Choices Life presents us with an endless array of choices. Each and every day we are barraged with a myriad of decisions to make, from the small to the substantial.
Hello everyone! After a long dry spell here at the blog I am once again jumping onto the horse and giving this hobby another go. So I gave the blog,
Fact Friday Welcome to a new segment on the blog that I call Fact Friday. In this segment each Friday I will be sharing some interesting facts with you. Either
Hello everyone, The holidays have kept me quite busy and I have been neglecting my blog in a most serious way. So to get me jazzed up to get back
“You asked for wisdom? Hear these words. Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one’s own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.” – Sheri S. Tepper in The Vistor
There are so many neat and unnecessary things in this world that you could blow your hard earned cash on. In fact, most of the stuff out there is unneeded even if most of it isn’t neat. But, for the college student that needs that morning pick-me-up after an all-night math proofing session I found the perfect geek gift at Think Geek.
What they need is caffeinated pancake syrup! Now you can have your Eggo waffle and your morning caffeine all at once. Really, who needs this you might ask. Well I know in my (early) college days I used to grab a Jolt cola and a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans and call it breakfast. So I guess I could have used this back in the day.
What crazy things did/do you eat for breakfast?
Me (at the breakfast table): Alright kids I know it is a bit away but if I am going to sew costumes for Halloween this year I need to start figuring that out soon. So what do you want to be?
The girl: I want to be a Rainbow Dash.
The boy: I want to be something that goes with the Orycon theme this year.
Me (to the boy):I don’t remember what it is.
Me (to the girl): I am not making a pony costume, I could but it isn’t going to happen.
The girl: I could just paint Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark on my face.
Me: You are not going Trick-or-Treating with just some make-up on, not out of this house. You need to come up with another idea. It doesn’t have to be super fancy but you need a costume.
The girl: I will be a witch and use the cape I already have.
Me: That works.
The boy: Apocalypse something.
Me: Oh, yeah. It is Apocalypse How ’cause of the whole 2012 thing.
The boy: So what goes with that theme?
Me: Well pretty much anything, all genre’s can have an apocalypse it is just the end of the world.
The boy: So a Cybernetic Monkey Butler would work?
Me: Yes a Cybernetic Monkey Butler would work
So, as many of you likely know, Guild Wars 2 will be releasing on Aug 28, 2012. At our house this is exciting news, as I trust it is at many of yours as well. My husband and I pre-bought the game for both of us as our anniversary present this year back in April when the option became available. We intend to each dedicate a character slot to our joint play time, kind of a gamer date time when the kids are at their dad’s house. Any way that works is a good way to keep the spark alive.
I never played the first Guild Wars, and haven’t been very big into the whole multi-mass player online game thing. Mostly I don’t like to team up with others, partly because as a mom my attention can rarely be devoted fully to the game and partly because I am not super good at them and feel self-conscience around others.
Thankfully Guild Wars 2 has proven to be the game I was waiting for, I just didn’t know it. A big thank you to my husband for knowing it for me.
When I play rpg style games it is all about the character and the development of the character. I will choose things based off what the character would choose not always what is the best from a number-crunch perspective. This often makes my characters ineffective but very real; so far I have had enough choices to implement style without sacrificing ability which is great. I love how the items have really out there names sometimes which feeds my character personality need quite well.
I also have enjoyed the immersion of the character background into their personal story line. This allows me to focus on doing things and generally staying away from the tedium of grinding. Any game that makes me grind will quickly be left behind, I don’t find it engaging to endlessly run areas to kill monsters just to get experience to level to do the next real thing. With Guild Wars I can collect hearts or way point or views and just go to a whole new area if I need to level for my story line. It keeps me engaged which means I keep playing.
My family budget loves the idea that I buy the game and then get to play it, no deciding what we are going to give up each month to afford the dues for four of us to play. Or splitting accounts so that we can all take turns playing just to afford to play at all. Thank you AreaNet for going “old school” on this and dumping the monthly fees!
All in all I am excited for go-live to get here so I can play, play, play!
While most of my costuming tends towards the elaborate and rather expensive, I also have made some pretty low-budget costumes as well. Here are a few ideas for cheap Sci-Fi themed costumes. I hope you find something here that you can use.
Mech Pilot: Decorate a helmet with a number or logo of your choice. Find a tight fitting shirt and pants and decorate the shirt with a matching logo.
Mummy: Buy a white sheet at the second hand store and tear it into strips. You can either sew or hot glue the strips to some old clothes you don’t care about anymore. Put them on and wrap a few around your head as a mask.
Mech Mechanic: Find a pair of overhaul and smear them with grease. If you want to make sure it won’t rub off an anything then use a black sharpie to create the look of grease. Use some black face make up or the black stuff that football players use to dirty up your face and hands. Carry a wrench around with you.
Zombie: This is pretty easy to do, it just requires a bit of make-up and staining up an outfit you don’t care about anymore. My favorite zombie I have done was wearing a girls dress from Value Village, had my hair up in pig tails and carried around a teddy bear I had used a red sharpie on and half removed its head. Guess I should mention I am only 4’10″ so could really pull off the young girl thing.
Cat Girl: Any cute outfit can go sci-fi/anime with the simple addition of cat ears and a cat tail. No back story or justification required.
Mad Scientist: A white lab coat that has been stained up with a number of different colors. To that blacken up your face and use copious amounts of hair spray to make your hair fly back, in that my experiment just exploded in my face sort of way.
I would love to hear your ideas. Please share them in the comments section.
Last week, we started our regular Friday gaming night session out by playing a few games of We Didn’t Playtest This at All while we waited for everyone to arrive. It is a neat little card game, rather humorous and a very quick play. I think we played four or five games in about 30 minutes. The rules are super simple; basically take once card, play one card.
I think my favorite thing about the game is how cut-throat the game itself is to the players. Sure there is some player to player smack down that goes on, but mostly the game itself is rather ruthless. The only way to win is to be the last player not to lose, and the cards make losing a very easy thing to do.
One of our games even included a player being saved by a dragon showing up in game, just in time. How often can a person be happy to see a dragon, or have it save your butt rather than eating it?
If you ever get a chance to play We Didn’t Playtest This at All I would really recommend you take 10 minutes out of your life and do it. I promise you won’t regret it!
Here is a new game we played last week at our weekly gaming session, Crappy Birthday. It is a card game which is similar in play style to Apples to Apples. As the name of the game implies you are trying to give someone the worst present you can for their birthday.
Each player has a hand of 5 cards, each of which is a different gift. A person is selected to have the first “birthday” and everyone else at the table pulls the worst gift they can from their hand and places it face down in front of the “birthday” person. Then the birthday person flips over the cards and determines which of the presents given they think is the worst. So, when giving gifts you really need to consider the person you are giving them to and what their tastes are like. Who knows they may actually think a family room wallpapered in old newspaper (yes that really is from the game) is a neat historical thing. Once a crappy gift has been selected the gift-giver gets the card back to place in front of them on the table as a token of having won that round. Then the “birthday” person rotates to the next in the table and the gift giving starts all over again. [See how it has that Apples to Apples feel]. The first person to have given three crappy gifts wins the game.
We did find the game to be fun and a fairly quick play with very simple rules. The only challenge we had was that there are a number of gifts that our gaming group does not consider crappy at all, such as a tank in your front yard for decoration. This meant you could end up with a hand of cards that you simply couldn’t win with due to their being too cool to be crappy.
I would like to see them come up with some expansion card sets, I am sure they could do at least one or two to really round out the cards. But even without that it is a fun little game and being low cost it is worth it. Additionally, this would work as a good cross-over game, you just have to remember who you are playing with.
A couple of months ago I got into a discussion with a friend who was trying to determine the difference between a geek and a nerd. So while I proudly claim both monikers as my own, here is my description of both and how they pertain to me.
Geek – A geek is someone who is passionate about something to the point that they study it intensely. For these people there is simply no end to the amount of knowledge they can have on their subject(s) of passion. Do you know someone who could quote the all the Star Wars movies in their sleep? How about someone that lives and breaths D&D and can provide any given rule at a moment’s notice. Or even someone who knows every stat on their favorite sports players. All of these people are geeks!!
Nerd – A nerd is someone who has a general thirst for knowledge. They want to learn and do so at any given opportunity. They enjoy the random article feature on Wikipedia just for the sake of new knowledge. They not only ask questions but go and read until they find the answer. Documentaries and history shows are their favorite programs. Hermione is the epitome of a nerd, her thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. Do you know someone that reads text books for fun? Someone who reads everything they can get their hands on? Who assigns themselves subjects to do reports on? All of these people are nerds!!
So the main difference is that a Geek focuses on a subject or handful of subjects, while a nerd simply wants to learn everything they can about everything. The other difference is that a nerd is more likely to only pull out their knowledge as needed, while a geek will happily jump up on their chosen soap box and pontificate on their given subject(s) for hours on end.
I am a geek when it comes to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We are heading there again this December and I can’t wait to make my 8th visit there. I could go on and on about everything there, but I will save that for another post. There are plenty of gamer type things to write about, probably more than you guessed.
I am also a nerd. I used the cash my grandma gave me for my 18th birthday to buy my own copy of the Calculus text book we used in high school such it was so well written. When I was a kid I would assign myself subjects to study over the summer, such as owl pellets, Norway, or ice skating. In fact I taught myself Calculus I the summer before my senior year in college. I have tutored several people in math because I enjoy algebra the way people do crossword puzzles (which I also enjoy). This is a lot of why I could be successful getting my bachelors degree through Portland State’s online program.
Hopefully this helps some to clear up any confusion you might have on the words nerd and geek. It should also put me clearly in the nerd category with a touch of geek, a position I have learned to be proud of over the years. So where do you fall on the spectrum, and if you are a geek what are your topics, if you are a nerd what proves that?