Humpday Links for October 19

Another week, another Wednesday, another batch of links for your surfing pleasure.  Here at Renaissance Dork we spare no expense in providing you with the finest free-range web content, lovingly typed by our own grain-fed dork.  Bon appetite!

– Speaking of conventions (I was, I don’t know what you were speaking of),  here are 15 people you will see at every nerd convention.

– Like Lego?  Like Gears of WarLike this!

– Want to improve your Twitter manners?  Here is a handy cheat-sheet to do just that.

– The Petoskey Batman is going to be spending more time with Alfred…

– Though I can’t fathom it, I guess there is still one guy that doesn’t get that female gamers are not just a fad.  Here is an Open Letter to that guy

– You may have seen this already, but Playstation wants you to know your games love you!

– Body suits may soon allow the paralyzed to walk.  Enough said.

– As an opponent of poor grammar, I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.

– Curious about Warhammer 40K, but don’t have time to read all the books?  Here is everything you need to know in about a minute

– Sadly sold out, here is a beautiful Japanese print for all you Whovians

– Oddly, I didn’t even know a new Judge Dredd movie was in the works, never mind that there was trouble with the director.  Though it now appears those reports were exaggerated.

Fingerprint scanners in schools.  Not cool.

– In case, like me, you can’t get enough pictures of Mars

– Next time you are accosted by a balloon-sculpting clown, ask him to make this.  Don’t forget the pool in the library!

– When we go back to the moon, likely we’ll be mining.

– I’m not ashamed to say it: I love and fear this.

– And finally, you may think you love your cat(s).  But do you love it/them enough to give them the full Harry Potter experience?

That’s all for this week!  Share your own links below, if you dare!

Odds and Sods

I have a few things that have caught me eye recently, that I find interesting but don’t really warrant a post all their own.  So today I offer you a bowl of my brain candies!

…that didn’t sound nearly as creepy in my head, I swear…

** So @Kiala wrote a piece over at Nerd Puddle about the Gamewave parody video that I thought was spot on (except that I disagree with her stance on the Geek and Gamer Girl video, but that is okay, we are allowed to disagree).  I don’t really find the video in question offensive in any way.  My best description of it would be “tired”;  Oh. I get it. Nerds don’t get to touch ladyparts. Ha. Ahaha. Next!  The real problem that I see is that it allows for only two possible reactions, really: either you ignore it because it is a tired trope that needs to be put down like an ailing pet, or you let the nerd denial fly (“Squirrel, please!  Man, I get so much tail you don’t even know!  I’m going over to see my girl, and we’re playing “co-op”, you feel me!?“)  And the internet has never really been a place where people ignore the things that bother them, so there has been the usual trollstorm.  All I want to say about it is this: it isn’t funny, because it lacks truth.  With the exception of nerds that have honest-to-god social anxiety issues, most geeks do just fine with the opposite sex.  So stop being lazy, and find something actually funny to parody.

** Science continues to blow my %$#@ing mind!  Especially when scientists are doing things like this and this.  When I was a strippling geek I would have punched you in the taint for a liar if you told me about cell phones and teh internets.  And now we are close to making gasoline out of garbage and recharging batteries with rock and roll!? (Okay, I might be stretching the scope of those articles a bit, but as Shakespeare always said, “Suck it!”)  And if that whole FTL hullabaloo wasn’t a measuring error and actually pans out, my Heavy Metal inspired dreams of flying through space in a garbage-powered starship blasting classic rock tunes may just come true! And really, isn’t that what science is for?

** I’m largely enjoying the new TV offerings this season, as well as the return of old favourites.  My favs so far are Unforgettable, 2 Broke Girls and Prime Suspect, but talk to me again in six episodes and those might change.  Easily discarded was Ringer, which is a shame because I wanted to like it.  I enjoy Sarah Michelle Gellar as an actor, but the writing and some technical issues have turned me off.  I don’t care about anyone and I don’t believe the situations, and those two things will kill a show for me.  Of the returning shows, Castle is like a charming old friend, and NCIS (sorry, Devon) is like the curmudgeonly grandpa that tells good stories.

**  This (below) has become my new Life Rule:

** Since I hung out my shingle as a freelance editor, a few people have asked me why I won’t do some free jobs for them, just to gain experience/exposure.  And I have a few good answers for that.  First, I’m already doing some volunteer editing for experience, with a publication I love and respect.  So I’m getting enough on-the-job training, thanks.  As for exposure…that will come.  If I work for free now, the exposure I’ll get will be, “Hey, here is a guy who will work for free.” And since I’d like to make some sort of living from this, that exposure would be counter-productive.

But here’s my big reason for charging: because I think it engenders respect.  As an editor, I am essentially giving you (the writer) my opinion.  I can’t force you to accept my edits; it’s your work, you can ignore everything I tell you.  If I’m working for free, you can just say to yourself, “Well what does he know?” and dismiss me.  But if you are paying me, you are forced to at least consider what I am saying.  And if you are my client, I am giving your work the attention it deserves because that is my job.  You will get my best work because that is part of our client/employee relationship.

At least that’s how I look at it.  So no, beyond work I have already agreed to do I won’t work for free.  But I can and will work for “negotiable”, so drop me a line and we’ll talk.

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Okay, that’s all the brain candy I have for today.  Want to share some candy below?