Musings

The cyborg mermaid – a chobits fan fiction

The cyborg mermaid – a chobits fan fiction

Another original piece of fan fiction on this blog. 🙂 Clonroise from Tumblr account @underneathoursouls wrote a Chobits fan fiction about the cyborg mermaid, with many Irish influences. The use of different fonts refers to inner monologue in this piece and the use of Irish […]

The Zombie Mermaid

The Zombie Mermaid

An original fan fiction by Krista Holle, author of The Wind Whisperer (2013).

Aspergirl Tilly is an asset to Star Trek

Aspergirl Tilly is an asset to Star Trek

This blog was originally written in Dutch, for Teeveehoek.nl

After Sesame Street, Star Trek has now also added an autistic looking character to the cast. In the new series, the viewers became acquainted with Sylvia Tilly, beautifully acted by Mary Wisema. Tilly appears to be an ‘Aspergirl’, a woman with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. Why is that? Is Tilly the first ‘Trekkie’ with ‘autistic’ traits? And why is it relevant at all whether there are ‘Aspies’ or other ‘autistic characters’ in Star Trek? (meer…)

Zombie Reconstructions in Contemporary Society: the Zombie Mermaid

Zombie Reconstructions in Contemporary Society: the Zombie Mermaid

At this moment, I am working on a chapter for an edited volume called “Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches”. It can hardly be a surprise that I am working on the composite character of the Zombie Mermaid. 😉 As I am very keen […]

Kendo links

Kendo links

Last February, my friend – a fellow karate nerd – and I participated in the Martial Arts Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We demonstrated some kata, learned some new tricks with the jo, had much fun in the workshops by Takeda Ryu… and then, the […]

Starbucks Swot and Pestle Analyses

Starbucks Swot and Pestle Analyses

Frappuccino dominating selfies on Instagram, vlogs about pumpkin spiced latte and weblog posts as “Review of Starbuck’s Orange/Mango Blend” – Starbucks is great on as well as in social media. The maritime logo of the mermaid appears to have become an identity marker of coolness for teenage and twenty-something girls. Lifestyle journalists starting as early as at the age of twelve contribute a lot to Starbucks’s brand publishing (also known as content marketing). Currently, I am writing a book chapter that explores how and why Starbucks engages these so-called “influencers” to popularize their products. To get an idea of the company behind the green Siren and its place is in the current world, in this blog post I analyse Starbucks with the Swot and Pestle models.

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