50th HNG POST – A Tribute to my Mama

I wanted to do something special for my 50th blog post but I couldn’t think of what would be worthy.  Then it came to me.  The reason I’m here, literally and nerdally (I think I just coined a new word?) is because of my Mom.  She’s the coolest, most awesome Mom ever.  She’s my best friend and confidant.  She has guided me through everything.  She more than deserves to have a milestone post written about her.

She's really Team Edward but she took one for the team

A while back I asked my Mother via text message to give me a nerdy topic to write about.  Here’s how the text convo went:

HNG: “Give me a nerdy topic”

Mom: “Computers”

HNG: “Something else”

Mom: “Driving”

HNG: “That’s not nerdy lol”

Mom: “I am”


She then proceeded to go to the Apple Store.

I don’t think she quite understood the question but it did get me thinking.  I am the nerd I am today because of my Mother.

Since she introduced me to the original Star Trek as a newborn, I can’t deny that it’s true.

We fight hostile alien species together

This is the woman who will brave screaming tweens with me to attend a Twilight event even though she’s never had time to read the books (she likes the movies).  She drove for an hour so that I could meet John de Lancie in High School.  She took me to Vegas for the first time and bought me my first Starfleet uniform back when Star Trek: the Experience was brand new and still carried quality uniforms.  She will always go to opening night of any nerdy movie with me.  She let me paint my room dark blue and then didn’t flinch when I put up enough glow-in-the-dark stars and posters to cover up the new paint job.  She’s a real trooper (though not of the starship variety).

Oh Q, my love for you is omnipotent

She is roughly the size of an Ewok (5 feet, 85 lbs) but didn’t hesitate to jump kick my brother (ninja style!) when he talked back to her once as a teenager.  She was one of only a few women in the Idaho Forest Service and could chop down trees and fight forest fires alongside the big burly men.

In the face of tragedy she shows a strength that any superhero would be in awe of.  My Mother is not only my best friend, she’s my hero and, much as I love Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, they could never top her in my eyes.

If you think you have a cooler Mom than me, chances are you’re wrong.

Meet her and then tell me otherwise.

I prayed that Priest would be good…

hot nerd girl priest poster 34DD

If it's a staring contest you want Mr. Bettany, bring it on.

It wasn’t. Wow. What a great way to kick off a review. More detail you ask? Well here ya go…

To give you a little background, yes, Priest is most certainly a graphic novel adaption as so many sci-fi/fantasy films seem to be these days. It’s set in a world where apparently man and vampire have co-existed forever. And when I mean forever I mean (according to the cartoon that plays out the back story at the beginning) this has literally been going on since man was on horseback, right through up until we created flame throwers. And man somehow was just barely able to fend off vampires this entire time until the “church” was able to create “Priests” who received special training to fight vampires, thus winning the war for humanity.


Don’t worry, I haven’t ruined the movie for you since they explain this in the first five minutes of film. Just know that this setup colored my view of the movie all the way through. And that may sound odd coming from someone who is admittedly on Team Edward, but the fact that guns and flame throwers were no match for vampires but one dude with tiny little crucifix-like throwing daggers could mess them up, was just too much for me.

Then again, this one guy is Paul Bettany. And I love me some Paul Bettany. He did the same growly/dark/brooding thing he did in  Legion/Da Vinci Code, which is fine. I mean, who has a problem with watching Jeffrey Chaucer kick ass? Not me. But kick ass in 3D? That one was a bit of a stretch. A good 90% of the movie takes place in the dark. Without the multitude of colors that you usually see in a movie, the 3D in it just did not work. The added dimensions get lost in the varying shades of black.

Maggie Q did the usual animatronic acting/fighting. Cam Gigadent was actually pretty good as the young kid who chases after his love interest. And Karl Urban, you get a pass because you’re Karl Urban and I still need to watch Pathfinder.

priest-movie-character-poster-hot nerd girl
Dental floss… not just for G-strings jokes anymore.

In all honestly guys, I wanted to like it. Dystopian future ruled by the church? What’s not to like? But the execution was just tiresome and the dialogue was like it was written by a fifth grader. Oh well. At least I had fun taking some of the photos for the poster 🙂

One of out Five Sci-Fives… (but only cause I love you Paul and Karl).

1 out of 5 Sci-Five's