Monthly Archives: December 2014

80’s Music Wednesday

Because I have the terrible knack of quoting 80's song lyrics in regular conversation, this week's pick was inspired by discussions from this week. Enjoy some Jody Watley and Looking For A New Love. Happy New Year's, everyone!

Tis the Season for Geek Swag

This holiday I was blessed with all sorts of great goodies, so much in fact that I decided to share them with all of you.

Dean and Sam Get a Clue

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I indeed coveted this item, but saw that it was practically sold out everywhere. I didn’t think I would be a proud owner until later in the year. My family made sure that I was not without! I thought about taking some more pictures of the details, but I thought I would save that for a separate post that would feature it and the gameplay. I will probably do the same with my recent birthday present of Doctor Who Monopoly.

A History Lesson

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If you love history and alcohol, then you should be watching Drunk History. I got this from my family and have some catching up to do. This show is amazing and hilariously perfect. It actually started out as a Funny or Die web skit, but Comedy Central eventually picked it up and turned it into a full blown series. They basically get someone, who knows the specific historical tale, wasted and have them retell the story while under influence. They then get your favorite comedians to reenact to the very detail of the drunken tale. It is fantastic. It can be gross, depending on how well or badly an individual can handle their drink. So worth it though.

Sailor Solidarity Tee

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I got this lovely t-shirt from my one of my besties. I do love me some Sailor Moon. It’s fun, and it is true!

Guardians of the Thirsty

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This was another lovely gift from one of my besties. I love these cups, especially at work for water. This is my first nerdy one! Yay!

Christmas Tree of Sleeping Beauty

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I love and adore Princess Aurora. I have loved that movie since I was a kid, but if there is one place where it is made insanely clear how much I love her, it is on my Christmas tree. I have been collecting for about fifteen years now. I got these lovely new additions from my mum and dad. They feed my obsession. Technically, I bought the kiss scene ornament, but it was from Christmas money sent from my parents. I think I will do a post next holiday season of all of the ornaments I have collected over the years.

Make It Blue

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I got this great doll gift set from my sister. While I love the special dolls, I don’t normally go and try to get my hands on every single Princess Aurora doll that has ever been made. My friends and family do however understand that if she is in a blue dress, then it’s a whole other story. As with this lovely, signature set, Princess Aurora is proudly dressed in blue. I love it!

“Are you okay? Do you need a Fresca?”

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This next gift isn’t exactly nerdy, but so fitting and hilarious to those that know me well. I quote the above line from the movie Slackers all of the time. That movie is crazy random, which is why I love it so much. My sister sent this to me as well for the holiday, and I fell out. I love it and wear it proudly.

The Marvel of Carol Danvers

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I got this bad ass poster one of my besties and her family. They honestly spoiled the shit out of me, which is amazing, but not necessary. Honestly, I loved it. Lol! I am single. I don’t have a man to spoil me. I will need to get a frame for this, so I can put it up properly. I can’t wait.

The Good Fire

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I got this from my bestie and her family as well. When it comes to my favorite super hero, the difference is barely existent. Honestly, I only love Phoenix more than Carol Danvers, because I have had the Phoenix in my life longer. This is pretty bad ass, and you can flip the head around to make her expression angry. That’s pretty awesome.

The Very, Very Bad Fire

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The very same bestie and her family finished their spoiling with this kick ass Dark Phoenix figure. There is not too many things in the Marvel universe that outrank the Phoenix when it comes to power, but when she is sporting red, you better run like hell. I enjoy that her expression is pissy. It just adds to the overall effect of the doll.

80’s Music Wednesday!

Since it's Christmas Eve, I figured this Band Aid contribution would be perfect. Nothing said Christmas in the 80's quite like this track, Do They Know It's Christmas?

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Also, a side note for next year, but if anyone know of some 80's Chanukah songs, please, please send them my way!!! That would fantastic!

80’s Music Wednesday

I love the 80's, especially, for moments such as this. Television was utilized so well back in the day. It is amazing. I kind of miss those days.

Enjoy, Billy Squier's Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You.

10 Gift Ideas for the Nerd in Your Life

While fellow nerds and geeks know all the ins and outs of finding the best holiday gifts for each other, our family and friends that don’t partake in our particular interests can be at quite a loss when it comes to gift giving. I am here to help with a few reasonably priced gift ideas for that the beloved geek in your life.

SuperFight!

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$35.00

What can I say? We love fun card games that are both ridiculous and thought provoking. This is a perfect example. While the initial pack retails for about $35, you can up the fun with expansion packs. There are various, including a kid friendly version. One snag is that this product is only available through the website which is linked in the photo above.

Funko Pop! Figures

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$7.00 to $12.00

Action figures are pretty much a staple of nerd gear, but these adorable little things make us smile. I am known to have my own collection. While the Pop! collection doesn't cover all loves, it is certainly growing. I'm holding out for a Captain Marvel someday. It's still not hard to find something that the special person in your life can enjoy. Prices can very depending on retired products and availability, but most are still very affordable and found various places such as Amazon or even Barnes & Noble.

Nerd Wear

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$15.00 to $35.00

Geeks love wearing their love as well. I personally covet the above item from www.thinkgeek.com, but whatever the fav or your givee is, there is most likely a shirt of some sort. Where to buy something? Online is usually your best bet, but some stores like your local comic book shops or even Hot Topic partake in a little festiveness as this. Best plan for finding a shirt you need is to Google that character or name with t-shirt. It should point you in the right direction.

Blankets

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$20.00 to $40.00

Whether it is a long night of gaming or a marathon in front of the television, why not be cozy while it happens? I am a blanket fan, and I know plenty of people that are as well. Prices can vary depending on quality and size, but you can find decent ones within the above price range. I submit the power of Google to help you find something.

Glasses

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$20.00 to $40.00

We may be drinking a tall glass of milk or a tall glass of something else entirely, but our inner child gets into quite the tizzy if we drink form a cup with our favorite characters on it. It is mostly nostalgia for the good old days of sippy cups and collector's glasses from various fast food chains. We love it!

Travel Mugs and Tumblers

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$10.00 to $20.00

A lot of us would love to save money on beverages as far as tea and coffee go. If we could take things from home to the office without have to stop at the local coffee spot, we would probably be able to spend more money on things we don't need. Thus the brilliance of the gift. Also some of us have strict personalization rules when it comes to the office, and if it's not practical, it has no place. This is a great way to get around that little rule. Even regular mugs would help that coffee drinker get through the workday.

Cookware

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$30.00

It could be an apron or a utensil, but if we can nerd it, we will. The kitchen is not safe from this. Prices will vary depending on the item. The above is probably a great idea for that Trekkie in your life. Again Google is the tool of choice.

Calendars

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$20.00 to $40.00

We all need to know what day it is, and what better way to do so. They make calendars for practically anything. If your friends and family are like me. I always end up buying two, one for home and one for the office. I usually get myself a Dean Winchester one for the house and a Supernatural one for work. Keep in mind if it is a gift intended for the office. Make sure there is nothing offensive in it. Don't want to give that special someone the added bonus of a trip to HR. I always have to check my Supernatural ones for weapons and gore.

Board Games

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$30.00 to $40.00

Classic board games with our favorite fandom twists, are like gifts from above for us nerds and geeks. Clue, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit are known for these variants. Hell, I just found out Supernatural just came out with a version of Clue. Yeah, good luck getting a hold of that little gem this Holiday season.

Wall Candy

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$30.00

We love posters and art pieces, and artsy ones at that. The internet is filled with prints and original art pieces. Etsy is a great place to get original pieces from artist that want to share their love and talents. While it can hold the same drawback as Ebay, and what you buy may not be what you get, the majority of the sellers are legit and very helpful. Be warned that the prices can very from reasonable to high. But you are paying for quality and talent, so you judge that one on your own.

 

80’s Music Wednesday

I give you Wham's Last Christmas, because "Tis the Season," and it's my birthday. I can play Wham if I want to.

80’s Music Wednesday

I was going to play a Christmas song this week, but I was jamming to this song this morning and just had to share it. If this doesn't perk up your day, I don't know what will. May I present Together in Electric Dreams by Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder.

Controlling Perspective

A simple way of describing the events that have been brewing towards climax in Ferguson is controversy. But we are not simple creatures, nor is this a simple matter. What I am not going to do is tell you my opinion and tell you why you are wrong or right in what you believe or feel. There seems to be plenty of that going around. If this is what you want to hear, you’re not going to get it. I am hoping what you get is something much more valuable.

Perspective is a fragile concept. It shapes how we as humans funnel our emotions and look upon our daily lives. It creates us, gives us growth, and can, most importantly, change us. The most difficult part about perspective is that it can come in many various forms. Everyone you meet has a different perspective due to the different lives they have led. I’m not going to lie, it is hard to accept and recognize this, because at the end of the day you only worry about what effects you and keeps you alive. It is instinct, and not an easy thing to change or even recognize.

Again, this is not an opportunity to express my opinion and try to drive you towards an idea that I feel is important as far as Ferguson is concerned. I won’t do this, because I don’t feel I have the appropriate perspective for it at this time.  My opinion is still in great need of education. The education part is the problem. Education should be based in fact and reliability, but it is difficult to find that when there is so much bias littering the field. Instead I will tell you about my own perspective concerning another matter. I want to tell you why I decided to not become a journalist when I was fifteen.

We as a nation were reeling from the tragedy that was the Columbine shootings. It was a terrible time to be a teenager and a student. We were shown that we weren’t safe in school, and that bullying had reached a whole new level. I, a budding journalist, wanted to do my part in bringing out the truth, and I watched the news religious for information. The media was using all of its efforts to profile the shooters and make some kind of sense for the rest of the country. A local news station decided to use a tactic that is all too familiar in the world that is journalism. It is a concept known as “spin.” I was taught this as well in my journalism classes. Hell you may have come across it in your earlier English courses in high school. It is the very tactic that makes up a persuasive essay. Opinions are not to be specified directly, but you are allowed to drive the audience to whatever destination you wish.

It took only one television news report to destroy any hope of me becoming a professional journalist. I officially didn’t want to be a part of it anymore when a local television news team interviewed awaiting fans for a Marilyn Manson concert that was happening in Indianapolis that night. The media had made it very clear that in several earlier reports that the shooters were fans of the singer as well. They interviewed the fans and asked them their opinions concerning the recent shooting. Most of them were teenagers, the eldest probably being in their early twenties. The majority looked as one would expect from a group of Marilyn Manson fans, very into black and eyeliner. Essentially, everything they look like in that moment only represents a fashion choice. It won’t tell the stories of their souls and beings.

Most of these kids expressed their support for the victims and shock over the tragedy. One by one, the reporter moved down the line of people. When enough were interviewed, the reporter turned to the camera and finished his report. He didn’t comment on the concern and support he just heard, he utilized spin instead. He discussed what kind of individuals the shooters were and then stated that they were just like the kids behind him and all other fans of Marilyn Manson. That statement was outrageous to those who know better, but subtle enough to sound like truth. I, myself enjoyed Marilyn Manson’s music at the time, and according to the statement he just made, I also became most likely to enact a school shooting. Dreams of journalism died at that point.

The majority of you are either ridiculing me for this outrageous conclusion or shocked to ever think I could compare myself to that. These are absolutely great responses and what I expect. These reactions do, however, weigh heavily with the knowledge of knowing me. Those that have this knowledge of me, know that I am truly not capable of this. That knowledge effects your perspective. What about the other readers that do not know me? They don’t have the luxury of that knowledge and are simply left with the facts stated that I am a Marilyn Manson fan and according to that news report I could be a suspect one day.

This, my friends, is what news has come to with the added bonus of social media allowing it to reach farther than it could have ever hoped. The news does report news, but it has no problem tweaking it for its own gain. We can’t blame the news for this either. It has become the nature of the beast. Once upon a time, the news existed without ratings or fear of competion. That time was the final time we received unbiased news that we could fully trust without question. When ratings became the heart of news casting, pointing out who was being watched more, it opened the door to allow in money, and that became the biggest voice where news was concerned. No one has a job unless people are watching or reading, and that is the life blood of the news. It has become its survival. All they need for you to do is show up. All they need is bait.

A great example of “spin” is from this past Halloween season. A sixteen year-old collapsed and died while in a haunted house. Every headline for this story was some variation of “girl dies in haunted house.” The news was betting on you, the reader, assuming that the haunted house killed the girl, and you would show up to find out more. What happened to this poor girl was that she suffered from several medical conditions and lived on borrowed time as it was. It was merely coincidence that she passed away while inside of a haunted house. All of the reports state this exactly that, once you read or listen to the rest of the story. Sometimes people don't read past the headline, and that is simply doing a great injustice to one's self. This is what controlling perspective means.

Whatever you are watching or reading, understand that perspective is important. Not everything you read will be false or is trying to lead you somewhere. Unfortunately, you have to have the knowledge to understand the difference. If you take anything from this post, please take this. You, and only you, have the power to choose and change your perspective, and that ultimately makes only you responsible for that perspective. So choose wisely my friends and try to continue to educate yourselves.