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McNabbist Holiday Traditions + Reading List

It’s been a crazy few weeks here in McNabblandia!  I thought I’d share with you two of my wacky holiday traditions and I ask you return the favor.

The first is a long-standing tradition.  When I was a teen, my mother and I used to drive around town in search of the best holiday yard displays.  We’d arm ourselves with hot chocolate or mint mocha’s and spend an hour driving around and enjoying holiday yard displays.  There was an occasional “oooh” or “aaah” for really good ones.  We’d have Christmas music playing on the radio (our favorite was and is “Feliz Navidad“).  It was a cheap but very nice way to spend an evening.  Now, we take my younger cousins to do the same thing.  We already have the date booked!

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The second is finding a short Christmas/Holiday-related novel to read.  I base my decision on which to read based solely off the title and/or cover.  Last year, Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown was one of my choices.  This year, I’ve decided on The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie and The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson.  First things first, I want to know about a pudding that goes on an adventure.  I mean, who doesn’t?!  Also, I love a good mystery.  And, of course, since I’m a Crazy Cat Lady, a title that includes the word ‘cat’ automatically makes it awesome, no?  Only time will tell!

 

I decided to start a new tradition this year after seeing the idea RTed by Library as Incubator – Make A Book Advent Calendar.  So, I have a pile of books and graphic novels (in addition to my two holiday reading picks) I’ve set aside hoping to read them between now and January 6th.  Most of these are not holiday-related, but items I own but have never read.  Unlike the post suggesting you have one a day, I knew there was no way I could read some of these, which are novels, in one day.  So, I improvised. Have you ready any of these?

*This is the December read for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Online Book Club.  We’d love more participants!

**This graphic novel is about one of Captain Sulu’s first runs on the Excelsior! ❤

Don’t forget to let me know your wacky holiday traditions, whether you’ve read any items in my Book Advent Calendar, and what you’re reading, watching, or playing this holiday season!

Best,

The McNabbist

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Review: ‘Incognegro’ by Mat Johnson

After hearing a very interesting NPR interview with Mat Johnson, I decided I simply had to read Incognegro.  Mr. Johnson’s lives and experiences are clearly an inspiration for the superhero known as Incognegro as well as inspiration for his other writings. He describes himself as “mulatto”, being the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father.  The struggles of growing up being seen differently by different people is a struggle which I personally often thought about, even though I’m as Western European-American as you can get. As you may know, I’m an Adult Reference Librarian who maintains the adult graphic novel collection at a large urban public library.  You may also know that I’m a self-described geek and anti-racist and a family historian.

I’d seen the graphic novel come and go off the shelves.  My reading list was so long, I told myself I’d get there eventually.  After hearing that interview (linked above), I moved it up the list.

This graphic novel places us in the 1930s where a light-skinned journalist, Zane, goes undercover as a white man in the American South to investigate lynchings for a newspaper based in Harlem.  His newspaper publishes his work under the name ‘Incognegro’.  This means he goes without recognition outside of the office, which is something he grapples with.  He wants people to know that he’s the writer known as Incognegro.

Throughout the graphic novel, we are faced with uncomfortable realities about race in America, past and present. I find the straight forward unapologetically honest tone of this graphic novel refreshing.  The writing is grounded and the black and white artwork, done by illustrator Warren Pleece, doesn’t try to blunt the honest tone.

“Race doesn’t really exist,” Zane says.  “Race is just a bunch of rules meant to keep us on the bottom.  Race is a strategy.  The rest is just people acting.  Playing roles.  That’s what white folks never get. They don’t think they have accents.  They don’t think they eat ethnic foods.  Their music is classical. They think they’re just normal.  That they are the universal and that everyone else is an odd deviation from form. That’s what makes them so easy to infiltrate.”

Grade: 4.5/5

Other works by Mat Johnson:

  • Drop
  • Hunting in the Harlem
  • Hellblazer: Papa Midnite
  • The Great Negro Plot
  • Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story
  • Pym
  • Right State
  • Loving Day

-The McNabbist

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 90s

I’m jumping around from the 1960s to the present, listing some of my favorite songs from these decades.  The first post in the series was for ’00 decade, the second post was for the ’80s, the third post was for the 1960s and 1970s, and this post is for the 1990s!

I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may have missed a song or two.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts!  Don’t make fun of me too much.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned😉.

Please respond with your favorites from the 1990s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

I’m sure you will notice that this is the lengthiest music list so far.  I was 13 years old in 1990.  That’s right, my teen years were spent in the ’90s!

Alanis Morissette – Uninvited (1998)

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)

Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (1991)

Chagall Guevara – Tale O’ The Twister (1990)

Cranberries – Ridiculous Thoughts (1994)

Culture Beat – Mr. Vain (1996)

The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed (1993)

The Cure – Purple Haze (1993)

Depeche Mode – It’s No Good (1997)

Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (1999)

Dino Latino – Caramelo (1998)

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You (1994)

El General – El Funkete (1995)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Sixty Years On (1987)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The King Must Die (1987)

En Vogue – Free Your Mind (1992)

The Fugees – The Score (1996)

Garbage – Not My Idea (1995)

Garbage – Push It (1998)

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love (1991)

Helmet featuring House of Pain – Just Another Victim (1994)

Live – Pain Lies on the Riverside (1991)

Madonna – Human Nature (1994)

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (1998)

Monifah – Touch It (1998)

No Doubt – Just A Girl (1995)

Onyx featuring Biohazard – Judgement Night (1993)

Ozomatli – Aqui No Sera (1998)

Ozomatli – Donde Se Fueron? (1998)

Pearl Jam – Better Man (1994)

PJ Harvey – Down by the Wate (1995)

Positive K – I Got A Man (1992)

The Prodigy – Breathe (1997)

The Prodigy – Firestarter (1997)

Psychotica – Cybernation (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Down Rodeo (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name (1992)

Rage Against the Machine featuring Maynard James Keenan – Know Your Enemy (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter (1998)

Rage Against the Machine – People of the Sun (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – Testify (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up (1992)

Silverchair – Israel’s Son (1995)

Silverchair – Pure Massacre (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet w/Butterfly Wings (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm (1993)

Sonic Youth – Titanium Expose (1990)

Tori Amos – Caught a Lite Sneeze (1996)

Tori Amos – Crucify (1991)

Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)

 

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‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump — Unhinged Group

‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump http://ift.tt/2dHZDJA ‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump Image: Trek Against Trump By Adam Rosenberg2016-09-29 20:43:56 UTC Donald Trump would never make it in the Star Trek universe. The amassed former and current cast and crewmembers of various […]

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While I understand why some Trek fans would rather those involved in Star Trek would’ve not associated the franchise with their personal political views, I disagree with those that say Star Trek isn’t political.  To those, I’d say, please watch the episodes again.And, while I don’t personally think Hillary Clinton is a great candidate, personally I do think she’s a bit better than Donald Trump.

If you want to know more, you can visit the links above.  If you don’t, I understand.

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 80s

I’m jumping around from the 1960s to the present, listing some of my favorite songs from these decades.  The first post in the series was for ’00 decade and for this post we’ve jumped backwards to the 1980s.

I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may have missed a song or two.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts!  Don’t make fun of me too much.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned😉.

Please respond with your favorites from the 1980s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

Bananarama – Cruel Summer (1984)

Bangles – A Hazy Shade of Winter (1987)

Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian (1986)

Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (1986)

Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn (1986)

Blondie – Call Me (1980)

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game (1989)

The Cult – Fire Woman (1989)

Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (1985)

Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love (1988)

Enya – Cursum Perficio (1988)

Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again (1983)

Eurythmics – Would I Lie to You? (1985)

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (1985)

Kim Wilde – Kids in America (1981)

Madonna – Like A Prayer (1989)

Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)

Metallica – One (1988)

Metallica – Seek and Destroy (1983)

Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole (1989)

The Pixies – Wave of Mutilation (1989)

Prince – 1999 (1982)

Prince – When Doves Cry (1984)

Salt-N-Pepa – Push It (1986)

Skid Row – 18 and Life (1989)

Stacey Q – Two of Hearts (1986)

Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen (1981)

Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K – Pump up the Jam (1989)

U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)

The next blog post will be my favorite music from the ’10s! – The McNabbist

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 2000s

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts.  I’ll be going through my entire music collection and posting, by decade, my favorite songs from them.  Sadly, I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may miss something.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts.  Yep, I’ve sold out.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned ;).

Please respond with your favorites from the 2000s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal (2001)

Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier – I Don’t Care (2007)

Apocalyptica featuring Corey Taylor – I’m Not Jesus (2007)

Beyonce featuring Sean Paul – Baby Boy (2003)

Britney Spears – Circus (2009)

Chamillionaire featuring Slick Rick – Hip Hop Police/Evening News (2007)

Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone – Ridin’ (2005)

Christina Aguilera – Can’t Hold Us Down (2002)

Cypress Hill – Superstar (2000)

Dixie Chicks – Landslide (2002)

Estelle featuring Kanye West – American Boy (2009)

Faithless – Mass Destruction (2004)

Flobots – Handlebars (2008)

Foo Fighters – Pretender (2007)

Jem – 24 (2005)

Korn – Did My Time (2003)

Korn – Evolution (2007)

La Roux – Bulletproof (2009)

Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce – Telephone (2009)

Limp Bizkit – Take a Look Around (2000)

The Lonely Island – Like a Boss (2009)

Mariah Carey – Obsessed (2009)

Metallica – Whiskey in the Jar (2004)

Muse – Uprising (2009)

N.E.R.D. – She Wants to Move (2004)

Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds (2005)

No Doubt – Hella Good (2002)

Pink – U + Ur Hand (2006)

Rage Against the Machine – The Ghost of Tom Joad

Rage Against the Machine – Renegades of Funk (2000)

Rise Against – Re-education (Through Labor) (2008)

Sean Paul – Temperature (2006)

Seether – Fake It (2007)

Serj Tankian – Empty Walls (2007)

Shiny Toy Guns – Le Disko (2006)

Shiny Toy Guns – Jackie Will Save Me (2006)

Slipknot – Psychosocial (2008)

Smashing Pumpkins – Doomsday Clock (2007)

System of a Down – Aerials (2001)

System of a Down – B.Y.O.B. (2005)

System of a Down – Chop Suey (2001)

System of a Down – Hypnotize (2005)

System of a Down – I-E-A-I-A-I-O (2002)

System of a Down – Innervision (2002)

System of a Down – Lost in Hollywood (2005)

System of a Down – Nuguns (2002)

System of a Down – Radio/Video (2005)

System of a Down – Toxicity (2001)

Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson – Miscommunication (2007)

Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson, D.O.E, and Sebastian – The Way I Are (2007)

The next blog post will be my favorite music from the ’80s! – The McNabbist

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International Cat Day!

Friends,

In honor of International Cat Day, I made a series of posts on Twitter honoring all of the wonderful cats I have had in my life.  Please take a look: https://twitter.com/TheMcNabbist.

Best,

The McNabbist

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Grouchy Trekkie

***SPOILER ALERT***

 

Ok, I admit it. I’m a grouchy Trekkie. I didn’t think Star Trek Into Darkness was all that great. What with the plot holes, the lack of originality, the stupid relationship drama, the new cure for any ailment, the ability to skip starships now that we can beam across the universe, and the absolutely gratuitous Carol Marcus almost-nude scene, I just didn’t feel it. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate it. I give it a B-/C+. I couldn’t decide which grade to give it. It seems to change by the day.

Here we are with a whole new timeline. They could take it in ANY direction. Khan, really? Also, many people have interpreted the message the same way Wil Wheaton has (see below), but when Kirk is giving his speech at the end of the movie, it almost seems like he’s parroting our American Presidents hopeful speeches about peace and the future (while they rarely mean it). Maybe we’re supposed to think that Kirk is better or that Kirk will keep his word. However, for me, his words were too eerily similar to those of our warmongering politicians. I was also really bent out of shape by a J. J. Abrams interview I read right before the movie came out. Abrams admits that he was never a Star Trek fan because it was too philosophical for him (This isn’t the link, but he still admits it here too: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/j-j-abrams-star-trek-too-philosophical-192548775.html. If I come across the other interview, I’ll update this blog post). Why was this guy hired again? That is WHAT Star Trek is!

Having said all of this, most people that I know that have seen it liked the movie. Then again, most of those most aren’t Trekkies. I’ve only met two Trekkies that really liked it. TWO.  Though not perfect and wrought with its own issues, I still think the first reboot movie was better than this one.

So, if you’re wondering what am I on about, here are a few great links that will make you laugh and provide insight about some of the issues I had with this film. The bonus for you is that they are written by people who are better writers than I am. Enjoy!

http://io9.com/star-trek-into-darkness-the-spoiler-faq-508927844

http://www.themarysue.com/star-trek-into-darkness-review/

Wil Wheaton brings up some good points in defense of Star Trek Into Darkness, but so do some of the people who left him comments. Check it out: http://wilwheaton.net/2013/06/my-review-of-star-trek-into-darkness/

Of course, we all know that I’ll buy it on Blu-ray because I’m a Trekkie.

If you saw the film, whether a Trekkie or not, I would love to hear your feedback! 1, 2, 3, go!

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Women, Graphic Novels, and Gaming

Hey, chicas! Are you tired of hearing the (old and lame) stereotype that comic books, graphic novels, and games are for men? I know that I am. While I certainly believe that some comic book/game creators, writers, and artists need  a lesson in why sexism and homophobia suck, not all games or comic books alienate women. And, it needs to be recognized in the industry, and among male fans, that we are here, we are fans, and we would like to be respected as consumers. I invite you to write about your favorite comic books, graphic novels, and games in the comments section. I would love to hear what you love, what you’re reading, and what you think about the treatment of women in those same titles. Personally, that matters a great deal to me. I don’t like supporting writers/creators/companies economically that demean women. But, let me hear your opinions. Let’s prove that stereotype wrong!!!

Here are a few of my faves:

Comic Books/Graphic Novels (all-time faves)

  1. Earth 2 – I like the diversity in this alternate universe!
  2. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Crossover – This has Captain Picard in it. Enough said.
  3. The Walking Dead – While there are females that try to enforce gender roles in this graphic novel, there are also a few female characters that knowingly and regularly defy those roles. Does anyone remember the conversation between Lori and Andrea? BOOM.
  4. Umbrella Academy
  5. The Guild – About a geeky, introverted woman who loves gaming. What isn’t there to like?! Did I mention that Felicia Day is the mind behind it! (You should also check out the webseries!)

Games (all-time faves)

  1. Dragon Age: Origins
  2. Dragon Age: Awakenings (DLC)
  3. World of Warcraft – While there are plenty of sexist assholes playing on the WoW servers, there are also a lot of females running around who don’t mind (myself included) calling those assholes out.
  4. Plants vs. Zombies – For when I’m looking for easy entertainment.
  5. Mortal Kombat – This has been one of my favorite since I was a teen. I remember the thrill I would get at kicking dudes butts while playing a female character in the game. BEST.
  6. FTL – You can get a Star Trek mod for this game. What isn’t to love? You never know what to expect in this game, which is an interesting and delightful change from most games I’ve played.

I’m about to start The Walking Dead games via Steam soon. Has anyone played? Thoughts?

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Creating Change. It’s Not Easy.

If you see something you don’t like, do something about it. Things don’t change because you complain to your friends or post a comment on Twitter…or even a blog. Things change because of actions we take and where we decide to spend/not to spend our money (and then being vocal as to the reasons why). Sadly, money talks volumes in our society. It gets the attention of those in control of the purse strings.

Let me give an example. Say there is an actor that you really have the hots for and he’s in this new movie that some of your friends want to see. But, you’ve heard it is very sexist and/or racist. At this point, what you need to decide is what is more important? Seeing a movie with this hot actor with your friends or deciding not to go see it because of the content. I’m not going to sugar coat this. In my opinion, if you see the movie, you ARE condoning the sexism and/or racism in the film. The film company is looking at the tickets sales and feels validated. However, I’m not telling you which should be more important to you. Only you can make that decision for yourself.

Fighting for change has never been easy. It never will be. I would even propose that it shouldn’t be. It takes sacrifice and actions, not just words. Today, those sacrifices are minimal in comparison to our forefathers or those in other parts of the world. It might mean not having those cute shoes, shopping at a particular trendy store that is selling fur, or buying video games from a particular software company known for their ever-present misogynistic storylines. In some cases, it might actually mean attending a protest  or confronting a person about their hurtful and hateful comments toward yourself or someone else. While all of these may take us slightly out of our comfort zone, to be honest, it is nothing compared to the things that people in developing nations endure on a daily basis.

How much are we as a society willing to sacrifice to make our society a more positive and less hateful and greedy place? I wait to see what the future holds.

And….stepping off of soapbox…for now.

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