Category Archive – Randomness

Week of Geek: THE DOCTOR RETURNS!

by Ali Cat  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness, Super Fan
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Well, it’s been a long wait.  241 days come this Saturday.  That’s 7 months and 29 days all told, counting from last December 25th to this Saturday, August 23rd.

Why am I suddenly so wistful about dates? And looking up date conversion calculators on the internet?  Because sometimes, in the life of a fangirl (or fanboy) there’s a lot of waiting for your favorite things to come back.  You learn to be patient.  Exhaustingly, hanging-on-by-your-fingernails,  hyper-aware-of-every-second-that-passes-by patient.  It’s a hard life, but a good one.

But the waiting is almost over.  THE DOCTOR IS BACK!

Okay, deep breath…which is the name of this Saturdays new episode, the first to kick off season 8 of the relaunched series and the first to officially introduce new Doctor Peter Capaldi (long story, see regeneration for clarification).  This is the first taste of Who we’ve had since last December’s Christmas episode, when previous Doctor Matt Smith bowed out of his glorious run and Capaldi stepped in, completing the latest chapter of a long running sci fi tradition.  Let’s watch again, ’cause it’s such a moment.

And now we’ll finally see the 12th doctor (13th if you count “The Day of the Doctor”) take the reigns of the TARDIS (provided he remembers how to fly it) and carry on the journey through time and space with companion/impossible girl Clara.

It would be such a weird life for a companion, wouldn’t it?  Seeing everything there is to see with a half-mad alien with hearts as big as all outdoors, only to have him change his face on you on occasion.  I’ve heard it said that companions aren’t as freaked out by the Doctor as they should be when they first meet him.  The more I watch, the more I think that’s true.  I’d probably have a heart attack if I saw the inside of the TARDIS.

But still, the Paternoster Gang is back too!  Eeeek!

So of course, details are under tight lock and key, as is show runner Steven Moffat’s way, but we do know it’ll be set in Victorian England, one of my favorite time periods ever.  Future episodes promise the return of villains the Daleks and the Cybermen.  Happy Day!

So if you’re missing previous Doctor Matt Smith, or if you’ve yet to meet the last incarnation of our hero, you can place holds on his three seasons here, here and here.  We have some new Whovian friendly books in the collection as well, including a book of quotable quotes, a graphic novel mash-up of two massive sci fi franchises, and a search-and-find that gives Where’s Waldo a run for his money.

So give a grand hurrah fellow Whovians and soon to be Whovians, the Doctor will be back in just a few days!

Now is it too much to hope for that they bring back K9? smile face icon

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Week of Geek: A victor emerges in Marvel and DC’s battle for May 6 2016

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Randomness, Super Fan
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Remember a while back I mentioned that a serious showdown for movie box office superiority was shaping up between two of the biggest production companies this side of Xandar?  Disney/Marvel Studios vs DC/Warner Bros Pictures.  Captain America 3 vs Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Huge heavyweights vying for the same opening weekend.  That magical date: May 6, 2016, the official launch of the summer movie season for that year.  It made no sense from a business point of view for both of them to open that weekend, no matter how much the fans wanted it.  So the question for the last four months has been; Who will blink first?  Who will move from that weekend?

Today, we have an answer!

Warner Bros announced today that they are moving Dawn of Justice to March 25, 2016.  So that’s good news in that we’ll get it a little earlier than expected.  But it’s also the 3rd time that film has switched release dates on us.  I worry.  When a film’s production gets bogged down in problems, it often doesn’t bode well for the finished product.  I worry that our first big screen pairing of two of the biggest, most awesome super heroes to ever grace a comic panel (three if you count Wonder Woman, and I do) will just not be very good.  What will we do?  WHAT WILL WE DO?

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We will find out how this all turns out a year from March.  Let’s hope the production is running much smoother then all this date-hopping is leading us to believe.  But you know what?  I’m kinda not surprised that DC was the one who blinked.  After Guardians of the Galaxy did $20 million dollars better than projected and broke August box office records it’s first weekend, it’s become clear that this is the Marvel Universe now, and we’re all just living in it.

By the way, if you haven’t yet, go see Guardians of the Galaxy.  Seriously, drop what you’re doing right now and go see it.  I’ve seen it twice so far.  It is that awesome.  Almost as awesome as an Awesome Mix Tape (you’ll see).

This means Phase 2 is almost finished.  Next up is Avengers: Age of Ultron in May.  DC really has it’s work cut out for it if it wants to compete with what Mavel’s managed to accomplish over 10 interconnecting movies.  Let’s recap.

Stay awesome geeklings!

Wow…so, time – I hear it’s relative

by Vee  | Category: It's here!, Must-Read Fiction, Pop Culture, Randomness, Reading Lounge, What's Going On
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Welll laa dee daa!  Wowzer, time has been freaking FLYING by!!!

I hope you guys are all enjoying your summer vacation thus far???  I’m guessing a bunch of you are actually doing a summer semester, aren’t you?  Lol, I was so surprised the first summer I worked up in Maple and found out how many of you were willingly (and not be necessity!!!) attending summer school..Ah well, to each their own =P (I tease, I tease)

Sooooo, as you probably have been noticing, the Vortex has been more or less  bombarded with some pretty wicked reviews that YOU have been writing!!  *sniff* I’m just so proud of you guys *sniff*  Haahaa!

Now, seriously, for those of you who’ve been wondering ‘What’s up with that??!?!?” basically, we’ve had a TON of people sign up for Teen Book Reviews, which is one of our volunteer programs that we offer year-round here at VPL.  Feel free to create an account and comment on any of the reviews – maybe you have a question for the author, or maybe you want to say how much you loved (or hated) that book, too!

Annnnnd, because apparently it wasn’t common knowledge, Guess what guys?!?!??!  YOU can post your own random musings whenever you want!!!  That’s right, this whole site is for you, the teens (or maybe even a few pre-teens) of Vaughan.
Now,  posting on the blog is not a volunteer program, so you’d be just doing it for fun or to share stuff if you fee like it, just in case that was unclear.   To see a full listing of all the volunteer opportunities that are offered check this out here.

Ok, now back to the other stuff – the Teen Summer Reading Challenge!!!!  
That’s right guys, the TSRC is back once more for another year of online contests and – you guessed it – the Challenge.  This year’s contests include Book Trivia, Guess the Covers, and Who Said It – each correct answer gets your name in the draw that we’ll be holding at the end of the summer.  And for the Challenge, we have prizes for the top THREE readers in Vaughan, so, if you’re a keen reader and think you’ve got time on your hands this summer, sign up!!!

If anyone has any questions, give me a shout.
Stay Classy guys,
V

The Dean’s Teen List: Rebel Without A Cause

by Sarah  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Randomness
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With all the hype that has been building around the up-coming dramatic teen flick The Fault In Our Stars it is time to take a look at some of the big blockbuster teen films that were created over the past seven decades. These films were designed to bring all aspects of the trials and tribulations of adolescences to the big screen and give a voice to what was really going on with the up-and-coming legions of young adults. You will be surprised at what you discover when you look back on by-gone generations of “teenagers” with the picks from The Dean’s Teen List.

Who is The Dean?

One of the most iconic and long-lasting impressions of modern teenage rebellion has to be the pensive outline of an up-turned collared James Dean with a cigarette in his hands. Ever heard the saying “Live Fast. Die Young. Leave a Good Looking Corpse”? Well, it’s attributed to this actor. Even though he did not say the quote it has long been associated with him due to the fact that he did just that. A young hot-blooded Hollywood star on the rise ended up dead at 24 in an automobile collision. The film that he is most known for was released after his death and launched his memory into pop culture history.

Rebel Without a Cause is a story about middle-class suburban teenagers during a time when emotional turmoil, misunderstanding, and the rise of the Young Adult was trying to claw itself away from the old school regime of the pre-war parental generations. When Jim Stark, a rebellious teen with a troubling past, moves into yet another new town he finds that his problems cannot be out-run. Clashing with the neighbourhood toughs, enthralled by the girl next door who has her own dark issues to deal with, becoming the unwilling father figure to a emotionally fragile outsider, and doing his best to avoid trouble when all trouble wants to do is find him leaves Jim to deal with life in the only way he knows how. Fight back or die trying.

An explosive and emotionally charged hard-hitting movie that still hammers home the truths about the challenges of self-discovery makes Rebel a must see and have-to-own film that still holds its ground after 59 years.

 Adolescence can be tough no matter what the generation gap.
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Music Minute: Nightwish Dreams

by Sarah  | Category: Randomness
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Bugs Bunny Music Minute'Allow me to introduce to you all a Finnish Symphonic Metal band that has clawed its way up to becoming a Heavy Metal power player. Nightwish is not the typical run-of-the-mill metal band. Nightwish is as only Nightwish knows how to be. Something beautiful that continually evolves and reinvents itself. They have done everything from cover songs to creating their own fully fledged film (which sadly is not available to order in Canada) and each album that is produced is more “epically inclined” than the last.

The thing to know about Nightwish is that its sound is defined by its leading ladies. So far three women have figure headed the band, each with a unique spin that has shaped the way the band has created music. The first singer was Tarja Turunen who brought forth an ethereal operatic quality that just cannot be matched in any field of metal music or its sub-genres.Nightwish leaderThe second singer was Anette Olzon who had a spunky urban sound that was full of sass. The third and current singer is Floor Jansen who joined the band mid-2013. So far on tour she has brought power and rock to the stage so it will be interesting to see what a future album will sound like.

But don’t kid yourself. The brains behind the operation is Tuomas Holopainen, musician, songwriter, composer, musical puppet master, and die-hard Disney fan. Among his many achievements Tuomas has recently collaborated with Disney to create a solo album based on the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Leading Ladies may come and go but the heart of Nightwish is cemented by Tuomas’ keyboard, Marco’s massive bass, Emppu’s lead guitar, and Jukka’s crazy drum kit.

The First Era – Operatic Nightwish

The Second Era - Sassy Nightwish

The Third Era - Anything is Possible Nightwish

So if you like what you hear and want more than just a little taste of Nightwish try giving these albums a listen:  Dark Passion Play, Imaginaerum, and Showtime Storytime. At the moment VPL does not have any of the albums with Tarja’s vocals however stay tuned and keep those eyes peeled on the online catalogue. It is well known that items have a way of mysteriously appearing on the listing when least expected. (*gives a knowing look*)

So until next time music lovers, Happy Listening.

In a Heavy Metal Band? Smiling is not an option.
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