Saturday, February 28, 2015

Geekdom Madness 2015

So tomorrow starts another exciting Geekdom Madness competition. I already went over the details here, but today I will unveil this year's breakdown so you can all start thinking about who you want to vote for:

Click to enlarge and try to bleed from your eyeballs

If your computer lets you blow it up large enough to actually read, you'll notice a modest increase in female characters competing this year. This was intentional - it bothered me how few female characters came to my mind last time so I made it a point to think about how many women were really amongst my favorites in fiction - and who I wouldn't mind having win.

The preliminaries start in the morning and, again, we'll have two votes each week. Happy voting!

More Interesting Test Poll Results

The Lord of the Rings one wasn't that surprising. Fellowship's 6 votes barely passed King's 5. Two Towers only got 2 and Bakshi only got 1 vote.

More surprising is the Hobbit one. First of all, it got three more total votes than the LotR one! Moreover, Unexpected Journey (my personal favorite) had a runaway 9 votes. The classic Rankin-Bass animation was second with 5. Desolation got 2, and Battle got 1.

Stay Tuned for an overdue announcement....

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Power of Pixels

(Originally Written for Jedi News)

Computer-Generated Imagery. CGI. For most people who make no secret of their disappointment for Episodes I-III, this is one of the biggest berserk buttons. The prevailing theory is that I-III lacked “soul” and “energy,” because they eschewed practical elbow-grease for flashy computers for all their visual effects.

"You mean they didn't get a few hundred extras with dinosaurs?"

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Informal Poll for Fun...Interesting Results

So last month I put a poll up for fun, about what everyone's favorite Star Wars movie was, and it got almost double the amount of votes than any of the Geekdom Madness contests. I also found the results fairly interesting.

1. A tie between Empire and Sith with 8 votes each, 25% of the polls. Which means 50% of the votes were between these two films.
2. A surprising second is my own favorite Phantom, with 6 votes (19%)
3. Jedi had 4 votes (12%)
4. Clones got 3 votes (9%)
5. Perhaps most surprisingly, Hope was dead last with 2 votes (6%)

I mean, I am in no way suggesting that this is an accurate cross-section of the entire fandom, but I did find it intriguing that the results went this way.

I'll be testing out more polls in preparation for GM 2015