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Girl Power!

Happy International Women’s Day, especially to all the girl gamers out there breaking the stereotype of gamers all being boy geeks.

The History of Thanksgiving (For Reals)

With the coming holiday, I think it’s important to know the true story of just what we’re actually celebrating.  As such, I give you…

The First Thanksgiving Part 1: A Lesson in Sticks and Violence
(originally written for 11/2010)

A lot of people in this country have forgotten the truth behind the great American holiday of Thanksgiving.  Most people are still attached to the mythology they were taught in elementary school where a bunch of people dressed in big black hats and shiny buckles arrived in the New World with Chris Columbus in 1812.  Folks like to remember the idea that the Puritans had fled England due to fights other Puritans to make their way in the wilds of coastal Virginia, Delaware, and Kentucky.  They remember how the colonists were starving during their first winter and their dirt houses were a mess, but fortunately encountered some Indians.  After killing the Indians and taking their stuff, the Puritans gave Thanks to Puritan Jesus for helping them kill the Indians and get corn on the cob.  This is what we were taught in school… but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here’s what really happened.  Ladies and Gentlemen… (drum roll)  I give you… the First Thanksgiving.


The Firefly World According to Kaylee

Monty & Jewel Staite

Monty & Jewel Staite


OK, with that out of the way… here we go.

At Awesome Con 2014, I had the wonderful fortune to chat with Jewel Staite AKA Kaylee from Firefly/Serenity.  I would like to pretend that when I talked to her I was calm cool and collected, but I’m pretty sure I was a full on spaz.  Regardless, she was very sweet.

The first thing I noticed about her was her height.  I had no idea how tall she was, but never imagined her at 5’10.  She wasn’t.  She pointed out her 5 inch heels when I made a comment like, “Wow. Tall.” or something equally unimpressive.  She doesn’t look as much like Kaylee these days as I thought.  Apparently they made her put on about 25 lbs for the part and she’s naturally more slender.  Her voice is unmistakable, though, and hearing her say, “Aw, thanks sweetie” was pretty awesome.

The second time I talked to her, I managed to actually put together a sentence… or a question rather.  I asked her, “So… Simon.  Mr. Right or Mr. Right now?”  She laughed.  She then told me how she would write Serenity 2 and the futures of the cast.  These are her words as best as I can recall:

Hypothetically speaking only. River and Zoe really hit it off, fall in love, and decide to form their own renegade girls-who-kick-ass space team and leave the rest of us in the dust. Mal realizes he’s more destroyed over Wash’s death than he ever thought, breaks down, and spends the rest of his days wearing Hawaiian shirts and drinking booze out of the engine.  Simon and Kaylee have a set of genius triplets and turn the ship into a cocker spaniel search-and-rescue with “crazy Grandpa Mal” still at the helm cradling toy dinosaurs and talking about “This Land”.   Inara finally realizes the potential in Jayne as a male companion, loans him a toga, and takes him back to the training house where they become King and Companion Queen… that would be my sequel!

I have to admit, it wasn’t what I was expecting her to say at all.

Next, Ron Glass gives me home work.

Oh Please No, Mr. Frodo! A Chat With Sean Astin

Sean Astin & Monty

Sean Astin & Monty

While attending Awesome Con 2014 in Washington DC, I had the fortunate experience to have some one on one time with Sean Astin… probably better known as Samwise from the Lord of the Rings series. (If you said Rudy or the kid from Goonies, you’re also right, but at the wrong convention.) My first time meeting with him was for a picture and not much time to chat, but I did get a fun little experience because of my proximity to the front of the line. People had begun queuing for his photo op about an hour early. I had a VIP pass so I got to cut in line… not really fair to the world, but I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to have front-of-the-line access for all events, etc. So I was probably 5th in line behind some other VIPs and Sam… er… Sean was running late. As I would find later, Mr. Astin is very generous with his time and will talk energetically on many topics. He was signing autographs and chatting elsewhere. We waited, and waited. Finally someone went to fetch him.


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