comedy podcast roundup

Podcast and media suggestions if you need to laugh and forget the real world for a little while. Put Your Hands Together, Hosted by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher “Put Your Hands Together delivers 75 minutes of jokes and backstage chats with LA’s best and brightest comics directly to your earbuds.” Cameron and Rhea are the most energetic and engaging hosts of a comedy podcast I’ve listened to and have great onstage chemistry (which is not surprising, since they’re married). Listen to: Pete Holmes, Alice Wetterlund, Marcella Arguello, Goodrich Gevaart, Tony Sam, Danielle Perez and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher 2 Dope Queens, HostedRead More →

guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 The Geek Embassy returns with our Summer Movie Series. Each month for summer, Mark, Ryan, and I will share our thoughts and critiques of some summer blockbuster movies. We launch the series with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 because of course. We start out our discussion with initial impressions which come back favorable. Ryan mentions the concern that the movie might become the “Baby Groot Show” and how the clever intro sequence put those concerns to rest. From there we spend some time talking about what we love about the movie (a lot) and what we disliked (notRead More →

perils

The Perils of Gartooth Swamp And away we go where the perils abound! This week finds our adventurers in the thick of the action. Hargath, Sevarka, Nera, and Freya finally on foot entering the swamp and they run into their first foe. The excitement builds in this episode as our adventurers begin to understand the depth of the dangers present in the Vastwood. But our party will not be intimidated by the size of the foes they will fight! No! We will press ever onward. Don’t miss this episode where you can see Nera (Regina) roll terribly but still swing a big axe, watch Sevarka (Dante)Read More →

transformations

Please welcome to the site our newest ambassador, Katherine Olson. Katherine holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University. She is currently interested in Wonder Woman, feminism, and culture. For The Geek Embassy, she will be writing about comics, looking especially at the Amazon princess and other powerful female characters. Please welcome her to the site and enjoy this glimpse into her transformations through comic book narrative. ~Regina Transformations: From Betty and Veronica to Wonder Woman I grew up in a Betty and Veronica world. The convenience store near the housing projects where I lived stocked only Archie comics, so I read them. EvenRead More →

flotsam

Episode 2 – Flotsam 7 Jetsam Greetings Geeks! We continue our role play adventure with the next segment in our Pathfinder campaign. We begin the journey we started in our first episode, after spending the night in the Vagabond’s Rest deep in the Vastwood. Our adventurers start on the first leg of their journey after being bestowed a map from their employer, Ruchior. The party seeks a guide and safe passage down the treacherous rain-swollen Varidan River and into the wilds beyond. Join us as we learn to play Pathfinder and enjoy this story crafted for us by Evan. Until next time, get your geek on!Read More →

pathfinder

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! On this holiest of geeky holidays, International Tabletop Day, The Geek Embassy welcomes you to follow us on a Pathfinder role play adventure. Isabela, Mark, Dante and I will take our newly rolled characters on an adventure hand crafted for us by Evan Graham. In today’s intro video, we share with you our character backstories, and a few hints about the story we will be exploring. This campaign will be a journey in exploration and learning for me. This is my first ever pen and paper role play experience. I’ve wanted to jump into a true role playing game since I startedRead More →

harry potter house

Come on, admit it. You’ve taken a Harry Potter house quiz or two. It’s a great geeky time killer at the very least. This month, we decided to take a few quizzes and compare results. Isabela, Evan, and I have lots of opinions about all things Harry Potter, not just the house definitions and meanings. We open with a brief discussion of Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child to kick off our discussion. I get all the names wrong. All of them. For those who might not be as well versed in the Hogwarts houses, summaries of each house (taken from the Harry Potter Wiki):Read More →

roleplay

Character Creation Let’s get this out of the way first because I need to display my biases and privileges before you read this piece.  I am a straight, cis-gendered, Latino male.  At age 32, I am on the older edge of the Millenial generation.  Gaming is a lifelong hobby of mine, primarily of the pen-and-paper variety, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun.  Anybody who’s gamed with me at any time in my life knows there are two universal truths about me. I always gravitate towards the cloak-and-dagger type characters. I typically play women characters. My MTG Commander decks follow this same pattern.  3 of the 5Read More →

girls

I wasn’t a fan of the HBO series, Girls, at the start of the show. To say I was slow to appreciate it is an understatement. My initial hesitation rooted in the lead character, Hannah’s, self-centered approach to life. She acted as if the world, and New York City in particular, owed her something. I couldn’t stand her or her attitude. I can’t quite say what it was that kept me watching the show. My usual excuse falls to being a story addict and having to know how the story ends. But I’ve given up on stories that didn’t annoy me to the lengths that GirlsRead More →

symbols

Fear not, writing and literary fans! Good Words returns and we tackle Symbols and Metaphors. My apologies for the delay in continuing the series. The demands on my time this semester have been more intense because of my course load and have kept me away from my computer. Thankfully, summer is on the horizon and a lighter workload for me. But! This episode is wonderful. Evan and I take on these two concepts and give some great definitions and examples. Symbols / Symbology An image or object that represents a larger, more abstract idea. Metaphor From Merriam Webster:  a figure of speech in which a wordRead More →