Lord of the Rings Links: Plus, Aragorn, Legolas, Frodo, Merry and Pippin Reunited and Why You Should Become a New Zealand Fangirl

And if you still need a fix after that, you can visit:

But wait, there's more...

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar - 1/27/17

After I posted the pictures from Disney Springs yesterday, a couple people asked for pics from Jock's. So there are several below. Frankly, it's the perfect date night for a couple of geeks in love. The fictional narrative it presents offers us a new storyline (so nerds like me aren't nitpicking or scanning for perfect location recreations). But it does offer us plenty of props and all the right vibes.

The food there is so delicious and they always modify the menu for us because we're vegan. They're extremely cool about it too and never make us feel bad, which is honestly so wonderful compared to how some other restaurants react when you ask them to make modifications.

Anyway, here's to vicarious living through pictures! They're nothing fancy, I just took them with my phone, but I hope you enjoy!


Come on, Tuesday!

Let's GO!

Have You Called Your White House Today?

Call 202-456-1414 and tell them whatever you want.

We're some of the luckiest ducks that ever did duck to live in America, a country where we have the right to use our voice. I wish I would've been calling the White House and my representatives from the time I turned 18 until now.

If you're like me and you've been complacent in the past, ditch the shame spiral in favor of peaceful, responsible actions.

So what are you waiting for? Make the call!

Happy Monday. "Now let's get out of here!"

Right. All of us.

Checking Out the Her Universe Merchandise at Disney Springs - Star Wars Galactic Outpost and Marvel Superhero Headquarters

My husband and I went to Disney Springs Friday night to hang out at Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. I don't get to Disney Springs very often anymore. Unless we have company in town. It's kind of a fun touristy thing to do. After Jock's, we decided to take a lap and cruise the stores.

Of course, I always keep an eye out for the latest Her Universe Merchandise. I'm not much of a fashion connoisseur (It's something I hope to change and I'm currently working on it!) but my friend Kay is quite the expert and you can read her articles about Geek Fashion, and lots of other cool stuff, here.



Friday Vibes

Today is the day I: 

1. Clean the house from top to bottom while listening to music that soothes my soul but creeps out my housemates.

2. Grab my pull list from Heroes Landing and let's see, what else was there?

3. Ah, yes! Fight the creeping existential dread constantly threatening to overtake my soul by calling my senators. (Also, I cleaned the jets in our jacuzzi tub, filed our taxes and made a vegan cobb salad.)

Happy Friday!


Under The Shadow - On Netflix Now

I watched Under The Shadow almost two weeks ago, a haunting film about the specter of war and fascism. I've thought about it every day since. Aside from the fact that it's thoughtfully crafted and well-performed, it's also eerily relevant.

I fully admit I'm a strange mix of snob and cult fan when it comes to horror. Some of my favorites in recent years have been The Babadook and It Follows. I'm looking forward to The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which I believe was done by the same director responsible for the captivating and beautiful Trollhunter.

The fact that I can even watch horror movies sometimes surprises me. My reactions to them can be...uneven.

I can't stomach slasher films or haunted houses because I can't handle scenes that echo actual violence happening in the world. Give me monsters all day long. But the church scene in Kingsman? Total freakout. Not a fun catharsis for me.

The over-the-top ending that saw villains' heads exploding in tiny little rainbow clouds? Didn't bother me in the least. Thought it was a sheer delight.

The ultraviolence of a Tarantino movie seems to exist in an alternate universe. A world where Samurai swords can be taken on planes like carry-ons. It doesn't stay with me because it's not realistic. I don't believe it's happening and I don't have to worry about 88 samurai being killed by a woman out for revenge.

Horror is specifically designed to evoke and antagonize. And an antagonized brain won't always behave in a predictable way. As Wes Craven said, "Horror films don't create fear. They release it." And maybe it's just me, but it feels like it's been a long time since we've had such a variety of specific, possible fears from which to choose.

On that unsettling note, Under The Shadow presents a familiar terror. Something strangely realistic, which may seem like an odd anecdote about a horror film involving...well, I won't spoil it in case you haven't seen it. But the movie spends as much time on the resentment oppression brings as it does on supernatural forces. Like Poltergeist, Under The Shadow wants to remind you that your home might not offer inherent solace.

Not when "they" are coming for you.

Watch the trailer below, then head to Netflix for an incredible film.


One Little Spark

Figment and Dreamfinder are together again in
Marvel's "Figment"
If you were a kid in the 80's or 90's, you were frequently told that all your dreams could come true. Everybody was telling us we could do it. (The "it" was up to us.) Now we're all grown up and there seems to be a divided consensus on whether or not that was true.

If you were lucky enough to go to Disney World back then, you probably remember the Epcot ride "Journey Into Imagination".

The chorus to the song "One Little Spark" that plays throughout the ride goes:

A dream can be a dream come true,
with just that spark in me and you

My husband and I went to Epcot again last night. It's become our go-to place to walk and talk. I know how lucky that makes me. Living in Central Florida is like being on a permanent vacation.

The happy kind, not the coded mobster-talk kind.

It seems like a weird thing to do with the world in such a state. We felt guilty about it. But we're both busy with work and we both keep to-do lists making sure we stay engaged as citizens every single day. That creeping existential terror we feel right now? Turns out, the bubble of Disney World is a pretty effective antidote to that.

We did one lap around the world showcase. On our way out, we walked past the Journey Into Imagination ride. (I've obsessed over it previously for Orlando Attractions.) It was open. We always go at night when the ride is usually closed. This time? We walked right on the ride. No wait.

It gave me the same sentimental swells. Nostalgia mixed with belief and joy. But this time, I was on the ride as a thirty-four-year-old. A lot of my friends now are cynics, though they'd call themselves realists. So...was it all a lie? Is a dream still a wish your heart makes? Can you make your dreams come true?


Today, I just want to remind you, it's true. All of it. 

I know it's a weird time to be an artist. The temptation to quit projects in progress to do something that "really" matters is strong.

Listen to me...don't. Don't you dare. Don't stop creating.

Just add civic responsibilities to your daily to-do list. Because art can change lives and minds and hearts. And bank accounts, which can help you transform other people's lives.

But I didn't just come here to preach. I brought evidence.

I loved that ride as a kid. I wrote about it for a magazine. When we moved to Orlando, I met the man who played the Dreamfinder for an interview when I was working on a local tv show. Then we became friends. In many ways, Ron Schneider has become a mentor to me. He's kind and generous. In December, he even brought me to a play he directed and I got to sit in the back of house with him and watch.

A few days later, Jake and I pulled together a shoot for a comedy sketch my partner and I wrote months earlier. 2016 was shaping up to be the first year I didn't film anything since 2013 and I felt really weird about that. So we just chose a sketch from the pile and started producing.

It was kind of last minute. (Which is making the editing a mighty struggle...that was officially my last shoot without an actual crew.) But you know who agreed to be in it? Ron Schneider. THEE Dreamfinder. My friend. A performer of the highest stature. It genuinely still blows my mind.

I still have a long way to go in figuring out how to get the things I see in my head to show up onscreen the way I want them. There's still a considerable gap between vision and product. But I'm learning and I need to keep going. And so do you.

Your dreams can become literal reality if you just keep going and this picture is the proof.

Me on the left, Ron Schneider on the right and all our extras and actors in between. 


Halt! Who Goze-ere?

One of my favorite Twitter accounts to follow is Sarcastic Rover. Today, that sassy robot pointed out the launch of a new weather satellite and proved that beauty (and Ghostbusters references) really are in the eye of the beholder.

You should follow Sarcastic Rover. And science. Science is good and helpful and interesting. We should have grown-up science fairs for people who aren't actually scientists. We could get U2 or (insert name of current relevant, popular band) to play the awards show after...I don't know. 

Just trying to think of ways to get people interested in science as a hobby again. (Or...for the first time ever?) What about Omni magazine? Is that still happening? 

Hey...where are you going?


Contributing to Hello Giggles

Last fall, I started contributing to Hello Giggles from time to time. I feel really honored that one of my articles even made it into one of their editor's "Best of 2016" lists.

Here's what I've written so far and I'll share links to any new articles as they publish:

What I learned growing up with a mom who ran a singing telegram business

What TMJ taught me about listening to my body

How Changing My Hair Color Taught Me A Life Lesson

How other women's stories of surviving sexual assault taught me to let go of shame

Ashley Eckstein: Her Universe Relaunches in One Day

If you've been to Her Universe lately, you've probably seen the countdown to the site's relaunch. Are you excited to see what Ashley Eckstein will be rolling out with the new iteration? I know I'm super psyched!

While you wait, you can read my 2011 interview with Ashley back when the company was brand new or listen to some audio from the original phone interview.

One thing that really blows my mind when reading that old interview is just how much the culture has actually, measurably changed over the last six years. I can't believe how much balance has been restored to the force. Nice work, Ashley and fangirls near and far!

Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe - 2011 - Raw Interview Audio from Audrey Brown on Vimeo.

P.S. One of my favorite geek fashion bloggers is Kay. She's a great person to follow if you're into geek fashion. You can also find her here. I'm sure she'll have all the latest when it comes to Her Universe.


In Which I Write Super Nerdy Fanfiction (for my number one fandom, Indiana Jones)

Did you know I write super nerdy (possibly terrible) fan fiction? While I'm no stranger to screenplays and journalism, I'm barely acquainted with fiction. 

To change that, I'm writing new stories a couple Fridays a month and posting them over at AudreyBrown.net.

To get the ball rolling, I thought I'd start by doing fan fiction for established stories. Working with material I know will help me get reacquainted with punctuation and structure and rules and all that.

This week is Indiana Jones. Two weeks ago was Batman and before that was Sherlock and Star Trek.

See? Super nerdy. (And proud.)


If You Don't Know Miranda Hart, You Should

I've seen Miranda Hart in "Call the Midwife". Her performance on that show is vulnerable, sincere
and frankly, my favorite. But I didn't have any idea that she was such a comedic force.

I recently started a new Hulu profile. (Because my super cool sister let me create one on her account. We're roommates right now, so it's not against the law. *imaginary policeman reading this puts his handcuffs away*)

After filling out the form of what I liked and didn't like so the robot overlords know how to keep me sedated, Hulu recommended the show "Miranda".

And those robots definitely know their stuff, because Miranda is fantastic! It's broad. It makes me actually laugh (not just quietly chuckle) and it perfectly portrays what it feels like to be awkward and different. Not that cute, manic-pixie-dream awkward that's all the rage now. But like...weird weird. This show makes me feel heard, understood, and happy.

I feel like this is probably one of those times where I'm years late to the party and the rest of the world already knows about her. But just in case it's not, please allow this collection of Miranda gifs to convince you.

Then, you can visit her website or go sign up for Hulu so you can watch this show!


Betty White's Advice on Staying Positive Sums Up Exactly Why I Resurrected Born For Geekdom

Just this morning, I re-wrote the mission statement for this website. This is what I came up with:

About Born For Geekdom

Born For Geekdom started in 2008 as an inspiration collection and personal outlet for Audrey in between freelance writing assignments. The blog went on hiatus in 2013 and whirred back to life in January 2017. 

The new mission of Born For Geekdom is to curate positivity and love in contemporary geek culture by sharing great recommendations for film, music, television, radio and travel. In a world full of complaints and rants, this fangirl just wants to rave.

A few minutes ago, my friend Kevin shared this on Facebook. It really resonates with me and I agree wholeheartedly. Even if you're having a tough time right now, for any reason, listen to Grandma Betty, she's trustworthy:

There's a huge difference between tapping out or burying your head in the sand, and choosing to stay positive and active. I'm even working on re-tooling my every day language and thought processes. Which, I'm gonna be honest, feels like a lot of work right now. But it's worthy work.

A lot of people equate peace and positivity with weakness. Which is a shame, because you can be just as strong, resilient and active while re-training your brain. I know it seems silly to write a mission statement for a blog about movies and tv and Disney World and la, la, la, frivoloty...but I want to be a part of changing for the better at even the smallest, seemingly most insignificant level.

Feeling Nostalgic at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

Restarting this blog with the mandate to only write about things in life that I love has opened a whole new world for me, if you'll pardon the obvious Disney-ism.

Caveat: If you want a mini photo tour of Disney's Boardwalk Resort minus my chatter, just scroll down a bit and click READ MORE at the bottom of the page.

Living in Florida was my dream as far back as I can remember, thanks in large part to our family vacations here when I was a kid. Getting to literally live my dream life as an adult is something for which I'm immensely grateful.

The best part of living in Central Florida is the access it gives you to so many incredible sights. We moved here over five years ago, and on any given night we can still think of something new to do that doesn't cost money. (Maybe a little gas money if anything.)

For example, Walt Disney World's website currently says it has "more than twenty five resort hotel locations". (Which immediately makes me think of what the Comedy Bang Bang reply would be, "So, twenty six?")

Last Sunday night, we both felt like stretching our legs. (We're big walkers and talkers.) So we decided to visit Disney's Boardwalk Resort. We've been on the boardwalk before, but we've never explored the hotel.

We're passholders*, so we parked at Epcot, walked through the world showcase, used the kinda secret (but not really secret) second entrance at the back of the park in between England and France and voila, suddenly found ourselves transported to Coney Island.

The weather is so beautiful this time of year. There's always a breeze at night. It's not so cold that you need a jacket and it's not so hot that you get all gross and sweaty. (*I should offer a caveat here, you don't need to be a passholder to visit any of the hotels. There are loads of great restaurants and spas and what-not to visit "on property" as we say here at Disney World.)


Emilie Hagins' Coin Heist is on Netflix

Once upon a time, I interviewed the director of the documentary Zombie Girl. It was about a young girl named Emily Hagins who made an original, feature length zombie movie titled "Pathogen". 

So, guess what? Emily never stopped doing what she loved and her first Netflix feature just debuted. How's that for a fairy tale ending/happy beginning of a career?

Watch Coin Heist on Netflix now. Check out the preview below...

Here Is A Video of 1000 Musicians Playing David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" Simultaneously

How's your Tuesday morning? Need it to be better? Watch this. 


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Here was a man focused on love, if ever there was one. God bless you, sir. Your message lives on.


You Must Remember This: On Karina Longworth and Why We Have To Start Loving Stuff Again

Follow You Must Remember This on Twitter
You know what's good? Nay, GREAT? Karina Longworth's podcast You Must Remember This.

Someone sent me a link after I published this blog about "Hail, Caesar!" last year. (I'm considering doing one about "La La Land" too.)

Since then, I've listened to every episode and I'm anxiously awaiting new episodes at the end of this month. If you like history or film, if you enjoy human beings with pleasant voices, if you're desperate for a swig of water in this, our arid era of reality tv and pundits gone wild, you must listen to You Must Remember This.

I'm hooked. I mean, well and truly addicted. If you grew up watching classic movies, this podcast will contextualize them in ways both entertaining and unpleasant. And I would argue further, always important and never boring.

I love it so much, it inspired the compulsion to write a blog about it here. A site I haven't touched since 2013. There's a contagious nostalgia going around for 2007-2008ish right now. I went down the rabbit hole of the wayback machine the other day. I visited long-deleted Myspace pages and the early days of this blog. Back then, I was full of optimism and love. I noticed a funny thing while I was looking backward to find my way forward, I wasn't the only one.

But we'll get to that...


Hey There...

I'm contemplating a return to blogging here. Been thinking about it for a while, for many reasons. (Reasons that would necessitate, you know...a blog.) For now, I just wanted to say hi. So, "Hi." This is me dipping my toe back into the water of geek culture.

You can also find me at AudreyBrown.net, TMDsupport.com, and I'm still doing contract writing and some published freelance here and there. And here. And other places. 

When I stopped blogging here on Born For Geekdom, it was because I felt like this had become a navel-gazing paradise. And navel-gazing paradise, in case you didn't know, is internet-reading purgatory. It's awful. But I feel like I have my energy back. I sense something. A presence I haven't felt since...

When I left, it was because I felt the need to create. I was also extremely burnt out after an intense few years of overwork. Over the last three years, I've done four comedy sketches for various film festivals. I wrote my first comic that's getting a new website as I type. (and I have three other comic ideas following.) I wrote three feature-length screenplays. (And got great coverage from the one I was brave enough to actually submit somewhere.) I got to work performing and directing in entertainment at places like Universal Studios, Dinosaur World, TeachLive and Mursion. I went to San Francisco for work several times. So, I mean...I was still a workaholic. But at least it was in a different capacity for a bit.

You know what I needed? Some adventure! And I got it. I feel so refreshed and accomplished. I needed to live some life of my own instead of reporting about everyone else's. Journalism can be claustrophobic sometimes if you're not also creating. Now I understand how to juggle both! I feel smarter and stronger and yeah...ready for a new adventure.