Comic-Con bound!

Last year, I only got to attend San Diego Comic-Con (or Comic-Con International, or SDCC, take your pick) briefly, because Luna was sick and getting worse. This year, pets are healthy, we’ve got pet sitters staying for the entire length of the show, so we get to leave today and stay as long as we want!

I’ll be posting to my various social media accounts over the con, so if you want to keep up with my adventures in geek mecca (and hopefully see some awesome cosplayers), Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are the places to follow me.

Afterwards, if you’re interested in a recap, I’ll podcast about my experience.

Okay, time to pack a few things, and away we go!

#20 – SOLO: A Star Wars Story Panel Discussion

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #20!

This episode is another discussion panel with Caren and Chris Spitler and Golden! Our subject this time is Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As with all of our panels, **SPOILER ALERT** We assume you’ve seen the story, and we discuss it beginning to end. So if you haven’t seen it, go and do so, then listen to the podcast. Don’t worry, it will still be here when you get back, we promise.


#19 – Deadpool 2 Panel

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #19!

We have another SPOILER filled panel discussion for you! Caren and Chris Spitler, as well as Golden, join me to talk about our thoughts and insights into Deadpool 2!

If you haven’t seen the movie, then run out and see it first, then come back and break the fourth wall with us!

And Shadow turns 17

If you would have told me 18 years ago that I’d have a 17 year old cat at this point in my life, I would have given it a good chuckle. I’ve always been a dog person, and while I find cats to be perfectly fine and sometimes adorable, they never fill my soul the way dogs do. And yet, here I am, with a 17-year old Maine Coon.

I read that their lifespan can be “over 15 years” on the breed page, so I’m not sure how much longer I’ve got with him. He’s got cataracts in both eyes, he doesn’t move like he used to, and he can’t jump like he used to. But he still is affectionate—just last night, he met a perfect stranger, and couldn’t have been sweeter to him. And even though he’s always been a grumpy gus, he seems to be pain free and still enjoying his food and company and naps.

So Shadow got his birthday raw egg this morning, to celebrate his 17th trip around the sun. I still am not sure I’d call myself a cat person, but I’m definitely a Shadow person.

Margo Kidder will always be my Lois Lane

The first actress I became aware of playing Lois Lane was Noel Neill, in the black & white Adventures of Superman. But the one who really made an impact on me was Margo Kidder in the 1978 Superman movie. She embodied to me what Lois should be: strong and smart, but also concerned and kind. An independent woman who didn’t need Superman, but her affection for him made him a better, more connected man. There have been many other actresses that have portrayed Ms. Lane over the years, but none of them have been able to capture the Lois Lane the way Margo Kidder did.

Margo Kidder died today, but her portrayal of Lois Lane will always live on, not just to me, but as arguably the most iconic performance of that iconic character. For a generation of us, she was Lois Lane, for better or worse, and all other portrayals are judged against hers. I very much enjoyed Amy Adams in the recent Man of Steel and think she is a fine Lois Lane, but something about Margo Kidder’s Lois still holds my heart. Maybe it’s the age at which I first saw her, maybe it’s that she resembles the comic character more, or maybe it’s the way Margo played her. But I think she’ll always be my Lois, and I hope she and Christopher Reeve are enjoying a fond reunion.

Goodnight, Lois.

#18 – Avengers Infinity War Panel

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #18!

In this SPOILER filled episide I sit down with friends of the podcast Caren Spitler and Golden to discuss Avengers Infinity War in all it’s aspects. You know what that means:


If you haven’t seen the movie yet (and if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably have, maybe multiple times) please see it first, then come back and listen to our panel. If you have already seen it, we hope you enjoy our thorough and entertaining discussion!

Oh, did I mention SPOILERS yet?

#17 – Avengers Infinity War *Spoiler Free*

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix number #17!

This episode is a short and sweet spoiler free review of Avengers: Infinity War!

What else needs to be said?

And then Drax turned three…

Happy third birthday Drax the Destroyer!

I will admit, when Drax first came into the picture, I was dubious. We already had two dogs, one a giant schnauzer as well. And Drax definitely lived up to his “destroyer” moniker, being a crazy hellion. But as manic as he was, he was also extremely affectionate, moreso than our elderly giant schnauzer, Luna.

Well, three years in, he’s still a crazy hellion, but he’s also mellowed, and is more accepting of new people and dogs without losing any of his natural protectiveness or affectionate nature.

Drax is not an easy dog to photograph, for two reasons. One, he’s jet black, and absorbs all the light in the world. The other is that when he’s awake he rarely stays still long enough to get a picture. But I was able to catch him after he stole one of my slippers. Yeah, that’s Drax—not trying to hide it, not trying to run, just staring me down with an impish look in his eye.

Either that, or maybe he’s trying to tell me that since I named him after a Marvel character, I shouldn’t wear the slippers promoting a DC character…

Enjoy your meat and fresh bone tonight, Drax. Happy birthday, and may you have many more, and never lose that impish look in your eye.

#16 – WonderCon, Suicide Squad, Kevin Hearne, Batman Ninja, Ready Player One

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #16! I’m your host Orren Merton, and while this is a shorter episode it’s jam packed with goodies!

This year I attended WonderCon in Orange County, California. (:54). I give my impressions of the con, and also some of the great premieres and panels I saw there:

I took in the DC Animated movie Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (3:27)
A panel with fantasy author Kevin Hearne (6:30)
And another DC Animated movie, this one from Warner Japan called Batman Ninja (8:22).

Finally, I give a **spoiler free** review of Ready Player One. (10:33)

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

#15 – Timeless & Jessica Jones S2 + Tech Gadgets

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #15! This episode we’ve got a little television and a few tech gadgets!

I start by discussiong two shows I’m watching that just started their second seasons: Timeless and Jessica Jones. (:44)

After that, I discuss three tech gadgets: the iPhone X, the Xiaomi Amazfit Bip watch, and the Amazon Echo Spot. (4:45)

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!