Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Face-Eating Man On Drugs, Or Zombie Patient Zero?

I love zombies. They scare me to death and give me nightmares, but The Walking Dead is still one of my favorite shows and I can't wait for the next season. I could watch reruns but it's never quite the same because you know exactly when each person is going to die and you know exactly how much blood will be involved. That takes away all the fun. Yes, fun, because they're scary and creepy and gross but we know it will never happen. Or do we?

Friday, May 25, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #22 Are You Mom Enough?

The recent Time magazine article about Attachment Parenting had a cover photo of a woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old son as well as the headline "Are You Mom Enough?" To say it caused a bit of a controversy is putting it mildly. My fellow GeekMom Andrea Schwalm wrote a fantastic post about how what was disturbing wasn't so much the picture, but the antagonistic headline. Listen in as we discuss how each and every one of us is absolutely mom enough.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SpaceX Takes the Fiction out of Sci-Fi

The first science fiction I ever got hooked on was Star Trek because my dad watched endless reruns of the original series and I watched, too. Hours of boldly going had me wanting to join Starfleet and fly into space, but Star Trek is science fiction and the whole fiction part of that posed a bit of a problem. My childhood dreams may not have come to fruition, but the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX last night makes the fiction part of it seem like a little less of an obstacle.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prometheus, Alien and Surviving A Space Expedition

I was a kid when the first Alien movie debuted and the commercials scared me half to death. That old trailer still makes my heart race and I have to turn on every light in the house. Like right now. My home is now a glowing beacon of light. And I'm sitting here debating my chances of making it through Prometheus without having nightmares until Christmas.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #21 All About LARPing

LARPing or Live Action Role Playing is an incredibly popular and misunderstood part of geek culture. The image many have of loners who live in their parents' basements eating junk food only to emerge on the weekends as wizards and warriors couldn't be further from the truth. Lizzie Stark decided to find out just what LARPing was all about and then wrote about it in her new book, Leaving Mundania. Listen in as Lizzie and I chat all about her LARPing adventures and why everyone should try it at least once.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

400K Players Lost, Star Wars: The Old Republic Doomed?

I've gotten a ridiculous number of emails and tweets asking me what I think about the recent announcement by EA that the subscriber base for Star Wars: The Old Republic shrank by 400,00 (25%) last quarter. Rather than send a ridiculous number of replies, I decided to write up my thoughts instead. So, is the game dead? Is this slide going to continue until someone pulls the plug on the final three remaining subscribers? Are we all doomed?!?!

Skylanders, Star Wars and Game of Thrones Cupcakes by Just Jenn Recipes

Skylanders Stealth Elf, Image: Just Jenn Recipes
I love making cupcakes and have enough cupcake books that if I made a new batch every day for a year, I think I'd still have plenty left to try. But most of my cupcakes are not as fantastic as the ones created by Jenn Fujikawa of Just Jenn Recipes. I interviewed her on the most recent episode of The GeekMoms Podcast and she talked about how she got started down the path of geeky cupcake greatness.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What I've Learned From Star Wars: The Old Republic

I never played an MMO before Star Wars: The Old Republic. It wasn't that I had some kind of aversion to them, but that I never found one that I like enough to keep playing after a month. But, this one was Star Wars and I love Star Wars so I had to give it a try. It's been four months of killing Sith and saving the galaxy and I've learned a few things along the way.