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Gamer Girls Unite! (Okay, I guess we can let the boys in, even though they tried to keep us out of their clubhouses.)*

Posted in Entertainment, Gaming, Life, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by urbannight

Someone, Somewhere, Somewhen has probably already blogged about this. I’m just too lazy to look it up and see what they decided to write about it.

 

Anyway, it might color my own writing if I do.

 

The Guild.

 

I Love This Show!  Season Five is finally on Netflix and I will have to watch it this weekend.  I may make my roommate watch seasons 1 – 4 this weekend as well.  After all, he also plays a MMORPG.  Well, until a few weeks ago.  He started taking two night courses and is taking a break from it.  Sort of.  He has something he calls an AFK build.  It only works for one area.  It is a set of skills that allows his to take his ‘toon to a certain location, kill all the mobs, and then walk away and somehow he accumulates points. 

 

But back to The Guild.  Felicia really captures a lot of different types of players with her show.  Of course, they are, to a certain extent, exaggerations.  But that is part of what makes it so funny.  And most gamers know people very much like them. 

 

Part of me wants to give a synopsis of each season and an analysis.  But then it gives too much of it away.  Mostly, I just think anyone that plays any type of MMORPG should watch it.  Very funny, even if it is based on exaggerations of stereotypes: the awkward gamer girl who substitutes the game for a real social life, the girl whom you would think would have a social life and friends but just isn’t nice enough to get along with real people without the computer as a buffer, the guy lives under his mother’s thumb, the older single guy who has so many flaws that RL people won’t put up with him, the typical high school kid, and the housewife who games instead of watching soaps and neglects her family and kids.  Okay some of these are actually two stereotypes in one person.

 

And that is just the Knights of Good.  (Really, what are the odds of a very small guild of players actually living in the same city and not already knowing each other.  They are either spread out in different cities or they all know each other and set up the guild for that reason.  Or at least, that is my personal experience. 

 

The Axis of Anarchy, their primary in-game opposition, also includes some different stereo types.  And Wil Wheaton is perfect for the part of Fawkes.  It is rather hilarious.

 

I can’t wait to start watching season 5 and I’ve heard season 6 has been purchased.  More gamer girl geekiness to look forward to. 

 

*(Then I was in 7th grade the only other people playing what I wanted to play were the 8th grade boys.  They wouldn’t let me play with them.  Bad Boys.  Bad Bad Boys. Shame on Them.)

Women, Girls and Hormones.

Posted in Education, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by urbannight

Ladies, have you ever wished you could just hurry up and go through menopause just to get rid of some of the side effects of that time of the month?  I’m thinking about it as I hit here recovering from a migraine I’ve started to get almost every single month for the past couple of years.  Blood pressure meds took care of most of the headaches, but not this type of headache.

I’m thinking about it and wondering if it also has anything to do with the jump in weight I’ve had the past couple of years. When you are over weight, you produce more estrogen.  Could that be the source of my increasing monthly migraines?

Which leads me to an article I read yesterday. Or today.  I don’t remember as it is a blur.  What I do remember is that it was about the fact that girls are more and more often hitting puberty earlier.  As young as 6 years old.  That is still a bit odd but 9 years old is not unusual anymore.

People are trying to slow it down by avoiding meats that have had growth hormones used on the animals to make them bigger faster.  Many think this may play a part in early development.  And that may be true to a certain extent.

undernourishment does slow it down.  And the school lunch program was started because they realized that a lot of American youths were actually undernourished.  So much so that they didn’t qualify for the military during the draft for WWII.  So better nourishment and general health may also play a part.

But I also read another article this week on the fact that the medical field is considering changing the definitions of normal birth weight.  More and more babies are being born heavier.  More and more mothers are waiting until later to have children.  They are looking at redefining a whole slew of ‘norms’ relating to pregnancy and childbirth.  If weight is tied to onset of puberty in girls, then it could be possible that girls that are starting out heavier as infants may be in line for early puberty.

Personally, I think ‘normal’ infant weights ought to be the weight in relation to height that give an infant the highest level of health and success.  I don’t see how saying the new ‘sumo’ babies are the new norm and accepting that as a normal weight is healthy as there seems to be indications that this is already putting them at higher risk of childhood obesity from the moment of birth.

Somehow, the entire notion just offends me.

31 Days of Halloween – Movie Orgy

Posted in Books, Entertainment, Food, Holiday, Life, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2010 by urbannight

Friday night involved running some errands and watching Red.  There was a lot of action.  But it was paced and still left you feeling that it was rather relaxing.  The movie was very funny but we all expected that.  I didn’t expect it to be as cute as it was.  It was a funny, cute, action movie.

Saturday was the all girl, Halloween slumber party and movie fest.  The menu was spanikopita, bead with an artichoke spread and a pumpkin butter spread, thin specialty ham, shrimp with cocktail sauce, fruit and melon, and truffles. The bon bon type, not the cooking type.

We started out with St. Trinian’s.  This was a delightful British film with a superb cast.  An all girl boarding school with an unusual outlook has to make enough money to keep the bank from foreclosing on them with also trying to keep the minister of education from taking over the school to set an example of them as a ‘bad’ school.  I must own this movie.

The second movie was Paranormal Activity.  We had high hopes for it.  So many people said it was so very scary.

Is this scary?  When is it going to get scary?  It’s so not scary yet.

That was pretty much our train of thought the whole way through.  Maybe Asian horror movies have ruined us for things like Paranormal Activity.  The only ‘scary’ bit was right at the end.  And by then it was pretty darn predictable.  I do NOT recommend Paranormal Activity to people who are already fans of horror movies.    People who prefer good ‘ghost story’ horror movies and spooky movies over slasher horror will not find this scary at all.

We went retro and watched Highway to Hell next.  This was a fun little 1992 movie that was a take on the Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice.  Not brilliant movie making but a good romp.

Sunday.

I woke up before everyone else.  7:30.  I had 2.5 hours of sleep.  I couldn’t get back to sleep so I put in The Woods.  Another all-girls school, this one was more spooky that Paranormal Activity.  And it was a nice way to work Bruce Campbell into the movie weekend.  This story of witches, children, strange skills, and legends has strong acting skills,  better writing than a lot of horror films that make more money, and a nice creepy tension factor.  I like it.  It was my second time watching it and I still like it.

Everyone else was still asleep so I put in Dorian Grey.  The movie was very good but somewhat hard to put into words without giving it all away.  A young man who has a kind heart and good spirit return home after his grandfather’s death.  A man who hated him and blamed him for his mother’s death.  A friend of the family takes him under his wing and completely corrupts this youth until nothing is left of that young many.  Another friend painted his picture right after he came to town.  The most perfect picture the painter ever painted.  The movie doesn’t really go into any detail on how the picture becomes the vehicle to absorb all the evil that Dorian does in his life.  But when Dorian kills the painter after he shows him what is happening, Dorian leaves England and doesn’t return for about twenty years.  Prior to his departure, people had noticed that nothing of his dissipated lifestyle showed in his face.  That type of dissipation often ages a person.  But it isn’t until his return and he still looks like he only a little over twenty years old that people wonder about him.  He actually falls in live and wants to make up for his life and seems to finally be feeling guilt for his actions while still fearing he might kill the woman he loves.  The final outcome became increasingly obvious as to how it would occur the closer and closer it got to the end.  You are left with a sense of overwhelming sadness.  You also don’t really think that man who shaped Dorian into the monster he became really understood and accepted responsibility for what he had done to the young man.

That concludes the third weekend of the 31 days of Halloween.