2009, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(wonko the sane? @ Sep 30 2009, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

Thing is, as Stephen King put it, J.K Rowling is a good writer, and Meyer... Well, we all chagrinning know how chagrinning bad she chagrinning is.

Also, chagrin.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(wonko the sane? @ Sep 30 2009, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

Sometimes bad people can do good things. Sometimes bad literature can get throngs of teeming idiots to read. My only hope is that some of them continue to read, and eventually realize just how bad twilight is.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE(Spin-Out! @ Sep 30 2009, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(wonko the sane? @ Sep 30 2009, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

Thing is, as Stephen King put it, J.K Rowling is a good writer, and Meyer... Well, we all chagrinning know how chagrinning bad she chagrinning is.

Also, chagrin.

My point is that 'getting people to read' is, alone, not enough. icon-waspy.gif

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:20 PM

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QUOTE(wonko the sane? @ Sep 30 2009, 03:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Esser-Z @ Sep 30 2009, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The reason is, of course, totally insane. But I don't think she deserves a medal. She wrote...a good (but not great!) series of books? Woo?

She got an entire generation of children to read. While her stories aren't really noteworthy, the results are.

Twilight also gets people to read! Shudder.

Sometimes bad people can do good things. Sometimes bad literature can get throngs of teeming idiots to read. My only hope is that some of them continue to read, and eventually realize just how bad twilight is.

One of my friends was a Twilight fan. Now, she hates the series. And she's a (rather peppy) teenage girl who likes darker things. The target audience.

That should tell you how bad Twilight is.

Edited by Spin-Out!, 30 September 2009 - 02:20 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 02:20 PM

Just becuase a book is a classic doesn't always mean its good. Classic books are classic becuase they stood out and were diffrent for the time period. However, as time as past those ideas have been used, expanded on, or broken themselves by other authors. Some classics, are flat out boring, its like trying to eat stale bread without water where you have to force yourself to continue on. No, no all classics are like that, and it tends to vary from person to person but you have to face facts that some people arent gonna like every single classic out there just becuase is a classic.

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