We are coming up on one of my favorite times of the year. The days are now noticeably longer, the sun seems to be out more than it’s not, and the temperatures are getting warmer. This is the beginning of spring, and this leads into summer. one of the movies I remember from growing up that just always reminded me of what summer felt like was The Sandlot. With all their adventures and hijinks, this group of kids reminds me of what my summers were like. Just without, you know, all that baseball.
One of the earliest panels I had the privilege of participating on at a Salt Lake Comic Convention event was on geeky parenting. This idea, that we as geeks would like to share what we love, what we are passionate about with the next generation of geeks, and raise them up right. Geeky parenting is all about that. How do we do it? How do we help our kids develop their own loves and passions.
I have been thinking about what I was going to do for “liner notes” for each of my podcast episodes. I decided what I wanted to do was to share with all of you the script I wrote for this episode about Star Wars The Last Jedi. For each episode I release, I sit down and write a script of what I want to say, and then follow it when I record. I don’t read every part word for word, but having the script helps me to keep on track throughout the episode. So, I have decided, as I share each episode here, I will include the script I wrote for the episode. It might be fun to see the variations.
I know I have been teasing this for a few months now, and as a result of the work I have been doing to get this off the ground, I have not done much of anything on the blog. However, after all that time and effort, episode one is here.
I thought I would take this opportunity to talk very briefly about what this podcast will be. I decided to call it The Geeky Mormon Presents… because each week I will be picking a new topic to present to you. These topics will range from movies to TV shows to books to graphic novels and beyond. Whatever sounds like fun to talk about.
What would be awesome, though, is to get some feedback from all of you on different topics you would like to see covered, or different questions you might have. That would make things more interesting, I think.
It is a scary thing to put myself out there in this way. It doesn’t seem like it should be, but honestly I was terrified to do this. I want to do a good job, and I want this to be a podcast you all enjoy and something I could be proud of. To that end, I need your feedback and suggestions on what I could do better with the show. I think with your help, I could make this a great weekly show.
Thank you for your patience as I have been putting this all together, and I appreciate all your support. If you like the show, please leave a positive review once it is on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play. That will help other people to find the show and it will help us to grow our community.
Thank you all again, and I hope you enjoy the show and the episodes to follow.
Last night, the Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson, passed away. I felt his passing merited a blog post here. I know it is outside what I normally write about here, but this was on of the truly great people alive today, and I feel it would be appropriate.
For my own personal journal, I have started a private blog, written each day as a letter to my kids. For this post, I have decided to share my entry for today.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi just released a little over a week ago and just like almost everything in pop culture, it is causing quite the stir. Some fans loved it, some fans hated it. Some fans had expectations on where the story was going, and the movie did not live up to those expectations. A lot of these fans have become very vocal on social media, some even going so far as to start a petition for TLJ to not be Star Wars canon.
I have been looking forward to this week since I started this series of blog posts at the beginning of the month. There are so many TV characters that I love, and it is interesting to look back on how my tastes have changed over the years. For instance, there was a time when I just didn’t get the appeal of Doctor Who. I saw it on late nights on PBS, but I just never got it. More and more people were talking about it, so I tried to give it another shot, and found a new favorite character.
This week is all about television. I will be highlighting seven characters from TV who I love, and why I love them. This was probably the hardest category for me to limit to just seven. Maybe it’s sad, but I have seen so much TV and love so much TV. It was a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. In any case, when we talk about TV, there is only one place where I can start.
This is the last post in the movies week for 30 Days 30 Characters. I tried to go beyond just some of my favorite characters, and provide some kind of diversity in what was presented. I know I had three Star Wars characters, and that may have hurt the variety. There are so many great characters out there, in comics, in movies, in television and in books. I don’t think this is the last time I will run this series on the blog. What characters have I left out, in your opinion? Let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every one of the characters on this list so far have been heroes. This is probably not an accident. I have never been one to love the villains in a show or movie or book. I almost alway s pull for the hero. That’s what I like, a really great good guy. That being said, I have to recognize that every good story I like has a good villain or two. So, it’s not that I don’t like the villains, or appreciate the villains. It’s more that I identify more with the good guys. Most of the time.