PAX 2012: Hardware Heaven – Hands on with the Oculus Rift and Wikipad

Artist's representation of final Oculus Rift

Going to PAX with an honest-to-goodness media badge is a very, very different experience from going just as a regular attendee. With great power comes great responsibility, yadda yadda… You feel the urge to interview everyone who will speak to you, fill up your schedule with Productive Stuff, network like crazy, and generally be Smart and Professional… even if you know that your awesome editor just wants you to go and have a good time and write about what interests you. Having said that, it … [Read more...]

Back-to-School or Geek Holiday?


It's been (cough) several years since I left my school days behind, but I still love back-to-school time.  I look forward to the crisp days of fall, the feeling of a fresh start, maybe even a fresh haircut... and sales.  Yes, it seems everything I like and need goes on sale at back-to-school-time.  As someone who especially loves books, electronics, cross-body bags, and new episodes of Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, I feel almost like it's a geek holiday. And yes, it's only the middle of … [Read more...]

How Doctor Who Found Its US Geek Niche


So maybe you prefer David Tennant's 10th Doctor to Matt Smith's 11th; maybe you like Steven Moffat at the helm more than Russell T Davies.  Whatever your opinions, it's hard to deny that if you live in the US, it has never been better to be a Doctor Who fan than it is right now.  So what made this British import finally click with US geeks en masse? It's not like Doctor Who was never aired in the US prior to 2006.  I consider myself a fan of Classic Who now, but I didn't grow up as one; … [Read more...]

Found: The TARDIS of Laptop Bags


No, I'm not talking about bags with images of the TARDIS on the outside - that's another post for another day.  Shortly after I purchased my new laptop - a MacBook Air - I realized that my old laptop bag left way too much space in which the Air could bang around.  And that extra space wasn't really useful for anything else.   I wanted the TARDIS of laptop bags - something small, unobtrusive, but able to store anything I needed and more.  Oh, and preferably something with a price that wouldn't … [Read more...]

MacBook Pro: Turning Heads


A few years back, when my ancient Dell kicked the bucket, I decided to take the plunge and buy a MacBook Air.  It was a bold move, as I'd never owned a Mac of any kind, and it's one that I've never regretted.  But that doesn't mean I didn't have to make some concessions when I bought it.   To get something sleek and gorgeous and light, I had to sacrifice a bit of power.  Luckily for me, the decision wasn't too difficult - for example, I didn't really need World of Warcraft to be portable and … [Read more...]

Avengers Assemble: The World’s New Obsession

The Avengers

So I went to see The Avengers again tonight, with my family. This being the third weekend it's out, and that we showed up more than an hour before the show, we weren't that worried about getting tickets. We should have been. It was sold out, and the next showing, and the three nearest theatres. Needless to say, I am now extremely depressed. So why is it still number one? Why is the internet obsessed with it? Mainly because it's awesome. So. In all seriousness, The Avengers was … [Read more...]

Versus: The Glory of Super-powered Team-Ups and Crossovers


FIRST THINGS FIRST. I haven’t seen The Avengers yet. I know. I have failed all of you, and I will attempt to atone for it by saying two Iron Mans and a Hail Thor. In the meantime, before ANYONE SPOILS ME FOR AVENGERS (and I swear the first person to squeak ‘Snape kills Dumbledore!’ gets Mjolnir upside the head), let’s talk about superhero team-ups and crossovers. The Avengers, since their inception, has always been a melange of existing heroes and the occasional new recruit – it’s the way … [Read more...]

On The Shelf: RPG Thursday Reads

FIASCO graphic

These are not the cutting edge of released last month games, but they are a random selection of games I’m reading—or reading again. My criteria for selection was to grab the first fistful of gaming books on the far right of my currently being read/to read shelf that would not cause an avalanche of literature that would break my foot. I escaped unscathed with four books to tell you about.   Fiasco 2009. Bully Pulpit Games. Author: Jason Morningstar. Editor: Steve … [Read more...]

Cards Against Humanity: Filthy and Funny


This year at PAX East, I spent quite a bit of time in the Tabletop Gaming section.  Yes, there was the required game of Battlestar: Galactica, but probably the most fun I had was playing a card game a friend had brought: Cards Against Humanity.   Turns out, my table wasn't the only one busting out this game; pass a table with some particularly cackling laughter, and chances are they were playing Cards Against Humanity too.  And at least a dozen people stopped by my table to ask, "Hey!  Where … [Read more...]

Insomniacs and Psychosaurs: An RPG Girl Double-Fisted Review

Dinocalypse Now

Don't Read This Book, Edited by Chuck Wendig Evil Hat Productions, May 2012. 200 pages. Formats: Softcover, Kindle, ePub, iBook. Softcover ISBN: 978-1-61317-012-0. *Copy provided by publisher.        Don't Read This Book has Stephen Blackmoore, Richard Dansky, C.E. Murphy, Josh Roby, Matt Forbeck, Laura Anne Gilman, Ryan Macklin, Monica Valentinelli, Will Hindmarch, Greg Stolze, Robin D. Laws, Mur Lafferty, and Harry Connolly. With a line-up like that, it is in theory … [Read more...]