5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Podcasts

Hello lovelies and welcome to another 5 Fandom Friday. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 5FF, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some of my favorite podcasts. as always thanks to the fabulous gals Megan over at The Nerdy Girlie and Kristi at Super Space Chick for coming up with 5FF and the prompts. Here are my picks in no particular order.


1. The Read

The Read is a weekly podcast hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle that covers hip hop and pop culture, along with bringing awareness to issues faced by POC, and some current events. At the end of each episode the host go on to “Read” someone, or an event that has pissed them off. I honestly laugh from beginning to end, or shout out an Amen here and there,  and find myself nodding in agreement when they tackle some of the current events. I’ll warn everyone that it’s NSFW since there’s cursing involved. You don’t have to be heavy into hip hop to enjoy the show, they cover pop culture in general; and Kid Fury is one of us with his love of games and all things geek.


2. The Friend Zone

Join Assante, Fran, and Dustin every Wednesday as they discuss mental hygiene and ways to try to live a happier better life. Why I love it? POC discussing mental health needs and overall well being. In general mental heal needs is an area I’m always pushing for discussion in since I work in the field, and the importance of POC to speak on these issues is so needed. But don’t get it twisted this isn’t just some boring podcasts addressing medical terminology and such. Fran is chock full of awesome holistic approaches for all sorts of well being. They’re funny, they’re genuine, and you can tell they really are friends and want to make a difference in people’s life. This one may also be NSFW due to swearing.


3. Fake Goth Girls

I briefly mentioned Fake Goth Girls last week in one of my post, so of course I had to include them. Join Liz and Mia every week as they discuss women issues, geek culture, and adulting. They’re super cute, funny, and always entertaining. They’re best friends, and that works so well with the way they interact on the show. I’m always learning about some cool new game, or podcast, and other awesome geeks in the world through their show.


4. Criminal

Criminal isn’t just about crimes, it’s about people who have either done something wrong, have had something wrong done to them, are in involved in the justice system in some way, or just so happen to be caught up in some wrong doing. They discuss not just current crimes, but incidents that have happened in the past too. I love hearing when they interview some of the people involved and hearing the backstories.


5. Slate Money

Okay guys I’ll admit in terms of money I don’t have much, but I’m still super interested in economy and growing ones personal wealth. Slate Money features Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of MathBabe.org, and Jordan Weissman of Slate. The trio have good chemistry, and have a way of talking about money, and issues involving money in a way I get. If you would’ve asked me a year ago if Iwould listen to this based of the title I might’ve said no, but I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

I listen to so many podcasts that picking just 5 was tough. I tried giving a good mix of things I listen to. Feel free to share with me your favorite podcasts. 

Xoxo,

Desiree

Why I’m Loving T Pain on Twitch

T Pain on Twitch is one of the most entertaining streamers I’ve seen.

So if you’ve been on Twitter you may have heard that T Pain was streaming on Twitch. At first I was like okay, no biggie, but then I was intrigued to go watch.

Watch live video from tpain on www.twitch.tv

Guess what? I was pleased with what I saw and heard. I think it’s just refreshing to see superstars be everyday people like you and me. Now I’m fully aware that many of the rich and famous play video games, however seeing it first hand is pretty awesome. As I watched and heard some of his comments, he became more like one of us. When he says at one point he was proud to have killed an opponent on Overwatch, I thought to myself that’s how I feel too when I finally eliminate someone. Check out video of his stream and see for yourself what the hype is about (you have to get about 7 or so minutes in before he appears). Currently his game of choice seems to be Overwatch on PC, but he’s also played Doom.

Watch live video from tpain on www.twitch.tv

Not sure how long this will last, or how frequent it will be. What I am sure of is that as long as he’s streaming, I’ll pop in and watch when I can. He’s commentary and peppering in of vocals (and yes he has a set of pipes) is everything. I’m here for gamer T Pain.

I’m Mermaidkisses on Twitch, as of now I have yet to stream, but plan to one day. Are you one Twitch? Let’s follow each other. If you don’t stream who are some of your favorite streamers? 

XOXO,

Desiree

What I’m Playing Now: Mobile Games

Hello cupcakes and welcome back. Today I want to share with you two games I’m currently addicted with. They help me kill time in between my meetings. 

Stack


So as the title suggests this is pretty much a stacking game. The pieces move back and forth and you have to tap it at the right time to stack it on top of each other. Easy right? Not so easy actually. Whenever you miss stacking it correctly whatever amount or piece that’s hanging over the edge falls off, which now makes your piece smaller. And the higher you get the faster the pieces move back and forth. I’ve only made it to about 47 or so. It’s really entertaining and the color schemes are nice to look at. Every time you start a new game a new color scheme starts. The pieces start off as one color and gradually change. 

Sailor Drops


Of course I’m playing Sailor Drops, how could I not. It’s a puzzle game where you match up lines of jewels (like Candy Crush but jewels instead), in order to score. Different combinations of matching make a special jewel. The levels vary from regular ole beat the score, to timed ones, collect the accessories, and one where you’re up against the villain. Everything is extra fun because of the Sailor Moon theme, well at least to me it is. However there are some downs. Initially it kinda lags a bit to start up, not like crazy but enough to be annoying at times. Also you get interrupted by the characters. Like you’ll be on a roll and all of a sudden whoever you’re playing as will pop up and cheer. While the concept is cute, it becomes annoying. I’ll be in the zone and bam a scout pops up and interrupts my game. It’s by no means a deal breaker. Also if you have like 5 moves left and it doesn’t seem like you’re gonna win your character starts giving you disappointing looks, and gets all down. I find myself telling it, “Hey now you don’t know that I’m gonna loose this board, I could still pull it out somehow.” This game is right up my alley since I’m probably one of the free people that still plays Candy Crush. 
What games are you currently playing on your phone? 


XOXO,

Desiree

On the Big Screen~ Captain America: Civil War

Hello lovelies. I finally made it to the theater this past weekend and got to watch Captain America: Civil War. First off when ever I do my reviews I try not to go too deep into thing, and post spoilers. With that being said it does make it hard to do reviews while trying not to giveaway too much.


Okay so here we go. The acting as always was spot on. I think for the most part we can all agree that acting isn’t a major concern when it comes to these movies. I loved the introduction of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, and am very happy with the the way he executed his part. Another character I was pleasantly surprised with was Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. Look I’ll be honest I’m kinda over Spider-Man with all the movies and reboots, but this take on him was refreshing and spot on. In other words it’s the Spider-Man I always wanted. That’s just me, I’m sure not everyone feels the same way. Kudos to the writers for getting it right.
Story, overall I had a general idea of what to expect going in and was happy with the writing. I wasn’t sure exactly how it was going to be executed, but I think they did a good job with it. The only thing that wasn’t 100% for me was the villain. Like oaky I get why he did what he did, but something about him as the villain just didn’t make me believe it all the way. Not horrible, but I feel like maybe there could’ve been more, or maybe a different villain. Eh let’s move on from that because I’m clearly having a difficult time trying to translate how I feel.

Now on to action. Well I think we all know how that goes. It was full of cool fighting scenes, and explosions of course. I have to say that they didn’t go overboard or add things just to have action going on in the movie. The sequences came together and were well executed. I think fans will walk out happy with the scenes, and all the heroes kicking butt.

Overall I would give the movie a 4 out of 5. It was a great movie, with just the right amount of action. I would definitely go see it again. Now bring on Black Panther!!
Did you watch Civil War? What are your thoughts? 

XOXO,

Desiree

What I Watched: Creed

Hello cupcakes. Today I want to give a quick review for Creed. During the Thanksgiving break I was able to breakaway from studying for a few hours to catch a flick with the Mr. We decided to watch Creed. I know many people were like yeah that’s what we need another “Rocky” movie when they heard about this. I get it, the last couple bombed. However me being the Rocky fan that I am, I was looking froward to see where this movie would go.

I hate doing reviews because I never want to give away too much, but then sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough. First off can I say it wasn’t another “Rocky” movie per say. Yeah Stallone played Balboa, and it had to do with boxing; but it wasn’t about Rocky. It was about Apollo’s son and his coming into himself. It was kind of like a Rocky spinoff. So I don’t think these are spoilers but just in case here’s some of the details. The movie starts off in a juvenile detention center in California, where we meet a young Adonis Creed; Apollo’s son. A woman shows up which we immediately recognize as being Apollo’s wife, and takes Adonis home. We fast forward to present time, and soon find out that Adonis is following in his father’s footsteps, well somewhat. It isn’t so easy for him to find someone who wants to train him, he’s sorta blacklisted. He then picks up and heads out to Philadelphia, where he seeks out Balboa. However what kind of movie would it be if Rocky just agreed to being his trainer? So they have their back and forth before Rocky finally agrees.

So that’s the overall gist of it. Along the way young Creed finds a love interest, battles some inner conflict, and tried to figure out his place in all this.

Why I liked this movie, and you will too: well there are a few reasons. It sticks to the whole sports, overcoming barriers shtick without over doing it. It gives us what we want without making it obvious. I mean after all you came to see Creed, you kinda already know what you’re in store for. Yet it’s so much more than just boxing, even though that plays a big role. It’s also about human connections, and has a way of jabbing you right in the feels here and there (see what I did there? No? ok). It gets a bit corny, and that’s way okay. It’s not overdone, and peppered in nicely. even if you have no clue about boxing you can enjoy this movie. They do a nice job of keeping you in the loop.  Can I just add that the cinematography, which was by Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler), was spot on. Her work behind the lens made it easy to keep up with. And if you do follow boxing you’ll enjoyed the professionals from the boxing world that make cameos in the movie. Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the music selection made. How many times have you been watching a movie and a song starts to play where you’re like um… no. With Creed I felt like all the music fit, and helped get you in the current mood it was going for.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie. The story was sorta expected; but not in a bad way, yet it also threw a curveball. The acting from all of the cast was great. I really enjoy this side of Stallone more than his usual tough guy roles. He’s funny, in his Balboa way. Michael B. Jordan was spot on, and I look forward to seeing more from him in future roles. A plus for me as a frequent visitor of Philadelphia was the scenery, and being able to recognize the locations. Even if you’ve never visited Philadelphia, I think most people are familiar with the famous “Rocky steps”, which of course had to be included. I give this film a 8 out of 10, and recommend it to everyone even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky franchise.

 

Did you watch Creed? What were your thoughts? Have you watched the first Rocky movie? What movies are you looking forward to watching?

I look forward to being able to catch up and reviewing loads of movies, and shows while on winter break. Shoot me some recommendations.

 

XOXO,

Desiree

Review: The Killing

Hello cupcakes. In my last post I mentioned I stumbled across a tv series called The Killing and was really enjoying it. Well I’m done watching the series and decided to do a review.

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The Killing originally aired on AMC in April of 2011 (how I didn’t know about it till now is beyond me), and is based off the Danish tv show Forbrydelsen. It’s based in Seattle, Washington and follows homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). They may not always be on the same page, but the dynamics really works.

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One of the things I like most about this show is that it keeps you guessing. The twists and turns work, they’re not just thrown in to be there. Every time the Mr and me thought we knew who was behind something we would be proven wrong. Again these plot twists aren’t just thrown in there to throw you off guard, things line up and lead up to certain things for a reason.

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For whatever reason AMC canceled this show not once but twice. Netflix went and picked it up late 2013 and released the fourth and final season in August of 2014. I’ll admit that out of all the season the fourth isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad either. I just wish it were different. I was pleased with the ending though, it satisfied all my needs. Overall I definitely recommend you give this series a go whenever you have time. You can catch all four seasons on Netflix. If you do let me know what you think.

What are some of the shows you’re watching now?

Desiree