Pure Pwnage

Thanks to a glitch in my tv programming (which is accidentally giving me ALL digital channels for free – well, with a few exceptions /wink /wink) I saw a commercial for the show Pure Pwnage on Showcase.  After checking out the tagline, it seems like I am a few years late for the party – but better late than never right? Here is the teaser:

Jeremy is a leet gamer, but he still lives in his mom’s basement. His n00b brother Kyle, an aspiring filmmaker, documents Jeremy’s life as he is forced to get off his ass and get a “real” job.

The Pure Pwnage web series has been spanking TV since 2004. Now that the show is an Internet phenomenon with millions of fans worldwide, it’s time to pwn TV as well. Pure Pwnage on Showcase is the next step for this universe of uber gamers.

While it seems to be riddled with every stereotype out there, looks campy enough to be funny.


DefiCardio 25: Fundraiser

I don’t usually solicit for things, but this is a great cause.

I am participating in a 25 hour relay at my gym (EnergieCardio Plateau Mont-Royal) to raise funds for Operation Enfant Soleil & Fonds Josée Lavigueur. Here is a brief note on their objectives:

Since 1999, the great Énergie Cardio team has been committed to supporting Opération Enfant Soleil, a non-profit organization that raises funds to foster the development of quality paediatric care for all children in Quebec. Our mission is to promote health and the health of children is particularly close to our hearts.

Wishing to increase our support for this cause and to target disease prevention in particular, in 2006 Énergie Cardio, in cooperation with Opération Enfant Soleil, established the Josée Lavigueur Fund, whose mission is to prevent illnesses in children through physical activity. From now on, all funds raised by Énergie Cardio and donated to Opération Enfant Soleil will be used to achieve this mission.

In nine years, thanks to the participation of our 1,600 employees and the generosity of our 140,000 members, Énergie Cardio has donated over $700,000 to Opération Enfant Soleil.

Here are a few more details on how the funds have been used in the past.

I have a donation page if anyone wishes to contribute to my participation, and more importantly, a great cause.

CFP: UNDERSTANDING MACHINIMA: essays on filmmaking in virtual worlds

UNDERSTANDING MACHINIMA: essays on filmmaking in virtual worlds

Call for Papers

Deadline: 30 August 2010

Submissions are invited for an edited book with the working title
Understanding Machinima: essays on filmmaking in virtual worlds. Machinima
– referring to “filmmaking within a real-time, 3D virtual environment,
often using 3D video-game technologies” as well as works which use this
animation technique, including videos recorded in computer games or
virtual worlds (see also http://www.youtube.com/user/machinima) – is
challenging the notion of the moving image in numerous media contexts,
such as video games, animation, digital cinema and virtual worlds.

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Geek or Nerd

That has always been a debate in our household. My partner – who is an avid gamer and sci-fi consumer, classifies himself as a geek within this debate (this might come as a shock to those who know him). He always classifies me as a nerd (due to my book-reading, academic ways). He has often held some sort of hierarchical sense of superiority in this argument – that geeks surpass nerds … I always found that funny. In times where we have sought mediation in this debate, I have had many people ask me what the difference is (seems some people use the terms interchangeably). Well, thanks to Bug-Eyed Bistro (via  Let’s Get Geeky), a graphic explanation is now at my fingertips!