Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Royal Wedding Con

My first reaction upon hearing that people were getting up at 4:30am to watch The Royal Wedding was that the world is full of crazy.  I mean, who gets up that early? The answer is no sane person, ever.  Yet, I know more than a few people who did just that and are probably still glued to the screen, bleary-eyed but happy as they watch the ceremony.  I listened to friends planning viewing parties complete with scones and tiaras and fancy hats, shaking my head, until it hit me.  This isn't crazy.  It's Royal Wedding Con.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #78 Star Command Webseries

I talk with Ben Boardman and Jason Carlile, the two Gamer/Scifi Geeks behind the new webseries Star Command.   It premiers on May 27th, but if you check out the site now you can get a sneak peak at the teaser trailer which includes pirates, spaceships and and a woman that looks an awful lot like Honor Harrington.  The series follows the adventures of the USS Robert E Lee and it's crew of misfits who wouldn't last a day on the Enterprise.  Download the show and head to the 2hr 4 min mark to hear my conversation with Ben and Jason.
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Geek Girls Network Podcast #13 Interview, Comic Historian Alan Kistler

This week we spend time picking the Encylopedia Geektanica brain of Alan Kistler, from Newsarama and Crazy Sexy Geeks.  This is the guy you want on your phone-a-friend list if you're ever on a game show because no matter how obscure or complex the question, if it's about comics or Doctor Who, then Alan is going to know the answer.  We also introduce a brand new segment called Geek Advice.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Impossible Cars

There's nothing quite like a car that's been tricked out to do things for which it was never designed.  Most of them have more dials and gadgets than the space shuttle and paint jobs with flames or funky metallic finishes.  They speed by in a blur on the highway or sit at stoplights, engines growling, just waiting for the light to change so they can leave you in a cloud of dust.  Sometimes, though, you get to see a car that's tricked out to do something that is completely impossible.  It does the kinds of things no one but a mad scientist or the British Secret Service could imagine.  Remember the DeLorean?  It was quite an exclusive and expensive car during it's day but all it took was the addition of a Flux Capacitor in the movie Back to the Future to make it an icon.  Fans even wait in line for a chance to sit inside and have their picture taken at conventions. Now that is a cool car.  But is it the coolest impossible car?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daleks, Weeping Angels and The Silence

Doctor Who scared the daylights out of me as a kid.  I watched Tom Baker in his scarf of many colors trying to defeat the latest evil until I couldn't stand it, and ran from the living room.  Watch those old episodes now and you may think they're tame, but if you were only seven years old and the Daleks started yelling "Exterminate!" then you'd have nightmares for a month, too.  Possibly, those memories would stick with you, and you'd barely be convinced to watch the new series even though you were all grown up.  I reluctantly agreed to give them a try, but the second the music started and the swirly-whirly (timey-wimey) vortex appeared I broke into a cold sweat.  I was ready for the worst but, no longer being seven, I fell in love with The Doctor and have watched every episode since.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Captain Planet, He's Our Hero!

Today is Earth Day and I just came back from a morning spent at my kid's school helping them celebrate.  This consisted of wrangling a bunch of grade school kids with weapons of mass destruction (aka rakes) sloppily wielded stakes (aka branches) and an inability to distinguish between dead leaves and newly growing plants.  At the peak of the chaos I said, "What we really need here is Captain Planet!" and got blank stares.  I stood there trying to explain the wonder that was Captain Planet, he of the green hair and blue skin, because explaining myself would make me look less crazy.  Here's my tip for the day.  If you make a Captain Planet reference on Earth Day and no one gets it, just let it go.  Trying to make yourself look competent by talking about the five rings and their power combined and maybe singing a bit of the song, it doesn't help.  Not at all.  I'm just hoping they don't revoke my volunteer privileges. Say it with me..."Go Planet!!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #12 Game of Thrones, Real Life AT-AT

There was no way we could record just days after the New York Times review of Game of Thrones and not tell everyone our thoughts on the matter.  Also, Kristin finds out about the possibility of a working AT-AT and gets my hopes up only to dash them to pieces within minutes. Or did she.....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Must-See Cheesetastic Cop Movies

Yesterday I discovered that one of my favorite Geek Girls has never seen Demolition Man.  It came about completely by accident when I said "..murder, death, kill.".  She was clueless and I was horrified.  Three seashellsTaco Bell?  Nothing.  I spent a ridiculous amount of time convincing her that she absolutely had to watch it with an eye of appreciation for the cheese factor.  High-brown, intellectual film-making at it's finest, this is not.  Ridiculously fun, full of one liners, innuendo and lots of big guns, yes, this fits that bill perfectly.  It got me thinking about the best over-the-top, cheesetastic cop movies that every Geek should see.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review the Reviewer: Game of Thrones

Last Friday the New York Times published Ginia Bellafante's review of the HBO series Game of Thrones.  If you did not hear the uproar caused by this review, then I can only assume you've been in a coma and offer my congratulations on surviving your brush with death.  To summarize, Ginia didn't like the series, thought it impossible that any woman possibly could, gave it the wonderfully demeaning label of "boy fiction" and pretty much slammed the Fantasy genre and it's fans.  See what you miss when you're in a coma?  Legions of people called her out on her assertion that women could not, would not like the story except for the sex which might get our attention.  Well, this review sure got our attention, no sex required.  I read it and was as surprised as everyone else by the way this woman wrote off women.  What I really wanted to know though was what does she actually like?  I took the time to read some of her other reviews and here's what I discovered.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #11 Sucker Punch, Angry Birds and Grant Imahara

This week on the Geek Girls Network Podcast we review Sucker Punch, talk about how Angry Birds has taken Kristin’s parents hostage, and politely discuss why the heck Grant Imahara hasn’t built us a TARDIS yet!!

Also, thanks to the awesome nerd rock band Kirby Krackle we now have official theme music for the show!

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The Zombie Apocalypse

This started as a typical morning.  I got up, got the kids off to school and had a little breakfast before I sat down with my laptop to get some work done. As I was checking my emails on this beautiful, clear New Hampshire day, the power went out.  Poof!  And because I'm a Geek my first thought was "Skynet or Zombies?"  Since my laptop was still happily humming away and had not turned on me, I decided Zombie Apocalypse.  The eerie silence of my home settled around me and I tweeted my assessment of the situation.  Within minutes, no seconds, I received answering tweets to make sure I was properly prepared.  Old LPs, flamethrowers, cricket bats, shotguns, sunglasses. Twinkies and possibly a phone call to Will Smith because, duh, he's Will Smith were all required items.  I mentally scanned my supplies, found I had more of those items on hand than you might think, and then the power came back. Dang, I was so ready to break out that flamethrower, but when the time comes I am good to go.  What about you?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #77 Privateer Press, Jen Ikuta Interview

In this episode I interview Jen Ikuta, Quartermaster for Privateer Press, about what it's like to herd cats, er, I mean wrangle the Press Gangers who make up their volunteer force.  She shares what it takes to be a Press Ganger and demo games like Warmachine and Hordes for eager players.  We also talk a bit about the new Battle Engines, the chances of an Iron Kingdom RPG update and the marvel that will be the first ever Privateer Press convention, Lock and Load. Download the episode and head to the 2hr 5min mark to hear the interview.

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Wookiee the Chew

This is the cutest thing you will see today. "Wookiee the Chew" is a book and a series of prints created by artist James Hance.  He took everyone's favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh, and brought him into the world of Star Wars. Chrisolo Robin and Wookiee the Chew are joined on their adventures by R2D2 Piglet and a lovable AT-AT Eeyore who has trouble losing his tail.  I honestly cannot decide where to start because I want every one of these adorable prints.  James has also created parodies of The Muppets, The Beatles, Dr. Who and even Back to the Future.  Not only will you have great artwork when you make a purchase, but you'll be helping James' little girl, Maddy.  She suffers from a rare intestinal disorder and the proceeds from your purchase help fund her care.  Take a few moments to browse through the images on his site, but I warn you, you're going to have a very long "want" list.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Best Star Trek Episode, Ever.

I am a Trekkie. Don't tell me it's Trekker because I've been saying Trekkie for years and I'm not changing my mind. I'm only willing to argue over really important stuff like Kirk or Picard. The answer is Kirk by the way, but feel free to try and convince me otherwise. My love for Star Trek began when the original series was in endless reruns. I watched it whenever it aired and I think by the time I graduated high school I'd seen every episode a dozen times. There were a few episodes that I hated like The Menagerie with Captain Pike in the blinking wheelchair. He was creepy. And then there was The Doomsday Machine with the music that played over, and over, and over whenever they did a shot of the planet-destroying-club-of-glowy-doom. My favorite episode though, The Best Episode Ever, is The Trouble with Tribbles and here's why.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Awkward Embraces Episode #206

Awkward Embraces has been my favorite webseries ever since we interviewed creator and star Jessica Mills on the Geek Girls Network podcast.  A few months later we also had the privilege of interviewing Grant Imahara.  We love him because we're Geek Girls and, duh, Mythbuster!  It looks like we're not the only ones.  Check out the most recent episode of Awkward Embraces where Jessica and special guest Robin Thorsen (The Guild) mention our interview as they gush over "the cutest Mythbuster".

Thursday, April 7, 2011

George Takei: A Hero Needs A Song

Behold, the wonder of George Takei.  Brilliant acting, perfectly choreographed stunts and fantastic improv skills.  Seriously, the man has a backup phaser.  Only problem?  His theme song is incomplete and a hero just isn't a hero without a theme song.... 

Spiderman, Spiderman,
George Takei should be Spiderman.
Throws a punch, lands a kick
Check his moves they're really sick
Ohhhh Myyyy!
Here comes the Spiderman.

Is he strong?
Listen bud.
He's got better than Klingon blood.
Can he swing, from a wire
Hook him up, he'll go higher
Ohhhh Myyyy!
There goes the Spiderman.

In the glare of the lights
Hanging over the stage
He can win all the fights
And he won't break a leg.

Spiderman, Spiderman
Hiro's Dad should be Spiderman.
Allegiance is too far away
Sulu needs a gig today.

To him, life is a great big Ohhhh Myyyy!
Wherever there's an Ohhhh Myyyy!
George Takei should be Spiderman!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Cowboy and the Submarine

I saw the movie Dr. Strangelove as a kid and though the point of it was lost on me, I never forgot the scene where Major T.J. "King" Kong rides a nuclear bomb right out of the bomb bay doors.  He waves his cowboy hat in the air like he's riding a bull in a rodeo, whooping and hollering as he plummets to certain doom. Today, I saw this picture of Sir Richard Branson and the first thing I thought of was good old Major Kong.  All he's missing is the hat.  Fortunately, this isn't a bomb, or even some snazzy jet.  It's actually an amazing submarine that he plans to take to the deepest parts of our oceans in a quest to explore what has never been seen and set a few Guinness World Records.  My biggest fear is not nuclear annihilation but that he could find Gungans somewhere down in the Mariana Trench.  Exploring strange new worlds in the ocean, that's cool.  Now I just have to find a way to sell all my worldly possessions so I can afford the fare if he ever starts taking passengers.  Yee-haw!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ewoks vs. Hobbits

We've had Pirates vs. Ninjas and Kirk vs. Picard but what about Ewoks vs. Hobbits?  A good Geek is supposed to love Hobbits but hate those cute little Ewoks.  It's as natural as breathing, or doing the Vulcan salute or saying "Use the Force!" when an object is out of reach, but not for me.  I am standing up for those little furballs.  I love Ewoks and couldn't care less about the fate of the Hobbits.  They're troublemakers who can't walk half a mile without a snack break and they have dirty, hairy feet.  Ewoks, on the other hand, are adorable and I love them.   I know this is an act of Geek Heresy so terrible the universe may implode at the very notion.  However, if you think about it, really think about it, you're better off with cute, furry Ewoks than you are with hairy-footed Hobbits