Author: Jessica Hutchinson

Your Ultimate Guide to GEN CON

So you’re ponying up to Gen Con for the first time and you have no idea what to expect, what to bring, and what the heck to do. And you also wanna do it on a budget because you’re smart and know that you’ll be stocking up on sweet gaming loot. Think of me as your Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – DON’T PANIC. I got you. You’re gonna do a great job and have a good time, and I’ll let you know how to do it best. In no particular order, here are the 20 things you should...

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Top 5 Comedy Nerd Bands

Kids are typically introduced to comedy through music and jokes. My earliest memories are of listening to comedians like Billy Connolly and watching The Muppet Show. I loved how fun it was to get a good song stuck in your head (that would continue to make you laugh upon recall). As I got older I discovered bands that aligned to my nerdy tendencies – bands that also happened to be hilarious. They’d sing songs about games and having geeky hobbies, things the other bands I loved didn’t really get into. When I went to gigs I ended up finding lifelong friends...

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Drunk Men – MAD MEN Rewatch: (S01E13) The Wheel

Welcome to Drunk Men: The Mad Men Rewatch – if you’re new here, we’re up to episode 13 of season one, and I watch it while drinking a cocktail and getting a bit sloshed (see drunk). This episode is called “The Wheel,” which makes me think about that clever comedic song by Tripod about the internet (called The Wheel). For this episode we’re making a Negroni because oranges are round. Like wheels! To make this, you’ll need: 30ml Gin (highly recommend the Melbourne Gin Company) 30ml Campari 30l sweet red vermouth Segment of orange Pour each ingredient over ice, one at a time...

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Drunk Men – MAD MEN Rewatch: (S01E12) Nixon vs. Kennedy

Welcome to Drunk Men: The Mad Men Rewatch – if you’re new here, we’re up to episode 12 of season one, and I watch it while drinking a cocktail and getting a bit sloshed (see drunk). This episode is called “Nixon vs. Kennedy,” so we’re making a Garden of Eden. No connection, it’s just tasty. To make this, you’ll need: 50ml Gin (highly recommend the Melbourne Gin Company) 10 ml Elderflower Cordial (or elderflower cider because why not?) Squeeze of Fresh lime Fresh mint leaves, about 6 (torn) 60ml Cloudy apple juice Put all of your ingredients into a shaker full of...

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Drunk Men – MAD MEN Rewatch: (S01E11) Indian Summer

Welcome to Drunk Men: The Mad Men Rewatch – if you’re new here, we’re up to episode 11 of season one, and I watch it while drinking a cocktail and getting a bit sloshed (see drunk). This episode is called “Indian Summer” (oooooh steamy) and calls for a little somethin’ sweet. Today’s cocktail is the Honey Bee in honour of our Queen Bee & Goddess, the character of Rachel Menken. To make this, you’ll need: 75ml Baileys 25ml Whiskey Squirt of honey (basically, how sweet do you want it?) Pour all ingredients into a shaker full of ice and shake it like you’re at a...

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Video Game Review- UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION

“It’s like Tomb Raider, except with a guy, and Nathan Drake is SO like Nathan Fillion” my friend said. That was enough to get me interested in playing Uncharted but it took me many months, and an upgrade to a PS4 Pro, that made me actually get off my butt and purchase the games. Enter the PlayStation Network Holiday Sale and I scored the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for a ridiculously cheap price. I’m a huge Tomb Raider fan. I love that Lara Croft is a strong woman who explores ancient ruins and strange locations, all the while...

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Drunk Men – MAD MEN Rewatch: (S01E10) Long Weekend

Welcome to Drunk Men: The Mad Men Rewatch – if you’re new here, we’re up to episode 10 of season one, and I watch it while drinking a cocktail and getting a bit sloshed (see drunk). This episode is called “Long Weekend” – something I always wish there was more of. Today’s cocktail is called a HOT AUSSIE. To make this, you’ll need: The Australian Summer An Aussie A Pear Cider (Perry) Take one 36°C (98°F) day. Dunk the Aussie in the coldest shower you possibly can. Do not dry. Place them in front of a pedestal fan. In the biggest glass you can find,...

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Drunk Men – MAD MEN Rewatch: (S01E09) Shoot

Welcome to Drunk Men: The Mad Men Rewatch – if you’re new here, we’re up to episode 9 of season one, and I watch it while drinking a cocktail and getting a bit sloshed (see drunk). This episode is called “Shoot” and I’m looking forward to finding out what goes down in it, other than this delicious cocktail I’m about to enjoy. Speaking of… Today’s cocktail is a DARK AND STORMY (not to be confused with this Stormie) Hellooooo ladies A post shared by Jessica Hutchinson (@rarelyupdated) on Nov 25, 2016 at 9:22pm PST (YESSSSSSSS I finally managed to crowbar a pic...

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Carrie Fisher Gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Unofficially)

This photo here, showing this dapper gentleman in a Jedi robe, is what we would call in Australia, (my neck of the woods), an “absolute legend”. Jason Thomas recognised something seriously lacking near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and that is this: Carrie Fisher has no star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the outpouring of grief that has bound her fans around the globe, he decided to do something about it. If you’re in LA, go to the corner of Hollywood and Orange. That’s where you’ll find the Star that he has made for Carrie. Thomas said on Instagram “Our princess didn’t...

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How Carrie Fisher Inspired Me to Live

Does he know? My footsteps patter down the hallway, and I’m dreading the look on my partner’s face. He is checking his phone, but no. Not yet. “What’s wrong?” “She’s gone”. He looks at me for a moment, still tired, barely awake for a few minutes, trying to comprehend what I mean. Then his eyes soften. They sink. He lets out a small breath. He knows. We sit for a couple of hours, absorbed in sorrow. Numb. Caught up in the flow of tributes. My heart isn’t ready to accept this loss. So I write. I let it flow....

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