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Lenore Halloween Giveaway

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (2)

Happy Halloween everyone!!!     

Well, not quite yet, but I've got some spooky goodies to give away to get you in the mood!


Once upon a time a twisted and talented artist named Roman Dirge created a cute little dead girl named Lenore. She is inspired by the poem "Lenore" by Edgar Allan Poe.This is a very dark comedy and definitely not meant for children, well maybe older children, like teenagers and people who don't feel the need to "grow up".



Lenore is well loved and I know there are a lot of fans out there, so I have something for you. A while back I acquired two Lenore comic books, then at the recent Geek Market I was charged by a generous lady to find someone who would appreciate a perfect condition Lenore doll she had (even has the tag on it!) and of course her dead kitty.


    


All you have to do in the comments below is answer one of these questions:


How old was Lenore when she died?

Name one of her friends?

How long has Lenore been around (as in the books, dolls, etc.)?


I will randomly pick a winner from everyone who answers correctly on Wednesday, October 29th.


All the best, your GG


Geek Hero This Week - Bill Fedun

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This week's Geek Hero needs very few words. He was a man well loved by everyone who knew him. He was honourable, funny, talented and simply wonderful.  Bill Fedun was everything a teacher and community leader should be.


Photo from "The Knight" at One in a Million


Bill taught sword fighting, made historically accurate armour, and so much more. He was a man of action. He was a man with a lot of heart. And he used both of these to fight the greatest battle of his life - cancer. Sadly cancer won the battle and the world lost a great man.


He is so well loved by so many people from different groups and communities that a number of them have written remembrance posts and articles, including this one from Toronto - Thanksgiving Remembering Bill. Over the years many people have written about Bill and his lovely wife Brenda. Someone even wrote a song - Bill's Song.


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There is a Memorial Mass for him today at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metcalfe at 11:00 am. There will also be a celebration of his life at the Russell House Pub from 4 - 8 pm on November 2nd.


I'm sure this will not be the end of the honours for Bill Fedun. His life will be told in song and story, and he is sure to become legend.


All the best, your GG

Spooky Storytelling

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, I received a very different kind of CD to review. Not music, but storytelling. The storyteller is John David Hickey and his latest collection of stories is entitled Did You Hear That




The CD has eight stories of demons, ghosts and haunted cottages. It's a splendid collection for this time of year. Storyteller Hickey does a fine job of reviving a very old tradition. While listening, I looked at old family photos and even did some housework. I found it a delightful change of pace from television, Youtube, and the constant barrage of images and crappy storytelling called reality programming.


Good storytellers tell tall tales and this collection of them is wonderful. There's one about a mermaid, the devil, ghosts - my favourite one being the old lady in "The Dead Don't Pay", and an enchanted canoe too.The CD is a combination of old folk tales and some Canadiana. Hickey does a great job of telling the stories and I enjoyed the fact that he was telling them to live audiences so you could experience their reactions and interactions, especially during the telling of Lex and The Devil.


Hickey's collection would be a perfect compliment to an evening by the fire with a class of wine or a bottle of beer, with the wind whistling through the branches and the moon cold and bright.


All the best, your GG

Geek Hero This Week - Sylvia Earle

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

This week's Geek Hero was requested by my daughter Miranda. She is finishing high school and planning on a degree in Science (biology), specializing in animal communication. She is a big fan of marine biology and one of her heroes is Sylvia Earle.


Sylvia Earle with a custom LEGO figure of herself.

Created by her fan Maia Weinstock.

(photo by Girona7)


In 1966, after receiving her PhD, she became a research fellow at Harvard. A year later she was heading the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory. In 1969 she applied for inclusion into the Tektite project (an underwater laboratory, 50ft below the surface of the sea). Even though she had logged over 1000 hours of underwater research, she was rejected - men only. Just one year later she was asked to head an all women team for Tektite II.


In 1982 she and her husband, a marine engineer and submersible designer, started a company to create and operate robotic subsea systems. In 1990 she left the company to become the first woman to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 1992 she left to start a new company DOER Marine to further advance marine engineering. It is run today by her daughter Elizabeth. Since 1998 Earle has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence.


She has led over 100 expeditions, logged over 7000 hours underwater and participated in ten saturation dives, the most recent in 2012. She has set a record for solo diving in 1,000 metre depth too. 


She is still active today in marine conservation. Her special focus is on developing a network of areas on land and in the ocean to safeguard living systems. She has received over 100 national and international honours for her work. In 2009 she received a TED prize and with their support she has created Mission Blue to establish marine protected areas. You can see a documentary about Mission Blue, and Earle's life, on Netflix.


Sylvia Earle is still diving, and fighting to save our marine environment, at age 79. I couldn't ask for a better hero for my daughter.


All the best, your GG

Zombies and Steampunks and Geeks... Oh My

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was the first day of the most recent edition of the Ottawa Geek Market. Brand new space, brand new activities added on to the old favourites including workshops, a geek social and a scavenger hunt. The whole day was extremely busy and the place was packed. Everyone I spoke to was having fun. From shopping to playing the huge number of old retro video games and new board games, people stayed for hours having a great time.


Here's a few photos of what I encountered during my day at the Ottawa Geek Market...


Cosplay guests


Retro toys


Geeks and the next generation


Wonderful geeky art


Steampunk Ottawa and lots of other local groups


More generations of geeks...


...including yours truly hanging out with our Mayor and artist Darlene


    

Gruesome zombie makeup (at ZombieInfo booth) and zombies in general.

You can get your zombie makeup done before today's Zombie Walk.


After the daytime activities, the fun went upstairs to the first annual Geek Social. It was a whimsically decorated room full of music and laughing people. It was wonderful.


      

From the decorations to the "geek inspired" dinner, you couldn't help but be ready to play games.


Here's an idea of just how much fun we were having...

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There is so much more, but you would be reading this post all day. Why not attend yourself and join in the fun. It's on again today from 10:00 to 5:00.


All the best, your GG

Falling Sky

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The fabulous people at Pyr sent me a new book to review called Falling Sky.



As you can see in the photo the big guy on the cover is wearing goggles and there are airships in the background. So when I first got this book I was expecting a steampunk story. That means I would review it on my other website - Steampunk Canada. Except for one thing. It's not steampunk at all. So here we are.


Other than the goggles on the cover there is really no mention of them in the book. The period is post apocalyptic after a highly contagious virus turns most of the population of earth into feral beasts. The only steampunkish element of the whole story is the airships. Survivors decide it's safest to stay in the air. People fly and live on airships and some have attached many together to create towns. One is called Gastown - makes sense. That's the extent of it though. The rest is more Walking Dead in the air. There are very few survivors are the ground. They are called "plods". Those in the air are called "zeps".


The main character is a zep. Ben Gold has his grandfather's airship and it's his home, work and life. His airship, the Cherub, and surviving are all that matter to him. That is, until he starts working for a group of scientists trying to find a cure for the virus. In particular the head of the "boffins" as he calls them, Miranda. She's brilliant and has a big heart for all humans, feral or not.


She's a great character. Idealistic, but with enough common sense to know how to use weapons for survival. Not a cutsie dreamer. Wild curly hair, glasses and able to hold her own. And although the main character, Ben wants to protect her, he respects her enough to know she can do it on her own as well.


Ben has other good qualities that come out as the story progresses, but something else you find out is that he's Jewish. He is definitely the first Jewish post-apocalyptic hero I've come across. He even meets up with a fantastic rabbi at one point. Of course, there may have been others, but this is the first time I've seen more of this religion involved in a story then simply someone quickly mentioning they're "a Jew". Kudos to the author.


While the book is only 252 pages long, there is a lot of character development and action packed in. It's set in the near future, as there are many modern cities mentioned, now shut down and overgrown. Truly think Walking Dead on airships. And while the goggles may not be a steampunk element in this particular story, they certainly could have a practical and important use - but I'll let you find out why yourself.


If you'd like to give it a go, it's a good, fast paced read. It's being released on October 7, and you can get a copy through amazon.ca


All the best, your GG

October Geek Market

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Last March - dead of winter - stormy weekend. Nasty weather that made you just want to curl up under the covers. But being the resilient Canadians we are, and happy for any excuse to have fun during the cold months - people flocked to the March edition of the Ottawa Geek Market.


Can you imagine what it will be like when it happens again this weekend on October 4th and 5th!



And the March event was in one small room at the Nepean Sportsplex. This edition of our local Geek Market will be taking up the whole curling rink at the Nepean Sportsplex. And there will be much more happening this time including gaming - both board and video, panels, a scavenger hunt, workshops, even a live Quidditch match!




But wait there's more....  I'm not kidding... this edition will also have special guests galore including a number of well-known cosplayers, members of Carnival Diablo in Horror Alley and Ottawa's very own version of Roger Corman, director Brett Kelly.


And of course there is the huge number of vendors that will have all kinds of goodies perfect for yourself or the ideal Halloween or Christmas gift for family and friends.


And if that wasn't enough, how about the fact that this event is happening as a fundraiser for the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Every penny raised from the now famous silent auction will go directly to this charity, and 20% of admissions will be handed to them as well!


Please Sir, I want some more... nuts


If you want event more reasons, be sure to check out the Ottawa Geek Market for more information.


I'm looking forward to seeing you there!


All the best, your GG


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