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March 17, 2009

AmEx Sucks Dog Ass

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 9:31 am

So, in advance of my major expenditures at GDC, I paid down my AmEx Starwood card so that I could use it to pay for my Suite at the Westin for the week. Today I got word from AmEx letting me know that they reduced the credit limit of that card by….yep, you guessed it, the entire credit reserve I had set for the Hotel at GDC! Fuck me running! What absolute crap. Never late, no delinquencies on the credit reports. Yes, I do tend to keep my cards close to the max credit, but I d not see how I can ever change that if every time I pay down a card they lower the credit limit.

Having an AmEx card used to make me feel like I was secure. Not it just makes be feel like a fool!

All I can say is, “Fuck you American Express….you suck dog ass!”

March 3, 2009

Adam Martin Quitting the IGDA

Filed under: Thoughts and Rants — Tom B @ 11:20 am

So, I just finished a huge rant about Adam Martin’s decision to quit the IGDA after losing his bid for election to the IGDA Board of Directors…and then inadvertently navigated away for the post page and lost the entire thing…well, maybe that for the best anyway since I pretty much was calling him out as a whiney little bitch who would rather quit after a loss than jump in deeper and continue to work to make the IGDA better. So, I guess I’ll do it again…in a shorter version…

I said that with much more clarity the first time, but I guess the message is the same. I am sad that the IGDA is losing someone as passionate about the IGDA as Adam claims to be…but if he does quit, maybe he is not as passionate as he claims and the org is better off without him. Heck, I don’t know. But as one who has been involved actively in the IGDA for over 8 years, founded and single handedly ran the South Florida Chapter for 5 years, lost his first effort to be elected to the Board but came back and has been elected and then reelected to the Board, was the moving force on the Board for the formation of the IGDA charitable Foundation which I now chair, created and Chair the IGDA ECQC Taskforce, is working with others to relaunch the Seattle Professional IGDA Chapter and moderating several IGDA forums.

So, I say “Cowboy up Adam.” If you don’t like the way the IGDA is, get into it more and do everything you can to make it better. And if you do go forward with your stated intention to quit, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. Me, I get so frustrated with the way the IGDA is that I am ready to pop a blood vessel much of the time. But I have more fight in me than quit…and there is still lots to get done around here! Yeeeehhhhaaawww!


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