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Harley Quinn Inspired Nails by Espionage Cosmetics

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a fan of Harley Quinn from the Batman universe. I’ve cosplayed a total of five different version so far with a sixth design coming this year for¬†Phoenix Comicon. ūüėÄ

Naturally, I had to get my hands on these HQ inspired nail wraps from¬†Espionage Cosmetics¬†when I saw them at¬†Comikaze Expo¬†last year. I’ve had these things sitting in my bathroom for a couple months and tonight I finally tried out their nail wraps for the first time. Continue Reading

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Reblog: This Watch_Dogs Open World Gameplay Demo Will Blow Your Mind

Reblog: Originally posted via my “Itty Bitty Geek” column on Geek News Network: Original Article

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A few days ago, Ubisoft released a gameplay demo specifically focused on the open world gameplay in Watch_Dogs. Colin Graham, Animation Director at Ubisoft, takes us on a wild ride through the city of Chicago and shows us everything you can do outside of the normal gameplay missions. It’s almost like an extremely futuristic version of Assassin’s Creed, only with a mega badass hacker that wears two layers of clothes and a trench coat. Anyway, enough of that; check out the video. Below it I have also shared some of my thoughts on the demo (and admittedly may have geeked out a little bit as well).

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A Loot Crate Twofer: Part One

Between the end of the spring semester at college and Phoenix Comicon, I pretty much failed at delivering my monthly review of Loot Crate for you guys. But to make it up to you, I’m doing a two-part review of both May and June’s crates! <3

First up is May’s crate. The theme for that crate was Equip. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this month’s crate considering “equip” usually makes me think about armor and weaponry for my character in a game, but I doubted they had boxes big enough to hold a sword among all the other stuff they send (though I was secretly wishing they did). Continue Reading

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Arcade Time with Loot Crate!

Another month means another Loot Crate!!

And now that I’ve finally just about freed myself from the crippling death-grip that is college for the summer, I can finally reveal the epic things that popped out of the box this month!

So, for all new followers and curious folk, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box geared toward geeks and gamers. I know, it’s a dream come true right? I have been with Loot Crate now since October and I have to say that they have yet to disappoint me with their amazing crates.

But I know you didn’t come here to just hear about it. You want reviews, pictures, and geek outs! So here we go! Continue Reading

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ERMAHGERD MAHRCH LERT CRERT

Sometime in March, amidst the massive piles of homework and the mountain of job work that threaten to bury me alive on a daily basis, I was gifted with another lovely box o’ loot. And while I present to you this March Loot Crate (in April, I know. Shhhh…) I still hope you enjoy the read!

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Guess Who’s Got More LOOT!!

Hello all! It’s been a while!¬†Too long, in fact. And I’m really sorry about that! ;-;

However, I am back and with a LOOT CRATE! And, as you can imagine, the lovely people that provide us with these monthly crates of epicosity (thanks Tobuscus for that term) have once more outdone themselves! So I won’t keep you waiting in anticipation any longer. Here’s the February Loot Crate!!

Theme: Doctor

That’s right. This month they went with a doctor theme for the crate. I’m sure you’re all thinking “Well then it’s all gotta be Doctor Who related, right?!” WRONG. They actually brought together a few items from a few different doctors!

TARDIS Prime!

TARDIS Prime Shirt – GraphicLab Tees

This shirt brings in a crossover of epic proportions. Who would have known the time-traveling ship known as the TARDIS was actually a Transformer?! And¬†he has a BOWTIE! That, alone, lets you know TARDIS Prime is not here to play games. This shirt is, by far, awesome and I loved it! And it just so happens that I recently began to watch Doctor Who so this was definitely appreciated when I opened up the box to see this! Loot Crate is also awesome because they send us shirts in our sizes, so it’s not a giant sleep shirt on me, but a shirt that fits just right! One of my co-workers is also a Looter, so as you can imagine, the two of us wore our shirts the next day to work. If only I had gotten a picture of us together!

Mega Man Air Freshener – Epic Scents

Mega Man Air Freshener

Mega Man isn’t a doctor, yes, but he was¬†created by a doctor, Dr. Light! This air freshener is very cute and totally full of nostalgia. The scent itself is a cool minty-ish smell that is¬†very strong! I had opened it and left it inside my Loot Crate with the¬†rest of my stuff over night after opening it in order to not lose anything (because shit disappears in my house. Seriously.) and in the morning my shirt was pretty much¬†coated¬†in the scent of the air freshener. So needless to say, it works guys! It will¬†now hang proudly in my car and fill it with a lovely aroma of geekery.

Brain Bits

Caffeinated Brain Bits – Harcos Labs

Going along with the doctor/science feel, I was also greeted with more delicious snacks to nom on. These little “brain” pieces of candy look like a bunch of pink nerds, but are actually a chewy candy filled with caffeine. The label said it was watermelon flavored, but I didn’t really taste watermelon while I was eating them. Instead they tasted like sweet, sugary, addicting candies that I can’t really describe for a flavor. But they are still good to eat and will give you little bits of energy with each bite!

And yes, they are already gone, because nothing with caffeine lasts long here with this caffeine addict in the house. ūüėÄ

Sharks Drink Cooler – Loot Crate LabsShark Laser Beams!

Aside from the shirt, this was pretty epic. My first reaction upon seeing the image printed on the drink cooler was “I have¬†fricken sharks with¬†fricken¬†laser beams attached to their FRICKEN HEADS!”¬†– my friends who were witnessing the unboxing promptly laughed and then one of my friends snagged it and put her fist in it and tried to pet my cat with it. The cat was not amused. However, I was! And the next day I couldn’t resist getting a soda¬†just so I could use this awesome thing and show everyone the laser beam sharks and the Loot Crate logo so they would all know where it came from!

Bacon Lip BalmBacon Lip Balm – J&D

A piece of bacon a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well¬†it should! Because, seriously, who doesn’t love bacon? Now I can keep my lips from getting chapped¬†and¬†have that delicious taste of bacon at the same time. However, that could also be a bad thing because you’d constantly be licking your lips to get the taste of bacon, then have to reapply it but then you’d lick it off again!! But I’ll confess, the lip balm actually doesn’t taste like bacon. In fact, I’m not a fan of the taste. It sort of smells like bacon, but reminds me more of the Bacon Bits dog treats. So therefore, since I don’t like the taste, it keeps me from licking it off constantly.¬†Clever, clever little trick!! Now, I know this one isn’t exactly doctor related, however Loot Crate still wanted to include a few more items sort of as a Valentine’s Gift, which includes this lip balm and one more item. Awwww, thanks Loot Crate!

Tetris Wall Heart – Walls360

Tetris HeartRemember the neat little Doodle Jump wall sticker I got back in December? Well, those awesome guys included a Tetris Wall Heart sticker this time for the other Valentine’s gift! While a majority of it is one piece, there is still a separate L-shaped piece that you can stick as far away from the rest of the sticker as you really want. Awesome! And of course, this is also showing the love of a classic game we all know: Tetris! Loot Crate has also decided to throw out a photo contest involving this wall sticker where you put it on something you can’t live without, take a photo and submit it. The winner gets a free 3 month extension on the Loot Crate subscription.

Super awesome right?! Now where should I put it? Portal gun? Motorcycle? XBox?!

Do you have a suggestion on where I can put it? Let me know! Hell maybe I’ll take a bunch of photos based on your suggestions just because I can!!

Well that’s it for the February Loot Crate! As always, the fine team of geeks at Loot Crate’s HQ have outdone themselves once more and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for March!

Are you interested in getting your own Loot Crate subscription? Well click here¬†to check it out and sign up for your own subscription! But hurry because a month seriously goes faster than you think and you don’t want to miss March’s crate!

Stay tuned for more Loot Crate reviews and other silly things from me!

And, as always, stay geeky!

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December Loot Crate Review

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and are preparing themselves to get plastered for New Years tomorrow! And if you’re not planning to get plastered, then I hope whatever you’re doing will be fun regardless! On top of all my Christmas gifts I received from loved ones, I also happened to come home on Christmas Day to my Loot Crate for this month. Great timing right?! Well Loot Crate has, once again, out-done themselves this month with another box full of epic, geeky stuff! I won’t leave you in anticipation any longer. Let’s get to it!

December Loot Crate Theme: Kyujitsu

Doodle JumpHoliday Doodle Jump Wall Graphic by WALS260 & Lima Sky –¬†Now I don’t have the game, Doodle Jump, but that didn’t stop me from squeeing a little when I pulled out the holiday-themed wall graphic of the little guy from the game. It’s extremely cute, reminds me of a Wampa more-so than a yeti (hello, Star Wars geek here) and is currently hanging out on the wall right next to the iMac monitor. It’s not just a normal little sticker that you slap on the wall either. It’s actually made out of a fabric that is designed to be able to be repositioned. So if you slap it on the wall and then decide that it would actually look better above your TV, or over your night stand, it will be no problem to tear the little guy off and place him elsewhere!

image_5Nerdy Domo Plush by NHK Japan –¬†Who doesn’t love Domo? I mean seriously, he’s totally adorable even with his razor sharp teeth and that sinister look in his beady little eyes that makes you think he probably wants to chew your arm off! Such an adorable little guy. Well this month, you would either get the nerdy version or the super hero version of a Domo plush! Apparently Loot Crate read my mind on how much of a little nerd I can be and decided to give me Nerdy Domo! I love it, and until I can find a better place to put him, he’s gonna help the little turrets stand guard over my Portal gun.

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It’s 13:37 Somewhere Bev Tool by Loot Crate Labs –¬†Now I can show my looter pride while I’m opening up that delicious beer! Loot Crate created this lovely bottle opener with an awesome saying on the middle of it. Because, you know, they’re 1337 and all. This will be proudly displayed on my keyring so I can come to someone’s rescue when they are stranded with that mexican coke bottle or the non-twist off beer and crying for help. And once they read the bottle opener they will know that I, too, am 1337.

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Geek/Gamer Split Personality Wristband –¬†Is Loot Crate stalking me? Seriously. Because this wristband may as well have been personalized just for me and my lifestyle. One side says Geek, and the other side says Gamer. It covers me in a nutshell and, based on how I’m feeling that day, I can have either one facing up on my wrist… Well, actually it would be on my forearm because my wrist is tiny and the only way to get any fucking bracelet to fit on me is to shove it half way up my arm until it doesn’t try to make a run right past my hand. But I digress. The bracelet is still awesome.

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Atari Collectible Joystick with Gum by Atari & Boston America –¬†I haven’t played a game with a joystick in a very long time, but this collectible joystick case is pretty¬†awesome. The gum inside of it is pretty tasty too, though like most gum it does lose it’s flavor after a few minutes. So after I’ve taken a piece of¬†delectable gum out of the case, I’ll set it in front of Domo or Honey Badger and pretend they are pew-pewing things. I am easily amused. Don’t judge me, monkey.

image_4Honey Badger Don’t Care Plush –¬†You were wondering why I mentioned putting the Joystick collectible in front of Honey Badger just now huh? Well I wanted to save this thing for last because it is just downright AWESOME. The Honey Badger plush was this month’s special item and it was another thing I was squeeing over as I opened the box. As expected, the Honey Badger looks like he wants to fuck you up, but he’s also unexpectedly cuddly in his plush form. However I definitely wouldn’t try to cuddle a real Honey Badger. Because he seriously doesn’t give a shit and he WILL fuck you up.

That’s it for this month’s crate! Liking what you see and want to get a subscription of your own? Well click here¬†and check it out!

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Gadget of the Week: iStudiez Pro

For this week, we got a really neat app designed for college students! Unfortunately, though, if you are on Android this app doesn’t seem to be on your OS, although it SHOULD BE (freaking Apple-only apps). Anyway, if you are a college student, are in desperate need of a planner app, and have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then check this baby out!

The app is called iStudiez Pro. Since there is so much included in the app, I’ll break it down into the basics for you!

Planner
Obviously the main point of the app is to help you keep track of your homework assignments. But this actually does more than the homework! It allows you to put in the schedule of your classes, including location, times, and instructors. It will also let you break down the classes into semesters so you don’t have to go back and delete the previous semester before you can add your next group.

Summary of your Day
This is pretty much what you see when you open the app. It gives you a run-down of your day to show you what classes you need to attend. It’s also real-time so once everything’s over or if you’re on a weekend, it’ll tell you to take the day off. Don’t mind if I do!

Grades & GPA
I haven’t really used the feature much myself, but there is an integrated tracker to let you input the grades on each assignment/quiz/project/test you have put into your planner. You can input the grade either when you check off the assignment or when you go to your “Completed” list. Not only will this calculate your grade for the class, but it also calculates your GPA! If you’re diligent and input every single assignment and grade then you won’t have to incessantly bother your teacher about your grade like all the other students! You will be superior and already know!

Assignments Review
When you input your assignments, it will go into a list. Here you’ll be able to sort them by priority, class, or due date. As I mentioned before, this is also where you can input your grade for each assignment after its been completed. Don’t have the grade for a few weeks? No problem. All of your completed assignments will stay in a “Completed” list for you.

Interactive Calendar
These clever app developers have just about thought of everything. In addition to your daily overview and list of assignments, they have also put in an Interactive Calendar for you that automatically shows your class schedule, your assignment due dates, and they have iCal integration so it also allows you to keep track of your other appointments, activities, and parties you’ve put into your regular calendar. That way when you see that you have a party to go to, you can also make sure you have enough recovery time between your party rocking and class the next day. If you also have your Facebook calendar syncing with iCal, that gets included in your iStudiez calendar as well!

Notifications
The app also includes notifications and badges for both your homework and classes. The badge will appear on your app with every assignment you have in there that isn’t completed. Therefore, you will always have a badge displaying those ten assignments you have to get done by next week to remind you to get your ass moving or you will be royally screwed! In addition, you can also set up push notifications to remind you when you are supposed to be in class or when an upcoming due date is getting really close.

Languages
Last, but certainly not least, the app comes in over 25 languages, so it will support college students around the world (so long as they have Apple devices anyway)

So there is your basic overview of a pretty useful app! I have been using it for about two years or so and, while the syncing doesn’t always catch between my iPhone and iPad, it still works pretty decently for what it is! The interface is really well designed and it has really come in handy when I needed a planner, but didn’t want to have to carry another thing in my already jammed backpack!

Price: $2.99 – a little hesitant to spend the money? Don’t worry, they have a Lite version as well!

If you would like to look into the app more, check out iStudiez Pro in the App Store or head to this link:here.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s gadget! If you have a suggestion for another gadget, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me personally via my Contact page!

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Gadget of the Week: f.lux

What’s this? A Gadget of the Week post? I HAVEN’T SEEN ONE OF THESE IN AGES.

… I know — I’m horrible and I haven’t kept up on this. I blame the working + college life. They¬†really¬†suck all of your time up when they get together and scheme to destroy you with stress and pure buttloads of work. But don’t worry guys! This won’t be going away anytime soon! I’m currently making a list of neat little things to show to you throughout future weeks tonight and tomorrow. Anyway! On with the gadget!

This week, I wanted to show off a nifty little trick you can download on your computer (Mac, PC, AND Linux), as well as your jailbroken iPhone/iPad. Now, I don’t jailbreak my iPhone or iPad so I was only able to test this out on my iMac. So if there is anyone who has jailbroken their device and wants to try this, feel free to let me know how it works for you and I can post an update here!

Anyway, you remember the Gunnar glasses I talked about back in October? Well, f.lux kinda goes for something similar! When you download and install f.lux on your computer, it allows your screen to adapt to the lighting of the day. You put in your zip code so that it knows what time zone you are in, and it will allow you to choose how warm you would like your screen to become during daylight hours as well as during the night.

f.lux’s website couldn’t put it better with this quote (which totally sold me by the way):

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

During the day, computer screens look good‚ÄĒthey’re designed to¬†look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

Essentially, what f.lux does, is it will adjust the warmth of your screen based on the time of day as well as how you have your settings for the warmth. You can have the warm color completely off during the day to give it that “sunlight” look, and then as sunset approaches, your computer will automatically become warmer, which will also reduce the strain on your eyes. Imagine that!

f.lux has also done some research on the blue light on your computer or mobile device keeping you awake at night. According to some of the research they have on their site, when you are reading on a tablet for a couple of hours, your sleep tends to be delayed by an hour. There is a lot of interesting research they have done and cited which can all be found here!

I have used f.lux for a couple of weeks or so on the iMac now and I gotta say I really do like it! If I happen to turn my computer on after sunset, it immediately goes to the warm setting I have it at once f.lux starts up. If I already have it on and it hits sunset, I can physically see the change since I have the transition set to fast. You have a couple of options to customize how f.lux will interact with your screen. You can set the transition to move fast (within 20 seconds), or have a more gradual transition over an hour.

Interested? You can read more about it, and download it for your computer right in the link below!

f.lux: software to make your life better

Also, special thanks to my friend Ryan for introducing me to this sweet little piece of technology!