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Roger Ebert Tweets Out Of His Ass

March 2nd, 2010

There seems to be a lot of things in this world that get me fired up. When I try and put one word that seems to link all of these seemingly different issues that cause me to rant quicker than c, that word would be ignorance. Being a nerd/geek/gamer, I face a lot of it. The entire community does and it really chaps my behind to put it nicely. I’m happy to report that my children do not seem to face the same sort of discrimination as my generation does and even worse, the generations before mine. However it still exists and it really needs to end, especially when this ignorance and discrimination comes from main stream media sources. If what is said was being said about Blacks, Jews, women, gays, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims (insert any other group that has a tendency to be largely discriminated against), the outcry would be deafening. So why are people like Roger Ebert allowed to continuously perpetuate a very negative stereotype regarding this topic. Case in point, his latest tweet:

You know what, I will be the first to admit that as a group of people, we can be an odd bunch. We like to argue the minutia of pretty much any subject that is the object of our obsessions and compulsions. We like to dress up in funny costumes and attend conventions where we unleash our geekiosity upon an unwitting city. We are a very passionate bunch of people and we will allow our passions to be spilled upon any poor unsuspecting person if given the opportunity. We may not always be the most socially graceful people but we have heart and we care deeply. We are willing to stand behind our beliefs despite rampant criticism from our peers.

But I want you to think about that for one minute. How are we any different from the “jocks” who attend their favourite sporting event dressed in team colours and faces painted, screaming and hollering from the stands? How are we any different than that same group of people spending hours debating over the merits of The White Sox vs. The Yankees? How are we any different than any group of people who attend any event in support of whatever it is that gives them that boost of adrenaline.

Ebert made mention of messy pigs. Have you looked into a frat house or looked in the home of the bachelor jock with their beer cans, pizza and take-out boxes, piles of clothes and miscellaneous debris all over the place? The geeks/nerds I know are way more obsessed with order and cleanliness that any other group of people I know. Maybe their gaming areas are not always the tidiest and I know that my desk always looks like it has exploded but I do not know of too many creative types where their creative space is not a complete hazard.

Apparently we smell too. That is a stereotype that really bothers me because again the group that seems to hate us the most (the jocks) have the exact same issue. Especially when it is down to play-off time and they wear their same lucky jersey for weeks on end without washing because it will ruin the luck. And let us not forget about the gross and disgusting play-off beard-o-luck. I have met some pretty stinky gamers in my time. There is no denying that but I will deny that the image of the lone gamer in his/her mother’s basement is far from the norm. It is a very unfortunate negative stereotype.

And now for screaming at the PC. Are you trying to tell me that is not a common occurrence? Because let me tell you something, it is no different than the testosterone-filled group massed together in the living room or bar, hooting and hollering over every single little thing that happens during their all-worshipful game. Are you trying to tell me that because it is being done in a pack it is more acceptable or are you telling me that because it is coming from the “cool kids” you are willing to overlook this same behavior?

Now let me tell you something about geeks/nerds/gamers. There seems to be a lot of press about violence and us. And the odd occasion that it does happen, it is shameful. But our instances of violence are not nearly as prevalent as one would like to believe. I will admit, we can be huge assholes to each other online. We have been known to troll the internet just waiting for the opportunity to allow our words on the screen to cause someone else to cry. We have been known to rage quit and some are even known to get a sick perverted sense of satisfaction when they know they are the cause of this rage quit.  But I do not think I have ever heard of a group of us destroying a city when our team has lost. I do not think I have ever heard of us ever getting into physical fights with someone in a bar or in our homes while we are drunk and someone says some stupid shit about our team. As a general rule, we are a very non-violent group of people who just like to anonymously run their mouths from time to time. It bothers me that you never hear about the dude who beat up his wife or the kid who went on a shooting rampage after watching a movie, reading a book, looking at a picture, attended or watched a sporting event (many more examples can be put here) but music and gaming seem to be two of life’s awesome things that like to get singled out because of agenda and not because it is the real cause.

I have nothing against jocks. The only reason I am using them here is because that is the group that is stereotypically pitted against the nerds. And this is one stereotype that does have a good basis of fact behind it unlike the stereotypes that people like Roger Ebert like to fart out of their asses and post on Twitter. When the reality is, if it were not for us geeks/nerds/gamers Roger Ebert wouldn’t be able to fart anything onto Twitter again because guess what, we invented the thing! All of these awesome technological things that people use without a second thought (computers, cell phones, social networking, blogs, intertubes, games, technology to create movies which Ebert makes his life from, engines, microchips, television, bridges, buildings, space shuttles, telescopes, sound mixers, etc., etc., etc.,), none of it would be available if it were not for us. Pretty much every job and every single person’s sources of entertainment would not exist if it were not for some geek spending hours dreaming of how to make something work. I think maybe the only exception to this would be painting as it does not require some type of mechanical device to do.

So Mr. Ebert maybe you want to think about that next time you decide to spew ignorance on the internet. We made it possible for you to still have a voice. You should be thanking us for all that we have given you because without us, you would have no way to hand out your venom.

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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Dear Technology,

July 25th, 2009
It is with a heavy heart that I write you this letter. I am really sorry to say this, but our love affair must come to an end. If we do not take a break now I am afraid that it will only end up in divorce. I wrote you a warning once before, however it looks like you did not take me seriously. Truly, I am sorry.

I RAM your motherboard, I unzip your files, I fill your empty slots and you turn on me. When you asked me if it was okay to stick a Trojan on my hard drive, I thought it was foreplay. I did not realize you were serious. When you asked if you could dangle your worm in my…, well you get the idea. The days of me FlickR’ing your YouTube in return for you Twittering my Yahoo are at an end. It is time for me to reformat our relationship. Maybe once that is done we can re-examine our relationship.

Believe me when I tell you, I plan on sleeping around while on this break. When I have calmed down and had a chance to decide if our relationship is what I want, we can talk. If we decide we can continue this love affair that has lasted a lifetime, you better not pull a Rachel or this will be your future:

Yours truly,

Jules





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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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Technology How I Love Thee Yet Loathe Thee

June 7th, 2009
I don’t think frustration even begins to describe what is going on at the moment. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. I love technology. I love gadgets. I am not the typical chick. I hate clothes shopping. Not much for the make-up unless I am having to make some public appearance, doing a photo shoot or am on stage. Screw buying me flowers or chocolate. Flowers, even so they are pretty, die. Chocolate, even so it is oh so yummy for my tummy, ends up coming out the other end. You want to get into my good books and woo me, give me a gadget. My best Valentine’s day gift ever was half a gig of RAM and new video card. You want to give me the best thing on the entire planet, give me a gift card to a store where I can buy computer parts, accessories, games or gadgets. I will love you for the rest of my life!

So imagine my frustration when first I realize just how much I need yet another hard drive. I was thinking I could put of this purchase just a little while longer. In order for me to do what normally would have been a simple and quick editing job, I had to uninstall THREE of my games from my PC. What should have been a simple mp3 to wav to edit out music to mp3 conversion and maybe 2 hours of work, turned into over 12. And that isn’t the only tech FAIL that occurred during the process. Finally I think it is all done. I have the files uploaded to the station’s FTP server, added some different coding to my blog to make it easier for people to find and listen to past interviews and my most recent interview, and made sure that it all worked and would play. I am not happy with the editing job for many reasons but after 12+ hours, I was done. It would have to do for now, otherwise my normal love affair with my PC would have turned into the most bitter break up on the face of the planet. I still hadn’t uploaded other interviews that should be made available.

So I walked away from “work” for the rest of the evening. Now normally it is not work for me as this is the type of thing that really gets me off and gives me a chubby. So imagine my even further frustration today when the station’s server goes down! All of that hard work and NOBODY CAN LISTEN and people are wanting to listen. The server provider tells us later that someone hacked into a different server in the data center so as a precaution, they shut down all the servers to stop this punk hacker who seems to have nothing better to do with their time but mess with people’s lives and businesses and will have to check each server (there is about 10,000 in this data center) to see who was affected and who was not before they would put everything back online. I get the obligatory “you may be down for another 48 hours” line. You have to be joking right? 48 HOURS?!?! ARE YOU INSANE?!?! No no no no, this cannot do!

So I think okay I need to get at least one of the interviews uploaded to some free hosting site temporarily and I will deal with the other stuff later, cause dude I can’t handle this! My normally very wonderful love affair with technology is turning sour. This is so not cool. So I get it uploaded to a temp storage area and make the appropriate link. No sooner is this done, I am informed that the server is back up. So I update as many people as possible that YAY we are back up and live and its all cool. But there is this little nagging voice in the back of my head saying, “SUCKER! Do you honestly think that after technology beating your ass all weekend and showing you who is boss for once, that it is just that easy?” So I say to that voice, “You know maybe you are right, I will keep that back up link there for now but still let people know we are live. Yeah, that is what I will do.” Within 4 minutes of updating that we are back up… You guessed it! We were down again! And there is technology mocking me and saying, “YOU GOT PWN’d! BYTE ME BABY! THAT WILL TEACH YOU FOR STICKING YOUR RAM INTO MY MOTHERBOARD!”

So, I do apologize IF my love affair and my current falling out with technology is causing you any inconvenience. Imagine it from my end of the computer! I wish I could give you a firm time for when everything will be back up. Unfortunately, I have to give you the “please wait at least 48 hours for us to be back up and running.” As you have noticed, I didn’t even link anything cause right now there is no guarantee that it will give you the goods.





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How time passes

May 11th, 2009
Well, I have come to the conclusion that time is much more finite than previously ever thought. I know I have been away for a very long time and have not updated as I have promised in the past. However a funny thing happens when you unplug from the world for 5 months. No you did not misread that, I unplugged my phone, television and HUGE GASP, internet for 5 months. I got back in tune with a few things that I had forgotten to find time for with my ever so busy schedule. Things were so much simpler and I had time to get back into various aspects of art. I was crafting 10+hours a days.

But then came time to come back to the digital world and it has only been a week and a half but has felt like a year with all the catching up I have been having to do with the station and my new broadcasting project . So much to do with the both of them, plus family, plus keeping up with my arts has made it near impossible to catch a breath to even do any type of updates anywhere else. I will talk about these projects and others I have on the go in more depth at a later time, but this is not what is on my mind at this moment.

To all the parents out there who may be reading this: Enjoy every second of your children’s lives and keep a record of funny things they do and say and the not so funny things. I was standing beside my two boys today and all of a sudden I realized how much they have grown in the last couple of months. My 10 year old is at chin level and my 13 going on 19 year old is at least 6 inches taller than I am. When on earth did they get that big? Someone please explain this to me because I swear it was just yesterday that I was pushing them out of me and holding them for the first time.

Then today I was reading this wonderful blog from the king of Geek, Wil Wheaton. He is only a couple years older than myself but after reading his post, I kinda felt a little ancient. And then it made me think of this lovely tale which proves I am older than dirt. This tale takes place 1 year ago.

My youngest was ill. Do to his illness, he was up all night doing things that sick children do when they are sick (you do not want more details than that). I decided I would share one of my favourite shows with him from when I was younger than just happened to be on the Space Channel. This show is the Hilarious House of Frightenstein. There is one point in the show where people “call in”. They use these old rotary phones, well because its an old show. My darling child looks at me half way through the segment and asked, “Mom, how do you use those phones?” Now you would think there is this huge generational gap between my children and myself but there isn’t. I am just 33 and my boys are 10 and almost 14.

How technology has expanded by leaps and bounds in the past generation. How wonderful these advancements are that allow me to work from home and keep in touch with friends around the world in real time. How wonderfully aging they can make on feel.

Hopefully soon I will find time to use all these wonderful advances in technology to really update what I have been up to and what I am up to now.

Until then, peace.



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