News of the Geek
- LEGO reveals some of its Lord of the Rings Minifigs. And they're so cute!
- Requests for de-baptism is on the rise in France. I understand changing religion once you're an adult, or even ceasing to be religious at all, and wanting to make a clean break, but I don't really get this. It seems like the man in question wants his name completely stricken from the baptism roll all together. I can see that from a legal or social point of view, but from a religious point of view it makes little sense. As an atheist, he doesn't believe in religion nor does he believe that baptism has any power or significance. So then, what does he want?
- Super-Fly Comics, my comic store that I've praised on this blog before, has declared February "Women's Appreciation Month." They get double props for stating "female and identified customers." Yay for inclusive language! Updates about their events can be found on their Twitter.
- Paragon Studios is letting City of Heroes players vote on an upcoming retro sci fi costume pack. I'm really excited about this, as cheesy, pulp sci fi from the 50s and 60s is some of my favorite stuff ever. I can't wait for a Judy Jetson-esque costume and a bubble helmet.
- An antigay group is in a tizzy over a cake topper showing two grooms and starts a boycott of Macy's. If you squint, you can almost tell that's what this picture is depicting:
- A Mass Effect player calls out the creators of Mass Effect over errors in their latest novel, Deception:
- Mass Effect: Deception features a considerable number of errors that contradict well-established canon. We are aware of the difficulties in maintaining a consistent universe, especially one so large and subject to player involvement, however the nature of these errors shows substantial disrespect to the universe and the audience. Major plot points of the novel contradict previous stories and established lore, while one plot point in particular completely invalidates the plot of Mass Effect: Invasion, a comic apparently set following the events of Deception.
Good Internet Reads
- There have been some great pieces over at Together, We're Better. Here are some highlights:
- Jesse's guide to success for the chronic procrastinator:
- I’m going to wake up, look at that list I just made, and say “You know cats (because talking out-loud to yourself is just weird), it’s New Years Day. I’ve been working really hard all week and I think I deserve to take a holiday. Besides, it makes more sense to start things on a Monday. First day of the week and all. So I’ll just spend today playing Skyrim and then I’ll be refreshed to tackle all those exciting new projects tomorrow.” I just told you that I’m going to say it. In fact, I wrote this whole article about it. But some variation of that thought will cross my mind tomorrow. Probably a couple dozen times. Because I’m a chronic procrastinator. I've never met a distraction that I didn’t like. For some reason, this is an extremely common trait among creative people. No matter how enthusiastic we are about our ideas, we can always find some excuse to postpone them. You probably know someone who procrastinates. We won’t name names.
- Julian's piece on the lie that is perfectionism:
- What has happened is that I’ve allowed my need to “do it right” to prevent me from doing anything at all. I’ve become paralyzed by perfectionism. Instead of doing something that doesn't quite fit the vision of the perfect outcome I’ve created in my head, I don’t do anything.
- This isn't something to read, per se, but MoveOn.org featured Jean Kilbourne's "Killing Us Softly" video, which thoroughly exposes the dangers of the images in media and advertising. This link only goes to the first part, but the rest of it can be found on YouTube:
- Skelanimals as DC Comics heroes! Of course, there's no Wonder Woman, Zatanna, Or Hawkgirl (yet? *crosses fingers*), but these are awesome:
- A Valentine's Day card that celebrate's old school, low-tech romance:
- Now geeks can show their love with emoticons IRL: