Monthly Archives: October 2008 - Page 2

Love Your MMO? Why Not Create Your Own Missions?


by Irma Arkus

Massive multiplayer Vendetta Online has opened its gates for user contribution to game play. Rather than becoming Developers or Guides, these select Player Contribution Corps (PCC) users can access the Lua code for game’s interface, and at an no compensation provided, can create additional missions, plots and suggest overall improvements for their gaming enjoyment.

Codes of involvement for PCCs require: Trust, Maturity, Involvement and English.

Exploitation or move towards Open Source MMORPG? You be the judge. Check out these PCC rules for yourself.

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Photos Released


by Irma Arkus

Star Trek photos have been released. EW.com features a gallery of first images giving us a taste of the re-imagined beginnings of Star Trek Enterprise.

Whatever you may say, the work on Zachary Quinto’s eyebrows can be only identified as *magic*. That, and Eric Bana as villainous Romulan Nero is actually amazing, as well as believable.

The Show Must Go On: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles


by Irma Arkus

Despite the lower ratings and rumours that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is about to be canceled, the Fox network announced that the show will indeed be picked up for yet another season.

There are plenty of speculations fueling the rumours of what the reason is for the show’s lease on life, and statements issued by Fox are not very helpful either, as they refer to executives (I paraphrase) “seeing potential,” and “liking the show.”

The quality of the TSCC production is very high, and I happen to enjoy it very much. It has a great cast, a story that does have a great potential, but moreover, its ratings are no better or worse that that of “Chuck,” or other shows in lineup.

Personally, I believe that Fox is renewing its TSCC contract because it anticipates an increase in audience due to Terminator sequel hitting the theatres. The promotional efforts for the film, which usually run in tens of millions of dollars, will essentially offset the costs or losses encountered by the TSCC show as well as guarantee increased audiences for pre- and post-release period of the theatrical release.

Another set of rumours regarding renewal of TSCC is that Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” is encountering some “creative differences” and production problems. Whedon’s suspect involvement with Fox has indeed brought us seven seasons of Buffy, a few worthwhile seasons of Angel, and an unfinished taste of Firefly. But the evidence points to the fact that Fox and Whedon do not mix.

Which further begs the question: Why hasn’t Whedon tried to find an alternative network to house his productions? Or better yet, now that Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, as well as Kindler’s Sanctuary, have proven to be successful, why not turn to an alternate media for distribution?

Anime Network on iPhone


by Irma Arkus

Anime Network shows are to be broadcast on Apple’s Anime Channel, vSNAX.
Titles such as Azumanga Daioh, Saiyuki and Mythical Detective Loki will be available in 3 to 5 minute segments to all iPhone and iPod Touch users on the go.

This is just the first stage of networks distributing their television content to mobile platforms, and unlike in Korea, Japan and China, who have implemented a variety of streaming platforms for mobiles years ago, the North American networks are cascading to bringing their content into mobile user community.

Canada, compared to its US counterparts, is even slower in mobile media streaming, as healthy competition does not exist between telcos due to the fact that telecommunication companies (similar to players in banking) have developed into large conglomerates which practically function as monopolies.

Either way, the more anime, the better! Yipee!

Ode to Superdickery.com


by Irma Arkus

Behold the amazing Superdickery.com! Apparently, the Silver Age of Comic Books was laden with bad marketing ploys.

To get you to purchase the dandy comic featuring your favorite super heroes, the editors produced eye-popping oddities on covers.

Superman acting like a tool, Wonder Woman experiencing bondage session tied to a phallic object, and monkeys, loads of monkeys. People, this was not a Silver Age of comic books, but age of superdicks, S&M addicts and big apes! (click on images above to see larger samples of this phenomena)

Thus I present to you with Superdickery.com. Collections which started with Mike Miksch encountering one of these curiousities, only to develop into an obsession with followers. Not only is Superdickery.com a website with a precious collection of gems, but a lively community featuring hundreds of members who regularly converse on subjects of ‘dickery.

Listen to the interview with Mike Miksch below, and make sure to visit his Superdickery.com website!

HiSciFi – Superdickery, live with Mike Miksch

This week on HiSciFi – Superdickery.com, the greatest testament to 60s madness in comic books, uncovery of your favorite superheroes being used, abused, and altered to exhibit…Superdickery! Joined live by Superdickery.com founder Mike Miksch. That and news…lots of news!!!

Send us your comments, complaints and love! Email us at hiscifi@gmail.com
HiSciFi – Superdickery, live with Mike Miksch

Why I Hate Wonder Woman…Sometimes


by Irma Arkus

Alright. You’ve heard me say it a million times, and I will say it again – I hate Wonder Woman. To all of you who are thinking back to what and how Wonder Woman started, I say booohooohooo. I know that a lot of things had more than fantastic beginnings, but in this case, how does that excuse for a female appendage of a superhero character, emulsified in boob-a-rific Wonder Woman? I find her detestable. Why you ask? Because Wonder Woman exemplifies so many things that are characteristic of so many badly constructed female excuses for superheroes.

Oh, what’s that? You want me to clarify? SHE IS LAME.

Latest on Wonder Woman camp – Diane Von Furstenberg has written a Wonder Woman comic book.

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with my secondary obsessions (y’know, apart from crazy science and massive amounts of science fiction,) I happen to love fashion.

And apparently, Von Furstenberg dedicated a whole new line of clothing to Wonder Woman, including writing this limited edition book on subject of Wonder Woman, features writing by Gloria Steinem, whom I also happen to admire a lot.

You know what that makes this particular book “Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be: The Adventures of Diva, Viva and Fifa”? Pure shameless promotion of uber-expensive pieces of clothing that probably Wonder Woman herself cannot afford (after all, why would she wear same costume over and over again, especially after all those bondage sessions in the 60s?).

I know what you’re going to say — but it’s going to charity! How can you be so heartless? I say boo again! You want to donate to charity – Why bother with clothing then? Why not just donate the cash where it’s needed?

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This “product” my friends, is an equivalent to a Superman comic book about how wonderful Gillette Mach 3 shavers are. Worst of all, it entails Gloria Steinem in order to appeal to my inner feminist — Or should I say — confuse my inner feminist?!!!

But what does this have to do with Wonder Woman? Or for that matter, comic books? Nothing. Just further proof of utter lameness. So, there. I await your arguments. Hit me with your best shot.

HiSciFi – Quick Updates on Show


by Irma Arkus

Whine, whine, whine. Judging from recent mail, it seems that most of you are entirely unexcited by the fact that we just had Canada-wide elections.

So, here’s a little update on what’s coming up on HiSciFi.

Friday, Oct 17, tune in live at CJSF 90.1FM at 5:00 pm for a live interview with Denis Faye, co-creator and writer of The Monocle and Jimmy Spec, a comic book extraordinaire!

Faye also predicts future by writing for television – his next vision is something to do with westerns and vampires. Either way, you’ll have to tune in or come back to find out more.

Next is Superdickery!!! I am trying my best to upload this monumental show featuring Mike Miksch and his comical enterprise. The uploading server is a bit buggy, and for some reason, it didn’t pick up this show, so it’s only a matter of hours until I throw my PC out the window and walk away.

This week we’ll also feature VCon interview. All of them, hopefully. For those of you who have been asking – we have millions of them, and they ALL need to be edited. So, cut me some slack, and I’ll do my best to get them up in a giffy.

Send me your love – hiscifi@gmail.com
Or better yet – send money!

Anti-Copyright Reform MPs

by Irma Arkus

Election results in Canada last night confirmed that public opposition to Bill C61 has produced results in certain districts. As Conservatives are expected to continue pursuing passing of Bill C61, it is important for voters to communicate with their local representatives, especially Conservative ones.

Michael Geist blog published a list of MPs who took an active stance on Bill C61:

* Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP, St. Paul’s, ON
* Ujjal Dosanjh, Liberal MP, Vancouver South, BC
* Glen Pearson, Liberal MP, London North Centre, ON
* Joyce Murray, Liberal MP, Vancouver Quadra, BC
* Marlene Jennings, Liberal MP, NDG-Lachine, QC
* Paul Szabo. Liberal MP, Mississauga South, ON
* Gerard Kennedy, Liberal MP, Parkdale-High Park, ON
* Frank Valeriote, Liberal MP, Guelph, ON
* Shawn Murphy, Liberal MP, Charlottetown, PE
* Mike Savage, Liberal MP, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, NS
* Bonnie Crombie, Liberal MP, Mississauga Streetsville, ON

* Charlie Angus, New Democrat MP, Timmins-James Bay, ON
* Olivia Chow, New Democrat MP, Trinity-Spadina, ON
* Libby Davies, New Democrat MP, Vancouver East, BC
* Bill Siksay, New Democrat MP, Burnaby-Douglas, BC
* Dawn Black, New Democract MP, New Westminster–Coquitlam, BC
* Irene Mathyssen, New Democrat MP, London-Fanshawe, ON
* Wayne Marston, New Democrat MP, Hamilton East – Stoney Creek, ON
* Jean Crowder, New Democrat MP, Nanaimo–Cowichan, BC
* Denise Savoie, New Democrat MP, Victoria, BC
* Judy Wasylycia-Leis, New Democrat MP, Winnipeg North, MB
* Pat Martin, New Democrat MP, Winnipeg Centre, MB
* Alex Atamanenko, New Democrat MP, BC Southern Interior, BC
* Paul Dewar, New Democrat MP, Ottawa Centre, ON
* Chris Charlton, New Democrat MP, Hamilton Mountain, ON
* John Rafferty, New Democrat MP, Thunder Bay Rainy River, ON
* Niki Ashton, New Democrat MP, Churchill, MB
* Don Davies, New Democrat MP, Vancouver Kingsway, BC
* Jack Harris, New Democrat MP, St. John’s East, NF
* Megan Leslie, New Democrat MP, Halifax, NS
* Bruce Hyer, New Democrat MP, Thunder Bay Superior North, ON
* Carol Hughes, New Democrat MP, Algoma Manitoulin Kapuskasing, ON
* Linda Duncan, New Democrat MP, Edmonton Strathcona, AB
* Malcolm Allen, New Democrat MP, Welland, ON

If you are not represented by any of above, make sure to communicate your wishes as a voter, and make sure that your MP knows that his voters stand against Bill C61.

Canadian Elections 2008: Conservatives Win Minority Government

by Irma Arkus

Election outcomes are trickling in, and for now, the Conservatives have won 146 seats of the 308 seats in the house. This marginal growth of seats pushes Conservatives 20 seats more than previously held.

Conservative Party leadership was faced not so much with competitive party platforms from New Democratic Party, Liberals and the newly included in debates, Green Party, but rather voter unease over issues of economic stability.

Conservatives’ aggressive, US-style campaign seemed to win over most voters over in beginning of the election race, as polls initially indicated an ensured majority victory. However, the global financial crisis that spread like wildfire in recent weeks, gave voters pause.

Additionally, Conservative’s staunch position in support of Bill C61 and Bill C10, drew a sharp line between right-wing and left-wing Canadian politics. As Conservatives appeared to be in opposition to funding of arts programs, and in support of draconian Copyright Act that would benefit large conglomerates, very much deterred youth voters from joining the ranks of Conservative supporters.

More updates to follow.