5Wits Puzzle Rooms

I live near Albany NY, and we just got a new area in one of our malls called 5Wits. I’d never heard of it before, but when they advertise things called “Drago’s Castle,” “Deep Space,” and “Tomb,” I knew it had to be interesting. And I was not wrong.

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Leaky Con/Geeky Con

Last year, I experienced my first real convention. I went to Leaky Con 2014 in Orlando, FL. And let me tell you, it was the happiest week of my life. I flew down by myself, shared a room with four friends, three of whom I’d only spoken to online, and made so many new friends I can’t even begin to count. But what really matters at Leaky (now Geeky) Con is the atmosphere.

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On: Ancestry

Nora's_ShipSince I was a child, I’ve been trying to pull out as much information about my family as I could from my parents. I’ve always felt a sense of importance about it. When I got to that age when you realize your parents do not know the answer to every question, things slowed down. Until a few months ago, I wasn’t taking in much in the way of new information. Now, it’s coming in waves. Huge, overwhelming, fucking fantastic waves. Read More »

Feminerd: Internalized Sexism

Fangirls, a couple weeks ago I was working, and a woman came up looking for assistance bringing a stroller up front to purchase.  One of my managers (a female), said that she would be happy to grab it for the woman, if she wouldn’t mind walking back with her to show her which one.  The guest’s response was, “Isn’t there a man who could do it?”  Then spent the entire walk back to the stroller saying how unsafe it was for women to be working alone, without a man to help us, and repeatedly doubting my manager’s ability to carry a stroller.  Her reaction to having a woman help her, is called internalized sexism.

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On: Six Years of Gay

2000px-Gay_flag.svgTo be honest, I don’t remember the exact day, but I know it was the spring time, a bit before my 15th birthday. I’ve never really kept track, or celebrated it on an anniversary of sorts. It was 6 years ago now that fully came out as a gay woman. I don’t like to make any big show about being gay, because I think that makes it seem like I’m separate in some way, or attention seeking. However, it’s a part of me, and there’s no doubt that coming out is a process that a lot people don’t experience. It was a marker in my life that honestly seems so long ago now. It’s felt like a lifetime between then and now. But really, I am so young still. It was the beginning of a life, my life, living openly about who I was. And it’s very weird to think about it now.

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Let’s Talk About: Experiences with High School Sex Education

It has seemed to me that good high school sex education is damn near impossible to come by. I’ve talked before about the lack of solid curriculum presented in the US, but I wanted to see if it really was as bad as it appears to be. So, I rallied some great people together and had them spill the beans about the ways of their high school health classes. Unfortunately, I was entirely correct in thinking there’s gaps when it comes to educating on sex & sexuality.

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Feminerd: On Awesome Fangirls & Awful Comic Shops

If you follow us on Twitter, you probably know that last night we were at the incredible Fangirls Night Out at Earthworld Comics in Albany. It’s always a delight of friendly ladies, enlightening nerd talk, and inevitable Fangirling. Upon reflecting on the night on the way home, I was reminded of all of the terrible experiences I had before we started going to the amicable wonderland of Earthworld.

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