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GeekGirl World Participating In Questival Las Vegas

The GeekGirl World team is participating in The 24 hour challenge for Cotopaxi Questival.

What is Questival, you ask? Well, Cotopaxi does a great job explaining it on their page.

Questival is a social adventure race where teams complete challenges to earn points & impress our judges. Winning teams receive trips, cash, gear, and sometimes superpowers. Questival contains two parts: an adventure challenge and a concert at the end of the race. It’s legit.

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Follow our adventures through social media as we attempt to win this challenge!

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All Female Ghostbusters Reboot Has A Cast

Well, sort of. Melissa McCarthy (The Heat), who has been in talks for a lead role in the Paul Feig reboot, has reportedly signed on the dotted line. Now we are just waiting for word that the other members of the supernatural poltergiest hunting dream team, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, have inked their deals. Wiig, McCarthy, and director Feig have teamed up before with the hit Bridesmaids, while Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are breakout featured players on Saturday Night Live.

Feig has been active in promoting his involvement in the film, letting his Twitter followers know that Sony is set to release the film on July 26, 2016, and that he’s pulling out all the stops to make this a girl-power driven movie.

Katie Dippold penned Feig’s female buddy cop comedy The Heat, and just finished working on it’s sequel. Lets hope this reboot can live up to the 1984 film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. We wont mention Ghostbusters II so as not to jynx it!

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Stormtroopers Present Boy with 3D Printed Prosthetic

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Thanks to a 3D printer and some uncharacteristically friendly Stormtroopers, a Georgia boy in need of a new arm now has a totally epic prosthetic that would make even Luke Skywalker green with envy.

Imperial Troopers from the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison took full occupation of the Augusta cinema where 7-year-old Liam Porter just finished watching a movie and surprised him with a completely customized prosthetic arm.

Liam’s new arm was modeled after the technology used in the Star Wars films and television series, and includes a clamp as well as a rail system that is used to slide on different functional attachments.

The prosthetic took creator and 3D printing enthusiast John Porter a total of $300 and 3 months to build.

3D printers are able to print out plastic parts from online designs. Peterson got the idea to create prosthetic after coming across e-NABLE, an online community of people who use 3D printers to create prosthetics. He used a free design template available there to create Liam’s arm.

Once the prosthetic was completed Peterson then recruited the Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison to bring the surprise together.

The group is a volunteer Star Wars cosplay organization that attends charity events and entertains children in hospitals. They even do security for Star Wars related events.

The Empire has declined to comment on this heartwarming act of treachery at  this time.

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A Little MORE CONVERSATION, A Little LESS ACTION, Please!

Dating over the internet is nothing new. In fact, it’s practice is older than what most people may think. Internet dating has just become easier as technology has grown through services like Match.com and OkCupid among others. Now, there are apps for that. However, lately there has been a rise in apps designed to focus on “hooking up” rather than building relationships. A couple in Everett, Washington set out to change that when they launched their app, Talk Or Not, last October. Britney Bachmann, 26, and Garrett Shawstad, 30, created the social messaging app with a specific goal in mind: Don’t be like Tinder!

“We wanted to do the opposite of that, where it’s about conversation and the interactions before you base everything on a photo, It takes away the prejudgments,” Shawstad said in an interview with the Everett Herald.

User profile photos are hidden from other users of the app until a connection is made. Through messaging, a user can decide on whether to talk (or not) to another user, and with continued conversation, profile photos are slowly revealed to each user piece by piece. A total of nine squares have to be unlocked to reveal the full photo. Puzzle game enthusiasts will appreciate that design. 

Talk Or Not App on iOS

It’s an odd thing to put yourself out there for the world to see. Anyone who has a couple of minutes and the ability to search can come across you and your information, but with Talk or Not everything is private and no one knows who the other is.

Garrett Shawstad CEO of Talk Or Not

Technology, like many dating pools, can be hard to navigate. Talk Or Not is built with a simple easy to use interface that uses the GPS of the iPhone (the app is only available on iOS currently), to seek out users based on age, gender, and proximity. Sounds a lot like Tinder on the surface, but the difference is the privacy that it allows its users to maintain unless they see that spark of interest through conversation. Make them work for it! Thats what I say, and this app does just that. Even in a bar scene, where everything is based on looks, they at least should buy you a drink first!

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Ron Burgundy and… Dodge?

I don’t know how to put this… but the Dodge Durango is kind of a big deal.

That’s at least according to Dodge’s newest spokesperson: Ron Burgundy.

In a clever (and, may we add, absolutely hilarious) dual advertising campaign, Dodge has joined forces with Paramount Pictures in a series of new short commercials aimed at advertising both Dodge’s remodeled SUV and Paramount’s new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

In the advertisements, Burgundy (portrayed by Will Ferrell) struggles with the aspect of “MPG”, shoos away dancers who got a little too close to his ride, verbally abuses a horse, and educates the masses into just how much gum can fit in the Durango’s glove box. Spoiler Alert! It’s 70.

Check out just a few of the advertisements!

You can watch even more on youtube here.

What was your favorite advertisement? let us know in the comments below!

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Charlie Hunnam Is Christian Grey

charlie-hunnamThose of us awaiting with eager anticipation for casting news about the upcoming adaptation of the EL James novel Fifty Shades of Grey just had our prayers answered! Or have we? Charlie Hunnam, the star of the hit FX show, Sons of Anarchy, has been cast as the enigmatic Mr. Grey opposite newcomer Dakota Johnson (the progeny of Hollywood legends Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) as Anastasia Steele.

Hunnam’s other credits include: Pacific Rim, Children of Men, Cold Mountain, Nicholas Nickelby and Green Street Hooligans.

Using her twitter account to break the news, James wrote the following successive tweets that already have fandom buzzing:

 

 

Not everyone is pleased with the casting news with many fans still promoting personal favorites like Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder as better casting choices.

 

 

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released by Focus Features on Aug. 1, 2014, in North America. The central theme of the movie being the steamy relationship between a college student (Anastasia Steele) and a young elite billionaire (Christian Grey.)

Let us know what you think about this! Personally, I think Charlie is a great choice and will bring the same level of intensity, intrigue, and machismo that he has exhibited in past roles, including that of Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy. Clearly he has demonstrated through his body of work how talented and versatile he truly is, and will be able to take the character of Christian Grey to the next level.

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College Humor’s Social Media Campaign For Dreadlock Banana

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College Humor has stepped up to help out a guy who reportedly lost all $2,600 of his life savings at a carnival game. Yes, you read that correctly.

The popular site has launched a “Like This Post” campaign where each like on this specific post will put $0.10 towards the $2,600 purchase price that College Humor plans to offer Henry Gribbohm, the New Hampshire man with bad luck at the carnival, for his giant stuffed dreadlock banana.

Gribbohm says he got caught up in the moment before realizing he had blown through $2,600 while trying to win his kids an Xbox 360. Instead of winning the top prize of the Xbox, all he walked away with was an oversized stuffed banana. Gribbohm now claims the game was rigged, and is contemplating a lawsuit while police are investigating whether any fraud occurred. The carnival operators did give Gribbohm $600 of his money back when he returned the next day to complain, which incidentally is more than enough to buy a 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle at the Microsoft Store.

College Humor states that this is no laughing matter, and they are completely serious about buying the banana for a $2,600 price tag. They have even upped the ante where if they get 30,000 likes, they will buy the banana and the Xbox that Gribbohm was trying to win.

Considering how much advertising revenue and hits could be potentially generated by this one post, College Humor might be getting off cheaply, and getting a nice stuffed banana in the process.

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Spotlight on Sketch Royale

Hi ladies! I may have just found the most addicting and fun web series of 2013!

On January 31st, Machina Prime debuted Sketch Royale, a weekly project on YouTube in which “four teams tackle the same theme to produce four completely different sketches.” The results are often random, awkward, and hilarious, with subscribers unofficially choosing who they feel created the most entertaining video. To date, a variety of actors, comedians, and animators have come together to create videos on everything from Chinese New Year to Valentine’s Day. Sketch Royale has quickly become a YouTube favorite, with videos collecting over 50,000 views in the first month since the project launched. Be sure to check out their page frequently, as new sketches debut each Thursday!

Recently, GeekGirl World had the chance to interview Good Cops and Dr. Coolsex, two of the four contributors who helped launch this exciting project with the first video, titled The Super Bowl. Check out their awesome interviews below and click on the links for more information!

GOOD COPS

Good Cops created the first video seen on Sketch Royale.
Good Cops created the first video seen on Sketch Royale.

Your skit was about making the perfect Super Bowl commercial. Any favorite (or least favorite) television commercials from Super Bowl XLVII (47)?

Noel (Sledge): Well, I’m a dork who likes to get all emotional, and my family back in Australia are farmers, so I really liked the “God Made a Farmer” spot that Chrysler did.

Jacob (Nicky): Even though we were sort of poking fun at the ‘Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl’ contest with our sketch, I ended up laughing hysterically at that Doritos “Goat” spot. So random, yet so funny.

While this segment was animated, your body of work includes a lot of live-action entertainment as well. What are the pros and cons of each style? Do you prefer one over the other?

Noel (Sledge): Well first of all our animators, Chris and Dustin, do 90% of the work for these and because that is the case it enables the rest of us to work on other projects, so in that regard it’s easier because we can split up the workload. Also, you can make an animated character do anything, be anywhere and have anything happen to them which is freeing and also very fun. That said, because the Internet is such a high-speed, low budget medium, you don’t have time to put in the tiny details with an animated piece that you sometimes wish you could. Live action is almost entirely the opposite. You are fairly limited with what a character can do, where you can put him and what you can do to him, because all of this must exist in the real world, so the writing takes more time and more creativity. But you make up for that with details, you can have a character do something very specific and very unique to a situation and often is is that which makes the piece interesting or noteworthy.

Derek (Perkins): This was my first time doing voice over (Derek voiced the character of ‘The Director’). I’ve auditioned for a few but was never cast, so I was nervous that I wouldn’t have the right stuff. I’ve been working with Clayton (Good Cops Director) for almost 2 years now so I thought I’d been through it all. I was wrong. We spent 5 hours in a studio going through each line, over and over and over again. I drank about 2 gallons of water that day, my voice was sore by the second hour. For one line Clayton told me to pretend I was on death row and I was walking down the green mile. “Be at peace with it.” he said, “Let everything go, you’re walking to your death and you’re fine with it, and ACTION!”. So that was an interesting day.

Jacob (Nicky): One of the pros is just experimenting with our voices for different characters. I revealed my secret skill of doing a ‘heavy metal’ voice with about 3 different octaves happening at the same time. The guys were convinced I was possessed.

DR. COOLSEX

Dr. Coolsex proves to be a fan favorite, appearing in multiple Sketch Royale videos.
Dr. Coolsex, a Sketch Royale favorite, collaborates often.

Your video revolved around a fan-made commercial contest. Let’s just say there were some interesting winners. Have you ever won a contest you didn’t expect to win, or lost one that you thought you had “in the bag”? Tell us about it!
Alex: We competed in SyFy’s “Viral Video Showdown” against the comedy superstars P0ykpac. We did our best, but after the smoke cleared, we found ourselves without the five thousand dollar prize. It would have been disappointing if it weren’t so much fun. Plus, we got to fly out to LA on their dime, so that’s pretty neat. We may have lost the competition, but we’ll always have our Splash Mountain photo.

Viewers loved the fun clothes featured in your video, including a Robocop shirt, a 90s-Nickelodeon-inspired Jacket, and a Wile E. Coyote tie. Where did you find the wardrobe for this project?

Greg: Those clothes are a part of my personal wardrobe– minus the Wile E. Coyote tie, which Alex wears un-ironically to work. All three of us have growing collections of fun clothes that we wear to add some silliness to our already silly videos. Keep an eye out for our matching Adidas track suits in our President Rap music video!

Your body of work includes homages to 90s pop culture, including Nickelodeon’s Doug and Hey Arnold!, as well as Super Mario. How would you compare 90s shows and games to those of today? Do you favor one over the other?

Dustin: We love the 90s because we grew up in the 90s and it strikes a chord with our collective nostalgia. Whether the shows and games of the 90s are actually better than today doesn’t matter, what matters is that they make us feel young again. They remind us of the care free days of Stick Stickly, Gushers and Street Fighter 2. Everyone believes that things were better when they were kids because that’s the time when we had no worries or responsibilities. The 90s were the best because they shaped us into who we became. The 90s are ingrained in our DNA and it’s an instant point of connection to anyone that loved pop culture during that time. We love the 90s because the 90s are us.

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Interview: Chris Voigt, Creator Of Space Adventure Legend Quest

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Chris Voigt, has already created a buzz on YouTube with his animations on his own channel SexuaLobster.  Now, he’s teamed up with Machinima’s Happy Hour channel to bring us Space Adventure Legend Quest, a series about a space crew who find new and creative ways to pass the time while traveling through the infinite abyss. The first episode already has over 100,000 views. With Episode 2 premiering today, I got the opportunity to chat with Chris about animation, and just exactly what we are in for with this new series.

Ari – When did you start sketching/drawing comics?

Chris – As soon as I could clutch a crayon in my talons.

Ari – What animation style and/or creators have had the most influence on your work in either traditional comics or animation?

Chris – The artist who has had the most influence on me is easily Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball Z.  When I first started animating, my style was embarrassingly similar to Toriyama’s.  But, I grew out of it.

Ari – How did you get interested in Flash animation?

Chris – I was studying “Multimedia”, whatever that means, and it was one of the programs I was introduced to.  I’d tried making cartoons previously with scanned drawings, but it was a frustratingly slow process.

Ari – Are you completely self-taught and what books would you recommend to others interested in animation?

Chris – No, I have a Bachelor degree in Animation.  I don’t think I had the right mindset to study animation outside the framework of a course and get very far.  I had to be forced to learn things that in retrospect I’m glad I know.  For example, life drawing.  I hate doing it, but it really improved my drawing.  If you want to be good at animation, even as a hobby, go to life drawing classes.  Like many animators, I think that the best book to start you off is The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Also, Burne Hogarth’s anatomy books really helped me.

Ari – Do you prefer working in the digital medium and/or what are your favorite tools to use for artwork?

Chris – Actually, I almost never draw on paper now.  I probably should do it often, but after 10 hours of animation I never feel like it.  I find the Flash brush tool is adequate for sketching though.

Ari – How would you classify your brand of comedy?

Chris – Absurdism, I guess.  I collaborate with other writers for my non-SALQ films, most often with my friend Peter, so I think what unifies my films is the animation rather than the writing, which I think is pretty diverse.

Ari – What is the idea behind Space Adventure Legend Quest? (Kind of reminded me a little of Sea Lab 2021 on Adult Swim, but in space. LOL)

Chris – Those early Adult Swim shows showed me that you could make an engaging show that is worth watching with only a limited number of poses.  I mean, I knew it was possible to make a show with about 5 drawings, but I’d never sat through more than 5 minutes of the Flintstones or Scooby-Doo if you know what I mean.  I don’t usually use this technique for my films, so it was fun to try it out with SALQ.  Plot wise, it is set in the distant future when Earth is no longer habitable, and a colony ship with the last surviving humans are searching for a new planet to live on, but the guy in charge has different priorities.

Ari – Can you give us a brief character breakdown of the main cast on Space Adventure Legend Quest?

Chris – No.  Just kidding.  Captain Drake is egotistical, chauvinistic, reckless and vain.  He likes soaking in hot water and is bitter his singing career never took off.  The Lieutenant is intelligent and competent, and cares passionately about the mission.  The Sergeant isolates himself physically and mentally from the rest of the crew and wanders around in a tracksuit.  The Cadet is easy going but not very forceful and likes the Captain a little bit too much.

Ari – The Lieutenant is not only the voice of reason, but comes off as a strong character, what was the inspiration behind her?

Chris – I wanted to have a strong female character who is not defined by her relationship to males in the show, but given that she is the only female character I’m not certain if I’ve succeeded as she generally reacts to them.  In episode 5 the Captain puts a soft porn calendar on the wall and she burns it.  I thought it was ok because she wasn’t accepting casual sexism in the workplace but when my girlfriend saw it she said I was making her act like a stereotypical angry feminist.  I guess I have a lot to learn about portraying a strong woman who isn’t cliché.

Ari – What kind of fine oil does Captain Drake use on his mustache, and has he ever thought about waxing?

Chris – Aah, I’m glad you asked.  The Captain has a limited supply of rare, highly illegal walrus grease.  Wax is good for special occasions and wax parties but it is too rigid and unbending for everyday moustache activities.

Ari – What’s next after Space Adventure Legend Quest, and will you continue doing animations under SexuaLobster?

Chris – Actually, I regret starting animating under the name SexuaLobster.  When I registered my YouTube account in 2006 I had no idea it would become a place where so much of my energy would go towards.  I probably should have picked a more appropriate name.  I’ve got a pilot show called Ragemelon – Plump and Juicy coming out on the Happy Hour channel on Monday.  I also have a music video called “Rectal Computer” that will go up on my channel sometime in the next week.

Follow Chris on his YouTube Channel – SexuaLobster

And watch new episodes of Space Adventure Legend Quest on Happy Hour

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Interview with Ricky “Rickonia” Smith of Follow Me: The Rickonia Experience

Ricky Smith has become a social media celebrity tweeting about his daily life and his witty observations on pop culture. He has also become somewhat of a cult legend by crashing parties and meeting some of the hottest celebrities in the business. Now Ricky is taking his “Rickonia Experience” on the ultimate road trip, and he is going to be filming all the way. Follow Me: The Rickonia Experience is a Kickstarter project to raise money to help produce the film that will not only showcase Ricky’s comedic exploits, but also follow him around the country as he takes a social media journey to meet followers, crash parties, and do whatever. I had the chance to chat with Ricky about life and how he likes to live it.

Ari: Your motto is “Live life to the fullest.” Can you explain a little bit behind the personal meaning of that phrase to you?

Ricky: I think people think way too big when it comes to living life to the fullest. It’s not always about becoming this big time famous ‘xyz’ or doing something crazy. I think living life to the fullest is about enjoying life. It is about being grateful. Whether it’s enjoying a beer or just taking a walk. It is knowing that life is good and could be so much worse. If you always keep that at the forefront of your thinking, then good, fun things will follow.

Ari: Who is your favorite comic book hero, and did you ever dream of being a superhero when you grew up?

Ricky: That’s an easy one! BATMAN!!! Only because he is just an ordinary guy (all be it rich as hell) with no super powers. I honestly thought I was going to grow up to be his eventual replacement.

Ari: How would you classify your brand of comedy?

Ricky: I honestly wouldn’t say what I’m doing is comedy. I think it’s more living in the moment. Just knowing that tomorrow is not given, so why not just live for today. When people TRULY live by this motto, comedy and laughter is sure to follow.

Ari: What was the craziest thing you ever did on your Rickonia Adventures?

Ricky: That’s a hard one. Ummmm probably drinking 10 vodka shots in a minute. Or snuck into the MTV Awards pretending to be a certain celebrity that people think I look like.

Ari: Do you get star struck when meeting famous people and crashing parties?

Ricky: No. Half the time I’m too drunk to remember until someone shows me the pictures online the next day.

Ari: Who have you met who has impacted you the most?

Ricky:I met Selita Ebanks many years ago and we have remained close close friends ever since. Tichina Arnold is another good friend that my antics has allowed me to meet and become really close with. Oh and I can’t forget Redfoo and the entire LMFAO crew. Michael Irving and Suge Knight might have given me the coolest stories.

Ari: What are some of the places you are planning to go on your cross country trip for the film?

Ricky: I plan on going some of everywhere! I am excited about seeing the entire US. I think every place and everyone has a great story. Not just the big cities like NYC and LA, but the small town with two traffic lights and a gas station. Those are the places I think the best stories will come out of.

Ari: Is there any place you will refuse to go or anything you will refuse to do on this trip?

Ricky: Nope. I am open to going everywhere and doing everything as long as my life and anus aren’t in jeopardy, I’m down.

Ari: What is your best recommended method for getting over a hangover, and does it really work?

Ricky: Drink more. Can’t have a hangover if you stay drunk.

Ari: What warnings or advice do you have to give people, especially women, about the hard partying lifestyle?

Ricky: Know your own personal limits. Partying is fun but only if everyone is having fun. Nobody wants to babysit the drunk mofo in the corner throwing up. If you are a lightweight, get your weight up in the off season, but leave the weak stuff at home.

Ari: What other projects besides the film are you working on?

Ricky: Working on a coffee table book and getting a date with Tatyana Ali.

Ricky has met his goal for funding but he could use everyone’s help in getting to at least 500 backers on Kickstarter. Pledge just a dollar for the chance to just be in on the hilarious updates on the project that are sure to follow!

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