Monthly Archive – October 2017

Happy Halloween!

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The day is finally here!  Candy!  Costumes!  Creature Features!  Creepy Campfire Tales!  How many words that start with ‘c’ can I use?!  Maybe that’s enough.

Anyhoo, in honor of this most festive and frightening night, here’s some fun vids…

And some fun stuff to check out…

Have a great time!  Be safe!  Stay Spooky!

Week of Geek: Halloween with Clowns, Classics and Cartoons…

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Hi again Geeklings!

First thing’s first; a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out for our first ever Vaughan Fan Con.  There were some amazing cosplays and a whole lot of enthusiasm.  We had a great day last Saturday, and that was in no small part due to everyone who came, so THANK YOU!

Now, we’re about a week away from one of my all-time favorite holidays.  Yup, Halloween is nearly upon us.  *happy noises*  I love everything about this holiday.  The costumes.  The spookiness.  The fall weather.  The excuse to binge as much horror entertainment as possible.  All the pumpkin-related food.  All the candy.  That shivery, orange, red, yellow, fiery, spicy feeling that comes with it.  That sense that you’re continuing something ancient, something ironic (laughing in the face of our inevitable demise) and something awesome.  So much love!

I’ve written before on the Fandom of Horror.  This year I thought I’d bring up some new Pop Culture experiences I’ve had over this season thus far, to offer my humble suggestions to brighten your Halloween fun.

IT: Clowns are scary.  You know it.  I know it.  Everyone knows it.  There was a whole clown scare last year with people dressing up just to freak other people out.  And yet, we perpetuate this common belief that these heavily painted terrors are perfectly acceptable for kids birthday parties and other benign activities.  STOP THIS CLOWN AGENDA WE KNOW THE TRUTH!

Anyway, one of the biggest things out there brave enough to speak true about the terror of clowns is IT.  Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, there was a recent film adaptation that blew everyone away.  We have in the system one of the first adaptations, a miniseries released in 1990 starring the irreplaceable Tim Curry.  Sure, it looks a little dated by today’s standards but it’s still one of Curry’s most iconic performances and it still brings the scares.  If you weren’t scared of clowns before you will be after this.

Hammer Horror Films: After Universal Studios reigned supreme with their classic monsters, Hammer Films emerged from England with their own take on scary movies.  I watched one of their earliest films the other night and quite enjoyed it, so I’m passing the message on.  We’ve got a collection of their horror films in the system, and be sure to give this iconic version of Dracula starring Christopher Lee a try.  Get ready for shivers.

The Munsters: Switching gears from outright scary to funny with scary overtones, we’re going all the way back to 1960s sitcoms and the creepiest family since The Addams Family.  The Munsters were a typical extended family always up for wacky antics, except they were pretty much all monsters.  Dad Herman was a Frankenstein’s monster-type creature.  Mom Lily was a vampire, as was her father Grandpa Munster.  Lily and Herman’s son, Eddie, was a werewolf.  And then there was niece Marilyn, who was… human.  Totally normal.  One thing about each and every Munster is that they don’t see anything weird about themselves.  They assume everyone lives in haunted mansions and has kids who howl at the moon, which makes for fun misunderstandings.  But the bottom line, they’re quite endearing.  And it’s always fun to see how TV looked back in the day.

(P.S. I’m going as Lily Munster this year for Halloween.  So excited!)

Regular Show: One of Cartoon Network‘s weirder offerings (and that’s saying something), Regular Show is about anthropomorphic creatures who who live together and work at a park.  Despite the main characters being a blue jay and a raccoon, they are your typical slackers, much more interested in playing video games and goofing off.  And getting into misadventures involving zombies, aliens, ghosts, curses and food challenges.  It’s weird but it’s fun, and totally relatable if you’ve been in the workforce for longer than 2 seconds.  And the show goes nuts on it’s Halloween episodes, as the characters gather around and try to outdo themselves with scary stories.  There’s a DVD collection of some of their spookier episodes here.

How about you guys?  What are some things you can recommend for a chilling yet fun Halloween?  Post away or write it out on the WriteIt site.

And since no Halloween season is complete without Disney’s Haunted Mansion, here’s a clip from Disney XD featuring Star and Marco from Star vs the Forces of Evil.  Have fun, be safe, be spooky, and until next time, End of Line.

Ready Player One שחקן מספר אחת

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Hebrew to follow עברית בהמשך…

Hello friends!

I do this on For Your Leisure sometimes, but haven’t here yet. So welcome to the Teen Vortex’s first ever English-Hebrew post!

One of my responsibilities at VPL is the library’s Hebrew collection. The collection is housed at Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Dufferin Clark Library, and Pleasant Ridge Library (our three east area libraries). It’s an awesome collection and we are constantly adding to it, which is to say that if you want to read a book in Hebrew look no further than this link to find it. And if it’s not there, send out a request here and we will try to get it for you.

Okay. Enough shop talk. What I really came here to talk about is Ready Player One.

As you might know, this book by Ernest Cline has been adapted into a major motion picture that will be in theatres soon. Yay! I am so excited about this! Can you tell?

For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is the trailer for the film:

I highly recommend reading this book before the movie comes out (and also just in general because it’s great!). And now, if you wish, you can read it in Hebrew.

And that was basically the point of this post…

So, without further ado, the Hebrew portion of our day.

שלום חברים/ות!

אני כותבת פוסטים כאילו לפעמים בבלוג הראשי, אבל פה עדיין לא יצא לי. אז ברוכים/ות הבאים/ות לפוסט האנגלי-עברי הראשון של בלוג הנוער שלנו.

דבר ראשון, קצת קונטקסט: אחד התפקידים שלי בספרייה הוא האוסף העברי של הספרייה. האוסף נמצא בספריית בת’רסט קלארק, ספריית דפרין קלארק וספריית פלסנט רידג’ (שלושת הספריות באיזור מזרח). יש לנו אוסף מעולה ואנחנו מוסיפים ומעדכנים אותו כל הזמן, משמע אם יש משהו בעברית שאתם רוצים לקרוא או לראות כל שעליכם לעשות זה ללחוץ על הלינק הזה ולהתחיל לחפש. בנוסף, אם אתם/ן לא מוצאים/ות משהו שאתם/ן רוצים/ות תלחצו פה, תמלאו את טופס בקשה ואנחנו ננסה להוסיף אותו.

אוקיי, אז מספיק ענייני עבודה. מה שבאמת רציתי לדבר עליו זה שחקן מספר אחת.

ייתכן שכבר שמעתם/ן את השם הזה. מדובר בספר של ארנסט קליין שבקרוב מאוד הגרסה הקולנועית שלו יצא לאקרנים. יאיי!! אני ממש מתרגשת מזה!! שמתם/ן לב?

אם לא ראיתם/ן או אם בא לכם/ן לראות שוב, הטריילר לסרט נמצא למעלה.

אני ממש ממש ממש ממליצה על הספר הזה. גם אם אין לכם/ן רצון לראות את הסרט, כדאי לכם/ן לקרוא אותו. הוא מרגש, כיף וסחוף ומליון דברים אחרים!! ועכשיו אפשר לקרוא אותו גם בעברית.

וזהו… בעקרון זה כל מה שהיה לי לומר.

Week of Geek: VFC Countdown Part 6, Just… so many Games!

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Hello once again Geeklings.  We’re up to Part 6 of our Vaughan Fan Con Fandom Countdown.  Can you believe it?  The Con is THIS WEEKEND!  THIS SATURDAY!

So today I wanted to talk a bit about gaming, both the electronic and tabletop varieties.  Full disclosure: I don’t know much about this.  This is not one of the fandoms that I personally subscribe to, at least not in any really hardcore way.  But it is definitely a big part of nerd culture, so I think we should go over it.

As I discovered doing a bit of research, Board Games are not a new thing.  Like, at all.  They have literally been been around for thousands of years.  How many things can you name that have been around for thousands of years?  It seems our earliest ancestors liked to keep themselves amused, same as we do.  It’s a human condition.

Board games as we know them today first popped up around the turn of the 20th century.  One of the earliest versions of this was The Landlord’s Game.

You might know it by a different name: Monopoly.

Anyway, board games come in so many different varieties and versions that there are whole stores devoted to selling them.  From big, elaborate hours-long epics to small little card games you can play in a much shorter time, many a geek has gathered around a table with friends and family to throw down the dice, play their hand of cards, show off their vast knowledge of trivia and move their pieces over the cardboard battlefield.  It’s super fun, and I’d recommend it.

Speaking of Monopoly (cool segue), did you know it has also been made into a video game.  Wha?

By comparison to board games, Video Games are much, much, much newer.  We’re talking 1958, so almost 60 years ago.  Still seems like a long time for some, but compared to 5000 BCE, it’s a drop in the bucket of time.

And compared to the games we’re familiar with on X-Boxes and Playstations, the earliest versions were primitive with a capital ‘P’.  Regardless, that doesn’t make them any less ground breaking.

My thing was Super Nintendo.  My brothers had it when we were younger, so many a Super Mario or Duck Hunting game was played.

Now we have so many to choose from, and whole tournaments and afternoons are spent either solo or with favorite people playing video games.  And with the advent of the internet, you’re not limited by pesky things like geography and time zones to play with people around the world.  You can play games on your phones and tablets too, anywhere you want!  What an age we live in.

So, check ’em out!  We’ve got board games you can sign out and take home for your next game night.  We’ve got video games you can sign out and take home for your next game night.  And for more reading on the subject we got you covered too.

You can sample quite a few of these games this Saturday by checking out our gaming room on the 2nd floor and our Board Game Cafe on the 1st floor.  Amidst all the other fun stuff going on you can get a game in too *thumbs up*

Hope to see you guys Saturday!  Enjoy the rest of your week, and until next time, End of Line.

Don’t forget, Unleash Your Story is going down TOMORROW!

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