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G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S is coming!

Well, yesterday was a big day in the geek com  oii506xcmmunity! That’s right folks, G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S is coming! If you are not hip to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S it is this: The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. It’s the brainchild of Misha Collins, you know, that angel from Supernatural (Castiel just in case you don’t know).

 

Today’s news brings a mysterious countdown to the website, and also the MASCOT REVEAL!

 

MEET SLANGAROO!!

Isn’t she just precious? Aww, my favorite is still the elopus, though.

 

It’s not just a scavenger hunt though, it’s a way to meet new people and build friendships, to perform random acts of kindness, which is also the name of the non-profit Misha Collins runs, and what the registration fee goes towards.

 

It’s a competitive, but friendly virtual competition. The day the hunt starts, the powers that be release 120+ items. These items are delegated between your 15 teammates, which you can either hunt for through forums, or you can sign up and be paired with random people, it’s you’re choice. Each item has a point value, creativity counts, interpretations can either make you or break you. At the end, the team with the most points wins, and you can also earn additional points by making it into the Hall of Fame, the coffee table book and by helping judge submissions of the worthiness, though the last 3 don’t count towards your team points, just personal points, which no one knows that they’re planning on doing with those.

 

Just what do you win? An amazing trip to some exotic location in the world and dinner with Misha Collins. Last year it was Viking themed, one year it was a trip to Scotland and dinner with Misha in a haunted castle. You never know what shenanigans will be had!

 

Personally, this will be my fifth year competing. And every year, the list makes me shake my damn head with the absurdity of some of the items. There are a few givens each year though that you can count on being involved somehow: KALE, something to do with the Queen of England, and some form of clothing made from random shit, like cheese, or flowers, or paper.

 

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S attracts tens of thousands of people every year. There are even some celebrities that participate, the most noteworthy being William Shatner. He has the money and pull, but his team has yet to win. Last year it was a competition to make sure he DIDN’T win.

 

I encourage all who want to participate to keep an out for updates as to when registration opens. It usually stays open for a month or two. The official hunt days have not been announced yet though, but I suspect it to be in August again like it was last year. Registration is usually around $20 for the basics, upwards to hundreds of dollars, but you get a lot of bang for your buck there, he’ll record a voicemail for you and send you a more than likely scandalous Christmas card.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Go join the hunt and have an abnosome time!

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The Road So Far: ‘Supernatural’ Episodes 1-15 Recap

Have you ever read a fanfiction and noticed the visible challenge the writer is facing to complete story in 100 words? Well, that’s what I am going to attempt to do here, but as recaps for each episode of  Supernatural season 11.

I am incredibly late to the game here. I originally planned on doing individual episode recaps, but I made a promise to my guy not to start the new season until he was caught up with the previous ones. Now here we are, finally at a break and fully caught up with the series. I normally would not do a recap in this format, but for hilarity sake, let’s see if I can manage to recap each episode of season 11 in 100 words.

Let’s BEGIN!

Episode 11×1: Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire

Castiel is super sick because of Rowena cursing him. Sam and Dean meet zombie like beings after The Darkness explodes across the land that just tear and eat at one another in order to infect others. An infected daddy gives his kid to a local sheriff, Jenna, naming her Amara, who sports the Mark of Cain, before he dies. Sam creates a diversion so Dean and Jenna can leave without getting mauled. Crowley comes back à la sexy housewife. Dean keeps having visions of Amara and her thanking him for setting her free. Aww, they’re bonding already. I don’t agree.

Episode 11×2: From the Void

Dean gets Jenna to her grandmother. Sam is traveling around trying to find a cure. A reaper gives him clues on how to get purified. Dean leaves Jenna, but gets called back because that baby is weird. Crowley, is there.  They hear a noise and find a soulless Jenna. Sam finds out that holy oil just might be the cure and he burns the evil away. Cass gets tortured for information. Angels die. He shows up to the bunker needing help. Crowley the greatest candy van man offers a more grown up Amara souls to eat, that she gladly accepts.

Episode 11×3: The Bad Seed

Sam and Dean are trying to find a cure for Castiel who is still trying to hold himself together because of Rowena’s curse. Rowena on the other hand is trying her to make the Mega Coven, but is failing because the recruits are just lackluster. Castiel meanwhile snaps and Dean stops him from killing a woman, but in turn gets attacked himself, but Sam comes in with Rowena who lifts the curse. Crowley is still raising Amara, who is now a teen and demanding more soul food. See what I did there? Metatron is still in deep hiding. That jerk.

Episode 11×4: Baby

Baby has seen a lot of action, and most recently from Sam. Dean gives him crap and makes him sing the song ‘Night Moves’. Once at the case, the dead man’s wife is attacked. While checking out the crime scene, Dean is attacked by the acting sheriff; he kills and decapitate him, but it doesn’t keep him down. With the help of Castiel, they find out it’s a type of ghoul, a Nachzehrer, or a ghoulpire, and it needs copper in its mouth to die for good. Once decapitated by Baby’s door, all those sired by him return to normal.

Episode 11×5: Thin Lizzie

The brothers investigate a series of murders that happen in and around the Lizzie Borden Hotel. There’s a lot of paranormal things happening, but it is discovered that they are lies and it’s all staged for kicks and thrills. They meet a super-fan named Len, who says he met Amara outside the hotel and hasn’t felt right since. They find out Amara has been eating her soul food and the soulless are murdering everybody. Sam and Dean are targeted, but Len kills to protect them, turning himself so he can no longer kill. Amara creeps at them as they leave.

Episode 11×6: Our Little World

Amara is being naughty and eating too much soul food to grow up. Crowley sends a team to kill the soulless to keep things on the quiet. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam track down where Amara is and head to the asylum to kill her. Castiel sees Metatron and finds him only to discover he’s human, pathetic and wanting to die because all he can do is sell stuff to the media. Amara tortures Crowley for trying to hurt Dean, knowing he won’t kill her because of their bond. Sam has visions of Michael and Lucifer in the cage. CAGE FIGHT!

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Episode 11×7: Plush

Good ol’ Deputy Donna calls Sam and Dean to help with a series of killings that have occurred that seem weird. Come to find out, a man was accused of molesting children, and what they thought was a suicide, was actually murder, and now he’s possessing his old costumes to seek revenge. They find out it’s a restless spirit as a witness talks about how the room suddenly got cold. Once everything is burned, Sam reveals he’s been having more visions from praying to God, and realizes that his visions seem to be leading him to Lucifer’s cage for answers.

Episode 11×8: Just My Imagination

Oh no! Imaginary friends are dropping dead! The latest victim, Sparkle the unicorn-man and friend the mermaid. Sully, Sam’s imaginary friend, or zana, while growing up, makes himself visible to the brothers to help out in the situation. Tracking the killer, they found out it’s a girl named Reese. She and her sister were Scully’s next friends, but her sister died while playing with Sully, and is now trying to extract revenge. In the end she doesn’t kill Sully, but he does visit her. Sam still thinks going to the cage fight is what needs to be done, Dean disagrees.

Episode 11×9: O Brother Where Art Thou?

Now fully grown, Amara seeks out a religious group and strikes them down, hoping to get God’s wrath so they can talk. Crowley has Rowena captured and she reads from the Book of the Damned in order for Sam to talk to Lucifer. Dean looks into the church deaths, and comes face to face with Amara and they kiss. She sends him away when angels rain their fury, only to have her smited, but not die. Sam talks with Lucifer and says he’s the only one that can beat her, but Sam needs to agree to be his vessel. Nope.

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Episode 11×10: The Devil in the Details

Dean is sent by Crowley to a reaper named Billie to get into Hell. He has Rowena with him on a witch collar that Crowley controls as she is the only one that can get into Hell. Castiel and another look to see if Amara survived the smiting. She has, and sends Billie a message carved into Castiel’s chest saying she’s coming. Castiel heads for the brothers, and he, Dean and Sam are in the cage fighting Lucifer. Castiel agrees to be Lucifer’s vessel if  he can win. Rowena gets played by Lucifer, and in turn get’s killed. Enter Lustiel.

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Episode 11×11: Into the Mystic

A banshee kills a dad and mother, leaving an infant girl crying in her crib in Ireland around the 1980s. Sam and Dean investigate similar murders in a retirement home, and finally catch a lead from a resident named Mildred. Sam is captured by a deaf ‘maid’, Eileen, the baby from before, and proves he’s not the banshee. Together they devise a plan to kill the banshee and succeed. Meanwhile. Lustiel is looking for a way to kill Amara, and Dean reveals to him that while he hates Amara, he also cannot kill her because of his bond with her.

Episode 11×12: Don’t You Forget About Me

Sheriff Jody calls the boys in because Claire is harming people she thinks are monsters. She insists there’s a case. Well, after Alex’s favorite teacher is strung to the school’s light pole, the brothers and Jody finally agree there is one, but Claire is still acting like a little brat and they don’t like it. Come to find out, Alex’s boyfriend is a vampire, sired by another vampire previously made by the nest Alex used to lure human for their consumption. Both vampires are eventually killed and the girls agree to be little nicer to their awesome foster mother Jody.

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Episode 11×13: Love Hurts

It’s like herpes, but a spell! Dan is cheating on his wife with the babysitter. His wife Melissa knows. She hires a “white witch” to give her a love spell. Nope. It’s a curse and  kills all those affected and eventually circles back to the caster and kills them in the form of their one true love. Dean ends up kissing Melissa to transfer the curse to him to buy them time to find the Qareen’s heart to kill it. “Amara” attacks Dean, but eventually dies. Dean admits to Sam he can’t kill Amara because he desires her. Love Sucks.

Episode 11×14: The Vessel

A woman of letters, what? Yes, she’s tricky and a seductress, and kills a German Nazi general to gain a Hand of God object. Sam and Dean find out about it and with the help of Lustiel, Dean gets transported to a submarine to retrieve it, as they think it can kill Amara. A lot of bickering happens and Lucifer reveals himself to Sam, who’s offered up his soul to help bring Dean home safely. Once home, they find out the HoG is a one hitter, Sam tells Dean about Castiel’s acceptance of Lucifer and Dean thinks it’s a trick.

Episode 11×15: Beyond that Mat

Dean at his fanboy best. After one of Dean and Sam’s favorite wrestler’s die, they discover a crossroad demon at work. Come to found out their favorite, Lawless, is working with a demon to to spare his life from a deal made ten years ago, and killing people. The demon is killed, however, and Lawless accepts his fate and the hellhounds come. Crowley breaks out of his dog like status and double crosses Lucifer, twice, and uses another Hand of God foolishly. Dean is determined now to finally put an end to Lucifer and Amara in order to save Castiel.

Well, there you have it folks. The new episode is literally airing now, and will be premiering at about 9pm tonight on the west coast.

Overall, I am enjoying this season so far. It’s interesting to seem them creating a pre-biblical world with new creatures, and to see just how over their heads they’re getting. I hope that the coming episodes that finish out the season will see Castiel fighting off Lucifer, and Amara dying, but I doubt anything like that will happen because it’s Supernatural  and nothing truly good ever happens without something ten times worse happens.

So, what are your thoughts regarding how this season is progressing and where it’s now heading? Let us know in the comments! 

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Fan Film Friday Reviews The Other Side (Supernatural)

The CW’s Supernatural just started filming Season 11, a momentous achievement that will allow the much loved show to break the record for the longest running consecutive Sci-Fi series, currently held by Smallville (R.I.P.) with 10 seasons and 217 episodes. To celebrate, we decided to watch and review The Other Side, a fan film with a fun twist, created by the very talented women at Counter Agent Films.

Watch The Other Side here!

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Tea Review: Dean’s Apple Pie Life

So a bunch of stuff from Sew Geek Austin arrived yesterday (yay) and chief among items was the Demon Hunters Tea Gift Set which I gifted to myself because 1) I love tea, and 2) Supernatural season 10 ended last week so why not. This i going to sound like some kind of paid endorsement of Sew Geek Austin (someone please get me everything, but mostly the House Snark shirt I am dying), but it’s not – I spent a portion of my hard-earned paycheck from the day job to treat myself to Supernatural fan merchandise and to try out one of the tea blends with the idea that I may get samples of the other blends offered if this one was to my liking (it was, so I guess I’ll be buying more tea to review).

It's a gift to me!
It’s a gift to me!

First off, the main component of this blend is rooibos, utilizing rooibos cinnamon apple and rooibos vanilla. Expect to get bits everywhere. When you open the cute little tin, the tart sweetness of apple hits the nose first, the lightest hints of vanilla smoothing out the overarching aroma and the caramel providing a bit of depth.

Rooibos cinnamon apple, caramel, and rooibos vanilla
Rooibos cinnamon apple, caramel, and rooibos vanilla

 

 

The tea ball is pretty good even though I’ve only  used once so far. It wasn’t able to keep all the rooibos inside – I think you need a mesh finer than a cheese cloth to achieve that, but the locking mechanism is good and the counterweight ensured the chain didn’t fall into my cup. Plus this one comes with an anti-possession insignia so my tea is always going to be demon-free. The hinge is where I can see potential issues in the future; it doesn’t always open easily, but with a slight jiggle it presented no problems.

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The rooibos gets everywhere

I steeped my cup at the recommended 212 degrees for five minutes. The apple notes really bloom, and the tea smells much sweeter than it does just in the tin. The rooibos really brightens this blend up (as it should, being the primary base ingredient). The tea is smooth and refreshing, with a mellow sweetness and the barest bite of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is substantial without feeling heavy, but possibly the only downside is, after finishing a cup, there is the feeling of maybe needing to brush your teeth either from bits of rooibos or that slightly sugary feel after consuming something sweet (probably from the caramel). Still, I could end up drinking several cups in a row without batting an eye, and you really ought to brush your teeth after eating and/or drinking, anyway.

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Bits of rooibos escaped the tea ball and are floating in the lovely amber-colored tea

I give this blend five out of five stars. You can purchase the tea here, or get a set like mine here.

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