November 28, 2013

Nerd News: Doctor Who Christmas rumors, Sherlock teaser, Thor 2 art and more

Vol. 4, Issue 43

Hello, friends! Happy Thanksgiving and happy second day of Hanukkah! What's going on in pop culture—something I think I can safely assume we're all thankful for, yes?—this week?

In TV news:

Here are a few teasers:

Doctor Who (Thanks, Rebecca!)



Orphan Black


(via)

Sherlock


(via)

November 27, 2013

I am thankful for ...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (in the U.S.), which is a day to reflect on the many wonderful things we have in our lives.

I was inspired by one of the ideas I posted in last week's DIY-deas to create a little printable to use during our Thanksgiving meal, and, of course, I wanted to share it here. (A printer-friendly version with two on one page is available via the link below each image; I also created a black and white version: one-up | full sheet.)

(Gradient: one-up | full sheet; Glitter: one-up | full sheet)

I'm certainly thankful for much more than 10 things in my life, but if I was to start an open-ended list, I could go on for days! To get things started, here are 10 things I'm thankful for, some silly, some serious:
1. My family.
2. Marvel movies.
3. Friends—both offline and on.
4. Boyfriend cardigans.
5. Good health.
6. My Keurig coffee maker.
7. A home that is warm, dry and filled with things that make me smile.
8. My TBR (to-be-read) pile.
9. A secure job.
10. The Internet
What about you, friends? What are 10 things you're thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2013

Haiku Revieu: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (****1/2)

Snow is a bastard
Katniss is a bit broken
Run from the monkeys!


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I loved The Hunger Games. So much so that when I reviewed it last March, I gave it five out of five stars. My ratings scale is bit of a fluid thing, it seems, and I'm pretty sure that were I to see it for the first time today, I wouldn't give it the full score. That said, the score is a good indication of my feelings toward the franchise, and the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, doesn't in any way diminish those feelings. In fact, even though you might not be able to tell from the rating above, I actually liked it better than the first movie!

Catching Fire picks up a few months after Katniss and Peeta "win" the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Their lives have gotten somewhat back to normal, but the time of the Victory Tour—a trip with stops in each district that culminates in celebrations in the Capitol—is drawing near. Unbeknownst to her, in some Districts, Katniss' move with the berries was seen as a form of rebellion, and the people are pushing back against the Capitol's oppression. President Snow sees the people of Panem treating Katniss like a figurehead of the rebellion, and he hatches a plot to destroy her before she gets too much power—a plot that involves sending her back into the arena.

The characters and the actors in Catching Fire have only gotten better from the first movie, particularly Josh Hutcherson's Peeta. He's less of a lame duck in this movie, and actually stands up for himself a little more. Jennifer Lawrence was again awesome as Katniss, even a Katniss who's a bit more fragile and a lot more effected by PTSD. Stanley Tucci's Caesar Flickerman is pure brilliance; I really can't imagine anyone else playing the role. Donald Sutherland is so creepy as President Snow; every time he comes on screen, I can smell blood and roses. The new characters of Finnick, Johanna and the other prior victors were great, too. (I wish we could have spent more time with them!) And Lenny Kravitz's Cinna ... oh, Cinna.

It's obvious that Lionsgate spent a lot more money on Catching Fire, too. The special effects and sets were all superb. The Quarter Quell arena, and the "events" within, were super well done. (I still hold to my belief that The Hunger Games franchise one of most well done series of book-to-film adaptations ever.) I do wish we could have seen more of the action, however, and a little less of the lead up to it. (What can I say? I'm an action girl at heart.) And some of the scenes were a tad over-acted (i.e., the whole washing the fog poison off in the stream, Katniss' face at the very end of the movie ...)

Regardless, if you're a Hunger Games fan, or enjoyed the first movie even a little, I think you'll really enjoy this film, too.

November 23, 2013

Celebrate The Day of the Doctor with these Who sales

Happy Day of the Doctor, everyone! I woke up this morning and found my inbox had been inundated with a lot of Doctor Who-related sale emails (mostly for T-shirts, but that's OK by me). I'm sure many of you get the same emails, but I thought I'd write up a short post to get all of the sales in one place.

Today seems to be the perfect opportunity to buy gifts for all of the Whovians in your life—or, you know, buy yourself a little something. You deserve it!

As a disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these sites, I merely wanted to pass the savings on to my friends! Also, if you see an asterisk (*) next to a website below, that means I've bought from them before and would recommend their products. If there's no asterisk, you're buying at your own risk. (That sounds much more ominous than I meant it to.)

Tee-a-day sales:

As always with T-shirt of the day sites, these sales will only be available for a limited time. If you miss a design that you really want today, you can likely find it online later (often on RedBubble), but for not as cheap. Most of these sites don't just sell T-shirts anymore, but I wasn't sure what else to classify them as.

TeeFury* | Time Will Tell and 50 Years of Timelords


Buy one or both of these shirts today and you'll get a set of 3D glasses and a special 3D mini poster, too.

Blue Box Tees | The Doctor 010, TARDIS Service and Repair Manual and Doctor Magritte


Qwertee* | Who's Turning 50?


Unamee | In the Blink of Time


Shirt!Woot* | It Came Out of Nowhere, Things Waiting in the Darkness, Relative Dimensions, Passenger, Who Needs Gravity, Call Box in Blue, Infinitely A-Mazing, Have a Nice Trip, Adventure Time Lord, Timey Wimey and Travel With Me


Tee Tee | Twelve Doctors


A portion of each sale of this shirt goes to help relief efforts in the Philippines.

Fresh Brewed Tee* | Stowaway and Nanny Who


TeeTurtle | Hero of Space and Time, Time Traveler, Time Fiction and 10th of Hearts


I wore my 10th of Hearts shirt yesterday ... and the artist posted my #fridaytee photo on his Facebook page this morning!

Site-wide sales:

Threadless*


Threadless now offers many of their designs on more than just shirts. Get 35% off any order (not just Who shirts) with the code ALLOFTHETHINGS.

Hot Topic*


The entire Hot Topic store is on sale for 25% off. No code needed.

Special events:

Bottleneck Gallery


The gallery is releasing a set of posters, one for each of the 11 Doctors, on timed release throughout the day. If you buy the whole set, you'll receive a special (as-yet-unrevealed) 12th Doctor poster, too! (Thanks for the tip, Rebecca!)

Her Universe


Did I miss any good sales? If so, please share them in the comments!