Posts tagged ‘Darling Dork’

March 13, 2012

Comic Reviews for Kabooooom

I love comics. I think my love of comics started when I was little and my sister and I used to read the Sunday funnies into my dad’s tape recorder. I’ve done a few very short comic reviews on this site, but have been trying to figure out how to get a little more in depth into the comic reviews on a writer’s salary. I recently started working with a fantastic site Kabooooom.com (the third o is silent). So far I have done a couple comic reviews, and I’m excited to do many more in the future. You can see my review on Manhattan Projects and The Wheel of Time here.

I think Kabooooom is going to take the place of the now defunct Wizard Magazine. They were always my fix for comic culture, and with the addition of Kabooooom’s comic, toy, manga/anime, and game reviews, I don’t think it will be a big step for them to jump right into that role. It’s one stop shopping for geeks with an engaging layout. Go check out their site, Like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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February 23, 2012

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on Collider.com where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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February 21, 2012

Mass Effect 3- Aliens really do fall from the sky

BioWare and Electronic Arts have a treat in store for die hard Mass Effect fans. They will be launching copies of the game into space, well maybe just into the atmosphere, but either way it’s way cool. Starting Thursday, copies of the game will be launched via high altitude weather balloons from different locales around the world, starting at 7am Pacific time in San Francisco, then followed by Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris, and Berlin. Bioware’s marketing director for Mass Effect 3, David Silverman, said, “Depending on weather conditions, it could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to land back on the ground and the landing site could be anywhere from 50 to 300 miles of where they are launched from.” So those not in the direct path of the launch site still have a chance of nabbing this awesome collectible. The launched games will be hooked up to GPS tracking and an HD camera, and the location of the games will be trackable on the Mass Effect website. You will need to register as a user in order to access the tracker, unless you already have an EA account. If you have ever played an EA game more than likely you have one already. The game tracking site will be live starting Wednesday morning. So get your tracking shoes on and be the first one to grab this game before the release date  on March 6th. Good luck! In the meantime, here’s the new extended trailer for the game. It looks so fantastic. I’m not sure if Shephard did do a butt clench to get that assault rifle to pop up, he is so much of a bad ass he can just think “come to me” and that thing can appear.

February 20, 2012

Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D- Uncle George got it right

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D Poster

Over the weekend we took the kids to see Star Wars Episode 1. Being a member of the 501st, my husband was on hand for the first release of Episode 1, and was one of the many fans that were disappointed. After so many years of growing up loving Star Wars movies, buying every one of the released and then re-released action figures, and late night runs to Taco Bell to make sure he had a complete set of collectibles, it was disappointing for him and most fans to watch the bad acting and ridiculousness that is Episode 1. I chalk it up to bad marketing. The boys at heart who wanted to relive this great action science fantasy didn’t get what they paid for, and everyone got mad at Lucas. Instead of being mad at sweet Uncle George, I’m glad that he decided to try again and this time around marketed Episode 1 correctly.

The kids were totally stoked to see Episode 1 in 3D. They weren’t around for it the first time, and we are all diehard fans. We knew it was going to be the same silliness that it is; the absurd dialogue of Jar Jar Binks, Jake Lloyd’s terrible acting (which honestly paved the way right into Hayden Christensen’s portrayal of Anakin the Mannequin, so whatever), the awkward ick factor of 18 year old Natalie Portman and 10 year old Jake Lloyd. What made this film perfect this time around was not the storyline; it was what came before the movie, a trailer for the new SpiderMan, a friendly reminder for us to put on our glasses by the birds from Rio, and a Scrat short. It was marketed as a children’s movie. I was in the right frame of mind to watch it, because I spent 15 minutes prior getting into the same frame of mind I had when I took the kids to see Up or Cars. We all laughed our way through it, were awed by the depth that the movie was given with the use of 3D, and had a great time, so I say thank you, George Lucas. Thank you for giving my family Episode 1 in 3D and for doing it right.

February 17, 2012

Trion’s Rift Breaks World Record

Most of the time when a game is trying to break a world record one would think they were going after the most players or the most raiders, but not Trion. The hugely popular gaming company that created one of the top MMOs, Rift, went for the world record for in game marriages, on Valentine’s Day. Succeeding with 21,879 couples tying the knot in a 24 hour period, the entry will be made in the Guinness World Records Gamer Edition for 2013. Additionally, everyone in game who got in on the fun and married their Ascended love will be given the in game title of “The Avowed” starting next week.

Trion also went above and beyond for a few lucky couples, who sent in their love story. The winning couples were given special in game ceremonies by the Game Masters themselves, announcements were made game-worldwide, and their love story was featured on the Rift website. Also on Rift’s website, Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer on Rift and Trion’s CCO said, “Establishing this record was a monumental achievement for our development team and community of passionate players, and I couldn’t be more proud. Ascended Weddings were a great way to lift the veil on Rift’snew ‘Gatherings’ feature, social experiences that bring players together in new and interesting ways.  We look forward to expanding this great new gameplay element in the always-evolving world of Telara.”

This isn’t the first time loved has bloomed in an MMO setting, but it certainly was the biggest expression of love so far. Check out my wedding photos from Valentine’s Day in Rift. “Grats” to all the happy couples!

The Ceremony

Sealed with a /kiss

Checking out my new ring

I'm Bonafide!

February 16, 2012

Record Labels Put a New Spin on How to Get Music

Audiophiles are being treated to more than just their regular iTunes option for downloadable music these days. More and more services offering independent music label downloads, and “hear it here first” new artists, which help those not living in the buy anything I want on iTunes lifestyle. Recently, I posted a blurb about DigSin, a new music label offering a weekly download from new artists. The listener is only responsible for registering on their website, and voila, music in your inbox each week. Additionally, labels like Bad Panda Records, who gives away a promotional download from their new artists, has recently pressed an album on vinyl, had an artist spotlighted on NPR, and has a digital album download on a “pay with a tweet” model. Sometimes promotion of your album is more valuable than the dollar someone will pay for it. Websites like ReverbNation and SoundCloud have been offering up info on new artists, and offering downloads for some time now. I discovered a revival of 90’s hip hop on ReverbNation, so it’s been well worth the very little effort I have put in to be a subscriber.

Other new services like Monstro add the social aspect to music, letting subscribers know what is trending on Twitter, and allowing them to share, buy, and watch the video on YouTube. According to Monstro’s introduction for users you can “Share– When you find a song you like, let your friends know by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And best of all, your friends can watch the video or listen to the song however they want. Mix– Any time you see a list of songs whether from music you’ve shared, songs from your friends, your favorite band or a chart, Monstro automatically creates a playlist in Rdio or YouTube for your listening pleasure. Think of it like your social mixed tape. Why did we pick Rdio and YouTube first? Both are free!” You can even create your own page.

Essentially, this is all about discovery. What these new services are offering is a way to discover new music, on your own terms. These new services are worth checking out for those of you who are as keen on music as I am. If you know a music service that is offering something awesome to the masses, please make sure to leave me a comment.

February 14, 2012

Treefort Music Fest Brings Emerging Artists to the Spotlight

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Downtown Boise’s Linen District will be flocked with music lovers during the Treefort Music Fest, who announced their artists schedule today. This “New emerging artist festival in Boise, Idaho,” held March 22nd-25th, will showcase bands like Portland’s Lost Lander and Talk Demonic, and Boise’s Built to Spill and Finn Riggins , among many others. Not just an Indie fest, artists like rising hip hop + artist, and self proclaimed “recovering Scientist”, Oso Negro will be showing the diverse range of great artists this area has to offer. Being a Portland native, I am so excited to live in this little big town that will soon be the hot spot for finding new artists.

Check out the Treefort lineup to pique your interest. It’s color coded for your pleasure.

A few I am looking forward to

Talk Demonic

February 14, 2012

Valentine Procrastinators Don’t Fret…you can still have a happy VD

Waited til the last minute to send a Valentine greeting to your geek love? Afraid road side flowers won’t send the right message? Never fear,  it’s not too late to still show you care, in your own awesome way.

Our pals over at ThinkGeek have put printable Valentine cards up for you to print, personalize and give to that special someone.

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Digital Mom Blog also has some nerd sentiments to send along that will say exactly what’s in that programmer heart of yours. If she was able to capture your little IT encrusted heart, make sure to tell her how special she is this Valentine’s Day.

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Are you and your nerd love already planning for the zombie apocalypse? If so, head over to someecards to send one of their Walking Dead ecards. She or he will know you will be with them through thick and thin, and when it’s time to take them out.

AMC someecards.com

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For that Kaiju lover in your life, don’t forget to send over this Valentine’s Day tribute to the “King of Monsters”

Here’s a few more Valentines to honor this day full of hearts, flowers, and hopefully in my case a 2 TB external hard drive. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and know that I ❤ all of you.


 

February 13, 2012

Grammy Recap

Photo courtesy of Grammy.com/Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com

Adele is rolling in a deep pile of Grammy’s after last night’s 54thAnnual Awards ceremony. She grabbed wins for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Short Form Music Video.

Best Alternative Music Album went to Bon Iver, as well as the Best New Artist award. I believe awarding Best New Artist to an artist

Photo courtesy of Grammy.com/Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com

that is outside the box would have been too scary for the Grammy’s, and Bon Iver is a safe indie music bet, but I would have loved to see Skrillex take this award; not only based on the fact that he took the music industry by storm this year, but he is an amazing performer. Skrillex did take Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, in addition to Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for Cinema (Skrillex Remix).

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, went to Paul Epworth. This is so well deserved, as he is behind not only Adele, but Foster the People, who is A-MAZ-ING, and Cee-Lo Green, another winner of the night.

Big applause for Trey Park for taking Best Musical Theater Album for The Book of Mormon. His wit and style of humor deserves a

spotlight. Also, I had no idea they gave out an award for Best Album Notes. Good job for acknowledging the writers.

Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job honoring Whitney Houston. The loss of Whitney Houston is profound and sad, and it was really great that they were able to pull together this tribute in such a short amount of time.

I only have one small complaint about the Grammy’s this year, and it’s the Grammy’s Live on Grammy.com. The backstage coverage was awful, and I seriously wanted to rip the bad toup off John Norris’ head.  If I have to watch commercials online as well as on my tv, then I do expect a decent show. Just sayin’.

For a complete list of Grammy winners and highlights click here.


February 10, 2012

Nerds in Love- Geeky Valentine’s Day Proposals

Romance is blossoming and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you figured out how you’re going to spend this most romantic of days? If popping the question was at the top of your to do list, take a tip from these geeks who got it right. The ante for how to propose just got upped. Yes, nerd love is grand, and sometimes it helps to have a little romantic hacker in your life.

Not only did this guy make one of the most fantastic marriage proposals ever, but he created an equally beautiful, over the top sappy, wedding video, which you can also watch on YouTube.

This is a favorite. He hacked into the game to propose. She didn’t believe it at first, and really in these old school games that scrolling text does take a bit of time to read, so he just got to wait there, on bended knee, while she figured it out. That’s true geek love.

But…my favorite of them all is definitely Minecraft Proposal Coaster. They say you can build anything in Minecraft, so build a beautiful life together. This took some serious effort and love to build.