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Free Archaeology & Ancient History Online Courses for 2016

How many times have you wished you could study archaeology or ancient history but have had to set aside those dreams due to a lack of finances or suitable classes in your area? Well, thanks to the magic of online learning, you needn’t let distance or budgetary concerns stop you from indulging your passion for the past. Web-based MOOCs (or massive open online courses) have helped transform education, making it easier (and cheaper) for people across the world to enroll on a wide range of academic or professional courses offered by some the world’s leading universities and E-learning companies, ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

StarWars.Com’s This is Madness 2016 – My Predictions

StarWars.Com’s annual character tournament, This is Madness, got underway today, pitting a total of 32 characters against each other for the title of the galaxy’s most popular character. The “Master of Evil” himself, Darth Vader, was crowned champion in last year’s tournament but will the Light Side prevail this time? This year’s contestants include some beloved figures from The Force Awakens as well as fan favourites from the other six Star Wars films and the spin-off TV series Clone Wars and Rebels. Earlier this month, fans were invited to submit their predictions via ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Things I Read This Week – 13 March 2016

The Force Awakens: Themes Across the Saga (AndrewinBelfast for Medium) An excellent read for those interested in the recurring themes seen throughout The Force Awakens, the original trilogy, and the prequels. Andrew offers a comparative analysis of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Rey in Episodes I, IV, and VII respectively and goes on to highlight a key theme that may hint at what’s to come in Episodes VIII and IX: the evolution of the light side of the Force from the orthodox Jedi Council ideals of the prequels to Rey’s almost instinctive use of the Force in The Force Awakens, which may ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Could Daisy Ridley Be The New Lara Croft?

A reboot of the Tomb Raider film franchise has been talked about for months but there are now rumours that Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley is one of the actresses in line for the coveted lead role. The film, which will be directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, is set for a 2017 release and will follow the adventures of a younger, less experienced Lara Croft as she sets out to make her mark on the world and become the renowned intrepid explorer we all know and love. While the film will not be a direct adaptation of the highly-acclaimed 2013 game, it’s clear that Uthaug’s film will be ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 11, 2016 // 3 Comments

15 ‘Star Wars’ Parody Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

Parody accounts are part of what makes Twitter so appealing to master procrastinators such as myself and it goes without saying that there’s no shortage of Star Wars parody accounts to follow. From lame joke-cracking Han Solos and condescending BB units to talking lightsabers and lonesome Skywalkers, Star Wars fans are nothing if not highly imaginative. And hilarious. Here’s a list of 15 Twitter accounts that have made me chuckle on more than one occasion: * 1) Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n)  Created by Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri shortly after the release of The Force Awakens, this parody ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

10 Fantastic Free Resources for Learning Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Ever had the urge to learn how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs but just simply lacked the funds for formal classes or expensive textbooks? Well then, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a number of useful, free online resources at your disposal. The following ten sites, if used in combination with a good introductory text such as James P. Allen’s Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs or Mark Collier and Bill Manley’s How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs, will help you get to grips with this complex but fascinating ancient language and deepen your knowledge of ... [Continue Reading]

Mar 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘These Are Your First Steps…’

Traditionally geeky hobbies and interests have dominated much of my life. From astronomy and Egyptian hieroglyphs in my pre-teen years to binge-watching sci-fi shows and playing video games as a teenage girl in the 90s to cosplaying and collecting Funko Pop figures in my 20s and early 30s, I cannot remember a time when I didn’t indulge my geeky side in one way or another. My So-Called Geek Life is a celebration of those fandoms and pastimes that helped forge some of my longest-lasting friendships and shaped me into the person I am today. Even my marriage has its roots in geekdom: it was a shared passion ... [Continue Reading]

Feb 29, 2016 // 0 Comments