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I’m super pumped to announce I’ll be reviewing Orphan Black's second season for Boing Boing! I’m a big fan of the show and can’t wait to spend this season discussing clones, craft rooms, and clonesbians with all of you! (I’ve seen the season two premiere and it is, in a word, amazing).
I wrote up a spoiler-filled recap of the first season to help you get caught up and share my thoughts on just what makes this show so incredible. I’d love to hear from other fans about your favorite parts of Orphan Black. Feel free to send me a message on Tumblr or get in touch on Twitter! I’m excited to be a part of the Clone Club. 

What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network? Or are they your identical clones created by a mysterious organization seeking to advance human evolution to the next level? That last one might not be a question most family dramas are interested in asking, but Orphan Black isn’t most family dramas.
Like the best sci-fi shows, BBC America’s addictive Orphan Black uses its fantastical lens to explore realities of the human condition. Where Battlestar Galactica examined politics and terrorism using a fleet of spaceships and Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicted the struggles of adolescence through demons and witches, Orphan Black uses human cloning to explore the nature of family. That unifying central theme, a slew of fantastic characters, and an absolutely stellar central performance (well, performances) from star Tatiana Maslany combine to make Orphan Black one of the best shows of 2013 and one you should absolutely check out before it returns for a second season on April 19. [Read more]

I’m super pumped to announce I’ll be reviewing Orphan Black's second season for Boing Boing! I’m a big fan of the show and can’t wait to spend this season discussing clones, craft rooms, and clonesbians with all of you! (I’ve seen the season two premiere and it is, in a word, amazing).

I wrote up a spoiler-filled recap of the first season to help you get caught up and share my thoughts on just what makes this show so incredible. I’d love to hear from other fans about your favorite parts of Orphan Black. Feel free to send me a message on Tumblr or get in touch on Twitter! I’m excited to be a part of the Clone Club. 

What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network? Or are they your identical clones created by a mysterious organization seeking to advance human evolution to the next level? That last one might not be a question most family dramas are interested in asking, but Orphan Black isn’t most family dramas.

Like the best sci-fi shows, BBC America’s addictive Orphan Black uses its fantastical lens to explore realities of the human condition. Where Battlestar Galactica examined politics and terrorism using a fleet of spaceships and Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicted the struggles of adolescence through demons and witches, Orphan Black uses human cloning to explore the nature of family. That unifying central theme, a slew of fantastic characters, and an absolutely stellar central performance (well, performances) from star Tatiana Maslany combine to make Orphan Black one of the best shows of 2013 and one you should absolutely check out before it returns for a second season on April 19. [Read more]

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Check It Out!: Stuff I Love On The Internet

Tiny Nuts is a slightly off-kilter web series about two ladies living in LA with their chihuahua named Nut. It’s created by two of my very talented friends from college and you might as well start watching now so that when they become famous you can say you liked them first. Tiny Nuts has a slightly Broad City vibe, and I particularly like how the whole thing maintains a surprisingly optimistic view of life after college.

Above is the second episode, “BFF,” which is probably my favorite video released so far. New episodes debut every Tuesday. You can follow TIny Nuts on Twitter and check out their previous videos about dating, Vespas, and post-grad life.

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Chicago has been flirting with spring for a few weeks now, but yesterday was the first day that actually felt like the end of winter and the start of something new.

The temperature hovered in the high 70s all day, which of course necessitated a trip to the beach. It’s still much too cold to go swimming (or even wade into the water for more than a few minutes), but it was the first time I’ve been able to wear shorts outside in who knows how long (as evidenced by my pale, pale legs above).

I enlisted my always adventurous friend to join me and we had a fantastic time running along the beach, doing handstands (him, not me), and singing “Let It Go” into the wind. We even left our shoes for about an hour while we walked around and they were still there when we got back! We ended the night with margaritas and Mexican food at the Uptown location of Fiesta Mexicana.

Of course after yesterday’s glorious glimpse of spring, today is chilly and rainy (which is a good excuse to stay inside in my pajamas), but that glimpse of the weather-to-come got me very excited to shrug off this Polar Vortex of a winter and get ready for sunscreen and shorts full-time.

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