Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #25 Geeks and Hurricanes

GGNP recently broke over ten thousand downloads!! Thank you so much everyone who has been supporting our show and the Geek Girls Network. We lurve you.



Lately, the east coast, in which we both reside, has been hit with mother nature's worst. This includes earthquakes and hurricanes, and their resultant power outages. So what happens to geeks when we lose our internet? ALL HECK BREAKS LOOSE!

And by heck we mean nothing. We couldn’t think of a single frakkin' thing to do with our days. Couldn’t go outside. Couldn’t grill. Couldn’t play with electronics. So we just kinda sat around. Sad. Next time though, we've got a list. Bring it Mother Nature!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Magic the Gathering, Seinfeld and Dating

Once again the Geekverse is in a genuine tizzy. Tempers are flaring. Tweets are flying and everyone is crying foul over a Gizmodo post by Alyssa Bereznak. The post will likely make you angry enough to flex your fingers in preparation of firing an angry missive in her general direction. Why? Because she was horribly critical of a recent date set up through an online dating site simply because her date was really good at playing Magic.

Friday, August 26, 2011

On Kids and Games


I spent last weekend tucked away in the New Hampshire White Mountains eating too many s'mores and sleeping in a tent with my family. We made plans for this trip back in April along with two other families and I had been looking forward to it all summer. As the weekend approached, however, the weather started to look less than stellar. My little iPhone ap started showing clouds, and then showers, and then the dreaded thunder and lightning icon. Short of a hurricane (bullet barely dodged) we still planned on going, but with plenty of backup in case we ended up trapped in tents and campers. That backup was enough boardgames to stock a small store.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Robonaut: NASA vs Lucasfilm vs Stark Industries


Robots are cool. The first robot I remember was Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still. I thought he was amazing. An alien robot who didn't talk, he guarded his master's spaceship with fierce devotion and shot a laser beam from his head that destroyed puny Earth weaponry without hurting anyone. I wanted a Gort to guard my tree house from the nasty boy who lived next door. Later, I'd see Star Wars and amend my wish to wanting my very own R2D2. Now, as a grown-up, I am amending my wish once again. I want my very own Robonaut.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Send Me and the GeekMoms (and Dads) to SXSW

Every year, in the middle of March, hordes of tech, film and music geeks target Austin, Texas for South by Southwest. This huge event lasts for two weeks and is full of panels by experts in their fields.  As a writer at GeekMom, I've been given the opportunity to appear on two GeekDad sponsored panels, but I need your help. 30% of panels are chosen by popular vote, so if you could take a minute and give us a vote then I'll love you forever. Really, I have a list of people that I'll love forever and your name will be on it.  If you tweet and facebook and google+ us I'll even draw a little heart next to your name.

All you have to do is register on the site (it's easy, really, takes two seconds) then use the links below to vote for our panels by clicking the little thumbs up icon.

If there’s one thing geeks know, it’s movies. But how do you raise your geeky kids to watch the right movies? Join writers from Wired's GeekDad.com (named one of the top 10 Best Blogs of 2010 by Time Magazine) and GeekMom.com blogs as they discuss the ins and out of parenting, kids and movies.

Geeks have known about the "game layer" all their lives, some of us even live there. So, the importance of game play as a tool for teaching kids comes as no surprise to geek moms and dads. Whether it's role-playing, board or video games they are an important part of how we interact and bond with our children.
Thank you for your support, and hope to see you in Texas!

The GeekMoms Podcast #2 Zombies, Dragon*Con and Autographs

In episode two I'm joined by GeekMom.com writer "Chaos" Mandy Horetski to talk about the perils and benefits of exposing your kids to zombie cosplay, attending Dragon*Con while pregnant (it can be done) and the fun of collecting autographs. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email podcast@geekmom.com
(Note: Mandy's audio is a bit soft at the start, but it gets better a few minutes in to the show.)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ready Player One and Wil Wheaton


Do you call yourself a gamer? Ever played a classic arcade game? How about Dungeons and Dragons? What about growing up in the 80's or having a healthy appreciation of the Big Hair Decade? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are going to truly enjoy Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It will have you nostalgic for Duran Duran, your old neon socks and acid washed jeans within a few pages.  But even if you aren't a fan of the 80's, there is still a genuinely engaging story here that will keep you guessing right through to the end.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #85 GenCon

I have returned from GenCon Indianapolis with a suitcase full of games and memories of another great weekend.  There was one thing I saw at the con that will stick with me, and it has very little to do with games and everything to do with the amazing people who call themselves "Gamers". Head to the 2hr 18min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #24 GenCon and Movies

We're back from conventioning! This week we talk about GenCon and my new favorite game, Star Trek Fleet Captains (which in a cold-induced stupor I accidentally call Star Fleet Captains). We also review Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens, and speculate on where all the apes suddenly come from in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Game Review: Star Trek Fleet Captains

One of the benefits of attending GenCon is that you can pick up copies of games before they're scheduled to be in retail stores. I walk through the aisles very carefully, trying not to be lured in by something that I can simply buy as soon as I get home. Star Trek Fleet Captains, by WizKids, is not due on store shelves for at least 6 more weeks so it fit my requirements and was therefore carefully transported back with me at the end of the convention. Yesterday, I was thrilled to have a chance to play it through for the first time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

GenCon Indianapolis RoundUp

If you like board games, have a bag with more dice than you could ever possibly need at one time, and have considered adding on to your house just to store it all, then GenCon was the place to be last weekend.  This was the 44th year for GenCon Indianapolis "The Best Four Days in Gaming" and it was overflowing with games, games, games!

Friday, August 5, 2011

The GeekMoms Podcast Episode #1

I've been writing for GeekMom.com for a few months now and we've gone and started our own podcast! We'll be recording new episodes every other week, talking about the latest GeekMom news, upcoming events on the site and all the latest and greatest in the GeekMom world. This week GeekMom Helene McLaughlin joins me to kick things off with a conversation about our upcoming Music Week as well as InterventionCon. Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions? Email podcast@geekmom.com.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Disney Store Vinylmation Robots

I've mentioned in the past that I'm a sucker for all things Disney.  That adorable little mouse with his giant ears and cute clothes and happy laugh.  How can anyone not like The Mouse?  It's impossible.  If you don't like him you're either a replicant or a Cylon.  I love him, which secures my place in the human race.  There are an infinite number of collectibles in the Disney universe and it's a constant struggle for me not to buy them all.  One such line of collectibles that I managed to resist until this January was the Vinylmation figures.  I caved when they released them as Star Wars characters.  Now, they've done it again with the Robots series.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files #13, Ghost Story

I started reading The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher somewhere around the time book five was released.  It was all because the covers on the shelf of my local bookstore looked interesting.  Sure, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but sometimes that's all you have to go on and you take a chance.  So, I picked up the first book in the series, Storm Front, and carried it home in hopes it would prove to be at least okay.  Two days later, I was back at the bookstore and bought the next book, and the next, and the next until I'd read them all and had a new name on my list of favorite authors.