The Professional Gamer - March 28, 2015

Hello everyone!  Guess who managed to meet his deadlines this week and has now finished a substantial portion of his project load!  This guy.  Which means I should have plenty of time this weekend to be a geek.  And I should finally be able to review some of the books that I've been reading in preparation for my trip to TCAF.  Anyways, read on my for my weeks geeky activities.

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In Review - Poorcraft

In Review - Poorcraft

Poorcraft is the comic about living well on the cheap.  It discusses a variety of topics, including housing, food, fashion, health, transport, entertainment, and education.  Poorcraft also includes sections discussing what to do when things go wrong.  The book presents all of this advice through the friendly and knowledgeable Penny and her struggling neighbor Mil.   Penny helps Mil to cut our her unnecessary expenses so that she can enjoy her life more while living within her means.  As the story progresses, Mil learns the skills that she needs to pay down her debt, save for the future, and live well.  All at the same time

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The Professional Gamer - March 20, 2015

Hello again, everyone! As expected, I had a long week; but, I made a lot of progress on my projects.  Somewhere in there, I managed to finish reading a couple of books, watch a very little bit of television, and play a few video games.  Just a reminder to you all, when you are busy, it is important to take some time to have fun.

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The Professional Gamer - March 13, 2015

Wow, its been a busy week.  In between trying to keep my projects on time and keep all of the clients happy, I haven't had a huge amount of time for goofing off.  But, I have spent some time reading some graphic novels, playing a little bit of video games, and continuing to watch some older anime.

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Denver Comic Con 2014 - Reading Rainbow Panel with LeVar Burton

Oh, hey, so I found this old article in my unpublished folder.  Apparently, I am terrible at finishing things.  Anyway, you can still read this if you are interested.  At this point, we here at the Gameslave are gearing up for a new convention season, so look for a news post related to that in the near future.

On Friday, I attended a panel with LeVar Burton discussing the plans for the future Reading Rainbow project. The panel included a number of touching stories about how Reading Rainbow helped people learn to read.  I, personally, did not watch RR that much as a kid.  To a degree I didn't need it, since I was fortunate to have parents that valued reading, and encouraged me to find books that I enjoyed at the library.  But it was really touching to hear all of these stories about lives changed by a television program.  At several points, Burton appeared to be rather misty-eyed hearing these stories.

This panel happened to take place during the final hours of the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign.  Those of you who followed it may recall that it was hugely successful, raising $5.4M to develop an new application and online delivery mechanism for the series (really an entire literacy program).  They have now launched the first new episode of the series on YouTube.

End of story, in person, LeVar Burton is such a genuine and caring individual, and the Reading Rainbow project is looking like an awesome program to promote literacy in a new generation of children.

In Review - Gekkan Shoujo: Nozaki-kun

So, I started this article several months ago, and I managed to forget to post it all.  Anyways, here's my review of my favorite anime of the last year.

What do you do when your high school crush is clueless, and treats all human interaction as a chance to research for his monthly shoujo manga?  If you are Chiyo Sakura, you go over to his house and start helping him draw his manga.  This is what happens in the first episode of Monthly Girls': Nozaki-kun, when Chiyo attempts to confess her love to her classmate Umetaro Nozaki, but instead tells him that she is "his biggest fan".  Nozaki gives Chiyo an autograph, and invites her to come to . During the rest of the series, we see the development of Chiyo and Nozaki's friendship, as well as an exaggerated look at the life of a manga artist.

The animation quality in the series is great, and the character designs are intuitive and believable.  So far the series is only available subtitled; the Japanese cast is great, so don't let that turn you off.  The soundtrack is generally unremarkable, playing a supporting role, while not being terribly notable.  The series is great fun, and probably the best recent entry to the high school comedy genre.  Overall, I give this series a 4.5 / 5.

The Professional Gamer - March 6, 2015

Whew, this has been a fun week.  Kinda still fighting a cold, had a trip to the doctor for an annual physical, got a tetanus/diphtheria booster, competed in an Amazing Race style event, and still managed a forty hour week without using any vacation time.  Even with all of that, I've still managed to be a productive geek this week.

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