punkrockluna:

ilovecharts:

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour

*Flings this chart at baby boomers*

punkrockluna:

ilovecharts:

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour

*Flings this chart at baby boomers*

thatmeggirl:

Step 1: Write thoughtful, witty, insightful relationships article for women’s lifestyle publication.
Step 2: Giggle when not-boyfriend buys a copy of Shirtless Man Mag.

Love you, Harold.

thatmeggirl:

Step 1: Write thoughtful, witty, insightful relationships article for women’s lifestyle publication.

Step 2: Giggle when not-boyfriend buys a copy of Shirtless Man Mag.

Love you, Harold.

Checkpoint: Call For Submissions

mrnelson007:

thatmeggirl:

Checkpoint: Reflections on Gaming, Travel and Place

I’m seeking contributing writers for an upcoming collection of essays, vignettes and general reflections on games and location. Send .doc or .docx submissions to Checkpoint.Submissions@gmail.com to contribute.

I’m unsure whether I’m a travel writer who loves games, or a games journalist who loves to travel. Either way, I’m pretty happy with my DS and a train ticket in my purse.

I see many connections between games and physical location, and I hope you do too. Do you think of Monkey Island when you visit a real jungle? Did you recognize your Beijing dumpling shop in the background of a hidden object game? Will you always remember which game you played that week you were snowbound in New England? Or the game you played on a long flight? Did a game inspire you to take an actual trip? Did a trip encourage you to try a new game?

I’m looking for around 20 brilliant writers to share personal reflections on games, place and travel. Ideal contributors will have a background in game development, games journalism, travel writing, or just in thoughtful analysis of games.

Tentative release date is Spring 2015.

How long should my submission be?

1K-3K words. About. I mean, it’s done when it’s done, but a paragraph or a novella isn’t right for this collection.

Are reprints ok?

Reworked blog posts are awesome, but please let me know if the piece has appeared elsewhere.

Does this pay actual money?

$25 for an accepted essay, plus a contributor copy when the book is released. If your piece is accepted, you promise not to post it in it’s entirety until 2 months after the book is released.

When is the deadline? When will you notify me?

Please submit before the end of November 2014. If your piece is accepted, you will be notified by Jan 1, 2015. Tentative release date is Spring 2015, because like any good developer, I expect delays to crop up.

Send .doc or .docx submissions to Checkpoint.Submissions@gmail.com

Signal boosting this for anyone wanting to write about games.

Gamer / writer / traveler friends, I am looking at you! 

The One and Only DNF

I recently learned that for book bloggers, DNF means Did Not Finish. What is this not-finishing-a-novel business? Seriously, I very rarely leave a book unfinished, and that is including some fairly dreadful self-published memoir and that time I thought I was reading historical fiction but it turned out to be Julius Caesar erotica; because in general, I would rather be reading a book than not reading a book. Also, how awful does something have to be to stop reading it?

Anyway, I recently got The One and Only on audiobook for the car, because I really enjoyed Baby Proof and Something Borrowed, by the same author, and also because driving is the worst.

According to the summary of The One And Only:

one and onlyThirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

I thought this meant Shea was leaving small-town Texas for bigger ambitions in a big city (one of my favorite chick lit tropes, seriously), but actually it means she’s going to take up with Coach Carr, and that was NOT my favorite.

Times I like May-December romances: The guy is young at heart, the girl is tired of dating immature twenty-something dudebros, the two share so many interests that age doesn’t even matter, the man is a respectable Roman senator who is obviously not going to marry someone his own age, etc.

Times it creeps me right out: When the girl has serious abandonment issues with her father, so she takes up with her best friend’s father. The man is a new widower, and he’s stuck washing his own socks until he finds a hero-worshipping young girl to quit her job and do everything that his devoted wife once did for him. Also this starts practically on the ride home from his wife’s funeral. And he is a celebrity football coach, while she’s just gotten her first sports journo gig because of him.

So unbalanced on so many levels. I found myself skipping sections of the story, like when Shea drunkdials Coach Carr, or when they reminisce about the time she got caught in teenage misbehavior, and the cops drove her to Coach Carr’s house for her scolding  Not even halfway through the book, when it became clear exactly where it was going, I shut off the CD and drove in silence.

And I guess that’s what DNF means.

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Reading has always been the primary way I make sense of the world around me; books are my first stop when I want to learn about a new hobby, culture, person or world. When I read a memoir, the author’s story lives inside me, making me feel I know them better than I do many of my close friends.
The Lesser Richmond Convention Center

When Harold and I got into Richmond, we drove past the stylish restaurants, art galleries, and bookshops of downtown, and we were in payday loans and check cashing counter territory when we found our hotel. We also weren’t entirely sure it was open, because all the lights on the street-facing side were off. It was not entirely reassuring.

This one of my stranger hotel visits, because the building had, at one point, been a fairly upscale hotel. You could see how someone had once carefully chosen and coordinated the (peeling) wallpaper and (stained) carpets, and that when it was new, it must have looked really nice. We looked at the pool, but the room was only lit on one side (unsure if this was a wiring failure or lightbulb apathy) and the floor was warped enough to leave deep puddles. There was also a whole wing devoted to holding functions, but it was deserted, naturally. Pretty sure anyone holding an event would have a few blocks down the street, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, rather than here in the ghost hotel.

Everything non-essential was broken, and in some cases, even the Out of Order signs were dusty.  One elevator was non-functioning and the other had a little sign asking riders to please press the buttons harder. But hey, the bed was comfortable, and the room was clean, and it was right down the street from Harold’s comic con.

Although, when we left the first morning to go to the show, the desk clerk was visibly relieved that we weren’t checking out early.

The Lesser Richmond Convention Center from Simpson’s Paradox

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lagio:

silverletomi:

I wonder how long we’ll stay friends on Facebook.

I literally just deleted someone for sharing that picture! Was a coincidence

What, No Glitter?

Talking to my boss about what we can offer regarding girls and coding. He sends me this photo, tells me he ordered 10,000 of them for girl students, and that I am now in charge of the related pink-technology girls-in-STEM initiative.

What, no glitter?

What, no glitter?

I think he gets me.

(Unfortunately) Related Post:

pink next island

Things I Have Learned About Games.

What, No Glitter? from Simpson’s Paradox

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Action Figure Fury Interview & Inventory Update

goldenagefigurines:

Mr. Harold Sipe interviewed me for the Action Figure Fury site; a big thanks to Harold for putting this together and bringing more attention to my work!
Inventory Update
I am now down to just 10 Stardust the Super Wizard and 39 Original Golden Age Black Terror vs. Killer Robot figurines;…
Checkpoint: Call For Submissions

Checkpoint: Reflections on Gaming, Travel and Place

I’m seeking contributing writers for an upcoming collection of essays, vignettes and general reflections on games and location. Send .doc or .docx submissions to Checkpoint.Submissions@gmail.com to contribute.

I’m unsure whether I’m a travel writer who loves games, or a games journalist who loves to travel. Either way, I’m pretty happy with my DS and a train ticket in my purse.

I see many connections between games and physical location, and I hope you do too. Do you think of Monkey Island when you visit a real jungle? Did you recognize your Beijing dumpling shop in the background of a hidden object game? Will you always remember which game you played that week you were snowbound in New England? Or the game you played on a long flight? Did a game inspire you to take an actual trip? Did a trip encourage you to try a new game?

I’m looking for around 20 brilliant writers to share personal reflections on games, place and travel. Ideal contributors will have a background in game development, games journalism, travel writing, or just in thoughtful analysis of games.

Tentative release date is Spring 2015.

How long should my submission be?

1K-3K words. About. I mean, it’s done when it’s done, but a paragraph or a novella isn’t right for this collection.

Are reprints ok?

Reworked blog posts are awesome, but please let me know if the piece has appeared elsewhere.

Does this pay actual money?

$25 for an accepted essay, plus a contributor copy when the book is released. If your piece is accepted, you promise not to post it in it’s entirety until 2 months after the book is released.

When is the deadline? When will you notify me?

Please submit before the end of November 2014. If your piece is accepted, you will be notified by Jan 1, 2015. Tentative release date is Spring 2015, because like any good developer, I expect delays to crop up.

Send .doc or .docx submissions to Checkpoint.Submissions@gmail.com