Monday, December 3, 2012

The "Fake Nerd Girl" Debate

Fine...fine....FINE. I am fine-ally going to weigh in on something that has been irking me for sometime now. Yes, I might get rant-y....I might even get preachy, but gosh darn-it something needs to be said about this.

Fake nerd girls.

Now I don't really know where this comes from (or really care for that matter) but I have to say a few things about it. I'm a girl. I'm a girl who identifies herself as being a "nerd". Why? I call myself a nerd because I have often lacked social skills with others because I'm more dedicated to my interests and passions. It wasn't until quite recent that I began coming out of my book fort to discover that there were a lot of like minded people on the internet who I could talk to about this sort of thing without feeling judged. Hence, this blog.

Now there is some talk that there are girls on the internet who are "fake nerds" doing it for attention and what not. Now this strikes a chord with me on two accounts. I don't want any nerd girls out their to feel like they don't belong because they are considered "fake". With that said, I don't like the idea that there are some PEOPLE out their who are using the guise of nerd to either troll or take advantage of a culture that has time and time again gave me a sense of belonging in this world.

I guess what I really take issue with is that anyone would think that I, only any nerdy girl like me would chose to fake being a nerd. Think of it this way. Now a days, it's socially acceptable to be a nerd.  But back when I was younger (I know, it was so long ago) it really wasn't.  I went to a small, private school where I really didn't fit in because I was to busy writing fantasy stories and drawing Lord of the Rings-esque characters in my notebook to bother with Hilary Duff and the like. Still, I kept everything I did very private. I remember when I first really learned about superheroes from a special on the History Channel called Comic Book Superheroes, Unmasked. I suddenly became obsessed with learning everything I could about superheroes, but only within my means because I was too afraid to ask my parents to buy me a comic book. I began watching The Justice League and X-men in secret to learn everything I could about these enchanting characters.  I didn't know the extent of my secrecy until one day in my reading class. My teacher would give us treats for finding vocabulary words used in television shows or books. I had recently heard the word "thwart" on an episode of The Justice League.  I was about to raise my hand to share the word when I realized that by doing so, I would tell the whole class about my love of superheroes.  I kept my hand down, afraid of being even weirder than I already was.  I'm glad to say that I embrace who I was and am now.  That it because the internet is such a free place where someone is bound to judge you, but their are plenty of others (or a faithful few C;) who will be quick to step in and support you.

Now do you think that maybe the sudden influx of nerd girls is coming from the fake that it is now acceptable for girls to declare that they love Star Wars in a world where they once would have automatically ostracized for saying so? I certainly will say that the rise of gamer girls made me want to express my love of video games!  Sure, there will always be people who try to exploit a trend for what ever their reasons, but should we really let a few drops of deception spoil it for all those girls out their who finally have a voice?

I really hope that you will try or will continue to give nerdy girls a chance.  This nerdy girl will surely try to cast a positive impression upon the impressionable being that is the internet.  And I can promise you this, you will NEVER see me posing provocatively with a game controller (sorry if that disappoints a few of you).

Now here's a nerd/gamer girl I aspire to be!


Tootles Darlings!
Xoxo!!!!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph



First off, I've reached over 3000 views! It's amazing how that managed to happen despite my absence. It just goes to show that I have some dedicated fans that never fail to make me smile! Thanks to you all poppets (yeah I'm in one of "those" moods) for sticking with me despite my lazy fingers.



Now....

ON TO WRECK-IT RALPH!

. . . .

I really struggled with what to say for this review because of my mixed personality. From the side of a reviewer I could see some flaws in this film (many steaming from it's trailer that aimed the plot of the movie in a far different direction than where is actually went), but from the view of a fangirl with both a passion for video games and cute, sugary concoctions (I promise I'll elaborate on that later) I was sucked into this game like all of us  zombified gamers have been known to do when a new Diablo game drops (Minus, perhaps the nerd rage at errors).

No disrespect meant, my man.
I freak out when my Amateur Surgeon 2 App does't work on my Iphone  
With all that said, I'm going to try my best to address both of my opinions, both as a reviewer and a gamer in hopes that I can reach some logical conclusion about how this movie ultimately made me feel and what you can expect it to do for you.

Let's start with the flaws of this movie to get all the negative energy out of the way. Well, maybe it's not fair for me to say this is going to be a negative critisim. Perhaps we are looking for the word frustrated. Having watched the trailer for this movie, I though Wreck-it Ralph was going to be about Ralph, a video game villain wanting more out of life (in true Disney fashion) and deciding to go to the game Heroes Duty (Every pun IS intended) and proving he can save the day. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Well that is exactly what this movie does, for about 10 minutes of it's runtime.

No, Ralph quickly overcomes the challenges of Heroes Duty (which really makes me question it's true difficulty for a game advertised to be a Super Meat Boy style grinder....my pun intended) and accidentally ends up in the almost sickeningly sweet racer game, Sugar Rush. It is in this game that we spend the majority of the movie. This is where my conflict comes in. I'm sure plenty of hardcore gamers went to this game expecting a solid tribute to video game nostalgia and were met with wacky worlds of original creation. Don't get me wrong, Sugar Rush certainly gave me the feel of Snowboard Kids if it was dipped in bubblegum and sprinkles. Still, I worried that some of the guys out there would be turned off by it's candy coated sentiment. I honestly would love to hear my male fan base's opinion on this setting choice. Ralph's main companion through the movie is an overly adorable little girl/glitch name Vanellope.

Okay...with all that said....my inner fangirl needs to come out and say this very clearly. This movie isn't perfect. It has a pretty predictable story and we all know exactly how it's going to end, but you know what? I LOVED it. Call me a girly girl if you need, but I adored Sugar Rush and would play it in a heart beat if it was a real game and/or if I had any skills in racer games. I loved Vanellope even when she could be a little annoying with her banter. I genuinely felt for her, a humble little glitch looking to belong, much like Ralph.

I also appreciated the subtle nods to the greats of games. I won't spoil them all for you (But please post all the cameos you noticed!) but it tickled me pink how much love and knowledge of games went into the background of this film. I'm sure that Sugar Rush was the better setting vs. Heroes Duty because parents would find it nonthreatening (less video game violence) and this movie would appeal to girls just as much as it does to boys.

If there is one thing I can really appreciate about this movie is that it could possible turn more girls on to video games. And in a society where more of us girls are slowly working over to the dark side, I couldn't be happier.

So over all, if you are looking to have simple, sugary fun this movie with hug your at your gamer core, if you are looking for a lot of deep substance with a fresh plot or non-stop video game intensity, this movie might not be your cup of tea.

Now for a change of pace, something ridiculously girly/warped to balance me out ^_^

(Would you love me any other way?)

Tootles Darlings!
Xo

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Very Nerdy Birthday!

Guess what gals and guys? One, I'm updating! Two, I'm going to be 22 years old tomorrow (Remember, remember the 5th of November)!

:Shoot off confetti now:

I did most of my celebrating with my family on Saturday, but it doesn't mean I'm not going to do some celebrating tomorrow! I'm going to see "Wreck-it Ralph" (FINALLY) and I promise a review will follow!

But since we will have to wait a little bit for that, I want to give you all a project in the meantime.

On Saturday I made a new friend,

My lovely bf knows how to spoil me!

There's just one problem! This foxy lady (I feel a feminine vibe from her, no?) doesn't have a name! I've been known for taking 2 weeks to name a stuffed animal, so I thought I'd ask you guys for some suggestions! Just make it clean and cute! If I get a lot of suggestions I will put up a poll to vote for her name! 

Until then, hang tight and be on the look out for my "Wreck-it Ralph" review! 

Tootles!


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Long Needed Explanation

Well, well, well....it's been a while. Quite a LONG while! First off, before I launch into a list of excuses, I want to apologize for my absence. I've been gone for over a month with barely any words to any of you for why. With that, here's my explanation.

It started with some health problems. Nothing serious at all, but I had a few instances back to back that really bogged me down physically and, as a result, my mental faculties weren't all there. I was exhausted and just trying to cruise by with what energy I had left. Next-ly, I got a big girl job shortly after. This job is very time consuming and came without warning. As a result, I had to quickly jump into it. I love the work, but the adjustment to my schedule has left me with precious time for a personal life. This resulted in my writing taking a place on the back burner.

I really wanted to come back and write, but it seemed like when ever the opportunity was about I had 0 energy or was needed elsewhere.

On the bright-side, I'm back now. I can't promise the consistency I once had (at least not for a while) but I will do my best to stay connected to you guys as well as keep some semblance of a schedule.

I appreciate your patience. I'm sorry to everyone I've been in contact with that I fell off the face of the earth. I really didn't mean to hurt or offend anyone.

But I'm back and I'm going to make up for lost time...

Starting with this.


I played this game a lot as a child....I'd like to this this video is based on how I played the game.

Toodles (But not for long!)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Video #2 - Show & Tell Continued

The epic first video concludes with......Slumber Sprinkles?

O_o

Visit here:
Patchwork Babbles - Part #2


Subscribe, comments, and like! If you do, I'll give you a pony....that's invisible....and likely to runaway. <3

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MY FIRST VIDEO!!!!

Well, it's finally happened!  The reason why I've been MIA for the last two weeks is finally here: MY FIRST VIDEO!  I've provided the link to it below and I encourage you to go to youtube and leave me your rates and comments!  Heck, if you feel like it, subscribe to my channel. I know it's simple and of low quality, but if you guys want more, I promise my babbles will only get better as my comfort both behind and in front of the camera increases!

There will be babbling, there will be video games....heck.... their might even be ponies! (PS: I provide something to distract all you non-pony people!)

Now go have a look!

Patchwork Babbles -Show & Tell


I'm nothing without you guys!  Thanks for all of the encouragement, views, and advice. I would have never gotten the courage to do this without you!

And special thanks to my BF, who always encourages me to take risks <3


Xoxo,

Tootles darlings!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thanks of a Fangirl - 2000 Views!!!!!


Woah!  Just....holy...sparkles!  When did this happen?  I'm already at 2000 views and you know who I have to thank for that?  You.  Yes, you!  All you wonderful people who've been reading, watching, and promoting me and my lowly site deserve so much credit for my success!  I'd be lost without you!

So what does this mean for the next chapter in The Patchwork Nerd's story?  Well, for those of you who follow me on Twitter know, (and those of you who don't can follow me @ThePatchwrkNerd) I made a deal with you.  If I could make it to 2000 views before the start of August, I'd deliver you a video.  I'm going to follow through with that promise!  Now please understand that all I've got is a webcam and a VERY limited knowledge of Imovie, so we are going to try a Vlog style for a while.  I'm just going to need some time to get a youtube or blip account going (any suggestions on which to go with?) and to learn editing!  I can't promise they'll be pretty videos, but they will most certainly be fun!  Give me a week or two to bring that all together and then we can have some video fun!  I'm planning to do something similar to my "Babbles of Fangirl" articles, but babble briefly about several nerdy topics.  This is where you lovely darlings come in again.

What would you like me to babble about?  A movie? Video game? Some recent nerdy news?  Which pony is the best (and yes, I have a favorite!)? Share with me your ideas in the comments below and I'll do my best to get to babbling!  Until then, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your help, support, and shares.  You are wonderfully, amazing fans and I can't wait to keep making you happy with my ramble-y, bamble-y articles!  Until the video comes out, be on the look out for a few more surprises!

Also follow me on twitter or facebook (Link here to follow! The Patchwork Nerd Facebook!)

Xoxo! <3
Tootles!

PS: I'm planning on doing a shout out article to some of my AMAZING followers and mentors!  There is some amazing work out their you need to follow!  It's on the To-Do list!  Though I'm sure manny of you know who you are! ^_^

Thursday, July 26, 2012

SURPRISE ARTICLE!!!! - Finding the PERFECT Nerd Job

Well it's finally here.  I'm done with school.  Completely, fully, and frighteningly done.  I've been in college since I was 16 (PSEO programs are amazing, if they are available in your state, do it!) and the idea of beginning done seemed like it was never going to happen. With that said, my life has become dedicated to trying to find a job.  I am faced with the terrifying thought of finding a REAL job....:shudders: 
On a completely unrelated note,
you'd be surprised what you find when you google "crappy jobs"
Don't get me wrong, I love writing this blog.  If it were up to me, I'd do this for a living.  But let's be realistic, the chances of such a thing happening are somewhat on the slim side.  Would I jump on the opportunity?  Yes!  Would I love for some bigger review site or group of reviewers to invite me on board their team? YOU HAVE NO IDEA.  But as it stands right now, I'm going to be realistic and hope that the fantasy will someday be a pleasant surprise.
   Now, let us begin. I thought it be fun for us to all look at some ideas of nerdy jobs I'd love to take a crack at!  Please keep in mind, I'm a Communications major with a minor in Technical Communications and several years of writing experience, so these jobs might be a little tailored towards your's truly.  I WOULD welcome people discussing their own ideas though, in fact I'd LOVE some discussion started.  So for the sake of making this a decently sized and halfway organized rant, let's make this a list.  This is in no particular order other than what pops into my head first. Yay for random-ness!


1.Special Events Planner 
Ever go to a really good party and say "I could do this!" Well that's been me as of late.  I helped with a lot of the planning for my sister's wedding and shower and I love helping plan a good party.  I even did an internship where I helped plan and carry-out weddings and company parties.  Now you might be asking, "What's so nerdy about event planning? Isn't that something social, the opposite of nerdy?" Well hear me out lovelies.  I would like to start a party company for nerdy events.  Anime themed birthdays, pony themed company parties, a zombie wedding--the sky is really the limit!


2. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Episode Writer
A chance to write for the greatest show ever?  YES PLEASE!  I've never really mentioned this before (that I remember) but I started off writing for children.  I'm hoping someday to write a children's book!  The thought of writing for a great children's show that has crossed so many boundaries would be amazing.  Not to mention this is a show with all female leads that are strong to boot!  I would love to write a show for little girls who want to grow up and be silly nerds unafraid of who they are.  I know this show would have helped me a lot when I was an insecure little girl. Giving girls a boost of confidence would be an honor!  Not to mention I could connect more directly with my brony brothers!  (I <3 you gentleponies!)


3. Video Game Magazine Writer
Could you imagine, writing about video games all day?  I have to admit, it be a very sweet gig!  I'd love to dedicate hard hours to scrutinizing and studying games.  What more can I say then, I'd be up for the challenge.  You've already seen how much I enjoy it on here!


4. Professional Junk Crafter
This might be the point where I'm abusing the word "professional".  If I've lost you with what the heck this job is, allow me to explain through flash back.

It's back in whatever year it was when I was 12 years old.  I have a box full of nothing but random crap: string, wire, buttons, mangled McDonald's Happy Meal toys, glitter, those things that plastic rings come in from gum ball machines, the foil from gum, sponges, fake flowers, the list goes on for miles!  There sits me, a bored to death little girl with an itch to use her ADD fueled hands.  I reach into the box, pulling out this and that until....BOOM necklaces, keychains, bouquets of flowers, hundreds a beautiful, little creations, all stemming from this cesspool of trash. 

Someday I'll give you guys a look at some of my creations (when my camera decides to come back from the dead -__-) but until then, you'll have to take my word for it!  I can make a mean piece of beautiful trash!

5. Podcaster 
Being paid to babble in an organized fashion?  Yes please!  I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I've been involved in theatre my whole life.  That being said, I'm not afraid to talk to an audience-- at all.  I'd like to also think I have a halfway pleasant voice that people wouldn't mind hearing for an extending amount of time!  Plus, we all know I can babble on paper, and I'm the queen of organized babbling when put in front of a crowd.  I know podcasts aren't a live audience, but that wouldn't make it any less fun!

6. Professional Author
Doing this (this writing you see here) for a living, would be nothing short of amazing.  Also, ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to write a book.  I'm hoping I can someday make that happen.  Maybe I'll even let you guys into my latest writing projects, eventually.

7. Professional Storyteller
It's no secret that I love telling a good story.  When I was a little girl I was notorious for telling ghost stories on the playground (some of which scared the daylights out of my classmates) and I've always carried that ability with me ever since.   

8. Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Author
I haven't done it all that much, but when I have, I love being the Dungeon Master in a D&D game.  My adoration mainly comes from the fact that I love to create a good story, that is fun to play.  I can get mixed up about the order of combat of the Hp's of the baddies, but I know how to make a story that submerses you in.  Being able to write these type of stories in a campaign would be so much fun.  For those of you less familiar, in D&D you can often find pre-made adventures that can save time and brain power for your game.  These are the stories I'd love to write.  I love building an adventurous, though somewhat treacherous campaign.  

9. Social Media Coordinator 
I'm a bit of a social media buff. I love learning everything it takes to run a facebook or good twitter account.  I recently finished up a class all about social media.  I'd love to get paid to run someone's social networking sites!  And trust me, this is becoming a regular career.

10. Book and Teapot Store Owner 
I had to get a funny one in here.  Too bad brick and mortor stores are really dying out.  But as both a collector of books and teapots this silly dream would be a lovely reality.  I would make cupcakes and cookies fresh eat day!  If I ever open up a store, you guys will be the first ones invited for free desserts, tea, and paperbacks ^_^

Well there's a look into my silly, though still desired, dreams.  Maybe I'll find success in one of these, maybe multiple.  We'll have to see where life takes me.  What do you guys think.  What do you think I should do?  What would you do?  

Until next time!
Tootles! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Movie Musings - Brave

I'm working on it, Brave, I'm working on it
Where was THIS movie when I was growing-up?!?  Now before you say, "It was there, it was called 'Mulan'" I'd like you to lend me your ears and hang up your weapons.  Before I defend why I loved this movie, I'm going to point out everything I've heard against this movie.

1. It's not a very original story.
2. Pixar has done better

To address the first complaint, yes, this movie does have a more traditional plot.  Without spoiling anything, it has the typical heros quest adventure with a splash of girl power, something we've been seeing a lot from in the latest attempts at princess movies.  But this movie takes a traditional plot line and does it well, a feat that seems to allude movie makers on many an occasion.  It shows a heroes quest of not only a young girl, but of a strong-willed character.

Now as far as the argument that this is not Pixar's best work, I will admit that it is not the best on paper, but that doesn't mean this flick still can't pull at even the crankiest of heart-strings.  It's a movie about breaking tradition and finding your own way, a plot we see in many movies.  Do you know why we see this a lot?  Because it's relatable, especially for girls were the vast majority of our abilities comes from either breaking recent tradition or having ladies of the past do it for us.  It's nice to see a movie with a female lead, named Merida, that isn't trying to get the guy or even save the guy.  Yes, she is living in a world where she needs to get married whether she likes it or not and it does drive her early motivations, but as the story progresses it becomes like any story (with a male lead or not) about a PERSON trying to save the day.  Gender has nothing to do with her motivations, it's just something that gives her different obstacles than that of a male lead.

I've been known for being a movie snob, especially when a movie provides a simple or overdone story, but I've been known to melt this all away for one reason: if the story invokes my emotions.  I suddenly felt like that little girl I once was who dreamed of climbing mountains and fighting monsters.  I could insert myself into this story with ease and become a part of it.  This movie made me feel like I belonged, something many a disney movie didn't succeed at when I was a little hell-raiser. This is a story about a girl and her parents.

I think that's why I loved it so much.

Okay, not too get too personal, but I'm a young lady who knows (semi) what I want out of life.  I've always wanted to be a mother because I grew-up with the kindest, sweetest mom in the world who is ALWAYS there for me.  Do we sometimes have conflict?  Of course!  Do we at times drive each other crazy?  Understatement.  But my mom always  been there for me.  Brave hits me hard because it's really about parents trying to do what they think is best and learning to just let go and let their kids be.  This movie made me feel that struggle that parent go through and how, despite all it's misery, it is worth it to see your kids grow up and be happy.  Overall, this movie is a great tool for parents in developing strong relationships with their children.  It reminded me of how lucky I am to have my parents with all their wisdom and understand it and made me think about how that's exactly the type of parent I want to be. So when people say this is just another princess movie, I guess that's why I get offended.  It's a story about parenting cleverly wearing a princess costume.  Mix in a little girl power amongst some crazy beautiful, Celtic scenery and you make this gal rather happy. Seriously though, this movie is worth it for the visuals alone, the beautiful lessons learned are an added bonus.

So don't go into this movie judging it because it wears a crown, go to it because you are a blank slat, ready to learn.  You will be surprised.

Well, this has gone deeper down the rabbit hole than I intended!  Haha!  I hope you all didn't mind!  Commence throwing only spoons and feathers if you are annoyed.

Tootles!

PS: The crazy little brothers are ADORABLE....and probably what my own demons would look like someday (help me....)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Babbles of a Fangirl - Nerdy Things I Did While on Jury Duty

"What's this?"  The captain noted off of the radar, his cigarette hanging in disbelief out of the corner of this mouth.  He turned in his swivel chair so hard it that he had to plant his feet to the ground with firm smash. The men all raised their heads, ready for panic. He noted how suddenly young all of their faces looked.  
He readjusted his cigarette and sighed. "Men!" He bellowed.  "Braise yourselves!" 
And in that moment they all knew, praying to any of their gods would be futile.   It had returned.  The horror from out of the depths and nothing could stop it.


The Patchwork Nerd had made a new post.


Segway! 


So...uh....that bit up there is my very convoluted way of saying, "I'M BACK!"
Don't question it, okay?  You should expect worse from me by now.  With that said, it is finally time for me to kick things into gear and give you all what you want (or maybe don't want, but you're getting it anyway): here are the nerdy things I did during jury duty!


Caught-up on my Dungeons and Dragons Reading

Anyone who knows me has come to understand that I bring a book with me everywhere.  It's like my security blanket.  Awkward downtime, take out my book!  Waiting for something, take out my book!  Don't have any free-time, at least I have my book, just incase!  Sometime I bring too many books.  I will admit that there a at least 3 books in my backpack right now (Game of Thrones, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Last Unicorn).  I read multiple books at a time because I have a book for every mood.  Although if I don't finish Game of Thrones within the next year, I'm pretty sure my boyfriend will hide all the books I own until I do (he's in for a challenge).  Oh...am I babbling again?

SEGWAY! (<----this might become a regular thing)

What I'm trying to say is that I brought a lot of books with me to jury duty.  One of which was my Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of the Feywild.  It's a lovely book and if you are a fan of D&D it really expands your knowledge of the world while helping you cultivate richer stories.  Go and read it!  If your just a fantasy fan, it will really inspire you and give you great story ideas!  


Knitting

The funny thing about jury duty is that you get a note pad during the court case.  The problem is, you don't get it back when you are done.  You can't take it out of the court room and it becomes evidence once the trial is over.  That means that I had to resist writing and doodling on blank paper.  ME denying blank paper a face.  It hurt a lot.  So when we got our breaks, I was desperate to do something, ANYTHING with my hands.  The problem was that it was too loud to do write anything deep (everyone talked a lot and I need silence to write) and drawing, I have found, always gathers too much attention.  I don't need anyone seeing the crap I draw.  So knitting was the perfect compromise.  It allowed me to be social with others (something I've been practicing) while keeping my hands busy.  I've been working on a scarf for a while now and thanks to my jury services, I'm almost done!

Not to mention it was a great conversation started (I'm trying to leave my corner more)


My Banter with Strangers
Keep reading, this will make sense in a bit

It's odd to think that jury duty, of all things, is the event that makes you realize just how much of a nerd you might be.  When you are in jury duty you are not allowed to discuss the case with anyone, this includes other members of the jury duty.  Now imagine, if you would, getting a break from court while you are on a jury.  For those of you who have never been on a jury what happens is a nice court attendant takes you back to this little room all tucked away from the rest of the court house.  It has two bathrooms and lots of coffee to prevent you from ever wanting to leave.  Now while in this little room, sipping your coffee and staring at the wall you might feel so inclined as to talk to your fellow jurors.  The only problem is that there's an elephant in the room.  A big, fat, stinking elephant that sits on the middle of the table and is catching up on this hobby of playing the spoons while burping the alphabet.  He's right there, and you have to ignore him.  This leads to small talk, lots and lots of small talk.  Sometimes VERY small talk just to keep  you from yelling out about the latest witness you saw.   

Now many of you don't know me personally so I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  I babble. . . A LOT.  I'm usually quiet around people I've never met before, but six days of sitting in a court room will really warm you up to the idea of talking about anything before you have to go back into a room where you can barely move a facial muscle, let alone talk.  The topics of our conversations were pretty normal, ranging from "What do you do?" to "Are you married?" ect...ect...ect...but by the 5th or 6th day people were either connecting with each other and coming up with the perfect thing to say to each other or grasping at straws.  There was one particular gentleman that was grasping for his dear life.  One day we were all sitting.  He wasn't talking (but you could tell he wanted to be) and I was knitting.  I happen to be wearing my dragon necklace that is gold.  The dragon has it's claws wrapped around a bright, blue marble, so it's very distinct.  He pointed to my necklace and said,

"That's a neat necklace."  Bless his soul you could see him trying to have a sense of humor as he said, "Is it a lucky dragon?"

I looked up from my knitting, placing my hands lovingly around the little dragon.  I smiled.  "I'm not sure.  But I wear it to most of my D&D games and it's always helped me not die."

Right away I wanted to smack myself. What did I just say?!?  Crap, he must think I'm crazy! I looked up at him.  He smiled but looked like he didn't know how to reply.  Okay, he only thinks I'm a little crazy.  I quickly went back to my knitting, my fingers flying to make it look like I was very busy.  

That's always been my problem with strangers or new people.  Most people look at me and say or think "Aww....she looks and sounds like she just stepped out of a Victorian Christmas card!  I'm sure she has pleasent things to say!"

And the funny thing is that I usually do, but every-so-often I say that one nerdy thing that makes people either stare blankly at me or think I'm freakin' awesome.  I'm glad to say I've learned to be proud of it and polite when the stares happen.  But I got to admit, that gentleman's face was pretty priceless. 



Well, that's it for now! 

Toodles!

Xoxo 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Update - Where I've Been

Hi guys and gals!  As you may have noticed, I haven't updated the last two weeks.  I couldn't say why for a while, but now I feel I can reveal what I was up to.

I had jury duty....and it really sucked the life out of me. Yes, I was picked for a jury and yes, I did have to spend six days of my life sitting through full days of testimony.  After it finished up I was so mentally and physically exhausted from the long days and stress (it wasn't a parking ticket we'll just say) that I needed to get away from it all.  I kept meaning to do small posts.  I wanted to write, but the energy was just gone from my body.  It didn't help that I had homework on top of that to boot!

I will tell you that regular posts will be returning next week.  I'm sorry again that it took me this long to get to you guys about all of this.  The last thing I wanted was to get in trouble for opening my mouth!

Just because you guys were so understanding, I'm going to giving you a peek at what's to come!  Who knows, I just might do multiple posts to make up for lost time!

Ta Da!

1. Movie Musings - Brave
2. Nerdy Things I Did During Jury Duty
3. Tribute to Recently Lost Celebrities
4. Surprise Article! (AKA....WAY TOO LONG!)

Thank you all for being such great fans!  I've noticed that people have still been visiting despite my disappearance!  I'm now back and ready to roll!

Here's a video the greatest Star War parody I've ever seen <3

Tootles!
Xoxo!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Out of the Dungeon - There's Always Someone Guarding the Road or How to Not let You Alcoholic Minotaur Lose His Battle with Mead

It's Dungeons and Dragons story time (again) kiddies!  Gather around and let Patches the Bard tell you a tale about D&D and a little concept called "free will" when gaming. . . . and barrels of booze. . . .
Why does it seem that most my D&D experiences come from barrels?

Once upon a time (AKA a few months ago) my fellow party members and I were wandering down a trail in the forest, heading home after a long adventure in a cave involving a math mix-up, dark rooms for even those with low-light vision, and an angel that got all emotional with us.  We were tired and ready to reap the spoils of turning in our found items for rewards beyond our imaging.  There was one problem, our path was blocked by thieves and mind you these were some of the dumbest thieves I've ever encounter.  Bless their pathetic souls, though, because they still tried to take a "toll" from us.  Having a less than good natured group, we quickly took to fighting instead of paying and spent the remainder of the game bottle necked with these annoying bastards. We eventually took care of them and Zoob, our groups minotaur,  took to looting the thieves camp.  We didn't find much aside from a box we couldn't open (I don't talk about that box anymore because boxes have been known to make players cranky)  and some barrels of mead.  Zoob decided he was going to drink it....all of it....

(You should be reacting right now the same way you would if a 3 year old was about to put a plastic bag on their head)

We all tried to advise Zoob against this, but it was late and I guess he had nothing better to do.  Zoob drank a large portion of the mead and continued to sip as we walked.  Needless to say he got drunk, really fast.  I tried to slow him down by stealth-ing beneath him and making a small hole in the barrel, but that didn't help much considering he had already drank most of it. So we now had a drunk minotaur stumbling around and making an authentic ass out of himself....great!

 We decided to set up a nice, little camp in the hope that some sleep would do ANYTHING to help Zoob's condition.  It wasn't long into our watch that we were attacked (again!) by another group of thieves.  This time, the group was lead by one of the surliest of lady's I've ever met.  Long story short, I was playing an Avenger/Shifter and I attempted to charge this lady while on a cliff.  Now you'd think with an ability like my Oath of Enmity....Pronounced Like so....


....that I'd actually be able to hit the bitch?  Well, luck decided not to be on my side that day, and I ended up hanging off of a cliff.

Zoob was taking dramatic penalties to his attacks due to the fact that,

1.) He could barely stand
2.) He could barely move

It took a very long time and we were almost killed on more than one occasion, but we made it out alive.

As you can imagine, the players were pissed at Zoob for his decision.  I honestly thought it was a little annoying though I saw the humor in it.  I like it when people break up combat with something they create or do to make the game feel more interactive.  Sure, it can mess up a perfect game plan and almost get you killed, but that variety keeps things fresh and from becoming....

Nerd 1: I use "Blood for Strength". (Pushes up glasses)
Nerd 2: (Snorts) Give me a roll.
Nerd 1: (Rolls) 12 vs. AC
Nerd 2: (Evil laugh) Miss!  You die!

You see where that can get tedious and boring!?  I think the real goal with D&D is to find that balance between playing the attacks and such given to you and incorporating your own ideas.  Free will can make this more interesting, but it can also get you into trouble if you mess up.  The more I think about it the more I realize that you run that risk no matter what you do, so maybe it's better to have fun and do whatever the hell you want along the way.  Perhaps it should more so be up to the DM?  I'm honestly on the fence about this.  What do you guys think?  Should Zoob have been allowed to drink all the mead even if I meant jeopardizing the game?  What would you have done if you were the DM?  I really have no conclusions to this story and I want to hear you input.

Until next time,

Tootles!



Monday, June 18, 2012

Thanks from a Fangirl - 1000 Views!!!!

Hello, hello all!  Today is a very special day because I've finally hit over 1000 views.  I know there are posts and videos out there that could easily run billions of laps around my humble, little blog but I am none-the-less thankful for all the support and love you wonderful people have brought me over the last several months.  I really thought for a time this blog was going nowhere fast, but now it's rapidly growing success is making all that hard work feel worth it.  I'm doing what I set out to do; I'm reaching out to fellow nerds and people curious about nerd culture and telling them what it's like. You've given a nerd girl a voice in a world where many nerd girls are hiding (I know I was for a LONG time) and now we are slowly getting a louder and bigger voice. You are all so magical and if it where possible, I'd come and hug all of you!


(>'')> <(''<)

 :Virtual Hug: >.<

Who knows that the future holds for your happy and humble Patchwork.  All I know is I've got some great people standing with me and I can't wait to see who I pick up next (Maybe a Tinman this time?)

As always, toodles!

PS: I want to do something special to celebrate.  Would you like to request a post? Ask me questions about myself?  Write what you want in the comments below and I'll make something happen!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Babbles of a Fangirl - I'm a Little Teapot!!!!

Gah....it's been one of those days/weeks.  It seems that everything that could be stressful, is.  Go figure, right?  I was going to write a long post about D&D and minotaurs, but I just don't feel it right now.  maybe I should just go to bed right now (stayed up late enough watching a live broadcast of JonTron yesterday).  Wait....I have an idea.  There might just be a light at the end of the tunnel (no not death) because I've got an old trick. Whenever I need something calm and soothing to drink, I fire up the kettle, pull out my finest cup, and get to brewing some tasty tea! (Now excuse me why I go make a cup ^_^)
What? I was serious.
Ah...much better <3!  You know what?  This got me thinking about tea and now I want to tell you about the teas that I love.  Why?  Because too many tea parties as a little girl will do that to you.  So pull up your ties and pop on your top hats, because it's time to look at my favorite flavors of tea!

Almond Coconut Macaroon Tea
Say it five times fast!
Oh almond coconut macaroon....where have you been all my life?  No seriously.  I have been able to find this particular flavor at exactly ONE store and go figure, it's not the cheap place, but this is totally worth the price!  Given to me a Christmas gift (yes, I ask for tea for Xmas.  The ^cup^ above is also a gift from the same person...THANKS HONEY!) this tea has stolen my heart ever since.  Despite being a mouthful of a name, it is actually a quite subtle tasting tea.  The almond is the dominant flavor, giving you a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven-cookie feel.  The coconut is not anywhere as potent as you'd think it be, providing a nice back flavor that perks up your taste buds.  If you are a fan of coconut, almonds, or just and adventurous tea drinker, this one will leave you with all smiles! =) <---like this!


Coconut Cocoa
How to I summarize this properly?  First off, I know it says cocoa, but it is no where near as muddy as cocoa.  You still get that watery texture that you find in tea.  Think of it as a much more subtle sister of the cocoa family.  Now as for the flavor, this is going to be simple for anyone above a rock to understand -- it taste like samoas.  YES, exactly what you are thinking.  This tastes like a liquid girl scout cookie.  If you love those cookies, you might go through this tin in a day.  If you hate those cookies, pass this one by.  Personally, I have to be in the right mood for this one because of it's dominate flavor, but that's just me!

My anti-drug
Cardamon Cinnamon
Oh, cardamon cinnamon, where would I be with out you?  Oh yes, curled up in a ball, still trying to figure out how to finish an entire semesters worth of project in one weekend.  Seriously, every time I'm stressed out my boyfriend says, "Go make a cup of tea." and I usually reach for this guy.  It's what I'm drinking in the picture above.  I'm not sure why, but there is something soothing about what I like to call a "cinnamon bomb" because it provides that spunky kick I often need to get my ass moving. This one is defiantly a pick-me-up kinda flavor, with that oh-so-sweet taste that reminds you that everything is going to be okay!

Spring Cherry Tea
Now we are tip-toeing into unfamiliar territory.  The next few teas are flavors I haven't tried, but would love to (who knows, maybe I'll make a tea-tasting video!) when the budget allows.  I love cherries.  It's always been my choice of sucker flavor and I can't get enough of chocolate flavored cherries during the holidays!  I would be more than happy to give this little guy a sip!  I'd imaging it's smooth and subtle, much like the petal of a cherry blossom gliding in the wind to gently brush your cheek.  <---See that....it's poetry!  And crappy poetry at that!  Maybe this tea will help me with writing my poetry...or maybe it'll just make it worse.  Who knows!  But I'm willing to find out!
Shall hence be known as faint tea!
 Red Velvet Choco...WHAT?!? 
Tea that tastes like red velvet.....OMFG!  I'll take 8 gazillion please! I just, I...oh boy..Mother of Pinkamena Diane Pie...I just....
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Woah....I think I blacked out for a second there....um...what was I?  Oh let's just move on.
After all that, I think I might need a fresh cup of tea!  What do you think of some of the flavors discussed?  Are you willing to give it a try?  Know anything fun, adventurous, or tasty I should try?  Let me know.  For now, I will will contentedly nurture my mug with all the tea I can get.  Oh!  And the teas I discussed can be found at http://www.republicoftea.com/

It's worth every penny! 

Until next time, Toodles!

Xoxo

(Ps: I hear that there's been unicorn sightings in my neighborhood....has anyone else had similar incidents in their area?)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Babbles of a Fangirl - Nerdy Things to Do When Sick

Surprise, surprise!  With all the stress of helping with family weddings out of the way and recovering from my voice loss, you'd think I'd be back and ready for a consistent schedule of articles -- guess again kiddies!  After all of the hectic-ness in my life lately, I earlier this week had another addition to my annoyance....I threw-up, like, really bad.  Probably the only nerdy thing I report about that moment was that my boyfriend loyally sat by my side in the bathroom, rubbing my back and reading his "Game of Thrones" book.

So now I've spent far too much time curled up on my couch, watching more internet reviews than I'd ever like to admit and nurturing my copy of "The Last Unicorn".  Now I'm bored, really bored, and that's where all you lovely people come in!  I'm going to make a list of my nerdy things you can do when stuck in bed or on the couch because you are sick!  Have fun!

1. Play with legos

I can't be alone with this one -- I DEMAND not to be!  Do you ever find that when you are curled up on the coach with a TV tray in front of you, filled with hot soup and Sierra Mist, that you really just want to knock it off and fill it up with those adorable, rainbow blocks from you childhood?  Even if you can't sit up, breath, or hold down food at least you can use up your last bits of strength to press those darling little blocks into place so you can complete your Star Wars Tie Fighter or recreation of the epic D&D battle you did three weeks ago.  I know for sure than when I'm sick, being reminded of my carefree, childhood certainly livens my spirit and makes me feel like if I got through the chicken pox in kindergarten, I can get through this now.

The man that made this was bed-ridden for 6 months...it was a wicked paper cut

If a sponge can do it, so can you!
2. Imagine a Videogame 

Okay, I can hear your arguments already.  "But Auntie Patches, it's easier to just play a videogame.", "Auntie Patches, imagining stuff is hard!", "Auntie Patches, you need to stay out of the happy pill cabinet." but hear me out first.  When I was a little girl I was obsessed with "The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time" completely obsessed.  It was the only game I wanted to watch, I daydreamed about it, I drew pictures, I wrote stories.  Finally, I decided to break away from Hyrule and try something very risky: inventing my own videogame.  So I did. In my head I created levels, puzzles, the storyline, characters, action sequences (Some pretty dark for a 10 or 11 year old) and strung it all together.  Granted, I have no idea how to make a real videogame (graphics wise, I mean) but you know what?  Coming up with all the little details were so fun that I didn't need to play it.  I still have that game in my head, levels and all and I know that it's my own private game I can play anytime I want.   Not to mention, it helps that I don't have to press any buttons, a plus when you are sick and unable to move!


I couldn't agree more, Dash!
3. Write a Fanfiction
Why am I so certain that you are all boo-ing me for this choice?  Well, the word "fanfiction" is not known for inspiring the confidence of others in the world of writing or sanity.  I remember the first fanfiction I ever read about the band members of My Chemical Romance meet Criss Angel and after Brothers Gerard and Mikey kiss each other, Mikey gives Criss Angel his favorite demon rubber ducky. . . .






After that, I pretty much washed my hands of fanfiction.  It wasn't until my fairly recent My Little Pony obsession that I began to peek at that-which-must-not-be-read, because you know what?  Fanfiction can be fun!  Sure some of it can be weird!
85% of Bronies

Some of it can be creepy!
Dont worry "Cupcakes", I have a few words for you in the future....also, please don't hurt me!

But there is some fanfiction that despite it's poor writing and obvious fan service, is just fun and makes you smile.
And sometimes let's you live out your sick fantasies....JK!
My thought is, if you are sick and on the verge of death anyway, wouldn't you like someone to know that you secretly shipped The Nostalgia Chick and Todd in the Shadows long before anyone knew they were dating in real life?  When you are sick, laughter often helps leaps and bounds, so why not make yourself laugh at all the crap you can come up with about something you love anyway?  You will get a rush from nerding out and you will find yourself giggling at the crap you come up with.  Try this (and the other stuff previously mentioned) next time you're sick, you just might make yourself feel a whole lot better.  I know I am!

Xoxo!
Tootles!

Babbles of a Fangirl - Wreck-it Ralph Trailer

Shut up...sit down....watch trailer....I....can't....breathe!


Did you watch it?  If not...get your tail feather back up there ^and watch it! If you did....GAH!  I'm already setting myself up for disappointment with this one, but how CANT I?  I think I'd watch this just to see the full scene where baddies like Bowser and Dr. Robotnik talk about their experiences as being gaming villains! This is everything that I've wanted to see in a game about video games, clever nods to the masters with bright colors, loud worlds, and a look at where games have started and where they are going.  You can bet I will be watching this one closely!

(And who knows, maybe this will inspire an animated Mario movie that ACTUALLY is faithful to the game!)

What did you think?  Are you happy/sad/mad/glad/uyad about this movie?  Do you think it will be a great wink at gamers or a shameful exploitation of characters we love?  Let me know!

In the words of a wise video game character, "What could possibly go wrong?"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beside the Controller - Paper Mario


Hello, hello!  Long time no see!  Yet again I've been terrible at updating!  Long story short I've two weddings to attend in the next two weeks (one of which I'm heavily involved with planning) and life have been moving fast as a result.  Also, I'm almost done with school, so I've been applying for jobs like crazy (That might be a hint at a special, upcoming post!).

With all that personal garbage out of the way, let's take a brief look at a game I LOVE to watch.  Why a brief look?  Because just reading the title, you know this is a good game.  There really isn't much I can say by way of analysis that hasn't been said.  But I can offer you a personal look into why I love it so much and possibly open up some conversation about why all of you love it!  Overall, this is going to be more of a retrospective than a review.  Now let's jump down the pipe and take a look at "Paper Mario" for the Nintendo 64.
Get all your screams of joy out now
As I said before, it's hard to talk about this game with about singing all the praises that have been sung time and time before.  For the sake of being somewhat original (or just lazy) I'm going to go over the 5 things I love the most about this game!  This is in no particular order other than what comes to mind first.  HERE WE GO! <-----Slight Mariokart reference



1. Turn Base Fighting 
Paper Mario was my first experience ever with turn based fighting.  To be honest, when my sister (who was playing at the time) entered the first combat where you had to select your attacks one turn at a time, I was beyond confused (keep in mind I was in like 3rd or 4th grad at the time), but I learned to love it!  I appreciated being able to stop and think about your attacks and not have to just spam buttons at a moments notice!  I’ve become quite good over the years at picking attack orders, making me one step above useless when viewing my games! 
2. The Story
I’m not going to go deep into the actual plot of this game (look it up) but I will touch on my love of the story.  Somehow Paper Mario manages to have a fairly simple story that we’ve seen time and time before that still feels fresh and new.  I chalk a lot of this up to the amazing levels and characters provided in the game.  Meeting odd people in odd places makes the story feel exciting.  The humor of the story also creates a very tongue and cheek relationship between the players and the makers.  Trust me, you’ll believe this story and become fully submersed in it, I know I did!
3. Bow
20% of my sass I learned from her!
The Queen of the Fan Smack, the sister of sass, the boo to boo above the rest: Lady Bow!  She has always been and always will be my favorite character in the Paper Mario universe.  There is just something so adorable and admirable about her assertive attitude.  She will get the job done, but play by her own rules.  Plus, she freakin smacks her enemies with a fan (Something her and I share in common!), how badass is that?

4. BAKING A F*&%#$ing CAKE
SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP!  Just let me frost in peace!

Why yes, I am aware I'm a girl and yes I realized the terrible irony in admitting that I love playing as Peach in a level where your single purpose is to bake a cake, but hear me out first.  Long story short, you play as Princess Peach between ends and starts of new levels.  One particular time, the Mushroom Princess stumbles on a character as Gourmet Guy (There's ABSOLUTELY NO PUN IN THAT NAME, shame on you!) and he strikes a deal that if you can bake him a delicious cake, he will give you some helpful tips for Mario.
Who could say "No" to that body?
This is the only times you will ever here me say these words with joy: TO THE KITCHEN!  The cake baking processes reminds me a great deal of the mini-games in Mario Party, so maybe that’s why I love these so much.  Also, it’s an easy enough task with little consequence if you screw up, a plus for someone as bad at button timing as me!  Plus, and I’m sorry to admit this, but it’s just so damn cute to make that pretty little cake!

5. Animation

Honorable Mention goes to Bowser's need to re-staff 
Honestly there isn’t much to say that visuals can’t say better:



No witty captions here, just enjoy the view!
Yes, I have found memories of this game.  Perhaps someday I will go into more of the personal stories and memories I have with this game, but until then, I want to hear from you.  What are some of you favorite things/parts/characters/levels found in Paper Mario?  Favorite sidekick?  Boss fight?  I want to know!  Leave a comment below. 

Until next time, I bid you farewell.  Oh and don’t you worry, I’ve got an extra special (and possibly extra LONG) post coming up in the next week or two.  Until then, I’ll try to be timelier and (if need be) briefer. 

OH!  And my views have soared the last few days and I’ve even gained a few more followers!  I want to welcome all you new comers and thank you faithful followers!  You have no idea how much your support means to me!

One last note, I swear!  I’m planning on doing a video soon, but I want your input on what I should talk about!  Do you want a review (movie, book, game, other?), a story, a reenactment of my favorite My Little Pony episode with sock puppets?  Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Tootles!
Xoxo!!!!