April 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Big Scares in a Small Package

In addition to being a toy, comic, game, RPG, movie and TV geek. I'm also a horror geek and (shameless plug) webmaster for the Eerie Horror Film Festival. I've been recently collecting the G.I. Joe Combat Heroes line of figures and I'm loving the chibi style look of them sitting on my desk. So imagine my surprise when I came across the Tiny Terrors figures that give us 3 horror legends in cool and cute mini form! So far, we've got Freddy, Jason and Leatherface so I hope the next set include Michael Myers and Pinhead. Until then...stay scary!

Cinema of Fear Tiny Terrors Mini-Figures Wave 1 Set

As always, don't forget to check out the Hyde and Geek blog for more toy goodness!

Posted by: Scott of hydeandgeek.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Wanna Be Like Ashton and Oprah! Don't I?

Let me warn you, this is about Twitter. I know, I know. Another person "talking about Twitter" is hardly unique.

But I’m going to ask you to bear with me just a little longer.

You’ve seen it all over the news. Ashton and Oprah, CNN and Larry King. Jon Stewart mocks it. Members of Congress forget that it’s on the intarwebs and tweet live at the wrong times.

Yeah, everyone’s doing it and everyone’s telling us everyone’s doing it. And why we’re doing it or why it’s going to fail because everyone’s doing it.

Except no one seems to have asked why I do it.

They don’t seem to get that I might not be bummed out by the fact that Oprah’s tweets are slowing down and why headlines like “Celebrities Take Over Twitter, Kick Geeks Aside” are much more bothersome.

Was Twitter a “junior high school popularity contest” until the media decided it was? And why am I left feeling like they decided I was the awkward Goth kid on the far end of the bleachers before I ever got to tell them that I was a Vampire and not Goth?

Oh right. Because they forgot to ask. They got all wrapped up in Britney and Ashton and Oprah mania and forgot to ask every day Twitter users why they use Twitter.

[this is where I deleted a whole mess of stuff]

See that space? That's where I wrote a ton of stuff about how people use Twitter. I’m sure it was great, but I realized it was totally out of place considering my comments above.

So, while I’m hardly a major media outlet and while it’s unlikely this will ever hit the AP, I’ll ask. If only to pull a few more people off the bleachers for a little while.

Tell me why you use Twitter?

I'd really like to know.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'd Like To Make A Request?

Sat down to write a blog that would be relevant to a question I had.

Fast forward 10 minutes later: Blog post eluded me completely.

It turns out I just wanted a place to ask the question and catalog the answers for easy reference.

So, I ask here. ::grin::

Music is a huge part of my life and my daily routine, so I'm always looking for new music. Given that I have loads of new people to ask, I'm asking for suggestions.

Also, if you have specific tasks you like to do while listening (i.e. coding, working, driving, romancing) let me know that as well?

Kisses in advance ;****

Monday, April 27, 2009

Roffle Mayo!

I'm uber uber l33t! So uber uber l33t!

I kept trying to think of something to blog about and my brain kept skittering around like an Alien Facehugger.

Then, I ended up on You Tube after clicking a link from a friend and it hit me.

You need to watch this. Even if you've seen it a million times.

It will make you happy. Even if you don't get it, I bet it still makes you laugh.



Seems to me if we're all going to die of #swineflu, then we best go out laughing.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Geek Girl Admission #436

I love Hello Kitty.

It's sorta bad.

Bad to the point that I have been known to stand glassy-eyed in the Sanrio store until I am physically pulled to safety and , even then, I'm likely to point at the store window and make sad puppy noises until I'm completely out of sight.

Still, most of the time, I'm safe. I mean -- it's not like I'm around it every day, right?

Well, that was until EE decided to post the new Hello Kitty items from Kurt S. Adler - ultimately bringing the temptation to the mountain, so to speak.

When I was a kid, I was limited to thinks like pencil toppers, or bubblegum flavored scented erasers, or puff ups. I mean, it was cool, but now...

Nao!?

There's Hello Kitty Urban Vinyl. That's not okay. That's like sucking money right out of my wallet! There's wall art and dolls and...and..

...and the Hello Kitty Punk Rock 5-Inch Glass Ornament.

Yeah. Hello Kitty in pink fishnets.



I'm in big trouble. Someone cancel my credit cards? ::whimper::

Guest Blogger: Where Are They Now? Matt Trakker

As a kid, I was into all the things boys were into in the '80s. He-Man, Transformers, Atari, Star Wars, etc... My favorite was always G.I. Joe. As 10 year old kids often do, I always had cross-over battles. G.I. Joe vs. Transformers, He-Man vs. Ninja Turtles. So, when I saw the figure of Matt Trakker from the new G.I. Joe 3.5 action figure line, I nearly squeed (okay...I squeed a little). It was Matt Trakker! From Mask! As a G.I. Joe figure! My boyhood ideas about making Matt Trakker battle Zartan can now finally be fulfilled! You see...Mask figures were about 2 inches tall. There's no way Trakker could've taken out Zartan at that size ratio. Now he has a chance. Yo Joe!

G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Specialist Matt Trakker Figure

Diva Note - I have to give extra thanks to Scott for helping me out while I was off dealing with real life. It's nice to know there are people out there who are just this cool ;-)

Don't forget to check out the Hyde and Geek blog for more toy goodness!

Posted by: Scott of hydeandgeek.com

Monday, April 20, 2009

5 GeekDate Tips: Because "Dating" Doesn't Have an Easy To Read Manual (Or a Joystick...)

Stop looking at me like that. Geeks date. I know. I'm a Geek.

Granted, our dates may look a bit different than the standard and so I decided to ask my fellow geeks on Twitter to help compile a nice, compact set of GeekDate tips.

What did we learn?

Geeks have standards and they're not afraid to test you. Here are the Top 5 GeekDate Suggestions:
  1. Take a trip to the comic/bookstore together. Book discussion and joint perusal is common foreplay among geeks. *First date note: If they get bored in the DnD section, go cheap on dinner and consider it an evening.
  2. Spend the evening in or at your local coffee place having long innuendo filled conversations/discussions. *First date note: including complex sentences/video game review and content analysis is always a plus.
  3. Spend a night at the arcade playing competitive air hockey, mini golf, and other games. *First date note: DDR may be a warning sign. Please watch for song choice.
  4. Dinner and a movie. (Call me old-fashioned). *First date note: Extra points for midnight showings. Double points for having purchased or ordered online.
  5. Head for a Con, go in costume and have a contest on who can get the most pics taken of themselves with other people.. *First Date Note: If the "going in costume"suggestion gets you one of those looks, then you can skip the first date.
One comment that fell into the #geekdatefail column, and one I heartily agree with:

Debating is awesome foreplay, but not when the duel surrounds "who" is smarter. Not cute...pls don't try to convince me you are smarter than me. That's offensive. And simply untrue. (Courtesy of @ArkhamAsylumDoc)

I have to say, all in all, it was an eye opener. I used to look down on my Geek nature. I used to think of myself as "different and not in a good way".

Now I'm too busy trying to figure out where I can find the perfect shade of yellow for my Faye Valentine top to care...


...even if I may only be wearing it for a few minutes. ::wink::

Got something we missed? ;-)

my thanks to@geeksdreamgirl @hollychan @mayafish @LiterateKnits @comigirl @th3maw @mad_cow_chris@ @geck0man @Gianavel @Kintay (and anyone else who answered) for all of the great suggestions. Geek Love!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Guest Blogger: Little Damn Heroes, Sir! Ain't We Just?

Being a sci-fi fan since birth (so much so that all the "Beam me up, Scotty" teasing I got because of my name actually had the opposite effect and made me feel cool), I grew up on a steady diet of Star Trek. I watched reruns of The Original Series as a kid and watched the entire runs of Next Generation and Deep Space 9 during my later high school years (showing my age much?).

I never thought I'd love a sci-fi universe the way I loved the Federation's adventures exploring deepest space...but then along came a little underdog cargo ship called Serenity. The adventures of Captain Mal Reynolds and his rag-tag crew running jobs on the outlying planets outside of the watchful eyes of the grand Alliance made me enjoy sci-fi in a way I hadn't done since I was a kid.

One of the driving forces of that show is the good captain of the Firefly class vessel. He's a real man's man. He may not live by the laws but he lives by a code of honor more fitting on John Wayne than on John Dillinger.

When I came across the "Little Damn Heroes" collectibles some time back, I just had to have them adorning my selves! So far, I've only seen Mal and Kaylee but they're both so adorable and fun in that anime style that I can't wait to fill out my collection.

If you're a fan of Firefly or Serenity, I don't have to tell you how cool these things are since you've probably not read this far anyway and are well into ordering your own.

If you're a fan of sci-fi or good storytelling and have yet to see these great shows, do so now and you can join me in the Browncoat army (you'll know what that means after you watch the show).

Serenity Little Damn Heroes Mal Animated Maquette

As always, don't forget to check out the Hyde and Geek blog for more toy goodness!

Posted by: Scott of hydeandgeek.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Star Trek is "Teh Sex."

(Fair warning. If you're easily offended or not of age, I suggest you just pass this right by. ::grin:: It's mostly work safe, but definitely of an adult nature.)




Still here?


I'm going to totally blame Topless Robot for this debauchery. Well, for starting it anyway. I was just minding my own business today, and the next thing I know, I'm trading #sextrek tweets and linking to the Star Trek Pon Farr Perfume!

But, I'll admit, it got me to thinking and - we all know that's never good. When you add in the demented sex-crazed helpful suggestions from folks on Twitter, this post practically writes itself.

I'm a child of the 70's and, I still remember watching Star Trek with my step-dad, so ... Picture a pint sized GGD laying on the shag rug in front of the TV with her chin on her balled up little fists and feet waiving in the air.

Got it?

Okay, now. Picture me currently wondering no one in my family considered what damage might be done to my brain due to: people in Red Shirts getting callously disintegrated week after week, some Lothario of a Captain named Kirk courting every STD in the Universe, and completely having her sense of time skewed forever because "It's gonna take some time" really meant you had to compress 30 minutes into 5?

And people wonder why I don't wear red, avoid men in uniform and am late everywhere I go?

::grin:: Okay, I'll be serious a second. Fact is, Star Trek: ToS was one of the coolest things about my childhood and I loved it.

Even now, when I look back and notice things like the cheeseball acting and the "fabulous" sets, I can't help but enjoy it. Plus, now that I'm all grown up, I don't have to ask for an increase in my allowance to buy Trek inspired toys.

Think about it? Star Trek managed to get away with all sorts of violence, sex (of all kinds and between all kinds) and humor under the guise of "Science Fiction". Not to mention, can you ever really hear the words "Captain's Log" without smiling?

So, in honor of the cheese, I ask you to pause a moment and ruminate on your favorite ST: ToS moments.

Mine? Amok Time. Hands down.


Because it had the trifecta of sex, violence and bad girls.

What's yours?


p.s. - @Shagnasty sent this and I giggled, so I wanted to share.

RT @Shagnasty Might I suggest adding this video to your blog if it is, in fact, "Teh Sex."

p.p.s. I just heard someone in my client service division use the phrase "Big Bulging Nacelles". No, I'm not kidding.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Thinking Out Loud.

I’ve been pondering and, as I have a place to drop the question, I thought I would and see if I can get some feedback.

I’d like to see what I can do to help market and get more interest in the Entertainment Earth Affiliate Program. But I also want to avoid “selling” the program or using my blog and Twitter as places where I advertise for it.

Still, the blog and Twitter are both tools I use for the program and I want to make sure I’m utilize both of them as a way to make people aware of the program and offer hints for my current affiliates.

While I’ve spent a good half of my life in sales in one form or another, I’ve always hated being “sold to” or feeling like I’m “pitching” people. As I see it, I’d much rather figure out what people would find interesting about the program and then have it be something they actually feel they can get use and benefit from.

Which is where I need feedback.

In the end, I want to get people interested in the Entertainment Earth Affiliate Program and, if they feel it’s a benefit, become an affiliate.

Do I “remind” people about it maybe once a week? Do I just continue on as I have – which is just my doing my business and letting people find it on their own? What works? What doesn’t and what would you suggest?

Oh, for the record, I know I could read all the “How to…” posts out there and get all sorts of great “ideas”. But I prefer honest feedback, because those guys don’t have to read me. Know what I mean? ;-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Guest Blogger: Blackest Night is Coming!

The DC Universe has had a rough couple of years, what with 52, Countdown, Final Crisis and general anarchy...and it's about to get a lot worse!

The Blackest Night is arriving!

For those of you not following the Green Lantern books, Blackest Night is a legend of death and misery that will destroy life as we know it. What's that mean for readers? A lot of dead characters returning to life to wreak havoc on the living, that's what! For toy collectors, that means a ton of creepy and awesome figures to haunt your shelves!

This second wave includes John Stewart (Green Lantern), Black Hand, an Indigo Lantern and (my personal fave) the creepy and horrifying Kryb of the Sinestro Corps! Awesomeness abounds!

DC Blackest Night Series 2 Action Figure Set


As always, don't forget to check out the Hyde and Geek blog for more toy goodness!

Posted by: Scott of hydeandgeek.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

Guest Blogger: Girl Talk

I've been in the middle of trying to move and, after the dust cloud I kicked up last night, my brain isn't working. Luckily, the lovely Cleolinda, who I have squeed over before, has been kind enough to write something for me. I think that after reading this, you'll want to know more about The Secret Life of Dolls.

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So Elizabeth Swann and Anna Valerious are still on the outs, and while I'm starting to wonder if they even remember what they were fighting about, Elizabeth's still a bit depressed over it. Even though she was the one who stopped speaking to Anna first. You know how it goes. So I was trying to cheer her up with doll browsing (hey, a girl can look):

"How about a Will Turner? Would you like one of those?"

"Maybe if he were in his pirate clothes," she said dully.

"They do make one of those, I'm pretty sure--"

Lyra popped up over Elizabeth's shoulder. "That scarf is a girly scarf."

"Well, that's just how guys dressed back... now."

"In tights?"

She sighed. "Sometimes Will was prettier than I was."

"Do you ever miss fancy clothes?" I asked, pointing to Court Gown Elizabeth Swann.

"Hell no. Well... maybe. But the last time I wore that dress I fell off a battlement. That's not a dress for people who like breathing. I'm much happier in pants."

"I like your swash. Someday I want to have a swash."

"Who's that in purple?"

"That's, uh... Catwoman?"

"I wanna be a catwoman."

Elizabeth pointed to Catwoman's precipitous neckline: "Is that--can you actually see her articulation?"

"Uh... maybe when you're older, Lyra."

Serafina fluttered down to the file cabinet as I hurriedly scrolled up the page. "That Tia Dalma, is she a good witch? I have no patience with bad witches."

(I closed the tab I had up with Bellatrix very quietly.)

"Can she see the future?" Galadriel called from over on the printer table (she was fiddling with Lyra's little alethiometer). "I would be interested in another colleague!"

"She can," said Elizabeth, "but she's a very, very strange... I don't even know what she is. Or what that stuff in her teeth is, either."

"Octopus ink?"

"OH GROSS!" But she laughed pretty hard, which was heartening.

I scrolled up some more, and Lyra pointed to the Lara Croft doll. "Is she an explorer? My Uncle Asriel's an explorer. He's up North right now fighting Tartars, I bet he fights Samoyeds too. Do you think Samoyeds' daemons are dogs? Are they named after the dog or are the dogs named after them? That lady's name is kind of like mine. Does she explore anywhere cold? Because she's gonna need furs if--"

"Well, I'm definitely I'm cutting down on the sugar in your diet."

"Perhaps she, like me, does not feel cold."

"She looks plenty cold to me," Elizabeth said crisply. "As if it were, perhaps, nippy outside."

And there, next to Lara Croft on the page was, of course, Edward Dollen.

Elizabeth lowered her voice: "You're not seriously considering getting one of those still, are you?"

"I don't know, I mean... you know how much I like Tonners, and the Bella is super cute, and you can't get a Bella without an Edward because she would never, ever shut up, and--things settled down with The Littlest Edward, didn't they? It's all about keeping the sparklepires properly fed--"

"You realize that Anna would actually kill you, right? She'd never stop pushing Bella off the shelf at the very least. Does mind-reading come standard with those things? Because I don't want her putting that tinhat back on--" She shook her head anxiously: "It's just not good for her, having vampires around."

"We'll work something out," I said uneasily. Because... well, Elizabeth's right. I'm definitely going to have to try to get her and Anna back together, that's for sure, because if I ever do add any more sparklepires to my collection--and you know how I feel about future Alice Dollens--I'm going to need Elizabeth there as a... calming influence, let's say.

Clearly, I'm going to have to get out the rum.

You can find more by Cleolinda Jones on LiveJournal or @cleolinda on Twitter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Guest Blogger: Why So Serious?

I remember watching Tim Burton's Batman remake / reimaging back in 1990 and being so thoroughly creeped out by Jack Nicholson's Joker that it actually gave me nightmares. He brought the quality of a cool and calculated lunatic to the role in the way that Jack can only deliver. I always thought it was a shame he was killed off in the very first movie; he was the perfect foil to Keaton's Batman.

And if I might digress for a second, I think Michael Keaton made a brilliant Batman.

Until recently, I always thought Nicholson set the bar so high that no one would ever surpass it.

Fast forward to 2008 and The Dark Knight.

When I first heard Heath Ledger was going to play the Joker I has some serious misgivings. I mean this was the guy from 10 Things I Hate About You and Brokeback Mountain endeavoring to reinvent the role
defined by a legendary actor like Jack Nicholson? I was not
instantly sold. Watching the movie totally blew my mind. Not only did he rise above the heights attained by Nicholson; he took the role to a whole different place; one pertinent and interesting for this modern age. Ledger's Joker was more an exploration of the Joker as a terrorist and agent of chaos than the Joker as homicidal criminal bent the downfall of the Batman.

One of the hallmarks of the Joker is, of course, the Joker card left at the scene of a crime. In commemoration and celebration of the Joker character from The Dark Knight, DC Direct has produced a limited edition Batman Joker Poker Set for sale at Entertainment Earth.



This unique collector's set comes packaged in a black aluminum carrying case. It includes a deck of 54 replica Joker cards, as seen in The Dark Knight, and a standard 54 card deck as well as 100 poker chips in green, purple, red, and black, and 5 dice. Only 3000 of these sets are available and all are shipped with a certificate of authenticity.

What better way to put a unique spin on poker night than with this fabulous set? A must have for the Batman fan in your life or for any one that loves the unique story of this DC villain.

Written by: Erin Peterson @dotnetcowboy

It Came from Beneath the Waves

"There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."

Since I was a kid I've always loved the classic Universal monsters. Frankenstein has always been my fave but when I came across this little bugger on Entertainment Earth, I had to show it to everyone! Standing at 6-inches, he'd look great next to a fishbowl, don'tcha think?


And don't forget to check out the Hyde & Geek blog for more toy goodness!

Posted by: Scott of hydeandgeek.com
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