House of Cards and the Expansion of Original Web Series

I envy those people who had the spare 13 hours this weekend to power through Netflix and Kevin Spacey’s new House of Cards show. I’m over halfway through the Netflix original series, starring Spacey as a U.S. Congressman hellbent on obtaining political power and ruining those who cross him. Everything about the show is well…

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Dungeons & Dragons: Go on an Adventure!

I am an elven ranger. I am 115 years old. I am a sharp shooter with a bow and proficient with a rapier in close quarters. I enjoy long walks in the woods, a good song, and knocking in an orc’s skull. My name is Callen Aleathym, and I’m from… Darn it. I always have…

Use “Inverted Pyramid” When Writing Your Short Bio

I have a tip for all would-be invited guests of any event. When it comes to writing your short-form biography, use the Inverted Pyramid practice of writing so that your most important and relevant info makes it to the top. I’ve been prepping a lot of guest bios for this spring’s MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime…

Recommended Reading: DC Comics’ Earth One books

I finally picked up a copy of 2012’s Superman: Earth One over the weekend at a local used media shop called McKay. I had already read through last year’s Batman: Earth One and enjoyed it. I figured with both on my shelf, now’s a good opportunity to discuss them with the blogging world. In 2010,…

Making Time…

This year’s productivity already isn’t getting off to a good start. Case in point: this blog post, which I’m trying to update every Monday, isn’t even getting started until after 8pm. What’s the culprit? A variety of reasons and tasks keep popping up, but I’m laying the blame on Netflix and The West Wing. Keeping…

Cast Away Hesitation and Plunge into 2013!

I recently got a new notebook – a Hobbit-themed Moleskine plain-page notebook to review for CineGeek. The review is turned in and waiting for posting by my editor, so you can read my thoughts on the book itself at CineGeek soon enough. However, with all that said and done, I’m left with a question: What…

Happy Holidays from nikoSREAM!

Welcome and thanks to the flood of new readers and commentators from last week’s HFR Hobbit post, which was featured on WordPress.com’s daily “Freshly Pressed” showcase last week. I hope you continue to enjoy my (hopefully) weekly posts. Greetings to all of my ongoing readers who have followed my uptick of writing these past couple…

A Night at Zanies with Chris Hardwick

The Nerdist and Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick talked about space wire, surviving the zombie apocalypse, puppetry and swordplay, awkward conversations with his father, and free brownies on a trip to Nashville over the weekend. This past Saturday night, I went to Chris Hardwick’s stand-up act at Zanies Comedy Night Club here in Nashville. It was…

Unboxing S.H. Figuarts Red Hawk

Fans of Japanese super heroes like the Super Sentai or Kamen Rider franchises are often treated with great toys for the adults who never quite grow up. My latest example of such is the S.H. Figuarts release of Red Hawk, the stalwart leader of the 1991 Super Sentai series Choujin Sentai Jetman. Jetman is one…