October 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

CNBC Finds The Sugar Daddy Ken "Fascinating"

I swear I'm not Ken obsessed! But...but...this is so dang cool!

First I was shocked at the news that Barbie had a Sugar Daddy Ken. Then a Mattel company spokeswoman clarified to the New York Post:


Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

Well, Jane Wells over at CNBC's Funny Business may have just written the best last 3 lines of any blog post and, at the same time, proven herself a geek girl extraordinaire!

Yer gonna have to read it. I'm not gonna spoil it (and no fair skipping to the end!)

Funny Business :) with Jane Wells - Barbie's Sugar Daddy?

If this thing hits the Today Show, I may just die.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

GGD Writing Challenge - Thursday Play

This has become a semi-regular thing, so I'll just link you to the writing tag and let you get aquainted if you're not familiar.

Ready?

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

Word: Perfection
Phrase:"The last time this happened..."
Image: A flickering lightbulb

You write whatever you like using that starting point and see what comes. (Note, no rules on length, content, whatever. Just see what happens)


p.s. As always, tell a friend and read the comments ;-)

Mattel Spokeswoman Comes Out To Talk Sugar Daddy Ken!

If you've been reading, you know I was somewhat shocked at the news that Barbie had a Sugar Daddy Ken. (As a child of the 70's, I thought Barbie earned that plane the old fashioned way, right?)

Well, I can rest easy. A Mattel company spokeswoman clarified to the New York Post:

"And before anyone thinks the "Sugar Daddy" title refers to an older man with a younger lover, Mattel says that there's a much more innocent explanation.


"The little dog's name is actually Sugar," said the Mattel spokeswoman. "That's where the name comes from. He's Sugar's daddy, as a reference to the dog."

Remember the Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken? Click if you need a refresher:

Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

Well, that makes much more sense, right?

Mattel also went on to explain that "The 'Sugar Daddy' Ken was created thanks to popular demand from Mattel's Barbie adult enthusiasts, who wanted a Ken doll that could hold his own as part of the already popular Barbie Fashion Model Collection"

Something tells me this is the closest Mattel may ever come to saying what we're all thinking.

And I say, good on Mattel for being...out spoken and fabulous with this new Ken.

...even if I DO question his fashion sense. I mean, lime GREEN?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Real Men Of Genius: Mal vs.Castle

I was talking to one of my geek guy friends who, while he loved Firefly, just can’t seem to get his head around the idea of watching Castle. He watched an episode or two and didn’t decide to go back again.

Know what I said?

“Go back and watch it again.”

Which got me thinking. Watching Castle was a no-brainer for me. Once I became a Fillion fan, I watched anything he was in, because he was in it. I know that’s more a fan thing, or maybe a female thing (c’mon, the man is adorable).

But I wanted to see it happen.

I wanted to see that moment when someone figured out how to use Nathan Fillion as well as Joss ever did. Maybe (dare I blaspheme) even better?

When I first heard the Castle premise, I worried. Major network? Crime show? WTF? Cue the mutter: Here we go again with them putting this charming, funny, quirky leading man into something that’s just not gonna fit, but fine I’ll watch cause it’s what I do.

I’ll even admit, I watched the first episode and it didn’t click right away. But, it was cute and had Nathan and the writing was good enough and so, sure, I watched again.

After all, any show needs time and a little love. Actors need to find rhythms. Writers need to find voices. Characters need to develop. We live in an immediate society. Giving things “time” isn’t something we may always do these days. Especially when we tweet, IM, write email and whathaveyou while watching, right?

Now -  let me tell you why I think Richard Castle may be the best Nathan Fillion role to date.

Rick Castle is man.

BTW, here’s where the women reading are likely nodding along. I promise, I’ll explain for anyone who doesn’t get what I mean.

Malcolm Reynolds was a space cowboy. Rugged, mercenary, flawed, damaged, charming and he had “a past”. He had been a soldier. He’d seen more in his life than most people ever would. He’d loved and lost, commanded and failed. He’d been betrayed by a government he’d sworn to protect.

He also didn’t know how to say “I love you”, “I’m sorry” or “I screwed up” unless someone was literally holding a gun to his head!

Women love Malcolm Reynolds. Of course we do. Who wouldn’t want to spend a night “in his bunk”.

He’s unattainable and women love a good chase, but once we had him, then what? Strap on a gun? Deal with the constant “Will he or won’t he”? Resist the urge to smack him upside the head every time he got himself into some mess because he was just too stubborn to admit he couldn’t handle?

Mal’s one of those guys – that wounded and stubbornly vulnerable guy men want to be and women want to tame.

But he’s not real.

Now Richard Castle. Let’s look at him a moment.

He’s smart, funny, successful, twice* divorced. Has a daughter. He’s a writer. Likes to throw a good party and has a wicked sense of humor. No huge demons in his past. No intergalactic battles. No loan sharks after him.

Boring? Hardly.

He’s just a guy, living his life. He’s fallen into a partnership with a lady detective because she inspires and challenges him. She makes him think.

But – here’s the thing. When the bullets start flying, the man has the brains to duck. Because he knows he’s human and has a daughter and because he values his own life. He knows he’s got something to live for.

And, likely my favorite moment of any episode so far, involved Castle and his daughter after his curiosity took him a bit further into Beckett’s past then he was invited or allowed to go.

His daughter Alexis is hurt after being stood up by her boyfriend, who made a fake excuse instead of telling her the truth. Just a daughter to her dad, she asks him “Why do boys act like that? Why can’t they just say they’re sorry?”

And Castle, after doing the dad thing, making his daughter feel better, finds Beckett and does just that.

It’s one of the best pieces of acting I’ve ever seen. It was touching, human and totally believable.

It was real.

So, before you decide that Rick Castle may not be as exciting as Mal. Look at it this way…

Mal’s cool and all, and I’m always gonna love him.

But Rick Castle is the man.



*thanks to @sparrowwritings for catching that. ::grin:: I need an editor. ;-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sugar Daddy Ken!? Barbie, You Saucy Minx!

Okay, okay. Hold on a sec. I'm...what?!

When I was a kid, Barbie had a Plane and a Camper and a Dreamhouse. Barbie had all the clothes she could ever need, she could wear heels and have a huge rack and not fall over -- I mean, she was a superwoman!

I thought she did it by herself. I thought she bought that Corvette and Jeep with her own money doing whatever it was Barbie did...

But, the truth is out.

Someone call Perez Hilton or TMZ!

Turns out Barbie has a Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken!

Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

Click it. You have to...I...look at the DOG!

What do you say? Really?

There's even a Barbie Palm Beach Collection...my childhood. It burns me precious.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Dances! 5K Winners Announced!

It took a week, a lot of help and the addition of cool prizes from some of my fave people on Twitter -- but the 5K challenge has been met and conquered!

What does that mean?

Well, winners, of course ;-)

I have to say thank you one more time. When my boss made the challenge and I was about 700 away, I almost fainted.

But you came through and I got to walk into his office and do a happy dance of epic proportion. ;-)

So, kisses, love and all that stuff!! (man, I need a blink tag of kisses here!)

GGD

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Edward Cullen Just Joined My Race For 5K

quick notes:

1) If you're already following me, you're included. Cause, if you follow me, you're already helping me hit 5K.
2) For those of you who may covet one prize over the other -- yeah, I have a plan for that.


I'm at 4701. The Boss challenged me to hit 5K followers and, in an effort to make this last 300 the home stretch, I talked him into giving me one of these:

Twilight Edward Cullen Tonner Doll
So........

Help me get to 5K followers on Twitter (@geekgirldiva)and you could win:
  • A 100.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate.
  • Movies from @scottEweinberg and @cinematical - FRIDAY THE 13th '80, the brand-new (and hard to find) HARDWARE, and a third DVD to be chosen by Scott AND winner.
  • A brand new pair of Gunnars.*
  • The Twilight Edward Cullen Tonner Doll (A $140.00 value!)
Not to mention, you'll have my "undying" affection ;-). (see what I did there?)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Race For 5K just got a LOT More Interesting.



The lovely @GUNNARSjem just added a new pair of Gunnars to the prize pool.



Considering I wear mine daily, I can tell you they're a fantastic addition ;-)

So, as of today I'm at 4638.

Help me get to 5K followers on Twitter (@geekgirldiva)and you could win:
  • A 100.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate.
  • Movies from @scottEweinberg and @cinematical - FRIDAY THE 13th '80, the brand-new (and hard to find) HARDWARE, and a third DVD to be chosen by Scott AND winner.
  • A brand new pair of Gunnars.*
  • And my eternal gratitude -- because I'll be able to tell my boss I won the bet ;-).

*GUNNAR Optiks eyewear is specifically designed for gamers and those who passionately live the digital lifestyle. i-AMP lens technology improves visual performance, relieves eyestrain and reduces optical fatigue for those who spend extended periods of time in front of a computer or television screen. Whether they’re intended for an FPS, MMO or casual player, GUNNAR glasses will increase the overall comfort and performance for the pro and proficient gamer alike.”

And, just to show you my sassy pair;-)


Monday, October 19, 2009

5K? Oy to the Vey!

If you missed it, Friday my boss and I were discussing the power of social media (and if it works) and, in my attempt to explain it, he challenged me to hit 5K followers. Considering I was at 4300 at the time, I visibly paled.

Well, here's the update: - I'm now at 4601, I'm in awe of people as a whole and -- thanks to Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) from Cinematical, we have more cool stuff to give away.

Help me get to 5K followers on my @geekgirldiva account and you could win:
  • A 100.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate.
  • FRIDAY THE 13th '80, the brand-new (and hard to find) HARDWARE, and a third DVD to be chosen by Scott AND winner.
  • And the knowledge that I get to run into my bosses office and do a happy dance.

Oh and, y'know, you could follow Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) and Cinematical (@cinematical). ::grin:: I mean...cause they're sort of awesome.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Drag Me To The Army Of 5K?

I must be living right.

Thanks to Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) from Cinematical, we now have a "prize package"

So, here's the update:

Help me get to 5K followers on my @geekgirldiva account and you could win:
  • A 100.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate.
  • FRIDAY THE 13th '80, the brand-new (and hard to find) HARDWARE, and a third DVD to be chosen by Scott AND winner.
  • And the knowledge that I get to run into my bosses office and do a happy dance.
::grin:: You folks are really amazing.

The Race for 5K?

During a chat with my boss this morning, we got on the subject on Twitter and how "things were going" as far as social media.

See, when I started this whole thing back in January, I was a noob when it came to most of the online/social media stuff and so I set about learning as much as I could. Over the last 10 months, I've met some amazing people and I've had an awesome time.

But I've never never really had a way to prove whether or not anything I was doing was actually, you know, working. I just have this sense that I'm doing things "right" and I go about my business trying to be as open, honest, generous and quid pro quo as possible any time people throw a little love my way.

In all of my time on Twitter, I've never done any kind of follower push for myself. I've helped other people, sure, but I never really had a magic number I wanted to hit so I never asked.

That was until this morning when my boss challenged me to hit 5000 followers.

(If you know me at all, you won't be surprised that I audibly "eeped!")

However, I was able to wrangle a 100.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate as a prize. *And yes, any of my followers can win it, not just the new ones.

That helps a bit, I hope. ;-) See?




So, yeah, the goal is 5K followers on my @geekgirldiva account.

He thinks I can't do it. ::grin:: Shall we prove him wrong? ;-)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Walking IMDB? Me?

I need someone to pay me to be a walking IMDB.

I saw this picture of John C. Reilly in Vampire's Assistant (Yes, I added the C in my head as I recognized him.)




And immediately thought to myself...

"Whoa, he looks like Paul L. Smith as Rabban in Dune"



I need a life...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tag A Diva, Win A Prize!

When I posted my GeekGirlDiva tagline "contest", it really started as a giggle. But, once the entries started coming in on Twitter, I decided to make it official and post it on the blog along with a prize. I even enlisted an outside source for the judging to it would be official and stuff!

So…::drumroll please:: we have a winner!

@kristenmchugh22 won herself a $25.00 Entertainment Earth Gift Certificate with this entry:

"GeekGirlDiva: Because life's more fun *her* way."

Honorable mentions went to:

@Cynraven "GeekGirlDiva: Geek Done Write!!**"
@CleverUserName "GeekGirlDiva: This is my tagline"
@jeditigger "The absinthe of women: turns your worm to wood and lets you see things you never knew existed."
@greymous "Ingredients: Whatever I want them to be. Deal with it!"

I have to say, you guys made this a lot more fun than I ever thought it was going to be and thanks so much for having an awesome sense of humor.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Contest: I'm Not a Narcissist, You People Are Just Brilliant!

I mused on Twitter earlier that: "I think I should come with a tagline. I just don't know what it should be." and, next thing I knew the replies started coming in. ::grin::

Here's what I discovered. You people are way more clever than I could ever hope to be. And, while I was kidding, I think we should have a little fun.

So, what would the GeekGirlDiva tagline be?

I have a $25.00 gift certificate for Entertainment Earth.

My favorite tagline wins. ;-)

Making Monday Interesting, Hopefully.

Let's make Monday a little more interesting. ::grin::

The GGD writing challenge. Up to it? Need a reference? Previous challenges are here and here.

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

Word: Clarity
Phrase:"I've never been intentionally malicious."
Image: A red blinking voicemail indicator.

You write whatever you like using that starting point and see what comes. (Note, no rules on length, content, whatever. Just see what happens)


p.s. As always, tell a friend and read the comments ;-)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Get $10 off orders of $50.00 or more at Entertainment Earth? Yes!

I like when I can make cool things happen ;-)

(My fave part of this? The items don't have to be in stock. You can use this for pre-order. Can you say "holiday shopping"?)

Entertainment Earth
is taking $10.00 off orders of $50.00 or more now through Sunday October 11, 2009. Just enter promo code EETWEET10 at checkout to get the discount.  

Click here to order from Entertainment Earth!

Details: Offer valid on new orders placed from the Entertainment Earth web site between October 9, 2009 and October 11, 2009. Order must total $50 before shipping and tax. This offer cannot be used with any other offer. Offer may be modified or cancelled at any time. This offer does not apply to EE Distribution orders.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Punky Steamy Gothy!

Within the last 5 years or so, I've fallen in love with Goth and Steampunk fashion.

But, let's be honest. It's not always easy to put together an outfit. Especially if you're still new to the scene.

Well, I've found a way to play dress up, do my mixing and matching and have a lot of fun all at the same time.

Annie Stegg has put together an amazing little game called Clockwork Couture: A steampunk dress up doll game.

Oh, and if you prefer Pirates, she also has Polka Dot Pirate

Yeah, prepare to watch your time disappear ;-)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You Think I Flash These For Just Anyone? O.o.

If you're watching your Twitter feed, you'll notice a lot of cleavage. But, lest you think people you've been assaulted by pr0nbots, allow me to explain.

Thanks to the creative minds over at Boobie Wednesday, those avatars are a fun (and informative) way to raise money and Breast Cancer awareness. Did you know it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

This one's easy for me. The gals in my family have been prone to D cups and cancer. And, I don't know about you, but I'd like to make sure my D's never met the big C. ;-)

So, do something for me. Take a sec to read the intro post here. Then make a cleavage avatar and start posting. Oh, and guys? You can play along.

You know you love 'em, so show your support for the boobies!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Flirtation: Nature or Nurture?

You may not believe this, but I'm a notorious flirt.

(Yes, this is me pausing for anyone who knows me at all - while you wipe the screen from the resulting spit-take)

Anyway, I am. It's just part of my personality. If it lives, I'm liable to flirt with it. Men, women, fictional characters, trees, inanimate obj--er, well, you get my point.

Truth is, I do it without really thinking and, for the longest time, I didn't even realize it was flirtation. I just thought I was intrigued by people and, as a by-product, enjoyed them. Making them smile. Making them feel good.

As I got older and gained a better idea of what flirtation was, I started making distinctions between when it might be more platonic vs. sexual/sensual -- but it still doesn't mean that I don't toss the double entendres or suggestive glances and laughter with people I'm 100% friends with.

I've been lucky in my life when it comes to my flirtatious nature. My friends understand it. No one really takes it all that seriously.

Most importantly, the men in my life have always been understanding and, when I get really lucky, enjoy that side of my personality.

If I had to take a guess, I think it's because they always seem to know that, nomatter how much I flirt, I'm going home with them. So, they can lean back against the bar and watch me work a room with a small contented smile. I get to enjoy flirting and they get to enjoy me flirting and it all works out brilliantly.

So, now you have an idea of what sort of experience I have when it comes to my personal view of flirting.

(Pausing a second before the next section- This is geek specific for a couple reasons. 1) I'm attracted to geeks, so flirting with them is more fun for me. 2) Since I tend to spend much of my time in the company of geeky/nerdy/techy types, I'm more familiar with them)

Second thing I've noticed: Geeks flirt. And some of them are -really- good at it.

However, and here's the ponder, I've gotten more than one comment over the years that their significant others don't like it when they flirt.

Personally, I don't understand that. It's always seemed to me that, the more someone didn't let me be myself, the more I'd rebel. The more someone was insecure about how I felt about them, the more likely I was to find them needy or clingy.

But the more freedom I was allowed to express myself, the more loved and supported and sexy I felt. The more I was trusted, the more secure I felt.

The more I'm loved for who I am, the more in love I am with the guy in my life.

Just makes sense in my mind.

Oh, let me clarify a few things -- there are rules and there are boundaries and if I cross those, then I deserve whatever consequences I've earned. I know what's out of bounds. If I don't, I ask.

And you can bet that any time the boy wants me by his side at the bar, I'll cheerfully smile at whatever pretty thing I'm talking to and head on over.

If you're in love with someone who flirts well, why would you not let them flirt?

I was thinking about it, so I figured, why not ask?

Is It Time Yeti?

I've seen Sasqwatch! I have no words. Besides, no one ever believes you when you spot these guys.

But I have pictures!

Someone call the Weekly World News!

Sasqwatch Pink Watch Sasqwatch Evergreen Watch Sasqwatch Black Watch Sasqwatch Brown Watch

Friday, October 2, 2009

Guest Blogger: Probing Voyagers

by Josh

A toast to the technology and foresight of the Voyagers

I'm a NASA nut. Not the pensive, slow moving, budgetarily restrained organization of today, but the horn-rimmed short-sleeve-wearing smoking crew from the 1960s and 70s. They kicked out machinery that's still in use today, and it's high time we honor a few of their cooler inventions. Namely, those two far-out bretheren we call the Voyager probes.




Whether you're a fan of the slower, yet more well-versed Voyager 2, or it's pioneering, faster sibling Voyager 1, the two little craft are still out there, hurtling towards the unknown in opposite directions, occasionally sending back tidbits of data to the horn-rimmed denizens of NASA.

I've always felt a kinship with the Voyager program — maybe it was because they were launched when I was just a kid, or maybe it's because, like me, they're destined to keel over and die around 50.

The little probes were incredibly advanced at the time, although the equivalent technology (then the size of a Fiat) is now pretty much free with activation and a two-year contract. Each sported a camera (technically, a wide- and narrow-angle) and a triple-core processor running at a whopping 6.4MHz. For comparison, you hipsters with new iPhones are running 600MHz processors. Data was transmitted at a whopping 160 bits per second (my 1984 Commodore 64 modem transmitted at roughly twice that).

The one thing Voyager 1 and 2 did have going over today's technology was battery life. Each was powered by two small nuclear generators, and each has a functional power span of about 50 years. (Think about that next time you forget to plug your phone in.)




Of course, most people breeze past the technical details to get to the sexy, which in this case, is a gold record containing pictures and sounds from Earth. The Sagan-designed device was pretty thoughtful at the time, although the medium hasn't aged gracefully. Hoping aliens will figure out how to play the record is asking a lot, considering most of Earth has long since lost the knowledge and ability to spin vinyl.

Whether they're picked up by alien DJs or not, Voyager 1 is currently the farthest man-made object from home, and is now long past the solar system's bodies, somewhere in the heliosphere (sort of like a giant cell membrane).

Neither probe is unlikely to approach another planetary system for 40,000 years, but, as Carl Sagan said, "“The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”


Josh is the founder of www.geeksix.com — a gestalt site for geeky lovers of movies, games, role playing, and pop culture. During his day job, he's a newspaper guy, and has done a pretty convincing job of fooling everyone else into thinking he's a non-nerdy, normal member of society.
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