Projects on the horizon

I have a terrible attention span and I’m really forgetful so I have to write things down to remember them. To be honest, I like making list. (I guess that’s why the Stickies application is one of my favorite on my macbook.) Also I can’t seem to sit still very long unless I am doing something… Okay, sorry tangent.

Without much ado… Here is my list of things to do other than finding a job.

1. Fix my friend’s 360. My friend has one of the first gen 360’s; and obviously, it’s out of warranty. It seems like there is something wrong with the video card.  His older brother already called Microsoft and found out it was a cool hundred and some odd dollars for them to fix it which was close to the same amount it would cost to get the older refurbished model. So I went to one of my favorite sites and  found a teardown of it. Now, I am not advocating doing this if you are one of those people that hates DIY projects because fixing it yourself will void the warranty but it is a nice option to have around if you can’t afford to get a new one.

2. Finish the sweaters that are on my needles. Most importantly, finish the Biker Boy sweater. I have been working on this sweater for months and I knit fairly quickly too. I think the main reason why it’s taking me so long is because it’s heavy and I’m knitting on circular needles too. Another reason is the knitting needles themselves. To put it mildly, they aren’t that great and to put it bluntly; a stack of poo poo pancakes.

3. Speaking of knitting needles, save to get newer ones. I have the Boye interchangeable set and they have served their purpose. It’s a moderately priced set with a large assortment of needles but it’s not great. My needles are coming apart when I knit even when I use the tightening mechanism. (Also the cords are really stiff and the paint is coming off on my work.) I think what I will do is slowly  save and stock up on some Kollage double points and get the Hiya Hiya interchangeable set for smaller gauges and  get the interchangeable Addi Lace Click set for the larger gauge. I mainly want the Addi set because of the spring lock mechanism and the lifetime warranty. Is that so bad?

4. Actually upload some of the patterns I have made. I have a scarf pattern and a starfish pattern floating around my hard drive that I have been meaning to upload but haven’t yet. I just need to turn them both into PDF’s and take pictures of them.

5. Save to get MINECRAFT! My friend described Minecraft as being in a blocky version of the New Zealand countryside where there are skeletons and other monsters that attack at you. So with that description I had to take a look at it and I liked the concept of it. That and the sheep did it for me. I thought they were so cute. (The black ones look like they’re wearing a nun’s habit.) I guess my nerdy gamer girl side is coming out. I have been playing games for as long as I can remember and I love video games. I play everything from the Call of Duty series to Eternal Darkness to World of Goo. I do, however; am somewhat of a critic about some things in video games but that is another post or possibly another blog since I sound like a shouty paranoid hobo decrying Skinner box techniques so rampant in games.

So there you have it, my list. I am trying to make the best of my time being unemployed by also filling out grant applications to go back to school and trying to look at the bright side of things.


Projects projects projects

Every since my family and I have been sick, I have been making little penguins, clouds, scarves, and a other stash busting stuff. Right now the deep reddish-purple cardigan I was working on has to be frogged. I’m not terribly please with the prospect of it but it has to be reworked. Something on it is off. On the brighter side, my friend Amanda is giving me some of her yarn. Yay! Hopefully that will allow me to work on some of my steeked Fair Isle cardigans. Can’t tell you what it will be like but it’ll be awesome.

Also, if you haven’t been to Video Game Voters Network, you should. November is almost here and if you have read my two blogs on video games, you will know how important it is. Not only for the medium as a whole but for free speech in media and the right to choose what you want. The picture below is a link.


Gamer community

I was one of the people that grew up with Mario, Sonic, and Lara Croft and I was reading somewhere that a majority of gamers are over the age of 18. The median/ average age for a gamer was about 30 but somehow a lot of people keep this stigma that video games are for kids or for people that lack social graces. I’m sure there are gamers out there that don’t help shake that stigma with their constant talk of tea bagging n00bs. Well I hope those tea baggers ban together as video games are being taken to court. The Supreme Court nonetheless. The final legal word.

Are you listening to me?

In school, I was taught that the odds of a case going to the Supreme Court was smaller than the odds of you being discovered by a Hollywood agent while winning the lottery for 15 billion dollars but somehow it is happening. In fact the state of California (yes, California, the state that legalized marijuana is going after video games.) is helping it go to trial and the ammo that it’s using is all those studies that we gamers have pushed aside and scoffed at. You know the studies that say that video games are harmful to minors and should be regulated.

It looks kind of intimidating now for some reason.

Well, what the developers of gamers are trying to prove that it is a legitimate form of media because if they can’t prove that, then video games can be considered obscene and subject to censorship. Now those who are American history buffs understand that the first amendment right of freedom of speech does have limitations. Things that satisfy the Miller test or the Three Prong Obscenity test do not enjoy freedom of speech and can be subjected to regulations and whatnot.

Now some of you are going to understand that a lot of states are going to bring back older laws that ban the sale of certain video games. Pretty soon all we would have would be Barbie Horse Adventures and Wii games about cooking.

Now California also believes that people under the age of 18 do not have the mental capabilities to make reasoned choices. Okay, I’m paraphrasing but I’m not even paraphrasing it out of context. Seriously look it up. It will make you think. ” Wow California, way to have faith in your youth.”

Oh, California. Why don't you have faith in your youth?

Now, it’s not all bad. There are a lot of allies on the side of video games who are arguing that we, the people, should have the right to buy whatever games that we want. Because shouldn’t we be responsible for our actions?


For video gamers everywhere

This is the nerd in me speaking plainly but here are my thoughts.

I am a supporter of video games and I believe that it should not be thought of any less because of what it is. It is a form of media and SHOULD be protected under the first amendment’s freedom of speech. Sure there are some games that are graphic, violent, and gory but what about books and movies? The Birth of a Nation was a highly racist movie that depicted inaccurate racial stereotypes. The Marque de la Sade wrote novels about raping children and murdering them and why do we, the general public, think video games are worse?

Apparently I have no artistic merit

Every time a console is found in the house of a murderer, the uninformed mass seems to shake it’s head and the blame is put on the video game industry. Whatever happened to free thought? The idea that people make choices and that they are the ones that should be responsible for consequences.

Now why do I defend video games? Because there are lessons in some of them. Take for instance Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare: in “Aftermath,” you play a soldier gasping his last breath, dragging his useless legs around an eerily quiet crash site littered with the bodies of his fallen comrades. His final actions all in vain as he slowly succumbs to his injuries and joins his friends, unmourned and alone. Why do I bring this up? Because in the game you got to play as him, his face concealed and you became him. He was you and in his death it taught you a hard lesson of war. That those aren’t numbers that are lost but people like you and me. Sons, daughters, father, mothers destined never to come home.

Such a heartbreaking moment in gaming history.

Another example is Mass Effect 2. You are given an option to kill off a race of aliens bent on destroying the human race or reprogram them. This is a thinly veiled question on how we should treat the conflict in the Middle East and another lesson woven into a game.

Now, not every game has a lesson and neither does every book or movie, but to throw the good in with the bad isn’t right. Despite this there are people out there, the agony aunts and old foggy politicians who believe that every console turns kids into mass murderers and threaten to limit video games. The right to free speech should not be limited because of what form of media it is and let Congress know that. If you agree go to videogamersvote.org to find out more about what you can do to help change this view.

As always, much love and respect,
ViralLola