Guardians of the Galaxy II Review

It took a while but I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.  The reason I hesitated to see the first one was because of how many crass jokes made the cut, and this second film’s parental advisory on IMDB made me hesitate even more.  But somehow, I managed to sit through this sequel,…

Give acceptance a chance

An attitude I’ve seen in multiple circles and movements (political, social, and religions) is: “Sure, believe whatever [totally harmless belief] you want to believe, but ultimately, I’m doing it the right way, and I’ll do whatever I can to show you my way so you’ll see things correctly in the end.”  This really bothers me….

Reverse Gender Discrimination / Why I’m Not a Girl Who Codes

I think discrimination of any kind, even if meant to help those generally discriminated against, is still discrimination.  Just putting that out there. For a good several years now, I’ve been a victim of gender bias and gender discrimination and it’s making me sick.  Have you ever been pressured to pursue a different career than…

What do you think of this comic?

I think it’s hilarious. But when a peer of mine shared it on a website and it was reshared by several other users (myself included), there was a lot of backlash.  Who knew such a simple comment could open such a huge can of worms? One detractor raises the concern that the comic gives off…

Hermione Granger’s Wand

I made this prop for a cosplaying friend earlier this Spring, because we have plans to hit the convention scene as students from respective special schools where kids hone their supernatural powers to fight evil.   Muggle Materials While the original, according to the Harry Potter wiki, is a 10¾” number made of vine wood…

Fidgets

In recent months, fidget devices, most notably the fidget spinner, have taken the worldwide web by storm.  I’ve seen everything from fidget spinner phone cases to edible pizza fidget spinners.  Suddenly, everyone has one.  Or has eaten one for lunch because you can do that.  Or are joking that they are the new currency of…

Jodie Whittaker is the New Doctor Who

First I saw the skinny jean-clad legs in boots and I thought, Oh brother, the Doctor’s going to be another skinny young man for the fangirls to fawn over. Then I saw the slender, pale hands and I thought, I think that a good portion of the fandom is going to be disappointed that the…

Slushy Ice Coffee / Imitation DD Frozen Coffee

Israeli-style ice coffee is a pretty magical thing.  It’s like coffee ice cream in beverage form.  After tasting that slushy goodness during my time abroad, it’s pretty hard to get used to the American version (just cold coffee with ice cubes). Dunkin Donuts recently introduced frozen coffee drinks to their menu, which come pretty close,…

Calzones!

I’ve become rather obsessed with calzones.  In their simplest form, they’re closed pockets of pizza.  You can make a bunch at once, freeze them, and take a few out to make a meal, or one for a light snack.  If I want pizza, I’ll usually just eat it the normal way, flat (or made with…

On being an older prude

Also posted on Allison the Writer. I might as well come out and say it. I’m prudish and very proud of it. I don’t like exposing myself to materials containing inappropriate content. I don’t listen to most modern music, I don’t watch movies rated PG-13 or more unless there’s a good reason, and I especially,…

My Thoughts on Doctor Who Series 10 [SPOILERS]

Yesterday, the season finale for the tenth season (or series) of BBC’s Doctor Who ended, and I think now’s a good time to share my thoughts on Steven Moffat’s final acts as showrunner. The nicest, most optimistic way I can say this is, I loved it. The more blunt way I can say it is,…

Comic Con on a Budget 101 (ft. EventBrite)

As many of you know, I love cosplaying and attending local geek conventions.  There’s really something quite magical about walking around a huge building full of other fandom geeks for an entire day.  This summer, I’m sharing that magic with my friends, who I’m taking to their very first Comic Con.  In honor of this…