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On Youtube: Story Time: The Worst Interview Ever

Hey Gang!

I'm off and about doing different things for my real job this week, but I figured I would drop in with some footage I've had for a while now and put together a Story Time for you! A few months ago, I had an interview at a super swanky country Club, for a part time Serving Position. This was around the time I wanted to do more and more vlogging and videos for you guys, so its in general vlog format, albeit kind of smashed together. That seems to be my video style lately though, so I hope you guys are enjoying it.


Have you guys ever had an interview that just went terribly terribly wrong? Leave a comment or lets talk about it on Twitter! Don't forget to Subscribe!! Thanks so Much for Watching!

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Spokhette Explores: CGG Brunch + Bachelorette Party

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 I've got a two fer for you today. So at the beginning of August, I attended my very first Cincinnati Geek Girl Brunch Event. Myself and five other girls went to brunch at the Sleepy Little Bee Cafe. It was my first time going and it was one of those "healthy" places. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to eat anything because, a lot of those places love their peanuts. I wound up getting the roasted potatoes and the sausage patties. WHICH WERE DELICIOUS!
 There was a DC Quiz, I got 6 out of 10, but I was pretty impressed with a few of the questions, they weren't your run of the mill. The ladies put some serious thought into these. I got some Batman Patches and keychains for acing the quiz. We had some deep discussions from Doctor WHO to Which Dick Grayson is best to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had so much fun, I can't wait until October's Meeting.  From there we headed to Kenwood Theatre, where we watched Suicide Squad. I will have a review for you sometime soon, but let me just tell you I absolutely loved it! I don't understand how Snyder can put out such a decent movie like Suicide Squad, but fell so flat with Batman V. Superman and Man of Steel. I fell in love with Katana and Deadshot, and was really annoyed how much I liked Harley and Joker, although they definitely downplayed how abusive he was in the movie. I also caught a gastly in the theater, which I thought was pretty neat.

 About two and a half hours later, I got changed and headed out to my friend Bridget's Bachelorette Party. This is the first time that I had ever been a part of a bridal party and at first, I was a little concerned, that I wasn't really cut out for it. I didn't know what I was doing and I only knew a couple of the other girls chosen. Despite, constantly trying to network and meet new people, in person, I'm kind of shy, and I worry about making a bad first impression.
 However, at the Bachelorette Party, I have to say was the first time, I was comfortable with the rest of the girls, and it was the first time I felt comfortable being myself! We played an awesome guess the Panties Game. Each party attender, buys the bride to be a pair of underwear that describes themselves, and then the BTB has to figure out whose undies are whose! It was a blast! Then there were lots of Phallic related food and drinks, and then we got all bundled up in cars, and drove to Indiana for Boogie Nights and we danced the night away. I hadn't danced like that in such a long time, and it felt so good!!! From the time we arrived on the dance floor Saturday to the time I walked into my house on Sunday Morning, I had walked a combined 20,687 steps, a lot of that was acrued on the dance floor though. I felt so athletic though, like instead of going to the gym every day, I should just go dancing every other night!

Did you guys do anything fun this week? Lets chat about it on Twitter!!

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

My Thoughts On: Star Trek Beyond (Slight Spoilers)

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 In case you didn't know I am a huge fan of Star Trek TOS. I came across it at a time when my life was in a scar place and it really inspired me to do something about it. Inspired me so much that for a while I had a blog dedicated to it, Vulcan Sugar and Spice, back in 2011. I've always liked the original series more than
any of the other ones, Alex's favorite is Next Generation. The original series was ahead of its time in a number of ways, and its something that drew me to the series, and even though it was before my time, there are many things that resonate with me.
 I was a fan of both movies that came before by J.J. Abrahms, but was pretty excited about Beyond, because Justin Lin was producing/directing, and he did such an amazing job with the Fast and the Furious series. A franchise that is pretty high up on my favorites list. So I knew I was going to go see this movie, even thought there were a few people talking about bad
reviews. I try hard not to listen to reviews, because I like to make my own decisions. Its very rare, that I don't see a movie because of the reviews that are out, and sometimes they even push me to go see the movie anyway, for instance, the Japanese Live Action Lupin Film that came out a couple of years ago, you can read my thoughts here. Enough Rambling, lets get down to the movie!
 Was it just me or were the Tanexxi kind of similar to vicious tribbles? I really need Bones to take some sensitivity training. Even though I thought the scenes with Bones and Spock working together were my favorites out of the whole movie. The comedy was top notch in this one, I chuckled pretty much the whole movie. The idea of the Yorktown base, floating in space, where people from all over can visit and socialize before heading off on another 5 year journey, or what have you, I thought was pretty neat. Instead of floating through space alone, and with your crew surrounded by things you don't know, you can always just pop off to the west a couple of light years, and connect with civilization again.
 It's really starting to annoy me, that peoples idea of inclusion, is to cast black people, or people of color, as creatures, (especially in sci-fi) where they are so absolutely and utterly deformed that they couldn't be recognized not only of color, but as a human being. Its very indicative of dehumanizing people of color, to make it easier to oppress. Its okay to treat them this way, they aren't human. I feel like it takes us way too many steps back. Not only in Beyond, but Star Wars with Lupita, and Suicide Squad with Killer Croc.
 I thought that the technology in this one was pretty top notch. I mean, that translation device inside the suit? So they can understand what the refugee was saying? That was pretty amazing. I definitely felt like she was up to no good, and it kept me on edge the entire time that once she was on board the ship, she hardly appeared, or said more than two words. I was super suspicious of her from the get go.
 Krall's ability to "eat" the victims reminded me of Vampires. He's legit a space vampire, staying alive all those years, by eating the "essence" of his victims c'mon! How cool is that? Love that LT. Uhura's ability to hear his voice in the background of an old video allowed them to identify Krall before he went vampire. I loved that her ability was utilized in a capacity away from the com on the bridge.
 Although, I was a huge fan of the hip hop used in the movie.... the fact that they needed something with lots of noise, kind of annoyed me. One of the biggest things about people that don't like Rap and Hip Hop, they think its just noise. When in actuality, it is a unique way to express oneself, in a way that wasn't there before. A way that honestly, and is uniquely black.
 "When you've lived as many lives as he, fear of death is Illogical." Spock.
 "You gave your girlfriend a tracker. That was not my intention." The comedy was gold in this. Absolute gold. Another thing, I really liked about the movie was the homage to Anton, and Leonard Nimoy. The way they honored the original crew, was amazing and beautiful, and honestly it made me cry. Not bawling my eyes out like Big Hero 6 Crying, but I did shed a few tears.
 I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I felt that they did a decent job honoring the crew that came before them, and did a great job leading the movies into a new generation. I highly recommend anyone interested in sci-fi or star trek to go see it as soon as you can, and wear something fitting to honor the 50th anniversary. 4/5 stars.

Have you seen Star Trek Beyond? Lets talk about it on Twitter! I'm always up for chatting about film!

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

On Youtube: Pokemon Go Adventures

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Just popping in to tell you that there is a new youtube video up! I really like editing videos throughout the week and then putting them up on Wednesday, it meshes really well with my schedule, so I'll be doing this for a while. Today, I scrounged up all the footage I had while playing Pokemon Go and put them together for you guys.
 A good portion is just me but there is some that features Alex, my fiance. We went to a couple of parks, and a couple of restaurants, and I Go as many places that would allow. I've even found a few pokemon in movie theaters!


Where do you like to go Pokemon hunting? Lets talk about it on Twitter. I'm so in love with Pokemon Go!

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

My Go To Tips for Beginning Convention Goers.

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  As I watch the calendar jealously, Convention season is about to start up again. Specifically San Diego Comic Con. No lie, it is my dream to go there. It's number 4 on my bucket list. *Side Note, I may be able to break another number on my bucket list, meeting Stan Lee because he's coming to Cincinnati Comic Expo.*
 A great place to find conventions in your area is Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticket website, with their awesome conferences page, you can find conventions in your area, and even help get your own convention open and available for ticket purchases.
 My first convention was Ohayocon, in Columbus Ohio, I was a college freshman, and I went with my college's Anime Club, *sniff Good Times*, I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was doing man did it show. I did a decent job of blogging about it, but not being prepared to explore it! I actually wrote about this four years ago, but here is a more updated version.  I want to share some do's and don't's with you guys, so you don't make the same mistakes I did.

- Get a Map. You can generally find a program towards the entrance. Grab one. There is nothing worse than getting lost, especially in bigger conventions. There's a lot of unnecessary walking that you can avoid by simply reading the program guide.

- Schedule. See if you can find programming on their website so you can plan accordingly. You don't have to follow your schedule to a T, but you do want to have some idea of what you want to see, who you want to see and how long it will take. Then you can cut activities according to how much time you have. It is also good to make a list of everyone you want to see, so you don't miss anyone!

- Weather-Proof Packing: Pack accordingly, especially if your convention takes place in areas with unpredictable weather, like *ahem* Ohio.  I always pack one outfit for every day that I'm away. Plus some type of pajamas and one tank top and one pull over. I always wear the tanktop and I tie the pullover around my waist so if it gets cold I can put it on, or if it gets hot, I can strip down to the tank top, with minimal effort. ALSO FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!! If you are cosplaying, look into gel inserts, for the shoes you are wearing. I wore Zatanna to a relatively small convention and walked to the car barefoot, because I couldn't handle my stilettos. Inserts are a gals best pal.

- Snacks: I like to go to the grocery store nearby the night before the convention. I grab a couple of sodas, and easy to carry easy to eat one handed snacks. There is nothing worse than getting sick or fainting during your convention so make sure that you remember to feed yourself. Packing your own snacks, allows you to eat on the go and save all that hard earned money for the good stuff, a decent trip down Artist Alley.

- Checklist: I create a checklist every night before I go to bed, so I know everything that I need for the next day. This includes things like put all electronics on charge, pack both cameras. List of comics I need to have so I can get them signed. What snacks and drinks I want to bring, so in the morning, I can toss everything in my bag and be ready to go.


- MOST IMPORTANT! Cosplay is NOT consent. DON'T BE A CREEP. Ask a cosplayer before taking a photo. If they tell you no, then let that be the end of it. They are human beings just like you and me, would you like it if someone followed you around the entire convention? Or if they touched you without permission? Exactly. The same principles apply here. If you'd like more information, this is great guide. 

Just remember to be fun and to be safe, after all that's the point right? Do you have any go to tips when it comes to convention going? Make sure to visit Eventbrite for conventions in your area. Let me know if you're visiting any in the Ohio/ Kentucky area! Lets talk about it on Twitter!!


 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Spokhette Explores: Covington Coffee

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I've been trying to get out and explore my city more. Since I work at night, and work on the blog during the day or when I get off work, its super easy to spend the rest of my free hours sleeping. I'm trying to get better about getting out, and working on my blog in fresh places. They say that it juices up the old spark plugs, and can inspire new ideas.
 Pretty close to my house, a new coffee shop opened up and I thought I would check it out. The staff is super friendly, and although I couldn't eat anything because there were nuts, I enjoyed my stay. I'm not a coffee or tea fan, so I opted for the carbonated lemonade. I was probably there for an hour but I saw all kinds. Businessmen, and Wedding Photographers and the conversation was never stilted. It was a very calming experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed working on the New Game Review post while I was there.







Have you been exploring your cities? Have you come across any awesome places lately? Let's chat about our adventures on Twitter!!

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

On Youtube: Makeup Unboxing

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 I'm so excited to be back on youtube. I missed making videos so much. I'm so glad that I'm finally over my lack of creativity and motivation. I'm glad I took a break, instead of forcing myself to create content. I feel like if it's forced, its not as good as if its natural. With Video, it's super obvious if you aren't interested in what you are talking about, where when you type, you may be able to come off a bit more geniune, all depending on your tone.
 I definitely didn't want to give you guys any half-assed content, so I took a small break, and I'm so sorry about it. Its obvious that people were upset because I lost a few followers, and ya know I am very sorry to see them go. However, I'm very happy that there are followers that decided to stay and stick with me, and THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!




I thought about swatching they eyeshadows, but then I decided not. I've always wanted black lipstick, and I finally wore Perry Panther to my friend's Bachelorette Party, and I really loved the way it looked, I even got a few compliments!! I added the bat wing earcuff, but after that, the lipstick, eyeliner and black dress, I decided that I was looking a little too Goth. So I decided to add my Alice in Wonderland Headband from Hot Topic, to add a little color.

If you liked seeing makeup again on my channel and blog, make sure to thumbs up and subscribe so I know this is what the gang wants to see! See You again Next Wednesday for another Video!!

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 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

July Favorites ' 16

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 I can't believe it's already August! 2016 has just been zooming by! The summer is almost over, and the school year is starting again. Which is a little stressful for me, not because I will be attending classes, but because my Big Girl Job is going to start again, and that makes me a little nervous. Its supposed to be all electronic instead of paper based this time, which makes me even more nervous, because things that need battery power, generally die around me all the time.
 I just need time to slow down. Like I haven't been able to catch up! Now I'm 25, and it's already a new month, and I'm just like AAAAAAH, there are so many things that I want to do and I feel like time just isn't waiting for me, and now I'm running to catch up. I did manage to get some cool things done in July, and I can't wait to tell you guys about them!!


- When I was younger, one of my favorite book series, was Bunnicula, the vampire Rabbit, by James Howe, at the start of my relationship with Alex, we came across a paperback version in Barnes and Noble and it's fate was sealed. I bought it and we read it out loud together, and he loved it! So when we in Half Price Books around the end of July, I came across the entire rest of the set, except for one, so of course I had to get it! They said they could order the missing one online and have it sent to me, so pretty soon the set will be complete. It will probably be the 3rd complete series of books I've owned in my lifetime. I'm kind of excited about that. I read a lot, but their in my kindle or rented from the library, so I'm not really building a library, which is one of the few things that I've always wanted to do.


- Towards the end of July the #BlackWomenDidThat was trending on Twitter, and Jamie of Black Girl Nerds, recirculated an original post I wrote for them when I was just starting out. 20 Black Superheroine's You've Never Heard Of. It felt super good but also weird to see old content not only make the rounds again, but be relevant as well. I guess that's what is considered quality content huh.



- Level 5 released a trailer for the next Layton game, featuring his daughter. I instantly fell in love with her smile, wits and adorable outfit, like she has moved straight to the top of my cosplay list. I'm currently compiling all the reasons I'm excited into a video for you guys, but for right now I definitely wanted to including falling in love with Lady Layton in my July favorites. Like how could I not? Her mini Top Hat ya'll!!!







- Getting to celebrate My Birthday. My Sister's 18th Birthday. My Mother's Birthday. It was a blast. We played board games. Explored the city looking for Pokemon. Visited an art exhibit that really really pissed us off. Got delicious baked goods, appetizers and homemade Ribs, what more could you ask for?

- Seeing Star Trek Beyond, AND buying a USA TODAY SPECIAL for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I'm always unsure when new members of the gang started following me. Maybe you were here the last time I talked about my love of the original series, maybe you weren't. Maybe you are tired of hearing about my love for Commander Spock, maybe you don't even know. SO, I'll tell ya anyway. Before I was Nerdette At Large, I was Vulcan Sugar and Spice, and I wrote fashion posts and makeup, with hints of Star Trek here and there. I discovered it at a time in my life when I was having issues being myself around people.

- This month I discovered and finished Season One of Penny Dreadful. I know I'm late. Since I started watching some semi-gory anime, I figured I could handle Penny Dreadful now. Even still, I'm a bit squeamish. There are certain parts on certain episodes I still turn away or close my eyes. I know I just turned 25, but I guess that doesn't automatically come with adult vision that's primed with unsqueamishness. <--- I know that's not a real word, just humor me. I am really enjoying it though, and I'm thinking about writing up a little something, a little later one. I kind of want to give you guys a break from the anime/television review/opinion posts, I've kind of been rolling them out.

- I am so excited that yet another Fangirling Post was well-received at Her Story Arc. I was so honored, when I was approached to write for them, and the fact that I have my own semi-regular series on another site, with a significant reach makes me feel like I'm finally getting somewhere as a blogger. I specifically say blogger, instead of writer, because although, the posts I created from them are text based, I do not want to be considered a freelance writer. I don't have the training or the heart that freelance writers do, like my cousin Brianna or Ed, and I feel like that would kind of be an insult to them. Also! Don't think I'm putting myself down, because I'm not. I learned a long time ago, that I didn't want to be a writer. I wanted to create "something" that "someone" could enjoy. Which is definitely what I'm doing as a content creator, so yeah, I may not be getting paid a living wage for it right now, but I thoroughly enjoy being a multi-media content creator, and when you love what you are doing how can you go wrong?

 Did you guys do anything fun in July? I love being able to share my adventures with you guys, and Vis a Vis, so lets chat about it on Twitter! Also, YAY, to the crazy jump in Followers, I'm almost to 490 followers!!! Thanks so much for hanging out with me gang, it is such a blast!!!


 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Spokhette Explores: Birthday Weekend

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 It's been a while since I just sat down and talked to you about my day. I miss it, I miss the actual act of blogging. The act of writing about my day and adventures where people can read it. Writing about my adventures in the public eye. I do it a lot on Youtube, but its been a while since I just let you guys in, in a written post. So Snuggle in, and buckle up, I've got a lot to get through today.
 The cool thing about July, it's a super busy month. It involves not only my birthday, but my sisters and my moms. Which means the last two weekends get kind of crazy. We were pretty laid back this year though. For my birthday, Alex got me an Instax Mini 8, along with 40 regular film and 10 colored film sheets. I'm so in love with it, I take it with me everywhere, and one thing I really like about it, is I can put my Website on it, and make instant business cards!! We spent the day playing board games and spending time with family, it was great.
 For my Sister's Birthday, we spent the day exploring the city searching for Pokemon. She had a blast, so that's all that mattered. It did kind of suck that her day was the hottest out of all three, but hey I lost a few pounds and got a tan. I got to explore the Sanitation department, which includes two gyms and more pokemon than you can shake a stick at. I caught a bunch, but the ones that stand out the most are the Charmeleon, Jigglypuff and a Pinsir. Alex caught a Pidgey on my shoulder and since then I've been Gabby the Pirate with my Pidgey companion, Mad Claw taking over the seas.
 For my Mother's Birthday, We attempted to be classy and went to Eden Park for the Cincinnati Art Museum, to check out the 30 American's exhibit, which was supposed to be about Black Excellence and a culture experience. Instead we were greeted by Black Face, Ku Klux Klan Gates, and a room with a noose in the middle and surrounded by empty Klan Hoods. I was NOT IMPRESSED. We left after that, the only saving grace with the Painting Sleep, that we was by the entrance.
 After that, we stopped by Buskens for sweets, of which I bought WAY TOO MANY. It had been a while since I had had baked goods, because I devoured those two donuts in no time. Then we had appetizers at Outback which pretty much turned into a meal. Between myself and Alex, Mom and Gianna, we put away two orders of mild wings, regular Aussie Cheese fry AND an order of Crab stuffed Mushrooms. It was so fun to be able to pamper my mom for a change, because she's always taking care of us, it felt really good and adult like to be able to treat her.

 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

My Thoughts On: New Game 1-4 (Slight Spoilers)

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 I'm really churning these guys out huh. I've been on anime binge lately. Luckily, I have found a still airing anime!! Which is super rare, for me. I generally prefer to have a full season to binge watch rather than waiting for the new episode next week, I am not the most patient woman. At first glance, New Game appears to be an adorable series about a gamer who has the rare opportunity to work at the company who created her favorite game. However, I think it is going to become much more than that, I can see friendship being a staple in this series.
  Aoba San has just graduated high school and is starting her first day at Eagle Jump, a gaming company responsible for her favorite video game. Let me just tell you from jump, that I am in love with this series. The characters are adorable the story is off to a great start and it is literally what I want out of life.
 An all female gaming company, with unique women creating RPG games that I wish I could play, and there's an OFFICE CAT?! What more could you want? Could this be my dream job? Never have I wanted to be a fictional character so badly as I did after watching the first episode of this series. My favorite character is Hifumi-Sempai right now. HECK, there's even a dark skinned character: Umiko Sempai. What is life right now?
  If you'd like to catch up, it is airing on Crunchyroll right now, the first 4 episodes are available, and the new episode comes out today at 11:30 in Japan! Have you gotten a chance to witness the adorable gamer nerds in this anime?


Lets chat on Twitter!! I love talking to you guys about anime, comic books, video games and more, don't be shy, come say hi!!!



 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

My Thoughts On: Black Bullet (Spoilers)

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  It feels so good to be back!!! I was a having a bit of a rough time dealing with my lack of motivation and I didn't want to give you guys half-hearted content because you deserve so much more than that!! You deserve the best that I can give you, because you guys are special, and help me find the inspiration I need to keep coming back to my desk and saying "hmmm What shall I create today?"
 One thing I like to do when I'm feeling a bit uninspired is to watch anime. Anime can literally be about anything, and so when I come across something that I've never seen before, or experienced, once I'm done watching it I am just overflowing with ideas! During my dry spell, I completed an anime series and one season of another. Today I'm going to give you my thoughts on Black Bullet.
 I'd never heard of this anime before. But, I was reading comments on my latest Fangirling Post and one of the blogs that had commented had watched and reviewed it on their blog under mystery so of course I had to check it out.
 I felt quite a kinship with " The Cursed Children. Especially the way they were treated, it echoed racial tensions today. I felt that the story line was pretty unique considering what I normally watch. Radioactive Godzilla like creatures called Gastrea's threaten everyday life, but thanks to Civil Service duos. Which consist of a Manager and a Instigator, whom are equipped with the proper tools, to get rid of the Gastrea or at least keep them at bay.
 I'm still confused about whether the little girls are born with the ability to fight the Gastreas or if they are slightly mechanized. I can understand why Rentaro is so gentle and loving to the girls, he is also slightly mechanized.
 I'm all for the new Gastrea law that will allow the girls to get a fair shake. This anime probably has the most blood I've ever seen. I'm not a fan of the gore, anime can sometimes have. It's one of the reasons I haven't finished Cyborg 009 V.S. DevilMan. I love that within a couple of episodes, Rentaro has gone from a lackadaisical officer working for a super poor company to being the "Presidents" personal bodyguard and being able to teach tons of little girls how to take care of themselves and the Gastreas.
 I'm confused about why there are so many cursed children out and about without partners, when there are so many battles to be won. Did they once have partners and were abandoned? Have they never had partners? Since they are young girls do they grow up? Does the corrosion rate increased to 100% and then they perish?
 With the creepy Basement scientist I would have loved for her to create a cure, or at least a medicine that would allow the cc's to grow up, and realize whatever they're dream for the future was. A lot of these girls don't attend school, because of the bigotry instilled in the normal children. I'm glad that they are being taught in a caring classroom environment full of their peers.
 I totally teared up when Enji was outed to her classroom and all of her friends turned their backs on her. Especially when the children were protecting themselves with rulers and protractors. I hated that the teacher didn't do a thing to help her. Don't even get me started about the Cursed Child those so called police officers shot in the head! Twice, Police brutality just because they had power and bias. It made me sick. I really wanted that law to go into effect, to protect the girls that were left.
 To attack any child is unforgivable but to gang up on a blind girl? Just sickening. It was definitely childish of me to hope that Kisara and Rentaro would just adopt all of the girls in the class room and suddenly the story would change and there would be Brady bunch like hi-jinks and that they'd live happily ever after. There was so much death in this series. So much loss. I can't even deal with the amount of sadness it caused me.
 "Only an absolute evil can overpower evil." Rentaro's concern for becoming unaffected by the deaths of others is pretty genuine. I could see after a while, of the bodies piling up, especially during the war, how one would want to file it away in a folder never to be opened again. I hope that Rentaro and Enji can stay together forever. I disagree with Kisara though, if evil can seek to destroy another evil, than the first evil must be in some form or facet good.
  All in All, I absolutely loved this anime. I'm hoping for another season, but since its been out for two years, it isn't looking likely. I loved the character development that was shown, even from characters that were "inherently evil" at one point became heroes. They all came together for a single cause which I thought was great. The sadness level is off the charts though, I cried at least 5 times throughout the 13 episodes. If you aren't a sappy pushover like me, then the deaths may not even register. For me however, its one of the things keeping it from having 5 stars, it was just too heavy on my heart, 4 /5

 Have you watched Black Bullet? Have any anime to recommend? Tell me below or on Twitter!!


 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Apologizes and Activities

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Just thought I would stop by and apologize for the lack of a Friday post and the fact that there hasn't been a youtube video in two weeks. Life snuck up on me like a crazy mofo, and I had to battle him back into submission. Things are starting to settle down now, which means it will be easier for me to create content for you guys, but don't think I've just been lazy!!

- My Fangirling Post covering Sakurako Kojou is live on Her Story Arc!


- Putting together a list of tips for your first CONVENTION thanks to Eventbrite!

- Editing lots of video footage, I probably have enough for three or four videos so those will be coming soon.

- Friday, was my 25th birthday. Spent time with my family and Alex.

- Had a chance to go see Star Trek Beyond, but I didn't want to go because I specifically altered a shirt to wear to the theater, and I didn't have it with me.. Alex says I'm ridiculous, but I worked hard on that, I want to wear it when I go see it.

- Watched two new movies over the weekend: The Black Dahlia and Kiss The Girls.

- Although, I've been slowing on content, I have been pretty good about updating Twitter and Instagram, so make sure you guys follow me there, when posts get sporadic.

Were you guys busy this week? What did you guys think about our Guest Contributors? Lets talk about it on Twitter.t


 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

How I Learned To Love Pokemon Again

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One of my best friends, Emily has decided to grace us with her thoughts of Pokemon Go. Make sure to read all the way to the end to find out more about her, her novels and where you can stalk *ahem* visit her social media.
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 That is right people. I have gotten the Pokemon Go App. I haven't battled anyone yet, but I'm working on getting a Gloom, Ponyta and a Vulpix. (Some of my favorites.) So yes, the hardcore Digimon fan has gone over to the "Dark Side" and she is loving it. Don't think this means I now favor Pokemon. In fact, one of my hopes for the future is that the people behind Digimon will be inspired to create their own app similar to PokemonGo so I can play with my favorite monster fandom. I also still stand by my belief that Meowth not knowing how to use Payday because he learned English is stupid.
  How did a hardcore Digimon fan like myself end up with Pokemon Go? How am I re-learning to love Pokemon? In order to tell this story, we need to go back to my childhood. Late 90's and early 00's. When overalls were acceptable fashion, the internet was dial up and T.V. only had 99 channels. During this time I was a casual Pokemon Fan. I didn't play he card game and only attempted the video games a few times.
 My source for Pokemon was the anime, which I could only watch at my Grandparent's house, because they had WB and my parents did not. I do remember having a few Pokemon Toys, but I definitely wasn't a hardcore fan. Then out of nowhere, Digimon appeared before me. This show came just when I needed it, and spoke to me in a way Pokemon wasn't able to. It was one of my early fandoms and I still love it to this day. It also helped that I could watch Digimon wherever I went.
 So like every fangirl, I tried to share my love for it with others. This didn't end well. Most kids snubbed Digimon for being a rip off of Pokemon, and at the time, my shy self wasn't skilled at debating. I had a lot of labels put on me that marked me as the weird kid and being a Digimon fan was one of them. Even as I grew older and didn't see the people of my childhood anymore, I found myself starting to hate Pokemon. It wasn't something I did on purpose. I just started to associate Pokemon with a bad part of my childhood, subconsciously, I suppose. Something that just brought me sadness and pain. While Digimon gave me hope that I would find friends that loved the same things I did.
 I didn't realize I was carrying all these feelings with me or even that was my true reason for disliking Pokemon. I just thought i was a classic fan war. You had to pick a side, there was no licking both. though part of that mindset might come from the sport side of my family, who will always cheer for the U.K. WildCats no matter what happens. So with all this baggage I was unknowingly carrying with me, why did I ever consider getting Pokemon Go?

The answer is obvious to both a Digimon and Pokemon fan: Friendship.

 If you recall from the Pokemon Vs. Digimon Debates between Spokhette and Myself. You will know that we are very close friends. She loves Pokemon as much as I love Digimon. Due to all the stuff going on in my life, I have to move back down south, and away from my friend. Meaning we weren't going to see that much of each other. I could tell she was very sad about this, and I wanted to do something for her to make it easier. During this conversation she had mention that she had watched Digimon.
 I was shocked, because it wasn't something I had asked her to do, and while it's not going to be her new favorite T.V. Show, she did seem to like it. So I thought, why not get Pokemon go, that way when we do see each other, we'd have something to connect with. Now, I know what you're thinking. Emily, you can't battle with other trainers unless they own a gym. Well, see I didn't know that because I wasn't really part of the Pokemon fandom.
 I'm glad I didn't know that though, there is a chance I would have had second thoughts about joining. As I have been running around trying to find Pokemon that are awesome to show to Spokhette, I have started to remember what Pokemon was really like for me as a child. It wasn't something negative or mean spirited. It was something that was fun and joyful to be part of. It also forced me to look inward to unpack the baggage I was still carrying with me. I had wanted to believe that I had put that behind me, but it just wasn't true. Knowing that has just empowered me to unload the last bags so I can finally be free.
  So with each new Pokemon I capture, I guess I'm really re-capturing the joy I had as a child. We all have to grow up, but there are things from our childhood, that we never truly outgrow. Joy should definitely be one of those things. You can't feel that if you're carrying negative things from the past. So don't be surprised if you see me post about my Pokemon adventure, because it is one I definitely need to take.


About The Author: Emily Kirby is a novelist, Creator of the Codex Series, runs her own Youtube Channel and Blog.You can find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

3 Sci-Fi Movies You Need To Stream Right Now

Hey Gang!

 Got something a little special for you guys. On the 4th I put up a Guest Blogger application, I wanted to bring you guys new types of content. I love my voice and I love expressing it, but I'm not the only one in the world, and perhaps you'd like to hear about other facets of nerdom, that maybe I personally don't cover! Never fear, new content is here! Today we have the lovely Cassie from Culture Coverage talking about some of her favorite Sci-fi films. Make sure to read all the way to the end for cool stuff and her own bio. and make sure you visit her blog and show her that awesome love you guys show me!

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Of all the movie genres out there, sci-fi is by far the most generous. While cool CGI effects have made the impossible reality for superhero movies such as Iron Man or Deadpool, sci-fi movies have been around doing their own thing for nearly a century now. For those making films in that realm, they’re going to make something great regardless of whether they’ve got an overpaid tech team or a few dozen makeup artists.
Yet that also means the library of sci-fi movies is incredibly vast. Picking a good one from the masses is difficult at best. So we’ve saved you the trouble and picked out a few for a good night marathon! Enjoy these movies at your leisure from the convenience of a streaming service and get some food ready!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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So the first item up on our list comes with one small caveat—you cannot stream it for free (well, legally anyway). It’s available on iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon Video, but all sources charge $3.99 for the stream. And while I’m generally against paying to stream (especially if you’re already paying for something like Netflix or Amazon), I make an exception for this movie.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is simply a great film to watch. Not only does it include an amazing cast of diverse actors and personalities, but it also has musical numbers! The entire plot focuses on transsexual transvestite Transylvania, where Dr. Frank-N-Furter (played by Tim Curry) is a mad scientist bent on creating the perfect man for “his” pleasure.
In spite of that, the film is surprisingly well-mannered and absolutely hilarious. Every member of the cast is memorable (as is the rest of the film) to the point where some of the movie’s fans have gone as far as attending the live theatrical versions just to participate in the plays (which is a traditional thing with this story).
If ever a film was worth three bucks to watch, this is it. It has pretty much everything you could want out of a sci-fi movie.
Ex Machina
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The phrase “deus ex machina” is often used in stories to describe a miraculous event that occurs with little more explanation than “because the author said so” and is usually used to resolve the plot. As such, the phrase literally means “god from the machine.” “Ex Machina” plays on that well known literary term by going ultra-literal and focusing on a machine that has been programmed so well that her personality is possibly indistinguishable from that of a human.
The trick, however, is her appearance. Right away, you can tell Ava is a robot. She has a human face, but the rest of her has a “mechanical” appearance. The overall style of the film is that of a psychological thriller, so there are lots of exciting twists and turns to be had throughout the experience.
Being a modern film, the special effects are really good. So good, in fact, that the movie won multiple awards (this is just last year, as the film debuted in 2015), though not all for special effects. You’ll find the movie is a little different from most American films because it is the product of a British-American team. You can expect to find some unique viewpoints as a result.
Unlike “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” you don’t need to pay to watch “Ex Machina” so long as you have an Amazon Prime account. If not, it can be seen for just a few dollars on other services such as Vudu or YouTube (you can still watch it on Amazon for cheap if you don’t have Prime).
Minority Report
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While Tom Cruise may have gotten a little “out there” for some people in the past decade or so, the same cannot be said for the movies he’s starred in. “Minority Report” is an excellent sci-fi film where he stars as John Anderton, a captain working for the PreCrime organization.
The film takes place in the slightly futuristic city of Washington, D.C. where crime has been all but eliminated thanks to the efforts of a group of psychics known as the “Precogs” who are able to predict crimes before they happen. Yet are their predictions always accurate?
The story’s concept is incredibly novel and touches on a whole variety of topics from how we view criminal activity to what really constitutes the difference between a utopian and dystopian future. After all, the criminals in the film are all punished without having successfully committed their crime yet. This society is essentially punishing people for thought crimes.
“Minority Report” is available on Netflix for instant streaming, but it comes with a catch. It isn’t normally available to US residents. There is, however, a workaround that will not only allow you to watch “Minority Report,” but any other content on Netflix that’s available outside the USA.
Using a Virtual Private Network (or VPN for short) can fool Netflix and other websites into thinking you’re somewhere else. It works by connecting you to a remote server that processes your requests for you. That server can be located in a variety of different countries, giving you access to content normally regionally locked. It also doubles as a security booster because it encrypts internet traffic. It’s worth checking out if you travel a lot of want a larger selection of films to pick from.
Runner Up
There’s one last film that didn’t quite make the official list for the simple reason that I just couldn’t find anywhere to stream it! It isn’t available on YouTube, Netflix, Hulu or Amazon, so it isn’t something you can stream through the regular channels. If you can find it, you should definitely see “Blade Runner.”
It is one of the single best sci-fi films ever made, with three different versions that alter everything up to the actual ending of the film. Besides starring Harrison Ford, it helped create a huge number of tropes and was an inspiration for countless other sci-fi films. If you can find it, it’s absolutely worth watching.
About the Author: Cassie is a movie buff and internet security specialist. When she isn’t watching her favorite flicks, she’s usually blogging about them or promoting online safety. She hopes that you’ll enjoy at least one of the films listed above!
Think we missed something good? Any thoughts on one of the movies listed above? Feel free to add to this short list by commenting below! Lets talk about some favorite Sci-Fi Films on Twitter!



 Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Nerdette Lately

Hey Gang!

I've missed you guys!! What have you guys been up too? Did you have a fun weekend? I thought I'd catch ya up on a few things I've been doing lately

- Works been kind of crazy, so I haven't had a lot of time to do blog stuff. This is the fourth time I've re-written this post. Honestly its been driving me a little crazy.

- Downloaded Pokemon Go and am so in love! I've come across a Clefiary and an Evee. So Far, Alex and I have explored the Sanitation Department, Two parks, and walked a combined 12, 883 steps in the last two days. Its a healthy activity, and so much fun, especially to share with someone you love. Team Mystic Represent!!

- Finished my first book in a while. When I was younger, I was a voracious reader. I probably finished three to four books a week. I wasn't working a job then, or working on a plan for creating a semi-successful blog. It's called The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. An 18 year old feels like she has lost her chance to explore the world, when her mother passes away and her father withdraws. It leaves her caring for her younger brother and feeling like the world is passing her by. So when the chance to get out of the house arrives in the shape of two super cute boys that are interested in her, how could she say no? Its a romantic thriller, that did a decent job of giving me goosebumps. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

- Bought fabric for the first time from Walmart. I got adorable DC heroine's fabric, and it inspired me to do more sewing. I've been practicing on lots of things. Adding piping to dresses, or fixing holes in Alex's shirts. I have no idea how Alex gets some many holes in his clothing from being a computer technician, but somehow he does...

- Pretty Little Liars is getting so intense man!! I'm so irked that I'm back to waiting an entire week biting at my fingernails, and dude, Elliot, is SO CREEPY!!! There has to be a conflict of interest being someone's medical caregiver and their husband.. And Wax faces of dead people?! COME ON.
I sort of miss when A was just a catty high school student pulling pranks, NOT a STONE COLD KILLER.

- The Guest Blogger Application is still open, so don't forget to email me! Don't miss your chance to write for a new audience!!

 Have you guys been up to anything cool lately? Lets talk about it on twitter!!! Come be my friend, we talk about all kinds of things there!


Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy, ~Spokhette!~

Personal Rant: The Struggle of finding the perfect notebook.

Hey Gang!

 You're going to learn a bit about me today and a little about my personality and I hope that's ok, because this is going to be a personal rant about how difficult it is for me to find the perfect stationery supplies. So buckle in this one is going to be quite a ride.
 If you have been following me for a while you know how much I love planning posts for the blog and all of my other social media on paper. Its my thing. I'm a huge fan of pens, stationery, planners and notebooks. I keep at least two notebooks in my purse at all times so whenever inspiration hits me I can write it down. I can outline and flesh out the ideas on paper, and then just type them up for the blog when they are finished. That's my blogging process just in case you were interested.
 Now I don't have a particular place that I love to buy notebooks from. It really is a struggle for me to find a notebook that works for my needs. Now most people would say thats because I'm crazy or I'm too picky and I'm just being ridiculous. If I was ranting about finding a planner, I would totally agree with them. It took half a year to find the perfect planner I fangirled on Instagram AND twitter when I found it, and I bookmarked the link, so I can order it again in 2018 when its time to get a new one.
 However, this rant is about my struggle for finding the next notebook successor. The needs for my new notebook are NOT the same needs that my planner has to fulfill. For example. Here's the must haves I need in a planner.

- Has to have a Monthly, and Weekly pages. There has to be enough room for me to place everything that I have to do for that week and that month and also create a todo list for the entire week.

- Has to have a ribbon marker. I HATE having to flip through it to find what I need.

- I HATE SPIRAL BOUNDS! Those abominations have no place in proper stationery. NONE! They never stay upright, they get bent and then the paper is ruined, and it scratches me constantly because one of the last rings will always end up sharp and deadly.

- I prefer ones with pockets in the back so I can put importantly things, like invitations and such.

- The pages have to be roomy and should be numerous. I'm very busy through the year, and I need to have all the space.

 So I can see why finding a planner for me is difficult and I can even see why people think I would be a crazy person . However, the needs for my Notebook? Not even close.

- Soft Cover that stays flat when open.

- A ribbon book mark.

- More than 160 pages

- Lined paper.

See? My needs for a notebook are pretty simple. However, the closest I've ever gotten was a notebook from Barnes and Noble, and when I opened it? QUAD PAPER?! Who even writes on Quad paper? Do I look like an architect to you? Why is that considered a notebook instead of a sketchbook. No where on the packaging did it even say that it came with quad ruled paper.
Ever since then I have been having the worst luck trying to find a notebook that is going to suit me. Now my search has only gone on for about a week. I like to look in bookstores, because I can feel the paper and the cover and see all of the attributes.

If you know of any shops where I can get a couple quality notebooks please leave them in the comment box or talk to me about some of your favorites on twitter. I'm always up for trying something new.

 * Check out my latest video: 5 Reasons to be excited about Cardcaptor Sakura's Reboot *



Until Next Time,
Stay Nerdy,
~Spokhette!~

Open Call for Guest Bloggers!

Hey Gang!

Happy 4th of July everyone!! I hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful holiday!

 I love creating content for you guys! But, I am only one viewpoint. There are plenty of nerdy topic that I avoid on Nerdette At Large. Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Xbox, First Person shooters and the like. I thought it would be fun to test out some new content for you guys, and give you guys a chance to meet some other bloggers.
 It would be awesome to use this, as an opportunity to network with bloggers that I haven't yet interacted with before! So Here is a simple application for all bloggers, vloggers and content creators, that are interested in collaborating, or guesting!! Send all answers to emeraldarachnid@gmail.com


Name:

Blog/Vlog:

Blogging Style: 

Followers:

Topics You'd like to write about:

How often you'd like to guest: 

If you are interested in any other types of collaboration:

Favorite Fandoms:


 Nerdette At Large is updated two times a week by myself, a single blogger, but I would love to at least add two more posts per week, which would be easy to do with some help. Nerdette at Large is a nerdy lifestyle blog but I am open to any kind of topic, as long as it can fit inside the umbrella of lifestyle blogging.

Again, interested parties should email me at emeraldarachnid@gmail.com and I can't wait to hear from you guys!!!

If you know any bloggers that are also looking for guest bloggers let me know!! I'd love to write a few posts for someone else's audience!!






Until Next Time,
Stay Nerdy,
~Spokhette!~

June Favorites

Hey Gang!

 Can I get a right on for publishing this on the first?! You can't see my face right now but it has a huge grin on it, just so ya know. July is a huge month for me. My mother, sister and my birthdays are all this month. So I hope to be out doing lots of things, and have many things to show you in July. Now, lets talk about some awesome stuff in June.

- I revived the Ebay, and wound up winning a Wacom Bamboo tablet, I'm so excited to start using it in my everyday graphic work!



- My Cousin Brianna came home from South Korea. She vlogs and blogs, so go read her adventures, I am so excited to hear all about her adventures from the horses mouth.

- This month I discovered #Giriboy and listened to more San E and Mad Clown. My rap scene was pretty covered. Rappers in Korea look so much different than here or in Japan. Glad that they are accepting that you don't have to look "gangsta" to be a rapper. Its about your flow and lyrics, not how many chains your neck can hold up. Currently I am replaying: Hogu, Sour Grapes and Dish.

 

-THIS GOOGLE ANIMATION! What a time to be alive, to work for Google would be absolutely amazing!!

- I bought Two Skirts and a Dress from kyocatclothing on Etsy, and I regret nothing! Soot Sprites, The Rose Seal and Kero will help me prepare for the CardCaptor Sakura Reboot for their 20th Anniversary! I'm SO READY! -->


- Here are my favorite Makeup Looks for the month. I've been better about fashion and makeup on the blog this month, so I'm trying to keep on this course.


















- I've worn the mess out of my Bombshell Wonder Woman Shorts this month, Thanks Hot Topic!

- Falling in Love with this print by @paperbeatstweet

- Falling in love with this print by @sydweiler

- Thanking +Black Girl Nerds for #blackguynerds

- I haven't played Overwatch but art from @osamatographe make me want to so bad!

- The Semi-safe place #queerselflove provided before douchebags found it.

- Falling in love with all of @jenniferlmyers art, especially this Firefighter Bunny.

What were some of your favorites this month? Lets talk about music on twitter. Lets be friends!


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Until Next Time,
Stay Nerdy,
~Spokhette!~
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