[Editor’s Note: Before I start, I’d like to preface this by saying that I was acquainted and friendly with both the accuser and the accused while I was first a guest relations, then publicity staffer at an East Coast anime convention from about 2004 to 2008. Until recently, I had not spoken or corresponded with either of them since I left New York City in 2012. Any and all opinions are my own unless otherwise stated, and all anonymous sources shall remain confidential.]
If you’re into geek feminism and women’s issues, it’s been an interesting couple of years. Recently, we had the debacle at the TechCrunch awards ceremony, the Gamergate saga in the video game world, the first-person account of how to report sexual harassment at a science fiction convention, and the reveal that a prominent sci-fi/fantasy author participated in abusing her own child.
Each time I read another report, I thought to myself, “Well, that’s truly horrifying, but I don’t think things like that have happened in my anime fandom.”
That is, until now. Read the rest of this post »
In: Columns, Opinions/Editorials · Tagged with: Amber Marie Frazier, Anime Boston, community, feminism, Todd Haberkorn, Tom Wayland
It’s less than a week until Christmas, so let’s dive into another episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., fresh off of my Netflix streaming queue: Read the rest of this post »
In: Reviews, Television: U.S.A. · Tagged with: Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Ming-Na Wen
Once again, it’s time to check in with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., thanks to the kind folks at Netflix. Read the rest of this post »
In: Television: U.S.A. · Tagged with: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
You have no idea how freaking happy I am that Netflix is streaming the entirety of the first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right now. I was afraid that due to living in a cord-cutter household and being on a very tight budget, I wouldn’t be able to justify spending the money to get the series on iTunes. And I couldn’t justify the ongoing cost of a Hulu Plus membership either. But now I can at least watch the whole first season and get caught up, so let’s pretend that an entire season and a bit hasn’t gone by, okay? Read the rest of this post »
In: Television: U.S.A. · Tagged with: Clark Gregg, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Thank you Netflix
It’s almost time (in the U.K. that is) for the newest episode of Doctor Who, and I’ll be live-blogging my reactions to the episode. Read the rest of this post »
In: Television: British and Canadian · Tagged with: Doctor Who, Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, Series 8
Ever since it was announced that Peter Capaldi would be playing the newest incarnation of the lead character in the long-running British series Doctor Who, I’ve been excited to see exactly what direction the show would be going. After all, like many folks, I was first introduced to Capaldi as an actor through his work as the impressive and imposing Malcolm Tucker from “The Thick of It.”
All jokes about a “foul-mouthed Scottish Doctor” aside, I thought it would be best to turn to the (Re)Generation Who Community Manager (and former Geeking Out About contributor) Kara Dennison to speak about what may be in store for us during Series 8 from Capaldi based on his other acting work:
In: Podcasts, Television: British and Canadian · Tagged with: Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, Series 8, The Thick of It
One thing that my husband has been up late working on is patches and fixes due to the Heartbleed bug, information about which was publicly disclosed at the beginning of this week. What is it, and how does it affect you?
Basically, an error in the coding of a system called Open SSL meant that a person could send a query to a server and receive in return a random chunk of the server’s memory. With enough querying over time, this same person could eventually gain enough clues to compile information about the users whose information is stored on the server.
A more compact explanation can be seen in visual form, here: Read the rest of this post »
In: News · Tagged with: Constant Vigilence!, Heartbleed bug, information security, Mashable, XKCD
With Boxing Day having come to a close, it’s time to sit down and have a spoiler-filled discussion about the Christmas special episode of “Doctor Who”, now available to purchase on iTunes. Read the rest of this post »
In: Reviews, Television: British and Canadian · Tagged with: Christmas Special, Doctor Who, Eleventh Doctor, Jenna Coleman, matt smith, Peter Capaldi, Twelfth Doctor
Want to get excited about a new thing, but aren’t completely up to date on the fandom and don’t mind spoilers? We here at Geeking Out About are happy to help provide you with everything you need in order to stay current with your geeky passions in our new column, “Pop Culture Catch-Up.”
“The Day of the Doctor”
Directed by Nick Hurran
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman
Guest Stars: David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page, Colin Baker, and more
Like many people, my first Doctor was Christopher Eccleston, aka the Ninth Doctor. His single season in 2005 as the eponymous character of the long-running BBC series Doctor Who introduced me to everything Whovian and I came to have a layperson’s understanding of the show and how it worked. I watched some episodes featuring Tenth Doctor David Tennant, including the special movies, and part of the first season with Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith; however, once I fell behind I lost interest.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first episode’s airing and Doctor Who fans both old and new were a-buzz when news came forward that there would be a special episode celebrating this anniversary. Rumors and speculation flew around the world. Would it reunite several of the previous actors who have played the Doctor in a large over-arching plot as the 20th anniversary special “The Five Doctors” did? How much interaction would the upcoming Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi have in this special? Or would the inclusion of any former Doctors be more poignant and heartfelt as was the meeting between the Tenth Doctor and the Sixth Doctor (Peter Davison) in the Children in Need short “Time Crash”?
Simulcast around the world on November 12, 2013, “The Day of the Doctor” proved to include all of these things—and none of them at the same time. Read the rest of this post »
In: Reviews, Television: British and Canadian · Tagged with: anniversary specials, billie piper, david tennant, Doctor Who, Eleventh Doctor, Jenna Coleman, john hurt, matt smith, Paul McGann, Steven Moffat, Tenth Doctor, War Doctor