EuroSlayage or “Sometimes Being a Nerd With Your Friend Results in a PhD”

July 18th, 2016

In 2009 I attended and presented at my first ever academic conference. My very good friend and co-bartender Ian Klein had suggested we co-write a paper about Firefly’s Shepherd Book and issues of fundamentalism, atonement and atheism for an academic conference on popular culture. When I said yes, I had no idea it would become […]

Because Redesigning Album Art Is About More Than Procrastination

February 6th, 2016

It’s about productivity. I have a strange relationship with the music I play and store in iTunes. Working on a PhD has only increased this. What I haven’t mentioned yet, though, is the important role album art plays in my computer deskscape. Yes ‘deskscape’ because I spend more time in this screen environment than anywhere […]

The List 2015

January 9th, 2016

The Tenth List 2015 marks the 10th year I’ve kept a viewing list. It’s expanded over the years (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006), but for some reason, I still get immense pleasure being able to look back at the year via titles I’ve watched. Names of the films I saw with […]

Tommorrowland: How A Film About The Future Rockets Us Back To Where We Should Not Go

May 23rd, 2015

First, a bit on what I expected, followed by a whole lot on what I got. Beyond seeing the first teaser trailer probably a year ago, I avoided all “Tomorrowland: A World Byeond” content before seeing it tonight. I had very high hopes, and wanted to walk in with nothing but wonder. And for the […]

My Most Watched Films: 2007-2014

January 7th, 2015

In my years of tracking every film I watch throughout the year and noting each year’s most watched films, it occured to me that as my data pool grew, there could be some films only watched once a year that never make the annual lists but are in fact, among my most watched films overall. […]

The List 2014

January 2nd, 2015

I am rapidly approaching the 10 year anniversary of this List. It’s changed a bit over time (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). I added television series a few years ago, but this year definitely set a record. Doing a PhD seems to have increased my series viewing (watchable in shorter increments) and […]

The Search For Hagrid’s Hut or How Seven Muggles Accidentally Stumbled Onto Hogwarts Grounds

January 18th, 2014

  I’m not sure at what point last year I decided to research where in Scotland the scenes around Hagrid’s Hut from Prisoner of Azkaban were filmed or how I went about that research, but for about a year now, I’ve had an apple sticky note on my computer desktop saying “I want to visit […]

The List 2013

January 11th, 2014

It’s my 8th year tracking what films I watch over the course of the year. (Yes, doing a PhD has significantly lessened my brain space for blogging, but my film lists persist). [2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012]. I’ve stopped tracking the hours spent viewing film and television, as I seem to average about […]

The List 2012

January 7th, 2013

7 years and still counting. Any explanations needed, I refer you to the 2011 list, or 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006. Though I’ll include: “My ‘Favorites’ are based on the overall experience of the film- what impacted or enchanted me, not always objectively on what I think were the most quality films. My “Disappointments” have […]

A Much Anticipated Journey

December 2nd, 2012

In eleven days I’ll be sitting at the Cinema watching the New Line Cinema logo glimmer onscreen announcing the beginning of another magical (insufficient adjective) three years spent in Middle Earth with Peter Jackson at the helm. The only thing that could be better than seeing all three Hobbit films in Scotland would be seeing […]