Category Archive – Super Fan

Week of Geek Breaking News (Kind Of): First Last Jedi Trailer!

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Welcome back Geeklings!  How was the long weekend?

OK, full disclosure, this isn’t exactly ‘Breaking News’.  What I’m about to post here came online last Friday from last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, and as of this writing this vid has had almost 28 million views since then.  Old news by now, but still worth freaking out about, so I’m posting it.

Behold, our first look at Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi!

Aaaaaaaaaand freaking out now!

(BTW, there’ll be some slight spoilers from this point on, so if you haven’t seen the last film, The Force Awakens, and want to remain unspoiled, you have been warned.)

So yes, truly a tease, but there’s still a lot to unpack here.  Since Episode VII there’s been speculation on what Rey‘s next move is, and it seems like it’s been somewhat confirmed here that she’ll be doing some training with Luke Skywalker (we finally get to hear him speak!).  I squealed when I saw Poe and BB-8 again, as they were two of my favorite characters from last time, and Finn and Kylo Ren are back as well.  And what’s with that new planet with all the red?  What’s Finn doing in that pod?  What are Poe and BB running from?  What is Kylo up to now?  So many questions!

One of the biggest things to wonder is what Luke means when he says the Jedi must come to an end?  Now some people have interpreted this as Luke being bitter and disillusioned when his attempt to revive the Jedi proved to be a disaster (we assume; all we know for sure is that his force-strong nephew is now firmly on the Dark Side, so that’s bound to sting for someone like Luke, who was looked at as the Jedi’s last hope).  But I wonder if it could mean something else.

You see, and this might be a tad blasphemous, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the Jedi (surprise surprise).  I’ve always been a little more into the Sith, which are the Dark Side practitioners.  And this is not just because of my love of villains (see link above), but because I’ve never really jived with the Jedi philosophy; all the cold, emotionless dedication they expect and insist from their pupils.  They’re a little too set in their ways and not fans of gray areas, and I think that’s one of the reasons why they didn’t last.

This is why I would be a GREY JEDI and not a member of the Corruscant Jedi Order. There MUST be different orders of Jedi aside from the one seen in the prequels. Or at least once would have been other orders with slightly different philosophies.:

So if the Jedi ended but not necessarily the Force or those who wield it, I would not have such an issue with that.  Rey mentions in the clip that whole thing about balance, which is something the Force has apparently needed for a long time.  That means Light Side AND Dark Side, not just one or the other as Jedi and Sith have been trying to insist on for millennia.  Maybe the Jedi will fall, but something new and perhaps better will rise?  Food for thought.

What do you think Geeklings?  Excited or need to see more?  Post away!

In the meantime, be sure to check out our Star Wars movies so you’re all caught up…

…and then read our many Star Wars books.  I have handy lists of what order you should read the novel tie-ins…

 

… and the Marvel graphic novels, ya know, just in case.

Keep the force flowing you guys, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Make Fandom-Related White Noise Videos and our Study Break activities your new Study Buddies

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Hi again Geeklings!

Well, it’s exam time around here.  (Cue ominous music).  We’ve had a lot of studious students coming in to use our study spaces, our study rooms and our study atmosphere.  At the Civic Centre, where I work, one can nary take a step without running into someone with a computer, a bunch of books and some paper and pens strewn all about a desk as they desperately try to cram.

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We get it.  It’s stressful.

Well, we’re gonna try and help with that (it’s kind of what we do).  First, a bit of a plug for Civic, as all this week we’ve got spaces set up for study breaks.  Things like using the Green Room for meditation, or making some noise in the recording studio (please check the signs we have posted when you come in or ask at the info desk to find out what’s going on).  And you’re never going to believe what we’ve got going on tomorrow night; DOGGIES!  Yep, tomorrow night at Civic at 7pm we have therapy dogs coming in.  We can have a small group of people in the room at a time with the dogs, so come on in and ask us at the info desk and we’ll let you know how it works.  Who couldn’t use a puppy break in this stressful life of ours?

And whether you guys are studying in the library or at home, if you’ve got a computer or smart phone and a set of headphones nearby I’ve got something for you to try.  There are a TON of videos online that provide what they call “White Noise”.  It’s noise you can hear without any kind of real form or anything really distracting about it.  I know some people swear by using music to study or work with, but I can’t do it.  It’s just too distracting.  I want to listen to the lyrics or sing along or tap out the notes.  White noise, or background noise, works like a charm for me when I’m trying to get work done at my desk because it helps cancel out other sounds without having to really distract me by doing so.

There’s a YouTube channel I really like called ASMR Rooms (BTW, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response; basically, ASMR videos feature sounds that make you feel all tingly or just downright relaxed).  And why do I like ASMR Rooms?  Because they have videos of background noise that are fandom related.  YAY!

Some examples; one of my favorites makes you feel like you’re studying in the Hogwarts Library during a thunderstorm…

…and another makes you feel like you’re hanging out in the Gryffindor common room…

(I’m a Gryffindor, so I’m biased; they also have vids for the common rooms of Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.)

And one vid I was just using today while writing a report featured one of my favorite places in Middle Earth…

Another great channel to try is the ASMR Geek, which features a ton of videos, like this one where it sounds like an apartment on Coruscant.

And there are so many more videos out there.  Give ’em a try!  Focus on your work and feel like you’re in your favorite fandom while you do it.  What could be better?

We’ve got a whole lot more items in our collection that can help with your studying, so place a hold and come on by for all your study needs.

Hang in there Geeklings!  Come check out our study break fun, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: First trailer for Thor: Ragnarok! Break out the Zeppelin!

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Brace yourselves Geeklings!  Not too far behind our first look ever, we’ve got a first trailer!  Commence screaming with all your fangirl/fanboy might in 3, 2…

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

So many questions!  What happened to Mjolnir?  What happened to Asgard?  As Thor himself asks; “How did this happen?”  What’s the deal with Hela?  How does Loki fit in?  What’s with the Gladiator-type stuff?  How about the Hulk?  How did that happen?

Seriously though, when the Hulk showed up!  *SQUEAL*  “He’s a friend from work!”  Classic!

How about the fonts, with the neon colors and zooming across the screen?  Makes me think of those Sci Fi movies from a few decades ago (yeah, I know, I’m old)… which is probably totally on purpose, given they used a song from a huge 70s band.  Trying to go for a Guardians feel here?

And speaking of which, they FINALLY made use of “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.  That song has references to Norse mythology all through it.  I’m surprised they only brought it out now for something Thor-related.

What do we think Marvel Fans?  Awesome?  Meh?  Are we liking where this is going?  Post away!

Check out my last post on Thor to put holds on his movies (and to read more of my fangirling).  Keep your eyes peeled for more updates, and until next time, End of Line.

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Week of Geek Bonus: A Batgirl Movie? *Perks Ears Up* Wha?

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Hi again Geeklings!  There was snow this morning but the sun’s out now!  It’s all about the big picture!

So, you’ve heard of Batgirl right?  DC superhero, sometime partner of Batman?  We’ve got some of her books and whatnot if you want to take a look, which I totally recommend you do.  She’s one of my all-time favorite superheroes!  Not only is orignal Batgirl Barbara Gordon ridiculously smart and tough and awesome, but one of the subsequent Batgirls, Stephanie Brown, was also a hero worth rooting for.

And my love of Batgirl is a little biased because, and this is totally canon… Barbara Gordon used to work in a library!  She’s a librarian superhero!  Even Stephanie Brown worked in her school library.  The title and the profession just go hand-in-hand.

The reason I’m bringing her up is everyone got some pretty exciting news recently.  Nothing’s official yet, but it looks like there is some talk of creating a Batgirl movie as part of DC’s Extended Universe of films.  And who’s thinking of directing?  None other than Joss Whedon!  Creator of Buffy, director of Avengers, and all-around Geek Superhero!

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OH MY GOSH I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW!

How cool would that be?  Seriously?  It wouldn’t be the first time Gordon’s been on the big screen, though the last time is definitely not worth a mention.  Whedon is famous for handling tough female heroes and doing them justice, so I think he’d be a great choice for this.  And Batgirl has such a history and so many stories to choose from.  There’s already speculation on who could be cast.  Just… so much yes!

Again, nothing’s official yet, and as I’ve mentioned before the DCEU hasn’t had the best track record yet, but hope springs eternal.  What do you guys think?  Would you want to see this come to fruition?  Do you think Whedon’s the best choice?  Which of the Batgirls is your fave?  Sound off below.

For now, let’s just hope the weather gets better.  Enjoy the weekend, and until next time, End of Line.

From L to R: Stephanie Brown AKA Spoiler, Dina Lance AKA Black Canary, Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl, Frankie Charles AKA Operator and Harper Row AKA Bluebird

Week of Geek: Tabletop troubles? We got this!

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A good rainy day to you all Geeklings!

So you know what’s a good way to spend the time on a rainy day?  Board games!  One of the hallmarks of geek culture is one’s proficiency at various tabletop versions of action and adventure.  From Settlers of Catan to Exploding Kittens to classics like Risk, Trivial Pursuit and Clue, there are so many ways to spend time with friends and family and get real competitive (nicely of course; you want to keep these friends, right?  Right?).

BUT, here’s the thing; most of us only have so much money and so much space in our homes for board games.  And there are A LOT out there.  From the comical number of Monopolies, to the recent craze of card games that don’t involve diamonds and spades, to the epic ones that take up hours of your time, there’s just… so many.

So say, hypothetically, you and your friends want to have a game night and you’ve used all of your current games too many times and you want to try some new ones but don’t want to run out and buy them and the clock is ticking and no one’s coming up with any ideas and WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?!

Fear not!  We got this!

Now, I bet you’ve noticed that we have board games you can use in our libraries… but did you know we now have board games YOU CAN TAKE HOME!  WHAAAAAAAAA?

It’s true!  At three of our branches – Maple, Dufferin Clark and Ansley Grove – we now have games you can take home for three weeks and play to your hearts content.  We have games for kids, adults AND teens!  You like kittens and explosions and laser beams?  We got that.  You want something dour and dreary and full of misfortune?  We’ve got that.    Like Sushi?  We got that.  Want to figure out who among you is a werewolf while practicing your French?  We’ve got that too.

Not enough?  How about classics like Risk or Trivial Pursuit?  And, of course, we’ve got Settlers of Catan.  You may have heard of it.

 

So if you’re in one of those 3 branches, check the catalog to see what’s in and then stop by the front desk to ask to sign it out.  If a game you’re looking for is not in or at a different branch you can put a hold on it, just like a book, and we’ll let you know when it’s in for you.  Brilliant!

So have fun, play fair, bond, stay dry, and until next time, End of Line.