Monday, January 31, 2011

PAX East 2011 Keynote Speaker is....

The first ever PAX East was held last year in Boston, MA and it was a huge success, in no small part due to the keynote address delivered by Wil Wheaton.  He knocked it out of the park.  Way out.  So far out that it probably it flew past the Enterprise, who ignored it on the off chance it was an alien lifeform and they'd be violating The Prime Directive.  It has just been announced that Jane McGonigal will be giving the keynote address at PAX East this year.  In a previous post I wrote about her fantastic book called Reality is Broken in which she challenges the idea that gaming is a waste of time.  Too often gamers are accused of being a lazy, anti-social bunch, but the author argues that the opposite is true.  If ever there was an audience receptive to this idea, it would be the one at PAX.  I know I'll be there to hear what she has to say, what about you?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #72 Awkward Embraces, Jessica Mills Interview

There are lots of webseries out there and some of them are downright hilarious!  I interview Jessica Mills, creator of Awkward Embraces, the show about the perils of dating when you're a Nerd Girl.  You will never look at donuts the same way.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 22min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Vampire, A Ghost and A Werewolf: Being Human

I am not generally a fan of shows that are adapted from their original UK versions into something different for US audiences.  Even though I am the US audience I  think that when they recreate shows over here and change bits and pieces so we "get it" they often end up destroying the show.  "The Office" made the move just fine, but "Coupling", one of my all-time favorite shows, was completely ruined once it crossed the ocean.  I watched the first two seasons of the original UK Being Human and can't wait to start watching season three, so when I saw they were bringing it to the US I was more than a little nervous.  It was like that feeling you get at the top of the roller coaster when you see just how big the drop is going to be and realize there is no turning back, you just have to hold on and hope for the best.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Star Wars is my Kryptonite

Every superhero has a weakness, that one fatal flaw that, if exploited properly, will crush our hero and result in the destruction of all mankind.  I'm thinking of Superman and the dreaded Kryptonite.  Just how many times has that guy been taken out of the game or nearly so by the sudden appearance of this glowy, green, bit of space stuff?  As someone who was born on Earth instead of Krypton, I have no problem with any of the random bits of space debris that fall from the sky unless they fall on my head, which so far hasn't happened.  I have discovered, however, that I have a huge weakness that will result not in the destruction of all mankind, but the complete destruction of my checking account.  Star Wars is my Kryptonite.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yoda Was Wrong

Oh, did you feel that disturbance in The Force?  It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in anger and then directed it all at me, and if I'm not mistaken, cough, someone is trying to Force choke me!  Let me try to explain before I black out from lack of oxygen unless...ah, that's better.  Thank you.  I love Yoda.  He's cute and green and wise and he puts up with whiny Luke which should have earned him a medal.  I just watched the scene from The Empire Strikes Back where the not-quite-Jedi fails to lift his X-Wing out of the muck on Dagobah.  Yoda gives him a nice little lecture that begins with the famous words "Size matters not." and then proceeds to do the impossible.  But Yoda was wrong.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #7: Grant Imahara of Mythbusters

In this weeks show we talk robots and get a whole new meaning for the phrase "bag lunch" with our special guest, Grant Imahara from MythBusters!

Also, the contest is still running strong.  We’ve already had amazing submissions, keep ‘em coming!

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

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Book Review "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better"

I consider myself a Gamer.  I don't have drawers full of character sheets or a ridiculous gamerscore, but I do like games of all kinds and I appreciate what they offer.  There is, however, a definite stigma that is attached to being a Gamer.  In the right circle it gets a smile and a curious question, but more often it gets a sideways look and possibly a snide comment.  In Jane McGonigal's new book, Reality is Broken, she takes on the notion that games are a silly waste of time, and instead espouses the idea that they are not just a good way to spend our free time, but essential to our future.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Disney Star Wars Vinylmation

If you're a Disney fan then you've probably already seen and likely purchased a Vinylmation character or two.  These collectible 3" Mickey's are hugely popular and have been adorned with just about every Disney character you can imagine.  Now the Star Wars fans of the world are getting their chance to own a piece of The Magic imbued with a little bit of The Force.  Tonight, at a special midnight release event at D-Street in Downtown Disney West Side in Florida, the new limited run of Star Wars Vinylmation characters will finally make their debut.  Attendees will be the first to purchase these 12 adorable figures and will also be able to have them autographed by Disney Design Group Artist, Mike Sullivan.  This series will only be available at the parks or through mail order and not at local Disney Stores like previous releases.  If you're in California, you'll get your chance at an autographed Boba Mickey at D-Street on Sunday afternoon.  As for me, these little guys have just made their way to the top of my to-do list for my next trip!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Cape, The Little Show that Might

Have you ever watched a preview and gotten really excited about it in the first few seconds only to find yourself cringing by the end?  That was my reaction when I saw previews for The Cape.  As a superhero show it immediately got my attention with scenes of our brooding hero struggling to accept his new life yet unable to say good-bye to the old.  So far, so good, but something felt a bit off.  I couldn't quite figure out what tone they were going for and this made me nervous.  But, it's not as though there are a lot of choices out there within the comic book genre, so I figured despite the questionable previews I'd watch the premier and reserve judgement.  Now that I have, let's just say, I still have a few concerns.

The D6 Generation Podcast #71 Angry Birds Board Game

Angry Birds, the game of cute little birds flying through the air and  nasty green pigs has taken up more than a few hours of my time over the last few months.  Well, soon you'll have the chance to experience eveyone's favorite iphone app as a boardgame.  Oh, the possibilities! Download the episode and head to the 3hr 3min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Angry Birds Board Game?

You already know I have an addiction of sorts to Angry Birds.  I am proud to say that I still have not used The Mighty Eagle, but only because I finally managed to pass the level I'd been stuck on forever and my urge to throw my phone across the room subsided.  I even relinquished my phone for awhile this weekend to allow my kids the chance to play.  Hey, it's my phone, it's my game, they have to wait their turn.  While they were playing, I checked out previews of the Angry Birds board game that was shown at CES last week.  My first thought when I heard about this was "OMG, I have to have it!" but then I saw it and thought "OMG, what did they do?".

Thursday, January 6, 2011

WebComic: Free Mars with The Sisters Grimm

You're a punk rocker playing in an all-girl band.  The year is 2339.  Oh, and you live on Mars and the band has accidentally been caught up in the Martian civil war.  This is the premise behind the weekly webcomic Free Mars written by David Pauwels with artwork by Nicolas R. Giacondino.  Since July of last year, a new page has been released each week taking our heroines, The Sisters Grimm, from punk rockers to rebels.  Along with each new page of beautiful artwork, the creators include a write up discussing their choices, from color and shading to story and character development.  They even talk about the music they listen to while they're working and how it affects the story.  This is a fully fleshed out sci-fi universe, and the site includes an extensive history including details on the intriguing supporting characters.  If you're a fan of comics with a sci-fi theme and butt-kicking heroines, this is definitely worth a look.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Spock Lizard Metagame

One of the first games we learn as kids is Rock, Paper, Scissors.  I think it comes shortly after Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. The rules are ridiculously simple, it's quick and it will settle arguments of any kind within just a few seconds.  Although sometimes it does escalate into a best 2 out of 3 situation, but nothing good can come from following that route.  Where does it end?  At what point do you just accept that you have lost and move on?  Let's just stick with the premise that in a matter of seconds, any argument can be settled with this spiffy little game.  And then came Sheldon.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Behold! The Angry Birds Mighty Eagle

I am addicted to Angry Birds and spend a ridiculous amount of time playing this adorable game on my iPhone.  It's not a big deal when I'm stuck waiting for an appointment, but it becomes a bit of a problem when I'm supposed to be feeding my children dinner.  I'm not even really good at playing and have just one star on most of the levels, but I'm okay with my one star.  As long as I kill all the pigs and complete the level I am happy.  I sometimes get stuck on a level for days and only break through when I get really angry (just like the birds) and start flinging them willy-nilly until they hit the pigs.  Yet, I still play, one level at a time, in order, due to some obsessive compulsive urge I can't clearly define.  Here's my problem.  They have now introduced The Mighty Eagle as a way to destroy a level that you are just tired of trying to complete.  How am I supposed to work that into my world-view?  Do I use the eagle to complete the level?  Is that cheating?  Argh!  Now this game is not only addictive, it comes complete with moral dilemmas!  Darn you, Angry Birds!