The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 46: Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby Discuss the Music She Likes

In this mini-episode, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby (well she just makes baby sounds) discuss the music the Nola Nerd Couple plays for the baby and which ones she seems to enjoy the most!

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The Nola Nerd Couple Podcast Episode 46: Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby Discuss the Music She Likes

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In this mini-episode, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple and the Nola Nerd Baby (well she just makes baby sounds) discuss the music the Nola Nerd Couple plays for the baby and which ones she seems to enjoy the most!

Star Wars: Learning to Listen

I never gave two cents about diversity in much anything when I was a kid and teenager.  “If it doesn’t affect me, why should I care” was my attitude.  Let’s face, why would it affect me.  I’m a straight, white, cis male of European descent.  Furthermore, I was a skinny kid.

I also grew up in a town that had few minorities.  There was not a large black population where I grew up and the Hispanic and Asian communities were non-existent. There were no discussions of diversity until I became an adult.

When I taught in public school in New Orleans, it home to me how diversity mattered.  I remember bringing up Star Wars to describe something, and the kids didn’t understand the reference.  It wasn’t because of their age either.  It was because the movie didn’t speak to them about their lives. But since it was school, I didn’t really delve further into it.

The more I’ve embraced my nerdom, the more I ran into all kinds of fans.  The more I became interested in their stories. Reading blogs by people of color and discussing diversity at cons, the more I understood how difficult it is for some people to feel part of something. It wasn’t just that characters didn’t look or talk like them that made them feel excluded. It was also the fandoms itself that did this. I’ve seen on more than one occasion a male Star Wars fan trying to explain something to my wife about the saga. I always feel sorry for them, because my wife is strongwilled and doesn’t hold back. She definitely doesn’t need me to be her white night. However, for introverts, this might not come as naturally.

Particularly useful was the hashtag #swrepmatters.  Stories from people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and people from different body types opened my eyes to how the Star Wars fandom is approached from different people. It taught me how people felt when they saw a person that looked like them on screen and actually had something to do.

I seriously could write a dissertation about how much I learned from reading the posts with that hashtag.  I wrote one that was similar to this blog.  However, as much as I want to speak about diversity, in the end, I better serve the movement by listening. The “white savior” trope is all too familiar to people who don’t look like me.

I could say I’m interested in this topic because I have a daughter and I want her to be able to enjoy any fandom she wants without feeling excluded. More importantly, I want to enjoy the fandom without the creepiness that a lot of women have to go through.  But, I’m going to be selfish.  I want to learn more because it is better for me. It makes me a better person.

The more I listen the more I learn. The more I learn the more I can become an ally.

 

 

Parenting: Smiles and Pouts

Mr. Nola Nerd Couple’s grandfather passed away last week.  He lived a long, productive life full of good works.  Today, we put him to rest.

The Nola Nerd Baby spent a couple of afternoons with him.  On the first one, she was all smiles and totally enthralled with her great-grandfather.

On the second trip, she was not having a good day.  She threw one of her few tantrums that day.  Still, she was cute and her great-grandfather new it. The more she bouded (cajun for being upset…not sure if the spelling is right), the bigger her bahbin (cajun for pout…again, not sure of spelling…I did check the internet and got 3 different spellings), the larger his laugh.

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These photos, and this blog, in particular, will be shared with her when she gets older.  You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you have been.

ComicCon-ing: New Orleans Now Has Two Major Conventions

Wizard World New Orleans has been a mainstay of the Gulf Coast convention scene for the most of the last decade.  It is always one of the first cons of the year, and they always put on a great show.  Last year, it was one of the few weekends that the Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple felt good enough to enjoy, so we had a blast at the con.

They started announcing some guests, and for fans of the show Outlander, it will be a fantastic time.  The author of the series, Diana Gabaldon will appear as well as series regulars, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, and Graham McTavish.  The con is January 4, 5, and 6 at the Ernest N. Morial Center.  You can purchase tickets here.

In June, New Orleans will have its second major level convention also at the Ernest N. Morial Center. Big Easy Con will be making it’s appearance June 1 & 2.  This con is run by LeftField Media that has runs Awesome Con in DC, which by all accounts lives up to its name. (Seriously, my sister in law lives in the area and their family went and had a great time!) Tickets just went on sale Tuesday along with two guests announcements. Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner, both of Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be attending the new convention. Tickets can be purchased here, and they are quite a bargain now if you buy!

Star Wars-ing: Autograph Look Out for October 19-21

If you are an autograph seeker like us, then Star Wars Actor Appearances is a must have this website in your arsenal. The team over there does a great job of listing every Star Wars actor, no matter the size of the part, convention appearances.

Making appearances this week are:

  • Gregg Berger
  • Trevor Butterfield,
  • Jim Cummings
  • Michael Henbury
  • Jason Isaacs
  • Ray Park
  • John Ratzenberger
  • Paul Blake
  • Chris Bunn
  • Mark Dodson
  • Mike Edmonds
  • Olivia Hack
  • Garrick Hagon
  • Bill Hargreaves
  • Alan Harris
  • Bai Ling
  • Sandeep Mohan
  • Cathy Munroe
  • David M. Santana
  • Felix Silla
  • Tina Simmons
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  • Jimmy Vee
  • Miltos Yerolemou

Of course, if you want to know when and where they are appearing, you will have to visit the Star Wars Actors Appearances website.

Star Wars-ing: Star Wars Celebration Cosplay Competition

If you have been to as many cons as we have, you would know that the best part of any con is seeing other con-goers dressed up.  We love all of them: lo-fi to good-enough-to-be-professionally designed. Celebration usually takes it to the next level.  Some of the finest that we have seen over the years was an unmasked Darth Vader (think the end of Return of the Jedi) to a life-size Jar Jar Binks.  I have dressed as a Hipster Vader once, while the Mrs. and her sisters went as Night Sisters.  One year, Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple went as Shaak Ti forcing my wife to act as her bodyguard and handler.  It was that good.  It was so good she should have joined the Star Wars Cosplay Competition!

That’s right, every Star Wars Celebration has a cosplay contest. Your entry must be a character from the saga or the Star Wars Universe. You will have to apply for the competition (they do get that many entries), so it can be reviewed before deciding.

Good news is that the application process isn’t open yet.  This gives you plenty of time to complete your costume and do some photo shoots for your application!