Them Games…

So, I recently finished watching a ‘Let’s Play’ that I found slightly entertaining. Although it does bring to mind the inner struggle. Why do people play these games?

Hunie Pop is a dating simulator. In said game you complete puzzles (bejeweled) and achieve successful dates. Ultimately, your goal is to… you guessed it, go “all the way” with the different girls you meet.

Now, watching someone like Jacksepticeye play a game of this nature is highly entertaining and silly. But it does make me wonder about those who would, on any given day, purchase a game of this nature for their own personal kicks. I mean, I understand simple curiosity. What bothers me is the thought that someone out there takes these games very seriously, and I don’t mean in the strategy way.

See, for gamers who play these style games with an open mind to just be entertained I think it’s fine. But you see, these developers took legitimate time to carefully construct the graphic images you find in these such games. And while over-sexualizing females is a topic for another post, I still feel there are people who would rather spend time fondling themselves to such absurdities than actually becoming a decent member of society and…. well you get the picture.

It is very odd to me that in some societies this has become the only “interaction” some people see. Filling your time with so much work that you aren’t able to have otherwise healthy relationships. When, really, the clock itself was designed to tell monks how much time they had allotted to certain tasks such as prayer and chores. So, filling your time with a game that’s purpose is to arouse and not much else seems like a waste of time and genius invention.

So, today, take time to… enjoy time. Doing something valuable with it is worth it. That’s what it was designed for. If you want to play a game for fun, go ahead! But if you’re looking for affection, actually go out and seek a person. Or, if you’re just wanting to prove that these games exist go ahead….

Anyway, have a good one!

Doing it right…

(Look who’s actually posting on Friday!!!)

Last night I’m laying in bed watching Markiplier and Jacksepticeye per the norm, when it struck me. This is someone doing this right.

See, back in the eighties the technology of today was just really beginning to become a thing. In the nineties we, as kids, began to use PCs in the classroom. Pagers were for parents and drug dealers. Those faded with the 00’s and became cell phones and Bluetooth devices. A tablet or laptop is now the norm for nearly every household.

So, through these years you had the invention, the new user, and the hacker. And while everyone was learning to utilize this new normal we also seemed to fail repeatedly. Not for lack of trying, more for the fact that the tech was new and we were still learning to use it as well. The hackers, which are still out there today and is another story for another day, made technology a swear word to the older generation. So what has changed today?

Today’s technologies are based on those inventions from the eighties and nineties. They use those things we learned on to create bigger and better devices. If you can use a PC you can, essentially, translate over to a smartphone. But that’s only the beginning.

Today our world is very frightening. I don’t watch as much television because I disapprove of many things they show. Everything from shows to commercials all seem to trouble and promote things I would rather stay away from. So, like today’s growing generation, we have turned to sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for all of our entertainment. If you need information on the world you can find it online for virtually free.

But what are these such channels and sites doing right? Well let’s break it down.

First of all they present their show, or ideas in a fashion that is vibrant and entertaining. They can hit the hard stuff, and not gloss over it, with freedom. They are using their freedom of speech to share, educate, and entertain their viewers. They do it in a way as to not offend and take advantage of being universal.

Secondly, they don’t have boundaries. By that I mean language, nationality, or religion. These internet celebrities are reaching out to everyone. The prep, jock, introvert, depressed, and everyone in between. They reach all ages and dynamics.

Thirdly, they are giving their fans a JOB. If you watch Markiplier you know you can suggest games for him to play, comment on his mistakes and successes, and give tips. If you enjoy Rhett and Link you know you can send ideas for Songbiscuits, or seek advice. These guys are taking control of YouTube and have learned the right way to keep their fans involved and enjoying the experience. They are enthusiastic and genuine.

These sites are learning to hone technology to their advantage. Not only do we enjoy watching them, but also interacting with them. They make themselves attainable. They are real to their viewers and truly become almost transparent about their cause. Not only are they connecting with fans, but they are also promoting their causes. Be it cancer, depression, or violence.

If you ever need help in connecting with such styles of internet concepts I encourage you to pick up Kristen Lamb’s book Rise of the Machines – Human Authors in a Digital World. She does a great breakdown of building your brand among other things. How to create an unmoving brand in a sea of thousands.

Well that’s all I’ve got for today. Have a good one!

Building a Statue

Good afternoon! I’m so glad you stopped by. If it weren’t for you this blog wouldn’t even exist.

I wanted to update you guys on my current life events. First of all I’ve been aiding a family member, who is near and dear to my heart, with cancer. So as I’ve been MIA recently it’s been due to this truly terrible illness. Cancer is awful and does the worst things to the best people. Secondly, I’ve been running rampant with a million things to get in order. Life goes on, as my motto goes.

And thirdly I’ve been hitting the stacks and scenes. I’ve decided to go back to the roots, no not mine. To some anime roots. I picked up Millennium Snow Vol. 1-2 at the book store yesterday and am really enjoying it.
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I wanted to delve into Bisco Hatori’s origins and this is a great place to start. She has little notes in the margins here and there describing her journey to fame and love of manga. Yesterday as well we hit up the Carnival of Madness show to see The Pretty Reckless and Halestorm. Pretty cool show (and you can even see my little person in the stands of the photo they took!).
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Yep, I’m a nerd.

I’ll also add here that I’ve begun honestly studying Japanese. The language as well as the culture. And really if you want to truly understand a country and it’s history you need to look first at their food. When it comes to food there are many differences as well as similarities. For example, in many animes you’ll hear them say the phrase ‘Itadakimasu’ prior to a meal. In their country there are a lot of Buddhists. In their beliefs there are many animals as well as plants that signify other gods or idols. So it would be nearly impossible to eat healthily without offending some deity. The phrase ‘itadakimasu’ means ‘thank you for your life’. A sort of prayer, if you will.

(Oh, and Pimsler. Trust me.)
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So, while all of this has been going on I haven’t been able to read and keep up as well as I would have liked. And I feel like I’m letting you guys down. So to help make up for that I am going to do everything I can to post twice a week. I’m going to try to do as best I can to put up something every Monday and Friday.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with this. You matter to me. I may not know you or your circumstance, but you are important. I’ve learned that it is not about perfection. Each day comes with its good and bad. But seeing a 93 year old woman walk in and say she is doing well is such a blessing. Today may not have been what you planned it to be but you do matter, and there will be days when you are doing well. If that’s you today then celebrate it! If not you still matter to me.

Have a good one.

Coming Soon

So, I wanted to keep you guys up to date on the latest reads coming out of some of our favorite authors.

First, we have the Fated hardcopy. Lisa Wiedmeier has, after much formatting hardship and many hours, compiled all of the Fated novellas into a single book and had them printed up just for you. If you have enjoyed the Timeless series I highly advise you pick up this companion to it. The book follows the same storyline as the original, only this is from the boy’s (and a few other side characters) perspective. Very good read.

Next we have Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger. This is the third in the Finishing School Series. If you’ve enjoyed the previous Sophronia stories, or even the Parasol Protectorate series, you’ll greatly enjoy this one.

Third in line, and to be released, is the Prudence book also by Gail Carriger. I am personally super eager to ready this series. I have loved all of her other books thus far and cannot wait to sink my teeth into this new series. It picks up some years after Alexia Maccon has given birth to her lovely and unique daughter Prudence. There are certainly some amazing adventures to come.

Now, that’s all I have as far as books. I do, however have some recommendations for movies.

First in line we have The Drop Box Film. It is the story of a man in South Korea whose idea to create a baby drop box for unwanted children saved many babies and placed them in orphanages. Check your local listings for showtimes and tickets.

Next we have the second movie in the Divergent series, Insurgent. I’m kind of looking forward to this one. I have loved the books and can’t wait to see how they’ve turned this into a film.

Lastly, we have the next Avengers movie. Avengers Age of Ultron needs little to no build up. I mean with these awesome actors and amazing story the movie speaks for itself.

I hope you are looking forward to all of these

…And a Very Handsome Prince…

I’ve been watching television recently and have seen the advertisements for the new Cinderella movie. I have to admit this story is really one of my top three favorite fairytale stories. (The other two being Beauty and the Beast and Snow White.) But as I watched I began to ponder something that I think many of you have also chewed on. The idea of a handsome prince.

First, let’s journey back to the original fairytales. Back before they were Disney stamped and animated. Cinderella was originally a folk tale that was passed orally through the generations. It has often had may variations although the plot remains the same in each culture. A widowed father remarries and acquires two step-daughters. They abuse ‘Cinderella’ and she becomes their maid. After receiving many gifts from a ‘fairy godmother’ she attends a royal affair and loses her shoe on her departure. The prince then scours the land in search of her and eventually finds and marries her.

Now, I adore the story told. And who doesn’t enjoy the thought of marrying a handsome prince and being pampered for the rest of your long life?

Well….

In the real world people come in many shapes and sizes. Some more attractive, some less. Some are kind, others are cruel. And while this story does in fact portray many of these aspects, which I fully endorse, there are a few flaws.

The idea of everyone finding a handsome prince to marry is, let’s face it, unrealistic. There I said it. Let’s be serious. While many a lucky woman does eventually find a loving husband who cares for her, the reality is that this is the real world. Allow me to explore this.

Recently one of my favorite books has been made into a box office hit. Divergent is the dystopian story of a teenage girl who sets forth the demise of her world. During the story she meets a guy and a love subplot begins. In this story the main male character, Four, isn’t your ‘handsome prince’. He has a crooked nose and many faults. His strange attitude being one. But the crowd loves him!

In Twilight (sorry folks), Edward has a crooked smile and isn’t a really ripped guy.

In Hush, Hush Patch is a dark and seemingly sinister heartthrob.

Now, why do I point these out? Because these stories show more flawed characters. The hot, girl-saving guy is not a blonde haired, blue eyed, tall prince. (Race is a different post. Just research the origins.)

I feel that with many girls they believe your mate should be that style of person. I have a major issue with that. Here in the southern USA a bunch of women think that the man with a six pack, cowboy hat, tan, and a nice car is “the guy”. And look at why they think that way.

But thankfully, today the stories hitting the mainstream have characters that are well fleshed out. (Thank you editors!) These men are various skin colors, face styles, personalities, etc. I know each mother worries about their little girl dating that ‘bad boy’. But what defines a ‘bad boy’?

Now, I also have to insert here that many people are grateful for the movies Brave and Frozen for showing that a woman doesn’t need a man to be happy or productive. Which is fine. But maybe ignoring the prince is a good thing. Frozen, however, does emphasize Kristoff who is not a prince. And he is odd.

But looking back any mother would have looked at Hans and picked him for their daughter prior to being informed of his evil ideals. Who would pick Patch? Or who would pick Four? And why would they not?

Without these kinds of stories taking the forefront we wouldn’t be open to many styles of relationships.

My husband is shorter, with dark hair and deep eyes. But I find him very handsome and intriguing. He is smart, loving, kind, and supportive. Isn’t that what every mom asks for in a husband for her daughter?

Today’s ideal man is shifting. He isn’t the prince of old. He is unique. The world is beginning to realize that loving imperfections is what real love is about. No one is perfect. No one’s family is ‘normal’. But so long as love exists then the world will continue to grow.

It’s not about a prince. It’s not about a slipper, though these things are nice and make for good stories. But maybe it’s about learning to love the beast before he is a prince. Maybe it’s about showing how loving them can help them become the prince of the story. Remember, Ever After? He wasn’t really a prince until he met her. Ella Enchanted? Char wasn’t a prince until he met Ella.

A woman may not need a man, but maybe he needs her. Maybe it’s not about a prince saving a damsel, but a damsel saving her prince. And a very handsome one at that, I mean someone’s gotta teach them!

Another Share!

Each night in our home is probably a bit different than yours. There is the usual ritual of dinner, chatting, games or other time wasters. But then night falls and we climb into bed and turn on the Chromecast. This is probably one of my favorite times of day. Why? Because we get to watch our favorite web shows!

I’ve already done a post for you guys about Rhett and Link. They have all kinds of channels. From their daily Good Mythical Morning (and Good Mythical More) to their music videos and podcasts.

Now, some months ago we stumbled upon a new web show that makes us giggle. Okay, okay it makes us laugh really hard. This guy reviews videogames. Generally PC games, and often horror games. While I don’t exactly like the bad language, this channel is pretty entertaining. The name? Markiplier.

In 2012 Mark began doing video commentaries on PC games. His attempts at survival and his comedic reactions have made him a YouTube sensation. And he doesn’t just post a single video on each game. Often he has many parts of his journey.

With many other endeavors under his belt, including charity livestreams, he has taken the internet by storm. He has the voice for radio, the humor of a stand up, and the insanity of a true madman. He often teams up with other YouTube celebrities such as The Game Grumps, Pewdiepie, Jacksepticeye, Yamimash, and his buds Bob and Wade to do many collaborations and shenanigans.

If you ever need a good laugh, or just want to watch some poor guy’s terror, head on over and check it out. I will say it is definitely an older teens/adult style of channel, so you’ve been warned. (Language, game violence, thematic elements, occasional sexual content -mature games.)

The Loss of an Actor

It’s evening on the east coast of the USA and I’ve finally come around to finding time to write something I wasn’t stoked about.

Just before new years the world bade farewell to a highly accomplished actor. Many remember him well from both Lost Boys and Gilmore Girls, the late Edward Herrmann.

Edward Herrmann was a very talented and kind gentleman. From the articles I’ve read many an actor and actress was touched and inspired by Ed’s spirit. He is said to have shared not only his humor but also his life experiences with those around him.

Those who had the privilege of working alongside him have said they have lost a friend who will be sorely missed. Each individual statement gave the same tenor, one of having been in the presence of not only a great actor but also friend.

Amy Sherman-Palladino recounted casting Ed as Richard in Gilmore Girls.

“When we were casting the part of Richard on Gilmore Girls, we all sat around saying, ‘If we could only get Ed Herrmann.’ So we sent the script to his agent who said Ed will come in and meet, but he won’t read. We said fine — great. Set it up. The agent said, ‘But I need you to understand — he will not read.’ We said we get it — no reading. The agent said, ‘He’s Ed Herrmann. He’s worked with Woody Allen! He was in Reds! He will not, under any circumstances, read!’ We were like ‘Hey, if he’ll even sit down and talk to us, we’d be honored.’ So Ed came in. He sat down and said, ‘I like it. It’s funny. Should I read?’ We sat there in stunned silence as Ed opened the script and proceeded to read. And just like that, Richard Gilmore was sitting in front of us. And that’s when I knew this show was charmed… To our patriarch, I thank you. I miss you. And I could never repay you.” -via TVLine.com

As with all of the others, I too bid him farewell.

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas! We didn’t have a huge gathering today seeing as how we had two or three the past few weeks. So today we decided to go hit the movies (with our gifted movie tickets)! Without further ado allow me to present…

Big Hero 6!

Hiro Hamada is a teen with an incredible brain for robotics. When his older brother shows him that there are greater ways to utilize his talents other than robot fighting, he decides to take on college. But when he loses his brother, plans change.

Baymax was the last invention left by his older brother. It is a medical robot whose job is to seek out those in pain and tend to their needs. His design is configured to alleviate fear and his programming is kind. After discovering one of his inventions, which he had believed to be lost, is in activation he has to find it .Who would use it? Or, more importantly, how would they use it?

With the help of his brother’s, and now his, friends Hiro begins to track down his creation and learn that loss effects many people in many ways. Not everyone deals with it the same way and it may just be a bigger problem than he first thought.

This movie has amazing characters, if they are predictable. Each one seems to have their own unique personality. Each individually enjoyable and fun. Their care for Hiro brings out more than just kindness. Each one is quirky in his or her own way. Hiro, himself, refers to them as nerds.

The story unfolds in a very realistic way. Though the ending felt a bit…rushed it still played out well enough that you didn’t feel left wanting. You get the emotions as they flow from the screen to you. And being a pretty amazing movie you travel through the ups and downs with Hiro. The relationship between the brothers is very endearing and believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film! It was very funny and the little things catch you off guard. My only hang up is that with it being a Disney movie the same thing happened that always happens… they kill off someone in the family. I mean come on Disney! Is this your easy out? Masochists…

But anyway, overall I would have to give this movie an eight out of ten. Great movie, wonderful story, beautiful animation. So I do encourage you to go and see it!

Have a great one!

Five Awesome Things That Are Unfortunate

Today we are addressing a few things that are popular in mainstream America, and possibly around the world, that probably shouldn’t be. Not that they aren’t cool, but just that they have been over used to sell merch, make films, attain new fans that don’t even get it. Posers, if you will. Let’s begin.

 

Number 1: Tinkerbell

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Now Tinkerbell is a fairy from the story Peter Pan. She is a narcissistic, vain, pretty fairy with a thing for Peter. She also hates Wendy, stating horrible things about her when frustrated.

Tinkerbell in society has become a starlet. As a sexy Halloween costume, a nighttime shirt, and many other marketable pieces. Not that she isn’t cool, or that the movies weren’t good, but it’s time that all those preppy girls tone it down and let the magic of the fairy tale be kept to a bedtime story. That’s what made this character great, the dream world magic.

 

Number 2: Alice in Wonderland

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Now, I know it’s actually Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so lay off me. While I love this topsy-turvy world that is really trippy and all of the characters in it, I feel like they are trying to make this into something mainstream as well. However, with its questionable roots and imagery it may still stand a chance.

This classic, in it’s weirdness, has spawn many, MANY different projects. Everything from the odd miniseries to horror video games (Alice is freaking awesome!). But with all the twists and turns, people trying to make this strange children’s story an innocent, easy going tale is crazy! We want it to stay odd, but not common.

Yet another sexy Halloween costume? No thanks!

 

Number 3: Batman

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This is a hero that can permeate multiple demographics. Which, to a point, is great. I get that super heroes are always going to be popular. Whether you are a child or an adult they maintain their captivating nature. Who doesn’t want super powers?

Batman, being a hero without all the powers of spiders, kryptonite, or other worlds, has always been the hero with a dark past. (Duh, the Dark Knight!) But as times have changed Batman has become more mainstream. It’s as if they are still trying to maintain that man-in-tights classic image.

I’m not knocking honoring the history, I’m pointing out that while I respect the origins, trying to recreate the original is not a good idea. People are always redefining the storyline, but you can’t change where you came from.

Sexy batgirl Halloween costume? Eh, no one really cared for her anyway…right?

 

Number 4: True Blood

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….*sigh*…..

I mean, did you even read the books? And the last two or three of those? Let alone the show….

No, just no. Great actors in bad shows does not a good show make. And bad accents are bad.

 

Number 5: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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This movie was freaking genius!!!

I have yet to see a movie that Tim Burton has done that didn’t work on some level. I love the dark light to his stories. As a child my older brother and I really bonded over this strangely beautiful movie. From the original figurines, to him buying me Jack and Sally dolls on his honeymoon in Disney.

But, unfortunately, this has become another one of those merch pits. Every Halloween the paraphernalia takes center stage with Jack masks and sally dresses. We’ve all seen those crazy gloved hands.

Even Tim Burton himself tried to rehash his own success with the Corpse Bride. Lightning certainly didn’t strike twice here.

While I appreciate a really clever T-shirt and the occasional mega snow globe, companies like Hot Topic (sorry guys, love ya!) and Spencer’s Gifts (ditto!) have made this into a mega marketing device and nearly ruined the indie movie. It was, and should remain, a cult phenom.

Sexy Sally Halloween costume? Please no.

 

What do you think? I’d love your opinion! Or let me know if I’ve left anything out!

Have a great one!

Sharing is Caring

So I enjoy telling others about things I like. Some would call that promoting. Well today I’m promoting Rhett & Link.

If you go on YouTube and type in ‘Good Mythical Morning’ you will see many episodes of a rather neat show by co hosts Rhett and Link.

Each day during the week there is a new episode. You can buy GMM merchandise and view all sorts of fun videos. The two are really funny and family friendly.

I wanted to do this post because I think if you want to watch a YouTube only show, this is a great one.

Have a Good Mythical day!