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A fond farewell to WordPress

Kentucky Geek Girl was born on May 26, 2010. Just a few months ago, I made the decision to relocate my blog from Blogspot to WordPress. My rationale was that it would be easier to work with if I decided to go self-hosted, which is just fine and dandy if I was currently able to fork out the dinero to make that happen. unfortunately, right now, I’m not. My best friend Leila who blogs at Within Pages, had the similar dilemma when she set her new blog up here at WordPress. Ultimately, she made the decision to go to Blogger because many folks in the book blogging community work from there. I like the customization that Blogger provides, in addition to the ability to use JavaScript. WordPress.com blocks JavaScript, whereas WordPress.org users have that functionality.

With customization in mind, I also decided to take into the account that I like the Google Friend Connect feature. Not that I’m necessarily a fan of numbers, I just think that subscribing to blogs on WordPress leaves a bit to be desired. Google Friend Connect and Google Analytics is just a bit easier to pinpoint exactly who is coming to the site, what they are looking at, etc. The statistic tracking on WordPress is just not what I’m looking for. In truth, I will buy the domain name someday. I realize that having an .wordpress.com or .blogspot.com address lowers the credibility of your brand somewhat, but I’m a relatively new blogger in the grand scheme of things. It is what it is.

Fear not, gentle readers. I’m going to be all set up at my new blogging home in a jiffy. I shall begin the import/export process now and be up and running soon. Thanks to Leila I even found the current blog theme I’m using for Blogger. It will be like we never were apart. And what a better way to celebrate Kentucky Geek Girl’s 1 year birthday than to go back to the place where it all started?

This week, I’ll be giving you all some details about a giveaway that I’m doing for the blog’s 1 year anniversary in conjunction with Dragon Chow Dice Bags, home of the flat bottomed reversible dice bag!

Find me at my new home http://kentuckygeekgirl.blogspot.com and be sure to like the new Facebook page!

#FreeGaryGannon Update

So I know a lot went down over the course of late Thursday evening. I know that there have been some clues in and out of game (and I can’t really participate in that since I’m not playing right now) Sadly, I wasn’t really around to follow the twitter, but I logged into Facebook just a few minutes ago to see this video had been uploaded.

Not gonna lie, it’s pretty damn creepy.

A #FreeGaryGannon campaign has been set up to urge Blizzard (or whomever is responsible) to release Gary from their clutches. There’s a tumblr page and you can follow along on twitter by searching #FreeGaryGannon. Also check out the feeds of @akamikeb@devolore@irljasmine@gamebreakertv. Stay tuned to Kentucky Geek Girl for more updates on what I’m deeming as GaryGate. You can also like my new Facebook page!

New info on #FreeGaryGannon

There is new speculation among Gamebreaker.tv fans as to the party responsible behind our beloved ginger’s disappearance. Some are saying that Coco himself wanted Gary taken out. Others are saying that Darnell, host of BlizzBlues on Gamebreaker.tv, is responsible. Others on the Gamebreaker.tv forums are referencing a countdown on the screen behind MikeB. Could that be countdown to Gary’s kidnapping? Could this have been an inside job?

A #FreeGaryGannon campaign has been set up to urge Blizzard (or whomever is responsible) to release Gary from their clutches. There’s a tumblr page and you can follow along on twitter by searching #FreeGaryGannon. Also check out the feeds of @akamikeb, @devolore, @irljasmine, @gamebreakertv.

Legendary 27: Free Gannon

User @Rhonyzul tweeted me this: “@bardicmelody http://tinyurl.com/6z6r8dc I think we’ve found Gary.” There is apparently a new video which implicates Darnell. Unfortunately, the network I’m on now will not allow me to access youtube.

Latest Battle.net forums post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2483748474?page=1

Stay tuned for information as it becomes available. Let’s just hope that the hair is still in tact and they’ve allowed him to keep an argyle sweater for warmth. If he’s in Pit of Saron, it might be pretty cold.

Is Blizzard to blame for Gary Gannon’s disappearance?

I’ve been following Gamebreaker.tv for a few months now and I enjoy watching their web shows This Week in MMO and Legendary, which covers World of Warcraft.

Even though I’m not playing Warcraft right now, I like to keep up on the news and events. Legendary’s hosts Gary Gannon, Mikeb aka Fony from Zam.com‘s BFF Report, and Josh Allen aka Lore from Tankspot‘s Weekly Marmot and PST, represent three major demographics in WoW today, casual player, PvPer and hardcore raider, respectively. On Legendary, the guys cover topics such as upcoming patches, class changes, and sometimes even their own speculation as to the future of World of Warcraft and Blizzard in general. But has this speculation finally raised the ire of Blizzard Entertainment? Is Bashiok, Community Manager for the World of Warcraft forums, responsible for Gary Gannon’s disappearance? Before we get into that, let’s talk about what happened during the Legendary live broadcast on Tuesday night.

Legendary, the World of Warcraft show, tapes live on Justin.tv weekly at 9:30 PM Pacific Time. Gary, Mike and Lore broadcast from their respective locations, but in particular Gary is live from the brand new Gamebreaker.tv studio. On May 3, at around 45 minutes into the broadcast, the live feed suddenly went dead following Gary’s statement that World of Warcraft was growing too “fat.” This came after the trio discussed the Bashiok’s claim that there is a lack of resources for new raid content and that Patch 4.2 will only bring the 7 bosses of the Firelands raid.

Just about half way into the show, the feed cut out. I was thinking, Well, maybe I should just reload the page. No dice. The chatroom was going crazy. Jasmine was trying to calm everyone down as they figured out where Gary was. Then, the speculation began. Blizzard didn’t like Gary’s comments and decided to take him out. Just two days after the announcement of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, many folks in the chatroom said that Blizzard staged an invasion of the Gamebreaker.tv studio. It turns out that Gary’s internet was cut, but then later it was announced that the power was out too.

Mike and Lore were eventually able to bring the feed back up briefly and they were donning their tinfoil hats, the significance of which is so Blizzard can’t read their minds. Groups of players went in game and staged rallies in Garrosh’s room on server Arthas. Since I’m not in game right now, I couldn’t attend, but I followed along in the chat room for awhile.

A #FreeGaryGannon campaign has been set up to urge Blizzard to release Gary from their clutches. There’s a tumblr page and you can follow along on twitter by searching #FreeGaryGannon. Also check out the feeds of @akamikeb, @devolore, @irljasmine, @gamebreakertv.

As a witness to the atrocities of 5/3, I can just say that I am scared for Gary’s safety. I’m not sure what kind of dungeon Blizzard has Gary in, but if it’s anything like Halls of Stone, he’s in for a lifetime of pain and misery.

Legendary 27: Free Gannon

***UPDATE***

Shortly after I posted the link to twitter, user @Rhonyzul tweeted me this: “@bardicmelody http://tinyurl.com/6z6r8dc I think we’ve found Gary.”

The link contained within the tweet is to a youtube video. This youtube video:

I will keep everyone up to date on the events surrounding Gary’s disappearance.

Latest Battle.net forums post: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2483748474?page=1

New Green Lantern Trailer Released

The folks at Yahoo! Movies have just posted a new trailer for the live action adaptation of the DC comic book Green Lantern. In the movie, set to be released on June 17, Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Definitely, Maybe) plays test pilot Hal Jordan who is gifted a green ring from a dying alien. It’s revealed that Jordan has been chosen to be the first human Green Lantern, a member of an intergalactic legion the mission of which is to keep peace in the universe.

Remember, that Reynolds is set to play Deadpool. The character of Wade Wilson was first introduced in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and buzz quickly began about him portraying Deadpool in a stand alone film. The script, cast list, production crew, has stalled several times, but IMDB lists it with a 2014 release. How will Reynolds overcome the Marvel vs DC contractual obligation?

I’ll admit, I’m a comic book n00b, but I love a good superhero movie. I think in the coming weeks, I’ll brush up on my Green Lantern knowledge in preparation for the release.

Are you excited to see Green Lantern? Let me know in the comments!

Oh, and by the way, here’s the new trailer!

Lord of the Rings Director’s Cuts Coming to Theaters

I’m a fan of The Lord of the Rings. The series was originally released when I was in high school and my mom and I saw all three films together. The cake for my 17th birthday was even Lord of the Rings themed. Excitement is building for The Hobbit movie and I’m getting ready to read The Hobbit as part of the Geek Girls Book Club. Definitely a Tolkien fan. When I read @amy_geek‘s tweet earlier that the LotR Extended Editions were going to get a theatrical release this year, I was stoked! Then, I did some research on TheOneRing.net and it looks like there’s not a chance of the movies coming to my area.

Over three weekends beginning June 28, 2011, AMC Theatres will show Director’s Cuts of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King, respectively. This will help build excitement for the Blu-ray release of the same films this year. There isn’t a lot of information about this theatrical event yet, but TheOneRing.net will be providing more information as it is available. Currently, there’s just a shell of an event listing for the movie events. Sadly, however, it looks like the closest AMC Theater to Lexington, where I live, is Newport. That’s so far away the Find a Theater tool won’t even bring up the listing. Sad times.

It looks like AMC is bringing back a lot of movies for “one night only.” What are your thoughts about these special movie events? Are they a great way to build hype about Blu-ray releases? Do they allow a new generation to experience a movie on the big screen?

It’s Primeday, Primeday!

In the last month and a half, Rebecca Black’s Friday video has garnered over 100 million views on Youtube. While most comments ridicule her very existence (she’s been getting death threats,) that infernal song is actually growing on me. Actually, I’m more fond of all of the parodies that have been made of the song. One such parody by Teddie Films brings the song into the Star Wars universe. Besides the Rebecca Black parody, they also have a Star Wars themed version of the Ke$ha Tik Tok video. With Tik Tok, I would have preferred that they write original lyrics, but it was still pretty funny. A friend described it as “terrible,” but I say that it’s “terribly awesome.”

Have a great Friday everyone!