Guest Post for Geek and Sundry: Leonard Nimoy

Unless you’ve been under a rock today, you’ve already heard that the amazing Leonard Nimoy passed away. I’m over at Geek and Sundry paying my respects. I hope you’ll join me over there.

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Today is a tragic day for Star Trek fans. Today, we’ve had to say our final goodbye to Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy is best known for his role as the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer of the Starship Enterprise, Spock. During his time on the Enterprise, Mr. Spock bestowed countless lessons on both the crew of the Enterprise, and for Star Trek fans. So as we say goodbye to Leonard Nimoy, let’s remember those lessons he taught us as Spock. Nimoy might be gone, but those lessons, the love his fans have for him, and his work on Star Trek will live forever. Here are five great pieces of Spock’s special brand of human/Vulcan wisdom…

Read the rest over at Geek and Sundry. 

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Kids After

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The idea of naming a kid is so intimidating to me. My in-laws are big on giving kids “legacy names”, which intimidates me further.  What if I only have one kid? Do I name the kid after someone on my side of the family, or my husband’s? How do I pick the person to name the kid after? What if I just want to pick names that I think sound nice/have a cool meaning/are a tribute to non-family members? I’ll be honest, though the decision of picking a name for another human is a bit of a daunting task, I’ve always loved the idea of naming a kid after historical figures/fictional characters that are meaningful to me. It stresses me out far less than trying to pick names from family. Honestly, how can there not be hurt feelings over picking legacy names? Someone will get left out, it’s guaranteed!

ANYWAY, before I break out in stress hives over this, here are five names of fictional characters that I’d love to name a kid after:

Eowyn

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If you took out events in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Eowyn is just a beautiful, unique name. More than that though, Eowyn is an amazing character from classic literature. I think it would be an awesome namesake to give a little girl. Only weird thing? My favorite teacher from high school (an English teacher, obvs) named his daughter Eowyn…

Leia

princess leiaI mean, obviously. Leia is an awesome character, and would be a great namesake for any young girl. My only hesitation? Back in the dark days when I was teaching, I had a student named Leia, and I had to work really hard to not fangirl all over her name. When I asked her to clarify if it was Leia or Layla, she looked visibly annoyed and gave a, “Here we go…” kind of sigh.  I mean, sure, she was a teenager, and teens are always visibly annoyed, but I could tell she was sick of being compared to Princess Leia. Naming a little girl Leia might mean that she has to deal with a lifetime of “You’re my only hope” jokes, and pressures to dress up as the Princess every Halloween. Must give this one more thought…

Marshall

marshallI legitimately love the name Marshall for a guy. I think it’s a strong name and unique enough that every other kid in his class wouldn’t have the same name. So while this name isn’t wholly inspired by Marshall from HIMYM, you could definitely do a lot worse than sharing a name with a man who was a great friend, husband, and father, who worked hard to achieve his dream as being a lawyer and a judge.

Luke

lukeCan I tell you how much I would want to have a boy and a girl and name them Luke and Leia? I mean, it would be a real exercise in self-control to avoid doing this. If I’m honest, I’m more of a Han girl than a Luke girl, but I think Han is too weird of a name. Besides, Luke is a great character, and his journey from young, naive kid on Tatooine to a Jedi is an awesome one. Also? Onesies like this exist. Only weird thing here is one of my closest couple friends have also named their kid Luke. However, I’m not above calling our kids Luke 1 and Luke 2.

River

river tam riverSo there are two pretty awesome women of sci-fi named River–River Tam from Firefly and Serenity, and River Song from Doctor Who. Granted, River Tam is kind of a nutter, but she manages to stay strong despite all of the ills she suffered at the hand of the Alliance. More than that, she is a desperately loyal friend and sister to Simon. River Song, of course, is an amazing, smart, witty, and slightly dangerous time travelling archaeologist, and is one of the only humans who can fly the TARDIS, is married to the Doctor, knows his name, and has managed to grow up as best friends with her parents. Both of these women rule.

What fictional characters would you want to name your kids after? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and see what everyone else is saying by following the #Fandom5 hashtag!

Fandom Nails: S.H.I.E.L.D Logo

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I’m super proud of my nails this week, mainly because I really didn’t plan anything out. It was just geeky, manicure serendipity that my nails turned out this way. As I was in the middle of painting my nails–nothing fandom related, just painting them–and I decided I wanted to try to recreate the S.H.I.E.L.D logo:

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I knew it would be a bit tough, but after last week’s dragon shout nails, I felt up to the challenge. Here’s the thing. I have found that I often struggle with getting a design on my nails because I tend to keep my nails super short. To combat this, I’ve started using Kiss Salon Natural Length Nails–fake, glue-on nails, essentially. They are super cheap, they come with a ton of sizes, and there is no acrylic required. The glue makes sure the nails stay put, but when I inevitably decide that I can’t stand typing with long-ish nails anymore, they’re easy to yank off.

Note: Yeah, I tend to yank fake nails off–acrylic and glued on nails. I highly discourage you from doing that. Pinterest has some better, safer ways to remove acrylic nails, and this video tutorial can tell you how to remove glue-on nails. Their method is far safer, healthier, and less painful than mine. ANYWAY…

So if you’re like me and have tiny nails, the glue-on nail route is a great way to go if you want to give yourself a bit of extra nail space. Apart from the fake nails, here’s what I used:

Salon Perfect, Flamingo Flair

Salon Perfect, White Out

Salon Perfect, Black Diamond

Nicole by OPI High Shine Top Coat

The black polish was a late addition. I added them because my white lines were a little screwy and inconsistent, so I lined them with the black glitter polish to make it seem a bit more slick. I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

Fandom Nails: SHIELD Logo

Like I said, I didn’t set out to do fandom nails, so I initially just had the one. generic accent nail. However, even though it isn’t Marvel or S.H.I.E.L.D-related, I think having a second accent nail balances out the look.

Are you into nail designs? What have you been trying on your nails recently? Let me know in the comments! 

Final Insurgent Trailer!

The final trailer for Insurgent was released today, and it even explains Tris’ new hairstyle.

Of course, the real reason for Shailene Woodley’s cute pixie look was her role in The Fault in Our Stars where she played a cancer patient in love with Ansel Elgort.–who, incidentally, plays her brother in the Divergent series. That borderline awkwardness has led to one of my favorite mash-up memes:

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I’m kind of surprised they offered an explanation for Tris’ new look. I honestly was expecting them to just ignore it (after all, it’s a giant rebellion, who has time to talk hair). Regardless, I’m so excited for this movie to come out. Now, I just need to suck it up and read Allegiant. But that doesn’t matter now. Now it’s all about Insurgent, so, without further ado, here is the final trailer for the movie! 

The film opens in theaters on March 20. Will you be seeing it? Let me know in the comments!

Supernatural Clips: A New Night and a Mini-Hiatus

Supernatural is on a bit of a mini-hiatus for a few weeks, and when it returns, things will be a bit different. For a while now, Supernatural Tuesday has been the norm.

supernatural tuesdayHowever, it seems like the show has finally moved out of the Mystery Spot. As you’ve probably heard, the show is moving to Wednesday nights. I’m pretty excited about the move, as I’m usually unable to watch episodes live thanks to Tuesday night ballet. The only bad news is, like I said, we have got to wait a few weeks for a new episode–which is particularly awful given the fact that last week’s episode ended with Sam delivering the super ominous line…
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However, to hold you over, here is a clip of what’s to come in the next episodes of Supernatural. Hang tight, SPN family! And remember…

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And, just to make the wait easier still–and to take your mind off of Dean being in trouble–here is the gag reel from Season 9. You can look back at old Supernatural posts to get clips from past episodes, and relive the 200th with my post on “Fan Fiction“. You’re welcome.

Supernatural comes back to the CW on Wednesday, March 18! Will you be watching?

Everyday Cosplay: Star-Lord

This week’s everyday cosplay inspiration? You may have heard of him. He goes by..

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Really, though, I’ve been wanting to do a Star-Lord inspired outfit for a while now. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite Marvel flicks in some time, and I’m a bit obsessed with Peter Quill/Star-Lord. He’s hilarious, and I love his superhero style. I thought it could easily translate to casual cosplay.

As with my Black Canary everyday cosplay, I tried to make an outfit that was somewhat office-appropriate (it is here that I should admit I work in a fairly casual office). For my office, black leggings under a long tee and a blazer with strappy boots would work totally fine. However, you can always swap it out for a sleeker boot and skinny black slacks if you work in a more formal office setting. Finish the look off with a cross-body bag.

You’re on your own if you want to try to figure out a way to infuse Star-Lord’s mask into your everyday office-wear…
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 What do you think? How do you bring fandom into your everday/office life? Any everday cosplay outfits you want me to try next? Let me know in the comments! Also, check out my other Everyday Cosplay stuff, and follow me on Polyvore

The Mary Sue Post: The Walking Dead Recap

I’m over at The Mary Sue recapping last night’s episode of The Walking Dead! I hope you’ll join me over there to talk about last night’s episode.

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Before I jump into the recap, please note there will be spoilers ahead. If you aren’t caught up on The Walking Dead, read at your own risk!

After last week’s slightly unsettling introduction of Aaron, I was ready to get a closer look at him. We haven’t really seen anyone this clean, friendly, and put together since… well, since before the zombie apocalypse. It might be sad, but there is nothing that is a bigger red flag in a zombie apocalypse than a clean, friendly person.

Maggie and Sasha bring Aaron back to the barn to meet with the rest of the group. Aaron admits that he’s been a bit of a creeper, following the group, watching how the respond to threats, and leaving super sketchy piles of water bottles in the middle of the road for Rick and the gang. Understandably, the group is skeptical of Aaron, but at the same time, the idea of a safe, happy town is too amazing an idea to pass up–especially given the group’s decision to keep fighting in last week’s episode.

However, after Terminus and Woodbury, Rick has a seriously tough time trusting Aaron, but ultimately agrees to visit Aaron’s town. The group has a few disagreements with Aaron over how the group will actually get to Aaron’s town, and ultimately decide that the best option is for Rick and the gang to drive themselves… with Aaron tied up in the back seat. After a pretty intense car accident that reminded us all of the importance of windshield wiper fluid, the group is momentarily separated and has to fight through the part of the walker herd that did not end up splattered across the car’s windshield to find safety…

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue!

5 Fandom Friday: Books I Have Bought But Haven’t Read

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Happy Friday, nerds!

This week’s Fandom 5 post is all about things I have bought, but haven’t yet read, watched, or played. However, I don’t have too much of a problem buying blu-rays or games and not playing them. My real problem is books, you guys. I buy TONS of books and it takes me forever to read them. Sometimes I get free books for work, making the horde of books slowly overtaking my home even larger.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great problem to have, but in my teeny apartment with limited shelf space, it can be a bit annoying. I just need to get myself a Beauty and the Beast library; then I’ll be all set.

ANYWAY.

Here are the five books I’ve bought, but have not yet read:

1. All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

If the title sounds a bit familiar, it is because it is the novel upon which the fantastic sci-fi movie, Edge of Tomorrow, was based.

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The movie was amazing, and so I was really excited to get a chance to read the film’s source material. Alas, despite my amazing love for the film, I still haven’t read the book. I literally have no reason for not reading it, I just haven’t yet. It’s a big fail on my part.

2. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson

If you’ll recall, I read Wilson’s first robot apocalypse novel, Robopocalypse, last summer, and I loved it. I was so stoked when I learned there was a sequel to the book. I even went to a book signing, where I got to hear the author read an excerpt from the book. Please enjoy this horribly blurry selfie (I was very nervous and felt rushed) of me and Daniel H. Wilson from that event:

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Of course, to make up for the awful selfie, he did write something pretty fun in my book:

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To Kendall: That picture of me won’t save you when the robots come.

Despite all of this, I still haven’t read Robogenesis. I have a friend who is waiting for me to finish it so we can talk about it, but I still haven’t read it. I have no explanation for why I haven’t jumped in apart from simply not wanting the series to end, and the mild terror that the second book will suck terribly and ruin everything. Still though, that’s no reason to not read a book. Especially when the author included such a thoughtful note at the beginning for me.

3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I loved Divergent, Insurgent, and the Divergent movie…or maybe I just love Theo James–it’s unclear…

theojames_point(Theo James note: if you love campy horror shows, you should totally check out the show Bedlam–it was only on for 2 seasons, and he was only in the first, but it is still great fun)

My sister-in-law has been hounding me to read this for AGES. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. I think it is because I enjoyed the first two books so much, and I’ve heard that people didn’t enjoy the third. So, if I keep putting off reading the third, the series can still be shiny and beautiful, and nothing can go wrong with that third book because I simply haven’t read it. I know, I know, I need to read it. And I will.

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4. Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards

I love Jennie and Vastra on Doctor Who.

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They are such a random, unlikely couple, but they are just so fun together (also, I love it when they work with Strax–they are the perfect trio of stone-cold weirdos). I was so excited to stumble upon a book solely devoted to their adventures together. However, I must admit, am a bit of a snob. I really don’t like reading stuff on my Kindle if I can avoid it. I far prefer holding an actual book in my hands to holding an e-reader device. Unfortunately, I was only able to find this book in Kindle format, and it has kept me from reading it. Stupid reason, I know, but there you have it.

5. Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall

Yes, this is an actual book, you guys. Check out this out of control cover:

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This is another case of e-reader neglect. The book’s publisher, Quirk Books, was advertising a big sale on the e-version of this book, so I scooped it up. Unfortunately, like Devil in the Smoke, my disdain for my Kindle kept me from reading it. I’ll eventually suck it up and read the book–it’s a Trekkie zombie book, how can I not read it–and if I love it, I’ll probably just buy a hard copy to fill my overflowing shelves.

What books, movies, TV box sets, or games have you bought but not used yet? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and see what everyone else is saying today by following the hashtag, #Fandom5. 

Doctor Who: #MissyIsBack

SPOILERS AHEAD: If you aren’t caught up on Doctor Who, you might want to wait to read this one. 

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GUYS.

I am so excited!!! After the oddly quick exit of Missy in the series 8 finale of Doctor Who, I was very hopeful that we wouldn’t see the last of Missy. The Master/Missy is such a formidable foe to the Doctor, and though I loved John Simm regeneration of the Master of modern Who

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…I was kind of obsessed with Missy. I was so sad at the thought that we would never get to see that crazy, Mary Poppins-y Time Lady again. I was nearly certain it couldn’t be the end of the Michelle Gomez-era Missy/Master, but with this show, sometimes you never know. Sometimes the show promises you a character will become a new companion, and will have amazing time-traveling babies with the Doctor’s main companion…and then he’ll get turned into a Cyberman.

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*weeps a little*

Show-running like that can give a girl trust issues.

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Well, thankfully my suspicions that we hadn’t seen the last of Missy were spot-on. Finally, we can crack a smile, blog buddies! It looks like it has been officially confirmed that Missy will be returning next season. My favorite “Missy” Twitter account tweeted this out today, along with this amazing video. Check it out:

And, because I’m all about giving you the official scoop, here’s the official word from BBC America:

Michelle Gomez is back as Missy (also known as The Master) in the new season premiere of Doctor Who this fall on BBC AMERICA. She joins Peter Capaldi for his second season as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. Gomez appeared last season on Doctor Who, which was the highest rated season ever on BBC AMERICA.

Michelle Gomez said: “Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I’m delighted to be putting my lippie back on. I’m positively dying to see The Doctor again!”

The two-part episode, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink, the Hugo Award-winning Doctor Who episode).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, added: “Everybody hide– Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Sadly, I don’t have a premiere date for series 9 just yet. But here are a couple of behind-the-scenes photos from the set!

dw-series-9-clapboard-1024x576 dw-production-chairs-1024x576Hopefully we’ll get an official premiere date soon. Until then, we can be excited that Jenna Coleman is returning to the show as Clara, and that we’ll get to see a bit more of Time Lady Missy!

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Are you excited that Missy will be returning? How about Clara? What do you hope to see in series 9 of Doctor Who? Let me know in the comments!

The Official Distracted Blogger Cure For Sick Days

You guys, I was so sick yesterday. I was fine all day Monday, enjoying my President’s Day off, and suddenly…

leslie knopeSo I spent all day yesterday wrapped up in blankets, trying to feel better. I feel infinitely better today, but because of my ailment adventures yesterday, I decided to offer you the Official Distracted Blogger Cure for Sick Days (or, what makes me feel better when my body is being a super jerk).

1. Netflix Binge: Parks and Rec

I tend to go in waves with TV shows on Netflix. I tend to pick a show and watch it until I run out of episodes. Right now, the show I’m watching on Netflix is Parks and RecNothing can make me feel better than a trip to Pawnee to watch Leslie Knope shake up local government. The only thing is, the place I happen to be in the series is right around Ben and Leslie’s wedding. So…that means I came across the episode where the guys tried out food from different caterers and got food poisoning. I’ll tell ya, while this moment is hilarious:
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It loses a bit of humor when you, too, were dying earlier that day, then you died, and now you are dead.

So maybe just make sure a food poisoning episode isn’t in the future of your sick day Netflix binge…

2. Musicals: Singin’ in the Rain

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Musicals always make me feel better if I’m sick or sad, but there is no musical out there that makes me feel as good as Singin’ in the Rain. It is, hands down, my favorite movie. The music is so great and catchy, the story is straightforward and fun, and the dance numbers are the best ever. I mean, just try to be grumpy after watching this:

3. Video Games: Skyrim

I’ll be honest, one of my favorite things about Skyrim is that you have the option to just wander about Skyrim and explore the area. I usually don’t do any hardcore playing while I’m trying to feel better because there is just something that I love about piddling around Skyrim, doing random crap.

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Of course, just like you should be wary if a food poisoning episode is in your future while you’re Netflix-binging, you should also try to think about what awaits you if you do complete a quest. For instance, if you hypothetically find yourself tasked with “Defeat Alduin (the game’s dragon Big Bad)” when you’re just trying to keep everything low-key? That could put some unneeded stress on your ailing body that will certainly end in a rage quit… Or so I’ve read…

4. Reading: Station Eleven

If I’m not dealing with a migraine, nothing calms me down more than reading. Right now, I’m reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  It’s the story of the world after it was decimated by the deadly Georgia Flu. Y’all know how much I love zombies and post-apocalyptic stuff. This book has all of that stuff, plus the writing is beautiful. It’s an awesome read.

5. Chaucer the Dog

How could I not feel better after snuggling under a blanket with this little guy, amirite?

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What makes you feel better on sick days? Let me know in the comments!