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“Being a geek is…

“Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek”

What it Means to be a Geek – The Mary Sue

Women and Video Games: An Interview With Meagan Marie

Women and Video Games: An Interview With Meagan Marie

Let’s be honest – you want to read an interview with a woman who made a sculpture amalgamation of a Chocobo and a Mog. Don’t deny it, I know you do. Also worth reading if you have an interest in working in the gaming industry, obviously. Go check it out.

Slaughterhouse Five– for those who still haven’t read it yet.

If, like me, you want to avoid spoilers in a review, Slaughterhouse Five is a difficult book to explain properly. Here’s what the publisher thinks you should know:

Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. An American classic. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

It sounds epic. We follow Billy Pilgrim, a hapless draftee at the end of World War II, as he gets “unstuck in time.” He lives his life out-of-order, shifting between life as a soldier, father, POW, and alien abductee. At first glance, it seems Slaughterhouse Five should be a sweeping Sci-fi/ historical fiction drama chronicling the social repercussions of a massive, devastating war; but it isn’t. That’s not the point.

With his matter-of-fact style and un-embellished language Vonnegut takes a story that plays out on a gigantic scale and tells it in the least epic way possible, while not doing the narrative any disservice. Billy doesn’t question his ability to move through time. The narrator, though present as a character, simply explains what happens to Billy without judgment. In brief moments where Vonnegut goes into another character’s point of view, he shows Billy from the outside, but lets us choose whether he’s right or wrong. Billy Pilgrim wanders through his jumbled life, trying to be more than a prisoner, but somehow finds himself back in a cell, over and over again—because he’s comfortable there.

And that’s the point…I think.

It’s an NES controller. It’s a coffee table. It’s an NES CONTROLLER COFFEE TABLE!

Nintendo Controller Coffee Table by TheBohemianWorkbench on Etsy.

If you still have your NES and a compatible TV, then you need this table. It’s a fully-functional NES controller that requires two players and both hands to power; then, put the glass top back on, and it’s a quality coffee table handcrafted from maple, mahogany, and walnut. This is gorgeous from basically every perspective. Huge props to the crafty nerds out there who use their obsessive energy to create things longer than 140 characters.

Wollstonecraft

Wollstonecraft

Now this is project I can get behind and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one, if the fundage raised for the project is anything to go by. Combining steampunk with girl power and a love of academic can do? Sign me up.

From the website:

“This is a pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel for and about girls, who use their education to solve problems and catch a jewel thief.  Ada and Mary encounter real historical characters, such as Percy Shelley, Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, and Charles Dickens – people whom the girls actually knew.  If Jane Austen wrote about zeppelins and brass goggles, this would be the book.”

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