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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

The Rules of Autumnal Goodness... And Klingon Dyslexia

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: October 2011

Last weekend I attended the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. After a series of maddening mishaps, (you haven’t really lived until you’ve had your car break down in Union Square, and thrown up on the side of the road on the way home back Stinson Beach) my cohort Hannah and I finally made it to the glorious glory of APE. Highlights include meeting Craig Thompson, (Blankets, Habibi) and Daniel Clowes, (Ghost World, Art School Confidental, Wilson) and purchasing a shirt with a picture of a pug playing the drums. Win.

In other comic news, a spoiler regarding the newest Nolan Batman flick has hit the internet. It seems our favorite burlap-clad super villain is back. That’s right kids, the Scarecrow is back and ready for some psychotic tomfoolery. This rumor isn’t totally confirmed yet, but here’s hoping. This next Batman movie is going to be pretty stuffed to the gills with characters. Catwoman, Bane, Talia al Ghul, two Ra’s al Ghuls, and whatever characters Juno Temple and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are playing.

And now… Klingons! Everyone loves a bit of Klingon news, right? Fifty-year old Jonathon Brown of Furzton, England has spent the last twelve years teaching himself to speak Klingon. As if this wasn’t equal parts ludicrous/amazing enough, Brown has dyslexia. (Fairly common reading disability that causes the afflicted individual to have difficulty recognizing certain symbols). How did he manage such a feat while suffering from dyslexia? In his own words, “Working on the translation has helped me understand where I’ve been having problems all my life with languages, I realized I’d been trying to remember the words in the name part of my brain and because I can’t remember names, I can’t remember the words. With the Klingon language games, I tended to put words into a different place and it went into my long-term memory.“ It seems that the same way one might remember cheat codes, Brown has trained his mind to retain the Klingon language. Ah Star Trek, is there anything you can’t do?

Speaking of Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy has cashed in his pointy ears for… well, his regular eighty year-old ears. At the 45th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, Nimoy took the stage and gave a rousing speech about his early days growing up in Boston. And, because the man is the classiest Vulcan to ever live, he signed off with his trademark, “Live long, and prosper.”

That’s all for this week kids, get out there and enjoy this amazing, absolutely wonderful fall weather. If you’re anything like me, you’ll build a hybrid fort (half pillow, half cardboard) and hunker down with some Jameson and watch Jurassic Park. The only thing to make that combination better is if you’re lucky enough to have someone to share your fort with. And that my friends, is the true trifecta of autumnal goodness.

 And Klingons. 

Last weekend I attended the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. After a series of maddening mishaps, (you haven’t really lived until you’ve had your car break down in Union Square, and thrown up on the side of the road on the way home back Stinson Beach) my cohort Hannah and I finally made it to the glorious glory of APE. Highlights include meeting Craig Thompson, (Blankets, Habibi) and Daniel Clowes, (Ghost World, Art School Confidental, Wilson) and purchasing a shirt with a picture of a pug playing the drums. Win.

In other comic news, a spoiler regarding the newest Nolan Batman flick has hit the internet. It seems our favorite burlap-clad super villain is back. That’s right kids, the Scarecrow is back and ready for some psychotic tomfoolery. This rumor isn’t totally confirmed yet, but here’s hoping. This next Batman movie is going to be pretty stuffed to the gills with characters. Catwoman, Bane, Talia al Ghul, two Ra’s al Ghuls, and whatever characters Juno Temple and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are playing.

And now… Klingons! Everyone loves a bit of Klingon news, right? Fifty-year old Jonathon Brown of Furzton, England has spent the last twelve years teaching himself to speak Klingon. As if this wasn’t equal parts ludicrous/amazing enough, Brown has dyslexia. (Fairly common reading disability that causes the afflicted individual to have difficulty recognizing certain symbols). How did he manage such a feat while suffering from dyslexia? In his own words, “Working on the translation has helped me understand where I’ve been having problems all my life with languages, I realized I’d been trying to remember the words in the name part of my brain and because I can’t remember names, I can’t remember the words. With the Klingon language games, I tended to put words into a different place and it went into my long-term memory.“ It seems that the same way one might remember cheat codes, Brown has trained his mind to retain the Klingon language. Ah Star Trek, is there anything you can’t do?

Speaking of Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy has cashed in his pointy ears for… well, his regular eighty year-old ears. At the 45th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, Nimoy took the stage and gave a rousing speech about his early days growing up in Boston. And, because the man is the classiest Vulcan to ever live, he signed off with his trademark, “Live long, and prosper.”

That’s all for this week kids, get out there and enjoy this amazing, absolutely wonderful fall weather. If you’re anything like me, you’ll build a hybrid fort (half pillow, half cardboard) and hunker down with some Jameson and watch Jurassic Park. The only thing to make that combination better is if you’re lucky enough to have someone to share your fort with. And that my friends, is the true trifecta of autumnal goodness. 

Arielle Mullen