The Best Bad Date You Can Have

It was bound to happen. The Bad Date. It’s not only that you lack chemistry, or that conversation is awkward, but you are actually having a bad time. You might even dislike your date. LJ spoke earlier about surviving awkward first dates and this article will expand on the idea that even bad dates can provide value. The Stuff the Nightmares are Made of A truly bad date isn’t just uncomfortable conversation, but one where other elements are going wrong. You may be a vegetarian and your date … [Read more...]

Spoilers, Sweetie: How to Survive Them


I think I can actually recall the first time I encountered a spoiler.  I must have been in elementary school, watching an episode of The Simpsons (I don't think I was actually allowed to watch the show early on, but somehow I managed anyway. It's a common tale in my generation).  Completely randomly, completely casually, Mayor Quimby revealed a major surprise from the movie The Crying Game.  Now, I was too young to have seen it, but I'm pretty sure it was still a relatively recent movie at the … [Read more...]

Ding! M’s New Year Achievemen- Er, Resolutions

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Like many people, I usually have come up with noble and grandiose resolutions for the New Year – lose weight, get in shape, write a book, find a boy/girlfriend, the usual. And like many people, these resolutions last approximately four days before I throw them out the window to make room for more pie and video games. So this year, I’m trying things a bit different and taking a page from Xbox and World of Warcraft. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I’ve created a list of New Year … [Read more...]

Cruse-ing the Comics Scene: The Comics of Howard Cruse


When I was in college and still closeted, I happened to be in a bookstore near Copley Square one day, and I spotted a brightly colored cartoon image of a naked man being lifted into the air by an angel. I blinked, paused to look at it, and thus began my love of the comics of Howard Cruse. Cruse, if you’re not familiar with the man’s work, is a writer-cartoonist who helped pioneer the trail of gay comics. His work was found in various humor magazines, in Heavy Metal, in the Advocate throughout … [Read more...]

In Praise Of The Geeky Sports Fan


I’m writing this article from my couch. Normally, my laptop stays in my office, and I do all my computer work there. But it’s Sunday, and my beloved Minnesota Vikings are playing the Miami Dolphins, so I’m zoned in the living room today, and I’m writing during commercial breaks and time-outs. That’s right, folks. This geek girl is a football fan! And I know I’m not the only one. Think geekery and sports don’t go together? It’s time to dispense of the stereotype that geeks are the weaklings … [Read more...]

The Crafty Geek’s Timeline For Festivus Gift-Making


Ahhhh, early September. Summer’s trying to hang on by its fingernails, but autumn is showing itself more and more every day. The leaves are starting to turn, there’s a chill in the morning air, the days are getting shorter. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about making gifts for your friends and families for the winter holidays! Before you accuse me of joining the commercialism bandwagon, remember that I’m talking about making gifts. I’m as annoyed as anyone when WalMart starts putting … [Read more...]

15 Things That Every Geek Should Know, Do, or Be


Admit it: you have a bucket list or life list, some way to tally whether or not your life is going successfully. But do you have enough geeky activities and plans on it? If not, here are a few ideas to get you thinking... What to Know Basic phrases in Klingon You should be able to greet people, bid farewell, and casually remark that “today is a good day to die” in Klingon. If you haven't checked this off your list yet, you can find instructions and pronunciation guides of all kinds online. … [Read more...]

5 Things You’ll Forget To Pack for GenCon


GenCon is next weekend!  Have you made your packing list yet? While everyone and their grandma will remind you to shower daily and remember your dice bag and extra socks and underwear, I'm going to take it one step further. These are things you may not think to pack, but will save your game - and possibly your dignity. 1. Writing Utensils For some folks, this is a given. They're in your gaming bag. Done and done. But how many KINDS of writing utensils do you need?  Turns out, … [Read more...]

What’s Love Got To Do With It: Romance In Tabletop RPGs


For a hobby that focuses largely on beating the crap out of the bad guys and looting their stuff, most tabletop RPGs still oddly consider love and sex taboo. Killing orcs? Good stuff! Stealing a dragon’s horde? Well played! Taking the stable boy up to your room for the night? Whoa nelly, that’s taking things too far! I’m reminded of what Kyle’s mom said in the South Park movie: “Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!” Roleplaying is an escape … [Read more...]

What to Do On Your Dream Trip to Tokyo


You've rustled up a couple thousand dollars. You've told your mother and endured her lecture about safety while traveling abroad. You're about to depart for Tokyo, the land of incredible robots, super-smart scientists, and... let's face it, hot girls and guys. (And really weird fetishes, but I don't judge.) It's the Mecca of geeks everywhere. Of course you're excited. So what are you going to do there besides glee yourself silly and look for geisha? This mini-guide is the jumping-off … [Read more...]