The Booket List Episode 5: “Modern Lovers” by Emma Straub

This week on The Booket List, Kimmy and Chris discuss September’s Book Club Book “Modern Lovers” by Emma Straub. We’ll talk about our opinions of Straub’s writing, what our expectations were for the book and if they were met, and we’ll talk all about our favorite aspects of this excellent read.

This podcast is full of spoilers! For our spoiler-free review, check out this post on The Geekwave.

October’s book will be “Good As Gone” by Amy Gentry! You can find it on Amazon. If you want to join our book club you can find us at facebook.com/kutethebooketlist.

The Booket List Episode 4: Libraries or Ebooks?

 

Yo, friends!

This week on The Booket List Chris and Kimmy talk about what a sad soul can do when they don’t have easy access to books. We’d love to hear what you do when getting to the library is tough. If you don’t have a solution yourself, give us a listen to hear ours. Also, have you ever picked up a book with certain expectations, and had them completely demolished or a book just completely throw you for a loop? What do you do? Head over to our Facebook Page and tell us all about your experiences.  Lastly, don’t forget to join us  next week for our discussion of Modern Lovers!

If you have any comments, suggestions, or just want to contact us you can email us at either K.workman@dailyutahchronicle.com or c.swensen@dailyutahchronicle.com

Peace Out Peeps!

The Booket List Episode 3: All About The Hosts!

Sup Peeps!

Welcome to Episode 3 of The Booket List!  This week we start our episode with yet another awkward pause from Chris. First we talk about our favorite books. Chris has a deep love for Tolkien and The Lord of The Rings. Reading them over the summer and for a class this semester? My goodness, that’s a lot of Lord of The Rings. As for me, it’s not possible to give only one book. So I have a list starting with “The Maximum Ride” Series by James Patterson, the classic read of my childhood. We talk about reading and high school for a while, and I have a torturous story about sharing books.

Our next question is, “What do you like to do besides read?”,  Chris likes to play video games, play the guitar, and write stuff. That’s a direct quote. We learn that Both of us really love to play Dungeons and Dragons, and Chris hates running pre-made adventures. Both of us started playing DnD with 3.5 Edition, which is obviously the best Edition. But, not exactly the easiest edition to learn. But, dice rolls can be extremely annoying no matter what edition you play in, thanks to your Dungeon Master (the one that runs the story, for those of you who don’t know). Really though, when you roll a nat 20 to jump over a wall. *face palm*, after our really long tangent into DnD town, we continue on and its my turn to answer. I play the Cello, I like to play video games particularly Halo and The Elder Scrolls games.  Chris gives me some advice on starting the Dark Souls Games. Also, the new Guitar Hero controller is weird, more realistic, but weird. Besides the occasional video game i do spend a lot of time on homework and at work.

My personal favorite question was “What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?” Chris loves The Lord of The Rings movies, but really loathes The Hobbit movies.  I found that really weird, I agree to a point but I still enjoyed The Hobbit movies. Chris really didn’t like when he learned i’ve only seen the Lord Of The Rings movies once. Next up it’s my turn, I talk about loving both the Eragon movie and book as two separate entities, and how awesome the Harry Potter movies are, and remembering how I wished certain things would’ve been great to see. We run of another tangent about our dislike of when people write for money rather than for the art or your love of reading.

Our last question, Chris really doesn’t have an opinion about. And I do, i find it really annoying waiting in between release dates for new books in a series. So I like to wait till a series is finished so i can read it all the way through.

Well, we had a really great time getting to know more about each other this week, if you have any stories or answers you want to share from our questions feel free! We would love to hear from you!

Peace out peeps!

 

-Kimmy

 

The Booket List Episode 1 – “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders

Sup Peeps!

Welcome to the first week of The Booket List. We are so very excited for you all to be listening to podcast and reading our blogs! We can’t wait to meet and interact with new people as the podcast grows.  In this week’s podcast we talk about our reasons behind starting The Booket List, and what our visions for it are. After that we dive right into last month’s Book, which was All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders.  Word of caution, if you are planning on reading this book do not listen to the discussion in the podcast, it is far too ridden with spoilers. Instead go check out Chris’ SPOILER FREE REVIEW. We hope you enjoy the conversation. Feel free to voice your own opinion by commenting on the Podcast! If you have and questions or comments feel free to contact us at k.workman@kuteradio.org or c.swensen@kuteradio.org.

Till next week!

  • Kimmy and Chris

 

The Geekwave Episode 46: Infamy. Infamy Everywhere

What’s up Geekdom!?

This week on The Geekwave we catch up with Reed after his study abroad in China. We’ll talk about which languages are the hardest for English speakers to learn, and then we learn that Solar can speak in really broken Spanish.

Next up, we talk about New World Interactive’s new game, “Day of Infamy“. The game was released through Steam Early Access, and Ollie’s given it a go. As far as first impressions go, he gives the game two thumbs up!

Speaking of infamy, we’re all excited to see Suicide Squad! We’ll talk about our expectations of the movie, Solar expresses his strong opinion of Movie Critics, and then Ollie splits into the awesomeness that is The Transformer Movies. After a related topic change to Mark Wahlberg, we head right back to Suicide Squad and the DC Universe. We’ll discuss all the controversy over the newest rendition of Harley Quin, and other issues we see through anonymity and the internet.

Thanks for tuning into The Geekwave this week. Also, Check out The Geekwave’s new YouTube Channel!  We’ve got our first video where the Geekwave plays Halo, and our newest video with Solar and DecreeB playing the Yooka-Laylee Toybox.

Geekout Peeps!

 

 

P.S. No Ollies were harmed in the making of this episode.

The Geekwave Episode 44: Geekwave 4th Gen

Yo, geekdom!

This week on The Geekwave we’re introducing you to our three new hires: Chris, Izzy, and Kyler. I could go into detail about who they are, but I’m going to let them do it for you. They’re going to tell you what they do, what they geek out about, and what Pokémon Go teams they’re on, with plenty of sun praising thrown into the mix. Feel free to follow Chris and Kyler on Twitter while we work on assimilating Izzy into social media.

   

Update: we found Izzy’s Twitter.

Speaking of Pokémon, we talk about it plenty. Turns out we as a team are now divided three different ways. We also answer the question you’ve probably been asking for years: are Pokémon worth more than porn? Also, definitely check out Kimmy’s first blog post about Pokémon Go.

https://www.facebook.com/geekwave/posts/871615719608900

 

We’re also currently doing a giveaway for Star Trek Beyond tickets, so check out this post by Solar to find out how to win.

And, as always, geek out!

-The Geekwave

Adventures of A Geek – Pokemon Go!

Pokémon Go: the new augmented reality game that everybody, and I mean everybody, is talking about. For those who are new to the world of Pokémon Go, it is Nintendo’s latest attempt, or rather success, to ease the laziness out of gamers everywhere. In my opinion, the real gem of Pokémon Go is how the game encourages its players to not only go outside, but to also meet new people and have fun while doing so, as they seek out that precious Pikachu.

As far as game mechanics go, Pokémon Go seems rather simple. When a Pokémon shows up on your smartphone screen, you swipe your finger to throw poke balls at it until you catch it. Easy enough; until there are no Pokémon nearby. Which happens quite often for me and I find it incredibly frustrating. This is the part where Pokémon Go gets a little more complicated.  Your phone uses GPS pings to calculate distance from your original location, so as you walk the Pokémon showing up on your screen will start changing. Keep in mind though, with this system, walking in circles will not get you far in either distance or Pokémon numbers. You have to walk away from that original GPS ping or nothing will happen. I realized that one half-way around the walking path of my neighborhood park.

In my personal experiences with this game, not only have I rediscovered my love for Pokémon; it has also rekindled the child in me that innate need to share this amazing experience with others. For me, there was no one better than my sister.  Since starting the game, I have found myself doing some pretty silly things. Each time I’ve been able to feel slightly better about it simply because my sister was doing it with me.

Do I feel guilty for driving to every LDS church house in my neighborhood just for the Pokéstops? No, because I caught some awesome Pokémon and my sister did it too. Do I know exactly how many Poké-stops there are at my workplace? Yes. Do I feel guilty for that? No; my boss knows how many there are, too.

There have been other silly moments as well. I laughed when I realized that the Del Taco across the street from my house is a Gym, and cried when my bed wasn’t close enough to let me visit it without physically going there myself.

For as much fun as I’ve had and as often as I’ve played, even with the knowledge I have amassed so far, there are still so many questions about this game I’ve yet to find answers to. Do I need to be by water to get my Eevee to evolve into a Vaporeon? Is it the size of my Eevee that determines its fate? Or is an Eevee pre-assigned an evolution according to which attack it knows? Could my 10 Kilometer Egg really be a Pidgey?? Who knows?! Not me!

If you want to check out Pokémon Go, all you need to do is head to either the Google Play Store or the ITunes App Store, search Pokémon Go and download!  You’ll be on your way to becoming a Pokémon Master in no time. If you come across a Pokémon that you’re proud of, share it with us on The Geekwave Facebook page, so I can be suitably jealous!

 

The Geekwave Episode 42: Travis with Demolition Games!

Hey Geekdom,

Hope your your 4th of July was full of patriotism and geekness. We here at The Geekwave recommend role-playing the signing of The Declaration of Independence to fulfill those geeky patriotic urges. All fireworks aside we got an explosive episode for you.

This week on The Geekwave we have Travis from Demolition Games. Demolition games is a local game store at 85 W 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. They sell a variety of board games, card games and minis, but have a specialty in Warmachine. Warmachine is a table top miniatures game published by Privateer Press and this last week a new addition of rules was released, MKIII. To say the least the Warmachine community is psyched out of their minds. In fact, our very own Ollie has decided to return to his roots. As some of you may or may not know Will Shick who is now the brand manager of Privateer Press, was one of Ollie’s teachers in grade school and helped to grow Ollie’s interest in games. This included teaching Ollie Warmachine which Ollie came to play quite a lot of up until high school. Ollie now plans to dive in head first and partake in a Warmachine Journeyman League down at Demolition Games so stop by and say hi! The Geekwave also plans to be partnering with Demolition Games to put on events and hopefully do some episode from the store. Make sure to stay tuned so you don’t miss out, because of course their will be free stuff.

For those of you who are not familiar with Warmachine this episode may be confusing at times but has a lot of great advice for how to get started. Travis is quite the Warmachine scholar having played it for many years. Warmachine, now being in its third iteration, has had a lot of changes made so to kick it off we banter and discuss all the new and exciting game design decisions. The rules are much easier to learn but the game has never been more skillful and fun. It is a great time to jump in! How do you jump in? How do you get started? Well, Travis has the answer. Buying a Battle Box is the best option and it won’t kill your wallet unlike other table top games. Then you just gotta find a game store, like Demolition Games, and start playing. You will be amazed at how friendly and helpful the staff and veteran players are to us newbies. Besides, game stores need to offer a safe space for players to have fun and express their inner geek. There is no better place for your third home than Demolition Games.

Thank you so much Travis for coming on the episode. You where an absolute blast to talk to. Listeners make sure to stop by Demolition Games and give them a like while your at it: Demolition Games Facebook Page. Most importantly…geekout!

 

-The Geekwave