Hey collectors out there!  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “What do you actually DO with all that stuff?!  If you’re not actively using it, then sell it, donate it, or throw it away!” What about this one? “You said a few boxes of books.  Ten is not “a few.”  No, I don’t care that it used to be twenty boxes.” Or this classic. “The only thing you’re collecting is dust!” Collections: the bane of our loved ones’ collective existence.  Whether in preparation for a move or just taking up space in your mom’s linen closet, collections become burdens for everyone.  Yet, every time we sayRead More →

With the passing of Inktober, where online artists commit themselves to make and publish daily drawings, comes the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is the writer’s equivalent to Inktober, where daily writing and review culminate in a fully realized novel. Titles like “The Night Circus” and “Water for Elephants” were penned during NaNo, which led to worldwide acclaim for their authors. Other stories, often overlooked, are still great reads and a testament to the dedication of writers worldwide. I’ve attempted to work through NaNo, taking stories I had pieced together beforehand and building on them. But between scheduling, exhaustion, school (at theRead More →

Ah, November. A time to recover from crazy Halloween parties and hide the kids’ trick-or-treating haul so they don’t eat it all in one go. Depending on where you live, leaves are changing colors, days are getting shorter, and temperatures are dropping like electronic fish. It’s also the opportune time to bust out some favorite tabletop games. Catan, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, even Risk or Monopoly for those families and friends that enjoy a bit of healthy competition. Gaming in its various forms has always served as a sort of glue to bring people together. It’s a way to spend time together, share experiences, and createRead More →

jet city

I’m happy to announce that The Geek Embassy will be debuting our traveling panel at Jet City Comic Show this Sunday at 3pm! Catch us live in Room 407! Tickets are still available so if you are in the Seattle/Tacoma area, come and join us at what should be a fun con. We will be visiting with photographer Andrew Kolstad at his table showcasing a local cosplay group. Don’t miss the chance to see “Baskets & Capes: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Superheroes.” Regina, Dante, and I will be on the panel presenting and handing out some sweet swag. Come ask a questionRead More →

healing

Earlier this year, I started taking sewing lessons. The first day of class, our instructor asked us to give a brief introduction and describe why we decided to learn how to sew. The answers were varied. Some where there to learn how to make clothes for themselves. Many expressed a desire to make clothes that properly fit them well when off the rack clothes so quickly and easily failed to. One woman quilted but didn’t know how to assemble a garment or follow a pattern. One was a high school teacher who wanted the skills to make her more marketable. Apparently, it’s really hard toRead More →

prime time

Between commuting 30+ minutes to/from work, travel-intensive hobbies, and family that lives on the East Coast, I spend an inordinate amount of time in planes, trains, and automobiles.  Music is great and all, but I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks and podcasts, even when I am not traveling.  However, just because I spend a lot of time commuting does not mean that my time is a commodity.  There are podcasts for every interest, and there’s always something to listen to.  As such, it’s impossible to listen to everything you want to given life and listening constraints.  Or…is it? The Sunk Cost Fallacy When I discoveredRead More →

baskets

Greetings fellow geeks! Isabela, Dante, and I (Regina) will be revisiting the hallowed halls of the Portland Convention Center this weekend attending Rose City Comic Con! We went last year as press and this year we are press and presenters! Keep an eye on our Instagram account for a first hand virtual experience of the con! Don’t miss the chance to see our traveling panel, “Baskets & Capes: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us about Superheroes.” Isabela, Dante, and I will be on the panel presenting and handing out some sweet swag. RCCC is a great con. The people are friendly, and the show floorRead More →

Calvin and Hobbes sledding

The internet has given us a great many things since its advent. Videos of furry animals, convenient online shopping mediums, and plenty of games that produce enough salt to stock the shelves of every major and minor grocer this side of the prime meridian. However, the medium of comic books and stories has flourished since we first connected to the information superhighway, spawning countless tales and ‘toons that have persisted for several years thanks to adoring fanbases. For some of these long-running works, it’s a sense of humor or endearing characters or engaging storyline that fastens its claws into readers. For others, it’s a realismRead More →

The Cover of Wonder Woman 184

In “Introducing Wonder Woman” William Moulton Marston builds the foundation of Wonder Woman mythology—of which one of the cornerstones is the Amazon origin story. According to the queen of the Amazons and Wonder woman’s mother, Hippolyte, Hercules was insulted by barbs that even he could not vanquish the Amazons, so he traveled (with his army) to Ancient Greece to battle them and secure his reputation as unbeatable (Marston 13). Although Hippolyte bests Hercules, he steals the Magic Girdle (gifted to her by Aphrodite) and enslaves the Amazons (Marston 13). According to Hippolyte, “Aphrodite, angry at me for having succumbed to the wiles of men, wouldRead More →

The Voice Logo

A Gigawatt Jukebox Playlist From Rockabilly to Reggae, Movie Scores to Soul, our Gigawatt Jukebox is out of control.  In true geek style, we submit a never-ending playlist that is not concerned with genre, popularity, or album release date.   Who hasn’t dreamt of being a rock star…the power of your music surging energy into a roaring crowd?  With popular singing competition TV shows like The Voice, living the dream can actually happen.   After years of watching others sing their way into stardom, it got us thinking.  What would we do in their shoes?  What kind of voice would we belt if we could?  Which songs wouldRead More →