Geek Dream Girl’s Guide to Gift-Giving

It’s that time of year again. Carols are in full force on the radio, office parties are filling up your calendar, and shopping centers are brimming to capacity. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, exchanging gifts this time of year is still a nice opportunity to do something special for someone you care about. Gift-giving with someone you are dating, however, often becomes challenging and stressful, especially when we want to find that one perfect item. What gift is too much? Too little? … [Read more...]

Tis the Season… for Krampus

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The holiday season is in full swing, but this week some parts of the world are about to celebrate one you might not be as familiar with: The Feast of Saint Nicholas. Last year we covered that I'm a Christmas geek, but while I mentioned Krampus he's not really associated with Christmas... technically.  I know Krampus is becoming popular in recent years, but if you're a fan the time to celebrate is now, not Christmas Eve.  Since we know geeks are a stickler for accuracy, here's a little background … [Read more...]

The Things We Leave Behind: Why?

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A long time ago (the 1990s), when I was a freshman in high school, I decided to carry a McDonald's Happy Meal plastic pumpkin pail as a purse/pencil box.  I have no idea what possessed me to do this, but I thought it was adorable and funny (baby irony, I suppose).  When it was no longer the Halloween season, I spotted a tin Sailor Moon lunchbox at a store I loved.  I carried some form of lunchbox for the remainder of high school. Even as I write this, I cringe.  I associate the lunchbox purse … [Read more...]

Last Minute Gifts: Geeky Cutout Cookies

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If you all haven’t noticed, December is flying by. Whatever major holiday you celebrate here in December, the big day is just days away! Holy mistletoe, Batman, we’re running out of time to get presents for everyone! Don’t worry, though – if you’ve got an afternoon free in the next couple weeks, you’ve got time to make awesome gifts for everyone on your list, in the form of some geeky cutout cookies! The wonderful folks at ThinkGeek have some fabulous cookie cutters available, from Gingerdead … [Read more...]

Filling the Void: Geek TV in the Off-Season

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It’s that time of year again - the winter holidays. School exams wrap up, work slows down a bit, schedules open up. Sure, there might be holiday gatherings to attend, but not every single night - and the nights when you’re at home, there’s nothing on TV except some Christmas TV special from only a few years ago. There’s finally time to watch TV, but nothing to watch! Well, if you’re like me, you’re using the time for new viewing. Here’s what my TV (with computer) and I have been up to: Playing … [Read more...]

Have Yourself an Animated Christmas: Unsung Classics of Christmas Anime

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Christmas in Japan is a bit of a different animal than it is here in the West; it’s not considered a major “family” holiday at all (that would be New Year’s), and it’s mostly only celebrated by very young children or by young couples. As a result, Christmas episodes and themes usually only show up in anime and manga if it’s meant for young children or if it incorporates some romance; often the most “Christmas-y” episodes involve finding a boyfriend or girlfriend to spend the holiday with, or the … [Read more...]

Gimme A Break: When Roleplaying During The Holidays Is Too Much To Handle

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As a complete and total RPG geek (and a professional in the industry), I spend my days encouraging people to roll up characters and play. My readers already know how passionate I am about gaming, and most of you don’t need any encouraging from me to get out your dice anyway. So what I’m about to suggest in this article may shock you. During the busy holiday season, it’s OK to take a break from RPGs. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind, or (even worse) gotten burned out on RPGs. I love them … [Read more...]

Geek Holidays: A Gift-Free Guide

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Believe it or not, I don’t actually exchange many presents for Christmas. When I was growing up and we didn’t have much money, having a gift extravaganza at Christmas made sense: if a little kid wants something you say “Christmas is coming,” and if they still even want it by Christmas you take it seriously. Similarly, you might pick things up on sale year-round and save them, so on Christmas morning the kids are rolling in presents. Here’s the thing, though: now, my family is giant. I have … [Read more...]

5 Games From Your Childhood To Play On Thanksgiving Afternoon

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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and I hope you all are having a wonderful day! (For my readers outside the U.S., happy Thursday to you!) After the big dinner, and before the Black Friday shopping marathon, you’ve got a few hours to kill with the rest of the dinner guests. If you don’t care for football, you may be at a loss for what to do with all these people you may or may not know very well. I’ve written numerous game reviews, and last year even made a list of ten great games to … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving: Geeks on Parade?

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Looks like geeks really are taking over the media!  Some of the most popular movies and television shows this past year have been from niche genres.  But how do you know you’ve really made it?  When you’re represented alongside Dora and the cast of Wicked at the Thanksgiving Parade, of course.  Following are some unconfirmed*, anonymous sneak peaks at what properties we’ll be seeing represented tomorrow: Game of Thrones This float will feature Santa perched gingerly on the Iron Throne.  Behind … [Read more...]