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@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2016 - 05:24 AM)

:::dog pops out of the grass laughing:::

@  ShadowMan024 : (21 October 2016 - 05:10 AM)

It flew away. Good. For him.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2016 - 04:39 AM)


@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 October 2016 - 10:03 PM)

And the word was God.

@  MEDdMI : (20 October 2016 - 09:51 PM)

bird is the word?

@  Locoman : (20 October 2016 - 09:50 PM)

That's probably the bird, isn't it? That laid the eggs! Livid!

@  Locoman : (20 October 2016 - 09:50 PM)


@  Cabooscarytops : (20 October 2016 - 09:48 PM)


@  Foffy the Sheep : (20 October 2016 - 09:32 PM)


@  zephyrX9 : (20 October 2016 - 09:29 PM)


@  MEDdMI : (20 October 2016 - 09:23 PM)


@  Cabooscarytops : (20 October 2016 - 09:13 PM)


@  Bass X0 : (20 October 2016 - 01:46 PM)

As an outsider, whether Trump wins or loses, the results are bound to be hilarious. Not so much for Americans but you just know the most ridiculous things he will do are yet to come.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 October 2016 - 08:49 PM)

Donald Trump is a firetrucker.

@  Liege : (19 October 2016 - 07:37 PM)

Anyone else having problems watching hulu tonight? The app isn't working on both my wii u and ps4.

@  MEDdMI : (18 October 2016 - 09:17 PM)

I have a tablet that runs on Wi-Fi only, with all the hotspots or sharing data off my cell, it's hardly ever an issue. Just need to be careful where you connect and what you do on said connection.

@  Arazyr : (18 October 2016 - 08:23 PM)

I've considered it.

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2016 - 08:22 PM)

Sounds like you might want to look into tablets with data plans.

@  Arazyr : (18 October 2016 - 08:20 PM)

It's not even the data plan that would be the problem for me. I'd probably use the hug out of a data plan. It's the VOICE plan I can't justify. 8^)

@  Arazyr : (18 October 2016 - 08:19 PM)

I have an iPod Touch and a "dumb" flip-phone on a pre-pay plan. I put $100 on it once a year, and never use it all. I'd love to get an actual smartphone, but just can't justify the expense.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 October 2016 - 06:37 PM)

The Moto phones are a good low-price option. I bought my mom a Moto E (her first cellphone, smart or dumb) and she's been really happy with it.

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2016 - 06:18 PM)

I've been looking at the Moto G family, personally. Seems like a good way to get a cheap one.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 October 2016 - 05:59 PM)

For a long time I thought a tablet was good enough for me, and was pretty firmly in the anti-smartphone crowd. But after getting my first one (a Nexus 5), I became a convert pretty fast

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2016 - 04:56 PM)

Probably going to give in on that soon, though

@  Waspinator : (18 October 2016 - 04:56 PM)

I've got a cheap tablet and an old dumb-phone, been too stubborn to pay for a data plan

@  D Immortalis : (18 October 2016 - 03:47 PM)

i dont even own a cell. =]

@  MEDdMI : (18 October 2016 - 03:14 PM)

My cell is about 5 years old. It barely stays alive without any apps running.

@  Gizmoboy : (18 October 2016 - 02:45 PM)

I still play every day. As for what's the point, that's a good question. I still enjoy taking gyms and leveling up my Pokemon though. I'm at 134 on my Pokedex though so I've almost got them all. :)

@  Dracula : (18 October 2016 - 02:41 PM)

My phone hates PoGo, but I still boot it up sometimes, and my wife and several friends are still playing regularly

@  The Doctor Who : (18 October 2016 - 02:34 PM)

I uninstalled it because it kept giving me "app has stopped working" errors even while it wasn't running. It wasn't something I was playing much anymore anyway.

@  Locoman : (18 October 2016 - 02:23 PM)

You'd think that all they need to do to re-invigorate the app would be to start putting in Pokemon from the second generation.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2016 - 02:21 PM)

I poke at it once in a while. Kinda forget about it a lot.

@  Benbot : (18 October 2016 - 02:02 PM)

Is anyone still playing Pokemon Go? I am, but I don't know why. What's the point of this?

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2016 - 01:14 PM)

The only genderless Pokemon that can learn Attract are Cryogonal and Mew. And Mew can learn every TM anyway.

@  Dracula : (18 October 2016 - 12:57 PM)

Can't any Pokemon learn Attract? It would just fail no matter what.

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 October 2016 - 12:43 PM)

Cryogonal can learn Attract. It's genderless. What.

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2016 - 09:41 AM)

between 229 - 383 at level 100 depending on IVs, nature and EVs

@  Paladin : (18 October 2016 - 09:39 AM)

and what IS the airspeed velocity of an unladen Swellow???

@  MEDdMI : (18 October 2016 - 09:26 AM)

Yamask is people

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2016 - 09:25 AM)

Yes, even male ones.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2016 - 09:17 AM)

what about Gogoat? they can also learn "Milk Drink"...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (18 October 2016 - 09:03 AM)

Also ate F'fetch. And no spoilers for me either please.

@  Pennpenn : (18 October 2016 - 08:43 AM)

The fruit from Tropius is apparenlty edible.

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2016 - 08:18 AM)

Yeah, that one's firmly established by the dairy farm in GSC

@  Locoman : (18 October 2016 - 08:17 AM)


@  Paladin : (18 October 2016 - 08:12 AM)

and there's at least 1 in-game store in XY that sells ice cream. what exactly are they milking in order to get that???

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2016 - 08:07 AM)

No, all they eat are jelly donuts.

@  Paladin : (18 October 2016 - 08:06 AM)

so, they EAT Pokemon in-universe right? There's no apparent "real-world" animal counterparts so their food supply has to come from somewhere...

@  unluckiness : (18 October 2016 - 07:58 AM)

I'd like to keep things unspoiled but I can't say I'd particularly mind either way.

@  Touch My Thighs : (18 October 2016 - 07:56 AM)

The main reason I play Pokemon is to explore and find new stuff so seeing everything beforehand defeats the point. Hopefully I can go 30 days without blundering into the leaks.

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Interview with Brian Goldner, Hasbro President and CEO

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:08 AM

Last Saturday night at the Battleship Ball, supporting the Hasbro Children's Hospital, Powered Convoy and I were fortunate enough to get a little time to meet with Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, as well as Julie Duffy, Vice President of Global Brand Publicity. After we introduced ourselves, Brian began by telling us how incredible he thought our charity efforts have been over the past three years, and thanked our community for its extremely generous support of the hospital.

Then we dove into our questions.

Allspark: In the past few years, we've seen Hasbro take a much more active role in the promotions of its various toy divisions, with everything from The Hub, to video games, and even live action movies like Transformers and of course Battleship. As the incoming CEO in 2008, you said this was one of your main goals. When you look at those successes, how do you feel about where that strategic goal now stands, and what do you see as the next challenges ahead of you?

Brian: It really started in 2000, when for the first time Transformers was back on the air and marketed as Robots in Disguise, we began working closely with our partners in Takara, and we were really moving things forward. And we're still in the early innings of that plan. We're not done, we keep developing our properties in new ways, for example this Monday we'll be announcing a new movie based on a property and with a new studio partner which we're really excited about. Like Bill Gates said, always overestimate what your company can do in the next two years, but underestimate what it can do in the next ten. That's what we try and do. We're developing our properties and moving them forward in new and exciting ways in the short term, but it's all part of a long term progression.

Allspark: How do you address the challenges in keeping the Hasbro brands, many of which are now cultural staples, new and exciting for each generation?

Brian: By reinventing play. Like with the Game of Life Zapped which you play on the iPad, or Monopoly with the electronic credit cards, or even things like Transformers on the big screen. We have 1500 brands, and by constantly reimagining Hasbro brands for what consumers want to see while staying true to what made them popular in the first place, we keep them fresh and fun.

Allspark: Being a former board member of a prominent hospital in the Providence area, how do you find that experience helps you when partnering with the Hasbro Children's Hospital?

Brian: Hasbro Children's Hospital is in our DNA, and employees in our company at all levels are extremely committed to it. Every employee at Hasbro is encouraged to give their time to charity. They get 4 hours per month paid with which they can volunteer. It's one of the things that helps Hasbro rank as one of the best places to work year after year. So this partnership is extremely important to us. We just produced a video which began simply by asking employees why the Hasbro Children's Hospital mattered so much to them, and we were so blown away by the responses that we had to share them.

Allspark: Was that the 5 minute video which talked about how the Hospital impacted employees personally, and which included the one young woman who's now in a wheelchair, but was able to walk for a few more years because of the Hospital?

Brian: Yes, that's it, and she's great and her story was just incredible.

(This is the video, if you hadn't caught it in the charity drive thread, and it really is incredible to see the impact of this partnership.)

Allspark: In recent years we've seen various toy companies come under fire regarding safety standards, factory working conditions, that sort of thing. You have responded decisively to any issues Hasbro has faced. For example, VP of Corporate Responsibility Kathrin Belliveau was recently named #46 on a 2011 list of "100 most influential people in business ethics." These are very strong commitments, so how do you feel about Hasbro's ability to keep these commitments to social responsibility in the face of ever-changing product safety laws, public scrutiny of worker conditions, as well as the financial need to keep costs low?

Brian: The CSR reports directly to me, so this is something we do take very seriously and recently produced a report on Hasbro's commitment to social responsibility. One thing we've done was eliminate all the wire ties in our packaging, which saves 40,000 miles of wire ties each year. We're also committed to eliminating PVC from our packaging in 2013. We're setting objective benchmarks for what we can accomplish. It's about progress, not perfection. And we were just named on a list of the most ethical companies. This really builds on the other questions, how we care about the company, the brands, and it all connects. This has been a challenging economic environment and last year we had to suspend all raises, but I promised that if we had a successful year and were able to give them back, we would. I'm proud to say last fall we honored that commitment and gave those raises and then some.

Allspark: One final question, thinking about building on previous questions and thinking a little more prescriptively. This marks our third year of fan fundraising to support this great event. One thing we've learned is that these communities love to come together to make a positive impact on the world. We've had contributions from all around the globe, from people with diverse backgrounds, and some weren't even Transformers fans. I'd like to ask what recommendations you may have for how you would like to see this community stay engaged and motivated? For example, what kinds of causes would you like to see fans of Hasbro brands support, what are some charities you see as consistent with Hasbro values, or are there ways in which we can continue to partner with Hasbro for fans to make a difference?

Brian: What your community has been able to do is incredible, and this is a great cause you've chosen to support, thank you. There are a lot of great philanthropic companies worth supporting, but one that I feel is doing particularly great work is GenerationOn. We've worked with GenerationOn because their goal is to teach the next generation of kids to be service-oriented, to value charity and helping others, and learning the importance of giving of themselves. It's an effort that's available nationwide and it would be great for more people to get involved.

(This is their website: GenerationOn.org.)

(Please note that it was too loud where we were for audio recording, so this conversation is based on my notes. I took thorough notes, but it may not be strictly verbatim.)


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

I have to say it was a pleasure talking with Brian and he is a really genuine, kind person.


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:32 PM

I'd like to say to, that this interview would not have been possible without the help and ingenuity of Allspark member skunkobot.

Thank you Mike!


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

People who weren't happy with the ten year anniversary of R.I.D. being ignored should appreciate the shout out Brian gave. Would have been really easy to just say Armada since it sold even better.