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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)


@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.

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Allspark member Pennpenn has passed away.

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#1 happy miracle

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:27 AM

It is with great sadness that I post this, but Allspark member (and beloved brother) Pennpenn (Timothy John Pennington) passed away sometime between the 12th and 13th of September, 2019 at the age of 36. Timothy was a gentle, kind person, and it is a struggle to find the words to explain what is felt by their absence, nor to pay them appropriate tribute. 


While I am his brother and have known him for as long as I have been alive, I only know so much about him. I know he loved Transformers, Games Workshop and Steven Universe, among other interests that we shared. Timothy was something of a private person, and as far as many people knew, kept to himself. 


I’d had an inkling that he was on this (or another) TF forum for some time, but I hadn’t anticipated that he was this involved with this community. Given how long Timothy posted, how often he did, it’s obvious to me that he had friendships, memories and experiences here that are not something I was aware of. 


So in paying respects to Pennpenn, I’d love to hear from you, either on this thread or privately, anything you feel defined him as a person. His jokes, his passions, the things that you remember him by. The things you loved or the things you found interesting. In seeing Timothy off, we want to make sure we have as full of a picture of the brother, son and friend we have all lost. 


Additionally, if you knew him IRL, reside in the ACT area and would like to pay your respects, there will be a service held in the coming days. If you would like to attend please just message me and I will make whatever arrangements I can. 


On the last note, without going in to too many details, I want to just tell anyone here still reading: If you ever need to reach out (for any reason), pease do it, and if you ever feel someone needs to be reached out to (for any reason), please do so. I know the world isolates us and keeps us apart, and that it is difficult to see one another as often as we’d like, especially in the flesh. But it is so important, now more than ever, that we care for one another, and that we make sure each other are safe. 


I'm happy to talk with anyone who this affects, just know you are not alone in your grief should you feel any. 


Thank you so much to you all. 

Edited by happy miracle, 18 September 2019 - 02:30 AM.

#2 Telly


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:42 AM

When I die I will surely go to Heaven for i spent my life in Hell

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:09 AM

Oh no, thats awful. For what its worth, Ill or praying for you and your family.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:10 AM

I am immensely sorry for your family's loss and Pennpenn will be missed here on the Allspark.

I remember being really surprised to find out that Pennpenn was here in the ACT. I know there are other Canberra TF fans, obviously - several posting on OTCA/Ozformers (where Pennpenn was not a member AFAIK). But the Allspark doesn't have OTCA's narrow focus, and to meet another Canberran here in this big global community that we love... was just cool.

If there are other Canberrans here that I have been aware of... well, I guess they weren't as memorable to me as Pennpenn. :)


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:17 AM

Fun fact: I used to post on OTCA
Funner fact: I no longer post on OTCA




I am immensely sorry for your family's loss and Pennpenn will be missed here on the Allspark.

I remember being really surprised to find out that Pennpenn was here in the ACT. I know there are other Canberra TF fans, obviously - several posting on OTCA/Ozformers (where Pennpenn was not a member AFAIK). But the Allspark doesn't have OTCA's narrow focus, and to meet another Canberran here in this big global community that we love... was just cool.

If there are other Canberrans here that I have been aware of... well, I guess they weren't as memorable to me as Pennpenn. :)

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:27 AM

So sorry for your loss. =(


I didn't know him personally, rather I knew him best as a fellow regular in the P&R forum. 

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:35 AM

Aw man. I was hoping for a happier ending. May God watch over you and yours in this time of sadness.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:57 AM

In a forum this big, you have people who are your buddies that you talk to all the time and then you have people you see who post a lot. I'm sorry to say I didn't know Pennpenn too well personally. But I read enough of his posts and saw him around to know what a big part of this community he is.

There are people who, even if you don't know them personally, as a community you still feel it when they're no longer around. Pennpenn will be greatly missed.
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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:47 AM

I didnt know him personally but his avatar always was familiar and I enjoyed reading his thoughts about things.

So sorry for your families loss :(


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 06:44 AM

While I didn't know him personally, he always was a pleasant and friendly member of the community. He will certainly be missed and you have my deepest condolences.


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:47 AM

Only knew him from the Warcraft thread really. He was a member on the Allspark battle.net group. We didn't talk a whole lot but he was a familiar face for sure.

So sorry to hear of his passing. Sending good thoughts to you and your family.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:48 AM

I'm so sorry :(

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 09:00 AM

Sorry to hear about this. 



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 10:42 AM

Damn. My condolences to his family. We have lost one of our own.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:08 PM

Sorry to hear that, he always came across like a thoughtful and bright guy in P&R even when I didn't agree with him.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:19 PM


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:03 PM

Awww man. Condolences.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:53 PM

My condolences. :-(



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:24 PM

Aw man this sucks PennPenn always was kind we got along great while I did not know him personally he still we be missed

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:33 PM

All my condolences, man.

We didn't really interact directly a lot, but he always seemed like a good person.


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