J.K. Rowling Introduces New Harry Potter Site!

J.K. Rowling, author of the wildly popular “Harry Potter” fantasy books, has introduced a new site for Potter fans. Pottermore will be available to users later this year, and you can now submit your e-mail address to be notified when it’s open. There’s no doubt the site will become an online mecca for fans of all ages. Not only does it promise to provide a way to keep in touch with the world of wizardry, magic, and muggles, it will also feature some new content!

Pottermore by JK Rowling
Pottermore logo

Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.

Early users will be granted access to the site July 31, and it will be open to the public in October.

Hooked on Angry Birds? Seen the cinematic trailer?

I love playing Angry Birds on my iPhone! My husband got me started on it. I played the Halloween version first, then the full version, and then the Halloween app automatically updated to include Christmas levels! I don’t want to know how many hours I’ve spent slinging birds at green pigs… But I still enjoy it!

So I’ve heard rumors about Angry Birds being made into a movie, but I hadn’t checked out the trailer until now. If you’re addicted to Angry Birds, you will enjoy this. Here you go!

Another Geek Mom Treat: Family Guy’s “The Empire Strikes Back”

If you’re not a regular watcher of Family Guy, you probably missed Seth Macfarlane’s animated version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (If you’re wondering, that’s the one that starts on the ice planet Hoth, and Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite.) That’s okay, though, because it’s now available on hulu.com, and you can see the whole thing online for free!

And even if you’re not a fan of Family Guy, you’ll still understand the parody and humorous asides, as long as you’re familiar with the dialogue and jokes from the original version of “Empire.” Enjoy!

P.S. I’ve watched all of the Star Wars movies more times than I can count, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I still don’t know what a nerf-herder is. Am I the only one who doesn’t know?

Handmade “Bag End Hobbit Hole Dollhouse” is Geek Bliss

Bag End miniature dollhouse
Bag End Hobbit Hole by Maddie Chambers

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my geeky mom friends out there! I have a quick site to share with you today, which is guaranteed to make your geek heart happy.

Fellow mom and admitted geek, Maddie Chambers, created this beautiful miniature version of Bag End, and she has posted photos and descriptions on her blog.

Her attention to detail, from the design on the rug to the food on the table, will warm the little hobbit holes of your heart. Check out the fireplace, which she made from her own backyard stone, and the barrel of Longbottom Leaf pipeweed in the pantry. Also, notice the stained glass windows, miniature statues of Sam and Frodo, Gimli’s axes, and Baggins family tree… It is all wonderful and amazing!

Thank you, Maddie, for undertaking this project and sharing it with us. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Maddie Chambers and Bag End dollhouse
Maddie Chambers and Bag End dollhouse

Twilight fans! View the First Official 90 Second Trailer for Eclipse!!!! Finally!

Hello, friends and fellow Twilight fans. It’s finally here! We’ve been waiting and waiting (and waiting!) for a peek at the next movie, and here it is — the first official trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is due in theaters in June 30, 2010. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume, and enjoy this 90 second glimpse at Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Jacob (shirtless! Taylor Lautner), Jane (Dakota Fanning), and the new Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard)! What do you think???

Great Gadget for Twilight Geeks: New Moon USB Drive

New Moon Soundtrack USB Drive
New Moon Soundtrack USB Drive

Here’s a short intro for a new product coming out any day now! I will be carrying these in my Twilight shop, and I’m pretty excited!

This is an officially licensed Twilight product, and it is a sweet combination of style and function. It’s a 2GB USB flash drive, with the Cullen family crest on the outside, and the New Moon movie soundtrack pre-loaded on the inside.

You can read the details and pre-order the New Moon USB drive now. I expect to have them ready to ship in late October 2009. Cheers!

I give Netflix two thumbs up! GeekMom’s Netflix review.

If you know me, I rarely include ads in my posts. In the sidebar, yes, but rarely in my posts. I have to really, sincerely like something before I’ll put an ad for it here.

I’ll just say it now: I like love Netflix!

I was skeptical at first. I didn’t sign up right away. In fact, this is a bit embarrassing to admit, but I initially joined Netflix mostly to get “points” for some Facebook game. Probably Mafia Wars or something like that.

I had intended to use the service during the free trial period, and then cancel it. But that was several months ago, and the free trial has long since elapsed, and I’m still using Netflix. My hubby and I share the movie queue, and I usually try to alternate action flicks with romantic comedies, but he gets into the account and adds thrillers and stuff. We rarely get out to the movies, and it’s really handy to add new releases to our queue and watch them at home whenever we want to.

Netflix, Inc.

Plus, a night at the movies runs us $20 for the tix, probably another $20 for snacks and drinks, and $40 for babysitting. And that’s if we don’t go out for dinner, too. It’s crazy!

I enjoy the on-demand viewing, too. It’s fun to play an old favorite movie (I recently watched Say Anything, one of the best movies from the 80s!) while I’m working around the house. I even used it a couple of times to help potty train my daughter, who was always too busy to take time to sit on the toilet. I put my laptop on the bathroom counter and fired up an episode of one of her favorite cartoons, and she’d stay there long enough to take care of business. Hey, don’t judge me. Potty training desperation can lead to all kinds of parental ploys. Some of you know what I mean!

So I’m giving Netflix my recommendation. If you haven’t tried it, click on that ad and sign up. I get credit if you do, and I’ll use it to keep my own subscription going. 🙂 Cheers!