The Self-Sabotage of Nerd Culture

There once was a time where being the shy, quiet nerd was niche. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the school library during my final year of high school with people I didn’t especially consider my friends, they were just classmates. People to pass time with. We didn’t have much in common. I looked across at the cool kids, all classic beauty, confidence, both admirable athletic and academic ability. I didn’t quite see myself with them either. I … Read More

Growing into Geekery + The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

  [NOTE: Want an audio version of this post? Scroll down to the bottom of this page.] This past Sunday I sat in the shopping concourse of a hospital with a grande-soy-latte-extra-hot, a Starbucks Rise & Shine muffin and a copy of the latest shiny issue of SciFi Now magazine. I wasn’t visiting anyone or attending an appointment of my own, I just like it there on a Sunday. No, it doesn’t have that antiseptic hospital smell that creeps everyone … Read More

Arcade Block Unboxing May 2015

It’s time for another Arcade Block unboxing. This May box will be last, at least for a while, as I explore the new Comic Block coming very soon. I apologise for my dreadful dancing and rapping during this video, but if it gives you a laugh I will have served a purpose for the day. There are photos of all the items below, should you need them.  

Arcade Block Unboxing April 2015

This wasn’t my most favourite of the Arcade Blocks, but I did my best to look for the positives. I also spent quite a bit of time chatting about the gaming community and how a subscription box that pleases everyone is always going to be a tricky task. There are some photos of each item below the video if you want a closer look. If, as I mentioned in the video, you missed the Marvel Collector Corps unboxing video and … Read More

The Fictional Men, Boys & Foxes I’ve Loved + The Joy of Crushing on Fictional People

A little over a week ago I turned a page in volume two of the Sex Criminals comic and mentally remarked to myself, “Aww, I love Jonathan’s big, squishy nose. It’s so cute. He’s so cute.” There were heart-eyes all round before it struck me that Jon was a character created from the mind of Matt Fraction, with the nose I found so attractive drawn by the hand of Chip Zdarsky. It had been a while since I’d crushed on … Read More

Guide to Playing Video Games with a Vestibular Disorder (or if they just make you really dizzy)

When I first developed a vestibular disorder almost five years ago, I had to grudgingly give up a lot of stuff: alcohol, the gym, walking unaided, international travel, well, at least at the beginning any kind of travel, self-confidence, some days even the ability to speak and think clearly. The list goes on but I don’t want to bum you out with a glossy invitation to my pity-party. And actually, I’ve worked my socks off trying to recoup as many … Read More

What to watch this weekend

AT THE CINEMA Given the astonishing success of Frozen, you could possibly understand if Disney’s next blockbuster was crammed full of equally infectious melodies and hooks, but Big Hero 6 carries itself without any musical help. Based on the Marvel comics series of the same name, Big Hero 6 does actually borrow something from its chilly predecessor: it’s about loss, family, friendship and sacrificing things for the people we love. But best of all, the film manages to do it … Read More

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