Dear White Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fans: Stop Recommending Doctor Who & Harry Potter

When the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters in the early 2000s, millions of Tolkien fans around the world delighted to see one of their favorite epic fantasies on-screen. I, on the other hand, remained completely unaware of the films. I do not recall viewing any trailers, seeing the films on my local theater’s marquee, or speaking with any fans about it. I lived in a bubble where the Lord of the Rings did not exist. In hindsight, I realize that I remained unaware of Lord of the Rings because I could not find myself in Lord of the Rings. There was no place for people of color, and especially women of color, on this epic adventure, so I tuned out. Read More Dear White Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fans: Stop Recommending Doctor Who & Harry Potter

What I Watched Last Night: The Flat (2011)

The curse of Netflix is its excessive supply: most nights it takes us half an hour to choose something. While browsing movies last night, my husband chose The Flat based on its intriguing description — and then watched in puzzlement for 15 minutes before realising it wasn’t in fact a thriller. Read More What I Watched Last Night: The Flat (2011)

Weekly Anime Review

Still no Yamato 2199 this week. *sad face* On top of this, Majestic Prince had its last episode and it ended with a big crunch and an opening for a second season. Shingeki is coming close to its ending as well, but there is one more episode to go. The fall season starts in two weeks, and I currently have seven series I’m interested in watching, but I expect to not watch most of them past the first episode, though. Read More Weekly Anime Review

Ask UfYH: Dusting, Allergies, and Getting Rid of Decades of Stuff

Q: So I have pretty intense dust allergies, which usually get worse whenever I’m cleaning due to the stuff that gets stirred up by my rag/broom/whatever. I’m wondering if you could share some methods of dusting or sweeping that will minimize the amount of stuff that ends up in the air, so that I can keep my room clean without having horrible sneezing/itching attacks. Read More Ask UfYH: Dusting, Allergies, and Getting Rid of Decades of Stuff

Record Machine: Let It Be by The Beatles

Two weeks ago, I talked about how my dad preferred The Monkees over The Beatles, and how most of the Beatles records I own were originally my mother’s. Pictured therein was the group’s twelfth and last album, Let It Be, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about it in some way.

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This Open Thread Has a Weekend Hangover

Because we’ve been slacking lately, just hanging around the house and being and incredibly boring family, I decided to do Something Exciting every weekend. So far this month, we’ve been to a Welsh beach, have taken the kids out with their bike and scooter and have walked around a reservoir in Cheshire. Today, we narrowly avoided a full-on birthday party for the littlest one by going to Cheshire again, where we saw some deer and had a pub lunch. Read More This Open Thread Has a Weekend Hangover