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Greetings!

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday season no matter what holiday you are celebrating, and I hope we’re all going to celebrate the New Year!  Myself, I’m getting ready for Christmas next week and I’m having to realize that my plans and goals for Beyond the Charts are not working out quite as I had planned.

Life – both personally and professionally – has just gotten in the way every time I turned around and prevented me from doing the things I wanted to do.

– I had thought I’d be more consistent with getting the products on the site; I have not.
– I had thought I’d be blogging on here, posting on the Facebook Fan page, and Tweeting on Twitter, as well as keeping you updated on the Skinny section of the Beyond the Charts website; I have not.
– I had thought I would have had about five specific blog entries done even two months ago; I have not.
– I had thought I would have had more sales by now; I have not.

So, I’m taking things a bit differently as I restructure myself for the coming New Year.

I’m going to keep the main website up for the purposes I have it for already and will add products about once or twice a month until I can hire someone to assist in adding products on a more regular basis. I will add other sites for the other purposes I will be including into what makes up Beyond the Charts that I will speak of in a future post.

One thing I will speak of now that I will talk more of in the future is that I have found an awesome opportunity to make some serious money that has caused me to leave a company I’ve been working with – and getting very little results – for a few years now. No other opportunity would have caused me to do this because I was serious about sticking it out with what I was doing as I saw other people around me making money with it.

This opportunity is being done by a businessman that if I mentioned his name you would know exactly who I was talking about. For anyone out there that has any kind of entrepreneural streak at all, this is THE business to get into, and NOW is the time to get into it as it was just launched this year and the GROWTH already is outstanding and experts say that in the next two years more millionaires will be made from this opportunity than the world has ever seen.

If you want more information, go to the site I have that a couple of people on my team – Ed and David – have set up so you can get more information. AFTER going through it, CONTACT me through here or call me directly at 706-839-6571

http://david.extremewealth4you.com

If you’re wanting to make some money – I mean serious money – THIS is the opportunity for you, and you should click on the link NOW.

After Christmas, and leading up to the New Year, I will put more and more information on here about other things I will be doing to change things and add to what Beyond the Charts means.

Exciting times are upon us for sure!

Be encouraged,

David James

Today is Thanksgiving and I hope that you have been having a good one. As such I won’t take up too much space here and just post the prizes that will be offered to the winner of the new contest.

 – The first three Terminator movies starring Arnold himself, all off my own shelf and only been viewed by me.

 – Issues 1 through 7 of the limited series Identity Crisis by DC that came out in 2004

 – An unopened G.I.*JOE action figure that was a limited mail-in offer in 2007 for the 25th anniversary of the smaller figures for G.I.*JOE. The figure is of “Doc” and is still inside the original G.I.*JOE packaging which is still inside the original plastic sealing that includes two bubbles that each have a different insignia on it: a military star and the Cobra symbol. This is a reissuing of the “Doc” action figure and was ONLY available by mail-in order. This is being touted on e-Bay for starting prices that range from $9.99 to $19.99 and Buy Now prices on the level of $39.99, but if you win this contest, you will get the one that was sent to me personally and that has never been opened beyond the white box that it was mailed in to confirm the contents.

Those are the prizes I will send the winner of the contest and I’ll probably throw in some additional extras as I feel like it when I ship it off.

The contest will run through Christmas Day. I look forward to seeing who will win this one!

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts
http://www.beyondthecharts.com

From the beginning of Thanksgiving Day to the end of Christmas Day Beyond the Charts is holding a new contest.

Anyone who makes a purchase of $100.00 or more will be entered into the contest. Each additional purchase of $100.00 or more will grant another entry into the contest. Purchases of less than $100 for people purchasing Membership 2 memberships are as follows: Anyone purchasing two Membership 2 memberships that does not already have one (one for self and one for friend) will be entered one time for below the $100 amount. Any Members at Membership 2 level can purchase another Membership 2 for a friend along with $50 worth of merchandise and will also be entered one time for below the $100 amount. All other entries after that by Members must be at $100 or more.

The contest is simple: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, anyone that has been entered into the contest is valid for winning. After the contest is over, a winner will be selected at random and will be contacted privately. On New Year’s Eve the winner will be announced and will be sent the prizes. If winner doesn’t contact Beyond the Charts back by Dec. 28th to confirm, an alternate winner will be selected.

When placing an order, make sure both your e-mail address and phone number are included so that if you win and can’t be reached by e-mail, you can hopefully be reached by phone.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, I will post an update and list all the prizes that the winner will get.

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC
beyondthecharts@beyondthecharts.com
http://www.beyondthecharts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarkesville-GA/Beyond-the-Charts/94716168345
http://www.myspace.com/beyondthecharts
http://www.twitter.com/beyondthecharts

Space, the final frontier!

Tonight the hit film Star Trek becomes available for sale and Beyond the Charts is the place for Star Trek this week!

Tonight you’ll find the feature film for sale along with all four seasons of Star Trek Enterprise, the prequel series to the original sixties series the film is based on, so it also acts as a prequel to the film itself. These will be available at midnight tonight eastern time on Beyond the Charts. But wait!

Throughout the night watch for other Star Trek DVDs, Blu-Rays, and collections show up including the original classic series, boxed sets of the three spin-offs, and other items.

Then through the rest of the week, keep your eyes on Beyond the Charts for more Star Trek items as they are posted.

This week is the week of Star Trek!

Live long and prosper,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC
beyondthecharts@beyondthecharts.com
http://www.beyondthecharts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarkesville-GA/Beyond-the-Charts/94716168345
http://www.myspace.com/beyondthecharts
http://www.twitter.com/beyondthecharts

Hello,

It’s been a number of weeks now since I’ve seen this film and I meant to get this blog entry written much, much earlier than this, but with the movie having been released on DVD and Blu-Ray earlier today, I thought I’d whet the appetite of people who haven’t seen the film so that they would buy it now that it’s out. (Preferably from Beyond the Charts!)

In the heyday of G.I.JOE back in the late eighties/early nineties there was much talk about making a movie, but it was never done. By the mid-nineties the cartoon was found only in reruns on certain channels and the Marvel comicbook was getting canceled at the same time as the toyline was discontinued. It looked like the dreams of many had been lost.

In the intervening years following the end of the toyline, cartoon, and comicbook, the toyline was rebooted with an entirely different look to the figures and DarkHorse comics was brought on board to produce the comicbook and a new cartoon was created. Using totally different characters than the ones that had been around for over a decade, Hasbro was hoping to strike a fire twice. It didn’t happen. In just a little over a year’s time, the revamped G.I.JOE was gone and redone figures from the old line was issued, but without a cartoon or a comicbook, most of those got ignored.

Then at the turn of the century Image comics started publishing G.I.JOE the comicbook again using the same universe that Larry Hama had created in the Marvel comicbooks. Rather than just pick up where Larry left off, they jumped ahead to the modern days and created a back history for some of the major characters and revealed it in time during those issues as well as in the other comicbook they created that told various stories from the intervening years. After a lot of issues, G.I.JOE left Image and was published by the imprint that was using Image. That series ended too, but with the movie coming out this year, G.I.JOE came back strong at the beginning of the year.

The storyline of G.I.JOE The Rise of Cobra follows “Duke” Hauser and his teammate RipCord as they initially are helping transport a secure package for the U.S. that the government had gotten from M.A.R.S. a company owned by James McCullen Destro, but high tech flying craft swoop in and they wind up in a fight with Cobra. The Baroness gets the package, but they get it back with help from another team that comes in. And the movie goes from there.

Depending on if you were just a fan of the cartoon or both the cartoon and the comicbook, you’ll notice that the characters in a lot of cases are similar yet not like either interpretation that came before.

On the cartoon, Scarlett and Duke were an item, and in the comicbook it was her and Snake-Eyes; in the film she goes for another JOE.

On the cartoon and in the comicbook, the Baroness was an item with Destro. This doesn’t change in the movie, but the Baroness used to date one of the JOEs and had broken things with him when he couldn’t protect her brother from destruction in the war zone when they were both on duty in the war zone. This former relationship causes complications for her relationship with Cobra as the movie progresses. It also becomes apparent that Destro is quite jealous of anyone that gets close to the Baroness, even if she’s supposed to be posing as someone’s mistress, girlfriend, or even wife. He keeps Storm Shadow close to her and Storm Shadow is not against killing someone over even touching her.

Destro in both the comicbook and the cartoon wore a silver mask that was handed down from generation to generation in his family, but in the movie he doesn’t have anything like that until the end and the way his face is covered at the end is entirely different than anything we’ve seen before although the end result looks the same.

The relationship with Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow is still tumultuous as it was in the comicbook. The cartoon didn’t focus on their relationship until it was almost over with. In the movie, the way they meet is different than it’s ever been told before and they are much younger too. Whether Storm Shadow will ever come over to the side of good as he did in other incarnations will be revealed in future movies.

A character that wasn’t in either the cartoon or comicbooks is a doctor that apparently has been hired by Destro to help enhance the soldiers genetically. His backstory does tie in with a character from classic G.I.JOE: Dr. Mindbender, but he isn’t that character. Not only that, his history ties in with the history of a couple of other characters in the movie.

Also, Zartan makes a few appearances. It becomes apparent that the color changing and chameleon days from the old toy, comicbook and cartoon series are over with as the focus is on his ability to disguise himself as different people. There’s a nice twist at the end of the movie regarding him that I won’t ruin for you. Just be watching and listening very carefully is all I have to say. Who knows? Maybe in the next film we’ll see if he does any color changing acts.

The real surprise is at the end when the Cobra Commander is finally revealed. All through the movie you are left to wonder when he’s going to show up. Indeed, the entire time it seems as if Destro is running the whole show. The reveal at the end was both sudden and a terrific plot twist and very satisfying. On the cartoon, he was from an ancient race known as Cobra-La whose leader sent him out to conquer and control the world for the glory of Cobra-La. In the comicbook, he was a down on his luck man who left his wife and took his son with him and decided to get revenge on everyone that screwed him by setting up a bunch of dummy organizations that raked in money until he was able to build up his army and start on his plan for world domination. Here we have an entirely different take on the Commander than any we have seen before.

The events of this movie clearly shows that they are building up to a sequel and probably a nice series of films if they film them close enough together in the coming years. This one really feels like a prequel or “origin” film. If this was the beginning of the book, I’d say it was the prologue. A very action packed, story filled prologue. They might not be able to pump them out once a year like Saw does, but even once every year and a half or two years would be better than the long waits between other films I’ve seen. If I get four or five good films out of this franchise over the next decade (including the one I’ve seen), then I’ll be quite satisfied.

Tomorrow I’ll be putting G.I.JOE The Rise of Cobra on my website, both in DVD and Blu-Ray format, so if you haven’t gotten it yet, you’ll find it available from Beyond the Charts. I recommend it.

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC
beyondthecharts@beyondthecharts.com
http://www.beyondthecharts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarkesville-GA/Beyond-the-Charts/94716168345
http://www.myspace.com/beyondthecharts
http://www.twitter.com/beyondthecharts

All month long with the first month that I’ve launched Beyond the Charts I’ve had to deal with increasing computer problems. I already had been dealing with it all summer long as I led up to launch time, but it just kept getting worse and worse. I kept hoping this month I’d make enough sales that I’d be able to take a portion of the profits and put a down-payment for a new computer at a store I’ve been looking over computers at. That down-payment still hasn’t happened and I’ve had more bills stack up.

The computer I have runs on Windows 2000 and is slower than an ant that’s crawled onto the back of a snail for a ride. For some time now I’ve been dealing with error messages that don’t seem to mean anything other than just be aggravating as I keep clicking “OK” for everything I want to do, and sometimes more than once or twice for the same function. Pages wouldn’t pull up at the speed I’d want them to, and in general things have not been easy. Trying to add products to the website has become such a hassle that I haven’t even tried for a few weeks now.

My own mother let me use her computer and for a couple of nights there things were just fine and then she had to replace the harddrive when it crashed. She apparently had not been using virus protection for sometime and just thought that installing it before I showed up would be just fine. Once she got a new harddrive, I tried working on it again, but she hadn’t downloaded everything she needed and didn’t know what she needed, so I gave up on that since I couldn’t put products on my site using her computer anymore.

Meantime, I had told all of you that I was going to put up some specific blog entries and with all the computer problems I never did.

Today I removed my virus protection and reinstalled it while on the phone with the company over a problem I was having with it. Now I don’t have the error messages popping up anymore. That wasn’t what I called them for, but it sure is nice not having to deal with them now. My computer’s still slow, but with those error messages gone it seems a little faster now.

I’ll post a blog tonight about G.I.JOE and include a price for the DVD and Blu-Ray if you want to buy it from me.

Through the next week I should be posting blogs on Kevin J. Anderson’s Terra Incognita Book 1: The Edge of the World, an author profile of Eric Wilson, and a company profile of Marcher Lord Press. I don’t know if they will be posted in that order or not, but those are what you should expect to see here in the blog over the next seven days. Also, I will be putting up a press release about Marcher Lord Press that I may put up before I post the company profile about them.

If you haven’t gone to Beyond the Charts yet or lately, just click here: http://www.beyondthecharts.com If there’s anything you don’t see there that you want to get, just send me a message and I’ll add it to the site for you. If you want it, others might too.

Thanks for your patience and I hope to be of service to you for much time to come.

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC
beyondthecharts@beyondthecharts.com
http://www.beyondthecharts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarkesville-GA/Beyond-the-Charts/94716168345
http://www.myspace.com/beyondthecharts
http://www.twitter.com/beyondthecharts

Congratulations goes out to Jesse Taggart of Pinellas Park, FL as he is the winner of the Beyond the Charts Pre-Launch Contest!

This contest was originally geared for the person who became a Member and sent the most people to Beyond the Charts as Members with the winner having sent a minimum of ten confirmed Members. As no Member was able to even make the minimum amount, a random drawing was done of all Members and Jesse won!

Send him a Friend request with an e-mail of congratulations!

His MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/jaytee82

He won the following:

1) An unopened Limited Edition Widescreen 3-Disc DVD boxed set of the Ghost Rider movie that is near impossible to find.

2) All twelve individual issues of the Star Wars: Vector crossover that occurred last year in the Star Wars comicbooks put out by Dark Horse comics. This story starts a few thousand years before Anakin and his children Luke and Leia and then is brought to the time that Anakin is Darth Vader, then when Luke and Leia are fighting the Empire, to conclude over a hundred years after Luke and Leia where Luke’s descendant Cade Skywalker confronts and defeats the evil – or does he? Each has been read twice by myself, and no one else, and all are in Near Mint condition.

3) A signed copy of Field of Blood, Book 1 of the Jerusalem’s Undead trilogy by Eric Wilson. The second book Haunt of Jackals is out now, but Jesse won this signed copy of the first book in this series about demons that inhabit the dead bodies of a family that was buried together in a household tomb centuries before in Jerusalem and now has a thirst for blood. Then they go searching for a girl of unique lineage who could stop their reign of terror and ultimate plans, but she doesn’t even know it as she just goes about her life staying away from her mother and the strange upbringing she had.

4) The first three X-Men movies, off of my own shelf and all in good condition and all in Widescreen.

5) A copy of Kevin J. Anderson’s Terra Incognita Book 1: The Edge of the World and the accompanying CD by Roswell Six, Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon produced by ProgRock Records and features the vocal talents of James LaBrie, Michael Sadler, Lana Lane, and John Payne.

Plus whatever other odds and ends I decide to throw in the box I send him.

Be sure to go to http://www.beyondthecharts.com and get yourself a membership as well as some cool merch so that you can be eligible for future contests!

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC
beyondthecharts@beyondthecharts.com
http://www.beyondthecharts.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clarkesville-GA/Beyond-the-Charts/94716168345
http://www.myspace.com/beyondthecharts
http://www.twitter.com/beyondthecharts

Hi,

Lot’s of things happening.

October 1st, Beyond the Charts launches the website to the public that I’ve been hyping and talking about for some time now. It’s a Basic Launch with about 50 items to start with, yet each week more items will be added and over time I’ll build up to the Full Launch I’ll do that will have hundreds of products available.

Also, I’m going to be back to regularly putting blog entries up here on MySpace and I’ll play catch up with telling you about my experience at Dragon*Con, what I thought about the G.I.JOE movie, and the book reviews I’ve been promising you.

I’m wondering something though, how many of you are on Twitter?

If you aren’t it’s real easy to start an account and it’s fun. Just go to http://www.twitter.com to get started.

For the rest of you that are on there with followers, let me make a request of you. Since the website is getting launched on October 1st, I want to generate as much buzz on Twitter as I can. Here’s some tweets you can put on there for me to help generate that buzz:

Between now and Thursday, at least once a day you can post this to get people talking:

RT @beyondthecharts – please retweet: http://www.beyondthecharts.com launches October 1st.

Then on October 1st, I would appreciate it if you post this at least three times – or as many more as you want:

RT @beyondthecharts – please retweet: Today http://www.beyondthecharts.com launches. Check it out!

Then for as many days as you’d like after October 1st, I would appreciate it if you post this:

RT @beyondthecharts – please retweet: http://www.beyondthecharts.com has launched!

I hope that as many of you as possible can help out this way. Thanks!

Be encouraged,

David James
Founder – Beyond the Charts, LLC