Friday, December 31, 2010

Geek Girls Network Podcast #6: Merry Smithmas and a Contest!


In this weeks show we review Dr. Who’s take on the classic "A Christmas Carol" and I school Kristin on all that is awesome about the series. Also, GGNP  launches it's first contest!!

Make Geek Girls Network Podcast a Bump Contest:

We need music to use as the intro for the show, instead of the usual borrowing of other well-known tracks.  What will you get if your track is chosen?  Recognition, our geek girl admiration, and some awesome swag just for you!!

Other important stuff to know:

Entries must be 100% completely original.
The contest will run through the end of January.
Please make sure tracks are in their final or near final edits.
More than one entry is permitted.

Send all entries to podcast@geekgirlsnetwork.com

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We look forward to your creative submissions and have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Beware the Movie Reboot!

Everyone loves to see a beloved character of old make a triumphant return to the public eye.  Maybe this character was only ever viewed on a huge TV that sat on the floor and did double duty displaying family photos and the odd knick-knack.  Or perhaps he was in a comic that now costs more than your house, or in a book with only well-written words and your imagination to set the scene.  I will admit that when The A-Team hit theaters last June I couldn't wait to see these heroes of the small screen redone and larger than life.  But despite our affection for these characters and their stories, maybe they ought to stay how we remember them instead of being rebooted, remade, and too often, reviled.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Serious Fun: New Year's Eve Charity Gameathon

Back in October I took part in the Extra Life 24 hour game marathon to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  It was wonderful taking part and helping Extra Life raise record amounts of money this year.  Shortly afterwards, I was contacted by a gamer named Kevin who, inspired by the Extra Life event, had gotten together with gamers in his community to create their own event.  This New Year's Eve they are running Serious Fun, a gameathon to raise funds for Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet, Illinois.  They're not getting the same kind of national press that bigger events receive, but they've put an incredible amount of work into creating an event to help people in their community.  There is even support from local businesses and game companies, including prizes from the likes of Days of Wonder, Privateer Press and Fantasy Flight Games.  Please consider helping Serious Fun help those in need by making a donation and proving that Gamers can make a difference!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Team Unicorn and The Zombie Apocalypse

Team Unicorn is at it again!  This time they've covered a very important topic, one that everyone should be thinking about this time of year.  What should you do if the Zombie Apocalypse strikes during the holidays? 

The D6 Generation Podcast #70 Geek Mom Christmas

It's nearly Christmas and there are only a few days left to finish the last of the shopping. I have everything planned and know exactly who is getting what, but now my eldest has thrown a wrench in the works with the game she wants to purchase for her Dad.  Gentlemen, learn from this lesson because this near disaster is all Dad's Fault.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 23min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Epic Mickey: Where is Oswald?

We're an Xbox 360 family because my husband is a hardcore gamer.  I can't generally play games with him because he's so good, that he leaves me in the dust where I inevitably get shot to pieces by the enemy.  Many times.  And then I get angry and controllers fly....it's a bad scene.  I do really enjoy watching him play though because so many games now have fully developed story lines and characters.  I wanted to see if Shepard would save the world and get the girl in Mass Effect, and I kept hoping beyond hope that Marston would find his family safe at the end of Red Dead Redemption.  If a game is just about hopping from level to level, shooting bad guys and racking up points, it's just not as interesting to me.  Those games have their place, but they are not as immersive or as impressive as games with fully fleshed out worlds and characters.  Epic Mickey promised to be my kind of game.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Holiday Rant: Little Blue Avatar

It's been just over a year since James Cameron released his Epic Tale of Blueness or what some call "Avatar". I did not like this movie. I tried. Really, I tried to fall in love with it but there was just no way I could muster the kind of devotion I have for Star Wars or Firefly, or even the crispy bits of cheese on my grilled cheese sandwich. I wrote up this spoof of Little Drummer Boy for a contest they ran over at GeekGirlsNetwork last December and then, because I am a Geek, I sang it and made a cheesy slideshow, too. Yes, I sing off-key and no, I am not going to quit my day job just yet. I thought it was time to repost this for the masses to enjoy, or deride. Take you pick. Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Mystery Twitter Christmas Card

This might be the most amazing Secret Santa gift ever! Technically it's not a gift, it's more of a card, but it still fantastic.  It was sent anonymously so I have no idea who wrote it, but they mentioned some twitter folks that are often on my Follow Friday lists.  And being some of my favorite Geeky tweeps, there are Geeky references throughout this little ditty.  So, to whoever wrote this, thank you , and to everyone else, any guesses who should get the credit...... 

Twas the night before Christmas and all across Twitter,
Everyone was still buzzing with fresh, caffeine jitters.

The best news of the season, we all were reflecting,
Was that @geeksoap and @fubbleskag were expecting!

Their gift was done, now for everyone else,
What to get for the rest of my Twitter elves?

Gingerbread TARDIS

It's one week until Christmas which makes it officially time to completely freak-out and spend the last pennies you find in the couch cushions on the gifts you still haven't found time to purchase.  How about this instead. Break out the flour and sugar and build yourself a gingerbread house.  Not your style?  How about a TARDIS Gingerbread House complete with light bulb!  I make a gingerbread house every year, and I am absolutely going to try this out next Christmas.  If Doctor Who isn't quite your style, there's also a Hogwarts Castle.  Of course, you'd have to find the right spell for that one.  Hmmm...Gingerbreadiramas!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Toyota Prius, Geekmobile?

The Geekmobile
In case you haven't heard, hybrids are all the rage.  Everybody is trying to save the environment, and a few bucks, by trading in their gas guzzling SUVs and tricked out muscle cars for these champions of low fuel consumption. And if there is one car that has become the poster child of the hybrid craze, a shining beacon to those hoping to save a tree and a buck, it would have to be the Toyota Prius.  It's not a particularly attractive car, nor is it a bargain.  It starts at about $23K and fully loaded including every accessory and gadget I could add to the "Toyota Configurator" tops out at $35K.  Still, I think it's fair to say this car is The King of Hybrids.  Unless, of course, you're the new CEO at GM in which case you call this car a Geekmobile.  I'm sorry, what?

Geek Girls Network Podcast #5 May the Force Be With Katie

On November 15, Carrie Goldman, mother of a now very famous little girl, published an article on ChicagoNow.com about how her daughter was bullied in first grade...for having a StarWars water bottle.   It’s a very honest and sad tale of the hurt Katie went through just for being a fangirl.  This story struck such a chord that, within hours of the article being posted, fangirls across the globe united to post comments and articles cheering Katie’s bravery and firmly asserting that she should be proud of her love for Star Wars.
In this episode, we are joined by Andrea, @ArkhamAsylumDoc on Twitter, for an indepth discussion on growing up geek, dealing with bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and its affects from the school yard on to adulthood.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Star Wars USB Handwarmers

These just might be the most fantastic hand warmers ever invented.  Instead of the boring ones in little cellophane packages from Home Depot, how about a Star Wars USB handwarmer?  They come in black with Darth Vader or in cheery blue with R2D2.  All you have to do is plug them in to a USB port for 2 hours and you'll have 4 hours of toasty warm fingers.  I really want these, but there is one problem.  They aren't currently for sale in the US.  My solution?  I went to the manufacturer's site, but TakaraTomy is a Japanese company so the site was in Japanese and therefore less than useful.  Then someone suggested I use google translate on the site, and what resulted is the written equivalent of a poorly dubbed Japanese monster movie...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Star Wars Pride

Today is the day Geeks!  Are you wearing your Star Wars gear in support of Katie?  If not go change your clothes right now.  I'll wait.......okay, much better.  Most of you have heard by now about little Katie, the first grader who was bullied by the boys at her school for having a Star Wars water bottle.  Her story struck a bit of a chord with fellow Star Wars fans, especially women who are often made to feel like they can't be a part of the "boys club" of fandom.  The list of folks that supported Katie with words of encouragement and some darn cool Star Wars loot from the likes of ThinkGeek and Her Universe is pretty impressive.  But what can the rest of us do to show our support for Katie and other girls just like her?  We can show them that girls and women can like whatever they want, bullies be darned!

A Facebook event called "Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie" was created to encourage people to wear Star Wars gear today, December 10th.  Her family has also asked that those with the means consider donating a Star Wars toy to children in need this holiday season so this fantastic universe can be shared with everyone.  So pull out your plastic lightsaber, put on your favorite "Han Shot First" tee shirt and pour a glass of blue milk...it's time to show your Star Wars Pride!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Red Ring of Death, FTW!

Are you stumped about what to give your favorite Gamer this holiday season?  Well, I may have a solution for you.  Check out these very cool rings from Shiny Lines.  They come in a variety of colors and there's even a necklace to match.  This is one Red Ring of Death that will make Gamers happy!  And to make the gift a little more special, you'll not only be making a Gamer happy, you're helping support a company whose goal is to give back to the community.  From their site:

"Our goal to bring a different kind of personal style to the Geek image has just begun, however, we’re not just in it for the fun of design and discovery. Ultimately we hope to some day provide, not just monetary philanthropy to groups in Science, Education and Art around the world… but also the opportunity for individuals whom wouldn’t normally have access to the education or facilities, a chance to learn a trade that could benefit their families and communities. A lofty target to hit, yes, but it’s what keeps us going, and we invite you to be a part of it."

So head on over and check out Shiny Lines for these fantastic rings along with other great Geeky products!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The D6 Generation Podcast #69 AMC's The Walking Dead

The six-episode first season just finished airing in the US and more are on the way next year.  This was my first experience with the story and I loved it, for the most part, but I had a few issues.  Just a few.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 30min mark to hear my thoughts in the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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The Walking Dead, Hit or Miss?

It's been six weeks since we first watched Rick wake up half-dead in his hospital room.  Six weeks since the first zombie had its brains splattered across our TV screens by a shotgun blast.  This past Sunday, the final episode of the AMC series aired and we won't have anymore brains, guts, or shotguns until next October for season two.  That's nearly a whole year to wait to see what is going to happen to our survivors.  I watched the series as someone who has never read the graphic novels so I had no preconceived ideas about what should happen with each character.  The benefit of being new to this universe is that I don't feel any fan frustration when someone who should die, doesn't or when an entirely new character is introduced.  Despite these advantages, I still watched the credits roll on the finale and was a bit disappointed.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Star Wars Alphabet Book

Tired of boring alphabet books with the same old "A is for Apple, B is for Boy" examples?  Well, my kids already know their alphabet, but when I saw this book I honestly wished for just a second that they hadn't quite figured it out yet.  The idea comes from freelance designer Brandon Peat and his wife Emma who are expecting their first child, Tycho Maximus Peat.  I know, how cool is that name and don't you wish you'd thought of it first?