Weekly Link Goodness 7-31-10

It’s a beautiful weekend in Massachusetts, and if it is by you than you should go outside and enjoy it! However, we know that’s hoping a bit too high, so here are some links to keep you occupied instead.

My New Favorite Venn Diagram – and you know how much I love Venn Diagrams! – Ros

My Little Mario Bros – I know I’ve been on a My Little Pony kick lately, but it’s just too great to pass up! – Ros

Princesses of Power – What would Disney princesses look like if they were released as comic books instead of movies? Find out – Dawn
August Guide to Science Fiction – Just in case you need to plan your life around scifi releases, now you can, in PDF format – Ros

5 Weeks Until PAX: Favorite Anthropomorphic Strip Characters

The countdown continues as we draw yet another week closer to PAX. As I’ve read Gabe and Tycho’s strips over the years, I’ve noticed that my husband and I are often drawn to some of the interesting characters that appeared over the years. Although we’ve encountered many great parodies of people who know and some interesting DnD characters, the most amusing ones tend to be the anthropomorphic creations that steal the show more often than not. Today, we offer a tribute to these lovable (sometimes) creatures.

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Geeky Etsy Finds: 7/29/10

There’s lots of great art to be found on Etsy, and lots of great geeky art! Today we’ve got some you can display on your person or in your home. Let that geek shine!

HollywoodJane

Treble Clef Flash Drive Necklace

What do you make?
Mostly pendants that reference some kind of pop culture, and slightly more “serious” jewelry that has a steampunk influence. I’m working on a few t-shirt designs as well that will be listed on Zazzle.com.

Who are you and/or how did you get started?
My name is Megan and I’ve always loved craft projects. Since I can’t draw, I like to make things. My Etsy shop came about after I decided that no one was making the jewelry I myself wanted to wear. A lot of geek stuff on the web is plastic or cartoonish – I wanted something I could wear to work, something a little arty, a little stylish. I love working with copper and enamel paints, though it’s a messy business.

I also had a problem with constantly losing or damaging my flash drive, and after running through three of them, decided I needed to start wearing it around my neck – only problem was that any flash drive that was designed to be worn from a chain or lanyard was hideously ugly. So I started making my own flash drive necklaces, and most of the time no one knows that my pendant actually is a thumb drive.

What makes your items great for geeks?
Well, on both my jewelry and t-shirts, I prefer to use some kind of symbolism for whatever show, book, or movie I’m referencing – rather than a name, face, or commercial logo – because I feel like when another person comes up to me and recognizes it, I have an instant connection with a perfect stranger. That person has proven his or her geek cred to my satisfaction.

What sorts of geeky stuff are you into?
Wow, how much space do I have? I’m a Harry Potter fan, I love science fiction and fantasy, I follow all things Joss Whedon religiously, and have lately become obsessed with graphic novels. Anything that comes with at least a hint of the otherwordly is within my purview.

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Video Game Themed Dessert

As you probably know from our past ridiculous-ness, Rosalind and I like to cook. And sometimes, we don’t just make normal everyday things. (Bacon cupcakes anyone?) So when Rosalind and her husband Billy decided to throw a party (read: Rock Band, board games, and alcohol night) for some of their geeky friends (read: DnD group and science lab buddies) we knew we had to make a dessert worthy of the attendees. Thus was born: Mario Cheerio Treats, with scenes based on Super Mario Bros. 3:

This isn’t a recipe post, since we just used a basic Rice Krispie Treat recipe, with Cheerios and added some peanut butter M&Ms (the best M&Ms, but seriously that is a geek-out post for another time). To decorate we just used basic white and buttercream icing and fondant (store-bought and home-made). We did fine details by dipping a toothpick in food coloring and literally drawing on the fondant.

Here’s some more pictures of our creation!

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Geek Crush: GeekDad’s Matt Blum

July’s geek crush in none other than the assistant editor for one of our favorite blogs, Geek Dad. We love Matt Blum (who we here at Girls Are Geeks endearingly call cerebus19 because that’s his twitter!). Why? How could you not? He writes awesome blog posts about movies, iPhones, and other geeky topics, and he’s obsessed with bacon.


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Flickr Finds: 07/27/10

Hybrid Cosplay

We didn’t all get to go to Comic-Con this past weekend (none of us Girls Are Geeks did!) but I’m willing to bet even if you were there you didn’t see everything. Check out this Predobear by San Diego Shooter and then take a peek through the SDCC group.

Goodies for Star Wars, Cupcake, and Mac fans:

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Bacon Bakin’

If it was any indication from my cupcake fandom introduction post, I like to bake, and not just your average chocolate-and-yellow-cake-with-white-icing style bake. I can’t help but get creative with flavor combinations, textures, colors, and ingredient substitutions. I’m pretty sure baking puts me in geek-out mode more than anything else I do.

This weekend (we bake on Sundays, and bring the goodies into Rosalind’s lab on Mondays. Bet you wished you worked there right about now, huh?) we made two different baked goods involving the all-time favorite among geeks and non-geeks alike: bacon. While bacon is pretty much a standard favorite, we’ve noticed lately that a lot of geeks just love it. No one has offered a good explanation for the connection, but there is one for sure.

After much consideration and long hours slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen (not totally true, but these did take awhile start-to-finish), here’s what we came up with:

Orange and caramelized bacon muffins with a candied orange peel (Breakfast Muffins, left) and chocolate chip and bacon cupcakes with peanut butter mousse filling and frosting (Bacon Cakes, right)

Check out the recipes if you’re interested, and trust me when I say you should be!
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Jonathan Coulton: Preview Concert

Last week, while most of the people I chat with on the Internet were taunting me with pictures of San Diego Comic Con, I had a different opportunity to so something much, much cooler (or at least I imagined it was to keep from collapsing with jealousy). Dawn and I went to see Jonathan Coulton preview his newest songs with a new band in Northampton, Massachusetts.

We made it just in time to get a reasonable booth at The Iron Horse and order up some nachos and steaks. I might mention that just glancing around there was many a Woot shirt in attendance. While hanging out on the upper level and eyeing the stage area on a regular basis to see who was around, we spotted John Hodgman hanging out down below! That produced some excitement and pointing.

For the pics or it didn’t happen types.

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Weekly Link Goodness 7-24-10

For the masses who are not at the San Diego Comic-Con, you know, like us bums from Girls Are Geeks way out in Massachusetts, here is some other fun stuff to occupy your day!

Video Game University – some art showing what life might have been like during college for some of our favorite video game characters

My Little Geek Ponies – modded My Little Ponies into a variety of geeky costumes. I wish I still had my ponies, because I would love to do that!

Time Travel – An actual scientific theory of time travel in which you can’t kill your grandfather. I’m sure Marty wishes this were true in his universe!

8-Bit Cities – maps of real cities reminiscent of those old school game maps from your NES, those were the days.

Comic-Con Pics – You, I and EPBOT might not be there, but she’s collecting lots of pics from the floor so we can live vicariously through the lucky souls who are there for a bit

TRON Interviews – Oh my God, so much Tron in one place! I am so excited for this movie. The fact that Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner are awesome doesn’t hurt either!

6 Weeks Until PAX: Guest Comics

We all love the artistic styles of Gabe and the witty banter of Tycho, but sometimes it’s fun to see Penny Arcade from a different point of view. As our excitement of PAX grows nearer, we are taking some time to admire the people who help keep Penny Arcade going when Gabe and Tycho are busy doing important things, like, you know, running PAX. Many of the guest strips appear during or after big events such as PAX, PAX East or other extensive trips. It’s fun seeing what these other artists do with the world of Gabe and Tycho, and we are going to showcase a few of our favorites.

I want to start with a Girls Are Geeks favorite, and a previous Geeky Woman Role Model: Erika Moen with this strip:

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