Movies: 1135
Comments: 67725
Members: 718
Online: 0 Guests: 139
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_display.inc on line 1684.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_display::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_display.inc on line 1684.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_plugin_display_attachment::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 33.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 24.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 25.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 26.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 28.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 29.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 30.
  • warning: Attempt to modify property of non-object in /home/corona/public_html/modules/date/includes/date_plugin_display_attachment.inc on line 31.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_comment_username::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 699.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 584.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 584.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 61.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/modules/comment/views_handler_field_comment_username.inc on line 32.
  • : preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/corona/public_html/includes/unicode.inc on line 345.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/corona/public_html/modules/views/views.module on line 823.
  • strict warning: Declaration of content_handler_field::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/corona/public_html/modules/cck/includes/views/handlers/content_handler_field.inc on line 170.

AICN Writers Being Dumb

Posted by The Swollen Goi... on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A modest collection.

Corporal_Hicks
Location:
Posts: 1664
Posted: 6 years 15 weeks ago

Broke as hell...but yet he still bought a vintage, 12" Boba Fett rocket shooting toy for his birthday last year. That's like worth an easy $100, oh, until he ripped into the package and played with it like my 3 yr old.

Think about it, does someone with a family in dire financial need REALLY need that?

Sent from Dalton's IPad.
Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

I do always find, at the heart of Western poverty and not the real poverty much of the rest of the world suffers, a lack of priority similar to this.

Why do people in council provided housing schemes all seem to own dogs?  Can't afford to house your family, but you think another mouth to feed & vets bills are the way forward?  Well done you!!

I have also very rarely seen a reality TV show that goes inside the houses of people who are supposed to be some of the most economically depressed in our society where they haven't got a f*cking massive flat-screen TV in their living room.

We have some council provided housing on the development where I live - it's UK housing policy - each new development has to provide a % of affordable homes for key workers (nurses, policemen, teachers etc. - sometimes under shared ownership schemes) and council tenants (unemployed or very low income families, or single parent families with v. young children so they can't work) - the guys on my development are all council tenants.  Sooooooooo, why has every single one of them got a satellite dish on the outside of their house?  One guy even has a small fishing boat on a trailer in his parking space.

Something is very, very wrong.

And it's probably the same childish attitude to essential vs. luxury with a bit of a sense of entitlement that seems to afflict ol' Harry.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
Corporal_Hicks
Location:
Posts: 1664
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Don't get me started on people and their stupid dogs.

Sent from Dalton's IPad.
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Jubbers and I have a used CRT television we bought from the German department for either $10 or $25 bucks. It's about as fancy as we get.

Neither of us really likes the way shows and movies look on flat screen TVs, so we're not too choked up about it. We're usually forced by the smallness of our living room spaces to sit pretty close to the television, so it's probably for the best that we're not having to stare at artifacty, jittery pixelation every time we want to watch something.

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

 Do you have a stupid dog?

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

I'm the stupid dog.

More fun stuff with the Kickstarter today. Maybe I'll update in a bit.

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

 Has it been pulled  / investigated yet?

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

A handful of interesting things have happened. I can't remember what I've already talked about, so I'll just mention the most recent thing: it appears Harry's Kickstarter is under review. The last few people who have tried to donate haven't been able to.

I'll comb through what I've already posted later on tonight and add some other new stuff I've been sitting on.

More shady shit on the way!

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

When is the deadline again?

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Fifty-five hours from now.

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

And still nowhere near?

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

No. It was twenty thousand dollars higher at one point, but backers starte pulling. Ten thousand of that was definitely a troll, but at least some of the other ten might have been pulled by people who at one point had considered themselves serious backers.

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

 He is only $20k short.  He might do it.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

One day left.

We've been saying for a long time that we fully expect him to pull the remainder out of his ass in the eleventh hour. Whether he sneeks in his own money to cover it or calls in a favor, it's seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would make it to $100,000. That's part of why Talkbackers have been working so hard to sabotage the project. They don't want to make it easy for him.

This isn't Indiegogo. If you don't hit your goal, you don't make a penny. If you're a shady dealer and you want access to the $60,000 you've already managed to sucker people out of, you're probably going to get somebody to put in the rest. You'll just hand the money right back to them once it's funded. If you had them put in some of your own money for you, then you just get it right back. Maybe you give 'em five large for their troubles.

It's jumped $30,000 in the last three days. Highly suspicious. You can look at some detailed diagnostics by going to Harry's Kickstarter page, putting "traq" in "starter"'s place in the URL, and hitting Enter.

I mentioned more shady stuff above, but I'm pretty far removed from everything I've already mentioned, and I don't want to read through everything to figure out what I haven't covered yet. I can think of one thing I know I haven't covered, though:

Early on in the thread, I excerpted some of an exchange Harry had on Twitter. In it, he talked about how the charity was still going to be getting its money for the BNAT tickets he was including in the pledge reward. He wrote, "BNAT ticket price is deducted from Kickstarter to the event."

I explained pages back why that in itself seemed incredibly dicey. It gets dicier. Again, Ain't We Cool Productions, LLC keeps trying (unsuccessfully) to distance themselves from Harry. When they were asked on the Kickstarter comment page about the same thing, they played a different tune:

"The BNAT tickets offered as KS rewards are from the small number of Harry's personal tickets that he receives each year and are not taken from the general tickets that are sold to support the children's film series at the Alamo. Harry's personal tickets are given variously each year to family members, friends, and special guests."

This was roughly two weeks after Harry said what he said on Twitter. Am I missing something? Is what Harry said on Twitter somehow the same as what Ain't We Cool Productions, LLC was saying two weeks later? Is there wiggle room (or, maybe, "giggle" room), or is one an outright contradiction of the other?

I grant that Harry was the one writing on Twitter and that Not Harry was the one speaking for Ain't We Cool Productions, LLC on Kickstarter. 

Is one misinformed? If so, which one?

I should also point out, if I haven't already done it, that Harry changed the number of BNAT tickets available from four to eight. They were the only big pledge prize people were going for, anyway.

Personally, I think it's a little douchey to modify what you're offering, prize-wise, three weeks into a month-long Kickstarter, but it's apparently not against any Kickstarter policy.

The ticket switcheroo is one of the few things they chose not to harass Harry about on the Kickstarter comment section. I think they decided it was too nitpicky. I don't know if it would have been that nitpicky to ask about the change. Harry announced first that the amount of money equal to one ticket was going to be extracted from the $2,500 pledge and given to the charity supported by BNAT, and then AWCP, LLC undermined him by announcing that the tickets were coming out of Harry's personal friends/family stash. Theoretically, this removes the doubt about the tickets going to charity. Even so, if Harry cleared it all with Kickstarter beforehand (as he said he did during the Twitter exchange), why the sudden change?

It might have come across as nitpicky if the person had followed up by asking whether or not there was a way to find out how many personal tickets Harry was allotted to ensure that Harry was, indeed, pulling personal tickets from his stash. Even so, I can understand a pledger wanting to make sure Harry wasn't skimming some general tickets off the top and passing them off as personal tickets. I doubt pledgers--especially someone excited enough about BNAT to pay $2,500 for a ticket--would want to feel like they kept others from getting a general ticket.

* * *

I guess one other thing I didn't mention was that Harry eventually revealed that his TV show would be on KLRU. That's the Austin branch of PBS. I just knew it would be public television. All his talk about making six twenty-four minute shows was the giveaway. Commercial broadcasters aren't going to give you more than twenty-two minutes.

Harry's said something about how if it's received warmly, regular ol' PBS will option it for wider distribution, but, seriously, what are the chances of that happening? He couldn't even get a decent number of views when the show was on Nerdist's YouTube channel. I think it was one of Nerdist's lowest viewed shows. And it looks like Nerdist footed the bill for the show. Harry claims he's only asking for a third of what was spent on the first season. If Nerdist really did give him $300,000 for that piece of shit, I can see why they wouldn't want to give him more money to waste.

And what happens at the end of this second season--if a second season does, indeed, get funded? Does Harry beg for another $100,000 for a third season? He's shown zero aptitude for money, resource, or time management.

I'm sure Harry thinks all he needs is a chance to show what he can do, and I'm sure the idea of inevitable overnight success is trapped inside his impenetrable dream bubble, but he already had way more of a chance than most people get, and he blew the everlovin' hell out of it.

Of course, Harry's being generous by only asking for $100,000, since what he really wants is $300,000. He's had $300,000 as a stretch goal since day one. I think he was pretty convinced his wildest expectations would be exceeded. If most people are bold enough to post initial stretch goals, they start out by only going a little over. Shows modesty. You'll get people posting absolutely insane stretch goals as a joke, but it's obvious it's a joke. Harry's $300,000 stretch goal was pretty straight faced. It wasn't even his top stretch goal.

Jeph Jacques started a Kickstarter five days after Harry did. He asked for $9,500, and he was pretty clear about how the money was going to be used. His Kickstarter passed $100,000 today. According to Kicktraq (unaffiliated with Kickstarter, by the way), it's trending toward $125,000. He also has more than 3,200 backers, in comparison to Harry's 511. 

It's pretty interesting to compare the two. Jeph's site (questionablecontent.net) and AICN have pretty similar Alexa stats. I guess the big difference is that Jeph interacts regularly with his fanbase.

All right. I think I may have covered everything I've been too lazy to cover these last few days.

Corporal_Hicks
Location:
Posts: 1664
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Some of the $1,000+ "prizes" are so hilarious. Harry comes to your (Austin,TX) backyard to watch movies (you provide the refreshments) for $2,000? Lol

A little over $15,000 shy with 19 hours to go.

Sent from Dalton's IPad.
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

What an incredible fucking farce. Harry's Kickstarter is sitting at $95,000 as I type this. It's gained over $30,000 in the last day. (At this point, I think four donors account for something like 50% of the total.) The people pledging appear to be true fucking saints, since none of the big spenders appears to be opting for pledge rewards. Exactly what everyone said would probably happen appears to be happening.

Harry posted videos of Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson pleading on Harry's behalf. Everyone also expected this to happen.

Kicktraq is so confused by the incredible jump in pledges that it's saying the goal it's trending toward is exactly what it has now. 

Shady, shady, shady.

* * *

Something I meant to write about earlier, but forgot:

Harry had been promising to upload a video explaining why the signed Vin Diesel reward was so valuable. He made a post on either Kickstarter or his Twitter saying he'd post it in twenty-four hours. Twenty-four hours came and went, and nothing was posted. People started collecting a list of the things Harry was spending his money and time on instead of recording the Vin Diesel video. 

Most of his time was spent watching freebie DVDs with his nephew, making Instagram posts, going to the movies, and going out to eat. He apparently eats out for every meal. Pretty expensive habit for someone asking for a $100,000 handout.

Harry never got around to making the video. When asked about it, he said he tried to make one, but that he hadn't liked the results. He said something about how he wasn't able to express himself well with webcam stuff. (Can't find the actual quote. Sorry.) He said he was going to write something up instead.

While he did write something up, it took him a hell of a long time to do it. 

It's at least a little strange that a guy who's asking for a shit ton of money to fund a show that will allow him to talk in front of a camera is saying he'd rather write something out because he doesn't feel he can express himself well enough on camera.

I think so, anyway.

* * *

Other little bits of news:

Did I mention that Talkbackers helped yet another non-Harry Kickstarter project hit its mark with very little time to go? Well, they did. Here it is:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2049424428/sleep-wake-forget

A number of Talkbackers have claimed they're leaving AICN for good after this. Three different websites have sprung up in the wake of the Kickback. (That's the Talkbackers' name for the fiasco; can't remember whether or not I already mentioned it.) Here they are:

http://talkbackers.com/

http://talkbacker.com/

http://rabidweaselsca.wix.com/2013

The first two are pretty slick. They're run by two different people, but they're essentially the same thing, and they share the same users. Both sites are scoop aggregators, and both are using Disqus for comments. One will probably win out over the other eventually. (It'll be HD-DVD/Blu-ray all over again!) For the time being, people are happy to visit both places. 

The last one is CreepyThinMan's proposed site. It'll probably be its own bizarre thing.

Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

I think somebody here knows who Creepy Thin Man is.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
Daltons chin dimple
Location:
Posts: 12800
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

£96,565.

Awful close.....  unless some jokers are planning on pulling their contribs out with 10 mins to go.

....says "Kill Bond, NOW!"
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Talkbackers got the attention of Deadline. Deadline did a piece on it:

http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/peter-jackson-guillermo-del-toro-aicn-ha...

It's a little frustrating to be so deeply involved in what's going on and only see some small part of the story told.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Just checked. It's backed.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

There's a rumor that there's one huge donor troll hanging around to withdraw his $10,000 pledge in the last seconds. They say he's afraid that if he withdraws too soon, a Harry Helper will jump in to cover the loss. 

We'll see, I guess.

Quasar
Location:
Posts: 7588
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Keep watching and give us updates every minute.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline
The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

MAYBE I WILL, ASSHOLE!

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Probably not, though.

The Swollen Goi...
Location:
Posts: 14343
Posted: 6 years 14 weeks ago

Harry took a victory lap on AICN. He posted a new story, but he made sure to turn off the comment feature. In the new story, he writes, "Sure, it's just the first goal, but ya know what - it's been hard fought and I'm now anxious to see how the shows start coming together."

Seriously, Harry? You just bilked strangers out of $128,000, and you're going to whine about not hitting your $300,000 stretch goal. What an ingrate. Sheesh.

Never mind that there were only 717 backers, that the majority of them only signed up for Kickstarter in August, and that the majority of this majority have only ever backed this one project.

Something like sixty percent of the total comes from ten backers. The average pledge is almost $178. Shady.