October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Now You Can Explain What "Geek Is..." With This Handy Video.

Blizzard's Chris Metzen did a great presentation on what "Geek is..." at Blizzcon.

To all of you who were there in person -- I now envy you all the more.



via Kotaku

Marie Claire Blogger Says Fat People Gross Her Out. Yeah Well, Marie Claire Grosses ME Out. #rant

Maura Kelly has a blog post over at Marie Claire this month that has definitely caused some trouble and some traffic. If you haven't read it, take a look because I'm already on a roll rant wise and explaining will  diminish my grrr factor.  ;-)

My thoughts, in list form because it's way to early for me to format properly.

  • Why did Marie Claire let this thing get posted? There's a line between opinion and hurtful, and Ms. Kelly walked far enough over that line that anyone reading this thing would have to have known it would upset people. So, the editor who cleared this is either clueless or knew it would get a lot of attention and damn the torpedoes as far as reader feelings.
  • You had a woman with a history of anorexia write about her feelings on a show about fat people? Seriously? Why would you ask someone who battled with body image issues to write about fat people? Oh and, if you haven't noticed, yeah, I'm saying "fat". Because using words like "morbidly obese" suddenly seem to make it okay for people to talk about being overweight as "unhealthy" and then their criticism is more about them helping than hurting. 
  • If you want to bash a show like "Mike & Molly" for making fat jokes and focusing on the "ha ha funneh" side of being overweight, this post is part of the reason it happens. Writers make the fat jokes and the comments because they know people respond to them. Part of the reason they respond to them is because posts like this openly and loudly look at being overweight as ugly, wrong and "gross". 
  • The CNN article that Ms. Kelly referenced is actually way more level headed and thoughtful on the subject. I'd much rather people read this and, in the end, CNN gets more points for taking a less biased look at the question.
Look, bottom line, Marie Claire owes readers an apology. Blogger apology is one thing. But Marie Claire let this thing go out and, my extension, validated the thoughts within. Unless you want to be read only by a vast army of fat-fearing, size obsessive people, it may be time to say something.

Because, right now, you guys are really grossing me out.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You Can Get Your Very Own Doctor Who Weeping Angel for 15 Bucks!

Doctor Who Weeping Angel (Regenerating) Action Figure

I mentioned this yesterday, but if you missed it, Entertainment Earth has been bucking their tradition of selling only full cases of action figures and posting individual figures for sale.

Which means, I stumbled across this Doctor Who Weeping Angel action figure when I was looking at the other Doctor Who figures.

Considering how utterly freaked out I was by this thing when I watched it on TV, I'm not about to bring it into my home (so it can show up in my bed or closet when I turn my back).

But I am gonna post it and freak alllll of you out as well ;-)

Heh.


Product Page $15

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Geek Girls Go Back To The Future

Apparently half of my Twitter stream were at the Back To The Future 25th Reunion yesterday. So, I thought I'd share a couple reactions ;-)

Meredith Woerner of io9.com was there, you can read her story here. But I had to post this pic. So awesome.

Comment reads: They wouldn't let us touch the hoverboard, but if you look closely it's in there by the passenger seat.

 and the Cineboobs crew took a few minutes to record their thoughts.





Monday, October 25, 2010

1200 Pound Pumpkin vs. A Pontiac (Monday Squee)

Beyond the general pumpkin smashing goodness, the production values here are kick ass ;-)

Nicely done, Utah.



via @hefnatron and @sltrib

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sears Sells Braaaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssssss

Dear Sears,

I think I love you.

Not only did you make a spotlight section for Zombies, but you even did a version in Zombian.

Way to win the internet.

Thanks @snipeyhead for the heads (brains?) up.

Geek Squad: Activate. We have a mission.

Saturday 8:45am update: Done, goal reached. You guys are so amazing. (link has been disabled from my end and updated at the blog. Mwah!)


Oh and, Kristen wrote a little something ::smile::


2:30 update: Huge dent made, only $150.00 to go. We can do this! ;-)

I'm not sure if you guys have been following @kristenmchugh22 or not on Twitter, but she's one of the people I adore both online and off and she's been having one heck of a year.

I'm not going to go into details because that's her business and, truth be told, she's modest enough that I'll likely get in trouble for even doing this. Still, I'm gonna do it because she's a friend and I love her.

Among the myriad of crap that happened to her this year, her water heater died. She doesn't have the funds for a new one.

She lives in Pennsylvania and winter's closing in. That, folks, just doesn't work for me. Y'know?

So, if you can drop by her site here and hit the donate button to the right of her blog, I'd appreciate it. Even 5 bucks helps if enough of us donate.

Thanks ;*
ggd

Thursday, October 21, 2010

GGD Writing Challenge - Back From Hiatus

It's been ages since the last one I hope you guys still know how this works. ::wink::

Not sure how the challenge works? 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.

Ready?

Starting points are provided below.

You can use one or any combination of the three if you like. Whatever works.

Word: Fallacy
Phrase: I don't think "sorry" is going to work here.
Image: Water trickling out of a drainpipe.

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 RT & invite others. ;*

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apparently My Local Taco Bell Supports Prop 19 ;-)


This Taco Bell in Encino, California is just another one of the reasons I love being able to call myself a "Valley Girl".

I may have to take a drive and see if I can verify if this is real or photoshopped. But considering the profits  (not to mention the boost to the economy) if Prop 19 passes and California legalizes pot, I'm thinking it's just bold marketing strategy.

via Buzzfeed

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dear David O. Russell, Please Cast @NathanFillion as #NathanDrake in #Uncharted (my blog plea)

I'm late to the party on this one, but better late than never.

Deadline reported: David O Russell has signed on with Sony Pictures Entertainment to rewrite and direct a movie based on the PlayStation 3 game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Nathan Fillion tweeted:
If ever there was a Twitter campaign, let this be it. Rise, ye Browncoats. Rise, ye Castillions. RISE! http://j.mp/aEGe79
::grin:: You know what happened.

The tweets went flying. The hashtags grew and the debate and casting thoughts multiplied. (reference tags for reading #uncharted, #nathandrake)

I'm going on the record as with my vote for Nathan Fillion on this one.

What I need now is to find a contact for David O. Russell.

Spread the word ;-)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Squee: The Millennium Falcon apple pie.

It makes me happy on so may levels.


I also rather dig the starting pie pan.



You can see more here.

Om nom nom nom nom.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Geek Girl Barbie Lives. Certain People LOL.

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Barbie causes another debate.

I got to see this Computer Engineer Barbie back at ToyFair in February and I was really thrilled.

The gal who posted it over at Buzzfeed thought it was loltastic. Lots of the comments were kind of snarky.

I know it may not be the ultimate geek girl or anything, but I sure never had a doll with a computer job growing up . Plus, this Barbie was chosen by a popular vote on the Barbie website.

Personally, I don't think that's "funny". I think it's pretty awesome.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

There's A New Glee Microphone and I Think I Need Help.

I'm gonna preface this by saying: DONT JUDGE ME. ;p

I'm a Gleek. I know I've said it. I know I should be in therapy for it. I also love karaoke. I used to have a Singing Machine. I like to karaoke with friends.

Maybe I need an intervention.


Glee Microphone
Click for Item Details
This is the new Glee Microphone from Mattel.

The description says there's 4 different modes, but these two are what tempts me...

Sing Along mode, you can sing over a hit song from the show and 12 authentic quotes from the show will tell you how well you performed or not.

Freestyle, a voice amplifier allows you to belt out any tune you wish.


I...I...::blush, shuffle feet, toe scuff:: That sounds like fun.

Are you guys gonna throw a slushy at me now?


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Warcraft Patch Day. I haz Questions for You ;-)

New Cataclysm talents today. Patch incoming and I'm driving to Palm Springs to be a worker bee for my mom.

I think today counts as "busy".

On the plus side. Been reading the Patch Notes as I wake up and have set up my background downloader.

Luckily, I've been playing with the Beta, so I have an idea of what to expect. As a warlock, I gotta say, not having to farm soul shards is awesome. Still working out the kinks on the new shard system. The new warnings for spell procs, however, are super helpful. The pet fly out is amazing. Saves so much space in my UI.

Oh and, speaking of soul shards. Gotta say, I'm loving having more free bag space. ;-)

So, tell me what you're looking forward to in the patch. he good, the bad, and the ugly.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Geeky Boys Take on Lady Gaga's Bad Romance Acapella (and it works)

This is University of Oregon's male acappella group On The Rocks and, thanks to @kyleelane, I found a non Facebook version, so I had to post it. There's a more produced version of this here, but there's something about this version that I like so much better.



::grin:: I think they're sexy.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dear Frito Lay, Way To Cave (and miss a brilliant marketing campaign) #rant

To Whomever Made The Decision To Pull The Eco-Friendly Sun Chips Bags For Being "Too Noisy",

Are you kidding me? A couple of Facebook Groups make a fuss about the new packaging being too noisy and you cave?

You made a change back in April 2009 to bio-degradeable Sun Chips bags that were 100% compostable.

You were proud of it. Environmentally minded people were proud of you. You got a lot of press.

People bitched.
The noise of the bag — due to an unusual molecular structure that makes the bag more rigid — has been compared to everything from lawnmowers to jet engines. There's even an active Facebook group with more than 44,000 friends that goes by the name of "Sorry But I Can't Hear You Over This SunChips Bag."
"Clearly, we'd received consumer feedback that it was noisy," says Aurora Gonzalez, a Frito-Lay spokeswoman. "We recognized from the beginning that the bag felt, looked and sounded different."
This is my favorite.
"Everybody seems to be on the bandwagon for environmentally friendly packaging," says JoAnn Hines, a packaging consultant who refers to herself as the Packaging Diva. "But the problem is that bags like this come out without researching all the consequences."
Pardon me, but can I smack the "Packaging Diva" up the head? Consequences? Of a potato chip bag? O.o

Anyway. People bitch. You got more press.

But did you respond with any sort of mission statement? Did you choose to back up your decision?

Nope.

You've pulled the packaging and gone back to the old SunChips packaging.

In the end, here's what's happening...

People are more concerned with the noise a bag of chips makes for the 10 minutes they spend eating it than they are with the number of YEARS it'll spend in a landfill after they've thrown it away.

So, everyone's down with helping the environment as long as what they do doesn't affect them in any way.

Frito Lay, I have an idea. Why not be bold. Why not USE this. Brand it. Be willing to state that you're willing to make a little noise to help the environment.

Because, while the whiners might not like it, a lot of other people might just decide they want to back your brand because you actually had the balls to take a stand and do your part to help the environment.

Be noisy.

Drown out the idiots.

Please.

edit: Because I've been asked. I joined a Facebook group to get the old bag back. So far not many have joined. I hope that'll change.

Time Warner Cable Short Film Contest Sounds Kinda Rad

Growing up geek in L.A., there's a good chance you're going to want to work either in front of or behind the camera. Personally, I had the chance to do both and, while I never made a million bucks or got famous, I still had a blast.

One of the things I didn't get to do? Go to Sundance. So, I thought you guys might find this interesting.

Time Warner Cable is doing a Short Film Contest and they're giving away 4-night trips for two to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 20-30.




Submission info, details and rules and regs are here.

If you win, I wanna go with ::wink::

One other thing I didn't get to do -- I always wanted to learn how to operate a steadycam. But that's a post for another day ;-)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Since I Won't be at NYCC..::insert sad face here::



1) Take lots of pics?

2) Make sure to hit the GGN Geek Tweet Up @ NYCC and make sure to have a drink for me.

3) Please stop by the BPAL booth #2851, sniff some of my fave stuff on the planet and tell them I sent you.

4) Feel free to tweet, comment or link me fun stuff.

Thanks and much love. Have fun out there. ;*

The Star Wars Themed L.A. Derby Dolls Promo Rocks

If they'd had this kind of roller derby when I was a kid, I never would have hung up my skates.

This Star Wars themed L.A. Derby Dolls opening bout is pretty dang awesome.

I may need to find my skates. (I just wanna know if I can leave the puffballs on them...)



via Topless Robot

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sure It's Mildly NSFW. ::grin:: But So Am I.

I had to share these. They're sexy, gorgeous and made by people I adore ;-)

Shot by my girl Mich at Plastic Hassle and featuring my girl Forest? Oh yeah.

Lip Service Photo Feature – An Homage to The Night Porter


See the gallery here and, yes, they're mildly NSFW ::grin::

Just cause it's in me to say right now...

Thanks so much to everyone who reads, shares, posts, comments, tweets, links and otherwise engages with this blog.

Y'all are awesome and I give hugs ;*

Monday, October 4, 2010

Best Family Feud Answer EVAR. "Your Penis"

Okay, sorry but I had to post this. I had to. OMG. Laughed so hard it hurt.

And I LOVE her comment later. "I used the medical term." Sassy awesomeness!



p.s. I wonder if it was the number one answer on the board ;-)

via Buzzfeed

Monday Squee: Marijuana Soda? Duuuuuude.


Home grown (::grin::) in Colorado, Dixie Elixirs is offering medical marijuana users a way to get a buzz and avoid dry mouth.

I think this is kinda brilliant. ;-)

p.s. For those of you on the East Coast, it's "pot pop".

via Laughing Squid

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Astrology and BPAL? Oh yeah ;-)

I love when my worlds collide. ::grin::


My goth babe, dance partner, sexy time, snuggable Forest (aka @ForestNuiCobalt) is doing astrology over at the Black Phoenix Gazette. If you're an astrology fan, I have a feeling you're gonna lover her stuff.


Just a taste...

Astrological Interplay for October 2010
October begins with a veritable spy game to challenge our perceptions. First, we are asked to see both the forest and the trees as Mercury continues his task-oriented trek through Virgo‘s realm of precision. Jupiter and Uranus are complicating the matter by pulling his focus repeatedly toward the spiritual and philosophical “big picture.” They want to find meaning in the minutia: a cosmic reason for all of this i-dotting and t-crossing. That’s quite a lot to ask when mere management of the everyday is strenuous enough. Their idealistic expectations aren’t likely to resemble the factual information he collects …

Meanwhile, Venus and Mars have yet another lovers’ tryst, this time in the dark and dirty chambers of Scorpio on October 3rd. Their summertime romance in Libra was far more civilized than this lusty entanglement promises to be. The pleasant superficiality of their courtship dance back in August was by comparison a thin, empty gesture. This time, they get serious and matters of the heart are likely to get much, much messier. Well, true intimacy always is.

You can read the rest and grab a feed here ;-)

Happy Sunday!

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Quick Word About Boobies And How You Can Help Keep Them Healthy

If you've been around for any length of time, you know I'm a fan of healthy breasts. ::grin::

Since it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to make sure I did my part to keep your mind on boobies and how to keep them healthy ;-)

I made a new page for the month of October. It's got links to folks who are doing their part to help those with breast cancer and also to raise awareness and money for a cure.

My grandmother had a double mastectomy when I was a baby and I know breast cancer has been something my family has always had to be aware of. It seems to have touched all of our live in one way or another.

So, if you could... Tell a friend, share the page, click the links and let's do what we can to help.

And if you have a link to add, I have a note on there with details on how to add it ;-)

Kisses and big breasty hugs!

ggd

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