The Year of Unabashed Nerdy-ness Continues!

I’m currently writing this at 2:33am because I have to be up in an hour for work, and I can’t sleep. I’ll be scheduling this post for later than that, but I thought I would let you know in case the writing gets a little loopy or something.

Anyway, as I sit on the couch next to my cat in the dark, I figure there’s no time like the present to tell about my continuing adventures in my YEAR OF UNABASHED NERDY-NESS!!!! Things are, indeed, going well.

For my birthday, my parents got me these amazing Pokeball earrings and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. FACT: Wearing Pokeball earrings will both get you many compliments, and help you make friends with random-but-awesome folks in the world.

 

The earrings are from an Etsy shop called Oh My Geekness, and you should stop whatever you’re doing and go visit it immediately. This girl’s geeky jewelry is AH-MAZE-ZING!

I don’t think you’ll find the Pokeball earrings among her inventory right now–she told my mom she was so backed up with orders for them that she had to take them off the site for awhile in order to catch up. However, she has a million and one other options to choose from.

I have my eye on the Piece of Heart necklace and the Ocarina of Time earrings, personally. :-)

And seriously, how awesome are these earrings???

 

 

A Geeky Girl’s Christmas Wishlist

Most girls have a Christmas wishlist. Mine is just nerdier than most. Here are some of the latest items I’m wishing will wind up in my stocking come Christmas morning.

1. Tiny TARDIS necklace

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via thesistersruehl shop on Etsy.com

I’m in love with this adorable TARDIS necklace! It’s not over-the-top, so I could easily wear it to work and not worry about it being too abrasive.

2. Cozy Batman Pullover

via Hottopic.com
via Hottopic.com

Sometimes a girl wants to be warm and cuddly in a Batman sweater. And that girl is me. Need I say more?

3. Pokeball earrings

via aLilBitOfCute shop on Etsy.com
via aLilBitOfCute shop on Etsy.com

I want to be the very best…dressed when I have these earrings! Again, this is another subtle jewelry  option that I could wear to work and still feel like I was being my geeky self. (Not that I’m not my usual geeky self sans nerdy jewelry–but the jewelry does add some happiness and pride, right?)

What’s on your holiday wishlist?

Get Your Geeky Sweat On with These Sweet Nerdy Workout Shirts

Guys. GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYS.

Sometimes I get a really bad case of the “wants”. I see things on the internet. And I want to buy them. I WANT TO BUY ALL THE THINGS!

This is me.
This is me.

But I am poor. (Well, to be clear, I’m LESS poor with my new job than I was with my old job. But only slightly less poor.)

I cannot buy all the things. I can, however, post a bunch of them on my blog and then live vicariously through you while you BUY ALL THE THINGS. (Trust me, you will want to buy these things.)

Behold, the awesomeness of nerdy workout tanktops!

(P.S. All images are linked to places where you can purchase said tank tops. Because I love you.)

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My First 3 Super-Nerdy Celebrity Crushes

ME-OW!
ME-OW!

I think most people remember their first big celebrity crush. You saw them on screen at the age of 7 or 8 and were overcome with unusual FEELINGS. Here are the 3 biggest celeb crushes from my childhood, and *surprise surprise!*–they’re all SUPER GEEKY!

1. Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

I can’t remember how old I was when I first introduced to Star Wars, but knowing my Dad, I was probably pretty young. I can recall having an extensive knowledge of the original trilogy and being as young as 4th or 5th grade. No matter what age I was, though, I do remember the impression Han Solo made on me. He was handsome, brave, and above all else, a scoundrel. His relationship with Leia seemed exciting and dangerous and wonderful all at the same time.

Bonus points* I also LOVED Indiana Jones as a kid, which made Harrison Ford that much more swoon-worthy! Read more

My Doctor Who Season 8 Wishlist

Ever since Matt Smith announced his imminent departure from life in the TARDIS, everyone and their brother has been speculating on who will be chosen to play the next Doctor. I’ve done my fair share of guessing, commenting on blog posts, and  browsing lists of actors who would make a great Doctor—BUT the next Doctor isn’t the only thing we should be talking about.

The last season was RIFE with problems and disappointments for me. Stephen Moffat’s skills as a showrunner have become questionable, and some aspects of his story-telling that were once fresh and fantastic (“Don’t blink! Blink and you’re dead!”) have become stale and overused (“Don’t click! ~~> “I don’t know where I am.”).

So without further ado, here are some things BESIDES new Doctor speculation that I’d like to see in the next season of Who.

1. Diversity

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Quick! Think of something Amy, Rory, River, Clara, and the Doctor have in common. They’re ALL white. Now think back on Doctor 10 and his brood. Still a lot of white people in that group, but look at the variety! Different ages, races, classes, and sexualities. (And no “professional models” like Amy.) What I’d like to see in season 8 is less white faces…and maybe even a non-white Doctor!

2. Varied Ages

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Aside from River (who is just awesome in general), the last few seasons of Who have featured a lot of YOUNG actors. Matt Smith is the youngest actor to the play the Doctor to date, and Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvil made for very youthful companions. Next season, I’m hoping to see a broader scale of ages across the board. Christopher Eccleston was 41 when he played 9 and David Tenant, 35, when he began his journey as 10. I’d like to see a somewhat older-looking and wiser-seeming Doctor, and I’d like to see more variety in the ages of companions. Read more

My Geek Origin Story

This is how my family rides Disney's Tower of Terror
The Williams clan does the Tower of Terror. How does YOUR family ride rides?

Geeks, particularly superhero and comic book geeks, have a love affair with origin stories. How did the hero become the hero? What prompted her to start her never-ending fight for justice?

Since I am the protagonist of own tale, and since Father’s day is coming up, I’d like to share my personal Geek Origin story. It starts with my parents, Pam and Bruce.

Here they are, being naturally awesome, which is their usual state of being.

Left: Mom and Dad posing at comic con in 2011  Top: The whole family together at my Uncles' wedding Bottom: My mom fends of a zombies at  the Chicago Wizard Con, 2012
Left: Mom and Dad posing at comic con in 2011 Top: The whole family together at my Uncles’ wedding Bottom: My mom fends off a zombie at the Chicago Wizard Con, 2012

They are high school sweethearts who married at the ages of 20 and 21, respectively. I was soon to follow. While pregnant with me, my mom spent a lot of time watching Thunder Cats. (She likes to refer to herself as a “Thunder Cats Ho”). I’m confident that her cartoon-watching affected my gestation in a postive manner. Read more

3 Modern Fairytale Movies That Make My Heart Swell with Happiness

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I love fairytales. As a kid, I was drawn to the magic, adventure, and, of course, the happily ever afters of the princesses and princes. Now that I’m older, I find myself fascinated by the evolution of the stories themselves. I never had the opportunity to take any Folklore classes when I was in college, and I’ve always regretted it. Ghost stories, urban legends, and fairy tales are all a reflection of their environment and the culture in which they were written, and it’s so interesting to pick apart the different morals, themes, and lessons being taught in the old Grimm’s unabridged fairy stories–a book that I’ve read cover to cover multiple times.

Nowadays we prefer to fracture and rewrite existing fairy tales rather than produce new ones, which is a damn shame. So I’ve gathered together a little list of ORIGINAL modern-day fairy tale movies that I completely adore!

#1. Penelope

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‘Penelope’ is the story of a girl who is cursed with a…slight physical deformity because of her rich, blue-blooded family’s past wrongdoings. While the eponymous main character and her family attempt to break the curse (which can only be broken when she is ‘loved by one of her own kind’), Penelope is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery, involving hijinks, a one-eyed paparazzi with a vendetta, a vespa-driving Reese Witherspoon, and a sexy gambling addict. The movie’s final twist is really phenomenal, and the ultimate message is a crucial one that we should be teaching young girls everywhere: love yourself the way you are.

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In Defense of “Does it need saying?”

In defense of "Does it need saying?" An in-depth look at why it was absolutely necessary for the Doctor to refuse to say "I love you" to Rose Tyler

Or does it?

I think there’s a lot of resentment directed at Doctor 10 because of that one little phrase. What I’d like to point out, though, is that it was absolutely necessary for 10 to say those four angering little words.

Okay, imagine yourself as Rose for a moment. You’ve spent the last few YEARS trapped in a parallel universe, never knowing exactly what the Doctor was saying to you when he vanished.  Now your universes have collided again, after ages of planning and experimenting and guiding alternate-reality Donna, and you’ve FINALLY found the Doctor. Your Doctor. Is she even thinking about the 10 meta crisis clone? Probably not. The original Doctor is her only concern. They spend almost the entirity of “Journey’s End” side by side.

After Donna saves the universe and the Doctor drops everyone off in their rightful places, they return to Rose’s parallel universe and Bad Wolf Bay for a final goodbye. I do not think that Rose was expecting this. I think Rose was under the impression that once she found the Doctor, she would never leave him again. Yet here he is, dropping her off in a place already haunted with Rose’s memories of their last farewell.

And not only is the Doctor dropping her off (probably for forever), he’s trying to pawn his cheap knock-off on her too? That’s kind of infuriating! Read more

Top 5 Zombie Movie Deaths That Resulted from Sheer Stupidity and Carelessness

People die in every zombie movie, and a lot of these expendable masses make stupid decisions that lead to their untimely, gnawed-upon deaths. As the zombie movie continues, a group of survivors emerges and somehow manages to stay alive despite the chaos and destruction. But then, one of them does something really stupid. I mean, shockingingly, head-scratchingly, shout-WHY-at-the-television-set STUPID. And subsequently dies. And you just have to wonder how a character with such great survivor instincts could be so…careless.

Here are my top 5 WTF zombie movie deaths. Read more