Satoshi Shima is running for elected office in Japan and for some fantastic reason, has featured a beautiful white cat in some of his campaign posters.
His posters seem to follow the common-uncommon-rare format found in Magic The Gathering and other collectible card games. The normal, common poster shows Mr. Shimo without a cat. Then, there’s a less than common poster with the cat in the lower right corner, in scale with Mr. Shima. Then, there’s a rare version featuring the cat in place of Mr. Shima, while Mr. Shima is shown in the lower right at a smaller scale than the cat.
I of course am a fan of the rare version.
Too bad I can’t vote for Satoshi Shima. Maybe I’ll write his name in instead of the non-choices have waiting for me this November. I don’t know what Mr. Shima stands for, but I know he’s better than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. I wish there was a way to get my hands on one of these. Maybe an Etsy artisan will rip off the image and start selling them.
There has to be a better way of telling nerds not to smell bad.
I was walking past one of Hagerstown’s two game stores, The Game Hub. It’s located in downtown Hagerstown on Franklin street.
They sell Magic The Gathering cards and have a play area in the back of the store. According to the above sign, they have a problem with customers in the play area not practicing good personal hygiene. The problem is so bad, they have to post a sign at the door.
I don’t know anything about the store. Not really. I know it used to be called Mystikal Keep. I stopped in a few times, although not when it was at this specific place. Mystikal Keep was located various places, all in downtown Hagerstown. The last time I stopped in at Mystikal keep was when it was catty corner from the Hagerstown branch of the Washington County Free Library. It could have been a nice shop. The problem was that it reeked of cigarette smoke. The owner chained smoked cigarettes.
When I noticed the name changed from Mystikal Keep to The Game Hub, I assumed there was a change in ownership. I also assumed it wouldn’t smell like a dirty ashtray. That may be true, but they’ve evidently swapped one awful smell for another. Then again, maybe the Mystikal Keep had a problem with customers not showering and wearing deodorant, but the pungent smell of pre-lung cancer masked it.
I can’t imagine having to display a sign telling customers to take a shower and use deodorant. And this sign is displayed to everyone, not just customers. How many prospective customers have read this sign on the door and changed their mind about shopping there? Without stepping foot in this business, you learn they have poor ventilation and their customers have a problem with personal hygiene.
There has to be a better way of telling nerds not to smell bad.
Zachary Jesse finished 8th place at the Grand Prix Atlantic City held this past May. During his match with Christian Calcano, the tournament’s eventual champion, the following tweet was posted on Twitter:
Quick reminder: Zach Jesse is a literal rapist who got away with serving three months of an eight year plea deal. http://t.co/99dsBEzFKP
The link goes to an 11-year-old news article about the rape committed by Zachary Jesse while he was a student at the University of Virginia. The article details the plea agreement reached between the then 19-year-old Zachary Jesse and the prosecutor in the case. According to the victim’s testimony at a preliminary hearing, also a student at the University of Virginia, she was “raped both vaginally and anally while slumped over a toilet in her apartment.” She also had bruises constant with rape.
Zachary Jesse’s victim was also highly intoxicated. Hours after her last drink, her blood alcohol level was .15, nearly double the state’s legal limit. As drunk as she was, it’s highly unlikely that she would have been capable of consenting to sex on a toilet with someone she just met.
In exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated sexual battery, a felony, Zachary Jesse served only three months in regional jail, and it was scheduled so that it wouldn’t interfere with his college classes. He was also given ten years of probation, 18-months of that supervised.
For raping a woman as she lay drunk on a toilet, both vaginally and anally.
How can someone plead guilty to raping a woman and not serve serious time in prison? I’d like to think that’s what we build prisons for, so we have places to send predators like Zachary Jesse to when they rape incapacitated women on toilets.
Evidently a lot of people in the Magic: the Gathering community are critical of Wizards of the Coast for banning Jesse. Some are also critical of Drew Levin for bringing this to people’s attention by tweeting about it. I don’t get any of that. Zachary Jesse is a convicted felon. He’s a registered sex offender in the state of Virginia. In fact, he’s classified as a violent sex offender.
How could Wizards of the Coast, a game company owned by Hasbro, a toy company, not ban someone like Zachary Jesse? Once it became known that he was a convicted rapist, someone identified as a violent sexual predator on the Virginia sex offender registry, they didn’t have a choice.
Don’t want to get banned from playing Magic: the Gathering? Don’t violently rape women passed out drunk on toilets.
On the February 13 episode of Sports Card Radio, my new favorite podcast, host Colin Tedards interviewed Ryan Kent Jr. from BallCardsRadio.com. Ryan is a 14-years-old high school freshman who’s been collecting sports cards for ten years, and he now has his own podcast that Colin has been listening to.
During the interview, the discussion turned to the topic of Magic: The Gathering, the highly popular collectible card game. Ryan described Magic: The Gathering players at his local card shop, and how they’re a little… different.
Here’s an audio clip:
Nobody ever buys a box of Magic: They Gathering? I’m sure this would be news to the retailers who sell boxes. If most Magic: The Gathering people aren’t the most spendy, big-wallet type of people as Ryan says, and Colin seems to agree with, how is Magic: They Gathering making so much money? According to Hasbro, the parent company of Wizards of the Coast, maker of Magic: The Gathering, profits for the 2013 fourth quarter were at $286.2 million. That’s profit, not sales.
When was the last time a sports card manufacturer made over $286 million in profit for a quarter? Probably never.
I don’t see how a normal human being is supposed to be able to distinguish a fake card from a real card, especially if they can’t physically look at the card with a magnifying glass or a jeweler’s loupe.
Evidently there is a custom playing card company in China, Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Co., that is producing and selling high-quality Magic: The Gathering counterfeit cards. The company was selling them on their website, but has since removed all traces of them. The fakes are different from any of the other previous counterfeit Magic: The Gathering cards produced in that they are very hard to identify; they look almost identical to legitimate cards.
The only real noticeable difference between a counterfeit and a real card is at the bottom where the copyright information is printed. How ironic that the one flaw the fake cards have is where it displays the copyright information. The counterfeit cards seem to have a lighter font used for the copyright information when compared to real cards. Here is a photo posted on Tumblr by Polish Tamales:
I don’t see how a normal human being is supposed to be able to distinguish a fake card from a real card, especially if they can’t physically look at the card with a magnifying glass or a jeweler’s loupe. With the introduction of these high-quality fakes into the marketplace, I don’t see how anyone can safely purchase Magic: The Gathering cards on eBay or any other online, Internet-based retailer. The blog ICv2 spoke to a spokesman from Wizards of the Coast, the makers of real Magic: The Gathering cards about this issue. Here is one of the questions posed by ICv2 and the answer from Wizards of the Coast:
Any advice for retailers on distinguishing counterfeit singles from the real thing?
For retailers, we recommend that you pay attention to your business and character instincts and to use your best judgment when dealing with unfamiliar sellers. You may want to ask questions about the card source before buying, verify seller ID, and carefully examine each card before concluding the deal.
What’s a “character instinct” and how does one pay attention to it? They might as well be recommending people use The Force.