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HAPPY 2015!

Last year was weird and crazy for us. I can’t say that it was all good or all bad but whatever it was, it was interesting all the way. There were many bumps in the road but we got through them.

This year is going to be amazing. There are some great nerdy things happening right now. Lots of fantastic books, television, movies and games are coming out this year. Here is a list of things I am looking forward to:

Cartoons:
1. My Little Pony Season 5
2. Bravest Warriors Season 3
3. The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Television
1. Constantine
2. 12 Monkeys
3. Gotham ( aka the Penguin show!)

Games:
1. MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE!!!!!!!

Movies
1. Jupiter Ascending – Mila Kunis stars in this movie.
2. Fifty Shades of Gray… haha Not! Just kidding. This looks like tripe.
3. What We Do In The Shadows – Mockumentary about vampires by the Flight of the Concords people.
4. Chappie – This is by the director of District 9. If that wasn’t enough, Die Antwood act in the movie.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road – Watch the trailer, it’s what sold me on the idea of this movie.

Books: Well… these came out last year or before but I am just reading them now.
1. Prince Lestat
2. Doctor Sleep – Seriously… the sequel to “The Shinning.” This is a must read.
3. The Wolf Gift

We are also seriously still into Legos in my house. We have a bunch of new sets to build and some older ones we just purchased. We’re planning to go to Brick Con and if we can get to California, Lego Land.

Here’s to a wonderful year to come.

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Life in a Box: Consumable Geek

Posted: September 10, 2014 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Is “Geek Culture” just about conspicuous consumption?

There is a weird discussion going on in the community right now about what is “Geek Culture.”  Some people out there are trying to say that if we stopped buying stuff that geek culture wouldn’t exist. Defining a culture can be a difficult matter because some people have variations. Let’s figure out some common things that Geeks share.

1. A love of something very much, sincerly. ( Edited after speaking with a friend. It’s a way better definition! Thank you!)

2. Passionate about some variety of science fiction or fantasy. This can be anything from video games, movies, tv shows, print, music, role playing games, board games, card games, war games or comics.

3. Technophiles of some sort. This can be any kind of electronic device.

Once you have these three basics, there are so many different kinds of geek I could go on for days.

As a geek what do you do? You do consume the media you derive your geekdom from. Is our whole culture about that though? Entire economies have been derived off our passions. Let’s take video games for example.

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There are major conventions in the US for gaming and gaming technology. There is Penny Arcade Expo ( PAX) and Graphics, Gagdets and Games (G3 Expo). These are argueably the largest gaming conventions in the industry. They do drive us into a frenzy about the new games but… I think most of us have Steam. I know personally, wait till games go on sale during the BIG sales before I go on a binge. Gaming companies do generate millions of dollars but not everyone that plays games are geeks. You can’t say that the gaming industry would vanish if there wasn’t a geek culture. Look Candy Crush for instance. Everyone from children to grandparents play that horrific monstrosity. They buy add ons and pump money into a game about CANDY. The industry spends millions of dollart to go to the conventions and show you the games. They give you the swag ( t-shirts, toys, stickers, inflatable meat). Then they send you back out into the world to drool for months waiting for the games.

Let’s talk about Anime for a moment. There are different types of anime geeks. There are the ones that watch anime, there are the ones that only read manga and then there are cosplayers. Within the different subcultures you have lots of gray areas. Cosplayers are often not pumping money into a company that supplies cosplay costumes. They support the fabric stores, hardware stores and craft stores in their areas, but that purchasing power doesn’t make them geeks. It’s that love of dressing up as Sakura or Eren Jaeger that make them a Geek! If they had no money, they would find a way to do it anyway with sheets and drapes, Gone With the Wind style. So many shows are on Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, torrents or at your RedBox, video store or used video store that the money doesn’t always factor into our love. For instance, I watched Black Butler, but I bought the blueray used.

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Geeks meeting up and talking at a convention… you might recognize a few of us.

We definately don’t go out and buy every game, item, T-Shirt or mini that exist. Maybe some of us do but, the vast majority of us don’t do that. We tend to specialize in something and go crazy for one or two things.

I… love love love My Little Pony. Even though I am passionate about my fillies, I don’t buy every product put out. Just… a few of them. This was a gift from my husband. YES!

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Most of us are too poor to buy EVERYTHING. Even if the things weren’t there we would be sitting around talking about dragons and laser guns. We would be discussing who shot first. We would be talking about how cool it would be to own a proton pack. There would be ways to show our love for video games too… we could rent them from Gamefly or a video store and then return them. We could even return them in better condition than when we rented them. Or we could share… one person coud by the game and pass it around.

My conclusion is, before there was stuff, I still had dice and friends. It doesn’t matter that I now have a matching t-shirt and logo sticker. We would still have our imaginations and DRAGONS.

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Apple Jack is left by herself to tend the farm while Grannie Smith and Big Mac are out on an errand. Apple Jack is gaurding a GIANT apple that will be entered in a contest in Appleloosa. She enlists the help of her friends to deal with the fruit bat problem that’s been growing since the Apple family reunion.

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This episode can be taken so many ways. For me, it felt like they were trying to talk about balancing the need of modern agriculture to balance with the needs of naturally occuring species. Fluttershy brings up several times that the bats in the frield are trying to provide for their families and doing only what comes natural. Everyone is reminded over and over that the bats are not doing this maliciously. Apple Jack is so worked up and worried about the giant apple though that the gang falls in line to help her keep the bats from eatting apples. This episode also seems to be about taking time to listen to your friends before rushing into hasty actions. Twilight uses the same spell she tried on the parasprites. This time it works and the bats no longer want to eat apples. Unfortunately someone got in the way as they rounded up the bats, Fluttershy.

The ladies find that their friend Fluttershy is a more fearsome foe as she has become a WERE BAT!

The episode was alot of fun. They have a silly song and an adorable Flutterbat.

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Not a lot to say about this episode but… I wonder what is going to happen to Fluttershy. I don’t think they cured her completely.

 

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The Power Ponies episode is about Spike and his insecurities. Always in the background, Spike identifies with a character from a comic book named Hum Drum. The comic book is enchanted and  the Mane six, along with Spike get sucked into the pages. Living the lives of super ponies they learn they have to deal with the Mane-iac in order to get out of the comic book.

I have never seen so many leaked scenes from an episode before. Even before the season started there were leaked Power Ponies photos floating around. The Royal Wedding didn’t have as much leaked material. We all knew the episode was coming but I wasn’t prepared for it to be so well written and fun. They didn’t actually ruin the story any so, I guess it’s alright. The over all feel of the episode is similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Batman: The Animated Series. The Mane-iac is a combination of the Joker and the Creeper. She was actually created when she fell into a vat of chemicals and then being electrocuted. This accident brought her hair to life and it grows out of control. The Mane-iac’s hair can move on its own and is used as a weapon.

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The Joker from The Batman series.

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The Creeper and his hair cape. Weird…

 

Spike winds up as the bumbling side-kick Hum Drum. He’s less than thrilled because every time he gets a chance to help them and win the day he screws it up. None of the accidents are on purpose but seem to be related to his self-consciousness. The issue of Spike has always been part of the show. He is alone in the world and still trying to find his identity.  In the series there have been several episodes that deal with Spike’s insecurities. The first was “A Dog and Pony Show,” where Spike wants to save Rarity so badly. He imagines himself as a big brawny Knight and rides in to save Rarity. This is confronting his Mickey Rourke syndrome, being self-conscious about being small. Then in the second season “Owl’s Well That Ends Well” has Spike feeling like he could be replaced by anyone. Twilight does eventually manage to reassure him that no one could ever replace him in her life. In Season Two, we also see dragon nature in “Secret of My Excess,” which confronts their tendency towards greed. He finds that he’s trying too hard to grow up and decides to slow things down again. The episode also shows that Spike has incredible willpower and can over come anything. They also have “Dragon Quest,” where Spike decides to get back to his roots. He follows the Dragon migration and hangs out with teenagers of his own kind for a while. In the end he decides that his friends are better than trying to hard to fit in with people who don’t share his values. Season Three, has three great Spike episodes even though it’s a short season, starts with “The Crystal Empire.” Spike’s loyalty is on full display as he saves Twilight and the Crystle Ponies by insisting on accompanying his friend.  “Spike at Your Service” also covers issues of loyalty and duty. He finally learns that you shouldn’t do things because you feel you have to but because you like helping your friends. “Just for Side Kicks” wound up being more about not lying, fulfilling your promises and not being greedy. With the help of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, he managed to discover he was being a lousy babysitter. This new episode is just another character building moment where he learns about how important he really is to the gang.

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How he see’s himself.

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How his friends see him.

 

Kids will get a great message from the episode. How many times have we felt like a fish out of water? Good friends need diversity and sometimes you have a talent that seems ordinary but is extraordinary after all. Now back to the Bat Cave!

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Apple Jack was Mistress Mare-volus which is a version of Wonder Woman. They have a magic lasso and magic handcuffs. If we had gone any longer there probably would have been an invisible vehicle

Fluttershy was Saddle RAGER! It’s hilarious that she is the She-Hulk rip off because she does have a temper. In this episode she has a hard time really digging into her inner aggression. That is until a little tiny Fire Fly is harmed by the Mane-iac.

Pinkie Pie was Fili-Second. Can you say Flash? Yes, she’s the Flash rip off and hilarious. It was like watching elements of “Too Many Pinkie’s” all over again.

Rainbow Dash became Zapp. Her special powers had to do with elemental and weather control. She was like Storm but her outfit reminded me of Black Lightning.

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Old Black Lightning

Rarity was transformed into Radiance. She could make anything from the energy in her accessories. This was a lot like the Green Lantern’s ability.

Twilight wound up as Masked Matter-Horn. Her powers were an energy beam from her horn that was like Cyclops’ eye beam. Her outfit though reminded me of the Phantom.

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The Phantom in his awesome purple cat suit.

Spike as Hum Drum was an obvious Robin riff. I can’t stop alliterating.

The back ground goons were fantastic. They had one that looked like Tony P of the Disco Boys! If you haven’t seen Mystery Men, you should. Tony P was played by Eddie Izzard and at one point he uses hair spray as a weapon. Compare, I swear they are the same character.

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The episode was definately a nod to the fans. There were elements from classic comic books like the overly elaborate death trap and likenesses to pop culture. I enjoyed it enormously. Some people are calling it pandering to the Bronies. I don’t think there was anything about the episode that couldn’t work on two levels. Adults and children would enjoy this Adam West Batmanesque escapade. Really what this shows is the writers understand their audience and can have a variety of episode styles. They go from action to narrative type story lines very well. They all tie together some how and the continuity will not be lost. I am sure some where later on the issue of the enchanted comic book store will come up again. I really hope it does because at the end of the episode the comic book disappears. How mysterious.

In the end, the day was saved again, by the POWER PONIES and Hum Drum!

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