Inside the Theme: Feed Me, Seymore!

Inside the Theme is an interactive series over at the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club blog, +5 Charisma, where the staff members answer questions that explore that months theme. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join in and share their own A’s to those Q’s. Post them on your blog, social media, or the IGGPPC forums. This month, we’re talking all about food with the theme Feed Me, Seymore! Read on for my answers and then check out the original Inside the Theme post here.

1) What two edible masterpieces inspire your inner chef?

I think this is a good time to share with you the beautiful vegan cake that I had on my birthday this year from a local business called Rainbow Nourishments. I mean, look at it! If that is not an edible masterpiece…


In terms of how I find inspiration to get into the kitchen, I prefer to find mine through the practical, every day kind of food and cooking. Recipes for stir fries, curries, bowls, smoothies and so forth are what motivate me. Before I became a vegan, I wasn’t that into food blogs or YouTubers, but as a result of researching the diet and trying to find recipes, I have been sucked into the online vegan foodie world. I especially enjoy watching ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos on YouTube. They are a great way to find new recipes to incorporate into your day to day. Some of my favourite vegan YouTubers are Cheap Lazy VeganHoneybunch of Onion Tops, and Thriving on Plants.

2) Timeless Treasures. What family recipe do you most treasure or covet (if you don’t have it yet)?

My dad used to bake an amazing banana and poppy seed bread when I was a kid. However, he lost interest in cooking when I was still pretty young and he has forgotten/lost the recipes to the wonderful foods he used to make. Unfortunately, that includes the aforementioned banana and poppy seed bread. Boo! Even though it wasn’t a vegan recipe, I would still love to have it. I could have tried to adapt it! Alas, it shall never be.

3) In a box? With a fox? Where would you have dinner if you could partake in a fictional feast?

Whilst I would happily eat at Hogwarts or develop a sugar high at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, neither compare to the glorious feast I could have at Yubaba’s bathhouse from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. How I would gorge myself silly…


4) A feast for the senses. Comfort food goes beyond just eating, what kitchen scent is at the top of your list?

I love the smell of curry. Although, that is probably due to all the amazing spices that a curry contains. So, I think my favourite kitchen scent is the cooking of earthy spices. Others that are at the top of my list are mushrooms frying and banana bread straight out of the oven.

5) Most memorable or strangest meal you’ve ever eaten?!

I had an emu kebab at a multicultural festival when I was a kid and it was gooooood. I had never eaten emu before and I have not had the opportunity to do so again, so that is why it is one of my most memorable. Also, a few years ago, my dad took me to one of the best restaurants in our city for my birthday. I had never been to a restaurant of that calibre before and the food was delicious. The highlights were the entrée of Kingfish and the dessert, which had a chocolate, liquorice mousse with blood oranges and it was ohmygodamazing. I couldn’t keep the smile off of my face whilst I was eating it.


My Top 6 Eurovision 2016 Performances

I started writing this post as soon as Eurovision 2016 was over, but for reasons that I cannot think of, I did not end up finishing it. I wrote about My Top 6 Eurovision 2015 Performances last year, with the intention of it being a tradition, and By Jove it will be one! Therefore, I am writing this and posting it even though Eurovision ended months ago. Anyway, Eurovision is always relevant, amirite?

My Top 6 Eurovision 2016 Performances

1. Jamala1944 (Ukraine)

The winning performance of Eurovision 2016 and there is a reason for it. 1944 is a heartfelt song that Jamala throws herself into completely, as the story behind it is deeply personal to her. Despite being immediately drawn in by her onstage presence, it took me until the second listen through to be won over by the song itself, but once I was, I loved it.

2. Laura TesoroWhat’s The Pressure (Belgium)

A solid catchy number that makes me want to groove… in my seat, because I don’t dance. I will say, there is definitely a familiar beat that sounds like it was taken directly from Another One Bites the Dust by Queen, and there are hints of Jamiroquai and the song Sax by Fleur East in there.

3. Poli GenovaIf Love Was A Crime (Bulgaria)

Another catchy, upbeat song that puts me in good spirits. Poli Genova is a cutie during this performance and I like her vibe.

4. Minus OneAlter Ego (Cyprus)

I would say that I enjoyed this song because it’s a total rip off of another song I like, Somebody Told Me by The Killers.

5. Iveta MukuchyanLoveWave (Armenia)

This song and performance is all pretty typical Eurovision fare, but Iveta Mukuchyan sang the song well and I’m always a sucker for the useage of traditional music/instruments.

6. Michał SzpakColor Of Your Life (Poland)

There’s nothing in particular I have to say about this. It was one of the better songs this year. Um… Michał has nice hair?

BONUS: Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede – Love Love Peace Peace

Can we talk about how perfect the interval act was? I loved it! This being the first year that Eurovision was aired live in the US and China, it was a great introduction to what the show is all about.

Also, anyone who has been watching Eurovision for a number of years will know how terrible the hosts can be. Out of the years that I have watched the show, Petra and Måns were the best by far. They were professional, had great chemistry and were successfully funny. I’m almost tempted to say that they should be the hosts every year, but then we’d probably miss out on some glorious fails.

Sci-Fi Month 2015: 30 Days of Sci-Fi Movies + Live Tweet

Ever since I was a kid, I have been a keen movie watcher. I am tempted to say that film is my favourite medium, but I don’t think I can say that outright, since I still place great value in reading books. In October, I challenged myself to watch thirty-one horror movies during the course of the month. It was a great way to watch more movies and I enjoyed doing the challenge a lot. Therefore, for Sci-Fi Month 2015, I’m going to challenge myself to watch at least thirty science fiction films in November.

Below is a list of the movies I will be watching this month:

Blue = Movies I have seen before, Yellow = Movies I haven’t seen before

Click on the image to view in full size.

Also, I’m a member of the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club where I am one of the coordinators of Iggle Flicks. Every month, we watch and discuss a number of different movies, and we also run Twitter watch-alongs; it’s a fun way to watch movies with people over the internet. So, I’ve decided to live tweet four different science fiction movies during November and it would be great if people could join me.

Here are the dates and times of the four movies I’ll be live tweeting:

1. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Sunday, 8th November @ 2 AM GMT / 1 PM AEDT

2. RoboCop (1987)
Sunday, 15th November @ 2 AM GMT / 1 PM AEDT

3. The Matrix (1999)
Sunday, 22nd November @ 2 AM GMT / 1 PM AEDT

4. The Fifth Element (1997)
Sunday, 29th November @ 2 AM GMT / 1 PM AEDT

If you are interested in live tweeting with me, follow me on Twitter, @molly_tornado.

Is anyone else planning on live tweeting science fiction movies or running watch-alongs during Sci-Fi Month?

Sci-Fi Month 2015

Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow that encourages bloggers to celebrate all things science fiction throughout November. Follow the official Sci-Fi Month twitter, @SciFiMonth, to get updates on all the blog posts and activities happening during this fantastic event.

Sci-Fi Month 2015

It is officially Sci-Fi Month 2015! Hosted by Sci-Fi Month founder, Rinn Reads, and Over the Effing Rainbow, Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event that encourages bloggers to celebrate all things science fiction throughout November.

Personally, I have always been drawn to science fiction, mainly in the forms of movies and television. It is a suitable medium to explore our humanity, our future, the scope of what we might be able to accomplish, and how our world might look in the years to come. It is exciting to take the world we know and combine it with new landscapes and technologies that could become a part of our reality some day.

My own blogging plans for Sci-Fi Month 2015 are not ambitious, but I do have a few things in the works. I will update this post throughout the month with links to all the posts I make related to this event.

My Sci-Fi Month 2015 schedule so far:

1. Introductory post [1/11/15]
2. 30 Days of Sci-Fi Movies + Live Tweet [1/11/15]
3. Sci-Fi Comic Books on my Pull List
4. My Five / Ten Favourite Sci-Fi Movies
5. Australian Sci-Fi Movies

As much as I am looking forward to writing about sci-fi, I am even more excited to read from others partaking in Sci-Fi Month 2015. Even though I like the genre, I am not what I could call well-versed on the subject, so I am keen to possibly learn more about the genre, but also to find new books, movies, television shows, and video games that I can enjoy.

Sci-Fi Month 2015

Want to take part in Sci-Fi Month? You still can, if you’re interested. Even if you want to start participating half way through November, that’s fine. Read the official Sci-Fi Month 2015 accouncement to find out how you can sign up and start taking part in the celebration of all things sci-fi this November.

Follow the official Sci-Fi Month twitter, @SciFiMonth, to get updates on all the blog posts and activities happening during this fantastic event. You can also follow Rinn Reads, @rinnreads, and Over the Effing Rainbow, @effingrainbow.

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fictional Characters You Most Identify With

Created by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick, 5 Fandom Friday is a project that provides weekly prompts for bloggers. If you would like to know more about 5 Fandom Friday, you can read about its origins and then peruse the master list of prompts to begin your own 5 Fandom Friday blogging adventures. This Friday, I’m going to talk about the…

5 Fictional Characters I Most Identify With

1. Daria Morgendorffer from Daria

Daria speaks the truth. There are an abundance of lines from Daria that convey my views on people and the world around me. With her apathetic, quiet demeanor and extensive wardrobe, we are quite alike. I was even compared to Daria when I was in high school. I just wish I had a cool friend like Jane when I was in high school, or even now for that matter.

2. and 3. Enid and Seymour from Ghost World

Basically, if you combine Enid and Seymour, you get me. They are both lost souls, disconnected from the majority of people, which I can completely identify with. As Seymour said, “I can’t relate to 99% of humanity.” Me too, Seymour. Me, too.

4. George Costanza from Seinfeld

George is my favourite character on Seinfeld. Most of the time, he is the one making me laugh, partially because I can understand what he’s going through. George is a caricature of myself, mainly representing the more, let’s say, undesirable traits that I possess. Maybe I should endeavour to do the exact opposite of everything I normally would do and I’d become highly successful at life.

5. Rex from Toy Story

I can totally relate to Rex’s anxiety, uncertainty, and worry. He is just one big ball of nerves, like me!

Who are the fictional characters you most identify with?

My Top 6 Eurovision 2015 Performances

The Eurovision Song Contest was on this past weekend. It is an event that I look forward to each year. I first watched Eurovision when I was a kid; my dad introduced me to it. I loved the kitsch, outlandish nature of the performances. It was pure entertainment. I can’t remember what year I first watched Eurovision, but I know that I have been watching it almost every year since I was eleven-years-old, which was in 2005, only missing it in 2009 and 2010.

Something I have noticed in the competition overall is that it has moved further away from the zany with each passing year, which is somewhat of a blessing, because we’re not subjected to as many terrible songs and singing. At the same time, some of the charm and cultural diversity has been sapped from the show. Not as many contestants are singing in their own language, opting to sing in English instead, which is disappointing.

Despite that, I think the Grand Final performances were fairly strong this year. There were not many songs that I thought were outright bad. Even so, I did have my favourites, which I am going to share with you.

My Top 6 Eurovision 2015 Performances

1. Loïc NottetRhythm Inside (Belgium)

I especially liked the choreography during this performance. It was simple, but interesting and effective. It was different to any of the other performances. I did like the song, too, and Loïc Nottet’s vocals were great.

2. Elina Born & Stig RästaGoodbye To Yesterday (Estonia)

I enjoyed this song. Born and Rästa did a pretty good job, but I think that this song could be covered by some other artists, who have stronger singing abilities, and be even better. I also liked the use of the shadows on the stage.

3. AminataLove Injected (Latvia)

For some reason, this gives me The Fifth Element vibes. I love the quirky, artistic element to this performance and song. Aminata looked amazing on the stage.

4. Guy SebastianTonight Again (Australia)

When it was first announced that Guy Sebastian would be representing Australia, I thought that he was a serviceable choice, but I was underwhelmed by it. Once I heard a preview of the song he was going to sing, Tonight Again, I was more optimistic. Seeing his actual performance on the night of the Grand Final, I can now say that he was a great choice. The song is catchy and he outsung practically all of the other contestants.

5. Nina SublattiWarrior (Georgia)

I’m not sure why I liked this song as much as I did, but I did, so there.

6. MaraayaHere For You (Slovenia)

I’m not a huge fan of the song itself, but Marjetka Vovk’s vocals were striking, which is the main reason why I enjoyed it as much as I did. Also, you gotta love the headphones and the intense air violinist. Pure Eurovision.

I cannot end this post without talking about what an historic occasion, and an exciting one, this year was for Australian Eurovision fans, like myself. As you can see by my list, Australia officially participated in the contest this year as part of Eurovision’s 60th anniversary celebrations! This meant that, for the first time ever, I was able to vote. It was pretty exciting stuff, guys. I had to get up at 4:30AM to watch the Grand Final live at 5AM, but it was worth it. I voted for Belgium twice, Estonia, Latvia, and Slovenia once. There was some problems with the voting, so I don’t think all of my votes were counted, but I was able to participate in Eurovision like I had never been able to before and that was good enough for me.

Video Games From My Childhood

Inspired by the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club’s Round 20 theme, Retro Video Games, I thought I would write a blog post about video games that I played during my childhood.

We owned a Nintendo 64 and PlayStation when I was growing up. I have lots of fond memories playing games on both of those consoles, solo and with my parents / friends.

 photo nin64_zpsw6qolay4.jpgNintendo 64: Mario Kart 64 / Pokemon Stadium / Pokemon Snap

I would say these were my top three games on the Nintendo 64. I spent hours playing these games. I remember when I had chickenpox pretty badly, my mum laid a mattress on the lounge room’s floor, and we played Mario Kart 64 (1996) for days. When I was younger, I always chose Yoshi, but then it changed to DK, and now my favourite is Wario!

Pokemon Stadium (2000) was a game I played with with my mum a lot, too. However, rather than battling Pokemon, we actually preferred the mini-games in the Kids Club. I was the best at Dig! Dig! Dig! and Rock Harden, but my mum was the best at Snore War and Ekans’ Hoop Hurl.

As for Pokemon Snap (2000), I played that game through to the end numerous times. I loved going to the different worlds, trying to get the best pictures of each Pokemon, so that I could get more points!

Special mentions: Lylat Wars aka Starfox 64 (1997), Super Mario 64 (1996), and Mario Party (1999).

 photo ps21_zps4nfvovjt.jpgPlayStation: Crash Bandicoot / Disney’s The Little Mermaid II / Spyro / NHL 2000

Disney’s The Little Mermaid II (2000) was a big favourite of mine! Like Pokemon Snap, I played it through numerous times. I preferred the first half of the game where you played as Ariel, but I still enjoyed the latter half where you played as her daughter, Melody, but just not as much.

I don’t remember playing the first Crash Bandicoot, but I do remember playing Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997) and Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998). My dad and I played them together. We would take turns, so when I died, he would take over, and vice versa. We also played Crash Team Racing (1999) and Crash Bash (2000) together. The other game I played with my dad was NHL 2000 (1999), an ice hockey game. I remember that we both thought that the intro was really cool.

As for Spryo, the game I played the most out of the series was the third installment, Year of the Dragon (2000). I loved the skateboarding sections, along with chasing the egg thieves.

Special mentions: Spice World (1998) and International Superstar Soccer Pro (1997).

When I was a kid, I didn’t just game on consoles, but on the PC, as well. Three games that I remember fondly were made by Humongous Entertainment. They were adventure and puzzle games made for children.

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Two of them were from the Freddi Fish series, The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell (1998) and The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch (1999). You played a fish called Freddi, who took it upon herself to investigate crimes with her best friend, Luther. game that I loved, made by the same delevopers, was Putt-Putt Travels Through Time (1997). You played a purple convertible called Putt-Putt that must travel through various time periods (Age of the Dinosaurs, Medieval times, the Old West, and the Future) to find his lost homework, among other items, and his dog, Pep. Movie Maker (1995) is another highlight from my childhood years of gaming. Basically, you were able to place 3D characters into pre-made environments, add actions, sound effects, music, text, speech, and special effects. Once you were finished, you then just sat back and watched your masterpiece!

Now, we’re going to talk about a game that is still one of my favourite games to this day! That game is Little Big Adventure 2 (1997). land of Twinsun is invaded by an alien race called the Esmers; they capture Twinsun’s children and seek to capture Twinsun’s wizards, as well. You play the hero, Twinsen, and obviously, he’s not going to allow the Esmers to get away with this! LBA 2 is one of the most charming games I have ever played. I love the characters and the world. If you have not played it, and are a fan of action-adventure games, this is a must play!

Special mentions: The Sims and Mind Grind.

So, that’s that! Those were some of my childhood gaming highlights. If you played and loved any of the games I have mentioned, please leave a comment, and let’s reminisce together! Also, if your childhood gaming highlights are different from mine, please share, because I would be interested in hearing about them.