Archives for Year: 2015

George Lucas still can’t let Star Wars go. (Creator woes)

When it was announced that Disney was buying Lucasfilm (and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises), I wondered how Lucas was going to handle it. This is, after all, the man who was so incapable of letting go of his creations that he continued to tweak them with every re-release. George Lucas gave an interview that essentially said The Force Awakens wasn’t the direction he would have gone, that they based it on the original trilogy which “had issues.” That he tried to make each movie cover new territory (though it seemed more like he meant this literally, not…

Gifts for the Tech Lover / Con Goer

In Part 2 of Whitney’s first year doing gift guides, I thought I’d lay out some of my favorite gadgets for tech on the go. I might not be a tech guru (I prefer the term aficionado), but I do carry my phone with me at all times, and find myself needing to keep my phone on at all times while being far away from outlet space. And if I can make my phone last a full day at a comic con (while posting pictures), at least I can help you with that. Power banks Power banks make great stocking…

Gifts for the Athletic Person in your life

I’m going to try to give you some interesting gifts for this Christmas, even if one of them is a Kickstarter. Things you might not find on every holiday gift guide. (But considering it’s the second Kickstarter for this brand, and they were the #1 selling dress on Kickstarter…. it’s a lock) The Undress v2 The first version of the Undress was a successful Kickstarter campaign right off the bat. The idea is that it’s a dress you can pack, so that you can change out of your exercise clothes, where ever you are. Like I said, I backed the…

Facebook’s On This Day. How to Protect Your Sanity.

Yesterday, I blogged about Facebook’s On This Day showing me posts from the day I learned a dear friend died. And I realized, with the amount we share- most of us likely have days that we’d rather not relieve. Deaths of friends, Anniversaries with Exes. People who turned your life upside down. Thankfully, there’s a way to avoid what happened to me. Log in to Facebook on your computer (you can’t do this on your phone, sadly), and from your notifications pick out your On This Day reminder. Just under the banner, you’ll see a settings wheel on a button…

Blindsided by grief. Thanks Facebook.

I’ve written a lot about grief- dealing with the sudden death of my best friend Jerad. (Technically, he was my Rejershnivit – we made up a word because it was impossible to pin down what we were to each other. Platonic soulmates is close) I have a habit in the morning. A routine, to be precise. I go through my email to delete the junk and flag important things to look at. Then I open my Facebook app to see what I’ve posted in years past. It helps me wake up, considering I’m not a morning person. The On This…

Trailer: Batman vs Superman

I’m in Las Vegas. There’s been a lot going on, and I’ve started and scrapped three drafts of a post about the shooting in San Bernardino. (I can sum up my reaction in two sentences, it seems. Thoughts and prayers have done nothing to stop mass shootings, which are tragic and should not happen with the frequency they are. This is the time to call your senators and congresspeople to ask them for action.) Now that I’ve said that, I’m offering something a little lighter… the trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice I admit, I’ve never been enthusiastic…

The Civil War trailer is here!

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, the Captain America: Civil War premiered during Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Who’s side are you on? And what do you hope makes it into the movie? (I hope that we get the moment where Bucky punches Iron Man in the crotch. It’s long been one of my favorite panels. Just because) Captain America: Civil War comes out in theaters May 6, 2016.

Review: The Good Dinosaur

I was fortunate enough to get to see an advanced screening of Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and I wanted to get this review up in time for you to decide whether or not it’s right for your family. As someone who writes Alternate Universe fanfics, I ask myself a lot of questions that start with “What if”? As a mom, I get asked a lot of questions that start with those words two. In the Good Dinosaur, Pixar asks What if the asteroid that led to the destruction of dinosaurs never hit Earth? What would the world be like later…

It’s DONE.

When I first attempted NaBloPoMo – I mentioned that our kitchen had been undergoing a renovation. And… it’s finished! While most of the work had been done when I took the picture below, we were waiting on the electrician to come up and finish a few things. So this is our kitchen. They ripped out everything to the walls, moved outlets, ripped up the floors and repainted. (Not to mention we had to move everything from the attic so that they could reach the wiring in the ceiling) While the dimensions of the kitchen didn’t change, there’s so much more…

Tumblr: Goodbye Replies and Hello Messaging.

I have long been a fan of Tumblr. While it’s hard to describe, it’s a very visual way of communicating. And it’s fun, most of the time. Now that Tumblr has been acquired by Yahoo, they’ve slowly been migrating towards a more homogenous social media experience. Which means what? It’s acting a lot more like Facebook, and less like it used to be. Goodbye replies. Tumblr used to have a little chat bubble at the bottom of text posts, where users could reply to posts. They would show up in the notification stream. And with handy plugins like xkit, they…