L&L Book Club and the Shining Sequence Mittens

I took a two week hiatus from book club. It was partially because I was recovering from a nasty cold and partially because I’ve had so much exciting L&L stuff to get ready for that I forgot totally remembered, but didn’t post due to very important reasons. ;)

But I’m back, at least 80% less sneezy, 20% cooler, and chomping at the literary bit! Before we jump into this week’s book, I have a few bookkeeping announcements:

Subscriptions for the Society of Caffeinated Knitters (SoCK club) -and- the GAL guild are open for membership. This…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Professor Farnsworth

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Good news everyone, Professor Farnsworth is on the Geek-A-Long!

Futurama is one of those fandoms that I more or less married into. Like 30 Rock, collectible card games, and Rifts, my appreciation of Futurama came with my wedding vows. I can’t remember why I wasn’t open to it before. But when we started dating,…

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Geek-A-Long 2015: Gaius Baltar

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“It’s all so pointless. We kill them and they kill us, so we kill more of them, so they kill more of us. What’s the point anymore?” –Dr. Gaius Baltar 

We brought up Battlestar Galactica on the 2014 blanket too. If it were completely up to me, BSG would appear on every GAL until the end of time. As of right now, it isn’t on next year’s blanket…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Wily

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“Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. The name’s Wily… The one and only, the brilliant scientist, Dr. Wily! It may seem rather sudden to you, but I’ve decided I’d like to take over the world!” – Dr. Wily (Mega Man: Powered Up)

If I’m being completely honest, I was never a big fan of the Mega Man games. I didn’t dislike them or anything, but they were just never my thing. My husband, on the other hand, has VERY strong feelings regarding the most Mega…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Torchwood

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Hey guys, it’s my birthday! I’m spending it recovering from a wild* night out at the drive-in (we saw Mission Impossible and Trainwreck) with breakfast at my favorite diner with my favorite people, followed by a date with Netflix. Yesterday during the day I binged on Pivot‘s Veronica Mars marathon, and I can only assume that was an intentional birthday gift from them to me. Frankly, I like to imagine that everyone quietly celebrates National Megan-Anne Day. So please feel free to join me in my binge-watching…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Zarkov

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I want you to put aside everything you think you know about bad television. Because you haven’t seen delightfully cheesy, scenery chewing, “bad” TV until you have seen the original 1930s Flash Gordon serials. As of typing this, they were on YouTube, Netflix DVD, and Amazon. I’ll just wait here while you watch it.

Waiting… Waiting… Yep, that’s an iguana you see attacking the rocket ship. Waiting… Waiting…

Like many of my nerdy…

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Geek-A-Long 2015: Dr. Horrible

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The world is a mess, and I just need to rule it.

I hardly know where to start on everything that is amazing about Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. If you haven’t seen it, I want you to stop what you are doing, go here, download it, and consume this golden nugget of modern cinema.

No, seriously, nothing I have to say here is more important than watching Dr. Horrible for the first time.

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Gregor Mendel

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There isn’t much to say about Gregor Mendel’s personal life. He liked bees and had some kids before he joined the church to help pay for his schooling. He became a friar and then an abbot later in life. What do you say about a guy who spent nearly ten years cultivating peas in his free time? I can only hope he came up with some great recipes to use them. French pea soup? Braised peas with onion and dill? Sweet peas with prosciutto? Sauteed cod with pea cream?…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Jadzia Dax

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Star Trek is more than just an amazing show, it is a ground-breaking cultural phenomenon. It featured the first bi-racial kiss on American Television. It depicted women and minorities in positions of power and equality. In Starfleet, it doesn’t matter if you are a teenager, woman, minority, alien, android, or sentient hologram. If you want to pursue a career in science and/or leadership, no one will stand in your way.

So this week, the Geek-A-Long honors Jadzia Dax as one of the amazing, butt-kicking, name-taking,…

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2015 Geek-A-Long: Dr. Doom

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I am more than amused by the prospect of a battle of wits. Though I fear that with you as an opponent, the struggle might well be brief.”-Victor von Doom

I love old school Fanastic 4 comics. When we put together our square list for this year, I lobbied for Reed Richards to make the cut. Jac wasn’t sold on him though, citing that “he is really a tool.” Don’t know what could make her think that…


After some negotiation, we agreed that the best way to honor the franchise…

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