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Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:01 AM Reply

I raised my offer on the building and my new offer has been accepted! BUT, that doesn't mean anything definite yet:

1) The signing of the acceptance is taking place tomorrow, so the agreement is not in writing yet.
2) I have to do a general building inspection.
3) I have to do a hazardous materials inspection.

If any of those three things falls through, we are back to no Newgrounds building.

To answer some questions... The building is only one story. I always wanted something with two floors, but this is more manageable (less can go wrong). There is a 1,400 sqft space that is rented in the back (income to put towards paying the loan). The front portion, or "the potential NG office" is 4,500 sqft with a concrete floor. Yeah, it's pretty big! As Rog from I-Mockery pointed out, we could play street hockey in there.

I have been seriously shopping for an NG office for over a year now. I've gotten pretty hardcore - I walk into buildings and hunt down owners, knock on random doors, etc. Commercial real estate is hard to find listings for, so you really need to just find buildings you like and find out if they are for sale. I've been surprised by the number of buildings that are available, but there is usually some factor that keeps me away.

This place combines the best combination of price, location and space. You can walk to the train, some bars / restaurants and even to a WAWA (the greatest thing in the tri-state area)! I'm no longer in downtown Philly - I've since moved to a suburb on the northern edge. It's a 25 minute train ride downtown.

As for the "why" of the office... I'll just say that I like to think big. As long as I'm stuck in a basement, NG is stuck in there with me. My gut tells me it's time to grow into something new. The idea of getting a small office is definitely more financially prudent, but I don't want NG to have a small turd office. I want NG to have a crazy big office that inspires everyone!

As for signage... I hate to disappoint, but I don't plan to get too garish with the NG branding on the front of the building. I want to keep it tasteful (for the sake of the neighborhood) and will probably name it the "Newgrounds Design Center" or something like that. I'm not planning to paint the tank logo on the exterior, but if I put a glass front on the building, I'm thinking an interior wall with a giant mural might look pretty cool from the street. Who knows, there's tons of potential.

In other news... Been working on Dad 'n Me with Dan and all I can say is it's awesome. Sorry for taking so long! I got majorly sidetracked from all the traveling.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:03 AM Reply

YOU'RE QUEERING THE DEAL TOM.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:04 AM Reply

You can come and live in my basement if you want--- just think about crazy sex all the time!!!1


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:04 AM Reply

good luck with everything tom, and how do i get ahold of you so i can leave reviews again???

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:05 AM Reply

I do hope you get it so we can see pictures of you guys playing hockey in there. :P

But yeah, it would be cool if you did get it, good luck with it sir.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:06 AM Reply

I'm wet just thinking about it.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:07 AM Reply

How do you plan on dealing with all the faggot 12 year old kids who will come to the office "to meet the Numa Numa guy"?

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:07 AM Reply

That's awesome, Tom. What exactly are you going to put in all that space?

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:07 AM Reply

Good luck with everything.
I hope you find the office is better than Wade's house with the bugs and mice everywhere.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:08 AM Reply

you can live in my basement. Rent is only $1.25 because my basement isen't heated. but its nice and roomy. Though you might wanna avoide the fleas.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:12 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:01 AM, TomFulp wrote:
Yeah, it's pretty big! As Rog from I-Mockery pointed out, we could play street hockey in there.

And we all know that that's your real intention for buying the building.

But how much space does the hardware that makes up Newgrounds really take up? It's a good thing to think bigger for NG and take it into an office building, but exactly are you going to really do with all the extra space in the building. If the hardware is able to fit in a basement, all I can really see is you sitting at a desk with a bunch of servers off against the wall in a giant hockey rink-sized room.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:13 AM Reply

Been waiting to hear about this news for awhile!

Congrats Tom! Wade fails with his knowledge! :)


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:13 AM Reply

thats really cool i hope you get it... you deserve the big space and maybe we will see some updates on newgroundsbecause of it aswel ?? ahwell anyway,

PS: tom why dont you change your profile pic i bet you have changed a little in the last couple of years ?????


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:15 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:03 AM, Solidsnake503 wrote: Awesome, first reply too. go me.

Oh sweet. Good thing you contributed something relevent to this thread.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:16 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:12 AM, Rabid-Echidna wrote:

:: But how much space does the hardware that makes up Newgrounds really take up? It's a good thing to think bigger for NG and take it into an office building, but exactly are you going to really do with all the extra space in the building. If the hardware is able to fit in a basement, all I can really see is you sitting at a desk with a bunch of servers off against the wall in a giant hockey rink-sized room.

The hardware is located in a hosting facility in downtown Philadelphia. As for the space... Maybe we'll screen Flash cartoons and independent films at night, who knows. It's all about the potential.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:16 AM Reply

Cool I hope everything goes ok and I wish i lived some were nera it so i could see the building if you got it.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:23 AM Reply

Great news to hear, Tom. Hopefully this means that NG can start to spread it's wings into something much more bigger, than it is now. I know that having an office for the site, also means that this site's backend work with the servers should be a little less tedious to maintain.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:23 AM Reply

i dont understand why you would need a huge office whatever is working for you now is good enough do you get a lot of money from newgrounds from the ad space and r just looking for a place to burn

im sure whatever you do is best for newgrounds and it would be pretty cool to play hockey at "work" so best of luck to ya MR. fulp
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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:23 AM Reply

Kickass Tom. I hope everything goes well! :)

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:24 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:04 AM, wismty wrote: You can come and live in my basement if you want--- just think about crazy sex all the time!!!1

And you call ME a pervert in my I Wonder Why... Posting! =/

Some ppl..

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:28 AM Reply

I call blue team for hockey


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:28 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:16 AM, TomFulp wrote: The hardware is located in a hosting facility in downtown Philadelphia. As for the space... Maybe we'll screen Flash cartoons and independent films at night, who knows. It's all about the potential.

can you also screen the nude pictures of you?

i don't think i can wait to get them on my own.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:30 AM Reply

Damn, NG is already very big. I can't wait to see what it will grow into in the next year or two if you do get the office :D


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:31 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:28 AM, bigbadron wrote:

can you also screen the nude pictures of you?

i don't think i can wait to get them on my own.

you promiced the nice doctor you would curb your appitite for men.


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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:35 AM Reply

At 4/19/05 01:16 AM, TomFulp wrote: The hardware is located in a hosting facility in downtown Philadelphia. As for the space... Maybe we'll screen Flash cartoons and independent films at night, who knows. It's all about the potential.

Ah shit, I totally missed that post.

Well, that would be cool, to screen new movies on NG there at night. That would defiantly add site traffic no doubt.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:35 AM Reply

If you don't mind me asking Tom, how much was your offer?

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:37 AM Reply

I can see it now!

A huge space and it the center one desk with a computer on it and in the corner some hardware.

wow.

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:39 AM Reply

all right... way to go tom. Sounds like this is finally working out for you!

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Response to Office Update (again) Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 01:42 AM Reply

Congrats on finally acquiring a home of its own for NG! It's good to see you guys being active in the expansion and development; even encouraging.

One question about the name of your building: Would you ever consider having a BBS-type poll with different name nominations? It might be neat to see all the different and original ideas put forth by members.

And if you don't like any of 'em, you can always go with something else. Eh?


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