Celebrating Princess Bride

This year is the 30th Anniversary of The Princess Bride. I’m celebrating by listening to the As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride audio-book.

You can celebrate with some infinitely quotable cross-stitch patterns from the Unexpected Hobby Etsy store.

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In which we use science to prove that Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal were actually running around on Mars with John Carter in The Day After Tomorrow

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Stefano Terry (The Gamma Gals) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including Warner Bros.’ Joker problem, the snowfall on Mars, Marvel’s issue with Lenticular variant covers, and Patty Jenkins’ response to James Cameron on Wonder Woman.  


What I’m Reading

I have decided to make lemonade out of the bushel of lemons that was The Dark Tower movie and start on a number of Stephen King books that have Dark Tower-related plots, themes, and characters.  (Of course, by “reading”, you will understand that I’m referring to listening to the audio-books. Huzzah for hoarded Audible credits!)

And I’m going to throw in a re-read of The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is the newest book in the series itself.  I’ve only read it through one time, so it probably feels pretty lonely compared to the rest of the books.

(I came very close to launching into The Dark Tower series itself, but decided that listening to all seven audio-books again for the second time in one year would be detrimental to the diversity of my current reading list. *Sigh*)



I have an article over on Fanbase Press today talking about Stephen King’s depiction of technology in The Dark Tower series.  Cyborgs, killer trains, and weapons of mass destruction…oh, my!

Also…just a little over 24 hours before I get to go see the movie!

“To commemorate the cinematic premiere of The Dark Tower in theaters today, Fanbase Press is excited to celebrate its fandom through an editorial series that focuses on aspects of Stephen King’s series of books, collectively known as The Dark Tower series.”


Wonder Woman on the Super Big Screen

I saw Wonder Woman this last weekend with my husband, 11-year-old son, and sister-in-law at a sold-out screening in Hollywood, CA.  It’s being sold-out was significant partly because we’d screwed up getting enough tickets for our group, and my husband literally ending up getting the last seat in the theater, but also because this particular screening was in the Arclight Cinema historic Cinerama Dome which boasts an 800+ person seating capacity.

Most delightfully, the theater complex was packed with people, old and young, male and female, who were clearly super excited to see Diana Prince take her place in the superhero blockbuster pantheon.  Tiaras, bracelets, and themed T-Shirts abounded…on men and women.

The crowd carried no hint of the various debates surrounding this landmark female-lead, female-directed, female-centric production.  The mix of male to female viewers seemed notably even, to the extend that my son (again, 11-years-old and clearly a little sponge for all of the discussions about feminism he’s exposed to) expressed his surprise that there was such a strong male turnout.  He then capped off his relieved observation with a sardonic, “Men these days.”

Oh, how I love my little feminist.

Anyway, it was certainly one of happier and more emotional theater experiences I’ve had in a long while.  Hundreds of people from all walks of live oohing and aahing, laughing and crying, clapping and cheering for a long overdue cultural milestone.


(Oh…and when you’re ready for a spoilery discussion, remind me to give you my Steve Trevor / James T. Kirk theory.  It’s ludicrous, and I stand by it 1000%.)

(Also, stay tuned to Fanbase Press and Fanbase Weekly for the release of our in-depth panel discussion about the movie.)


Best Movies of the Year

Claims of the “best movie of the year” aside, a few films have seriously impacted me this year and compelled me to seek out more of the story.

1. Arrival – Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and published in “Stories of Your Life and Others”. I’m well into this book and am seriously impressed with Chiang’s imaginative and compelling approach to Science Fiction. 

2. Hidden Figures – The movie was very compelling, but ultimately hints at a much larger story surrounding each of these women and their peers in the early days of our space program. Cue Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race”. (There’s also a Young Reader’s version of this book that’s begging to be on your kid’s bookshelf.)

NASA’s Eyes

They’re watching you.  Well, mostly they’re watching stuff out in space…

Welcome to NASA’s Eyes, a way for you to learn about your home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond and the spacecraft exploring them. With applications for Mac and PC as well as apps for mobile devices there are many ways for you to follow along with our scientists and engineers.

Got my laptop all set up to stalk Cassini and Juno and all the other awesome NASA Missions exploring our Solar System!