If you type “define: mea culpa” into Google, you get this:
An acknowledgment of one’s fault or error.
I hadn’t heard the term until I watched Katie Couric’s “Follow Up Friday,” about her talk show’s episode on violent video games. (“Follow Up Friday” is a segment where she gives voice to viewer opinions about one of her recent episodes.) “Mea culpa” is basically a fancy way of saying “Oops. My bad.” And, ooh wee, that episode on games was most definitely a great big pile of oops. I heard about the whole saga through Kotaku. If you haven’t been following it, I’ll give you a chance to catch up.
A great article about the original segment can be found here, and the piece about the “Follow Up” is here. I will admit that Kotaku sometimes publicizes some rather unprofessional commentary instead of going right for the well-rounded opinion pieces. However, the author of the Katie Couric articles, Chris Person, makes some excellent points.
I keep trying to write a halfway decent blog post, but my brain is a muddled, over-caffeinated mess today. I think I should relax by goofing off on the Xbox. I’m getting tired of spanking the CPU in the quick battle mode on Clash of Heroes, so someone should totally challenge me over Xbox Live. (CoH is available on the DS, too. Yo quiero.)
If, however, you have no interest in clashing with me on Xbox Live, watch the video below instead. Actually, you should just watch the video anyway because I’m not about to post my gamer tag here.
Quick summary: some people defend the objectification and sexualization of women in video games by saying that men are just as objectified and sexualized. What they’re saying is that massive, muscled, shirtless dudes serve the same purpose as female characters who have been reduced to walking tit shelves. Well. Maybe, maybe not.
I have way too many knitting and crochet patterns stored on my computer. Honestly, most of them are only there in case I need inspiration or help figuring out how to make some project I’ve dreamed up. I’m not very good at faithfully following a pattern unless I’ve completely fallen in love with it. And frankly, those are few and far between.
But when love strikes, it strikes hard. Behold! The Brumbay Scarf/Wrap!
Unfortunately, my camera battery died after I took two photos. You will take these sub-par pictures of a half-finished shawl laying on a green towel and you will like them!
“I will never play games with yearly editions.” (Like Madden or Call of Duty.)
“I will never play the PS3.”
How many times have gamers said these things? Judging by how many “I will never” comments are on the internet, lots of people swear off particular games for this or that reason. What bugs me is that it usually boils down to a game’s popularity. Disliking something because it’s popular only makes you sound childish, insecure, and sometimes jealous. If you can’t think of a better reason to dislike something, you obviously have more problems than the popular things you hate.
I’ve been blogging under the WildBlueYoshi name for over two years now, but I think it’s time to explain what I’m doing. The internet isn’t exactly swimming in blogs about both “nerdy” and “domestic” pursuits, yet here I am. If you’re confused, that’s okay. I’ve got a bit of a dichotomy thing going on. Lemme ‘splain.
Speck (left) and Ibsen (right) laying together like this form sort of a dichotomy, too. Speck: lazy old princess. Ibsen: rambunctious young nuisance. Opposites, yo!
I stumbled on The Guild a few years ago and was an instant fan. It’s a webseries created by Felicia Day that centers around the awkward and neurotic Cyd Sherman – a.k.a. Codex – and her online gaming “Guildies.” The six main characters play “The Game,” a knockoff of WoW, in their guild called The Knights of Good. All six of them are strange and messed up, yet form a deep and unlikely friendship. While The Game isn’t the main focus of The Guild, it’s the tie that binds the guildies together. Personally, I don’t do much online multiplayer and I prefer console gaming to PC, but I love The Guild.
When I accidentally paused the special "pop-up video" of Season 1 on this frame, I laughed for an inappropriate amount of time. I also almost peed myself, even though I had literally just peed. (In a toilet. I felt I should clarify.)
Recently Hubbles and I found The Guild on Netflix, and of course I demanded that we watch it together. Can you believe that Hubbles was a Guild virgin? The series started in 2007, but he had never watched any of it! Never fear – Katy Bug has taken his Guild virginity, and the world is now a better place. It was awesome for me because I got the joy of rewatching The Guild with my Hubbles, who will now get my Guild quotes and references. And, since the show centers around a (fictional) video game, I can write on my game blog about all the reasons I love The Guild. Booya.
By the way, Mother’s Day is coming up. Something tells me your mom may be the same type of morning person I am – which, again, means not a morning person at all. She might also be as mean and cranky in the morning as I am. If so, BAM. You are set for Mother’s Day. Don’t be a cheapskate. Get your mama the gift that keeps on giving: a coffee mug that reminds everyone around her that she’s mean as a badger in the mornings.