LeakyCon 2013 — Portland And London

leakycon_logo1
LeakyCon — the biggest Harry Potter convention around — has just wrapped up their 2012 event.  And, already, news are coming in about their plans for 2013.

We have heard from very reliable sources that, next year, LeakyCon will have two homes.  One event will in the USA (in Portland, Oregon), taking place on June 27th-30th 2013.

The other — in London, UK; taking place on August 8th-11th 2013.  This marks the first year that LeakyCon will be held at the heart of the Potterverse, and comes as great news for the British fans, who have been clamoring for their own convention for the past few years.  Finally, LeakyCon and Alohamora have joined forces to bring us London LeakyCon 2013.

Registration for both conventions opens September 1st, so get ready, Potter fans in the USA and UK!


Andie is the resident Doctor Who expert of The Nerd Nexus. Other notable fandoms of hers include Resident Evil and Harry Potter — expect plenty of blogging about all three from her. You can also catch her on Twitter (@OhHiAndie).

Advertisements

VermontCon: We Need Our Own Con

Agreed. I am sure they could have a successful one in Burlington!

Geek Mountain State

Coming off of the high that I get from ReaderCon ever year, or Granite State Comic Con when I can make it, I inevitably want to go to others. I had impressive plans this year: I wanted to make it to Arisia, Boskone (made it!), PAX East, Boston Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, ReaderCon (made it!), and New York City Comic Con. I’ve generally not been one to hit up conventions in the 501st, but when there’s good programming, and as I’ve gotten more into the production world, I’ve been finding them more interesting. The problem is always time and money. You know what would solve this? Having our own convention.

Okay, there’s already two conventions in Vermont (if there’s more, I haven’t heard of them, and that’s generally a problem): Bakuretsu Con in Colchester, which focuses on Anime, and Carnage Con, a gaming convention held yearly in Fairlee…

View original post 464 more words

Review: The Newsroom “News Night 2.0”

Is this information we need in the voting booth? Is this the best possible form of the argument? Is the story in historical context? Are there really two sides to this story? These are the new rules introduced in the latest episode of The Newsroom. This episode begins on what would seem to be the established order of events in each episode. First; the preparation. Starting out we find our newly formed newsroom in a meeting to lay out the allocated minutes per segment of the News Night broadcast. The aptly dubbed meeting of News Night 2.0 claims the title of this episode, although the real story of this episode is; the email.

Starting their meeting with a note from the tech support, the staff finds out a new format for sending emails to individuals and to the whole staff–which is used throughout the episode to a fault to release personal information between MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels)–concerning their break-up. The ensuing drama occurs as a fight about who should be broadcast on the segments, and who will replace a proponent of the Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act–which requires immigrants to carry alien registration documents at all times, requires that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual’s immigration status during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest”, or during a “lawful contact” not specific to any activity when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal immigrant–that Maggie (Alison Pill) had lost during a phone call. With tensions on the rise and an overall resignation between Will and MacKenzie about the state of this night’s show their problems were magnified across the whole office when an email was mistakenly sent that described why–in fact–their relationship ended and was, again, mistakenly sent out to all of corporate which amounts to over 100,000 people.

There was a bright side to this episode, however, which introduces a new member of the main cast in Sloan Sabbith played by the taunting Olivia Munn of whom the job of hosting a five minute segment during News Night was offered by MacKenzie due to Sloan’s looks and personality. She made a point about being educated with a degree in Economics from Duke University in response to a comment about gathering an audience to watch her legs. Of course, in the end, she understood that her brain wasn’t the only part of the show that had to be exploited to attract viewers. All in all it was a very solid episode to complement the rush of the previous one. With some time to get somewhat established; the staff still found a way to screw up, but not without a serious warning from Senior Producer, Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.). He greatly emphasized the need for this show to prosper, or he would get “very unhappy.”

In my opinion this show gets better and better every week as it tackles the real life issues that had struck the United States over the recent past. Each week I wonder what will be next, and each week I find myself enthralled with the politics–be it in house or on show opinions–and stunned by the beauty of the female leads who manage to put their brains before their looks to get ahead in the workplace.

For this episode I give it a 4.3/5

Catch The Newsroom on HBO, Sunday nights at 10!

____________________________________

I hope that you enjoyed this article; feel free to leave comments of your thoughts below and remember to like the post, follow the blog and our twitter (@TheNerdNexus) for further updates.