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@  Pennpenn : (27 April 2017 - 03:23 AM)

Hard G. I don't give a solitary shit what the creators call it, the first word in the acronym is "Graphical". I have no idea why they'd think any sane human could, would, or should pronounce it any other way.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (27 April 2017 - 03:13 AM)

I acknowledge what the creators say, but whether I remember to use their pronunciation or not is hit or miss. Heck, I think I usually think of it in my head as "gee-i-ef", in parallel to "JPG" and "PNG".

@  Waspinator : (27 April 2017 - 02:50 AM)

Let's heat things up: what are everyone's opinions on how GIF should be pronounced?

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:11 PM)

But I will say that a lot of fandom forums are generally more tolerable nowadays because most belligerent types stick to Facebook groups

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 11:09 PM)

I do like their hard no-politics rule. Now that I do the occasional freelance writing for some local politics and I like zero percent of it my hobby space now. But holy cow, do they replace it with neck beard drama.

@  LordGigaIce : (26 April 2017 - 10:30 PM)

like Noideaforaname I posted on TFW for a while. I came here after I got harassed for daring to suggest that Play With This Too was run by unoriginal hacks, and yeah. This place so much more preferable.

@  Nutjob R/T : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 PM)

And you're turning us on

@  Nutjob R/T : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 PM)

The terrible secret of the Allspark: We all have this twisted fetish for rational thought processes

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:13 PM)

Not everyone likes everything, and people aren't blind to shortfalls or annoyances resulting from constraints of how the brand is handled. We make many a joke out of these things. But it's a rare thing when entitlement replaces logic on here, where that seems to be poster raison d'etre everywhere else.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:11 PM)

It's utterly weird how these here boards seem so impervious an oasis when it comes to that depth of idiocy. Worshipping 3p and demanding the official companies "step it up" and stop being so lazy? Insisting the movies be done THEIR way, crapping on every single thing revealed about the films or toyline, then whining that they can't find (insert hot movie to here) or the official release of a movie figure doesn't capture the look in the film they hated? Etc

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:09 PM)

It's not even a "brand pissing contest" or "board loyalty" thing, not least due to the fact that those don't really even happen here all that much. I'm just happy to be with levelheaded people who've outgrown the usual fan dumb tropes. You can have a civilized conversation here and people don't shit on things only to hide behind "but but but to each their own right?" when their myopic BS is challenged.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:07 PM)

With each time nonsense like this flares up on tfw or on local discussion venues (and it does quite a bit) I'm just reminded of why I've essentially been allspark bound for the last... Fifteen or so years.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 10:07 PM)

On the plus side, tho, TFW has "appreciation threads" for practically everything, even stuff like Kre-O and PCC. And their toy database is quite handy.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 10:03 PM)

I've been happily posting on TFW for years. Then, after being *here* for a few months, I look back and wonder how the hell I even bothered with it. I mean, my ignore list had hundreds of people on it. Literally HUNDREDS of ignored people. I even showed off said gargantuan list once (with a small thumbnail that you couldn't read any of the names on, mind you). That... that really should have been a warning sign, I suppose...

@  WorkbenchManiac : (26 April 2017 - 08:03 PM)

Thanks, I enjoyed reading the nerdrage. I should hang out over there more often.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 07:07 PM)

I mean, Reveal Your Shield. That gets complained about too.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 07:04 PM)

One of the reveal the shield news threads at TFW has movie fans and G1 fans arguing over who has it worse

@  WorkbenchManiac : (26 April 2017 - 06:49 PM)

You got me awfully curious. What thread ware we talking about?

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:17 PM)

That was a quality read. Both sides of that thread's argument went pretty crazy.

@  Noideaforaname : (26 April 2017 - 02:11 PM)

"When Beast Wars made Optimus a monkey nobody complained" ~ someone desperate for a 'gotcha'

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:05 PM)

I want to find the rock they've been under that there isn't constantly complaining about something.

@  Diecast : (26 April 2017 - 02:04 PM)

For the lack if a better word, it baffles me when someone starts a discussion somewhere that's like "Does anyone else not like the movies?"

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 12:13 PM)

Careful, it might have something to say about that.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 12:13 PM)

I'm gonna have to check your opinion out real good to make sure.

@  TheMightyMol... : (26 April 2017 - 11:55 AM)

Oppinions are like assholes. Everyone has one, but mine is better so shut up.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 11:08 AM)

To clarify on point 1 since I was typing early in the morning again, "you must hate exactly what I hate" and "you msut like exactly what I like" aren't actually the same statement but they're the same thought process which is "my opinions are objective facts." If you see someone espousing one, they're probably thinking the other, too.

@  lastmaximal : (26 April 2017 - 10:57 AM)

... what.

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2017 - 10:15 AM)

Andrusi, I imagine to some people online, there isn't that much of a world of difference, at least going by the venom they post; although not at RiD specifically.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 08:55 AM)

The scale of liking and hating is an interval one so you can not like something but not hate it. Pretty sure there's apathy and dislike in between there at least.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 08:07 AM)

And humans are perfectly capable of hating things in unison while being divided on liking.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:34 AM)

On the other hand, there's a world of difference between "I hate RID" and "I hate Nazis."

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:27 AM)

On one hand, "hating what I hate" IS "liking what I like." One of those cultures can't be worse than the other because they're literally the same culture.

@  ▲ndrusi : (26 April 2017 - 07:26 AM)

I think that comparison is both an oversimplification AND a meaningless distinction.

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 07:16 AM)

That's the internet effect. Distance and anonimity make for easy and consequence-less extremism.

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2017 - 06:58 AM)

I think the aggressive "How dare you not hate exactly what I hate" culture online is worse than the aggressive "How dare you not like exactly what I like" culture.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 06:19 AM)

And now that song/scene and its many many parodies are running through my head.

@  unluckiness : (26 April 2017 - 06:18 AM)

Patrick Swayze didnt!

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:58 AM)

lol. As long as they knock first.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

Or as ghosts. I guess ghosts would be acceptable.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:57 AM)

For now, I'd just find some small comfort in knowing those who have passed actually are in some sort of better place.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:56 AM)

I'd find comfort in knowing that one way or another, that suffering would eventually end and a new, potentially happier beginning awaits.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:54 AM)

@LBD At the same time, I can't imagine wanting to stay in even a happy afterlife when fleshies are still suffering.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:49 AM)

Celebrating and welcoming death just gives them more ideological hoops to justify killing others. So yeah, no thanks.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

The idea of death doesn't bother me so much as no longer existing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:48 AM)

at the very least, my body will feed the grass which feeds the antelope which feeds the lio- ....wait

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Yeah, that's kind of the thing.

@  MEDdMI : (26 April 2017 - 05:47 AM)

Some cultures celebrate/welcome death (of course, those also have some form of afterlife)

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

You shouldn't be. What with having absolutely no knowledge or control over it.

@  2017 : (26 April 2017 - 05:45 AM)

Death is scary, which is why we either spend our lives avoiding the subject or staying up late overthinking it.

@  LBD "Nyt... : (26 April 2017 - 05:44 AM)

"Never did want to live forever." I'm more bothered about what -- if anything -- is next.

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The Brooklyn Decepticons (A Real Life Street Gang)

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 12:27 PM

Im just curious cuz I asked this very same question on tfw2005.com and I kinda shocked folks over there. Im from Brooklyn NY, and just like any other urban area, we had our share of gangs. There were two in particular that pretty much defined the street life in the 80s, one was the Lo Lifes, a gang whose primary function was to run into a Macy's store 809,009,009 deep and steal everything made by the clothes design Ralph Lauren. The Lo in Lo Life came from the last letters in the POLO brand name. They had everything Polo. Bathrobes, toilet paper, whatever.

The cats who rob them on the trains of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and part of Queens were a gang we might find close to our hearts. They were called the Decepticons aka "The Decepts" for short. They started in the East NY section of Brooklyn and spread out. By 1989, they had about 60-100 members and their primary function was to terrorize high schools and rob people on the trains. Their leader was cat who named himself Megatron but it was started by his friend Rumble who had a problem with some cats from Brooklyn Tech, a high school near Downtown Brooklyn. Him and his friend who called himself Megatron, and few other future Decepts waiting for these cats to come up from the train station and Rumble yelled "DECEPTICONS, ATTACK!!" and everyone including Megatron was like... WTF?

After they beat their targets up, they went back to their Brooklyn headquarters and dissected the Transformers cartoon to find nicknames of their own. There was Headstrong (the self proclaim Whaticon. You know like, what you lookin at son?) the rapper Lord Vital (a Constructicon) Rumble as fore mentioned and Cyclonis. There was even a female sub-team called the Deceptinettes who some say were as ruthless or even more so than the Decepticons. Megatron led them until he was shot in the back of the head in a failed robbery attempted and was in a coma for years until he died in 2001. Cyclonis and Headstrong, Megatron's two brothers now leads them (yea i know irony) and they are trying to lead them into a more positive light. They have start several anti-gang youth programs and help youth centers in Brooklyn to discourage kids from following the path they once took.

But they could and would still probably hug yo ass up if you try them. They have several rappers who claim Decept like Sean Price and Rockness Monster aka Heltah Skeltah. They even have a mixtape out.

After all that, and you still think is some slag, check out these links




And here are some Youtube Vids to further bring this to reality



with that said, DECEPTS BITCH!!!

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 04:31 PM

I actually knew a couple of Decepts back in the day. Didn't hang with them on that level, but when you take the gangster out of the gang, most of them are decent enough people. We used to go to shows and drink a lot, so I don't remember all that much, but they were always fascinated that I knew so much about the Transformers.

Fascinated in that "Decepticons are cool, so how does white boy here make them seem so uncool?" way.

Good times.
"Maybe we guilty of not seeing big picture, but Decepticons guity too. See too big a picture. Time on Earth help us look down, see what we trample on. It life, no matter what it size or form. We watch it struggle, fight for existence. We helped it then... why not now? If Decepticons not see that their way wrong, it up to us to educate them... THE HARD WAY!" - Grimlock, Generation 2 #1

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 06:46 PM

lets invite em to botcon!

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:25 AM

QUOTE(giga-galvatron @ Aug 22 2009, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lets invite em to botcon!

Let's have Botcon in the Bronx!



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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:12 PM

The Decepticons, from what I understand, were active--and greatly feared--in the 80's. Isn't Rock (of Heltah Skeltah) a former Decepticon?

edit: just read your post more... yup!

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 04:58 PM

Old old news. They've even made a movie about them. Always figured everyone knew about them.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE(Malikon @ Aug 23 2009, 05:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They've even made a movie about them.

I've heard of the gang before, but not this movie you're talking about.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 08:32 PM

If Im not mistaken its a movie based on them starring I think Fredo Starr. It sucked though. Unless their some other documentary out.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:03 PM

took some digging to find it. (turns out typing Decepticons into search engines gets you.......Decepticons. Who knew?)

But this is the movie I was mentioning earlier.


The Eddie Black Story

(*can't say I've watched it however, not my cup of tea)

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:52 AM

Maybe old news, but first I've heard of it. The link to the page of the former gang member who is now a social worker was an interesting look inside gang culture and what goes on in the minds of the people involved.