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For the first time in five years, residents of Santa Maria have seen an increase in prices for waste and recycling services.

The last time solid waste collection rates were increased in Santa Maria was in 2017. Now the city is looking to increase rates again gradually over the next three years.

Right now, residential customers with a 60-gallon bin pay just over $ 30 per month and those with a 90-gallon bin pay almost $ 35 per month.

With the proposed rate change, customers would see their costs increase by a few dollars each year, with the latest rate increase taking effect on July 1, 2025.

That year, residential customers with a 60-gallon bin would pay almost $ 41 per month and those with a 90-gallon bin would pay over $ 51 per month.

Santa Maria utility manager Shad Springer said there have been significant changes in the collection and waste industry over the past five years that justify an increase in tariffs.

“As we do the curbside pickup in the blue bins, the community is recycling,” Springer said. “But the cost of recycling these materials has increased dramatically over the past five years and is expected to continue to rise.”

Springer said the increase in recycling costs is due to changes in the way recyclables are handled in the aftermarket through China’s “national sword” policy. This policy was enacted in January 2018 and banned the importation of most plastics and other materials that would normally comply with the country’s recycling processors.

Springer said the city has tried to absorb those costs through other programs to avoid increasing fare changes for customers. But he said now that the utilities department is asking city council to approve these increases, most customers understand.

“In talking to some members of the community, just for the record, we didn’t see any significant hindsight or concern,” Springer said. “I think people recognize that at some point the costs go up.”

The city is hosting a public workshop on September 22 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber to discuss the proposed increase in collection rates and the rate-setting process.

City Council will review the adoption of these rate increases at a meeting on October 19. If the rates are approved, they will come into effect on January 1, 2022.

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A new chapter for the library and archives https://metawelle.net/a-new-chapter-for-the-library-and-archives/ https://metawelle.net/a-new-chapter-for-the-library-and-archives/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:17:58 +0000 https://metawelle.net/a-new-chapter-for-the-library-and-archives/

After more than a year of thoughtful planning and coordination between the Village of Pinehurst and the Given / Tufts organization, the village has announced the approval of a final agreement that transfers ownership of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives in the village of Pinehurst. This transfer will ensure the continued delivery of improved library and archival services to our community.

The scheduled transfer date is April 15, 2022.

During the village council meeting on September 14, the asset and service transfer agreement was signed by the organization Given / Tufts and the village of Pinehurst, formalizing the acquisition.

“I would like to thank the Directors of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives for working with the Village Council and staff to achieve our common goal of providing quality library and archival services for the Village of Pinehurst. Said Mayor John Strickland. “I also recognize the valuable contribution of our residents, consultants and others involved in the process. As a result, we now have a great plan for moving forward.

In addition to the building located at 150 Cherokee Rd., The Village will also assume the lease of the former post office building located at 95 Cherokee Rd., Which houses the second-hand bookstore, and will continue to sublet the Roast Office.

The Given Tufts organization will donate its collections, furniture and iconic building on Village Green to the Village for the perpetual benefit of all residents of Pinehurst.

“We are grateful to the Given and Tufts families and countless other private donors who have made free library and archive services available to residents of Pinehurst for decades,” said Stuart Mills, Board Member from the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives. “The Organization’s new public / private partnership with the Village will ultimately enable us to significantly improve these services.

The Organization will also continue to hold and manage its endowments of approximately $ 3 million for the benefit of library and archives operations and to conduct future fundraising campaigns to help fund improvements to libraries and archives.

“We express our gratitude to Audrey Moriarty, our Executive Director, Librarian and Archivist and all the staff at Given / Tufts, for their leadership in this process,” said Mills.

In anticipation of the transfer, the village has budgeted $ 1 million for short-term library and archives improvements in fiscal year (FY) 22. The village also plans to carry out a significant library expansion and archives from shortly after the US Open 2024.. Design work for this extension will begin at the end of FY 22.

“We fully recognize the importance of high quality library services to a vibrant and healthy community, as well as the importance of preserving archived evidence of our unique history for the benefit of all,” said Village Director Jeff Sanborn . “Therefore, we are very happy to have been able to conclude this strategically important agreement. ”

For more information on the acquisition of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives, call 910-295-1900.

Featured photo by photographer John Patota of Sandhills Sentinel.

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FAM Central catches the NFT trend and creates a ‘golden valley’ https://metawelle.net/fam-central-catches-the-nft-trend-and-creates-a-golden-valley/ https://metawelle.net/fam-central-catches-the-nft-trend-and-creates-a-golden-valley/#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 02:43:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/fam-central-catches-the-nft-trend-and-creates-a-golden-valley/

The fan economy has been around for a long time, but there is a lack of projects or artists who can harness this potential to create a business model, a strong and lasting connection, and maintain a lasting century-old community as the world leader in entertainment. . companies: Marvel, Disney, etc. Fanvestor is the idea that FAM Central came up with to help fans both fulfill their passion for entertainment while having fun and generating income as an investor.

FAM CENTRAL – Where NFT is most widely and practically applied in the physical world

FAM Central is an investment and entertainment ecosystem for Fanvestor (Fan + Investor) based on blockchain technology, combining NFT and DEFI. FAM Central works with partners from the film and entertainment industries with the aim of creating unique experiences for the Fanvestor community with new technologies such as investing in film and entertainment projects, purchasing NFT items exclusive, participating in an open financial ecosystem dedicated to the entertainment industry, obtaining voting rights in projects, having deep interaction with each project and receiving many system incentives that depend on their membership rank.

The biggest difference of FAM Central is the idea of ​​connecting the digital world and the physical world, getting into everyday life and getting to know people to create different experiences for fans.

FAM NFT – The Key to Making the Entertainment Industry More Valuable

Artists / KOL create new influence and value on the NFT platform: FAM Central aims to create and collaborate with artists / KOL to publish NFT collections, interactive games with NFT rewards, NFT gratitude gifts for the fan community, … and their more connected fans.

Film projects leverage NFT for commercials, which makes projects more valuable: FAM Central creates a platform to bring film projects closer to fans, where fans can own and be a part of a film project, get closer to actors, footage, film items or even a red carpet ticket.

NFT holders not only enjoy NFTs as a collectible hobby, but also can buy, sell or transfer them at different times, they can also convert NFTs into vouchers for consumption in the entertainment world.

LAUNCH OF THE FIRST PROJECTS

FAM Central launches NFT projects in the Vietnam market to lay the foundation for the development of NFT applications. Specifically:

Collection NFT Legend FAM: As FAM Central’s first limited edition NFT launch, Legend carries great meanings in itself.

The inspiration for this collection comes from the first F of “FAM”, which is also “Film”. FAM Central will initially focus on developing its strongest advantage – the film industry. With more than 10 years of experience in cinema, Mr. Charlie nguyen has always wondered how to contribute to the development and improvement of Vietnamese cinema, which is why FAM Central was born to achieve this mission. The “FAM NFT Legend” collection will be a milestone marking the start of FAM Central with 5 versions of NFT themed on familiar items on the board. Each version will have a rarity in different proportions with up to 550 NFT. Specifically, FAM will soon unveil a super rare version with only 5 NFTs.

The first Universe film project in Vietnam: FAM is pleased to support the Film Project of from Vietnam principal director – Director Charlie nguyen in the category of NFT Project Strategic Development Partners, to launch a variety of new and unique versions of NFT that fans of Charlie nguyen in particular, and fans and supporters of Vietnamese cinema in general will be surprised.

The project in collaboration with FMCG Brand which has a leading international brand (remained anonymous) with the first campaign launched revealing the applicability of NFT on the FAM Central platform is extremely rich. It’s not just about creating collections with commercial elements, but also marketing activities common in the traditional world.

NFT DROP – A gift from FAM Central for FAN-vestor and the community

At September 16, 2021, FAM Central is pleased to officially announce to the Fanvestor to Create Community the launch of the NFT feature through the NFT Airdrop program with a chance to win 555 NFT in the “NFT Legend” Limited Edition Collection, designed exclusively by the President from FAM Central – Monsieur. Charlie nguyen.

The NFT Airdrop program is an important step for FAM Central to soon open up the world of NFT Square – a place to unleash creativity for the film and entertainment industry and bring unique experiences to the Fanvestor community.

Join FAM Central now to own the first FAM NFTs in https://nftdrop.famcentral.io/

ABOUT FAM CENTRAL
https://famcentral.io/
FAM Central is a combined platform between NFT and DEFI for the film and entertainment industries built on the Binance Smart Chain platform, based on the idea of ​​building the Metaverse – a digital universe but connected to the physical world – for movie projects and entertainment artists to help create super unique fan experiences.

Token information

    1. Price: $ 0.42/ FAM
    2. Circulation of tokens: 2,800,000 FAM tokens
    3. FAM Token news sites.
      1. Market Cap of Coins: https://coinmarketcap.com/
      2. CoinGecko: https://www.coingecko.com/en
      3. Dextool: https://www.dextools.io/app/
      4. Poocoin: https://poocoin.app/

Registration information

    1. Pancake Exchange: https://pancakeswap.info/token/0x4556A6f454f15C4cD57167a62bdA65A6be325D1F
    2. 5ROI: https://twitter.com/5roiglobal/status/1437989553856339970
    3. Atlas: https://attlas.io/en/blog/attlas-exchange-will-list-fam-central-fam
    4. Nami: https://nami.io/tin-tuc/nami-exchange-chinh-thuc-niem-yet-fam-token-fam/
    5. VNDC: https://blog.vndc.io/ke-hoach-niem-yet-va-mo-ban-launchpad-fam-token-fam/
    6. https://famcentral.finance/swap

SOURCE FAM Central Investment

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The new name of the old Container Store will be announced at the Tysons Block Party https://metawelle.net/the-new-name-of-the-old-container-store-will-be-announced-at-the-tysons-block-party/ https://metawelle.net/the-new-name-of-the-old-container-store-will-be-announced-at-the-tysons-block-party/#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:00:21 +0000 https://metawelle.net/the-new-name-of-the-old-container-store-will-be-announced-at-the-tysons-block-party/
Container store now closed at 8508 Leesburg Pike (Photo by Michelle Goldchain)

After this weekend, Tysons’ old container store will no longer be known as “the old container store”.

The 19,260 square foot county-owned site with 95 parking spaces at 8508 Leesburg Pike is being transformed into a community center and venue for local events through a collaborative effort between Fairfax County, Tysons Partnership and Celebrate Fairfax Inc.

Tomorrow (Friday), Celebrate Fairfax and participating vendors will host another Tysons Block Party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., during which a the new name will be announced for the place. The name was chosen based on an online poll conducted by Celebrate Fairfax on its social media accounts.

“Activating this site is part of a multi-faceted community building process at Tysons that recognizes the importance of creating places,” said Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik. “Having spaces like the one at 8508 Leesburg Pike in Tysons allows us to build social infrastructure, in addition to the built infrastructure that continues to grow. “

Vocalist Caz Gardiner is expected to perform at the event attended by an array of vendors such as Settle Down Easy Brewing Co., Zainy’s Flyin ‘Grill and Hangry Panda.

In addition to a new name, the site will soon be given a facelift with a mural by artist Rodrigo Pradel. Before work on the mural begins, however, Tysons Partnership is soliciting the community for input on the design with an online survey.

“Upcoming events in this space, including the Tysons Block Party and Live Mural Event, are just two of the many opportunities for the Tysons community to share experiences and build new relationships, right here at Tysons, ”Palchik said.

“This site can be a leader in facilitating in-person experiences and a model for creating places in our county,” she added.

After the container store moved to 8459 Leesburg Pike in 2018, the county acquired the site in 2019 for $ 16.6 million with the intention of using it to support community innovation and entrepreneurship.

The county received various proposals for the use of the site before the pandemic, including a suggestion from development officials to use it for community events.

However, during the pandemic, the building was adapted for emergency use. For the past year, it was used as a storage site for personal protective equipment and was designated as a hypothermia shelter from December 1 to April 1.

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UW and Wyoming State Library team up to continue newspaper digitization https://metawelle.net/uw-and-wyoming-state-library-team-up-to-continue-newspaper-digitization/ https://metawelle.net/uw-and-wyoming-state-library-team-up-to-continue-newspaper-digitization/#respond Tue, 14 Sep 2021 22:41:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/uw-and-wyoming-state-library-team-up-to-continue-newspaper-digitization/

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – The University of Wyoming has received second funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to support newspaper digitization work. The Wyoming State Library will also receive a portion of this funding.

The Wyoming State Library began digitizing newspapers in the early 2000s. But, in December 2020, the State Library partnered with the University of Wyoming and the Colorado State Library to create a collection of nearly 2 million pages of digitized content, accessible to the community.

“It’s great to have … more resources available to people,” said Travis Pollock, federal records librarian for the Wyoming State Library. “Newspapers benefit a wide variety of people everywhere, from academics to the general public to genealogists … it’s just a great resource for historical information.”

The State Library currently has a number of newspaper titles available to the public such as the Cheyenne Daily Sun, the Chuggwater Journal, which was entirely handwritten at the time, and the Wyoming State Tribune. The date titles range from 1849 to 1989.

“It gives kind of a snapshot of those communities and what they were and, you know, what was important to them,” Pollock said. “Some of these communities don’t even exist anymore. So this provides an excellent historical record of what these communities were and what was important to them then and also moving forward now. “

The state library says the end goal is to have all of the printed newspapers they currently have in digital form.

“When this is all over, we’ll have 4-5 million pages, so really excited about that,” Pollock said.

Currently, you can access all collections through the State Library Collection website.

Copyright 2021 Wyoming News Now. All rights reserved.

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Historic art collection with unique beginnings is on display in Ventura County https://metawelle.net/historic-art-collection-with-unique-beginnings-is-on-display-in-ventura-county/ https://metawelle.net/historic-art-collection-with-unique-beginnings-is-on-display-in-ventura-county/#respond Sat, 11 Sep 2021 00:47:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/historic-art-collection-with-unique-beginnings-is-on-display-in-ventura-county/

It was 1919. Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States. Prohibition began and the Treaty of Versailles ended World War I.

And at Gardena High School – the 12th grade class presented the school with an original landscape painting by Ralph Davison Miller.

It became a unique annual tradition that lasted until 1956 – recalls Gardena High School alumnus Bruce Dalrymple.

“It happened in 1919, the community of Gardena was an agricultural community at the time and a lot of children were working in the fields.

“The size of the school was quite academic, with around 40 students graduating each year,” he told KCLU.

The school principal suggested that high school students find and buy a piece of art to donate to the school.

“The next year, 1920, the students debated whether they wanted to continue this and they decided to do it … and so the tradition began,” said Dalrymple.

The art collection was on display at the California Museum of Art in Thousand Oaks.

Lynn Farrand – the museum’s senior curator – says the students built an impressive collection at an interesting time in 20e history of the century.

“They’ve managed to do this through these difficult historical events. Like WWII, the Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression. They even had a polio outbreak and didn’t have a vaccine for about 7 years old, I think.

“But they didn’t give up on that collection and continued to do so until 1956, when they ran out of space,” said Farrand.

The collection is considered one of the most remarkable collections of the early 20e californian art of the century

“The artists come from many different parts of the United States and Europe who came to California for the scenery and the light,” Farrand explained.

“The artists are wonderful. Many are very well known, and some are not, but they are just as deep in this collection, ”she said.

Mike West visits the exhibit, he said it was an “absolute surprise” to find that these works had been collected by high school students.

“These are beautiful pieces of fantastic quality,” he said.

The exhibition – titled Gifted – is visible from September 10, 2021 to January 9, 2022

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Survey to help the City plan future curbside collections https://metawelle.net/survey-to-help-the-city-plan-future-curbside-collections/ https://metawelle.net/survey-to-help-the-city-plan-future-curbside-collections/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 23:38:50 +0000 https://metawelle.net/survey-to-help-the-city-plan-future-curbside-collections/

The City of Greater Bendigo is calling on local residents to respond to a short survey on their general waste, recycling and organic bins and the frequency of curbside collections to help plan for the future.

Brooke Pearce, responsible for resource recovery and education for the City of Greater Bendigo, said the City is working to meet the requirements of the draft Municipal Climate Change and Environment Strategy.

“A key action of the strategy is to work towards zero waste. Zero waste is about reducing the volume of waste we generate, reusing it where possible and ultimately not sending anything to landfill that can be recovered or recycled, ”said Pearce.

“To help us meet these goals, the City is asking residents to complete a short survey to help guide future decision making and planning regarding the frequency of curbside collections of general trash, recycling and organic waste. .

“Community feedback is essential to inform future planning and decision making, and the survey should only take a few minutes.

“A future change in the frequency of curbside general waste, organic waste and recycling collections could save households in Grand Bendigo money and encourage better management of household waste, which helps divert recyclable items from landfills. “

The survey should only take a few minutes and is available at https://letstalkgeaterbendigo.com.au/kerbside-collection-survey until Friday, October 22, 2021.

Survey questions include:

  • What size general bin do you have (140 L (small) or 240 L (large)?
  • On average, how full is your general trash bin each week?
  • What size recycling bin do you have (140L (small), 240L (large) or 360L (extra-large)?
  • On average, how full is your recycling bin every two weeks?
  • Do you have an organic waste bin? If so, what size do you have (140L (small) or 240L (large)?
  • On average, what is the fill level of your organic bin every fortnight?
  • Would you be happy with a general waste collection every fortnight rather than a weekly collection if it saved you around $ 55 on your annual bill and supported the reduction in carbon emissions?
  • Would you be happy to increase general waste collection every two weeks and increase recycling every week?

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Collectibles Prices Soar, Much To The Chagrin Of Fans | Where is https://metawelle.net/collectibles-prices-soar-much-to-the-chagrin-of-fans-where-is/ https://metawelle.net/collectibles-prices-soar-much-to-the-chagrin-of-fans-where-is/#respond Sat, 04 Sep 2021 00:40:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/collectibles-prices-soar-much-to-the-chagrin-of-fans-where-is/

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans have become obsessed with collectibles, bidding on the prices of collectible cards, video games and other memorabilia from their youth. The frenzy has brought small fortunes for some, but deep frustration for those who still enjoy playing games or trading cards as a hobby.

Among the most sought-after – and even contested – items are the relics of Millennials’ childhoods. These include copies of collectible cards such as Pokemon’s Charizard and Magic: The Gathering’s Black Lotus as well as Cartridges from Super Mario Bros. game from Nintendo. Some cards sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars and an unopened Super Mario game recently sold for $ 2 million.

This is more than a case of opportunistic collectors seeking to profit from a burst of nostalgia triggered by the pandemic. Everyone is apparently looking for a piece of the pie.

Companies that own franchises like Pokemon are rolling out new editions as quickly as they can print them; Internet personalities sell the products and make advertising money; companies that tell collectors how much their possessions are worth are doing unprecedented business – and in at least one case gaining financial backing from a major private equity firm looking to join in on the action.

But while some collectors and investors see dollar signs, others complain about the collapse of their close-knit communities. Players looking to replay in person after the pandemic are unable to find the game pieces they want; if parts are available, prices have gone up astronomically. Critics of the price hike have become targets of harassment from those who now view trading cards, comics and video games as a portfolio of stocks.

“Prices are going up and access is going down,” said Brian Lewis, who operates a YouTube channel under the name Tolarian Community College.

The collectibles frenzy was fueled in part by a self-fulfilling cycle of YouTube personalities causing hype around collecting and raising the prices of collectibles. This can lead to big wins as advertisers notice the frenzy generated among the influencer’s dedicated followers.

With over 23 million subscribers, Logan Paul has made several videos in which he simply opens boxes of ancient Pokemon cards, driving up the prices he paid and generating millions of views. Australian YouTube personality Michael Anderson nicknamed UnlistedLeaf has garnered millions of views making similar videos.

“It might be a booming industry, but it’s still a big deal. Brands want to reach these audiences, ”said Justin Kline, co-founder of Markerly, an influencer marketing agency. Based on industry standard metrics, he estimates that Anderson earns up to $ 50,000 in ad revenue unboxing videos, while Logan Paul can earn six figures per video.

The hype has sent collectors scrambling to find out if their Pikachu, Charizard, Mox Emerald, or Ancestral Recall cards could be worth a fortune. To do this, they turn to filing services, which have been inundated with orders.

Beckett’s rating service has effectively stopped accepting all note cards unless the customer is willing to pay $ 250 per card for their lightning-fast processing service usually reserved for more expensive collectibles. The turnaround time for basic filing services is over a year, according to the company.

In response to record demand, companies are releasing new versions of the games, including premium products at higher prices. It’s unclear if the momentum is sustainable, at least when it comes to pricing. Other fashions like Beanie Babies or Pogs only exploded in the 90s in a crater, leaving most collectors with worthless trash. Pokemon and Magic have been around for decades and have already seen a resurgence of interest.

In the meantime, auction houses and filing companies are making their fortunes by taking advantage of the current speculative frenzy.

Portland-based Brian Lewis produces several videos a week under the moniker “The Professor”, in hopes of teaching new and existing players his favorite hobby, Magic: The Gathering. With more than 600,000 subscribers, he also comments on the state of the game, in particular the issue of rising prices, both on the secondary market (cards purchased in stores) and on the prices charged by companies for products like Magic.

“I am deeply concerned that these rising prices will have an impact on the average person’s access to gambling,” he said. “There is a growing class of investors in Magic, and I think that is not having a positive impact on the game.”

But the frenzy goes beyond collectible cards. The US Mint released a 100th anniversary collection of the Morgan Silver Dollar, considered by coin collectors to be one of the finest designs ever made, earlier this summer. The products sold out within minutes.

Three weeks ago, an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo Entertainment System sold for $ 2 million, making it the most expensive video game sold. Just weeks earlier, a copy of Super Mario 64 had sold for a record $ 1.6 million. An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda from 1987 sold for $ 870,000 in early July.

Some members of the video game collecting community have questioned whether the prices paid had not been exaggerated by the involvement of third parties like Rally, which sells “stocks” in collectibles.

Meanwhile, the collectible card community is seeing its own steep prices as players scramble to find coveted coins for their collection.

A pristine Black Lotus from Magic: The Gathering’s first set known as Alpha, which sold in January for over $ 510,000. This price is double what a card in a similar condition sold for six months previously in July 2020.

Austin Deceder, 25, mainly buys and sells cards on Facebook and Twitter as a middleman between players wishing to get out of their games and new players. Based in Kanas City, he now travels the country buying collections as his full-time job, having to balance his enjoyment of the game with his financial involvement.

Deceder had a used Black Lotus card which he said he sold for $ 7,000 in September 2020. “We are there now and the price of that same card has doubled.”

It’s not just ultra-rare cards that see inflation. Take the widely available Magic: The Gathering card named “Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer”. The card, depicting a bespectacled monkey sitting on treasure, was priced at $ 30 earlier this summer. The card is now selling for almost $ 90, Deceder says, as game stores reopened after the pandemic.

“Now that people can play in person, card prices are going up again,” he said.

However, not everyone is happy. Some enthusiasts say the frenzy brought out the worst in fans and speculators. Nowhere is this more evident than among Pokémon card collectors, with its motto “Gotta Catch ‘Em All! “

The frenzy in Pokemon started late last year when Logan Paul made his first unboxing videos, which only led to other content creators making similar videos and collectors raising the prices. new and vintage cards, said Lee Steinfeld, 34, a longtime collector. in Dallas who does videos, including unboxes, under the Leonhart name.

“That’s when things got crazy,” he said.

Since then, Pokemon Trading Card Boxes have been sold regularly in hobbyist stores and big box retail stores. Fights have broken out, forcing chains like Target to restrict the number of packs an individual customer can purchase. The Pokemon Company says they are trying to print as many cards as possible to keep pace.

“Almost the entire Pokémon community has deteriorated,” said Shelbie, a creator of Pokémon videos by the name of Frosted Caribou on YouTube.

While most of Shelbie’s content features unboxes or discussions of upcoming products, one of her most popular uploads was a one-hour video that focused on the issues of the Pokémon collecting community from the start. of the frenzy last year. Shelbie, who declined to give a last name to avoid being the target of harassment, said some harassment in the past has come from some of the community’s biggest collectors, especially when she spoke about the prices.

Later this year, Pokemon will release a set to celebrate its 25th anniversary. While an anniversary set would usually spark the interest of any collector, this time Shelbie said she was hesitant.

“The set is going to be amazing. It will also be unobtainable. It’s going to be horrible actually, ”she said.

But the renewed interest has been good for business and for Wall Street.

Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast division creates the tabletop role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” as well as Magic: The Gathering. Wizards reported second-quarter revenue of $ 406 million, more than double its revenue from a year ago. Hasbro executives told investors in July that they would raise product prices soon. Wizards introduced premium card packs with harder to find game pieces that sell for four to five times more than a regular pack.

Wall Street has also rode the wave of interest. Private equity giant Blackstone bought a controlling stake in Certified Collectibles Group, a company that classifies collectibles as collectible cards, in July for $ 500 million. The company has doubled its number of employees since last year and is purchasing an additional 30,000 square feet of office space, President Max Spiegel said.

It is not known if this is good for players who have been practicing these hobbies for a long time. Long-time collectors are likely to make money in the future, but those who have recently entered those communities may buy overpriced cards touted by those who will benefit the most, community leaders said. It’s not unlike the stock market craze that drove the prices of GameStop and other “meme” stocks up earlier this year.

“There is now a whole subculture that uses Pokemon as a purse. I don’t know how these people can look at the community and say it’s healthy, ”Shelbie said.

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Grant Opportunity: Field Research of Contemporary Culture within Black, Indigenous, and Colored Communities https://metawelle.net/grant-opportunity-field-research-of-contemporary-culture-within-black-indigenous-and-colored-communities/ https://metawelle.net/grant-opportunity-field-research-of-contemporary-culture-within-black-indigenous-and-colored-communities/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 02:05:23 +0000 https://metawelle.net/grant-opportunity-field-research-of-contemporary-culture-within-black-indigenous-and-colored-communities/

Community collections grants will be awarded to support contemporary ethnographic field research focused on the cultures and traditions of diverse communities across the United States. This program is part of the new From the people: widening the path Library of Congress initiative to further connect the Library to Black, Indigenous and Colored communities traditionally under-represented in the Library’s collections.

Ten Community Collections Grants of up to $ 60,000 each will be awarded to individuals and organizations through two Funding Opportunity Notices which are now open for applications until September 7, 2021.

More information and application details can be found at the links below and in the attached program flyer. Do not hesitate to share this image and this information on your networks.

Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Field Research of Contemporary Culture in Various Communities | Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Applications are open for the Community Collections Grants Program! | From the people: widening the path (loc.gov)

From the people: widening the path (loc.gov)

The American Folklife Center hosted a webinar to discuss the New People’s Initiative at the Library of Congress, supported by an institutional grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – https://www.loc.gov/item/ webcast-9917 /. Viewers will discover all the funding possibilities under this initiative. Staff provided details of this grant program, identified support material for applicants, and answered questions from participants.

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Bart Wallet appointed professor of Jewish studies https://metawelle.net/bart-wallet-appointed-professor-of-jewish-studies/ https://metawelle.net/bart-wallet-appointed-professor-of-jewish-studies/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 09:00:30 +0000 https://metawelle.net/bart-wallet-appointed-professor-of-jewish-studies/

Wallet specializes in Jewish history, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary Dutch Jews. His research interests include modern Yiddish historiography, policies for integrating Jews into Dutch society, Jewish funeral culture, post-war reconstruction of the Dutch Jewish community, the place of Jewish religious rituals in societies. secularizing, and the use and transformation of the genres lukhot (Yiddish – Hebrew Almanacs), sidurim and makhzorim (prayer books).

As a professor of Jewish studies, Wallet will focus on the history of Amsterdam’s Jewish community in an international context. Since the beginning of the modern period, the Jewish community has played an important role in Amsterdam society. Amsterdam has also been a crossroads of transnational Jewish history for centuries. From the late 16th century, Jews from Spain, Portugal, and Central and Eastern Europe sought refuge in Amsterdam, and from the 17th century Jews from Amsterdam migrated to England, the Brazil, Suriname, the West Indies and North America to settle. By the 18th century Amsterdam had grown into the largest Jewish urban community in all of Europe. This gave Amsterdam a place of pride in the international Jewish world, which it retained until the 20th century. Since 1945, a decimated community has reshaped its Jewish identity in a rapidly changing international context. One of the focal points of Wallet’s teaching and research will be the historical development and current importance of Amsterdam as a “Jewish city”.

With the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Ets Haim / Livraria Montezinos, the Amsterdam Municipal Archives and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam has a rich collection of Jewish archives. These collections are an integral part of Wallet’s research.

About the Bart wallet

Wallet studied Hebrew, Aramaic and Jewish history and studies at UvA. In 2012 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis on modern Yiddish historiography in the north of the Netherlands. After his doctorate, he was Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Evangelical Theology of Louvain until 2019, after teaching the history of Judaism at KU Leuven. In 2015 he was a Dorset Visiting Fellow at the Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Oxford. Wallet has been working at UvA since 2016 as a lecturer in Middle Eastern, Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Since 2018, he has combined this post with roles of Assistant Professor of Political History at the VU University of Amsterdam and Director of the HDC Center for Religious History. He also teaches Jewish history at the Levisson Institute and at the “Crescas” Jewish Education Center.

Wallet is editor of the academic journals Trajecta: Religion, Culture, Society in the Netherlands, Studia Rosenthaliana and European Journal of Jewish Studies. He is a member of the Digital Forum of the European Association for Jewish Studies and of the advisory committee of the SION-DIGIT project, which brings together notarial deeds relating to Jews in Venice, Bordeaux and Amsterdam from 1500-1700. He also holds various advisory and advisory positions outside the university, including as a member of the academic council of the Israelite Seminary of the Netherlands and co-secretary of the Netherlands Society for Jewish Studies, and as a member. of the Committee for the History and Culture of Jews in the Netherlands.

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