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Title: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 24, 2019, 05:38:48 AM
I was talking to a member who used to post here quite often, but has been largely absent lately.  He informed me that he has shifted over to Facebook, etc. and cited the low usage on sites like this one as one of his reasons.

I know that there are a lot less active members than there used to be - especially during the weekends, when this place gets quiet as a morgue.

Has progress passed us (or just me) by?  Is this incarnation of the UMA being phased out?



I hope things pick up around here for the Halloween season with lots of announcements of new wallet-draining monster goodness.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 24, 2019, 08:59:16 AM
Go to FB if you want to be spied on! We love you for yourself, not how much money we can make off you.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 24, 2019, 09:02:37 AM
Go to FB if you want to be spied on!...

Kinda the way I feel about it.

...  We love you for yourself, not how much money we can make off you. 

Aw, shucks!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 24, 2019, 09:13:15 AM
Facebook! What a f*****g joke! Mike, I totally agree. If one wants to be monitored by the FB police, then, Hey! Who am I to judge. The Universal Monster Army is a viable, fun  place, where unique an interesting people post, share, express their thoughts and collectibles. I will never again become a FB user. The UMA is the place for me and I am proud to be a member. Ten years strong for me.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on June 24, 2019, 09:47:29 AM
I admit, I could be more active on here. I would like to be and I don't really have any good excuses why I'm not. I'll try to rectify that!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 24, 2019, 09:50:03 AM
I admit, I could be more active on here. I would like to be and I don't really have any good excuses why I'm not. I'll try to rectify that!

Sounds painful.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 24, 2019, 09:57:31 AM
I would like to be and I don't really have any good excuses why I'm not. I'll try to rectify that!


Here's a little incentive!
(http://www.clker.com/cliparts/w/N/H/N/x/W/hand-holding-whip-md.png)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 24, 2019, 10:53:07 AM
Go to FB if you want to be spied on! We love you for yourself, not how much money we can make off you.

Facebook! What a f*****g joke! Mike, I totally agree. If one wants to be monitored by the FB police, then, Hey! Who am I to judge. The Universal Monster Army is a viable, fun  place, where unique an interesting people post, share, express their thoughts and collectibles. I will never again become a FB user. The UMA is the place for me and I am proud to be a member. Ten years strong for me.

I agree. Facebook is way too mass market for me. My interests are much too specific; my tastes are much too refined.

 :)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 24, 2019, 11:10:03 AM
Facebook is way too mass market for me. My interests are much too specific; my tastes are much too refined.

I'm also old and change scares me.  ;D
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on June 24, 2019, 11:23:35 AM
I'm with the Army. There are too many friends of mine that have screwed up their lives with FB. The UMA feels like the comfy old couch I watch my monster movies on. Sure, it would be nice to have more people posting. That said, I wouldn't want most of the Facebook people polluting our fun.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 24, 2019, 01:39:48 PM
I'm with the Army. There are too many friends of mine that have screwed up their lives with FB. The UMA feels like the comfy old couch I watch my monster movies on. Sure, it would be nice to have more people posting. That said, I wouldn't want most of the Facebook people polluting our fun.

Well said, Mord.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on June 24, 2019, 04:29:23 PM
Facebook has almost wiped out the Halloween Mask Association that I also belong to,only a handful of us post there now and I need to up my own input there to tell the truth.There are so many names that I used to see here that have not posted in years which is a shame.I'm not a Facebook member and I'm told that I'm missing out on a lot of groups with the same passion as me. Seems that Facebook is in the news a lot these days with privacy problems so why should I go there.Like it just fine and hope more and more folks join our group in the future.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 24, 2019, 04:58:10 PM

I feel so much better for having started this thread.  It is great hear from you guys that I am not alone in my love for the UMA and my desire to keep it going.

I'm going back to our Home Page and making a donation to help keep it viable right now.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 24, 2019, 06:27:30 PM
I feel so much better for having started this thread.  It is great hear from you guys that I am not alone in my love for the UMA and my desire to keep it going.

I'm going back to our Home Page and making a donation to help keep it viable right now.

Awesome!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Doh! on June 24, 2019, 09:22:41 PM
I don't Facebook so you're stuck with me. I am also one of the last holdouts on The HMA. I'm much more of a fan of forums anyway; I think the process here is "cleaner."
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 24, 2019, 10:39:03 PM
I am also one of the last holdouts on The HMA.

Unbelievable! The HMA forum won't let me register. It says I've answered the questions incorrectly!

In which month do we celebrate Halloween?:
October

What is the last name of the current U.S. President?:
Trump

How many fingers does a human have? Type the word.:
ten

 ::)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Wicked Lester on June 24, 2019, 11:06:30 PM
Unbelievable! The HMA forum won't let me register. It says I've answered the questions incorrectly!

In which month do we celebrate Halloween?:
October

What is the last name of the current U.S. President?:
Trump

How many fingers does a human have? Type the word.:
ten

 ::)

Hep. That's where you screwed up. We have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. Well,most of anyway.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Doh! on June 25, 2019, 12:42:52 AM
Six. The correct answer is six fingers...


(http://nightmares.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OL-SixthFinger27.jpeg)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 25, 2019, 01:00:08 AM
Six. The correct answer is six fingers...


([url]http://nightmares.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OL-SixthFinger27.jpeg[/url])


He has a brain that big and doesn't know he has 12?

(Has anybody counted his toes?)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on June 25, 2019, 07:26:29 AM
Hep,went on the HMA site and posed the question about accepting new members and am waiting for a reply.Will let everyone now.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 25, 2019, 08:17:29 AM
Hep,went on the HMA site and posed the question about accepting new members and am waiting for a reply.Will let everyone now.

Count me stupid.  What does "HMA" stand for?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 25, 2019, 08:20:20 AM
What does "HMA" stand for?


Halloween Mask Association.

http://www.thehma.net/forum/index.php (http://www.thehma.net/forum/index.php)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on June 25, 2019, 01:00:12 PM
I'm here.   ggege
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: geezer butler on June 25, 2019, 01:11:20 PM
I agree with the sentiment in this thread. I have no interest in joining FB (or similar platform) to discuss our love of monsters.  In my experience there are too many uninformed and bitter people out there in social media land. I like our corner of the universe here.

In terms of activity on UMA, I admit once the semester starts my participation tends to go down. I still check the forum every day, just post a bit less. But when I'm not teaching I post as often as possible.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 25, 2019, 01:56:13 PM
I agree with the sentiment in this thread. I have no interest in joining FB (or similar platform) to discuss our love of monsters.  In my experience there are too many uninformed and bitter people out there in social media land. I like our corner of the universe here.

In terms of activity on UMA, I admit once the semester starts my participation tends to go down. I still check the forum every day, just post a bit less. But when I'm not teaching I post as often as possible.

What do you teach?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 25, 2019, 03:21:35 PM
Hep,went on the HMA site and posed the question about accepting new members and am waiting for a reply.Will let everyone now.

Yes, please do. the administrators might want to change their question to one less subject to interpretation/debate. I wonder how many other potential members just gave up on the effort to join?

 ???
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: geezer butler on June 25, 2019, 05:43:14 PM
What do you teach?

I'm an interdisciplinary guy, so my backgrounds are in criminology, cultural studies, and political science. Most of my work these days is in criminology and cultural studies. For example, i teach "Crime and Film" classes. That's a lot of fun. I try to incorporate as many horror films as possible. Frankenstein and Psycho are always part of the syllabus. Often I bring in American Psycho, Seven, Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as well. We tried Land of the Dead one semester but students didn't seem to like it  :(.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on June 26, 2019, 01:02:23 AM
In my experience there are too many uninformed and bitter people out there in social media land.

Oh.  My.  God.  Yes.

I am part of a Dark Shadows Facebook group, and you wouldn't believe the amount of stupid that exists there.  People literally just believing facts into reality.  I've watched the entire series dozens of times.  I know my stuff.  But I rarely participate in the discussions because people there literally just make stuff up or decide they want something to be true, and thus it is.  Must be nice to live in a fact-less world. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 26, 2019, 01:06:05 AM
Oh.  My.  God.  Yes.

... Must be nice to live in a fact-less world. 

No politics, please.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on June 26, 2019, 01:39:10 AM
No politics, please.

 Zombie LOL

Seriously, though, I don't know what happened between the invention of message boards and the time social media took off, but literally everyone thinks his opinion is valid now.  On message boards, facts generally prevailed.  Even when you had a moron, people would keep him inline and eventually silence his voice.  On Facebook, blithering banter reigns supreme, totally unchecked.  I think it's the way it's formatted.  People just talk to talk, not because they actually know what to say.  And there's no way to say that's not okay. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on June 26, 2019, 06:18:58 PM
Yes, please do. the administrators might want to change their question to one less subject to interpretation/debate. I wonder how many other potential members just gave up on the effort to join?

 ???
Hep,Sent the administrator a PM questioning new member admittance and have not heard back.Seems he has not been on the site since January 2018 which is about the time the HMA was supposed to shut down.Now the last member to join was back in December 2017.Don't know who is  running the operation there now but I did make a post to see if anyone still there knows what's up. So far no response.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 27, 2019, 09:01:56 AM
Hep. That's where you screwed up. We have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs. Well,most of anyway.

So I succeeded in registering. Now I'm just waiting to be "approved".

 ::)

You know what the idiots running the forum wanted for answers though? "Ten" fingers and "Obama" as the current President!

 :o

Why not "Jefferson" then? I am livid!

 >:(

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 27, 2019, 09:45:52 AM
Fmofmpls, Mike Scott and the other UMA bigwigs should open discussions to take over the Halloween Mask Association so that the valuable posts made on that forum over the years aren't lost. HMA posts could all be moved into the Masks and Busts forum on UMA with perhaps the creation of two or three Child Boards. Anyone attempting to log into HMA should immediately find himself in the Masks and Busts forum here while all existing log-ins to HMA continue to work on UMA.

The benefit to UMA would be more membership with a much larger and more active Masks and Busts forum.

The powers that be here on UMA should get on it!

 :)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 27, 2019, 10:04:02 AM
Fmofmpls, Mike Scott and the other UMA bigwigs should open discussions to take over the Halloween Mask Association so that the valuable posts made on that forum over the years aren't lost. HMA posts could all be moved into the Masks and Busts forum on UMA with perhaps the creation of two or three Child Boards. Anyone attempting to log into HMA should immediately find himself in the Masks and Busts forum here while all existing log-ins to HMA continue to work on UMA.

The benefit to UMA would be more membership with a much larger and more active Masks and Busts forum.

The powers that be here on UMA should get on it!

 :)

Great idea, Hep!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 27, 2019, 10:18:50 AM
The powers that be here on UMA should get on it!

Good luck on all that!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 27, 2019, 10:37:47 AM
I've sent a PM to Fmofmpls so he can't claim ignorance.

 ;)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on June 27, 2019, 10:48:25 AM
 That'll teach him. If he doesn't respond...one demerit (remember, that goes on your permanent record).
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 27, 2019, 11:24:54 AM
That'll teach him. If he doesn't respond...one demerit (remember, that goes on your permanent record).

Haaaa-haaaaaaaaa! Then I must be in REAL trouble.🤓
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on June 27, 2019, 11:29:40 AM
Haaaa-haaaaaaaaa! Then I must be in REAL trouble.🤓
Two demerits for your insolence. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 27, 2019, 11:30:18 AM
Two demerits for your insolence. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Yikes!!!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 27, 2019, 12:10:36 PM
Is Toy Ranch still involved? He hasn't posted since March 2015.

 ???

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 27, 2019, 12:12:28 PM
Is Toy Ranch still involved? He hasn't posted since March 2015.

 ???

Wow! Not to mention other members who are missing in action. Sean, Scatter, Horrohunter and many more.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 27, 2019, 01:51:18 PM
Is Toy Ranch still involved? He hasn't posted since March 2015.

 ???

No.  At least, not actively.  He has been selling quite a few items from his collection on eBay.

He told me he is more involved in music-related interests and, I think I remember correctly, dealing in guitars, etc.

He is well and enjoying himself - just not monstering so much nowadays.


It was he who told me about the UMA, back when it was a Yahoo group.  He patiently answered hundreds of my questions and helped me so much in growing my monster collection and learning some of the tricks of the trade in effectively using eBay.

I miss him.

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 27, 2019, 02:26:48 PM
No.  At least, not actively.  He has been selling quite a few items from his collection on eBay.

Yeah, looks like he lost interest in the hobby.  :(

The 3 reasons people are no longer active members:
1. Lost interest in the hobby.
2. Went to FB, etc.
3. Died.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 27, 2019, 03:22:10 PM
The 3 reasons people are no longer active members:

1. Lost interest in the hobby.
2. Went to FB, etc.
3. Died.
 

Well I'm not yet suffering from any of those afflictions.

 ;)

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 27, 2019, 05:54:00 PM
Yeah, looks like he lost interest in the hobby.  :(

The 3 reasons people are no longer active members:
1. Lost interest in the hobby.
2. Went to FB, etc.
3. Died.


Unfortunately number three, makes me sad. Especially the members we have lost in the past. Unknown Primate(Mark- R.I.P.)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on June 28, 2019, 09:05:26 AM
And let's not forget Meek who made a scintillating 1379 posts between 1 December 2007 and 14 September 2008 before she passed away and Uncula with 550 posts between 11 February 2009 and 22 March 2011.

 :(

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on June 29, 2019, 06:34:24 PM
 I miss our beloved Floridian postal worker, SCATTER. one of the funniest guys on the board, imo.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Gillfan on June 29, 2019, 10:08:47 PM
I used to be fairly active and am now far less active. I find the group to be at times hostile.
I remember when I would be on UMA twice a day. Now I look for 5-10 mins once or twice a week.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 29, 2019, 11:38:18 PM
I find the group to be at times hostile.

Really? How so?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: geezer butler on June 30, 2019, 04:43:45 PM
I used to be fairly active and am now far less active. I find the group to be at times hostile.
I remember when I would be on UMA twice a day. Now I look for 5-10 mins once or twice a week.

Sorry you feel way Gillfan. You should come back, I love it here. It's like my safe space of the universe. Away from work, bills, etc. Give it another shot.  :)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on June 30, 2019, 08:53:00 PM
I used to be fairly active and am now far less active. I find the group to be at times hostile.
I remember when I would be on UMA twice a day. Now I look for 5-10 mins once or twice a week.

There are tense interactions at times, but I think the majority of us are a lovable lot.  We miss you! 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on June 30, 2019, 10:07:42 PM
There are tense interactions at times, but I think the majority of us are a lovable lot.  We miss you!

Yeah, I don't know where this "we're such horrible people" stuff comes from? FB and those kids of places, all I hear about them is what a bunch a-holes populate the place(s).
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on June 30, 2019, 10:26:36 PM
Yeah, I don't know where this "we're such horrible people" stuff comes from? FB and those kids of places, all I hear about them is what a bunch a-holes populate the place(s).

Yeah.  Guess we have a "reputation," as they say.  But I'm pretty sure we don't have any louder or crazier or more offensive voices than anywhere else.  There are plenty everywhere you go. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Remco Monster on July 02, 2019, 11:33:46 AM
Oof, that's a bummer to hear about Toy Ranch. I just messaged him about changing my username too.

I am guilty of never being around, (not that I ever really posted a whole lot.). Well, not signing in anyway. I always end up here when looking up vintage monster toy information. I came back today to look around, as I have been thinking about being more active again, and wanted to see about changing my name, since I don't use this name anywhere anymore, and go by Remco Monster on social media and message boards.

I hate Facebook and deactivated my account a few months ago. Not sure if for good, but I sure don't miss it right now.

I am actually most active on Instagram, which has a pretty rad toy community.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 02, 2019, 11:36:32 AM
I can change your name to "Remco Monster", if you like.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Remco Monster on July 02, 2019, 11:50:41 AM
Mike, yes please! Thanks so much!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on July 02, 2019, 12:48:44 PM
Yeah.  Guess we have a "reputation," as they say.  But I'm pretty sure we don't have any louder or crazier or more offensive voices than anywhere else.  There are plenty everywhere you go.

I remember when the great Rob Zombie Incident of 2016/17 happened. The heat was definitely turned up on the boards for that. That's really the only time I saw things cross the line from lively debate to hostile action, though. For the most part I've always considered this a fun place to chat.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 02, 2019, 01:12:06 PM
What happened to Toy Ranch?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 02, 2019, 01:49:07 PM
Mord,

No.  At least, not actively.  He has been selling quite a few items from his collection on eBay.

He told me he is more involved in music-related interests and, I think I remember correctly, dealing in guitars, etc.

He is well and enjoying himself - just not monstering so much nowadays.


It was he who told me about the UMA, back when it was a Yahoo group.  He patiently answered hundreds of my questions and helped me so much in growing my monster collection and learning some of the tricks of the trade in effectively using eBay.

I miss him.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 02, 2019, 01:52:14 PM
Thanks, AOF. I just backtracked and saw this. Feeling stupid.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Most Horrible on July 06, 2019, 03:44:27 PM
I prefer chat boards like this. Facebook you have to read constantly or scroll down forever PLUS irritating ads not to mention constant email...Yarg! This site is more my cup of tannis tea!

Gooooo UMA!
mh
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: LugosiFan25 on July 09, 2019, 09:29:39 AM
There's no doubt that Facebook is a cesspool. I have joined in on a few classic horror and sci fi groups on there and even then you can't escape the idiots.

UMA is a safe space. Long live UMA!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: fearliath on July 09, 2019, 05:21:15 PM

I am actually most active on Instagram, which has a pretty rad toy community.

I don't have an account on Instagram but I do agree it has a pretty active monster toy community with lot's of picture (obviously). My problem with Instagram (and it's a big problem) is that it isn't chronological in your feed. My entire purpose for using the platform (and I would imagine it would be others primary purpose in having social media - but apparently not) is to get recent updates in order of when they happen. For example, if Super 7 announces a Creature from the Black Lagoon beach towel I'd like to see it as they announce it rather than having it pop up in my feed 3 days later based on an algorithm making assumptions that I would want to see that 3 days after it was posted as opposed to when it was posted. I know people mindlessly drone through social media and passionately love or viciously attack what they see with absolutely no background or context, but that's not my thing. I like things in context and order. I like to form my own opinion based on facts rather than mob it up on social media. I strongly believe the more a person utilizes social media the less informed they are about reality, but you would never be able to convince them of that using facts because facts, truth and context don't matter in that arena.

In short, I hate social media, I think it's destroying lives and minds at a horrifying rate. Oh, and the forced Instagram algorithm is terrible but perfectly caters to an entire nation (and world) with zero attention span.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 09, 2019, 11:25:13 PM

In short, I hate social media...
I wonder what you would consider lengthy, lol. do agree with every word you said, though.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 09, 2019, 11:41:39 PM
"Where's everybody?" Every time I log in, there are plenty of people (but nobody posting). SAY SOMETHING, PEOPLE!  Why all the mutes?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Anton Phibes on July 09, 2019, 11:49:47 PM
Scrambled eggs with hot sauce are mighty tasty. In other news, look at this. It's going to be in my collection soon. I love it. I seldom get anything new, as I am out of room, and old and cranky. This, however...well, it had to be mine.

(https://i.imgur.com/wVQXkY4.jpg)

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 10, 2019, 12:02:19 AM
 Congrats, buddy. That is one of the very best Wolfie sculpts ever. You, of all people, deserve it. I can't wait to see what you do with it.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Anton Phibes on July 10, 2019, 12:07:01 AM
Congrats, buddy. That is one of the very best Wolfie sculpts ever. You, of all people, deserve it. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

I loves me some Wolfman, it's true. It's shipping tomorrow. Hopefully I will have it next Monday. Then, deciding on paint choices. I want the nametag to pop.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 10, 2019, 03:48:04 AM
I loves me some Wolfman, it's true. It's shipping tomorrow. Hopefully I will have it next Monday. Then, deciding on paint choices. I want the nametag to pop.

Make a thread in the model kit forum and a do a day-by-day update of your progress.  Make the Mord happy.  (Plus, I love seeing that stuff.)  ;D
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 10, 2019, 09:06:09 AM
Scrambled eggs with hot sauce are mighty tasty. In other news, look at this. It's going to be in my collection soon. I love it. I seldom get anything new, as I am out of room, and old and cranky. This, however...well, it had to be mine.

(https://i.imgur.com/wVQXkY4.jpg)

It's you!

 ;D
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 10, 2019, 10:30:37 AM
Beautiful piece Anton,what size is it?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 10, 2019, 12:24:42 PM
Hep,went on the HMA site and posed the question about accepting new members and am waiting for a reply.Will let everyone now.

I never received a confirmation email from the HMA board after registering. Could someone check whether Hepcat is now a member?

 ???
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Anton Phibes on July 10, 2019, 01:00:45 PM
Beautiful piece Anton,what size is it?

About 1/3 scale. 9 inches.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 10, 2019, 01:03:17 PM
About 1/3 scale. 9 inches.
Any other Uni monsters in that series? I think I've seen others.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Anton Phibes on July 10, 2019, 01:16:47 PM
Any other Uni monsters in that series? I think I've seen others.

Creature is next.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 10, 2019, 01:53:26 PM
Could someone check whether Hepcat is now a member?

Are you able to do anything that only members can do?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 10, 2019, 02:12:18 PM
So far Hep's not a member,Last one to become a member was back in December 2017.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 10, 2019, 03:07:12 PM
Are you able to do anything that only members can do?

I completed the log-in process over two weeks ago, but I've been unable to log-on. I was just checking whether I might have been bungling the password since it has to be longer and more involved on HMA than on most forums.

 :-\

So when is UMA going to take over the HMA and bolster the Masks and Busts forum here?

 ???

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 10, 2019, 03:10:52 PM
So far Hep's not a member,Last one to become a member was back in December 2017.

Looks like the Captain jumped ship.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 10, 2019, 03:26:37 PM
Asked about new members and never received a reply even after 50 something views. I believe the administrators name is Eric Austin and he has not been active in a very long time. So I guess it's just whoever is there that's it. Sad.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 10, 2019, 05:54:34 PM
So I guess it's just whoever is there that's it.

If they can do anything, like make new members.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 11, 2019, 10:36:56 AM
Only a handful participating now and I don't think they can do anything to admit new members. Eric is the guy who is THE one to do it.There are some still posting that would be a great addition to the UMA mask & bust threads.Back when everyone thought the site was closing down it was put out there for them to join the UMA.I know that there a folks on both sites that can back me up when I say there is an amazing amount of knowledge in the history of the monster/horror masks.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 11, 2019, 11:15:21 AM
Why then don't you re-invite everyone still on HMA to join UMA?

 ???

Pity that all the threads and info on HMA can't be saved, but that would require effort/action on the part of the Administrators of this board which doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 11, 2019, 02:16:56 PM
Pity that all the threads and info on HMA can't be saved, but that would require effort/action on the part of the Administrators of this board which doesn't seem to be forthcoming.

Or because we don't like being sued for copyright infringement.

Are you saving them to your HD?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 11, 2019, 02:24:16 PM
I'm assuming you'd work with the "owners" of the HMA site to merge that board into this one.

 :)

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 11, 2019, 03:00:03 PM
Made another plea over at the HMA, see what happens I can't do anything else.

                                                                                            Jeff
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 11, 2019, 04:44:43 PM
I'm assuming you'd work with the "owners" of the HMA site

Did you find them?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 12, 2019, 08:59:11 AM
Well I'm personally in no position to find the fellow if Kidagain cannot. But!!! The webhost company would I'm sure be able to provide his contact info. And guess what? The webhost seems to be the same one employed by Universal Monster Army. This is at the bottom of the HMA front page:

Quote from: Halloween Mask Association
SMF 2.0.15 | SMF 2017, Simple Machines
Simple Audio Video Embedder
TinyPortal 2005-2012
DarkModern by Crip XHTML RSS WAP2

And this is at the bottom of the UMA front page:

Quote from: Universal Monster Army
SMF 2.0.15 | SMF 2017, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums
TinyPortal 2005-2012
XHTML RSS WAP2

I rather think that the webhosting company would actually be eager to cooperate. It can't be happy about losing HMA's business. And it would be child's play for the computer whizzes and nerds at the webhost to merge HMA into UMA. It might take them half a day if things go wrong in places. Otherwise a MERGE would take three minutes. All that needs to be done is deciding what to save and where precisely in UMA the threads should be put. A few subforums in the Masks and Busts forum here would probably need to be created. Then an automatic redirect to UMA for anyone logging into UMA would need to be installed. One night school course in Computer Programming and I could probably do it myself. It's naught but light computer logic.

Moreover it might not even be necessary to go beyond contacting the webhost. The "owner" of HMA might not even need to be in the loop. Who after all "owns" a forum? While morally it's the posters, I'm not sure of the legal niceties. Is a forum "owned" by whoever started the thing, or is it owned by the webhosting company? What if the administrators of the forum have walked away and have not been paying the webhosting fees? Does legal ownership then revert to the webhost? I think it may, but I just don't know.

One thing I do know for sure, if no action is taken by UMA's administrators, if nothing is done, then nothing will happen. (And I have already sent a PM to fmofmpls with no response.) A golden opportunity to add dozens of posters and thousands of posts to UMA's weakest sub-forum will be lost forever.

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 12, 2019, 10:32:11 AM
(And I have already sent a PM to fmofmpls with no response.)

That's going to be a problem, then. If the board's owner isn't interested, there isn't anything I can do. Sorry!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 12, 2019, 10:44:43 AM
That's going to be a problem, then. If the board's owner isn't interested, there isn't anything I can do. Sorry!

fmofmpls though hasn't even been around since June 26th to check his messages.

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 12, 2019, 11:21:15 AM
Maybe he took the summer off,which seems like the norm around here.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 18, 2019, 01:06:15 PM
 Once again....many people online, nobody posting. What's the deal, wallflowers?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 18, 2019, 01:07:47 PM
I'm here.🤯🤡
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 18, 2019, 01:41:37 PM
Once again....many people online, nobody posting. What's the deal, wallflowers?

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/465/8CQQjX.jpg)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 18, 2019, 01:47:58 PM
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/465/8CQQjX.jpg)

Judging by the photo. More like....weeds.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 18, 2019, 01:56:43 PM
More like....weeds.

Nature snob!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 18, 2019, 02:05:54 PM
Nature snob!

No. Just my job to eradicate, weeds.💀👀😁
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 18, 2019, 02:14:29 PM
No. Just my job to eradicate, weeds.💀👀😁
Mine is to smoke them (medicinally)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 18, 2019, 02:23:44 PM
Mine is to smoke them (medicinally)

Whoa!👀🌿
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: deadonarrival on July 18, 2019, 02:25:31 PM
Mine is to smoke them (medicinally)

Me too.  Yeah medicinally. Thats the reason, i swear. Lol
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 18, 2019, 02:27:19 PM
Me too.  Yeah medicinally. Thats the reason, i swear. Lol

🌬🌈🔥
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 18, 2019, 04:42:13 PM
At least there's more action over here than at the HMA!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 19, 2019, 04:53:24 PM
 Things have really picked up around here. Thanks, SDCC.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 19, 2019, 05:59:35 PM
Things have really picked up around here. Thanks, SDCC.

Toy Fair and Comic Con always have that effect on the UMA.  There's that one year that Target had a similar effect in late August, but it was a glitch in the system. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 19, 2019, 06:46:18 PM
Toy Fair and Comic Con always have that effect on the UMA.  There's that one year that Target had a similar effect in late August, but it was a glitch in the system.
Don't forget Halloween.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 19, 2019, 06:51:03 PM
Don't forget Halloween.

Halloween's pretty dead, because we pretty much know about everything in late August/early September. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 19, 2019, 07:13:57 PM
Halloween's pretty dead, because we pretty much know about everything in late August/early September.

 I meant the actual event (decorated homes, individual experiences, Halloween-themed  movies, etc.).
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 19, 2019, 07:25:41 PM
I meant the actual event (decorated homes, individual experiences, Halloween-themed  movies, etc.).

Psssssssh.  Who care about that!   ;D
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 20, 2019, 04:37:29 AM

We need a Creature Grave Walker-type item to get things stirred up around here again.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 20, 2019, 04:45:18 AM
We need a Creature Grave Walker-type item to get things stirred up around here again.

 That new Creature 12"  figure is pretty amazing. I just don't get the lure of beach towels.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 20, 2019, 04:48:47 AM

I like an extra big, fluffy towel.  Might just as well have a Creature on it.

Those towels looked pretty thin when they were handled in Super7's video.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on July 20, 2019, 07:10:43 AM
F*** that towel and Boodega. What a bunch of bulls***.
It angers me that they made a limited run for the SDCC nerds.😡
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 20, 2019, 11:26:36 AM
I just don't get the lure of beach towels.

What lured me was that it looks like a rare 1970s Creature beach towel.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 20, 2019, 07:38:09 PM
What lured me was that it looks like a rare 1970s Creature beach towel.

Exactly!  I am a sucker for new vintage.  This towel was it! 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: SpeedierThantheGrave on July 20, 2019, 09:29:48 PM
I'm guilty of being AWOL since the holidays. I'm sorry! I got sidetracked by a shift in hobbies and life stuff in general.

But I'm back for the most wonderful time of year!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 20, 2019, 09:37:37 PM
But I'm back for the most wonderful time of year!

Sup, dude?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: BRICK on July 20, 2019, 10:46:05 PM
Going back a few posts, I tried to join the HMA several months ago; and one of the verification questions to prove that you are not a robot when registering was "Who is the President of the US?" I answered it and got it WRONG! I answered it again and again I got it wrong. Finally, I typed in "Obama" and it let me through. True story. Needless to say, I have not heard back from them yet.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 20, 2019, 11:05:41 PM
Going back a few posts, I tried to join the HMA several months ago; and one of the verification questions to prove that you are not a robot when registering was "Who is the President of the US?" I answered it and got it WRONG! I answered it again and again I got it wrong. Finally, I typed in "Obama" and it let me through. True story. Needless to say, I have not heard back from them yet.

 Maybe there was a Jim Jones/Guyana-style mass suicide after Trump got elected. Believe me, I've considered it.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on July 21, 2019, 09:42:15 AM
Going back a few posts, I tried to join the HMA several months ago; and one of the verification questions to prove that you are not a robot when registering was "Who is the President of the US?" I answered it and got it WRONG! I answered it again and again I got it wrong. Finally, I typed in "Obama" and it let me through. True story. Needless to say, I have not heard back from them yet.
I'm sorry to say you probably won't hear back from them since the latest addition there was back in 2017.Seems the Mod in charge has left the building.Only a few die-hards left over there now.Sad to see such a great mask site die a slow death.I posted my feelings about letting new folks join to inject life to the site but it has fallin on deaf ears. So sad.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on July 21, 2019, 10:52:01 AM
Maybe there was a Jim Jones/Guyana-style mass suicide after Trump got elected. Believe me, I've considered it.

Nor have any of the Hollywood crowd who threatened to leave if their anointed candidate lost the election made good on their promises.

And speaking of promises the winner has failed to deliver on his most compelling one, that being draining the swamp and shrinking the size of Government.

So nothing good has come out of the latest election. Looking back on the last 100 years or so, that's par for the course. Whoever the voters elect, their pocketbooks  end up being all the poorer.

 :(

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 21, 2019, 11:03:11 AM
Nor have any of the Hollywood crowd who threatened to leave if their anointed candidate lost the election made good on their promises.

And speaking of promises the winner has failed to deliver on his most compelling one, that being draining the swamp and shrinking the size of Government.

So nothing good has come out of the latest election. Looking back on the last 100 years or so, that's par for the course. Whoever the voters elect, their pocketbooks  end up being all the poorer.

 :(

 Actually, he has restocked the swamp with slimier alligators. Never in my life have I seen so many criminals in an administration. Hep, I know you're on the other side of the fence, but his behavior is not that of a normal grown adult. Believe me, it's not about political party. We're on the verge of war and 14 or more vital positions are filled by "acting" officials. Who ever listens to the substitute teacher?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 21, 2019, 11:05:55 AM

Guys:

Please take you political discussion off-line with Personal Messages, so this thread doesn't get locked for everyone else.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on July 21, 2019, 11:52:24 AM
Guys:

Please take you political discussion off-line with Personal Messages, so this thread doesn't get locked for everyone else.
Sorry, will do. Hep, feel free to PM me with responses. We don't want to create more work for Mike & the other mods.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on July 21, 2019, 02:57:38 PM
Please take you political discussion off-line with Personal Messages, so this thread doesn't get locked for everyone else.

What he said!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Howler on August 31, 2019, 09:55:24 PM
I admit to having FB, Twitter and Instagram, but I still like to pop back over here once in awhile.  It's been way too long since my last time, so I plan on coming back here more often. It's like an internet home away from home.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 01, 2019, 11:57:28 PM
I admit to having FB, Twitter and Instagram, but I still like to pop back over here once in awhile.  It's been way too long since my last time, so I plan on coming back here more often. It's like an internet home away from home.

 Good to hear! It's been awhile. Don't be a stranger.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 02, 2019, 01:58:08 PM
I admit to having FB, Twitter and Instagram, but I still like to pop back over here once in awhile.  It's been way too long since my last time, so I plan on coming back here more often. It's like an internet home away from home.

The UMA is still a classic🎃🤘
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: SpeedierThantheGrave on September 02, 2019, 06:52:18 PM
It doesn't help that I haven't seen an email update from the site in almost a month. Like, "Man, UMA has RRRREALLY been quiet..."

Checked my Spam folder for an order confirmation, found it FULL of unread UMA messages! Time to play catch up!  ::)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on September 02, 2019, 08:41:31 PM
Checked my Spam folder for an order confirmation, found it FULL of unread UMA messages!

Come to the website, instead of relying on faulty email programs.  ;D
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 03, 2019, 11:12:35 AM
"WHERE IS EVERYBODY?"

Me I've been doing a little skateboarding:

(https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/Cat%20Photos/Styxskateboard_1.jpg)

I tell ya I'm increasingly hard pressed these days trying to keep up with my crew:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bzATDSKuVs&t=108s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bzATDSKuVs&t=108s)

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 03, 2019, 03:20:44 PM
"WHERE IS EVERYBODY?"

Me I've been doing a little skateboarding:

([url]https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/Cat%20Photos/Styxskateboard_1.jpg[/url])

I tell ya I'm increasingly hard pressed these days trying to keep up with my crew:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bzATDSKuVs&t=108s[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bzATDSKuVs&t=108s[/url])

 :(


Har, har!! Hard pressed.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 03, 2019, 04:15:03 PM
Yeah, these youngsters are cutting edge fast on their boards nowadays. And it doesn't help that my board is a generation or two behind the times.

 :(

Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 04, 2019, 01:20:14 PM
Yeah, these youngsters are cutting edge fast on their boards nowadays. And it doesn't help that my board is a generation or two behind the times.

 :(
Let's just call it classic. Vintage beats new any day of the week.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 04, 2019, 06:33:25 PM
Right you are! While I may have been left behind when it comes to sheer flat out speed, I'm still setting the pace when it comes to outright coolness.

(https://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/General%20Album%203001/Cat%20GIF_zpstscghaib.gif)

 8)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 06, 2019, 07:22:44 PM
 Where the hell did everyone go (again)? What...you people have lives all of a sudden?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 06, 2019, 08:23:07 PM
Where the hell did everyone go (again)? What...you people have lives all of a sudden?

It sure dries up around here on weekends.

No one around but people who stoop to posting pictures of pets (as if anyone else would actually care) and in the mistaken belief that normal people tolerate cats.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 06, 2019, 08:28:52 PM
It sure dries up around here on weekends.

No one around but people who stoop to posting pictures of pets (as if anyone else would actually care) and in the mistaken belief that normal people tolerate cats.

 You're right, normal people don't care about cats. I'm proof of that (love the little buggers). Pictures of children...that's another story.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on September 06, 2019, 08:57:01 PM
No one around but people who stoop to posting pictures of pets.

How 'bout if I had a pet Monitor lizard?

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/733/0Msln4.jpg)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 06, 2019, 09:11:26 PM
How 'bout if I had a pet Monitor lizard?

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/733/0Msln4.jpg)

Which one's the lizard?
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on September 06, 2019, 09:36:56 PM
Which one's the lizard?

The one not wearing shoes.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: geezer butler on September 07, 2019, 12:47:13 AM
Where the hell did everyone go (again)? What...you people have lives all of a sudden?

 :laugh:
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: geezer butler on September 07, 2019, 12:52:03 AM
You're right, normal people don't care about cats. I'm proof of that (love the little buggers). Pictures of children...that's another story.

Yeah I like cats too. I'm all for seeing pictures of pets.

My wife and I are a proud child-free family. Take it easy breeders, my brother has children and we're the godparents. And we love those little bastards  ;). I've already brainwashed the eldest nephew to be a rock n roller, horror film lover. 
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Akira-Devilman on September 07, 2019, 01:51:23 AM
You all people seem to be very close, something i didn't see in years since the mass emigration to social media.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 07, 2019, 02:52:03 AM
You all people seem to be very close, something i didn't see in years since the mass emigration to social media.
We truly are family. These guys will stand next to you like kin. When my dad died a few years ago,  all of these wonderful misfits pulled me thru. This is the only social (anti-social?) Media anyone will ever need. Love you all. Feel free to PM me about anything.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 07, 2019, 02:57:25 AM
Yeah I like cats too. I'm all for seeing pictures of pets.

My wife and I are a proud child-free family. Take it easy breeders, my brother has children and we're the godparents. And we love those little bastards  ;). I've already brainwashed the eldest nephew to be a rock n roller, horror film lover.

Gotta love the child- free family!  There's a certain absolute freedom you wouldn't get otherwise.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 07, 2019, 07:11:13 AM
You all people seem to be very close, something i didn't see in years since the mass emigration to social media.

Facebook became too overwhelming for me. Especially with the Horror groups I subscribed to. I'm sorry. But what does Selfie Tuesday have to do with Horror( rhetorical).
Most of the Horror and VHS groups I was a part of, a majority had no clue about Horror.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 07, 2019, 10:42:06 PM
I've been haunting the aisles of my neighbourhood Canadian Tire store deciding which items might be added to our porch decor on that the most glorious of days. (For the uninitiated Canadian Tire stores are mega hardware stores with an attached auto service center.) I even bought a naughty lady figure to hang by the door. She says things like "I've been very bad! Release me and I'll show you just how bad!" and "Let me go and I might let you live!" I'm waiting for pre-Halloween sales on other items.

And then there were World Basketball Championship games early this morning plus three straight Canadian football games this afternoon and early evening where I'm heavily invested in my Fantasy lineup. I'm a very good Fantasy player and currently sit in 67th place out of 15,734 participants.

 :)




Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 07, 2019, 10:57:43 PM
No one around but people who stoop to posting pictures of pets (as if anyone else would actually care) and in the mistaken belief that normal people tolerate cats.


You might want to rephrase that statement before you hurt this fellow's feelings:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oqaVHPNitwQ/UD1bS40a_ZI/AAAAAAAAFnk/9pirjcaMCjc/s1600/Wild+Black+Panther+Angry.jpg)
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on September 07, 2019, 11:25:01 PM
You might want to rephrase that statement before you hurt this fellow's feelings:

B-b-b-b-big k-k-k-k-kitty!!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 10, 2019, 10:06:50 AM
So I'm temporarily (hopefully) indisposed due to a retinal detachment. An air bubble injected into my eye yesterday evening requires my holding my head at a certain angle for I know not how long. This has dramatically curtailed activities on my part. Spot laser surgery later today.

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 10, 2019, 11:06:38 AM
 Good luck, Hep. Hope to have you back as soon as possible.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on September 10, 2019, 11:39:18 AM
Hope you recover as soon as possible Hep, follow the Doc's orders.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mike Scott on September 10, 2019, 11:46:28 AM
ewww! I hate eye stuff! Good luck with the surgery!
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 14, 2019, 12:54:20 AM
So I'm temporarily (hopefully) indisposed due to a retinal detachment. An air bubble injected into my eye yesterday evening requires my holding my head at a certain angle for I know not how long. This has dramatically curtailed activities on my part. Spot laser surgery later today.

 :(

 Hep, im wishing you the best. Come back as soon as you're back in good shape. We're all really missing your witty barbs. Get well soon, buddy.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Jim Bertges on September 14, 2019, 02:16:28 PM
Thinking of you and your eye, Hep. I hope everything works out perfectly.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Hepcat on September 14, 2019, 02:23:38 PM
Well they say my retina has been re-attached and looks fine after two laser sessions. But!!! They still want to do more laser work on Monday which I now absolutely dread because it's so unnatural to hold still and not flinch as the brightest bolts of lightning flare in your eye. It's been taking a supreme effort of will on my part.

Then there was the detail that laser eye surgery may also result in tears/abrasions on one's cornea. Not that they told me about that. When the freezing wore off on Wednesday evening and it felt like something bad was in my eye, I of course feared the worst and at midnight decided I needed to go to Emergency despite the fact that the thought of any more bright lights in my eye made me weep. Then the doctor in emerg told me that there's a big old tear in my cornea! "Old?!" I said.

"Well it's big anyway" he replied.  At least they gave me some Tylenol 3 when we asked....

They say my cornea is healing nicely and it no longer much bothers me. The air bubbles are supposed to go away by themselves as well but in the meantime they're bizarre/unsettling.

 :(
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Kidagain on September 14, 2019, 04:24:58 PM
Hang in there Hep,you can get through it.
Title: Re: WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Post by: Mord on September 14, 2019, 04:38:28 PM
Well they say my retina has been re-attached and looks fine after two laser sessions. But!!! They still want to do more laser work on Monday which I now absolutely dread because it's so unnatural to hold still and not flinch as the brightest bolts of lightning flare in your eye. It's been taking a supreme effort of will on my part.

Then there was the detail that laser eye surgery may also result in tears/abrasions on one's cornea. Not that they told me about that. When the freezing wore off on Wednesday evening and it felt like something bad was in my eye, I of course feared the worst and at midnight decided I needed to go to Emergency despite the fact that the thought of any more bright lights in my eye made me weep. Then the doctor in emerg told me that there's a big old tear in my cornea! "Old?!" I said.

"Well it's big anyway" he replied.  At least they gave me some Tylenol 3 when we asked....

They say my cornea is healing nicely and it no longer much bothers me. The air bubbles are supposed to go away by themselves as well but in the meantime they're bizarre/unsettling.

 :(

 Sounds like you're making progress. Remember...cats have 9 lives (that extends to the eyes).
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Post by: Jim Bertges on September 15, 2019, 01:36:25 PM
I'm glad to hear that you're "on the mend", but the mending part doesn't sound like much fun either. I hope you get better quickly.
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Post by: Hepcat on September 16, 2019, 08:04:35 PM
So I reported for a final laser touch-up today, and after looking my eye over thoroughly the doctor announced that things looked just fine and no more laser zapping was needed! A great piece of news. Final check-up with the head of the ophthalmology clinic on Thursday.

 :)
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Post by: Mike Scott on September 16, 2019, 08:28:06 PM
. . . things looked just fine and no more laser zapping was needed!

The less "laser zapping" (especially to the eyes) the better, I always say! Glad to hear the good news!  :)
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Post by: Kidagain on September 17, 2019, 11:28:01 AM
Yipeee!
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Post by: Mord on September 17, 2019, 12:03:45 PM
Wonderful news.
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Post by: Barlow on October 23, 2019, 12:36:01 AM
Glad you're feeling better! God, I dread any sort of eye surgery. Nothing is more irritating than, well, eye irritation that you can't rub or alleviate. I HATE it if my eyes ever get irritated. Worst feeling in the world. Can't imagine how much less enjoyable the agony of laser surgery is!


As far as Facebook, I refuse to use it. It's spyware. It went online the day the CIA's Lifelog site went offline. Just a new name, same old BS. This place feels more like a fun home (or perhaps haunted house is a better description!).


I really do need to post more often. I always make it here for Halloween, but overall I've been so busy throughout the year it's easy to lose track of every place I want to contribute to.
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Post by: Hepcat on October 23, 2019, 09:28:50 AM
My one month checkup on Monday showed no weaknesses, no "breaks", in the retina of either eye. Yay!

Now I can schedule cataract surgery on my right eye. Hopefully that eye's retina holds up.

 :)
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Post by: Kidagain on October 23, 2019, 11:48:47 AM
Good luck Hep.
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Post by: The Spangler on April 18, 2020, 02:43:51 AM
Hi!
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Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 20, 2020, 10:38:25 AM
I don't understand why we don't get more traffic here.

I know a lot of people are stuck home with little to do - at least, compared to when they were working full time.  So, I repeat...

WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
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Post by: Hepcat on April 20, 2020, 10:45:46 AM
Shell-shocked and too depressed/resigned to post I suspect.

 :-\
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Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 20, 2020, 10:47:57 AM
Shell-shocked and too depressed/resigned to post I suspect.   :-\ 

Maybe.
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Post by: Kidagain on April 20, 2020, 03:32:27 PM
This place still gets more action then The HMA did before it went under. Don't think we are in any trouble if we can get more people to join. I always see loads of folks lurking on the site so we need them to join and start to post.
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Post by: the_last_gunslinger on April 21, 2020, 08:22:35 PM
I came to this site kind of late, and I wish it was more active. Part of the problem, though is that there just aren't that many "good" threads that can spark discussion. Announcements of upcoming figures or movies are fine, but they don't encourage any kind of meaningful discussion.

I think we need to brainstorm a little harder for topic ideas, things that people can take an opinion on. There's currently a thread in The Modern Monster Toys forum entitled "What Monster Toy Hasn't Been Made That You Want to Own Before You Die?"

http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=34629.0 (http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=34629.0)

The thread encouraged thought and brainstorming, giving everyone the chance to contribute their own ideas to a conversation, and it's got four pages of responses. We need to come up with more "discussion threads" to stimulate conversation. Maybe we should all make a vow that every time we visit this site, we pledge to start one thread and make a meaningful contribution to two others. No one wants to sign up and participate in a forum that's had three posts in the last week.
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Post by: geezer butler on April 22, 2020, 05:16:35 PM
Shell-shocked and too depressed/resigned to post I suspect.

 :-\

I think Hep is on to something here. I think there is a lot of anxiety and depression out there, and it's not just about the threat of contracting a mean-ass virus. There is a lot of economic insecurity and possible dislocation as result of this health crisis. My wife is kind of a big shot administrator, at a hospital no less, and she was just furloughed. I have a full-time faculty position, but I don't have the same type of job security senior faculty do. So I'm nervous about what my status will be in the Fall. I'm fairly confident, but not 100% certain. And others have it way worse than we do. So I would not be surprised if some UMA members just don't feel up to posting right now.

I still like to check the forum and post because it provides a reprieve from the anxiety and depressing news. But everyone is different.
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Post by: BigShadow on June 15, 2020, 01:36:43 AM
I just returned to the forum after a little absence.  I was using FB more, but got tired of all the negativity and crap.  I found my way back to the UMA mainly because of the community.  Hopefully we call all build it back up.


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Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on June 15, 2020, 07:50:32 AM
I'm finding that I'm getting sucked into weird little time vortexes where I get wrapped up in stuff and more time flies by than I thought. I haven't been checking news sites for monster stuff which translates into posting here. Also, it seems that I was tied to the computer and phone more while working from home and once I was off the clock I treated them like they were radioactive. Working from home has really thrown me off my balance and now that I'm back in the office it's like I'm having to relearn my routine. I'm hoping to be on here more as part of that.
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Post by: marsattacks666 on June 15, 2020, 11:29:17 AM
I'm finding that I'm getting sucked into weird little time vortexes where I get wrapped up in stuff and more time flies by than I thought. I haven't been checking news sites for monster stuff which translates into posting here. Also, it seems that I was tied to the computer and phone more while working from home and once I was off the clock I treated them like they were radioactive. Working from home has really thrown me off my balance and now that I'm back in the office it's like I'm having to relearn my routine. I'm hoping to be on here more as part of that.

😉