January 23, 2018 • Fiction, Geek
We love bookworms.
They’re an interesting breed, though. The true bookworm is rarely out in public, preferring to remain somewhere warm and close to an endless supply of tea and new reading material. They can be quiet creatures, and if left alone, will usually either find a book or pull a book out of their bag, because they are always carrying one. They are on Snapchat less than Goodreads, and care about cover art more than beauty products. They are strange, but brilliant, living a thousand lives inside their heads, traveling the world from the safety of their comfy chair. It shows, too. If you are lucky enough to have a bookworm in your life, you will know that they have an encyclopedic knowledge of strange and varied subjects, thanks to a novel they read where a character was into that kind of thing. They will be open minded and careful thinkers, likely to sprinkle their speech with beautiful and intricate phrases. And oh, you have not lived until you have heard a bookworm’s flowery-but-brutal insults when someone interrupts them reading.
Yes, we love bookworms, but it can be difficult to know just how to compliment these bookish people in a way that will truly convey just how special the are to us. Luckily, we’re here to help, with some perfect compliments for the bookish people you love.
January 19, 2018 • Fiction, Geek, Movies & Film
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…Edgar Allan Poe was born. On January 19, 1803, if we’re being precise. And even though he only lived to be 40 years old, he left behind a lifetime of Gothic short stories, poetry, and essays. Even longer ago, Poe Dameron was born to defeat the First Order. He’s a fierce X-Wing fighter with a soft spot for droids. Two very different men, both named Poe. To celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday and the release of The Last Jedi – no spoilers, we promise – we’ve concocted a quiz that would make both Poes proud.
January 9, 2018 • Geek, Movies & Film, Television
Today, we raise a glass to the younger brothers in pop culture. The overlooked second children. The “aren’t you related to _____?” of the world. They’ve been compared to their siblings their entire lives and there’s nothing we can do about that. Except celebrate them.
January 4, 2018 • Geek, Television
2017 has come to an end, and with it, our hopes for checking off the last few New Year’s Resolutions still hanging around from last January. Hopefully you managed to hit most of your big ones – finding a job, perhaps, or keeping in better touch with long-distance friends, or eating more salad – but there are always those little add-on resolutions that seem to slip through the cracks, the ones we think that surely we will get to sometime during the year, but never feel like quite a high enough priority to actually sit down and do.
Like finally binge-watching Supernatural.
Look, if you are one of those people who started watching Supernatural early in its run and have been keeping up ever since, good for you. But for those who were late to the party, thirteen seasons (and counting) is a tall order. That’s 287 episodes of television. You know what you could accomplish in the amount of time it takes to watch 287 episodes?*
You could complete a training program for a full marathon. Twice.**
You could watch the Lord of the Rings extended editions 18 times, with time for bathroom breaks.
You could write a rough draft of a novel.***
You could walk from New York City to Detroit.
Basically, picking up Supernatural now is not just a matter of curiosity; it’s a long-term commitment, like a middle school romance.**** So it’s understandable if you’ve decided that, at this point, no matter how great your friends say it is, the Supernatural ship has sailed. It’s too daunting. Maybe one day if you are ever recuperating from a severe illness, or are put under house arrest, you might give it a go. But as it is, you know better than to put that show on your list of New Year’s Resolutions again. You’ve learned your lesson. Fool you once, CW.*****
Then again, maybe you’ll give it a whirl anyway. Who knows, 2018 may just be a year where you want to hermit away for a few weeks and power through 210 hours of epic battles between good and evil. No judgement. Sometimes building a blanket fort in your living room and watching a full season of television in one sitting really is the best and most logical option.
Here are a few other shows that you’ve heard were good, and you were thinking about watching sometime this year…if you can just find the time.
* or 210.5 hours, assuming an average of 44 minutes per episode
** It takes about 88 hours of activity to train for a full marathon, assuming around a 10-minute-per-mile pace – although you could run at a slower pace and still be able to complete the training program twice in under 210 hours.
*** writing 3.5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 months, assuming you are a person who can draft a novel on that sort of schedule. If you aren’t, no shame.
**** 8.77 days, which… actually, that might be aiming a bit high for a middle school romance.
***** Supernatural has actually been around for so long that it started on The WB, not The CW.
January 3, 2018 • Comics, Crafting, Geek
New Year, New Bookshelf! As far as resolutions go, promising to get those piles and piles of comics organized and looking beautiful is a great one: it’s achievable, cheap, simple, and has an instant payoff. Just looking at shelves of beautiful comics, knowing that all of your favorites are at your fingertips…that’s a warm glow to keep you going in a cold January.
The question is not whether to organize your comic collection—it’s how to do it. Especially for new collectors, the options seem endless. How to keep all those comics in a way that is beautiful, useful, and makes sure that they stay in good condition, just in case they’re worth money one day. If you’re looking at how to organize your growing comic collection this year, we’ve got all your questions answered right here. Happy sorting!