Best Geeky Finds – In an Mmmbop They’re Gone (Or Were They?)

Twenty years ago, “Mmmbop” was heard for the first time on top-40 radio stations. Hanson took the world by storm, as teenagers everywhere became hooked on their music (well, at least a good chunk of them). I was one of those people (everybody I knew at the time was not). It seems strange that Hanson has been making music for this long, especially considering they had made an album prior to Middle of Nowhere that was never released in the US.  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

Best Geeky Finds – Happy Birthday Boy Who Lived

Around this time last month, wizards and muggles alike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (published in America as Sorcerer’s Stone a year later). This Monday marks the 26th anniversary of Harry meeting Hagrid and learning he was a wizard. In honor of the boy who lived, many groups are celebrating this weekend with their own Potter-themed events. If you are a Potter fan, be sure to look in your area for some of these festivals. If there are none, or you are more of a muggle than you wish to admit, here are a few ways to learn and celebrate the wizarding world.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – There’s Hope!

On the night that I wrote this I went out to dinner with friends and their daughter (that’s not to say that the daughter is not a friend, she is, but not the point of what I’m about to say). She has recently discovered the Harry Potter series and is enamored with it. I mean, she is taking every possible moment to get into that book. Dinner barely separated her from the tome, and not for long. It was a thing of beauty!  Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Finding Your Tribe

Blog-MDMAs a geek, I have a lot of friends who are also geeks (amazingly, not ALL my friends are geeks). Sure, we have different fandoms and levels of devotion, but the overarching geekiness is what unites us. We understand each other not just because of the fandoms, but because we have dealt with being the fringe, the unpopular, the “nerds”. And we’ve survived without giving up what we love. Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – The Language of Geek

Blog-MDMWhen you’re ensconced in a culture, you don’t always realize that those around you might not know what you’re talking about. I don’t mean that they’re unfamiliar with a given topic of conversation, for example, the latest Marvel movie or a reboot of a popular sci-fi tv show. I’m talking about the actual words and phrases used to discuss things. I don’t know that many geeks think about it much, but we do have a language of our own. Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Spoilers, Sweetie

Blog-MissDawnsMusingsI walked in to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Thursday night already knowing the entire plot. As it was released in the UK a few days earlier, it wasn’t difficult to find spoiler-filled reviews, commentary and, yes, entire plot breakdowns. When I told people I’d read it already, they looked at me like I was crazy (and no, I did not reveal any spoilers to anyone I spoke with). Honestly, I don’t see what the big deal is. Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Sharing is Caring

Blog-MissDawnsMusingsIf there’s one thing geeks enjoy, it’s sharing their fandoms with other geeks. Some like to fangirl/boy over the latest developments, talk theories or storylines, come up with the perfect cast for movie versions of their favorite games or books. Others like to teach, imparting some facts they’ve discovered about a property, some behind the scenes details or “straight from the horse’s mouth” stories. Now that can be cool when you’re looking for more information, want to get deeper into a fandom and when your fellow geek is sharing out of the goodness of their heart. But if you have been involved in a fandom for any length of time, you have experienced the other type of geek, the know it all or, as I prefer to call it, the douche geek. Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Outside the Box

Blog-MissDawnsMusingsMy favorite comic book character (can’t exactly say superhero) is Deadpool. For some reason, this seems to take many people by surprise (mostly male, mostly those who don’t know me very well). Admittedly, Deadpool is not a “girly” character, nor are the majority of his plotlines what would be considered female friendly (in other words, they’re usually violent as all get out). So why is he my favorite? Continue reading