Monthly Archives: August 2010

12 Reasons Guys Think Geek Chicks Are Hot

 Perhaps I’m biased – after all, I have a drawer full of sonic screwdrivers and lipsticks, and can name a superhero or two for every letter of the alphabet. In my almost non-existent off-time, my husband and I have debates about the more obtuse points of the comic world (who would win in a […]

By |August 16th, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|

Review – Gaming Paper

      While looking for a replacement battle mat for our weekly D&D games, I stumbled across Gaming Paper.  I’m always intrigued in anything thrifty or frugal, but this seemed too good to be true!  A low cost alternative on which I can create custom terrain?  Wow!  The arts and crafts side of me struggled with the logical side of me and curiosity won out.       I was quick to email the folks over at Gaming Paper and request a roll to evaluate.  (They kindly sent me 4 rolls- but we’ll get to that at the very end.)  Here are the facts about Gaming Paper, as put forth by the creators: “Gaming Paper is the latest innovation in roleplaying and miniatures accessories and is a low-cost alternative to expensive battlemaps and tile sets. It’s an inexpensive, reusable and disposable product for gamers. Gaming Paper is sold in convenient rolls that are 30 inches wide and 12’ long, for 30 square feet of playing surface. At only $4/roll, it is a fraction of the cost of other gaming mats on the market. Not only is it usable for miniatures games, but it is also ideal for roleplaying games. Anyone can use pens, markers, or other simple writing implements to create detailed terrain for campaigns or miniatures battles.” To give you a visual, here’s a photo of the paper compared to the more expensive mat:  The bottom layer is my mat, the shiny layer the gaming paper.        The company actually created their own YouTube channel to show many demos of what is possible with Gaming Paper.   Also, it’s worth noting that the product is up for “Ennie Awards” in two categories: “Best Aid or Accessory” and “Best Miniatures Product”.   Now, about my experiences with the product: I tested a roll of both 1-inch squares and a roll of 1-inch hex grid.  I subjected it to many tests- cutting, writing utensils, spills,  small children…  Here are the findings:  […]

By |August 13th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Shoutout: Courtney Stoker of ‘From Austin To A&M’

 I’ve been following Courtney Stoker for a while now, and not just because she had the good taste to link to me.  She’s of one of my favorite schools of fandom: the one that believes that the text must and should be deconstructed not just for plot, themes, characterization, etc., but also as a reflection of the culture in which it was made.  It was partially reading her uncompromising stuff that gave me the courage to ask the Being Human panel at Comic-Con about the veiled sexism in season 2. (After the jump, for those interested.  Also, semi-spoilery for BH season 2–discussion of themes but no major plot points.)  Anyway.  She’s been interviewed by a paper called the Washington City Paper, on the surprisingly fractious intersections between feminism and geek culture.  Read it here.  […]

By |August 11th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Damsel In Distress? Like Hell!

   This has mystified me since I reached an age where chivalry and bravado and coming to the rescue as a romantic gesture began to make a little sense. For some reason beyond my ken, I inspire feelings of protectiveness and downright knightly behavior on the part of the men who come into my life. […]

By |August 5th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Jesse’s Angry “You Steal Ideas?!”

 This past week I joined the Twitter #writechat and #storycraft weighed in my two cents. It was great, I met some cool people got a lot of my comments retweeted. But, one comment I made to the #storycraft got someone’s attention, this tweet name will remain in the dark. Here was the tweet I made: “Never […]

By |August 4th, 2010|MyBlog|4 Comments|

Comic-Con!

 Apparently there was some kind of convention in San Diego recently.  Does anyone know anything about this? No, just kidding.  I and 125,999 of my closest friends hit the ol’ Sandy Eggo for some fun far away from the sun. […]

By |August 3rd, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|

…..okay, Predators?

 I took my nephew to see the film.  Nevermind that parents have apparently created such a stir that twenty-five-year-old aunts can no longer take their fourteeen-year-old nephews to see R-rated movies.  That’s another rant for another piece.  But oh, what a piece I want it to be.   I saw the original Predator.  I heard the sequels weren’t worth the air I’d expend to watch them, so I have not seen those.  And I will say this……WTF, VENOM-WANNABE-DUDE.  You sucked before. Prize line:  Wannabe-Venom:  “Yeah…….five o’clock….bitch….raping time.”  You’ll know it if you see it.   THAR BE SPOILERS!  […]

By |August 2nd, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|