19 Years Ago

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

Based on work by Michael Foran / CC BY

I was in high school walking back to class from a restroom break when I heard the news of the twin towers being struck. The day went from being normal to surreal in a matter of moments.

Learning the rest of the day was going to be out of the question.

At one of the computer classes I was in at a vocational school that was partnered with my high school, we watched the news. We were in awe and terrified as the twin towers came down.

I was emotionally numb about the event for several days.

When the numbness began to wear off, I became uneasy as the Patriot Act was passed into law. The next thing I knew, talks of Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction entered the news cycle.

The former Iraqi President was dealt with more swiftly, even though he had nothing to do with 9/11, than Osama bin Laden.

Today is a reminder of the thing that we have forgotten.

We must not let fear prevent ourselves from speaking up. Traditional media has had too many failures in the past, which is why there is so much distrust now. Crying wolf one time too many has its price.

Due to circumstances in my life and too much negativity, I stepped away from this project as the motivation was just not there.

I’ve concluded that the time has come to bring back The *Nixed Report.

There will be plenty of discussion of things that are not always for the faint of heart. At the same time, I’ve learned that a hard price is paid for taking things too seriously. When people say they get four hours of sleep a night or less as they grow less and less sane, it should be obvious that they are about to crack.

While not everything in life is a joke, being able to laugh is important; even if it’s at ourselves occasionally.

The magazine will be returning next week and will be on sale. The first issue will be free for everyone, and copying will be encouraged. I want the word to get out.

The idea will be to sell copies as well.

They can either be purchased off the website directly or through various crowdfunding platforms such as Patreon. Since choice is important when it comes to media consumption, multiple platforms will be available as well.

Publishing again for the sake of it isn’t a part of the mission statement.

The website, the magazine, and other media published will also serve as teaching tools as well so that others who want to know how to build an independent media venue will have a place to start. A store front with tools, supplies, and learning materials will also be provided as well in the future to help fund this project and help others learn about media creation.

Finally, having fun will be of the utmost importance.

If I don’t enjoy doing this, then there won’t be any point to it. I’m looking forward to rebuilding this brand into something better. Stay tuned.

P.S. Fuck Paul Isaac Jr.

Feedback Solicited

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

I want to make things brief. After such a long time, I made the decision to bring this media venue back. Before doing so, it’s prudent to know what people want in regards to media consumption.

Let’s face it; a lot of venues have lost trust over the years for a variety of reasons.

For that reason, I want to know a thing or two about some of your thoughts. What would be a reasonable price for a subscription? What would convince you to pay for any sort of media and/or news?

Those are the things I need to know to better serve the audience in the near future.

Setting It Aside

Alex Jones is made fun of for viral marketing.

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

As can be seen by looking at this site, there hasn’t really been much in the way of activity for some time. The reason why was life in and of itself. It happens. I won’t go into details, but I had to take a break from the site.

While I was thinking about finding ways to revive the site yet again, something occurred to me.

I wasn’t having fun with it. Combine that with the fact that we’re in a political environment in which we aren’t as willing to think outside the box, and we have what’s called a no win situation.

Then we have individuals who are Revolution for Sale®.

The funny thing is, there are plenty of things to hit a certain radio talk show host in the head with, yet people are going with things that are so weak that it makes me virtually face palm and head desk myself. There are legitimate things that can be used to expose this individual for the person he really is.

Case in point:

I can try to point these things out, but the audience may not be in the mood to listen, and who can blame them? We’re in an environment where we’ve been yelling at each other for so long that we can’t see the forest from the trees.

The perspective of there only being things that are Black and White is what has been hurting us more than anything, and I don’t want to be in that environment at the moment.

I want to have fun again, and give people something to smile about.

What better way to do that than to do something that is actually fun? That is why I started RetroX86. I have been looking at the history of personal computers for some time, and was excited for the first time for some time.

So this isn’t goodbye or see you later.

I’m just setting this site aside for the time being. You’ll still be able to access past content, including the podcasts and magazine issues. The part that said, “Entertain Yourself….” is something I take seriously.

If your heart isn’t in it, don’t do it. My heart is somewhere else at the moment, so I will be doing that.

Thank you for visiting, and please check out the new site.

Let’s make this fun again.

 

 

P.S. Fuck Paul Isaac Jr.

Magic The Gathering’s Can of Worms

Jeremy Hambly
He was permanently banned from Magic the Gathering events and Magic the Gathering Online.

Update: TheQuartering YouTube Channel has been shutdown. Hambly is still uploading to his Unsleeved Media Channel, though there is no telling if that will be next.

At the beginning of December 2017, Jeremy Hambly received a lifetime DCI ban from Wizards of the Coast for alleged harassment according to Kotaku’s Adam Wells.  The DCI is a sanctioning body for Magic: The Gathering and other collectible trading card games.

Hambly’s entire Magic the Gathering Online collection was also seized.

Things took an interesting turn however when a guest post on Niche Gamer revealed that the situation wasn’t so cut and dry.

Lou Colagiovanni brings to light possible double standards on the part of those who were irritated by Hambly’s words in the past. Examples include mentioning Lucas Florent’s lifetime ban over threatening a WoTC employee only to have it lifted months later as well as Twitter user The Mana Leek calling for the removal of toxicity in the MTG community while utilizing harsh and negative commentary in other venues.

Though considered controversial, Hambly does have his supporters.

There is a Change.org petition asking Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro to reinstate both him and Travis Woo, another controversial figure. The petition is currently shy of 17,000.

As a result of the ban, an interesting development has taken place as well.

A proverbial Pandora’s box may have been inadvertently opened with accusations of misconduct on the part of WoTC and Hasbro staff. Included among those allegations are claims of game judges being convicted of possession of child pornography and in some cases, sexual misconduct against minors.

Wells’s Kotaku piece mentions none of this.

This wouldn’t be the first time that such accusations have been levied against those participating in particular niches. Ed Kramer, co-founder of DragonCon, is another prominent example. Finding such things in popular culture isn’t new, and only time will tell if anything results from the videos published on Hambly’s TheQuartering YouTube Channel.

Hambly has also claimed that both he and his wife were harassed.

Michael Alber
He was reported to law enforcement for posting pictures of Hambly’s house and his wife.

ToxicMTG Thret
Another twitter user also had some not so kind things to say.

ToxicMTG Threat 2
More inflammatory commentary.

ToxicMTG Threat 3
They also claim to be what others fear….

ToxicMTG Threat 4
Clearly, they are not a fan of Hambly’s.

 

Changing it Up.

Things are still on hiatus, but behind the scenes things are slowly rolling along. You see, it was time to change the site theme.

We’ll Be Back

Life has just happened, so we’ll be adjusting some things. There isn’t a current time table at the moment. Rest assured we shall return after having a more thorough  plan in place.

For now, refocusing on what the mission of this site is supposed to be about will be paramount. In the meantime, we shall see you later.

Joyce Riley Passed Away

Joyce Riley Passed Away Today
She was a radio talk show host based in Versailles, Missouri.

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

Versailles, Missouri based radio talk show host Joyce Riley will no longer be able to host The Power Hour radio broadcast. According to their official Facebook Fan Page:

It is with the greatest of sadness that we deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our friend and fellow patriot Joyce Riley. Joyce died peacefully on June 25, 2017.
Sent with love and remembrance,
The Power Hour

She was the narrator behind the film Beyond Treason and hosted The Power Hour, often with former co-host Dave vonKleist, the narrator of 911 In Plane Sight. Riley was battling cancer and that fight ended today.

Baron Corbin Wins the Briefcase

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

Baron Corbin
Corbin has been holding his own as of late.

This year’s Money in the Bank was more compelling than Extreme Rules. The first ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match ended in controversy.

There was even a meme arguing that James Ellsworth should have been the winner of that match.

Of course Naomi retained her Smackdown Women’s Championship. The Uso’s retained their tag titles by intentionally getting themselves counted out. Jinder Mahal also retained his title due to outside intereference.

However, the most interesting ending was when AJ Styles and Shinske Nakamura had one final confrontation at the end of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Barron Corbin shook the two off the ladder before climbing up and unhooking the briefcase.

The interesting part is the fact that Corbin is a character that is allergic to nonsense.

He is no Hulk Hogan or other wholesome hero. He’s a midwestern, heavy metal, heavy hitter who never apologizes for it. It’s hard to argue with somebody who claims that abs don’t help when you get punched in the face.

A potential match between him and Jinder Mahal could prove to be interesting.

In the meantime, he is being built slowly. As a winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, he came out of obscurity and into the limelight. He could very well be the next star to silence entire audiences as he nonchalantly wins the championship when everyone least expects it.

The Assassin VS the Beast

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

WWE Extreme Rules was rather tame and may as well have been called

Samoa Joe
Despite not being in UFC, he has trained with MMA fighters.

Generic Pay Per View Event. Injuries and being concerned about the well being of WWE wrestlers is understandable, but the event didn’t live it up to the name.

Nevertheless, the ending was an appropriate swerve that will hopefully set up a dream match for the ages.

Samoa Joe will be facing Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title, and it should prove to be interesting. Though Joe’s moveset is reminiscent of an MMA/brawling style, Lesnar has actually competed in the UFC and won the heavyweight championship. Though he hasn’t competed in UFC or any other MMA promotion, Joe has trained with MMA fighters and is familiar with multiple forms of martial arts.

Having a dark horse face Lesnar may be a smart business decision.

The contrast in body types and styles could draw a lot of money, and hopefully the match ends in a draw or “unsatisfactory manner” in order for it to be an instant Summer Slam Classic. The match prospect is exciting, but Great Balls of Fire is just another generic sounding Pay Per View.

A bigger stage would be more suitable for these two opponents.

Either way, one can only imagine how Joe’s Muscle Buster and Coquina Clutch can hold up to Lesnar’s Kumara Lock and F-5. Though Lesnar may be the current mayor of Suplex City, the Samoan Submission Machine has been able to pull off some wicked suplexes of his own.

The match is a dream come true, and hopefully magic can happen twice.

Once at Great Balls of Fire and possibly again at Summer Slam!

Friday Roundup: May 26, 2017

Thomas Holbrook II | The *Nixed Report

This week has been interesting, but due to time conatraints, this week’s roundup will be short.

I want to wish everyone in the U.S. a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.