Media Medusa’s writers may have different backgrounds, and live in different parts of the world, but each of them has made Media Medusa a blog that’s fun and informative.
Nancy Basile is the owner and editor-in-chief of Media Medusa. Nancy has bee writing about entertainment for the web since 1999. She focuses on geek entertainment and local restaurants and hot spots. Check out what Nancy has written for Comic Book Resources, as well as for LancasterOnline.com and FlipSidePA.com. Nancy also wrote about cartoons for 17 years at About.com. She’s also a guest blogger at Run Spot Run and Skyhorse Publishing.
Bernd Biege is a writer, journalist, researcher, and general busybody, resident in Ireland, but originally from Germany. He lives in a very rural area, likes to travel, has a variety of interests, cherishes his privacy, yet is always pleased to voice his opinions… thus the Internet was a gift from the gods for him. Equipped with a master’s degree in history and English and German language and literature, plus a diploma in IT, he has worked at a variety of jobs, including emergency medical technician, youth worker, sales, the public sector, technical support, driving a truck, book author, fireman, call centre management, and local newspapers. He also takes in strays…
Mike Brown lives along the muddy banks of the Ohio River near Pittsburgh with his lovely wife, Kelly, two loud foundling dogs, and an army of cats that, to say the least, are not likely to do his bidding. Mike spends a lot of time watching movies, in front of the TV, or thinking about movies or TV. “Do you think Maynard G. Krebs would like me. Do you think Maynard and Patrick from SpongeBob would be friends?” are subjects oft discussed with his wife*. Mike enjoys most kinds of rock and roll music and has been known to spend many hours holding forth on the genius of Elvis Presley, the guitar stylings of Tony Iommi, or why Sinead O’Conner is a much better singer than anyone working in popular music today (“It’s because she’s crazy. It makes her great!”). His wife and dogs dutifully indulge his opinions, but actually have no idea who Maynard G Krebs is and aren’t interested enough to look him up. * Mike is convinced that Maynard and he would be close friends, even though Mike has a full-time job, hates bongos, berets, and, to the best of his knowledge, has never met an actual beatnik.
“I was born in Harve De Grace, MD, in September of 1973. My family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, before I was a year old so let’s just agree I am from Pittsburgh (and proud of it!). By the age of six or seven I became surprisingly interested in 3 things: words, music and golf. Strange mix, I know, but I’m never boring at parties. Anyway, years later I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, after a two-year “visit” to Ohio University, with a BA in Journalism specializing in Public Relations. This basically means I was taught to put facts in the correct order and in my spare time be creative. While all of that was going on I played in several not-so-serious bands, and played competitive golf.”
Lou Martin is an aging film buff who has become far more interested in television serials and podcasts of late. He lives in the small former mining village of Daisytown, Pennsylvania, in a house that he is doomed to forever be remodeling. He grew up on Stars Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and became a devotee of Oliver Stone after seeing Platoon. Catching up for lost time, Lou once vowed to watch a movie every day of his life and spent much of the 1990s trying to make good on that promise. Like many, The Phantom Menace left a sour taste in his mouth, and one too many Pulp Fiction knock-offs indicated that both Hollywood and independent film was losing steam. Lou feels that the Fellowship of the Ring was his last truly magical movie experience but still attends Wes Anderson and Coen Brothers films dutifully. While the Cineplex has faltered, TV has grabbed the baton and run with it. Lou feels that long serials that follow meandering lives not only transcend the formulaic nature of most films but also builds complicated characters with rich histories. The Sopranos and Six Feet Under began a golden age for TV dramas, and Battlestar Galactica proved that anti-heroes were as much at home in outer space as in the funeral parlors of Earth. When Lou can find a podcast like the one that Battlestar producer Ronald D. Moore recorded, even better.
Tori “The TV Mom” Michel is from Columbus, Ohio. She is the mother of one very opinionated 5 year old boy and the wife of an awesome SysAdmin computer guy she met in high school. When she’s not watching children’s television or Doctor Who, she enjoys shows like The Big Bang Theory, CSI(Vegas), How I Met Your Mother, Community, Daria, Modern Family, The Middle, Cougar Town, Family Guy, New Girl, The Simpsons, Futurama, re-runs of Friends and Scrubs, and as little “reality television” as possible. She holds a bachelors degree from The Ohio State University in Philosophy and is currently “unschooling” TV Boy. She also manages to wrangle six cats, a Chinese Water Dragon, and a dog along with her very active son. Other hobbies include playing vintage video games or competitive pinball with her husband and friends, playing Destiny at home with her husband and failing miserably most times, indulging in “being a geek”, and occasionally reading a book.
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Wendi Oliveros is a freelance writer who recently launched her own blog: Musings by Wendi. She is focusing on people and topics she finds inspirational, but with a splash of humor.
In her previous lives, she worked in marketing at a consumer products company and as a contract specialist for the U.S. Government. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, two children, and the newest family member, Max the cat.
While other young girls read The Babysitter’s Club and dreamed of becoming veterinarians, Amy Peters read Lovecraft and dreamed of becoming a werewolf. She has an unhealthy obsession with British actors, plays the position of Beater on her local community Quidditch team, makes no secret of liking gingers, and prefers dogs that don’t bark but yodel. She has a degree in film and a license in veterinary technology and is a certified phlebotomist. On the more domestic side of things she bakes well and is doing her best to raise her daughter to her full geeky potential.
Oh, and to her chagrin that werewolf thing never happened. See all of Amy Peters’ posts.