Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Mario And Luigi Are Sadistic, Mushroom Popping Bastards

by Georgia (Geo) Guzman (@NerdSalad)

Over the Thanksgiving weekend my brother came down to celebrate with us. After nerd-raging on Modern Warfare 2 so bad that I slammed by mouse to the desk and broke it, we made the insane trip to Best Buy on Black Friday (It's a trap!), to get a new mouse. Naturally, whenever surrounded by aisles of geekery, you are bound to look around, and I remembered that we talked about getting the new Super Mario Bros. Wii. The review videos I had seen looked fun, and the multiplayer aspect would be perfect. We grabbed the game, an extra Wiimote/Nunchuck, and raced home with the excitement that can only be achieved when in the possession of a new video game.

Fast forward about 20 minutes, and I am wrestling with the hard plastic case the Nunchuck is encased in, while my boyfriend is fascinated with the game case, and how the game disk pops in and out ultra-smoothly (entranced pushing the button repeatedly), my brother is downing his double shot Mocciato, of which one sip will make you hyper for about 5 minutes, and the cat is burrowing inside the blue Best Buy bag making crinkly noises. After the nunchuck was emancipated from its clear prison, we assumed the position in front of the TV, and prepared to get our nerd on.

Considering all three of us are big gamers, the prospect of Mario sounded like a walk in the park. I mean we were playing Modern Warfare 2 ground wars about 2 days straight before this. I was totally wrong. Wario must have pulled a "Face-Off" because this Mario is an evil plumber with a recipe for spontaneous expletives, Wiimote throwing, and more "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO" yelling than should be allowed.

The very first world, were talking 1-1 here, was a rude awakening in things to come. The level loads, and I hear the familiar Marioesque jingles that make you feel happy inside. We see the regular blocks, and a Goomba strolling around. We rush forward (2 controllers, so we took turns), and we both accidentally bump each other into the Goomba trying to hit the ? block, so yes, we both just died in the first world of the first level in Mario Super Bros. Wii. That was actually pretty hilarious, and after a good nerdy chuckle we go again. The problem though, is that bumping other characters is actually a real problem in the game. Some levels require you to stand in exact places, or face a huge spiky block or lava pit death. One small nudge sent my very own brother, and resident Luigi into a pit of doom several times like this.

Another thing I should mention is this feature, where if you are about to fall to your sudden doom, or walk into something crazy, you can pop this bubble (kind of like a WoW Paladin bubble) that renders you immune to everything. You float around while shaking the Wii remote to hover near your teammate, who can pop you out with a spin. If one of you dies, you also float back into the screen the same way until your extra lives run out. Something sadly funny is the actual death sound in the game. It's like this "doou do." very quick sound. Lava? Doou do. Holding a shell too long? Doou do. This is a basic overview of the highly embarrassing, hilarious, and shameful things to come:

7:40 PM: I hum the Mario tune repeatedly in almost a rhythmic trance, as I watch the intro. I bet Princess Peach is on three anti-anxiety meds by now, seriously she cant even go to the bathroom without a risk of abduction.

8 PM: I discover that you can use the bubble feature to avoid a mistake and point that out to my boyfriend by showing him. He then proceeded to try it. Apparently if all party members become bubbled, it's a game over. A silhouette of Bowser pops onto the screen mocking us. This three seconds into the whole game.

8:30 PM: I'm yelling "PARKOUR!!" as I discover another thing, that you can bounce off of the walls Prince of Persia style, effectively avoiding a nasty encounter with lava below.

8:31 PM: I parkoured my brother into lava. Doou do. This was two screens from the boss room.

9 PM: (We are still in the first world.) Discover that this game has unlimited continues. During a timed obstacle, I accidentally push my boyfriend into a spiky block, as he was jumping off my head, which pushed me down and knocked me into spiky block. We run out of lives, and get a "Game Over". We then are given another continue and 5 lives as Mario voices "I'ma back!", which naturally I repeat.

9:30 PM: I find those special blocks where vines grow out and lead to special shiny coin areas. I jumped on top of it and stomped however, resulting in the vine growing down into the earth. Fail.

10 PM: Boss down, and we raise our hands for sweaty high-fives. We finally make it to the second world. This is about three continues each later.

10:20 PM: Doou do. Wii remote kisses the carpet violently.

10:30 PM: We find these barrels that you can pick up and throw at mobs. My brother gets one and runs over to throw it at the boomerang tossing guy, which resulted into him accidentally killing me, as apparently a thrown barrel tossed by your partner is sudden death, but a volley of "fire flower" balls does not. I am out of lives. He gets distracted by my death, in addition to the 1UP from the block, and gets hit with a boomerang. A collective sigh is heard.

10:35 PM: We load up Modern Warfare 2, and take out our aggression.

Although most of the fails were our doing, some of them were total crap, and left me overly frustrated at times. It was boggling my mind how this game was marketed for children when my brother gave a good point, that as we get older we tend to over analyze everything, and kids see things more simplistic. The next time we play, I will clear my mind of all the Dragon Age and Modern Warfare 2 complexities, and reach a level of nerdvana. It is only then, will I be able to conquer it.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What Am I Thankful For?

Sometimes I just like to make it fast and easy.

(That sounded....wrong...)

Anyway, you know what tomorrow is and -- considering I hope to be half drunk and passed out much of the day -- I figured I'd better do this while I was still conscious. ;-)

I'm thankful for...
  • Entertainment Earth being a great place to work and giving me a heck of a lot of room to play and work.
  • my family.
  • all of the people I've met through this crazy thing called "social media" and who helped me find my way around.
  • every person who follows on Twitter, reads this blog or Facebook (or FriendFeed or Tumblr) and pays attention to a word I say. 
  • the people in my life who love me and who let me love them.

So, thanks for being around, thanks for being a friend and thanks for being amazing.

::kiss:: GGD

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lusting After Cedric? Moi?

What is it with me and pretty boys today?

But, seriously. The pics just came out for the new Harry Potter Cedric Diggory Mini Bust by Gentle Giant and I had that moment...the one where you just sort of stop and stare and drool a bit?

Harry Potter Cedric Diggory Mini Bust

It's wrong to say, I'm sure, but I lusted after Cedric Diggory. He was sweet, he was adorable and he was an all around good guy.

There's a lot of talk about RPatz in Twilight, but I say "meh". Forget Team Jacob or Team Edward.

Team Cedric FTW ;-)

Oh, Adam Lambert, You Cause Me Glee!

I'm not sure if this is a strike for or against me, but I'm going to say it.

I now officially love Adam Lambert.

This has to be one of the coolest covers for a single in a long time.

And it doesn't seem to stop there. Apparently his media team decided that they're going to promote the hell out of his over the top, flamboyant awesome and I -love- it.

Maybe it's because I'm still a bit sad that he waited until Idol was over to "come out" (as if we didn't know) because he was worried what people might think (that still amazes me!) if there was an openly gay person on Idol (No, Seacrest doesn't count! ::duck::).

But, either way -- it's out now. He's gone completely over the top and he's frakkin' David Bowie/Freddy Mercury/Glam Rock/gender bending sexy!

Oh and, he's already pushing boundaries. Seems he went and kissed a boy on the AMA's last night and liked it ;-) (If you're looking, check around 3:27. The keyboard player gets it! Thanks Mashable for the heads up.) Not to mention, this is one HELL of a performance. Britney and Madonna would be proud!

On a side note, is it strange that I had this thought that Kurt Hummel might be an Adam Lambert waiting to happen? ::grin::

And before the Glee fans come out in force to kill me, don't tell me Kurt wouldn't LOVE it.

p.s. Someone, anyone, PLEASE, photoshop me a pic of a Lambert-ized Kurt so I can prove my point?

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm a Geek! Fully Tested ;-)

Just when I forgot how to find this, Liz over at The Park Bench (awesome blog and if you're not reading FIX that!) posted the Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test.

I've taken it before, however, I figured take it again and post my results as proof of my "Geek Cred"

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Pure Geek

39 % Nerd, 78% Geek, 9% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Geek, earning you the title of: Pure Geek.

It's not that you're a school junkie, like the nerd, and you don't really stand out in a crowd, like the dork, you just have some interests that aren't quite mainstream. Perhaps it's anime, perhaps it's computers, perhaps it's bottlecaps, perhaps it's all of those and more. Your interests take you to events and gatherings that are filled with people you find unusual and beyond-the-pale, but you don't quite consider yourself "of that crowd." Instead, you consider yourself to be fairly normal.

Which, you are.

Congratulations! You're the one on the RIGHT!

Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST
Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test at OkCupid

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Seems @stephenfry & I are 2 halves of a whole - and he has a great rack!

Why do I love the internet?

Accidental art courtesy of @CleverUserName's tweetstream.

Tweeted 11/18/2009 15:23

@CleverUserName: @geekgirldiva I'm not going to be able to look at you or @stephenfry the same way again.

Need I say more?

I'm Crying Like A Total -Girl- and It's All Your Fault!

If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I love my job at Entertainment Earth and that I think I have pretty darn cool bosses. But, today... I've actually started crying twice.

Because I'm having what has to be the best day of my work life and I cry when I'm happy.

I blame you.

When I started here 4 1/2 years ago, I had this idea. I thought it would be neat if there was some place on the EE site targeted to geek girls like me. It was just this thought and something I thought would be cool, but it wasn't something I really talked about at the time.

Today that thought is a reality.

Not only is there an entire section on the Entertainment Earth website dedicated to Geek Girls, but there's a link on the Entertainment Earth front page, a news story, new geek girl targeted affiliate banners and even a press release about me.

And, know what I keep thinking?

That, while it's great and all, the only reason it exists is because of people who read this blog or my tweets or visit the EE site. Or who took the time to help me out along the way (you know who you are and I appreciate it more than you know, but I'll totally get gushy if I have to name names and then I'll cry AGAIN!)

So, yeah. You people made me cry.

Happy? ;p

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Can Be A TaunTaun and A Sister Of Battle In One Weekend!

I could say that I was all about original content, but sometimes you just have to post things other people have posted because they are just THAT cool.

First - what has to be the coolest Star Wars costume ever made.

There's also a video!

Posts and more detail via Great White Snark

But, there's more. Because Topless Robot posted this AMAZING Sister Prayer/Sister of Battle outfit from Warhammer 40K. If there was ever a costume I wanted, this would be in the top 5 for sure. Make sure you click through to check out TR because there are more images there.

There are days I wish I had a spec of crafting talent. ::le sigh::

Friday, November 13, 2009

An Open Letter To Infinity Ward Re: Chat Options in MW2

An open letter, originated at All Things Fangirl and re-posted as a Geek Girl, Gamer and woman. If you feel so inclined, please repost this letter in your own blog and spread the word?

Dear Infinity Ward:

Please release a patch or fix that will allow users to utilize party chat in all modes of online gameplay, if only for the sake of your female fans. We shelled out the money for the game, we stayed up all night and missed half a day of work playing it, we write and read reviews and buy MW2 caps for our avatars on the XBox Live marketplace.

Out of respect for us, since, sadly, the majority of the people who play your game online have none, give us back party chat so we can enjoy the wonderful evolution of the online play without being told how unwelcome, ugly, stupid, and useless for anything other than degrading sexual acts we are. Please give us back party chat so we can have tactical conversation with the friends we're playing with, without having to hear how we have no right to be there, no right to play; so we don't have to hear, out of the mouths of sexist, bitter virgins who have clocked months worth of their lives in game time that we are socially defunct and sexually wrong, somehow, for playing.

I would really appreciate it.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dollhouse Closed

I know I'm asking for the inevitable backlash, but I'm just gonna say it.

Dollhouse sorta deserved it.

And this is coming from a diehard Browncoat and Whedon fan.

But, let's be real a sec. This wasn't the "Fox curse". Fox actually gave Dollhouse more of a shot than I believe it deserved -- likely BECAUSE of the Firefly cancellation backlash and resulting popularity if the series.

Personally, I stopped watching the show during the first season for one reason. I think Joss copped out and shifted his show focus because of the way the early episodes were received and out of fear that the show would get axed before it ever got off the ground.

When I first started watching, Dollhouse felt...uncomfortable as a concept. Here was this world in which people were property. Willingly (or for their own reasons) giving up their identities to become a company asset and used for whatever purpose the company deigned necessary without having to deal with any residual guilt or memory of the event.

People being used for whatever purpose, with no memory or guilt -- and a company profits. Experimentation without limit, on human beings and it's just a day to day occurrence.

Now, that was interesting to me. Orwellian and thought provoking and, like those of us that saw the dismantling of Summer Tam as something a government would do if they could -- grossly fascinating.

But, in my opinion, the show shifted focus and I lost interest. It stopped feeling creepy and just started feeling like another week of "Here goes Eliza and what is she wearing this week."

But that can get old. Quickly. And once you've seen one episode and you know how it goes, why do you come back to watch again?

Go watch "Once More With Feeling" and ask yourself if Echo ever touched you anywhere near as deeply as Buffy did discussing something as out there as being pulled back from Heaven for the (second, third, fourth I forget?) time?

Joss works best when he has his characters dealing with the repercussions of their actions, even when the circumstances are utterly out there.

When you hold Dollhouse up to that standard, does it really measure up?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wizard of Oz: Apocalypse - Now Casting.

Through the magic and beauty of the Twitter/Tumblr random rt tumbl of Zeblue, came this amazing image done by the fabulous Daily Cow.

Not only does this need to be a movie, but I think we need an entire dream cast. Come on, internet. Be awesome.

Casting suggestions for (and if you choose CGI for anyone, please mention voice cast please?):

Tin Man
Cowardly Lion
The Wizard
The Wicked Witch (edit: I had a question of if the witch is alive. But,'s a sequel. You know how that goes. Zombie Witch perhaps?)

if you have more...heck, go for it ::grin::

(Oh, once upon a time I used to know how to write a "breakdown" but my days in casting have long passed.)


One of those days where I have the headset on because the phones are a bit crazed. (Never a bad thing at EE, so I'm not complainin') So, while I can't write anything major, I still wanted to write.

Question then became, what do you write when you want to write but have no idea what you want to say or what you want to write about. Then, add the concept that you may have to stop at any point because of a call -- which means you can't get too in depth without losing your flow.

See, it just happened.

Phone rang and SQUIRREL!


What do you do when this happens to you?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Slave Leia Pic is the "Two Hotness"

This has been making the rounds (gee I wonder why) and I just wanted to blog it so I had it nicely tucked away in an easily searchable accessible place.

Am I the only one hoping someone decides to try and recreate this at SDCC '10?

My thanks to Topless Robot, SuperPunch and everyone else who kept this gorgeous pic up on my comp screen this week ;-)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

They Lost My Bobbleheads!

I know it's an evil thought. But I'm sure the Lost fans will appreciate it.

I wanna know if it's possible to get these things to bobble in "WTF!?" fashion? That way, you can set them up to do it for you when you're watching the show and save yourself the whiplash?

Heh. Did I say that? Oh well. I think they're pretty cool ;-)

Lost Daniel Faraday Bobble HeadLost Richard Alpert Bobble HeadLost Dr. Edgar Halliwax Bobble Head

Click the images if you wanna see more. I just wanted to be a goober. Mission accomplished.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

GGD Writing Challenge - Play With Me?

Today's writing challenge request is for totally selfish reasons. I'm feelin' cranky today and good writing always makes me feel better.

As this is a semi-regular thing, I'll just link you to the writing tag and let you get aquainted if you're not familiar. And check back to read the responses. I'm always blown away.


Starting points are provided below. You can use one or any combination of the three if you like. Whatever works.

Word: Release
Phrase:"I'm not saying you have to like it."
Image: A shattered mirror

You write whatever you like using that starting point and see what comes. (Note, no rules on length, content, whatever. Just see what happens) And please feel free to invite others. ;*


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