Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #20 Falling Skies, Violent Games for California

In this episode, we discuss why kids will be begging their folks to move to California, review the new TNT series Falling Skies, and fall way off topic in a battle involving Hobbitses. 

Also, Geek Girls Network is giving away a super awesome Falling Skies Tote Bag – Listen in to find out how to win!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Falling Skies or Stupid Human Tricks

The first alien invasion story I ever saw was The War of the Worlds.  Not the new one with Tom Cruise, but the original 1953 version.  I couldn't have been more than seven when I watched it on TV one sunny Saturday afternoon.  Do you know why I've never seen the remake?  Because the original scared me half to death.

There's a scene where an alien camera-thing sort of sneaks up behind a woman.  It looks like a head with three glowing eyes and it slinks down from the ceiling on a long tube of a neck.  When she finally notices this monstrosity she lets out an impressive blood-curdling scream before the hero lops off the offending head with an axe.  The neck then zips back up through the ceiling and into the ship hovering above them in the sky.  I may have screamed.

And what do these humans do after inflicting bodily harm on the alien camera-head thingy? They grab the head to take back to their lab for study and get the heck out of Dodge because there are giant killer aliens with laser beams in the sky and all the humans have is an axe.  See, smart humans.  The humans in Falling Skies, however, are from the shallow end of the gene pool since rather than doing smart things, these guys excel at Stupid Human Tricks that surely have the aliens laughing as they destroy the planet.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Harry Dresden "Ghost Story" Preview!

It's always a happy day when a new book is released in a favorite series.  On July 26th, Ghost Story, the 13th installment in the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher, will finally be available.  This is one of my favorite series and the cliffhanger at the end of the last book was a doozy.  If you've never read them and are a fan of urban fantasy, then head to the store and pick up Storm Front, the first in the series.  It will introduce you to wise-cracking wizard detective Harry Dresden and the version of Chicago that he calls home.  On the other hand, if you're already a fan, then you can now read the first two chapters online!  Chapter One has been available for a few months and Chapter Two just came out last week.  In all, the first five chapters as well as audio versions read by the author will all be made available in advance of the release.  What are you waiting for...go read!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #19 X-Men and Martian Outposts?

We kick off this episode with a chat about X-Men: First Class and why Wolverine is possibly the best superhero ever, then follow-up with real Martians.  Well, okay, it's a Martian outpost that just been found by a guy who played around a bit with Google Earth. No, I'm not making it up.  He's named it and everything!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Geek or Poseur? Here We Go Again...

Criticism of the new Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, has struck a bit of a chord.  I wonder if she realized that referring to herself as a "history geek" would cause such a ruckus?  The following email was sent to me by a geek who feels the criticism was completely ridiculous.  At this person's request, they will remain anonymous, but their well-written sentiments still deserve to be seen by more eyes than mine.....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Princess Leia and The Force

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I am definitely a Star Wars junkie. It started when I was seven and saw the first movie in theaters with my Dad. He'd actually seen it once already just to make sure it wasn't too scary, and he made me close my eyes when Obi-Wan lopped off Ponda Baba's arm in the Mos Eisley Cantina. It was years before I actually saw that scene, and let me tell you, what I imagined in my little head was far more gruesome than what was actually shown on screen. Never underestimate the power of a seven-year-old's imagination.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Simon Pegg's Nerd Do Well, Review and Giveaway

Simon Pegg is right up there with Nerd royalty.  He's been the star of nerd classics like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead and is a genuine nerd himself with a Star Wars obsession.  Now he's written a memoir about both his real life, and the imaginary spy one in his head.  In Nerd Do Well you'll find out how Simon made his way from child, to geek, to successful actor.  His stories are full of self-deprecating charm and humor and are sure to leave you laughing.  You also get a separate story about Simon the spy and his trusty butler Canterbury on an adventure that's all in Simon's head, or is it?

The publisher has given me a copy of Nerd Do Well to give away to one lucky reader.  To enter, leave a comment below and I will pick a random winner next Tuesday, June 28th. (Open to residents of the US only.)

Congratulations to Jo Anna on scoring the free copy of Nerd Do Well!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Science Museum Adventures

Most kids have been out of school for weeks but we've got until next Thursday at 11:50 before our kids are free. There's a teacher that has it down to the hour and I think most of the kids are with her in that they are done. Done. Done. Done. Once they have their freedom, though, the next question will be "What are we going to do today?" and if you're a Mom, you are already dreading that first rainy spell when you have no answer. That's when you need to search out your local science museum and spend a day having fun and learning, just don't let them know that last part.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #81 Zombies!

Yes, I may be a rather large fan of zombies. I don't want them in my house and I'd just assume they not run rampant thought the streets of my little town, but on my TV or in the movies they're just fine.  Have you ever wondered, though, about the poor, loveless zombie and what he might be thinking when you blast his head with a shotgun?  Jenny Stolte and Dave Dewes thought about it, and created a web movie called Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story. And did I mention it's a musical?  Watch the movie and then download the episode and head to the 1hr 59min mark to hear my interview the creators of this little gem.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In Praise of Cosplay

New York Comic Con
Summer is here and that means that convention season is in full swing.  From San Diego Comic-Con, to Gen Con, to Dragon Con, not to mention the myriad smaller local cons that will happen over the next few months.  In addition to making sure you have a pass and a hotel and the cheapest flight humanly possible, even if it means you have a 4 hour layover in the middle of nowhere, you also have to think long and hard about what you're going to wear. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Monster Doodle Book

Summer is upon us and that means swimming and hiking and outdoor fun.  It also means rainy days, road trips and children who are bored silly.  Travis Nichols has come to the rescue with The Monster Doodle Book.  Instead of just handing your kids some crayons and a couple of pieces of blank paper, hand them this fantastic little book with doodles of half-finished robots and aliens and monsters.  Don't worry, these are friendly monsters, unless your kids decide to turn them into scary beasties all on their own.  They'll learn how to make a flip book, finish up a monster alphabet and even invent the cast of a monster TV show.  It was difficult for me to get this book away from my kids long enough to check it out for myself and maybe, possibly, I then made a googly-eyed monster picking apples.  Hey, it's my imagination and in my world monsters like apples.  Just imagine what your kids will create!

And thanks to the The Berkley Publishing Group I have two copies of this wonderful book to give away to my readers.  Leave me a comment with your favorite scary monster movie and I'll pick two random winners (US only) on June 17th.  Good Luck!

Congratulations to Michelle and Karin, a copy of The Monster Doodle Book is headed your way!

Weddings, Geeks and Science!

Photos by Lisa Rigby Photography
Location, Location, Location. It can make or break you in business, but it's also pretty important when you're planning a wedding. Where does a bride hold the event she's been planning in her head since preschool? Oh, admit it, if you're a girl then you've been planning it for at least that long if not longer. And who hasn't had an ever changing list of bridesmaids in their head since before they even had a boyfriend? If you're like most women, then you probably imagined your wedding reception at a swanky hotel or a cozy little inn. But maybe, if you're a bit of a geek, then your perfect location has the names of famous scientists engraved on the walls, full-scale dinosaur models and working Tesla Coils.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #18 Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story

We discuss a topic very near and dear to Kristin's heart… ZOMBIES.  Jenny Stolte and Dave Dewes, co-writers of Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story, join us to talk about this fantastic web movie.  You can check out this three-part musical (that's right, it's a musical) at

And after talking about zombies in love, we talk about the CDC and their sadly lacking Zombie Preparedness Plan.  We've got a plan that's way better. Trust us.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where's My Millenium Falcon?

It's hotter than Tatooine out there.  This is unusual for us so local meteorologists are reminding everyone to wear light clothing and drink lots of water.  It's a good thing, because I was thinking about breaking out my winter coat and having a hot cup of tea.  Who knew?  As I was out running errands today, I came across a bunch of guys who were not staying cool at all as they worked on repairing a sidewalk.  There wasn't a bit of shade in sight and they were on their knees, hacking away loose bits of cement and looking none too happy.  As I made way through the maze of orange cones and caution tape they'd erected to protect me from breaking my ankle, I noticed something odd.  At first I put it down to the heat.  I was seeing things.  But no, there it was on the far side of the orange cones.  A Millenium Falcon sled.

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Nemesis is 3D

There was a time when 3D was new and exciting with people wearing cute little cardboard glasses.  They ate their popcorn and waited for things to pop out of the screen and scare them so badly they'd spill it into their laps.  Fast forward a few years, okay more than a few, all the way to Avatar.  Now 3D isn't a gimmick, they say, it's an experience.  They even give it a cooler name, RealD, which seems to be merely an excuse to make me wear horribly uncomfortable glasses and charge me a few extra bucks.  I find it distracting and cringe when I see movies released only this way.  I still see them, rubbing behind my ears and adjusting those stupid glass for half the movie, but I'd much rather just see things in good old 2D.  This weekend my dislike of 3D reached new heights when it became partly to blame for me not getting to see the movie I wanted to see.  It officially became my nemesis.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #17 LA Noire and Donut Day

It's been two weeks since our last episode.  I blame the Daleks, but we are back.  Kristin and I discuss the cool 40's vibe of LA Noire and issue a challenge for National Donut Day this Friday, June 3rd.  We also talk about my recent error in judgement in downloading the Twilight-meets-aliens movie, I Am Number Four.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #80 Roll a D6 Interview

A few weeks back I stumbled across a hilarious parody of the song "Like a G6" called "Roll a D6".  As a Gamer, I laughed so hard I did that embarrassing giggle-snort thing and decided I absolutely had to interview these guys.  In this episode I talk to creators Connor Anderson and Zach Smith and find out the importance of having a friend who is willing to dress like a Goblin and dance like a fool. Check out the video and then download the show and head to the 2hr 6min mark to hear the interview, but be warned, This is a catchy little song and I will not be blamed if you end up singing "Zombies all around me I be hackin' them all up, I be hackin' them all up..." for the rest of the day.

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Friday is National Donut Day!

On Christmas there are presents and parties.  On Halloween you get to cosplay without people looking at you funny in the grocery store.  But this Friday, June 3rd, is National Donut Day and you get to eat free donuts!  It may not be big enough to make banks close or generate parades along main street, but you and I both know that it's still one of the best holidays ever.  The Salvation Army created this day way back in 1938 as a fundraiser and to honor women who handed out donuts to soldiers during World War I.  If you look at it that way, then it's your patriotic duty to consume at least one donut tomorrow. You can get your free donut at participating Krispy Kreme shops or at Dunkin Donuts when you purchase a beverage.  Local shops celebrate the holiday, too so be sure to check yours and see what they're offering for the day.  I'm thinking if I time things very carefully and drive just the right route that I can have free donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Aw, come on you know you want to see if it can be done.  Who's with me?