October 12, 2008


Just a short Hiatus here at Effect 37 while I wait for a brand new Alienware system to arrive.  Also, I'm likely looking into a swap to a "real" domain, so I can get the layout the way I really want it (rather than having to break it up into multiple blogger pages.)

I'll keep you up to date, thanks for the patience!

September 9, 2008

Spore: Universal Perfection

EA's Spore was released this past weekend... and it is mouth-watering delicious gaming goodness. Ignore the haters whining about copy-protection and get your law-abiding butt into Reflections for the scoop on how this is THE must have game, period.

September 7, 2008

List of Books Banned by Sarah Palin!

Mindflow has an amazing link to Sarah Palin's banned book list, thanks to Catsandbeer.com!

September 5, 2008

Jon Stewart Shows the Warpublican Hypocrisy

Ah, the absolute genius of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. In this particular instance in Reflections today, we have the former totally showing, on film, with no debate possible, the hypocrisy of the Warpublican party. Rove, O'Reilly and Hannity... oh, if only he had included some of Rush Limburger's infinite pool of lies. Still, this is a must watch for those wishing to be informed in this most critical of elections.

September 4, 2008

Countering the Spin

Well the lies have wrapped up in the Twin Cities, and the Bush twin has had his say. Now it's time to educate yourself on the spin that was performed as only Warpublicans know how to do.

September 3, 2008

Original Poetry: Shattered Glass

Today's Wordcraft entry is a new original poetry entry.  Wake up your inner muse and take a look, see if the entry speaks to you.

September 2, 2008

Particle Physics Rap, Yo

Get your funky bone ready, Mindflow has a rhythmic delight for all you scientist rappers out there.

Wait- what do you mean there are no scientist rappers out there?  That's what you think.  Go check out the following, and you'll soon join the crowd!

August 29, 2008

Creating Custom Clothing- for Cash!

Ever have the perfect idea for a T-shirt? I have just the creative outlet for you then. Stop by Mindflow and unleash your inner designer!

August 27, 2008

Creative Writing Online Resources

Today's quick message in Wordcraft tips you off to a possibly unexpected source of writing information, tools and tips- all at the end of your mouse!

August 26, 2008

Spore: New "Space Portion" Video!

Check out the new Spore video that was recently released in today's Mindflow video!

August 25, 2008

Flowing Sands

Some soothing, peaceful and creative art in Mindflow today.

August 22, 2008

Prince: Fighting For Artist Rights, and Suffering Abuses

The internet (and now mainstream media) are jumping on the bandwagon of a recent story- the breaking of copyright law by a woman on YouTube, inappropriately using a Prince song in a video of her dancing babies. Seems harmless enough, you say? No harm done? And by Prince's companies sending DMCA takedowns, he's being a bully?

Wrong, you are.

Become educated on the matter here:

August 21, 2008

A Shave and a Haircut... Worthy of Revenge?

Every so often, live television provides a moment that transcends the rest of its best moments. More often than not, it's when someone creative does something unexpected.

In this case... well, there's a casualty. One cool haircut, for the cost of television comedy gold.

August 20, 2008

Effect 37's Ultimate Entertainment List

Never before have you been witness to such a painstakingly-arrived at effort in providing you, the reader, with Effect 37's Ultimate Entertainment List!

(Seriously, I've never before given effort to it, so you've never witnessed it. But you should check it out- it might get you thinking!)

August 19, 2008

Feeding Your Creative Beast

Wordcraft today dares to enter into the lair of the writer's finicky companion animal- your creativity beast! Should you simply give up once you experience writer's block? Of course not!

Take a look to find out how you can feed the beast and keep your creative juices flowing.

August 18, 2008

Clone Wars- Hated by Many, Loved by Me!

Today's Reflections is my opinion on the new Star Wars animation "The Clone Wars"- although I really discuss the movie less than I do the continuing jadedness that is prevalent in the younger generations in today's world!

August 14, 2008

Australians Making Fun of New Zealand Accents

What do we have in Mindflow today? Why, a video mocking the quaint dialect of the native New Zealander, as shared on the Flight of the Conchords MySpace blog recently.

August 13, 2008

The Difference Between Nerds, Geeks and Dorks

People are constantly calling themselves or others nerds, geeks and/or dorks. But the problem is- they're using the terms incorrectly or interchangeably! Here's a primer on how to use these terms (if you must) correctly as their updated definitions stand...

August 12, 2008

Where's the U.S. Spirit of Creativity Gone?

I don't know about you, but I'm not pleased with some of my fellow citizens currently. We're a highly divided nation, and it seems to be getting worse. But it makes me wonder- what happened to the spirit the United States had no so long ago?

August 11, 2008

Gaming- The Maligned Hobby

Gamers sure get a ton of grief from the non-gamers out there. What's up with the judgment that goes on currently? People are out there that actually think gaming is something to "grow out of"... Where are they going wrong with this mindset? Let's find out...

August 8, 2008

China Pulls Out of the Olympics!?

In Mindflow is some truly amazing news today! It seems China is withdrawing from the Olympics!

Or are they? What are those amazingly creative people at the Onion up to now?

August 7, 2008

This Post Sucks!

I have a pet peeve: The phrase "that sucks"- or any variant thereof. First, it's overused. Second, it's used when it's so not true. And third... I see it as a growing problem.

What problem do I speak of? Put on your reading glasses and consider the following...

August 6, 2008

Paris Hilton Embarasses the Warpublican Candidate!

Today's Mindflow video is all over the news, because of the tiny little unimportant presidential election I heard about a few months back that's coming up here in the United States.

Check out the hysterical put-in-your-place that the little hottie-yet-not-so-popular managed to score with!

August 5, 2008

Get These Five Women Leading Roles, Already!

While there are many actresses seeking their first big break, there are some out there that simply should automatically have a leading role in either their own television show or the movies... Here's Effect 37's top five list of leading-ladies-in-need.

Take a look, and suggest your own!

August 4, 2008

Death of the English Language

In Wordcraft today I nip at a pet peeve of mine- How the younger generations' mindset is killing the English language. Check it out, you're going to like it!

August 1, 2008

An Accurate New Name for "MMORPGs".

Today in Reflections I discuss a pet peeve of mine regarding everyone's favorite genre of games, the "Massively Multiplayer" variety. I have a solution to a problem of which gamers don't even seem to be aware!

The Effect 37 "Stubborn" IQ Quiz!

Hopefully if you've arrived at this post, you have been sent here from quiz questions elsewhere on the web to get some answers and see how you've done! I'll repeat the questions here in case you've stumbled onto this directly. If you haven't seen the quiz yet, try not to look at the answers before coming up with your own answer first!

This "IQ" quiz (and I use that term loosely) is to test what you think you know against what is actual truth- and how stubborn you are in being willing to change your thinking in the future!

This is all on the honor system- no automatic grading here... Be honest with yourself- how else can you become a better person? =D

1.) In biblical concepts, what is "the number of the beast"?

"Stubborn" Answer to #1.) 666, dude! It's the devil's digits!

Factual Answer to #1.) 616. Researchers recently discovered that 666 was a mistranslation based on recent documents found. In fact, 666 was a reference to Nero, not the number of the beast. The actual number of the beast has been determined to be 616.

Don't believe me? Here's proof.

2.) In what year did the most recent new millennium start?

"Stubborn" Answer to #2.) 2000, dude! We partied like it was 1999, and rang in the new millennium when we flipped to 2000- no more "1" in front- that means it's a new millennium obviously!

Factual Answer to #2.) 2001. This greatly confuses people, but consider this... Count to ten. Wait- what was that first number you just said? *1*. You did not start counting to ten with *0*.

Don't believe me? Here's proof.

3.) How many sides does a stop sign have?

"Stubborn" Answer to #3.) 8, duh! It's an octagon!

Factual Answer to #3.) 10. What? You disagree? I dare you deny it: 8 sides for the 8 edges, and the front side and the back side. You see- a stop sign is a 3 dimensional object. Therefore, the front and the back are in fact a side! The only way "8" is the correct answer to this question is if you ask how many sides a stop sign *shape* has- drawn on paper, it would of course only have 8.

4.) What did the legendary musician Prince change his name to in the 90's?

"Stubborn" Answer to #4.) He changed it to this weird symbol and he was going by "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince".

Factual Answer to #4.) Prince changed his name to his logo, which was an *unpronounceable* symbol (combining the male and female symbols with a horn flourish). The symbol has no name, period. Prince never called himself "The Artist" or "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince". The media, not able to deal with a person with no pronounceable name, landed upon the lengthy moniker- to which Prince latched on as a humorous result of the social experiment aspect of his name change.

The reason for Prince's name change was purely a brilliant business move. Warner Brothers was trying to stifle Prince through their contract, and he found the loophole- the contract said "Prince" couldn't do certain things. Therefore, just as a band changes their name, Prince changed his- able to do whatever he desired under his new silent moniker free of Warner Brother's meddling.

To be accurate, when referring to his albums over the years, you should not mix the use of "Prince" with the use of the symbol. For instance, the classic "The Gold Experience" albums was performed by O(+>, not Prince!

5.) What's wrong with the following sentence? ... "Your stupid!", the teenager said to another kid he was not fond of.

"Stubborn" Answer to #5.) Everyone knows (that paid attention in school) that you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition! So, that sentence should read... "Your stupid!", the teenager said to another kid of which he was not fond.

Factual Answer to #5.) Bravo on getting one part right- of course you shouldn't end sentences with a preposition, so your fix is indeed a solution. But you probably missed the other mistake that is far, far worse! (I'm hoping you didn't!)

For the last time, people: "Your" is possessive. "You're" is short for "You are". It is NEVER correct to use "Your" in substitute for "You're". Saying "Your stupid" is not a complete sentence! You are trying to say "You are stupid!". If you use "your", you're trying to say something about the "stupid" someone has or owns- which makes NO sense whatsoever!

Learn your Your/You're skills! (And don't forget to brush up on their/they're/there while you're at it!)

So how'd you do? Did you discover you've had a stubborn mindset all along? Well, look- if you're unaware of the answers in the first place, that's not quite being stubborn, is it?

The question is- now that you know... will you continue to use the wrong answers? If so, then in fact you've failed the "stubborn" quiz! Shame on you!

If you enjoyed such mind-puzzles (educational as they are!) And had fun wandering around in the land of creative mind games, make sure to visit Effect 37 here on Blogger often- anything and everything creative is and will be discussed to keep that brain flowing with creative juices of the best kind!

Thanks for visiting- bookmark or subscribe, and come back often!

July 31, 2008

What is Happiness in an Afterlife?

With the recent passing of my grandmother, I thought I'd post this blog I wrote a short while back. It's a creative consideration of existing ideas concerning the existence of an afterlife, and what would be necessary for true happiness for a person living in such a state.

July 30, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Genius Web Film

Mindflow today sends you on through the vastness of the Internet to the Girl's Entertainment Network to check out Becky "Aktrez" Young's post on Joss Whedon's truly amazing "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog".

Two birds with one stone: Highly creative web site and community, check! Amazingly creative and genius web film, check!

July 29, 2008

The Humans Are Dead

Today's Mindflow video should make you laugh your ass off... if not, please seek immediate treatment for your funny bone!

July 28, 2008

Original Short Story: "To Serve"

Please enjoy the following original short story submission in Wordcraft! After the story, I discuss a few salient points about the work.

July 25, 2008

X(-Files) Marks the Spot

The latest movie from Chris Carter's classic X-Files series hit theaters this weekend. What's the word on this offering? I went to see it today- and I want to believe you're interested in what I thought!

July 24, 2008

Book Recommendation: The Gap Series

In Wordcraft today I have an amazing reading suggestion for you. Regardless of if you like science fiction or not, this five book series will leave you rapidly turning the pages in an effort to know "the real story".

July 22, 2008

Prepare to Experience Effect 37!


I was in the process of working on a new blog theme recently when T.S. (that's the little not-as-cute-as-Wall-E robot up top there- wave, T.S.!) happened to fuse the universal selection controller and managed to get it stuck on Effect 37- which thankfully was "Creativity Contemplated".

I say "thankfully", because frankly, I love creativity and find it highly interesting to discuss. I also say "thankfully", because Effect 36 was "Bananas Bemoaned" and Effect 38 was "Ducks Disintegrated".

Now mind you, I'm sure we could have had a fun time watching Ducks go "phoomph!" for at least a few weeks, but frankly the whole concept would have been a dead horse (duck?) pretty quickly. As to bemoaning bananas, well, I'm not certain how to go about that for longer than a few hours at best.

So here we are then! I've tried to organize the blog into sections for your viewing pleasure (and my production nightmare). Let's take a tour of the areas, shall we?

In Reflections, I intend to engage your mind with interesting conversations on creativity in all of its forms. Stop for a minute- you're thinking of the obvious... painting, reading, dancing, writing, and so on. Did you ever consider that there is creativity in philosophy? Politics? Sports? In fact, most areas of life contain creativity. Therefore, be prepared- just about any topic could pop up in Reflections!

Next we have Wordcraft, your one-stop source for all things in regards to the process of creative writing. I'll discuss general writing concepts, share some other people's work on the web, and even try to find some great tips and tricks of the trade. From poetry to the great novel, we'll touch on a bit of everything. I'll also spotlight my own writing efforts on as consistent a basis as possible... and if you know writers, you'd know that "consistent" is not a keyword we recognize. If you are interested in writing, stop in to Wordcraft!

Last we have the fun brain-candy of Mindflow. Here we'll run through the jungle of creativity that is the internet and sample from its bountiful platter. Bring a machete, your sense of humor and your sense of awe- I'll have the most popular viral videos, incredible artwork and just about anything under the sun that tickles those creative juices until they spill all over. If you want to oooh and ahhh, stop by Mindflow.

So there we have it! Your tour is complete! Feel free to bond to a particular area, or sweep through the whole collection... there should be something for everyone interested in the contemplation of creativity!

On behalf of T.S., I once again welcome you to Effect 37 and hope you enjoy yourself!


Too Dark a Knight? The Online War of Words.

While Batman swooped into theaters this past weekend, running over records in his Tumbler, there has begun a war of words online between the lovers and the haters. What's your take?

Write That Novel... Sooner Than You Think!

Learn about National Novel Writing Month in today's Wordcraft entry. Embrace your inner author and join other brave writers in this Herculean creative event.

Master of the Guitar? Check.

Take a trip to guitar heaven on audial wings with today's Mindflow video featuring Tom Petty and Prince from the 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.