She Geek Critique – Trying to Keep Up

With everything going on in daily life, it is often difficult to keep up with hobbies and interests. Sure, hobbies are supposed to be casual and enjoyable like writing, painting, reading, hiking, baking and the like. But when your interests are constantly updating and hobbies involve timeframes, you can lose track and things pile up before you know it.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Geek Retirement

Everyone eventually retires, everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do or did for a living, inevitably, it all ends. Through the years I have been sold this idea that has never really fit with me and it wasn’t until this weekend that I realized why. It is the notion that when I retire that I’m gonna want to travel the world, play lots of golf, and go on group cruises with a bunch of people my age… um, nope!  Continue reading

She Geek Critique – High Fantasy & Dragons

I have never been into high fantasy. You know the type – set in its own world, playing by its own rules, characters typically include some form of dwarves, wizards, giants, plus there are mythical creatures like dragons or unicorns. Think Lord of the Rings, Discworld, Dungeons & Dragons. I dabbled with it a bit as a kid because I do enjoy fantasy in general. But the world building would bore me, with its extensive explanations and descriptions, which I’ve never cared for. (I stopped reading Stephen King and Anne Rice as their novels got longer for that same reason.) And honestly, I’ve never enjoyed over-the-top magic, which seems to be the only type wizards and magicians in those worlds are able to perform.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – It’s Time For a Con

I’m starting to feel the anticipation that comes with getting ready for a con. I’m thinking about what I’m wearing, what panels I’m going to, what parties to hit… how can I squeeze a nap in? At any rate, it is the weekend before and things are real! There are comprehensive lists of needs and wants… what luggage am I taking, what big purchase will I allow myself or will I do a bunch of smaller ones? I’m constantly checking the app and barely paying attention at work. This is worse than vacation short timer mode!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Saturday Mornings

I remember when Saturday meant a morning filled with cartoons. From Super Friends to Looney Toons and everything in between, it was awesome. I was convinced that I would eventually grow out of it, but I did not. The cartoons just got either super cool or hella weird. In either case, it was one of the things that made Saturdays the best. It wasn’t until I got older and discovered the fall preview issue of the TV Guide that I got so jazzed about Saturday mornings! I could gather intel on the new cartoons coming out for Saturday, as well as the syndicated ones… I was becoming an informed viewer and I loved it!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Defending Your Geek

Earlier this week I was talking to a coworker about The Dark Tower. I admitted that I had not read the series, but thought that the movie was alright, but I had the feeling that fans of the novels would not be happy. This led to a discussion about movie adaptations as a whole and then segued into movie adaptations of animated properties. Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Take ’em to Church

Last week, some Marvel employees went out for milkshakes and decided to tweet a selfie… and the trolls lost their shit. They made comments about how these people were the reason that Marvel’s sales were going down and they needed to back off of the feminist agenda/SJW bandwagon and blah, blah, blah. I’ve been stewing over this for days now and I don’t want to give the trolls any more attention than they’ve already gotten. But I have a few things to say about this and I kinda feel like Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 when all of his armors are out, lined up and ready to take on the Extremis injected AIM soldiers. In other words, I’m about to take these basement trolls to church!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Before or After?

This week I finished The Coldest City by Antony Johnson. It is a graphic novel that takes place about 2 days before the Berlin Wall comes down in November of 1989. The movie Atomic Blonde is based on this book. But before picking it up I faced a dilemma: do I read it before I see the movie or after?  Continue reading

She Geek Critique – Doctor Who and Gender

If you’re a fan of Doctor Who (aka a Whovian) or simply savvy in pop culture, you already know that the identity of the 13th Doctor has been revealed. (For those not into Doctor Who, the character is a Time Lord who regenerates instead of dying… you know what? Go watch Doctor Who!) It’s an exciting time for Whovians and there’s always love and hate over the choice. But this time around there’s even more being said because, for the first time in the show’s almost 55-year history, the Doctor will be female.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Kickstarters

Over the past year my household has given a bit of support to Kickstarter campaigns. We’ve supported artists, musicians, game developers and a host of other endeavors (even cricket protein bars… that was the wife’s idea). It got me to thinking. Kickstarter (and other forms of crowd funding) is a great way for us to take an active role in what we enjoy. It’s no longer just buying the game at the store, it is getting a bit of a reward for donating to the effort of getting it off the ground. It is being there as that newest album takes shape or helping an artist bring a dream to life. It is the opportunity to put a bit of yourself into what you enjoy.  Continue reading