How I Study: Crash Course

The Best Playlists I’ve Used for Studying:


Other Educational Playlists – Ones I Haven’t Used:


Fun and Otherwise Useful Crash Course:

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Trailer Talk: Titans

Great Analysis from Den of Geek

Titans is an upcoming American web television series that will air on DC Universe, based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti created the series, which sees Brenton Thwaites star as Dick Grayson / Robin, the leader of the Titans, alongside Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter as Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, respectively. Titans is scheduled to debut in 2018.


Before we go over this trailer, let me clarify some things.

  • I haven’t read a lot of Teen Titans comics – I’ve only read a few from Rebirth, which had Damian as Robin.
  • I LOVE the Teen Titans TV show of the early 2000’s, a lot. Most of my knowledge of characterization comes from there, which I am aware is not wholly accurate to the comics.
  • I DO know a fair amount about Dick Grayson as both Robin and Nightwing, from a mix of random comics, as well as the DC animated movies verse.
  • Everything I say here are my opinions, things I like, things I don’t, things I find accurate or un-accurate according to my knowledge of the characters can possibly be incorrect because I don’t know everything. Many characters have different origins and personalities depending on the writer and decade and storyline, so the one I know may not be the one reflected in the trailer.

Okay, lets do this.


Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • Oh, this is TV-MA?
  • Flying Graysons!
  • Is this Halsey singing? Weird choice for this.
  • Why is Raven so annoying even though its been like…10 seconds. She doesn’t ask for help like this…
  • If Dick is Robin not Nightwing, why is he already a cop? And isn’t he a cop only in Bludhaven, not while he’s part of Teen Titans?
  • Are they even in Gotham? Or are they in Jump City?
  • I don’t understand how Raven would have even been at the circus in Gotham…
  • Robin has a cool costume, that I’ll admit.
  • Fuck Batman?
  • So this is post Jason Todd’s death at the hands of the Joker I’m guessing? Does that mean Tim doesn’t exist since Dick is still Robin?
  • Why does Raven look and sound like a bad vampire movie from the early 2000’s?
  • Raven and Beast Boy’s costumes look like really good cosplay but really bad character design for an actual show.
  • Starfire looks pretty cool though.
  • Dick certainly learned his angst from his mentor.
  • If there is a Grayson / Raven romance plot I’m going to scream. Why????????

Book Blogger Hop: August 17th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


17th – 23rd – Do you follow other book blogs and if so, who are your top 3 bloggers? (submitted by Amber @ The Literary Phoenix)


Thanksgiving Shoutout!

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

 

A Guide to: DCAU (DC Animated Universe) Shows

Official Definition of The DCAU (from the wiki):

The DC Animated Universe, or DCAU, is the name given to the shared continuity existing between the DC Comics-based animated series Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesThe New Batman AdventuresBatman BeyondThe Zeta ProjectStatic ShockGotham GirlsLobo: WebseriesJustice League and Justice League Unlimited.

This continuity is also sometimes referred to as the Timmverse (after Bruce Timm, the continuity’s most consistent creative influence) and in the past, the Diniverse (after Paul Dini, who has mostly departed from Warner Bros.Animation).


The Shows:

Batman: The Animated Series (1992 – 1995; 1997-1999)

This animated series conveys the dark mood of the original “Batman” comic books. Unlike the light action “Batman” show of the 1960s, Gotham City’s Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne, is sometimes moody. And Robin’s alter ego, Dick Grayson, has a more-mature personality than in the original series.

Batman: The Animated Series started the DCAU, and its virtually considered a must watch by all fans.

Essential Episodes: EW’s 25 Favorite Episodes List

Total Episodes: 85

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Superman: The Animated Series (1996 – 2000)

Superman battles evil while trying to conceal his alter ego, Clark Kent.

Not the best of the DCAU, but lays the groundwork for the extended universe and connecting the threads of multiple shows together.

Essential Episodes, as I’ve garned from multiple sources: “The Last Son of Krypton,” “A Little Piece of Home,” “Stolen Memories,” “The Main Man,” “Tools of the Trade,” “Blasts from the Past,” “Speed Demons,” “Brave New Metropolis,” “Ghost in the Machine,” “The Hand of Fate,” “Prototype,” “Heavy Metal,” “Apokolips…Now”, “Little Lost Girl,” “Knight Time,” “New Kids in Town,” “In Brightest Day,” “The Demon Reborn,” and “Legacy.”

Total Episodes: 54

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Batman Beyond (1999 – 2001)

Exciting adventures of a new Batman. Gotham is in desperate need of a new superhero to combat gangs.

A fun series, but ultimately not really necessary to the understanding of the DCAU, as its set in the future. There is an introduction to the Justice League though.

Essential Episodes: the pilot, “The Call,”  “Out of the Past,” and the movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

Total Episodes: 52

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The Zeta Project (2001 – 2003)

A robot rebels against its creators, refusing to kill, and goes on the run.

Universally considered unnecessary, but die-hard fans might want to watch it.

Total Episodes: 26

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Static Shock (2000 – 2004)

Accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen leaves geeky high school student Virgil with super powers. Able to control electromagnetic forces, he channels his newfound powers to fight evil, aided by his pal Osgood, who builds gadgets to help Virgil fight crime.

Another that most don’t feel is worth the effort to find and watch, though again, die-hard fans may want to.

Total Episodes: 52

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Justice League (2001-2004)

The world’s greatest superheroes, including Batman and Superman, join forces to fight evil and ensure that justice prevails.

This one is a must watch! One of the best of the DCAU, though its a direct sequel to Superman: The Animated Series, so you may want to be previously familiar with those characters and stories.

EW’s ranking of every Justice League episode

Total Episodes: 52

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Justice League Unlimited (2004 – 2006)

A continuation of the Justice League animated series finds the original members of the team joined in their battle against crime and evil by dozens of other heroes from the DC comics universe.

The last show of the official DCAU Continuity, and its a great one.

Essential Episodes: “Initiation,” “For the Man Who Has Everything,” “This Little Piggy” ; “The Greatest Story Never Told,” “Ultimatum,” “Wake the Dead,” “The Once and Future Thing” Parts 1 and 2; “The Doomsday Sanction,” “Task Force X,” “Double Date,” “Clash,” “Question Authority,” “Flashpoint,” “Panic in the Sky,” “Divided We Fall,” “Epilogue,” “Alive,” and “Destroyer.”

Total Episodes: 36


Total Episodes of the DCAU:

357


Films

Web-cartoons:

 


Den of Geek Guide to Movies

EW Viewing Order

All Timelines

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 14: Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites


I don’t want to list blogs – because I follow way too many wonderful people. But I have some websites.

Kotaku

Den of Geek

Bustle

Ranker

Bookriot

Epic Reads

Goodreads

NaNoWriMo

Comics Allience

Netgalley

15 Kids’ Cartoons that Aren’t Just for Kids

Rules for this List:

  • Marketed towards kids, not adults (so no South Park, Simpsons or Family Guy).
  • Is a cartoon not an anime, because they are different things with different connotations.

Gravity Falls

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Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Ore. Grunkle Stan has the kids help him run The Mystery Shack, the tourist trap that he owns. The twins try to adapt to the weird surroundings but sense there is something strange about Gravity Falls and begin to unlock its secrets. When Dipper uncovers a cryptic journal that offers insight into the town’s mysteries, he and Mabel use it and their enthusiastic desire to vanquish evil to battle the imminent mysteries that surround them.

This show is a lot of fun, if you like mysteries and riddles and monsters. The early episodes are definitely for a much younger audience, but it gets better and more enjoyable for older viewers as it continues.


Star vs. the Forces of Evil

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When magical princess Star Butterfly receives a royal magic wand for her 14th birthday, she proves to her parents that she is not ready for the responsibility that comes with it. As a result, they send her to a place that doesn’t have magic — Earth — in hopes that she will gain maturity. Upon her arrival, Star is given a family to help guide her, so she moves in with the Diaz family, which includes teenage son Marco. Star takes Marco with her as she battles villains — both in their high school and throughout the universe — as she attempts to protect her powerful wand.

SVTFE is similar to Gravity Falls in that the early episodes are fairly weak, but get better, and more enjoyable for an older audience as it continues. I find this show a lot of fun for de-stressing.


Miraculous: The Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

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Marinette seems to be a normal teenage girl — she dreams of becoming a fashion designer, is a bit awkward and has a crush on a classmate. But she has a secret other teenagers don’t have — she lives a double life as a crime-fighting superhero known as Ladybug. She uses her superpowers to help protect her native Paris from supervillain Hawk Moth. She is assisted, reluctantly, by fellow hero Cat Noir, even though she insists she doesn’t need him — a stance she might not take if she knew his alter ego is her crush, Adrien. Together, Ladybug and Cat Noir help keep Paris safe from Hawk Moth and other villains.

I binged this show in about two days. It plays out a lot like a teen tv show in same parts, and a young kids superhero show – and all the cheesy-ness it entails. Its an overall fun show – even for teens or young adults.


Steven Universe

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The Crystal Gems are a team of magical beings who are the self-appointed guardians of the universe. Half-human, half-Gem hero Steven is the “little brother” of the group. The goofball is learning to save the world using the magical powers that come from his bellybutton and he goes on magical adventures with the rest of the Crystal Gems, even though he’s not as powerful — or smart — as fellow group members Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Despite his shortcomings, Steven usually finds a surprising way to save the day.

This is not one I watch personally, but I know a lot of people my age and older who are really really into it.


Young Justice

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Join the teenage superheroes as they save the world as well as deal with normal daily life issues.

This one is mostly geared towards pre-teens and teens in the first place, and its so good. This is up there as my cousin’s favorite show.


Teen Titans

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Leading the Teen Titans to protect Earth is Robin, formerly Batman’s sidekick. He has no special powers, just a utility belt and his mind to help solve problems. His team members Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy live together in Teen Tower, and each of them has supernatural abilities to fight a new generation of villains.

This is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I’m forever angry it was cancelled only to be replaced with Teen Titans Go! which is fine, but a lot more juvenile.


Over The Garden Wall

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On an adventure, brothers Wirt and Greg get lost in the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. A wise old woodsman and bluebird Beatrice help them find their way. Along the way, Wirt’s thoughts envelope him, while the wonder of the surroundings preoccupy Greg. The miniseries — based on creator Patrick McHale’s cartoon short “Tome of the Unknown” — features animation that evokes a nostalgic storybook feeling, inspired by folk art and classic illustrations. The voices include Elijah Wood and Christopher Lloyd with Samuel Ramey, Chris Isaak and John Cleese among guests.

If you like Gravity Falls you’ll love this – its so much fun!


Rick and Morty

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After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth’s doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn’t as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that’s not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his grandchildren, Morty and Summer.

Another I don’t watch, in fact I actively dislike it and find it very very irritating, but I have friends who really really like it, so I felt obligated to add it here.


Voltron Legendary Defender

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Teenagers transported from Earth become pilots for robotic lions to fight in an intergalactic war. The Paladins of Voltron must learn to work as a team to assemble the robot Voltron and use its power to conquer the Galra Empire.

This show is SO MUCH FUN. Okay? Okay.


Avatar: The Last Airbender 

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The world is divided into four nations — the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and and the Air Nomads — each represented by a natural element for which the nation is named. Benders have the ability to control and manipulate the element from their nation. Only the Avatar is the master of all four elements. The ruthless Fire Nation wants to conquer the world but the only bender who has enough power, the Avatar, has disappeared … until now. His tribe soon discovers that Aang is the long-lost Avatar. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard Aang on his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation.

This is such an iconic cartoon for a list like this. Its hard to find someone who doesn’t love this show if they’ve seen it.


Legend of Korra

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This follow-up series to “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is set 70 years after the events of “Avatar” and follows Korra, the next Avatar after Aang, who is from the Southern Water Tribe. With earth, water and fire under her belt, Korra must master the art of airbending. Korra’s quest leads her to Republic City, a virtual melting pot where benders and nonbenders live together. But she soon discovers that the land is plagued by crime and a growing antibending revolution that threatens to tear the city apart. While dealing with the dangers, Korra begins her airbending training under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin.

If you like Avatar you like Korra. End of story.


Adventure Time

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Twelve- year-old Finn battles evil in the Land of Ooo. Assisted by his magical dog, Jake, Finn roams the Land of Ooo righting wrongs and battling evil. Usually that evil comes in the form of the Ice King, who is in search of a wife. He’s decided he should wed Princess Bubblegum, though she doesn’t want to marry him. Still, he persists in trying to steal her away, and Finn and Jake, along with Lady Raincorn (a cross between a unicorn and a rainbow) do their best to keep her from harm.

Another that I don’t really watch myself but I know a lot of people like it.


Winx Club

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Bloom is a special Earth girl with magical powers who travels to the Alfea School for Fairies to perfect her skills. She quickly befriends teenage fairies Stella, Flora, Musa, Layla, and Tecna. Together these six girls are the Winx Club. In addition to high school, the girls work to save the universe from Lord Darkar and witches Icy, Darcy, Stormy and a variety of other opponents. Only with the power of six Enchantix fairies fighting together can girls save the universe.

I watched this a lot as a iid, and it still holds up. The original, not the remake. The remake is weird to me.


Digimon 

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The adventures of seven kids stranded in a bizarre world populated by digital monsters.

I love digimon, if you like stuff like Pokemon, you’ll like Digimon.


Pokemon

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“Indigo League” is where it all began as the first season of the long-running “Pokémon” animated series. Young Ash Ketchum is just beginning his Pokémon training as he reaches his 10th birthday. Things don’t go as expected for the youngster, who gets a Pikachu instead of a standard first Pokémon. Winning gym badges is also tougher than Ash thought it would be. He’s not alone in his quest for the badges, though, as former gym leaders Brock and Misty are by his side, along with some new friends.

This only just barely qualifies for this list, because it is technically a Japanese anime, but its considered a cartoon by so many people it seems, that I guess it counts.

Indigo League though the Sinnoh seasons are great, the Unova seasons are, to me, more juvenile and really boring/annoying. I haven’t watched much Kalos or Alola, but what I’ve seen is pretty good.

Mid Year Freak Out Tag – 2018

I was tagged by Never Not Reading Blog! 

I haven’t read a lot this year, its been a lot of fast review copies, meh books, and DNF books. So we’ll see how this goes!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!


Best Book You’ve Read so far in 2018

Not sure…

Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018

Netgalley Review: the witch doesn’t burn in this one

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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Biggest Disappointment

Netgalley Review: Uh-Oh Plato!

Biggest Surprise

Book Review: Comic Book Story Of Video Games

Favorite New Author (or new to you)

Book Review: Peter Darling

Newest Fictional Crush

Logan

Book Review: Not If I Save You First

Newest Favorite Character

Maddie

Book That Made You Cry

Book Review: Long Way Down

Book That Made You Happy

Netgalley Review: A Literary Tea Party

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

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Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year

So far, as of writing this post:

Favorite Pokemon Fan Theories

Discussion: Who Would You Pick In This YA Love Triangle?

Discussion: What Makes A Good Book Boyfriend?

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

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Book You Need to Read by the End of the Year

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Best Fan Films / Productions

Star Trek Continues

 


Deadpool The Musical

 


Fan-O-Rama

 


Uncharted w/ Nathan Fillion

 


Severus Snape and the Marauders – Harry Potter Prequel

 


Cannibal: The Musical and other Shadowcasts by PSL

 


Voldemort: Origin of the Heir

 


Mischief Managed

 


The Greater Good

 


A Very Potter Musical

 


The Greatest Teacher Failure is

 


KENOBI Fan Film Star Wars – The Secret of Tatooine

 


Pokémon: The Resurgence


Zelda x Ghibli


Shiro – You’re Welcome (Moana) | The Voltron Cast

Trailer Talk: To All The Boys I Loved Before

 

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an upcoming American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Jenny Han.


Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • First – I love the book!
  • Sex talk in the car LOL.
  • Thank god the sisters aren’t whitewashed.
  • Sister relationship is SO ACCURATE.
  • Why did she write the addresses on the letters?
  • I LOVE fake dating.
  • THIS LOOKS SO WELL DONE I NEED IT!!!!