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    • Let's talk about layoffs

      3 days ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I'm sure by now most of you have read Matt's journal wherein he basically just published an internal memo that was sent within Rooster Teeth that talks about letting 50 people go, and also about how they've done a bunch of great stuff so far this year. The public response seems to fall into one of a few general categories:


      1. Companies gonna company. Layoffs are part of the life cycle of a business, and it was only a matter of time until it happened at Rooster Teeth.
      2. This is just more evidence that Rooster Teeth have abandoned their community values and become just another corporate cog in the machine.
      3. Letting go of [this person] is bullshit, I'm never watching you again and I hope you fail.
      4. All of this backlash is just evidence of the bad karma you have coming to you from [some thing RT did in the past that the user doesn't like]. I hope you fail.


      I've been gathering my thoughts about this announcement for a while. I think they're hopefully a little more nuanced than the rough groupings I've identified above. Before I begin, a friendly reminder that I'm not an RT employee, I don't speak for them, and everything in this journal are my own views and opinions that do not represent Rooster Teeth. I'm speaking for myself here.


      First of all, I think it was a mistake to publish the memo in full. It reads strikingly similarly to Activision talking about how they made record sales last year, and by the way they're laying off 800 people because they didn't make enough profit. That ...didn't go well for them. I think if Matt had instead only posted excerpts from the first and last paragraphs, to say "Hey, we love everyone who works for us, so it sucks that we've had to let a bunch of them go. We're doing what we can to help them find work elsewhere," then the reception would have been better overall. That kind of "look how great we're doing but also we're firing people" phrasing doesn't sit well with a lot of people, from what I've seen.


      What I really want to talk about in this journal, though, is why people get laid off en masse in general, and then I hope to bring that back around to Matt's journal and Rooster Teeth at the end. This will be kind of lengthy, but I want to be thorough. So, here we go.


      When you get right down to it, all businesses are in exactly the same business: making money. My company does it by making websites, American Apparel does it by making clothing, and Rooster Teeth does it by producing digital content and selling merchandise based on it. If you're not profitable, then you're failing as a business. One way to not be profitable is to have more employees than you can afford to pay.


      This means that from time to time, layoffs happen. This occurs when the company can, in vulgar terms, eliminate people without affecting productivity, thus saving money and raising profit margins. There are actually lots of cases where this may apply, such as a project finishing up and the people who were working on it no longer being required, or a merger meaning there are two people doing the same work when only one person is required.


      If I may be allowed to speculate, in Rooster Teeth's case, both of these things may currently apply: their game Vicious Circle recently released, meaning the people who worked on it may not be necessary any more, and they have recently fallen under the umbrella of Time Warner, or AT&T, or whoever - it's difficult to keep track - who undoubtedly already have mechanisms in place for some of the positions that RT had people filling. It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that this is where most of the layoffs came from.


      In general terms, since projects finish all the time, and since companies buy other companies and merge with other companies all the time, that means people get laid off all the time. It sucks, but really it's just part of the corporate life cycle.


      Now, there are some people who believe that this "clearly corporate move" is just further evidence that RT is drifting away from their community and towards being just another heartless company. What those people need to keep in mind is that RT is, after all, a company. If they're not making money, then they're failing. And if RT fails, then the community ceases to exist in its current form.


      In a very real way, this community only exists because the people running Rooster Teeth want it to exist. They could just as easily scrub the community portion, and just become the next Netflix, where you come here only to watch content and not interact with anything or anybody else. But they won't do that, because they do value their community. And it is because they value it, and because they want the community to continue existing, that they have to make business moves that allow it to do so. And sometimes, that means laying off 50 people so that they can keep making enough money to keep the community going.


      What you need to remember is that Rooster Teeth will always do what they believe is in their own best interest, and that includes what they believe is in the community's best interest. You may disagree with a specific choice they make, but that's one move in a vacuum; Rooster Teeth is looking at the bigger picture - a picture that the rest of us can't even see. Letting go of 50 people really sucks for those 50 people, but if that move is what allows RT to keep making content for the next 5 years, then that round of layoffs is better for the community than keeping those people employed would have been.


      The other thing to keep in mind is that RT isn't just a bunch of friends recording lines in Burnie's closet any more. The things they did 16 years ago worked for them at that time, but now they're a massive media company. They have dozens of weekly shows, two video games, three movies that have seen a theatrical release, and hundreds of pieces of merchandise they've gone through. They literally can't afford to do things the same way they used to, because if they did, they'd cease to exist.


      Rooster Teeth has evolved dramatically over the last 16 years, and it is foolish to expect that they would still be doing things the same way they used to. They're not that company any more, because of course they're not. You may not agree with some of their decisions, and that's okay. But I think it is incorrect to accuse them of bowing to corporate overlords, or of abandoning the community, or of similarly dramatic accusations, because they made a move that is good for their company. Without making hard decisions like this when they need to be made, there wouldn't be a company for you to disagree with at all.


      (Also, to head off a certain subset of comments before they happen, I'm talking only about their layoffs here. Things like excessive crunch time are a different conversation, and I think we can all agree that that's a terrible situation and that RT should be doing more to remedy it. I agree with you on that, but that's not what this journal is about.)


      As for how to move forward after this, I recommend doing pretty much what you've been doing all along: watch the shows you enjoy, don't watch the shows you don't enjoy, and try not to take things so personally when they happen to someone else. Matt showed a tremendous amount of transparency with that journal, but it shouldn't be the thing that defines your experience here. You come to this website to watch content you enjoy and to have a good time. I think you should keep doing that. Choose happy.

    • Regarding new pricing

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Edit: After an awkward conversation with Hero Hei on his stream, because he was talking and I was typing and there's a stream delay, I've decided to edit this journal with a clarification of what my intention is. The original journal can be read as being condescending and insulting, which was not my intention. That it can be read that way is a failing on my part, because it means I did not adequately clarify my position. As such, I will put that here, and then leave the original journal below for posterity.


      Rooster Teeth is a company. Like any company, they want your money in exchange for providing a good and/or service. However, since an RT FIRST membership is a luxury, rather than a necessity, they only want your disposable money - money you don't need for paying rent, bills, food, etc.


      There are two reasons not to want to pay the extra money for a FIRST membership. The first one (heh) is that you don't feel it's worth the price. That is a cost/benefit analysis, and it is how you should make financial decisions. The question here is not one of cost, but of value. If you feel you're getting your $5/mo in value, keep the subscription. If you feel it's not worth it, don't keep it. It's up to you, and whatever decision you come to is one I support. And yes, "I enjoy it" does count as a benefit.


      The other reason is that you can't afford it. Your budget simply doesn't have room for an extra $2/mo. If that's the case - that you can't afford an increase of such a trivial size - then the money you're spending on your FIRST membership is not disposable money, it's money you need. RT doesn't want you to give them money at the expense of your necessary financial requirements.


      More to the point, if your money is so tight that you can't afford $5/mo, that means you couldn't really afford $3/mo either. It also means that the cost of a FIRST membership isn't really the problem, it's revealing the problem: your budget isn't maintainable. At that point, the responsible thing to do is to take a look at all of your monthly expenses, decide which are needs and which are wants, and make cuts where you have to.


      The point of this journal was to say "If you can't afford it, don't buy it." I used blunt language because often that's what it takes for people in this situation to realize that they're in it. I know that because I've been in that situation myself, and I know what it's like. Sometimes, you need to be shocked into seeing things for what they are.


      Most Americans can't afford a sudden $400 emergency. I didn't post this journal to make people feel bad, I did it because I don't want RT to be the reason anyone is included in that statistic. It was meant for those who were making their decision based on cost, rather than value. That is why I emphasize the "can't afford" part so heavily.


      The point of the Twitch paragraph was to point out that if you cancel FIRST and then use the same money on a Twitch sub, then it was a value question, not a cost question. I left out some words at the end.


      To those who may have been offended by this journal, I apologize, it was not my intention. Hopefully it helped people more than it made them feel bad.


      And now, the original journal, which is half the length of this clarification. Onward!


      Original Journal


      Today Matt put up a journal outlining the new prices for FIRST memberships. There are a lot of people saying that the new prices are too much, they can't afford it any more. For annual subscriptions, the price is going from $36/yr to $60/yr, which is an additional $2/mo. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'm going to say it anyway:


      If you can't afford an extra $2/mo, then you shouldn't be paying for any online subscriptions until you get your finances in better order.


      A $2/mo increase is trivial. If you're coming from a grandfathered-in rate, it's about a $3.30/mo increase, which is also trivial. If your finances can't bear that small amount of increase, then you have way bigger problems than what an RT FIRST membership costs. Prioritize the things you need, cut out things you don't use or need, and then think about monthly expenditures.


      And if you cancel your RT FIRST membership and then pay to subscribe to a Twitch channel, then you don't get to complain that the FIRST membership is too expensive at all, because an annual membership costs exactly as much per month as a Twitch sub does. Doing that means the cost isn't the problem, and never was - it means you just didn't want it.


      And that's all I have to say about that.

    • Friendly Reminder

      5 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Hi everyone, just reminding you all that Rooster Teeth does not do April Fools Day pranks. You are safe here. San Dimas football rules.

    • Continuation

      6 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Last week I posted a hypothetical situation about someone being wrongfully fired based on false sexual misconduct allegations and asked, if it was you, whether you would return to the job after you were cleared.


      Everyone said no, and the one person who was on the fence said the company would have to work hard to re-earn their trust first.


      So I have to ask the #IStandWithVic crowd, if it turns out the allegations against Vic Mignogna are false, and after all that those allegations will have put him through, what makes you think that he'd say yes if RT offered him the Qrow gig back?



      P.S. to those who flagged that journal and the comments on it, I'm a Site Admin. Who do you think reviews those flags? And do you really think the Site Admins don't talk to each other? Please only flag content that violates the Terms of Use.

    • A Hypothetical Situation

      6 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Suppose you were publicly fired by the company you work for. They told you the reason they fired you was that other employees had accused you of being sexually inappropriate. You knew you hadn't been, and you knew that the people who accused you didn't like you and were actively trying to sabotage you. If your employer had just done the most cursory amount of research, they would have found that out for themselves and this wouldn't be an issue. But here you are, fired for something you didn't do because your employer took the other people's side without digging to find the truth first.


      This is something that could devastate your life and your career. If these allegations held, you'd never be able to work in your chosen field again. You need to fight them, but who can afford that? So you raise the money online from people who are sympathetic to you. It takes a while, and you sacrifice a lot to make it happen, but eventually you have enough money to strike back at your accusers. After a drawn out process, you manage to clear your name, but not before losing countless business contacts, colleagues, and friends.


      You reflect back on the company that put you in this position. They didn't trust you, they probably don't respect you, they fired you without cause, and they triggered a series of events that ruined your life as you know it and threatened your livelihood and your future. The mental and emotional pain you went through at the hands of this company is beyond measure. The financial burden was like none you'd ever faced, and without strangers on the internet having your back you would have been forced to go down without a fight.


      And then, after the dust has settled, they quietly send you an email to apologize and to offer you your job back.


      Do you take it?

    • Liveblogging Bad Movies 7: 50 Shades Freed

      6 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I'm just coming down from a really bad head cold, and I'm not quite thinking clearly just yet. What better time to liveblog a bad movie!? At 3pm EST (in about 6 minutes) I'll be starting up 50 Shades Freed, because I've already done the first two, and apparently I hate myself. Watch this space!




      Let us begin! As a quick refresher, the 50 Shades series is where Christian Grey, played by someone who has absolutely no chemistry with Melanie Griffith's daughter, stalks her and basically indoctrinates her into loving him, like it's a cult. Then he's awful to her, in a world where the worst BDSM gets is apparently three spanks with a paddle, and somehow convinces her to marry him. And that's where this movie picks up, I think? Onward!


      0:01:00 - Well we're getting the wedding out of the way immediately. Literally during the opening credits. Not wasting any time, at least. This movie's almost 2 hours long. Fuck.


      0:03:25 - Oh look, the "I don't want the bouquet" wedding trope.


      0:03:45 - Why is she still surprised that he owns expensive things?


      0:04:40 - He has millions of dollars but doesn't own an umbrella?


      0:05:30 - The opening credits are finally over. This movie is literally 5% opening credits.


      0:06:30 - Oh look, Grey is being possessive again. They're surrounded by naked people, but Ana's not allowed to have her bikini top off. Setting the scene for those who missed the first two movies but for some reason are watching this one, I suppose.


      0:07:30 - Apparently this is a corporate espionage movie? Not gonna lie, if the movie is more espionage than shitty abusive relationship, I might be into this.


      0:09:15 - "Do you remember your safeword?" As if that's a thing people forget? Fuck.


      0:11:50 - She looks at a picture with no definition, and is able to make out exactly who it is? At least be a little believable, movie.


      0:14:30 - How was she surprised by having responsibilities? Wouldn't those have been dictated to her by Grey before the wedding, since he likes controller her all the time?


      0:16:00 - Only after getting married does she bring up the prospect of having kids? How is this not something you discuss WELL before marriage?


      0:17:30 - Grey manipulating Ana's life again, arranged a promotion for her while they were away.


      0:19:40 - Christian Grey, a successful businessman, undercuts his wife at work. Solid business sense.


      0:23:45 - There's no way Grey isn't nailing that architect.


      0:25:30 - Ana and I are of a like mind. And we were right. It's almost like these movies are formulaic and predictable or something...


      0:27:00 - Christian Grey, impressed by how well Ana handled the architect, hands over the keys to his Audi for her to drive back to the city. This should be a touching, impactfull scene. Instead Grey plays it as boring as possible. May as well have been a plank of wood. Keanu Reeves would have done it better.


      0:29:30 - He tells her to lose the tail, but then dictates to her what to do? Either you trust her to lose them or you don't. Pick a side.


      0:32:20 - Better partnering through gratuitous hair care scene?


      0:36:15 - What she typed in no way matched what appeared on the screen. If you're going to change the texts, just reshoot the scene you lazy assholes.


      Editor's note: Fuck recaptcha while doing this.  Literally took two minutes to finish clicking on boxes.


      0:42:50 - Was Dakota Johnson doing a Liv Tyler impression in the previous two movies too and I just didn't notice?


      0:44:00 - We're 40% through the movie, and we've had exactly two plot elements. There was a fire at Grey's office, and now someone just broke into their penthouse. I'm sure there's a plot coming, right?


      0:47:25 - We just had a scene where Dakota Johnson was literally being masturbated and having her nipples sucked, and most interesting thing about it was the music. Good job, movie.


      0:50:15 - I think this might be the first time Christian Grey has done anything legitimately nice for his now wife without an ulterior motive. And we're only 5/6 through the franchise. Truly, a love story for the ages.


      0:54:20 - "There you are. I was looking for you." No you weren't, you were looking in the fridge. Now you're just being a bad liar.


      0:55:00 - Licking ice cream off a hairy chest? I have a hairy chest. The hair doesn't always stay on it under friction. Bold move, Cotton.


      0:56:00 - I wonder if they're making this look like a larger budget softcore porn movie on purpose, or if it just kind of worked out that way.


      0:57:25 - Ana makes just a little bit of noise and Christian complains that she's going to wake up the whole house. Five minutes ago she was specifically told she can make as much noise as she wants, because everyone else is at the other end of the house. There's no way Grey didn't know that. be consistent, movie! Stop making this liveblog come across like a Cinema Sins video!


      1:00:20 - Just saw someone hugging someone, it must be an affair! I seriously don't know who either of the two people were, everyone looks the same in this movie.


      1:05:00 - That looked like a buttplug. A very large buttplug that didn't taper for insertion. I hope that wasn't her first, otherwise it would suuuuck.


      1:08:15 - Who's Doctor Green? Is this a subplot I missed? I don't remember seeing her before now. Did they just forget? Anyway Ana's pregnant now and Hyde (the guy who broke in to their apartment) is claiming that he was dating Ana and she fired him to ruin his career over it. It's now a very high budget soap opera.


      1:11:30 - The movie is dogshit, but all three of these movies have had stellar soundtracks. Even bad movies can have a saving grace.


      1:13:45 - Conveniently timed text from female name is conveniently timed. Are there tropes this movie doesn't use?


      1:17:40 - That's a lot of melodrama.


      1:19:00 - Seriously, that's a lot of melodrama. Oh, and apparently Ana getting pregnant is the plot of this film. Good thing it waited until more than halfway through the runtime to reveal it.


      1:22:00 - So Jack Hyde had bail set at $500,000. Now he's calling Ana on Mia Grey's phone demanding five million dollars. He doesn't have a job. How does he have the money to pay that bail? And if he had that money, why does he need more from Ana and Christian? And why isn't Ana calling Christian to tell him what's happening? How is it that the most important actual plot points in this film make no sense?


      1:30:55 - Of course Christian Grey has tracking software on Ana's phone. Why wouldn't he?


      1:35:00 - The movie's almost over, and I legitimately don't know what the plot was supposed to be. It felt like it was 80% filler. And it's still not over yet.


      1:39:30 - Grey says he might have turned out differently if he was left in the foster system, and Ana's response is to remind him how good he had it growing up rich. That's really not what he meant, Ana.


      1:41:00 - And now they're doing a montage of all the weird creepy stuff he did to "win her over." It's like they actually think this story is romantic and not a chronicle of sexual and emotional abuse.


      1:43:30 - And the song they go to the credits on is Love Me Like You Do. That's nice and ironic. Probably not what they were going for though.


      1:44:15 - Mid-credits scene. is Ana wearing a dress with masking tape down the arms? What the hell?


      1:50:18 - And we're done. Mercifully out of our misery.



      What a mess of a movie. The narrative was scattered, and it felt like it really couldn't figure out what kind of movie it wanted to be. At parts it was high-budget Skinemax, at other parts it was plainly a soap opera, and the corporate espionage angle went literally nowhere. The first thing Jack Hyde (cheap literary references for the fail!) did was set off a bomb at Grey's building that didn't affect the plot in any further way. There was literally no reason to even include that scene.


      And let's talk about Jack Hyde for a moment, too. It turns out that he and Grey were foster brothers, and he always resented Grey for being adopted instead of him. That's fine, and it's a sensible motivation. But we got two movies before this one, and at no point was any of this foreshadowed in either of them. Hyde wasn't even in the second one from what I can remember. Something like this is a big plot twist, and when you have something like this in a story, there need to be elements you can look back on and say "Oh yeah, that makes sense because of x y and z."


      For instance, a pretty big deal is made in Pitch Perfect 3 about John Lithgow being Fat Amy's estranged father. Then we find out more about him, and we learn why Amy got out of that situation. Here's the thing though; her real name's Patricia. She changed her name to make it harder to track her down. And we learned that about her in the first movie. So after watching the third movie, you can look back on the story about her name from the first one and say "Oh yeah, that makes sense now." That is how something like this is supposed to play out.


      Anyway, my final verdict on Fifty Shades Freed is that it's a pile of dogshit wrapped up in a very expensive bow so that it looks all nice and pretty, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still a massive sloppy turd. The plot is all over the place, the acting is inconsistent, and I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. If you feel the need to watch any of the Fifty Shades movies, just punch yourself in the face until you can't feel feelings any more instead, because you'll have a better time. Unless you're planning to MST3K them, I guess. That's probably a lot of fun.


      Until next time? I hope not? Bah.


      Still a better love story than Twilight.

    • Science!

      7 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      A Mexican scientist just cured HPV.


      That is all.

    • Identifying Weakness

      9 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Over the last couple months I've been trying to focus on bigger, more complex movements in the gym. Things like deadlift and squat, which I'd been forgoing in favour of more focused movements. My strategy was to build up the individual muscles first, to try to get back to where I was pre-injury, and then start doing the complex lifts once I had that basis of strength. It was a good plan.


      Another part of it is paying attention to my body, and doing the things that it demands from me. A couple weeks ago I noticed that it was not my legs holding back my deadlift, it was my lower back. It was not my back holding back my pullup, it was my scapular retraction. Small muscles and movements that need attention before the bigger ones can begin in earnest.


      What that means is that back day (such as today) is less about the big movements like pullups, pull downs, and rows, and more about the basic strength movements, like back extensions and scap pulls, to round out that basis of strength I was talking about earlier. It's still the same plan, just a little delayed. And holy crap is it boring. And I probably look like an idiot doing those scap pulls. But, if you want results, you need to leave your ego at the door and do what's right for you. It took me over a decade to get there, but I've finally gotten good at that.


      This same principle applies to everything else we do. If there's something holding you back, then identifying it and dealing with it will help you move forward. Sometimes it's something as big as a toxic person in your life who needs to be cut out of it (you know who you are, check your inbox before commenting here), which is never easy or fun. Sometimes it's realizing you're spending too much time on reddit, and not leaving yourself enough time to do the things you actually want to get done. I've mentioned previously the time I cut my TV viewing from 20 hours a week to 5 ten years ago so that I'd have time to work on my own projects (it's currently sitting at 8, and almost exclusively while I eat so that I'm not losing much time).


      Right now, for me, what's holding me back is two-fold. First, I'm spending too much time on reddit. I use it as a news source, which leads me to spending a lot of time reading articles. Being informed is good, but not at the expense of the things you want to accomplish. Secondly, this building I live in is taking a serious toll on my mental health. It keeps me in a constant state of mild depression, and that affects my motivation and enthusiasm for the things I want to do. I'll routinely avoid starting work because I don't have the motivation, and then just start working anyway and get through it like nothing, because the work isn't hard for me, it's just that I completely lack motivation for it.


      One of those things is easier to fix than the other. Cutting reddit out of my life just involves not going there any more. That's going to free up as much as two hours a day. Getting out of this building is way more difficult. I'm here because it's cheap, which makes it easy to make rent when business is slow, as well as while I'm in the process of changing my business' focus, which requires a lot of effort now for no money, in exchange for payoff down the road. I have options while I'm here that I don't have if I'm in a more expensive place. I can't move out until the new direction I'm taking my business in pays off, which doesn't happen until I've put in all that work, which is hard because the place I'm living to do it depresses me. And the cycle continues.


      I'm not at the point where I need to ask for help, and I have some things on the horizon that are exciting, so I'm okay. The point I'm attempting to make here is one of being self-aware. It's important to pay attention to yourself and your habits, so that you can identify those problem spots. Only after you've figured out what they are can you address them. It's a difficult thing to do if you're not accustomed to it, but once you are it allows you to tweak your life like a video game. A year down the road, you'll wonder why you ever did those things that were holding you back in the first place.


      At least, that's my opinion. What's yours?

    • Changing Goals

      11 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      For the months of August and September, I was cutting weight for a wedding I went to on Thanksgiving Weekend (first weekend in October in Canada). Lost about 15lbs in 9 weeks, ended up looking almost identical to when I started. I think all the weight I lost was in my upper back, which looks phenomenal now, and my legs. Meanwhile, my abdomen, where I wanted to stop looking skinny-fat, still looks exactly the same. You can't target fat loss, folks.


      Now that that's over, and I find myself at 6'3" and 154lbs, it's time to start putting weight back on. I want to do a clean bulk, which is where you monitor your calories such that most of the weight you put on is muscle, rather than a more fat-leaning split from which you'll tone down later. There's more to it than that, but I'm simplifying here to get the point across.


      When I was losing weight, I focused a lot of my gym time on body parts. Monday was legs, Wednesday was trunk, Friday was shoulders and arms. Now that I want to gain mass, I'm going for things that are more functional. I will never have to do a biceps curl anywhere outside a gym, but I will have to pull myself up to a higher platform - especially if I get into rock climbing like I was teasing a couple years ago. I still want to do that.


      Last Monday was a day out of the gym, so my first day back was Wednesday. Here's what my gym routine has looked like since getting back:


      Wednesday: box jumps and deadlifts


      Friday: wall balls and ball slams (throwing a heavy ball up and throwing a heavy ball down)


      Monday (today): squats and ball slams


      My body seems to be adjusting to the new patterns okay, which is good. Hopefully by changing how I'm working the muscles, they will be shocked into more growth than would have happened if I'd stuck with my previous program. Time will tell.


      Sidenote: for my first time doing squats in two years, I did okay. After a couple warmup sets I did a 5x5 with 135lbs. Considering I'm 6'3" and only weigh 155lbs (an absurd weight for anyone my height), and considering I haven't done the movement in two years, I'm calling that a win. I'm gonna be sore tomorrow though.


      Who else out there is working to improve your physical fitness? If you want a trainer from the community, try @Tropes. He does it for a living.

  • Comments (3936)

    • user-572df514355fe

      1 month ago

      Are you trying to shoot RT in the foot by driving people away?

    • Alem800

      1 year ago

      DiMono still ruling everything. Not much has changed in 10 years

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

        If it's working, why change it?  wink

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      2 years ago

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      Happy Warm and Fuzz McFuzzy Day!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

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    • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dead Set On Adventure

      3 years ago

      Hey so you also got mentioned in On The Spot this week - so that's pretty damn neat, just started the episode.


      Hope y'all are having fun at UnCon! Wish I could be there!

    • TomtheIronMan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

    • Toptoast Keeper of the Breakfast

      3 years ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

    • Nat

      3 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      4 years ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        4 years ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      4 years ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      4 years ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      4 years ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      4 years ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      4 years ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        4 years ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      4 years ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

    • Nat

      4 years ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy

      4 years ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

    • Resolis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Insidious Crow

      4 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • mattbab4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Happy birthday

    • THEDODGER FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold JAMMYDODGER

      4 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      4 years ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        4 years ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        4 years ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      4 years ago

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      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      4 years ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        4 years ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      4 years ago

      Waaaarrrmmmm and ffuuuuzzzzyyyyyy
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        4 years ago

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    • SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

      4 years ago

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        4 years ago

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      4 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

      • tutvuvu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        One must appreciate some nerd love

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

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    • Enforcer2005

      4 years ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      4 years ago

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    • Tommex

      4 years ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

    • nouveaujour FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

    • UB3R_FRY

      4 years ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        4 years ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Don't fuck it up

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      5 years ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

    • film_geek

      5 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      5 years ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      5 years ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        5 years ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

    • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

      5 years ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        We're very good.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        5 years ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        5 years ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        5 years ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      5 years ago

      How do you rate achievements?

      • hypershot12

        5 years ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • XpiredTime FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Food Consumer

      5 years ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

    • TerraMcleod ~Mcloud~

      5 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      5 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        5 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        5 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      5 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      5 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

    • Myshu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold chupariffic

      5 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      5 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        5 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        5 years ago

        Nope

    • um4dbro210

      5 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

      Post edited 1/26/14 2:00PM

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        5 years ago

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      • Psycho

        5 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        5 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      5 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

    • Thorenir

      5 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        5 years ago

        #lolcanada

    • voidfox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold gay robot

      5 years ago

      oh hey, I see you're from ontario, somewhere just north of toronto. well it just so happens that I'm from somewhere just south of toronto.

    • khurram_89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerf herder

      5 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      5 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

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