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Monday, March 31, 2008

Everything and Anything

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the wonderful comments about Maddie. She's happy and healthy and as squirmy as can be. Having to smoke outside is a pain in the butt when it snows but her health will be all the better for it. So I'm cool.

Second, is the blogger's choice award button on the right. If you like my blog then feel free to vote. If you don't like my blog then have to wonder why your reading this haha. But seriously, I don't expect to win but it's another form of blog exposure. In the last twelve days I've averaged about 50 readers a day. Which to me is exciting since I never expected even that many, even with joining Entrecard. Thanks for surfing the web and taking a minute to ride my wave guys! Corny line but I like it, so it stays.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Striving to be a Bimbo?

I promised you a big post and here it is =D

Welcome to Miss Bimbo, an online virtual game from France that has recently spread to the UK like a virus. A self titled "virtual fashion game", Miss Bimbo is a virtual doll site catered to girls 9-16. In this game your bimbo is is encouraged to eat next to nothing to stay waif thin and even to get breast implants to land a rich boyfriend. The site itself claims to be free but when you run out of virtual dollars you have to send text messages from your cellphone costing you about $3 each or use a Paypal account to build up your account.

From the site: "Bimbo dollars is 'the cabbage,' 'bread,' the 'mula' you'll need to buy nice things and to get by in bimbo world. To earn some bimbo cash you will have to (gasp) work or find a boyfriend to be your sugar daddy and hook you up with a phat expense account!"

According to CNN the French site Ma Bimbo was even threatened with a lawsuit when a parent discovered a $200 cell phone bill his daughter had run up buying bimbo bucks for the site. Yes, bimbo bucks.

The site itself operates like any virtual pet or people site. Neopets for instance is a virtual pet site for kids, teens, and adults that lets you feed, dress, and play with your pet. It's also a site that claims to be free but charges money for premium services also. So what's the difference? Neopets is a world that, while populated by a wide cross section of age groups, is innocent fun. You don't get any influence for children one way or another. You don't learn how to take care of a pet because in Neo, your pets can't die if you forget to feed them and in fact is not a place that takes any stance on being able to do so.

But Miss Bimbo is different. Nicolas Jacquart the creator of the site explains, "The game is structured in such a way that it simply mirrors real life in a tongue-in-cheek way. It is not a bad influence for young children. They learn to take care of their bimbos. The missions and goals for the bimbos are morally sound and teach children about the real world. If they eat too much chocolate in the game, it is bad for their bimbo's bodies and their happiness levels compared to if they eat fruit and vegetables, which reinforces positive healthy eating messages. The breast operations are just one part of the game and we are not encouraging young girls to have them."

Really? Your main goal of the game is to become the "hottest, coolest, most famous bimbo in the whole world." Sounds morally sound to me. And also to the many parents who have complained when discovering their daughters have accounts on this site. Morals aside, having your daughter compete to be the most famous bimbo in the whole world is disturbing. That job is already taken, a fact that is not lost on the creators of the site.

Recently the site shut down to, I would guess, make changes to the game. And page that comes up is a site to see. It seems to address some of the issues brought up by concerned people.

Regarding the use of drugs in the game: As a result of this rather surprising media attention we have decided to remove the option of purchasing diet pills from the game. We apologize to any players whom this may inconvenience but we feel in light of this weeks proceedings it is the correct action to take. So keep your bimbos skinny the old fashion way, starvation.

Regarding the most famous bimbo in the world: We would also like to sincerely apologize to our players for the media comparison of Miss Bimbo and Paris Hilton. We feel that this does a dis-service to the players whom send their bimbos to university, tea parties or chess tournaments. If you've sent your bimbo to a tea party or chess tournament then you should be offended. If not, then you can suck eggs apparently.

And the biggest gem: At this time we would also like to remind players that the Miss Bimbo team assume no responsibility or liability for any fashion faux pas, hair style disasters, or boob jobs incurred in real life as as a result of playing the Miss Bimbo game. While reading this please keep it mind that the site is targeted for 9-16 year olds but players can be found as young as seven.

Now this site does sound very tongue in cheek, to an adult at least. But this site highlights a bigger problem facing young girls today. When the goal of a game is to become a socialite and skyrocket to the top of fame and popularity with the help of eating disorders, drugs, and surgery all to bag the richest boyfriend or sugar daddy then there is an issue. When a games tagline is "Stop at nothing to become the reigning bimbo!" then there is an issue. But what is the issue?

The issue is not the game itself but what it promotes. Will this game cause little girls to develop anorexia or dress like prostitutes? Probably not. But when your daughter is facing a world where her biggest role model is Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan or Jamie Spears then what chance does she have? Do we really want our 9 year olds to strive for the title of Miss Bimbo. The subconscious message of this site is to work hard at being vapid, beauty and thin obsessed. To catch a rich boyfriend and use any extreme to do it.

The creator said, "The breast operations are just one part of the game and we are not encouraging young girls to have them." But then we have to ask, why include them? Instead of keeping your bimbo starved why not just enforce a healthy view such as three squares a day using the proper food groups. The BBC interviewed the creators and their reasoning was that their site reflects the reality of what it is to be a female in society. So to these men the reality of what it is to be a female in society is literally Paris Hilton.

This site irks me when thinking of Maddie. Do I want her to grow up in a world where the standard of beauty inside and out is this site and the people it's clearly based on? Little kids don't get tongue-in-cheek humor. Kids are literal thinkers. So in the end this site will stay up and the over 200,000 users of this site will play it. The adults will take it with a grain of salt but the kids..... Who knows. This site made for adults would be a massive and popular joke. We'd laugh and probably play it. But, and I can't believe I'm writing these words, it's not us but our little girls that are fighting to be the worlds biggest bimbo.

But it's not all the fault of the site. In fact it is none of their fault. Why? because we live in a world that worships the almighty dollar. If there wasn't a market then there wouldn't be a site. Over 200,000 kids play this game. Who are their parents? Are there moms and dads out there that proudly proclaim that their 13 year old daughter is the worlds most famous bimbo?

These people need a swift kick to the head. Either for not monitoring their kids internet usage or for actively letting them play this site. We need a wake up call in the world right now. If we don't watch out for our daughters then we are screwed. Do we really want them thinking that the only way to live is as a bimbo? A friend of mine stopped letting her 6 year old watch Zoey 101, the show starring Jamie Lynn Spears. Because she is a bad influence on kids. Granted mistakes happen but do we want the little ones emulating a teen mother? Of course not. If the issue comes up then talk about it but don't put yourself in a situation where her hero might a Maury guest, trying to find the baby daddy.

In the end we need to monitor our kids and make sure they don't grow up too fast. And the parents who let there kids play a site called Miss Bimbo are doing just the opposite. I've just learned how precious childhood is. There are so many people who need to learn just how precious innocence is. Especially Nicolas Jacquart.

I oringinally read about this topic on Behind the Buzz. Head over and check out the blog because it's a great read.

Baby Update 2



Well I'm finally home. I've been in the hospital for almost two days total and I'm pretty tired and I didn't even do anything really. But between the no sleep and helping out my sister I'll be sleeping good tonight. It's probably just sleeping in a strange place. And the hospital food of course. But Maddie is finally home. Here is what I learned from this whole experience:

1. I will never have children. This is for many reasons but mostly because of watching someone go through seven hours of labor and be in continuing pain after a C-section.

2. I probably wouldn't be a very good mother anyway. I think I may be too selfish. I want to watch tv or I want to take a shower or I want to read a book, not change diapers or have to comfort a baby. I'll be a great babysitter because in the end you give the kid back to it's mom. So babysitting is a yes and motherhood is a no.

3. Blood makes me pass out. Yes I finally found out that looking at blood makes me woozy and enough of it makes me pass out. Now I knew that blood makes me a little sick, I always turned away when I had my blood drawn, but large amounts of it can actually make me pass out. Embarrassing haha.

4. There is such a thing as love at first sight. I know this because I'm completely in love with this little girl. Even her waking me up at some ungodly hour of the morning can't change that.

So in the end, I'm more excited then I've ever been. I can't wait for her to get a little older and I can do all the cool aunt stuff. My first cool act will be to get her a savings bond. So in a small way, I can help her throughout her long journey through life. Welcome Maddie!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Baby Update

Maddie is doing well. She's eating all the time and sleeping, ah not so much lol. I've been spending most of my time at the hospital and obviously haven't have time to post. But my sister and Maddie are coming home tomorrow so get ready for more pictures and a big post then. To make up for my lack of posting it will be a big one. I have to admit though, that this is a great reason not to post =D

Friday, March 28, 2008

Credits

In honor of Maddie, the first five people who post on her pictures will get 28 credits a piece. 28 credits for the 28th of March. Stay tuned for more pictures!

New Baby!

Welcome Maddie Marie! Born 12:32 on March 28, 2008. 8lbs and 7oz and 20 1/2 inches long! She came by C-Section. That's my sister in the picture and you can see she is totally exhausted.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Guest Poster Needed

I'll be starting a new weekend job in the next few weeks. So how about a guest poster? If anyone or is interested in submitting a post or two on Friday for Saturday and Sunday please leave a comment and I will get in contact with you. Since this is a blog about thoughts and observations then following my theme will be pretty easy. This might turn permanent but for right now if anyone would like to try this out and get exposure (and links back to your own site of course) then let me know and we can have a test run. Thanks guys!

Contest Update

I was just approved for a sellers token on Entrecard (yay!) so my contest will be changing. It will stay the same for April and the winners will get the prize offered then for May the prize will become 125x125 image links and the credits stated previously. So the contest just gets better and better. So keep commenting and getting those entries in.

On another note, my sister is going to have to have a C-Section due to the size of the baby tomorrow. A whopper at 9 1/2 pounds! This is standard for diabetics, I guess. So in a day or so I will be an aunt!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Memorial

Today is the two year anniversary of my grandfathers passing. Here the memorial I made for him last year. I made it for myself and my family. I had a bit of trouble uploading the video here so it's in two posts. This is for my grandpa.

Stumbled Widgets

A bit of stumbling came up with these. Ahh Stumble, how would I waste my precious time without you.


How many cannibals could your body feed?
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Well it's good to know that if I crash in the Andes then the other passengers will have a good meal. That was totally an advertisement disguised as a cool little test but it was still funny.


Are you ready for a ZOMBIE attack?
Your Result: Badass

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Take that zombie horde.

Traffic

First off let me say good luck to all those who have entered and who might enter my Entrecard contest. Like I posted on the site, I'll be pulling names out of a hat so if you don't win then blame the hat haha.

So to the topic at hand. Since I started this blog ten days ago, I've had a remarkable jump in traffic that I'd like to contribute to my mastery of the English language. But I can't, it's all the blog promoting and the fact that I post like three times a day. Since the first day when I had one lonely visitor to yesterday when I had my highest yet at sixty-four. Now that sounds small I know. But for a personal diary type blog that's only ten days old, I think it's rather good.

I've averaged at least 50 visitors in the last five days and that just tickles me. (In a non freaky way so don't worry). Now I stated in the beginning that this blog is for me and me alone. But I joined sites to get blog exposure. Why? Because even though I write for myself I also write for you. To get my words, my thoughts, out there into the world wide web is something that makes me happy.

Imagine what our great great great great great grandparents would say if they could see us bloggers. Sixty-four people to us is small but knowing that we got our ideas and thoughts out to that many people at once would astound them. We live in a great age. Freedom to say what we want and the medium in which to say it. Blogging for money; not bad, blogging for the hell of it; pretty cool, blogging for the love of it; absolutely spectacular.

They day when I reach 100 visitors, well 101 including myself, will be a small milestone for my blog. I'll be giving out 101 credits to some random commenter. I don't know when this will be. Maybe tomorrow and maybe a month from now. So it will be a cool surprise for you and for me.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Entrecard Contest 2

Okay so here it is my first Entrecard contest. You check out my blog and make one comment on anyone of my posts. First prize is a month long link on the Edit Me section up in header and 100 credits. Second prize is a two week long link up in the Edit Me section and 50 credits. Third prize is a week long link up in Edit Me section and 25 credits. So this is a monthly, biweekly, and weekly contest. Winners will be picked at random and everyone is eligible for the monthly contest even if you've won the the biweekly or weekly prize. One comment = one entry. So more comments equal more entries. For those weird months that have five weeks will mean one extra weekly winner. So in seven days we'll have the first round of winners. Good luck!

Approval Feels so Good

So I was approved for Spottt today. It's another cool link exchange. You'll notice the widget over on the left. After all the things I've been denied for over the course of blogging, this makes me happy. I was rooting for this one to be approved since I really like Spottt. Another service I use is Clickdragon which I've been using for a while.

I just switched over to this blog a week or so ago and put this one in for rotation instead of the other one. Well I was denied. I couldn't believe it and sent a message to the guy who runs the site to ask what rule my site had broken. He agreed it hadn't broken any and fixed it right up for me. It's one of those surf for traffic type of sites but since I can surf and play a game at the same time, then I'm okay. But I can list on both hands the sites that have denied me. Not for this blog of course but for an older blog which had been around for a year or so. It's disheartening. So I'm a bit gunshy at the moment. Will they reject me or approve me? When this blog hits it's one month birthday then I'll check out all those sites again and post the results.

Entrecard Contest

I've changed the layout to something more open and bright. And I'm quite happy with it. I'll be staying with it for a while because it just looks so good. And I've been thinking about having a contest for all my buddies over at Entrecard. Not sure what for though. I don't need people subscribing if they don't really want to read my posts and I am not paying for comments. Comment if you want but don't expect a payment. As you may have noticed up at the top it says Edit Me. Well, I can put whatever links I want to there. I've applied to the Entrecard people to sell them off for a month for 250 credits. If I don't get a sellers token then they'll probably be the prize in whatever contest I can make up. So as you can guess, I'm looking for contest suggestions. The prize would be someones link up there for the month. Which I think is not a bad prize.

It's not a banner but it's tasteful and besides I already have two of those up and I don't want one of those blogs that are nothing but ads. I'm contemplating putting the adsense ad back up but I haven't decided. Personally, I loved my adsense. It was pretty funny to see what ads would be featured. For instance, I had a post about the Sims movie up and then posted about my piggies. Adsense came up with Sim Pets. That is pretty cool you have to admit. I might just put it up to see the ad.

A new feature with the new layout is the subscribe button. I don't know who would use it but if you really want to hear my ravings then feel free to subscribe. I don't even know what I'm posting half the time so I can't imagine other people following along hehe.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Movies and Jerks

The other day I was writing my post about villains and it made me curious about the actors themselves. So I skipped over to the Wikipedia and IMDb to check them out. While there I read some forum posts and the like and it occurred to me that it's very disappointing to find out that one of your favorite actors is a jerk in real life. Now I'm not talking about the celebrities that refuse to sign autographs or anything. I'm talking about people like Russell "chuck a phone" Crowe. I'm not a big celebrities person. I honestly couldn't care less about what so and so was wearing and who that guy slept with but I do have my favorites.

It's like finding out that your penpal is actually a serial killer. I mean, it doesn't really effect you personally. You didn't know this person very well and you never met them. But it's still disheartening to find out that this person you had a minor relationship with is not the cool interesting person they made themselves out to be. Thinking that your new IM buddy is sweet as hell and then they get arrested for eating babies.

For me personally, it's hard to watch a movie or a show knowing that the person pretending to be the sweet guy trying to win the hot girl is, in reality, a complete asshole. Let's take Mel Gibson for example. He makes great movies and is a very good actor. But he is also a Jew hating bastard. It's not so much that he is a racist but it was the anti-semitic comments he made to world in general. So now instead of just suspecting he is an asshole and getting to watch his movies with no problem, we know he's an asshole and now I have issue paying for a ticket to see one of his movies. Now everyone is entitled to be a jerk. That truly is the American way. But it's disappointing when the shine comes off.

Celebrities are just that, a fake. But of course we all knew that. The hot chick you took home the night before becomes a 57 year old grandma with saggy skin and no teeth in the morning. The veneer is great but the reality is usually scary. For me it's just a tad depressing when my favorite actor is really a son of a bitch that kicked a nine year in the butt for asking for an autograph. But, even then, it's not that big of a deal. Okay, they hate their fans and scream at autograph seekers. It's disappointing and won't be on my top ten list of favorites anymore but whatever. I'll still enjoy their movies and pay for a ticket.

But what about the Mel Gibsons of the world? When a person is revealed to not just be a jerk but a pretty bad person. I'm not calling for a boycott of his movies or anything. But I'm pretty uncomfortable with paying $10 to watch a good movie made by a pretty crappy human being. People pay a lot of money to own Nazi paraphernalia, stuff made by evil people. So maybe my attitude is not the norm. Maybe I am being silly. Maybe when watching a movie I should just forget about the jerk who made it. So, what do you guys think?

Happy Easter

To everyone out there who celebrates it, Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Waiting for Baby

Well my sister has been in the hospital in labor for a few days. The baby should be be about 9+ pounds at last check. We've just been playing the waiting game. This is torture for for my little sis. In layman's terms (since I don't remember the technical terms) she is not ready to give birth. She is dilated but not completely effaced. So it's been a sort of pre-labor. Not active labor. But from the contractions you wouldn't be able to tell. She'll be there for at least the rest of the night. If she's not completely ready then she's heading home to wait. Not much else to report. In the last three days I've gotten a grand total of about 10 hours of sleep so I'm off to bed early just on the in case that I'm going to have to run to the hospital at four am. Oh and the baby will either be an Ella or an Echo. Most people are rooting for the former.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Site Hits

I was just looking over the hit statistics for my blog and got some weird results.

15 2
16 59
17 17
18 7
19 14
20 2

Now as I've stated I'm writing this blog for my own enjoyment but it would be cool to have some readers. On the 16th I had 58 unique visitors not including myself. Now that might have been Entrecard traffic considering I had no comments. But I did not have 58 drops that day. So who were these 58 people? Did they read my blog? Obviously they didn't enjoy it because I only had 17 hits the next day. As much as I like Entrecard the traffic there is usually not reading my posts. So it's definitely a mixed blessing. Sure my counter is going up but the droppers don't really care about what I'm writing. So if I am really getting traffic and you enjoy my posts then feel free to comment. It's not necessary but comments rock my world. (My world is pretty boring at the moment haha)

Villains

I've been on a movie binge lately and most of the movies I've watched had this hot villain that I would totally turn evil for. So for your enjoyment, here is my list of sexiest movie villains.

10. Christian Bale (American Psycho)
Do I really have to say anything?







9. Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four)
Okay I have to admit that this guy kind of creeps me out. I'm a huge Nip/Tuck fan and was a Charmed fan back in the day and have followed him for a while. But he always gave me the creeps. So why is he on my list then? Because he seems like he'd kill you but you'd have a really good time before he did. Even sexy with the mask on.







8. Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs)
There is something about a guy who knows what wine to order with liver and fava beans.







7. Jack Nicholson (The Shining)
Has that kind of face that says yes, I will date you, marry you, then kill you with an ax. But the time in between the dating and the killing will be loads of fun.







6. Gary Oldman (Dracula)

Loses the woman he loves and becomes an evil blood sucking vampire. Sounds rational to me. Plus he owns a top hat. You find a guy today that looks good in a top hat.







5. Kiefer Sutherland (Lost Boys)

Yea yea, I have a thing for vampires apparently. Evil but still hot. And he could fly. So....yea.







4. Viggo Mortensen (The Prophecy)
Probably the evilest guy in this countdown because he's actually the devil. Viggo was only in this movie for maybe 20 minutes total but he's sure noticeable. He was hot in the LOTR movies but he's hotter here. Why? Because he's sexy in an evil scary way. He will drag you down to the pits of hell. But I don't think I'd care.







3. Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner)

Blade Runner was an awesome movie. This guy was an awesome villain. He was sexy in a brooding killer robot way.







2. David Bowie (Labyrinth)
Oh yea. Has that something that just says, I am cool and sexy and you know it. And you do know it. I'd totally live with a few goblins to hang around with the Goblin King.







1. Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing)
Sexiest villain of time. I'd let this guy nibble my neck anytime. The movie wasn't bad but it takes me while to get through it since I pause it every time Dracula is on the screen.




Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby

Well I'm going to be an aunt in a few days. My sister is set to be induced on either Friday or Saturday because she's Diabetic and has to go a week before her due date. I'm so excited. It's going to be a little girl but she hasn't decided on a name yet. The names she is considering though are horrible haha. I mean Echo is a cool name, for a Greek Nymph that is. When naming a baby people have to remember that just because you think you are being cool and unique, you aren't. There is a whole generation of kids, well adults now, out there name Sunshine and Moonbeam because of the 1960's and 70's. Nowadays we have kids name Nevaeh, Addison, and Jordon. And these are just the little girls. I don't care to much about the Apples and Brain Sciences of Hollywood. Their parents live in lala land and have enough money to have some toddler beaten up for making fun of them but in real life you have to think of the consequences. You name your kid Candy and you're just asking for them to be a stripper. Of course they may grow up and become a CEO but when was the last time you saw a President of a company named Raven or Dakota?

Alot of moms these days are pretty young. A sixteen year old is still thinking like a sixteen year old. To them Cashmere or Fantasia may sound pretty cool. But let's look at the future. Top 100 Baby Names.com gives a great way to look at naming your kid. One of the things they mention are not letting other people pressure you. Remember, other people aren't naming your kid. It is completely up to you. But let's look at the other things they list as things you might want to consider. Don't forget to check out the original site for lists of baby names and other cool stuff. These are obviously the opinions of the person who wrote them so take it all in stride.

Sound Factor: How your baby's name sounds is a top priority when choosing one for your infant. Remember to avoid names that rhyme with the last name and longer first names go with shorter last names and vice versa. Make sure you say your choice several times out loud and try it out on friends as well. Children can be cruel and can come up with some nasty rhymes so try not to make it easy for the bullies!

Friends and Relatives:
Never allow a relative or friend to pressure you into a selection. Remember to stay in control because once it is selected you and your child are stuck with it for life.

Meaning: Be sure to check the meaning of the name and make sure you are satisfied with it prior to selection.

Popularity: Consideration should be given to the popularity of your chosen name. The more popular it is the more often your child will have to share it within their circle of friends. This can make the name less remarkable.

Tongue Twisters: Try to avoid having the first and last name result in a tongue twister.

Make a List: Your first choice may not be your favorite as you continue to search the Internet and books for others. If you keep a list you can add or delete choices as you find more favorable ones. You can also use the list as a sort of review and you can share your results with friends and relatives.

Ancestry: Your child's roots are an essential part of who she is, and you may want her name to reflect that. If you would like to consider one based on ancestry try using a search engine to look for options with the country or origin directly after. Try different combinations of search terms so you can obtain a wide range of results.

This is some pretty good advice. But in the end it's your choice. I'm not pressuring my sister either way. I'm going to love my niece even if her name was Tiger Goody. But I sure hope it's not.

I'll be posting pictures when she comes so check back to get a peek at my niece =D

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pigs

I've just been blog hopping to put off having to clean my room. It's a complete mess. Guinea pigs make a bigger mess then you'd think. I love my piggies but they drive me nuts with their incessant chattering and ability to fling poop five feet away. No one told me that they are really really social animals and love to talk at all hours of the night.



Ginny




Pavoratti




But as you can see, they are just too cute to leave on someone's doorstep. Pavarotti is about five years old and Ginny is maybe four. My sister brought Ginny over after she found her in her ex-roommate's snake cage. Yep, he just tossed her in there. Thank god the snake wasn't interested in her. My sister grabbed her up and brought her to me since I was the only person she knew of that knew something about pigs. Poor thing was so terrified. Even after a year of having her she hasn't warmed up to me and never will. She won't ever be able to trust humans. She's at the point now where I can pet her and let me pick her up when I clean her cage. Mr. P was given to me by a coworker who was going to bring him at the animal shelter. So here are my little unwanted babies. And even with their high pitched squealing at 3am I still love them dearly.

Guinea Pigs make great pets. They are pretty low maintenance and are very socialable. They love to be cuddled and I can get Mr. P to purr when I pet him. For people who don't mind rodents, I'd recommend a piggy in a heartbeat. So go out and get yourself a pig today. They are herd animals and are best kept with other piggies. But remember, they are not feeder animals and males will fight each other. So do all your research if you ever consider getting one or two. Trust me though, you won't regret it. I don't.

A Sims Movie?

Yes, you heard right. 20th Century Fox has acquired the feature rights to the game The Sims. I'm not joking. For those that don't know, The Sims is a life simulator game. Of course in real life you can't have a monkey butler, not yet of course.

Variety reported that not only will it be movie based on The Sims but it will also be live action. Seriously. The two guys that will be bringing you this masterpiece of cinema are John Davis and and Brian Lynch. No, you're thinking of David Lynch, the man who brought us Mulholland Dr. and Eraserhead. I'm talking about Brian Lynch, the man who brought us Scary Movie 3. And on the resume of the other half of this partnership? Remember Norbit? Of course you don't. But look it up if you dare, because he produced it.

So why in the name of everything that is holy would an idea to turn a sim game where the people don't even speak a recognizable language and have a diamond on their head even occur to someone? Well I'll tell you.

Sims Studio head Rod Humble says, "The SIMS has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it's like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it," said Humble. "Given that that's an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling."

Really Rod? Easy? Okay, Bruce Almighty did exactly that plot. Infinite power and what you do with. But that movie was sort of funny. Jim Carrey gets Morgan Freeman's powers for a while. Haha. Even taking away the fact that video games turned movie do remarkable bad is the fact that we're talking about The Sims. A LIFE SIMULATOR. Now from the quote above it seems like the movie will be about the person that controls the sims. So basically what I'm thinking is that we're going to see a no name actor play The Sims on his computer for about two hours. I know I'd pay $10 to see my sister play The Sims.

The Variety Article and the Gamespot Article both originally ran about a year ago. During this year have the people involved come to their senses? Um, no. We are talking about Hollywood here. IMDb has the movie categorized in production.

So in the end we have a life simulator that will be simulated in real life in a movie. So if you've ever wanted to see a movie where the characters get up, go to work, come home, watch tv, go to bed, and occasionally get abducted by aliens then this just might be a movie for you. For the rest of us, I'll go and rent the Mario Brothers movie for $1.99 and we can all watch each other's brains explode.

Interesting Concept

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.



Seriously, I'll review it as soon as I can look it over. It may be worthwhile and it may not but since it's free (at the moment) it's definitely something to check out.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Entrecarders and Blogger

I'd like to thank all entrecarders that drop and advertise on my blog. I'll be featuring a different blog from Entrecard from time to time to showcase the whole awesome community. Not to get anything really, just because it's fun to do a feature. It will probably happen whenever I have nothing to write about haha. But seriously, I'd like to do it once a week and as an added bonus I'll pop their entrecard on my blog for the week. I'll most likely pick from that week's droppers. No this isn't a dropping contest because I may NOT pick from that list. That just seems like the easiest system for me.

Now for a random topic. After scrolling through said website's forum, I came across a thread that said, in so many words, that Blogger is bad and I have to wonder why. This blog was originally posted on Wordpress (and still is actually though it won't be updated). Not a bad place, just not my style. Too professional perhaps? Maybe professional is the wrong word. Maybe I mean stodgy but I'm not sure. Is Wordpress the adult version of Blogger? You can't use Blogger and be a serious blogger? The cool kids all have their own domain name apparently. Great, I just made myself laugh. I just love to use the phrase "cool kids".

But seriously, you probably are one of the cool kids if you have your own domain. I'm not debating that. I'd love to do that someday, whenever I get around to it. But for now I'm using Blogger and love it. No this isn't a commercial for Google. It just seems like the easiest and most customizable blog hosting service out there. But can I not be a "serious" blogger because of my choice of site? I don't think so. Sure Blogger is the nerd of blog hosting. Everyone laughs at it and it gets beaten up on a daily basis. But when you need your homework done then you call over a smart nerdy guy like Blogger. I'm not sure what the heck that means but it sounds good to me. I think what I'm saying is that sure, Blogger might be the loner and might get picked on but when you actually talk to that loner you find that they're user friendly, socialable, and pretty good at getting a job done. Got to love weird analogies.

Introducing.....!

Several things have come to my little sphere of existence lately and I’ve decided to comment on them. I used to run another blog on Blogger but after months and months of writing I realized that I wasn’t really helping anyone like I thought I would. It was a good blog but had few readers. Which in the end made it silly to continue since I wasn’t doing it for myself. Which has made me realize that, and this is my first ever “blog point”, writing for others instead of yourself is ridiculous. First reason is the big one. Most people don’t know or care that your writing something to help them out specifically. Most blog promoting sites tell you to know your audience and write for them. Which I tried to do and failed at it. Unlike most blog writers, I had no ads on my site and was never doing it for the money. I was doing it for the love of writing, which may sound corny but it’s how I felt.

So, I was sitting here playing a game and fighting some really weak monsters and watching a platypus run back and forth across the screen. And my mind started to wander. It occurred to me that this was the right time to start that blog of my thoughts and observations that I kept meaning to do. So now I sit here watching something that looks like a giant beaver with boxing gloves, called a Grenwog, kick my butt and I think what to write. There are so many things that I’ve written in my head and now that I’m actually at the keyboard, I’m drawing a blank.

So for my first ever blog post on my new new blog I’m just going to say hi to those of you who might ever read this blog. Which may be no one. But like I’ve learned, write for yourself or not at all.