10 Things I Love!

So I realized that I spend a lot of my day being pissed off at things in this city. I hate pigeons. I hate slow people. I hate mean people. I hate gross guys that hit on me. I hate wet sidewalks. It’s pretty gross and negative of me! I decided to take action against these hateful thoughts and make Mondays… 10 Things I Love Mondays.

These will not be in order necessarily, just a random choosing of things that I really love. And there are way more things I love than hate. So here goes….

1. The smell of new books.

2. Mini cans of Sprite.

3. Going to a movie in the afternoon by myself.

4. Purple ring pops.

5. Making snow angels.

6. Rhett and Scarlett’s first kiss.

7. Home games at Doak Campbell stadium.

8. Valentine’s from my Grandma.

9. The jokes on packages of Laffy Taffy.

10. Folding origami with my family at a restaurant.

Take a minute and think of the things you love. Try to dwell on the positive at all times. Even when you get stuck behind a really slow person and have somewhere to be. Trust me, it’s worth it!

Today’s Imaginary Schedule…

Even though I can’t make it to the blessed event, that hasn’t stopped me from creating an imaginary Comic Con schedule for myself. And here’s what today’s day would’ve looked like, had I made it to San Diego this year…

10:15-11:15 TheOneRing.net: The Truth About The Hobbit— The Hobbit movie is imminent just at the book turns 75. With on-set visits, intrepid reporting, and the pulse of fans worldwide, the TORn staff shred rumors, answer questions, share New Zealand images-but not as part of the official publicity machine. Also featuring a special visual presentation from Weta Workshop and an account of Fandalf traveling the world and (all that is the tip of the iceberg!). Featuring Cliff Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans) and Larry D. Curtis(Hobbit embedded reporter) and additional staff and guests. Room 6DE

12:00-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Once More, with Comics: How the Whedon Universes Continue in Comic Book Form— Authors Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, GeekNation.com), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-StainedAmazon, GeekGirlCon), and Traci Cohen (CSU-Sacramento) examine how comic books and graphic novels provide a new form of media adaptation in which the graphic novel form furthers the canon or official continuity of television series as sequels to the original material. Creator Joss Whedon’s television universes enjoy new life in print (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9). Sharing their own thoughts on these Whedon comic book follow-ups are comic book writer/actress Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara), writer/producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Torchwood), writer Chris Gage (Angel & Faith), editors Scott Allie (Dark House) and Mariah Huehner (IDW), and actors Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire SlayerBring It On) and Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire SlayerCabin in the Woods). Room 26AB

Now, I am a Twilight fan, but the mere thought of trying to get into the Twilight panel, sends shivers of fear down my spine. So I most assuredly would skip it! And head for a quick bite to eat instead. After which…

2:00-3:00 Power Rangers: 20 Years and Beyond— Saban Brands and Shout! Factory officially kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Power Rangers with a discussion featuring Elie Dekel (president, Saban Brands), Paul Schrier (“Bulk”), and other on-screen talent and members of the creative team. Moderated byBrian Ward (DVD producer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series), the panel will dive into the origin and evolution of the Power Rangers franchise, including the long-awaited debut of the series on DVD and the show’s resurgence on Nickelodeon with Power Rangers Super Samurai and much more!Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:30-4:35 Beauty and the Beast— Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan(Terra Nova), along with executive producers Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace), Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters), Brian Peterson (Smallville) and Kelly Souders (Smallville discuss the new CW fall show: a modern adaptation of the beloved fairy tale. Centering on Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a tough-minded NYPD homicide detective, who is haunted by witnessing her mother’s murder nine years ago and the murderer’s quick demise at what she perceived to be the hands of a beast. After years of searching, Catherine finally discovers the beast is Vincent Keller (Ryan), a survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong and left him in hiding to lead a secret life. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dalton Ross(assistant managing editor, Entertainment Weekly). Ballroom 20
5:00-6:00 Legendary Comics— Legendary Comics presents a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming slate of must-read projects. Get first-look access to new content, grab limited-edition giveaways, and ask questions of your favorite creators. The panel is hosted by the nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick. Panelists include The Tower Chronicles creators Matt Wagner (GrendelMage) and Simon Bisley (Lobo, 2000 AD), Shadow Walk creators Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival GuideG.I. Joe: Hearts & Minds), Mark Waid (Kingdom Come,The Flash), and Shane Davis (Final Crisis: Rage of the Red LanternsSuperman: Earth One). Joining this all-star cast are co-creator of The Tower Chronicles and Shadow Walk, Thomas Tull (founder and CEO of Legendary Entertainment) and editor-in-chief Bob Schreck (All-Star Superman). Don’t miss breaking news regarding our next project from an elite creator in the comics industry who will be making a surprise appearance. Room 6A
The end of the night would be a tough decision between Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.
Regardless, after whichever of the two I ended up choosing, I would head over to The Nerd Machine’s NerdHQ for The Nerd Army Party. To end the day in the best of ways. With hundreds of nerds and dancing!!!

Good News, Bad News

The bad news is that I will not be in San Diego this weekend. If you don’t know to what I’m referring, then perhaps you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m talking, of course, about none other than mecca for the nerd inclined… COMIC CON! Sadly due to circumstances beyond my control I can’t go. (Imagine the tears and long lingering cry of ‘NOOOOOOOOO’ as I shake my fist in the air)

What this also means is that I’ll be missing out on another newly important and exciting event in a nerd’s life, The Nerd Machine’s NerdHQ, pioneered by the champion of all nerdom, Mr. Zachary Levi.

If you are planning to be in San Diego for the Con this weekend and you don’t know what the NerdHQ is (if such an animal exists) then stop now, read no further and click here.

On to the good news. My dear friend and die hard Whovian (you know where she’ll be Sunday afternoon), Audrey Carlson, will be there and has generously agreed to report back on all her nerdeavors with a section I’ll be calling ‘Nerd on Site.’

Nerd on Site

So make sure to check back for updates, excitement and a general sense of nerd community. Other places to get your fix, TheNerdMachine.com, TheNerdist.comBreak.comSpike TV will be reporting live and SDCC.com will also have updates.

Viva La Nerdolution!!

Pirates!!

What is it about pirates that is so romantic? Because the reality is that they were dirty, villainous, rowdy bad guys. With rotten teeth and the occasional outbreak of scurvy. Who pillaged, plundered, raped and murdered their way through port after port. Not exactly the ideal career path.

But I’m first to admit that I love me some pirates. Thanks in part to Johnny Depp‘s embodiment of Capt’n Jack Sparrow and the whole Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, pirating became sexy and romantic all over again. Though strangely enough, pirates have always had an air of romance and adventure about them. From Long John Silver to Blackbeard to Calico Jack. All plundering aside.

So, if you’re like me and you dream of adventure on the high seas, then come see Help Wanted: Pirates at the Magnet Theater on 29th street. It opens tomorrow and runs till July. Bring your kids and a savvy sense of whimsy. Check out more info and get tickets here: www.sittersstudio.com/theater/

For more pirate fun watch Muppet Treasure Island (a family fave!) and the brand new The Pirates: Band of Misfits  (incidentally, featuring the vocal stylings of a one Mr. David Tennant!)

There’s never too much when it comes to pirates!!

You Gotta Know…

JANE ESPENSON

If you’re a nerd, then this is a name you really should be familiar with. If you aren’t a nerd or familiar, let me share.

Jane Espenson has had quite the illustrious career, filled with plenty of delicious nerdocity. She has been a writer and/or producer on shows like Star Trek: Ds9Angel, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., Eureka, Battlestar Gallactica, Dollhouse, Caprica, Game of Thrones, Torchwood: Miracle Day and most recently Once Upon a Time and her veryown web series Husbands.

Seriously. I’ll bet you didn’t even know she was responsible for so many episodes of shows you’re in love with.

Well she is and you should, from now on, associate her name with excellence and a keen sense of what the general nerd population will love.

Way to go, Jane. Thanks for all the nerdevotion you’ve shown to the things we obsess about!

I Need a Hero…

It isn’t the least bit fair for the average modern man out there. But for a girl raised on Star Wars, Disney and Gone with the Wind, who had a brother that introduced her to The X-Men, Power Rangers and The Green Lantern. A girl raised on pure whimsical imagination… of course I need a hero. Or at the least, a man more than willing to dress up like one on Halloween and at ComicCon.

How is the modern man meant to compete with the paragons of truth, justice and tight pants that are constantly being put out there? (Not that I’m complaining.) Such heroic figures. Men in tights and men in capes. Men of steel and of iron. Men in long coats, leather coatsbrown coats. Men who wear masksfedoras, suspenders and bowties. Men in suits and men with swords. Men in breeches and in loincloths. Men who wear chucks and men named Chuck.

It isn’t fair. But it’s not my fault. Long ago, Prince Charming entered the picture. And at the tender age of 4 it was all over!! Next came Han Solo, and as you can see from the list above, the rest is history. But I don’t care. I have to believe in heroes. Because in actuality, being a hero isn’t about carrying a gun or going to war or even about saving a life. The truth is, rarely does the average person get such a blatant opportunity for heroics.

No, it’s much deeper. It’s integrity and character. It’s seeing the evils in this world and at the very least, at the bare minimum, it’s caring about change. Humanity is capable of true greatness. Great acts of good, great acts of evil. And it’s modern mortal heroes (men and women alike) who are charged with changing the world.

We don’t have the mythical super-powered good guys to look to in times of crisis. But there’s a reason we’re so drawn to movies with heroic figures. Movies like The Avengers and The Hunger Games. Because when we watch them we feel inspired to heroics. Even of the smallest kind.

So I say again… I need a hero. But at the same time, I need to become a heroine worthy of such a man, should he one day come knock down my door. Tights, swords, chucks and all.

Hey, a girl can dream!!

Not enough hours in the day!

Have you ever heard something like this… ” Oh, you like (insert show title here)? Then you’ll love (insert similar show title here).”

Happens to me all the time. I like Lost, so I’ll love Once Upon a Time. I like Star Trek, so I’ll love Battlestar Galactica. I like Dr. Who, so I’ll love Sherlock! I like Buffy, so I’ll love Firefly. I like all of the above, so I’ll love The Big Bang Theory. (I do like and have already watched every one of the aforementioned shows.)

The only problem is that I seriously don’t have enough hours in the day to get caught up on all the good stuff that’s out there to watch. I will say  that I have certainly watched my share. But I’ve made a list of things I need to catch up on. Things like Game of Thrones (I know, I know, it’s blasphemy that I haven’t got into it yet) and Stargate and Torchwood and Andromeda. Like Fringe and Eureka and Flight of the Conchords and The IT Crowd. The list is pretty long, but I’m determined to watch it all. Each and every show (some of which I’ve already started)

I just need more hours. And if anyone could figure out how to squeeze more hours out of a day, I’m convinced it’d be Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

PS. Just a thought but if Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock met Jim Parson’s Dr. Cooper, I think the intellectual world might implode! But it’d be interesting to watch!

Remember when I got rabies?

Ok, so tonight I’m sitting with my Bible study group at the Sony Building on Madison Ave. And there was this homeless woman who we started chatting with. Asking her if we could pray for her, finding out her story, etc.

As she walks by me she grabs my shoulder like she’s gonna massage it or something. But instead of that she digs her nails into me and yanks up. Essentially scratching the hell out of my shoulder. Come to find out she thought I had stolen her boyfriend who lives up in Syracuse. Never mind that I’ve never met this woman in my life and have never been to Syracuse. I just have one of those “I probably stole your boyfriend” kinda faces, I guess.

You always think you’re gonna go all bad-ass on someone who does that to you. Punch their lights out, scream and shout. But I just froze. She wasn’t in her right frame of mind, what was I gonna do? Hit her? I was too busy worrying about whether I had contracted rabies or the Zombie virus to even really react. Because not 20 minutes before she was walking around talking about how she had rabies and all. Ease my mind!

Only in New York!!

But on a serious note, say a prayer for Judy. For all we know she desperately needs some good prayer!

 

Oops I did it again…

Last night the cast and crew were filming in Tudor City. And I know what you’re thinking… one time is enough. But let me tell you once is never enough. And freetime + information + available Whovian friends = inevitability.

There was a huge crowd waiting around for Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. I felt kinda bad for the PA’s. The eager fans were so… well, eager that it was difficult to keep the crowd controlled. Finally the leads came out to request that the crowd cooperate and basically shut the hell up, in the nicest and most British way possible.

Totally worth the crazy.

 

 

 


Sometimes you just have to…

I’ve lived in this city for 5 years now. And one thing you learn is how to ignore celebrities. They’re just like us… They don’t like to be bothered… and up here sightings are a dime a dozen. So you learn to get over your small town excitement at the sight of the famed elite.

Then along comes something that makes you abandon all that jazz. And you can’t help but be excited. For me, today, it was the filming of an episode of Doctor Who in Central Park. I read it on Twitter and had extra time on my hands. What’s a nerdy girl to do? Well, this is what she did…

The Doctor himself
Arthur Darvill aka Rory Williams aka my favorite companion!
Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and crew
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