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Dog Day Sunday: Happy Little Camper!

I just spent the weekend camping in Vermont with my lovable little companion, Bailey Bear, and as a child of the 21st century, I naturally documented the whole trip in photographs.

Check out our adventure in the gallery below!

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Before you get too jealous, I will note that our trip featured 30 degree weather, near hurricane winds, and heavy downpours. Ever had to fish an EZ-Up tent from a tree? Yep… it was that kind of weekend.

But enough about our adventure… we want to see yours!

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Courtney’s Pull Box: ‘Archie’, ‘Jughead’, ‘Starfire’ & More!

I have a pull box at the comic book shop I frequent, which ensures that I will get all of my current favorite comics immediately when they come out. In addition to this I can get discounts on graphic novels and a free comic on my birthday! Pull poxes are great, so I highly recommend talking to your comic shop to see what they offer.

My current pull box list includes the following comics:

  • Archie  – current incarnation with no digests (older comics)
  • Jughead – current incarnation with older comics at the end of issue
  • Starfire
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Disney Princess
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman

Even though I love getting these comics, some of them do have their problems. Occasionally these comics will frustrate me or include something I don’t like, so I’ve decided to summarize each comic and explain the pros and cons of each one.

Check them out below!

Archie

Summary: Archie is now set in modern day Riverdale High. Archie and Betty have been together since kindergarten and are absolutely enamored with one another…that is, until the #LipstickIncident. The whole school is abuzz trying to find out what happened, but things get further complicated when Archie lays eyes on new girl Veronica Lodge, whose famous millionaire family just built their mansion in town. Will Betty be able to convince Archie that Veronica is not all she seems to be?

Pros: This series proves that Archie characters will always translate well in nearly every situation. Bringing these characters into modern times may encourage younger readers to be more interested in reading comics,  and older fans will be happy to see that Archie can still be interesting and new.

Archie has been redone in a new art style that works amazingly well, much like how Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina did –  each have their own distinct styles, but still work very well.

The Archie characters are still who they always have been, regardless of the era: Archie is still the clumsy, slightly clueless lead that makes him the perfect every man, and Veronica is still the spoiled, rich girl who always gets her way thanks to her father and his money.

Cons: Some of the references to modern day things are a little difficult to deal with. I felt really ridiculous typing out #LipstickIncident, and it felt as if the writers were trying too hard to get teens into this series.  At the end of the first comic Archie even directly asks the readers for their suggestions on how he could get out of his predicament by using @archiecomics on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

There’s no need for the writers to pander to the audience by relying on hashtags and self promoting – people will send in their suggestions if they find it good enough.

Jughead

Summary: When the principal is replaced with a military-type tyrant who changes everything about their school (including stricter policies and the food), it’s up to Jughead and the gang to find out what happened to Mr. Weatherbee and stop the new principal’s rule.

Pros: Jughead is done in the same art style as Archie, and like Archie it ended up translating really well. I thought Jughead looked cute in this art style when I read the first issue of Archie, and after reading Archie I wanted to see more of him. The story is perfect for Jughead since it puts him in a new situation where he looks like a bad kid. To be honest, I mainly bought this comic because Jughead is Archie Comics first openly asexual character, which is awesome because I always did imagine him that way. Jughead is seemingly more in love with food than people, and he’s only ever been seen with a few girls throughout his run,  so I was happy when it was announced that he was indeed asexual.

Cons: The story really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere yet. There’s been a few things Jughead has done to further the plot, but as of right now the story seems to be slightly more focused on his dream sequences having references than plot development. These dream sequences are all very similar and each seem to cement the fact that Jughead is asexual. I would still recommend this series, but I hope that the story goes further.

Starfire

Summary: Starfire has escaped from being a prisoner and has come to Earth. She tries her best to blend in with normal people and gets a job at the aquarium, but ultimately she ends up being a hero for the planet. Starfire tries to learn about the Earth, which you can see through her very cute thought process of idioms.

Pros: I am in love with the art style of this comic, and this is the cutest interpretation of Starfire that I’ve ever seen. Some of her outfits match her very sweet thoughts and personality, while other outfits are bold and reinforce the fact that she is still very strong. I really love this story because Starfire is the perfect fish out of water character, and the way she interacts with people and discovers things is really sweet and cute.

I really loved this comic all the way around, and I’m sad that it’s ending soon.

Cons: The New 52 story line has a huge plot hole. Half way through the comics Starfire meets Grayson, who, according to the New 52 line, she hasn’t met. She was never in the Teen Titans so she doesn’t him, but in this story, she apparently mourned over him and knew him. I didn’t miss any of the Starfire comics either, so I was very confused by this –  it didn’t make any sense.

The New 52 plotline also altered the fact that Starfire’s sister was the one who sold her to where she was imprisoned, instead having Blackfire and Starfire being very close.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Summary: Sabrina Spellman is just your average teenager growing up in the 1960s… except she is half mortal, half witch. She lives with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, and her cousin, Ambrose. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Sabrina must decide if she wants to be a mortal or a witch.

Pros: This story is definitely darker than the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series that aired in the 1990s. It has a similar art style as Afterlife with Archie, but it has a Rosemary’s Baby feel to it, especially in the first comic. Sabrina looks more like her older comic incarnation, which looks wonderful with this art style. The art is very creepy and perfect for Sabrina’s story. If you like creepy stories then I definitely recommend this series, but if you don’t, then I would incline you towards Archie and Jughead.

Cons: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is amazing, but release dates for this series are very long and sparse. It’s hard to keep up with when this series will be released unless you are constantly checking Facebook for the next release date.

Issue number 5 is set to be released on May 18th.

Disney Princess

Summary: These are short little comics that feature a large range of Disney princesses, each of whom has her own story, making it difficult to accurately summarize these comics. These comics are unique in that they are held vertically, rather than horizontally.

Pros: This is definitely the cutest comic that I’m currently reading. There’s no fighting or action, and it’s a perfect comic for those who want to get into comics but don’t know where to begin. I had low hopes of seeing Snow White (one of my favorites) since she is an older princess, but I was so excited when I saw her in this comic! There’s good mix of the older princesses and the newer princesses, so Disney fans old and new will feel right at home.

Cons: There are no cons since only one issue of this comic is out, and as such there isn’t much to judge on.

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Summary: This is Wonder Woman’s origin story as told as far back as the beginning of the Amazons. Readers are treated to a young, mortal Diana who is destined to be queen. However, Diana shows the strength of her mother, and she wants to be trained.

Pros: There’s only two issues of this comic out right now, but I already love it. Diana as a child is the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen, but at the same time she’s very strong. I love the art style, which is a lovely mixture of Greek-style art and comic book art. It makes a beautiful collaboration and it’s something I could stare at forever.

Cons: There are only two issues of this comic currently out, so as of right now there are no cons.

Which comic are you most likely to pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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Opinion: The Last ‘Face Off’ Episode was Incredibly Sexist

Normally I do a recap of each Face Off episode, but I have been overly burdened by other responsibilities (especially since the show moved to Wednesday nights) and have not been able to write one for the past two weeks.

However, I am still watching Face Off each week, and I feel compelled to address something that I found a little disturbing in the latest episode.

The episode included a lot of gender swaps – and even racial swaps – that I found to be somewhat inappropriate, and while the race-swaps were readily addressed by the judges (who sent one artist home for his stereotypical interpretation of an Asian male), the most disturbing point happened during the creative process.

One of the female artists remarked that the body language of her model will help sell the fact that it is a guy (she turned a female model into a male), which sparked a laugh among the other female artists, who said that the model would need only to “adjust” herself a lot to come off as a guy.

This got a lot of laughter from both the female and male artists…with one exception. Walter seemed more than a little perturbed by the statement and sarcastically let out that “If I am not picking my nose, I’m adjusting myself. It’s all I can do as a guy.”

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While the show panned to the other artists chuckling at this statement, it did not come off as a joke to me, the viewer.

This statement exemplifies the disdain we should all have for any gender stereotype, regardless of which gender it is directed to. I would venture to say that if the situation were flipped, and a male artist had made such a remark about a female stereotype, it would not have been chuckled at and dismissed. We are learning to be more aware of the things that are said and done towards women that are oppressive, but we also must have equal gusto about those things that are oppressive towards men, as well.

The fight for equality cannot be one-sided, and it can’t be something you go to bat for only if it impacts your gender/race/creed/religion/sexuality/etc.

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Colonel Brandon, Severus Snape, and the Death of Interesting People

The problem with writing a tribute to an an actor who has passed is that it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the performer from his performances. That’s the double-edged sword of being an actor, though. You’re famous not just for being who you are, but for all the other people you have been. I can only imagine what it’s like to suffer dissociative personality disorder by proxy as you walk down the street and are recognized as someone different every time you turn a corner.

It’s because of this inevitable flux that I’ve had to start this article over and over again all morning. How do you talk about how much you’ll miss a performer without letting the characters dwarf the man who brought them to life? My only answer is that you’ve got to treat a character like a work of art, conceived by a writer but breathed into existence by the one who portrays him.

Alan Rickman, aged 69, died in London on January 14, 2016, on my birthday.

That last part is just so you’ll understand why I might be a little overly sentimental right now. It was hard, sad news to wake up to. Since the story broke my entire facebook feed has been one long continuous stream of tributes, pictures, quotes, and gifs of wands being cast into the air in tribute. There’s something miserable and yet comforting in that.

David Bowie, who also passed away this week at 69, once said, “We’d rather be scared / together than alone,” (Fun fact, that was one of my three senior yearbook quotes). So when something sad happens we often find solace in solidarity. While it pained me to see so many fans sad, it was nice to know I wasn’t going to spend the day having to pretend I wasn’t in mourning because those around me wouldn’t understand why.

So I’m going to tell you something very shocking: Severus Snape in Harry Potter wasn’t the most important role that Alan Rickman ever played.

It wasn’t Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and it wasn’t even Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

I know. Blasphemy. But let me try to meet my burden.

I contend that Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility was more important than Alen in Snow Cake, Metatron in Dogma, or Sheriff Nottingham in Robin Hood. Colonel Brandon was an anomaly. He was a good guy. He was the noble, unsullied hero. While his love interest, Marianne, was not immediately taken with him, he was never under suspicion of anything more terrible than being lovelorn and, at the worst, boring. No shady past dogged him, no cynicism plagued him, no snarkiness, no bitterness, no maliciousness, no murderous tendencies. He was a white hat, a phrase used to describe “the good guy,” above reproach. And while troubled and burdened with unrequited love, he was not to be pitied but rooted for.

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His portrayal of Colonel Brandon was delicate, sophisticated, and all too utterly romantic with introspection. Other roles are more famous, but this role is most important because it showcases not just Rickman’s “range”, but his depth and commitment to tenderness as well. Most people can play closed off and crass, malicious or malcontent. But to be able to touch the core of a character and remain open and vulnerable enough to bring an audience to tears simultaneously with sorrow and joy is unique.

Ok… Severus Snape. I know.

I’m supposed to talk about Severus Snape – that’s what everyone’s waiting for. If I’m not going to talk about Hans Gruber, I need to talk about Severus Snape. Anton Mesmer or Rasputin simply won’t do today. A large chunk of my generation and those that followed first got to know Rickman as Snape because of the Harry Potter movies. And let me tell you, that’s not a bad place to see the man ply his craft.

Rickman’s portrayal of Snape wasn’t just great because “Snape’s the best character ever, omg.” It was because Rickman, twenty-some years older than his character, brought his history of fictional villainy into play.

Spoiler alert: Snape was technically a good guy.

While not a white hat by any means, his hat was definitely some shade of grey. But to play a white hat who is playing a black hat who is actually a grey hat who everyone thinks is actually a black hat pretending to be a white hat is…. well, it’s nuanced. Let’s put it this way, if you haven’t read or watched Harry Potter, you probably won’t have any idea what I just said. But know that it’s accurate and it’s definitely a compliment.

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Rickman’s portrayal of Snape was so damned good because the character was already interesting, and Rickman was talented enough not to lose any of the original, singular complexity that J. K. Rowling created. In that way Rickman honored the character of Snape and became beloved by fans.

For eight movies he embodied the mystery of Snape and, in my opinion, never lost Snape’s thread. Perhaps it was because he was one of the few with whom Rowling shared his character’s end fate, but Rickman remained painfully true to his counterpart for a decade. Snape is iconic and Alan Rickman made him so. I’m convinced that any other actor, no matter how ingeniously talented he was, could not have done so.

On the British panel show QI, series 6, episode 11, ‘Films and Fames,’ John Sessions does his excellent impression of Alan Rickman and tells a story about how a child with no filter asked Rickman why “he always played villains.” Rickman replied in his indomitable way, “I don’t play villains. I play very interesting people.”

What made this funny when it first aired but bittersweet now that Rickman has passed is that he was typecast so often as the shadowy villain, or at least “not the hero.” But Rickman’s roles were always intense, and so often our first memories of him was as an antagonist who was more interesting than the hero. In this way Rickman helped to teach us that the “villain” wasn’t always intended to be booed.

Good actors are all around. We all have a favorite performer who strikes us in some way that cannot be rivaled. But Alan Rickman was damned great in my opinion because he never shortchanged a character by going with the flow of being typecast. He never phoned it in, and because of this we don’t just lose “an actor.”

With Rickman gone we suffer the death of untold stories, of unmet interesting people. His former roles live on to pay tribute to the man who created them, but there is also sadness in knowing we won’t be meeting any more.

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Clueless Motorist: Chrysler Hell

I’m really upset that I own a Chrysler vehicle, but probably not for the reason you’d expect.

In case you haven’t heard by now, Fiat Chrysler is recalling MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of vehicles, including the Dodge Ram and pretty much every Jeep Grand Cherokee ever made. Seriously.

The main issue with these vehicles being that well, they just suck. Rams are losing control because of shitty suspension, Grand Cherokee’s are spontaneously combusting upon rear-end impact, cats and dogs are living together, Madonna is still making music… it’s a mess.

I’m sure that the executives over at Fiat are sobbing uncontrollably in their over-sized Jacuzzi bathtubs in their ridiculously ornate and gorgeous Italian mansions right now. They inherited one hell of a problem when they bought out Chrysler, and now they are now forced to pay up to $105M in penalties to the NHTSA (That’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

But what is a huge financial problem for Fiat is an even bigger problem for consumers, who unknowingly may be driving around ticking time bombs. If you do own a Chrysler-made vehicle then it definitely is essential that you check to see if your vehicle is on the recall list.

Obviously Fiat Chrysler will be fixing these vehicles at no charge, but there’s also another fantastic option available that will help you get rid of your Chrysler death trap once and for all: they will buy your car back from you at current market value, plus give you 10% more on top of that. This is only for select vehicles, but STILL, that is awesome!

Well, awesome for everyone except people like me who own a Chrysler vehicle not on the recall list.

I absolutely adore my 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible, which my parents bought me some years ago for college (yeah yeah, I was spoiled). I have heated seats, leather, and the absolute luxury of my long, long hair getting endlessly tangled in the wind.

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But I also live in Massachusetts, and our weather severely limits its use. Plus, I have a Mustang as well (this one I bought all by myself, I thank you) and I really need something with some AWD power, as our winters are no joke.

So, even though I love Serena (I named her, get over it), shes gots to go.

But how the hell can I EVER hope to sell my car when Chrysler’s already tarnished reputation is heading down to previously uncharted depths of hell?

Soon trying to sell a Chrysler (and actually profiting) is going to be as impossible as selling Nickleback’s new album. It’s going to be that bad.

All I can do at this point is pray that some catastrophic mistake is finally noticed in Sebring convertibles of the same year as mine, leading Fiat Chrysler to buy it right from me.

This will be the best case scenario, as I’m a little too busy (and lazy) to put the car up on the market and deal with bogus Craigslist scammers, trolls, and morons. No, I’m not going to accept your ridiculously vast collection of bald, naked Barbie dolls as a trade in. Yeesh.

Sigh. Thanks Chrysler… your suckery will not be forgotten, I assure you.

Do you own a Chrysler vehicle? Let me know your thoughts on the recall in the comments!

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Clueless Motorist: How to Fix Minor Scratches!

 

I was backing out of my garage one morning in a sleepy haze when suddenly I heard the distinct sound of scratching paint. I let the bagel that had been dangling from my mouth drop to my lap and I let out a slew of expletives too vile to list.

I put the car into park, got out (now suddenly wide awake) and confirmed my fear: I had scraped the right side of my car on the innards of the garage.

Luckily I didn’t bend or dent the frame, but I was left with a scuff and a nice sliver taken out of the paint. Oh, and some extremely annoying white residue.

But still, my car is my child! My baby! Any blemish upon my vehicle is a blemish upon my very soul. I was to be doomed to live a half-life of torment knowing that I allowed such a stupid mistake to ruin my baby.

Okay, well maybe that’s taking it a little too far, but you get the idea: I was upset!

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So I took her to the local auto body shop to get an estimate, where they told me it would be over $700 dollars to fix.

My bumper is road rashed from all my driving so I planned on getting it repainted eventually… but over $700? Are you kidding? For that price I could buy an entire new bumper, or even an awesome new Kate Spade bag (decisions!).

The silver lining here was that they informed me that most of the white residue could actually come off, meaning that my side fender (which was also scratched where it connects to the bumper) wouldn’t have to be repainted at all. And if they could easily get that off, then why can’t I?

I decided to take some time out and try to fix the damage, experimenting a little with different products and methods. Eventually I found a nice little routine that worked, and for a DIY job it actually turned out pretty well!

So, without further adieu, here are my steps for getting some minor scratches and blemishes off your precious ride:

1. Prep the area. Clean the area that you are trying to fix as best as you can, that way you can focus on the scratches without surface dirt getting in the way.  Rise the area first and then lather it with car wash solution (If you don’t have car wash solution on hand, simply just mix some soap and water together). Use a sponge to get all the dirt out of the area, rinse it, and then dry it off with a microfiber towel (or just a regular towel, but I highly suggest the former).

2. Bring out the nail polish remover!  If you’ve grazed something (or something grazed you) it’s usually going to be the color of whatever that object was that made contact with your vehicle (in my case, the white residue on my car was due to the fact that I grazed a white garage). That residue unfortunately can be hard to get off, even with a normal wash.

For this you’re going to want to go into your manicure kit and bring out the nail polish remover. Nail polish remover isn’t just for removing stubborn nail art, it’s also a perfect tool for getting  hard-to-remove residue off of your vehicle.

Apply the nail polish remover to a clean rag, and slowly (but with some pressure) wipe the affected area in a circular motion. If you’re lucky, you should see the residue disappear.  But if you have nail polish on like I did, yeah… that’s also going to disappear.

3. Wash down the area again: You don’t want the nail polish remover to stay on your paint, as it can actually erode it. As soon as you are done, QUICKLY wash down the area again with soap and water to get the remainder of the nail polish remover off.

4. Time for a wax! No, ladies, not for you. Car wax does a wonderful job of getting rid of blemishes that your car has, such as light scratches and annoying circular patterns. It fills in the scratches and not only evens the paint out, but protects it. If waxing your car isn’t something you are already doing, then I highly recommend making it a habit. Time consuming? Yes, but you’ll see wonderful results.

5. 3M scratch remover. Available at auto stores pretty much everywhere, 3M scratch remover fills in the scratches and bonds to your paint. Put some on a rag and firmly rub into the affected area until its dry. You may have to do this a few more times before you see the results you want, depending on the extent of the damage.

6. See the results!

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As you can see from my car, all that ugly white residue has disappeared. All that’s left unfortunately is a deep scratch that I can’t really fix and a random scuff.

I will still be getting my front bumper professional fixed and repainted, but at least for the mean time the damage is less noticeable.

Oh, and if you noticed that the headlights look different, good eye! I installed my blackout headlight covers while I was prepping the car.

Hopefully this method will work for all you poor folks out there with blemishes on your own babies! Have any more tips on fixing scratches at home? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments! 

 

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Watching Back to The Future, For The First Time

Every time I tell anyone that I’ve never seen Back to the Future it’s greeted with a surprised “What!” I’m a lover of sci-fi and to be honest it’s not as though I’ve never had the chance to watch the trilogy; TBS used to run the movies constantly, Blockbuster (remember them?) had multiple copies on their shelves until they closed, and my closest friends all owned copies. To be honest, I knew very little about what the film was actually about, aside from time travel. Now as we witness the 30th Anniversary of the original installment, I’ve finally decided to watch the entire series and capture my thoughts.

Back to the Future Part 1:

1. This is a Spielberg film!

2. His last name is McFly? What is he, an 80s rapper?

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3. They’re treating this plutonium theft very lightly! For some reason I always thought the flux capacitor was powered by gold.

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4. Wait! Those are supposed to be Libyans?

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5. This entire thing with Marty’s mom’s attraction to him is weirding me out.

6. I totally admire McFly for changing his family’s future without worrying about the space-time consequences.

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7. Jennifer seems really cool with this whole time travel thing. Not freaked out in the least. Did they recast the actress?
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8. THIS is what they thought 2015 was going to look like? Where is my hover board?
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9. At least they were right about video games.
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10. Michael Jackson and “Queen Diana” are still alive. Yikes!
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11. Kudos to Spielberg for poking fun at one of his own properties while still managing to plug it.
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12. Marty’s daughter is transgendered and it’s totally a non-issue in the future! That’s pretty bad ass! (Found out later it was Michael J. Fox in costume).
13. So when Biff changed his future and created an alternate timeline it was totally not cool but when McFly did it he was a hero.

14. Wouldn’t it have been easier to take Jennifer back to the past with them to steal back the Sports Almanac since she didn’t have a double already in that timeline?
15. The 3D glasses look seems to be a pre-curser to current douchey style.

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16. “To Be Continued in 1990?” I wasn’t even in Kindergarten when this series wrapped! This is like time travel in real life!

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17. I directly blame these movies for the failure of the DeLorean. How many times is this car going to break down?

18. This is the Western I’ve been waiting for!

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19. Nerd love!
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21. That was a fun adventure! Where is part 4!

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Clueless Motorist: The Cold Hard Truth About Cold Air Intakes

I equate having to listen to people talk about their engines to being Charlie Brown in class: I know they’re spitting out words, but it’s just utter nonsense to me. And rather than make an effort to understand, I usually just get sucked into my smartphone and play video games (Clash of Clans, baby!) until it’s all over.

But on those rare occasions that I do decide to tune in to their conversations about…tuning… I usually just hear a bunch of words I’ve never heard before and copious references to new “cold air intakes”.

What the fuck is a cold air intake, and more importantly, why should we all care?

From what I’ve gathered over the years, a CAI is something that not only makes your car faster and run smoother, but also adds a little yellow smiley sticker to your ego that says “good job!”

ImageLet’s consult our educational overlord, Wikipedia, in order to get some answers here.

A cold air intake is an aftermarket assembly of parts used to bring relatively cool air into a car’s internal-combustion engine.

Most vehicles manufactured since the mid-1970s have thermostatic air intake systems that regulate the temperature of the air entering the engine’s intake tract, providing warm air when the engine is cold and cold air when the engine is warm to maximize performance, efficiency, and fuel economy. Aftermarket cold air intake systems are marketed with claims of increased engine efficiency and performance. The putative principle behind a cold air intake is that cooler air has a higher density, thus containing more oxygen per volume unit than warmer air.

The kicker in this explanation is the fact that they used the word “claims”. With a decent cold air intake and tuner kit (which is used to calibrate your engine to your desired specifications) being around $700 for my car (A 2010 Ford Mustang), I’m not taking any chances on claims.

It either works or it doesn’t, annnnnnd, according to the video below…

…it really doesn’t.

So why the hell are people spending good money to alter their engines for something that essentially has very little gain?

Part of the reason may be because a cold air intake will tend to make the engine louder, which some consider a coveted trait in their vehicles.

Or it might just be the flawed rule of mathematics: loud engine + hot person = one smoking hot date.

But if I had to guess, the real reason for the popularity surrounding the CAI is most likely due to the chain effect. You all know what I’m talking about. If everyone tells you that the iPhone is the best phone ever (a “fact” I will always argue), then next time you go shopping for a phone, you buy an iPhone. Why argue with the general consensus?

Whatever the cause, just don’t allow yourself to get suckered into purchasing something for your car you really won’t need. Do your research first on your specific make and model and consult an expert.

And the next time people around you are blabbering about cold air intakes, blind them with your new found science! You might just save someone quite a few bucks down the road.

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GeekGirl World celebrates Geek Dads

Happy Father’s Day to the dads, fathers, grandpas, uncles, brothers, partners, and other gentlemen who offer us their love and support each and every day of the year.

This exchange happened while celebrating Father’s Day at my parents’ house this year. Me: “Dad, do you consider yourself a geek?” My dad: “No, I’m pretty darn cool.” My mom: “You can be a geek and be cool. Being a geek is cool!” Though my dad was joking (mostly; he really is cool), my mom definitely had a point.

Today we’re going to celebrate some of the geeky and cool men in the lives of GeekGirl World contributors.

Nicole’s Dad

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Nicole and her Dad

I would never call my dad a nerd or a geek. He is a blue-collared, tough-as-nails, conservative Texan who could probably kill a man with a glare. He doesn’t know the difference between Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Captain Mal Reynolds, or Captain Jack Harkness. His favorite past time involves smoking brisket in the backyard while watching the Dallas Cowboys football game while his vegetarian daughter read a book on the couch.

Though different, my dad has always been very supportive of the fact I was always a little… quirky. As a kid, he and my mom would drive me all over town looking for books in the obscure series I was reading. Once, as a teenager, he came to pick me up from school when I was reprimanded for breaking dresscode for having a lip ring. “Shouldn’t she be allowed to express herself?” he demanded. Later, he told me my lip ring was stupid and I better not do anything else dumb like guage my ears.
Yes, although my dad is not a nerd or a geek, he’s definitely a dork (just don’t tell anyone, it will ruin his street cred). He will sing songs about my dogs, tell me puns that make me laugh so hard I forget what they were about, and share wild stories about how he met the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the sewer. He gets me “drinky-drinks and snacky-snacks” when he goes to the store, answers to the nickname “Paparazzi,” and would literally do anything for any single one of his children. Love you, Pops!

Ari’s husband Damon

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Damon and his daughter

My husband, Damon, is an amazing person and a wonderful dad. From the time we brought our little girl home from the hospital, he has been completely devoted to her. Not only is he supportive of me in my nerdy pursuits, but he is also supportive of our daughter in her’s.

He will go to the comic books stores and get comics for us, if he sees something on TV that is of a nerdy or geeky interest, he will make sure he has it set to record for us before we even realize it is coming on TV. He buys us our favorite geeky nerdy t-shirts and gear, just because he knows it will put smiles on our faces. He joins us in watching anime occasionally, and will read comics from time to time, but he is always there for the big blockbuster superhero movies, and loves them as much as we do.

All in all he is the best dad my daughter could have ever asked for and the best husband this geeky nerdy girl could have ever wished for.

Megan’s Dad

My dad really is the farthest thing away from a geek! He has always preferred life away from the internet and television, choosing instead to tinker around in the garage, work on his vintage Harley motorcycle, and create tiny masterpieces with his CNC machine.

Even so, my dad definitely gave, and continues to give, full support for my geeky hobbies. I remember being a young girl, maybe about 8 or 9, sitting in my room reading Harry Potter. When a word I didn’t recognize popped up, I would call for him and he would help me figure out what it meant.

When I got older I had a new appreciation for this, as my dad is a bit dyslexic and reading can be difficult for him. But I think he genuinely enjoyed helping me read Harry Potter, and when the movies began to come out he happily took me to each and every one. And to be honest, sometimes I think he was more excited than I was!

My siblings and I try to get him into some of our geekier interests, such as The Lord of the Rings and Batman, and he’s been surprisingly open to them. We took him to see The Dark Knight and it pretty much blew his mind (as well it should!).

I guess there’s hope yet for turning my biker dad into a geek!

Meme’s boyfriend Edwin

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Edwin and his daughter

My boyfriend, Edwin, has honestly been the light of my life for the last three years and was the father of a daughter, Zahira, when we met. It was his encyclopedic knowledge of comic book canon that initially drew me to him, but his dedication to his daughter is what really showed me his heart.

Edwin is a fierce advocate of letting his daughter grow into her own unique self and always supports her ideas and interests – especially if they mean she begins to love the X-Men as much as her daddy.

Although his daughter is from a previous relationship, Edwin never lets anything prevent him from being a positive influence in Zahira’s life. He is forever the proud dad of a super smart and geeky daughter and I’m so glad to call him my honey.

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GGW Goes to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Oh, Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! I just spent the day at the Southpoint geeking out with fellow fans, admiring beautiful work in Artist Alley, resisting the temptation of buying EVERYTHING in the exhibitor’s hall, and learning so much from the guests at the panels. Dare I say it was… amazing?!

I started off my morning talking with the very talented and creative artists and exhibitors. I was particularly excited to see that there were so many women and local Las Vegas businesses present. More than that, I found the sense of community and camaraderie to be warm and welcoming. Every single person I talked to was excited to tell me about their work, and not in a sleazy used car salesmen, “buy my stuff” kind of way. They were genuinely passionate and excited to be there! I wish I had a museum and a million dollars, so I could buy every single thing from every single booth. Alas, I’ll have to settle with sharing a slideshow. Please check out the photos, and if you see something you love, reach out to the artist or business!

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After strolling through the con floor, I decided to check out some panels. Much like how I wanted to buy EVERYTHING, I also wanted to see EVERYTHING and go to ALL the panels. Lacking a clone, I mostly stuck to the main stage, which provided ample seating and there was not a bad view in the whole room, no matter where I sat.

In the “Sailor Moon Spotlight,” actors Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon), Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars), Susan Roman (Sailor Jupiter), and Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask) talked about the logistics of filming as a voice actor, rattled off their characters’ glorious battle cries, and discussed how the show was edited for North American audiences. Confession: I have never seen an entire Sailor Moon episode. That changes now!

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Sailor Moon Spotlight by Allison Cosson

In the “Architects of Pop Culture” panel, Steve Mcniven, Charles Soule, and Mark Bagley discussed how killing Wolverine in Death of Wolverine was “a blast;” how Mcniven is not violent by nature, but loves blood, guts, and viscera; and how humor is much harder and more “mysterious” than drama in comics!

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McNiven, Soule, and Bagley

Rob Liefeld Smashes Pop Culture! Self-proclaimed comic enthusiast, hip hop fan, and feather-ruffler with ADHD ran across the room personally answering fan questions and doing impressions. He said he “jumped & cried & jumped & cried” when the Deadpool film was announced, and teased we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he makes a cameo in the movie!

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Creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman presented a slideshow of rare, personal photos documenting how the heroes in a halfshell progressed from a simple comic to movies and television shows! Fun fact: TMNT came to be after Eastman pondered what animal Bruce Lee would least likely be (a turtle)!

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In “Behind the Masks with Greg Capullo and John Romita, Jr.,” these legendary comic book artists (who reportedly have more than 70 years of experience combined) offered a frank, honest, and real look of what life is like in the comic book industry! In their Q&A, they revealed that they can be their own biggest critics, analyzing every line for symmetry and perfection!

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Actor, singer, dancer, activist, and Member of the British Empire, John Barrowman started his panel by saying, “Get ready ’cause it’s me!” The next hour was full of saucy innuendos & duets with fans! He also admitted he’s talking with DC about a comic, and there will be much more of Malcolm Merlyn on Season 4 of Arrow! Barrowman was definitely the highlight of the day for me. I literally could have listened to him talk all day. Even though his panel ended 15 minutes after it was scheduled to stop, it still felt much too short!

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After an action-packed afternoon of panels, jokes, impressions, and songs, I decided to call it a day! While I didn’t get to see everything (Still waiting on my clone… where is she?), I was very pleased with all of the panels I had the privilege of watching. Tomorrow is the final day of the con, and it is guaranteed to be another day full of geeky good times that will be fun for the whole family.

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