Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Elmo will live on.

If you read this blog you probably know that I am HUGE Sesame Street fan.  One of the highlights of my "Life List" (instead of a morbid "Bucket List" I prefer to keep track of the cool things I've already had a chance to do) is meeting Kevin Clash, Elmo's puppeteer

The news today that Clash has resigned his post has left me heartbroken.  Not because of Elmo, as Sesame Workshop said in a statement: 
"Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of 'Sesame Street' to engage, educate and inspire children around the world," 
We all adjusted to "new" Kermit, and after a few episodes and some time, kids won't notice a difference with Elmo either.  Clash has created a legacy with Elmo that will survive his leaving.  Though, I'm sure giving up performing Elmo will cause him some grief.  I'm pretty sure Elmo has a life of his own, and I
m pretty sure Clash loves him.

I'm more upset because Clash was a huge part of the Sesame Workshop team.  He co-executive produced Sesame Street, and was the Muppet Captain on the show.  Footage from the documentary Being Elmo  shows Clash traveling around the world to teach international versions of his signature Muppet how to, well...Be Elmo.

Sesame Workshop is one of my favorite organizations.  They offer free early-childhood education to kids around the world.  They teach kids internationally about social issues that matter to them.  In the United States they have recently launched initiatives to help military families deal with Iraq-War related injuries, with learning to save money and ending childhood obesity.  In Israel, Pakistan and Jordan they teach children about cultural diversity, in Africa they teach kids about AIDS.  They are a fantastic organization, and losing Clash is a sad moment for them and the children they serve.

I don't know if the accusations made against Clash are true or not. I met Clash last year, and I didn't get a single sinister vibe from the guy. On the contrary, he was one of the nicest and most gracious people I've ever met.  Regardless, it's a real loss for kids everywhere.

As Super-Dad said of the situation:  "It sucks when stuff like this happens."

To read about when I met Elmo click here.
To donate to Sesame Workshop click here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Best Buy tells us what we already know, women are gamers, too!

I watching Hulu this morning, and this Best Buy ad came on.  The guy buys his lady friend a copy of Black Ops 2 and then they play together.  The fact that she's a female is not the point of the ad, they seem to be genuinely be marketing video games (a shooter, even!) as gifts for women, which is AWESOME.

It was 15 seconds that made my morning.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hey there, it's been awhile!

I got a job, and as soon as I settled in and resolved to get back to the blog I got really sick and have been recovering from emergency surgery since.  I'm better now, and I've missed you all so much!

So to get back in the swing of things read about this awesome dad who hacked his daughter's video gaame to make Link a girl.  Go Dad!

From nbcnews.com
Meet Super Dad. His name is Mike Hoye. By day he is a tech entrepreneur in Toronto. By night (and, well, sometimes during the day too) he is a video game-hacking Super Dad who transforms famed game heroes into game heroines ... all for the sake of his young daughter.

Read more here.
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