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Craft: Star Trek Peeps

Another Star Trek craft this week. For a swap, we were tasked in making stuffies of Star Trek characters in the style of marshmallow peeps. I am not a sewer, but I gave it a shot and ended up making two.
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Top Ten: Star Trek TNG Episodes (Part 2)

TNGcombadge In honor of Captain Picard Day yesterday, I thought this was the time for my favorite episodes of the show that, at an early age, threw me into the great fandom that is Star Trek.

When trying to draw up the list, I couldn’t come up with just 10. I couldn’t. And I just started rewatching the series, so now I’m not even that objective (in fact, I’m watching one of the ones on this list right now). And, so…

 

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Quiz: Which Star Trek Captain Are You?

Quiz: Which Star Trek Captain Are You?

Answer: Jean-Luc Picard
Your sense of right and wrong are second to none, and while your intelligence can be a little… rarefied, you do know how to have fun. (Reading 16th century British poetry is totally fun.)
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Thoughts: No kidding! Ha! Well, that was a surprise. But he’s my favorite captain, so I’ll take it… and read a book tonight :-)

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Top Ten: Star Trek TNG Episodes (Part 1)

TNGcombadge In honor of Captain Picard Day next week, I thought this was the time for my favorite episodes of the show that, at an early age, threw me into the great fandom that is Star Trek.

When trying to draw up the list, I couldn’t come up with just 10. I couldn’t. And I just started rewatching the series, so now I’m not even that objective. And, so…

 

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Quiz: Which Star Trek Character Are You?

Quiz: Which Star Trek Character Are You?

Answer: Nurse Chapel
You are Nurse Chapel. You are very soft-hearted and need to protect yourself from hurt. You are not very lucky in relationships, perhaps because you choose cold and unemotional people as mates. You are very caring, though, and should probably choose a career in therapy or medicine. You are attracted to intelligence, but don’t let yourself be led around by those you consider your superiors. You have many of your own resources to rely on, and will be very successful if you can stand up for yourself and have pride in your abilities.
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Thoughts: Actually, this is pretty darn accurate, even if I did answer the one about Scotland being the best country ever ;-)

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Craft: Star Trek Ornaments

As I seem to be in a Star Trek mood during this part of the month… I might as well take advantage of that with my craft posts (I think I missed the last scheduled one; oops!)

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Here are some Star Trek ornaments I made last year for a swap. My partner said she liked The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine the best, so I made ornaments inspired by com communicator badges from both those series.

One is a stuffie, made of felt, the other made of sparkly pipe cleaners.

Fandom Spotlight Day 14: Star Trek

For the month of April, I’m breaking out of my usual “format” and showcasing one of my favorite fandoms a day, so I will have shiny things to make me smile every day of my birthday month. When I sat down to write the list of my top 30 fandoms, I found the task terribly hard. How do I choose just 30? My apologies to all my beloved fandoms left off the list. I’m using random.org to determine what fandom gets what day.

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Top Ten: Time Loops

I love time travel in my fiction (heck, I’d take it in my real life as well if I could manage it). But what I love the most are time loops. I love knowing what to expect, the humor that comes from repetition, and the clever differences from loop to loop. I love seeing the loops finally broken. As Groundhog Day is less than a week away and as I recently watched Source Code for the first time, what better subject matter for this week’s list?

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Top Ten Time Loops

  1. Groundhog Day- The movie has to be the first one on my list, of course! I usually rewatch it every year on or around Groundhog Day.
  2. Blood Ties “5:55″- It’s honestly been a while since I saw this episode, but it still stuck in my memory. Poor Vicki. Plus, it’s fun to have a character trying to insist to everyone else that they all died… when you’re also dealing with a vampire character who is, technically, already dead.
  3. X-Files “Monday”- a day where everything goes wrong… and then it happens all over again! Not the most paranormal of episodes, but that was fine by me.
  4. Day Break- I’d watch Taye Diggs in anything, but I really enjoyed watching this during its run on TV (I bought it on DVD too). It’s a clever concept to turn into a show, building more and more on every day.
  5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Life Serial”- It’s only a portion of the episode, but I still love watching Buffy try everything in the world to satisfy a customer at the Magic Box.
  6. Eureka “I Do Over”- Hey, it’s Eureka, so the time loop concept had the potential to be super silly. Instead, the loop breaks with the one thing I never expected.
  7. Charmed “Déjà Vu All Over Again”- It’s interesting that many of these time loops involve significant deaths (I guess if you’re going to do a time loop show, might as well do something big and kill off some significant characters for shock value; they’ll be back when the loop resets). But several of these time loops are stopped finally because of a death.
  8. Supernatural “Mystery Spot”- This episode came at the exact right moment in the series. Not only is there a reemergence of the Trickster, but Sam’s already facing a future without Dean… and he has to see what that’s like by losing Dean every day. We see what it turns him into in an episode that is equal parts hilarious and seriously deep. Plus, it’s Asia!
  9. Stargate SG-1 “Window of Opportunity”- Another great example of hilarious and tragic rolled into one, with so many great moments from a certain kiss to Teal’c with a thermometer to golf to Jack’s incredibly moving speech at the end. And even though he’s not one of the characters who knows it’s happening from loop to loop, Daniel still has some fantastic moments.
  10. Star Trek: the Next Generation “Cause and Effect”- My absolute favorite episode of Star Trek TNG tops off my list. Though I adore repeating lines along with every loop, I also really love that none of the characters fully remember things from loop to loop, like in many of these types of stories. Yet, some of them get a sense from loop to loop that something is happening.

Honorable Mention Goes To…. Captains Jack & John from Torchwood being stuck in a two-week time loop for five years. I would totally watch that series!

12 Days of Fandom Ornaments: #12

My Christmas tree is a mix of ornaments from my childhood and ones from later on in my life. Many of them are related to my favorite fandoms, naturally. I thought I would showcase one every other day in December in a 12 Days of Fandom Ornaments series.

Day 12: Boldly Go

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When I saw this Hallmark ornament in 2012, I splurged and bought it for myself. Just like people have a doctor in Doctor Who that is theirs, I have a Star Trek series. I had seen the original series a number of times, but it wasn’t until the Next Generation that I became hooked. I grew up with TNG in my life and it was amazing to see some of the episodes in theaters last year as part of the anniversary and the Blu-Ray release. This ornament with “my enterprise” comes with a sound recording of the opening credits as well, to set the mood.

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Book Review—Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

RedshirtsReview reposted from KateKintail’s Book Journal

Title: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
Author: John Scalzi
My Rating: 4/5 stars

SPOILERS BELOW!

 

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