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Well, another year’s gone by, and another prank is in the can.
Come on, now, the datestamp on the article should have been your first hint. If not, my one and only post on TBB being about knock-off Hello Kitty Duplo was another clue. And finally, all the people posting comments about it being April Fools’ Day should have been a dead giveaway.
To set the record straight: I am not leaving. I have not nor intend to sell the domain. My wife and I are not pregnant with our second child. Don really is waiting for his mail order bride, but from Japan. It’s rare I get to flex any creative muscle, and the prank post was just an exercise in writing.
I’d like to thank my staff for the brainstorming session on this year’s prank and a big thanks to Andrew over at The Brothers Brick for being my partner in crime.
It’s time for me to step down.
I’ve taken a long, hard look at my life and the direction it’s been going. With a baby three and a half months old, and another on the way I came to the realization that sooner or later, something’s gonna give. And rather repeat the mistakes of my past, where my presence on the site was non-existent, I decided to be a little more proactive and step down from the duties as Editor in Chief of From Bricks To Bothans. This was not an easy decision to make. I’ve been wrestling with this issue for quite some time, ever since Leia was born to be exact. I’m sure my wife is sick of hearing me hem and haw about what to do. She’s been my rock far longer than I can remember; she’s encouraged me to keep the site and keep working on it but realistically that’s difficult to do now, and when the next baby comes, it’s going to be impossible.
I’ve spoken with the other administrators of the site, Nick, Don, and Ryan, and they all have their own issues and cannot shoulder the responsibility of taking over. Nick has a new house and I’m guessing will probably want to start a new family. Don’s still waiting for his mail order bride to ship from Russia. I’m totally kidding, he’s coming from Thailand. Okay, seriously, he’s facing possible unemployment and is looking for a job while working on his own house. Ryan has Carter and Connor, and last I know is working on his third kid. I’ve always said to my team that from day one their personal lives take priority and to work on the site when they have some down time. Truth of the matter is, with everyone’s life headed in their respective directions, no one has time anymore. And to be honest with you, there is no one else I can trust to take over the site. I’ve been involved since the beginning, and it’s been my baby since… gosh, maybe 2002 or so, maybe earlier. I’m not comfortable just handing it over to just anybody. It’s been a good run.
And just to set the record straight, this decision has nothing to do with the license possibly expiring in 2011. Even though no official announcement has been made, I’m willing to bet naming rights to my second kid that it will be extended for a few years more.
So what’s going to happen now? The domain has been sold to Andrew Becraft of The Brothers Brick. Despite our respective sites competing nature, he and I are great friends and I sought his advice on what to do. After much discussion, I’ve decided to sell the domain to Andrew. FBTB.net will either mirror TBB’s current site or forward a user directly. Nothing will change for at least a month. As part of the deal, I’ve taken a staff position with his site as a contributing writer. My experience, technical skills, and industry contacts will still benefit the LEGO AFOL community as a whole, just in a different capacity. I feel much more comfortable being a writer, as I can contribute when I can and not feel the pressure of keeping a site running.
The current ASS Model contest will be this site’s final hurrah, so to everyone who’s put the time and effort into entering, the contest will still go on.
I’m shutting down the forums. All forums and topics will be locked and preserved for posterity. I’ll leave the contest thread and one new forum open with this farewell message so you can post your thoughts and reactions and any questions. The chat room will eventually go away as well, just not sure when.
I’m all out of things to say. I hope that you can understand that this was not an easy decision, probably the most difficult one I’ve ever had to make. I’m still a little unsure if this is the best thing to do, but given what’s ahead in my life, I can only do what I think is right. To everyone who has supported this site, been a friend or foe to FBTB, to everyone I’ve ever met, there is nothing more I can say other than thank you. It is not enough to say just those two words, but nothing else I can say will ever come close to the appreciation I feel. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.
Alright, after the whirlwind month of December, things have noticeably slowed down around here. But that’s not to say we haven’t been busy. To reinforce that FBTB is all about covering LEGO’s licensed lines, it is with great pleasure that I introduce the third site theme for FBTB: Toy Story. If you click on the “switch” link on the right, you can now choose between the default Star Wars theme, Power Miners, and now Toy Story. As with any code release, there’s bound to be a few bugs. And if you find any, I invite you to use the contact form to to let us know what you find faulty or you can post a message in the forum thread.
Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out to fellow site admin Don Solo for providing the logo and the forum buttons graphics. My vision for the logo could not have been realized without his help.
My sincerest apologies, fans, for this better-late-than-never update on the charity. I sincerely believed that I would be able to tie this up the day I was discharged from the hospital, which, coincidentally enough, was December 21. But time ran away from me and there were certain things that HAD to get done around the house. Having a preemie certainly accelerates one’s timetable to near lightspeed levels.
So, excuses aside, I’m here to give the update everyone’s been waiting for, the results of the first annual FBTB Charity Drive! I am filled with pride to announce that we’ve received a total of 587 donations, as evidenced by the cropped gif below:
Using the random number generator at random.org, the winning entry is #368:
Matching up the number to the email received in chronological order, and your first place winner is:
- Joan Theroux of Norwalk, CT
I’m not going to bother doing the whole image thing for second place, you’ll just have to take my word that I repeated the process. So, without further ado, second place prize goes to #106:
- Jason Daubert of San Diego, CA
Congratulations to both of you! Your prizes are being mailed out today via Express Mail.
And last but not least, the payment to Child’s Play has been made:
to everyone who donated $2, $10, or more. I have been smote down by your generosity.
As of yesterday, December 19 9:34pm PST, the FBTB charity has hit its lofty goal of 500 donations! And to celebrate hitting such a major milestone, I am changing a few of the terms of the charity:
1) 50% of the first 100 donations was originally intended to be used to cover the cost of the set and prize delivery. FBTB will eat the cost of both, so now 100% of every single donation will be go towards Child’s Play. Of course, “100%” was still a misnomer, since Paypal deducts fees for everything. This brings me to my next point:
2) Paypal’s fees for donations are actually quite hefty: something like 2 or 3% + 30 cents, and a tad more if you’re paying from outside the U.S. …. or was it inside? In any case, the net amount from each donation averaged $1.63USD. So after 500 donations, FBTB would have $820 to donate give or take a few dollars. Now, FBTB will absorb the cost of the Paypal fees, and make sure Child’s Play will get every penny that you readers have sent my way.
In case you’re wondering, I have no idea if Paypal dings Child’s Play the same fees. But in the end, they will still be getting money that I am proud to say came from fans of LEGO Star Wars.
There is still nearly a full day to donate if you haven’t done so. And for everyone who took the time to donate multiple times, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your generosity renders me speechless.
Just wanted to write a quick note, that as of 2:47pm Saturday November 21, we’ve reached the 100 donations milestone. 100% of proceeds from here on out will be donated to Child’s Play. Special thanks to everyone that helped make it happen.
With the holidays upon us, the time is nigh to think about giving, especially to those less fortunate. So, with that in mind, I’m proud to announce the first annual FBTB Charity Drive benefiting Child’s Play:
The short of it is this: FBTB will be holding a raffle where you could win 8038 The Battle of Endor plus a bunch of chrome figures and other goodies. Each ticket costs a mere $2.00 USD. 50% of the first 100 donations will go towards the cost of the set and the other 50% goes towards the charity. After the first 100 donations, 100% of the donated amount will go towards the charity. For complete details, and to make your donation, read the FBTB Charity Drive 2009 page.
Please spread the word if you can. Any help is greatly appreciated. The gift of giving is the best gift of all. It doesn’t take much and you may be lucky enough to be rewarded with some cool, free stuff.
Permalink to share: http://www.fbtb.net/fbtb-charity-drive-2009/
Those of you who may fondly remember our April Fool’s prank in which we changed the theme of the site to be a Power Miners fansite may appreciate this. Over to the right => you may notice a small announcement telling you what theme you’re using. By clicking on the switch button, you’ll be able to select a theme for the site. I need another day and possibly the weekend to bring this functionality to the forums but it will be integrated. We have plans on adding more themes to the line up so check back often.
And for those who remember our April Fool’s joke with bitterness and anger: you probably won’t care, but hopefully we’ll be able to deliver a theme you’ll like.
What do you think? Love it or hate it, let me know.