Little Things – Can Meditation Make You Happy?

Katy meditates for the first time and so much more in this week’s episode of Little Things. This week’s question is, “Can Meditation Make You Happy?” Kellie, Kevin, Mandy, and Katy all have different experiences with meditation. Stay tuned all through the end when Kellie suggests a controversial (and potentially R-rated) new question for Little Things. As always, thank you for listening. If you enjoy the podcast, please leave us a comment!

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Growing up 70’s – Soap

Soap premiered on ABC on September 13th, 1977. The twisted (and fatalistically unbelievable) lives of the Tates and the Campbells made for four seasons of delicious television. Kellie and Katy discuss the drama which occurred prior to the show airing as well as the many wonderful plot twists the show’s creator, Susan Harris, gifted to 70’s television viewers. This is one of Kellie’s favorite shows and for good reason.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Main – Ep 65 – Collections, Collectors, & Collecting

Do you collect anything? We do, did, have in the recent past, and through this conversation discovered so many interesting things about each other. What is a collection? What does it mean to be a collector? Why do we collect? Does it all track back to our ancestors? Listen to the answers to these questions and more (like what country Hello Kitty came from) in this week’s Wekk episode.

Music courtesy of Alex Brandenburg.

Little Things – Can Exercise Make You Happy?

This time on Little Things we answer the question “Can Exercise Make You Happy?” Surprising we all agree.

Handy links from Mandy:

Why endorphins (and exercise) make you happy

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.

Leo Widrich 02.04.14

Exercise and Happiness: Finding Flow

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Growing up 70’s – Facts of Life

This week Kellie and Katy get to chat about Facts of Life, a show request from our friend Joe from the Geektitude podcast. You know you want to sing the song…YOU TAKE THE GOOD YOU TAKE THE BAD!!! Enjoy our run down of our first “mac and cheese” show and, BONUS, you get to hear about a horrible high school photo of Katy and Kellie.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Kevin’s Short Movie Previews for 2017

Hello, Wekksters, Wekkites, and Wekk-a-maniacs, it’s Kevin. If you listened to Episode 64 of our main podcast, you know that we previewed the a variety of creative endeavors to be released in 2017 that each of us anticipates. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check it out. If it is half as fun to listen to as it was to record, you’ll definitely enjoy it.)

My part of that episode was to mention the six movies that I anticipated in 2017. The truth is, though, I overdid it a bit. I wound up doing research on much more than six films. Also, I listed my level of anticipation for each film from a scale of 0-5, 5 being the most anticipated. (Yeah, I know. Overkill, right?)

Therefore, without further ado, here is my full list of 2017 movies that I researched along with the YouTube movie trailers links (if any) related to each film.

2/20 The Lego Batman Movie
LEGO has made some great film and video content in the past, and seeing Will Ferrell’s Batman character is most welcome.

3/3 Logan
I have very high hopes for this film adaptation of the “Old Man Logan” comics, but since this isn’t done by Marvel Studios, it is still a crap shoot, and we all know how risky non-Marvel films are these days. Only Deadpool can be considered a recent success. If the trailer is any indication, they might have the right formula.

3/17 – Beauty and the Beast
Um. no. As much as I like Emma Watson in the Belle role, and even though I think it would take a monumental blunder for Disney to screw this up, I am just not that interested. I already saw the animated movie and the play, and that’s all I really need. I will need to see how this looks on Rotten Tomatoes before I ultimately decide, but for now…

3/17 Life
Based solely on the trailer, it looks like it may be a cross between ALIEN, Gravity, and The Thing. I hope it has more surprises than that. Still., I’m curious…

3/20 Kong: Skull Island
In my first WTF of this previews list, I have to wonder why this was green-lighted. Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” was 12 years ago, so maybe this will be the Jurassic World of 2017. And, it has Tom Hiddleston, but I have to give it…

3/24 Power Rangers
Man, am I ever the wrong audience for this crap. But, the fact that Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader are in it might change my mind? Probably not.

3/31 Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson playing a character traditionally thought to be Japanese doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I have high hopes for this, but sometimes my high hopes turn out disappointing me. The trailer so far looks good.

4/28 – The Circle
THIS is the Emma Watson film I want to see. It has Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill “Game Over, Man” Paxton, and with music by Danny Elfman. Based on the Dave Eggers’ book of the same name, how could it lose? We shall see.

5/5 Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
As I said on the show, the first trailer made me laugh out loud, so I have to think this will battle “Star Wars: Episode 8” for top box office slot.
ANTICIPATION – 5/5 Same as the date of release. Yay!

5/12 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
This Guy Ritchie film looks like a mashup of the movie Excalibur, Sons of Anarchy, and Lord of the Rings. Planned as a six film series (Yes. You read that right. SIX FILMS.) it definitely looks like a Guy Ritchie film if it was set in some alt-universe version of the King Arthur story where men wear hybrid medieval-slash-21st Century clothing. That said…

5/19 Alien: Covenant
I’m actually surprised by my tepid response to this trailer. It didn’t impress me as much as I wanted as it looked too much like the first four Alien films rehashed. Even so…

5/26 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
This is my Second WTF on my list. I get that people love the Jack Sparrow character, but does Johnny Depp need help with alimony payments? Is he cash poor? I didn’t even watch the last “Pirates” movie, and I probably won’t watch this one unless it gets amazing reviews.

6/2 Wonder Woman
BAM! YES! Gal Gadot was the only positive part of Batman V Superman, and I cannot wait to see her solo superhero movie. The early word on this film is disappointing, so I sincerely hope that whatever problems it faces are corrected before release.

6/9 The Mummy
I have absolutely no enthusiasm for a Tom Cruise Mummy re-do. This just feels weird.

6/9 World War Z 2 (Directed by David Fincher.)
While I enjoyed World War Z to a certain extent, it wasn’t enough to want to see a sequel. The ONLY thing that makes me NOT laugh that they’re making this sequel is that David Fincher is directing. So, middling enthusiasm.

6/16 Cars 3
I didn’t see Cars 2, so unless I hear that this movie is a must-see, I’ll probably be skipping this one.

6/23 Transformers: The Last Knight
If you like Transformers movies, then this movie is for you. It is DEFINITELY not for me.

6/30 Despicable 3
More Gru, more minions, more Steve Carell, which means more laughs and fun. Not a priority, but I expect it to be as fun as the last two.

7/7 Spider-Man: Homecoming
Listen to the podcast for my thoughts on this one. I’m excited. My only other comment is that it looks like the master of the snarky comeback is finally back after a few bumpy films. And Marvel Studios is actually co-producing this one, which is a first.

7/14 War for the Planet of the Apes
A serviceable movie series only gets medium excitement from me.

7/21 Dunkirk (by Christopher Nolan)
A film about the amazing story of the British Expeditionary Force being routed by the Germans to the coast of Dunkirk, France, and the massiveflotilla of rescue craft sent from England to save the men on the beaches. Besides, I’ll see anything by Christopher Nolan…

7/21 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Luc Besson
Okay. This is my most anticipated film that I did not mention on the podcast. Based on a French sci-fi comics series that started in 1967, this is the first filmed adaptation of that beloved sci-fi classic. Directed by The Fifth Element’s Luc Besson, it looks fabulous, and I have high hopes, but looks can be deceiving.
No Official Trailer Yet
7/28 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
Some fans didn’t like that Idris Elba, a “black man,” is playing the character Roland, who many thought was white, but Stephen King himself said it could be either, and he loves Idris Elba, so shut it, critics. I haven’t read the series yet, but this will light the fire of my reading this year. I have a bit of time, and I say, “Go Idris.”

10/6 Blade Runner 2049
Alright. Bear with me here. I will be shocking some of my nerd-brethren with my opinion of this film, but until I read that pundits are talking about this as a possible Oscar contender, I see this movie as an abomination and a total money grab. I do not need any Blade Runner nostalgia films mucking up my memory of the original. I’m rarely opposed to sequels, but I oppose this with a passion, which means the film has a very, VERY high bar to reach. The only thing that is not making me give it a ZERO is that Harrison Ford decided to do it, AND Ryan Gosling seems to pick good projects. But in my mind this film has a mountain to climb before it gets me to the acceptance phase. Only time will tell.
ANTICIPATION – 1/5 (Let the dissing and harassment commence.)

No Official Trailer Yet
10/6 Kingsman: The Golden Circle
While I enjoyed the first film as a nice homage to spy films, I felt it never established enough of its own identity. Too much time was spent on the “wink wink nudge nudge, Hey didja catch that Bond reference” reference for my liking. But, if there is one fight scene as cool as the one in the church in the first movie, the sequel will be well worth the price of admission. I just hope they have more of their own catch phrases and style than pulling an Bond reference-fest.

No Official Trailer Yet
11/3 Thor: Ragnarok
Not much else to add from my comments from the podcast. I am very curious and excited about this film and where this story will lead us. It looks like a nice combo of dark and humorous, so let’s hope that works.

11/17 Justice League
Another podcast mention. This movie has more riding on its success than any other movie this year because it may affect whether or not we get more solo DC films. Also, if Wonder Woman under-performs, DC will need this movie to kick ass.

No Official Trailer Yet
12/15 Star Wars: Episode VIII
Come on. Do I really have to explain myself on this one? I don’t even know a title and I know I will see this film. Period. It will be bittersweet watching Carrie Fisher’s final work on a Star Wars film. (sigh)

No Official Trailer Yet
12/22 Jumanji
This is Number Three in my WTF series of WHY THIS FILM? Was this film necessary? NO! I read they are honoring Robin Williams in some way, but what’s next? A n Aladdin reboot? How about a Mrs Doubtfire reboot with Louis C.K.? Why not?

Now, go see a movie today!


Codex for Ep 64 of Wekk Main

All those fabulous links…

Katy’s List of Games

  1. Mass Effect Andromeda (Link to Trailer)
  2. Divinity Original Sin II (Link to Trailer)
  3. Rising 5: Runes of Asteros (Video of Gameplay Run through, Kickstarter)
  4. Roll Player (Kickstarter, Game Review)
  5. Tiny Epic Quest (Kickstarter, Video of Gameplay)
  6. Tacoma (Link to Trailer)

Kellie’s List of Television Shows (More Shows Can Be Found Here)

  1. American Gods on Starz 4/2017 (Link to Comic Book Information)
  2. Powerless on NBC 2/2/2017
  3. Riverdale on CW 1/26/2017
  4. Crashing on HBO 2/19/2017
  5. Twin Peaks on Showtime 5/21/2017
  6. Emerald City on ABC 1/6/2017

Kevin’s List of Movies (In Order Of Release Date)

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy : Vol 2 (May 5th 2017)
  2. Wonder Woman (June 2 2017)
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7 2017)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (November 3 2017)
  5. Justice League (November 17 2017)
  6. Star Wars: Episode VIII (December 15 2017)

Mandy’s List of Books

How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lily Singh

Lilly Singh: How a 28-year old Canadian rapped and vlogged her way into the Youtuber millionaire’s club by Maya Oppenheim, 12/6/16

Highest paid female you-tuber and 3rd overall, Singh earned $7.5 million, and her  Superwoman channel has had 1.5 billion views. Appeared in video with Michelle Obama and was on Jimmy Fallon show. Started by posting videos while a psychology student and struggling with depression. Parents emigrated to Canada from India. She is Toronto born, LA-based. As a role model to women and girls around the globe, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and to encourage positivity.


Empire’s End: Aftermath (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) by Chuck Wendig, 2/21/17

Follows Star Wars: Aftermath and Star Wars: Life Debt. Delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.


Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, 4/11/17

The Star Wars Expanded Universe is dead, but Grand Admiral Thrawn lives on 12/6/16 by Charlie Hall


First introduced in the 1991 best-seller Heir To The Empire, written by prolific science fiction author Timothy Zahn, the blue-skinned alien officer brought something to Star Wars that had never existed before. He was a well-rounded, influential and fascinating villain that didn’t rely on the Force to get ahead. He was as brilliant as he was brutal, and he gave life to the bridge of an Imperial starship.

Quite to my surprise, Rebels’ isn’t putting Thrawn in the background as another Imperial stooge. The third season of the cartoon is actually setting Thrawn up to be the focal point of its narrative arc.



We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere   by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel 3/7/17

“Imagine a sisterhood—across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”

So begins WE: A Manifesto for Women—an inspiring, empowering, and provocative manifesto for change. Change that we can all effect, one woman at a time. Change that provides a crucial and timely antidote to the “have-it-all” superwoman culture and instead focuses on what will make each and every one of us happier and more free. Change that provides an answer to the nagging sense of “is that it?” that almost all of us can succumb to when we wake in the dead of night.

Written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel—two friends who for the last decade have stumbled along together, learning, failing, crying, laughing, and trying again—WE: A Manifesto for Women is not a theoretical treatise but instead a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. Combining tools that are practical, psychological, and spiritual, WE: A Manifesto for Women is both a process and a vision for a more fulfilling way of living. And a truly inspiring vision of a happier, more emotionally rewarding future we can all create together.

Pantsuit Nation book proposal by Libby Chamberlain, anticipated May 2017

By Heather Dockray Dec 22, 2016

When Libby Chamberlain, the creator of the pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook group Pantsuit Nation, announced this week that she plans to publish a Pantsuit Nation-themed book, she framed the publication deal as a collective victory for the group. The book, which is scheduled to be published in May by Flatiron Books, will draw on the stories and images from the group, which now has around four million members. In her original announcement on Monday, Ms. Chamberlain encouraged people who want to submit their posts and stories to contact her, and said that she would seek permission from others to use their material.

In a follow-up post addressing irate members on Wednesday, she explained that the proceeds would be used to “support Pantsuit Nation and the causes that are central to the group.” She also said that the Pantsuit Nation nonprofit organizations she is forming will help raise money for other like-minded groups, including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (Author), Annie Wu (Illustrator), 6/6/17

The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

Also by by Catherynne M. Valente – The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home Paperback 3/7/17

The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic, 5/2/17

The feminist writer investigates what women need to be happy, and how structural problems prevent them from fulfilling those needs. Through conversations with individual women, she suggests solutions and policies that will even the playing field and give women more time to pursue joy.

17 Most Anticipated Comics of 2017 by Jesse Shedeen

Graphic Novels

  • Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples 4/4/17
  • Batman by Brian K Vaughan 3/28/17
  • Walking Dead Vol 27: Whisperer War (collects 157-162) by Robert Kirkman 3/7/17
  • Invincible, Volume 23 (collects 127-132) by Robert Kirkman, Illustrated by Cory Walker 4/4/17
  • Locke & Key: Small World Deluxe Edition by Joe Hill (Author), Gabriel Rodriguez (Artist) 2/14/17
  • Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero Vol. 3 (3/28/17) & 4 (8/22/17) by Kelly Sue Deconnick et al.
  • Three-Fifths a Man: A Graphic History of the African American Experience By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón 9/12/17
    • This graphic history presents the major events of the African-American experience, from slaves arriving at Jamestown to the successes of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate 1/31/17
    • In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.With appearances by Cinder, Cress, Scarlet, Winter, and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.


Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson 2/14/17

Best Book of 2017: Jonathan Lethem 12/2015

“It’s my best of the year, but you can’t read it yet: Steve Erickson’s jaw-dropping next novel, Shadowbahn, which concerns the phantasmic reappearance of the Twin Towers in the Badlands of South Dakota, accompanied by the resurrection of Elvis Presley’s twin brother Jesse. And anyone who approaches the Towers hears music – but not the same song. Into this radical audacity Erickson also weaves an intensely-personal self-reckoning, a playlist for the dying American century, and his usual lucid-dreaming prose.

I’ve read every novel he’s ever written and I’ll still never know how he does it; Erickson’s not so much a writer’s writer as a tour-de-forcer’s tour-de-forcer.”

The Idiot Elif Batuman 3/14/17

These Are TIME’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 by Sarah Begley12/24/16

Amiable with Big Teeth By Claude McKay Edited by Jean-Christophe Cloutier and Brent Hayes Edwards

A monumental literary event: the newly discovered final novel by seminal Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay, a rich and multilayered portrayal of life in 1930s Harlem and a historical protest for black freedom.

Wekk Main – Ep 64 – 2017 Books, TV, Movies, & Games

Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin review the top 6 things they are excited for in 2017. We each picked a topic and none of us (except for Kellie) stuck with our original six. Enjoy!

See a second post with the codex and links for everything we mentioned in this podcast (especially the 18 million books Mandy talks about).

Music courtesy of Alex Brandenburg.

Beer, Books, & Tea – Equal Rites

More Discworld joy and this time Kellie and Katy have a surprise guest – Mandy! The third book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is called Equal Rites and was first published in 1987. It is a love letter to brave little girls. Listen in for the rundown of our favorite things about the book, but stay tuned for an interesting discussion about how our view of equal rights for women has changed over the years. Enjoy!

Read Terry Prachett’s books!!!!

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Growing up 70’s – Schoolhouse Rock!

Schoolhouse Rock debuted January 6th, 1973 and has a wonderful story about why and for who it was created. Kellie and Katy dish about their love for these wonderful shows. Listen and enjoy as they sing their way through a surprisingly personal…and timely…episode.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Little Things – Ep 1 – Finding Happy

In our first Little Things episode we chat about happy. What is happy? What does it mean to feel happy? Is happy worth seeking? And if so, how do you become happy when you are not? This series will be all about the different ways/advice/techniques there are to become happy and if any of them work. We might try a familiar method and we might come up with our own. So listen in to our personal journeys as we tackle the challenge of finding happy.

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Kevin Rants: Villains Are Always Cooler Than Heroes

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Admit it. You only watch The Phantom Menace is to see me fighting Jedi.

Man, I really love villains! The more horrible, scary, and sadistic the bad guy in a fictional story, the better. For me, watching a movie with the classic “hero versus villain” plot, is great. But if the villain sucks, then the hero’s victory is not as impressive, right?

I have always felt that an action-adventure story is only as good as the villain who opposes the heroes, and there have been some iconic villains in comics and action movies: Hans Gruber, The Joker, Ultron, Red Skull, Mr. Smith, Khan, Sauron, Trump (ahem,) and many more.

Marvel or DC? Nintendo or Playstation? Good or evil? I guess I’ll never know.

So, the question must be asked, why do I have such a fixation with the villains of my various fandoms? Is there a repressed super-villain hiding inside me? Do I secretly desire to be evil?

Well, I believe it has to do with my childhood. I was a goody-good in school. I never broke the rules, I always listened to my elders, and I pretty much stayed out of trouble. Yes, I know. Really f***ing boring, if you ask older me. But I never had teachers telling me I had an attitude problem, or anyone calling my parents because I had trashed the yet another classroom. Never happened.

In fact, I was so good that it became an ingrained part of my being. I would read comics and root enthusiastically for Superman, Iron Man, Green Lantern, or Spider-Man, all to defeat the bad guys, and I’d always feel that sense of righteous satisfaction when the bad guy got his comeuppance. (That was long before I enjoyed seeing the hero get his ass handed to him.)

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Ah, the days when an 11 year old son of a scientist can beat up a human adult in SCUBA gear. (sigh)

In every TV cartoon, I would root for the good guys. In Jonny Quest, I wanted those evil frogmen to be vanquished. On Scooby Doo, I wanted the bad guy caught and the mystery revealed. And during the early 70s Batman and Robin cartoons, I wanted The Joker, The Penguin, and the Ice Man, all stopped from achieving their dastardly plans.

Then, a strange thing happened to me on the way to the Forum. (Obscure reference.)

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I find your faith disturbingly similar to a recently elected, orange-faced President.

One movie changed my view of villains forever, and that movie was the first Star Wars film. When Star Wars came out in 1977, the new villain of the national zeitgeist was Darth Vader. Here, we had a scary villain who could kill you either with his bare hands, or simply by using the Force to strangle a foe from afar. He wore all black, his helmet had a samurai style to it, his voice was mechanical and unnerving, and he had a respirator wheeze that just made him seem so much scarier than any villain I had ever seen. (Except maybe for Richard Nixon.)

It was the first villain I actually liked more than the hero, and that’s saying something. Luke was so annoying for the first half of that film. (I’ll tell you where you can put Tosche Station and those power converters, ya little runt.)

Anyway, I was attracted to Vader’s look, his manner, and he easily had the best lines in the film, such as “You are PAWT of the Rebel Alliance and a TRAITOR. Take her away!” and “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” When Tarkin yells “Enough of this. Vader, release him,” part of me wanted to see just how far Vader would go. Would Vader have actually choked the Imperial officer to death in front of Tarkin at that conference table to silence the braggart? Sadly, we’ll never know.

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And not a single figure with elbow or knee joints. Zombie walkers. All of them.

This was when I would go to the toy section of my local Sears as a kid (because Sears had everything,) and I’d only look at the Darth Vader or Stormtrooper toys. And here comes the “why” of the earlier question: I gravitated to these villainous toys because I could get a small taste of what it was like to be bad without actually BEING bad.

How cool is that? (Or, how disturbing?)

I could imagine I was Darth Vader during recess at school, making wheezing sounds inside my cupped hands, and then when the bell rang, I’d go back to the classroom and revert back to the goody-good I really was. (Ugh.)

Maybe it was the part of my insides that cried out to be bad getting a little love. I don’t know. At any rate, this fascination with fictional villainy has been carried with me to adulthood.

Now, whenever I am in a comic book store and I look at the paraphernalia of comics or movies, I will always gravitate to the villain’s gadgets, figures, and statues. Just a few days ago, I purchased a wizard’s wand from the Harry Potter universe, and you can guess which wand I chose.

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13 1/2 inches of pure evil, I am. Killed Cedric Diggory & Harry’s parents, I did, I did.

Yes. The wand of Lord Voldemort (unofficially known as “Gerald.” No one knows why.) from the films was the only wand I cared to own because it’s so freaking cool. It looked much better than Harry Potter’s wand, and even the Elder Wand looks like it has boils. Voldemort’s wand looks properly scary, with it’s bone-like construction, and the curl at the end for the pinky finger. Such a beautiful design for a wand used by the ultimate dark lord of all evil wizards.

But villains are typically my go-to fandom purchases. Whenever I look at Star Wars products, I only want items with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Darth Maul, the Empire symbol, etc. (Don’t give me the good guys because the good guys are boring. I should know.) Yes, I root for the good guys, but if I want to buy a figure, I always go the dark route. Buying the good guys would be like… like… well, like buying a figure of my mother. While good will (and should) always triumph over evil, evil is far more interesting to cosplay.

When it’s Lord of the Rings products, don’t give me Aragorn. Give me Sauron! When it’s The Avengers, give me Ultron, Loki, or Doctor Doom. If it’s Green Lantern… Okay. I do want Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern ring because I love Green Lantern. However, I am also interested in the Red Lantern ring of Atrocitus, because why the hell not? (And none of that yellow ring BS. Harnessing your fear as a strength? Lame.)

Anyway, I think this is a healthy expression for a kid. (I mean, who didn’t love Mini-Me?”) As long as the child knows that these are fictional bad guys and to keep our fascination of fictional villains to our enjoyment of our fandoms while remaining good people in real life, everything is fine. It’s one thing to buy a piece of merch for Darth Vader, but completely different if that item celebrates real villainy, like Gordon Ramsey or Sesame Street’s Bert. (shudder)

To me, I will always root for the heroes of any comic book, novel, TV show, or movie, because of my deep-seeded, inner goodness. (I know. I know. Vomit-city. But you’ll know exactly who to trust when the zombie apocalypse begins, and I can handle a mean axe blade.) But if I really want to have fun, I will focus on the villains in my collectibles because it’s so good to occasionally be bad, right? Anyone?… Beuller?…

Psst. This won’t put me on a watch list, will it?


Growing Up 70’s – The Incredible Hulk

What do Les Miserables and The Incredible Hulk (the 70’s television show) have in common? Quite a lot. Katy and Kellie break it down for you and then get sidetracked in a game of Avenger – Marry, Kill and Fornicate. It is informational in a way only a couple of geeks can manage. Warning – you will laugh and there is science discussion. Proceed at your own risk.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Ep 63 – Superhero Origin Movies

The gang is back together again!!!! This time we’re talking about Superhero Origin Movies – what we like, what we don’t, and what stories we hope they will make into films. From Batman Begins to Guardians of the Galaxy, Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin cover as many as they can think of. And if you’ve heard of Cindy Moon and America Chavez (also Kate Bishop) we also talk about the female superhero movies we want filmmakers to focus on. Enjoy!

Music courtesy of Alex Brandenburg.

Beer, Books, & Tea – The Light Fantastic

Book Two of the Discworld Series – The Light Fantastic. Kellie sums it up in one sentence – “One act in college can ruin your whole life.” Join Katy and Kellie as they break down the story, one trope at at time, and go on and on about how much they loved the book.

Read Terry Pratchett’s books!!!!

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History of Food, Yo! – Boysenberry

In 1928 two gentleman went on a hunt for a mysterious berry rumored to be the sweetest, most sensational berry ever invented. What they found changed an entire community and the lives of millions. From the humble origins on a Napa valley farm to the shining star of a famous amusement park, Mandy and Katy share the fascinatingly sweet story of the humble boysenberry.

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For more information:

David Karp, Los Angeles Times,

Nadia Lim,

Knotts Berry Farm,

Darrow’s papers:




Wekk Conversations – Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Mandy and Kevin chat with authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris about their new YA novel, “The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh,” as well as their Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Pip and Tee talk about their busy schedule, transitioning from general fiction to the young adult market, and then the conversation touches on social media misogyny and Gamergate, New Zealand suffragettes, Pip’s author fan-crushes, and why Tee Morris is planning to cosplay as a woman wearing a catsuit. It’s a fast-paced hour with two very fun and entertaining people.

Tee Morris’ page –
Pip Ballantine’s page –
The Official Ministry series page –

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 30 – Doomsday

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Tune in to the last episode of Series Two as we hear Kellie and Kevin discussing all the feels, the 3D glasses, the alternate universes, and Kevin’s subconscious obsession with “a leather room.” Find out what that’s all about in this new episode.

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Growing up 70’s – McMillan and Wife

The classic 70’s mystery special with Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James. Listen in to hear what Katy and Kellie thought of the show (and determine how many sound effects Katy’s house can produce).

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep29 – Army of Ghosts

Wekk Whovians Logo - Series 2 - CroppedIn this first part of a two-parter, this is a solo podcast with Kevin, who talks about Torchwood, a giant hovering sphere, and The Doctor taking jabs at Jackie just for the pleasure of it. Listen in and follow along.

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Growing up 70’s – Welcome Back Kotter

Join Katy and Kellie as they gush about how much they loved Welcome Back Kotter (Katy never once pronounces that correctly…you can blame the 1/2 of the 1/2 beer she was drinking while recording). Hear facts about the show, speculation about what went wrong, and why Katy and Kellie should NEVER be allowed around celebrities. Enjoy!

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Beer, Books, & Tea – The Color of Magic

Kellie and Katy dive into the wonderful world Terry Pratchett created by reading the first in a long, long series of books. Katy had never heard of these books (which admittedly makes her an idiot), and Kellie hadn’t read them in a long time, so we hope you enjoy this fresh fun review/recap/discussion/intense giggling laughter at about the hour mark, because Kellie does something ridiculous and inspired…basically it is almost two hours of two people enjoying the heck out of a book. (You should read it…The Color of Magic, by Terry Pratchett…don’t wait…go get it…you’ll enjoy it…we promise…and then all our gabbing will make some kind of weird sense…)

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Wekk Whovians – Ep28 – Fear Her

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In a reverse of our last episode, our review of “Fear Her” is a veritable love fest for a quality Doctor Who episode. The Doctor and Rose go to future 2012 to see the London 2012 Olympics. But children are disappearing, and our heroes investigate. A fun episode that gets far too much criticism than it deserves. Enjoy.

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Growing up 70’s – Taxi

Slow jazz and hard lives. Throw in a splash of humor and a terrible boss and you have the world of Taxi. Kellie and Katy discuss the incredible actors and the range of storytelling that Taxi was famous for…as well as Katy’s envy over Marilu Henner’s fantastic memory skills.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep27 – Love and Monsters

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In this podcast episode, Kellie and Kevin review Love and Monsters, an episode that people either love or hate. This is a very passionate podcast, as one of the co-hosts really, really didn’t like it. Find out which one hated the episode and tune in for some fun, spirited chat.

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Wekk Conversations – Joe Hogan of Geektitude

Mandy and Kevin co-host a new interview podcast called Wekk Conversations. This podcast debuts with our friend, Joe Hogan, the mind and voice behind the Geektitude Podcast. We discuss the definition of “Geektitude,” the upcoming Nerd Con 2016 (which Wekk co-hosts will all be attending,) and lots of general Geektitude.

(WARNING: The audio was giving me [Kevin] fits, so if it sounds strange, blame Skype.)

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 26 – Moffat Rant

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This week is a short rant due to scheduling. Kevin takes you through a bit of what he thinks of the podcast so far, he explains that he doesn’t hate Doctor Who despite many reviews bagging on characters and plots, but more importantly, he talks about Steven Moffat, the current Doctor Who show-runner and whether or not he deserves the scorn so often thrown his way. You may agree or disagree, but this is unadulterated Kevin without an ounce of filter. (Okay. We have a swear filter on him because if we didn’t, this podcast would be very naughty. lol)

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Growing up 70’s – All in the Family

A big thank you to Philippe from the Average Geek Show for requesting this. It is possibly our favorite 70’s episode yet. Kellie and Katy go into extensive detail on All in the Family: the actors, producers, set design. And we share our thoughts as to why the show couldn’t be made today…or why we think we are living it. Warning, this episode gets a little political…not too much, but a little.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 25 – The Satan Pit / And More… S0209

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Kellie and Kevin rip into the Part Two episode,”The Satan Pit,” and they offer up their fun picks for who they would like to see play The Doctor in the future. Kellie also reads off a list of the odd-on favorites for the role. See if you agree with our suggestions. Enjoy!

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 62 – House Arrest Binging

We’ve all done something terrible…and, in Mandy’s case, caught something terrible…and we’re stuck in our houses. What is there to do but binge our favorite shows? Kevin, Kellie, Katy, and Mandy share the top eight shows to binge (and if you’re Mandy you have fourteen in reserve, just in case), and trust us when we say, you haven’t heard of some of these…especially that one…

Music courtesy of Alex Brandenburg. Visit her at Go there, she’s really cool.

Wekk Whovians – Ep 24 – The Impossible Planet – S0208

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Black Holes, and Demons, and Oods. OH MY! Check out Part One of this two-parter where The Doctor and Rose get stranded on a rocky planet that is orbiting ridiculously close to a black hole. Kellie and Kevin go thru an episode whose theme has the subtlety of a giant mallet to the head. And learn about the mysterious and strange aliens called the Ood.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 61 – Floo Powder Destinations

As Kevin says at the beginning of this episode, we’ve commandeered some floo powder and have decided to travel to our favorite fictional movie worlds. Where did we go? Spoiler – Kellie is a little out of character with her choices…we expected something darker…and Katy didn’t follow the instructions…and Mandy’s dreams are weird…

Music courtesy of Alex Brandenburg. Visit her at Go there, she’s really cool.

Growing up 70’s – Laverne and Shirley

**This episode was recorded a few weeks ago, before Garry Marshall passed. We talk about him and his genius a little bit, but need to discuss it more. We’ll save that for the Happy Days episode. Until then, enjoy…

It is quite possible that Katy and Kellie liked Laverne and Shirley too much. There is a lot of gushing…you’ve been warned. Thankfully there are also a few behind the scenes details you might not have known, like what the heck was that song they sang as they skipped down the street in the opening credits?

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 23 – The Idiot’s Lantern – S0207

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Kellie and Kevin talk about Pokemon Go a bit before really diving into this episode set in 1953 London. Does RTD hate Rose? Did the screenwriters make The Doctor into the doofus this episode? Why did they make the father so one-dimensional? And the main question; How does one breathe without a face? These and other topics discussed in lavish detail on this week’s review.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 60 – Top 8 Must Do’s at Disneyland

The whole gang is back for this week’s episode – Top 8 things you have to do in Disneyland…no, really, you have to do these things…all of them…don’t feel pressured or anything, but you’ll really regret it if you don’t…especially all the extra ones we threw in at the end so it is more like the top 20 things you have to do in Disneyland…you’re welcome.

Wekk Whovians – Ep 22 – The Age of Steel – S02E06

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The finale of a two-parter involving cybermen, mass mind-control, a version of Mickey that is finally heroic, Barty Crouch, (hint to you Harry Potter fans,) and Rose… What can we say about Rose other than she’s Rose?

This one was really fun to record, as it is big story of planetary invasion, but it has some of the more sad and depressing moments of the show so far. But we plow through it all. Relive all of the majesty (or misery, depending on your tastes,) of… The Age of Steel!

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 59 – Top 9 – Survive a Road Trip

Are you taking a Road Trip this summer? Kellie, Katy, and Mandy are here to help you survive it. It should come as no surprise that each of them defined this differently, to hilarious effect.

Remember to drop us a review if you enjoyed the episode. It will help others find us. And if you have an idea for a Top 8 episode let us know!

Wekk Whovians – Ep 21 – Rise of the Cybermen

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Hey! It’s our 21st episode, so we’re old enough to drink! Raise a glass in the Whovian spirit as Kellie and Kevin review Part One of the reboot’s introduction to the classic Doctor Who villains, the Cybermen.

They both talk about British shows they like in between the reviews, so strap in, make sure your seats and tray tables are in the upright position, because we are jumping the time vortex to dimensions UNKNOWN.

And don’t forget next week’s episode, Part Two of the story, “Age of Steel.”

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Growing up 70’s – Bionic Woman

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na…Da-na-na-na-na-na-na Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run really fast while in slow motion? Truthfully, neither have we, but Kellie and Katy had to consider this while reviewing Bionic Woman. Spoiler: Katy may have watched the wrong episode.

Fun links: Bionic Woman FilesLindsay Wagner in Birmingham

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 58 – Animation

This week we talk about animation and our conversation wanders from Saturday morning cartoons to non-photorealistic rendering (and photorealistic rendering) to video games to painted cells. Below are some links to just some of the things we talk about.

The Walk VRJacob Frey (The Present)La Luna (that Italian short Katy was talking about)Superman – Max FleischerAllegro non TroppoLoving VincentDishonored

Wekk Whovians – Ep 20 – The Girl in the Fireplace – S02E04

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“The Girl in the Fireplace” is quite literally a romp through time and space. Listen to Kellie and Kevin discuss this fan-favorite episode where we are introduced to a very famous figure in French history. There’s romance, there’s silliness, and there’s Mickey fore-shadowing events to come with his ineptitude. Enjoy, Whovians!

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Growing up 70’s – Bewitched

Bewitched is comfort food. Bewitched is happiness. Bewitched is fun. All these things and more. This was a listener request and so fun to talk about. Katy found some background on why there were two Darrins and Kellie Mom Poll is the best.

Some fun links: Mental Floss Article on behind the scenes factsTime magazine article (and link to older article)Bewitched Official Website

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 19 – School Reunion – S02E03

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Kellie and Kevin review “School Reunion,” which features the return of Classic Who characters, Sarah Jane Smith and K9. Kellie gushes over Anthony Stewart Head’s role as a headmaster, and Kevin reminisces about watching Tom Baker with Elisabeth Sladen as “Sarah Jane.” It’s a fun look back at a popular companion in a new setting. And what is up with that yellow ooze?

Wekk Podcast – Ep 57 – Catch Up

We haven’t seen each other in a while so we took the time to hear what each other was up to. Warcraft movie, Drunks and Dragon’s podcast, Peaky Blinders binge watching, We’re Alive – Lockdown, Unspeakable Words, Lady Dynamite, and Nuts….so many nuts.

Links of interest: Drunks and DragonsUnspeakable WordsNuts by Penny Lane “Lady Dynamite” Trailer

Wekk Whovians – Ep 18 – Rant ‘N Rave


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This is a shorter, non-review episode made because Kellie was not with us this week. We pre-recorded her at the beginning and end, and in the middle, “future” Kevin rants and raves  about various parts of fandoms that try his patience a bit, and he talks a bit about Doctor Who news.

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Growing Up 70’s Bonus Episode

We’ve reviewed ten shows so we thought it was time to rank our favorites. What had the best theme song, credit sequence, style, guest stars, and many, many more…

The shows we’ve discussed so far:

The Love Boat, The Hardy Boys, The Carol Burnett Show, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, Emergency!, The Odd Couple, Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Little House on the Prairie, and The Bob Newhart Show.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Growing up 70’s – Scooby Doo Where Are You?

CARTOONS!!! Finally, Kellie and Katy discuss shows that really matter. Oddly enough, the original Scooby Doo only aired for twenty-five episodes over two seasons, but those fantastic mystery machine episodes sparked something in all who watched and none of us were ever able to let it go.

Some fun links: Background Art Blog articleLarry Marks Interview

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 17 – Tooth and Claw S02E02

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On this Series Two episode, we dive straight into the horror of werewolves on Doctor Who with “Tooth and Claw.” Kellie and Kevin pepper this episode with lots of trivia about the making of this episode as well as some tidbits about a few of the actors in this one. Thanks for listening, and please don’t forget to Like our Facebook page.

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Growing up 70’s – The Odd Couple

Remember The Odd Couple? No, not that one, that one. No, the other one. Yes, the television show in the 70’s with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

It started as a play (by Neil Simon) became a movie (with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) and was translated to television with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the 70’s. Katy and Kellie discuss this and more (like why there wasn’t a hallway on the set in season 2) in this weeks episode.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 16 – New Earth – S02E01

Wekk Whovians Logo - Series 2 - CroppedWelcome to Wekk Whovians’ premiere episode review of Series Two’s “New Earth.” This is the first series of new lead actor, David Tennant, who arguably becomes the Whoniverse’s most popular Doctor. Listen as Kellie and Kevin decipher the conundrum of the cat-nuns, the return of a recent foe, the total redemption of Rose as a character, and some interesting and divergent commentary.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 15 – The Christmas Invasion S02E00

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The Doctor has a new face, he hasn’t finished cooking yet, and evil robot Santas want to kill him in his jammies. Kellie and Kevin go over the first Xmas Special of the Doctor Who reboot, and while they are at it, they discuss what they know (or don’t know) about British politics. (Any corrections should be mentioned in the comments section of our Wekk Whovians Facebook site, sent to our Twitter account, @WekkWhovians, or sent to our email, Thank you, and go easy on us poor Americans. We try.)

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 56 – Comedy Part I

Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin chat about their favorite comedians in this super fun episode. Kellie shares how much she loves a podcast called The Monster Hunters and Mandy talks about a new app called After that we get sidetracked (and do some fabulous singing) talking about Stephen LynchChristine LavinPhil Hendrie, and of course Ray Stevens (you’re welcome for the impromptu harmony).

Then we go around and share our favorite comedians – Steve Martin, George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres, and Patton Oswalt. And then we go a little crazy and talk about a whole bunch more people – Amy Schumer, Nikki Glaser, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Phyllis Diller, Gilda Radner, Bill Hicks, Larry the Cable Guy, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Ron White (possibly a relative of Kellie…we’re not sure…we are, but we aren’t saying), Eddie Izzard and SO MANY MORE………….


Wekk Whovians – Ep 14 – Series One Recap

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Kellie, Kevin, and our special guest from the Dumbbells & Dragons Podcast, Kenny Rotter, gather to review Series One of the Doctor Who reboot. It’s a funny and opinionated episode, and it is worth your time to sit back and enjoy the summation of Series One.

Note: The audio levels were giving me (Kevin) a bit of trouble, but I did my best to level everything out. Just be forewarned that some of the show has patchy volume, but everything can be heard. If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment on the website,

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Growing Up 70’s – Little House on the Prairie

This week’s episode is all about Little House on the Prairie, which premiered on television in 1974. Peppered in between the facts, and some episode run downs, are revelations Katy had about her childhood (and why she didn’t watch the show when the episodes first aired). Also, in this episode you get some behind the scenes about how we pick the shows we’re going to talk about.

Links – Edelweiss Patters – Top Ten DressesLittle House Behind the Scenes pictures

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Growing Up 70’s – The Bob Newhart Show

The Bob Newhart Show was a marvelous example of intelligent comedy, amazing characters, and strong women. Premiering in 1972 it launched the careers of several of its stars and guest stars. Kellie and Katy talk about what they loved about the show as well as some behind the scenes information about the cast and crew.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 55 – Marvel AND DC

We love both Marvel and DC for different reasons and given that Captain America Civil War has just been released we spent an entire episode talking about what we like about both universes. Do we have favorite characters? Are there characters we long to see in film? Will there ever be a Marvel DC Crossover again? Kevin also goes into a bit of the history behind SHAZAM, which is fascinating, and incredibly relevant given the things happening in comics and movies today.

Some of the great things we shouted out include: Epic ComiccastThe Table Round Audio DramaCaptain Marvel/Shazam History on Comics AllianceDen of Geek

Growing up 70’s – Ep 6 – The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files was amazing. It was an amazing show. James Garner was amazing (and beautiful). This episode involves a lot of gushing about how fabulous this show and its star was. Also – Kellie reveals how she met James Garner…when she was five…Katy is now extremely jealous.

Fun Rockford Files links: Rockford Files WikiArticle on Today on best 7 Rockford Files epsMuseum of Broadcast TV article

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 54 – Games!!!

Happy International Table Top Day! To celebrate this lovely day (created by Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day) we thought we’d theme this week’s episode around table top games. As usual we head off onto a few fun tangents, but we mostly keep on course. Tune in to hear all about a fun podcast called A Toast to Tabletop as well as lots and lots of other fun places to get games.

Also – we created our own games and you can create yours too with our easy Wekk-Question creator tool (which is really just Katy asking you a series of questions). Enjoy!

Growing Up 70’s – Ep 5 – Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter is gorgeous. I think we’ve said enough. But if we wanted to add more I guess we should say that Wonder Woman was campy fun. Katy and Kellie learned some surprising things about this show, such as the fact that the first season was set in the 40’s, but the last two were set in the 70’s. From the music to the credits – pretty much everything except for the plastic doll in the invisible plane – was pure comic book cheese…and we loved it.

Fun Wonder Woman links: Wonder Woman WikiWeird History of Wonder Woman i09Mashable article on how Wonder Woman still holds up

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Growing Up 70’s – Ep 4 – Emergency!

Remember that show with cute paramedics and overly serious doctors? Emergency! first aired in 1972 and continued until 1979. Katy and Kellie chat about how much of it they didn’t remember. Katy’s memory pretty much stopped at how cute John Gage was. Kellie, of course, remembered more. (This was also an episode where one half of a ginger beer was taking its toll on Katy.) So lots of facts and very little context. Enjoy!

Some fun links for you: Emergency! WikiEmergency Fans

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Reads – Ep 53 – Harley Quinn, Killing Joke, Star Maker, Civil Eats

We all like to read, but we all gravitate toward different things, so starting with this reads we each brought something to share. Kellie shared her love for all things Harley Quinn, Kevin discussed The Killing Joke, Katy went into way too much detail about The Star Maker (and Freeman Dyson, Dyson Sphere, Kepler Mission…way too much), and Mandy told us all about a news site called Civil Eats.

We also had some fun news stories. Here are some links if you want more information:

Harley QuinnThe Killing JokeThe Star Maker wikiCivil EatsLatest info on the Kepler mission – NASAThe Little Prince picked up by NetflixNew Batman AnimatedSuicide Squad reshoots

Wekk Whovians – Ep 13 – The Parting of the Ways – S1E13

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Kellie and Kevin wrap up Series One with the rousing excitement of “The Parting of the Ways,” where there are Daleks, and battles, and deaths… OH MY! Find out what Bad Wolf really means, how this is Rose’s greatest moment so far on the show, and how Barcelona figures into the episode.

1. Yes, we were oh so very ignorant of the Dalek Emperor’s origins, dear Whovians. The Dalek Emperor debuted on TV in the 1966 2nd Doctor story, “The Evil of the Daleks,” but its true debut was in 1964 on a series of collectible cards printed with packs of “sweet cigarettes” by the Cadet Sweets confectionary company. The two stories in the 50 card set were called “Doctor Who and the Daleks.” Trivia Achievement Earned!
2. David Tennant is listed as “Doctor Who” in the end credits, and this is the first and last time Tennant is listed that way in the show. In every subsequent episode, Tennant is listed as “The Doctor,” as the role had been billed for the last decade or so of the classic series.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 12 – Bad Wolf – S1E12

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Kellie and Kevin review the penultimate episode of Series One, “Bad Wolf,” which is Part One of a two-part finale that they liked very much. The episode features British TV shows you may have heard of, Kevin gets a bit OCD on the details, as always, and the tension is cranked up as they head toward the finale of the Ninth Doctor. Enjoy.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 11 – Boom Town – S1E11

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Kellie and Kevin review “Boom Town,” where they revisit a villain from the recent past, they discuss Kellie’s knowledge (and Kevin’s lack of knowledge) of Cardiff and the show’s infamous “Cardiff Rift,” and finally, Kevin proves that he wouldn’t know an eggplant if it smacked him in the face. There are laughs galore on a quite enjoyable Wekk Whovians episode.

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Growing up 70’s – Ep 3 – The Carol Burnett Show

Spoiler – we love The Carol Burnett Show. There are some shows that are good no matter what decade you watch them. Katy and Kellie dish about all the reasons they love what Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and Vicky Lawrence do, as well as discuss Carol Burnett’s book, This Time Together. We also continue to add segments to our podcast, including – What are we drinking? – and Katy once again proves she’s an amazing lightweight.

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 10 – The Doctor Dances – S01E10

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Kellie and Kevin tackle Part Two of the two-parter episode where The Doctor, Rose,and Captain Jack must solve the mystery of the gas-masked people in 1940 England during The Blitz. Find out who our Wekksters think is the big jerk of the episode, and who is utterly amazing.

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Wekk Travel – Ep 52 – NEW YORK!!!

For our second travel themed episode we talk all about a city we love. Ours is mostly from a tourist perspective, since none of us live there, but we peppered the conversation with a fun trivia contest – and *spoiler we never figured out the winner…they probably all tied.

Some links in case you were curious: History of Central ParkAmerican Museum of Natural History (which we never said correctly), A Slice of Brooklyn Tour (Kellie highly recommends)

Growing Up 70’s – Ep 2 – The Hardy Boys

Remember The Hardy Boys? Didn’t we all have crushes on Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy? Or was that just Kellie and Katy? I’m pretty sure we weren’t alone. In this episode we find out that it might have been better to leave this one way back in our youthful memories, however, we did learn that Kellie’s mom might have been hiding something about her “other mother.” As per usual we discuss the clothes, the credits, the cast, and the stories (as well as the editing and the scene with Frank in his underwear).

Some links to find out more about The Hardy Boys: The Hardy Boys WikiThe Hardy Boys IMDBDen of Geek’s Summary of the Show…it’s really good and probably much more accurate than ours…


“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Growing Up 70’s – Ep 1 – The Love Boat

Are you already singing The Love Boat theme? We know you are. We did, too. Every day, for a week before we recorded this. In our first episode of Growing up 70’s Kellie and Katy have things to say about The Love Boat. They have opinions on the clothes, the cast, and the stories. They also invited their moms to participate in a segment they like to call “The Mom Poll.”

Here are a few places you can get additional information on the show: The Love Boat WikiAV ClubPrincess Cruises

“Growing Up 70’s” is all about the television shows that shaped our youth. If you have ideas on what shows Kellie and Katy should cover, be sure to email them at The only requirement is that the show had to have first run episodes that aired in the 70’s.

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Wekktrition – Ep 51 – Challenge #2 Fruits and Veggies

Welcome to our second challenge – five servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day. For some of us it was easy and for others nigh impossible, but everyone learned something. We were once again joined by Kenny Rotter from Dumbbells and Dragons and Joe Hogan from Geektitude.

The Wekk team also got together the next week to talk about the challenge some more and this podcast is a conglomeration of the two.

We mention a lot of great websites and podcasts: the Family Food Forum blog by Esther Schultz, Dietitians Unplugged Podcast, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, “Stranded in a Food Desert,” “How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar” from The Kitchn, Fruits & Veggies More Matters, 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, End Food Waste (Ugly Fruit and Veg), “Giant Eagle Now the Largest Supermarket Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetables” from Civil Eats.

If you have any questions, you can find Mandy on Twitter @AmandaBlakeMS, or email Feel free to comment below as well!

Wekk Whovians – Ep 09 – The Empty Child – S01E09

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Kellie and Kevin review Part One of the epic two-parter that introduces us to the charming and mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, and possibly the scariest storyline of the Eccleston era. We get a creepy gas-masked child, creepy gas-masked adults, we see London during The Blitz, and it’s probably the first Wekk Whovian episode review where we don’t really have anything jokey to say about the plot. We loved it, and we hope you love this revisit to the “onion-peeling” of Captain Jack Harkness. (There are many layers, but we only peeled away two.)


  1. Kevin begins to refer to The Blitz as being in 1940, but he corrects himself. It actually occurred between Sept 1940 to May 1941.
  2. Wikipedia page on barrage balloons.
  3. Yes, after correcting himself, Kevin does start to say Dr. Constantine’s name wrong again.
  4. Finally, the “U-Boat Captain” reference that Kellie mentioned comes when Jack refers to Rose as “flag girl,” due to her Union Jack t-shirt, and Jack refers to The Doctor’s clothing as the style of a “U-Boat Captain.” He’s mocking their lack of ability to blend in with the local environment.

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Wekk Chatter – Ep 50! – Dragons!

It’s our 50th episode! Woot! To celebrate we invited our friends Joe Hogan of the Geektitude podcast and Kenny Rotter of Dumbbells and Dragons to chat with us about dragons. DRAGONS! We discuss our favorite movies, books, and websites. We talk about whether dragons who talk are better than dragons who don’t. We even sing some Peter, Paul, and Mary and a few lyrics from Pete’s Dragon. Trust us…this is all star. Who remembers Trogdor the Burninator? Spoiler – Only Kevin, Kenny and Joe did. Tune in for this and much, much more. And listen to Joe and Kenny’s podcasts, because they are awesome…or Wekk (if you speak Canadian).

Visit Home Star Runner or Home Star Runner on You Tube or more specifically Dragon to learn more about Trogdor the Burninator.

Wekk Listens – Ep 49

Once again we dive into podcasts and pick our favorites to share with you. Mandy chose a listener recommendation – Dear Sugar Radio and we talked about all the great advice Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond give to their listeners. Kellie had us listen to Scott Sigler‘s audio recordings of his books and his Friday Fix podcasts. Kevin introduced us to Full of Sith Podcast and we all learned some fun facts about Star Wars. And then finally, Katy pointed us to Women at Warp and we tapped into our inner Star Trek geekiness. It was another great round of podcasts and we’re glad we get to share it with you.

If you have podcasts you’d like us to listen to email us at Follow us at Twitter @wekkpodast or on Facebook.

Wekk Travel – Ep 48 – Where would we go?

Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy attempt to answer the tough travel questions – where do we want to go and where would we go if we could only travel one more time? Have you ever wondered why there’s an ATM in Antartica (which sounds like a great title for a novel…you’re welcome) then you must listen to this episode.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 08 – Father’s Day – S01E08

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Kellie and Kevin delve into the magical world of 1987… chock full of big hair, Miami Vice suits, and Rose Tyler’s mistakes. This episode should actually be renamed “It’s Rose’s Fault,” as she nearly destroys the Earth. Listen to find out if Rose redeems herself and how we feel about cell phone technology in the 1980s.

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Wekk (trition) – Ep 47 – Challenge #1 Sodium

For our first nutrition-focused podcast we challenged ourselves to reduce our intake of sodium. Katy, Kellie, and Kevin all tried in their own way to cut back. Some days we were more successful than others. Some meals were excellent (and others not so much). And some of us had garlic fries and a club sandwich before a long plane flight. With help, guidance, and encouragement from Mandy we did learn some new techniques and made some long lasting changes. (We also shared those secret foods that we will never give up.)

Current Dietary GuidelinesCDC and Salt IntakeWalkr Game

Wekk Whovians – Ep 07 – The Long Game S01E07

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In this discussion, Kellie and Kevin dissect “The Long Game,” with special guest star (who wasn’t widely known in America yet,) Simon Pegg, who plays a powerful man with a powerful secret. Does Rose finally impress  The Doctor? What’s that thing stuck to the ceiling? Is Adam just a curious, or is he an opportunist? These questions and nore are answered on this week’s episode.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 46 Fan Fiction

We delve into fan fiction in this week’s episode. Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin all share (and potentially, hysterically, overshare) what fandoms they love the most (Star Trek, Veronica Mars, X-Files…) and discover that they know more about fan fiction then they originally thought. In the course of the discussion we covered so many great websites and sources that the link list below long, but they are all worth checking out. Bottom line, in our opinion, if you want to write fan fiction, do it, and have fun…and then link us to what you post.

NPR Pop Culture Happy HourFansplaining Tumblr LinkTransformative WorksFanloreKindle WorldsDeviant ArtLauraann Dohner The New SpeciesJust ImpedimentNeil Gaiman on fan fictionSpaceman Spiff – In case you don’t know who that is…

Wekk Whovians – Ep.06 – Dalek – S01E06

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Kellie and Kevin have more laughs yet as they discuss the 2005 reboot’s introduction of Doctor Who’s most infamous villain, the Dalek. Listen as Kevin read parts of the dialogue and approximates his best Dalek impersonation. Parts of this episode should really be titled “Wekk Whovian Radio Theater.” Enjoy.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 05 – World War Three – S01E05

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Kellie and Kevin discuss Part Two of the Slitheen Invasion of London in this entertaining episode. Listen as they name the actors who have played The Doctor over the years on TV (and on film.) Also, they wanted to throw a little love toward the Film Editor of this episode, Mike Jones, for making Kevin’s heart race even when he knew the good guys were safe. Thanks, Mike. You did a great job.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 04 – “Aliens of London” S01E04

Wekk Whovians Logo - Small RectangleKellie and Kevin review Series One Episode 04, “Aliens of London,” Part One of a two-parter where London receives an unexpected guest; a spaceship crashed into the River Thames. We are still waiting for Jackie and Mickey to redeem themselves as characters early on, and we are introduced to one of Kellie’s favorite characters of the reboot so far: Harriet Jones.

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 03 – “The Unquiet Dead” S01E03

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Wekk Chatter – Ep 44 – Hackers

In this month’s Chatter episode we discuss Hackers. Kellie leads the conversation with a review of the show Mr. Robot, and then Kevin, Katy, and Mandy join in. Sprinkled in between serious discussion are hilarious mentions of real dolls and George Washington wigs….(you’re welcome). Listen in if you want ideas on how to foil hackers including showering with your clothes on and infecting all touch pads. Also, big thank you to Alex Brandenburg for our music. Thanks Alex!

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Wekk Whovians – Ep 02 – “The End of the World” S01E02

Wekk Whovians Logo - Small RectangleOn this episode of Wekk Whovians, Kellie and Kevin explore the far reaches of time as our heroes, The Doctor and Rose, visit a space platform where a diabolical scheme threatens to kill all on board. Find out who claims to be the last human alive. What is the real name of that blue-faced plumber? And does a cellphone work if no cell towers exist? Loads of jiggery-pokery to be found here.

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Wekk Imagines – Ep 43 – Worldbuilding

For this Wekk Imagines episode we decided to tackle the subject of Worldbuilding: our favorite literature (Philip Pullman, Tad Williams, L. Frank Baum, Piers Anthony), games (Dead of Winter, Dungeons and Dragons, Dragon Age), and television/movies (Star Wars, Star Trek, Killjoys, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica). We talk about what we feel are the essentials of world building and why sometimes it doesn’t work. As usual, hilarity ensues, and we learn essential Kellie backstory (hint: it has to do with her opinion on gum).

We reference a couple of blog posts: and

Wekk Whovians – Ep 01 – “Rose”

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Kellie and Kevin review the opening episode of the 2005 reboot of “Doctor Who.” Hear their take on the new Doctor, the new companion, and hear them try to figure out why anyone in their right mind would trust this strange man in the leather jacket.

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Wekk Reads – Ep 42 – Cinder

On this Reads episode Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin discuss Cinder by Marissa Meyer (and pronounce Peony several different ways). It was a fun read we all enjoyed, but it was even more fun to talk about afterward. Did we like Kai? Who would be the best voice actor for Iko? What the heck did Cinder look like? What does it mean to be a cyborg? We answer these questions and more.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Wekk Whovians – Episode 00 – Intro to Doctor Who

Kevin and Kellie team up for a new weekly show about the British sci-fi TV show, Doctor Who. Every week, they will dissect one episode of Doctor Who, starting with the 2005 reboot, starring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor. New fans and long-time Whovians alike will enjoy this entertaining journey back to the beginning of the resurgence in Doctor Who popularity.

In this episode, Kevin and Kellie discuss how they became fans of the show, their favorite characters and villains, and they give a preview of what’s to come.

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Week Podcast – Ep 39 Wekk Imagines – Female Superheroes

In our first Wekk Imagines episode Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin chat about female superheroes. We discuss everyone from Wonder Woman to Daisy on Agents of Shield, television to movies, comic book origins to future incarnations, and everything in between. We also delve into how female superheroes are portrayed and why we hope the Wonder Woman movie succeeds on the merits of the story instead of the female star. Intermixed between all the intelligent chatter are some truly hysterical moments (realizations)…especially at the very end. Enjoy!

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Article on Sana Amanat

Katy’s List of Things – Elude

Things That Elude Me

I find myself hysterical at times when a normal person wouldn’t be. Things that should be simple I find impossible, daunting, stressful, and, when given a choice, try to avoid at all costs.

Parking Garage Machines – Those little slots into which we insert a ticket to escape the parking garage are the same things that I always manage to do incorrectly. I’m not sure how I am able to fail at this task so consistently, but I do. Today, for example, the bar was up – meaning I could drive though unchecked – but I still stopped, put the car in park, opened the door (because I was too far from the machine), dropped my phone, pen, and ear buds on the ground, had to get completely out to retrieve them, apologized to everyone behind me, realized the significance of the bar being up, felt like an idiot, got back in the car, and left. You know that person who has to press the call button on the machine to ask for help? That’s me. I’m not proud of it.

Toll Booths – I experience irrational fear at the thought of having to produce dollar bills or change at tollbooths. The worst are the unmanned catch-buckets (I don’t know the name of the urinal-shaped contraption) and the states that have different rates for each booth. A few months ago I was in the northeast and was told it would cost $35 to go across the bridge because I didn’t have a bridge pass. “There’s a bridge pass? Is that like a Troll?” The guy didn’t think I was funny, but I was so nervous I laughed for us both. I’ve thrown money at the catch-buckets hoping it was the right amount. I’ve dumped change all over the rental car searching for a quarter. I’ve handed over way too much money to the attendant, because I’m too flustered to figure out how much I have. I’ve cried. I’m not proud of it.

Buying my Husband a <Insert Holiday Here> Gift – I can’t do it. I’ve tried. I’m incapable. After nineteen years of marriage I now ask him, “What do you want? Send me the website. Oh, you got it yourself? Happy <Insert Holiday>!” I’m actually not good at gifts in general and am impressed with people who are. Almost as soon as I go onto a website or enter a store I start to second-guess my choices. There has to be a website strictly devoted to the shopping carts I’ve “filled” but never “checked out.” It’s like a sad, virtual wasteland of good intentions. I’m not proud of it.

I have a feeling that if I ever sat down with a therapist there would be plenty to talk about. Someone needs to invent an app which uses questions like “Do you become an infant at toll booths?” to slap you with a diagnosis and program for recovery. I’d buy that…or maybe I wouldn’t…

Katy’s List of Things – Bond

I love Bond films. I’ve loved them since I was a little girl. I love them regardless of who the actor is, regardless of who the villain is, and regardless of what the story is. I love them. Period.

At first this was going to be a list of the three things I love most about Bond films. However, having just returned from watching Spectre, I think it is probably more important that I cover why I shouldn’t like Bond films, because I loved Spectre, and I have absolutely no idea why. (Although Daniel Craig is quite pretty…but that isn’t it.)

Three reasons I shouldn’t like Bond films.

Excessive Violence. I love action, but I hate gory torture scenes. I actively avoid certain film directors (*cough Tarantino), because their films are filled with disgusting scenes that have no reason other than initiating a gag reflex in people or encouraging idiots with no imagination to experiment. But in Bond films, I actively embrace these scenes. And truthfully, in Spectre, the single torture scene seemed light. Hurt my Bond. Hurt him. It makes him angrier. Angry Bond is an excellent Bond.

Lack of a Discernable Plot. I’m a mystery fan. I love a great set of clues and twists and turns I can’t predict. I enjoy discovering along with the main characters and being surprised when the culprit is revealed. But in Bond films I’m almost always completely confused as to what’s going on. I never understand what clues lead Bond to each new fabulous locale. I have no idea why or how the main baddie always seems to have unlimited resources (elaborate sprinkler engineering in an arid desert) and a perpetual stream of minions. But, when it comes to Bond, I don’t care. I love that Bond is searching for something. I don’t much care how he finds it. Whatever, I’m in. Blindly. (Additional Note: In Spectre with each new locale my first thought was “Mmmm, nice clothes” and I’m not into fashion. Do you see why I’m confused?)

Idiot Women. I love smart, strong female characters that do and say what they think, independently of the corresponding male character (or in spite of them). AND YET I don’t give a flying fig what the women are about in Bond films. I embrace their decoration status and understand completely that they will be in peril at some point. So, it was a delightful surprise to find out that the main female character in Spectre did not end up dead…but no spoilers for those who haven’t seen it.

So, bottom line, I have no idea why I love the Bond films so unconditionally, but I do and I embrace that about myself. “For it is better to love oneself completely than hate because of a single flaw.” – Said by me, to the mirror in my bathroom.

Katy’s List of Things!

Katy here. I’ve been wanting to contribute to the Wekk website with a regular blog post for a while, but I wasn’t sure what to write. I rejected nearly every idea – even the one that would have the title “Half Tablet Every Day” (which seemed genius at the time, but in retrospect is rather vague). Kevin is the expert at trailer breakdowns, Mandy excels at pop culture historical analysis, and Kellie knows the most about pretty much everything else, so I wasn’t sure if I could contribute. But tonight I was struck with inspiration, so without further delay I present to you the first – Katy’s List of Things!

The Three Best Things to Buy at a Grocery Store

Delicious things. Let’s face it, we all go to the grocery store intending to buy vegetables, but somewhere between the entrance and the fresh foods we suddenly need chocolate. We deserve that chocolate. If we’ve had an especially stressful day (doctor’s appointment, vet visit, too many conference calls…) the chocolate needs to be frozen…as in ice cream. This category also includes anything that’s bad for us – guacamole, cinnamon rolls, bacon. We hide these wonderful items under several clear bags of colorful vegetables (time to make that spinach salad) and we vow not to let the produce decompose in our refrigerator.

Magazines. I can go entire weeks without a single article about how to improve my life, but five seconds into the checkout line I suddenly need to know how to dress for the holiday season. I also need to know how to erase wrinkles in my face, where to go on vacation, and how to bake my family a delicious casserole…using lots of vegetables (preferably not eggplant, because even though I don’t hate eggplant, I’m not sure I understand why we try and use it…I mean it’s smushy and purple, like a large bloated prune).

Hash Browns. They make me happy. I will sometimes buy several packs, greedily grabbing the last few on the shelf, because what if there is a hash brown shortage? I might be forced to go weeks between crispy delicious bites. Horrifying. I also enjoy buying frozen breakfast burritos, but I’m not sure I can explain that (also that’s four things and I am trying to stick to three for these lists).

So a successful grocery store visit involves these three things…and an iced latte (also…burritos). Did I miss one?

Wekk Podcast – Ep 37 – Wekk Listens – We review podcasts!!

Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin search for podcasts so you don’t have to. We chat about our favorite finds (rating them in a Flex Listens scale or “Tuck” worthy – you’ll have to listen to find out what that means) in this Wekk Listens episode: Hello From The Magic Tavern, Batman The Long Halloween, A Way with Words, and Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend (and more…) Do you have a favorite we should listen to? Please let us know!

Hello From The Magic Tavern

Batman The Long Halloween

A Way With Words

Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend

Wekk Chatter – Ep 36 – Guilty Pleasures – (Or Enjoying what you love)

This week we introduce a new format for Wekk Podcast. We’re going to do four different types of podcasts – Wekk Chatter, Wekk Listens, Wekk Reads, and Wekk Imagines. We’re also going to be posting every other week until 2016.

This week’s episode is all about loving what we love and not feeling guilty about it. Kevin starts us off by discussing the documentary Sound City in which Dave Grohl encourages everyone to not feel guilty about the music they enjoy. In our typical fashion, Katy, Kellie, and Mandy broaden that to talk about television, movies, books, and food we enjoy but don’t share with the world. We talk about many, many things including Barry Manilow, ABBA, A-Team, Meatloaf, Mountain Dew, Hostess Cupcakes, and a vase full of action figures.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 35 – Mini Wekk – Travel Vlogs, Antartica podcasts and more!

This week Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin discuss their miniwekk choices: the Hidden Brain podcast, a great podcast about making coffee in Antarctica, The 33 film, and You Tube channels that show hiking and various outdoorsy scenes, including Joe Brewer’s.

NPR Hidden Brain Podcast

Ice Coffee In Antarctica Podcast

The 33 (film)

Joe Brewer You Tube Channel

Wekk Podcast – Ep 34 – Green Arrow and The Flash – Comic Book History

In this episode we go over the comic book origins of Green Arrow and The Flash. We go back…way back…to the beginning (Golden Age), and then bring both superheroes forward into today’s series. We discuss what changes the television shows made (costumes, personalities…girlfriends) and mention the call-outs to the origins of both heroes.

We enjoyed researching Green Arrow and The Flash and found many resources, some of which were conflicting, so we focused on the most consistent of the history. We hope you enjoy it!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 33 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This week we discuss Ransom Rigg’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Warning – Spoilers!! So finish the book before you listen.

MiniWekk – JoJo Moyes and her books – Me Before You and After You and TIG, the documentary about Tig Notaro.

Ransom Riggs

JoJo Moyes

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 32 – Fall Preview Favorites

This week Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin discuss what they’re looking forward to in fall books, movies, and television. Shows like Supergirl, Blindspot, Doctor Who, and The Muppet Show, as well as movies like The Hunger Games, Miss You Already, and Trumbo. Mandy brings some class by mentioning books like After Alice and Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise.

MiniWekk – The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Everyday Science – a You Tube Channel, Childhood’s End on SyFy, and Powerless (a hopeful pilot).

Wekk Podcast – Ep 31 – Bucket Lists

In this fun episode Katy, Kellie, and Mandy talk about their personal bucket lists (and the origin of the term – bucket list). They discuss what they would do, where they would go, and the why of it all.

MiniWekk – Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales on Disney, Johanna Basford Coloring Books, Zen Doodling, and the September issue of Popular Science.


Star Wars Lego: Droid Tales

Johanna Basford

Zen Doodling

Popular Science

Smithsonian Magazine

Wekk Podcast – Ep 30 – Our recap of D23 Live Action Panel and More!!

Our first long episode is a special one. We love all things Disney and Kellie and Katy were able to attend the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. In this episode we give you a complete rundown, as well as tips and a full review of the live action panel (can you say Civil War and Star Wars?) In our MiniWekk we cover Felicia Day’s new book (You’re Never Weird on the Internet), a game called Sorcery, Realm Pictures’ live action first-person shooter, and one of our favorite comic strips – Bloom County.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 27 –, Giulia Enders book “Gut,” Susan Cain’s “Quiet”, Ultimate Spiderman

This week our MiniWekk takes over and we talk about a website called, a book called Gut by Giulia Enders, a book called Quiet by Susan Cain, and then, so that no one things we’re too serious, Kellie talks about Ultimate Spiderman and launches us off into a discussion about what we love in superheroes. Along the way we mention Mary Roach’s book Gulp, deep dive into whether we are Introverted or Extroverted, review the Dubsmash war between Haley Atwell and Clark Gregg, and ask the most compelling question of them all – Why does Spiderman need a motorcycle? After you listen tell us whether you’re DC or Marvel. We want to know.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 26 – Science Mysteries

MiniWekk – Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast, Flophouse Podcast, Mr. Holmes, and the Bryant and May books by Christopher Fowler.

For the main Wekk we discuss mysteries that intrigue us: small particles, dark energy, dark matter, Earth-like planets, life in the universe, dimensions (dimensional travel), unification theory, as well as what happens to our brains when we sleep. Along the way we mention books by Brian Greene, Michio Kaku, and Philip Pullman, and reference our favorite science fiction television shows like Dr. Who and Farscape.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 25 – Board Games

This week’s Mini Wekk, we talk about Being Human (BBC), Doctor Who, Lifeline (a fun game app), Joss Whedon’s Twist comic book series, and Con Man. Then, we go into a deep dive about board games. Games we loved as kids (Yahtzee, Backgammon, Stratego), co-operative games we love (Dead of Winter, Pandemic), cool card games (Dominion, Munchkin), games we want to play next (7 Wonders, Puerto Rico), and many, many others (including Lords of Waterdeep, Epic Spell Wars, Ticket to Ride, etc.) What is your favorite game to play?

Wekk Podcast – Ep 24 – What Three Books Define You?

First, a Mini Wekk where we talk about Jon Klassen’s children’s books, Screen Junkies Movie Fight’s podcast, Star Wars panel at ComicCon, and the Late Show Podcast with Stephen Colbert. Then we get into a discussion of how which three books define us. We talk about books like Blubber by Judy Blume, 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell, Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund, League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Neuromancer by William Gibson, In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson, and many, many more.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 23 – Odd Mom Out, Creed, Brad Meltzer’s children’s books, Bookmark and more…

In this weeks podcast Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy discuss the things they loved this week – Odd Mom Out, the upcoming movie Creed, the children’s books of Brad Meltzer, and a show on Retirement Life called Bookmark. Then we get into a fun conversation (possibly a debate) about technology – what we love, what we hate, what we wish we had more of. (DOWN WITH MICROFICHE!)

Odd Mom Out

Creed Movie Trailer

Brad Meltzer’s Children’s Books


Wekk Podcast Ep 22 – Mini Wekk (D23 Expo, Pluto, Oak Island, Brainstorm, and more)

Our Mini Wekk took over the podcast this week. Kellie chats about the D23 Expo in Anaheim this August. Katy mentions a podcast called Astonishing Legends and an episode they did on the mysterious Oak Island. Mandy reminds us about NASA’s Pluto expedition and the strange trouble they had with a computer shut down. And Kevin rounds out the show with a fun discussion about movies that perhaps don’t stand the test of time: Brainstorm, Ice Pirates, Black Hole, and many many many more.

D23 Expo

Astonishing Legends


Brainstorm – Turner Classic Movies

Remember if you enjoy these podcasts, leave us a review or a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

How To Ruin Comic Con (For Yourself and Others)

Hey, Wekksters. Kevin here, and this week is the grand daddy of all nerd-related conventions. It’s the “2015 Comic Con International” in San Diego, California, also known as “San Diego Comic Con 2015,” also known as “SDCC,” also known as “The Longest Convention Lines For People Who Want To Say They Breathed The Same Air As ‘Doctor Who’ Star, Peter Capaldi.”

We, at Wekk Podcast, are not going to this year’s con, (which is a tragedy that will be avenged one year,) but I thought that it’d be fun to mention a few tips to ensure that those of you who are attending this massive event, do it all wrong.

Yes. You read that right. There are far too many blogs that tell you how to make the most out of your SDCC experience. Why follow the herd? I’m here to tell you how NOT to attend Comic Con by encouraging a little reverse psychology, and by sharing some funny scenarios that dip into a bit of convention truths that we all know far too well.

Disclaimer: Let it be known that if you follow these dubious tips, you will make fewer friends, create horrible experiences for everyone, and you will leave an embarrassing impression on anyone you meet. However, if you want a positive convention experience, avoid these tips like the zombie-plague.

So, here we go. Bad advice in 3… 2… 1… LAUNCH!

1. Come Woefully Unprepared

Believe me, no one loves a convention-goer more than when he’s ill-prepared. The volunteer staff cannot wait to field the typical Comic Con questions, such as, “How do I get into Hall H without all the silly waiting?”, “Where can I get some baby powder? This homemade Voltron costume is chaffing in the wrong areas”, and “Do you know where my kid is? I left him right here two hours ago.”

2. Complain… A LOT

Be the life of your group and the envy of everyone around you by complaining to anyone within earshot about anything. Everyone loves a complainer, right? And at SDCC, most of your time will be spent waiting in lines, sitting on carpets or asphalt, so you have a captive audience for your grievances. Complain about the waiting, about the food prices, about the weather, about the crowds, about how much better the con was when comic books was the main focus, and about anything else that ticks you off. If people tell you to shut up, tell them they’re just too scared to admit that you’re right. And you are right. You’ll earn a lot of con-cred this way. Trust me. (wink)

3. Yell… A LOT

How else are you going to be heard over the cacophony of convention noises than to create your own, ear-splitting, goat sounds of your own? Those around you will appreciate that you are adding to the local atmosphere. And trust me. The looks on the faces of the people around you might seem like disgust to you, at first, but it’s actually admiration. Yes. Really. Learn how to tell the difference.

4. Run… A LOT

Don’t worry about knocking into people, toppling a well-planned display, or bowling over a bunch of cosplayers posing for a photo. Be like Barry “The Flash” Allen and run as fast as you can manage. It’s all part of the fun of gathering as many bruises as you can before the con is over. There’s a little known secret about SDCC, and that’s the prize for the most contusions at the end of the con. Rumor has it the winner gets some kind of massive insurance bill at the end. Gotta shoot for something, right?

5. Drink… A LOT

First off, if you aren’t vomiting on convention hall carpeting, you aren’t doing Comic Con right. Second, alcohol and cons go together like Jar Jar Binks and intergalactic self-respect. Start drinking early, finish drinking late, and be sure to cure that massive hangover the next morning with a large helping of overly-priced, sub-standard food at the exhibitor’s hall. That will get the pre-regurgitated, stomach convulsions kicking in mighty quick.

6. Ruin the Panels

Make loud and obnoxious noises, use your cellphone cameras in device-prohibited areas, and talk loudly while some celebrity is making a salient point about her character so no one around you can hear. Anything to get you known by the security in the halls is a plus. Also, wait in line at the Q&A microphone and ask embarrassing questions of the panelists, like “At what point did you realize you were making a serious career mistake making this horrible movie?”

7. Don’t Shower… EVER

This is the most important rule on this list. It’s why I feature it last. Nothing else says “party-time” better than a convention-goer with severe hygiene issues. There’s always one in every group, but you don’t want to be just any con-goer with a stink. Shoot for “legendary” status and elevate your stench by also wearing the same funk-ridden clothing every day. In fact, I suggest that you pre-saturate all your clothes the week before with tons of sweat-stains to have your clothes ready on Preview Night. As you walk around, you will want people to turn their heads and go, “Damn, man! What the hell is wrong with you?”

And that’s a wrap. I hope everyone has a safe and sane Comic Con, I hope the squees are genuine and plentiful, the fun is infectious, and the memories are good and long-lasting. Bye, for now.

Wekk Podcast Ep 21 – Ready Player One

Did you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline? We did and we wanted to talk about it (warning – lots of spoilers). In honor of our 21st podcast anniversary we discussed the book over drinks. And by drinks we mean coffee and tea (because we record at eleven in the morning and drinking alcohol would be weird)… Enjoy! And if you read the book, let us know what you think.

Here is the author’s website, one of the coolest ever.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 20 – Trivia (Star Wars, Comic Books, Aliens, Star Trek and more)

With Kevin as host, play along with Katy, Kellie, and Mandy as they answer trivia questions about Aliens, Star Trek, television shows like Continuum, Star Wars and comic books (Batman, Superman, Ant-man…all the mans). What do Shakespeare and Aliens have in common? Is it Greedo or Boba Fett? Where the heck was Luke going? And the Walking Dead question that to this day remains unresolved. See if you can rack up a higher point total than our contestants as they battle for trivia supremacy.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 19 – Dark Matter, Rick Gualtieri, Merits of uploading your brain, Fitness Trackers

On this round-table, we delve into new Syfy Channel shows, “Dark Matter” and “Killjoys”; we examine author Rick Gualtieri’s website The Poptart Manifesto (his books and writing advice); we discuss a Smithsonian magazine article and debate whether we’d want our brains uploaded to a computer; and we go over the pros and cons (mostly pros) of fitness tracker technology.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 18 – Questions: Fav Action Film, Zombies or Vampires, and more…

Join us for more laughter, fun, and surprises as we answer more random questions pulled from the official Wekk Soup Bowl: favorite action film and board game, zombies or vampires, things we’d miss in an apocalypse (can you live without your cell phone?), whether we are a dork, geek, or nerd (or all three), and more.

If you enjoy this, feel free to give us a rating or leave us a comment!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 17 – Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Annie Bellet, Hit RECord, David Foster Wallace

We start this week off by discussing Fame High, LM Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), James Ellroy (Star Wars), and Bill Nye the Science Guy. After that we discuss the comic book, “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller,” a book series by Annie Bellet called “The Twenty-Sided Sorceress,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s collaborative production company, named “Hit RECord,” the TV show, “Turn,” and an upcoming movie about the late author, David Foster Wallace called “The End of the Tour.” There was so much in this episode we wish you could have been in the studio with us when we were recording. Remember to let us know what you think and what you enjoyed this week.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 16 – Super Fight!

It’s time to kick butt and take names as we play “Superfight – A Game of Absurd Arguments.” Find out who prevails in an all-out battle for Wekk/Superfight domination. And don’t forget to check out the game at

We spend a little bit of time before the game starts talking about television shows we’re enjoying (Continuum, Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful) and a few other things – (a mini-Roundtable). Enjoy!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 15 – What a lovely Round-Table!

This is our biggest round-table yet. Kellie shares with us a great audiobook website (reviewing 7th Son by J.C. Hutchins); Kevin talks about the classic Thunderbirds TV show from his childhood; Katy discusses her love for Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing in the newest Captain Marvel issue as well as two other great Marvel comics (Black Widow and Secret Avengers); And finally, Mandy says, “What a lovely day” with Mad Max: Fury Road, and she shares with us a super-special book that she used to ask us interesting questions. All that and much, much more.

A Companion to Our Episode on “The Martian”

Kevin here, and I believe I can say with firm confidence that all of us on the Wekk Podcast enjoyed reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian.” There may have been an issue with a scene here and there, but for the most part, we all had a great time with the book.

So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to learn about author Andy Weir’s journey to literary stardom. Here now is a list of some facts I learned recently about the making of this book, as well as what Andy has up his sleeve next. Enjoy.

1. How “The Martian” Proves That Anyone Can Publish a Book

Andy’s path from writing for his own pleasure, to now having a Hollywood movie made from his novel, is amazing. One thing Andy says in interviews is that he never actively marketed his book. He simply wrote it and people wanted to read it.

He initially published each chapter on his personal website. Once he finished the book, some readers said it was too cumbersome to read the whole thing on a webpage, so he created a couple of e-reader compatible files and uploaded them for anyone who wanted them for free. Then, some readers said they didn’t have the technical know-how to take these files and stick them in their Kindle, so he went to Amazon and uploaded his book for readers at a price-point of .99 cents, the lowest price he could charge. (He was not allowed to offer it for free, which was his original intention.) Once on Amazon, his book started selling quite well until it hit Amazon’s Top 10 Sci-Fi e-Books list, and that’s when his life changed. Random House took notice, he got an agent, a book deal, a movie deal, and he’s already writing a second novel. (Mentioned below.) Big things come from small beginnings, and Andy has championed the e-book business because without it he would not be where he is today.

2. Weir Wrote a Computer Simulation To Plot His Book

Some writers write outlines, some interview people, some do lots of research in order to get the facts right. Andy Weir went a step further. Since he wanted to be as accurate as possible, Weir, who is a computer programmer, created a program to simulate the exact position of the Earth, Mars, and the Hermes spacecraft at every point in his story.

This is the actual computer program Andy Weir wrote to plot the orbits of the Earth, Mars, as well as plotting the Hermes spacecraft. Show is the full Hermes flight path in the simulation.

Here is the actual computer program Weir created to plot the orbits of the Earth, Mars, and the Hermes spacecraft. Shown here is the full Hermes flight path. Click for a larger image.

Not only did it help him figure out the exact flight path of the Hermes, but it also showed him the exact distances between each orbiting bodies so that Weir could accurately portray the communications between the Earth and both Hermes and Mars. That level of commitment seems to border on the obsessive, and we thank Andy for that.

3. Weir Hates the Book Cover

Well, “hate” is a strong word. Let’s say he disliked the cover when it was shown to him. The cover I refer to is the North American version (shown at the top of the page) that features an astronaut in a white spacesuit surrounded by a rust-orange cloud of dust.

To make the cover, an artist used a photo of a Space Shuttle astronaut during an EVA on an actual shuttle mission. The Mars duststorm was photoshopped around the figure to complete the image. Not only did Andy Weir not like it, he pointed out in an early draft of the cover that it contained a reflection in the astronaut’s helmet that showed the space shuttle’s cargo bay. (It was quickly corrected prior to publication.) Anyway, since it’s common for books to have different art in other countries, Andy has mentioned that he likes the Dutch version the best, which is located below.

4. Weir Admits to Fudging the Science For The Sake of His Story

In the book, the initial calamity that befalls Mark Watney is caused by a mega-sandstorm that aborts the mission. Andy has has said in interviews that his book’s sandstorm actually would feel like a two kilometer-per-hour wind on Earth and would not have been a threat to anyone on Mars. But, given that the protagonist needed to be stranded, and most people think that Mars dust-storms are ferocious, he took a bit of artistic license and made it into a super-storm.

 (Above: The very “manly” UK version of Andy Weir’s book.)

5. Why Mark Watney Never Got Depressed or Lonely, and Why He’s Portrayed As a “Smart-Ass.”

Andy Weir has said that he wanted Mark Watney to be an “astronaut” who simply looked at the situation as a problem to be solved instead of dealing with the psychological negativity anyone might face after being abandoned on Mars.

In a recent Reddit AMA, Andy said “It’s a very serious situation and could have been a very dark, depressing story. I used Mark’s wit to lighten up the situation. Also there’s a TON of exposition in the book, where I have to give dry, scientific information to the reader. Having it delivered by a smart-ass makes it palatable.”

6. What Is Andy Weir Writing Next?

Once again, from the recent Reddit AMA, Andy wrote: “I’m working on my next novel, Zhek, which is a more traditional sci-fi novel. It has aliens, telepathy, faster-than-light travel, etc.” In other interviews, he described this story as “epic” in the literary sense of the word, and it’s one that may take several books to complete.

Well, now we know a little bit more about “The Martian,” about Andy Weir, and about his immediate future.

What did you think of “The Martian?” Did you agree with our comments during the podcast? Let us know in the comments section.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 14 – The Martian by Andy Weir

Special Ep 2 – Wekk Book Group – “The Martian” by Andy Weir
Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin go into deep “Martian detail” about Andy Weir’s amazing debut novel, “The Martian.” Get stranded on the red planet with us and hear us talk about what characters we liked, what scenes were the coolest, and what pet-peeves we have. (This is filled with spoilery goodness, so please read “The Martian” if you want to know what in heaven’s name we’re babbling on about.)
Andy Weir’s Official Author Page:
Map of Mark Watney’s official traverse as described in the book:

Ep 12 Companion: What Do I Love About Disneyland?

Kevin here. Disneyland is nicknamed “The Happiest Place On Earth” for a darn good reason, I think. It simply makes people happy. The cynical among us would scoff at such sugary sappiness, but whenever I am in the park, I feel rejuvenated as if I have been given an elixir of life. To me, Disneyland isn’t about cynicism, hipster irony, or corporations run a muck. No. It’s about smiles, and children laughing, and adults reliving the joys of their childhood. How could anyone see anything but beauty in that?

So, in the spirit of the people who love Disneyland, I give you a list of things about the park that I have loved in my life, and hopefully you love some of these same things, too. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s one I hope you will enjoy. So, here goes.

Disneyland happiness means…

E-ticket rides. You can’t spell “excitement” without three e’s, or rather, three E-ticket rides.

The Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland (where Big Thunder Mountain resides.) One of my earliest memories of the park.

Hearing Snow White’s singing voice echo in the wishing well at The Snow White Grotto.

Main Street. Just the whole vibe is amazing.

The old Penny Arcade on Main Street that had authentic mutoscopes from the turn of the 20th century that showed flip-books of filmed scenes for a coin.

The old two-level Starcade in Tomorrowland that always had the latest, greatest video games. I spent many rolls of quarters there in my day.

The Haunted Mansion. This and Pirates of the Caribbean are two of the greatest rides that Disneyland has ever created.

Flying over London and Neverland in Peter Pan’s Flight always makes me feel like a kid filled with wonder again.

Pulling on the bendable, bamboo ceiling support in the Indiana Jones ride queue. When the ride was new, spikes would slowly emerge from the ceiling and it would descend a few inches to dramatic effect. Very cool memory.

The original Submarine Voyage. I never got to see the live divers and mermaids, but the ride was so cool, that I can only imagine what it must have been like to see a real person waving at our sub as it passed by.

The Mission to Mars ride. Oh sure. The ride looked like the inside of a giant washing machine, but for those of us who imagined traveling to faraway places, this was the ultimate trip.

Tom Sawyer’s Island, which was, essentially, a place where you just turned your kids loose and let them play. What fun!

CircleVision 360. Being the huge movie nerd that I am, how could I possibly resist a 360 degree movie? Yes, you had to stand for the entire movie, and it didn’t help that you might have had really aching feet during the show, but it was one of the most unique movie experiences I have ever had, and I miss that attraction very much.

Holidays at the park. Nothing beats the Halloween and Xmas at the Happiest Place on Earth. Everything is decorated, the music is all seasonal, and even some of the rides are changed to have a holiday theme. And the climax of the fireworks at night during the Holiday period brings nightly snowfall. All in Southern California, no less. Nothing short of magical.

That’s enough for now. Thanks for reading. What are your favorite Disneyland moments, past and present? Let us know in the comments.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 12 – I Can’t Quit You, Disneyland

This week, Disneyland is our obsession. As the original Disney Park, Disneyland is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Find out our favorite current rides, our favorite extinct rides, our favorite foods and eateries found in the park, as well as tons more chat about the original “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Disneyland Official Site:
Yesteryear is a site for anyone looking for information on extinct attractions in any of the Disney Parks. It’s a great resource:
Ride “Adventures Thru Inner Space” in this excellent virtual video using the actual audio from the ride:
The late, great Paul Frees is discussed as a beloved voiceover actor in several Disney attractions, such as Haunted Mansion and Adventures Thru Inner Space.
Country Bear Jamboree (This is actually from Walt Disney World as it’s the best video I’ve seen yet, and the show actually originated in Orlando.)
“America Sings” from Disneyland circa 1987. (Most of these animatronic figures were reconfigured for Splash Mountain and Star Tours.)

MORE Spoilery Wekk – “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Kevin here. This is a kind of companion article to our podcast on “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It’s more like a jumble of notes I scrawled out after I saw the film. Read them and digest them normally with at least eight glasses of water. And remember:


1. In our podcast, I was the only one to maintain a less-than-upbeat opinion of the movie. Oh, I definitely enjoyed it, and I’ll be seeing it again, but I still maintain my B+ rating for the film. If I change that opinion, I will update the blog.

2. There was too much happening to really care about anything. Too many characters, too many cuts to this random Avenger uttering a witty line, then jump-cutting to another random Avenger… rinse, wash, repeat. All of this made me dizzy as if the film were trying to make me eat cereal past the point to where I could hold down no more food. The same happened in the film. Lucky I didn’t vomit.

3. What was the drink they were all handed after the Hydra battle? Should I have known what that was? I would have preferred them all to be handed bourbon or scotch and have them act like the characters on Mad Men or Archer.

4. Ultron was not as badass a villain as he was in the comics. I mean, James Spader did a great job, but he was less of a threat than his swarm of minion robots. And I know that the swarm is technically Ultron too, but it felt less menacing to me to see the minion bots attacking as opposed to seeing Ultron’s physical form attacked Iron Man.

5. The film gave the audience zero time to hate Ultron. Ultron literally took micro-seconds to turn evil. The “why” went by so fast that it was almost dismissed as extraneous information. In fact, so many things were expected to be digested so quickly that it was tiring, and I’ve probably forgotten the details on most of the battle scenes already.

6. I’m not sure how the Banner/Romanoff romance was necessary to the plot. There. I said it. It ended as it began, with neither character changed in any way. They just reset their brains to “brood” and moved on.

7. I was very disappointed that the the Avengers’ main beatdown was NOT caused by Ultron, but by Scarlet Witch’s bad dreams. Ultron’s badassery suffered since he never contributed to any of the Avengers’ suffering except through his extension minion-bots. And Scarlet Witch’s induced visions were simply foreshadowing of things to come than having any relevance to the main plot.

8. So, Ultron’s master plan was to turn a city into an object big enough to cause human extinction? Would that have really worked? I felt any object needed to be much bigger, or be it needed to be an object headed at Earth at an infinitely greater speed.

9. Introduce Quicksilver, then kill him off? Okay. Let me phrase this differently: Make us care about Quicksilver, and then shoot him 48 times? Where’s the logic in that? Was that done simply to create a pissed-off and brooding Scarlet Witch in future films? Yay! More Marvel brooding.

10. The Age of Ultron ending was quite anti-climactic to me. There was no build-up to Ultron’s defeat. He just gets shot with beams of energy and Scarlet Witch ripped his heart out. (Which, by the way, didn’t feel very emotional to me. Just sayin’.) Then The Vision talks to Ultron’s last remaining minion bot before destroying it. Not the most gripping climax, to be sure.

I walked out of the theater feeling a bit unsatisfied. The CGI was great, the dialogue was witty and smart, and the film was a quality effort, but I felt two things: First, that there was just too much happening for me to care. Second, that it felt more like an extended teaser for The Infinity War. I felt like this should have been titled “Act II: Don’t Worry. The Real Movie We Want To Make Is Coming in Three Years.”

That’s some of my reactions. Tell us yours. What did you like about Age of Ultron? What did you not like? Write it up and leave a comment. And thanks for tuning in to Wekk Podcast.

Special Ep 1 – Spoilery Wekk – “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Spoiler-Senses are tingling as Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy deep-dive into “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Find out what we liked, what we didn’t like, and where we see the Marvel films going. Also, learn what some Wekk co-hosts think about a certain Asgardian god who may (or may not) be naked in the film. Enjoy. – Official film website:
**This is Katy, he’s naked…also, we spoil the entire movie in this episode…fair warning.

Wekk Podcast – Ep 11 – Who would you cosplay as? What alien race would you be? Would you go to Mars?

This week is a questions episode. Apologies to those listening with headsets as we have several bouts of hysterical laughter. Somehow we manage to answer questions such as, Who would you cosplay? What alien race would you be? Would you go to Mars? and many many more. We invent our own sitcom in space (which someone needs to write) and contemplate a future with self-driving cars.

Thank you for listening!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 10 – Thrilling Adventure Hour, The Fall, Snowpiercer, Boundary Crossed

We are not exaggerating when we say this week’s episode will make you laugh and cry, maybe both at the same time. Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy talk about many things and manage to insult nearly every country in the world all while making a heartfelt plea to Netflix (not a sponsor). Katy gushes over her love of Thrilling Adventure Hour (but mainly Mark Evan Jackson and Sparks Nevada). Mandy dives into The Fall and educates us all on UK television. Kevin dissects Snowpiercer and we briefly discuss Chris Evans body of work (pun intended). And finally, Kellie shares why she loves the new series by Melissa F. Olson – Boundary Crossed. We hope you enjoy it!

If you do (and have a few extra minutes) leave a review or a comment. Thank you for listening!

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 9 – Questions, Questions, and more Questions

This week Mandy is off finishing up her masters of Science (“She blinded me with science!”) so Katy, Kellie, and Kevin sit down with a soup mug full of questions and entertain themselves. Topics include an epic throw down between Thor and Superman, favorite Disney Princesses (including Leia), preferred fictional worlds, and other podcasts to enjoy.

Thank you for listening and visit our social media to tell us what you think. We would love to hear from you!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 8 – We’ve Got a Question – What old TV shows should be reboot?

Kellie asks a question – What old television shows should be reboot? The conversation starts out thought provoking and factual, but by the time we reach Kevin’s pick, ideas start to fly (and we get a little goofy). So, enjoy! And let us know which shows you think should be back on the air…but different…with plausible characters…good writing…awesome actors…modern tech…using our ideas exactly…are you listening Hollywood?

Wekk Podcast – Ep 7 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Cards Against Humanity, Cox n Crendor, Bigtime Books – Fearless Five

This week Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy chat about their latest favorites. Mandy reviews Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kevin tackles Cards Against Humanity, Katy goes a little crazy for Cox n Crendor, and Kellie dishes on superheroes while discussing the Bigtime books by Jennifer Estep. We had a minor issue with some clicking audio around the middle of the podcast, but there should be enough hysterical laughter and conversation to drown it out. Thank you for listening!

Wekk Podcast – Ep 6 – We’ve Got a Question

Who’s your all time favorite villain? Kevin posed the question and Kellie, Katy, and Mandy racked their brains (and looked into their hearts) to find the answer. After you’ve heard our answers, let us know your favorite. Send us a note on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at And, as always, thank you for listening!

Wekk Board Gaming: “Concept,” by Asmodee

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Over the past weekend, there was a Geek & Sundry Twitch stream at a gaming convention at SXSW in Austin, TX, and one of the board games they featured on the show was made by Asmodee (famous for such games as “Splendor,” Takenoko” and “7 Wonders,) called “Concept.” Felicia Day and her brother Ryon played this on the stream with a couple of random strangers at the gaming convention, and it looked really fun and engaging.

Concept” is a game that’s very easy to explain and very fun in practice. With a minimum of four players required, two players try to get the other two to guess a word or phrase. Imagine the game of Charades or Pictionary where instead of flapping your arms around, clucking like a chicken, or drawing something no one can understand, you have a board of basic pictographs or icons that you place pieces on to give the other players clues to the word or phrase you want them to guess. One player draws a card with a word or phrase, and must use the board of pictographs to get the players to guess correctly. This is the basic concept (heh heh) of “Concept.”

The board has vibrant colors, both in the neon-colored pieces and the icons on the board, and you are encouraged to shout out your guesses as soon as they come to you just like in Charades or Pictionary, but with less physicality required. If no one gets the word or phrase, more clues are forthcoming until someone wins the round. When a person guesses right, points are doled out to both teams, and the player with the most points at the end wins.

Concept” earned a Golden Geek nomination at BGG.Con in 2013, and it won the As d’Or (Golden Ace) Award at the Cannes Festival International des Jeux in 2014.

This is a game that looks like a fast, fun party game with a unique board mechanic that anyone can enjoy, and I look forward to trying my hand at this game very soon.


Wekk Podcast – Ep 5 – Books and Braun, Batman ’66, Geek and Sundry Twitch, The Martian

This week Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy talk about books they love (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and The Martian), comic books they adore (Batman ’66), and Geek and Sundry’s new Twitch stream, which is just plain awesome.

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Wekk Podcast – Ep 4 – Binge-worthy media and a debate about spoilers

This week Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy discuss binge-worthy media in all shapes and sizes…but mostly television. Then they tread into a debate over whether spoilers are good or bad, or good and bad, or mostly bad, good, and infuriating.

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Wekk Podcast – Episode 3 – Round Table: We’re Alive, Station Agent, Dragon Age, Star Wars Rebels

This week is another fun round table. Kellie talks about “We’re Alive,” a zombie podcast, Katy admits she’s finally figured out RPG’s…sort of, Mandy gets us sidetracked with discussions about movies, and Kevin delves into animated Star Wars television (AND we learn he owns the best, most horrible thing ever.)

Links below:

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We’re Alive –

Dragon Age Inquisition –

Station Agent –

Star Wars Rebels –

Wekk Podcast Episode 2 – Zombies

In which Katy, Kellie, Mandy, and Kevin dig deep into zombie mythology and discuss everything from Walking Dead to iZombie and more. We then tread into post-apocolypic fare and Kevin gives a spot on impression of Mad Max as Bane.

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Movies and Books Discussed:

Walking Dead, iZombie, Warm Bodies, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, Z Nation, World War Z, The Road, I am Legend, Mad Max, and everything by Stephen King. We also talked about Chew the comic book series.

Episode 1 – Wekk Podcast – Round Table: Board Game, Creepy Hollow, Mr. Kiss and Tell, Comics

Each week you can look forward to a new conversation with Katy, Kellie, Kevin, and Mandy. In our first episode we discuss a board game, a series of books, a book inspired by a movie, and a fun website. Links are below.

Music: “Life of Riley” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Board Game – B-17: Queen of the Skies –

Books – Creepy Hollow Series, Rachel Morgan,,

Book – Mr. Kiss and Tell, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham,

Website – Amy Dallen’s Talkin’ Comics Weekly – Geek & Sundry Vlogs Channel