FUNemployment!

Who am I?

Welp. Looks like I may be spending more time with you folks. Back in March I left my job in dog walking to start my own pet care company, and, well, it’s going slowly. So, of course, instead of doing the logical thing and knuckling down to work, I’m finding myself spending hours and hours distracted and focusing on projects that are not my own.

I’ve managed to get a lot of organizing and tidying done at home, I’ve been able to organize projects into doable steps to focus myself and get back on target, I went to amusement parks, provincial parks, and, farmers markets, Bonnaroo music and arts festival, camping road trip, and, adopted a dog. It’s been a really, really, FUNemployment time, but it’s time to get back to work.

So, since I have time, I figured I’d try to get back into the discipline of writing and doing something productive for myself every day (and somehow binge-watching Gilmore Girls, Star Trek, and, Firefly doesn’t count as disciplined to some people! sigh…jk). So, I’m gonna attempt this again. I was never really good at keeping a diary, or taking medications, or brushing my teeth regularly, schedules just aren’t my thing, but I’m gonna do the best I can… man that sounds desperate and pathetic, eh? Time to change my tune…

If you live in Toronto, or will be visiting and needing temporary pet care, please think of me? Furry Kids Toronto ❤

http://www.furrykidstoronto.com

Also, if you have any ideas of what the hell I should do with my life next, please feel free to email me: togeekgirl@gmail.com

THE “ALMOST-EVERY-DAY” FUNNY – 05

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For those who are not in the know: This is a screenshot from a side-scrolling arcade shooter video game from 1989 called Zero Wing, perhaps the most famous badly translated video game in history. The game developers: Japanese-based Toaplan (published by Taito) had no idea their inadvertent translation errors would cause such a lasting social sensation. During a cut scene (at the beginning of the game) the  villain made hundreds of grammar nerds giggle with the threatening phrase “all your base are belong to us”. The cut scene back-and-forth below:

Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Captain: It’s you !!
CATS: How are you gentlemen !!
CATS: All your base are belong to us.
CATS: You are on the way to destruction.
Captain: What you say !!
CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time.
CATS: Ha ha ha ha …

For nine years this gem stayed relatively dormant until an unknown DJ, Jeffery Ray Roberts (JRR) of Laziest Man On Mars came out with the tune “Invasion of the Gabber Robots” using music from Zero Wing and the iconic line “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US”.

From there it spread like wildfire! BOOM! Wired magazine wrote an article (on February 23, 2001) mentioning the trend, then later that month, mention of “All Your Base” also appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Memepool and Metafilter. On March 7, 2001, USA Today mentioned it as well comparing it to the use of  “WAZZUP” (from the Budweiser commercials). It is also reported that in February 2001 the US Military had borrowed the phrase and incorporated it into their marches.

“All Your Base” even appeared on a news segment:

The following list from “KnowYouMeme.com” chronicles important dates:

  • 1989: English version of Zero Wing is released in Europe, featuring a variety of Japanese translation errors.
  • 1996: Steve Caires, an American expat living in Tokyo, begins posting pictures of poorly translated commercial signs and designs on his website, which evolved into a unique genre of internet humor known as Engrish.
  • Early 1998: An animated GIF version of Zero Wing’s opening cut scene is posted on Rage Games’ quote page (now defunct), then later reposted to Zany Video Game Quotes.
  • June 5, 2000: OverClocked releases the ‘Zero Wing Dub Project’, adding home-rolled voiceovers and sound effects to the dialogue, suggesting what The Captain, CATS, and The Operator game characters might sound like.
  • September 2000: All Your Base infiltrates the highly active Something Awful forums, a community well known for the users with pro-photoshop skills. The discussion thread explodes, growing to over 30 pages, spawning more than 2000 images.
  • November 14, 2000: SA regular JRR releases “Invasion of the Gabber Robots”, a remix featuring some of the original soundtrack with Dub project voiceover. The song would eventually become the official unofficial All Your Base Belong To Us anthem.
  • Spring 2001: The viral catchphrase hits the mainstream with coverage on CNET, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Register, and the Daily Mirror, one of the first instances of a web meme with major mainstream recognition.
  • February 27, 2001: “All Your Base Are Belong to Us” makes its debut at #46 on the Lycos 50.
  • March 2, 2001: The Dutch railways website is hacked to display the phrase, “ALL YOUR TRAINS ARE BELONG TO US.”
  • 2003: The meme quickly crosses into the real world. Universities are bombed with leaflets declaring that all their bases now belong.
  • April 1, 2003: In Sturgis, Michigan, a group of teenagers placed All Your Base signs all over town, interpreted by unwitting officials as a “borderline terrorist threat”.
  • 2004: North Carolina State University students hack the phrase onto the news ticker of a live television news broadcast, FTW.

This whole thing touches me on another level, too, because, you never know which mistakes you make will be the ones that matter, so, make mistakes, be silly, be honest, be YOU! Learn, grow, do, move forward!

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RE-LAUNCH!

Re-Launching the Toronto Geek Girl page soon! I will have more frequent updates, and cover a more solid range of geekery. Will also be taking you along on my journey into the world of LARP, and, my transformation into (maybe-if-i-get-my-courage) a cosplayer. *GASP* I’m having trouble “getting into the swing of things” LARP wise, so it should be a hilarious journey in embarrassment. SO – Stay tuned. A whole new GEEK GIRL is coming your way.