shout OUT!: Pop Goes the Geek Girl & Affiliates


It is easy to get lost in your own head.  We are all guilty of that at sometime or another, right?  Well, every once in a while I’ll get a snap back to reality and I’ll take a moment (or two) to appreciate those that define my life.

I have a very ebb and flow work style, which isn’t always conducive to long-lasting professional relationships.  My editor, Brian Triplett, has been a friend and colleague since I started contributing to the Examiner and he graciously agreed to start editing for me…merely because I asked.  That is an immense leap for anyone, and I doubt he realizes how much it means to me.

examinerdotcom-logoSo, if you get a chance:  Check out his Examiner page and blog, Pop Culture Warehouse.  They are both well-worth the read and subscription.  He covers a variety of topics from television, films, books, religious issues and news, mid-East relations, social media—  Essentially, the whole kit and kaboodle!

Like aforementioned, people are defined by others in their lives, and men are defined by the strong women in their lives.  The ol’ adage: “Behind every successful is man is a stronger woman,” is true.  I am fortunate enough to have three incredibly strong and successful women at my back who support me through thick-and-thin, and more-importantly define my day-to-day life.

My sister, Caitlin, is immensely intelligent (far smarter than I) and incredibly hardworking.  As a teenager she works nearly full-time whilst balancing family and school life with ease.  In her spare time she has numerous hobbies and pop culture addictions, and somehow, somewhere betwixt the chaos, she finds time to manage my ARSchultz Tumblr account and run her own blog with my equally talented mother, Chris Schultz.

My mother manages to take time management to a whole new level:  She works full-time as a teacher where she homeschools my younger brother as well as my sister, she then manages a household of four in its entirety (base to boards), and in between those full-time jobs she runs my sister back-and-forth for her shifts at work (around school lessons I might add) while indulging in hobbies ranging from pretty much anything in the sphere of pop culture that might nab her interest.  Then, on top of it all, she is an amazingly gifted poet and takes the time to handle the bulk of my social media endeavors—  She runs the official ARSchultz Facebook page, coordinates media blitzes and advertising, as well as wrangling me in when my work ethnic dips below subpar.

Nevertheless, I digress…

My sister and my mother have joined forces to create a new blog.  I know, I know…everyone has a blog, right?  Hell, you’re reading this on a blog right at this moment, so why should you had another to your RSS feed collection?

Well, you should and here is why:

cropped-geekPop Goes the Geek Girl is unique.  It hits on all things pop culture—  Music, film, television, books, etc., etc.  This unto itself isn’t standout-worthy, but what is the delivery and writing.  The writing is topnotch, better than you’ll find anywhere else, and then on top of it readers will be getting two perspectives for the price of free.  More often than not, pop culture reviews and insights get skewed, because of the person writing them, or more-specifically the age, background, current ongoings and situations of the writers, but what-if you had two writers working together in unison from different upbringings, generations, and predispositions, that absorbed the content together and each brought something to the table but a little bit differently?

The answer to that rhetorical question is a kickass blog that finds its footing in awesomeness and objectivity.  If you like art in any of its forms you need to check out this blog…it will not disappoint.

To subscribe, follow, and like Pop Goes the Geek Girl click here to be redirected.  Stay tuned there or here for more announcements concerning Pop Goes the Geek Girl.

 

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Dan Harmon’s “Community” on NBC


Recently, my girlfriend and I decided to hop on the Hulu Plus bandwagon (again), and give it another go.  The first time around, the PS3 app that we used to stream Hulu’s content was sketchy at best.  It was riddled with bugs and was constantly freezing.  Most of the content was web-only at the time, which truly defeats the purpose of paying to stream video to your television.  However, after almost a year off the Hulu grid my tech-savvy mother persuaded me to take another run at it.

Almost all the aforementioned bugs have been worked out, and after a healthy bout of consumed television I’ve only noticed minor freezing a handful of times and they were all due to my Internet connection and not the Hulu app.

With a wide swatch of current television now available to a household that doesn’t possess cable or satellite we ‘Glee’fully dived headlong into the smorgasbord of media.  One of the shows that most caught my eye, but that I’ve never got around to watching, was Dan Harmon’s “Community” on NBC.

Within a matter of weeks I gobbled up the first two seasons of “Community” and am still lusting for more.  For those of you who haven’t caught “Community” the premise is as follows: a group of misfits unwittingly band together to form a study group, and eventually family, at a small community college.  The show focuses on poking fun at all of the tired and cliché television/movie stereotypes and archetypes.  The basis for almost any sitcom that has been created in the last sixty-years is fair game and openly mocked on “Community.”  One of the characters, Abed Nadir played by Danny Pudi, has Aspergers Syndrome and finds that television and film are the only way that he can relate to people, so because of this pairing and the inherent premise of the show the fourth wall is always being chipped away with wry humor.

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and a rotating cast of star cameos round out the great writing and overall humor of the show.  “Community” by far is one of my favorite television shows on the air.  If you haven’t checked it out catch an episode—you won’t be disappointed.