Nerd Alert

Happy Saturday nerds, and welcome (finally) to a new installment of the Nerd Alert!! I knew that it had been a while since I’d shared a link roundup with you all, but I was still shocked to learn that the last one was in April.

Yet despite the fact that it has been nearly four months between alerts, I’ve still been compiling a list of potential links… I just haven’t been sharing them. So, since I’m starting to get back into a blogging rhythm, I thought I would use this post to clean things up a bit. Some of these links are slightly dated – two were clearly tied to the Oscars, which were in February – but I still hope you enjoy!

Her Universe

1. I don’t know what the weather’s been like wherever you all are, but here in the DMV, it’s been raining quite a bit lately. While the Mysterious Mr. C and I have plenty of rain boots and umbrellas, our waterproof outerwear is a little lacking. As such, as soon as I saw this Star Wars AT-AT raincoat by Her Universe, I knew that I just had to have it! To be sure, the coat is a nice length and should protect a decent amount of my body in nasty weather, but more than anything, I love the fact that it’s clear and covered with multicolored AT-ATs! Plus, that lilac detailing is amazing. It just makes me smile so hard and on gray days, when all I want to do is curl up on the couch and read a book, this will help get me out the door.

2. The annual gathering that is San Diego Comic-Con was last week and, once again, the FOMO was real. I desperately want to get out there, but the ticketing process is so intense that I haven’t been able to swing it. Which is why I’ve been glad that C and I have AwesomeCon here in DC, though it definitely doesn’t have the same sort of footprint as the granddaddy of all cons.

One of the biggest features of SDCC is that many film and television studios use it as an opportunity to show off new trailers and sizzle reels for some of their upcoming projects. From what I can gather, the sizzle reel for Marvel Studios’ The Avengers: Infinity War (which was first shown at D23, the annual Disney expo) was the big highlight.

Of course, that wasn’t the only “sneak peek” that was shared and the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna rounded up the top 25 trailers that dropped at the con. I’m most interested in the six trailers that he leads with, but Netflix’s Bright (shown above) also caught my attention. As did Jigsaw, though I still think the first Saw film is the best in the bunch.

Box Lunch

3. When C and I got married, we opted for a relatively simple (and hopefully classic) china pattern, but when I saw this Wonder Woman dinnerware set from Box Lunch a month or so ago, I found myself debating how many dish sets are actually too many. I mean, we have nice, plain white dishes that we use every day, and then there’s the fancy china, so maybe these could be for some sort of in-between occasion? I don’t actually know what kind of event would qualify, but I’m great at justifying just about anything if I need to!

4. For years now I have been lusting over all of the various hair trends – mermaid, oil slick, unicorn – but I’ve never been brave enough to try any of them myself. While I am getting closer and closer to taking the plunge (I’m leaning towards the less-damaging conditioners from oVertone), I was particularly intrigued by this color-changing option from material alchemist Lauren Bowker.

Inspired by a scene in the 1996 film The Craft, Bowker created a hair dye (appropriately named Fire) that reacts to heat. According to her, the technology is similar to that used for mood rings, so when heat hits it, the color gets brighter; when it cools down, it gets darker. Though Bowker and her team are currently looking for partners to help bring Fire to market, I really hope it becomes available at some point because it has the fun factor of the other styles, while also being more “professional” when need be.

5/6. Growing up, my parents always made sure we sat through the credits of a movie. While I’m sure that was mostly to allow the theater to empty out, it was also (I think) their attempt to honor all of the hard work that had gone into the film. Today, C and I continue the tradition and actually call out and applaud those with more obscure titles. Being foodies, craft services is always recognized.

But while the end credits typically consist solely of the names of the thousands of people involved in a given movie, the opening title sequence often sets up the action that is to come. Back in February, the folks at CBS Sunday Morning gave credit to those giving credit and looked at some of the more iconic openings (and occasional endings), from James Bond to Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Around the same time, the Royal Ocean Film Society released a short film about what it takes to edit an animated movie. The process is decidedly different from the one for live-action films, but has a similar purpose – to craft the story the director wants to tell. It’s another fascinating look at some of the more behind-the-scenes roles in Hollywood.

Bonus: As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I was a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series when I was a kid. My family was also really into card games, so when I saw that Cryptozoic Entertainment was releasing a poker-esque game based on the show, I was immediately intrigued.

Inspired by the episode Almost Got ‘im, which features various Gotham villains (one of whom is actually Batman in disguise) playing cards and retelling the stories of when they almost beat the Caped Crusader, it seems to be a sort of cross between poker and Clue (others suggest the Werewolf social deduction game, but I’m not familiar with that one).

Though I’m sure there is a little more to it than this, the players essentially have to guess who is not quite what they seem. With a few friends, and the proper accoutrements, it looks like a pretty fun way to spend an evening!

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