Is Science our Magic?

Let’s pose this question.

Is science our magic? I know that the question might have more questions then actual answers, but this was something that I was thinking about earlier today.

magicphone

There is a lot of science and technology that we take for granted. I could give you major examples, list off papers and studies, but I want to keep this simple. Think about it for a second – Automatic doors, the Internet, Cellphones, even electricity! These are all common everyday things for most of us. We use them, a lot without even thinking of the complexity that is behind them. They are things we interact with everyday, they are our norms. Now imagine you are in a fantasy land.  A land of mages, witches, and knights. You obviously don’t have a cellphone, there is no electricity, and you have to crank open those super heavy wooden gates, rather then have them open when you are within a certain distance. Instead of lightbulbs you have torches, or a mage that can produce light. No cellphones, how about message sent by you via an avatar through the astral plain. Heck the astral plain could be considered the internet in a few primitive ways,

Those are your norms in that world. You have conjurers, wizards, and mages. These people would obviously learn their trade by getting apprentice ships, going to colleges, and being apart of respective guilds. Most would be born with these abilities. Not unlike people who are born with a great understanding of mathematics and engineering.

If we were to be told magic was real, that you could wave a wand, or drink a potion and get the power of telepathy, flight, or other coveted attributes – most of us would gawk at the notion. We’d dismiss it as pure fairy tale, even if we were shown examples of it right in front of us. We are skeptics to such things, but image if the roles were reversed.

You are a knight, and you have just finished your noble quest. You are far away from your lady love so you visit the local mages guild. You want to send her a message, but having a letter go by raven or horse would take to long. You instead go to the head mage and ask for him to send a message for you.  Rather then require gold, or need magical supplies, he pulls out a new STRANGE device. He presses this magic, alien screen and within seconds there is your maiden. She smiles through the shiny smooth surface and blows you a kiss.

What the hell would you think if you were that knight? A small shiny thin object can instantly connect you and your lady, with no magic potions, no blood offering, no secrets! Where is the conjuring, and spells you are so accustomed too? What is this Sorcery? In that instance you would be a skeptic too.

If you came into this fantasy world with the knowledge of the technology of today they would think you were mad. They would have no way to comprehend the science and technology we possess. They would believe that a mage could travel through the air and deliver a message himself with just an incantation or a spell,or could wave a stick in the air and produce light, or use such stick to depend himself against a 500 ton dragon. But the science, and technology we possess today would we confounding.

That is the question then. Is science our magic? And my answer is yes.

Think of how far we have come technologically. Think of the major advances we have made because of science. It is amazing! I truly believe science and technology is our worlds type of magic.

So if anyone asks if I believe in magic, my answer is yes!

Straight Out of Hogsmeade :: Delicious Warm Butterbeer Recipe

butterbeerbarrelwizardA few of us Gazetteers are avid Harry Potter fans. I am lucky enough to live a few hours drive from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tend to frequent there quite often. My main reason for going is to drink me some Butterbeer! I recently attended Harry Potter- A Celebration – which was their event surrounding the upcoming theme park area Diagon Alley. Check out this episode of Nerdy Show to hear me and my fiancee, Jon West, talk about our experience there!

ANYWAY! Before I had to pleasure of experiencing The Wizarding World, and tasting their JK approved Butterbeer I concocted a recipe of my own. I posted the recipe up on my personal blog, and had some decent success with it. You could make it hot or cold, or into a milk shake. Since the Butterbeer at The Wizarding World is cold and frozen I had wondered how they would make it warm. WELL GUESS WHAT THEY HAD AT THE HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

Warm Butterbeer.

And it was AMAZING!!!!!! My very difficult to please partner, Jon, LOVED it. And so did I! So when we returned from our magical adventure I decided I would try and recreate that Butterbeer from memory. I did get close, so here is the recipe for just WARM Butterbeer! It deviated slightly from my previous recipe, but it is still as good!

Ckrickett’s (Kristin’s) WARM Butterbeer recipe!

Tools:

  • Candy Thermometer
  • Measuring equipment (measuring spoons, ext)
  • Medium sized sauce pot
  • Blender
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients:

Butterbeer Syrup

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (you could use light but dark tastes best)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 5 Tbsp UNSALTED butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Caramel topping
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • OPTIONAL 1/2 cup Butterscotch schnapps since Butterbeer is supposed to be slightly alcoholic. 21 and up please!

Butterbeer Foam (the delicious head):

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow fluff (or 8 jumbo marshmallows)
  • 2 Tbsp butterbeer syrup mixture. (above recipe minus the cream soda)
  • 1/4 Cup Caramel Topping

Making the Butterbeer!:

  • In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.( it is important to stir otherwise you can burn your sugar!!)
  • Stir in the butter, caramel, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. (if you are doing your Mise en Place before you start cooking you can add all these ingredients together in the same bowl except for the vinegar, try to keep that separate until you are ready to combine all these ingredients to the sugar syrup)
  • Stir until butter is melted and all the ingredients are incorporated
  • remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature
  • mix in the rum extract (and the butterscotch schnapps if you are including that as well)
  • In a blender, combine 2 tablespoons of the Butterbeer syrup mixture, the marshmallow fluff , Caramel topping, 1/2 cup of heavy cream. If using fluff blend until all is incorporated. If you are using Marshmallows-Blend until is is all incorporated and mixture has a fluffy texture.
  • TO SERVE!- To serve, divide the Butterbeer syrup mix between 4 mugs (about 1/4 cup for each glass).  poor over top hot milk leave 1/4 inch space for topping.
  • Stir
  • Add desired amount of fluffy topping
  • ENJOY

I hope you all like this! let us know if you try it, or share your own favorite Butterbeer recipes or experiences!

2013’s Ultimate She Geek Buying Guide :: The Handmade Edition

When shopping for friends and loved ones it’s always important to support our local handmade artisans. Don’t you think? Plus, it makes things feel a lot more personal. So in support of Small Business Saturday we’d like to present you with some of our favorite handmade holiday suggestions. Each and every once of these unique creations is 100% handmade BY she geeks FOR she geeks. Isn’t that nifty? But just cause it’s girly doesn’t mean you have to be a woman to appreciate it. Anyone can enjoy these items! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

For Buffy fans:

Vampire Slayer Perfume Roll-on 5ml

Now you can smell just like your favorite vampire slayer! Amy Malone of Fantasy Fiend Perfumes has been creating her own unique perfume scents (for both men and women) for just over a year now. Her etsy business is based out of Crofton, KY and she is a super sweet personal to deal with. I have purchased several of her perfumes now and am always amazed and impressed by her ability to combine these ingredients in just the right way. Me? I’m a bit picky about the way I smell and at first buying perfume online seemed impossible, but Amy was always there to assist me and answer all of my funny little questions as they arose. Plus, I love how these aren’t your average perfumes. You can’t go to the store and buy something called “The Haunting” inspired by a love-torn ghost or “Werewolf” a cologne for men inspired by True Blood. Nope! Fantasy Fiend Perfumes is one of a kind!

Available at Fantasy Fiend Perfumes!

For Pokemon fans:

Pokemon Glass Bottle Necklace

I’ve always had a soft spot for Pokemon. Partly because they are really, really cute, but also because I remember all the hours I spent immersed in the red and blue Pokemon games way back when. But being able to capture your favorite Pokemon characters and keep them close to your heart all day? I didn’t know this could be made a reality until I found Glitz Couture. Currently run out of Honolulu, HI Glitz Couture is operated by the lovely Mimi; a girl after my own heart. Her shop carries everything from Sailor Moon to Fruits Basket and she takes custom order requests as well! I now own 3 of these Pokemon necklaces and I still want more!

Available at Glitz Couture!

For Horror fans:

Large 8 Bit Jason Voorhees Nintendo Inspired Stud Dangle Earrings

There is only one word needed to describe Pink Pandemonium: AWESOME!! Run out of Sacramento, CA by the amazing Lesley, Pink Pandemonium specializes in outrageous custom jewelry and handbags. I have been a devoted fan of her shop since I found out about it a few years back and I just can’t get enough! She’s got everything from Tales to the Crypt to Adventure Time to Breaking Bad all with a horrifying twist. Granted she makes some cutesy things every now and again too, but her best work is bloody, morbid and horrifying. So if you know someone looking to spice up their life with candified horrors this is just the place you’ve been searching for.

Available at Pink Pandemonium!

For My Little Pony fans:

My Little Pony Christmas Ornaments

Looking to spruce up your Christmas tree or apartment? Then you need to check out Burrito Princess. Based out of West Virginia, Burrito Princess specializes in funky 8-bit themed decorations for your home. She has everything from ornaments to picture frames available in her etsy shop featuring everyone from Mario to Scott Pilgrim.

Available at Burrito Princess!

For Gamer Girls:

Gears of War Xbox Controller Necklace

Shopping for a gamer, anime fan or comic book nerd? Then you need to check out one of our lovely Gazeteer’s etsy shop hobbit.town jewelry. Specializing in creepy cute handmade jewelry accessories, hobbit.town jewelry carries an array of little pretties for the young at heart. Her obsessions include: Tank Girl, Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, The Legend of Zelda, Kewpie Dolls, Lolita and Gothic Fashions and horror movies.

Available at hobbit.town jewelry!

For Alcoholics (or just drink enthusiasts):


Dr Who Flying TARDIS Light Blue Champagne Flute Set

Do you love beverages?? Then you need to check out one of our lovely Gazeteer’s etsy shop Illuminated Lion. Based out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and run by Kristin Frenzel Illuminated Lion creates custom glass ware for fans of the bizarre and nerdom in general. From kitties to Twin Peaks Illuminated Lion is there to spruce up your dinner table with eye catching conversation starters. I mean who doesn’t want to enjoy a pint out of a Totoro glass?

Available at Illuminated Lion!

Alright and that about wraps up this week’s edition of the Ultimate She Geek Buying Guide. Hope you enjoyed it and found some cool things to buy for yourself or share with your friends and family.

The Ultimate She Geek Buying Guide :: For This (and Every) Holiday Season

Tis the season, for what? Well that depends on you!

Some people like to reflect over the year around this time, others travel hundreds of miles to spend time with friends and loved ones, and others look forward to that sweet sweet loot. No matter how you spend this holiday season, gifts are usually a social obligation we can’t really avoid. Some people are super easy to shop for,  others are just really hard to shop for.

I’ve run a popular blog the past few years, and I find that people really dig my shopping guides. They are usually for me, but one year I did one for “she geeks”. This was a hit! (one of my most popular blog posts to date!) I got emails telling me THANK YOU! My lady/friend is so hard to shop for, and that was helpful! And other various praise.

So I have decided to compile one for The Gazetteers! Although these gifts are chosen with the feminine wobbly bits in mind, please feel free to get these for someone of any gender if you think they will enjoy them! Really who cares what gender you are, anyone can enjoy these bad ass gifts!

For the Mathematician!

Cute and Astute Necklace

Available at ModCloth!

Product Description- When you flaunt smart styles like this Monserat De Lucca necklace, everyone will take note! After starting on a whim, this L.A. brand has diligently created pieces that celebrate confident and whole-hearted self-expression – like this clever necklace. Featuring a string of metallic, math equation pendants, this scholarly style is a wise choice in any outfit.

Pop Quiz Clock

Available at Amazon.

Ahead of the Glass

mathglassesAvailable at Uncommon Goods

Product Description- Regular numbers? Those are for amateurs. Show off your mathematical prowess with every pour when you serve drinks in this numerically inclined glass set that features equivalent mathematical constants in addition to standard ounces. Each Old Fashioned glass also includes an expanded formula on its back, an embellishment that’s bound to thrill fellow geeks and pique the interests of numerical novices. Whether they join you with water during class or with something a little stronger as you celebrate cracking your latest conundrum, you’ll be glad you got your digits around these endlessly entertaining glasses. Glassware made in Louisiana, decorated in Nevada.

Cheat Sheet:
√2 (Pythagoras’s constant, the square root of two) – 1.414 oz.
φ (Phi, the golden ratio) – 1.618 oz.
π (Pi) – 3.14 oz.
e (Euler’s Number) – 2.718 oz.

The Scientist

Klein Bottle

Available a Acme Klein Bottle

Product Desription- At last, Acme has conquered topological and engineering frontiers to manufacture genuine glass Klein Bottles. These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions.

These elegant bottles make splendid gifts, outstanding classroom displays, and inferior mouse-traps. With its circle of singularities, an Acme Klein Bottle can be said to exist inside of itself — especially handy during time-reversals.

**Just a note, I have bought from them before, it’s really such a treat when you see the package, open the package, and enjoy what is inside! This is a Kristin Pick for SURE!!!!**

Microscope

A bunch of really great ones available at Scientifics Online

Mars Rover Curiousity Leggings

Available at Etsy-Shenova

Renaissance Festival Goers/Larpers!

Chainmail Coifs

Wide variety at Medieval Collectibles

Ornate Silver Elf Ears

Available at Etsy-Belethil

Rocket Ship Tankard

Available at Etsy- Aurora Illusionary

Gamer Girls

Hyrulean Crest Wine Goblets

Available at Fan Art Glassware

Tetris Lights

Available at Light in the Box

Creeper Face Shirt

Available at Think Geek

Pop Culture Lovers

David Tennant Poster

Available from Cult Classic Posters

Steve Zissou Tote Bag

Available at Society 6

Tenacious D Ipad Case

Available at Society 6

Hogwarts Pillow

Available at Universal studios

STOCKING STUFFERS!

In no particular order some great stocking stuffers!

Fan Art :: How it Affects and Inspires Our Art

Art is something a lot of people appreciate. Whether you enjoy fine art painted by masters long gone, comic panels drawn by satirist in your newspaper’s funny pages, or art that stems from your respected fandom. We all enjoy art in one way or another. For some people, art inspired art. Favourite TV shows, movies, or books get our creative juices flowing, and make way for some considerable talent. A few of us Gazetteers are artists ourselves. And a lot of our work is inspired by pop culture media that we enjoy, or even artists who are considered fan artists themselves.

Join Kaymonster, Virginia, and Kristin. 3 talented artists, who talk about how Their favourite artists, and fan artists have affected their artwork, and their artistic careers.

Kailyn (KayMonstar):

Fan Art can take many forms such as drawings, costuming, music and filmography just to name a few. And even though fan art has many vehicles the driver is still the same. The passion for the subject matter is what makes fanart such a huge part of pop culture today. I would go so far as to say that fanart is pop-culture as we know it.
Have you ever watched a movie or show, or just experienced something so awesome it stirred something inside of you? A feeling so strong you had to get it out in any way possible? This to me is the true essence of fan art. It washes over you from a moment of wanting to show the creators that something they made gave you feelings to wanting to explore every inch of the rich worlds that have been created.
Perhaps most folks think that fanart is mostly just drawings, when in fact it overflows into other mediums. Cosplay and costuming are fantastic examples. The time and dedication that is put into crafting costumes based on characters you love is fan art.  Whether or not you are a beginner or at Yaya Han  level it doesn’t matter. What is important is that it took time to create these costumes and it shows creators that people love the characters.
Another form would be music. Adam Warrock  creates songs that reflect his passion for things. The first one that really pops in my head is Gravity Falls  and then there is Schaffer the Dark Lord’s  Ode to David Lynch Films. They’re love songs to shows and movies that inspire them. The Protomen and Megaran have created whole albums devoted to megaman.


Lastly I want to talk about fan films. They take the world that was original and expand it. They pay homage to or parody the games and movie tropes we all know and love.  When I think of fan films I think of things like Nuka Break or No Escape.  Minecraft: The last Minecraft  explores the ambiguous world that notch created. These are dedicated fans.


Fan-created projects generate more fans and inspire others to take up their own mantles of appreciation. Fan art has become a perpetual cycle of creation. Movies,TV, videogames, and music they all inspire us either by changing how we view the world or giving us the motivation to keep going when things are tough. Fan art is our way of saying thank you for letting us be a part of that experience.

Virginia:

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth represented a very specific sub-genre of hot rod culture called Kustom Kulture. He had many contemporaries such as Von Dutch and Stanley Mouse, you couldn’t call Roth the sole artist of the Kulture movement, but his work is the most distinctive, enduring and delightful as far as I’m concerned. His graphics work focused on frenzied energy, grotesque body distortion, and intricate mechanical detail. Curiously, much of his art seems simultaneously lively and very still and contained, bizarre figures riding improbable vehicles appear frozen in place, paused for an instant in the middle of a breakneck race. Ed Roth is iconic, and his work heavily influenced the movement of art in the 60s and 70s that was more DIY and counter culture than anything that had been going on in America’s art world before that time.

I have made a few Ed Roth ‘style rip’ images…

This is Artwork Virginia did of Fellow Gazetteer Kristin

This is Artwork Virginia did of Fellow Gazetteer Kristin

But Roth’s influence runs deeper than that in my own work. I discovered his work as well as the joys of earlier generations of Mad magazine when I was in my early teens but I didn’t truly respect them as art forms until I was in my twenties. I realized that there could be a blissful perfection one could achieve through the grotesque. I strive for that in my art now, whatever I happen to be drawing.

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Bill Wray, Christy Karacas, R. Crumb, Takashi Murakami and Lane Smith all tickle my fancy in the same way, but the next artist I want to discuss- Junko Mizuno- Had a much more significant impact on my art. Junko Mizuno, much like Ed Roth, revels in the bizarre, but her art was the first indication I ever got in popular culture that femininity and grotesqueness could go hand in hand.

image00Some of Junko Mizuno’s comic art is charmingly simple, and some of her illustration is incredibly complex and baroque in its excessive decoration, but its common theme is almost always the female form, shown in a myriad of incredible, distorted ways. Legs are long and thick and hair is intricately styled, but mouths can drip vile substances and little delicate hands can clutch weapons and vital organs. Mizuno’s vinyl figures are all the more disquieting for their physical presence, her comic art can be graphically flat and seem to only be able to exist in 2D, but somehow translates incredibly well into 3D. I first discovered Junko Mizuno in high school. This is a ten year old drawing inspired by her work I did.

image02And her influence is still present in my work today, as I portray female characters in ways that highlight anatomical function and horror and making those aspects just another facet of their beauty.

-Virginia

Kristin:

I have been a full time artist for about 3 years now. I make a decent living off of my artwork, be it original paintings,prints, graphic art jobs, or other related merchandise. I have been in countless shows, and had my work appear in galleries and businesses across the USA. Some may consider me a success, I say my career has just begun. I wasn’t always an artists, for awhile I was a bartender, barista, manager, and retail slave. It took a lot of soul searching to cast off my corporate zombie badge and start working for myself. But I won’t say it was easy, and it certainly had a lot to do with artists/people whom I truly admired. Seeing their success,especially in a field I so desperately longed to be apart of was the big push. I needed to go down this path.

The artists I tend to admire the most, and the ones who inspired me to really become who i am today could easily be considered fan artists. They are artist who take pop culture, and media around us and offer their own unique vision and perspective to that genre.

Artists like Megan Lara, a terrific artist who I am sure you are all aware of, has been capturing the hearts (and wallets) of just about everyone I know. She is responsible for those amazing art nouveau inspired shirts of beloved characters you see everywhere, as well as original creations of her own.

She’s got Science by Megan Lara

Her work is a level I would love to be able to achieve, and with every new piece she is an amazing inspiration. Some fan artists paint what is popular because it is what gets them recognition. And to that I say they are not truly “fan artists”. Megan Lara is not the case, and that is another strong reason I admire her so much.

I could go on and on, give you examples of such amazing people like Evan Bryce, Hillary White or Nicky Barkla, but I’ll leaving the extensive gushing out of this.

Ok I HAD to include an Evan Bryce Batgirl in here!

Truly it is because of fan artists that gave me the confidence and courage to really jump out of my shell and tackle the subject matter I have always wanted to do. If it wasn’t for people like them, with their talent, passion and skill, I might still be selling mattresses in a mall somewhere. So if you are reading this guys, Thanks!

Bunsen and Beaker by Kristin Frenzel

Bunsen and Beaker by Kristin Frenzel

Check out our ladies here-

Stay Tuned!

Utilizing Cartoon Lore :: Comparing Adventure Time with My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

twilighttime It is safe to say two of the hottest cartoon (and most heavily merchandised) shows on television right now are Adventure Time, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Both of these shows appeal to a wide range of age groups: from the younger generation to an older but maybe not as mature generation. Adventure Time is currently in the middle of its 5th season, and continues to be amazing. And Hasbro has releasing a spin-off of MLP:FiM, Equestria Girls! The fans, and buzz around these shows continues to grow and one might wonder, what makes these stand out above the rest?

Even though the shows are on different networks, and geared towards a different audience, a lot of times they share the same fans. Some Bronies (and Pega-Sisters) love Adventure Time, and Adventure Time fans might enjoy the adventures of the Mane 6. So what formula makes this work, what makes both of these shows stand out above their competitors, and what makes them some of the most cult followed cartoons of recent years?  Since they are both widely popular do they utilize the same story telling formula? See I think they do, although in my honest opinion I think one does a much better job at it then the other one.
Tread with caution friends, this article may contain spoilers!

There are some shows that strike a cord with a wider range of audiences, and both Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are a few of them. In a previous Gazetteer Article (Sexism in Nerd Culture) I defended the Bronies against people who thought that is was inappropriate, and creepy for guys to be a superfan of a cartoon that was geared towards young girls. This time around I wanted to get into why I think these shows are so good at entertaining a larger audience.  Particularly an audience that is not the geared demographic.

I’ll say it again, both shows are extremely popular with a wide age group of fans. I truly think this is more than just the wacky cartoon antics of our animated friends. I believe it has to do with the care, and effort writers and creators put into an underlying back history, stories, and set of rules that these characters have to deal with in those animated realms. With these secret parameters in place it adds a tiny bit more depth than the next animated cartoon. I truly feel that Adventure Time, and MLP: FiM are two strong examples of this. When you watch these shows there are elements of the worlds that impact relationships, the surrounding environment, and ultimately their perceived destinies. I think in a show like MLP:FiM we all knew that the main reason the show was created was to market Hasbro’s My Little Pony toy line. That gives the shows creators some constraints to work with (come on, they can’t make Pinky Pie go straight out evil, or who would buy the snuggly plush?) but it can also give them opportunities to be really creative with how and why certain elements happen to the characters. Since Lauren Faust left the show around season 2 the writers have made more brash and less creative decisions. Although I was 100% behind the decision to make Twilight Sparkle a princess, why and how they did it felt rushed, and incomplete. If you watch the show from the beginning, you really get the feeling that Twilight was being prepared and trained for something big. Being the Princess’s personal protege to me means she is being trained to have a much higher position than writing weekly reports on friendship to keep her OCD mind occupied. Even her name alluded to some sort of connection between the 2 royal sisters (between night and day there is twilight) AND her foal-sitter was a princess herself. It just all seemed to fit. But this is where the writers, and creators to me dropped the ball. When she actually wrote the new magic and proved herself to be ready to become a princess it seemed like the experience didn’t justify her worth to be upgraded to royalty. It was her writing new magic, after she fucked up the destinies of her friends, rather than the numerous times she herself had saved Equestria when Celestia or any other of the royal ponies were unable too. Not to do with more in depth reasoning with her magic abilities, or potential. No basically it was Twilight fucking up and fixing it. And I am sorry but having your friends HATE their job is not as bad as oh I don’t know, having an evil queen and her entire kingdom feasting on the love and happiness of Canterlot, or an Evil unicorn imprisoning and enslaving a lost civilization of ponies. NOPE, Apple Jack makes ugly ass dresses, so if you can fix that mess then here are your wings! They had some sort of story with this, With Starswirl the Bearded’s magic journal, and the significance that surrounded that, but they rushed it.  There is some underlying lore, and back history in MLP:FiM, and I feel like it is often untapped in season 3 (which I attribute to the loss of Faust). It is there though, waiting to be utilized! And it’s that initial history that I think added a lot of depth to the show that older audiences really were captivated by.

Adventure Time to me is the exact opposite. When you first start watching Adventure Time it seems like a hodge podge mess of entertaining nonsense. There is no apparent formula for how the story goes, it feels like a “whatever the writers/creators want to throw on the screen” sort of cartoon. But as you watch you start to see things come and go, small almost unimportant plot points pop up again, characters who were throw-aways come back and have more purpose. The story, the world and all of its characters really start to take life. Creator, Pendelton Ward, has stated there is a set of rules (almost like a D&D Manual) that they follow. It is this secret set of rules, and history within the land of Ooo that adds the magic sparkle to the show. You start to feel sorry for the Ice King, you start to wonder the true history behind Princess Bubblegum and the Candy Kingdom. You feel sad because maybe Finn really had a pillow wife, and kids, and maybe he got to the mysterious Pillow Kingdom by one of those random dimensional portals talked about in the finale of season 4. Everything has a history, everything has a reason, almost everything that happens has a future purpose. This is what really adds that extra kick to Adventure Time.There is also a balance of happy fun, and dark loneliness. That conflict in itself adds a lot to the show. It is those extra steps and such that the writers and creators tap into that MLP: FiM has, but a lot of times they do not use. To me that makes Adventure Time better when it comes down to following a certain formula for the show, and adding that extra depth to make it stand out above the rest.

Both shows have a cult following. They both have a story that fans of all ages and genders have fallen in love with. I think that the reason being is that they both have some hidden secrets, and stories that haven’t been told, but we are anxiously waiting to hear. I do think that Adventure Time and the talented people behind it have really found the perfect blend of dark, colorful, fun, and sad to make the show really shine. I do think MLP:FiM has it too, and I am WAITING for them to really tap into that and blow our socks off!

-Kristin

We are the Gazetteers

Salutations, I’m Kristin!

I want to tell all you glorious people about The Gazetteers!

The Gazetteers were founded about a year and a half ago. We are a group of women who really wanted to develop a voice in our community. Frustrated by the lack of genuine support for fellow female geeks (and sadly the biggest obstacle is fellow female geeks, but we will get into that later), we decided to start writing and blogging to get our voices heard.  We are a group of artists, scientists, writers, and engineers! We cover many different areas, and share a lot of different passions in nerdom.

Now, we aren’t here to tell you how “wicked rad” nerd girls are. Rather we just want to share and participate in our community! Look to us for entertaining articles, reviews on video games, comic books, and movies. As well as personal stories and even artwork!

Stay Tuned!

We got our start on Nerdy Show! And wanted to share some of our more popular articles from the past!

Please check out the rest of our articles on Nerdy Show!