Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mexican Sushi

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Well, hi everyone...I'm back. Yep, mom and I took a little trip south of the border to Mexico again. It was for my 59th birthday. Her 90th is at the end of May so it was sort of a combo deal.

We went to our normal stop - the Melia in Puerto Vallarta. It is a great location, only a few minutes from the airport in the Marina district. From our balcony we could watch all of the ships going in and out of port.

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Weekend Open Thread: Give a Hoot

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm


I'm still doing battle with Twitter versus the Wi-Fi - so for now I'll leave you with this pretty picture. Better ones are coming if I can get the social medias to work right.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: The Addams Family Cacti

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 am


[Note: Martha Boyd is on vacation this week. Last week's questions - and this week's - will be answered in the next column]

Hey de ho all. Another week has come and gone. God. they go fast when you get old. This week you all get a couple of pics of Miss LoveBug. Caught her being oh so comfortable in the chair at my husband's desk. The kids spend a good part of the day in the office when I am also in the office. At night we all move to the living room to watch TV.

It is me and my five little shadows.

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Topless Robot Live! "Defeat the Geek"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 9:00 am


Apologies for the lateness of this podcast - Julia was practically bedridden for almost a week, which kept her from putting the file together. We'll be back on sched next week.

In this episode, Marc Edward Heuck, best known as the Movie Geek from Comedy Central's Beat the Geeks, talks Fast & Furious, how Ben Stein kept him from getting dates, the evolution of Comedy Central and nerddom, a better name for the perpetually offended than the overused and one-sided "SJW," and why he thinks being a geek is becoming a bad thing again.

For Gallen and those concerned with alphabetization, we're going to try beginning each show title now with the word "episode" and the number. Hope that helps.

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Weekend Open Thread: Brother's Keeper Edition

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm


Happy National Siblings Day!

Please keep all Daredevil-related comments to the Daredevil thread, but that aside, here's your space to talk about any and all things.

Happy Mother-Feting Birthday!

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm


Mamasan, Ms. Ppraisal, MILler LYT - whatever you call her, today is the birthday of our weekly columnist, my mother-in-law.

We all wish her a good one!

WonderCon Weekend Open Thread

Friday, April 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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I don't know exactly what my WonderCon plan is yet - a lot depends on my ability to kick this cold today. If you start seeing pictures over there in the Twitter box on the right, you'll know I made it. Fred Topel will be covering panels and have a detailed report Monday morning.

I have found that the show in general doesn't break as much news as you'd think - the best news I ever reported from there was a Justice League Dark movie and an Evil Dead shared cinematic universe, and neither has actually happened. But if anything does happen, and you don't see it on the it below.

Happy candy egg weekend, everyone!

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Stupid Real-Estate Questions and Yam Soup

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:30 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hey Earthlings, and those of you who are just stuck here for the time being:

Okay, here is my soapbox for this week. Well maybe not a soapbox but this totally falls under "how stupid can they really be?" As most of you know, I am a real estate appraiser, and I got a couple of real doozies of requests/questions this last week.

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WonderCon Cancels Panel That Would Have Read Fan Fiction Aloud

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:00 am

in case you forgot

It seems Chris Gore has routinely put on events entitled Fan Fic Theatre, in which he has comedians read fan fiction aloud. This year's version at WonderCon would have featured "Giselle B. (Defective Geeks Podcast), Adrianne Curry (Cosplay Queen, America's Next Top Model) Mary Forrest (The Biloon-Forrest Project Podcast), Ivy Doomkitty (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay, Int'l Costumer), Tommy Bechtold (ABC's The Middle), Matt Keil (G4TV's X-Play), Yoshi Obayashi (comedian) and more."

But it was not to be. Thanks to a barrage of angry Tweets, Gore and WonderCon came to the joint decision to cancel the event - though Gore will be hosting an unspecified alternative one in its place.

Naturally, I have some thoughts on this.

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Topless Robot LIVE! Butts and Catfishing at SXSW, With Fred Topel and Jen Yamato

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:30 am


On this week's podcast, our special guests The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato and TR contributor Fred Topel return from the South-by-Southwest film festival with tales of John Cena's bare ass, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Get Hard controversy, Ex Machina's Tinder robot and more! Also: Luke speaks way too soon about Comic-Con hotel rooms, Julia convinces Jen that Minions is a worthwhile franchise, Fred explains why sequels should never stop, and we discuss why that controversial Batgirl cover might be neither about sexism nor censorship.

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