Best Chemistry Sets for STEM Kids and Homeschool

Thames and Kosmos Glowing Chemistry

A chemistry set is a great way to introduce students to science and can be a lot of fun. There are a lot of options for a chemistry set, with good options for kids of different ages. Listed here are some great choices of chemistry sets for any setting, whether it’s going to be in a homeschool setting or as a toy for a kid that’s interested in STEM.

 

What Comes with a Good Chemistry Set?

The most important part of a chemistry set is the instruction manual. Each of the sets listed here includes a guide to the experiments, which show the student how to conduct the experiment and what they can learn from doing it.

The content of the instructions vary between companies, but most try to create instructions for the experiments that are consistent with the age ranges described on the box.

Thames & Kosmoss CHEM C3000 Chemistry SetAside from the experiment manual, you will get equipment included that provides you almost everything you need to complete the experiments.

Examples of the equipment is beakers, test tubes, pipettes, and stands. Many kits, such as the Thames & Kosmos C3000, include safety equipment such as safety glasses or goggles.

Chemical compounds that are required to complete the experiments are included, but you’ll see more variation on this. Most chemistry sets have at least some chemicals, compounds and materials that you’ll need to find from around the house.  Some examples of these types of additional materials are baking soda, rubber bands and vinegar, but sometimes the additional components required to complete all experiments in a kit are more specific and will take an extra trip to the store.

Should You get a Big or Small Chemistry Set?

This depends on the situation. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription, but there are some times when getting the big set is a good idea and some times when getting a smaller set is the better option.

For homeschool, especially if there is more than one kid being homeschooled, then get the big set. The amount of equipment that comes with the big sets will do a better job of starting your lab than a smaller kit. In a homeschool, the parents are guiding the lessons and while the students end up making a lot of choices, if Chemistry is on the lesson plan then you should just get the big set and you’re on your way to a good lab environment for learning.

Thames and Kosmos Glowing ChemistryFor younger students, especially if you’re not sure of their interest level, you should start small. A lot of parents have fond memories of playing with their chemistry set as a child and are now shopping for a set for their own kid, hoping to give their children a great and scientific toy to improve their mind, but also to relive some of those memories they had growing up.

Just remember that kids today have a lot more distractions and more things competing for their attention. So just because you played with chemistry as a kid, and your son or daughter is super-smart, that won’t necessarily translate to them being into it like you were.

If this describes you (I’ll bet it does), then take my advice and start small, have fun working through the experiments with them and then after they’re hooked you can splurge on the bigger set.

Best Advanced Chemistry Sets for Homeschool and STEM

Thames & Kosmoss CHEM C3000 Chemistry Set

The Thames and Kosmos CHEM C3000 is the best choice for a complete chemistry set for homeschool and students interested in STEM.

With over 300 experiments and a large collection of equipment and materials, it will be a great start for your chemistry lab.

Age: 11+

Thames and Kosmos C2000 Chemistry Set

Almost to the level of the C3000, the Thames and Kosmos CHEM C2000 is an intermediate level kit that includes much of the equipment available in the larger set at a slightly lower price point.

This set does include an alcohol burner, and this is the smallest T&K set to include it, but some of the chemicals that are included may not be enough to complete all of the 250 experiments in the book, so a trip to the store could be in order after it’s been played with for a while.

Age: 11+

Smithsonian MicroChem XM 5000 chemistry set

The Smithsonian MicroChem XM 5000 is marketed as the safest chemistry set made. It has no burner and the experiments all call for smaller amounts of chemicals. It also has a very nice case which opens like a toolbox but can stand up on the table.

Unfortunately, even though its popular, this set is no longer made. So check ebay for a good deal and don’t get taken advantage by people charging hundreds for this kit. It can be had for anywhere between $50-$100 for a complete set.

Shop ebay for MicroChen XM 5000

Best Beginner Chemistry Sets for Homeschool and STEM

Elenco Chemistry Lab

Elenco’s Chemistry Lab is perfect for a beginners lab. It has enough equipment and chemical compounds in the kit to do all of the experiments in the book. This is great as it keep you from having to make a trip to the store or scavenge supplies from the cupboards and garage.

Age: 10+

Thames and Kosmos CHEM C1000 chemistry set

The Thames & Kosmos CHEM C1000 is the biggest set from T&K that is still a “beginner set”.  It includes 30 pieces of equipment and instructions for conducting 125 different experiments.

Some experiments call for heat to cause the reaction, but in this set you don’t get a burner, so a candle or possibly a lamp with an incandescent bulb will need to be used.

Age: 10+

Science Wiz Chemistry Set and Book

Chemistry from Science Wiz is a book and a kit together in a combined package. What I love about this is that the book and experiments are geared at a younger group. This is a great option for the very first set, when your student is somewhere between 1st and 3rd grade.

Despite being targeted for younger kids, this set puts the focus on education and you don’t just get the experiments but a guided tour to what’s going on with them.

Age: 6+

Focused chemistry sets great for younger kids and gifts

Sparkle Science chemistry set or girls

John Adams’ Sparkly Science is the glitzy chemistry set for girls. Women in STEM is not just a problem in the grown-up world. It starts small with girls being encouraged to find their passion and spark their interest in science from a young age.

The experiments in this set seem to be a little lighter on the science, with extra emphasis on the sparkle.  But if it brings out the inner geek in your little girl, then I’m all for it!

Batteries are required for the lava lamp project.

Age: 8+

Thames and Kosmos Glowing Chemistry

The Thames & Kosmos Glowing Chemistry includes the equipment and MOST of the components needed to complete 22 experiments that glow! The chemical reactions in this experiment can cause light to be radiated from household objects, including coins, bananas and tree bark.

One bad thing about this set is that the tree bark called for is horse chestnut, easily available in some areas but not everywhere. Too bad it doesn’t come with the bark in the box, but you could try the experiment with other tree barks  and see what you can find!

Still most of the ingredients you need to come up with are easy to find, and if you can’t locate some of the uncommon items you’ll still be able to do most of the experiments.

Age: 10+

Thames and Kosmos Candy Chemistry set

Explore the fun of chemistry in one of its most practical applications – cooking!

With the Thames & Kosmos kit Candy Chemistry, you not only get to experiment with temperature and crystallization, but after you’re done with your experiments you get a tasty treat.. of knowledge! (and candy)

The emphasis is more on fun and less on chemistry with this set, but from taking the wrapping off the box, to digging in and making the candy, your youngster is going to be very excited to eat their science project!

Set does not include all required ingredients, so plan for a trip to the grocery store as part of the whole experience.

Age: 10+

Android Netrunner Data Pack The Liberated Mind Available

 

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the availability of the fifth data pack in the Mumbad cycle for Android: Netrunner The Card Game. The Liberated Mind explores traditional Indian cultures through the lens of the futuristic and dystopian version of Android, offering both runners and corps new ways to operate.

Highlights for runners from The Liberated Mind include The Noble Path, an Anarch event that allows a runner to make a run and not take any damage, perfect for running against high damage ice like Janus 1.0, one of the popular pieces of ice from the What Lies Ahead data pack.

Corp decks get many powerful upgrades in The Liberated Mind as well, with new psi ice and agenda’s such as Chetana and Dedicated Neural Net. Chetana is a 3 strength sentry ice that is capable of doing net damage to a runner based on the number of cards in their grip. Dedicated Neural Net is a psi agenda that allows the corp to sometimes choose which cards the runner accesses from HQ during the first successful run of a turn.


Unless the Runner pays to break the first subroutine, you’ll gain two credits, and then if you’ve managed to score a Dedicated Neural Net, you can simply win a psi game to steer the Runner into your Snare!. Even if you don’t have a Snare! in hand, you can make sure the Runner simply accesses your ice or operations, not your agendas.


 

Android Netrunner Playmat Available

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the availability of a new playmat for Android: Netrunner that is big enough for both the runner and the corp to spread out their cards and try to take down their opponent on.

The System Breach 2-person playmat for Android Netrunner includes clearly defined sections for the Identity, Stack and Heap for the runner as well as HQ, R&D and Archives for the corporation.


For more coverage of Android: Netrunner be sure to check out or Android:Netrunner game page or the full list of expansions for Android:Netrunner!

More Android: Netrunner Playmats (Single Player)

This joins an increasing collection of playmats for Android Netrunner, that previously have come in a variety of styles but so far this is the first that is designed for both players to use.

Android Netrunner Playmat: The Root


Android Netrunner Playmat – The Masque


Android Netrunner Playmat: Feedback Filter

Preview the Sith Objective Set from Galactic Ambitions Expansion for Star Wars The Card Game

Published 16 May 2016 | Star Wars: The Card Game

Dark Lord of the Sith

Preview a Sith Objective Set from Galactic Ambitions

“Your powers are weak, old man.”    –Darth Vader, Star Wars: A New Hope

Throughout the arenas of the Galactic Civil War, two great powers have struggled for dominance: the Sith controlling the Empire and the tiny Rebel Alliance struggling to win freedom for the galaxy. Neither power will give an inch in their battles, and with the Galactic Ambitions expansion for Star Wars™: The Card Game, you have the chance to determine which will finally be victorious.

Galactic Ambitions is the fifth deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, and it puts the spotlight squarely on the Sith and Rebel Alliance affiliations by introducing new objective sets for each, as well as a single objective set for each other affiliation in the game.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at a Sith objective set that centers around the most iconic lord of the Sith—Darth Vader.

The Force Is Strong With Him

Across the Star Wars saga, there are few characters that command such fear as Darth Vader. In Star Wars: The Card Game, your opponent may be equally terrified to see you play Darth Vader under your control. From the very first days of the game’s Core Set, Darth Vader (Core Set, 35) has shaped the game. His ability to deal direct damage whenever a Sith event is played means that your opponent must constantly fear the way that cards like Force Choke (Core Set, 59) can whittle away at his forces.

The Galactic Ambitions expansion introduces a new version of Darth Vader (Galactic Ambitions, 1055), and you’ll quickly notice that he has a very different specialization. Although this Darth Vader shares the same cost, damage capacity, Force icons, combat icons, and the elite keyword with previous versions, he has gained an ability that reads, “Interrupt: When this unit resolves its unit damage icons, assign the damage to a target non-participating exhausted enemy unit instead.” Furthermore, Darth Vader gains an additional unit damage icon while your opponent has two or more exhausted units.

In essence, this ability allows Darth Vader’s combat icons to reach outside of the current engagement similar to the targeted strike keyword. You can probably think of many times your opponent attacked with a weak character, while his most important units stayed back, exhausted. Now, you can choose to forego destroying a unit in the engagement in order to reach a much more tempting target outside. No matter what you decide, your opponent must think carefully about how he declares his engagements when he has exhausted units. Even powerful Force Users like Yoda (Join Us or Die, 568) or Luke Skywalker (Core Set, 92) can fall to Darth Vader’s blade if your opponent isn’t careful.

Exhausting your opponent’s units forms a theme that runs throughout this entire objective set. The objective in this set, Dark Lord of the Sith (Galactic Ambitions, 1054), forces your opponent to focus a ready non-Vehicle unit at the beginning of the conflict phase, so long as you control three or more Sith objectives. By forcing your opponent to focus one of his ready units, you not only neuter his potential attackers or defenders for the next turn, you provide Darth Vader with even more targets to destroy.

You can also exhaust your opponent’s best units on command with Telekinetic Strike (Galactic Ambitions, 1058). This event requires you to focus one of your own units, but it allows you to place a focus token on any enemy Character or Creature unit with an equal or lower cost! Furthermore, if the Balance of the Force is with the dark side, you can place two focus tokens on the target unit instead. Exhausting one of your opponent’s units can turn the tide of any conflict, and if you need to refresh your unit quickly, you can just play a card like Rage (Lure of the Dark Side, 532).

You can also focus your opponent’s units with one of the new fate cards introduced in this deluxe expansion: Visage of the Dark Lord (Galactic Ambitions, 1059). If you have a unique Sith unit participating in the engagement, you can play Visage of the Dark Lord in your edge stack to immediately place a focus token on any participating enemy unit. By playing Visage of the Dark Lord at the right time, you could completely negate your opponent’s reason for attacking or defending, leaving you firmly in control of the situation.

This objective set concludes with two cards that you can use to support Darth Vader in any Sith deck. The Sith Warrior (Galactic Ambitions, 1056) is an inexpensive, defensive character with the shielding keyword—granting extra protection to both your units and objectives. You’ll also find a copy of Vader’s Meditation Chamber (Galactic Ambitions, 1057). This unique enhancement provides a Sith resource, and if you control any Force User or Force Sensitive units, you reduce the cost to play this card by one, making it one of the most efficient resources in the game.

You Have Failed Me for the Last Time

For centuries, the Sith hid in the shadows, plotting the fall of the Jedi and their own rise to power. Now that they have succeeded and rule the galaxy-spanning Galactic Empire, they will never allow a puny alliance of rebels to steal their victory. Intimidate your opponents with the power of the dark side, and pre-order your copy of the Galactic Ambitions expansion at your local retailer today!

 

© & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. Living Card Game, LCG, and the LCG logo are ® of Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc.

 

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Perot Museum and Dell Announce New Mobile Innovation, TECH Truck

A glimpse at the inside of a TECH Truck. (Photo: Business Wire)

Rolling into neighborhoods soon! Through a generous $1.13 million grant over three years from Dell, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has created a mobile innovation truck that will bring science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning to a broader and more diverse audience in the Dallas/Fort Worth region and beyond. The Perot Museum TECH Truck, powered by Dell, will provide more opportunities for the community to engage in museum experiences through free, out-of-school educational and interactive programs, including drop-in sessions and workshops, using no- and low-tech activities as well as high-tech experiences. The program is designed to reach people who – for a variety of reasons – do not or cannot engage with the Museum at its physical location.

“The TECH Truck fosters the future success of underserved youth in those types of roles. Dell is thrilled to continue our strong relationship with the Perot Museum as we work together to find innovative new approaches to address critical skills gaps.”

“We know there are families who never or rarely have an opportunity to visit museums, so we want to bring technology and digital literacy directly into their neighborhoods,” said Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “This tremendous gift from our longtime friend, Dell, allows the Perot Museum to deliver meaningful, engaging and inspiring educational content in a unique way outside the four walls of our main building.”

The super-cool, custom-outfitted van has been nicknamed TECH Truck, an acronym based on the program’s mission to inspire youth to “Tinker, Engineer, Create, and Hack.” Specially trained Perot Museum educators will work on a full-time basis to instruct children to solve design challenges through hands-on making, tinkering and creative problem solving. Activities will include soldering, squishy circuits, coding, robotics, wind-tube challenges, 3D printing, laser cutting and stomp rocket design, to name a few.

“According to the Brookings Institution, there are 26 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related jobs in the U.S. today,” said Mona Charif, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Dell Services. “The TECH Truck fosters the future success of underserved youth in those types of roles. Dell is thrilled to continue our strong relationship with the Perot Museum as we work together to find innovative new approaches to address critical skills gaps.”

The TECH Truck will debut this fall, operating 300 days per year and reaching an estimated 20,000 people annually at community centers, libraries, public areas and parks, community events and schools. Plans are to launch a second TECH Truck in 2016. Each TECH Truck will be large enough to accommodate two staff members plus necessary materials and equipment. A pop-up awning will allow outdoor programming to take place adjacent to the vehicle.

Target audiences include economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, where most students attend Title 1 schools, and outlying areas in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The Museum will leverage existing relationships with organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls Inc. and Boys and Girls Clubs along with city recreation centers to reach target populations.

The curriculum may involve “no technology” (such as the paper stomp rocket design challenge or creating rubber stamps), “low technology” (as in soldering and squishy circuits) or “high technology” (including 3D printing, computer coding and laser cutting) using equipment provided by Dell and others. Programs will be a mix of one-time drop-in sessions where there is no prerequisite attendance along with multiple-session mini-camps that dive more deeply into design thinking, processes and higher-order skills such as coding and programming. One-time sessions will correlate thematically to the mini-camps and serve to encourage further participation in mini-camps, providing transition from curious experimenter to engaged, interested participant.

The curriculum for the TECH Truck program has been developed by a team of expert Perot Museum educators. Two full-time staff members have been hired to guide and manage the program, with the support of the Museum’s education staff and trained volunteers. Most educators involved with the TECH Truck will speak both Spanish and English in order to best serve communities in the DFW area with large Spanish-speaking populations.

The Perot Museum has had a strong relationship with Dell for the past three years. In 2012, Dell Services donated $6.5 million in technology and services to the Perot Museum to power its IT operations and help support its goal to advance youth education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The investment included Dell products and services, along with initial technology implementation for the Museum build-out as well as outsourced technology operations, support services and data center hosting. Dell team members also donate their time and energy as volunteers, creating and manning a station at one of the Museum’s monthly Discovery Days and participating in the annual Engineering Week.

For more information about the TECH Trucks, go to perotmuseum.org/techtruck.

MakerBot and TOM Announce Thingiverse Challenge for Better and More Accessible Assistive Technology

MakerBot and TOM announce Thingiverse Challenge

MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, today made available 3D designs for assistive devices and challenged members of MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing community, to improve these prototypes. The prototypes were designed at the Bay Area Makeathon for assistive technology, a 72-hour event organized by Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) and United Cerebral Partners of the North Bay, and sponsored by Google.org at TechShop San Francisco on September 11-13. MakerBot was the official desktop 3D printing partner for the event. The event brought people with disabilities and others who understand their needs together with technologists, educators, designers, and makers. Together they created groundbreaking assistive devices for people with disabilities who can’t find or afford off-the-shelf products to address their needs. MakerBot is announcing an Assistive Technology Challenge on Thingiverse to make these life-changing inventions available to people with disabilities worldwide and is inviting the global Thingiverse community to further iterate on the designs and prototypes.

“To have a person on the team who has a need for the device was integral to our design process and we look forward to seeing how people on Thingiverse improve upon it.”

“We are blown away by the solutions that were developed during the Bay Area Makeathon for assistive technology, said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. “There are thousands of people with disabilities around the world who can’t find off-the-shelf products that address their needs, simply because there is no business case. The Bay Area Makeathon exemplifies how 3D printing can democratize medical innovation, and we’re excited to upload the prototypes to MakerBot Thingiverse to make them available to people around the world for free and allow the global community of 3D designers to improve upon the great work done at the Bay Area Makeathon.”

The following are a select number of 3D printed devices from the Bay Area Makeathon that are featured in the Assistive Technology Challenge on Thingiverse:

Grabber

Team Grabber won the MakerBot Award for Rapid Prototyping at the Bay Area Makeathon for a stick that allows Kim Lathrop, who has no arms, to grab and move objects with her mouth. Lathrop said that she is excited by the possibilities of the Grabber: “This device helps me do things myself, which is a basic human desire. There are so many things I’ll be able to do now, like setting a table for guests.” The Grabber team went through multiple iterations prototyped on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and the final 3D design files for the Grabber are available on Thingiverse.

Team members: Alex Gecht, Inbal Halperin, Kim Lathrop, Maayan Kahana, and Noam Platt

Carry Crutches

Anyone who has ever had to walk on crutches knows how difficult it can be to carry things, especially a cup. To solve this common problem, Team Carry Crutches developed a self-stabilizing cup holder that attaches to a crutch and can hold a beverage without spilling. The team designed a 3D printed gimbal inspired by those used to steady a camera on an aerial drone. The team developed two versions of the cup holder: a mechanical version that costs only $15 in materials and combines 3D printed parts with ball bearings, and an electronic version that features a Raspberry Pi, servo motors, and an accelerometer which costs $30 to build. “We know that sometimes, helping people do the simplest tasks can have a tremendous impact, that’s why our team created the Carry Crutches,” said Tomas Garces, a design engineer at General Electric Firstbuild. “To have a person on the team who has a need for the device was integral to our design process and we look forward to seeing how people on Thingiverse improve upon it.” The 3D design files for Carry Crutches are available on Thingiverse.

Team members: Benoy Bhagattjee, Daisy Bermudez, Ilan Sherman, Maayan Dremer, Matthew Wasala, and Tomas Garces.

Smart Ass

Frequent wheelchair users are at risk for developing pressure sores after staying in one position for too long; some sores can cause serious infections. Right now there are very few measures to combat this problem, like using a soft pillow to minimize contact with a seat. The team 3D printed a device that could be fitted to the bottom of any wheelchair seat and equipped it with sensors that tell the wheelchair user, or a caregiver, to shift their weight to ensure blood flows to the affected area. They also created a smartphone application via which the notification to move would appear, and directly paired that with the 3D printed device. The 3D design files for Smart Ass are available on Thingiverse.

Team members: Hagit Alon, Oscar Segovia, Paul Herzlich, Pierre Karashchuk, Shaun Giudici, Tomás Vega, Yakshu Madaan, and Yonni Bank

iEat: Independent Feeder

For a person with limited hand control, using a spoon, fork, or knife is a significant challenge. There are feeding devices available, but they typically cost thousands of dollars and often promise more than they deliver. Using several 3D printed parts, team iEat developed a low-cost device that helps people with limited hand control to feed themselves. The 3D design files for iEat are available on Thingiverse.

Team members: Clarice Torrey, Dana Yichye-Shwachamn, Ken Fujimoto, Randy Darden, and Zebreda Dunham

Pill Crush

Pills can be too large for people to swallow and many consumers have difficulty crushing these pills to make it easier for them to take. Currently available solutions often waste medication in the process of transferring the crushed medicine from a mortar to a syringe. Team Pill Crush prototyped a portable medicine grinder that also functions as a syringe using a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. The final device will be made of nonstick materials and include tools to round up any remaining medication. The 3D design files for Pill Crush are available on Thingiverse.

Team members: Andrew Shostak, Derrik French, Eli Chissick, Oded Shorer, and Oscar Segovia

The Assistive Technology Challenge on Thingiverse will last until November 1 and invites Thingiverse users to rethink, remix, and expand upon select designs from the Bay Area Makeathon, with the focus being on creating things that assist people with disabilities. Participants can also upload new designs of their own. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, usability and real-world impact. Participants have a chance to win a MakerBot Replicator (5th generation) with MakerCare, have their design featured on the MakerBot Thingiverse website, and receive strategic consulting to take their prototype to the next level and help people globally.

Desktop 3D printing has introduced a new model of innovation to the medical field in which anyone can turn ideas into physical objects and develop new products. Innovations from past TOM events include walking aids and book-reading devices. MakerBot Replicators have also been used by researchers to develop 3D models that help surgeons prepare for surgery, grow cartilage to repair tracheal damage, prepare customized dosages from pharmaceutical filament, and make low-cost prosthetic hands.

Scream Queens – What Fresh Hell is This?

Scream Queens

“But you said you loved me…”

“I did sort of love you. I’d just love you a lot more if other people loved you too.”

Everything about the new Fox comedy horror repelled me. The promos featuring college girls standing outside their sorority house blowing bubble gum with a demon face in it. I figured, that no matter how “scary” they tried to make it, there was no way they could pull it off.

They pulled it off. Watching Scream Queens is like a twisted abomination between Clueless and Halloween. While you’re sure from the very beginning of how evil some of the characters are, you cannot be sure how widespread the evil is.

A twist on the slasher genre, in Scream Queens the sorority house isn’t stalked by a psychopath. At least, the sorority house isn’t stalked only by a psychopath. There are plenty of psychopaths already in the sorority. Whether they are actually doing the murders or not (they are), the actual horror is not just displayed in the gruesome deaths but in the obliviousness which these girls are going through life.

Stepping on people, treating people like trash and humiliating them is just a typical day for Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, the current president of Kappa Kappa Tao. Her rise to the leadership of the local chapter was surrounded by suspicion, as the previous president was killed by an unfortunate spray tanning incident. Yes, a spray tanning incident.

The tongue-in-cheek writing of Scream Queens is bright and the characters are surprisingly interesting. Though vapid in their brains, they are presented in such a mocking way, with descriptions for the new sorority pledges such as “Predatory Lez”, and “Deaf Taylor Swift”.

Nasim Pedrad deserves a special mention for her portrayal of the sorority house lawyer, redeeming herself for the machinelike girlfriend-roommate character she played in the ill-fated “Mulaney”. Watching her in Mulaney was like watching a bad impression of Elaine from Seinfeld, unfunny and failing in every way. As lawyer Gigi Caldwell, she is barely capable as an attorney but perfectly capable of cracking you up.

Frank Miller Returns to Batman in Dark Knight III – Master Race

In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after The Dark Knight Returns, Miller himself has returned with a third and final chapter to his groundbreaking saga.

THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE continues Frank Miller’s landmark Dark Knight saga that began with 1986’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and continued with its 2001-2002 sequel THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

Co-written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is a miniseries in eight parts, with each issue consisting of one 32-page main story and one 16-page minicomic focusing on a different character from within the world of Miller’s Dark Knight.

These minicomics are a crucial part of the story, are also written by Miller and Azzarello and will be drawn by some of the greatest artists currently working in comics.

Dark Knight III Master Race by Frank Miller

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 will be available at your local comic shop or favorite online comic retailer on November 25, 2015. The first issue will feature both standard and variant covers, plus a series of custom retailer covers only available at select stores.

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan is one of the best games out there. There are many expansions and different sets, and the basic game even comes in different themes such as a Star Trek theme and a Star Wars theme.

But the basic game is everything you need to get started.

If you consider yourself a gamer, or know a gamer that doesn’t already have a copy of Catan, you can do no better than to get a copy of this near perfect game.

This original Settlers of Catan game plays with 3 or 4 players. Each game takes about an hour to play.

This is one you’ll definitely want to get.

 

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Ghostbusters Reboot Director Paul Feig Announces Sigourney Weaver in Cast

Ghostbusters (2016) cast

According to IMDB, Bill Murray is making an appearance in the new Ghostbusters reboot coming in 2016. It’s also rumored that Dan Aykroyd will.  So, can I speak to Dana? I know, I know… There is no Dana… Only Zu’ul.

IMDB makes no mention of Sigourney Weaver, who played the orchestra player turned living embodiment of an ancient demigod, but thanks to writer and director Paul Feig for confirming what we’d hoped: Sigourney Weaver is in the movie as well.

With a cast that is deep in comedy, this looks like it’s going to be a great summer action comedy. Ghostbuster stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig taking on the lead roles as ghost fighting entrepreneurs. Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon also star.

The original Ghostbusters was one of the best movies of the 1980s with many hilarious characters and very scenes that hold up well today. The original Ghostbusters starred Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson as the proton pack wielding busters.

The new movie bring a female cast to play the lead parts. Written and Directed by Feig, who also wrote and directed the Melissa McCarthy movie Spy, as well as directing her in Bridesmaids and Heat.

Now, hopefully we’re just one tweet away from learning that Rick Moranis will reprise his role of Lewis in the reboot. Well, one can hope anyway.

Ghostbusters is currently in post-production and has a release date of July 10, 2016.