NFL: Needs More Robots


So we're in the thick of the pro football season.  Maybe not normally a topic we associate with geekery, but geeks come in all flavors, and let me tell you, my Facebook feed is full of football updates (and to quote The IT Crowd, my friends list is pretty much limited to self-proclaimed "standard nerds").  Even I've gotten into it this year, which is honestly bizarre for me: I didn't attend a big football college, and despite having been in the marching band in high school and thus attending … [Read more...]

Conquering Cons: Survival Mode


I just got back from PAX East 2013, and boy are my arms tired - but that's only because every bit of me is tired.  This is the year I'll be turning 30, and somewhat fittingly, it's a year in which I've made a few realizations about what I can and can't do anymore.  I know I sounded like Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon this weekend, wandering around saying "I'm getting too old for this!" Now, does that mean I'm too old for cons in general?  Absolutely not, as evidenced by the hordes of people … [Read more...]

The Christmas Geek


Ah, it's that time of year again.  It's the middle of December and I'm well into the thick of my personal holiday season, which typically starts after Thanksgiving but has been known to start much earlier in November. In years past I've written about how geeks put their own personal stamp on Christmas - think Star Wars-themed trees and the like.  But this year - in fact, just today - I realized something with a start.  I don't put my own geek spin on Christmas.  Christmas is something I geek … [Read more...]

Doctor Who Fan Orchestra: Strings Are Cool Now


Being the fangirl that I am, I follow any number of Doctor Who-related news feeds on my twitter.  Last spring, Anglophenia, which is run by BBCAmerica, posted a link that got my attention immediately: a youtube video of a performance by the "Doctor Who Fan Orchestra."   Yep, it was, in fact, an orchestra made up of Who fans, playing Who music, arranged by yet another fan.  Being a band nerd/orch dork myself, one who loves playing film scores probably more than anything, I was doubly … [Read more...]

Back-to-School or Geek Holiday?


It's been (cough) several years since I left my school days behind, but I still love back-to-school time.  I look forward to the crisp days of fall, the feeling of a fresh start, maybe even a fresh haircut... and sales.  Yes, it seems everything I like and need goes on sale at back-to-school-time.  As someone who especially loves books, electronics, cross-body bags, and new episodes of Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, I feel almost like it's a geek holiday. And yes, it's only the middle of … [Read more...]

Being A Bookworm: A Little Less Lonely


Today, for about the fifth time, I was told I need to read The Hunger Games.  I'm told it's a YA (young adult) series set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic North America where there's a Running Man-esque TV show.  I don't know much more than that, and that these characters have some bizarre names that will probably be making their way into the 2015 - 2020 lists of top baby names.  Oh, and that there was some controversy about a movie tie-in nail polish.  Sometimes I feel like I get my information … [Read more...]

Movies That Molded a Geek: O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Most of the previous Movies That Molded a Geek have been films that I saw as a child.  Still, we never stop growing (inside), and our new favorites come to define us.  I recently realized that one of my favorite movies is over ten years old.  I saw it when I was still in high school, and if it didn't directly determine my future taste in movies, it's at least indicative of the trend.  Not to mention, this is a seriously geeky movie.  Thus, let's talk about the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art … [Read more...]

When It’s Hard to Be a Geek


So this week, the internet is abuzz with the latest round of Can a Geek Girl Be Hot? The issue has probably been rehashed to death, so this week you're not going to hear any tales of woe from me about growing up a geek girl.  The truth is, I didn't get all that much grief; maybe the boys just all had crushes on me (as has been insinuated) but I prefer to think that they were just glad they knew anyone else who was willing to discuss Star Wars or The X-Files.  Geek populations were small, after … [Read more...]

Geeks on TV: More Than a Pair of Glasses?


When I was a child growing up in the 80s, it felt like brainy or "geeky" characters were few and far between.  You were lucky if you got a token kid in glasses (like my favorite, Shy Violet from Rainbow Brite) or a slightly sinister love of science (Hi, I'm Bunsen, and this is my assistant, Beaker!).  As an adult, I think there's still a part of me that seeks to identify with the characters I see every week on TV.  I decided to take a look at TV shows on the air currently, and see how … [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...]