Ep. 35 BOO! Halloween!

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Sailor Mizz joins us for her very first podcast, hooray! We get to know her and her geekstory for the first half of this podcast. The other half is Halloween centric because it’s our favorite holiday. We tell real ghost stories, paranormal experiences, sleep paralysis and just good ol’ spooky shit. WARNING: If you’re easily freaked out, you might want to skip those parts.

Great Halloween Movies: Every Hammer Film Ever Made

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Hammer Films had a huge influence on me as a child. They encouraged my love for film and particularly my love for horror. Once upon a time, for the whole month of October, AMC had “Monster Fest”. I looked forward to this every year. AMC would show all of the old classics, and many of these movies were the beautiful Hammer Films. They were gothic, macabre, eerie, erotic, and atmospheric. They were everything the imagination craved, yet feared.

One of my particular favorites.

I do have my favorites, but I feel that for my “Halloween Flicks” list, it wouldn’t be right to leave out any Hammer Film. So, I’ve decided to celebrate and gush about all of them. Yes, there are the great ones and the not so great ones, but even the films that fall into the latter category have their worth and are much better than most of the horror movies that are released today.

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Geek Girl Con 2011: Arts & Crafts with the GeekGirlCon Design Team

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On Sunday – this was a cute arts and crafts panel hosted by Tammy Vince Cruz and Rachelle Abellar from the Geek Girl Con’s design team. Not only were these two ladies busy churning out all the design collateral for the convention; they also organized a successful, interactive panel that encouraged attendees to drop by and make sock puppets.

But not just any sock puppets. Sock puppets inspired by Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

Geek Girl Con 2011

I arrived a little late into the panel due to the walk from the main convention center to the EMP Museum. The room was jam packed with people busy super-gluing feathers and rhinestones onto their puppets. It was great to see everyone in deep concentration over their own sock puppets. It was definitely a full panel and a lot of fun for all ages– a great way to mix the nerdy adults with nerdy children.

The panel felt like it ended a little too soon. Maybe next time they will be allotted more time because, seriously, you can’t rush art. Everyone seemed to have had fun regardless and they all smiled as they held up their puppets proudly.

I didn’t try and butt in to make my own puppet (every seat was taken by the time I got there) but I did take a lot of photos of everyone while they worked.

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Geek Girl Con 2011: A Visit to the EMP Museum

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I managed to squeeze in a quick museum visit at the EMP Museum – which was also hosting panels and events with Geek Girl Con, including a special panel with writer, Jane Espenson. The museum is neat, dedicated to mostly music and science fiction exhibitions at the moment. My main reason for making the effort to go was to see their Battlestar Galactica collection. It was pretty frakkin’ cool! They had life size models of the space vehicles and costumes displayed.

Seattle 2011

Cylons!

The exhibit both had elements from the original series and the new series most of us have come to love. I also checked out their Avatar exhibit. I’m not a big fan of the movie but it was still interesting to see the different artwork and objects used in the movie production. I love that this museum is dedicated to science fiction, horror and alternative music. It’s very unique and awesome for geeks. It was the perfect space to host Geek Girl Con events.

Check out my photos from inside the museum.

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…Kigurumi!

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Here’s a Halloween idea as comfy as it is silly!

Kigurumi!

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Kigurumi comes from a combination of two Japanese words: Kiru (“to wear”) and nuigurumi  (“stuffed toy”) which is very appropriate since you’re literally dressing yourself as a stuffed animal or cartoon mascot.   The equivalent of kigurumi in English is “splash mascot”. You see them pretty often from Mickey Mouse in Disneyland to the poor soul working as a sign spinner dressed as an anthropomorphic ice cream cone.

In Japan, there is another subset of kigurumi in the form of giant stylized onesies called “disguise pajamas” that  became a big fashion item among the girls of Harajuku literally overnight in the early 2000s. What’s better than raiding the giant Don Quijote stores (think of them as 24hr Japanese Walmarts) and buying funny animal pajamas to wear after night of heavy partying?

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