I grew up with three — count ‘em, three! — awesomely nerdy brothers. In high school, our house was the go-to spot for LAN parties, which involved large groups of teenage boys lugging their desktop computers into our basement to play Medal Of Honor all night, taking breaks to put household items in the George Foreman grill and see who could eat the most pickles without throwing up. Good times. In case you’re wondering what to get your own nerdy sibling (obviously this list is equally applicable to nerdy sisters and nerds with whom blood is not shared), I asked my 16-year-old brother to put together his ultimate wishlist. Click through to check it out!
Picture this. You’re surrounded by demons in the mist of an enchanted forest. The Pirate King Sirron has overtaken the portal to Hell and has, through dark magic, bent Demogorgon the Demon Prince to his will. The full force of the Underworld is against you. You, a strong bull-man Paladin Knight, accompanied by a Dwarf, a Cleric, an Elf and a Sorcerer (respectively named Ryan, Phil, George and Steve). This, my friends, is Dungeons & Dragons.
Perhaps this is not where you’d expect to find a bright, bubbly, blonde, violently-sexy and overly-confident comedian. But a few months back, I found myself in this very scenario, sitting in a room full of nerds. One of three girls in the whole place—and the only one that looked like she’d been out of her apartment in the past three months—I realized that, by default, I was an absolute babe. Whoa, I thought to myself. I am the Megan Fox of Dungeons & Dragons right now.
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Even if you’re not a tech geek or a self-identified nerd, it’s highly possible that you’ve heard about an essay that ran on the blog Gizmodo on Monday (it’s received almost 800K hits as of this writing). In the piece, writer Alyssa Bereznak described how her first attempt at online dating resulted in her going out with a guy who, at first, seemed “normal,” until he revealed that he not only played that admittedly geeky card game Magic the Gathering, but was, in fact, the world champion. In the story, Bereznak also reveals his full name, generally a big time no-no when it comes to writing about personal experiences on the internet. (Although it becomes clear that she almost doesn’t have to give his name, as Jon Finkel — that’s his name — is a legend among the Magic community because of his “world champion” status.) Keep reading »
Always running out of power on your smart phone or iPod? Sick of lugging around a veritable suitcase full of chargers when you head to the beach or pool? Then why not try a swimsuit that doubles as a mega large solar charger? Great idea, right? Created by Brooklyn designer Andrew Schneider, his solar suit uses the sun to charge any gadget with a USB connector. “You just need to be dry before hooking up [your gadgets],” warns Schneider. Let’s hope so. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
This week marks the release of Disney’s “Prom,” just in time for –- you guessed it –- prom season. It’s hard to resist a solid high school movie, and this one appears to have all of the classic elements: a brooding bad boy (Thomas McDonell), a pretty blonde overachiever (Aimee Teegarden), a beautiful prom queen (Kylie Bunbury), a popular jock (De’Vaughn Nixon) and, of course, a nerdy nice guy (Nicholas Braun).
No high school movie would be complete without a nerdy nice guy (not to be confused with abrasive geeks, like Napoleon Dynamite or “Rushmore”‘s Max Fischer). After all, lovable dorks have become some of the most memorable characters in high school movie history. Read more… Keep reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Last night, MTV threw a red carpet party for their new show, “The Hard Times of RJ Berger.” Guess they couldn’t call it a “premiere,” since, technically, it aired the night before, following the MTV Movie Awards. Anyway, I was desperate to chat up the cast since I drool over nerd-friendly shows, so I jumped a fence and knocked out a security guard to get in. OK, actually they invited me, but still. After the jump, I ask the stars of the show, as well as MTV royalty like Paris Hilton and Warren the Ape, if they were bullied in high school. Keep reading »