Janelle’s Lessons From the Mother Ship

As a mother of two small kids, 90% of my television experience is spread across a vast ocean of talking letters, problem solving foxes, mathematician monsters, alien artists and hundreds more creative, educational and brilliant characters designed for the stimulation of children ages 0-6 years.

That other 10%?  That’s the hallowed “mommy’s TV time” that can only take place in the middle of every afternoon, if both kids sleep at the same time.  So, between the hours of (typically) 11:30am till about 2:30-3:00pm, my phone doesn’t get answered because those are MOMMY’S hours.  Usually paired with housework of some sort, this is my one time of day to watch the shows I can’t watch with the kids.  Supernatural, Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies, Continuum, Buffy, Angel, Charmed, Fringe, just to name a few, are on, or have been on the list and in the last four years, this is pretty much the only way I get to keep up on any of the shows I actually really enjoy.

Most recently, I have been making my way through Teen Wolf, an MTV series based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox film of the same name.

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Okay, so I may be a little late to the party on this one, but that often happens when you have two small children and don’t get to go see movies when they come out.

We finally got to watch the Lego Movie last week.  And then we saw it again.  And again. And again…. aaaaaand again. You get the picture.  We saw it a lot.  And while we were watching it ever so many times, I realized I recognized several familiar themes.  Eventually, I realized this wasn’t just because I was being asked by my three year old to “play it again!!” over and over, it was because I already knew the story.

Maybe you already know this, because I’m pretty sure every other person in America has seen this movie… but watching The Lego Movie is basically like watching an animated, Lego version of The Matrix.

Now, I realize I could just be a crazy mom hopped up on too much caffeine and suffering from sleep deprivation, but check this out. Continue reading

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Many years ago, I was introduced to video games.  I had always wanted to play them, but the expensive consoles were never in the budget for my Christmas and birthday lists growing up. ( I also believe my mom had an issue with video games in general and being the youngest of three girls, no one we knew had them…)  I FINALLY broke through when I was 15 and asked… no, begged… for a Sega Genesis and got it for Christmas.  Now, it wasn’t a big win, because I was only given 3 games.. Home Alone, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Little Mermaid.  Yeah I know… absolutely no geek cred there, but I was a kid and had no money and those were the “mom approved games”, so those were the games I played. Continue reading

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In every parent’s life, there comes a time when a mother and father must ask themselves a very hard question and then decide, for the future of their family, which choices they will make.  The choice creates a path for their family that cannot be undone.  The questions range from what age is best to which medium is used to share it.  Do you explain it, read it, watch it…?  All the while, knowing that with whatever you choose, a new path for your children will be laid before them and a new set of experiences will shape their futures.

The question seems simple but its complexity is is infinite.  The question isn’t just about age or medium or timing.  It’s about passion and how experiencing such a thing when that passion cannot be fully realized could alter perception and render children apathetic to the entire thing.

The question is important.

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By now, you’ve heard about Disneyland’s new prices, right?

Here’s the new breakdown as seen on Disneyinsider.com with the percentages of increase:

1-Day 1-Park
$96 $92 $4 4%
1-Day Park Hopper
$150 $137 $13 9%
2-Day 1-Park Per Day
$178 $175 $3 2%
2-Day Park Hopper
$217 $210 7 3%
3-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$226 $225 $1 <1%
3-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$265 $260 $5 2%
4-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$250 $250 $0 0%
4-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$289 $285 $4 1%
5-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$266 $265 $1 <1%
5-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$305 $300 $5 2%
Parking
$17 $16 $1 6%
Southern California Select Annual Passport (170 days)
$289 $279 $10 4%
Southern California Annual Passport (215 days)
$379 $359 (not available)
Deluxe Annual Passport (315 days)
$519 $499 $20 4%
Premium Annual Passport (365 days)
$699 $669 $30 4%
Premier Passports (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)
$1029 $979 $50 5%

I know everyone is all freaking out over this, and I have already read several blogs and articles that explain in great detail why this isn’t something to get all angry about, so I don’t really need to add my two cents at this point, but I’m going to anyway.  Because, well, you know… I just can’t stop myself.

The media is responding to this by interviewing children and parents at the parks and walking around Disneyland who all seem to be up in arms about it and feel like it isn’t fair. Continue reading

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In the “geek culture”, we often see strong women in positions of great power.  (Wonder Woman, Jean Gray, Black Widow, Catwoman, etc.) We don’t really bat an eye when someone wants to emulate their qualities or dress up as these and many other female characters when they are traditional warrior characters, but how many princesses do you see at conventions?  Has it ever occurred to anyone that these iconic women may be worthy of emulating?  I realized after writing a piece for my mom-blog side project, that women, especially geek women… don’t like princesses.  Oh sure, they like Ariel because she’s a hot redhead in a skimpy top with a tail and they like Pocahontas because she’s all spiritual native chick talking to animals and willow trees and let’s not forget she’s like 7 feet tall with legs that go on for miles, but what about Cinderella? Aurora? Any shout-outs for Snow White?  Not very likely…. not unless they’re dressed up like the “Legs Avenue” whore versions of themselves so they can chat up all the hot geek boys and celebrities that hang out at the bars down the street.  So, why is the geek girl so against princesses?  More specifically, why do geek girls hate Disney princesses? Well, there’s a thing no one wants to talk about but everyone knows it and I want to talk about it because I think it’s important to get this out there and deal with it.

The reality is, geek girls want to be seen as hard core, sexy yet masculine, kill you in a thousand ways by batting your eyelashes super heroines. NOT as a princess in a pretty gown with a good heart and a strong backbone.  Never mind that the princess probably died or was near death then defeated (usually by killing) her enemies and did so with a song in her heart and a fan-boy club (including her prince) cheering her on.  It’s because somehow along the way, princesses got this stigma of being weak baby pussycats with no brains and pretty dresses.  I’m sorry, but that’s just not the reality of these stories and I’m here to clear the air on that once and for all. Continue reading

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Don’t you just LOVE a good April Fool’s joke?

Heh… yeah, me neither. Oh wait, you do? Hmm… guess it’s just me, then. LOL

I’ve never really seen the point, personally.  I find that on the whole they’re mean-spirited and often leave someone being the brunt of a joke, left to feel stupid or hurt, both emotionally and physically (and that person is usually me because I’m SUPER gullible and way too trusting).  I’m not a big fan of them for that reason, but this one caught my attention last year because it was believable and it spread like wild-fire across the interwebs and had an entire world full of geeks up in arms, freaking out.  The topic was licensed artwork regarding DC characters.

Here’s the article to refresh your memory:

Superman tattoo

http://www.comicmix.com/news/2011/04/01/dc-comicsto-prosecute-tattoos/

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We are now two weeks into June and for most of us in the SoCal region, this means one thing; San Diego Comic-Con is coming!

We are gathering our costume pieces and working out the final kinks in our uniforms, robes, warrior garb, prosthetic and various other attachments we will be sporting for the 4 days of insanity.  In just about one month, the San Diego Convention Center will erupt in an H-Bomb of geekery.  Chaos will flood the streets in the form of zombies, mages, elves, Uruk-hai, inhabitants of Krypton and everyone from Rainbow Bright to Batman will be there.  There will be Wonder Women and Phoenix’s, Catwomen and every rendition of Harley Quinn oozing out of every street lamp in the Gaslamp District and more skin than should be legal in a public place, all in the name of costuming and the love of geek culture. Continue reading

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There is nothing new in humanity’s desire to seek answers in times of tragedy.  It’s somehow our nature to desperately search for a meaning when loved ones are taken from us, when things happen that seem too horrendous to be reality.

Our human culture regardless of time, location or religion, is no stranger to blame in this form; violent and deviant behaviors are often attributed to music culture, horror films, media and the emotional sway these art forms can have over a person to drive them into a passionate frenzy.  This is nothing new, so why has it struck me so deeply today?…click below to read more…

via My Thoughts on the Colorado Shooting «.

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