July 4, 2010

Gone too Long / Back for Good

Filed under: personal — fairplaythings @ 2:01 pm

Tap tap.

Are you still there?


Okay then. Let’s begin.

This is one of those periodic mea culpas that happen sometimes in the “lives” of some blogs. It’s also a chance for me to explain the last six months of progress.

The blog part of fairplaythings was really on a roll last year with the introduction of the Transformer of the Day initiative. It was ambitious to be sure, and took up a lot more time and effort than anticipated. But with a small bump in June 2009, it was coming out regularly. Then it happened and I got a new computer, one that was not compatible with my older versions of Photoshop. Without the pictures that had become such an important part of the exercise, the initiative ground to a halt in mid-December, a shell of its former glory.

In January, I then started a new initiative, the Collectible of the Week. It was a fun exercise, one that allowed me to explore my collection from a new vantage point which is always enjoyable. But the absence of Photoshop and other commitments dragged it down too soon and the exercise prematurely ended after a month.

And then? Pretty much nothing. Oh a few posts here and there, but nothing compared to previous volume.  A lot of this has been a time factor because the sheer effort that went into recreating almost every single Generation One character from 1984 (with the notable exception of “Frenzy” and Buzzsaw) for the Botcon 2010 Diarama competition. Some of it has been occupied with work and other activities underway, some of which is quite interesting and which I hope to be able to regale to you over the summer.

But suffice to say, the site in general and the blog in general has suffered. That said, Botcon 2010 has reinvigorated me to some extent and I am hoping to use this new energy to refresh things around here. And what better way than to write a meaty piece for the blog. Again, having returned from Botcon 2010, the logical subject would be any number of elements of the big Con (meet and greets, toys, the state of dealers, general observations, new insights) and I hope to get to this. But instead, I’ll start with a piece on some of the multimedia properties that have been so recently launched, namely Transformers: War for Cybertron (and its companion novel, Exodus).

I have opinions you see. It’s time to share again. Thanks for sticking around.


  1. Congrats again on your BC win, and it was nice to meet you. Did you have adequate time to spend the dealer room credit?

    I don’t think I’m going to make it to TFCon this year, unfortunately. Didn’t realize that travel/passport restrictions have changed since I went to Niagara Falls six years ago.

    Comment by E — July 6, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  2. Oh yes. Our glorious shared border. The passport restrictions are newish but they’ve been in place in practice for much longer (at least since I started going to Botcon in 2006). But it’s been a significant dent to tourism so I hear your concerns there.

    It was good to meet you too! Sorry we didn’t get to connect subsequently. I did have good time to spent the credit. The trouble was that I’d bought everything I “needed” and, feeling I should buy something special, then couldn’t find anything that met the criteria. Ended up with the Alernity Starscream and Skywarp for me, and two $25 Animated Magnuses for friends.

    Comment by fairplaythings — July 7, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

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