Friday, September 28, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #31 Is Cosplay Normal?

October is a month of cosplay and costumes with kids and adults having fun pretending to be their favorite characters. But what about adults who like to dress up and cosplay for more than just Halloween? Clinical Psychologist Andrea Letamendi joins me to talk about cosplay. Is it healthy? Is it okay for adults to become so immersed in pretending to be someone else? Andrea also speaks to the negative stereotypes associated with the hobby from her point of view as both a Clinical Psychologist and an avid cosplayer.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Renaissance Faire Turned My Kids Into Cosplayers

The first time I took the kids to King Richard's Faire in Carver, Massachusetts, they were completely overwhelmed. It may have had something to do with the first cosplayer they saw being a huge guy covered in animal pelts with a giant horned hat on his head. He even scared me. We waited a few years, took them back, and this time they had so much fun that they are already making plans for next year.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Step Up Your Game, Revolution, Please?

The previews for this show looked amazing. It had sword fights and crossbows and a mystery that looked, well, mysterious. I couldn't wait to see the premiere. Now I've seen it and instead of being happy, I'm horribly disappointed.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Luke Skywalker Will Always be My Favorite

Today is Mark Hamill's 61st birthday so I figure it's the perfect time to fess up that, although Han Solo is cool, Luke Skywalker is cooler. He is my favorite. I've had a crush on him for 35 years since he first whined about going to Tosche Station for those power converters.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: Blood Eye

Vikings are the stuff of legend and this book brings those legends to life with the story of Raven, an orphan boy turned warrior. You'll travel back to ninth-century England and become immersed in the culture and history of the Norsemen and the violent, dangerous lives of those who called themselves Vikings.

Although it gets off to a bit of a slow start, once the story gets moving you will find this a quick read that will likely keep you up turning pages long after you should be asleep. It tells the story of Raven, an orphan boy originally named Oscric. He lives a lonely life as a virtual outcast by a village who knows nothing of his origins and fear him for a blood spot in his eye.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Watching And Finally Liking The Lord of the Rings

I'm not really a Tolkien fan. I know, that's blasphemy but I've never been a fan of his work. I tried to read The Lord of The Rings as a kid and gave up because I found it dull. The movies came out and before I watched I gave the unabridged books a listen, but didn't find them any better. Over the last few weeks I've been watching the movies again with my kids, and am happy to say this may have finally changed my mind.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

Depending on which side of the pond you call home, you've either just watched the first episode of season three of Downton Abbey or you've got to wait until January. I am in the latter group and take consolation in having The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook so I can at least eat like the Crawleys while I await their return.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #30: Help Your Geek Kids Feel Like They Belong

It's tough fitting in as a kid but it can feel impossible if you're a geeky kid. Your kids might be into less mainstream things because you're a geeky parent or because they happened to gravitate toward fantasy or science fiction all on their own. Either way, it can leave them feeling like no one "gets them." Actress and writer Jessica Mills has been there as a geek kid growing up in rural Texas. She even turned some of her experiences as an adult into the hit web series Awkward Embraces. Listen in as she talks about her challenges, how she overcame them, and how parents can help their kids feel like they're not weird and find a place where they belong.

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Indiana Jones Raiders Of The Lost Ark, IMAX Fail

I love Indiana Jones. I've seen all the movies more times than I can count, am able to quote them on command and will forever adore Indy and his fedora. The re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Imax made me incredibly happy, but after seeing the film, I left disappointed and wishing it hadn't been in Imax.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Wake of the Bloody Angel

Pirates are cool. I don't care who you are or how old you are, there's just something innately cool about the idea of pirates and hidden treasures and swashbuckling sailors on the high seas. Author Alex Bledsoe manages to combine all of that with a hard-boiled detective story that makes for a fantastic read.

This is actually the fourth book in the Eddie LaCrosse mystery series. Each novel stands on its own, but  after reading the first one I went back and started at the beginning and found you get a lot more out of them when you read them in order.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Game Review: Doctor Who The Card Game

The latest season of Doctor Who just started, so I think it's the perfect time to review the brand new game release, Doctor Who: The Card Game. I got a copy of this at GenCon and, as a fan of The Doctor, was thrilled to finally get a chance to play over the weekend.