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And The Countdown Begins

August 1st, 2009
Today is the 1st of August. Do you know what that means? That means it is one more month until I leave for Seattle for PAX09!

I am so excited! On Thursday, I bought the supplies to make my costume for the Pre-PAX TriWizard Drinking Tournament and the dance off dual between myself and the Slytherin Muggle. SQUEE! My costume is going to rock! I have decided to go as a younger, sexy version of Professor McGonagall. I cannot wait to unveil my costume when the time comes.

Now not only am I counting down to PAX, but I am also counting down to another vacation. In 13 more days, I will be going on a short vacation. It has been almost 2 years since I have gone anywhere. It is long overdue. So of course I am beyond excited that I will be going on 2 vacations in as many weeks. The anticipation is started to really eat at me. Hopefully I remain sane waiting.

Can I has vacations yet? KTHXBAI

I Win 12 Internets!

July 28th, 2009
So my friend @cwknight asked for people to send him dirty text messages today. At the end of the day, he would pick a winner for best message.

He received some interesting messages, some of which you can read here. They involve donkey shows and peanut butter, chili dogs, dishwashers and a bunch of other things that are confusing. I decided text messages were amateur and decided to leave him a voicemail because A: I do not have a cell phone (*gasp*) and B: voice mail is so much better. AND I WON! I WON 12 INTERNETS!

Now really you should go read his blog cause there is some funny shit on it, but if you are too lazy, you can listen to my winning submission here. According to @cwknight this is why I won: “Audio, Web 2.0 company mentions, AND a sexy sign-off? How could she lose?!”

On another note, it was interesting after I left that messages how many other requests I had for messages on their voice mails. A couple people told me I should start a business of phoning people and leaving them weird messages. Maybe on day HA!





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Inspired FINALLY!

July 18th, 2009
I have been lacking inspiration lately to create. It has been something that has been preoccupying my thoughts to no end. There was a time in my life where everything inspired me to create something. Whether it was written, on canvas, some silly little video, a piece of choreography, something to sew, something to craft, I always found the time and had inspiration to do these things. When I feel creative I feel productive. I have feeling as if my creative well had run dry. It has been very depressing as it is so much a part of who I feel I am. It is also a great reliever of stress and very important for my me time. Tonight my inspirational dry zone finally saw some much needed rain. The thirst to feel creative, never mind to create, has been quenched. I owe part of this down pour of creative thought in part to @CaptainTapole.

It all started off with the following banter back on twitter.
CT: My iPod is loving Depeche Mode and Rod Stewart this evening. I know, odd mixture.

Me: *sings* Put it on and don’t say a word. Put it on cause you think I’m sexy and you want my body come on sugar let me know.
CT: I knew it! You are seducing me so I can forfeit the Dance-Off. I’m onto you now, Missy.


(for more info on the Dance-Off, read this PAX2009 Juicy Goodness)


Me: *looking innocent” who? moi? *hides the horns holding up her halo* I would never do such a thing! *pinky to mouth*
CT: Yeeeeaaaahhhh. Uh-huh. I can see that red tail…
Me: That’s not a tail. That’s my whip.
CT: Ooo Honey. You know what I like.
Me: tee hee. Reach out and touch faith and by faith I mean that is my dom name for the night.

CT: *Points* I…yeah, no. So much to say there that will only end up having a love night with you.
It was sometime during that conversation that I decided to listen to Depeche Mode. More specifically, the album Violator. That is my most favourite Depeche Mode album. And then the song “Waiting For The Night” came on and suddenly I was hit with huge inspiration and images flying through my brain to create another one of these (for best effect watch in full screen mode. P.S. contains scenes of violence, nudity and sexual situation that may be objectional to some viewers):

It is not much but I am very proud of it. It is the first video of this sort that I created and I so loved doing it. It is the first thing I created where I did not repeatedly beat myself up over for little small mistakes that only I would notice. That I can myself watch over and over again without thinking “Oh dear why on earth did I ever think this was a good idea.” I have been wanting to make another one for a long time but have been lacking inpiration on all creative fronts.

Thank you @CaptainTapole and Depeche Mode for bringing on the rain. Here come nights of watching the same movie over and over again, writing down time indexes and editing. I feel restored!





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THE PAX 10 INDEPENDENT GAMES SHOWCASE 2009 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

July 16th, 2009
For immediate release from Flash Fire Communications

SEATTLE – July 16, 2009 – After sifting through over 150 submissions from a gaggle of gameplay types and a plethora of platforms, a panel of game industry experts have selected the ten best submissions to be recognized as The PAX 10.

Penny Arcade was pleased to announce today that The PAX 10 for 2009 are (in alphabetical order):

Now in its second year, The PAX 10 is a games showcase open to independent developers worldwide. Winners of The PAX 10 are invited to display their efforts at the sixth annual PAX gaming festival to be held Sept. 4 – 6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. PAX’s Exhibit Hall will feature The PAX 10 booth alongside over 70 other exhibitors – including top publishers like Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft – allowing those publishers, attendees and media to view their breakout potential.

“The judges were absolutely blown away by the polished and robust experiences offered by the 2009 submissions,” said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. “We’re impressed yet again by the amazing games that indie developers are creating and know that, when you stop by The PAX 10 booth at the show, you will be, too.”

About PAX: PAX is a three-day celebration of games and gamer culture. The festival includes an exhibition floor filled with playable builds of upcoming tabletop, console, and computer games; a conference program of game industry speakers; music concerts; freeplay areas; industry parties; game tournaments and more. Since its inception in 2004 the show has doubled in size year-over-year, growing from 4,500 attendees to 58,500 in 2008, making it the largest gaming festival in North America. For more information, visit www.paxsite.com.





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Wil, Phil and Shane Available For Download

July 13th, 2009
I do have to say my last four days have been pretty awesome. I got to geek out with Shane Nickerson. I got to geek out for hours with a friend. I got to geek out all day with my youngest over the Star Wars Lego game for Nintendo GameCube and listen to hours of sheer excitement when he finally unlocked the secret level, and then Star Wars in general. Being able to geek out with your own children is the coolest thing one could ever do. Way cooler than geeking out with a peer as far as I am concerned.

Then imagine my even greater joy when some of my favourite more well known geeks started to geek out about the exact same things I have been geeking out about for days! I just love when that happens. It is a nice reminder of how extremely cool the geek community is. There are many things that define what it means to be a geek. However, in my experiences (despite our own flavours of geekiness) I can always find at least one common thing with all geeks. There is this stupid, warm, giddy excitement we feel when we grok each other.

I have had the pleasure of interviewing three of my favourite more well known geeks, Wil Wheaton, Dr. Phil Plait and Shane Nickerson. I have respect for these people that reach far beyond the fact they are geeks and are well known for each doing their own thing. I do hope my list of favourite geeks I have interviewed becomes more. If it doesn’t it will not matter as I have had this awesome opportunity that I never in a millions years thought would ever happen. I have uploaded these interviews here to my blog but have not made them available for download (save one) and really, that is a shame.

So I am going to fix that problem to allow people to geek them as often as they want and find them easily without having to search my blog. I am also going to include a new sidebar that will allow for easier finding of these interviews and the stories that may accompany them. I really do not know why I did not do this earlier. But the events of the last four days have made me think if I enjoy these similarities so much, then maybe others will to. And if others will to, then maybe I should make it easier for people to find them, enjoy them and share them with others.

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(Note: Each interview does contain some language. So please bear that in mind before listening.)

To download my Wil Wheaton interview, right click, save as (or whatever the equivalent is for the browser you are using).

To download my Dr. Phil Plait interview, right click, save as (or whatever the equivalent is for the browser you are using).

To download my Shane Nickerson interview, right click, save as (or whatever the equivalent is for the browser you are using).

Please enjoy, share freely, geek and be merry.

p.s. I had to put back together the Wil Wheaton interview as it was cut into 5 parts. I did not listen prior to uploading as I wanted this available as soon as possible. Hopefully I didn’t duplicate anything or miss something. If you notice a problem with it, please let me know. As well, the interview does end rather abruptly. That is not an issue. Since the interview was not live and was pre-recorded, after the final segment I went on to talk about how things were wrapped up and did not include our good-byes in the interview.





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Shane Nickerson Interview

July 12th, 2009

PAX 2009 KEYNOTE SPEAKER REVEALED

June 29th, 2009

From Flash Fire Communications to member of the media for immediate release:

Look Behind You, a Three-Headed Monkey!

SEATTLE – June 29, 2009 – PAX 2009 organizers humbly announced today that industry legend Ron Gilbert will grace the stage as keynote speaker at the sixth annual gaming festival to be held Sept. 4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Legendary storyteller, game designer, programmer and producer Ron Gilbert has created countless classic video games, including the seminal LucasArts works Maniac Mansion and first two installments in the Monkey Island adventure series. His more than 20-year career in the games industry encompasses co-founding three game studios, creating the famous SCUMM scripting language and being inducted into the Computer Game Hall of Fame. He is currently creative director at independent development studio Hothead Games in Vancouver, Canada.

“This is an unbelievable moment for us,” commented Penny Arcade’s Robert Khoo. “I wasted an entire family vacation one year trying to figure out how to win that stupid spitting competition.” Gilbert joins an illustrious group of past PAX keynote speakers, including noted geek icon Wil Wheaton and innovative game designer Ken Levine.

In addition to the highly anticipated keynote address, numerous panels and game demonstrations, Omegathon and The PAX 10 independent games showcase, PAX 2009 will offer attendees an unparalleled musical experience with performances from Freezepop, Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Paul and Storm, Anamanaguchi and Metroid Metal.





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Finally A Song That Says It All

June 24th, 2009
I have issues. If you ever listen to my radio show at 9 pm PT on Fridays or have read my blogs, you may have some idea of these issues. Not only does my list of 3 include Optimus Prime, Data and Superman but I get this really weird perverse pleasure from David Hasselhoff. My perverse pleasure in that area doesn’t end there but we will begin here. If I am in a foul mood, I watch a David Hasselfhoff video and I get all stupid and giddy and jumpy and warm and fidgety and all kinds of stupid happiness.

Well tonight on America’s Got Talent (shush, its my guilty pleasure) there was this guy. His name is David Johnson. And he wrote this song which pretty much sums it all up:

OMG! I. CANNOT. STOP. WATCHING! Oh man, if you could only watch me watch this video or any other Hoff video. Just what I need, another thing to obsess over.

Now here is where it gets even more “odd”. I get the same stupid giddy warm fuzzy jumpy fidgety feelings when I listen to a William Shatner song and watch his cheezy ass. I think I just love cheezy asses. The cheezier and the campier, the better. I LOVE this cheezy, campy, sexy, awesomeness of The Hoff and Shatner so much, during all of my Geeky Pleasures shows I play at least a Shatner and Hoff song. And I explode every single time, no matter how many times see them or hear them.

One of my geeky wishes in life is this: That

AND

star in a movie together. Not seperate cameos like in “Dodgeball”, but actually starring opposite each other in a movie. That would be AWESOME! I don’t know if my brain could handle the AWESOME! I think it may even deserve a HAWESOME!





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Geeking Out With Shane Nickerson

June 20th, 2009
I was going to hold off writing this until the morning but I am afraid I will not be able to sleep until I get this out. So there is this guy and his name is Shane Nickerson. He is a pretty funny guy. Well a really funny guy. I became aware of just how funny this guy is through this blog by Wil Wheaton, in which this video was posted (do not watch if you are opposed to used of the word F*ck).

F Twitter from Shane Nickerson on Vimeo.

Twitter is slowly ruining me. This is my cry for help.

Shane is the executive producer of the MTV show “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.” If you live in Canada, you can watch full episodes here. If you live in the States, here. As well, he is a blogger, vlogger, geek, dad, tweeter, writer and actor, among other things. He is also going to co-host my Geeky Pleasures show at Party 934 on July 10, 2009 from 9 pm PT – 11 pm PT. Now this is going to be very cool because not only are we doing the on air thing, but he is also going to co-host the Ustream part. So you will get your chance to see and hear what we talk about when the mic goes to stand-by PLUS you can chat live with us in Ustream chat. Now if you think that is cool, it gets cooler. At least for me on my end.

Tonight (well technically last night) while I am doing my Geeky Pleasures show, guess who shows up unannounced to just hang out and talk in Ustream chat? Let me tell you, it was a bit of an “OMG this cannot be real” moment. I hadn’t even given him the link to the station or the Ustream yet. I joked with him earlier in the day that I was going to go all fan girl on air because he had replied to a reply I sent him on Twitter about something. I was going to do this “OMG guess who I tweetalked with today?” only for him to show up. He shows up unnannounced and my brain vacated my body. I am still stupid with exitement over this. I love the internets so much. Because really, how cool is it that you can have someone show up at your place of work when one of them lives in Hollywood and the other in a small town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada?

To add to the wonderful surprise of him just showing up unannounced and the brainplosion that ensued, I was having some difficulties with audio settings on my end. I had received a complaint last week from a listener because they could not hear the music on the Ustream and had to listen to the site as well. I wasn’t going to do anything about that but I had figured well maybe I will try fixing that problem. I will not be doing it again for reasons you are about to read. I hijacked the sound so that what was in my headset would stream on Ustream. This caused me to hear myself talk in my headset with an echo from the feed and it totally messed with my brain (which was already messed with because I was virtually hanging out with Shane Nickerson!). My mic breaks were a complete disaster thanks to this audio echo thing. I failed completely on the night that Shane stops by unannounced. It was so very cool.

And to make it even better (did I say this guy is funny) he added to my geek topic of the night. The topic was favourite geek websites or videos. One of the sites he contributed was seanbonner.com. I had made a mental note in chat to pronounce is BONner otherwise boner was sure to come out. As I am doing my mic break and giving out the web address, I am keeping my eye on chat. I see Shane type out, “NO! Its boner” so I say on air, “Never mind that, its Boner” (did I not just finish saying I experienced a brainsplosion?) only for Shane and another chat member to start virtual laughing and say no you had it right for first time which caused me to have to say SHIT it is Bonner and explain the whole situation that is going on in chat on air. You have to remember this is all in one mic break and is occurring in the matter of mere seconds. It was chaos (in my brain). It was a riot! I laughed so hard and I may have even blushed because I couldn’t believe I fell for that. Especially after we had just finished talking about how I was prone to say boner on air and had been repeating bonner over and over again in my head just moments prior.

My day rocked! I got to virtually hang out with Shane Nickerson. We chatted for close to two hours. Talked about our mutual obsessive natures. Geeked out a little. I cannot wait to do it again. And I cannot wait until Shane and I get to geek out with the listeners.

Shane if you read this, I really am a cool person. I am not normally flighty and fan girlish. But as I said to you in chat, you made my day. And I wanted to share it with the world.





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For the Children

June 18th, 2009
What a long ass two days this has been. I have this really bad habit of taking on these projects that I fool myself into believing they will be simple and quick, only to realize they are much much bigger. And then my OCD kicks in and I end up spending a whole bunch of time making sure even the littlest things that nobody but me will notice are all tickityboo. I am almost tempted to let people get a sneak peak at the site I am building even so it is missing a lot of content at the moment and the coding on some pages is not complete. I am always afraid that I missed a link or something because I have changed a few things so many times and there are so many pages. I have lists upon lists of pages I still need to create (at least the templates for) and ones that are already created where I need to change a few tags or templates that have been created but still need content. The past 24 hours or so has been spent messing around with javascript, php and mySQL. You know its great these things are available but at the same time, I really miss just working with only html. This has kept me so preoccupied, that I have completely forgotten about checking the sites I normally frequent on a daily basis and as of this moment, I have no show idea for my Geeky Pleasures show tomorrow night (now technically tonight).

There are two things I would like to plug however. The first one comes from one of the independent musicians that I frequently play. One of his songs is the theme song for the “I Am” Hope Project. Here is their statement:

Our objective is to encourage the youth: abused and neglected, orphaned, and cast-off children of the world. Through our action and through our vision, the world will become alive with the idea that our children are the future.

O.Y.I.E. Music Inc., a 501(c)(3), is determined to invest in the lives of children. We have heard the call and have taken the challenge to reach children worldwide. These children will make a positive impact in our community and the word.

By raising funds for the “I Am” Hope Project, the gifts of art and music that we bestow will build a better future. We will guide our future leaders on the path of tomorrow and will assist them with music, instruments, classes, performances, educational curriculum, scholarships, as well as continued assistance and encouragement.

Currently we work in foster homes; these children have already felt the impact of the “I Am” Hope Project. Next year, through your support, we are set to visit 4 orphanages internationally.

Although music is fun, our main focus is to teach the youth life-skills that will directly make a positive and encouraging difference in the lives that surround them.

How

For $1.00, you can encourage a child by downloading the song “I Am” as a unified worldwide effort to bring hope to our children and hurting world.
The song is amazing! Listen to it here

This Flash Player was created @ FlashWidgetz.com.


(sorry am not going to enclose it for google reader as it would take away from the charity) and download it here.

The second charity that I have the pleasure of participating in came to my attention thanks to PAX2009. There is this Cookie Brigade that walks about PAX selling cookies. All proceeds go to Child’s Play. Last year they raised $5400.00. There are three ways that people typically can help with this. The first is to bake cookies and bring them to PAX. The second is to walk around PAX selling the cookies. The third is by doing both. Since I am goin to PAX from Canada and bringing food across the border is an issue, I will be walking around PAX selling yummy cookies. You are probably thinking to yourself, “Jules why are you telling us this if we are not going to PAX?” Well here is what I am thinking. If you live in the U.S. and want to bake for this but are not going to PAX, chances are I know of someone or know of someone who knows someone, who may be near you willing to get those cookies from you and bring them to PAX. There are PAXians from across the states who are baking and bringing cookies to PAX in order to help this charity. So either bake cookies and get in touch with my be email, or visit here to learn more or donate directly to Child’s Play to help this charity.





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