Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Will Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 1.3 Save Us All?

I just love Star Wars. If I could only pick one thing from all of fandom to enjoy and all others would disappear from the planet, then I would pick Star Wars. It was the first movie I wanted to live in when I was a kid and when I looked up at the sky at night I imagined distant specks of light that were X-Wings and the Millennium Falcon. I love Star Wars. So, the notion that Star Wars: The Old Republic isn't doing so well upsets me. I'm hoping beyond hope that Update 1.3 will prove to be something of a savior, but will it?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Portable Power For Summer Cons: myCharge Power Bank 6000

It's a problem when you have one device running low on batteries, but it's even more difficult when you have two or three all in need of a little juice. I've run into this on road trips with my family. We've each got a gadget but the car only has two outlets so that means a spiderweb of wires and splitters. It also means we're all searching for outlets at hotel stops and then trying not to leave anything behind the next day. The myCharge Portable Power Bank 6000 is an easy solution to this problem.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #24: Spider-Man and Batman Trivia Author Alan Kistler

This week I'm joined by Alan Kistler, author of the recently published Unofficial Spider-Man Trivia Challenge and The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge. Each has over 800 questions about your favorite heroes and will put any fan's knowledge to the test. Listen in as I talk with Alan about how he came up with all those questions, why these superheroes resonate so strongly with fans, and if the forthcoming movies will live up to all our expectations.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Painting All Gamers With A Sexist Brush

I'm a gamer. I'm not a particularly good one and definitely not a hardcore gamer, but the I still wear the label. I play a little bit of everything from board games to RPGs to console games. I've even become momentarily addicted to little iPhone games. I've been gaming since I started dating my husband who definitely is a hardcore gamer. That was many years ago and in that time if there's one thing that I've learned about gamers it's that they are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So You Want To Open A Game Store

If you're a gamer then there's a fairly good chance that opening a gaming store is on your bucket list. It wasn't actually on mine, but it was on my husband's and his brother's so about ten years ago we pooled our collective resources and opened our own store. I was involved mostly for my retail management experience and they were the geek masterminds. Really, you all know who the real mastermind was, but let them have their glory. Since then, I've been asked a zillion times for advice, so I thought I'd lay it all out for those of you considering taking the plunge.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #23 Breaking Into Comics

This week I'm joined by GeekMom Editor and fiction author Corrina Lawson who can now add comic book writer to her list of accomplishments. She recently wrote her first short comic for Gray Haven Comics. Her story will appear in The Gathering #12 which is a special all women issue of the anthology. Listen in as Corrina talks about how she got a chance to write a comic and the creative processed that followed. You'll also learn how you, too, can write your own comic, and cross that item off your geeky bucket list.

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 Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pinterest, I Hate You, Will You Marry Me?

I spend a lot of time "doing stuff" online. It could be writing a post or checking out twitter or seeing what everyone is up to on facebook. I'd like to think that most of my time online is productive. I'm a writer and that's where I write stuff so I have to be on the internet a good portion of the day. And because I'm really into the social aspect of the internet, I must check every new thing that hits the scene. Like Pinterest.