A series of series

So since having my son back in March last year I have watched so many TV series while being at home with him. It’s so much easier to put aside a half an hour to an hour to watch an episode even if it’s when I’m having my lunch or when my son is eating or napping (the only time he’s quiet) whereas making time to read or watch a film is a bit tricky. So it’s an easy form of entertainment for me. There are several that I gave up on as I wasn’t enjoying them or just needed a break as I lost interest for a little while, some I am waiting for more episodes or another series and some I have finished but I decided that I could write a little on some of them and then I am going to write more in depth reviews on some of the best and worst of them so keep posted for that.
It all started with Desperate Housewives which I actually started watching when I was heavily pregnant and finished the series when my son was a few months old. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did but the combination of serious issues, dark comedy and an amazing cast (especially when Nathan Fillion appeared toward the end) made it really enjoyable. For those of you who don’t know, Desperate Housewives came out back in 2004 and ran until 2012. I think that although it started strong and went a tiny bit downhill, for eight seasons it was still enjoyable by the end which is very hard to do. The first series focuses on the suicide of Mary Alice but trails away from that and starts to focus more and more on the lives on Susan, Lynette, Bree and Gabrielle who are neighbours and friends (and sometimes enemies) and all so different but despite their differences always have time for each other. I think as well they all soften up and become more understanding of each other and themselves as the time goes on.
I then went for Dexter which is another American series. This ran from 2006 and finished in 2013 and like Desperate Housewives had eight long seasons. I need to go back to this and finish watching it but I needed to take a break… a really long break. I think I managed to last for three seasons before deciding I’d had enough. The first season is incredible and I would recommend watching that to anyone, even if you don’t watch past that. But I felt that it should have finished there. So Dexter Morgan is a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, here he works alongside his sister and a few friends but what they don’t know is that he has a massive secret, which is that he is a serial killer. What I love about Dexter is that although he is a serial killer and thinks he hasn’t got a heart or any passion he actually has which comes more and more to the surface (unless things changed after I stopped watching) and you also find out more about why he kills and his background and I ended up feeling quite a bit of understanding and empathy toward him (but not an excuse for his murdering…that’s never good). I did find that after season one it’s not got as much as a pull but I do hope that it gets better again as it goes on as I do want to finish watching it and see how it develops.
So after giving up (temporarily) on Dexter I caught up with Pretty Little Liars which is something I started watching a few years ago and got behind on when I was waiting for the second or third season. This came out in 2010 and is still going strong, they have just done the big reveal on who ‘A’ is and I’m hoping that the last season (I think that there is still one more to go) will be as gripping. I’m waiting for the next lot of episodes to be released and the wait is honestly really tough. I think that this is my second favourite TV series (nothing will ever come close to my all time favourite which is Firefly and will get it’s very own blog post dedicated to it in the near future) with it’s enormous cliff hangers, twists and turns, absolutely incredible cast and beautifully written script. It all starts with the disappearance of the popular Alison DiLaurentis who is played by Sasha Pieterse and then the finding of her body in the garden of Spencer Hastings who is one of her best friends. From then her friends Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria are plagued with texts, notes and various other forms of blackmail and threats from ‘A’. This is one of those programmes with so many characters and different parts to the main storyline that it is really hard trying to remember everything that has gone on but it’s absolutely amazing and I’d highly recommend this. I think this is aimed at older teenagers and young adults but I think that it is brilliant. And I think I’ll actually be sad when it’s finished as I enjoy it that much.
Anyway that is it for now. I’m sorry that this isn’t a great blog post but I’m really out of practice and I’m writing it quick before my son wakes up which is any minute now. I’ll be writing a part two…and maybe three to this and then doing more in depth reviews on some of these that I have mentioned and some I will. If you have any recommendations for anything to watch please comment and I’ll check them out.


It’s Nearly Chriiiiiiistmas!!!

So lets not mess about, Christmas is only a week away and I am flipping excited!!!

I absolutely love Christmas. I love the twinkly lights, the cheesy songs, the Christmas specials on telly, the Christmas films, the presents, advent calenders, the tree… EVERY THING!!!

I think having a little baby has brought the magic of Christmas back as well so it’s even more exciting.

I love the family and friend aspect of Christmas the most, it’s a time to spend with your loved ones and spoil each other with gifts and give soppy cards. I love treating people to gifts that’s my favourite part.

But I also love…

Strawberry Cream :-D

Strawberry Cream :-D

Cheesy/Tacky Christmas Jumpers

Cheesy/Tacky Christmas Jumpers

Eating an unhealthy amount of potatoes

Eating an unhealthy amount of potatoes

Mmm

Mmm

Digging this bad boy out

Digging this bad boy out

Watching this every Christmas Eve

Watching this every Christmas Eve

Giggling to this lovable 'Elf'

Giggling to this lovable ‘Elf’

Tacky and not so tacky decorations

Tacky and not so tacky decorations

This work of art

This work of art

Singing my heart out with these

Singing my heart out with these

Jona Lewie!

The Guild

The Midnight Beast’s parody

This beautiful song by Death Cab For Cutie

Merry Christmas everyone!!! xxx


Merry Geekmas: Attire

So, your nerd cave is looking pretty festive now, what with your dying pine tree being adorned with all manner of sparkly goodness and a strange incarnation of Santa with the body of a Horse, but what about you? You’re still there, wearing your drab non-festive clothes that you wear all year ’round. Let’s festivise (may or may not be an actual word) you!

Crap Christmas Jumper

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Merry Geekmas: Tree Decorations

Even here in the dim booths and alcoves of this seedy cantina, ‘tis apparently the season. The season for eating too much, drinking too much, spending too much, and decorating slowly dying trees with shiny bits of plastic and flashing lights. Traditionally Christmas isn’t a very geeky time, but we’re a very pervasive culture, and now your Christmas time can be (almost) as geeky as it is festive! So to kick things off in style, here are some of my favourite geek-themed Christmas decorations…

 

Shiny bits of plastic, slowly dying pine trees (or bits thereof), and ornaments of all types abound at Christmas. But what to do when you want your decorations to be a little bit… different? Well, how about this 8-Bit wreath? I have one myself, and I love it! Its retro gaming goodness sets the tone for visitors to your house over the festive period, and since it’s made of foam it doesn’t die after a few weeks like the traditional wreath would. Plus, it has LED’s. Everything is better with LED’s!

8-bit wreath

Christmas trees are a keystone on festive decorations, so it’s an obvious candidate for expressing our fandom love! There’s a lot of geek-inspired tree decorations, but how about having the Grand Master of the Jedi Order atop your dying pine tree? Yes, an illuminated Yoda can be the crowning glory of your festive tree!Yoda treetopper

For those who prefer to follow the adventures of that British institution, Dr Who, how about these little danglies (sorry, couldn’t resist!)? The supreme beings have never looked so charming or festive…

 

Dr Who tree decorations

For the gamers, celebrate the rich heritage of awkwardly-shaped controllers that have contributed to your crippling carpal-tunnel syndrome with these brilliant controller silhouettes:

Game-Controller-Christmas-Ornaments_2

 

And here’s something a little different… It’s Father Christmas (who those damned Colonials insist on calling “Santa Clause”) in his ultimate form. That of a Centaur, Or, a Santaur, if you will:

santaur

Yes, that’s right, that is a half horse, half Santa tree ornament.

 

 

Ok, so your tree is looking pretty swish by now, but what about the rest of the festive… stuff? Well, that can wait for my next blog post….


My Thoughts on #GamerGate

I’ve been thinking about writing down some thoughts on this rather inflammatory subject for a while, but steered clear of it because of the almost inevitable flak it draws to those that write about it, and because I thought it would fade away after a couple of weeks. Well, it hasn’t, and I’ve been reminded that some of the things done in the name of this “movement” are inexcusable, and those responsible need to be called out for their behaviour – by as many people as possible.

Depending on how this post is received, I may remove it – I’m not here to start a war with either side, so let’s try and keep this civil shall we?

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