The Walking Dead, and books everywhere!

So, I recorded more podcasts with Geek Girl Riot:

Did The Walking Dead season 7 premiere go too far? Cindy and I share our thoughts and chat about violence on the show.

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I have a story that involves yard sales and Stephen King, and it’s not good. The Rioters share our favorite and not-so-favorite authors in this bookish confab. We talk about Spock smut, too – why not?

 

The Geeky Gimp Riots: Video Game Accessibility

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You knew I couldn’t stop podcasting, right?

I’m proud to share that I am now part of Geek Girl Riot, where awesome gals record short clips on everything nerdy. My segment, The Geeky Gimp Riots, focuses on disability in geekdom (surprise!).

The first one is on video game accessibility.

Transcript is available on their website. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and suggest future topics you’d like covered!

Until next time, keep rioting ūüėČ

Interview with La Femme Collective

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Thank you, Nora, for reaching out to me about La Femme Collective, a website that “supports and celebrates the career development of women.” Check out my interview with them, where¬†I talk¬†about getting my job¬†at Easterseals Thrive, who inspires me every day, and offer career advice.

I‚Äôve always been interested in disability advocacy, being a disabled person and all. I wasn‚Äôt aware a Digital Content Producer, which is basically my dream job, was a thing that existed. It‚Äôs something I can do from home, too ‚Äď that‚Äôs a huge plus. Right now, I‚Äôm working as the Digital Content Producer for Easterseals Thrive, an online community and support network for young women with disabilities.

Read the rest at the La Femme Collective website.

 

Star Trek and Disability Live Panel: Part Two

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Space, the final frontier…

You probably know by now I’m a huge Star Trek fan. It’s one of the few sci-fi shows to address disability directly; sometimes it gets it right, other times it doesn’t. But it gives us something to think about, and a vision of the future that still includes disability.

Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of disabled Trekkers out there (the disabled population is¬†huge¬†in general)¬†who like philosophizing¬†about their favorite show – including my friends and me. We got together last year on Google Hangouts, and it was so much fun that we’ve decided to give it another go¬†this past¬†Friday, February 26th.

Missed the chat? No big deal. You can watch the recording below – subtitles are available!

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The Live Event Recap


On February 26th at 8pm EST, I hosted a live panel on Star Trek and disability! We focused on a few topics, followed by a Q&A with questions from our viewers.

You can watch the event on my YouTube channel and above on the video.

I was joined by my friends and fellow Trekkers: Alice Wong, Andrew Pulrang, and Day Al-Mohamed. Meriah wasn’t able to make the event, but I will post her thoughts on Trek here soon.

The Panel


An woman smiling, wearing glasses and a green knit Yoda hatAlice Wong runs the Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. She’s also a fan of Spot the Cat.

 

A man smiling, wearing glasses, and a red shirtAndrew Pulrang is a disability blogger and a Star Trek fan. You can find him at www.disabilitythinking.com.

 

 

black and white photo of a woman smiling, wearing hoop earings and sunglasses atop her headDay Al-Mohamed is a part-time science fiction author, and a full-time science fiction fan. ūüôā Her first novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn” was published by DarkQuest books in 2014; her stories can be found in SFF magazines and anthologies. Her current project is a short historical film about the “Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens” due out in 2016. She is an advocate and policy advisor and works on disability youth employment issues for the Federal government. Also, despite the fact she loves all kinds of tea, she loathes Earl Grey.

woman wearing blue cat eye glasses with blue streaked hair smilingErin Hawley runs The Geeky Gimp blog and YouTube channel. She is also the Digital Content Producer at Easter Seals Thrive, which promotes self-empowerment for young women with disabilities through online communities. Her favorite Trek series is TOS (and is obsessed with Spock), followed closely by DS9. She likes all kinds of tea, especially Earl Grey.

woman with short blondish hair, smilingMeriah Nichols is a deaf Humboldt Housewife who lives off the grid and coordinates the Two Thirds of the Planet (www.twothirdsoftheplanet.com) site via satellite. She writes about travel, disability and chickens at http://www.meriahnichols.com when she’s not. She likes her tea Earl Grey, and hot.

The Topics


Some topics we covered during the event:

  • Captain Pike (‚ÄúThe Menagerie‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Cage‚ÄĚ episodes)
  • Lieutenant Barclay
  • Our favorite Star Trek foods and drinks
  • PTSD and Deep Space 9
  • JJ Abrams Trek
  • What would make an ideal Star Trek episode relating to disability?

How to Watch


Here is the link to the video: Star Trek and Disability Panel, Part Two

Join in the Conversation


Even though the show is over, we’d love to continue the conversation about Trek and disability. If you want to chat with fellow Trekkies and Trekkers, tag your tweets with #Trekability!

Accessibility


Subtitles are available on the video. Please send me an e-mail using the contact form for any suggestions for future events.

 

The Geeky Gimp Presents – Disability and Star Trek: live panel recording!

Video is closed-captioned, and the transcript is below!

In this live (recording) of our Google hangout, we chat about disability and Star Trek, including the episodes: “The Managerie,” “Melora,” “Ethics,” “The Loss,” and “Is There in¬†Truth No Beauty?” We also¬†discussed Geordi LaForge and the portrayal of blind characters, whether or¬†not Data¬†represents¬†disability, and so much more!

The guests were:

Thank you to¬†all my guests for a wonderful discussion! … Read more…

The Geeky Gimp Presents #6 – A Podcast with Chris!

Chris (@preiman709 on Twitter)¬†and I chat about Daredevil, blindness portrayed in¬†Star Trek, RPGs, and dating¬†while disabled. You can subscribe to my podcast by searching for “The Geeky Gimp” on iTunes, or using the subscribe button in the right menu.¬†As always,¬†English subtitles are available¬†on the YouTube video, and the transcript is below. Enjoy!

Thank you to Todd for providing us with this transcript and subtitles. Please support him by visiting his blog at http://boardgamemadness.blogspot.com! … Read more…

The Siblings Trouble – Interview with Eduardo Baraf

The Siblings TroubleI interviewed designer Eduardo Baraf this past summer about his new game, Lift Off! Get Me Off this Planet! It was successfully funded on Kickstarter, with copies on their way to backers as I post this. Now, Ed is launching a new game on Kickstarter called The Siblings Trouble, with gorgeous artwork and fantastic gameplay mechanisms that give it an epic RPG feel. Check out my interview with Ed below to learn more about the game, which launches today!

GG: Hi Ed, thanks for joining me again to talk about your upcoming game, The Siblings Trouble! Before we get into the details about that, how are you doing? How are things going/where are you with Lift Off! Get me off this Planet!?

Ed: Personally, I‚Äôm doing well. Life is busy, but in a good way. My family is healthy and I‚Äôm making lots of stuff, which makes me happy. Lift Off! Get me off this Planet! is going well. We were delayed on a few components, but all of the final manufacturing is complete and all copies have left PandaGM in China! The games are now starting the process of being shipped around the world and should be in players hands end of April to mid-May. … Read more…

The Geeky Gimp Presents #5 – A Podcast with Steve Way

Steve Way is a¬†comedian and actor¬†with Muscular Dystrophy. We discuss his awesome web series¬†Uplifting Dystrophy, disability representation in media, the inaccessibility of NYC, and more.¬†You can visit Steve’s website at thesteveway.com!

As always, thanks to my friend E, the transcript is available below and the video is closed captioned.

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The Geeky Gimp Presents #4 – A New Year’s Eve Podcast

In this very special podcast recorded on New Year’s Eve, I chat with my friend Christie about our top ten games of 2014 while sipping¬†(and choking on) champagne. Here’s to a fantastic 2015! Transcript and links are¬†below the video.

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The Geeky Gimp Presents #3 – A podcast with Andhegames!

Transcript below!

Andrew is a blogger and gamer I met¬†at our weekly #BoardGameHour chats. He was willing to come on the show, so here is our podcast! We talk about¬†his interview series at Andhegames.com,¬†our love for Matt Leacock’s games, and the pros of Kickstarter. You can find him at the aforementioned web address, or on Twitter at @andhegames.

Also, we are on iTunes! Just search for The Geeky Gimp under podcasts (or click here), and subscribe!

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