Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank you, Science Channel, for this Firefly AutoTune Remix. Day = Made.

I feel like this Firefly Autotune Remix that Science Channel made for the Firefly 10th anniversary on 11/11 needs more love. Hence, I share ;-)




I'm so glad Science Channel gave Firefly a home and they give it as much attention as they do.
p.s. You may want to subscribe to their You Tube channel so you get to see "Browncoats Unite" if they post it.

Y'know, just in case.
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

This Castle opening with Firefly TV Theme is a shiny way to start the day.



Oooh. Look what the universe dropped in my lap this morning ;-)

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A word about the blog and my general afk ;-)



Y'know how life gets so hectic that you don't even have time to talk about the stuff you enjoy talking about?

That's me right now. I'm guessing it might be for a bit. The holidays and life at QMx are making me a workerbee to the max. Which is great. It just means my brain doesn't get the same kind of meandering time.

Hopefully you won't disappear while I'm away fighting the good fight ;-)



Monday, September 17, 2012

Ben Folds Five Fraggle Rock Video Of Awesome. Morning = Made.



So much about this makes me happy. Ben Folds. Ben Folds Five. Fraggles. Bouncing Fraggles. The song. The message. The Bef Folds Fraggles ::geek flail::

And, the end, oh the end, happy dance of joy the end.




I give special thanks to Chris Hardwicke and the Nerdist Channel for making my morning ;-)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Funko Is Making Game Of Thrones Pop! Figures. ::geek flail::



The rest are adorable, you have to look at them all. But I'm just gonna sit here and nerd flail over Daenerys.

and the dragon...

OMG ::flaiiiiiiiil::


via Tomopop via the lovely @NSSteph.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My Life's Been Madness, and so has my Muse.



I've been quiet on the blog. It's a lot of things. A lot of silly, mentally diverting, politically noisy, heart consuming little things that don't leave me a lot of time to sit still and write.

But this..this I'll post because, well, Muse. ;-)

And, maybe, what's been going on is a little bit of...Madness.




via Deus Ex Malcontent

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Bioshock Song Is My New Jam.



Dear Brentalfloss, I love you.

I also want to send it to Paul Ryan. ::grin:: For the lyric "it's an Ayn Rand wet dream, and brother I mean soakin'."



via my GeekBoy via @brentalfloss

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This Just In: You wanna see sexism? I'll show you sexism ;-)

In an amusing counterpoint to my last post, this right here would be the sort of thing I'd call sexist without a blink.

comic clipped from http://thisjustin.theouthousers.com/

Look - Offensive, stereotypical and (worst of all) not funny. ;-)

If you really need to see the rest of this comic, feel free to head that way. I'm not giving them the links they're obviously craving with this.

Lifetime's 'The Week The Women Went' Is Full of Stereotypes?

Let me preface this by saying. Yes, I'm a geek and I love my geeky shows. But I am also prone to dropping in on Lifetime from time to time, likely because it offers me TV I can watch and avoid thinking during.

Still, Lifetime and I have been having a love/hate relationship recently. I hate them for making me love Dance Moms and I hate them for making me hate even the concept of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (please, don't ask). So it was with a mixture of skepticism, intrigue and a groan that I decided to watch The Week The Women Went.

I got about halfway through the show last night. I was tired and hit a commercial break and so off to bed I toddled. I have thoughts and reactions so far, but I wanted to wait until I was done watching to see where I ended up. Sometimes my brain likes to toss things into background processing.

However, I had a feeling I was going to see some reaction today and I was right. ::grin::

There was this from The Jane Dough, and the NYT review. There were Facebook comments from my feminist friends (Hi Mac!) and the comments across the board seem to already be defensive or angry or dismissive of this show based on either the trailer, the voiceover work by Jeff Foxworthy, the fact that it's on Lifetime or the subject itself.

But let me share my thought here and, as someone who totally flipped out about something on Twitter last night based on little to no information and then had to revoke both my anger and my tweets*, offer a thought.

Instead of reading reviews based on reviews, or deciding based on comments, or even deciding based on the topic, watch some of the show and decide for yourself.

Even if you watch 10 minutes and decide you're not into it, take the time to watch it and then decide.

The folks in Yemasee actually did this experiment. They took this week out of their lives and it wasn't easy for them. Not the men or the women. The 30 minutes I watched let me amused, intrigued, a bit sad, overwhelming disgusted at one mom, proud of 3 dads, and in tears over a 14 year old girl taking over her mom's business so she can participate in the experiment.

I saw a 24 year old Marine who's never had to deal with kids take on his girlfriend's 3 kids for the week and have to deal with it. It wasn't hijinks. It wasn't funny. It was pretty real.

The dad in the trailer who says "I want your mommy too" to his wailing daughter is a working dad. Mom stays home. They have 2 kids. One with severe ADHD and the daughter you see who is a handful to say the least.

My point is, maybe this 5 week show is going to devolve into a parade of pratfalls and "yuk yuk" moments. But I'm not so sure about that. I think there may be some actual growth and learning in the middle of this.

Personally, it appeals to my analytical brain and I'm intrigued by the idea that an entire town participated in this. My inner sociologist is taking notes. 

We're geeks, right? So, let me put it this way. It's an experiment. If you make a decision without observing it personally, do you know the outcome for certain?

Oh and, p.s., I think the 4 year old Elle may be the most awesome kid I've seen in a while.


*I went off on the KStew firing thing. Like, full-bore rawr. They fired her for having sex rawr! Then I was informed this decision was made back in April. Yeah. Eggface. ;-)




Monday, August 13, 2012

Win A ParaNorman Prize Pack!


Have you seen the ads for ParaNorman? Allow me to help. ;-)

The official description: ParaNorman is the new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA and reteams the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated Coraline

My description?: Animated cute zombie awesome.


But it gets better. I get to give away the following ParaNorman goodies. ;-)




One (1) winner will receive:

·         $25 Visa Gift Card for a night at the movies
·         Adult T-Shirt
·         Keychain
·         Notebook
·         Slippers
·         Toothbrush
·         Backpack

Prizing values: $60
Prizing provided by Focus Features

How do you win? Easy. Tweet the following or share this post to your Facebook page.

RT & follow @geekgirldiva by 5pm PST 8/17 to enter to win this #ParaNorman Prize Pack http://bit.ly/WWggd #weirdwinsggd

There's lots of ways to follow and keep up with the movie goodness. They're also doing a lot of fun giveaways so make sure to check it out.  

Like ParaNorman on Facebook
Visit ParaNorman.com to play games, grab free downloads and more
Follow @ParaNorman on Twitter #paranorman

Friday, August 10, 2012

The New Red Dawn Trailer (and the one from 1984)

Red Dawn was one of those movies that defined a very specific time in my life. It was a summer that I'm never going to forget and Red Dawn is still a fave of mine.

Between all the Brat Packers and people like Powers Booth, Harry Dean Stanton and Barry Corbin, it's a time capsule of awesome.

So when I heard they were remaking it, I was...skeptical. Then when I heard about all of the issues, I was even more skeptical. But, after seeing this trailer, I think it might be a pretty good popcorn movie.



And, because it was neat to do a side by side comparison, here's the original Red Dawn theatrical trailer. (Am I the only one who saw stuff that's not in the final movie? ::grin::)

 

 

How To Feed and Care For a New Geek [A Primer]

Originally posted at Geek With Curves, I asked Amy if I could post it here as well. Because it's...perfect. ;-)



Sometime in the past year or so a thing happened that I've been waiting and hoping for: my little sister asked me about Battlestar Galactica. You see, she's not nerdy by nature. We watched some of the series when she visited a while ago, and she liked it but I don't think she was ready to commit to the show or the possible "g" word that accompanied it. I didn't pressure, just rambled on a bit about Starbuck and Apollo and the quest to find Earth. I think the episode of Portlandia that explored BSG obsession might have been the tipping point that pulled her back.

Soon, she asked about Doctor Who. Then during a visit, she watched Star Wars with me for the first time. We watched A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. She approved. She saw The Avengers of her own accord. We lived in the same city briefly, and I showed her season one of Game of Thrones and she asked to borrow the book.

Then, a couple of days ago, do you know what I saw her like on Facebook? An article about Joss Whedon directing Avengers 2. I squealed. It's just so much fun to see her excited about stuff that's traditionally been in my world. And then, she followed it up with magic. She started watching Firefly and has been inhaling the series at a pace that would make any Browncoat proud. She's texting me stuff like "Kaylee is so adorable" and tweeting quotes. My geek heart is swelling with happiness. She figured out on her own that these shows and movies have potential - and I just helped her along with my enthusiasm (I have that in spades).

And I think that's the best way to foster curiosity for geeky interests. 

Be helpful.

  • Do suggest things you think someone would like based on what you know about their interests.
  • Do mention things you love and why you love them without pushing. We know how awesome Blade Runner is, but people who don't aren't sold by you bringing it up every time you talk with them. They'll eventually feel guilty because they haven't watched it yet and stop talking to you.
  • Do answer questions but don't be a know it all. Someone asking about the Death Star doesn't need to know about how the Battle of Yavin serves as a point in time in the Star Wars universe against which other events are measured. It's a fine line, and let me tell you - flooding people with too much information just because you know it can scare them off.
  • Let new geeks digest stuff. Don't make them feel bad because they didn't watch all of a series in a day. Don't barrage them with tons of questions about what they liked until they've had time to process it. In short, don't freak them the frak out with your intensity.

Be open. 

  • Realize that not everyone is going to love the same series or books as you and even if they do, they might not love them in the same way. When that happens with a new geek, don't immediately react with "Are you crazy? This/that is the best thing ever!" Create an environment where people can tell you what they like and dislike without judgment. It will just help you figure out new recommendations.
  • Show new geeks that it's an open club which welcomes new members and let them know that you don't have to know all the trivia or all the facets of everything or have been a fan for decades to be a geek. Tell them they don't need to do anything to "earn" the title other than being passionate, and if they run across anyone who tells them otherwise, they should run the other way.
Mostly: don't be condescending.


I came to a couple of my greatest geek loves late in the game. I didn't see Star Wars for the first time until it was re-released in the theaters. I was around 16. And yeah, that means I call it Episode IV: A New Hope and that I've seen the special editions more than I've seen the original versions. Some folks tease me about that. Now? I can roll with it (it still occasionally annoys me). However, if I would have heard those remarks in a condescending tone while I was new to the movies? I would have walked away, too worried about being judged and not fitting in.

Lord of the Rings is another example. I didn't pick up the books until I saw Fellowship at the theater. There was no one around to really guide me along the path. I mean, I saw that trilogy and Star Wars with friends who liked the universes but not so much that any of them sat me down to tell me about The Hobbit or Silmarillion or how I needed to see the original trilogy as it was first shown - so I stumbled along. It was okay, but boy, if I would have had Twitter during that time... Seeing people share their excitement about stuff like Doctor Who and comics opened so many corners of geekdom to me - all because people followed the general guidelines above. I try to pay it forward as much as I can, and so should you.


Feel free to share more helpful tips on how to properly care for new geeks in the comments!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This is what Olympic Sailing commentary should always be [video]

I wish this wasn't a parody. I wish all commentary was like this. Plus, someone find me this Irishman. I think I'm in love.


via The Chive (thanks Shawn Hill for the directional point)


Friday, August 3, 2012

I had to...Ryan Lochte - ERMAHGERD

I know. I'm evil. But my brain wouldn't let me rest until I generated it. Happy Friday!




I will never, in a million years, understand the Paul Wall grill thing.

But it makes for a perfect meme ;-)



Lady Boba Fett: Knight Of The Realm (I just died of joy)

I saw this image and literally cried out in nerdgasmic joy.

I have no idea who this gal is, or how she did this, or any of that -- but if someone knows her, PLEASE tell her I think she's the most epic thing ever.

Picture one: OMG OMG OMG




And Pic # 2: I want this helm SO badly. I don't care if I have no where to wear it to. I'll find some place to wear it to!



You can find the rest of the pictures over on Obvious Winner. Which, pretty much says it all ;-)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2001: A Space Odyssey as a 2012 blockbuster. Just amazing. [Trailer]

I love it when people find things like this and then I get to post them. It's perfect.

I'm also heartily amused by the You Tube commenters who don't quite seem to get what this was. Heh.


 



Thank you, Javi, for the link. You are an embarrassment of awesome riches. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Internet, The Age Of Outrage & Perspective Lost. [ponder-rant]

Okay, I admit. This is me posting my thoughts on my blog in my little piece of the internet and no one has to agree with me. Hell, you may totally disagree with me and you may decide you want to tell me so. That's totally fine. Feel free. Open up a can of proverbial whoop ass all over me and tell me where you think I'm wrong. I'm a big girl, I can take it.

But let me ask you this, and answer honestly...

If you disagree with me, will you be content with simply thinking it? Or maybe commenting here and leaving it at that? Or will you, like most of online humanity these days, not only disagree with me, but then broadcast on Twitter or FB that you disagree with me - and then add thoughts and considerations about my motives, my sex life (or lack there of) or my level of intelligence.

Seriously. I'm asking. Pause a second and think about that. Do you, have you, or will you do that this week? This month? And, if so, about how many things?

If you look at the last week and the things people have raged about online, it spans the gamut. The Aurora shooting, Chik-Fil-A, TDKR spoilers/negative reviews, geek girl poseurs/booth babes and what constitutes what, Obamacare, Bane Capital, and more I'm forgetting now.

That's a lot of different things involving a lot of different people with a lot of different opinions.

But one things was the same.

The outrage.

I've said before; if everything's a big deal, then nothing's a big deal.

The more I find myself feeling pissed off about something on the Internet, the more I realize I'm in a bad mood, or cranky, or edgy, or just plain "over" it. And, when I look at it honestly, a lot of that is self generated. Because I keep putting myself back in the loop of being angry about something and then, in a need to say something about it, share it and bitch about it.

What I thought about today was this -- it's not enough that we disagree with something. In this day and age, we not only need to disagree, but do so vociferously and then broadcast that disagreement and get others to disagree right along with us.

Maybe it's an outgrowth of the whole social channel dynamic. You get so used to talking about things, that you talk about everything and it all matters. Whether it's the cereal you ate for breakfast or your gut deep belief that gays shouldn't get married, you want to broadcast it out and get a response. Because a response means something.

And before you say it doesn't, ask yourself if you feel differently when a post or tweet you make gets responses as opposed to one that doesn't. I know I've had it happen, about some seriously stupid content. ::grin:: I'm human. I crave validation.

But maybe it's time to decide that, while we may need that validation, maybe we need to be a bit more willing to just disagree with certain things quietly and save the real outrage for the big stuff. The stuff that makes a difference in a very real way.

So that, when we rage, we rage with real power and, unlike now, our voice won't get lost in a cacophony of other voices bitching about how 7-11 didn't have their favorite creamer.

This is just my thoughts. Like I said, feel free to disagree. I hope that you'll look at it and see something you feel is worth agreeing with and maybe share it as a positive instead of a negative.

But if you think I'm invalidating you all over the place, then have at it. I just ask one favor. Don't tweet the post if you disagree with me. I read the comments. Flame me all ya like there. But let's see if we can keep the raging to a minimum in regard to my invalidation of your opinion. ::grin::

Deal?

Oh, p.s. Thank you for reading this.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I was late to the Squaresville party. I'm a bad fangirl. Don't let it happen to you!

I'm gonna make this short and sweet. If you're not watching, get to it.

Somehow, I missed this show. Thanks to the press release I got (included below), that's been rectified.

If you're ahead of me on this one, feel free to nerd slap me ;-)

Here's the first episode. Take the five minutes and watch it. ::finger waggle:: Now.




Press deets:


Did you ever feel awkward, strange, or weird growing up? Squaresville chronicles the misadventures of best friends Esther and Zelda growing up in a boring town that doesn't understand them. In the vein of Freaks & Geeks, Daria, and Ghost WorldSquaresville is a teen comedy with a sarcastic edge, while staying honest about growing up.  

The premiere episode, Nerds on the Run, chronicles the girls' quest to make the best of a single evening running amok in the neighborhood. Late night grocery cart racing, driving around aimlessly, and midnight gardening ensue as the girls reconcile with the decisions to do and be who they want. 

Squaresville stars Mary Kate Wiles ( Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Dreamworld) as Zelda, Kylie Sparks (Pizza, Greek, Desperate Housewives, Complete Savages) as Esther, and Austin Rogers (Ace Ventura Jr., Love Bites, Out Of Jimmy's Head) as Percy. It was written and directed by Matt Enlow (Mountain Man, Engaged). 



Monday, July 16, 2012

Nathan Fillion and the $1000.00 Kiss ;-)

I'm sure this has been posted elsewhere, but I had to share it just in case.


Apparently, this Browncoat donated 1000.00 to Operation Smile for a kiss from Nathan. ::grin:: 


Nathan, being Nathan, made it a kiss to remember. ;-)

 


 I'd better start saving my money for next year. Something tells me the price is gonna go up.

 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Jaime Lanister Vs Eddard Stark Lightsaber Battle [Video]

I know, I've been quiet. It's just been the lead up to SDCC and the day job at QMx tossing out so much awesome that I'm talking about that all day and there goes my "gee, I'm bored, I should blog" time. ::grin::

Still, when my lovely Joanna Robinson over at Pajiba linked this in her Pajiba Love today, well, I had to share.


 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jay Smooth with an amazing comment on the Feminist Frequency brouhaha

Jay Smooth breaks it down.

If you've heard about Anita Sarkeesian, the trolling she got over her Kickstarter on female tropes in video games, ever been told girls don't play video games, told someone girls don't play video games or generally heard or said something stupid about women not being able to do something guys can do (I think I've included all of humanity at this point) you should watch this ;-)


 

Ill Doctrine: All These Sexist Gamer Dudes Are Some Shook Ones from ANIMALNewYork.com on Vimeo.

via Upworthy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The New Muse Album Trailer Just Killed Me.

That sound you hear?

That's me, passing out due to lack of air after squeeing myself silly about the new Muse album trailer.

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Win A Snow White & The Huntsman Prize Pack!


When I first saw the info on Snow White and The Huntsman, I admit, I said "Meh". I, personally, am not a Kristen Stewart fan. So I was ready to pass it by.

Then a few things happened.

1) I saw the trailer. More specifically, I saw Charlize Theron and the effects and the overall feel of the move and I found myself intrigued.


2) I started watching more of the advertising. I saw the effects, the costumes, Chris Hemsworth... (what, I'm human!). The ravens. I admit, the ravens got me.

3) I got a chance to give away the following goodies. ;-)

One (1) winner will receive a SWATH Prize Pack: 
  • T-Shirt 
  • Nail Polish 
  • Lip Shine 
  • Necklace 
  • Cell Phone Mirror 
  • Sling Bag 
  • Official Soundtrack
How do you win? Easy. Tweet the following or share the Facebook post.

RT & follow @geekgirldiva by 10pm PST 5/25 to enter to win this Snow White & The Huntsman Prize Pack http://bit.ly/KUtuG8 #swathggd

So, yeah, I'm excited. More than I thought I would be. Now the words "In Theaters June 1!" cause me to check my schedule. Which I think says a lot about the movie. Because it takes a lot to get me from "meh" to "wow". But they've managed.

There's lots of ways to follow and keep up with the movie goodness.  Personally, I think the Pinterest link is kick ass. It has some great costume details.

Website:                     http://www.snowwhiteandthehuntsman.com
Twitter:                      https://twitter.com/#!/snowwhite #SWATH
Facebook:                   http://www.facebook.com/snowwhiteandthehuntsman
YouTube:                    http://www.youtube.com/user/SnowWhiteHuntsman
Pinterest:                   http://pinterest.com/swathmovie

And make sure you give them some FB love. ::grin::

Friday, May 11, 2012

Music geek does a frakking hot version of "Sexy And I Know It.". Rawr.

I am going to say right here and now -- if I weren't in a committed relationship, I would be tracking this guy down right NOW. (Okay, maybe not. Noah here is 18. ::grin:: That would be a heck of a cradle rob for me)

Cause, daaaaammmmn. not only it is a killer arrangement of "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO, it also gives you an idea of just how good the actual song is as a song.

(And, really, listen all the way through. It's very good. )

I'll be in my bunk.

 
Amazing "Sexy And I Know It" Cover - Watch More Funny Videos

You can find Noah on FB and Twitter. Go share the love ;-)
via Break

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My rambling wrap up to my Joss "controversy" tweets.

I'm not sure how or why, but I ended up talking and tweeting a lot today about Joss Whedon, The Avengers, feminism, anti feminism, triggers, reactions, choices of reaction, and whether or not there's a difference between being pissed off that a fictional super being uses a slur for a part of a woman's body or and whether or not it's okay for the state to mandate the legality of being able to insert items into that aforementioned body part.

Here's what I don't understand and, to be honest, what makes me sad...and I know I've said it before...

If EVERYTHING is a big deal, then nothing is. If we get up in arms about every perceived slight, we lose the passion of the real attacks. If we allow ourselves to be upset for longer than a few heartbeats about the small disagreements, we leech our strength for when we need it most.

Take this exchange.

Me: I wish people didn't take it so much to heart. Joss' comment, I mean. Because it's so interpretive. Know what I mean? 

Return comment: If it's meant to be interpretive, then people have a right to their interpretation, no? 

Me: They have a right to anything, I just don't know why people choose a negative view instead of a positive one.

So let me clarify.
 
Am I going to decide Joss is anti-woman based on the comment in question. One line in a lot of lines. The one that said he was proud of getting a certain phrase "out to the masses".

Or am I going to look at this post from 2007. This full throated, filled with pain and love and fire manifesto.

This is what I mean by choosing. Yes, I'll trigger. Yes, I might react. But I am a high functioning organism. I am more than nerves and reactions. I have a mind and experiences and reasoning. I choose what I give my power to. I decide who gets to hurt me. I do.

In this case, I choose to look at something like this and decide there's no benefit in getting angry. I'm going to save my strength.

And, by choosing to keep Joss Whedon in my "for women" column, I won't cost myself the joy I feel in his work. Because I would feel sad at the loss of that joy and, in a way, depleted.

I have no idea if this makes sense and -- tbh -- I don't care. It's my way of getting this out of my head and then I can stop discussing it anywhere else. I can stop expending energy explaining. I need my energy.

For November. For Choice. For Human and Gay Rights. For Women. For Men.

For Humanity.

Damn, no wonder I'm tired. ;-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Weight Hacking is the new way to trick your scale, right? No?



Okay, so, what is Weight Hacking?

Weight Hacking is a how-to book for geeks who want to lose weight and get fit, written by a geek who’s successfully lost 65lbs.

Why am I writing about it?

Because Weight Hacking can't get published without help. Plus it's not written by some fancy weight loss guru with abs of steel*. It's written by Craig Engler (said hacker) who, as the man behind the @SyFy twitter and social media division, is a geek and knows we face certain challenges others might not. (and not just from Sharktopus)

To use his words, since I think they're kinda perfect:

What Makes Weight Hacking Unique?

Weight Hacking isn’t a new fad diet or some heretofore undiscovered but miraculous nutritional trick. It makes no new medical claims, and none of the science in it is in any way outlandish. In fact, all of the research referenced in Weight Hacking comes from impeccable sources like the Harvard School for Public Health and the Mayo Clinic.
Weight Hacking is simply an operating system for nerds that shows them easy ways to incorporate better eating and sound nutrition into a geeky lifestyle. It also explains how geeky passions like playing games, surfing the Web, reading, and a love of gadgets can be some of the best tools to lose weight and get fit.

Featuring Geeks You Know And Love

Weight Hacking is not only written for geeks by a geek, it will also include many geeks you know and love. It will feature the stories of well-known geeks who've lost weight, like beloved writer/screenwriter/comic writer Neil Gaiman and science fiction author and BoingBoing editor Cory Doctorow. And other geeks will show you how to eat better, like Bonnie Burton, who wrote the Star Wars Craft Book and who'll be creating new geeky-but-healthy "food crafts" for Weight Hacking.


See what I mean? It sounds cool. Not just that, I want to get it published so I can read it because, heck, I could use a few tips myself. ;-)

Which is why I'm asking you to share the project and donate what you can to help make it happen over at their IndieGoGo campaign.

You'll be helping out fellow geeks, you'll get a fun perk and who knows...maybe one or two of us will be in the next edition after using the cool stuff we learned in the first one.


*to be fair, I don't know if Craig has abs of steel. He might. But I'm not gonna ask.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My open letter to the @moviefone editor who approved the "Girl's Guide To The Avengers".

I know there are already posts and outrage about your article and I'm sure what I have to say might have been said, but I wanted to add my comments to this for a specific reason. I could take the time to be offended as a woman person. I mean, your "Girls Guide To The Avengers" was offensive and tacky. But I have a bigger problem with it and it's what has my "panties in a twist" so to speak.

I'm pretty sure one of two things happened here:

1) You knew it was a troll-y piece of girl bashing fluff and posted it anyway. At which point it's just link bait (you'll note I'm not linking to you) and, as my friend Scott Weinberg commented, "yellow journalism".

or

2) You read it and actually thought it was well written "satire" and ran it.

Either one of those things worries me more that the idea that Jessie Heyman wrote a piece of tripe that pretty much reinforces every bad stereotype about women there is. I mean, it makes women as a whole look like air headed fools and makes men look like insecure assholes who need a woman to "stroke" their egos because they want to go to a super hero movie.

That's my issue.

The article shouldn't have been approved, in my opinion.

Of course, my estrogen level pretty much means I'm an idiot, right? ;-)

Love,

GGD

Links of other woman who said stuff about this that was awesome and kick ass and empowering (feel free to send me yours ands I'll add it)


Oh, Moviefone and your Girl's Guide to The Avengers. Really? by Geek with Curves

Moviefone’s Girl’s Guide to the Avengers – Now With More Stereotypes! by The Discriminating Fangirl.

fangirls, satire, moviefone, and having a sense of humor by Erudite Chick

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nathan Fillion & Robert Downey Jr. In An Avengers Promo. ::melt::

I may be late to the party in posting this, but I don't care. ::grin::

Reason #2875 why I love Joss Whedon. He has a pretty adorable and funny "six degrees".



Oh and, if anyone knows if there are out takes of the day they filmed -- I'd pay good money or sell body parts. Just sayin.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Star Wars Heels, Nerd Treats and Geek Ladies = a Trifecta of Awesome.



When any "day with the girls" includes decoupage Star Wars heels and an Admiral Ackbar Snack Bar, you know it's got to be good.

The lovely Amy Ratcliffe hosted a Nerd Shoe Craftacular recently and 15 geek ladies let loose with comic books, Mod Podge, glitter, stencils, a Bedazzler and rampant creativity.

Check out Amy's blog and Just Jenn Designs for a lots of pics and how to's.

I vote we do another one (in an animal free zone) and maybe do multiple ones on the same day. Nerd Craft Day, anyone? ::grin::


Monday, March 26, 2012

The CIC Project Letter Writing Campaign for BSG: Blood & Chrome made it frakkin' easy by including a letter for you.

If you're a BSG fan, then you likely know about the Wondercon "screening" of the Blood and Chrome trailer, the fan joy and then consequent fan tears when SyFy announced they weren't planning to pick the pilot up as an actual series. At best, it might be a web series and we're waiting for an air date of the already complete pilot.

To that end, the CIC Project got industrious and started a letter writing campaign.

Blood and Chrome: A Letter to SyFy.

As most of you know, SyFy is still on the fence about airing Blood and Chrome, whether it be on the web, over the air, or just releasing it on DVD/Blu-Ray. We need to let them know we want it aired and not relegated to oblivion. We need to show them there is a fan base out there across America and around the world that will not only watch, but will follow this show.

To that effect I have made up a letter, in the style of BSG, for us to print out, sign, clip corners, and send to SyFy/NBC/Universal. After signing, be sure to print your name and city/state. There are thousands of us out there, and countless more who will watch, but who don't know what they would be missing if this doesn't air. We need to be their voice too.

The address to send it is at the top of the letter. If you feel you have any other comments, include them. But please, be nice. Be respectful. But most of all, let then know we care.

So Say We All.

This is the link to the letter. I've already printed mine out. I'm including an image for you below as well.

As I like to say "Geek Squad. Activate."


Monday, March 19, 2012

An Open Letter to BioWare regarding the Mass Effect 3 ending (and side note to the complaining fans)

Dear BioWare,

I know you're taking a ton of flak for the Mass Effect 3 ending. I know there's a lot of fans complaining. I know a lot of those same fans are demanding you change the ending.

Don't change the ending.

Let them complain. That's their right. Let them bitch until they're blue in the face. Let them file complaints with the FTC and BBB, even if it is one of the silliest things I've ever heard. (I mean, really, who does that?)

But DON'T change the ending.

Because if you do, then you'll be giving power to the insanity. You'll be validating a bunch of people bitching about the ending to a video game that that you spent copious amounts of time and money and man hours creating with the ending you currently have.

It's easy for them to complain. They bought the game. They played it. They experienced the entire thing and then -- once they're done, they want you to change the ending?

Because they paid $60.00 for it? Is $60 the going price for corporate capitulation now?

Let's put this into perspective for a moment.

You go to dinner and you order a drink, appetizer, entree and dessert. You eat the entire meal. You get a cup of coffee at the end of the meal. The coffee is burnt because it's been in the pot too long. If you complain to the manager and expect your entire meal to be comped because the "burnt coffee ruined the taste of your meal", is that rational?

Here's a better one...

You go out on a date. You pick the girl up, you take her to dinner and then you take an amazing walk on the beach. You talk into the late hours. You laugh, you have so much in common. You like the same movies, the same music, the same games. You spend 6 hours together on what might be the best date ever. Then you drive her home and, after a good night kiss, she calls it a night.

Do you then bitch her out because you thought those 6 hours were going to result in you getting laid and, because you didn't, now she's just a gold digging bitch who only led you on?

That would make you an asshole, wouldn't it?

So, BioWare, don't change the ending.

If people are really upset, then let them show it the way consumers show it. Let them show it with their money. Let them decide not to buy from you again. Hey, they might. That's possible. Even probable. And maybe you'll have to take a look at the numbers and say, "Well, guess the ending to ME3 wasn't what the fans wanted and maybe we need to keep in mind just how happy we need to keep them in future games."

You made a choice with that ending. You thought it was valid and you had your reasons. You may or may not have to take a hit for those reasons, but stand firm and stand behind the decisions you made.

If you cave -- if you change the ending because of fan uproar -- you pretty much broadcast to the entire gaming community that any time fans don't like what you create, you'll change it to suit them.

For $60.00.

And a word to the people out there bitching that BioWare sucks and it "isn't fair".

I have two things to say to that:

1) Life isn't fair.

2) In the words of Denis Leary. "Life sucks. Get a fucking helmet."



p.s. The post that prompted this rant. You can blame ars technica ;-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DOME - (Just read it. I don't ask for much. ::grin:: )

This is one of those Kickstarter projects I have to share. Not just because it's helping to create geek project, but because it's looking to do it in a way that helps support creative types on a much more tangible level -- and allows backers to be part of the process that goes beyond giving their money.

Here's the info on the DOME Kickstarter project itself.

Oh, whatever, I'm not describing it well. Watch the video. ;-)



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Using the Internet Has Caused Us To Forget How To Use the Internet. (I ramble)

Bear with me on this. It'll ramble. But I swear, I have a point. ;-)

Unless you've been under a rock, you're somewhat up to speed on the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke story. You have an opinion and, odds are pretty good, that opinion was formed by something you read on the Internet.

However, have you noticed how many different opinions and versions of the story there are?

I was pretty vocal myself. Heck, I'm on the Internet and I've never been one for censoring myself, so there I was opining away and feeling, what I felt was, justifiably angry. But then, so were all the other people, and some of their opinions and -- more importantly -- information were markedly different than mine.

So, what does "using the Internet" have to do with this?

Well, when I first saw what Rush was saying, I wanted to know why he was calling this woman a "slut" and a "prostitute". Why was he saying that she was asking for her sex life to be subsidized and where? I had his side of the issue. It was right there in video and accessible. It was in the news story that popped up. His comments, his opinion. The story even mentioned that he was talking about a girl named Sandra Fluke who had testified before Congress.

That was pretty much it. If I had stopped there, I'd be "informed". In the basic sense, I'd have information. I could form an opinion off that.

But I had a feeling there was more to it and so I cracked a Google search and entered the words "Sandra Fluke Testimony".

What I read and what I did from there isn't really the point of the post. If you read my tweets, you likely know where I fell on the issue.

The point is actually the search itself and why I think that many people have been using the Internet so much that they've forgotten how to use the Internet.

The Internet was created as a research and networking tool. It was created by the DoD in 1969 as ARPAnet and used by 4 major universities to consolidate information for easy access by researchers across multiple locations. *

The Internet, at it's base, is a research and networking tool.

However, in this day and age. In an age of Twitter and Facebook. In the days of "instant" news and ad revenue based on page hits, it seems like the "research" aspect of using the Internet has been pushed further and further to the back burner for most daily users.

Facebook is filled with comments that have a "like" button. It's opinion on opinion. Tweets fly by and we aggregate links in readers and scroll through them. Blog posts and news stories side by side. News and opinion flashing by as part of a continuing stream of information.

Ask yourself. When you read something and find yourself reacting to it, do you accept it as fact? Do you react first, speak next and possibly skip the research aspect?

I know I do sometimes and I'm sure other people do. I also know plenty of people still research information and take pretty much everything they read on the Internet with a healthy grain of salt.

Still, it's the general user I'm thinking about here and curious about. The young ladies who tweet things like "Chris Brown can beat me any time". Or the people arguing with me that Sandra Fluke is asking the tax payer to pay for her sexual activities. Or the people who say President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim.

For many, the Internet has become a broadcasting tool and nothing more. It has become just another media to consume and, as such, is regarded as static and infallible.

Really, though, the Internet is the same thing it's ever been. A consolidation of information and data. Networked together for multiple users.

But is the Internet being used the way it was meant to be used? I don't think so and, personally, I think that's too bad.


* Internet History links:

History of the Internet: Timeline




Monday, February 27, 2012

The Real Women's Health Experts Speak Out (Cue Sarcasm) [Video]



If you've been paying attention at all to what's going on legislatively, then you know there are all sorts of people (men - okay, I don't know they're ALL men, but mostly men) in various state and local governments currently pushing laws regarding contraception, abortion, and coverage of women's medical services when it comes to any part of her body that has even remotely to do with her reproductive system.

Truthfully, I've spent most of the last 2 months outraged and sad and shaking my fist at the TV because of it, and then I've found myself in a quiet despair of the future of humanity.

But maybe anger and sadness isn't going to be what turns the tide. Maybe humor and mocking those who make a mockery of the legal system might work. Heck, either that or I'm gonna have to start burning sage.

Or maybe I'm just on my period...

via Pajiba

Friday, February 24, 2012

Singapore Has A Battlestar Galactica Roller Coaster? I Need To Go To Singapore NAO!

I'm gonna copy this directly from the site, because, frak me...it just sounds so cool.




Choose your side – HUMAN or CYLON - as you engage in the ultimate intergalactic battle between good and evil on the world's tallest dueling roller coasters!  Themed after the hit television series Battlestar Galactica, these spectacular, intertwined coasters offer a truly exhilarating adventure as you twist, turn and drop in an intense aerial dogfight. 
 
Riders on both coasters will experience unbelievable thrills as they race towards each other and nearly collide!

Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN® 
Zooming at speeds of 82.8 km/h, the HUMAN Viper Mark II is a seated coaster that propels you 14 storeys into the air while pursuing your enemy


Battlestar Galactica: CYLON®The CYLON Raider is a suspended roller coaster that will turn your world upside down as it runs through a vertical loop, corkscrew and cobra roll.
 





Seriously, I need to get to Singapore. Like, today.



Monday, February 20, 2012

A Ukrainian Pop Band Covers Bon Jovi and ROCKS ;-)

Found this thanks to a friend on FB. Thanks Dave! Have to share it because, truthfully, it's what happy looks like in my head.

And if it's been all over and you've seen it, then forgive me being late. I just saw it and I'm too busy grinning to care ;-)



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