Even Parents Must Follow Rules

This is an opinion editorial.

In Eugene OR, a Girl Scout Troop had nearly $58,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies confiscated and their leader dismissed after their parents disobeyed an order from their volunteer supervisor and set up shop in front of Taylor’s Bar & Grill.

The parents acknowledged that they were informed that the Girl Scout volunteer supervisor did not want the Girl Scouts in front of the bar, but, according to one of the parents, they have sold cookies at that location for years. Now the parents are demanding the return of the inventory and the dismissed leader re-instated..

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This is where opinions start to vary…

My opinion: Right or wrong, the parents were told by a representative of the Girl Scouts organization not to set up in front of this particular bar.  Why? I don’t know.

We have all heard about the Girl Scouts who do well selling cookies outside marijuana dispensaries.  How is that allowed but this bar & grill is prohibited?

According to Kelly Parisi, chief communications officer for the Girl Scouts of the USA, each region has its own guidelines.

“All the money stays in local councils, and they make all decisions on how the cookie program is run,” said Parisi in a statement. “As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve. Volunteers and parents are empowered to relocate their booths if conditions change and the location is no longer suitable.”

Based upon this explanation, the local supervisor than is empowered to use her own discretion with how strict or lenient she wants to be in regard to selling locations.

Maybe the Girl Scouts supervisor didn’t want minors in front of an alcohol-serving establishment. Although, I often buy cookies off the Girl Scouts that set up shop in front of my local Spartan grocery store, which also sells alcohol, this bar is known to be frequented by local fraternities and sororities. I imagine the girls are setting up during daylight hours and are not being exposed to 2 A.M. drunkenness by the college students, so I doubt safety or exposure to lewd behaviour was a concern.

Maybe another troop was jealous of the sales this troop and internal politics came into play. Perhaps an altercation similar to the confrontations we saw in the movie “Bad Moms” is taking place behind the scenes with Christina Applegate as the supervisor.

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sidenote: This movie was hilarious!

If the parents wanted to teach the girls how entrepreneurship pushes the envelope, why didn’t they simply set up shop at another bar & grill? Or an adjacent business that shares the same parking lot as Taylor’s? Setting up shop where you were specifically forbidden to is not pushing anything, it is breaking a rule that carries a consequence.

My guess is this was the culmination of long brewing proverbial “pissing match” between this particular volunteer supervisor and some parents.

But, regardless of the reasons, the Girl Scouts have the right to protect their brand by controlling where they want their name associated. According to Parisi’s explanation, this supervisor has that responsibility.

If the parents thought the volunteer supervisor’s decision was unjust, incorrect or compromised, they should have found a way to appeal the decision to a higher contact within the Girl Scouts. Such as making a case to Parisi herself for a one time exemption based upon the successful legacy of selling at this location.

I believe the Girl Scouts over-reacted by confiscating the inventory but the parents were incorrect to put their girls in this position in the first place. Teaching respect for authority is important as well as learning that violating rules carries consequences. This applies to adults as well.

Obviously, there is more information that we are not privy to that will affect opinions. I have no experience with the Girl Scouts so I would welcome some comments on what some Girl Scout parents think.

Do you believe the Girl Scouts over-reacted? Do you believe the parents over-stepped their bounds by not following the directions from the Girl Scouts supervisor?

 

 

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Martin Scorsese Re-teams With De Niro, Pacino and Pesci

Netflix has acquired the rights to Martin Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman”, which is set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Shockingly for this group….it is a gangster movie! Who’d of thought!

According to CNET, it is based on the Charles Brandt true crime book “I heard you paint houses”. The book follows mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who, among other dastardly deeds, claims to have been involved with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

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I don’t think he really painted houses…

Here is the “geeky” part: the film is set to have a $100 million dollar budget with a good chunk of it going towards CGI to make some of the actors look younger.  We have seen this technology used extremely well recently in movies such as “Captain America: Civil War” with Robert Downey Jr.

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No better way to lose those wrinkles

This is an expensive acquisition for the streaming service who has recently been in a spending war with rival Amazon for A-list projects.

If nothing else, it is always fun to watch Scorsese and De Niro team up.  Just don’t expect a kid friendly rating the Geeky Daddy Movie Review Sidekick Scale.

“I heard you paint houses” is scheduled for release sometime in 2018.

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Sidenote:  Speaking of Captain America, how cool is this Captain America 75th Anniversary Metal shield!

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SpaceX To Fly Tourists Around The Moon…From Cape Canaveral FL

This is major!  As in the first human beings to leave low Earth atmosphere since 1972 major.

Elon Musk announced Monday afternoon that SpaceX plans to launch 2 thrill seeking (and presumably wealthy) tourists into space for a near week long trip to circle the moon. Musk did point out that NASA “always has first priority” and that if they want their astronauts to take the first flight, they have priority.

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That’s no moon….actually, yes it is

Musk did not want to comment how how much the tickets for this flight runs, but NASA had been paying Russia up to $80 million per seat for trips on the Souyez rockets.

What was most aggressive about the announcement is that they plan on completing this by the end of 2018. That is an extremely short timeline considering the Falcon Heavy rocket, which will be used for the trip, has not even made it’s first test flight yet. The Dragon craft that will hold the tourists won’t make its demo flight till later this year as well.

The launch is planned for Cape Canaveral, Florida, which is the same launch pad used for the Apollo missions of the 1960’s and 70’s, as opposed to Russian launch sites.

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In addition to his responsibilities with Tesla and SpaceX, Musk is also on Trump’s business advisory council.  With Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, it will be interesting to see how this plays out on the political landscape as well.

Feature Image credit: SpaceX

 

Will We See Han Fire First In Blu-Ray? Updated March 3rd 2017: Nope.

Update: Disney’s Director of Library Restoration and Preservation Theo Gluck confirmed that the Star Wars 4K edition they are working with is the most recent revision (i.e. special edition).  Gluck was speaking at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts, a presentation called Animation Restoration at Walt Disney Studios.

However, 20th Century Fox’s Senior Vice President of Library and Technical Services, Shawn Belston (who was also on-hand at the event), added that the original “trims” removed from the OT negatives do still exist, which means that the original, pre-Special Edition cuts of the original Star Wars trilogy still could be assembled, should the powers-that-be decide they want to release them. Truthfully, I would not anticipate that happening.

 

Rumors about the original unaltered trilogy being released on Blu-Ray is nothing new.

These rumors have been circulating since Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, but the intensity of these rumors have begun to swirl around more and more as we approach the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars.

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Luke “Nice knowing you pal.” Biggs “what do you mean?”

Aside from Greedo firing first (and completely missing Han from literally across the table), I do not mind the re-release cuts.  I enjoyed seeing the dialogue between Luke and Biggs prior to attacking the Death Star.  The scene between Han and Jabba was a little wonky, but helped set up the history between the two characters that played out later in the trilogy.

I know my wife preferred the original dancing Ewok Yub Nub song at the end of Return of the Jedi.

I do not believe the inclusion or exclusion of any of these scenes effects the new ‘canon’ of the movies in any way (unless they re-include the Sebastian Shaw/Anakin ghost) . I do not foresee Disney having any issue with further cashing in on these films with minimal new investment cost.

I will keep you posted as I hear new details.

May the Force be with you!

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Monday Morning Meme For February 27th 2017

Ok, I am a little late getting this published, but come on, have you seen the weather outside!

Last week we did not get a whole lot of response to Lil’ G-Man’s picture. Probably because nobody wants to make fun of a baby picture, but you do have his (geeky) daddy’s permission.

(I did get a few complaints from people that did not like the security measures with leaving a comment, but unfortunately, it is a measure I must take to protect against spam and possible obscene language)

Here is this week’s image:

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So here are  few examples for this week’s picture for the Meme contest!

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Please leave your comments below and feel free to have fun with this!

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Amazon.com Gift card in a black gift box (various card designs)

Bill Paxton Passes Away At Age 61

Bill Paxton has been a Hollywood and James Cameron directed staple for the past 3 decades and was currently starring in CBS’s Training Day.

People Magazine is reporting that Paxton passed away due to complications from surgery.

Paxton has been in such hit movies as Terminator, Aliens, Predator 2, Apollo 13, Titanic and Twister.  His television roles included Big Love, Hatfields & McCoys and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

My favorite roles of his were as big brother Chet in Weird Science, Hudson in Aliens  and the used car salesman in True Lies.

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R.I.P. Bill Paxton

Sidenote: Bill Paxton was the only actor to be killed on screen by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator.

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Geeky Daddy Visits The Great Lakes Comic-Con

It is always fun to check out local comic book shows and the Great Lakes Comic-Con (held at Macomb Community College) is always a great time!

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It is one of the medium size shows that is large enough to attract lots of vendors, a fun crowd and a couple recognizable celebrities, yet still have a low adult admission cost of $10.

This size show is so great for comic book collectors like me because we love to peruse the $1 and $0.50 comic book boxes looking for that diamond in the rough or the one missing back issue from a story arc. Vendors are more lenient negotiating for that “1st appearance” or key issue you are looking for because their cost for the booth is so much less than the larger conventions.

The Motor City Comic-Con, for example, is much larger with “A-list celebrities” that have guaranteed minimum fees that the convention needs to cover.  The money to pay these celebrities comes from higher ticket prices to the fans and increasing the booth cost to vendors. The result is that the larger shows have become more pop culture oriented as less comic book vendors are able to turn a profit due to the increased booth cost and less serious buyers in attendance.

Vintage toys are a blast to look at as well.  I was able to relive part of my youth looking at some of the vintage Star Wars, G.I Joe and Transformers toys.  The “oh wow, I had that He-Man toy when I was a kid and now it sells for how much?” moments are great and depressing at the sametime.

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My older brother and I had both the Dragon Slayer and Roton

This was also where I heard my favorite quote of the day from over my left shoulder

“Careful, if you break anything, daddy has to buy it.”  CRASH!!! “uhhh….I guess daddy just bought something.”

Now, I know exactly what you are thinking…

“But Geeky Daddy, was Samurai Deadpool there?”

I am glad you asked.  Yes, he was….

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Although, if this was Ryan Reynolds, he let himself go a bit…

Sometimes I will come to these shows wearing a suit and sunglasses.  I then approach kids dressed as superheroes and say “Hello, I would like to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative”. I get a variety of responses.

Cosplay is always fun for the adults as well as the kids.

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Doc Oc with Silent Bob cosplay from Argo City Cosplay
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Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition
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Jeep Wagoneer Ecto-something….

Other highlights of the show were former professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts, a Free-Play arcade provided by Big Toys, free board games, the 501st Great Lakes Garrison, a robotics droid competition and more.

Local shows are always fun for geeks of all ages and a great way to help support local vendors.

Highlighted History Of Nintendo’s 17 Different Game Consoles. How Many Have You Owned?

This is a cliff-note highlight I put together so you can view the evolution of Nintendo’s gaming systems on one page. Gamespot has put together a well more in depth article with more details about the internal components about each system.

Nintendo color TV-Game (1977)

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Source:nintendo-player.com

Produced in partnership with Mitsubishi and sold exclusively in Japan, this was a series of 5 systems that debuted in 1977. It was called the TV-Game 6 because it included 6 pong inspired mini-games. Most notable feature is probably the turn-knob on the controller.

Nintendo Family Computer (1983)

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This console should start looking a little more familiar.  Debuting in 1983, the Family Computer (commonly referred to as “Famicom”) was released in Japan and would later be given a facelift before being released to North America as the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 8-bit system utilized a microphone in the player two controller that could be used with a limited number of games including the original Legend of Zelda.

Family Computer Disk System (1986)

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source: famicomworld.com

While technically an add on to the Famicom and not a new system, this update illustrates the change of thinking for the industry. The use of the re-writable, proprietary 2.8×3 inch disk (called disk cards) allowed designers to create larger games that required both sides A and B or multiple 112 KB disk.

More revolutionary was that the disk could be saved, taken to one of many convenience stores that had a Disk Writer kiosk and have a new game written on it. This same insistence on proprietary technology and fear of piracy will later create problems for Nintendo however.

Twin Famicom (1986)

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Sharp licensed with Nintendo to create it’s Twin Famicom in 1986 that combined the disk and cartridge into one system.

Nintendo Entertainment System (1985)

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We all know what this is…although someone should tell that family not to sit so close so the TV.  Bad for their eyes…

In 1985, Nintendo began selling their Entertainment System in the United States (their first outside of Japan) for $299 retail. The casing had been redesigned from the Famicom to have a flip up door and a “zero insertion force cartridge“.  These cartridge connections were susceptible to dust, which is why we used to have to blow on the connectors. However blowing on the connectors actually tarnishes the copper connectors making the connection problems worse.

NES Model 101 (1993)

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This smaller less expensive version (retailed at $49.99) was introduced in 1993.  The cost was reduced by taking out the RCA composite ports, the LED light and production innovations.  This model also went back to the top loading format used in the Famicom to address the dust connection issues with the NES.

Super Famicom (1990)

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source: commons.wikipedia.org

Released just prior to Super NES in Japan (and later Australia and Europe), this system also had available a satellite modem players could attach to the system in order to download a limited number of games.

Super Nintendo (1991)

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Released to the United States in 1991, the repackaged Super Famicom retailed for $199. The system featured 16 bit graphics and added X , Y and shoulder buttons to the controllers

Super NES Model SNS 101 (1997)

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Released about the same time as the N64, this $99.95 version of the SNES was reduced in size and had the S video and cartridge eject button removed.

N64 (1996)

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Released to North America in late 1996 at $199.99, this 64 bit gaming console faced stiff competition from the college-dorm-room-staple, Sony’s Playstation.  This console excelled in party formats because of it’s use of 4 controllers, especially in racing games such as Mario Kart and 1st person shooters such as Golden Eye. The cartridges also had near non-existent load times as opposed to Playstation’s CD’s long load times on large games.

However this is also where we see Nintendo’s insistence on proprietary hardware and fear of piracy lead to problems.  Many third party developers shied away from the cartridge format because it limited how large of a game they could create. The cartridges were also much more costly to produce than CD’s.

N64 DD (1999)

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Released in Japan in 1999, DD stood for Dynamic Drive which added internet capabilities to the console.  This was an ill fated attempt to turn the console into a multimedia workstation.  It was discontinued in less than 2 years.

GameCube (2001)

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Released around the same time as Sony’s Playstation 2 and within 3 days of Microsoft’s Xbox, was the Nintendo GameCube.

Once again, the fear of piracy lead to underwhelming sales compared to their competition.  The disc for this console could only store 1.5 GB as opposed to DVD’s which held 8.5 GB. This meant that third party developers had to omit parts of their games to have them fit onto  the GameCube.

Panasonic Q (2001)

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source: nintendo.wiki.com

Panasonic, who partnered with Nintendo to create the GameCube disc, quickly heard the criticism about the system not being able to play DVD movies.  Their response was the Panasonic Q, which was released in Japan and played both GameCube disc and DVD movies but it flopped.

Wii (2006)

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In 2006 Nintendo released its biggest seller yet with the Wii, with over 101 million units sold worldwide.  Using Bluetooth, internal accelerometers and infrared detection, the controller and “nunchuck” are able to use motion caption inside the 3-D games.

Nintendo marketed this new console to more casual audiences (i.e. senior bowling leagues) rather than go head to head with Playstaion 3 and Xbox 360.  This was also the first Nintendo to support backwards compatibility.  There was a hidden door allowing access to play GameCube games. You could also access the internet to download emulated classic Nintendo games.

Wii Mini (2012)

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In late 2012, Nintendo released the scaled down $99.99 version of the Wii without GameCube compatibility, SD card slot, online connectivity, USB port, WiFi support or S-video.

Wii U (2012)

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Also released in 2012 was arguably Nintendo’s worst sales performing console to date, the Wii U.  Much of the blame for the low sales have been attributed to confusion with the name and timing of the release.   Many potential users were confused if this was a new console or an add on to the existing Wii.

The most significant feature was the 6.2 inch touch screen on the GamePad.  The touch screen could be used to supplement game play or as a screen for a second user. The pad also supported motion control and near-field communication to sync with other GamePads.

The system had a surprising amount of impressive tech.  I think the poor sales simply came down to marketing and communication of what the product was capable of to perspective buyers.

Switch (2017)

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Launching next week at $299, the Switch will be a hybrid tablet/console and utilize a similar 6.2 inch touchscreen as the Wii U did.  It will come with 32 MBs of internal storage and expandable memory up to 2 TB via Micro SDXC cards.

The Switch will offer a couple 1st for Nintendo.  The hardware will not be region locked like previous Nintendo’s have been and Nintendo will charge users to play online.

The marketing on this unit appears a little clearer than the previous Wii U and Nintendo believes that will help reverse the company’s sales decline.

Nintendo Classic…if you are able to find one (2017)

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If I worked at Nintendo, I would find the demand for this product exciting and a little worrisome. Exciting because it is always fun to have an in demand product to sell.

Worrisome because of two reasons.  There have been many articles written about the production and distribution problems Nintendo had bringing this product to market. As with any high demand/low supply product, scalping has become a point of poor goodwill between Nintendo and potential customers.

The second reason I would be concerned is that you have a new product (with very expensive R & D and legacy cost built in) coming out with the Switch, and yet there seems to be more demand for this lower cost product.  Granted, the consoles are marketed for two different buyers (Millennials and younger for the Switch, Gen Y and older for the Classic), but I would still be a little concerned.

Nintendo Classic In Stock At Amazon! (Act Quickly)

UPDATE: Hope you were quick – they sold out in under 10 minutes!

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on the NES Classic since November, it’s in stock on Amazon right this second. Not sure how long it will last!

I’ve also heard that it’s essential to get a controller extender unless you like sitting with your nose on the TV.

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The small unit comes loaded with 30 classics including Zelda, all 3 Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Kid Icarus and more. The main one missing though – Contra. I mean, seriously?

 

World’s Greatest Detective Will Be Teaming With The World’s Worst Hunter

Ever wonder what would happen if some of DC’s greatest super heroes teamed up with Looney Toon characters?

Neither have I, but someone at Warner Bros thinks we will be curious enough to find out.

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“Be very quiet, I’m hunting Widdler”

DC Comics recently announced the upcoming crossover event with fellow Warner Bros franchise Looney Toons. Some of the other team ups include Martian Manhunter with Marvin Martian and Jonah Hex with Yosemite Sam.

Similarly, a number of DC super heroes will also be partnering with Hanna Barbara characters in a series of stand alone books this March.

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Who doesn’t love Space Ghost?

In the world of cross promotion of your own properties, I get this, but unless these stories are extremely hilarious, it seems like a quick money grab gimmick at the same time. I am sure we will see dozens of variant covers with this event as well.

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How cute is this guy?