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Return of the Holidays

custom didjya did you miss me photo image banner picture chevrons arrows titleWell hey there, guys. This seems to be a pattern: after Geek month I disappear for a month! :O

I’ve decided I can’t have that again – since it gets so busy around this time of year, I’m going to work with this scheduler-thingy to get stuff up in advance — I already have some Halloween posts ready & scheduled for next year. Yeah, I’m that ready. Honestly? I had completely intended on posting it this year, but…well, busy. Life. All that.

Also, I’m thinking I’ll semi-convert this blog from a solely DIY/Crafting/Geekery blog to a DIY/Crafting/Geekery/Lifestyle blog…don’t be scared, it just means I’ll be posting a little more about the random things I do or experience, instead of forcing myself to always have to come up with “crafty shabangs” for y’all. Again, though, no worries, as I’ll still post plenty of more crafty/geeky goodness, I’ll just have a little more of my life thrown in the mix, which hopefully means I’ll be able to post more often!

They* say that you learn a lot, & make a LOT of mistakes the first few years you start blogging, especially if you plan on doing things such as I’ve done. Well, I have DEFINITELY learned a LOT, & there are some pretty awesome bloggers out there I hope to be even a fraction as awesome as (as ever, looking at you, Sev!)
    *Seriously, Google it!

With all that thrown out there, I just wanted to let y’all know I’m still alive, just been busy making gifts, food, running around, shopping, trying not to stress…you know, holiday stuff. >.<

Fun Fact of the Day courtesy of ThinkGeek's twitter! xD

Fun Fact of the Day courtesy of ThinkGeek’s twitter! xD

Some pretty stellar news, though!! After, like, 7 years of not seeing my family for the holidays, I finally get to go “home” to see them!! (Home = Las Vegas, where my family is from.) Wooooo! This will also be the first time I’m going home since I turned 21, too, so I’ll actually be legal to gamble & drink while there…that’ll be nuts! Hoho!

Expect many photos of that adventure, for certain..! In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting photos of the stuff I’ve been up to since September, like when I got to go visit the AWESOME exhibits at the Perot Museum, or when we celebrated Friendsgiving, our annual trip to have Cheeseburgers with Baby Jesus, & plenty of crafting/gift making posts thrown in.

On another note, I’ve dicovered the joy/sorrow of Reddit…needless to say…oh my…. My name on there is egcom, so feel free to hit me up! So far, my fave subreddit is /r/TrollXChromosone …those ladies are hilarious, mean, & nice all rolled in to one. <3 I also seem to enjoy the /r/RPG subreddit a lot as well. Some supremely talented people in that place; if you play RPG table-tops I highly recommend y’all check it out.

Lots of love finding ones own people. xD

Also, regarding Twitter, I generally post fairly regularly there, so also check that out @CheekyGeeksBlog. You can hit up my Facebook, too, though that’s not as regular as Twitter.

Alright kiddos! See you soon! :D
Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

P.S. I’ll have some freebie goodies this Friday!! Hint: Holiday Printables!!! [wiggle dance]

YASS GAGA, YAAAASSSSS!!!!

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Retro Pixelz – A CheekyGeeks Video Game

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owl-elise-m-grosschibi-pixel-owl-elise-m-grossRemember how bummed I was that we weren’t able to get that super-cool-amazing-retro-themed-video game in time for game week? Well guess what??

You guys will be so excited to find out that I got the completed game this week!! Now, I know it’s ROBOT WEEK, but don’t video games sort of count as robots, just…virtually? (Maybe I’m stretching it there, but DAGNABIT THIS IS JUST SO COOL!!)

First of all, it’s too stinkin’ cute..!!! I mean, lookit me! I’m a teeny, adorable, pixelated owl-me!! SQUEE!!
Secondly, the game’s soundtrack is great; I love it.
Thirdly, I finally got it to upload properly on my server, so go play it already!!!! 

Then come back here & tell me how wonderful it is! I keep dying on the ice level, mainly because I have no patience & thus keep sliding to my doom, but…! It’s so cool! I’m so happy with it!!

Go play it! (PC/WEB ONLY!)
See y’all tomorrow!!
Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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Whovian Wednesday: THE ROBOTS ARE STILL ALIVE

TONIGHT’S CLOSED CAPTIONING BROUGHT TO YOU BY GLaDOS,
WHOM YOU SHOULD FEAR ALWAYS, WHETHER OR NOT THE CAKE IS A LIE:

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“Does everybody know what time it is??”
[crowd shouts] “WHO TIME!”
“Thaaat’s right! And here’s your host, Cory, our WHO man, Booweeeerrss!!!
[cheers & applause erupt in our studio audience.]


“The Caretaker” airs on BBC America 9/27 @ 9/8c

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        So another Geek Month is winding down, but good news everyone, this year there will be more Whovian Wednesdays after today!! Also, fortunately, not every week (I have to have time to watch more Doctor Who!) And now we’ve reached the week I’ve been most excited about, ROBOTS!!!

Since the very early days of Science Fiction, there have been common themes and creatures/creations, and among them have been aliens, spaceships, robots; all of which are included in some of the best episodes of Doctor Who.

The first appearance of robots on Doctor Who was the opening episode of season 3, with the Chumblies of ‘Galaxy 4.’ However, Sydney Newman (Head of Drama for BBC at that time) did not approve of robots, monsters, and other “gimmicky” Sci-Fi fads, so robots wouldn’t take on the role of nemesis until the fifth season of the series, when the Doctor would face the Abominable Snowmen and the Great Intelligence. Unfortunately, the original story only has one surviving episode, but much of the sequel episode, ‘The Web of Fear,’ was recovered in Nigeria this past year just before the 50th anniversary.

        These episodes and characters differ very much from monsters that resemble robots (Daleks, Cybermen, etc.) are that rather than being changed sentient, carbon based lifeforms, the robots are less uniform and more controlled by their programming or programmer. Among the best examples of this relationship, and the worst examples of a working robot, is that of the Master and Kamelion. Kamelion was a joy for then producer John Nathan-Turner, but was not a working automaton, and although had one good show in ‘The King’s Demons’, was otherwise more trouble than he was worth.

The new series has had excellent appearances with new robots, including starting the new series off with the return of the robots from ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, and a return to robots and the world of Robin Hood in ‘Robot of Sherwood,’ but what may be the most important episode in this theme is simply titled ‘Robot.’ This episode has far more importance for being the story that introduced Tom Baker as the Doctor, but has an epic and, unfortunately, hilarious appearance of a giant robot with a conflicted conscious. So for those that enjoy the stories that feature those beings that have both helped and harmed humanity throughout all of Sci-Fi history, sit back, watch some ‘Who’, and we’ll see you again soon.

Episodes that are Robot related:

  1. The Web of Fear
  2. The Robots of Death
  3. The Long Game
  4. The Girl in the Fireplace
  5. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

 




UNTIL TOMORROW.
CHEERS…
ELISE M. GROSS GLaDOS

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Technology Tuesday: Learn sumfin ’bout r0b0ts

In today’s world of exboxes & playstashuns & crazy, learning A.I., we all have our own love for gadgets & technology, yet no technology can beat our undying love for robots. <3 Oh, yes… robots!! Whether they be the beeping droids like those in Star Wars or cute little ones like Pixar’s Wall-E; real ones like NASA’s rover Curiosity, or handy robotic, bionic limbs*, our culture is fascinated by the potential these inventions hold, limited only by our own imaginations.

*cheap shot you say? Oh, c’mon I love terrible puns! :(
Don’t judge me!

Believe it or not, robots as a concept really aren’t as new as we would think! While Japan was the first country to build a robot — followed closely after by Germany & then China — the idea of a machine of sorts performing functions assigned to it has been around since ancient time.

 

OTHER COOL ROBOTS OF THE WORLD

There are some robots that can blow your mind, far surpassing your expectations & imagination, (as already evidenced by those linked above), whether from their highly advanced technology, their stunning designs, or the extraordinary work which they perform. Some robots are created for simple, even nonsensical things. For example, there’s the Snackbot, made by students at Carnegie Mellon University, which does precisely what you’d think: he delivers snacks to students (granted, there’s some “reasoning” behind this, like studying robot-human interactions & what-nots…we know the truth though). Then there are robots like Wheeme: the first body massaging robot of the world! Apparently, it gives massages like the experts. (For obvious reasons, we will most assuredly be getting one of these next payday! xD)

 

Some other neat neat robots worth mentioning:

  • Pleo – a ridiculously adorable animatronic pet dinosaur. This neat robot combines two of my obsessions: robots & dinosaurs. If they ever make a Triceratops model, I’ll be the first in line!!
  • PackBots – developed by iRobot (yes, that same company that makes the cute little robotic vacuums) to detect mines in Afghanistan for the US military.
  • BigDog – the most advanced “terrain” robot, created to serve as a “pack mule” of sorts, climbing, carrying & able to lift insane amounts (up to 340 lbs so far, they’re working on more!) Personally, I think this little guy looks a lot like an AT-AT, but he’s the size of a large dog.
  • ISOBOT – the most produced robot in the world with great entertainment offers it provides.
  • The Google Self-driving Car – a project developed by Google for automated, driverless cars.
  • The Schaft robot*- a humanoid, award winning robot created by Google to navigate disaster areas & clear debris. *after SHAFT was acquired by Google, most of the previously public information was removed from the internet.

 

Obviously, there are far, far more robots out there to know about, but I couldn’t possibly list them all here!!

…Though, I would love to share one final one that tickled me pink to find: a bartending robot made of lego parts. Yep, you read me right! Check him out in the video below of this Einstein-looking robot mixing a screwdriver of “wodka” and orange soda at the 2006 CeBit confrence:

 

ROFL. Oh, man…I need one of those, too!!
Which of these real robots do you think is coolest?? Is there one I missed that you toally feel should have been listed? Share in the comments!

We’ll see you tomorrow for another AWESOME Whovian Wednesday!!
Cheers!
— Elise M. Gross

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b3Ep!! BzZttt! Prepare…for…r0b0t w33k!

GREETINGzz, HYOOOMANz-z-z.
WELCOME TO -bzzt!!- CHEEKY. GEEKS. NNN-BL0000000G!! -cracklez-

WARNING.

WARNING.

HOSTILE TAKE OVER IN 3…
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Robots and cyborgs and drones!! OH MY!
What a bang-up week we have in store for y’all — ooooooh, I just cannot wait! and isn’t the garage web comic jeremy kerns timid studiosthat poster just TOO COOL?! The ever talented Jeremy Kerns of the always amusing Timid Studios strikes another home run..! :D
(Seriously, have I mentioned yet how incredibly lucky I feel that he does so much for us?!)

 

I’ve been having so much fun this month with these super-fun themed weeks, & anyone who knows aaaanything knows how much I just adore our future skynet overlords robots! :D I’m going to change up tomorrow’s theme a bit, however, since technically I’ve already made a super kick-@$$ r0b0t themed Treasury Tuesday before.

If you think that wicked-awesome movie style poster above is awesome, by the way, you’ll love this little r0b0t week promo video I commissioned a video guru to make…!

 

 

Oh, man, I am just tickled pink by that!! xD Hoo-hoo-hooo!!! 

So, since I already showed you guys my awesome r0b0t Treasury Tuesday todaaaay (it’s one of my favourites, even still), I’ll be treating you all to a very fun learnin’s tomorrow. :D

girUntil then, tell me your favourite robot from “history”, real or fictional!! I’m quite partial to GiR (from Invader Zim), personally… :3 …hmm, I suppose that might tell you something about me…oh, well. :\ :D

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Cheers!!

– Elise M. Gross