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Tea & Review: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)

Your Name is a Japanese anime movie that was released in 2016.  The story revolves around two high schoolers Mitsuha Miyamizu (Mono Kamishiraishi) and Taki Tachibana (Ryunosuku Kamiki).  

Mitsuha lives in the rural town near the mountains and is a Miko (shrine maiden) of the family shrine.  

Taki lives in Tokyo and works part time as a waiter in an Italian restaurant.  Their lives are drastically different from each other’s, including their temperaments

Then, for some mysterious reason, they begin to switch bodies.  At first, each believes they were having an extremely realistic dream.  Until their respective friends and families comment on how strange they were acting.  Then, after finding notes they both leave for the other, they both realize they have a problem on their hands.

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5 Nerdy Places I Want to Travel To

{Header photo taken by Richard T. Sutton.}

With thanks for the prompt from The Nerdy Girlie.

When I was younger, my mom had the book The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Written as part encyclopedia, part travel guide, it took on the conceit that imaginary places were real, and described everything from Oz to what a Hobbit was. Almost all the entries contained glorious maps of these fictional places, and many of the entries included illustrations as well.

I remember devouring this book, even the entries on places I hadn’t visited yet and ones I tried and never got into. I loved the concept that I could easily find out the details of Narnia and the surrounding area, for example, and learned more about other fictional worlds.

So when I first hear the phrase ‘5 Nerdy Places I Want to Travel To’, I immediately think of fictional places: Narnia, Hogwarts, Prydain, the Shire, and Discworld. Of course, it’s a bit difficult to travel to any of those places in real life (although I did go to the Kilns, which may very well have been inspiration for Narnia).

The Nature Preserve outside of the Kilns. If that isn’t Narnia, I don’t know what is. Photo by Angie Fiedler Sutton.

For real life visits, I decided to discount the handful of places I’ve already been. So, most of London was out (although I would love to go back), as well as the many nerdy places here in Los Angeles. I’ve also visited Laura Ingalls Wilder’s final home in Manchester, Mo., and went to Williamsburg, Va., when I was 7. And, of course, I regularly go to a Ralphs for grocery shopping – although I have yet to see any Night Vale creatures there.

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Demon – Part 6

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught up check out Part 1 Part 2 , Part 3,  Part 4, and Part 5 of Demon

Kallan gets the summons a day before Jim’s visit. The letter has the traditional wax seal of the council.  It is written on thick paper making the letter feel incredibly heavy.  Now that the council has allowed the duel, it is as good as being bound to it.  There are few things that can cancel a duel.

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Demon – Part 5

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught up check out Part 1 Part 2 , Part 3, and Part 4 of Demon.

The hallway leading from the offices to the council room is not a long one. Kallan is not sure if this is a good or bad thing.  With her report in her hand, she pushes through the double doors.  It is always disorienting going into the council room, no matter how many times she does it.

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13 Movies to Watch on Halloween

Happy Halloween!  In celebration of Halloween, we present to you our 13 movie picks for the spooky day (or night).  It’s a pretty good mix of different types of movies and there is something for everyone.  So why not pick a movie or have a marathon!

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Rogue One Trailer: Equal Representation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Holy Pumpkin Pie, Batman! The new Rogue One trailer is here!

Not gonna lie. The very first teaser trailer gave me chills.


Granted, I’m not as far in the nerd-dom as I would like I am extremely amped for this movie to come out.

The general feel of a first trailer felt very vintage. Which is good, since the story takes place way before the beginning of A New Hope. While the teaser trailer and first trailer gives us a glorious taste of what is to come this week we got a longer, in-depth look at the plot of the story.

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Demon – Part 4

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t caught up check out Part 1 Part 2 , and Part 3 of Demon.

The sun turns the world from night into day. Colors turn from a cool gray-purple to a warm pink-orange of the beginning day. Kallan is valiant and trying not to drown in her tea or face plant into her breakfast. It is a waste of a meal if she did and mornings are never easy on Kallan.

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Tea & Fury: Tim Burton and the Facade of Outcasts

When I first heard about Tim Burton’s comments  on diversity in film on the website Bustle, to say I was a little angry might have been putting it lightly. Because as I stewed over his words something I like to call, Tea and Fury was born (see podcast above.).

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Twenty-Nine Sci-Fi Films You Need to Watch Right Now

Last week, the trailer for the Sci-Fi thriller “Passengers” dropped. We could go on bit about a movie that isn’t going to come around for a few months, however, we decided it would be better to highlight some of our favorite Sci-Fi flicks that you can see right now.

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