NFL: Needs More Robots


So we're in the thick of the pro football season.  Maybe not normally a topic we associate with geekery, but geeks come in all flavors, and let me tell you, my Facebook feed is full of football updates (and to quote The IT Crowd, my friends list is pretty much limited to self-proclaimed "standard nerds").  Even I've gotten into it this year, which is honestly bizarre for me: I didn't attend a big football college, and despite having been in the marching band in high school and thus attending … [Read more...]

Summer Not-So-Doldrums


As each year passes as a "cordcutter," I find myself watching fewer and fewer TV shows.  It's not intentional, but some shows - like Game of Thrones and Mad Men - just seem too heavy to start up again, so I keep putting them off.  Others, like the US version of The Office, have simply reached their end.  I definitely don't give as many new shows a shot as I used to, and for the past few years the shows I have - Alcatraz, The Secret Circle, Vegas - have all been cancelled, so I'm beginning to … [Read more...]

Wild Speculation: Portal 3


Ah, Portal 3.  I wish I had some concrete news to report concerning a sequel.  Alas, all I can do at the moment is dream - but maybe that'll be fun too.  For I've been thinking: what do I want in Portal 3?  What might the storyline be like?  What would be reasonable, and what would make a good sequel?  Here are a few of my ideas. Note: there are probably going to be major spoilers here.  Kind of difficult to talk about where a story should go without referring to where it's been. The future … [Read more...]

Genre Invasion: Aliens, Zombies and Werewolves, Oh My


I'm calling it now: vampires are on their way out.   Okay, let's be real.  Vampires will never really die (pun intended).  They've been enjoying a slow, steady burn of popularity for the last 30 years at least.  The combination of sheer horror and a monster who looks normal - or attractive - has ignited our imaginations for years.  The vampire mythology is loose enough that you can make nearly any kind of vampire you like (as evidenced by Whitewolf's Vampire: the Masquerade series).  Vampires … [Read more...]

Alcatraz: Rock-Solid Start


Monday night, Fox debuted the latest offering from J.J. Abrams, Alcatraz.  Yes, it's a show about a mysterious island with a potential paranormal connection and Jorge Garcia, har har har (can you imagine how many times these actors have probably heard that by now? And they haven't even hit the convention circuit beyond ComicCon yet!).  This mystery-thriller is also the most promising new mid-season replacement, and really one of the most promising new shows of the season. Back in 1963 … [Read more...]

Being A Bookworm: A Little Less Lonely


Today, for about the fifth time, I was told I need to read The Hunger Games.  I'm told it's a YA (young adult) series set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic North America where there's a Running Man-esque TV show.  I don't know much more than that, and that these characters have some bizarre names that will probably be making their way into the 2015 - 2020 lists of top baby names.  Oh, and that there was some controversy about a movie tie-in nail polish.  Sometimes I feel like I get my information … [Read more...]

Costumes for the Lazy


So you've been invited to a last-minute Halloween costume party.  Only one problem: you're not the costume "type," so you don't have anything from a con on standby, and you've got very little time to throw anything together.  Or maybe you'd like to keep your effort to a bare minimum.  What will you do? Below are a few "lazy" ideas for costumes.  These require minimal time and purchases, and hopefully look a bit more clever than just buying a cape from a drugstore. H Is For Hologram On the … [Read more...]

TV That Molded a Geek: Roswell


This TV show isn't really one that molded me; rather, it perfectly fit a certain time in my life so well that it might as well have been molded to me.  Everyone can probably find a TV show or movie that just gets everything right - the clothes, the hair, the conversation topics.  For a certain generation, it's John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles.  For me - a teenage geek girl whose room brimmed with aliens of all kinds, ranging from the neon green plush to the purple inflatable - it was … [Read more...]

Trust No One: Secret Sectors On-Screen


In the world of on-screen science fiction (or sf lite), most writers can agree on one truth: if extra-terrestrials exist, the government knows about it.  Sometimes they're fighting evil aliens, sometimes they're protecting us normies from mind-exploding truths, and sometimes they're the bad guys; any way you cut it, they all make us just a little more paranoid and we love it.  This week the news has been full of a government that needs a little help pulling together and Getting Stuff Done; in … [Read more...]

X-Men: Next Class?


This past weekend, on a whim, I decided to see X-Men: First Class.  I wasn't sure if I was going to catch it in movie theaters or not; the last two installments in the franchise, including the much-anticipated Wolverine movie, were decidedly meh and I wasn't incredibly interesting in sitting through more at movie theater prices.  However, I noticed it was getting good reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did!  It really was a breath of fresh air for the … [Read more...]