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What I Read in May ‘17

So this month contains massive spoilers if you haven’t read the books I’m talking about.  Go do so, or don’t. But I truly recommend you do.  Continue reading

Many parents in today’s world pride themselves on what they filter. It’s become a topic to boast and shove in other parent’s faces. It’s something that fuels arrogant pride and vicious mom-war battles online and even at playdate tables.

“My sweet Jimmy only watches wholesome shows from the 1960’s.”

“Oh really? well MY dear Janie only sees shows about Jesus and the alphabet! She’s ready for first grade reading and she’s only 4 years old!”

“Oh that’s nice, but I’ve raised my darling Samantha on nothing but classical music, we don’t even watch TV because, as you know, it’s bad for their brain development.”

Ugh. Gross, right?

I’m going to be the one to stand up here – I’ll raise my hand and I’ll be honest; I hate filtering.

There. I said it. I HATE FILTERING. It’s time consuming, it’s frustrating, it’s annoying. I’d really just rather not. I do it because I have to, not because it makes me look like a good mom. Those “good moms” full of all their judgement and ego-based parenting can shove it.

I hate that I HAVE to filter in order to allow my children to be part of almost any experience. The fact there is so much crap my kids can be exposed to that filtering is a necessity is frustrating beyond belief. Monitoring every single little thing, 24/7, on every single form of media just to make sure we stay within the realm of age-appropriate content…. It’s exhausting and irritating for ANY parent, but I think it’s especially so for a geek mom. Why? Because deep down, we want to share this world with our children and we have to hold ourselves back on a constant and daily basis. It’s me against the “shiny” and my better judgement against the “long term effects” consequences of allowing some experiences too early. The conflict is maddening.

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In our 178th episode, Anthony has gone missing and left AJ all to himself.  Tune in to hear how awkward and uncomfortable AJ seems as he covers the news and reviews Alien: Covenant.

What I read in April….

This is your obligatory spoiler alert. So… yeah… I’ll be talking about some books and possibly giving away plot details. You have been warned. Continue reading

What I Read… March ’17 Edition. 

Okay. I admit. This was a bit of a long one. I had to make up for my dismal offerings last month. (see here.) Continue reading

Curious as to why your Wondercon badge has a picture of some people and the words Midnight, Texas on it?  Well wonder (see what I did there) no more!!

The official trailer for Midnight, Texas has been released along with some info.

Based on the horror novel series by “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris. The series premieres Tuesday, July 25th on NBC.

“The Tudors” actor Francois Arnaud stars as Manfred, a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies.

Other characters include pawn shop owner Bobo (Dylan Bruce), the witch Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), the mysterious assassin Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), the angel Joe (Jason Lewis), the vampire Lemuel (Peter Mensah), aspiring writer Creek (Sarah Ramos), and Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez).

Lately, we’ve seen a lot of junk on TV and in the movies which are targeted toward children. I’m not talking about movies like Deadpool and Logan – THOSE ARE NOT KID’S MOVIES. They aren’t supposed to be nice. I’m talking about rated PG and G movies, animated, cute-looking, seems nice on the surface movies that turn out to be horrible. There’s a whole bunch of “please never do this in real life” kind of nonsense that, after a while, is just exhausting. From YouTube gameplay that you THINK will be appropriate for children only to find out it’s a bunch of fart jokes and bad attitude that NO ONE wants their kid repeating (I’m looking at you, FGTV), to crap that is down right terrible and doesn’t even attempt to hide it, (reference: “The Day My Butt Went Psycho”) the stupid is literally everywhere.

It’s surrounding our children 24/7 like a giant, jungle snake with hypnotic eyes lulling our children with the soft words, “trust in me”. If you don’t have time to sit there and watch these shows with your kids to filter, chances are the bad behavior they get in trouble for is coming from these shows. It can get incredibly frustrating for parents and I tell ya, the world of media certainly doesn’t make it easy. Before you know it, you’ve turned into your parents – shielding the kid’s eyes and muting scenes in movies that were supposed to be for kids!

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In this episode we review KONG SKULL ISLAND!!!!

****SPOILER ALERT****

This review may contain spoilers from the film.  If you have not seen the film yet, it is recommended that you skip past it.  Otherwise, proceed at your own peril!!

What I’ve Read: February

So January-February has been a very busy, happy and expensive time for me comic book wise. Between Humble Bundle offering a nice big bundle of electronic comics for Image’s 25th anniversary and the bookstore I work at offering a buy 2 and get the 3rd free deal on Image graphic novels, I’ve got enough comics to last me for quite some time. Seriously I might have a problem. Continue reading

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