The force is strong in merchandising

Attending the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA is a major reminder that Star Wars is big business even before the Disney purchase. Walking the convention hall is the expected tshirts, toys, action figures, dolls and pins but also items appealing to the ‘new’ demographic of women/girls. Of course the only demo that everyone cares about is green and getting geeks to open up their wallets, Apple Pay and spend spend spend. You can buy Chewbacca Furbies, the Hot Wheels Star Wars Cars, luggage,/headphones and even branded toaster!

I found items under $10 and over $500 that were being bought and shipped home by people interested in having a piece of Star Wars. As a life long fan who attends conventions on a regular basis I find the celebration takes it to a logical place where fans have the money to spend and are looking for items so to tempt attendees they have Celebration exclusives. I tried to buy the special Hot Wheel but no car for me! 

Check back later for photos and a more indepth post about the business of the Celebration

Life is good with the Blacksparrow Movie Sci Fi & Fantasy Auction

Can I just say that I REALLY wish I was rich and had won the Lotto a few months ago? So many items that I grew up loving that I really really want to have in my collection. They have a lot of great items but here’s my curated list of dream collectibles that would make my life my world and my nerd geekette dreams come true. Especially the Leonard Nimoy signed photo with William Shatner <wahhh> now I’ll never meet Mr. Spock! My only comfort is that I’m going to the Star Wars celebration in a month. But the idea of even one of these pieces will be haunting my dreams!

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo18William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo

14 in. x 11 in. black & white semi-glossy photo featuring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek The Original Series, signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing21Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing

Original blue pencil drawing by Disney artist Randy Noble for Star Wars Weekend 2004. The drawing plays homage to the iconic Star Wars poster with Min
Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 199622Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 1996Set of three 16 in. x 22 in. limited edition color lithograph featuring STAR WARS artwork by Dave Dorman. The artworks are entitled “Obi-Wan Ke…

Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice23Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice

Signed by Dave Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy, twice – on the forehead underneath the helmet and at the neck. In fine condition. From Private Collection.
Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone24Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone

Original vintage 1977 Star Wars C-3PO soft rubber mask by Don Post Studios. Signed by Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six Star Wars films…
Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock25Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock

Star Wars Boba Fett mask/helmet, cast from the original mold by Don Post Studios. Signed on the left side of the helmet by Jeremy Bullock, who portray
Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode "Small Victories"29Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode “Small Victories”

Conceptual art print from Stargate SG-1 (MGM Television, 1997-2007) Art Department. Mounted with an original prop Replicator used during the production ….
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Transitioning to mac for 2015

I’ve been a PC person all my life. I mean I like the way Macs looked but they were always crazy expensive so kept with my computer peeps. I slowly moved over to the macside when I had to switch from my beloved #blackberry when I worked at CSMC. My office paid for my cell phone but I had to switch to ATT and was offered the choice of two phones. One was a Blackberry (I’d heard had major issues) or the iPhone 4 so switched to the iPhone. Now I never loved the 4 as much as my BB phone but I got to liking all of the apps so was OK. Than a few years later I won a iPad 2 at the LA Auto Show from a tire company (sweet). That’s when I thought maybe I should switch over completely but the price point was just too high as well as my Lenovo was still going strong. But the past two years my computer was beginning to die after over five years of great service. Well nothing last forever but I had to try to resuscitate my Lenovo. So the first time it died I took it to a computer repair shop in West Hollywood that managed to get it working again but he told me it wasn’t worth the money to get it repaired a second time. Instead he recommended I just buy a new laptop. I didn’t since I didn’t want to spend the money so instead I got a Seagate external HD to save everything in case it died again and also so that it wouldn’t need to do too much. So it kept trudging along like a trooper till the last six months. I had to keep it plugged up all the time since the battery won’t hold a charge. I finally accepted it was time .. to upgrade my laptop.

Being a major frugal person I of course wanted to wait till black Friday and had planned to get a new Lenovo again (total work horses). But over the past couple of years my social media geekness has really grown with my getting some good interviews at cons. So it hit me that I really need to upgrade my game from a new cell phone to laptop and everything in between!

Looking at all of the equipment that needed to be upgraded I of course flipped out a bit.  A new TV (my old 10 year RCA was kaput), laptop, cell phone, replace my camera (8 years old but still a trooper just didn’t have enough juice), consider getting a camcorder and microphone with a stand since I’m a one woman show. I estimated that it would be about $2,500 which is a LOT of money to shell out at one time!

But luck was on my side since it looks like fate decided to toss me some tech joy. I won a new laptop mini at a tech event AND a iPhone 6 <scream> from Citibank. So that meant I got to save some money <kaching> and will be able to sell two items.

First thing that I had to do was replace my tv. It had been warning me for a while that it wasn’t going to be around much longer so after praying to the tv gods to wait till Black Friday to die I headed out to Fry’s Electronics in Burbank for an upgrade (feeling very Beyonce). I had researched prices for a flat screen and they had the best deals in town AND online. I got the entire package from the LG 47 SmartTV (mounting, wire/surge protector/cleaner box, LG flat plate speaker, home installation) for about $700 after Thanksgiving sales. I wanted to check out Sammy’s Camera to update my camera to a camcorder. They had a great deal with select brands having no sales tax PLUS additional discounts. So I bought the entry level Canon camcorder with extra battery, SD card, Sony Microphone and Slik Tripod that I’ll use on my interviews. I went back and bought a Red Canon Camera that’s super light and wifi enabled. Kind of regret that I didn’t buy the camcorder with WiFi since I didn’t realize that Canon has an app that can turn it off/on/zoom. Ah well in a few years when I’m truly big time!

I spent so much money that I decided to not replace my laptop but then it reminded me that it’s given me warning with it just turning off for no reason and the plug not working so it wouldn’t charge unless I moved it around. Than my new iPad won’t sync with it (very odd since my cell phone is fine) and when I saw all the great laptop deals Fry’s had well no harm in looking. I first purchased a Lenovo but they recommended another series that cost almost as much as a Mac. I decided then to just move over all the way but had to find one I could afford. Sadly I kept missing all the Mac deals (plus mac doesn’t really go on sale in my opinion) that were in my price range. But after tweeting that I’d given up on Fry’s after some computer department issues (wrong info on sale so missed out) the social media person reached out to me to ask what was wrong. They were able to assist with my getting a floor model (new to me) that was a little out of my price range but it’s an almost new Macbook Pro Retina 15.4 for a better deal than I’d found on the Mac Site.

I’m feeling quite exuberant with my upgrading my tech to this century and feel as if good news is heading my way!

Make sure you check out my youtube channel for some of my fun interviews and keep up with all my geekiness!

All I know for sure

I think that I’ve learned some in 2014 that at times was good but at times had me in the dumps.

Love yourself

I saw it all the time but you have to like and love your self NO not sexually (nothing wrong with that) but your inner self. Often we want to be liked/loved but don’t like ourselves. So look at yourself and count your blessings. No matter how small or big it’s what makes a unique you.

Forgive yourself

I’ve been mad at myself all year for negating all my hardwork over the past few years getting in shape. I was literally in 30pds of my ideal weight but after the car accident/finances I stopped going to Pink Iron Cross Fit Gym. I kept the weight off for a while but once I started to gain it became a downward spiral of checking the scale being disappointed in myself and eating food (my drug of choice). The last few months I’ve worked on forgiving myself and not looking back so have done Spin a few times, been walking and fighting my food issues (major battle). Now that I’m not mad and have tried to stop self body shaming am feeling OK enough to hit the gym. Of course now I have to AFFORD the gym (spin is really expensive!) but one step at a time.

I’ve learned more but am just saying to get these two in your head before the next steps of happiness, peace and joy that I’m hoping 2015 will bring.

Free at Shophouse November Saturdays

Chipotle wants to increase their fast casual market share with their first spin off Shophouse. The concept is still fairly new in this thriving field but they can feel others nipping at their heels so they’ve decided to tempt their burrito fans into the asian bowl side. They are offering a BOGO (buy one get one FREE) to entice their regular Chipotle customers to try the SouthEast Asian inspired bowls. It’s a great idea to keep their customers in the family (so to speak) so that when regular customers want a different taste profile instead of trying competitors they just migrate over to Shophouse. Of course this might make a percentage make this their first choice but it’s unlikely. ShopHouse has a much more refined profile of ingredient choices (from protein to sauce to carb) that likely won’t appeal to everyone as easy as Americanized Mexican is something most Americans eat on a weekly basis.

ShopeHouse is more appealing to those who like a little food adventure. If you decide to try ShopHouse let me know if it’s part of the rotation or will be the new go to fast causal restaurant.

 

Just take your Chipotle receipt showing the purchase of a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos to any ShopHouse location, on any Saturday in November, and they will set you up with a FREE BOWL.Chipotle Mexican Grill

Offer valid for one regularl-priced ShopHouse bowl upon presentation and surrender of Chipotle receipt reflecting purchase of a regular-priced Chipotle entreé. Limit one free bowl per Chipotle receipt per person per day. Original receipts only, duplicates not valid. Offer valid only at all ShopHouse Asian Kitchen locations on Saturday, November 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th 2014. Additional restrictions may apply.