Astronomy Cast Podcraft and Review

Astronomy Cast is one of the best science podcasts out there. It’s clever and well structured and well produced. The hosts have a great rapport and inject just the right amount of personality into their facts-based, informative podcast to keep it fun and engaging. Fraser Cain does a great job …


Harry Potter and the Consequences of Overthinking Children’s Literature

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve spent much more time lately thinking about Harry Potter than is typically considered healthy for a grown man. Over the past few months, I’ve rewatched the movies, played the Lego games, read most of the books, listened to podcasts, and spent a …


In Defence of Fanfiction – A Convert’s Tale

Fanfiction has a pretty bad reputation. Part of it is earned, but a lot of it is just because it sits pretty far down the list on Maslow’s hierarchy of nerds. Nerds have a pervasive inferiority complex so we spend a lot of time distinguishing ourselves from our perceived lessers …

Science FictionWriting

Life in a Gas Cloud – a short story

I had the delight of being on a panel about the possibilities of megafauna in space, at Dragon Con this year alongside  Dr. Pamela Gay and our own Emily. With a little help from the audience we speculated on the extremes that physics and biology could allow. I took a …


The making of Obi Wan Tenobi

Have you ever had a clever idea that has spun terribly out of control? That happened to me this year.It started with a tiny seed, and a bit of opportunity. I have wanted to make a replica sonic screwdriver for some time. I’ve also wanted to make a lightsaber for …


Witch Please Podcraft and Review

Witch Please is excellent. It is fun, clever, thought provoking, funny, and broadly entertaining.  Their tagline, “A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars,” while literally true, does not do it justice. It is a fancast, at its heart, but you do not have to be …


Why do we Mashup?

I was asked a question at Dragon Con this year that I have been puzzling over for the past two weeks: “Why are mashup costumes a thing?” What puzzled me was not the answer, I know the reason in the very core of my being. What puzzled me is how …


5 More DragonCon cosplayers you need to follow on Instagram

I was recently featured on The Daily Dot as one of 5 cosplayers from Dragon Con to follow on Instagram. It is enormously flattering to be picked out of the thousands of costumes at such a huge convention filled with incredible skill and talent. While I was prancing about in …