Sep
16

I would be miffed that the Hunger Games franchise seems to be going the way of nearly every YA movie adaptation since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with their final installment split into two, but I just really love that there will be two movies. The wait for the final film is uncool, but there will be twice the content! I think the third and last book needed two movies. It broaches a lot of the meatier subject matter that lies at the heart of the series but is skimmed over in the first two books because of their focus on Katniss and Peeta. In the third book there’s a pull back and we see the effect of their actions in and out of the Games, and I think that deserves plenty of screen time. Also the book itself was very rushed in the end. It was a matter of pages between the final and dramatic culmination and the wrap up of everyone’s lives. It’s no obnoxious train scene1 but I did feel a bit gypped. Here’s hoping the movies expand the ending to offer a bit more explanation and closure.

Anyways, let’s watch the trailer.

Aww yiss, that’s dark. Also Donald Sutherland has gone totes crazy-eyes and it’s fabulous. You can see in just a glimpse that President Snow is feeling the uprising. Also Katniss and Gale shoot down planes with their fancy new incendiary arrows. Andrew is all into archery and stuff so I can probably get him to see this movie with me on that point alone. It worked for The Avengers.

Are you excited for The Mockingjay Lives?


  1. Sorry to throw shade at HP, but there is such a thing as too tidy. 

Movies

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Sep
10

As I mentioned in a previous post, we will be heading over to Richmond this weekend for the Wizard World Richmond Comic Con. While all parents have to take their kids into account when planning day trips, with our nonverbal autistic son, Logan, there are a few more considerations we have to mind. Namely his issue with crowds, his very limited tolerance, and his tendency to bolt and wander.

When I type it all out like that it honestly seems like taking Logan to any crowded event is the worst idea ever, and while it does present a challenge Andrew and I decided long ago that we would do our best to make sure Logan has the same opportunities to enjoy himself as any other kid. So here we go!


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Sep
09

This post is a part of Wizard World’s We Heart Bloggers initiative. I was given tickets for myself and family to attend the convention. I was not paid to attend or advertise. My opinion on the convention is entirely my own.

This Sunday Andrew and I are going to be taking the kids over to the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the Wizard World Richmond Comic Con! I’m ridiculously excited because there are going to be so many cool people. Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman (!!!), Eliza Dushki, James Marsters, Lou Ferrigno, and so many more!

We’ll be there Sunday, which is Kids’ Day, and it is sure to be a ridiculous amount of fun for our family. Along with book readings, face painting, and more, there will be a Power Hour karate demonstration with original Power Ranger Jason David Frank. Logan loves Power Rangers, and his favorite incarnations are the original Mighty Morphin’ and the more recent Dino Thunder. Jason David Frank just so happens to star as Tommy Oliver in both, so I’m hoping he’ll have a great time.


You can buy tickets here and get a nice discount with the code RVABLOG

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Sep
06

I have been a fan of The Sims since it was just the one and the most fun you could have was to kill off Mortimer Goth and shack up with Bella and the ghosts. The Sims 2 was pretty revolutionary and I feel the best in the franchise. The Sims 3 brought some interesting new features, and though there were some things we’d gotten used to in TS2 that were missing, for the most part they had been replaced with better systems and/or brought back in later expansions. Going from TS2 to TS3 didn’t feel like a huge step forward as it was from the original to TS2, but it wasn’t necessarily a huge step back.

And therein lies the main reason I am not playing The Sims 4.

It is a ridiculous step back. From toddlers to pools to an open world, Electronic Arts, destroyer-of-franchises, has gutted so many features, some of which have been available since the original game. Why can’t I have dishwashers, garage doors, gardeners, basements, or cars, EA?

On top of the lackluster game play we’re presented with a PC game that refuses to utilize PC features. There isn’t even a 64-bit version available and it can’t access more than 4GB of RAM. Three-quarters of my RAM would go to waste playing this game because gracious forbid EA actually designs a computer game for a computer that isn’t a console. And hey, did you like that color wheel that allowed you to really customize things in Create-A-Sim and Create-A-Style (which is gone as well)? Too bad, here’s ~20 colors, knock yourself out.

I understand that some things will be brought back or introduced in upcoming expansions packs. We’re starting anew, just like we did with TS2 and TS3, waiting for dates and seasons and diving boards, but the sheer amount of features that have been axed makes it pretty obvious that EA is moving The Sims in a direction I simply don’t find enjoyable to play.

Game play aside, I also have issues with EA’s requirements for playing TS4. When SimCity launched it had an “always on” DRM requirement that required you to be connected to the internet to even play. Apparently EA doesn’t employ anyone capable of correctly estimating server load because things crashed pretty quickly. There was a huge fiasco about people spending a good chunk of change for what was essentially a nonplayable game. In light of this backlash EA said they moved away from TS4 being an “internet based game” and stated as loudly and often as they could that “The Sims 4 would be built as a single-player, offline experience.” Everyone from the EA/Maxis camp insisted the DRM would totally not suck hardcore but pardon me if I don’t believe anything EA says, ever.

Origin, their distribution client for digital versions of their game, is a requirement now. With TS3 you could still just buy the discs and install the games (if you bought the base game after late 2012 you were required to install Origin), and that’s how I prefer it. But with TS4, whether you buy the discs or the digital copies, you’re going to be required to download and install Origin to play. Um, no thanks. Origin has some shady as hell clauses in its EULA.

So no, I am not playing The Sims 4, though I will continue to enjoy The Sims 3. Yes I feel the hispter-ness radiating off that statement and I am weeping.

Video Games

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Jul
24

I think we’ve all had that moment every morning when we’re standing in our closet, an array of clothes in front of us, and yet not a damn thing to wear. Because I can’t wear plucky graphic tees everyday, I’ve recently started trying to bring my geek-ery into the office in more acceptable ways. All hail the glory of business casual.

Buffy the TPS Report Slayer

I think Buffy’s style and personality – she’ll kick your ass but let’s not forget she’s just a young girl who had to grow up way fast and way harsh – are pretty much summed up by her wardrobe in the season one finale, Prophecy Girl. That sweet prom dress under a leather jacket? Still super awesome 17-years later.

A lacey peplum and khaki pencil skirt create a flirty silhouette that flatters all shapes, and of course offers the perfect feminine back drop for some hardcore accessories. This outfit is nothing without a nice leather jacket and silver cross, they bring the badassery! Some Mary Jane-esque heels help channel that ’90s cool. A simple bag that doesn’t compete with the jacket1 to hold all of your stuff while you’re busy slaying vampires collating brings it all together.


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  1. Seriously, it makes the outfit, and I swear that has nothing to do with my undying love for Spike (okay maybe a little whatevs). 

Fashion

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Jul
10

I’ve decided I want to move in a different direction with Geeky Mama. Instead of having one personal blog that sprawls from one topic of my fancy to the next, as well as encompassing my family and personal life, I’m going to break things up.

Going forward my personal blog will be Mom About Charlottesville. It will host chronicles of my life and family, as well as recipes, fashion and home decor DIYs, and of course local information about Charlottesville and travels.

Things involving blogging, social media, graphic design (including lots of freebies, *hinthint*) will be over at CoriMelvin.com.

And finally, here at Geeky Mama I’ll discuss all things geeky, from books to video games, reviews and technology news.

So here’s to a new direction! If you have any suggestions for how I can improve Geeky Mama, or maybe even would be interested in contributing with reviews, walk-throughs, tutorials, information, or anything else, shoot me an email: cori[at]geeky-mama.com.

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