07 June 2015
Gooooooooood afternoon, Internet surfers! This here be none other than Azzy, ready and more than willing (now that my back’s feeling a bit better) to bring forth the wave of epicness that is GR2 (Geek Rave and Geek Rant) Weekly! Summer is pretty much upon us now and for those who get out of the house often, this is the best time of the year for it. But the view from the windows of our rooms is pretty sweet too. 😛
It was a fairly interesting week in the Geek World as well with (among other things) LEGO launching their own version of Minecraft, the Dimension Drive game Kickstarter that got trolled a few weeks ago manages to succeed the 2nd time around, a good Godzilla video game Creepypasta is being fan-made into a legitimate game, a new Dinosaur discovery got nicknamed after Hellboy and there’s an attraction in the Wisconsin Dells that’s pretty much a real-life Zombie Apocalypse video game. But sadly, there have been some headache-inducing events as well. A Pro League of Legends commentator got suspended for tampering with one of the pro teams he was covering, someone dumped off a vintage Apple computer worth six figures at a Recycling Center, Big Trouble In Little China is getting the remake we needed the least, a MomoCon attendee who got harassed by congoers gets harassed by staff for reporting the experience and GameStop of all companies beat out Hot Topic for buying out ThinkGeek. Who became the Ultimate Winner and Ultimate Loser this week? Read on to find out.
Geek Rave of the Week
For this week’s edition, I am gonna stray from the norm just a smidgebit. There were some Rave-worthy articles I shared, but I wanna talk about a book I just recently finished reading a few days ago. This particular book is Book 1 of the (so far) 5-book Souls of the Saintlands series, titled Thine Enemy’s Eyes. The novel is written by one of my dear friends, a professional-level Costumer (and obviously) Author Tonya Adolfson (aka Tanglwyst de Holloway on social media).
I’ll try to avoid Spoilers as much as I possibly can, but you have been warned.
The story itself takes place in the fictional land of Patras, part of the Kingdom of Mervolingina which is ruled by King Charles Maxamillian IX. But Mygren the Grey, Mervolingina’s Chancellor feels there needs to be some change with the seeming decline of the King’s well-being, so he sets out to hire one particular Assassin to do the job: Catronia a seafarer from the country of Caratia who possess healing and soul-searching abilities that are the stuff of legend. After an initial refusal, Mygren is able to, shall we say, “persuade” her with holding both her son Alan, as well as friend Tanglwyst de Holloway as captives. To this, she reluctantly agrees. But what follows afterwards is a twisty-turny, wirvy-curvy thrill ride of ginormous proportions.
Dum Dum DUUUMMMMMMM!
I won’t go too much more into the plot without giving more away than I already have, so I’ll just give my general impressions on things. For me, the deeper I am able to immerse myself into the book, the better. This book does that and then some. I was able to visualize everything I was reading, almost as if I was watching it on a television or in the movie theater. The characters were very well-written and had a lot of depth. Even the minor characters had a great deal of personality. To say this story had a lot of twists and turns would be an understatement, to put it politely. But that’s part of the book’s genius. Just when you think you are starting to figure things and people out, you get hit with a plot twist that’s more out of nowhere than a Randy Orton RKO. All the swerves and various subplots do get a bit confusing to keep track of at times (and By the Saints, it got me a couple of times too), but the ending of the book both simultaneously brings things together AND leaves just enough of a tease to make you want to dive into Book #2, An Unpolished Gem, right the frig away. One other thing I DO need to make you aware of. Thine Enemy’s Eyes IS a “Fantasy Romance” story, so there are a couple of slightly, shall we say “more erotic” moments sprinkled in. But it really doesn’t harm the story in any way if you don’t mind that sort of thing. You can buy the books from Tonya and a few others via the Fantastic Journeys Publishing website, Amazon, or wherever books are sold.
Buy the book. You know you want to. 😉
Besides, you may want something good to read after you hear about the following.
Geek Rant of the Week
If you enjoy your time on the Internet, yet are hoping for something more concrete to be done about people who make violent and threatening posts at and about you……
Back in 2010, a man by the name of Anthony Elois, while under a pseudonym on Facebook, posted a series of violent messages about his estranged wife, law enforcement, and a few other areas. Among the messages was “If I only knew then what I know now . . . I would have smothered your ass with a pillow, dumped your body in the back seat, dropped you off in Toad Creek and made it look like a rape and murder”,and ” …There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.” Elois was eventually sentenced to a 3+ year prison sentence, but with his case eventually making the4 Supreme Court in December of 2014.
One of the main parts of Elois’ defense was that the posting were allegedly nothing more than rap lyrics and the posts had some sort of a therapeutic effect. It was also debated about wether his postings were legitimate threats or if it could be protected free speech under the First Amendment. The Supreme Court had evidently leaned towards Free Speech, as by a 7-2 ruling, they overturned the conviction.
According to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr, “The jury was instructed that the Government need prove only that a reasonable person would regard Elonis’s communications as threats, and that was error…….Federal criminal liability generally does not turn solely on the results of an act without considering the defendant’s mental state.” All this ruling manages to accomplish is confuse both lawyers and citizens alike. Just what kind of a mental state is required to be convicted? How real does the threat have to be? For a court that is supposed to be THE be-all, end-all for major decisions, they sure didn’t achieve a whole lot with this case. All I know for sure is they sure made the Internet a safer haven for violent people, at least that’s my general impression of things.
After something that depressing, I am hoping that this following video is enough of a palet-cleanser.
Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end. Like I earlier mentioned, next Sunday will see not a GR2 Weekly blog post, but the Convention Recap for this year’s No Brand Con, so do please look forward to that. And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to follow me both on Tumblr and WordPress. You are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page and I just as strongly encourage you to like and comment on some of the links I post. I enjoy interacting with you all. See you next week! While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody. Sonny Strait will be a happy person. 😛