Archive for April 2011

I haven’t posted much about it since I rebooted my blog, but I’m a huge fan of collectibles. I still have nearly ever original Star Wars toy from the original Kenner releases (I’m only missing the original Blue Snaggletooth and Yak Face), and I have a pretty massive collection of more contemporary toys and figurines. Lately my collecting interest has leaned more into the realm of resin busts and statues, so I’ve been getting quite a bit of stuff from Sideshow Collectibles. My “day job” has me working with their products all the time for a living, so I’ve become a big fan of their whole awesome line of high-end geeky goodies.

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George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire begins its TV adaptation this weekend with the first episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. As a longtime fan and evangelist of the book series, I’m naturally excited about the TV show after seeing what appears to be a staunch faithfulness to the original material. Advance reviews have started showing up online, and one in particular has stirred up a hornet’s nest today.

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The last novel I read was The Well of Ascension, the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s fantastic Mistborn series. Since I’ve been reading a lot of chunky epic fantasy books, I decided to take a break and read something a little shorter and lighter. That lead me to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which did turn out to be shorter but definitely isn’t an emotionally light read.

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Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based toy company that makes some of the most awesome action figures on the market. Their attention to detail and accuracy make each of their releases more a work of art than a toy. I have several of their previous figures in my collection, including Don Corleone, Ezio Auditore, Black Widow, and several others. They just posted photos of their newest upcoming figure online, and it’s pretty astounding. Check out all the detail in this Sweeney Todd. He even comes with the barber chair as his display base, and he includes several costume variations and a whole bunch of optional parts and accessories. Awesome stuff.

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This story has been all over gaming websites the past day or two, and it still blows my mind. Anybody who has played World of Warcraft or pretty much any other massively multiplayer game knows the routine for these games. You make a character and then kill a bunch of stuff to gain experience points. Those experience points eventually raise your character up to new levels, at which point you learn new and more awesome abilities to enhance your smitingness. Lather, rinse, repeat until you reach the maximum attainable level and, presumably, are a virtual badass in fantasyland. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, but one player turned it all on its head this week when she hit the level cap without ever killing a single critter, monster, or bandit.

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I like to think of myself as a person fairly securely plugged into geek culture. I watch lots of clever TV featuring robots and monsters, I read fantasy books that look like doorstops, I’m way into video games and collectibles, and I generally identify myself as a geek. Occasionally, though, there are facets of this culture that I just don’t get.

What’s the deal with mustaches and bacon, folks?

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I had heard about Top Gear for a long time but never had seen any episodes. As I’m not at all a gearhead and know the bare minimum I need to know about cars in order to move them efficiently from point A to point B, I didn’t think the show would have much appeal for me. But then BBC sent us seasons (or series; it’s British, after all) 14 and 15 of the show to review for Fandomania, and I started realizing that the cars are just vehicles (pun only slightly intended) for the craziness the show’s hosts get up to in each episode.

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Welcome to my new blog! My previous personal site was hosted on WordPress on a server at GoDaddy, along with a few of my other websites. GoDaddy’s quality of hosting never has been the greatest, but it’s been in rapid decline for the past year. I’d been checking around for alternatives but kept delaying the inevitable move until I saw that GoDaddy’s CEO gets his jollies by murdering elephants. That lit a fire under me, and I finally settled on a new web host. My old hosting account at GoDaddy was set for renewal on April 10, 2011. That gave me a deadline for moving everything over and setting up a new site.

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