Geek Crush: Wil Wheaton

When I was about 10, I fell in love with Wil Wheaton. Okay, technically, I fell in love with Wesley Crusher. I don’t understand what girl wouldn’t fall for him. Wesley was adorable, super smart, funny, and always trying to help everybody. How would I have ever known when I was 10, however, that almost 20 years later the same guy I fell in love with would still be at the center of almost everything else I love? Being that today is the Girls Are Geeks one year anniversary, I could think of no better Geek Crush to swoon over than the one who helped to lead me down my lifetime of geekiness and still continues today to find ways to make the geek girl in me squee with nerdy delight: Wil Wheaton.
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Happy Birthday … to us!

Just about anyway! On March 30th, 2010, I posted our very first post Fangirls Don’t Wear Pink and got this whole whirlwind of the last year of my life started.

It has been an incredible year. Through this blog, we have met so many wonderful people, fabulous geeky women and men, and really explored, I think, the breadth of geekdom from a number of different angles. From a numerical standpoint, in a year we went from nothing to averaging 150 hits and 100 unique visitors a day. We have over 1500 of you following my rants and links on twitter. We have published 280 posts and 14 original Venn Diagrams. Whew!

#15: Sisters and geeks are an overlapping Venn Diagram on this blog! More

Timewaster Tuesday: MagnetBalls or BuckyBalls

I am easily distracted. I’m pretty sure that’s a common problem occurence among geeks. Just to illustrate how easily distracted I am, a friend of mine brought a bunch of little magnetic balls to karaoke one night (yes I karaoke, weekly, it’s awesome, don’t judge), and the whole time I was there, I pretty much played with them. So, when the husband and I saw them at PAX East for significantly less than you can find them online, we picked up two sets. Since then, well, let’s just attribute my lack of blogging last week partially to these, how about that! Okay, they weren’t the whole reason, but I think they contributed. 

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Mathematical Monday: Movie Title Math

I found this originally on Geeks Are Sexy and thought that it was the perfect intersection of movie geeks, logic geeks, and math geeks. Since I’m most of the above (my husband is a bigger movie geek than me, but that means I still watch a lot of movies with him), I definitely enjoyed these and I thought you would too!

Here’s the original on Spiked Math. Oh, and there are two more:

Part 2

Part 3

So, can you get them? The only issue here is that I couldn’t find an actual answer key, but if you pop into the comments, there are plenty of great options!

Got any other ideas? I was trying to come up with something for Walk the Line, like a function from x+1 to infinity for the equation ax+c = y (like stepping up a line, get it!). Anyway. Lots of math, logic, and movie fun!

How To Use a Smartphone to be More Productive

About a month ago my husband upgraded to an iphone and handed me down his Droid. It was my first smartphone. I had been avoiding smartphones because I have typically seen them as a time suck. My husband plays Tilt to Live and Angry Birds all the time, and he’s always on the phone and I just wasn’t sure about it. However, we had PAX East coming up and I knew that I wanted something that would allow me to communicate via twitter better than my internet connected but not smart enV2. So, I went for it. However, I think in the last month I’ve figured out how not to let my smartphone become a time suck, and actually, I have managed to use it to improve my productivity. So here’s what I’ve been doing.

1. Turn off all notifications for social networks/emails


Every time my husband gets an email, his phone buzzes. I think I would go crazy. So, I turned everything off. If I want to know if the mails are new, I have to pull the phone out, enter the app, and look. In some cases, I force myself to refresh. What I like about this is that it is such a process that I put off my social network checking until I have a clump of time and do them all at once. This has proven to actually keep me more focused in general because I no longer leave these open on my computer where I can see all the updates and jump on them immediately, removing myself from my current task. More

Weekly Link Goodness: Cartoon Themes and Science!

Could someone hop over to Punxsutawney and tell Phil that he was wrong for me, please? March is winding down and it’s still freezing up here in New England. Of course, all that means is that I sit on the computer browsing for fun things for you all instead of playing outside! So, here are some fun links for you.

Crazy Cartoon Song Mash-up – These guys have taken some of the best parts of my childhood of cartoons and created awesome out of it!

Video Game Deaths – If you are like me, you probably have died often in most video games. Well, here you can relive all of those deaths in one compilation video. Oh, and the 8-bit theme music totally makes it!

Train of Thought – Wait! Someone stole our game! Well, not exactly, this one is a bit different, but still using words to connect ideas. The only question is can you play it on a train? Hmmm?

Dr. Kaku – Hey Science! geeks, this guy talks about science! In this particular episode he dashes my hopes and dreams about photon torpedos, but he’s still got some useful information.

Seinfeld Simply Wouldn’t Be Funny Today – My husband has been rewatching Seinfeld lately, so this caught my attention. Did you ever realize how many of their issues cell phones would have solved? It’s kind of amazing how much things have changed in so short a time.

io9’s March Movie Madness – If you haven’t been voting for your favorite scifi movies then they won’t win! We are down to the wire to make sure that 2001: A Space Odyssey wins it all, come on people! Of course, I’m going to vote for KHAAAANNNN!

Scott Adams on Men’s Rights – I always liked Dilbert, and I never even worked in an office. I think that’s because I like Scott Adams dry wit about things, and he apparently effectively used that wit to argue for, or umm, against, or for, well, we’re not really sure what side of Men’s Rights he’s on, but he’s somewhere!

MeekaKitty – Finally, here’s a new video from MeekaKiity about Zelda and Link’s tumultuous relationship to enjoy!

Weekly Link Goodness: Help Japan Geek-Style!

Another weekend, another links post! I hope you all actually have nice weather like we do and ignore my links and get outside. Actually, don’t ignore them all, I’ve got some great stuff for you today!

Geeks Help Japan
Let’s start with some geeky fundraising opportunities for you to help the country that gives us so much of our geeky heritage.

Weethulhus For Japan – How better to help Japan than by buying baby Cthulhu’s right?

GeekDad’s Fundraising Choices – The GeekDads have compiled a nice list of some options for you.

FandomAid – When all people have to give is their writing skills, that’s what they give. Bid here for works of fanfiction in your favorite fandom and aid Japan.

Linky Goodness
Okay, back to timewasting fabulousness.

Lego Great Ball Contraption – You know those devices that move balls around in complicated ways? This one is made out of legos!

TED Talk on Engineering and Evolution – Robert Full talks here about the intersection of the natural world and the constructed world. Shouldn’t every talk be able to be Venn Diagrammed?

Astrophotography – GeekMom Sophie tells you all about taking pictures of the stars from your backyard. BTW – did you all see the Supermoon yesterday, wow!

Beautiful Science Maps – The intersection of science and art shows up in these great diagrams!

and finally, a challenge for all you gamers out there, old school and new:
Name That Video Game

Have a great day all!

Geeky Etsy Finds: Typewriter Key Jewelry

Today from Etsy we have something interesting, jewelry made from old typewriter keys! I’m amazed at the strange things that you can find on vintage typewriter keys. Add in some steampunk elements or owls or whatever else you like, and you have a whole lot of awesome in the form of earrings or necklaces! Check it out!

Mental Embellisher

What do you make?

I make stuff to wear around necks, on fingers, in cleavages…in fact anywhere you’d like to embellish! More

The Obligatory Top Ten Things About PAX East 2011 Post

PAX East was this past weekend, and I already want to go to the next one! Anyway, I’m going to sum up my trip the best way I know how: in a Top Ten list. Yeah, I like those.

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Geeky Flickr Finds: PAX East 2011

So, Dawn and I ran around PAX East for three days and had a blast. However, we were so busy that we didn’t take any pictures! Fortunately, lots of other people did, so here is a smattering of what we saw and did through the joys of Flickr!

Nerdfest here we come!

Thanks CasualCapture for the great logo! Come on into the post to see the rest!

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