Prepping for Emerald City Con 2015

With just over a little more than a week to go, Emerald City Comic Con is fast approaching and I am just so dang excited (!!). This will be my third year attending, and first year ‘working’*.  Even though my full cosplay isn’t together yet, I’m quickly getting things organized so that this year won’t feel as hectic and scattered as last year..

*As a freelance geek journalist, I’m covering the event for a few different blogs that I write for. Be sure to follow me on social media to catch where and for who I am writing for!

ECCC

There are so many things for me to look forward to at this years con, especially since ReedPOP has absorbed ECCC into it’s family of conventions. Their particular style of organization and efficiency at cons is well-known and respected, and I’ve already seen that in the information that the PR and social media team of ECCC has released so far.

This year, I’m planning on attending several panels as well as picking up a photo-op or two and making sure to get the signatures from my favorites. Here is a quick-run down of how I hope this year happens for Radical Geekery.

Panels

I am so impressed with the selection of panels this year. In the past, I’ve only gone to one or two and haven’t paid too much attention to any other panels as they didn’t hold my interest as much as I thought they could — in fact, last year I didn’t attend a single one.

This year is different.

With the incredibly array of artists, actors, performers and names at Emerald City this year, the panels over-exceeded my expectations in both recognizable names and content. I actually had to make a spreadsheet so that I could attend my top choices while still getting a chance to wander around the rest of the convention floor. Here are my picks for next weekend:

Friday

  • Taking Fandom Seriously — 10:50 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Ten Years of the New Doctor Who —  1:50 PM – 2:40 PM

Saturday

  • How To Be a Nerd for a Living: Your Career in Nerd Culture — 11:40 AM – 12:40  PM
  • Gigs and Careers In Fandom & Geek Culture  — 4:30 PM – 5:40 PM
  • Clark Gregg & Chloe Benn:t Agents of A.W.E.S.O.M.E. — 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM

Sunday

  • Curtis Armstrong: The Scribe of God — 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
  • Firefly with Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin –2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
  • Women in the Gaming Industry Panel  — 2:50 PM – 3:40 PM

Cosplay

As sad as it was for me last year, I didn’t end up cosplaying at all. The first year I attended ECCC, I put together an amateur Leela (Futurama) cosplay and had so much fun with it. After realizing you really have to plan ahead for this type of geekery, I was able to plan two days of ‘dressing up’.

Radical Geekery

I won’t go into too much detail on this post, but I’m doing a casual/punk Harley Quinn outfit on Friday which I’m especially excited about as I’ve recently delved headfirst into Harley Quinn canon and lore. On Saturday, my first love of nerddom will show itself as I’m working on a Bad Wolf Girl cosplay from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. And to make sure I don’t exhaust myself with cosplay this year, Sunday is going to be a general ‘nerd-girl-at-a-convention’ attire.

Personally, I’m itching to see what everyone will be cosplaying as this year. Most cons typically have an influx of certain characters or fandoms and I’m guessing this year we might see an influx of Doctor Who, Marvel & the Arrow outfits….but that is just a speculation.

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Leave a message in the comment section and let me know what you are planning on going as this year!

Special Events

I feel like ECCC outdid themselves with special events this year, but you won’t hear any complaints from me. From a Laser Guardians of the Galaxy experience to Drinking & Drawing and a Guardians of the Galaxy inspired burlesque show, this year seems to have a special event for just about anyone.

To be honest I’m just incredibly excited to be there this year and can’t wait to share all the geekiness with you, my readers. Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram @radicalgeekery as well as the media organizations @fanpup101 and @nocontinuescast to catch all the happenings at Emerald City Comic Con this year.

Restaurant Reviews: Fiamma Burger

Note: With the permission of the editor-in-chief, I’ve decided to repost some of my articles written for The Western Front here on Radical Geekery. Today’s review was originally posted here, on November 5, 2014 and all pictures and text are my original work. 

Fiamma Burger

Some cold and blustery nights here in town, you just have to ‘eat-in’, and that is exactly what I did last Saturday, when I picked up my favorite comfort food in all of Bellingham — a burger and some fries.

Known for their diverse menu of burger choices, which include: pork, lamb, turkey, salmon, and veggie; along with its great downtown location at 1309 Railroad Ave., Fiamma Burger is well-known in our city of subdued excitement with locals and students alike.

Seeing as Fiamma was a decidedly Bellingham institution, I decided to go with their B’HAM burger and a side of hand tossed garlic fries which came out to a little over $10 in price, but well worth it in taste.

This particular burger usually comes with a beef burger topped with cheese, prosciutto (a salt-cured Italian ham), an egg, shoe-string potatoes andsmokey sauce on a regular bun for just under $7.

As a allergy-friendly and vegetarian option, I went with a veggie burger on a gluten-free bun omitting the smokey sauce and prosciutto. Out of all the burger joints I’ve visited in town, Fiamma seems to be in the top percentile for being able to provide these options to patrons who need and want substitutions in their meals.

As I brought the brown paper bag home containing my meal, I could smell the garlic fries wafting their delicious scent and had a to sneak a few before I even got out of the car. If you haven’t had a chance to try their famous garlic or sweet potato fries, they are a must.5459a730b8194.image

Overall, I would give Fiamma Burger an eight out of ten points, with two missing points for the price, which is not student-budget friendly. To find out more about Fiamma’s menus (breakfast, lunch & dinner) you can visit their website.

Radical Geekery is getting SuperBetter!

SuperBetter

Every life has those little serendipitous moments, those epiphany instances and those unexpected life changing happenstances that sometimes make you stand still with wonder and confusion. Recently I had one of these moments and teasingly decided to call it my ‘super better’ moment.

What is super better you ask? It’s a phrase coined by game designer and psychologist Jane McGonigal a few years ago that I recently came to know through a TED talk that my husband recommended me to watch. Now, I’m a little hesitant when it comes to TED talks as everyone thinks they are wonderful, but I saw that this one was about videogames (one of my favorite topics), so I sat down to watch it.

Isn’t that a great talk? I find it incredibly inspiring and it helped me to feel that my choice to go into the video game industry was a legitimate choice and was more than just a flash-in-the-pan career move. Jane McGonigal took what I wanted to say about my path of work and put it into words that anyone could understand — even my 67-year old mother-in-law who told me she could see how games were something that could have not just negative benefits, but incredibly positive ones as well.

After watching the talk, I actually downloaded the SuperBetter app and began to play around with it. Even though it hasn’t had an update in two years (!!) it still can give you a basic gameplay at getting super better yourself. I’ve actually started to feel better once I realized I can ‘play’ my life as a game and still be a happy and productive member of society.

Along with this view on what games can really mean, her book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (which just happen to be sitting on my shelf for over a years) has also started me on one of those paths that will change your life, just like Radical Homemakers did for me about three or four years ago. There is just something about the book that has hooked me, in fact, I would call it what my blog is all about…radical geekery.

Jayne's Hat Firefly Yahtzee Ship

So here is to another layer of enjoyable cognitive dissonance, a different way of viewing the world, and a drastic change of thought. Here is to getting superbetter.

Allons-y from RadicalGeekery.Com

Becky, @radicalgeekery

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

Did you know that this blog is an ever-evolving, ever-changing piece of work? Somedays it is a personal journey of my radical and geeky ways. Other days it is promoting my favorite artists and being completely transparent when I do so. And sometimes, I don’t have a frakkin’ clue what it is or what it should be.

But, whatever is seems like, it is to you. I’m happy just to share my passion, my geekiness and my ease of networking with people to bring to you all the different ideas, opinions, projects, and anything else out there that I can find and I want to share and talk about.

If you want to find me in a more organized fashion of geeky writing, check out No Continues Media and FanPup for some of my pieces.

Let’s Play Doctor

Happy Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day to everyone! If you haven’t noticed by following my instagram account, I’ve been completely obsessed with a new craft lately — cross stitching. I’ve been pouring all my creativity, time and effort into learning the craft and it has finally paid off with this latest Doctor Who inspired V-Day piece.

Let's Play Doctor

This was an interesting pattern for me to create because it was adapted from a paper-and-thread tutorial that I found on Instructables. Comparing paper and fabric was a no-brainer for me and I quickly end up frustrating with the paper tearing at the slightest movement, so instead of using cardstock that made me want to throw it across the room, I grabbed a white Aida 14 and cut it down to about a 4 in. length x 3 in. width.

The black threaded outline on the outside was actually something I added as a small touch just so that this small piece would stay on it’s backing (actual cardstock). I didn’t start out to make it look uneven, but I missed a few stitches and thought it gave it a kitschy look and kept it.

Let's Play Doctor Who Cross Stitch Pattern by Radical Geekery

DMC Thread Colors for Let's Play Doctor Cross Stitch by Radical Geekery

Since this was a last minute project, I didn’t have time to throw together the correct colors for the TARDIS, but according to this thread, you can use a variety of colors, so it really is up to you. I used what I had on hand, but if I were to redo this one, I’d get the actual darker blue colors.

 

Let's Play Doctor, Final Shot

I can’t wait to create more patterns like this one, and I’m seriously thinking of investing fully in Mac Stitch so I have access to all the features of the program. It’s super easy to use and you can create your own patterns in a snap. Much thanks to Jess of Geeky Little Stitcher for the suggestion.

Learning the down-and-dirty of putting together of making my own pattern was so much fun, I’m actually going to apply it to a larger project I’m working on, check out this photo for a sneak peak. Hint: Winter is Coming

What other cross stitch projects are you working on? I’d love for you to link to them below or share pictures on Radical Geekery’s Facebook page.

 

Cross Stitch Crazy

I cannot believe it is February already, it seems like January just whizz-banged by in a flash before my eyes. I’ve been so busy with school and my extracurriculars that I’ve barely paid attention to the date. Classes, Quidditch and writing for No Continues Media has taken up most of my time.

In the rare moments that I have free-time I’ve been working on many of my 30 by 30 goals, most of which have been more fulfilling then I had originally anticipated. Lately, my newest obsession has been finishing goal number 10 and 15 — both cross stitch related.

Since the beginning of January, I’ve started and finished around five or six different pieces, many of which I am currently translating into free patterns that you can use. Here are some glances at a few pieces that I’m particularly proud of.

Warning: Not all pictures are of these works completely finished.

Bitch Bitch Bitch

Suck It Up

Suck It Up

May Cthulhu Devour This House Last

Minecraft Enderman

I’ve become completely obsessed with cross-stitching and can’t get enough of it. In fact, I have already planned three other projects in the last week because I feel so well suited to this simple, but beautiful craft.

Has anyone else found a hobby that just fits them incredibly well?

Restaurant Review: Mount Bakery

Last quarter, as I mentioned, I spent quite a bit of time writing for my university’s student newspaper publication, the Western Front. As part of my coursework, I ended up writing about half-a-dozen restaurant review blogs for some of Bellingham’s more famous restaurants.

Note: With the permission of the editor-in-chief, I’ve decided to repost them here on Radical Geekery so that you can also check out my experiences at these delicious little eateries. Today’s review was originally posted here, on December 3, 2014 and all pictures and text are my original work. 

The end of the quarter has come and with all the stress and struggle of school, nothing less than comfort food will do. That is why Mount Bakery was carefully picked to be my last restaurant review of the quarter.

Located squarely in downtown Bellingham, Mount Bakery is a hub of activity during its dining hours and always quite crowded with locals and visitors alike trying to grab a table.

Although I was quite hungry, my appetite had to wait to be sated. The biggest complaint I had about this particular restaurant came to me as I walked in. Even though it has charm and coziness in its small location, it isn’t nearly big enough for the demand and patrons typically have to wait anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to be seated — about 25 for me.

Already at a point of my stomach growling, I immediately ordered a fruity sparkling mimosa while pursuing the menu. Knowing full well I wanted to get fed as quickly as possible, I chose some sides that were affordable, coming to just under $15 for all five of my sides.

My delicious mimosa

My delicious mimosa

Unlike many other brunch joints in town, Mount Bakery has different options for your sides in case of preference and allergy. That morning I went with red potatoes and goat cheese, apple smoked bacon, organic scrambled eggs, seasonal roasted veggies with a bit of an avocado on top.  Sipping on my mimosa before I became impatient when it took almost 30 minutes to get my food to me after I had ordered. After an hour, I was finally able to dig into my meal and it was almost worth the wait.

As a bit of a foodie, I was worried that the seasonal roasted veggies might be a bit bland, but was pleasantly surprised with the local mixture that came to me steaming and with a special seasoning that made them stand out. The goat cheese melted onto the red potatoes giving them that extra punch of flavoring and even the eggs were fluffy and light, — you could tell they had just made them specially for me.

Brunch at Mount Bakery

As much as I love food, an hour is a really long time to wait for a meal, and even though the food was way above par from most brunch-type eateries, the time frame from entering the restaurant to getting my food weighted over me as I ate.

In all I would give the restaurant a 7 out of 10 purely on the wait time. Everything else was a 10 out of 10, the atmosphere, the price, the wait staff, and the food was beyond expectations.

If you are going to choose a time to stop by Mount Bakery, go at a time when the brunch crowds have died down and you don’t have to wait to get seated.