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Full Interviews with the Cast & Crew of The Expanse — Geekritique

If you haven’t watched this show yet, tune into Netflix next month or rent it from your local library.  Enjoy this interview via Geekritique 🙂 – The McNabbist

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the ’60s and ’70s

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, and for this post we’ve jumped backwards to the 1960s and 1970s.

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 1960s and 70s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)

Beatles – Back in the USSR (1968)

Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Cathedral (1977)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Ohio (1977)

Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1979)

Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (1979)

Doors – Love Me Two Times (1967)

Edwin Starr – War (1970)

The Guess Who – American Woman (1970)

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (1969)

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (1967)

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (1970)

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin (1966)

Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing in the Streets (1964)

Marvin Gaye – Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)

The Monkees – Last Train to Clarksville (1966)

The Monkees – Steppin’ Stone (1966)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978)

Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (1969)

Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper (1966)

Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence (1964)

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground (1973)

Stevie Wonder – Superstition (1972)

Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967)

The Supremes – Stop in the Name of Love (1965)

Still two more McNabblists coming soon!

-The McNabbist

 

Star Trek Mission Chicago – 50th Anniversary Report, Part 3 (Sunday)

As Sunday was the shortest day of the convention, Part 3 will be the shortest (and last) of my blog posts pertaining to the convention.  Sadly, it is hastily written due to a tight schedule.

As usual, I slept a bit too late.  I mean, what are vacations for if I can’t sleep in, amiright?!

After eating a very healthy McDonald’s breakfast (please note sarcasm), I made my way to the convention. I decided not to look at any vendors since I’d already brought enough that weekend and instead headed straight to LeVar Burton’s booth to introduce myself and thank him for the work he’s done promoting literacy.  He gave me a total of two fist bumps, which pretty much made my day and leveled my geek cred numerous times.

After this encounter, I went to the photo ops with Michael Dorn and LeVar Burton.  It was with much satisfaction that Mr. Burton remembered my name!  *insert smug cat face*

After wandering around a bit and eating a small lunch, I made a beeline for the LeVar Burton talk.  LeVar is a very accomplished individual.  He’s written books, has promoted literacy for decades through his work on Reading Rainbow, starred in a major role in Roots, and was executive producer of the new version of Roots that was released recently. Not to mention his role as Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Person after person from the crowd told him what an inspiration he was and how a few of them had made their way into the sciences after seeing that an African American advancing in that field.  It was very touching. To one such person in particular, LeVar answered, “I love engineers. Engineers get shit done” and the whole crowd laughed.

LeVar spoke of an issue very near and dear to my heart: Diversity. He said we need to learn to be OK with the fact that people are different from us. He said it is important to have diversity in casting so that people can see themselves represented, much like those individuals who told him that Geordi was an inspiration.  He gave an example from his own life. “I am a huge Star Trek fan. As a child, it was a TV show where people like me were represented,” said LeVar.

Here are a few other quotes by LeVar Burton about his acting career.

  • Questioner: “Armin Shimerman says acting is all in the eyes. How did you handle that?” LeVar: “I do a lot of eyebrow acting.”
  • “I understood none of the technical jargon. I got it out as fast as I could to make it sound like I do. That’s acting.” – LeVar
  • Roots was my first professional audition.” – LeVar Burton

My last session of the convention was the Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn panel.  According to Marina, they are best of friends and she calls him “Dorny”.  Marina did much more talking in this panel than Mr. Dorn; I think that is how he preferred it.  Marina was very funny and had no issue saying her opinion and being frank with the crowd.

Case in point, when a member of the audience asked her how she felt being put in command only to crash the Enterprise.  Her response, “I didn’t crash that ship!  The planet jumped out of nowhere!  And, the second time I was ordered to do it!”

Another really good example is when a member of the audience jokingly asked her if any of the men on set fought over her and she replied sadly that none ever had.  Michael Dorn spoke up, “It’s because you’re easy.”  There was a gasp from Marina and the audience. Marina’s face changes and she says, “You’re right.   Was no point in fighting over me.  I’d just tell them, ‘don’t worry, I’ll eventually get to you.'”

 

Marina and Michael both talk about the importance of mental health.  “Gene Roddenberry always believed that mental health was just as important as physical health.”  Michael says he often doesn’t talk politics, unlike Marina, but he has to agree, we need to do more as a society to help those that need it. Marina noted she wasn’t supposed to talk about politics on stage but since Ronald Reagan is already dead, she thinks she’s allowed to blame him for the closing of all the mental health facilities.

A few more tidbits:

  • I like dogs better than people, really. – Marina Sirtis
  • Follow me on Twitter if you want to hear politics. – @Marina_Sirtis
  • I’m really lucky that I get roles as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood. – Marina Sirtis

Also, for those of you who happen to be NCIS fans, she says we’ll see her in some upcoming episodes!

There ends my experiences at the Star Trek convention in Chicago.  Overall, this convention was the most diverse convention I’d ever attended and I loved it.  People of all races, religions, sexual preferences, and gender identities.  While Creation Entertainment could make numerous improvements to their non-Las Vegas conventions, overall I did have a good time.  My best find at the convention was a Star Trek 50th Anniversary bandana and a Star Trek Insurrection William Riker doll.

-The McNabbist

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The best Sunday cosplay 🙂

 

 

 

‘Batman (1966)’ Retro Review

Holy Camp Classic Batman! Fans the world over know the Dark Knight as a brooding superhero who stalks the shadows of Gotham City utilizing fear as his greatest weapon against criminals. This film is not about that Batman, this is about the Batman far removed from the original intention of his creators and the modern […]

via ‘Batman (1966)’ Retro Review — Funk’s House of Geekery

The McNabbist’s Reading List

Hello friends,

I’ve been reading so much, I don’t really have time for in-depth reviews, so I’m going to list everything (in alphabetical order) I’ve read in the last two weeks and provide a grade and an occasional short comment.  Entries in Fuscia are my must-read suggestions!

Aliens: Defiance, Issue No. 1 by Brian Wood (Dark Horse Comics, 2016) – Grade: B+

Comment: I can’t wait to see what happens in the next issue!

Aliens: Glass Corridor (one-shot) by David Lloyd (Dark Horse Comics, 1998) – Grade: D

Aliens: Kidnapped (three issue miniseries) by Woodring, Green, and Lopez (Dark Horse Comics, 1997) – Grade: C (The art was very Will Eisner.  The end of the story was too quick and less shocking than it should have been.)

Aliens: Stalker (one-shot) by David Wenzel (Dark Horse Comics, 1998) – Grade: C-

Comment: Really? Aliens and Vikings?  Really?

American Libraries, September/October 2016 issue

Comment: The 2016 Library Design Showcase is very interesting.  Very open designs and smart uses as space are in.  For those of us with older libraries, the article was lacking, unfortunately.

Cross Kill (Bookshot) by James Patterson – Grade: B

Comment: I’ve never read James Patterson before.  While there were a few times I rolled my eyes, those that enjoy detective mysteries should give these a go.  These bookshots are the perfect length for those whose time is limited.

Ms. Marvel, Volume 4 (trade paperback) by G. Willow Wilson – Grade: B+

Comment: A seriously underrated Marvel comic book series.  Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani-American trying to find her way through parental hurdles and combatting criminal antics.  If you aren’t xenophobic, anti-Islam, or a sexist bastard, please give this struggling series a try!

Outcast, Issue No. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him (Image Comics, 2016) – Grade: A-

Smithsonian, July/August 2016 issue, Article: High School Confidential – Grade: B

Comment: If you’re a fan of Archie Comics, this take on the evolution of Archie over time may be of interest, especially as it relates to the female characters!

Superman Aliens II: God of War (Dark Horse Comics, 4 issue miniseries) – Grade: B-

Comment:  Should have been a longer series, say six issues, so that more details and/or backstory could’ve been included.  However, Superman fighting the big bad nasty aliens ala Ripley fame, how awesome is that?  The only thing that would’ve been better is if Ripley had been there fighting alongside him!

You’re Never Weird on the Internet: A Memoir by Felicia Day  – Grade: B

Comment: Today, I finished a memoir by actress and fellow geek Felicia Day and I tell you, it was like reading a book that contained a bunch of my secrets I have about myself, except that I wasn’t home-schooled and I didn’t have a sibling.  However, the writing was much wittier than anything I could have come up with…or more than I’d been willing to share!  Much like myself, she doesn’t let her awkwardness control her.  She’s made her niche and she demands your attention.  If you like gaming, the internet, Geek & Sundry, or Felicia Day, this book is for you.  Gets a B solely because she’s a little too self-deprecating.  Kinda like me.  We can become better!!!

 

What I’m reading now:

Nefertiti (novel) by Michelle Moran

Update: About 1/3 of the way through.  Enjoying it for the most part, though it is a bit too heavy on the fiction.  Needs a bit more fact thrown in.  Also, Nefertiti as portrayed here makes absolutely horrible decisions and is quite the greedy woman.

What More Can I Say? (non-fiction book) by Dianna Booher

 

Items in the Reading Pile:

A Shameful Murder (novel) by Cora Harrison

 

Aliens: Hive (trade paperback) by Jerry Prosser (Dark Horse Comics, 1995)

 

Aliens: More Human Than Human (trade paperback) by John Arcudi (Dark Horse Comics, 2010)

Aliens: Stronghold (trade paperback) by John Arcudi (Dark Horse Comics, 1996)

 

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (play) by J. K. Rowling

Ms. Marvel, Volume 4 (trade paperback) by G. Willow Wilson

The X-Files: Whirlwind (novel) by Charles Grant

X-Men: Shadows of the Past (novel) by Michael Jan Friedman

 

 

 

Zachary Quinto to Narrate “The Dispatcher,” To Be Released by Audio October 4 — Whatever

Well THIS is exciting! – The McNabbist

And Entertainment Weekly has the scoop! So go there for details, including a link to pre-order. Note the cost. It’s not a typo. EW has the scoop, but I will now add a few answers to additional questions I think you might have. Is there going to be a print edition? Yes, there will be,…

via Zachary Quinto to Narrate “The Dispatcher,” To Be Released by Audio October 4 — Whatever

Happy Birthday, Gene.

Today marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “I would hope there are bright young people, growing up all the time, who will bring to [Star Trek] l…

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Captain America in the Age of Anti-Heroes — Funk’s House of Geekery

Are you like me and waiting to see Captain America: Civil War on DVD cuz you didn’t make it to theaters in time?  Well, we don’t have much longer to wait, friends.  While waiting, read this interesting piece on Captain America by Funk’s House of Geekery – TheMcNabbist

Captain America is one of the oldest and most enduring superheros in fiction. He got started back during WWII when two Jewish-Americans tried to smack Adolf Hitler the best way they could: writing fiction. That might sound underwhelming, but art is a powerful force that is constantly underestimated. The details might occasionally change, but the […]

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Star Trek Beyond – Crossing My Fingers

My fellow Trek nerds,

I’ve yet to see this film.  I’m scared to see this film.  I disliked Star Trek Into Darkness greatly.  But, as any fan of the franchise, I’m going to see it very soon.  While you wait for my reaction to the film, take a look at fellow Ohioan (and science fiction author extraordinaire) John Scalzi’s reaction to the newest Star Trek film.

It was pretty decent! With the exit of Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci as director and screenwriters, respectively, the series appears to have made the executive decision that they don’t need to rehash previous plotlines. They’ve written a new one for this film, gave Simon Pegg co-screenwriting duties and let Justin Lin (previously of the Fast and…

via A Brief Review of Star Trek Beyond — Whatever

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