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My Top 5 Formative Geek Crushes

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The wonderful thing about a hefty amount of geek/nerd culture is that it is super-optimistic. John Green, author of A Fault In Our Stars, says that nerds are basically people who are “unironically enthusiastic … too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.” Which is awesome!

The first time I hung out with my now-boyfriend, I totally melted over the fact that he got really, really jazzed pantomiming a stack that extended from hip-height to chin-height to illustrate how many books you can get for ten dollars at library book sales. As a little geekling, I learned to love guys like this by the examples that cartoons, TV shows, video games, movies, and books made for me of enthusiastic, caring dudes. Without further ado, my top five formative geek crushes…

Rejoice! Lupita Nyong’o & Gwendoline Christie Cast In “Star Wars: Episode VII”

Rejoice! Lupita Nyong'o & Gwendoline Christie Cast In "Star Wars: Episode VII"
"Star Wars: Episode VII" Casting News!

The first three “Star Wars” movies (Episodes IV, V and VI) are amazing, obviously, but the three prequels (Episodes I, II and III) that came out in the late-’90s and early-’00s were such total junk that I was pretty meh on ever seeing J.J. Abrams’ attempts at the three upcoming sequels in the saga. But I may be changing my tune now that it’s been officially announced that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” Gwendoline Christie — aka Brienne of Tarth, aka Baby Tilda Swinton — have been cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” No word yet on who they’ll be playing, but if I could, I’d be toasting them with a drink at the Mos Eisley Cantina. [Entertainment Weekly]

Beyonce Named Highest-Earning Black Artist Of All Time & Celebs Respond To Donald Sterling Ban On Twitter

  • Who run the world? Beyonce is now the highest-earning Black artist of all time. [MTV UK]
  • The cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII” will include Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver and of course, favorites from the original cast like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. [Just Jared]
  • Enough about George Clooney, how did he manage to snag the brilliant, beautiful babe that is Amal Alamuddin? [NYMag.com]
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Women Didn’t Fare Well In “Star Wars VII” Casting Announcements

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  • The casting announcement for “Star Wars VII” came out today and while that’s very exciting news indeed, let’s not forget that only one new female actress (Daisy Ridley) has been added to the cast. Don’t women and girls deserve better geeky representation? [io9]
  • Lux Alptraum on why we don’t need fewer rape story lines on TV, we need smarter ones. [Nerve]
  • A new group called the 30% club is pushing to add more women to senior leadership management. [New York Times]
  • Tennessee’s governor is still unsure on whether he will veto a law punishing drug-addicted pregnant women. [Nashville Public Radio] Keep reading »

The Most Offensive Painting Ever Created?

the prophet painting

As unforgettable yet controversial images go, it’s hard to top the one made by artist Cedric Chambers. His painting, “The Prophet,” shows Darth Vader carrying Jesus Christ with the smoldering images of the Twin Towers in the background. Looking at it, you might think the 23-year-old Denver artist had managed to offend three separate but equally passionate groups: Christians, New Yorkers and Star Wars fanatics. See the full painting and read Christian responses on Huffington Post…

The Force Is Strong With This “Star Wars” Wedding Photo

The Photoshopped wedding picture trend is showing no signs of slowing, and I, for one, am pretty happy about that. After seeing a wedding party being chased by a fearsome T-Rex and an engaged couple doing battle with a rogue zombie, it was only a matter of time before “Star Wars” entered the mix. Here we have newlyweds Mindy and John (along with their maid of honor and best man) facing down a group of AT-ATs making their way across Lake Michigan, courtesy of ridiculously talented photo editor Steven Kowalski. As I’ve always suspected, a lightsaber is the perfect wedding day accessory. [When Geeks Wed via Neatorama]

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