Adventures With Spokhette #14: Library Park and Pioneer Cemetary

March 31, 2017

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   I just realized that I've been visiting a lot of graveyards lately. I was talking about them with a couple of my photog friends, and they were really creeped out about it. Not that I really care what others think, but I was just curious how many of my readers see Cemetary and skip over the post? I was wandering around Lebanon when I came across Pioneer Cemetary and I automatically turned into the nearest parking lot so I could go explore it.

 This Cemetary was erected in 1799. It is one of the oldest cemetaries I have every visited. It was very difficult to read the monuments, a lot of them where just illegible with wear and tear over the years. There were quite a few that were damaged or broken in half. I'm hoping by the weather, and not some douchbag having their idea of a good time.  

 After traipsing through the graveyard which was slightly wet, because it had rained the night before. I  didn't want to people to think I was too weird and this graveyard wasn't really tucked away. It was at the corner of a very busy street, and I actually noticed quite a few cars slowing down as they passed me, probably curious about what I was doing. I even had a few honk. When I finally left the graveyard and was heading home, I noticed this beautiful gazebo like structure to my right, with a statue of a little girl reading, so of course I pulled over! It's called Library Park, and it's connected to Lebanon Library. You can even use the Library's wifi in the park! Aren't the Statues lovely?!

What are some places you've come across on your travels? Let's chat about them on Twitter!

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Nerdette Minute #43 : The Drak Pack

March 30, 2017

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 I'm so sorry guys, time has really been getting away from me these last two weeks. The Spring Season is just a little too crazy for me to handle right now. So I'm knocking posts from Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Just Monday, Thursday and Friday. Thursday will be the Youtube video for the week!

 I'm talking about the awesomeness that is Drak Pack today on Nerdette Minute! A cheesy 80's cartoon about Descendants of movie monsters fighting crime against an organization of generally rotten enterprises!

If you liked this video don't forget to give me a thumbs up to show me that you like this kind of content!!

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Content Creators of Color I've been Loving: Youtube Edition

March 27, 2017

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  With the way the world is going right now. Especially with the way T*@(# is doing his job, it's pretty tough out here for a woman, a woman of color, or even someone who doesn't know what they are yet. I thought I would swing through to uplift spirits with a small series, where I highlight content creators of Color who I absolutely love. Today I'm just doing Youtube, but there will be more, on bloggers, artists, photographers and so forth! I'd love to dedicate a safe place on Nerdette At Large for them to shine.

 First, I'd love to introduce you to Hey Claire. Hey Claire, is a youtube channel ran by Claire Marshall, who creates absolutely breathtaking beauty videos and beautiful travel vlogs. The painstaking eye she pays to detail while editing makes me want to cry, because she is just so dedicated and she creates beautiful results. I've been following her since 2011, and I can say with ease that I have seen every video of hers, and probably more than once. She just has one of the soothing voices, that I like to watch/listen to when I'm editing or creating content.

 Next up is Clothesencounters! Ran by Jenn Im, is a breath of fresh air, when it comes to fashion content on youtube. She keeps everything unique and clean, and I've been a subscriber since before Sarah left. Jenn who just recently got married, keeps her channel bursting with new content super regularly, I can visit her channel anytime throughout the week, and there will be a video I haven't watched yet. I thoroughly enjoy her monthly favorites (she even includes a book! :)) and her vlogs out with Ben and their pup, Cheeki.

 I'm so excited to tell you guys about Pretty Brown and Nerdy. These ladies are doing pretty big things. I'm sure I've talked about them on N.A.L. before, but I had to include them in this spotlight. This Nerdy Girl Trio are representing blerds awesomely with their content. They stream different games, do reviews, and have opinion videos about popular characters, and what anime's you should be watching. I fell in love with them right after their Fictional Crushes video and have continued to support them long after! Cheyenne is an organizational role model. She has three youtube channels, she uploads content to, on top of PBN! I can barely keep up with three posts a week, as you saw last week. I wish she held workshops. Jasmine, is calm cool and collected, and super knowledgeable about Anime. Camille, is adorable with her Nintendo love, and if you follow her on snapchat, make sure you check out her recipes!

 Rounding us out is Shut Up Marina. A super informative + intersectionally feminist channel ran by Marina Watanabe, she has a series called Feminist Friday, where she drops feminist knowledge in bite size chunks. Her humor is sarcastic and dry, which I absolutely love, and she has tendencies that remind me of Veronica Mars. Which if you know me, at all, is HUGE PRAISE. She's also bi, so Representation, and does a great job of outlining what she has to say, and why she feels that way and giving you links to do your own research. I've been subscribed since her What is Cultural Appropriation video, which is crazy informative, if you've been wondering about the top you should go check it out.

  Got any favorite youtubers? Leave 'em down below so I can check them out. Let's fangirl on Twitter.

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Cinema #28: Justice League Dark

March 22, 2017

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  If you have been reading me for a while, you'll know that I love movies. Whether they're in the cinema or just cuddled up on my couch and watching them at home. I love Movies, and I love film. Nerdette At Large has resided in some form, at this address since 2006. I have watched quite a few films in this time.
 You guys know how much I love Batman. I've never talked about Superman or Aquaman Day on Nerdette At Large. I'm a DC fangirl, and I've always been a huge fan of Batman and his whole squad. The other day I watched Justice League Dark and I'm not saying that it wasn't good but I had a few things I could have done without.

One. There was so much death for a DC Animated Film. I count at least three bodies! Seeing as this is J.L.Dark, it's not like they couldn't have brought a couple of those people back. When there's magic involved, death doesn't seem to be a permanent thing. When I first saw that this movie was coming out, I was so excited that I re-read my Justice League Dark Vol 1. Expecting to see the awesome crew I know and love.
 Instead I got a whole lot of Batman. I love Batman, he's probably my 2nd favorite hero. I go see pretty much Batman anything except (UGH Miller), but even I have to admit, that this movie had WAY too much Batman. They definitely could have given that screen time to a member of J.L. Dark, that could have used it, like ALL OF THEM. I'm very tired of him being the only DC hero getting any love.

My Favorite scene has to be the fight between Zatanna and Faust. I've only seen Faust one other time in Justice League Unlimited, and he seemed to be kind of a low level villain, I guess he put all those books in his library to good use, and bulked up a little. A huge fan of Zatanna, I was definitely expecting much more of her in this, she's always an extra or a back up character, since she's actually in this film, and part of the Dark Franchise, I was expecting her to take like 75% of the space, I was sorely disappointed.

 Also, there is just something that really grinds my gears, about a womans voice being taken away. Villains do it all the time, I've lost count on how many times it's happened to Dinah. In this tone, and society, and time frame, there is something very mysoginistic, about the ability to "shut women up". That I've noticed has an underlying thread throughout a lot of DC comics, starting with this resurgence of the Killing Joke. So when Faust, took Zatanna's voice, and thus her "ability" to do magic, it really left a bad taste in my mouth, that further colored the tone of the film.
 I loved seeing the Swamp Creature, and Deadman. Two Characters that don't really get a lot of love, I would have liked to see Madame Xanadu, Black Orchid, and Shade, honestly. I would have also liked to delve a bit deeper on how Constatine and Zatanna know each other so well.
 All in All it wasn't a bad movie, it was just not quite what I expected. I really need DC to realize that Batman is not their only profitable character, and then act accordingly.

 Have you seen Justice League Dark? Did you like it?! Let's fangirl on Twitter about it!

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Comics Roundup #29: Batgirl and Birds of Prey 1-3

March 20, 2017

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 I'm back! Last week was a little rough, and while I wasn't really able to create content I was at least able to give you a video, and do some reading. So I'm back with my first comic post in like a month. I buy comics in spurts, and then I read them in spurts and then I write about them. That's usually how things work here at Nerdette At Large. I have three jobs and time is a little scarce among them right now. I really wish I had the balls and the following, to quit my job and just work on my blog full time, I'm sure I could make it into a sustainable business, if only I had the time to work on it. However, bills can't be paid with wants and dreams right?

 I fell in love with Batgirl during Gail Simone's run. There's just something about Simone's writing that is just so authentic and honest. Then that gave way to the Tarr, Fletcher and Stewart run. While their writing did have some social issues that needed to be addressed (transphobia) on the whole it was as diverse as I had ever seen the D.C. universe. I fell in love with the art, and I collected all the issues.
 Now we have Batgirl and Birds of Prey written by the Benson sisters, who will be at C2E2. Another reason why I'm working so hard. For the first time, I want to attend C2E2 for the entire weekend and cosplay all three days. So definitely needed to scrounge up a little more for that. It's not that the series is bad, do not take that from this, but I'm just not into it as much as the other two.
 Barbara finds out that someone is selling information to the mafia in the area by the name of Oracle, her old alias. I was really hoping that Frankie was going to become Oracle with this reboot, but it appears to be going a whole 'nother direction. In order to help her track down the bad guys this time, she enlists the help of Dinah, Black Canary, on what she thinks will be a one trip folly, Babs has other plans however.
 She has re-opened the Clocktower, and they've begun their search for the person at fault, along the way they meet Helena Bertinelli, who we all know as Huntress, but she's hardly called that. She apparently was an integral part of Spyral, but since I didn't read that I have no idea what's going on with that front. The thing that people seem to get hung up on about Huntress is that she kills. What people don't seem to realize is that she only goes after literally the scum of the earth. People who killed her family and will kill others. I'm sorry, but I say "Go Get Em, Girl!" Plus, she's taking down the Mafia, responsible for murder, drugs and sex trafficking, not like they sell ice cream on the corner and make an honest living.
  It seems that they've finally moved away from Gordon being Batman, because that was just super weird to me, so I'm glad that's over. He still makes appearances in this series, mostly as an over protective father, so nothing new there. Babs and Dinah meet Helena as she attempts to murder their prime suspect in the Oracle caper. They begrudgingly decide to team up. One thing that really stuck out to me is that Barbara seems very suspicious of everyone around her. Which if you think about it makes sense, only a few people knew about Oracle, so it's possible that she has been betrayed. However, she makes a habit out of calling out Helena and making sure that she is watched every moment.
 She even snaps at Helena after she saves her father, and only after Gordon Thanks Helena, does she see the error of her ways. Of course, by then, Helena who didn't seem to patient anyway is pretty fed up and decides to leave the group. I bought one through six, so I'm working on the next three now.  One of the biggest things for me, is that they rehashed the story of The Killing Joke . I HATE THE KILLING JOKE. It was a one shot that has been around for way too long, Everyone knows the damn story, there is no reason to put it back into rotation, or even in her story. She's Batgirl, not Oracle, She can use her legs now and she's stronger than ever before, I was so absolutely angry when they rehashed that story. Absolutely Livid.
 Like I said earlier it's not that I didn't enjoy the story. It's just different from the others, and I enjoyed both other runs a lot. Perhaps it will get better with time, it is only the beginning of the series, but I really had to push to get through the art. That's a big thing for me is the art. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it shouldn't distract from the story it should help it along.

 Have you read Birds of Prey? What did you think? Let's chat about comics on Twitter!!

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Handheld Mistress #18: Final Fantasy Theatrhythm

March 19, 2017

Howdy Gang! I know it;s been a while since I've blogged, especially about games, but its because I haven't really done anything with my system since I bought it! But Never fear for I have found a new Game! Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, basically Guitar Hero with Sounds from EVERY FINAL FANTASY GAME EVER~! I bought it used, so someone else's saved game is on it, and I have made it my mission to get a better score then the person that owned it before hand.

Nerdette Minute #42: Detective Conan Season 1

March 13, 2017

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 I just finished Detective Conan Season 1 and I couldn't wait to tell you all about it, so I made a video! This video may contain slight spoilers, if you haven't watched the first season, I apologize in advance.  Don't forget to like and Subscribe and I'll see you with another video next week!

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Adventures With Spokhette #13: Pizza and Pints

March 10, 2017

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  Alex and I were feeling pizza this Sunday. The general place we normally get pizza from is closed on Sunday. So we decided to go do a little exploring and find a new pizza place. We decided to go try out Pies and Pints for the first time. I don't think I talk about it much on the blog, but it's pretty rare that I go drinking. When I do have an alcoholic beverage, I'm usually with friends and family, and it's very rarely more than 1. So while Alex was excited to see their pint selection, I went with a Mello Yello.

 Pies and Pints can be found Downtown or in Liberty Township. As Alex and I hate parking downtown we went for the latter option. Liberty was a decent drive, so by the time we got there, we were famished. Even though we went in the afternoon on a Sunday, the place was packed, and it didn't take long to get a table.
 Our waitress was super nice, and didn't look at us like we were insane for all the food that we ordered. We got two appetizers, the Potato Pizza Skins. Which is a small pizza, with mashed potatoes, ooey gooey cheddar cheese, REAL bacon pieces and chives. It was amazeballs. I think we only brought home one slice. We also got their char grilled wings. It definitely lived up to the title. I thought we could choose a sauce, but apparently they were made in a dry rub of cilantro lime garlic and schiracha. I thought they were going to be too spicy, but I could barely feel the kick. We didn't even bother to photograph them.

 Then on the main course! Originally we were going to get two small pizza's, which are 10'' there. Once we told our waitress what we planned to get on them however, she said we were better off with getting a large half and half, and we obliged her. On my half, a white pizza, with double heapings of shrimp, spinach, salami, mushrooms and extra cheese. (of course) On Alex's Half, a red pizza, with Pepperoni, sausage and roasted garlic.

 Another interesting thing about this place is they place the cheese under the toppings. I definitely wasn't used to that, but it was very delicious none the less. We each got about 4 slices, and I'm still munching on mine as I write this on Tuesday.  The place is very eclectic, lots of elephants everywhere, and it was like they copied my Ipod playlist, so it definitely felt like Home to me. I would definitely go again.

 Since we like Pizza SO MUCH, we have taken it upon ourselves, to check out our fair city and attempt to visit a pizzeria every Sunday. We usually have so much time to kill on those days and what better way to do it, then to stuff ourselves silly?! We're thinking about checking out Strongs or Mod Pizza next.

Do you have any pizzerias for us? What's your Fav pizza topping? Lets chat about it on Twitter!

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Adventures With Spokhette #12: Anatheum + Mt. Washington Cemetery

March 8, 2017

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  I've had a lot of free time lately. I've gotten back into the habit of carrying around my camera, and I've been making sure to at least take a single photo for every outside adventure. The pictures in this post are all from about three weeks ago. I literally visited three different places in one day, but didn't want to overload you with pictures or information. I've been working on shortening my blog  posts to a couple of paragraphs. I'm not sure if people are liking or disliking this, no one has ever told me otherwise.

  I had no idea what an Athenaeum was, so I decided to go check it out. It was a closed campus. I'm guessing something similar to a college for Pastors. The architecture and the statues were so absolutely stunning, I just had to photograph them. I'm always so worried about getting in trouble for trespassing.

 I got the opportunity to check out the graveyard that I passed on my way to the school I was going to be photographing. There were quite a few empty gravestones. I was a little scared honestly. I absolutely love exploring my city. I 'm working on getting out of the house more. My activities are pretty good at keeping me inside the house. I've made it my mission that I will definitely be getting out the house more often this year.

In other good news, I hit 400 followers on Instagram! I don't know what brought them, but I hope that they stay. Come see what all the hype is about.

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February Favorites

March 6, 2017

Hey Gang!

 Can you believe yet ANOTHER month has passed? 2017 is already moving way too fast for me! February was an anniversary month for me! It marked the 3rd year at my 2nd job and a full year being a children's photographer. It's awesome. March is the anniversary of Nerdette At Large, so I'm very excited to make it another year. I'm thinking about doing some special stuff, but I'm not sure what I want to do yet.

 Here are a few of my favorites for this month:

- I started to stream again! I haven't decided whether I want to use Twitch or Youtube. My latest video is up on Youtube, I played God Eater 2 for about an hour. I'm trying to set it up so I do it at least once a week.

- Falling in Love with Film Photography. I've been using A Nikon N65 and I finally GOT a lens for my Pentax and it's so glorious! I got it for a steal on Ebay, and it's practically perfect.

- I finally Ordered my PS VITA, and it arrived! It's a Japanese Import so I expected it to take a lot longer than I thought it would, but it arrived super fast, and with a box and everything! It's the cutest thing I've ever seen, and I CAN NOT wait to start doing some serious gaming with it!! I did a whole unboxing video, which you can find here.

- Alex and I bought real Furniture! We took a small trip to Ikea and got the most adorable furniture! I got a rolling three level cart in rust, and an aquamarine Shelving unit with three drawers. Alex got an all white desk with a pull out extension, he's in love.

- I've been trying to draw at least once a day. It's been a while since I drew before I bought my sketchbook, so I'm completing at least 5 pictures a week. They aren't great, but they are definitely an improvement from before. All the illustrators that I love, they all say, that the key is practice.

- On Valentine's Day, Alex got me a Victini and a Jirachi Plushie! I'm very excited to add plushies to my collection, and that they are pokemon related! Plus, Victini is my favorite, so much so I got a tattoo.

- I'm a huge fan of illustration. I follow a lot of them on Instagram and twitter. I finally had the opportunity to purchase stickers from Ieafy and they are the cutest things on the planet. I ordered the Electic Pokemon Sheet, Alolan Pokemon Sheet, and a Chao Sheet, from SONIC! When I saw them them a week ago, it was instant nostalgia, I definitely needed them in my life and on my stuff.

- Drooling over Kiera Please's + Ashe's Cosplays. I'm super interested in having these lovely ladies on the blog, but the way they cosplay my childhood, these ladies need mad props!

I'm dreaming up Cosplays for C2E2. What are some of your faves? Let's Chat about them on Twitter!

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Adventures With Spokhette #11: Guardian Angels Cemetery

March 3, 2017

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 One thing I love about my day job is that it takes me all over the city! The other day I happened to be in a really nice part of town and after I got off I went to explore a little bit. All along the same street were two cemeteries AND an Athenaeum. If you are like me and have no flipping idea what an Athenaeum is, do not worry! It's basically a Pastorial College. The architecture is absolutely beautiful I was so astounded. I was only able to get a few pictures there, because I wasn't a student, and felt kind of tresspass-y. I love to explore, but I'm a law abiding citizen after all!

I walked all the way through Guardian Angels Cemetery, there were some really pretty monuments, that I had never seen before. When I arrived, the grounds keepers was there, and she was the sweetest thing ever. Like I said earlier, I'm deathly afraid of getting in trouble for walking through "public" places. So I asked if it was ok for me to walk around and photograph. She says people go through the cemetery all the time, so It's not just me!!

 I told Alex that I was checking out graveyards and he totally fed me the night of the living dead line, They're coming to get you Gabriella. They're coming to get you! Which he does all the time while I look around and it isn't too much of a big deal. It's more funny then scary. I was doing this in broad daylight, so I was raring to go, and then as I walked around the top there were 12 freshly dug graves, and one completely open one!!! I nearly had a heart attack!

Have you checked out any cool places lately?! Let's talk about it on Twitter!

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