GeekMom Puzzle of the Week #47 – Solution and Winner

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As usual on Saturdays I get to announce our Puzzle of The Week winner who was selected at random from all the correct entries. Many congratulations to:

Emily C

Here is last week’s puzzle.

Using the sound clues, identify the video game:

  • Combining form meaning “twice,” “two,” used in the formation of compound words
  • Under obligation to pay or repay
  • Joint in a horses hind leg that corresponds to the human ankle
  • Collective term for a person’s relatives
  • Used by fish for propulsion, steering and balance
  • Noun suffix often used for minerals, fossils and explosives

So the solution we needed was:

  • Bi
  • Owes
  • Hock
  • Kin
  • Fin
  • -ite

Bioshock Infinite

Look out for a new puzzle starting tomorrow.

Slactivism vs Support

My variation of a popular Facebook meme \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

My variation of a popular Facebook meme \ Image: Dakster Sullivan

The internet is starting to become a breeding ground for causes to gain support. According to the Urban Dictionary, there’s a word for this new trend: it’s called slactivism. If you can’t tell, it’s a mix of the two words slacker and activism.

Online petitions and social media are two ways slactivism is gaining ground. Now, instead of actually having to show up to a protest or send donations in to support a cause, you can do it from your computer without any effort.

One example of the latest slactivism trend can be seen on Facebook.

The most recent (and still major) political issue has been the Human Rights Act, specifically referring to marriage equality for gay couples. More than two-million people changed their Facebook profile pic to show their support for equality.

After seeing so many of my friends change their profile pictures, I started to wonder if it was really making a difference. I mean, how many people saw that profile pic and changed their stance on the subject?

Sure, everyone could see in a quick glance where they stood on the issue, but did it make a difference in Washington where the real debate was happening? After a few days, it was turned into a joke, with some people putting their own spin on the red logo (my favorite was the Waldo version hopping around).

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This Week With the GeekMoms

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This week, the GeekMoms are relaxing before a Star Wars weekend, buying new cars, stage managing, and back from vacation!

Dakster Sullivan will be enjoying her last Saturday free before the Star Wars Weekends season. This means resting up, drinking lots of water, and making sure all of her costumes are good to go. She hopes to debut a new costume this year, so stay tuned to see what she has planned.

Rachel Cericola just got herself a new car. [Read more…]

Meteor Shower Sunday Night: View Live or via NASA Webcast

An image of Halley's Comet from 1986. (NASA)

An image of Halley’s Comet from 1986. (NASA)

The night of Sunday, May 5, shortly before (Monday’s) sunrise, is your chance to view a dramatic meteor shower as Earth passes through the belt of debris in the Halley’s comet orbit. NASA will livestream the meteor shower (with chat) from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from 11pm Sunday to 3am Monday Eastern Daylight Time. The webcast will also be available from space.com.

This annual spring-time orbit through the trail of Halley’s debris is known as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower because to an observer, these meteors appear to radiate from an origin near the constellation Aquarius. The planet passes through the comet’s debris twice a year, creating these meteor viewing opportunities, but since Halley’s comet orbits the sun every 76 years, it will not be near the Earth again until 2061.

For viewing tips, links to videos and images, and further details, go to NASA or space.com. EarthSky has a great meteor shower guide for 2013.

GeekMom Puzzle of the Week – #47

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Welcome to the Geek Mom Puzzle of the Week!

Each Sunday, a new quiz will be posted and you will have until 11:59 pm GMT the following Friday to submit your answer. The kind folks over at ThinkGeek will be providing a $50 gift certificate for each week’s winner. In order to be in with a chance of winning, you simply need to send your puzzle answer to the email address below. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct answers.

We’ll announce the winner’s name on Saturday, along with the solution to the previous week’s puzzle. Then we’ll start the process all over again the next day. Sound like a good thing? Then let’s get right on with this week’s puzzle.

EXAMPLE:

From the sound clues, identify the famous novel:

  • The sound a dog makes
  • The only thing to be afraid of
  • Where skaters skate
  • Flown on strings

EXAMPLE SOLUTION:

  • Woof
  • Fear
  • Rink
  • Kites

= Wuthering Heights

GEEKMOM PUZZLE WEEK #47:

Using the sound clues, identify the video game:

  • Combining form meaning “twice,” “two,” used in the formation of compound words
  • Under obligation to pay or repay
  • Joint in a horses hind leg that corresponds to the human ankle
  • Collective term for a person’s relatives
  • Used by fish for propulsion, steering and balance
  • Noun suffix often used for minerals, fossils and explosives

Send your answers to geekmompuzzle@gmail.com with the subject line “GeekMom Puzzle #47″ and please include the name you would like announced if you are the winner. Good luck!

GeekMom Puzzle of the Week #46 – Solution and Winner

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As usual on Saturdays I get to announce our Puzzle of the Week winner who was selected at random from all the correct entries. Many congratulations to:

Cathy Willey

Here is last week’s puzzle.

From the sound clues, identify the television character:

  • Curved, pointed appendage
  • Name of rivers found in Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, and Australia
  • To unite or join so as to increase the number
  • The head of a crime family
  • A negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal
  • ___ Helsing, arch-enemy of Count Dracula [Read more…]

Farewell To Our Sponsor, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Aboard a Dirigible

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It’s been such a fun week exploring the fragrance artistry of our sponsor, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. If, like me, you are lucky enough to own their most magical brews you’ll understand why I get so giddy over them. I’m constantly asked what perfume I’m wearing (often with very expensive guesses) and I always get to reply, “Oh, neutral rogue. You know.”

That said, our final highlight is a particular thrill for me to share because it has to do with one of my favorite things in the world: steampunk. The Steamworks collection puts its own spin on the genre du jour, offering a wide array of swoon-worthy scents. The illustrations in this collection come courtesy of Mlle. Julie Dillon, who captures the mad science and beautiful machinery of this imagined future past.

Steampunk has served as an inspiration for countless artists, authors, and creatives, but I admit I’d never considered just exactly what it’d smell like. Of course, BPAL has, and the result is spellbinding as usual. [Read more…]

This Week With the GeekMoms

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Amy is gearing up for her son’s third birthday party this weekend, which coincides with Cinco de Mayo. He only wants big kids at the party and he wants the theme to be pink. Pinko de Mayo, here we come!

Rebecca is coming off of a lovely birthday week. At first she didn’t really care much because so many other things were going on, most notably, her daughter was in a big play, and Rebecca is coming to the end of directing her own musical. It is a crazy season. However, her family and friends did not forget her birthday. On the actual day, her good friend Amy brought gluten-free cupcakes into their homeschooling group and everyone sang. It is good to be mothered by friends. The next day, her husband took her to see Jake Shimibukuro. AMAZING. And the next day, her niece pulled off a surprise party. Much happiness :)

After two years of trying, Sophie is finally going to attend a Free Comic Book Day event, even if it means having to catch a train to another city because nowhere in hers is participating. She is obscenely excited about getting her hands on the first mini issue of The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. In other news she is incredibly proud of her son who has finally mastered riding his scooter and is now happily riding to pre-school and back, even if there have been a few injuries along the way.

She’s been meaning to get to it for, oh, years, but Kris Bordessa has finally — mostly — updated her professional website. She still needs to add a page featuring Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself but keeps getting sidetracked with other writing projects. Cobblers shoes and all that.

Be a Superhero! Join the We Can Be Heroes Fundraising Campaign

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© DC Comics

Have you ever wanted to be a real hero? Only a few days are left in DC Comics’ We Can Be Heroes fundraising campaign, which has already raised over $120,000 to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa. Donate now to be a superhero to thousands of people in Africa, where your money will go toward medicine, care, food, and even a mobile health unit to provide support.

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Scents Inspired by Neil Gaiman by Our Sponsor Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

newmainOn the off chance that you haven’t figured it out by now, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab makes some eccentric and unusual stuff. Perfumes inspired by comics and roleplaying games are just the start, though. To prove that they understand their audience and know we require the very best, most magical and delightful, they have a series of lines inspired by the work of none other than Neil Gaiman.

Which flavor of Gaiman do you prefer? There’s the American Gods collection, which beautifully evokes the curious gods and goddesses of the novel, while telling a story at the same time. For the younger set (but no less mysterious) there’s the Coraline series, which has our heroine described in “dry grass, clean skin, and a little bit of mossy berry.”

Neverwhere art by Enrique Alcatena

Neverwhere art by Enrique Alcatena

If you’re looking for something with a bit more whimsy, there’s the Stardust series, which features Tristran, Victoria, Lady Una, and others like The East (“the scent of the winds beyond the wall: bluebonnet, passion flower, freesia, jasmine tea, mint, thyme, and redcurrant”) or Fairy Wine (“an ethereal vintage, steeped with dandelion, honey, and red currants”).

Want mystery? Look no further than the Neverwhere collection. There’s a whole cast of colorful characters to turn to, including the Marquis the Carabas (“A splash of bay rum, leather, dusty black wool, massoia bark, and opium residue”), Door (“Golden honey, nicotiana, blue chamomile, and cistus”) and Hunter (“Leonine amber, tanned hides, clove, and clary sage”).

For all the Gaiman fans out there, truly these are scents you can’t miss. For the full line of Neil Gaiman inspired fragrances, visit Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s page, and stay tuned for more!

Saga: The Book Club

By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This week I attended a book club where my friend Karen and I recommended a comic series for our “book.” We are both fans of Saga by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples. For the seven women there, Karen and I were the only ones who read comics or graphic novels on a regular basis. Our previous book was The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. This month’s selection of a science fiction comic book rated Game of Thrones level NC-17, was a bit of a departure from the norm.

I was surprised that everyone enjoyed it. [Read more…]

GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — May 1st, 2013

Rainbow Dash Micro Series \ Image: IDW Publishing

Rainbow Dash Micro Series \ Image: IDW Publishing

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.

Kelly Knox – My Little Pony Micro-Series #2 (IDW)
This week while I hunted in vain for the variant cover of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1, my daughter grabbed a comic from the kids’ rack: the Rainbow Dash one-shot from IDW. It turned out to be a great pick and one we both enjoyed. [Read more…]

Our Sponsor Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Goes Boom!

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Art from the Boom! Studios line inspired by Irredeemable; Images Boom@ Studios

Our first two featured scents from our sponsor, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, had a certain old-timey quality to them. Or at least, the RPG scents represent the old school and Hellboy has a certain ancientness about him, if you know what I mean. Well, if you’re looking for something a little more noir and modern (or if you’re a comic fan), look no further than the line of scents from BPAL and Boom! Studios.

Inspired by the comic, Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause, it’s an exercise in contrasts. In Mark Waid’s words:

What if you go from, you know, Captain America to Doctor Doom? What if you go from Superman to Lex Luthor? How do you go from being the greatest hero in the world – someone that everybody knows, and everybody loves, and everyone recognizes – to the greatest villain in the world? What is that path? It’s not a light switch, it’s not an on-off switch, it’s not something that you wake up one day and just become evil.

The scents in this series vary as much as the characters, yet stand unique on their own. And not to mention, they’re unexpected.

Take Plutonian, the fallen superhero: Soapy cleanliness sullied by blood and ashes.

And in contrast, Alana Patel, his one true love (who broke his heart, of course): Faded perfume, cigarette smoke, and gin.

Of personal curiosity is the Yurei scent, which sounds like something I’d like to roll around in: White tea, hibiscus, Arabian sandalwood, white amber, ho leaf, pale Japanese flowers, and vetiver.

There’s plenty more to check out at Black Phoenix, and we’ll be featuring more of their unique products as the week progresses. Just remember, Father’s and Mother’s Days are closing in fast, and these are wonderful and geeky gifts for the gamers in your life. We thank Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for sponsoring the blog this week!

What the GeekMoms Want for Mother’s Day

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Each year, as we contemplate gift guides for Mother’s Day, we think about what we want for Mother’s Day. Chances are good your GeekMom will like this stuff, too.

Photo: Penny Arcade

Photo: Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade Match T-Shirts and Onesies: Mom and her Player 2 can team up in these cute matching tees. There are a bunch of different combinations available, including shirts for older kids and for Dad.

 

 

Photo: Oliver Jeffers for Digby & Iona

Photo: Oliver Jeffers for Digby & Iona

 

Oliver Jeffers Jewelry: Children’s author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers has turned his delightful illustrations into equally delightful jewelry, like this Paper Airplane necklace from his book, The Great Paper Caper.

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Stitch Fix: A Personal Styling Service Subscription Box

My second Stitch Fix box.

My second Stitch Fix box.

I would say I’m a pretty typical mom. When my favorite pants or shirts are all ripped, not because they’re ridiculously hip but because I’ve worn the bejesus out of them, I can quickly load up on basic essentials at my usual stores during a lunch break or online. However, when I’m feeling rather drab and the words “basic essentials” no longer provides a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to my self-esteem, I start to feel so out of tune with fashion that I can no longer help myself.

Drab, meet your nemesis, Stitch Fix! Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that lets you keep the items you like and return the ones you don’t.

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Getting Closer to Samsung’s Galaxy S4

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A LITTLE HISTORY

Even as an Apple fan, I thought last year’s Galaxy S3 ad mocking iPhone hipsters was surgically clever. The spot opened on a queue of urbanistas discussing the rumors they were most excited about as they waited to buy what was clearly meant to be their next iPhone.

“This year, we’re going to get everything we didn’t get last year!”

“True 4G!”

“Heard you have to get an adapter to use the dock on the new one…”

“Yeah, yeah: but they make the coolest adapters!”

Cue: one lone hipster holdout announcing that he’s not there to buy a phone, he’s just saving a place in line for someone else. He has a Galaxy S3  and isn’t interested in all of this manufactured drama. As it turns out (and to the horror of everyone else in line), he’s saving a place for… his parents.

“The joke’s on you, hipsters,” the ad chuckles. You could be out enjoying the day, sharing playlists or pictures via near field communication with just a back-tap of your S3 to your buddy’s phone. Instead you’re waiting on line next to someone’s mom!  [Read more…]

Meet Our Sponsor: Check Out BPAL’s RPG Scents

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We are pleased as (absinth-spiked) punch to welcome our new sponsor for the week, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab; “Purveyors of Fine Esoteric Goods, Purfumes, and Oils.” The lab is a great, geeky, gothy store featuring unique scents formulated in the spirit of some beloved genre institutions.

We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror / Gothic-themed scents.

To give you an idea of the whimsical potions they produce, we’ll be featuring a different (and especially geeky) product each day this week. Today’s featured item: their RPG series of scents:

In most pen and paper fantasy RPGs, three of the primary attributes that you must choose for your character are race, class, and alignment. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s RPG scent series was designed to emulate the character creation process, and are meant to be layered in order to create a character concept. In short: you layer your class, race, and the two fragrances that compose your alignment to construct your character scent.

So, for example, I might choose to create your character thusly: [Read more…]

Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Hangout Tomorrow!

Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, SF Romance

As someone who has been flogging the “romance is fun for geek girls” theme for some time now, I’ve been thrilled to watch the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club with Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Burton and Kiala Kazebee take off.

This week’s selection, to be discussed on the Hangout tomorrow, April 30, at 8 P.M. PST is Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. [Read more…]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: The Magic of Hellboy

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Really, our sponsor for the week, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab; “Purveyors of Fine Esoteric Goods, Purfumes, and Oils” probably requires little to no introduction. I’ve been a huge fan, personally, for years, and as a proud owner of the RPG line, I can accurately say that I take them with me every day (my favorite combination being the Lawful Paladin). The lab is a great, geeky, gothy store featuring unique scents formulated in the spirit of some beloved genre institutions. In their own words:

We specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror / Gothic-themed scents.

To give you an idea of the whimsical potions they produce, we’ll be featuring a different (and especially geeky) product each day this week. [Read more…]

Screen Free Week: The Wrong Conversation

My son plays one of his favorite puzzle games. Photo: Amy Kraft

My son plays one of his favorite puzzle games. Photo: Amy Kraft

As someone who makes games for kids to play on screens, I’m not a fan of the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Screen-Free Week, which begins today. I’m all for kids getting more unstructured play, more time outdoors, more time reading, and other good stuff, but the label “Screen-Free Week” forces the wrong conversation that lasts all year long.

The Center for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) has found receptive ears here in New York City and elsewhere. I know many parents who have thrown out their TVs and heavily restrict other screens in the house. I’m on the tech committee at my daughter’s elementary school, and there are parents who are outraged at having computers in the classroom. Computers! Just wait until we can afford iPads! The parent association and the principal enlisted me to talk to other parents to try to change some hearts and minds. [Read more…]

My Secret YouTube Affair

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Dear broadcast television,

I am sorry; I have been cheating on you. I do have my favorite parts of you – Arrow, Castle, and Grimm – but it’s just not enough anymore. Even though you have broadened your horizons and experimented with giving me most of what I want when I want it on the internet through Hulu and Netflix,  I’m really sorry to say, I need something different. YouTube has given me content that you somehow neglect to feel is important.  I crave someone taking me seriously as an observer and not just someone acting to a camera. These are the shows that have given me what I need: [Read more…]

GeekMom Puzzle of the Week – #46

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Welcome to the Geek Mom puzzle of the week!

Each Sunday, a new quiz will be posted and you will have until 11:59 pm GMT the following Friday to submit your answer. The kind folks over at ThinkGeek will be providing a $50 gift certificate for each week’s winner. In order to be in with a chance of winning, you simply need to send your puzzle answer to the email address below. The winner will be chosen at random from all correct answers.

We’ll announce the winner’s name on Saturday, along with the solution to the previous week’s puzzle. Then we’ll start the process all over again the next day. Sound like a good thing? Then let’s get right on with this week’s puzzle. [Read more…]

GeekMom Puzzle of the Week #45 – Solution and Winner

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As usual on Saturdays I get to announce our Puzzle of The Week winner who was selected at random from all the correct entries. Many congratulations to:

Amy Kendall

Here is last week’s puzzle.

Puzzle 45

 So the solution we needed was:

  • Finn (McMissile from Cars 2)
  • Knee
  • Ass
  • Sand
  • Furby (minus “e” sound)

= Phineas and Ferb

Look out for a new puzzle starting tomorrow.

The Cliffs of Insanity: Mommy Bloggers

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So are GeekMoms “mommy bloggers?” Can’t speak for them but I won’t reject the title.

This week’s adventures climbing the cliffs of insanity include a rumination what being a “mommy blogger” means, a great article on why the new Wonder Woman series is disappointing one female comic reader, and a link to a continuing celebration of the 75th anniversary of Lois Lane, and where you can find me as Wonder Woman. Live and in person, even.

When I was doing the Geeky Jules radio show last Friday night, I was asked a question that I’ve been pondering ever since. Jules asked what I thought of GeekMom being called a “mommy blog,” as that term is a pejorative to some.

The term “mommy blogger” seems inherently somewhat dismissive because it’s not “mom blogger” or even “parenting blogger.” It uses the least formal parenting name for mothers. Plus, I’m immediately suspicious of those making judgments about the worth of something that’s inherently female.

In other words, if you call me  “mommy blogger,” my initial reaction is to pick that label, wear it with pride, and say “and your point would be?,” just as I did years ago with the term “bitch.” (Yes, I actually possess a baseball cap with the word “Bitch” on it.) [Read more…]

This Week With the GeekMoms

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On April 23, Jules Sherred’s future father-in-law, former Congressman Bob Edgar, died suddenly. Jules has flown down from British Columbia to Virginia to attend the funeral and spend time this week with family.

Last Friday, GeekMom editor Corrina Lawson joined Jules on the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show. The conversation is now available for download.

Mandy is looking forward to spending some time with family. Her in-laws are coming down to NC to help her husband’s aunt move.

Dakster Sullivan is trying hard to contain her excitement for Free Comic Book Day next week. To let some of that energy out, her family plans on hitting up a theme park this weekend and maybe pick up a comic book or two. She’s not a big thrill rider, but she loves walking around and looking at the sites inside the parks.

Brigid is looking forward to a short trip home this weekend to Maryland to visit with her mother and to see the Pre-Raphaelite art exhibit in D.C.

Even though her family is diligently trying to eat a healthier diet, Kris Bordessa couldn’t help herself. She ordered a copy of Casey Barber’s Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. It was all downhill from there. So far, the hands down favorite: Homemade BBQ potato chips. In other less-fattening news, she’s joined forces with a number of authors and creators for the Great Mother’s Day Giveaway. Stop by and enter to win prizes for yourself or your mom!

The 20th Anniversary Of Take Our Daughters & Sons To Work Day

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Kids @ work. (Image: RichardBH flickr photostream)

Today is the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day. It’s a hit with kids. Last year 37 million people participated.

I never got to spend time with either of my parents at their workplaces. My father taught elementary school. At home I saw him grade papers, plan lessons, and agonize over writing sufficiently positive report card comments. Once a year I got to go to the fun fair held at his school where I felt like a minor celebrity as his students gawked at me. My mother was a registered nurse. She didn’t talk much about her work but I did look through her nursing journals, notable for gruesome photos of wounds and diseases in full color. Maybe the distance from my parents’ workplaces is one reason why I’m so adamant that kids need more exposure to the working community.

I asked my fellow GeekMoms about experiences they had at their parents’ workplaces as well as how much their own kids have been exposed to the work-a-day world. [Read more…]

When Do You Stop Reading a Blog?

Screenshot - not an entirely true representation of my reading habits

Screenshot – not an entirely true representation of my reading habits as this is an ill used feed.

Shortly after my son was born in 2009, I was introduced to the world of blogging. The time swallowing, opinionated, photo heavy world of blogging. I’m not talking about blogging like we do at GeekMom, or blogging like Jenny Lawson or Wil Wheaton.

I’m talking about the family oriented blog, the no-longer-confined-to-mommy mommy blog, the craft blog.

I’m going to preface this by saying I do not judge what you choose to blog, I’m just judging what I choose to read! I have been following the exploits of one unnamed family for a while, I have even followed one of her “haters” because I find the sarcastic retorts hilarious. As with most things in my life, I take what I find useful, endearing, or entertaining and disregard the rest. All I see is a snapshot of a life, I know I’m not getting the full picture. I know it’s not important that I agree with everything.

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Stop the Madness — Star Wars Skin Costumes

"Sexy" Star Was Costumes \ Image: Costume Craze

“Sexy” Star Was Costumes \ Image: Costume Craze

Costume Craze has recently unveiled their latest in Star Wars costuming. Currently, I’m at a loss for words on how to describe both the “sexy” women’s line and the men’s skin line.

Currently, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and Darth Maul are available choices for the men on Costume Craze’s website. The “sexy” (I use that term very loosely) women’s line includes Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett and Rebel Pilot. Each of the costumes is available for a “steal” of $64 each.

Star Wars isn’t the only movie getting this horrifying costume treatment. [Read more…]

GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — April 24th, 2013

The Flash: Rebirth \ Image: DC Comics

The Flash: Rebirth \ Image: DC Comics

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.

Dakster Sullivan — The Flash– Rebirth (written by Geoff Johns, art by Ethan Van Sciver)
This past Sunday, I finally took a moment to read my little brother’s The Flash: Rebirth comic books he loaned me a few weeks ago. The Flash is one of my favorite characters, but I don’t know too much about him.

From past talks with a few comic book veterans, I learned that Barry Allen is the Flash before Wally West. I’m most familiar with Wally because of Justice League: The Animated Series. I also learned that Barry was sucked into the speed force a while back. This story picks up with Barry finding his way out of the speed force and how he deals with life after the fact.

A major part of Barry’s inability to adjust to being out of the speed force is due to the Reverse Flash screwing around with him. We get to see how long the Reverse Flash has been playing a part in Flash’s life, without Barry’s knowledge. [Read more…]

Chop Chop – A Fun Cooking Magazine For Families

 

Photo: Chop Chop Magazine
Photo: Chop Chop Magazine

 Back in the day, when there was no internet to distract and encourage a mom who might happen to be spending her days surrounded by four little ones, we had to rely on magazines to keep us connected.  It was a glorious day when a fresh copy of Parents or Parenting arrived in my mailbox. One of the first things I did was turn to the food section and tear out the kid friendly recipe of the month. After trying it out a few times it was neatly filed in my little home office, right next to files containing car paperwork and bank statements.

But it’s a new age for mamas and the hungry little ones who live in their houses. Now we have the internet. There are recipe sites by the thousands. There are parenting sites by the millions. But one of the most exciting resources I’ve found lately, that brings it all together beautifully, is a bright little magazine called Chop Chop. [Read more…]