Monthly Archives: October 2010

Update and Some.

As all of you can imagine, moving makes you very very busy. Well this is true. So I have not been able to post much because I have been working during the day and playing Fable 3¬†packing a ton of boxes in the evening. D-Day is next week and we still have a ton to do. Ok…ok…my husband has a ton to do because he is not working and should be packing all day, not playing Fable 3 or Fallout 3 or League of Legends ( I know what you are really doing! Get off the interwebs ūüôā¬† ). I am restricting myself due to the whole 7 months pregnant thing along with the great ability I have to fall asleep at¬†8 every night!¬†¬†

I have been doing a lot of blog reading though, so check out my blog roll for some good stuff! My goal is to write a ton of posts that will pop up during the move so that I will not have to write in the car…which would end very very badly.

Also Monday November 1st marks the first day of National Novel Writing Month¬†(NaNoWriMo) where writers of all sorts take the month of November and write 50,000 words! Not as easy as it sounds but it rounds out to about 1,667 words a day. This will be the third year I am participating in this epic¬†event. I would recommend to anyone who even enjoys writing just a little bit to try it out. Heck you can even write about WoW! Get some friends and participate in some write-in’s, they truly are the best way to get the word juices flowing. Anyone out there participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Finally,¬†a quick discussion. I know we are all gamers, and we all love to game. However, there are some people¬†who just take it way too far and hurt those around them with their¬†“addictions.” While reading Kotaku¬†this morning, I happened along a post about a woman who killed her child because they were interrupting her Farmville time…yes you just read that correctly, a Facebook game has driven someone to murder. For reference, find the article here.

I am just appalled and frankly, I am not sure what else to say. This is wrong on so many levels, not that murder in general is not wrong, but to let a game affect you that much is just sad. Not that this needs to be said, but when a game is getting you to the point of anger and rage, just stop, take a breath, and walk away from the game. No game is that important to ruin your or someone elses life. So please remember, game with love, not with anger. Games are supposed to bring us joy, not sorrow.

What were your reactions to this article?


Game for a Great Cause!

I was just reading over at WoW Ladies and I saw a post about Extra Life. I have read about this cause before, but have never really known when it was about to happen. Here is some info taken directly from their website:

Welcome to Extra Life, an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money to help heal sick kids at your local children’s hospital. It’s never been this much fun to do this much good.

This year’s event begins at 8:00am in your local time zone on October 16th, 2010. Each of our participants is currently raising money by recruiting at least 4 sponsors to give $1.00 for each hour of the marathon (that’s $24.00 per sponsor).

What makes Extra Life so incredibly easy, is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. While many churches and school do lock-ins for Extra Life, you don’t HAVE to go anywhere. What’s more, you can play any game or games you want during the event. Xbox 360, PS3, PC, even games on your phone count.

If you can’t play the full 24 hours on October 16th due to work or personal commitments, nobody is going to kick down your door and stick a controller in your hand. You can make up the time later, or even get ahead by playing some of your 24-hours BEFORE the event.

The important thing is to make the commitment to help local children get better. This year, Extra Life benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, meaning that 100% of the money you raise will stay right where you live at your local CMN hospital.

Thank you for taking the time to be a player, a donor, or even to simply spread the word to other gamers.

On behalf of over 3,500 past and present Extra Life participants…

I myself wish that I could just play for 24 hours straight, but being 6 months along, that will probably not happen. But I see there are ways you can play over a day or two, so I think it is worth checking out. Or even donating!

The local Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh saved my sisters life 4 years ago when she was just 15 years old. They found a brain tumor and did emergency surgery on her. They were not able to remove the whole tumor, but to this day she is receiving great care from them and her doctors. (If you would like to hear her story, just let me know. It is one of great strength and triumph.) The money donated will help children just like her.

So what are we waiting for? We all love gaming anyway! Why not spend 24 hours checking out the new druid builds? Or playing Bioshock! What about Halo Reach?   Everything counts! Lets all get out and game for children!


Classic Movie Monday Presents: Labyrinth

Title: Labyrinth

Director: Jim Henson

Release Date: June 27, 1986

Running Time: 101 minutes

Starring:

  • David Bowie
  • Jennifer Connelly
  • Toby Froud

Rating: 5 out of 5!

Synopsis:  Sarah is a 15 year old girl who accidently wishes her younger brother, Toby, away because of a story she is telling. He ends up in the arms of Goblin King Jareth who threatens to keep him if Sarah cannot make it through his Labyrinth in 13 hours. This movie has it all: puppets, music, and of course David Bowie. What is not to love?

Pictures:

Memorable Quotes:

Jareth: And Hoggle, if she ever kisses you, I’ll turn you into a prince.
Hoggle: Y-you will?
Jareth: Prince of the Land of Stench!
[laughs]

Sarah: Ow! It bit me!
Hoggle: What’d you expect fairies to do?
Sarah: I thought they did nice things, like… like granting wishes.
Hoggle: Shows what *you* know, don’t it?

Jareth: You remind me of the babe.
Goblin: What babe?
Jareth: The babe with the power.
Goblin: What power?
Jareth: The power of voodoo.
Goblin: Who do?
Jareth: You do.
Goblin: Do what?
Jareth: Remind me of the babe.

Final Thoughts: Dance magic! I loved the singing and dancing in the movie. I thought it was wonderful as a kid and even as an adult. I feel it is a great movie for kids, even if David Bowie is wearing some…questionable pants (see above images!).

Happy Monday to all!!


Classic Movie Monday Presents: Drop Dead Fred

So I decided that I would like to start Classic Movie Monday! Here I will talk about a movie that I loved from my past. I noticed when talking to some people at work, there are a ton of movies out there they many people have not seen! Every Monday I will pull out the good, the bad, and the strange and give a synopsis, some stills, and even great quotes! Lets get to our first movie!

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Title: Drop Dead Fred

Director: Ate de Jong

Release Date: April 19, 1991 (USA)

Running Time: 103 minutes

Starring:

  • Phoebe Cates
  • Rik Mayall
  • Marsha Mason
  • Tim Matheson
  • Carrie Fisher

Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: After a messy¬†split from her husband¬†and moving in with her controlling mother, Elizabeth finds her best friend again…only he is imaginary. Fred was with Elizabeth through her tough childhood and is back to shake things up again. This time Elizabeth is not so willing to accept his help. Instead she tries everything she can to get her life back together. This movie is filled with crazy one-liners, mud pies, and, yes, some dirty jokes.

Pictures:

Memorable Quotes:

[Fred looks up a woman’s dress]
Fred: No panties. No panties.

Fred: I can’t believe we left the party so soon. And there was so much wine to spit around the place.
Elizabeth: I got upset.
Fred: “I got upset.” God, you’re so stupid. You never leave a party ’til the very very end.
Elizabeth: Oh really?
Fred: Yeah really.
Elizabeth: Well what about Cinderella? Remember what happened with her?
Fred: No I don’t remember what happened *with her*. I deliberately forgot all about her. She made me puke. I remember the ugly stepsisters, they were great.

Remake:  Apparently, Russel Brand is going to be playing Drop Dead Fred in a remake of the movie. Not sure how I feel about that one.

Final Thoughts: I loved this movie as a child, and even more today since I can actually understand all the more “adult” jokes. See this cult classic movie and feel like you are reliving your youth! Plus…Rik Mayall looks kinda hot in the end (see second picture…not not the one with the crazy hair, the one above that!)

Have you seen this movie? Give us your thoughts!


So I Had a Nightmare and the Story Behind My Love of Sports

I sat there watching the Steelers Ravens game on the T.V I could see all of the Steelers players but it seemed like they were playing themselves and rather badly I might add. The scores were blank at the top and it was like I was getting a first person view of the game. I could see Troy Polamalu running around like a mad man and jumping at the chance to get the ball, but things we just not falling into place.

My heart was pounding, I was so disappointed that I was watching my Steelers lose so badly, but I really could not tell how badly it was going. My husband was sitting beside me and made a comment that the scores were blanked out because of how horrible the loss was. He also was laughing at my loss. (PS…Honey…your team is 0-3…just saying! =P )

Finally it was like my eyes focused and I could see the score…this is so hard just to repeat. It was 75-0. Yes, it was that bad. I woke up in a panic only to realize it was 2 in the morning and the Steelers could not possibly lose to the Ravens that badly. Heck I am banking on a win from them! Well I know we can win, even with out Ben there this week.

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Yes, I like sports. Not all sports mind you (Basketball does nothing for me), but I really love Football, Boxing, and Hockey. When I was younger, I would never watch sports. In fact, I thought they were dumb. I mean what is the point?! Well on January 19th, 2006, my grandfather, the man who raised me, passed away. He had Mesothelioma. Five years before he died he had Lymphoma but beat it. He was the strongest man I ever met and I miss him to this day. I called him Popple when I was first learning to talk and it stuck around to where my entire family called him it and we still do to this day.

Popple loved sports. He watched them all. From boxing to baseball, he loved it all. When I could not sleep, I would sit in the living room with him and watch him watch his sports. I thought it was boring and trivial, but something about him made me like to sit there and take it all in.

On Christmas day in 2005, he was sick. We all knew it but we really did not want to say anything. He claimed it was just a flu, maybe even a bad chest cold. Even though I was too big, I sat on his lap that Christmas, like I always did. Popple told me then that the Steelers were going to win the Super Bowl that year. I just giggled and went along with it.

January 2nd, they took Popple to the hospital and he stayed there until he died. It turns out he had a collapsed lung that he had been living with and working the farm with it for a few weeks. No one could believe it. But, that is just how strong he was. Things went downhill fast after that. I miss him very much and even gave a eulogy at his funeral.

On February 5th, 2006 I sat in my dorm room and watched the Steelers win their 5th Super Bowl. As I watched I knew why I watched it. I knew it was for my Popple, but I was seeing what he saw for the first time. I enjoyed the game, was even happy to watch more sports after it.

Do I only love sports because of my grandfather? No. Did I start watching them because of his influence? Yes. Now every time¬†the Steelers or Penguins have a win I think “That one is for you Popple.”

Let’s hope he gets another win this weekend.