Meet Tab from Geektastic!
I am a lifelong sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fangirl and I’ve been blogging for three years. I collect zombies, robots and sock monkeys and I spend way too much of my time watching bad horror movies. I’m pretty sure I can drink my weight in Dr Pepper and I am have a wealth of useless knowledge (mostly consisting of movie trivia).
1.Since you are a cinema lover, has there ever been a movie so bad you have walked out of the theater?
I’ve never walked out on a movie before, but I have seen quite a few bad ones in the theater. (They’re usually horror movies.) The two worst ones that come to mind are They (2002) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012).
2.You go to a lot of events every year. What is your favorite all time event EVER? What is your favorite annual event to attend?
I would say Denver Comic Con for both of those questions. Last year was the first year for it and we had a great time, and I think it’s going to continue to get better and better. I’m also a really big fan of the fact that they donate a huge portion of the proceeds to Comic Book Classroom, which encourages childhood literacy and involvement in the arts.
3.Firefly is one of the best Science Fiction shows ever. Are you a fan? If so, what is your favorite episode and why?
I don’t consider myself a fan because I’ve only seen a couple episodes, but I like Joss Whedon’s work and it seems like a fun show. I’ll eventually get around to watching it, but I’ve got a ton of other stuff on my list right now! I do know it has a huge loyal fanbase, but I’m hesitant to say it’s one of the best sci-fi shows ever, because I haven’t seen enough of it and there are a lot of great sci-fi shows in the history of television. I’m going to cheat the question and talk about why I think “The Twilight Zone” is in the upper pantheon of sci-fi shows. “The Twilight Zone” was one of the first shows to push social and political boundaries and get past the very strict censors of 1960s television. Creator/host Rod Serling was able to do this by cloaking them in sci-fi themes and he introduced thousands of people to the genre that may not have sought it out themselves. The show was also featured the work of many beloved genre writers, including Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Charles Beaumont.
4. Do you play video games at all? If so, what is your favorite video game to play with your husband, Kris?
I do play video games, but Kris and I don’t usually play together. I play more console games and Kris is definitely a PC gamer. My favorite game so far is Catherine, a Japanese Choose Your Own Adventure-style puzzle game.
5. You have lived in a lot of different areas – what was your favorite city to live in? What was the worst?
I’m partial to Omaha, Nebraska. That’s where I grew up and spent the most time, and my mom and my best friend still live out there. I lived in Virginia as well, which was awesome because I could go to the Smithsonian museums on the weekend. The worst would have to be Lubbock, Texas. I was four when we lived there, but I remember it being hot and muggy all the time and there were huge bugs everywhere.
6. What is your dream job?
I would love to write professionally, whether it be as a novelist or a journalist.
7. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and you have to choose one one movie to last you through the ensuing years of complete entertainment blackout: Singin’ in the Rain, Titanic, The Empire Strikes Back, or Psycho?
My initial choice was Psycho because it’s such a masterpiece, but during the zombie apocalypse I’ll probably want something a little more lighthearted, so I’ll have to go with Singin’ in the Rain.
8. What is your favorite organization/cause to support and why?
I’m a big advocate of animal shelters. The Life is Better Rescue here in Denver works very hard to place animals in loving homes and to curtail the growing population of homeless and feral animals. They are a no-kill shelter (unless medically necessary) and they spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinate each animal that comes through the facility.
9. Which character on American Horror Story OR Walking Dead is most like you?
Gosh, I don’t think any of them are like me! The closest fictional character to me is probably Columbus, Jesse Eisenberg’s character in Zombieland, because I, too, spend most of my time in front of my computer, am addicted to soda, dislike germs, and enjoy following rules.
10. What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Is it an African or a European swallow?
11. You are given the chance to ask ONE question to any ONE dead person. What is the question and who is it asked to?
I would ask Forrest J. Ackerman (the man who coined the term “sci-fi” and one of the largest supporters of sci-fi as a significant literary genre) why he felt science fiction was significant and important. (Bonus question: What was your favorite item in your vast memorabilia collection?)
12. I hear you are getting into amateur astronomy. What spark of inspiration got you started and what have you been doing?
I’ve actually always been interested in astronomy. When I was very young, my dad got a telescope and he would take me along to the Omaha Astronomical Society meetings. We went to quite a few star parties and Dark Skies events, which were always really fun. It was something that Kris and I were both interested in and wanted to do together, so my dad got us binoculars, a tripod, and some beginner books to get us started. We’re joining the local astronomical society with a friend, so we’ll be going to local events and have access to the Dark Skies sites here in Denver.
13. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, etc. Which social media platform is your favorite?
I love Tumblr! I find some amazing things on there!
14. Choose one film that you would love to see remade and let us know who you would re-cast as the main characters and who would direct.
I would hope none of my favorite films would be remade, but if I had to choose one, I would say Rosemary’s Baby with Michelle Williams could be great with the right director. Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) creates amazing surreal films with beautiful visuals, and he could definitely handle the dark tone of the story.
15. If you could program the Curiosity Mars Rover to do one task on Mars, what would it be?
Since JPL has programmed it to do all the science-related tasks I would give it, I would create a choreographed dance program for Curiosity to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.