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

I Didn’t Love Scott Pilgrim

I had to mention that. It appears lately that Scott Pilgrim has proven to be very polarizing. Most of the geeks I know absolutely adored it. Many critics absolutely despised it. I can’t figure out how this movie that I deemed to be “eh” has gotten so crazy.

I went to see it opening weekend. I knew nothing about it except what I had seen in the trailers. I hadn’t read the books, but I knew they existed. From the trailers, I was down the middle on how I expected the movie to go. I would say at the time I went to see it I was completely open minded. Since seeing the movie, I have now also read the first book to see if it was better. Honestly, I think it was worse.

My verdict: it wasn’t that great. More

More Video Game Themed Drinks

We really enjoyed our video game themed evening the other night, and decided that we should take just the best parts, that would be the alcoholic parts, and repeat the process with some different games. Mixing drinks is really quite fun. Drinking them is just as fun. My husband, Billy, is really the one who played these games the most and so the drinks were mainly designed by him and implemented by Dawn and myself, who are better at the logic of mixology. I am the microbiologist, you know, except when Dawn and Billy think they are the microbiologist. Then things can just get confusing. Now, without further rambling, here are our newest recipes for drinks inspired by Alan Wake, Mass Effect, and Fallout 3.

Mmmm, alcoholic haze …

My Geeky Social Life: A Venn Diagram

Yesterday was my DnD group’s first game in a while due to some issues including knee surgery and schedule changes, and we picked up a new member in exchange for losing another. On DnD nights, I make dinner (a.k.a. the crockpot makes dinner) and we eat before playing. Last night’s dinner conversation consisted of a discussion about whether or not Mario can bend the space-time continuum. It was fun.

Anyway, I realized that that’s the kind of conversation I love having. Also, I love DnD, and these are the same people who come over when we hold SciFi tv/movie marathons. When these three circles of people nearly completely overlap, and there’s no other real social circle you belong to, that’s when you know you’ve got an awesomely geeky social life, and I’m there. Are you?

Video Game Themed Dinner and a Movie

Dawn is staying at my (Rosalind’s) place for the summer, and my husband, Billy, and I are using the opportunity to introduce her to a variety of movies and tv shows that she’s missed. One of these was The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, one of the greatest Geek documentaries about the rivalry of Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell’s attempts to get the high score in Donkey Kong.

As we planned the evening, Dawn and Billy were concocting this idea to make the fireballs from Donkey Kong as cookies. Well, then we decided that if we were going to have fireballs, there should be barrels. And what’s dessert without a few new cocktails? So Dawn decided to invent the Princess Peach and Billy, not to be outdone, started considering the drink Link’s Triforce. This continued on for a while.

Once the gluten-free flour dust had all settled, we had managed an entirely video game themed dinner, movie, dessert, and drinks based on some favorite classic Nintendo games. We thought you might want to see how this all turned out!


Mostly Harmless Guide to Life

In honor of Towel Day, I decided to resurrect something that me and a friend put together a few years back for a meeting of the spiritual group I was a part of in grad school. We had a lovely leather-bound copy of the 5 book trilogy of The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and we put together a list of the 42 things we think could be learned from it. We also thumped it like a bible during our presentation. It’s like the Geek Bible, right?

I now present to you that list in it’s original form. It’s long, but worth it. Each “verse” is marked by book abbreviation (SLTAF = So Long and Thanks for All the Fish), page numbers, and I believe starting word for the fancy leather-bound copy. The words are all Douglas Adam’s, but picking out the important ones in order was all us. Now, everything you need for a full and complete Towel Day service. Enjoy!

A Mostly Harmless Guide to Life, The Universe, and Everything

There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of the most popular are: Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?


Extemporaneous Geek: Qui-Gon Jinn

May the Fourth be with you! It is International Star Wars day, and I thought I would share a little confession with all of you: I have the biggest crush on Qui-Gon Jinn.

Yes, like all the other crazed geeks, I went to see Phantom Menace when it opened, and like everyone else it wasn’t quite what I was expecting or hoping for. However, for me, there was a bright spot that I couldn’t shake, and that was Liam Neeson’s portrayal of the Jedi Master Qui-Gon. He was steady, intelligent, wise, a good teacher and fighter, everything a young geek might want. He was also so cute, I mean come on, the clothes, the hair, the serious expression, how could I not fall for him?


Extemporaneous Geek: 42

As geeks, we often find ourselves being excessively geeky at the oddest of moments. This was one of those moments.

So, I’m watching Stargate Universe (really good episode, btw) and Rush is talking to Daniel Jackson (who gained some weight between filming this and Supernatural) and the number 46 is coming up and Daniel (in Rush’s head) says “Well, it’s not the answer to life, the universe, and everything, because that’s 42.” So, I then complain to my husband that he made the classic Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy mistake: 42 is not the answer to life, the universe, and everything, it is the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything. The important thing is: what is the question? That’s what makes Hitchhiker’s so complex.

Anyway, that is my geeky moment for the day. Enjoy. And if you haven’t read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, do so. Now. Thank you!

August 2022