Saturday, January 31, 2015

#Fandom5: Favorite Geeky Accessories, January 30th, 2015

Fandom5 topic:
My Favorite Geeky Accessories & Clothes

I own many more geeky t-shirts/clothes than I do accessories, so I'm going to have to expand this topic to include all my geeky clothes - otherwise I'll only have three things to write about - my Portal earrings, my robot necklaces, and my... um... wow, I really don't have many geeky accessories!  To the mall!!!  To buy all the things!

1. Space and Time T-shirt, Threadless
I love this shirt because it looks like it references Doctor Who, but it isn't actually a Doctor Who shirt.  I mean, it says Space & Time across the top, and that thing looks like the TARDIS, and the guy totally looks like a mishmash of the 5th and 7th Doctors.  I can't tell you how many times I've been stopped by other Whovians who wanted a closer look, and then we geek out together when I ask them if they thought it was Doctor Who.

source: Threadless

2.  Portal Earrings
I love my Portal earrings!  I bought them on Etsy from seller SVCharms. Unfortunately it looks like they don't make them anymore.  They were a little bigger than I was expecting, and I used to have long hair that got tangled in the figure, so I don't wear them as often as I'd like.  But last year for SDCC I put together an outfit to go with them, and wore it to the Gaslamp on Preview Night - gray skirt with orange and blue embroidery, and layered orange and blue tank tops.

3.  Battlestar Galactica Sweater
In 2010 I bought a moto-sweater at Eddie Bauer.  As I was walking past the shop I spotted it and freaked out because the cut and color reminded me of the dress uniforms on Battlestar Galactica.  Starbuck is one of my all-time favorite characters, and I feel pretty badass when I wear it.

4.  Robot Necklaces
I bought the pink one for myself in the Rose Center for Earth and Space gift shop at the American Natural History Museum, right next to the awesome exhibit on the Big Bang.  It's cute and girly, and I love that because how many times were we told as little girls that robots were for boys?  I wear this one with t-shirts and casual outfits.

I made the bronze one from a keychain I bought on eBay for $2 and a length of jewelry chain from JoAnns.  When I made him, you could buy necklaces like it on ModCloth for $25 - but mine cost $6 for supplies (and he's cuter).  I wear this one when I want a quirky necklace, but need to look semi-professional (for an academic) or somewhat dressed up.

5.  Heart of the Ocean Necklace
I had to include this because it was my first brush with rabid fandom and it makes me laugh whenever I think about it.  I was 12 when Titanic was released, and my mom let me go with my cousin to see it, even though it was rated *gasp!* PG-13!!!

I became obsessed, probably in part because all the other girls I knew were obsessed and I finally had something in common with them (middle school was a very rough time for me, like it is for a lot of kids).  For the first time in two years, I had friends and someone to sit with at lunch!

But unlike the girls I was friends with, who just had crushes on Leonardo DiCaprio and soon moved on to whatever came next, I took my fandom one step further and started buying all sorts of history books about the Titanic, its history and discovery, and the making of the movie.  I even went to see Robert Ballard give a talk at the local university.  The nerd was strong with me that year.

A local jeweler started making these necklaces with matching earrings in spring 1998, right around my birthday, and my mom bought a set for me.  I still have it, though I haven't worn it since middle school - where I wore it every. single. day.  I'm pretty sure it's in my 8th grade class photo...

So even though I sure don't wear this anymore, it gets a place of honor in my jewelry box well, it usually is there, but I couldn't find it for a pic.  I have a vague memory of teasing my sister about wearing it to her wedding...?  The dresses were blue, so maybe I took it out then and forgot to put it back.

What are your favorite geeky accessories?  What do you like to pair them with?  Do you buy accessories at Cons or from Etsy or...?

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Friday, January 30, 2015

What I've Been Up To...

Hi everybody!

It's been about two weeks since my last post.  I am alive and well, but I just started a new job and am working hard on my dissertation.  I haven't yet figured out how to work blogging into this schedule, since I'm waking up much earlier than I was previously, going to bed much earlier, and haven't had a real day off in almost two weeks!  But that will be this weekend's project, to figure out when I'll keep up with The Nerd Cave and what kind of content I should include.

So... What kind of content should I include?  Suggestions?

I have a few posts planned, like more Loot Crate reviews, a post about my Hot Toys Black Widow figure (she's sitting on a UPS truck RIGHT NOW!!! Ahhhhhh!!!), Comic Con preparations, and cosplay updates.  And, of course, I will continue participating in #Fandom5.

Friday, January 16, 2015

#Fandom5: Conventions, January 16th, 2015

Fandom5 topic:
Conventions I've Been To -or- Want To Attend! 

I've been to plenty of archaeology conventions/conferences/symposiums, but only a few hobby based conventions.  But there are many that I would love to attend, and they are all over the US.

I enjoy sitting in on panels and learning something, either about a new book/movie/game or a part of an industry that is new to me.  I also like shopping, but really I just like seeing all the cool stuff for sale - I don't get too sad if I can't buy something or miss an exclusive.  And parties... oh man, I love to dance!

1.  San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA
The Big One.  I went in 2014, and I'm going back this year!  It was a blast - there is so much to do and see, and so many great people to interact with!  I really can't wait.

2.  DragonCon, Atlanta, GA
I would love to attend this convention - this is a big cosplay convention, and I want to see it in person!  For now, I will enjoy other people's photos and creativity.

3.  TeslaCon, Milwaukee, WI
This would be a blast to attend!  It's a steampunk convention - people get into character, the main hotel gets decorated, and there's a theme each year (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, To the Moon, etc).  I have a group of friends that goes each year, and I would love to join them!

4.  A comic convention in Ohio
I have friends all over that state, and my sister lives in central Ohio now, so I'd like to take her to a convention there.  But I'm wondering if Wizard World Ohio is really worth the $30/day price tag... some of the smaller cons have great reputations along the local comic stores.

5.  New York Comic Con, New York City
I've never been, but it's only a few hours on the train to NYC from here.  It's funny that I've traveled all the way to California for a big con, but never been to the largest in my own state!

6.  Star Wars Celebration, 2015 location is Anaheim, CA
It's a Con all about Star Wars!!!!  I love Star Wars!!!  STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you prefer big cons or local cons?  Comic conventions, or another kind?  What do you like to do there - shop?  Sit in on panels?  Go to parties?  Meet celebrities?

To learn more about 5 Fandom Fridays, check out The Nerdy Girlie's blog or Super Space Chick's blog!  January prompts are posted on their blogs (TheNerdyGirlie and SuperSpaceChick).

Friday, January 9, 2015

#Fandom5: What I Like About Winter, January 9th, 2015

This week's Fandom5 topic: My Favorite Things About Winter!

Honestly, I hate winter.  It's probably my least favorite season.  It's cold and wet.  The snow and salt ruin your shoes.  You have to shovel and clean off the car to go do anything at all.  I have stayed at home and blown off appointments because I couldn't be bothered to clean off the car.  None of the neighbors shovel their sidewalks, so walking the dog becomes risky when the snow gets packed down and turns to ice.  The ones that do shovel use chemical deicers, which are bad for puppy feet.  It gets dark super early, my circadian rhythm gets all kinds of messed up, my vitamin D takes a nose dive, and seasonal depression sets in.

tl;dr: Winter sucks.

I'm struggling to think of what I do like about the winter... most of these things apply to autumn (the best season) and aren't exclusive to winter, but here goes nothing.

1.  Warm Clothes
I love hoodies and fuzzy socks and scarves and flannel PJs.  I'm also a freak who overheats easily, and I keep the thermostat at 58-60F at home.  I prefer to bundle up if I get chilly, but I pretty much live in a hoodie and pajama pants between October and April.

2.  The Food/Drinks
Thick stews.  Pot pies.  Mac & cheese.  Grilled cheese and soup.  Warm bread fresh from the oven.  Hot cocoa.  Tea.  Coffee with peppermint schnapps.  Mulled wine.  Buttered rum.  Hot toddies.  Om nom nom.

3.  I don't have to shave my legs
Nuff said.

4.  The Entertainment
When I lived in southern Ohio, where it always ices but doesn't always snow much, my apartment had a balcony overlooking a short dead-end street that ran up a hill.  I would sit in my apartment with a glass of wine and watch the neighbors try to drive/push their cars up the iced-over street.  This happened every year.  Schadenfreude.

(This was the same apartment where I witnessed someone pull a gun during a house party, along with a wealth of baby mama drama, and the neighbors invited my friend to come into their living room and do cocaine. Don't trash the Nati, let the Nati trash you, as they say.)

5.  Playing in the snow with my dog
When you live somewhere that regularly sees 100+ annual inches of snow (usually 150+), it gets old real fast.  I hate shoveling, it makes driving difficult, and after months of nothing but white everywhere, the world just looks so bland.  Snow is only fun until about mid-January, and then we just wish spring would hurry up and arrive.

But I love playing in the snow with my dog, Stormageddon.  I kick it up with my feet and he runs around, leaping through the drifts, trying to catch the flakes in his mouth, playing fetch with snowballs.  He is the only reason I like snow.

Now that this is done, I'm going to make some tea and snuggle my puppy!
What do you like about winter?  Do you live somewhere snowy?  Warm and sunny?

To learn more about 5 Fandom Fridays, check out The Nerdy Girlie's blog or Super Space Chick's blog!  January prompts are posted on their blogs (TheNerdyGirlie and SuperSpaceChick).

Friday, January 2, 2015

#Fandom5: Fandom Resolutions, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!!!  First Fandom5 of the year!  What did y'all do for New Year's?  Any parties?  We stayed in, ate a bunch, and played board games and video games.

Since it's New Year, this week's Fandom5 is about resolutions - last week was blogging resolutions, this week is Fandom Resolutions!

I think that just like regular resolutions, these would be something to achieve or enhance your experience of your fandoms and hobbies.

There are some fandom related things I'm going to obviously finish or achieve - like finishing my cosplay for SDCC 2015 - and there are things I occasionally think of that I would like to do, but never seem to get around to.  I'm focusing this list on the latter, since maybe it will help me do them!

My 2015 Fandom Resolutions are...

1.  I think it's well-established that I love Star Wars.  So one resolution I am making is that I will do everything within my power to get into Hall H at SDCC to see the Star Wars Episode VII panel if there is one.  Oh, please let there be one... My sister even made me a Star Wars themed Hall H survival kit as a Christmas present!  Blanket, pillow, and charger for my iPhone while I sleep on the (hopefully) grass!

2.  Read all my comic books.  I have a LOT of comics, and most of them are unread because there are only so many hours in the day and I already spend a lot of them reading for work.  I've read about half of what is pictured below, and I received four more TPBs for Christmas!

This isn't even all of them...

Related to #2 -

3.  Stop buying single issues and wait for trade paperbacks!!!
I prefer TPBs; they're easier to store, easier to read because I don't have to worry about ruining them, and no waiting every 25-30 pages for the story to continue.  I fell into the habit of buying single issues for some stories recently, and I should have just waited for the TPBs.

It's like they're laughing at me... Shut up, Wyvern Hatchling and Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin! I don't need your ridicule!

4.  Organize the Nerd Cave: sell off unnecessary junk, display what I want to keep, and be more discerning about what I purchase.  I have so much stuff - I want to buy less and only buy things I reeeeeeeeeeally like.  And build more shelves to display all my cool stuff!  This is hard, because half of the room is my "office" - bookshelves with academic books and dissertation notes, my writing desk, piles of library books... while the other half is the Nerd Cave, with my gaming computer and collectibles.

5.  Play through my library of video games.  I have so many for the PS3 and my PC that I have never even opened!  Or are sitting half-finished!  I'm not too bad about buying a bunch (oooh Steam sales) but I do pick up 2-3 each year that I never play, and they have started to pile up.  So this year, I will finish Assassin's Creed, Lollipop Chainsaw, Bioshock 1/2/3, KOTOR, FFVII, Dragon Age, Skyrim... it's just so easy to log onto one of my MMOs and then I spend my gaming hours playing those instead.

At least I *opened* Dungeons of Dredmor, once... that counts, right? And, like half these games were in a Humble Bundle, you can't expect me to play those before ones I specifically selected to buy, right?  Right???

And I just thought of a 6th resolution I would like to make...

6.  This is the year I want to find a tabletop gaming group to play RPGs with.  I played D&D at Comic Con last year and loved it, so I want to find a group to play D&D or Pathfinder or another table top RPG with.  Hopefully a mixed-gender group... I was the only girl at the table at Comic Con, and while the guys were all really nice, I need to make more local geek girl friends!

What are your fandom resolutions for this year?  Anything you want to achieve?  Fix?  Purchase?  Cosplay as?  A con you are going to try to go to?  A new fandom you want to learn about?

To learn more about 5 Fandom Fridays, check out The Nerdy Girlie's blog or Super Space Chick's blog!  January prompts are posted on their blogs (TheNerdyGirlie and SuperSpaceChick).