Nerd Ink

When I was twenty-one years old, many moons ago in the year two thousand and nine, I decided to get my first tattoo. It probably came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I decided to get the Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter on the inside of my wrist.

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Getting that tattoo really showed me how wide the variety of fandom tattoos really is. If I ever thought I was unique in getting a Harry Potter tattoo, I was so completely wrong. Through my nerdom adventures and my discovery of the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, I’ve really experienced some of the awesomeness in nerd ink.

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No One Forgets Their First Doctor – My Top Ten Favorite Doctor Who Moments!

Now, my most recent obsession has been Doctor Who. People have been telling me to watch this show for YEARS and I’ve just never done it. Finally one day, I was bored, the entire series is on Netflix and I decided to watch it.

I powered through the entire six seasons in about a month, maybe less. I watched it for hours before I forced myself to go to bed and as soon as I woke up in the morning. I became obsessed.

 This is a fantastic show. It has everything a nerd could want: fantasy and sci-fi, but with humor and charm. Christopher Eggleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith all do wonderful at playing The Doctor, a 900-year-old time-traveling, regenerating alien, who literally can’t go anywhere without the end of the universe being at stake.

So I decided to compile a little list of my absolute favorite Doctor Who moments. I do warn you; there are major spoilers (BEEP BEEP SPOILER ALERT!) ahead. If you have never watched Doctor Who, or just don’t care to (though you’re crazy! Why on earth would you not want to watch this show!), I would tread carefully. I don’t want to ruin some of the best things about this fantastic show.

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E3: My Favorites

Its that time of year guys. Summer. The time of the big cons, the ones I always live for and love: E3 and San Diego Comic Con. This is when my full nerd comes out; when all the announcements for new games, books, movies, etc. come out and giving me nerdgasm after nerdgasm. With E3 basically wrapped up (and of course, I didn’t go. You have to be so-and-so’s second cousin twice removed to get into that guy haha), I’ve compiled a short list of what excited me the most, what I’m looking forward to the most.

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New Harry Potter Box Set: Good or Bad?

Recently, Bloomsbury-publisher of the Harry Potter series-announced that they would released a three book box set in fall 2012.

Now, of course,  Potterheads everywhere went nuts. With the book series finished in 2007 and the movies series finished just last summer, we’re dying to keep the magic alive with some new releases, anticipation and excitement. Pottermore had its moments: I loved getting a wand, getting sorted and learning some extra information, especially the McGonagall back story. But lets get real, after an insanely long beta period and only Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone available, Pottermore turned out to be kind of a disappointment.

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Only Starkid Can Save us From the Apocalypse…with Music!

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So last night, my best friend, my little sister and I journeyed down the 101 freeway to Sunset Blvd to the House of Blues in Los Angeles to see Team Starkid perform on their summer Apocalyptour!

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For those of you who don’t know Starkid…well you are missing out! Starkid is a theatre group, originally out of Ann Arbor, Michigan at the University of Michigan. They did what they called the Harry Potter Musical, later changed to A Very Potter Musical to avoid any entanglements with Warner Bros. They slapped it together on YouTube and bam! Internet fame. They later followed the highly successful and extremely funny AVPM with: Me and My Dick, A Very Potter Sequel, Starship and, most recently, Holy Musical B@man. 

Oh yeah, and they’re home to Darren Criss. Yes, that Darren Criss. The one you all drool over every Tuesday night on Glee. 

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But what you didn’t know is that this group is full of amazingly talented and funny actors/actresses like Joey Richter, Joe Walker, Jamie Lyn Beatty, Lauren Lopez, Brian Rosenthal, Meredith Stepien, Brian Holden, Jim Povolo, Julia Albain and so many more and they showcased their epic awesomeness last night at the Apocalyptour show. 

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The show started off with an opening band, Charlene Kaye and the Brilliant Eyes. Very awesome enjoyable music, got the crowd super pumped up and excited. And there were definitely fans in the audience too! They even brought Darren and Dylan to help out with a couple of songs!

Then the amazingness happened. And yes amazingness is a word. 

I scoffed at all the fan girls crowding the stage, screaming their lungs out as the lights dimmed for Starkid. And then they came on stage, and I found my inner fan girl and started screaming right along. 

The show was different than your average show; instead of just randomly playing songs, there was a story to it. Our ragtag team of Starkids get super excited for their camping expedition when suddenly they find an ancient Mayan tablet. By reading it out loud, they unleash the fury of an ancient deity who is ready to destroy the earth. 

Unless Starkid can stop them! 

Starkid promises an awesome show that’ll make the deity think twice about destroying the world!

And believe me, they had me convinced. They played all the favorites and I found myself dancing and singing and jumping up and down like I was thirteen years old. This group is full of talented and fun people and they had the crowd the whole show, laughing, dancing, and just having a super blast. 

And to make it even better, they played all the favorites, a nice mix from all the musicals. I squealed when Lauren Lopez and Joey Richter did the classic ‘Granger Danger’, swooned when Darren Criss belted out ‘Home’, laughed my ass off when Joe Walker and Joe Walker sang ‘Me and My Dick’ and screamed with joy when the whole crew got us singing along to ‘Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts’. 

All in all, I had an awesome time. Sadly, their last California show was tonight in San Francisco show, and all others are too far for me to even think about trekking out to. But if Starkid is heading to a town near you, I urge you to go, its definitely a fun fun fun time!

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So last night, my best friend, my little sister and I journeyed down the 101 freeway to Sunset Blvd to the House of Blues in Los Angeles to see Team Starkid perform on their summer Apocalyptour!

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