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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Justice League: Gods and Monsters

You know what I love about road trips? Redbox movie rentals. We rent movies normally at home too, but when we are on a long drive, we will get a movie from the redbox. Usually we score some really cool ones, and this time was no different! Justice League: Gods and Monsters is set in some kind of alternate universe. Instead of Superman being the superman we know, his father is actually General Zod. Batman is a literal vampire bat-man who sucks peoples blood. And instead of Wonder Woman being an Amazon, she's in the world of Darkseid.

These three are polar opposites from their real selves. They seem pretty sketchy I think, ha ha. They are often violent, and kill whatever bad guys they fight. I was actually surprised, this movie not only showed characters getting killed, some of their deaths were freaking brutal! Like, holy cannoli. For Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman they give a back story so you can see why each of them was different than their normal version. Even though they were all interesting, Wonder Woman's story was my favorite. Big Bard was there, they mentioned Boom Tube and Mother Boxes. BIG Bard is one of my favorite female characters, I need to dedicate a post to her.

Without going too far into the story and giving something away, I will say this was a really good animated movie. I definitely love the alternate version of the normal heroes.  

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Horror Movie Survival Tips

Last year in October, I wrote an article about how to stay alive in a horror movie. In the spirit of the Halloween season (yes, yes I know, I said season since October isn't here yet), I decided to give it another go! Here are more ways to survive a horror movie!

Be Skeptical of the kids.
Children in horror movies always creep me out. Sometimes they look evil (that may have sounded mean...). Kids always seem to see or suspect things and the adults always brush it off as being an overactive imagination. Yes kids can make up things, but when its a constant, or its really creepy and weird, maybe you should look into it. But when they start speaking to you in Latin or some other language they shouldn't know, it's too late, you fail.

Animals sense danger.
Animals seem to know when somethings not right. If your cat starts growling, arching its back and hissing, something is wrong. Kittie isn't just having a rough day. If your dog starts growling, barking, or whimpering, something is definitely wrong. Buster is never just fussy or needs to go out super bad. And when you are trying to call your pet and they don't answer it'll be too late to save them or find them. Something isn't right and you need to figure out what it is, like right now.

Sex can wait.
Seriously. In teen/young adult horror movies, this is the major turning point in the movie. It's usually when people start to die (or people realize a killer or monster is out there). You're in the house alone at night, or you're camping in the woods alone and decide what the hell, lets do it. Lets drive out to BFE and do it. How many times has someone gotten killed because they wanted to have sexy time? Too many. They always die in the worst, most embarrassing ways too. Lets go out to some abandoned area and have sex, There's no one there. wrong, There is someone there. They are watching you, and they are going to kill you.

The bad guy is never dead.
Okay so triumphant part of the movie you give it one hard go to kill the bad guy. You run him over with your car a few times. Or you stab it repeatedly, or you set the building on fire. Are you sure they're dead? You think they are but they're not. They never are. They're laying motionless and you maybe poke at them and they don't move. Then they somehow get away and find you. How can you make sure they are never coming back? I'm not really sure. I don't think you can. I guess dismemberment? Incineration? A hope, a prayer?

Reading isn't always good for you.
Under normal circumstances, reading is a good thing. When you find some old looking book with strange writing and strange (scary) pictures, DO NOT READ IT! Seriously. No matter how interesting it looks to you, incantations are always bad. Don't read them in your head and most certainly don't read them aloud. All you're doing is asking to die by the demons you just summoned.

I'll be back.
When you're with a group, some genius (note- sarcasm) decides it would be good to split up, or they will go ahead and get help. They leave you, or your small group and say they'll be back. Nope. You are not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and you will not be back.  By saying "I'll be back" you're subliminally telling your peeps, "I'll be dead soon, so say your goodbyes." The only case this doesn't fail, is when two people go to get help. One of them most certainly dies, but sometimes the other person makes it out. But sometimes they die too,

Don't go there.
There are all kinds of really bad hiding options. These are places you should just avoid at all cost. Basements. You're basically underground in a cement lined hole in the ground. Most of the time basements are dilapidated and grungy, not to mention the high creep factor. And most basements only have one entrance...the way you got down there in the first place. Nowhere to exit if the killer or monster is in your house upstairs! Bathrooms. Aside from the grimy germs, there are stalls. Stalls that people can hide in. Even if you look under the stalls as you are walking by, someone could be standing on the toilet seat and you'd never know they were there. That is unless you push open the door. Even then, they're more ready to attack than you are to defend. Don't, just don't go there. Closets are another bad place. Most closets aren't very big. They are tight, confined places which you have no way to escape from. A tiny wood paneling door would be the only thing separating you from the killer/monster/bad guy.

I'm okay with admitting that I am the worst person to watch scary movies with. I generally shout statements like those above at my TV when the characters make stupid mistakes.

Nerdy love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Marriage Equality

Marriage equality is a big issue. Its all over the news still, even though the supreme court legalized same sex marriage. Tons of people were stoked (including myself) that everyone now had the legal right to get married. This is something that was so long overdue. But of course, in the midst of so much celebration, excitement and happiness there's got to be party poopers. Those people who still hate the idea of two men or two women being able to get married. I don't understand why people are so mean. It's not like anyone is doing anything to hurt anyone else. They are simply living their lives and just want to be treated fairly, just like everyone else. You don't like same sex relationships? Don't be in one. Its that simple. But to impose such hatred, and to flat out deny people their now legal right to marry someone of the same gender (yeah, I'll get to that issue in a few) is wrong.

When did interracial marriage become legal? 1967. That was when interracial marriage was deemed fully legal in the United States. I wonder how bad it was then. It always makes me so angry, I am married, obviously I'm black, my husband is white. 50 years ago it would have been against the law for me and my husband to get married. Think about that a second. How ridiculous does that seem in modern times? Its insanity. But with two women, or two men its any different? I disagree. Same thing, same problem, different targets.

Hmm, these two pictures look really similar, huh? Same fight, different victims. Why aren't gay couples treated like hetero couples? Are they any different? No. They are regular, law abiding citizens that pay their taxes just like everyone else. So why ostracize them? Because the bible says marriage should be between a man and a woman? I'm not going to get into a debate about bible verses or believing in God or not. But the law is law, and aren't we supposed to follow it? That Kim whatever her last name...she really pissed me off by refusing to give marriage licenses to same sex couples. She refused and in her defense said that it was against her belief in God. And that, according to the bible, marriage is supposed to be between one man and one woman. Although she was working for the federal government, she decided not to follow the law, and follow her beliefs. To say that I was astonished, would be an understatement.

First things first, are you working for the government? Yes? Then it is your job to uphold and follow the law. You don't get the option to just follow it when its beneficial for you. You, just like every single American citizen, are expected to follow the law. If you don't, there are consequences. You are not a special little snowflake. If your beliefs interfere with your ability to do your job, guess need to find a new job! If I'm a waitress at a restaurant that serves beef and I refused to put in someones order for a cheeseburger because I don't agree with it. What do you think would happen to me?

Yeah, I'd lose my job. Why is this woman any different? She made headlines and so people started lining up to either protest her, or to get behind her. She was judging hardcore and she had no place to. Lets not mention the fact that she was married multiple times. Oops. Doesn't the bible mention marriage in other ways (cheating, divorce, remarrying??). I don't care about how many people are following her. I don't care about what presidential candidates are in her corner. I care about her beliefs coming before her job. She is, by law supposed to issue marriage licenses to whomever the government has deemed legal to wed. That's it. That is supposed to be the extent of her in peoples business. Not waging war on each couple that wants to get married. She went to jail, which I was so excited about, until Huckabee went to see her and she got out. I get it, she is hiding behind whatever Free Exercise of Religion clause. but again, your beliefs getting in the way of doing your job? Get a new one, because this is the law now, and you either do what you're supposed to, or you go somewhere else. I guess I should be more focused on the fact that despite this woman trying to make things hard, there are still way more people out there that support gay marriage and are happy to see marriage becoming equal. I hope that 50 years from now, problems/issues/hatred concerning same sex marriage will be long gone and forgotten and anti gay/gay marriage wont be an issue anymore.

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Be a Blogging Unicorn

Epic, right?!
Okay, I know that sounds weird. Just stay with me in this, alright?! Think for a many people do you know that run a blog? How many blogs do you follow yourself? When you are looking for a recipe or a tutorial, do you find good ones on random blogs? Blogs (and bloggers) are everywhere you turn. EVERYWHERE. Any subject you can think of- there's a blogger out there somewhere writing about it. I love blogging. Its so much fun sharing things I've been working on (including fails!), things that are going on, or just sharing some tips I've learned myself. But we all want to be on top, right? I'd love to broaden my audience, and its an everyday job to keep up with blogging to stand out. How can we do that??

Keep your voice! 
For some reason, people all start to 'sound' the same in their articles. They turn into monotone robots and there's no personality. I can't sit and read something bland. Even if I'm trying to read about something I like, if its super boring I can't even. I have actually fallen asleep in the middle of reading on my computer. I really like it when I can find a blog that feels, friendly. Yeah that sounded weird...what I mean is, reading something that feels like its coming from a friend, or someone you kinda feel comfy with. Not like a stiff news anchor. I know bloggers want to feel like an 'authority' in their niche, but people really want to know and connect with whoever is behind the screen. You can know what you're talking about but still be personable.

Research is your friend!
Sometimes shooting from the hip in an article is great and appropriate. If you're writing about your experience, doing a review, tutorial whatevs. But when you're trying to provide important info about something (whether its a product, timeline, event or whatever), make sure that you research it! You don't want something published out there with misinformation in it!! Plus, having the right facts makes you legit.

Who are you?
Whoooooo are you...who who, who who? I know you sang that The Who song in your head too. But really, who are you back there behind the computer? People like to feel connected, they don't just want to read articles from some anonymous person. Show who you are, not only through your writing, but with your face! Let people see you, that makes a huge difference!

Design, design, design!
When you first click on a blogs link, BAM, first impression to the face. Is it easy to navigate? Is it organized? Hell, is it pretty? Pretty is a relative term I know. But take a look at your design. Is everything cohesive? Does the layout make sense? Could your readers easily find different pages or links from your home page? You want things to look nice, be organized and easy to get around. But, you also want it match your personality (to a certain extent). I do think that its much better to have less going on and more organization, than a ton of stuff in chaos.

Be Epic
Regardless of what niche you're in, you chose it because you love it. So much so, you want to share it with millions of random people on the internet (hi!). Show your passion! It's totally okay to spaz out and go full fangirl (or fanboy) in your blog! In fact, I think people love it. Of course you have those that aren't into whatever you're into, but that's okay, it doesn't matter. Those who are passionate, love, or are even curious about whatever you're writing about...they will find you.

There are hundreds of articles out there on how to be a better blogger. I'm no authority on blogging, but it is something that I love to do. I'm working on each of these things in order to expand my readership, and keep working on improving myself and my brand. I want to be a unicorn dangit! What are some helpful tips that you have on becoming a better blogger?

Nerdy love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Gabriella: Nerdette at Large

Hey y'all! Recently I got the opportunity to interview Gabriella from Nerdette at Large. You'll be seeing more of her pretty soon, so keep an eye out for that. But before that comes, lets get to know Gabriella a little bit more.

Hi Gabriella! Thanks so much for taking time to do this interview with me! Before we jump right in, can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

EV: Over at Nerdette at Large, you write about comics. Do you have a favorite issue?
NAL: I’ve read quite a few comic books, and I have a bunch of favorite series, but as issue,
I would probably have to go with Batgirl #43, because it is basically telling us Frankie
is going to be the new Oracle, and it tickles me to my very core!

EV: How long have you been blogging?
NAL: I started blogging right after my Junior Year, in High School, because I just wanted to
have a place to put my thoughts.

EV: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
NAL: I love blogging for a lot of reasons, and I’d love for it to be my only source of income one day.
My favorite reason for blogging is its uncanny ability to help you network with other people like you. I honestly thought, I was the only person who looked like me, and enjoyed comic books and video Games, but then I came across you on the Internet, and Jamila, and Jessi, and so many other awesome ladies!

EV: Do you encounter extra criticism being a black female nerd?
NAL: I do, and it hurts, because it's bad enough trying to be a female nerd and enjoying a fandom,

but its like 8 times worse if you are a nerd of color. It's hard to find characters that look like you,
and heaven forbid that they race bend an older character, and you’re there for that. I’ve had people call me names, and blame me for comics getting canceled. It's just ridiculous, because I’ve
come across people who will call me white in a heartbeat, because this is what I enjoy. I’m not trying to be white, I’m just being myself, and I am so proud to be a black Female Nerd.

EV: I know you're an avid gamer. What are some games you're currently loving?
NAL: I love playing arcade fighters and puzzle games. I’m currently loving Pokemon: Omega Ruby, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Professor Layton. I love Professor Layton so much, that I own the entire game series, All the OST’s, The movie, and he’s my only tattoo!

EV: What are some of your early nerdling memories?
NAL: I remember watching Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z on VHS tapes, and playing Street Fighter Apha, and reading old comic books and movies with my dad.

EV: what are some of your hobbies?
NAL: I love knitting, and baking. When I’m not working on my blog, I love knitting while watching old black and white “scary” movies, and old TV shows like ‘66 Batman, Star Trek: The Original Series,
and the Munsters.

EV: Who is/are your role model(s)?
NAL: Hmm… Do they have to be real? Fictional ones: Hermione Granger, Storm, and Lt. Uhura.
Real ones: Janelle Monae’, Angela Davis, Dorothy Dandrige and Betty Paige.

EV: Got any embarrassing or funny stories you want to share?
NAL: Despite how confident I seem online, I have plenty of embarrassing memories swirling around in my brain. I have this thing, where I don’t notice when people are being smartasses or sarcastic. I was dancing in a turn right on red lane, and I didn’t know I could actually turn right on red, so I was actually waiting for the light, and the guy in the car behind me, is pretending to dance and giving me thumbs up and such, so I thought he liked my dancing, but he just wanted me to move, and was making fun of me. That didn’t occur to me, until I was driving home.

Well thats it for the interview! I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know Gabriella a bit more. like I said, you guys will be seeing more of her soon! Be sure to follow Gabriella online social media so you can keep up with her, and stay updated on what new at Nerdette at Large:


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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Tips for your Next Move

Have I mentioned on here that my family and I will be moving in a few weeks? Well guess what...we're moving in a few weeks! We're moving almost 2000 miles away from Texas! Its gonna be a loooong ride. But fun, it should definitely be fun. We have moved around a lot and each time things have been a little different than the last. This time will be once again different. This time, we have a lot more planning going on. After doing some research, I think I've got this figured out. It should be way less stressful than things have been in the past. Here's what we are going to do:

  • Using a Binder
  • Making checklists beforehand
  • Making a spreadsheet
  • Photographing Everything
  • Color coding rooms

I know that doesn't seem like a lot, so let me go into detail on each of these for y'all.

Use a binder. For real. Even if you have to dust off your old trapper keeper (you know you still have it). You need some sort of binder with prongs and folders. This is the easiest way to keep everything together for the move. You have everything there, in one space, and you don't have to worry about searching for a piece of paper or a note or anything crazy. Its neater and will make you feel more level headed having things right there for you.

So the next thing you need are checklists. It sounds simple, but I have several running checklists (I'm not obsessive, but I do want to have everything i need and need to know readily available). They range between questions to ask our packers, what stuff is in each room, what personal items, electronics, etc. we are taking with us and not having packed. I have a lot. But I'm a list maker. Each list is written on a separate piece of paper, and I've made sure to leave space to write notes or answers to any questions.

Spreadsheets. I know you're asking, why do I need a spreadsheet if I'm making a check list? This is basically your inventory sheet of you entire house. YOUR WHOLE HOUSE!!! You'll want to log every single thing you own and every single thing that is in each room. Your spreadsheet helps to once again keep things neat and organized. It makes it easy to note if you have two of a certain item, or 10. It also makes it easier to log any electronics you have, their working condition, and serial numbers. Serials are super important! That helps when it comes to damages.

You need to photograph all of your stuff. I'm sure it'll take a bit of time, but what happens when the movers 'lose' a piece of furniture? What happens if they smash your crystal glasses? I've heard horror stories of people having lots of things broken, or even missing! I don't want something like that to happen to us! You'll need to file a claim for damages. But how will you prove that said item was there? You need pictures. It's better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them!

Color coding. This might not seem all that necessary to some people. That's totally fine, but for me, I'm an overwhelmingly visual person. I have to have something that can obviously separate things. Just writing on a box with a sharpie isn't enough. I love colors, bright colors. Color coding each room is great. Tape a color strip of paper to the door of each room. Obviously use a separate color for each room. Once the packers have packed boxes and emptied whichever room, Tape a strip of color paper on each box that corresponds to the color on the door. In your binder, label what room each color is for (you can even get fancy and tape a small strip into your binder). When you get to your destination it'll be so much easier to separate and work on each room.

It sounds super simple, and I think this part of the moving process is the easiest of them all. The stuff before this is what is the worst. Paperwork, meetings, and appointments are long and exhausting. The only major worry I have right now, is cleaning the house back to its original state! Lets hope that part works out well!

Nerdy love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Texas. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!