WFTM Podcast Episode 14: There Be Spoilers Ahead!

SPOILERS! So many spoilers! For Mr. Robot (41:00-58:30) and Falling Skies (17:08-29:00) and maybe even The Whispers (29:44-36:44) if anyone even cares. Leslie also spoils Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (1:09:41-1:13:37) and the end of The Maze Runner by way of talking about The Scorch Trials. Spoilers, spoilers all over the place! Fernando and Leslie also talk about the first trailer for The 5th Wave film adaptation, a sneak peek at Hemlock Grove, exciting renewal news and Star Wars casting, and much more.

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 14?

News:

Check out the first trailer for the film adaptation of The 5th Wave

Syfy Saves the Day! Renews Killjoys and Dark Matter for Second Seasons

Rumors say that three lovely ladies are up for a leading role in Star Wars Episode 8 – We vote Tatiana Maslany!

What We’re Watching:

Falling Skies is over and we have thoughts

The Whispers is over and Fernando is happy to say goodbye

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Mr. Robot is over and we loved every minute

What We’re Reading:

Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher & Karl Kerschl (spoilers 1:09:41-1:13:37)

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He’s going to be playing a lot of Madden 2016 and reading The Shadow Revolution by Susan and Clay Griffith

Leslie: She will be reading Lazarus volume 3, Little Robot for blog tour on Thursday, watching a lot of X-Files and Parks & Rec, maybe finally watch Boyhood finally


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

#5FandomFriday: Real Life Geeks That Inspire Me

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

For some reason everyone that came to mind initially (besides Misha Collins) were all television and pop culture critics who have podcasts or blogs that I really enjoy. But does writing about pop culture actually make you a geek? So I dug a little more and found a more diverse list of awesome geeks who I really would love to have lunch with one day. We’d have lots to talk about!

I know a lot of people this week are posting people they know in real life or are other bloggers that write about geeky things. Unfortunately I am terrible at making friends, whether it’s online or off, so I’m sticking to more public figures.

Misha Collins, Master of World Domination

I have done ridiculous things for this man. My entire immediate family attempted to fly a Christmas tree using only helium balloons during the Thanksgiving holiday during the first GISHWHES event. I’ve met geeks from around the world through his annual scavenger hunt and become closer to local friends by joining forces for this madness. He’s the best kind of nerd, who loves everything and everyone. His kindness and support of fans is thoroughly noted, and I wish I could be a little more like him in day-to-day life.

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Joanna Robinson, writer for Vanity Fair and podcaster

I suppose it depends if you think being a cultural critic is criteria enough to be considered a geek. Joanna is a writer for Vanity Fair online, but she’s also the co-host of a podcast called The Thought Bubble, where she discusses comic books and comics with Dave Gonzales. What I love about this podcast is that Joanna is more of a novice to comics like I am, so she makes the show really relatable for me. She also does some Game of Thrones podcasts too, which I don’t listen to, but Fernando loves. She just seems really relatable and she responds to my tweets, so she’s obvious a super cool person.

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Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe from Gilmore Guys podcast

I have become addicted to this podcast over the last month, starting from episode one and listening to a little bit each day. I’m still way behind where they currently are (somewhere at the beginning of season 5, whereas I’m mid-season 2), but their thorough analysis of each episode, guest hosts, songs, bits and craziness are a welcome listen during my long work days. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to stifle giggles at work because of their iTune review raps or their obsession with Ms. Patty. Gilmore Girls is better watched with friends and I feel like Kevin and Demi have become two of my favorite viewing partners.

Noelle Stevenson, author and artist of Noelle and Lumberjanes

She started off her career by doing fan art for Lord of the Rings, so I’m assuming she’s a nerd. She also did fanart for Supernatural, which I have, Sherlock, Doctor Who and much more. I wish I could be her because she seems so very cool despite her young age. I love her humor, her ability to deal with haters, and her ability to just be all around incredibly awesome. I’m intimated by her, so I’ve never taken the chance at Comic Con to meet her, but maybe one day I’ll get the courage to approach her. She’ll probably be too famous by then, but whatevs…

Zachary Levi, actor and Prince of Comic Con

I will adore him for the rest of time because of Chuck, but he’s amazed me even more through all that he’s done in the nerd community. Nerd HQ raises thousands of dollars for charity each year at Comic Con, and he’s one of the celebrities that seems to truly care about each of his fans. He wants them to be happy and enjoy his events. He’s also just a huge nerd with passion for videogames, comics, movies and film. Hopefully the Heroes reboot will be worthy of his immense talent and bring him onto my television on a more regular basis.


So which real life geeks have inspired you or just give you happiness on a regular basis? Share in the comments!

WFTM Episode 9: ROBOT FIGHT!

There are a lot of robots in episode 9, including a battle between US and Japan mechs, Leslie losing all faith in humanity at the failed experiment of Hitchbot, and checking in on Mr. Robot in our summer television review. Fernando talks about how Jon Stewart changed news watching, Leslie squeals about Marissa Meyer and her Lunar Chronicles series, there is general love for Greg Rucka’s Lazarus comic series and much more. Don’t forget to enter to win boxes of Comic Con swag!!

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 9?

News:

GIANT ROBOT BATTLE IS A REAL THING!

I hate people. Hitchbot was destroyed in Philadelphia.

First look at the new Shadowhunters television show on ABC Family

What We’re Watching:

It’s Jon Stewart’s last week on The Daily Show and we are sad.

Checking in on Summer Television:

-        Killjoys

-        Dark Matter

-        Defiance

-        Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

-        Humans

-        Mr. Robot

What We're Reading:

An update on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Lazarus Volume 1: Family & Volume 2: Lift by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark & Santiago Arcas

Warm Up by VE Schwab (original Tor.com short story)

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer (short story in the Lunar Chronicles series)

We’re Still Hosting a Contest to Win SDCC Swag, Books & T-Shirts!

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: looking forward to reading Volume 3 of Lazarus

Leslie: using Google Docs as weird IM software that feels more like passing notes in class and binging Parks & Rec on Netflix


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

CONTEST & Mini Review: Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects by Ken Denmead

Okay, so the book title in the title isn't technically the name of this book. The title of this book is super long though. Thanks to Gotham Books, we have a handy copy of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead to giveaway. You can enter to win after the mini-review of the book below.

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
Ken Denmead

Gotham Books
Released May 4, 2010
244 pages
DIY / Geekness

Find it on Goodreads

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys

Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery.

Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can:

•Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons

•Construct the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever," a guaranteed thrill ride

•Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs

•Create a customized comic strip or your own board game

•Transform any room into a spaceship

•Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links

Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs.

No one is ever going to mistake me for a Geek Dad or any other type of dad for that matter. I don’t have the biological equipment to warrant such a label. I don’t even have children, though I know a few. I can, however, be easily labeled a Geek with a capital G, so when Gotham Books offered me a copy of Ken Denmead’s Geek Dad, I was game to take a peek at it. I mean, anything a dad can do, a mom could do too, right?

Denmead is a columnist for Wired.com, where he has written several columns that I’ve found both insightful and entertaining. He strikes me more of a tech geek and has an engineering background, which means the crafts and projects in this book lean more towards the technical. There aren’t a lot of easy things to do in this book or at least not from my not-so-technical point of view. Many of the projects would also be pretty time consuming rather than a quick hour or two project to waste away a rainy afternoon. Even the projects Denmead lists as taking less than an hour seem like they would take much longer, though that could be because I don’t have an engineering background and would be fumbling around these things alongside the child.

With projects like “Cool LEGO Lighting from Repurposed Parts” and “Model Building with Cake”, this is a book focused on projects to do with older children, probably during that sweet spot where they’re old enough to handle sharp scissors or a knife on their own, but not so old they’ve become a teenager that doesn’t want to hang out with you. This probably isn’t the book of projects I’d want to do with my 4-year-old nephew.

That’s not to say this isn’t an awesome book. There are some really cool sounding ideas, just that it will be useful to a very specific audience. I’m going to have to hang on to the idea of using LEGOs and remote control cars to create a personal demolition derby or the instructions to create a cyborg jack-o-lantern just for myself because that’s pretty cool. This book is full of crazy ideas for patient parents with children really into building things or working with electronics, so it’s definitely on my list to pass on to my brother when his kids get several years older.

 

Enter to Win!

Gotham Book is awesome, so in celebration of Father’s Day this Sunday, they provided me a copy of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share to give away to a lucky Working for the Mandroid reader. We’re going to keep this contest pretty straight forward. It’s open to anyone with a US mailing address who fulfill any of the criteria below. The contest will run until 12:01AM on Monday, June 23. One lucky winner will be pulled at random to win a shiny copy of Geek Dad.

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Random Tuesday: SHIELD, Sherlock and Other Things That Start with S

Happy Agents of SHIELD premiere day! I'm far too excited about watching that show tonight. It can't be healthy. But to start off this post of random, have a interview with Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, who I may have a tiny fangirl crush on.

Teeny tiny bit of news about Doctor Horrible 2 from a couple of the people behind SHIELD in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The S in this case is "songs". (found on TheMarySue.com)

Somewhere in the last 36 hours, I've become overwhelmingly obsessed with Sherlock. Someone who may have started their obsession a little earlier has created a Lego scale version of Sherlock's apartment, gaining a lot of fan support for it to actually be produced by Lego. (from Topless Robot)

Speaking of Sherlock obsession, Alice X Zhang, who is an incredible artist that does some licensed work for Doctor Who, put together some Sherlock e-cards. I could really use this one at work if... you know, my work place were that type of place.

And then there was Serenity/Firefly. The story will finally continue through a series of Dark Horse comics and you can find a few pages here. I feel like I'm going to have to start a new pull list soon... (Found on ComicBookResource.com)

Stewart (as in Patrick) and McKellan (as in Ian) are taking over New York and happened to run into Spock on Coney Island. With that amount of crazy amount of talent and awesomeness, I'm surprised the room didn't catch fire.

Superhero movies should be about girls too. io9 put together a list on how Hollywood can finally make that superheroine film we all want, but they're too scared to make.

 

All right, SHIELD is about to come on so I'm going to take my fangirl randomosity and park it in front of the television. Send me random things in the comments!

Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!

Trailer Park Friday: LARPer Adventures, Teenage Espionage, Steampunk & More

The trailer that may have been the catalyst for the creation of Trailer Park Friday was the very first trailer for Warm Bodies. That movie finally came out today and in mere hours I will be seeing it, so to celebrate, more awesome trailers of potentially awesome movies, books and videogames.

First I present to you a movie that was supposed to come out last year about geeky LARPers featuring some of geekdoms favorite actors. It's called Knights of Badassdom and might finally get released this summer.

I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger and her Parasol Protectorate series of steampunk urban fantasy books. She's diving into YA with her newest series, Finishing School. The first book in the series, Etiquette & Espionage, comes out February 5. Here's the recent book trailer. Looks like another adventurous series by Carriger.

Bioshock: Infinite has been pushed back a half dozen times or more and I have been craving it more and more each day. This has absolutely no gameplay footage in it, but man, it gets me all excited about the game finally FINALLY coming out in April.

And finally this is a movie I hadn't heard of prior to finding this trailer earlier this week. It has my favorite viking vampire looking pretty grungy and being a domestic terrorist, but that's okay. It could be interesting. It's called The East and premiered at Sundance Film Festival though it has no release date.

Have you guys seen any awesome movie, book, television or game trailers this week? Send 'em my way!