ToyCon is like mid-year Christmas for geeks in the Philippines, and it is happening right now, June 14 to 16, 2013! You, being a reader of this humble blog, are very likely the type of person who would want to go to ToyCon and wish for it to never end. I'm sure you guys don't need convincing, but just in case, here are few good reasons to go.
Picture somewhat unrelated, but I know this will make YOU click on the post.
I go to ToyCon mostly to gawk at things I can never really afford, like the SSV Normandy replica and the awesome busts and statues but what I love the most is that it truly is a gathering of like-minded people. Try listening in on conversations around you. You'll hear people talking about what they love with a passion of a thousand burning suns. Earlier today, two gents were discussing which Captain America story arc would be the most likely candidate for Captain America 3 if ever that gets made. And they were throwing ideas around like crazy. Keep your ears open, you'll hear a lot of interesting things.
- Category: General Geekery
- Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 02:03
- Written by Romeo Moran
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What do hip-hop music and pro wrestling have in common?
Is it the crazy personalities present in both? Is it the bravado, the braggadocio, the swagger that comes with the territory, with each character? Is it the beat and rhythm and time each must follow? Is it the storytelling inherently possible in both mediums?
No matter how far their similarities run, one thing remains true: they’ve never been married perfectly. They might be co-dependent on each other – especially wrestling as music is one of its important elements – but they’ve never really been completely synthesized into a flawless combination.
Not until now, though.
California rapper Billy Gram (most probably named after wrestling legend “Superstar” Billy Graham and not the American televangelist) is about to change all that. He’s a wrestling fan and a hip-hop artist who loves both so much that he’s willing to make it work between the two of them. He wants to show you that not only can wrestling and hip-hop go together, but they can go together well. And if he sets the world on fire in the process, that’s only icing on the cake.
And because I also loved both, I was immediately a fan. And when I’m a fan of something, I get all curious about it. I reached out to the man in order to pick his brain and fortunately for me – and for you if you’re a fan of both hip-hop and pro wrestling – he was more than willing to oblige.
Image from DJBooth.net
So hey, man. Please introduce yourself real quick, and briefly tell us, in your own words and vision, about the music you're making.
Fasho. First, I go by Billy Gram, most my friends, my family, my comrades call me “Gram.” I’m from a special place called the Bay Area, my city being Fairfield, CA and I represent a situation called Fresh Music. I guess you could say I march to the beat of my own drum when it comes to rapping. I’m probably as big a pro wrestling fan as I am a hip-hop fan, so every now and then I like to try and marry those worlds. I’m always optimistic people are and will be receptive of it. I think it puts an interesting spin on what I bring to the table musically.
Looks like Castle Geek is expanding! You know that new Glorietta section with a bunch of stores from Park Square? I really like that new area - they've got a bunch of electronics stores, a Filbar's, a Neutral Grounds and a Lil's, among other cool shops. Castle Geek is now going to join them.
Come June 1, 2013, Castle Geek will open their second shop at the 3rd floor, unit 350 Neutral Grounds, in Glorietta 2.
This is pretty cool. Even though the original Castle Geek is closer to where I live, I find Glorietta a lot more convenient. I'm there a lot more often, too. Now, you won't have to travel all the way to B-Side to grab your weekly comic books. If Comixs Hub and the other Castle Geek are any indications, they're always well stocked and they always take care of their customers.
Besides comics, they also have hard to find collectibles and toys. They had those Adventure Time toys a few weeks back. Pretty sure they still have them in stock. Every now and again, Castle Geek gets exclusive stuff in stock.
This Saturday, June 1, come over to their new store and join the fun. They'll have a book signing with Rod Espinosa's Steampunk Snow White, Peejay Catacutan's Xenoglyphs, and Andrew Villar's Ambush Omnibus.
For more deets, check out their Facebook page.
- Category: General Geekery
- Created on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:58
- Written by Dominic Dimagmaliw
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Hi, guys! Advocate Pinoy here, your occasional toy reviewer. I would like to share this contest of ours at Gnarly! and it is the second part of the Gnarly! Giveaway series. It is time for us to give back to our supporters and fans and now, we are giving away a 16GB iPad Mini!
You can check out Gnarly.ph and find out more about the brand and the designs. We are releasing new designs soon! Stay tuned! There are just 3 easy steps. The contest will run until the end of the month, May 31, 2013! Join now!
- Category: General Geekery
- Created on Monday, 11 February 2013 12:33
- Written by Bim
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With the Year of the Snake well upon us, many of us are eager to find out what the future has in store for us, because where the moon is at the time of your birth totally controls your life day by day. Using our super powers of prediction, we will tell you your fortunes for the Snake year. Forget that whole "free will" thing. This predetermined destiny thing is where it's at.
This is how it works. Depending on the year of your birth, you are classified under a certain animal as a label. There are 12 zodiacs altogether and they cycle around every 12 years. This means that you share your destiny with exactly 1/12 of the population of the Earth. Don't try to argue.