Saturday, December 28, 2013

Did Fox News allow a segment on the dangers of GMO's to air? Yep. They did.

I know I've been uber serious recently and I promise I'll geek out soon, but I just saw this and I'm sort of feeling like I should share it before someone figures out what it says and takes it down.

Carol Alt on Fox News, of all things, discussing GMO's and there's actual talk of the dangers and the chemical companies machinations.

I kept waiting for a white wash. It never came. Wow.


Friday, December 20, 2013

My thoughts on the Duck Dynasty debacle, and a note to my intellectual friends.

I'm not sure how to say this, so I'm just going to say it and we'll go from there.

To all of the people I know who are responding to the Duck Dynasty issue with statements like "Redneck hates gays. Big shock." and the assured, intellectual surety of people who decided they're rednecks and, of course, they think things like this, I ask...

Have you ever watched the show?

Up front, let me say. I'm not going to recap the situation. If you're aware of the Phil Robertson thing and you know about the Duck Dynasty flap, then you do. If not, I'm not up for rehashing it. Cause, frankly, I'm tired.

I also spent a lot of time going back and forth on Twitter yesterday because I sent a tweet and people wanted to jump all over me. So I'm a bit...raw right now.

But here's the thing I wanted to discuss.

Yeah, I think the situation is fucked up. Yeah, I think Phil said some stupid shit and yeah, I think A & E had the right to fire him. I also think A & E was playing with fire. If they knew Phil thought this way - and, as Chez Pazienza and so many others pointed out, there's no doubt they did - then they were taking their chances and hoping this wouldn't come to light. But, they did, he said things publicly, they opted to suspend him, okay fine, whatever.

However, I'm seeing a lot of people who seem to be judging the show without ever having seen it.

I've watched the show. I sat with my husband the other night and we watched something like 4 episodes and we were rolling laughing in a few places. Amused, touched, and thoughtful in others.

Sure, the DD guys call themselves rednecks. They also have a successful business, loving families, well disciplined kids and a real love for God. On air, they espouse nothing but kindness and Christian values.

Now, I'm not a Christian. But I am totally down with all of the above because, really, there's a lot going on with them on the show that makes them pretty likeable.

So it would be easy for people who have never watched it to just brush it off that Phil Robertson thinks these things and, when asked, espoused them. But I was shocked when he said them, and saddened and I hoped that it was more a case that he was "that relative" that we all seem to have but who doesn't think like the rest of the family.

Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. Maybe the entire Robertson family lights bonfires and burns people in effigy while flying Nazi flags and quoting Leviticus. But there's nothing I've ever seen on the show that would ever lead me to believe that.

And that's why I'm bothered that people I know, people I consider intelligent and funny and intellectual and open minded, may just be dismissing the whole thing out of hand without ever having seen the show.

Because, if you make decisions based on your uninformed opinion, then you're just as guilty of judgements about people as the ones who say being gay is a "choice" without ever having actually left themselves open to what gay life is like. Even on TV.

If you've watched the show and you hated it and you say what you say, hey, go you.

But I'm pretty sure lots of the people opining have never invested 30 minutes in the show and are judging the show, the family and anyone who watches it as idiotic.

Which means, in essence, you're calling me an idiot.

I'm pretty sure that's not your intention, is it?

I'm asking you to consider that, maybe, we all do this from time to time. But the world is a better place when we stop to consider other people's point of view. That goes for people who want to want to push their ideological agenda on other people. No matter what the agenda is.

If you got this far, thank you. I appreciate you reading. I appreciate you period.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Geeky Jerseys makes a Firefly, Supernatural, TARDIS, Wesley Crusher & more. Want!

My current love for Supernatural is well documented, so you know this made my little heart flip over repeatedly.

But the really cool part is that the company is called Geeky Jerseys and they have all kinds of, you guessed it, Geeky Jerseys. They have stuff for Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Ghostbusters, even a Wesley Crusher jersey.

Get over there and take a look.

I posted more pictures after the break for fun ;-)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This new Apple ad is a brilliant kick in the feels.

I'm just going to leave this here. You're going to watch it. Because I said so.

Just a thought, next time you see something like this.

Monday, December 16, 2013

This picture is offensive, I love it and I would totally make it my holiday card ;-)

Sure, I'm going to Hell. But I have friends there, so it's all good. ::grin::

(via Facebook)

Larger breasted & bra challenged ladies: Now you can have "Boobs by Vasquez" at Jenette Bras ;-)

If you know me, you know I'm one of those gals who's been graced with/tormented by a rather large set of boobs.

It really is a love hate things because, while I love posting good cleavage days (hey, when the girls look good, I say so) I also hate buying bras.

Like, gnarly levels of hate. I've been poked by underwires and sold stuff that doesn't work even when they tell me it does and, as such I'm gun shy.

Friends of mine have been telling me I need to go to Jenette Bras and how awesome they are and how it's saved them and I sort of went "I will, I know" while keeping my pain close and my bra anguish stoked.

But now I know that Jenette Bras is owned and run by Jenette Goldstein.

I can get a bra fitting from Vasquez?

Yeah. It's a selling point. Even just so I can say "Boobs by Vasquez" in my head.

So, if you're like me and you need bras but hate buying them, I'm dropping the suggestion here. I mean, if we have to go, we might as well have fun, right?

p.s. I'm sorry it took me this long, Theresa. When are we going?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Have you heard of a V-Steam? Do you know they have parties? ::headdesk::

This is an actual ad I spotted on FB for a Groupon deal for something called a "V-Steam" at a spa in Metairie called Body In Motion.

The text reads:

Body In Motion - Metairie 
One, Two, or Three V-Steams or a V-Steam Party for Six at Body in Motion (Up to 53% Off)  
In a Nutshell
V-steams work as internal cleansers of the vaginal tissues' and uterus's membranes; party gathers girlfriends to rejuvenate their bodies

So not only is there now a thing where you steam your vagina and uterus, but they invite you to do it with friends?

Oh yeah, this can't go wrong at allllllll. I mean, besides the inherent bullshit involved in whoever thought there was a need for it, that is not a place anyone needs to shoot steam. Ouch.

I've heard of blowing steam up someone's ass, but this is ridiculous.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Why I love Supernatural.

I have no idea why I need to write this, save that some part of me feels the need to explain.

Maybe it's because I feel like people don't get it. Or maybe it's because I feel like I should have to explain why my 40-something self is all wrapped up in the lives and (gotta say it) deaths of the Winchester Family.

A little background, because it adds to the narrative.

Back in 2005, my life was very different. I was working in the entertainment industry as an assistant to my aunt who was a personal manager at the time. I was also teaching acting classes. So my life was pretty much all industry and all actors night and day.

One of her clients, James Snyder, is also a friend and he got an audition for this new pilot on the CW called Supernatural. He asked me if I would help coach him, so he came over and I sat down and read over the sides (aka the audition pages) so I could go over them with him.

There I was reading lines like "Dean. When I told him I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45!" and quietly grumbling to myself about how the CW was going to do a show like this and that it sounded like Charmed with boys but, at the same time, some small part of me thought it might be neat to see something like this on TV.

However, James didn't get the part. I pretty much shrugged it off and when the show aired, all I saw were teen hearthrobby promos with two hot guys and I sniffed in a knowing way about how the CW was just going to ruin things I liked AGAIN.

Flash forward about 5 years.

The GeekBoy watches Supernatural. Has for years. Religiously. Me? I don't get it, but hey, I'm a supportive girl and it's not like we don't all have our guilty pleasures, right?

Then one night I hear "Carry On My Wayward Son" really loud coming from the bedroom. I'm in the living room, I figure the boy's rocking out, I shrug a bit and keep on keepin' on.

Then I hear it again.

Then again.

On the fourth time through, I finally get up and I go see what the heck he's up to. I mean, sure, good song, but why are you playing it over and over on a week night and only a certain section? I'm thinking he's got some bizarre GarageBand loop going or something.

Nope. That wasn't it.

It turns out that he's been watching the "The Road So Far" montage on the Supernatural "Swan Song" episode. (S5 ep 22) over and over and, when I walked in, he was just laying there with all kinds of feels going on and his eyes shining and looking...rapturous, maybe? Excited, happy, sad, anticipatory, nervous. I don't know. Whatever that look a kid gets when they're ready to face the tallest, fastest rollercoaster in the world and they just can't wait...that was the look.

And, y'know what? Right there in that moment, I realized I had to watch the show.

Because that look on the GeekBoy's face wasn't a look that comes from some "stupid CW show". That look was the look of love. Of absolute frakkin' surety. I knew that look. I knew how it felt and, damnit, if Supernatural made him do that, I was gonna watch it.

So, I started the marathon. I started right from the pilot and pretty much devoured every episode until I was caught up. I haven't missed an episode since. I doubt I ever will.

And here's why.

Because Supernatural isn't about hot guys or CW marketing or sexy vampires or trite storylines. It's not 'tween fodder about two brothers who kill stuff and look good doing it. (okay, sure, some of those things happen but it's not intentional)

Supernatural is about family. It's about your blood family and the family you choose. It's about kicking ass and taking names and getting your ass kicked by things that should never exist, but they do and, because they do, you gotta fight them.

You don't want to. You have to. You do it because it's what you do. It's the Winchester Family Business. You may do it kicking and screaming. You may have days where even you cant believe what's happening, but you fight and you keep going because that's what you do. For each other.

And when I say it's about family, it's not just the fictional one. Over the years, the folks who make Supernatural have embraced the people who watch and love Supernatural and have made them as much of the experience as any thing else. Supernatural has dedicated episodes to the fans. They've made fun of themselves, they've pushed the boundaries whenever possible. They've even sent Sam and Dean to a Supernatural convention. (One of my fave episodes of all time).

When they cast and crew go to cons, they have fun. They interact and they genuinely seem to enjoy it. They know just who keeps them on the air year after year and, while I'm sure they're amazed they got this far, they're not about to take anything for granted.

I've seen acting on the show that is, without question, right up there with any Emmy winning actor. I've laughed hard enough to need my asthma inhaler. I've cried more times than I can count.

And, really, I love any show that goes delving into things like angels and comes back with an idea that "angels are dicks."

It's a lot of things. It's so many things. And it makes me get all warm and fuzzy and gushy.

If you haven't watched it. Take the time. Really.

Yeah, season one is kind of "meh" in places, but once the showrunners figured out that he had some room to play, man, does the show get good. And, once you get into season's 4 and 5, the ride is balls to the wall amazing.

So, that's it. That's why I love Supernatural. I just wanted to share that. No real reason. Just...there ya go.

I want some pie.

Monday, December 9, 2013

This Supernatural Dean/Cas "Wrecking Ball" video may be my fave new thing ever.

I fell into a Supernatural YouTube hole and came across this Dean/Castiel "Wrecking Ball" video.

Now, I don't ship Destiel as a general rule...but this video is frakkin' amazing.

It also made me like the song.

Mad props to YouTuber soberdenatural. Because the video is just that good.

p.s. On a side note, it's kind of crazy how long it took me to find a "tame" pic of these two with a "Destiel" search. Oh, Internet. I love you so. LOL.

The newest Sherlock trailer; in which Sherlock considers jumping out of a cake for John. ;-)

Oh Sherlock. You make me happy. You know John should have waited for you ;-)

Via the ever lovely Joanna Robinson at Pajiba.

Friday, December 6, 2013

This Baby Sloth Cake Is Nomdorable!

This adorable baby sloth cake is described by cake maker Conjurer's Kitchen as a "Wildly alcoholic rum fruit cake. We call him David Lee Sloth".

(found via the lovely Miss Cakehead)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Barney The Dinosaur on a rampage during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Barney attacks the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and is summarily vanquished by the citizens and lightpoles of NYC.

Kids of NYC 1, Barney Zero.

p.s. Yeah, I know, my posts are all over the place today. ::grin:: But, you know me, random as ever.

Bread and Circuses: A ponderation on Black Friday, Wal-Mart and Jerry Springer

I have a thought about the Wal-Mart Black Friday videos and reactions to them and I'm not sure how to say it, so bear with me.

I'm really having a hard time with the whole thing. From the fact that those things happened to the way many people are reacting. Because it seems to be a lot about the people in the videos being "Those people."

I think we forget the bigger picture. The many of the people who have to camp out and go to those Wal-Mart sales are people who are desperate enough for a nice TV, or a doll for their kid, or some other deal that they save up their money and go to the store knowing it's going to be fucking insane.

It's The Hunger Games. It's about getting what they need, no matter the obstacle, no matter the pain. To them, it's their one shot for that nice thing that they have been told by all the commercials year round that they NEED.

And when those things happen and people get hurt, those of us watching tut tut and talk about how horrible and sad it all is.

But are we tut tuting at the wrong people? It seems to me that many of us are acting just like the people of The Capitol; watching the games and seeing them as something separate from us. Those people. They aren't like us. Those people who are doing things we would never do. Those people.

But we never tut tut at the Gamemakers. We don't post those death tolls and point to the people who have created a world in which people will literally kill one another over a waffle iron.

That person doesn't kill for an item because they want to. They've been driven to believe they can't live without it and they have been left with no option but to fight for it.

Panem et circenses.

It feels like we're blaming the wrong people.

It's like when I watch Jerry Springer (yes, I admit, I do from time to time) and I see a girl with a cheating boyfriend. When the girl he's cheating with comes on stage, the two women go at one another like rabid dogs. I have never understood why both women don't just turn around and pop the guy upside the head. I mean, he's the one who cheated. He's the reason their both unhappy. But, no, the women fight each other and the guy just sits there looking bemused.

Maybe it's easier to get mad at the wrong people. Because looking at the issue and really going after the bad guy means we might have to look at ourselves and why we're contributing to the problem.

I don't know. I just know I'm bothered and wish people would be bothered as well.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston are playing sexy vampires in a movie together. I'm pretty sure I'm dead and dreaming.

Dear Universe,

Thank you for being you and being something in which this movie starring Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston exists. Thank you for creating a world in which Jim Jarmusch is the director of said film and thank you, more than anything, for letting me discover it today.

I didn't know about Only Lovers Left Alive until today and I feel as if someone peeked into my dreams and has given me the best holiday gift ever.

p.s. This discovery came via Kristy over at Cinema Blend who was very much of the same mind as I was about the whole Adam Levine being named People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" and you should check it out, for sure.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I had the chance to interview actor Josh Charles. Mostly cause he's a total doll. So I'm sharing ;-)

Well, I'm back. ;-) Sorry for the intermission. Life took one of those detours where you just sort of have to drop everything and handle stuff.

However, in the middle of the mayhem, something really cool happened.

Through some combination of luck, sass and my usual way of asking for the moon, I got an email interview with actor Josh Charles.

Most recently, Josh is a series regular on The Good Wife as the intrepid Will Gardner, but I've been a fan since I first saw him in Dead Poet's Society. So I pretty much grinned the entire way though this interview process and attempted not to sound like a total fangirl.

Not sure I managed, but I got the interview and that's what matters. ;p

1) So you ended up here by favoriteing (a word that's a not a word but has context. Yay progress) a tweet of mine and I see you on Twitter quite a bit. It seems to me that, unlike many celebs who set up accounts, you use yours quite frequently and for actual interaction.

Why do you like Twitter and what's your favorite thing about it?

I like the transparency and immediate quality of twitter. I enjoy using it to highlight work I'm excited about, both my own and others, and issues I'm passionate about such as equality or animal rights. I also often enjoy just being completely silly on twitter and laughing.

2) You've mentioned you have your geeky side, so what do you geek out about the most? Well, top 3.

I geek out on old vinyl records, vintage watches (although I don't own any!), vintage Gibson guitars (I have two of them) and old GTO cars. Specifically ones made in 1969 that are palladium silver. I also geek out on my dog Zeus and anything that has to do with him.

3) Which Star Wars movie is your favorite. Points will be added or deducted based on how you write the name of said movie.

Hmmm. Very difficult to pick one, but the first one probably because it was one of the first films I had on VHS and I must have watched it over 100 times!

4) If you could play for any sports team, any time, any place - which team would it be and which position?

Wow. Probably the Orioles in the mid to late 1960's as an outfielder or pitcher, or with the Baltimore Colts in the late 1950's as a wide receiver, so I could catch a pass from Johnny Unitas!

5) What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes currently?

By This River Brian Eno
Something Sam Prekop
Nocturne No.1 in B Flat Minor Chopin
Please Tell My Brother Golden Smog

6) From my mom: "Does Will still love Alicia?" She also added "You're really good at being a bastard and the fight is making things more interesting."

Tell your Mom thanks for me please. I think he does still love her, but at the moment is just too hurt and angry to accept that. I think her betrayal, both on a personal and professional level, has had a profound effect on him and reawakens his competitive spirit.

7) From my inner fangirl: What was it like to work with Rutger Hauer in Crossworlds and, side question, have you fanboyed over people you've worked with? (If you cop to muppet flailing, even mentally, just remember, you're among friends.)

That was a crazy time on that film, but Rutger was a true pro and very generous to myself and the other actors. I'm the biggest Danny McBride fan and would absolutely love to work with him someday. I think he is truly brilliant.

8) Your IMDB bio says you play guitar. So, do you play for real or do you riff Stairway to Heaven when you're stoned? ::grin:: Part 2 - do you write music and/or sing? I have another question, but they require the answers to those two first.

I do play guitar and enjoy playing from time to time. I'm really into old acoustic blues music, but I play everything from Robert Johnson to Dylan and Springsteen.

9) The thing I remember most (and felt drawn to and in by) about you both in DPS and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead was that mix of vulnerability and shyness that lead to bravery. I've always considered bravery being less about lack of fear and more about being afraid and doing things anyway. You seem to have that take to.

So, where did that guy come from? My former actress self thinks it was more of you letting something show than showing us something that wasn't there. But I'm asking you, since, that's how interviews work.

That's kind of you to say. I don't really know the answer, but I think that quality of being afraid and doing things anyway is required for all creative people. When I have felt truly scared and still moved forward with a project or role is usually when I've done my best work.

10) Finally, from the looks of your Twitter feed and your willingness to dive in and do this, I'm guessing you enjoy your downtime on the set and you're someone who appreciates the crew. If you could do any job behind the scenes (barring writing/directing.) for the next 5 years, what would it be?

Craft Service!!!

Bonus question:

I'm sure there's something you're passionate about and serious about that I didn't ask. Politics, equality, education, animals -- we all have them. What are you inspired to help generate and move forward daily for the rest of the world, even if you only manage it for a minute some days. What lights you up and keeps you fighting?

Seeing my wife smile and laugh lights me up. Also, seeing my dog content, happy and completely in the moment is a constant daily inspiration.

I'm still smiling about this whole thing. So glad I finally got so write it down and share it. 

Thanks again, Josh. You're a doll ;*

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pardon my silence...

Life's a bit nuts, so I'll be a bit quiet until later this month.

Hopefully, you'll stick with me ;-)


Monday, October 28, 2013

A Ponderation on Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Subtlety, Reading & Gawker Commenters

There's going to be a bit lot of a ramble to this post because I have a thought and a question and I'm not sure how I'm going to get to either. But I hope you'll bear with me as I wind my way there.

Last week I saw this article over on Gawker with the headline "Oh God Dolly Parton What Are You Doing?" and I, liking Dolly, went to go look.

The post, in short, is a clip of Dolly Parton dressed in black, wearing bling and sporting a white afro wig while rapping on Queen Latifah's new talk show. So, yeah, for a second you might ask what was Dolly doing?

As I read on, but before watching the clip, I see these lyrics to Dolly's rap.
Hey I'm tweekin'!I'm workin'! I'm twerkin'*!Hey, Miley:I got your wreckin' balls right heah.
At this point, I started grinning because I had a feeling I knew what this was and I was totally looking forward to seeing if I was right.

I pushed play, I watched, and I giggled and grinned and laughed and fell in love with Dolly even more than I am now and just felt so dang amused and proud of her.

Then I saw the comments.

People were nowhere near as amused as I was. They commented on how she was clearly crazy. Or too old to wear the outfit. Or mocking black people. Or that Latifah should have been horrified. They joked about the old lady rapping.

Sure, there were a few people who said she was awesome. Dolly is a treasure. How she can do no wrong. I did see one or two comments that mirrored my thoughts on what I had just witnessed, but overall it was all sorts of WTF Dolly going on in those comments.

And I just sat there stumped. I totally didn't get it.

How could they not see how clever it was. How did they not know that this was Dolly sending a message to Miley. That Latifah was playing along. That this had a purpose and that Dolly was 100% in charge of her faculties and her messaging and that she knew exactly what she was doing?

Now, let me clear things up a second because I should mention that I have some additional info that you may not have. Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus' godmother and Dolly has done what she can to help support Miley as she was growing up. From being on Hannah Montana to inviting Miley to come sing Jolene with her at Dollywood. (p.s. That video is amazing and it made me realize just how talented a singer Miley can be. )

Maybe you didn't know about the goddaughter thing, but I maintain that knowing that doesn't influence whether or not you can see the brilliance in what Dolly did. I mean, Dolly is a queen of country. She acts, she writes music, she sings, she's successful. She is, in many ways, what any female singer/actress might aspire to be.

So her performance was, no matter what the background, a smackdown. The kind a mom or grandma gives a child who's gotten out of hand. One of those "let me show you just how silly you look, young lady" sorts of things. Designed to show her disapproval of Miley's behavior in a way that only your mom or grandma would do.

But no one was understanding that. It bugged me. It's BEEN bugging me. I've been trying to figure out how they didn't know.

Then, about 20 minutes ago, I had this thought. The one that prompted this post. (BTW, if you're still with me this far, thank you).

It's all about the subtext.

The smackdown wasn't obvious enough for people. The whole performance and what it meant and what it said.  The tongue in cheek kick in the ass was too subtle for most of the people watching and all they saw was Dolly Parton "rapping" and looking silly. And thinking she was trying to be a serious rapper. Because Latifah said she was a bad ass rapper.

Most people took it at face value and I, with my amusement at the underlying message and being glad that that I finally knew what Dolly thought of Miley's shenanigans (I had been wondering since the VMA's, what Dolly was gonna say), was in the minority.

People didn't get the subtext. But I did.


Yep. Thank whatever deity you like, I've finally made it to my question.

Why did I look at the subtext instead of taking it at face value? Why do so many people take things at face value these days?

I think it's because I was raised a reader. I was raised to look at things from other perspectives. Even when I watch TV, what I am most intrigued by is what the characters are thinking. Why they do things. Their motivations. It's one of the reasons I'm loving The Blacklist. Because James Spader is allllll subtext.

But maybe most of the Gawker commenters I saw were born after me, into the days of cable television and VHS and DVD's and stories being fed to them instead of being devoured by choice.

Are people, to a larger proportion, losing the ability to see the nuances and subtleties because they have no experience with accessing the thoughts behind those actions and, therefore,  can't see anything but the face value.

Or has it always been this way? Have people aways looked at things with this face value mentality and it takes something like the internet to see the majority of them all saying it at once?

I mean, maybe I was always in the minority as a thinker and I'll be the first to admit that maybe I think too much (gee, looking at this post, y'think?) but something feels different and.... makes me feel old and I'm not so sure I like that.


p.s. I found this video of Dolly on Latifah performing the song from her new album. The real one. It's beautiful.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

DWTS did a Game Of Thrones waltz & Elizabeth Berkley made me cry ::nodnod::

I preface this by saying that I don't usually watch Dancing With The Stars, but on the recommendation of my friend Kristen (who tweeted that there was GoT themed stuff going on), I recorded it this week.

I loved this. So hard. In the face.

FYI, on both of these, you may have to wait for the stuff.

 On a side note, Elizabeth Berkley is also on this season and this video of her rehearsal week really touched me. In all the years since Showgirls, and with all the mocking that has happened, it's easy to forget how young she was and what it was like from her end.

I was touched and am sharing because I think it's worth watching.

Friday, October 18, 2013

7 Classy Halloween Costumes for Nerd Girls

I got this from Geek Girl Lucy Markham and I wanted to post it. ::grin:: Thanks Lucy!

Nobody wants to be the 10th girl to show up as Wonder Woman at the Halloween party—but it’s a bore trying to explain your slightly less popular costume to the other guests. Halloween should be a time to let your inner nerd come out where nobody can say anything about it, but it ends up being more stressful than it should.
Take the stress out of Halloween! Here are seven costumes any nerd girl can be proud of:
Dr. Pamela Isley
You don’t have to be Poison Ivy to be Poison Ivy. Why not go as her alter-ego, the girl she was before she gained a poison kiss?
Red hair, glasses, a touch of green in your makeup, green clothes underneath a lab coat, and voila—Gotham’s Green Siren.
Amy Farrah Fowler
Or any of the girls from The Big Bang Theory. This is an excellent costume if you’re hitting a Halloween party with your besties or a group. And, if the group is a collaboration of couples, it’s easily adapted.
And if it’s just you as Amy with your significant other, there’s always Raggedy Annie and Raggedy C-3PO.
Shirefolk love parties, so why not dress as them when you some up this Halloween? The clothing is a thrift store trip away (or a pattern purchase away, for all you hard-core, Tolkien-readign seamstresses reading this). As for Hobbit Feet, they can be as simple as fake fur and flip-flops or as in-depth as this tutorial.  Just keep the party setting in mind.
And I’m not necessarily saying that if you have a significant other that you guys have to go as Samwise and Rosie, or that best bros should go as Sam and Frodo (or Merry and Pippin), but it is an excellent paired or group costume.
All my single ladies: enjoy Lord of the Rings? Good, then put your swords up and listen to why this is a boss costume idea:
Eowyn is a strong, fierce Princess who doesn’t need a man to complete her, and let’s all remember how she is one of the kindest, most tender women in The Lord of the Rings; oh and she killed the principal antagonist’s right-hand man. She wanted to fight evil, so that’s exactly what she did.
To be this fierce Wraith-killer, pair any medieval dress with some armor (perhaps a helmet perched atop your head?) and be ready to tell the world (or the rest of the party) with pride—you are no man!
Anyone from Firefly
As long as you’re prepared to go through another conversation about how heartless the cancellation was, there’s no reason not to dress up as one of the crew of the outlaw freighter Serenity.
The ladies of this much-loved sci-fi western from Joss Whedon offer some awesome possibilities. Zoe Washburn’s sleek, fierce gunslinger look is as simple as getting a leather vest and some accessories with your boots, dark jeans, and denim shirt. Kaylee Fry’s sweet engineer look is as easy as pairing floral print with green khaki, and all you need for River Tam is a gray dress and two weapons—then let your hair hang down. To dress up as Inara Serra, look for dresses in rich colors, with Asiatic patterns and metallic accents.
And let’s not forget Rule 63. The right clothes tailored to your frame—a long coat, Hawaiian shirt, a vest—is all you need for a perfect gender-bend costume of Captain Mal, Wash, Simon, or Shepherd Book.
Molly Hooper
Confession Time: I’m a Sherlolly shipper and my sweet boyfriend is dressing up as Sherlock for me at our upcoming BBC Halloween party. I thought of doing Irene, but her outfits aren’t exactly party friendly and I got frustrated trying to make my hair look like her elegant coiffure three minutes in.
For any nerd girls out there who have yet to join the BBC Sherlock fandom, a quick summary: Molly does autopsies in the St. Bart’s hospital morgue and frequently assists Sherlock & John on their cases. And, like many of us, she has a crush on Sherlock.
Molly may be timid, but she’s a smart lab technician. Think of her as the sweet girl from school who you never would have guessed loved dead things.
You have two options: You can either copy her fancy party dress look from “A Scandal in Belgravia”, or you can go for Classic Molly—ponytail, sweet sweater, and a lab coat.
Professor River Song
This sometime Doctor Who companion entered the scene with an enigmatic bang. She carries a sonic screwdriver, a sonic blaster, and hallucinogenic lipstick. And even before the Doctor knows who she is, she greets him with “Hello, Sweetie.” I could tell you more, but, as River so mischievously says, “spoilers.”
If you aren’t familiar with Doctor Who, first of all fix that, but in the meantime, all you need to know is that she’s like Indiana Jones, but fierce, female, and in space. And better; where Indy hides from the Nazis, she comes upon a group in the streets of WWII Berlin and baits them before stealing their motorcycle. And, as a fantastic perk to those of us with natural curls, actress Alex Kingston sports her natural, kinky curls as the enigmatic and cunning professor.
To go to your Halloween parties and events as Professor Song, there are a number of outfits you could do, but her most iconic, instantly recognizable look is from the season 5 finale. A white jacket, dark green pants, brown boots, and a brown gun belt/journal pouch will get you your basic River look—but no adventure with mysterious boxes beneath Stonehenge is complete without a brown leather bracelet resembling River’s Vortex Manipulator.

With your nerdy and unique Halloween costume ready, all you have to worry about at your next Halloween party is getting the number of that cutie in the spot-on Aragorn costume or Daryl Dixon cosplay!

About the Author
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and, when not consulting for a website design and development company or two, she enjoys nerd humor, sharing Reichenbach survival theories, and Doctor Who marathons.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Thoughts On The Pacific Rim DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack

If you've been following, you know I LOVED Pacific Rim. If you didn't know, um, I loved Pacific Rim. ::grin::

So I may have made boogie down happy noises when I heard they were going to send me a DVD/Blu-Ray combo set like this one.

It also means that I popped that baby into the player and watched it again last night.

Here's the thing about Pacific Rim. I could go on about the special effect, the story, the things I love, the things other people may have complained about, the yadda yadda --

But the thing that rocks about this movie is, at its' core, it's giant robots fighting giant monsters and all of the other things in the movie center around that.

So if you want to dissect effects or story or whatever other thing, just remember that Guillermo Del Toro made everyone a movie with giant monsters fighting giant robots and he is so good that you totally suspend disbelief to watch that happen.

Now, if you're like me, you'll think the effects rock, the movie looks amazing and the cast is perfect.

So, if you haven't seen it, fix that. If you end up not liking it, you can come back and tell me so. ;p

This right here is the relevant link: Own Pacific Rim on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download.

Warner Bros. also sent me some fun stuff to share with you.

1) Their Pacific Rim gallery.

2) Warner Bros. was also kind enough to send me this link to their gallery of "The Hot Men Of Pacific Rim". I was pleased to see how many pics there are of Idris Elba. ;-)

3) This playlist of their trailers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I know a guy who owns a candy shop & he did me a favor ;-)

Remember when I did Gishwhes and my team and I managed to get all sorts of crazy things done?

Well, one of the people who helped us do that was Bear Silber and I wanted to make sure I thanked him personally.

Bear is the owner of Powell's Sweet Shoppe and he helped my team and I create our own ice cream flavor.

Yeah, picture this. I sent Bear an email because I knew he owned Powells after we had an email chat about his nomtastic mock up of Moreos -- and I asked him for help with my Gishwhes task.

Bear, in an act true awesomeness, made it happen and S'moregasm ice cream was born.

So, this is my thank you to Bear and my suggestion that you check out Powell's Sweet Shoppe.

Cause both of them are awesome.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My goal for 2014. The EP Project. I'm ponderous and need feedback. ;-)

I don't talk much about my other life because, well, it was a long time ago and far, far away.

But once upon a time, I was a professional singer in a band for two years. (well, LA pro, which means I got paid to sing but the venues were teeny and we made money from the door).

Singing is something I do well, and I love it more than anything else in the world. But life happened and any plans I had to continue on in a professional manner, got sidelined and I went back to being someone who sings when she wants to and, if everyone's drunk at a party, when asked. (Or when my mom asks, because how do I tell my mama no? ::grin::)


I realized that, while I don't intend to get back into trying to make a band and music career happen, I've never actually put anything down of myself singing in a way I've been 100% happy with. I'm on other people's recordings and I even have a few tracks I've written that were recorded, but nothing that's been produced on the level that I would like.

So I made a plan for 2014 and my EP project was born. My plan is to record 4 or 5 songs, both covers and originals, and do it in a studio with full production, mixing and mastering. I want to see what I would sound like properly produced and with all the bells and whistles.

Additionally, I've been asked over the years by people who hear me sing if I have a recording and I don't, so this would allow me to have that.

But that'll take money that I don't have, so here's my question.

Do I look to crowdsource it through Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or is there another site I should look into? And, what "rewards" other than a CD would even be feasible?

In the end, I'm going to need to ask people for help and money to make this happen. I'd like to make sure I do it in a way that allows people to contribute in a way that works for them.

Any feedback would be super appreciated ;*


Monday, September 23, 2013

Win 1 of 4 $100 prize packs of handmade, geeky, fun, soap & bath products from Bubble Genius!

So, y'know how I've been working freelance since I left my full time gig at QMx back in April? Well, in addition to picking up work over at Nerd Approved and doing social media to pay for my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab addiction, I'm now working with the totally sweet peeps at Bubble Genius.

Anyway, here's the real news. I got clearance to give away some Bubble Genius goodies and so, thar be a contest.

This is me asking you to enter. 1) It makes me look good to the new bosses and b) it's geeky, awesome soap! ::grin:: Zero downside.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

p.s. You could share this with your friend. ::wink:: Just sayin'.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Peter Dinklage sang on Sesame Street. Be still my heart!

Peter Dinklage stopped by Sesame Street to explain why we play the game "Simon Says".

And he sang.

With a frikkin' sitar accompaniment.

I love him. I love him so much.

via The Mary Sue

Saturday, September 14, 2013

This multiple kid cosplay from Cincinnati Comic Expo is pretty much the best thing ever.

This tweet by comic artist Tom Zahler from the CincinnatiComicExpo is just too adorable.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Posting this clip of Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine because it's Friday and it rocks.

Found this clip of Ewan McGregor from Velvet Goldmine and watched for the first time since seeing the movie.

There's so much in this clip and performance. So much work and dedication and just...raw, real, brilliance.

The man inspires me.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I want this cardigan more than I can say

I have just discovered ModCloth. I'm in serious trouble.

I mean, come ON. It's awesome. 

Just had to share ;-)

Keanu Reeves Is kind of awesome and I wanted to share why I think that

I've read a few things recently about Keanu Reeves that have made me smile. I've always liked him.

He may not be the best actor on the planet, but he definitely seems to be one of the best people.

Read this article the other day and then spotted this today thanks's to JustJenn on FB.


(via Facebook)

Sometimes you just have to talk about things like this. ;-)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cool Product Alert - Breaking Bad: The Complete Series

I'm posting this here because I know people who like the show and because, heck, I couldn't figure out how to easily do a pic and a link in one social media post.

I told you my brain wasn't working today ;-)

Want it? You can pre-order it on Amazon: Breaking Bad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

I need this whisky dispenser.

So this is what they meant by the good old days. 

Stick this next to a old Coca Cola machine and I'd be set.

Friday, September 6, 2013

How did I not know that James Hance has a whole Red Bubble section & that these exist?

I'm a Lost Boys fan from way back. How did I not know about this.

Or this...

Or this....

Consider this your PSA for the day. Get over to Red Bubble and check out the James Hance section if you are as woefully uninformed as I was.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wolverine: A Film By Woody Allen

This just tickled the heck out of my little Jewish girl's heart. But it's funny even if you're not one of us ;-)

::chanting:: One of us! One of us!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The new Kindle Matchbook Program by Amazon sounds pretty frakkin' cool.

Considering my love for hardbacks and my inability to read them in the tub, the new Kindle Matchbook Program by Amazon may well be my new favorite thing ever.

It launches in October and I'm just gonna nab the info from their site because it says it all better than I can.

Introducing Kindle MatchBook
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
Available for thousands of great print books purchased new from Amazon, going all the way back to 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore.
Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or on PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet, or mobile phone with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

So, yeah. If you bought a book from Amazon, you can get a Kindle version for 3 bucks or less and have a digital version for life.

I can feel my collector's heart fluttering.

via The Consumerist.

Monday, September 2, 2013

This female parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines got pulled off You Tube because why?

Every once in a while, Jezebel will post something that gets me thinking. This one did.

It seems that this parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines by was removed from You Tube for a short time and then put up again after comments were made.

Called Defined Lines, the video was made for the University of Auckland’s Law Revue by Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood.

Basically, these ladies took the premise of the original video and flipped it to make some pretty cogent points, IMHO.

What I can't understand is why it got taken down. I'll be honest, I hadn't seen the whole Blurred Lines video, so I went looking. I found two versions. One made for regular airplay and a notably unblocked unrated version (warning, NSFW).

So, what. Is it okay to say naughty, sexual, innuendo filled things to and about women while grabbing your crotch -- but saying naughty, sexual, innuendo filled things to and about men while simulating coming on their face (with whipped cream) is not?

I saw comments to the effect that use of the words "emasculation" and "castration" may have been at issue, but artistic license was used in both cases.

Either way, I'm sharing the video because I found it to be clever and because I believe that, unless you find both videos equally offensive (at their base, it's the same issue of exploitation and sexualizing) you really can't find wither offensive.

Heck, I don't even think the unrated version of Burred Lines is offensive. Well, not in the traditional sense. Seems to me, if you're going to have women running around topless and almost naked in your video, you should do something more interesting thank just make them walk around like models on a catwalk.

Parody video is after the break. Warning. Tune is catchy.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Zac Efron with a TINY kitten cuddled on his neck. Your argument is invalid. #squee

Larger image and story via Buzzfeed


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