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Visibility

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Lately I start to think it's all about visibility.


I feel quite invisible.

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Wants her...

Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Moleskine notebooks

Sunday, April 23, 2006

When on that shopping spree in the bookstore I stumbled upon a section with several kinds of notebooks. And of course.. I have a thing for beautiful designed notebooks... I knew I should at least buy one. I had a hard time deciding which one, so there I was holding several books in my hand, my shoulders getting tired and walking around like crazy trying to come to a decision which notebook was just the one for me. So I bought three... and if I hadn't had those shopping spree books in my hands, knowing that my wallet would be pretty much empty after actually buying those... I would have bought more.

So now I have this beautiful Japanese like notebook and I finally got myself one of those Moleskines. And I love it! It's not easy deciding which Moleskine notebook you should pick. They have so many and all of them are well-designed. I finally picked the most basic one... the Ruled Notebook. I was so happy! When I came home however the next issue with beautiful notebooks came up... what am I going to use it for....? There is this pure and untouched notebook in its full glory, nice and soft skin around it and I should write in that with my untrained writing fingers? I know I will make a mess of it... After looking at it for a week, bringing the notebook with me everywhere... I made up my mind. I would use it. Now I am the proud owner of a Moleskine notebook and I even dare to write in it. Isn't it wonderful?

When I told my boyfriend of the beauty of this moleskine notebooks and even convinced him to buy one of his own, I went looking for something on the web and by pure accident came across the Ninth Wave Designs website. It sells Moleskines and supplies like traveler cases. It also has some beautiful artwork on it, amongst other things an ongoing project called Alchemy Notebook in which she uses the Moleskine sketchbook to create wonderful images. The eerie thing about arriving at something I was just talking about, is that I stumbled upon this website through another interest of mine namely women and games. It turns out that the owner of the site is a woman who plays games and even made a blog about it. It's just...

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Tokyo.. here we come!!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Oi oi it's finally decided!! We're going to Tokyo! Well ehm.. the DiGRA conference that is. It was announced last Friday over at the DiGRA site, I knew it was hanging in the air but it seems it has been decided now for real. So Tokyo here we come! Did I mention that we are going to Tokyo?! Just bouncing here. Want to go to Tokyo for so long and now there is a possibility that I really am going! Hopefully going to the Tokyo Gaming Show as well. Oh my, a dream come true! I am so excited!

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Did I mention that we are going to Tokyo?! Next year that is...

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Shopping Spree: Game research books

Bought some books over the last couple of weeks that one should need when doing game research and such. I had so many books on my wishlist but decided it was finally time to buy some of them and put them in my bookcase next to the others. My excuse? I need to teach a couple of courses and those books would be very handy. Hmm, if only I had time to read them properly. Anyway here are the books that I bought (don't expect any reviews for the moment though):

- The Game Design Reader: A Rules of Play Anthology by Salen and Zimmerman
- Handbook of Computer Game Studies by Raessens and Goldstein
- The Video Game Theory Reader by Mark J.P. Wolf
- Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture and Marketing by Klein et. al.
- Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steven Johnson

And last but not least:
- Play between Wolds: Exploring Online Game Culture by T.L. Taylor

I am really looking forward to read the last one. I saw on the MIT Press site that she had a book out, got excited, then saw it at a friends house and read the first couple of lines and I was hooked. So I had to have a copy of my own. What she writes is so identifiable, it probably will be a blast to read it.

Next on my wishlist:
- Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds by Jesper Juul
- Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism by Ian Bogost

And of course:
- What Video Games have to teach us about Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee

Hmm quite a list there...

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So they are...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

called exergames now? It's about time that I dive into this again

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It's all plastic... but fun!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Yes! Finally I am the proud owner of a plastic Gibson guitar with bright colored plastic buttons and I love it! I got this guitar freaks plastic guitar for ages but never found myself a copy of the game itself, and then came Harmonix. I loved Frequency and Amplitude as I like most rhythm games and now they bring me their very own version of Guitar Freaks! Picked up my copy today, we let people in the gameshop get a taste of a party with Guitar Hero and afterwards I returned home, happy and fuzzy. The people on the screen told me I rock! So yeah, I rock! As does Harmonix!

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Old Grandma Hardcore

Sunday, April 02, 2006

I can't believe I haven't noticed this blog earlier, but grandma rocks!! A seventy year old granny who plays videogames, and not those "wimpy" ones like solitaire or anything, no she is definitely hardcore. And by hardcore we mean Eternal Darkness, Resident Evil 4 and God of War... hell yeah! I totally love her. Who said the elderly and women don't play games? This proves the total opposite... it does!

And if you don't believe me.. just go to the blog her grandson is keeping for updates on what game Old Grandma Hardcore is playing now. It even has some videos and check this video out for a granny gamer overview. Did I mention that Old Grandma Hardcore is pure pwnage?! Even if she doesn't like to play Animal Crossing Wild World.

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Auntie me.

I am going to be an auntie!!! Weehee! It is only 18 cm right now and it is still five months from now before it will be born, but I am going to be an auntie! It just dawned on my however that I am going to be a real aunt... like those in the movies with grey hair (ehm make that pink) and wrinkles, there is such a huge age gap, I'll be... old (in her eyes) when it reaches adulthood. But of course I am going to be the cool aunt who never grows up and has all these cool gadgets and toys for her to play with.

Even though I don't know what it will be yet, a boy or a girl, either way, I am so going to let it play games! *nods* Yes I will! Powah to tha gamer! She will have to watch Pure Pwnage, I am going to take her to Japan (of course I'll be rich when she's 16), she will have to have at least sixteen thingies from the Kidrobot store and and... So much to do! I wish it was september already!

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