Thursday, December 13, 2012

What's Wrong With Ethnic Hair? and Pokemon Fan Forever

So, I'm just going through all of my old stuff, getting rid of some of it for some money, and I come across some of my old Pokemon memorabilia, which of course includes the cards. Back in the 90's Pokemon was what was hot, and everyone and their momma (Sometimes literally) would be ready to claw your eyes you for a Charizard card. When I think about all of the money that I put into these cards, at first it made me cringe, thinking about how much I wasted on these pieces of card stock with fictional monsters printed on them, but then I stopped and thought about it a bit more.

I was happy with the purchace back then, and although they didn't see a lot of action in terms of playing aganst other people, I avidly collected them, happy to look at them, try and draw each Poke, and read their flavor text. I remembered how my older sister would bring home Pokemon cards from work at Toys R' Us when children would throw the ones they had on the floor, and it delighted me when I found rare cards to show off to my friends. That, in of itself makes it all worth it in my opinion, because it was a very happy part of my childhood, and even now is a bright spot in my otherwise dim life today. Now, I collect Pokemon merchendice, draw pictures of me and my team of Pokemon, make sprites, fakemon, and enjoy the games,with other fans.

I'm also happy to have a boyfriend that shares one of my favorite passions with me, because it makes things a ton less awkward when you're asking for Pokemon figurines for Christmas when he wants the exact same thing! That being said, I'm selling my cards to him, because I need the money, and if they're with him, I know that I'll see them again. Even if we do end up breaking up (Not likely) I'll be alright with it because it will go to another Pokemon fan that will take care of them and treat them like they should be.

One thing that I'm tired of is people saying that you're "too old" to enjoy something, just because its out of the targeted age group for the show or game. I know that My Little Pony fans have lots of problems with this too, because on the surface it looks very childish and colorful, however when I've watched it, I feel that its something that people of all ages can appreciate because its story isn't all rainbows and sunshine all the time; they have real problems to solve in each episodse, and they don't dumb down anything. That, coupled with a large fandom of people making everything from pony art to animations, it has something for everyone.

Same with Pokemon, except the actual concepts in the show can be taken and made into some pretty brutal stuff. I mean, fighting mutant monsters with sometimes seemingly supernatural powers, taking down an organized crime syndicate, and going on a perilous journey with tons of danger around every corner? (Letme tell you, I think I'd die in the first forest, you get stung by a Weedle and forget to stock up on Antidotes? Hah, you can kiss your ass goodbye. xD) This holds especially true in Pokemon Black and White, where they questioned the morality of even owning Pokemon, not just fighting them. (PETA jumped on this chance and made a flash based game aganst animal cruelty called Pokemon Black and Blue. If it weren't so hevily laced with superlimimal propaganda, I would aplaud it for being a pretty well done (If short) flash paradoy of Pokemon) What I think the problem is is that people can get a bit overzealous and run something good into the ground, how much they obsess over it (I'm looking at YOU Gangum Style)

But that's enough about Pokemon. :P

Now, this is some real crap here. A newswoman by the name of Rhonda Lee in Alabama, was fired for responding to a comment on Facebook made by a viewer the way her hair looked. Now, before we start jumping to conclusions on how she's wearing a mohawk and has dyed green, here's a picture of her.


Just a nice, African-American showing off her natural hair, nothing too over the top, right? And before we start jumping to conclusions that she went "nigga bitch" on him, here's what she said:

See? It was a nice, calm, diplomatic message intended to inform and not to put anyone down. Now, first things first, the idiot that wrote the comment's spelling sucks, at the very least use your browser's built in spell-check before you write to a public person like that! Secondly, it was just rude and nasty to say to any woman, nay a person in general that they needed to look a certain way! I can take that maybe he didn't know that African-American hair doesn't grow like other ethnicities, but for real, you're gonna go and tell her that she needed to  "grow some more hair"  and ask wether  that the newstation . It makes me want to go hunt down both the dude who made such a stupid post, and the newstation that fired her, but you know what they say, wrong begets wrong, and bad begets bad, so I sent Rhonda my support on Facebook. I think that its important to put positive in a situation like this instead of negative, so I hope that soon there will be a petition that crops up so that I can sign it and try to help her get some sort of justice.

You can read the whole story here, I hope that this gets enough ground so that somethings done about it, I don't think it was fair in the least how she was treated.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful...

...And I'm feeling the effects of it already!  I live on the East Coast, and it was 50 degrees out yesterday. This cold is making everyone sick, including me; that's why there was no blog post yesterday... But fret not; you guy's will be getting two today! Hooray!

The weather is getting me in a Fall mood! Bring on the cider, pomegranates, and pumpkin carving! But nowadays, my family is having such a rough time, we may not be able to do all the things that we usually do around this time of year... Its kind of sad... Its not such a big deal for me though, because I can always start new traditions like cooking new foods and making nature crafts, but it makes me wonder how this whole economic downturn affects the younger generation, not just in the larger ways like school funding and whatnot, but also these little ways, like activities.

When I was younger, I would have a multitude of things to do, from picking pumpkins at our local patch, to festivals and hay rides... It was a really fun time to be a kid! But without as much money to go around, it seems like many of the free events that I grew up with cease to exist, cost money or are downsized. I believe that every child should have some good memories with their family and traditions are one of the best ways to do it! Go jump in some leaves, carve a pumpkin (Or an apple), or just go on a walk together.

All's that to say that if you have kids, little siblings, or just anyone that you love and care about in your life, start a tradition with them, even if you can only afford something small, happy memories are priceless!

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Call Upon... My Spirit Pokemon! Spirit Pokemon Challenge!

Hey there everyone, its been awhile, hasn't it?
Well, I've been focusing on not only my job search, but a new blog for work at home opportunities. Its called Work At Home Teens if you're interested! :D

Other than that, its been pretty quiet, reading some religious texts and getting ready for a slew of birthdays that come up this month (Seriously, like 3 of the people I know are having birthdays this month, and I'm broke. xD)

Oh, and guess what? I found my Spirit Pokemon! For people who haven't heard of this meme, here's a detailed what's what here. Long story short, its kind of a spin off from Native American spirit animals, where someone asks for its help (but in this case, they're more for comic relief and not really help at all)

And... My spirit Pokemon is... Snubbul! The crazy thing about this is that before I even knew about the Spirit Pokemon, my bf said that I remind him of a Snubbull! I have all of the qualities of one; I may be offputting at first, but I'm a kind and caring person deep down- but that dosen't mean that I don't know when to bite!

If you'd like to learn what your spirit Pokemon is, you can follow one of the three methods below:

  1. Physical Cards (Preferred): Go to the nearest store where they sell Pokemon cards, like (Walmart or Toys R' Us) and buy a pack, go home and open it. Then out of all the cards you get in that pack, choose the one that is most like you and
  2.  Random Generator: This is the method that I chose (Because I'm poor, like I said.) Go to both generators here and here at the same time, generate nine Pokemon with all Pokemon included (Six on one and three on the other) and choose the ont that most resembles you between them. If both generate the same Pokemon for one, well... Its fate! You're that one for sure. ^_^
  3. Online Quiz: I haven't tried this way, but if you'd rather have something that's less up to chance and more your personality, use this quiz. (Though to me, it'd wouldn't be so special...)
If there's no clear-cut favorite out of the bunch, then look on Bulbapedia to find out more about the attitudes and tendencies of the Pokes. But one thing that I have to stress is to NOT redo any of the methods just because you don't like the Pokemon that you got; if that was the way you do it, you might as well say its your favorite Poke instead of your spirit one; It has to be up to chance. ;)

A little extra part of the challenge is to get the Pokemon in a game that has it, start the game over agan and trade it to your other one, or if you don't want to ruin all your work put all of your other Pokemon in the box, and start playing all over again with it as your lead or in the TCG and base a deck around it.

And if you're thinking that I'm taking this too seriously... I am.
I love things like this, and I've been a Pokemon fan since Gen 1 back in the 90's. xD

Did you find your spirit Pokemon? Well, share it in the comments below! (I'm actually very intrested in what you guys got!)