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Geek and Sundry tabletop nerd block 2016

Fail.
Nerd block usually gets things right, but this was terrible.

A lackluster t-shirt,2 pencils, a little note pad, a deck of cards, some character coins, MTG action figure, geek and sundry bumper sticker, dungeons and dragons comic book  and  a novelty die  (all ones d6 in a blister pack).

Lots of filler, not a lot of “meat”. I’d say the only thing that will get much use is the notepad, because I use those things like potato chips.

I have really no idea what the character coins are used for.

No way in hell is that worth $50+shipping.

Won’t be buying anything with the G&S brand again anytime soon, and I am sorely disappointed in nerd block for this sub-par offering.

Did *anyone* like this block?

So disappointed, I’m considering filing with BBB. Nerd Block is a bit notorious when it comes to customer service.

https://www.bbb.org/kitchener/business-reviews/toys-retail/nerd-block-in-whitby-on-1320748/file-a-complaint

Edit: Followup – 

 I was given the invoice for the “wholesale” prices of my items.

  • T-shirt $11.50
  •  Vinyl Toy – $4.00
  • Bumper Sticker – $2.00
  • Toy Tokens – $6.50
  • Toy Dice – $4.00
  • Notepad – $3.48
  • Comic Book – $4.50
  • Pencils – $4.05
  • Playing cards – $3.46

According to NB that MTG figure, costs the same as two, very standard/simple, pencils. Wholesale. These are supposed to be wholesale prices!

In what world do two pencils cost that much?  Or a novelty die that has all ones?

Seriously?

10,813 – Wednesday

Happy Midweek and Midmonth, Dear Journal. Another day, another 2¢.

Glad to be on the rails home.  I’m chilly and tired, happy to be snuggled up in my homemade scarf. I’m feeling pretty good, though I am more than a little hungry… ready for dinner, for sure.

I was chasing phantoms much of the day today – phone meetings, web searches and inventory taking up the bulk of it. All of it useful, but very time-consuming.  I’ve got more than a few meetings tomorrow morning, too – I have one user that is very itchy to get his version software in place – I get to teach him about repositories and more to the point, branching/merging. Ideally, this won’t be too much of a challenge, but I need to keep things focused and helpful.

Drunk Octopus wants to fight you, but I think you’re AOK.

Drunk Octopus Wants to Fight You

Ah well.. I’m going to get back to reading my documentation – until later, dear journal!

On a semi-tangible tangent – I’ve got a feast of goodies landing on my PS3 and PC lately. Not sure when I’ll have time to play it all!

  • Beta for Little Big Planet 2
  • Beta for DC Universe Online
  • Sam & Max – Free! 🙂
  • Osmos
  • Revenge of the Titans HIB
  • Braid
  • Cortex Command

The last 4 are via the humble bundle 2 – I got one for me, and another for Shaun W as Double-win Christmas Presents – Proceeds go to charity, and we get games!

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Now playing: Irving Berlin – Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

Current Location: Red line Silver Spring to Fort Totten / Green line to Suitland / Love Cube to Home

weekend recap. post #10,809

Let’s see… What has been up to since Cheeto (Justin) brought our Christmas tree over?

I got my invite to the private beta for Little big planet 2!

Poor Pyewacket hasn’t been feeling very well lately – he was logy and seems to be working on a great big hairball. BHK is getting some meds for him today – hopefully he’ll be feeling better soon.

I was saddened to hear that Dr. D is now in assisted care – my best thoughts are going to his family.

Saturday was BHK’s crafts / holiday party – just enough people arrived to fill every seat in the house. At the most critical of mass, I went into retreat – hit the man-cave and worked on the computer in there for a bit.  Amongst the guests were Amy R., Holly, In-laws, Mandy, Tara and Van (in alphabetical order, no less!) – There was more food than we could eat for a week, and the guests brought food too, despite our best entreaties. I fiddled with Goldeneye: Source and HIS (Heroes in the Sky) – I much preferred the former to the latter.

Amy R. is the newest fan of Swarm of the Snakehead. Totally unrelated – Human Centipede is now availabe for netflix streaming. (I do not think I’ll bother with it, though, unless it’s to distress BHK)

Quite a few passes by “Santa” and his pickup truck… has a lit up Reindeer and Santa dangling from the vehicle… and has been doing orbits around our town more than once or twice.

Van stayed for a bit after closeup – he had never played Catan before, but that didn’t stop him from winning against us handily.

Sunday, we rested up most of the morning, but the in-laws hijacked us to go to Men’s day at Maerten’s Jewelry… I snuck over to Play’n’trade to see what was up – 3 used games for 2 wasn’t a bad deal, but I’m still pretty well stocked for toys on both the wii and the ps3. I did look for family game night, seeing as James had mentioned it, and BHK loves to do boardgames – Catan on the ps3, or anything on Yucata.de is her vibe.

Looking at the archives… looks like Pye and the tree are quite the habit this time of year.

1 year ago – Pye admiring our Christmas tree

2 years ago – tree arrives in our living room, “love, actually”, Chinese food.

3 years ago -got crabs for Xmas CD, add LJ friends page to RSS reader, bears in ill-fitting hats, metro fare increases, glow-kitties fight disease, 2007 q&A meme

4 years ago – Peter Boyle RIP, Grey Gardens, Holiday hubbub, new comic store, Tina’s wedding present to us

5 years ago – Sam and Max, Atari 2600, favorite things

6 years ago – I discover that Romanian pop tune (OZONE – Dragoste din tei) before the weirdo kid cam sings it around the world, Oceans 11, pollo tropical makes me sick

7 years agothe secret message, Bro & Danny visit, lizards in the tummy, truck surfing, riddle, some reference

8 years ago – nightmare, balloon hats, fudge and dinosaurs, Danny and I win a Tomato Recipe contest!

9 years ago – nice dreams, flesh eating robots, wacky day, SOP

10 years ago – coffee, hello kitty murders, village blacksmith, books to read, I get a Sigmund and the sea monsters tape!Geotarget
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Now playing: Jon Black – Ghost of Elvis

10-die poker rules

10-Die Poker

By James Ernest and Joshua Howard

Players: 4-7

Equipment: 10 six-sided dice for each player in two colors (These rules assume Red and White), and some Poker Chips. To play $1.00 ante, as described below, players should start with at least $40.

To Begin: Each player antes $1.00.

Rolling your Hand: Each player rolls his starting hand as follows: Your dice are always locked in pairs, one red and one white, so you can’t just roll all your dice at once. Instead, you roll five pairs of dice, one pair at a time.

Arrange your dice so that there is a clear Red and White hand. It is helpful to put the better hand on top, so you can more easily compare hands with the other players.

The Value of Hands: The Hands in 10-Die Poker are the same as those in Poker, except that there is no Flush. The rank of Hands, from lowest to highest, is: High Die, Pair, 2 Pair, 3 of a Kind, Straight, Full House, 4 of a Kind, 5 of a Kind.

The value of your whole hand is always equal to the better of your two sets of dice. For example, if your Red hand is a pair, but your White hand is a straight, you have a straight. If two players have identical high hands, they compare low hands. If both hands match, which is very rare, those players are tied.

Challenges: The best hand is the “leader.” The worst hand now becomes active, and may elect to either fold, or challenge the leader.

If you fold, you are out of this round, just like in Poker. If you challenge, it costs you an amount equal to half the pot, rounding up. So for example, if there is $5 in the pot, it costs $3 to challenge. This brings the Pot to $8, making the next challenge cost $4.

If you challenge, you may re-roll some or all of your pairs of dice. You must pick up all these pairs before you roll any of them; you can’t decide piece by piece. And you must roll both dice in each pair, not just one or the other.

If your new hand beats the leader, you become the new leader. If not, you have lost and you drop out.

Winning: This process continues, with the low hand always challenging the high hand, until everyone either fails a challenge or folds. Then the survivor takes the Pot.

Tied Hands: If two players are tied for high, they split the pot. If two players are tied for low, they must choose randomly which one of them will challenge (or fold) first.

Ending the Game: Like Poker, this game is continuous and cyclical. Any player may enter or leave the game after any round. If you finish with more money than you started with, you’re winning.

Strategy: A Straight probably isn’t going to win the game, and it’s a very tough hand to improve. When deciding whether to challenge, be aware of the dice in both hands. If you have a decent hand on both halves of the pairs you are keeping, your chances of beating the leader are pretty good. Otherwise, think twice. Also, be sure to note the chances of the leader coming back to beat you, even if you do win the challenge.

weds

looked for work / did chorse most of the day.
BHK went to “Stitch & bitch”

earned 3 PlayStation®Network trophies in “inFamous”.

Good Eats (Bronze) Good guys feed the needy.
 Good Riot (Bronze) Good guys stand up and take the heat.
 Stunt Man (Bronze) Complete any one stunt from the stunt list.

earned a PlayStation®Network trophy in “LittleBigPlanet™”.

Paint Splurge (Bronze) Fire 5,000 paintballs
 
a/c dies
90 degrees in the house
got a haircut
still no glow-yarn

10,149 – Wednesday

Happy St. Patty’s, Dear Journal!

Spring is becoming more and more evident every day.

I forgot to mention a few things yesterday, given the photo/video nature of my limited entry. Father in-law toddled off to New York this week, so BHK and I are playing cruise directors to the mother in law. BHK stopped at Ch’NaCa for a pair of #6 needles, and I  finally used store credit and a gift card to pick up God Of War III and Wii Sports Resort.

Chris took us out to supper at 3 brothers pizza a salad and Sicilian style- half meatball for BHK the more omnivorous, and half mixed veggies for Chris and myself. We planned on doing a little minigolf, but it closed before we could get around to playing. Instead, the gang promptly headed home, and Chris enjoyed beating me at the sword “chop duel” game. BHK excels at Basketball / Archery , and my games of preference are the air combat and wake boarding. Golf is pretty keen, too.

BHK and I got a little wanderlust this morning, and went to take a peek at Aardvark… I was pleasantly surprised to see they were still open, though they’re moving at the end of the month, and stopping all video rentals – just comics & games now. Upside, we got a fistful of movies for $7 (~a buck each) –

Not too bad – I’ve only ever seen the first and last of those films.

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A, we went to Play’n’trade and I swapped some old controllers, software and $20ish for Infamous, Drake’s Fortune, and Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Games are buy two, get one free – basically I bought one, and got one on credit, and got one free.) Not sure if I’d go to PNT unless I had loot to swap out, but they do price match game stop, and take best buy / game stop gift cards! I’m pretty good for a *LOOOONG* time for PS3 console games.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Shaun and his sister there – I don’t thing we’d seen him since the polar bear swim… and we still have some of his stuff at the house. We made plans to play a little Ticket to Ride or Small World with them both sometime soon.

BHK got a little nibble to eat at the local fried chicken joint / Japanese grill – not as good as My Grill was up in Deale, but it was quite yummy and good-sized portions.

Came home, and picked up Chris – watched Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil while having a nibble of Chinese food.  BHK had never seen the whole thing .. it makes me want to go back to Savannah (our Georgia journey pics are a bit out of whack, it seems there are a couple of FL pix in there, but most are properly tagged)

1 year ago – St. Patty ATW man pic, Adam & In-laws, out of whack, q&A
2 years ago – St. Pat’s, dinner with family, ww info, goat robot – needs lasers
3 years ago – St. Pat’s, the ikea nightmare begins, newtcam returns to 24/7
4 years ago – st pats, snake son a plane, 4 things poll, lighter elements
5 years ago – Irish stuff, work, dog, hippie, writing
6 years ago – St Pats, Ordered CoH, email fixed, bro rant, work issues
7 years ago – St Pats, Purim, post #5490
8 years ago – many now-dead links, last sentence quiz, doctor, newt fetch
9 years ago – St PatsGeotarget
10 years ago – Papal Apology

10132 – Friday

I was a little saddened to hear that there.com is closing on 3/9/2010. I had a lot of fun during my time at the site, and still have a nice friendship with some folks from there as a result. I wonder what ever happened to the rest of the gang, like Whims and Chias?

I’m pretty happy to see the theme live on in second life (I’m there *very* infrequently as scottobear bergson), and even more so in Playstation home (a bit more frequently on PSN as scottobear) .


Went to Walmart for some supplies, and I ended up grabbing Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood for $19… That’s it for ps3 titles, until I play one of ’em to the end.

My current catalog for the PS3 is –

  • Lego Indiana Jones: Original Adventures – we love all games lego – the only one that hasn’t totally enchanted us yet is lego batman for the wii, but that may change, too.
  • Little Big Planet: Game of the year version – my current fave. easy on the eyes, tricky levels, and an online community that’s fantastic.
  • Uncharted 2 – my first game, and I really like it a lot – haven’t played it too much, but it’s a hoot thus far
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood – hard, but with infinite lives, I suspect I’ll make it through eventually. good to have a western.
  • The Darkness – pretty evil, but a solid game. I’ve been fortunate in my selection thus far.

Aside from that, thing found today that disturbed me somehow – um, no. ms. easter bunny!
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1 year ago – repairing internet connection on the EEE, hysteria, overtired, allergy
2 years ago – awesome taco salad, Doc Savage 75, Clinton still in it, more things I’ve done (5), airborne faked clinical trials
3 years ago – interviewed at calvert, flew kites
4 years ago – animated newtcam archive, bhk chat, bat-folk, Friday 5, tmbg
5 years ago – scottobear.com renew, trip to deerfield, free fonts, chat crash w/bhk,gp puts me on to spidey bible, what? WhaT?, H2GT2G, Chimp attack, giantsteps
6 years ago – blogspam treatment, work, serial adder, 7-eared kitty, clown sweater, Ephemera, visited bro
7 years ago – book meme, palm doodles, picture issues
8 years ago – mopey, bro helping out, Dick Hymen – Master of Jazz Piano, super tugboat, Newton’s name, pet name poll, magic ingredients
9 years agoPerseus tools, loved ones sick, flying monkeys, The 30 Least-Quoted Lines from Shakespeare, nosepilot, 5k compGeotarget

10,111 – Monday

Happy President’s Day! Happy Belated Year of the Tiger (GO NEWT!)  Happy Belated Valentines Day!

Recapping yesterday:

valentines breakfast at bob evans w/ nailles – it was tasty, but I think my order was the only one that wasn’t goofed in some way.

Sean came over for a moment – brought us popcorn and a movie to watch!

The picture I took of my footprint in the snow looks weirdly inverted when viewed small.

BHK officially got her Vallies Day Gifts – a couple of handmade cards, a hat made of llama yarn (black, with knitted pictures of bunnies and weather on it. ), a llama pin made from fimo, and Style Savvy for the DS. If you want to visit her pretend-play fashion store, it’s in Velvet City at the Chiffon Mall, Floor 16 – Green La .  Buy lots of goodies , dear journal!

Speaking of goodies, I now have Little Big Planet (game of the year edition) for my ps3. Looking to game with me, dear journal? look me up as scottobear in the ps3 community.

I got new pair of Jeans for Valentines day from the in-laws – nicely timed, as one of my old pair of chinos tore about an hour before. Larry and Chris had Ice cream and cake for Chris’s B’day, and we lounged about and watched some of the olympics.

So far today, all I’ve done is look for work, update my journal, and notice that my beard is just about all grown out, thanks to the recent snow.

1 year ago – ides of feb, pic, walkies, insurance thinks I have fibromyalgia, tv
2 years ago – minty kisses, DuClaw, Toe the line / Piss and Vinegar, Video card driver issue, Q&A meme
3 years ago – Otter Pics!, Marine museum, warm geese in hoodies
4 years ago – compusa poop, holy moley, transistors, cargo cults, lj feature, bus station picture, cadbury bbq egg, on the lam(b), sex pred stigma
5 years ago – edbook pic arrives, cheap chocolate, land of the lost, Rik’s comic gets to previews, netflix queue, top 100 free e-texts, cow-pattern tents, public records db finds fugitive
6 years ago – Sun-sentinel cam changes direction, crittercam, condo shopping, I feel great
7 years ago – MP toys, work shopping, black bean hummus, key deer
8 years ago – Newtcam active in old apartment, how cell phones work/tracking, fibbed to, SOP
9 years ago – Monster!, SA goes in fro her job interview, got a love note, simpsons lame, cartoons, silly haiku, bro and IGeotarget