Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stupidity Personified

It has come to my attention that some people are really, really stupid. Not convinced? Just watch this video. It is a man lying on train tracks while he films a train driving over him. Granted, it makes for an amusing, and slightly tense, minute of viewing, but still... a little damn common sense please?!

Big Brother is Watching!

You probably already know that Egypt's internet was shut down. Basically the government has blocked all major service providers. The Internet service was shutdown on Thursday at 22:34 GMT, but the Noor ISP which has access to about 8 percent of the market is currently available. Well, now an American legislator is trying to ensure that the American government is able to do the same ting. Wired Magazine was informed by the bill’s sponsor on Friday that senator Susan Collins plans to reintroduce the “internet kill switch” bill to a Senate committee quite soon. According to Collins: "My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency…. It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat." I understand that cyber security is important, but this is venturing into Orwellian territory. Giving the government free reign to shut down our countries primary form of communication is simply unethical, and way to Big-Brother for my liking.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Real life sack-people!

This is a video that some people made, and filmed all in one take, complete with game-appropriate singing and settings. Basically, if you have never played "Little Big Planet", this will not be very funny to you, but if you have, it's pretty awesome :)

Most useful invention of the year.

You know when you are typing a response on yahoo answers, or leaving comments on a youtube video, and you want to put a smiley face at the end, but it just seems like way too much effort? Well now there is a keypad that attaches via usb, allowing you to leave a variety of emoticons by just hitting one button! Aside from sparing us the agony of hitting more than one button for our emoticon needs, the bubbly keys will supposedly also sport customizable glow options! lol

The United States of Shame

According to National Health rankings, every state ranks dead last in at least one unfortunate category. Click on the link to find out what your state is good at! :) If you are lucky, you might just get air pollution or porn usage, but holy crap don't you feel bad for those poor souls living in Washington state? I mean sure, sheep are cute, but you might have communication issues, and no self-respecting marriage counselor is going to help you!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 24 – A picture of someone you would marry

Starbuck from BSG
My favorite "Doctor " from "Doctor Who"
Vin Diesel as "Riddick"
Sorry about the delay, I missed a couple of days of blogging because the s/o was in surgery, so I have been super stressed. Anyhow, I will get caught up today. Since I will not be posting any pictures of my fiance on here, I decided to post a few of my favorite sci-fi characters instead, I don't know if I would necessarily want to marry them (Okay, maybe Xena), but they sure are nice to look at. So, enjoy the sexiness:
Xena and Gabrielle. Enough said. :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Lazy Teenage Superheroes: The Movie"

This was apparently created on a budget of $300, which is very surprising, considering the fact that the special effects aren't all that awful. Besides that, it is pretty freaking hilarious. Anything that incorporates superheroes, ninjas, a giant insect-robot, and a nerf-gun bong is okay in my book. Enjoy!

Geeks need bling too.

Valentines Day is coming up, and jewelry seems to be the gift of choice for that profit-driven "holiday", so I though... geek gift ideas! Here is some awesome geek jewelry:

A "Pi necklace", for the math geek.

A "Jaws" ring :)

Power button earrings, for the computer geek.
Star-Wars cufflinks, for the snazzy boy geeks.

Vampire-bite necklace for the twi-hards
Lego rings, what could be better?

Oh, and in case you are looking for something a little more romantic, I leave you with these:

Day 23 – A picture of your favorite movie

There is NO WAY that I could pick just one movie as my favorite, so here are a few of them:

I totally suck.

After I posted the thing earlier about my award, I remembered that I never did a post about my "Stylish Blogger Award", which was given to me by Diet Chic, from "Diet Chic on a mission" Hopefully she will forgive me for being late with this post, I am still kind of new to the blogging world. So here it is:

Now I am supposed to share seven things about myself and award this to some deserving bloggers:

Some things about me:

1. I like the color yellow, for some reason it just seems happier than the other colors.
2. I have recently discovered Dr. Who, and am not sure how the hell I missed out on something so awesome before now.
3. I miss california.
4. I HATE the south, and am pretty sure that this is the place where dreams go to die.
5. I am engaged to a member of the military.
6. I have an ongoing love affair with all things created by Joss Whedon.
7. I am considering getting my first tattoo soon. I have always had piercings, but no tats yet, and I think it's time.

The award Winners:
Sarah May from Breaking Taboo . I love reading her blog. It is a very honest account of daily life, parenthood, loss, love, and whatever else :)

Corissa Marie from "His Redneck Nay Wife". She has started her blog to chronicle the ups and downs of her life as a young military wife. Plus she's adorable :)

Stephen from "I Love Movies, But  I Hate Yours" He has a very entertaining movie-review blog, that I have just discovered and am quite enjoying.

Eleni from "RPG Called Life" never fails to amuse me. She is a fellow geek-girl, and her blog is awesome :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I got an award!

So, Brandy Rose, over at "Consequently Slapdash" gave me a blog award! Since hers is pretty much the most amusing blog that I have come across since entering the blogosphere, I am very excited about it! :) She's totally hilarious, so if you haven't already found her blog, go check it out. Here is my award:

Now, apparently, I am supposed to list 5 of my "guilty pleasures", and then give the award to three other writers.
Guilty Pleasures:
1. Diet Coke. I basically drink it from the time I get up until I go to bed. Caffeine is my drug of choice :)
2. The Big Bang Theory. It's my go-to choice of viewing material whenever I want to be cheered up. Despite my general hatred of sit-coms, this show is unlike any other, and never fails to make me laugh.
3. SecondLife. There is something refreshing about living in a world where you can be whoever you want whenever you want. I'm not on it as much as I used to be, but once in a while it is the perfect brainless activity.
4. The Lego Harry Potter game on PS3. I don't know why it amuses me so much, but it really does. The s/o and I have spent much of this weekend playing it :)
5. Getting my nails done. What can I say, not everything about me is geeky. I am still a girl, after all!

Award Recipients:

Charlotte from 'The Only Exception"  She is a self-proclaimed hair and beauty addict, and her blog is a constant source of good makeup tips, and cute accessories :)

Metatron from "Meanwile, in an undisclosed location"  Now, I don't know exactly how much a guy will appreciate getting the "Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award", but I thought I would give it to him anyways, simply because his blog never fails to amuse me.

Kludge from "Fusion Ring" has assembled the most hilarious assortment of geek paraphernalia/ridiculous items/things I need to buy immediately, and his commentary is awesome.

Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at

Video games. Now, please understand, I am a girl gamer, so I am pretty good at most video games, (and awesome at a few of them), but my fiance is better. I will love the day when I can finally kick her ass in Halo, or Call of Duty. It might take a few hundred hours of practice... but my day will come! For now, I will leave you with some funny gamer-girl pics :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Raising a nation of useless genuises

A lot of us grew up with a computer in the house, but if you are around my age, it probably didn't start to be a large part of your life until your teen years. As far as gaming, you probably had an Atari, or maybe (like me) you had the original Nintendo, or Sega. Maybe you even played a little 'Myst' on your desktop, but you probably did not use a computer on a daily basis as a child, and you certainly didn't play with apps on a smartphone, or mess around with your mom's i-pad, like the kids of this generation do. AVG recently did a study, which polled 2,200 mothers with Internet access across the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The mothers, all with children aged 2-5, were each asked to rank a list of computer and traditional life skills according to how early their children had mastered them. Here are a few of their findings:
  •  More young children know how to play a computer game (58%) than swim (20%) or ride a bike (52%)
  • 28% of young children can make a mobile phone call, but only 20% know to dial 911 in case of an emergency
  • 69% of children aged 2-5 can operate a computer mouse, but only 11% can tie their own shoelaces
This is kind of amazing, and slightly disturbing to me. I mean, I am in my twenties, and it is incredible how much computers have changed every aspect of our lives since I was a child. I love computers, the internet, gaming, etc. but I have to wonder if we might be sacrificing something when we devote so much of ourselves to these forms of communication and entertainment. Computers can be awesome learning tools for kids, and the internet opens up a world of information to kids that they would never have had 20 years ago, but is it at the risk of their basic life skills? Are they spending time playing computer games instead of socializing with their peer group, or learning the skills necessary to develop normally?

Day 21 – A picture of something you want to do again

When my fiance was overseas, my birthday present from her was a trip to Forks, Washington with my amazing friend Melissa! We had a blast, went on the "Twilight tour", shopped in twilight-themed stores, stayed at the official "Cullen House", and hung out on LaPush beach! It was pretty much the best trip that I have ever had, mostly because we just acted like idiotic 13-year-olds the whole time. I would love to go back again, see Forks again, and hang out on the Washington coast in general, because it is hands down the most beautiful place on earth! As much fun as we had there though, I hope that the second time I will get to go with the s/o! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nerd Rage Rap

This video has been out for  a bit, but I never get tired of it, I pretty much die laughing every time. Definitely NSFW, so if you don't want to offend your delicate sensibilities, just skip it. Otherwise, enjoy the nerd rage!

Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal Orlando. I know it sounds stupid, when I could choose something like Italy or France or Japan, and don't get me wrong, those sounds cool too... but seriously a Harry Potter theme park?! What could possibly be better? With rides called "Dragon Challenge", "Flight of the Hippogriff", and "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey", which all take place inside Hogwarts Castle (!), shops  in Diagon Alley, HP-themed restaurants, and shows like the "Frog Choir" and "Triwizard Spirit Rally", I am pretty sure that it is basically geek heaven.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Angry Birds' World Domination

Okay, I feel pretty comfortable stating that 'Angry Birds' is taking over the world. The popular game started out just being on phones, and now has been made into a board game, carnival game, and now is about to be released as an animated television show. This move will make it the first original mobile IP to be transitioned into another form of mass media. I am kind of curious to see who they are going to market it to. I mean, sure kids play the game along with adults, but realistically, it is going to be a cartoon about suicidal birds who try to kill pigs. Doesn't really seem kid-friendly to me... but I am impressed. This phenomenon has managed to make it to every platform imaginable!

The 'Angry Birds' board game

The 'Angry Birds' carnival game

Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.

This is me and my friend Jackie, who I have known since I was like 3 years old :) We were at the zoo when this picture was taken. Oh yeah, in case you couldn't figure it out, I am the one with the red hair.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't feed the geeks!

As geeks, we already know that we are a little bit more awesome than everyone else. So, why should we have to eat the same boring food items as the masses? We shouldn't. So here are some examples of geek-centric food for you.

S'mores keyboard. Probably not functional, but much tastier than plastic!

Video-gaming food bars. Because you can't leave the computer during a raid just to make food!
Game Controller Cookies!

Some people have waaaay too much time on their hands.

Shouldn't all gummy treats be shaped like legos?

Ninja cookies. What could be better?

Funny story: these bars were actually recalled because they were found to be, that's right... toxic. No joke.

Day 18 – A picture that makes you laugh

Some great advice :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Genius digs a tunnel into GameStop

Okay, we have all experienced the building excitement when a new game is going to be released, or the anxious waiting that comes from anticipating an upgrade, expansion pack, whatever. That said, there are a lot of ways to get games, but most people just go with walking into a store and buying it. This guy however (Stephen Archer of Tennessee) decided that he would just steal games. You may be thinking, "Oh, so he probably just illegally downloaded them online, or maybe he shoved the game in his pants and walked out of a store." Well, obviously those things sounded too complicated for him, so instead he decided to tunnel underground into his local GameStop store. Police say the man started digging on January 4, after breaking into a vacant building next to the game store.He walked away with nearly $300 in cash, and more than $5,300 in games and electronics. He is now being charged with Felony Burglary. I am sure that he will get lots of new tunneling opportunities in prison though, so I guess it all worked out for the best.

Some Tech insight from Martin Luther King Jr.

We all know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a great voice for change, and the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. But did you know that he also had some wise advice to give us technophiles? In his 1964 Nobel Lecture at Oslo, Norway, Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us not to allow our "moral progress" to fall behind our progress in science and technology. Here is what he had to say:

"Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
This is the serious predicament, the deep and haunting problem confronting modern man. If we are to survive today, our moral and spiritual "lag" must be eliminated. Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul. When the "without" of man's nature subjugates the "within", dark storm clouds begin to form in the world."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you

I guess this will probably cement my utter geekiness in your mind, but I think I have to choose Joss Whedon. Well, not him exactly, but the heroes that he has given us. Besides creating amazingly empowering roles for women, he has given us a whole new kind of superhero:

Angel and Spike, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and "Angel"

Echo, from "Dollhouse"

Buffy Summers, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Captain Mal Reynolds, from "Firefly"

Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die

This one is difficult, because there are a million things that I would like to do before I die. I suppose the biggest one is visiting Ireland though. I have wanted to go there pretty much forever. :) Well, someday!