Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GEEK is moving!

G.E.E.K. will be moving shortly to for a few reasons-those being direct url domain remapping, extended widget use, and premium user support. More to come. Keep visiting this site until I have the other blog ready.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Turn it up and make it knock (knock)

I don't to mean to do it purposefully, but more and more it seems like I take interest in stuff that seems very modest and can be done by any simple person, but is very interesting in merit and originality. First it was small art projects-then it was stencils. A friend of mine brought up the subject of Lego and since then I've been looking at a lot of sculptures people have made either to serve the purpose of playful diorama making or for more 'meta' pieces of artwork. There is a lot of it out there, folks.
Some of it is rather simple and uses special pieces in interesting ways while others take the *entire idea* of Lego and makes some rather...dramatic works. These kinds of works makes me wonder-how many can accomplish stuff like that, when given the time? Are people popular for this solely because they are the first? I shrug at the answers because it does not make the piece less remarkable.
My last Lego minded link. This guy is *fantastic.* The idea is very meager and manageable but I can guarantee it is more cumbersome once you realize a few pixels translates into dozens of blocks.
So let's talk about Blogging. The reason I talk about merit and originality and all of that is because I've been doing a few small bits of research. I have been nose deep in internet articles studying my butt off about the business of blogging and blog advertising. (This has been accompanied by the bangin Girl talk album entitled Night Ripper!) I have always had the goal to have a career doing something I love, and while I can't say I would like to make blogging my number one profession, I would absolutely love seeing monetary "results" from it, if you catch my drift. While I haven't made heads or tails of it all, I had an extremely good idea.
I'm going to try to make some moolah off of this blog. A big sliver of it will go to Child's Play Charity for my Senior Project at Brown School. Sweet. Have fun with something and help your grades *and* Children's Hospitals! I'll try to figure out donation widgets and Adsense soon...Seems like this is too easy to pass up.
Consider me happy when Kosair Children's Hospital is happy with what I've done and when I have a Macbook. (Look. I know greed is a sin but..) Notice how I did not mention having good grades at all?

Anyways. In the World Of Warcraft, boy have I been busy doing a whole lot of nothing. Blizzard has really made up for the Burning Crusade launch event with the WOTLK scenario. Zombies (which have spawned from Plagued Rats, Roaches, and Crates) have been constantly bombarding major cities. At first, infection took ten minutes and was easy to dispell, via decursing or from the help of Argent Dawn Healers. Not so, when it came past Saturday. Infection took 1 minute at it's shortest time, meaning a handful of zombies could explode and infect anyone nearby. And I mean anyone. (Corpse Explosion will infect someone. Repeated exposure brings you ten seconds closer to turning.) Most of saturday night was spent making the corpse run to Ironforge's Auction House, just to explode.
Here is what would happen.
I turn. Guards rush in. Players turn around and stare. I explode and everyone is infected. Auctioneers are included. As I run back, someone tries to decurse everyone. I run back in just in time for all those who have not been reached to turn, reinfected those who have been decursed. Auctioneers turn and people are left helpless. As a 51 point arms warrior, I did a stupid thing and got Bladestorm. This means I Whirlwind for six seconds straight. This means I could kill the zombies I just infected, and possibly get infected myself! Sweet!
I can't describe the glory that it was, boning people over no matter what, but it was definitely a hoot. Major cities everywhere looked like a Warzone. My applause goes to Blizzard for creating such a dynamic and engaging event. The battle between WoW and WHO has gotten even better, mainly because Blizzard has pulled a few of their customers back for this event, and in two weeks, for the launch of WOTLK. I will be content if the expansion is half as fun as this event.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Things just get more and more interesting.

With the subtle introduction of the zombie plague into WoW as of patch 3.0, things have been ramping up daily. First it was conspicuous crates that initiated the plague, then it was cockroaches..Now it's roaming dead villagers in starting areas.

Imagine my surprise (and morbid glee) when I see a familiar necropolis floating over Ironforge. Neat, huh? Well that apparently isn't all. A new boss has popped up in Karazhan and Argent Dawn recruiters are sending us over there to check out. Hopefully we'll seem some outright overwhelming hordes of zombies soon enough. As of now I am going to kill that duder.

Friday, October 24, 2008

As furiously quick as I can

I have fifteen minutes to do this miniature blog. If you want to be a viking, Mirrored is probably the best album you can listen to. I can just picture bearded men, horned helms and furs and all, hopping around a circle of burning virgins as they hoot and holler. Battles made a well presented piece of art that goes across a lot of boundaries with 'Mirrored.' In the simplest of terms, the first "real" album battles has put down is simply musical candy.
I don't know how, but a lot of elements you'll find in other genres of music come together here and create something intensely fierce and passionate. These guys play their heart out. Here's a youtube of an entire concert of their's.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Naming him laika was probably a poor decision on my part

In other news, I am still giving that "spice up your life with love/creativity" horoscope until Sunday. If I have failed miserably on Sunday, I will probably just continue onward like I do every week so I guess I am okay with that.
Saw Pride and Prejudice at Actor's Theatre and for an incredibly bland story the second half of it turned out very well, even though the whole play can be summarized by this:

random daughter-"OH BOY A LETTER FROM DARCY!"
other girls "OH HOW DELIGHTFUL"

And they jump around and shout for "ma'ma" and touch their breasts in excitement. This is pretty much how the play worked.

I will be in the Courier Journal tomorrow and hopefully I enjoy my time in my own little, special, spotlight. Friday should be a good day, but it'd be even better if that stupid cat came home. I guarantee he is living it up in someone else' house eating fatty foods and chillaxing out by a pool.

I am tired but tomorrow I am gonna talk about how Godspeed You! Black Emperor has affected post-rock in both good (DMST) and bad (every other side project) ways.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Helpin the kids out of their coats...

October has me excited for a lot of reasons-the main one being the onset of winter. That means a few things:

Hot Chocolate
Electric Blankets
The Feeling of being a giant bear in a den when you are under an electric blanket.

Also, in winter, I get really thoughtful about various silly things so I am excited for that. I also get to stay in hotels. I love hotels. Turn the thermostat down and snuggle. But I feel like I'm starting this post off on the wrong foot. I think I need to change a few things because the last horoscope I had said "Artful change, etc, etc, gonna hook up with a girl throw some spice in there, etc. etc." Well. I've failed on that last part once more so I guess I should do something about the former.
Thinking I'll rasterbate (that is, to blow up a single image and print it out as a giant poster) a picture and get it on my wall. Sometimes I hate having such a small space but during winter I do not really mind. I like living in an uncivilized cave.
More money coming in this week means more useless stuff. This week it goes to-
Viking Helmets
Viking Stuff
Viking Boat
Maybe some comic books.

I figured with the last one that I at least owe it to myself to read the rest of Astonishing X-men's current volumes. Or to the point in which Emma White (Frost Queen) becomes a sniveling bitch of a traitor. I was reading a few comic blogs the other day and manages to regret falling upon a page in which the author thought the world was ending because of sexism in comic books. Seriously. She (I presume because I am sexist) was flipping her shit thinking that the sexual exploitation of a woman's body fictionally and artistically was something new or exciting. Let's take a look at a few examples of pretty blantant sexism in comic books-

1. Emma Frost is Marvel's attempt at not-so-subtly sneaking softcore (oh who am I kidding?) porn into comic books. She's a pretty funny chickadee, and had a bit of a spine while she played her part in the socialite-parent-country-club-organization the Hellfire Club, but jesus christ do I find her beyond redemption much of the time. Marvel did a short (I think 4 half page comic book volumes) series where Emma was a youngster and was pretty much discovering her powers. It was good stuff for the most part, save for the short story where Emma proceeds to earn money cheating in gambling casinos. (She reads minds, all of that jazz.) But in Astonishing and New X-Men, you can expect a few golden nuggets of dialogue that read out as such-

Cyclops-"Hey team we need to split this up and go at it as such."
Beast-"okay I have your back man let me just fuck around on a computer also I admit I am gay"


Shadowcat-"You're a huge bitch"
Emma Frost-"lol im so much hotter than u and I can steal ur boyfriend"

Not to mention she dresses like she is about to do a spread for Hustler.

2. Wonder Woman-Wonder Woman is a product of an older generation and I had a pretty big problem with the aforementioned blogger bringing her up in the conflict of sexism in comic books. The whole "She is a woman but she is tough and merciless" shtick is very transparent (but still there) and she certainly has a dubious upbringing in regards to fairness and equality. (she was raised by lesbian amazonian chickadees, basically.) But Wonder Woman has stayed pretty fair in terms of how she is looked at by both sexes. Sure, she has brought a lot of the clout from WW2 era thinking into comic books, but she has stayed pretty pure for the most part-look at her costume. Same as it ever was. Now I'm not saying her costume defends her being a big boobed gal who is into bondage, but I think Wonder Woman is at fault for starting a lot of the fair view hooplah, mainly because she is so popular. When people think of female super heroes, those who are uninitiated think of Wonder Woman.

3. Superman. Yep! It's a guy. This one is a bit more hypothetical than the other two, but it works like this-if people are tired of seeing women in comics who play the role of eye candy yet are saviours of worlds, why don't people flip out over Superman? I cannot even *think* of a more metafictionally superficial character. I hate superman due to the lack of creativity powerwise and plot wise, but I feel I need to use him to get this point across since he is so flawed in his own being. Superman is very strong and can make tornadoes from his breath and he has heat vision and x-ray vision and can fly and probably is not lacking anywhere at all. (Har har har.) He also has an alterego that is soft spoken and capable and looks good and does as he is told. Using this frame of mind, let's impose that a bit onto a blanker slate-
Superhero who is totally good looking and can do whatever he wants and has a cool alterego
Female superhero who is totally good looking and can do whatever she wants and has a cool alterego.

Oh fuck. It starts making sense. Superman is a product of inverse sexism, albeit quiet in demeanor. I don't think sexism is a problem in comics as much as superficiality. A lot of writers and artists write characters as strong and well balanced because many people don't like seeing flaws in a person at initial inception-Would we be interested in a skinny superman who is just as old and has the same powers but sometimes complains about seeing his ribs? Not really. Instead we get characters that are relatively okay and are then given problems to solve or deal with.

All I'm saying is that women in comics *can* fall under the banner of products of sexism, but you must carefully inspect what does and does not make something sexist. A fully capable female who can take care of herself and is attractive is not sexist-it's just something people like to see. How can a hero be so muddled up and lackadaisical and still carry interest, otherwise? People also need to take a step back and realize much of the dilemma arises because of superficiality, and I am okay with that. Emma Frost *is* a bit ridiculous (but don't tell anyone that I enjoy it) and *does* need to be toned down both in aesthetical and philosophical forms. But this is not a problem of sexism-it's of stupid, stupid writers. People like big boobs and blonde hair universally-to take it out in rage upon comic books is silly because I can assure you that is everywhere around you and has simply seeped into another type of media.
But I digress.
Bottom Line-Sexism is flaunting balance in a female/falling under the need of dependence of a male. Sexism is NOT fulfulling aspects of society that make people attractive and being a super hero on the side.

People need to rethink why they hate that-half of the time it is just shitty writing.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Have you talked to your doctor about the patch? (Those who are pregnant or at risk of stroke should not take 3.02)

I had my virtual life layed out for me. Hunter to 70. Rogue to 70. Fuck around on my warrior. Goddamnit, 3.0. Inscription is done but Hallow's End comes along and taunts me with some genuinely fun achievements that you will not be able to do until next year. Say goodbye to being on schedule for Wrath, folks. I've been selling less and less glyphs just out of sheer laziness, but hope to pick back up again to buy my alts epic mounts. Should be transferring to Maelstrom at some point.
In the real world, I have decided to become a viking. yep. Abe Lincoln is pretty much normal as far as costumes go. I am already tell. Vikings? Shit yes you get that helm and a sword and like maybe a beard or something. And a boat.
Photographer came, stayed for an hour, decided to take a picture of me throwing pizza in the air. Should see it this friday.