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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. November 2011 Entries
Paper Gold Rush
The last few days at the shop have been reminiscent of a marathon of Pawn Stars. Quite a few people have come in wanting to trade for store credit. Most of them have left disappointed. We did pick up a few things here and there (which hopefully I can sell.) The problem, in a nutshell, is that people get it in their head that a (YuGiOh) card is worth X amount because they looked it up 2-3 years a...go, or someone told them it was valuable... then they play it in their deck for a year without sleeves, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:10 PM

We really only have ONE rule...
Had to show someone the door today... bummer. At Big Robot Games we really only have one rule and it's not all that complex: If you're going to hang out here all day, you should satisfy AT LEAST one of the following criteria: 1) You buy some food and/or drinks. 2) You occasionally buy product. 3) You play as part of a sanctioned tournaent or gaming group. 4) You act like you have some sense (i.e. have manners.) We would love it if you manage to do all of the above, of course, but we're really perfectly ......

Posted On Saturday, November 12, 2011 5:32 PM

Haven't we been down this road before?
Two months ago, almost to the day, I opened Big Robot Games. This is my 4th game store (the 3rd actual Brick & Mortar store, in the 4th physical location.) I opened my first store in 1999. It was called Roanoke Hobbies and was located in Roanoke, VA. I partnered up with a buddy from the Navy to open it. It was a really small space, in a terrible location, but the rent was dirt cheap. Even then, we built up a pretty loyal group of regulars and friends. We carried all the traditional fare: Games ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2011 8:00 PM

Free Books
I've got a bunch of technical books I'd like to get rid of. Some are more current than others. 3D Programming For Windows Introducing LINQ VB.NET Class Design Handbook ASP.NET MVC 1.0 ASP.NET MVC In Action FBML Essentials Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET The Rational Guide To Building Technical User Communities Expression Web Step By Step Applications = Code + Markup I don't really feel like dealing with the hassle of ebay (or Amazon), and I'd hate to just throw them away. Craigslist / Freecycle ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2011 6:56 PM

Why I quit Twitter...
About a month ago, I decided to delete my Twitter account. I didn't "rage quit" or make some tired farewell speech. I didn't even tell anyone I was going. I simply realized that I hadn't tweeted in quite some time and I also hadn't read anyone else's tweets in an equally long time. In short, I was neither contributing nor receiving any value from Twitter. It was not bringing me joy. That last sentence sounds a little silly, or maybe pretentious, but it stands. As my life and career continue to become ......

Posted On Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:25 AM

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