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Monthly Archives: December 2012

I’m not dead, I promise! I just took a little Christmas blogging break, so that I could eat my own body weight in tea cakes and shortbread, and not have to think any thoughts or compose any words.

Besides. Even if I was dead, I would probably still blog. Being a zombie blogger could be, like, my quirk.

Anyway, this blog is devoted, in it’s entirety to 2012. The world didn’t end, and Mickey Mouse got a step closer to world domination; it was an important year.

I’ll try not to make it too personal, but I’ve had a great year, and I want to gloat.

January

I moved out of my parents house, and built my own little geek nest, with my very own geek. I also became extremely house proud. See?

February

Whitney Houston died, and the internet nearly exploded with all the jokes.

March

I got this guy! I know I said I wouldn’t be personal, but he’s the greatest. I very highly recommend checking out Cats Protection – they do some amazing work.

Bring me Han Solo.

April

Joss Whedon was crowned king. In my head, at least.

Avengers

   May

May the fourth be with you.

I’m drawing a blank, and Google isn’t happening. Any huge occurrences in May?

   June

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee happened, a for a little while, it was okay to be British.

 

July

Christopher Nolan broke all our hearts.

IT WAS EMOTIONAL TURMOIL.

IT WAS EMOTIONAL TURMOIL.

August

THE OLYMPICS ‘APPENED.

September

TitanCon 2012 happened, and I decided that I would become the world’s best blogger.
We’re getting there, folks.

October

Princess Leia became a Disney princess, and a new Star Wars trilogy was announced. To a lukewarm reception.

November

Halo 4 was released, and I was practically single for three weeks. Curse you, Master Chief.

December

The world didn’t end. Thanks to some dwarves and a hobbit, I assume.

See what I did there?

See what I did there?

So, those are a few of the highlights of 2012 – in my opinion, anyway. Other stuff happened; good things and bad things.

Hope y’all had a Merry Christmas, and a merry 2012, fingers crossed that 2013 will be amazing and enlightened and wonderful.

On the other hand, the Mayans could’ve just been off by a few months.

S.

 


I’ve done the geekery on a budget blog before, I know, but this one is different. It’s different, because it is December – Christmas is looming, and we are all skint and desperate.

This blog…this blog is important.

So, Lisburn is my hometown, and as such, I spend a great deal of time wandering pointlessly around it. In these wanderings, I made a wonderful, marvelous discovery. If you aren’t too snobby and don’t mind a bit of a dig, your Christmas shopping for your dearly beloved geeks can cost next to nothing. Actually, any of the things on my lovely little list would be perfect for Secret Santa presents.

I promise.

Well, of course this caught my eye, it’s got freakin’ Batman on it. Available in NV (which has no website, apparently?), this tank top is only a fiver. £5! Bargain. Buy me one, while you’re at it.

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Next up, Pound Town. World? Planet? Ewk, you know what I mean. I’m not encouraging economic downturn by suggesting you only spend a quid on your loved ones Christmas gifts, but for stocking fillers; this will do nicely. The have a nice (reasonably modern, but don’t expect miracles) selection of books and annuals. Look at Pikachu!

Don’t tell me Pokemon is over, Pokemon will never be over.

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While I’m being cheap (even for me) and suggesting you go spend your hard earn pennies in the cheapest store in town, I thought this was pretty neat – they have a crazy good selection of Iphone covers for £1. They’ll probably fall apart after a fortnight, but beats spending a fortune if you only want to keep your precious technology wrapped up and safe.

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Right. Next. Look! Look harder! I am so in love with TK Maxx that it’s hard to deal with; bargains and geekery galore, and those are two of my most favourite things. I especially love their prints, and have mentioned them before at some point. The two I found in Lisburn during the week are a good example and are only around £20 each. I’m running out of wall space…

BOOKS.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures in The Works, because there is simply too much. I am a fan of encyclopedias of any genre, but superhero encyclopedias are both fun and useful. So useful.

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PRIMARK HAS BATMAN STUFF. Do I need to say anything more?

Well, yes, I suppose I do. I could happily live in Primark’s mens’ pyjamas. They’re just so much cooler than the girly selection. There’s a great range of lounge pants and underpants and t-shirts pretty much all year round, but Primark, but like the rest of the high street, has hopped on our bandwagon, and now geeky t-shirts are cheap, and everywhere. Yay? I think?

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Speaking of geekery being everywhere, behold – a selection of Spiderman stocking fillers from B&M. 99p pencil tin that probably doesn’t actually fit pencils is a personal favourite, would be handy for make up brushes if nothing else…

/girlythoughts

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FINALLY. Also in B&M. I have no idea what this is, but I want this. So badly. Little fangs.

So, there you go. Many, many suggestions on Secret Santa presents, stocking fillers and last minute gifts for the friend you forgot. I’m practically a charity.

S.

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Have I done this blog already? I feel like maybe I have, but I can’t find it. Apparently, I now write and publish entire blogs in my head.

Healthy.

ANYWAY. For anyone who is remotely business minded and lives in my neck of the woods, I have a semi-researched tip for you. Seemingly, no one makes fantastically geeky Christmas decorations in Northern Ireland. A bit of a niche market, I know, but it seems bizarre to me that there is all this inspiration on the internet, and no little Northern Irish elves have hopped to the challenge.

(Just to drop in something topical, did you know, according to the 2011 census, only 21% of the population would define themselves as being Northern Irish? As opposed to British or Irish. This seems strange to me, but every time I say something, someone rants at me about the country or flags or something. Get some national identity, nay, pride!)

Onwards. I have scoured the internet for the best geeky festive bits and bobs for your house! I realise I may be a tad late for this year…but you can always buy things and put them away? Or attempt to make them yourself! Even better.

The Disney villains were always the coolest bad guys.

The Disney villains were always the coolest bad guys.

Ideal from October right through to Christmas!

Ideal from October right through to Christmas!

Oh god, oh god! I LOVE THIS.

Oh god, oh god! I LOVE THIS.

And a spoonful of Nintendo...

And a spoonful of Nintendo…

Tah dah! As per usual, you can click the pictures and be magically transported to the web page on which you can buy them.

Merry Christmas, folks.

S.

 


These are only a few ideas and opinions, there are literally dozens of movies I would die to see remade. There are hundreds that I beg Hollywood will never touch, but they’ll probably hit those first, huh?

SPAWN! (1997)

The Spawn movie has some sentimental value for me and my brother, given it was one of the few movies my Dad let us watch as kids. (Strange choice, Dad. Strange choice). With this is mind, let me say, it’s not really a ‘bad’ movie…it’s just that it was, perhaps, ambitious for the time it was made.

Such a bad ass!

Such a bad ass!

Imagine, though, a remake with the CGI of today! Shiny and bright and new…Spawn has the potential to combine the depth and darkness of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, with the gore and imagination of any of the million zombie movies released in the past decade.

The Shadow (1994)

Am I the only person that ever saw this movie? So few people seem to remember it! Like Spawn, The Shadow was an amazing concept with a unique back story…it just could’ve been better done. Or at least, it could be better done now.

The Shadow is set in the 1930’s, and focuses on Lamont Cranston, who has learnt to ‘cloud men’s minds’ and disappear into the shadows. With The Great Gatsby set for next year, this decadent era is about to become extremely fashionable.

And the remake probably wouldn’t star Alec Baldwin.

Derp.

Derp.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Is there anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t seen this cinematic train crash? The whole thing just seemed to miss the point of Mario completely. The film attempts to hit a gritty, realistic angle…and instead, looks like it was actually filmed in a New York sewer. Ew.

Literally everything about this movie makes me cringe.

Literally everything about this movie makes me cringe.

Generally considered to be one of the worst movies all time, the flick does appeal in an ironic kind of way (it is cheesy and camp, and I like that in my early ’90s features) – but modern film makers would probably be quicker to embrace the colourful, chubby little Mario that we have known and loved since 1985.

Also. The princess is called Daisy, and not Toadstool, or Peach. THAT’S JUST NOT RIGHT.

Street Fighter (1994) /Mortal Kombat (1995)

I’ve lumped these two together, for obvious reasons (THEY’RE BOTH BASED ON ONE-ON-ONE FIGHTERS), but I’ll still address them separately  just to confuse you.

Street Fighter is a cheese-tastic classic, which manages to introduce nearly all of the characters, without really referencing any back stories what so ever. Interesting. Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue reportedly had an affair during the filming – that baby would’ve been the embodiment of the early ’90s, surely?

The ultimate power couple?

The ultimate power couple?

Moral Kombat, on the other hand, can’t even be called cheesy. It’s just so bad that it’s good, a full circle kind of deal. There have been rumours of a remake for years, but so far, this prove to be unsubstantiated. Shame, really. Did you see Mortal Kombat: Legacy? Sexy, sexy stuff.

(Side note, does any one know if this particular rumour happens to be true?!)

Anyway, fingers crossed that the next few years will be fruitful for making bad movies better. Any flicks you would love to see brought screaming into the modern age? Let me know on the Facebook page!

S.


Geeky cupcakes. I’m not going to say much more, just LOOK. And then want. And then go eat some lesser food, and wish you had a cupcake.

On a cupcake related note, if you are about Belfast tomorrow, come check out St. George’s Market from 10am until 3pm! I’ll be chilling out at the HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras stall, munching cupcakes from The Lily Pink Bakery.

S.


I’m not actually asking anyone to suck anything, just thought I’d draw your attention to the winners of the 2012 Video Game Awards. And then mock their proceedings mercilessly by telling you what I think should have won. I have kept all my choices from 2012, which was bloody difficult.

90% of my suggestions are unlikely to be serious. I’m warning you now.

REFUGEEKNI’S VERY OWN VIDEO GAME AWARDS

Game of the Year – Fable: The Journey

YES. Okay. I am massively biased, but this is a hands down win for me, even if only because I got to yell fireball at my TV. It’s also the only game I managed to play the whole way through for the first time in a long time.

Best Handheld / Mobile Game – Angry Birds Space

It’s the same, but also different.

Best Multi-Player Game – Lego Batman 2

Again, I know this is controversial, perhaps even the choice of a tiny child. I still think it was cool. Lego AND superheroes. Awesome.

Best Graphics – Halo 4

I concede. The opening sequence verges on sexual.

Best Song in a Game – “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy

The opening song from Borderlands 2! It also features in Arkham City advertisements. You can watch it here.

Best Downloadable Game – MINECRAFT

Hours of my life. Just…gone.

Most Anticipated Game – Tomb Raider

Oh, Lara. I have missed you.

Game Of The Decade- ARKHAM CITY.

HOW DID THIS NOT ACTUALLY WIN?!

Character Of The Year- Cortana (Halo 4)

I like my women naked and going mental, what can I say? 

Besides, Claptrap (who actually won) annoys the shit out of me.

Crazy.
Crazy.

 THE ACTUAL WINNERS.

Game of the Year – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

Studio of the Year – Telltale Games

Best Xbox 360 Game – Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

Best PS3 Game – Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

Best Wii / Wii-U Game – New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)

Best PC Game – XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)

Best Shooter – Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

Best Action Adventure Game – Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)

Best RPG – Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)

Best Multi-Player Game – Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

Best Individual Sports Game – SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)

Best Team Sports Game – NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)

Best Driving Game – Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

Best Fighting Game – Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)

Best Adapted Video Game – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games

Best Independent Game – Journey (thatgamecompany)

Best Graphics – Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

Best Song in a Game – “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)

Best Original Score – Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

Best Performance By a Human Male – Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

Best Performance By a Human Female – Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)

Best Downloadable Game – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

Best Social Game – You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)

Best DLC – Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)

Most Anticipated Game – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

So, there you go. I’m going to go have a cup of tea now, because WordPress has decided it hates me today, and I don’t know why. It’s infuriating. I might throw my laptop out the window.

S.
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See! I didn’t forget you! The girls got a look see at my finds for them earlier, so now, male geeks of Northern Ireland and beyond, I have decided how you should dress.

You’re welcome.

Again, all finds are from ASOS. As I explained on the last blog, I love internet shopping, although I can sometimes be a little wary of the sites. ASOS is tried and tested, and means you can be geeky and fashionable without having to dress like a knob.

You’re welcome.

You cannot beat a good pair of Converse...nor can you beat Batman.

You cannot beat a good pair of Converse…nor can you beat Batman.

If you get these, tell your girlfriend I picked your underwear, yeah? Dare you.

If you get these, tell your girlfriend I picked your underwear, yeah? Dare you.

He may be a boy scout, but these are awesome.

He may be a boy scout, but these are awesome.

Standard. Embrace your stereotype.

Standard. Embrace your stereotype.

I like to think this is what it would be like if Pacman got really, really drunk...

I like to think this is what it would be like if Pacman got really, really drunk…

Sigh. Boys always get cooler clothes than girls. Plus, a lot of these are on sale! Score! You can thank me later.

Actually, if you do buy anything I suggest, like, ever, let me know? Just to give my ego a nice little boost, I’ll feel all useful and helpful.

S.

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