So says this hilarious magazine cover from 1954. It envisions the evolution of the geeky guy, as he slowly takes over the role of alpha male of the future. See the ideal couple of 2010? The woman is taller and broader than the guy. Of course, the science fiction mag If couldn’t have predicted the rise of the Internet age, where start-up geeks really do get the girls. A strangely prescient cover, actually. Click through to see the image enlarged. [Neatorama] Keep reading »
I’ve been a self-identified nerd since I was 16, but I didn’t always date within my identity. I dated all kinds. Hipsters. Musicians. Wannabe hipsters. Bad musicians. My current boyfriend is a total nerd too, but I almost gave up on our relationship after our first date because he hadn’t read George Orwell’s 1984. (And he over-used exclamation points in his emails.)
Five years later, I’m so happy I didn’t let dystopian fiction and punctuation stand in the way of love. Here’s 5 rules for geek dating:
1. Don’t judge a geek by their fandom. If you’re a Trekkie, but you discover that the nerd you’re dating hasn’t even seen a clip of Star Trek on YouTube, don’t immediately guffaw. It will be your first reaction, because you can’t imagine your life without it. Instead, look at this as an opportunity to show a side of yourself to this person and share it with them. Read more …
Whoa boy, there’s no end to the “Jersey Shore” scourge. The show’s producers have now cast their sights on a new breed of hyper-constructed reality: nerd reality. Their new show, “Fandom Rising” (let’s hope this is the working title), is casting for “eight strangers for a mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new lifestyles and relationships, to boldly go where no fanboy or fangirl has gone before.” Keep reading »
“What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that ‘geek’ is no longer a four-letter word.” So introduces the incredibly hilarious book Geek Girls Unite, a guide to the different types of women who are making geekdom not only an acceptable thing to embrace, but an awesome one to proudly celebrate. Author Leslie Simon explores the different iterations of geek girls — from music geeks to book nerds and everything in between — through their heros and interests, and offers required reading, playlists, and movies to unlock the inner geek girl hiding inside of you. Geek girls unite, indeed!
The Mary Sue, a new geek culture blog, just launched a hot second ago, and in one of the very first posts, a staff blogger explains to readers why a geek site “for women” is really necessary. It was an explanation I needed, frankly, because at first blush, I saw an Oscars roundup and a pic of a little girl dressed as a princess next to an R2-D2 and I wondered what made this site different from existing ladyblogs like The Frisky, Jezebel or The Hairpin — really, what made it needed. (By the way, the phrase “the Mary Sue” is a term used to describe a cliché, idealized female character often found in “dude literature.) After reading Susana Polo’s thoughtful first post, however, I can see why some of the existing spaces online don’t work for many geek girls who dig comics and “Star Trek” more than eyeshadow and “The Real Housewives.” Keep reading »
Sex and video games
are two of God’s greatest inventions, so it’s only natural they’d come together. As you can see in this NSFW commercial, WeDare is a silly-looking game in which friends/random geeks strip
at the direction of the Wii. You know, like Truth Or Dare but way more expensive. Parents, of course, are upset the game is branded ages 12+. But better kids are kissing and spanking than auditioning for “Teen Mom,” I always say.
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I recently had a flirtation with a guy whereby we debated the merits of using Dictionary.com versus the actual hard copy, old school, book version of the dictionary. And I realized, with some degree of alarm, that this felt familiar. That this—this courting by way of words—was not a one-time thing. It was a recurring thing. It was my thing. Keep reading »
Amazon’s “frequently bought together” feature is supposed to be a helpful search aid, and normally it is … except in the cases where it pulls up really embarrassing pairings. Like, for example, this adult diaper, which is also frequently bought with the video game “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.” You can put two and two together there.
Maybe this is a mix-up or maybe the association has nothing to do with the super gross reason in our heads why gamers would be buying adult diapers (reusable, no less!). Still … after hearing the occasional horror story of people so obsessed with “World of Warcraft” that they would favor peeing in jars over bathroom breaks (yes), it’s easy enough to assume that some obsessional gamers use their Amazon shopping time to stock up on “be prepared” items. [Geekologie] Keep reading »
Nerd alert! Check out this Vulcan Hoodie—it’s a zip-up sweatshirt with an image of a hand, which transforms into the Vulcan salute when unzipped. Would you wear this? If you did, you’d sure make Spock proud. [Incredible Things] Keep reading »
Have we met?
If you find me charming, funny and confident, then the answer is no. Although, we might have emailed. Why? Because in terms of personality, I’m Don Draper … electronically. In the flesh? Not so much.
Welcome to my personal hell.
Here’s the deal: When I email a gal, I’m imbued with all these crazy powers. Confidence! Wit! Charm! On my Powerbook or my iPhone, I’m George Clooney at a cocktail party. On a date, without my assorted Apple products, I become … the Mac guy.
It’s my own personal cross to bear. Read more … Keep reading »