Nerd Night Out: Nerdcore at Comicazi – WarRock & Tribe One

Category : E-vents, Entertain Me, Featured, Music

How do you spend Friday night? If you were one of the lucky ones last Friday, you were taking in a Nerdcore show.

Graphic Credit: Comicazi

Graphic Credit: Comicazi

Comicazi, a comic shop located in Somerville, MA, played host to Adam WarRock and Tribe One last Friday. While comics are their stock-in-trade, Comicazi is a pop culture emporium which often hosts events such as game tournaments, book clubs, and comedy nights. It was no surprise to find the back room full of nerds looking for a good time.

After braving hours of Boston traffic, Adam WarRock and Tribe One greeted the crowd at Comicazi and proceeded to entertain without delay.

Graphic Credit: Malibu Shark Attack

Graphic Credit: Malibu Shark Attack

Tribe One took the stage first and delighted the room with classic tracks, as well as selected tracks from his latest album as par of the two man team known as Malibu Shark Attack. Crowds will enjoy the new sounds from Malibu Shark Attack as Tribe One combines his flow with eclectic variations. The offerings on the self-titled Malibu Shark Attack may not sound like the hip hop you are used to; however, the variety is refreshing and you will be shouting “Malibu Shark Attack” before you know it.

For more about Tribe One, check his website, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter at @TribeOneWon.

 

Graphic Credit: Adam WarRock

Graphic Credit: Adam WarRock

WarRock is celebrating the release of his latest album, The Middle of Nowhere, which was released in November 2013. During the show, he explained how important it was to play comic shops whenever possible on this tour, explaining some of them (Comicazi among them) were the first venues to give him an opportunity to perform and reach out to build his audience. Is there any better backdrop for his nerdy lyrics which every comic geek and gamer can connect with?

For more about Adam WarRock, visit his website, like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter at @eugewarrock

 

The music these men create is so much more than nerdy anthems and parody ditties. They both have their serious moments and use the opportunity music allows them to spread a message and make audiences think. It is embodied by tracks like “Different” from Tribe One’s album, titled Dirty South Swamp Thing, which attempts to encourage others to appreciate their differences and believe in their potential. While WarRock takes on the power of words when used to hurt others and how we can rise above.

Interested in seeing a live show? There’s still time. WarRock & Tribe One continue The Middle of Nowhere Tour on the East Coast through the middle of February before travelling around the United States. Check the website for tour dates and details.

Graphic Credit: Adam WarRock

Graphic Credit: Adam WarRock

Geek Music Monday – “Joss Whedon’s Never Ending Story” by 2 Broke Geeks

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Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Geek Music Monday

 

Like many of you, I am a browncoat. Joss Whedon has a talent for storytelling and character development which is undeniable. I also have wonderfully nostalgic feelings toward a 1984 fantasy film called The Never Ending Story. What does one have to do with the other? The answer comes in the form of this parody song from 2 Broke Geeks.

 

Omar and Mia produce musical projects they call “Nerdsong.” They ask their subscribers to submit ideas for a song. Then, the pair gives themselves one week to compose a song with the chosen theme. The latest Nerdsong is “Joss Whedon’s Never Ending Story.” The parody is a take on how The Never Ending Story would have turned out if the film has been written and directed by the acclaimed Whedon.

 

The song is witty and does a great job of combining the two properties, hitting the highlights from recognizable Whedon shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as major plot points from The Never Ending Story.

 

 

For more of 2 Broke Geeks, subscribe to their YouTube Channel, or like them on Facebook.

 

Watching the Web – “Learning Town” with Paul and Storm on Geek & Sundry!

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Category : Candid Conversations, Entertain Me, Featured, Geek Out, Watching the Web

Paul and Storm are best known as a comedy/music duo with songs such as “Write Like the Wind,” a plea to George R.R. Martin, and are part of the driving force behind w00tstock. Paul and Storm have teamed up with Geek & Sundry to bring more entertainment to the web with  a new web series, Learning Town.

 

Learning Town follows Paul and Storm as they take on the task of running a kids show – puppets, musical numbers and all. Bringing a bit of play to YouTube with their unique brand of humor and wit, Paul and Storm present 10 episodes of Learning Town. The first episode airs today on Geek & Sundry and new episodes will air every Tuesday. Each episode is approximately 6-8 minutes in length and will feature an original song.

 

Thomas Jordan and Paul Brochu sat down with Paul and Storm for a candid conversation. The men talk about Learning Town, their influences, a cappella and the state of Geek.

 

Learning Town with Paul and Storm!

 

In addition to Learning Town, you can catch Paul and Storm in person at the following upcoming events:

February 1, 2013 – Paul and Storm will appear with Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage for a w00tstock Founders’ night show at San Francisco Sketchfest!

February 10-17, 2013 – Paul and Storm get on the boat for JoCo Cruise Crazy 3, a Jonathan Coulton!

March 22-24, 2013 – Paul and Storm get their game on at PAX East 2013!

 

For more of Paul and Storm, visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter (@paulandstorm), like them on Facebook or connect with them on Google+!

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth . . . Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope Movie Review

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Category : Entertain Me, Featured, Movies, Reviews

As geeks and nerds, we are a passionate people. There are few more passionate than those who attend conventions. Each year, hundreds of thousands of us flock to convention centers, hotels, and college campuses around the world to surround ourselves with fellow geeks and nerds whose passion rivals our own. There are many that wonder why so many people attend pop culture conventions and why they have become so important.

The largest of these conventions, considered “geek mecca,” is San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) with more than 126,000 people in attendance in 2011 and badges for 2012 selling out within 90 minutes of registration’s opening. Morgan Spurlock (Director, Super Size Me, 30 Days), along with a dream team of geek media producers such as Stan Lee (Comic Creator, Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-men), Joss Whedon (Director, Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity), Gill Champion (Executive Producer, POW!) and Harry Knowles (Head Geek, Ain’t It Cool News) combined forces to document the SDCC experience from the perspective of the geeks who live it, in an effort to find out what makes the con experience magical in the documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.

Graphic Credit: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

 The documentary crew consisted of at least 15 camera crews, compiling more than 400 hours of video to tell the story of five people headed to SDCC 2010, each with a particular mission. Camera crews began filming the subjects at home as they prepare to make their trek to SDCC and follows their experience throughout the 4 days at SDCC.
 

 

Holly Conrad, a costume designer and cosplayer, sets off for SDCC with her friends hoping to turn heads in the Masquerade. Their entry is inspired by the popular video game Mass Effect and features highly detailed costumes. The Masquerade is not all fun and games. While it is an entertaining event for those attending SDCC, the Masquerade offers Holly the opportunity to showcase her talents before industry professionals. A good showing will get her one step closer to her dream job as a costume designer for films and television.

Chuck Rozanski owns Mile High Comics, one of the largest comics dealer in the United States. The past few years, the comics industry has seen a decline in traditional comic sales. SDCC has grown bigger and bigger every year, drawing in more of the popular culture fans, while the comics audience wanes. Chuck and his crew pack up their comic treasures and set up shop in the dealer’s hall. Their mission is to survive. Can they make enough money to justify the expense of a presence at SDCC? Will it be enough to keep Mile High Comics open for business?

Skip Harvey, is a life-long geek. He is a bartender at a geek themed bar, but his true ambition is illustration. He packs his dreams and his art into a portfolio and embarks on SDCC with hopes of impressing fellow artists and publishers. He yearns to break into comics. Does he have what it takes to be discovered?

James Darling and Se Young Kang are two geeks who fell in love. Their mutual nerdery has kept them together and happy. So happy in fact, James has decided to propose. What better backdrop for a proposal than the extravaganza that is SDCC? The film follows the couple as James attempts to make the arrangements, all while keeping it a surprise. Will he be able to pull off an epic proposal in front of thousands?

Eric Henson is a family man and member of the United States Air Force with a longstanding love of comics. Another illustrator who timidly makes his way among the horde and subjects himself and his art to industry portfolio reviews. The weekend has one purpose, to serve as job interviews. He seeks to meet with comics publishers, hoping to make an impression that will leave the pros seeing the next great illustrator in him.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a passion project from start to finish. I was lucky enough to attend a screening where Morgan Spurlock was in attendance. He spoke about meeting Stan Lee for the first time and how he himself was one of the geeks. While many of Spurlock’s other projects have been a bit more exposing and had many within the geek community worried, this documentary is all sentiment. In a way, the film is a love letter to geeks the world over … reassuring one another that there is a place for us all, where others understand the sometimes overwhelming fervor for nerd culture.

Woven among the story of the 5 attendees are “confessions” from other SDCC attendees. These are brief interviews with others, most in costume, talking about what is special about SDCC. Mixed in with the everyday folks are a few people you may have heard of, such as Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan, and Olivia Wilde among other celebrities. There are several themes throughout these candid interviews: geeks have more power to influence than we think we do and Hollywood is growing wise which is why so many studios and corporations make it a point to have a presence at SDCC. Remember, “With great power comes great responsibility;” one of the major draws of SDCC is the sense of belonging it instills attendees with; and we are all fans.

There are a number of reviewers who have been giving Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope less than stellar reviews, accusing it of being too soft on any particular point to really find a following. As always, the mainstream media would paint the hardcore fans as freaks with little or no social skills. For my part, I believe one of the things this documentary does right is appeal to their targeted audience. Sure, the audience may be small in comparison to the number of “norms” that walk the earth. This film is not for everyone and it does not set itself up to be. It was not made to convert non-convention attendees or to convince anyone that cosplay is cool. It was made to salute those that fly their geek flag high and proud, even if we only get to do so for 4 days out of the year. In that respect, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a success!

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is in select theaters now. Check your local theater for showtimes. The documentary is also available On Demand. For a listing of On Demand providers, visit the official website at http://www.comicconmovie.com. Look for the film to be released on DVD around July, just in time for SDCC 2012.

Zowie! Up in the Sky! It’s a Dork, it’s a Nerd, it’s a Geek … it’s Superwonk!

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Category : Entertain Me, Geek Out, Geek Rants, Movies, Travel

Ciao, dolls! Still waiting to scram Antarctic way with Dr. Lucy and Onslow to see the yeti crabs and the ghost octopi. We’ve got some gum in the works; however, getting my Little Lindy into her astral plane carrier.

Little Lindy, ghostdog of the Hotel del Coronado

 

Sure, she’s a docile cottonball, but that little nutter needs to be confined to a conveyance when travelling. Making it all the more difficult, she’s a ghost like Moi, and is all the more flighty for it. Think Jack Skellington’s faithful Zero of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, but black. Dr. Harvey & Hildy (Mum and Dad) babysat her once; took her with them to Prince Edward Island, they did. The minute they hit the Charlottetown Harbour, Lindy was off like a new bride’s nightie. To allay the issue of a possible runaway, Dr. Lucy is currently devising a GPS for her: Ghost Pinpoint System. It’s a tricky bit and involves crystals. So, until we can lure Lindy into her carrier and Lucy can develop a viable crystal-enhanced tracking device, I’m just waiting in my turret room here at my beautiful Hotel Del and Lindy’s chasing sea gulls around the property.

 

Meanwhile, cats, I’m taking this extra time to research those early, frosty, ice-or-bust explorers, including watching any films I can on the snowbound set: 1934 Klondike Annie with Mae West and Robert Flaherty’s 1922 documentary Nanook of the North. Zowie! The Eskimo life is not for this vegetarian! Not to mention the lion’s share of the flicker was funded by a French furrier company. Yikes! I’ve also been reading loads of books on Adm. Richard E. Byrd and his 1930s, modern, mechanical migration southward: aerial cameras, airplanes, communications resources. Murder! This was no shot in the dark expedition! Thankfully, my travelling companions and I don’t need all that and furthermore, thankfully we’re all already dead; I’d hate to perish, stranded and starving on the ice. Of course, if I can look as wham-o, hubba-hubba as Vivien Leigh, all dolled up in faux furs and Max Factor,  in the 1935 Anna Karenina when they find my corps, aces!

 

As I’ve been researching our trip, I’ve also come across loads of totally unrelated, kooky info as I’ve been led astray via so many tentacles online, as one is wont to do. I’ve noted a phenomenon that wasn’t around at all in my day: geek culture. In the 1930s, nerds and geeks were of a certain intellectual class and not at all common. They were like Samoans; you might know someone who knows one and that was pretty cool. Nerds were easily identifiable by sector, industry and eye wear. The thick glasses and pocket protectors were a necessity, not a fashion statement akin to white earbuds, pork pie hats and skinny jeans on men. Ick, btw. (Gents, if you can wear skinny jeans … don’t. You look like junior high school girls and, anthropologically speaking, grown up tomatoes are not looking for gentlemen whom look like boys whom look like little girls. Just a note.)

 

Nerds and geeks were strictly born out of science, math, computer, space and there was also the occasional G-man.  They were the burdened heroes and pioneers of modern medicine, communications, burgeoning space programs and Cold War warriors in sensible shoes and $4 crew cuts. The most pedestrian of them were math majors and chemistry professors. Part of their appeal, guys or dolls, was that they were remarkable, unorthodox and weirdly marvelous. Geeks and nerds were like nobody else and you knew if you stood next to them at a cocktail party, you’d hear some bonkers stories, usually involving Bunsen burners, photons and nematodes. Ha! By the by, I know some will say there’s a vast difference amongst the labels geek, dork and nerd. Etymologically-speaking there is (see definitions below); culturally, not really.

 

Hint: front row/French Club holds a dork with published historical-literature and a geek whom develops serious intelligence technology. I've said too much.

 

Today, everyone is a geekoid. To be one is to voluntarily join a pithy club, complete with tech-themed clubs with names like Djørk, overpriced consumer-grade accessories available from your local Mapple “genius” (Seriously? Genius is now discounted?) and a monstrously lucrative industry growing around the need for all said-geeks to gather in a convention hall multiple times a year. Of course, if you’re a Goodluck Gander, the club also comes with a small but swell selection hot mamas with a hankering for quants and policy wonks. Here’s the kibosh, though. If everyone is a dork, nerd, geek or dweeb of some sort … is it really as unconventional and novel as one thinks? Further, if everyone is on the guest list, who’s left outside? The real ones, the true intellectuals and experts are like Superwonks; so deep into and dedicated to their fields, like Bill Gates and Dr. Michio Kaku, they could care less what they’re labeled and probably don’t care what color their earbuds are.

From what I can tell, geek is now partnered with just about any hobby, career or obsession known to mankind: orchestra geeks (known as orch dorks), pep club geeks, comic geeks, science geeks, math geeks, music geeks, fashion geeks, retro geeks, car geeks, goth geeks (just goth, please), ghost geeks, film geeks, TV geeks, gamer geeks, history geeks, book geeks, grammar geeks, sci-fi geeks, fantasy geeks, role-playing geeks, Faire geeks, cosplay geeks, Disney geeks, chess geeks and so many more. Who’s left? Jocks, professional fishermen, Wall Streeters, Prince William and 10thC. vikings may be the only folks left whom don’t categorize themselves as geeks.

 

Now, Webster’s will describe a geek as:

1. a computer expert or enthusiast;
2. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual;
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken. (The real definition in my day … not a proud claim!)

 

Nerd as:
1. a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person;

2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

 

Dork as:
1. a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit;
2. Vulgar/penis (Zowie!).

 

Good Noah also lists all interchangeably as synonyms: incl. such derisive terms as  jerk, schmo, grind and swot.

 

Guilty! Devore: what a dork

Happily, the flip-side to the fad is said-terms have become less hateful and derogatory. To wit, my dear pally Jennifer Susannah Devore, a self-professed history/film & TV/Disney geek, might be part of the problem. How much blame she shoulders, I shall not say. She has, however, taken the very geeky effort to compose a list of things White & Nerdy people like. Her original post on the matter is an homage to Christian Lander, the original Stuff White People Like creator, and can be read in full at her highly-popular-in-Russia-Germany-and-Finland site: Of Course, What Do I Know?

 

Check the list below, wheats. Are you White & Nerdy? Ask yourself before you toss around terms like geek, dork and nerd so willy-nilly … Am I really White & Nerdy? If so, own it. If not, you’re just embarrassing yourself.

 

White & Nerdy? I give you their King and Queen.

Stuff White & Nerdy People Like (In no particular order)

  • Comic Con (What kind of W&N would my pally Jen be if she hadn’t been published in the official Comic Con book?)
  • The Big Bang Theory (incl. memorizing the Barenaked Ladies’ theme song)
  • CNNGeekOut blog
  • Geology
  • Robots
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Steve Martin
  • Sci-fi and fantasy novels with anthropomorphic animals
  • Weezer
  • NASA
  • SyFy Channel
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock (no Googling the rules – either you know it or you don’t)
  • Periodic Table of the Elements (Fun idea: claim a corr. birthday element, if you find numerals offensive)
  • Crafting historical and theatrical alter egos (incl. learning Elizabethan English, Klingon, swordplay, spells, etc.)
  • Wired magazine
  • Swedish Fish
  • Michael Cera
  • Dr. Michio Kaku
  • Action figures
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Notating in journals (yes, ye olde quill to parchment) and memorizing things like Pi, Drake Equation, hierarchy of performance art, accurate recall of the British monarchy since 1066, etc. 
  • Making and wearing costumes
  • Using “one” as opposed to “you” or “I”
  • Lunchboxes
  • George Noory
  • Grant Morrison, Supergods (You doth rock, Sir … dig the accent, too!)
  • UFOs
  • Ghost Hunters (not Ghost Adventurers … there is a difference)
  • Bigfoot
  • George Lucas
  • Skywalker Ranch
  • Mystery Science Theater 3K
  • Disneyland
  • The X-Files
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Semi-audible snorts of derision
  • Jokes involving German, Austrian or Swiss scientists
  • Bill Gates
  • Reminding people Bill Gates saved Steve Jobs and Apple from oblivion with 150 million cabbages
  • Jokes involving Windows Vista, DOS, neutrons or nematodes
  • The IT Crowd
  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft-blue button downs
  • Any and all digital media
  • Fry’s Electronics
  • Roku
  • Hello Kitty
  • T-shirts with math or code humour (skeletal humour works, too, as in “I find this humerus”)
  • Goths (Yet, we also like the originals: roaming Visigoths & Ostrogoths of the Roman Empire)
  • Voyager Golden Record
  • The Simpsons
  • Comics
  • Comic books (yes, they are different)
  • Animation
  • Saying Linux
  • American Dad!
  • Historical- and/or technical-inaccuracies of any kind (so we can first laugh, then correct them)
  • Bad grammar (ditto)
  • George Will
  • Dictionaries
  • Peppering conversation with foreign language-bon mots
  • Shot-for-shot remakes (exclnt ex: Opening sequence to Indiana Jones I, stop-motion w/Hasbro figures)
  • Memorizing, then sporadically reciting, TV and movie quotes (incl. full dialogues with multiple characters)
  • Role-playing
  • Acquiring movie props (incl. the front-end of a film reel, cut and tossed, from an X-Files episode)
  • Complaining about tech support
  • Making lists

Did my pally omit anything? Let her know @JennyPopNet because I’m off to Antarctica!

 

Abyssinia at the South Pole, cats!

 

Hannah’s fave places to haunt online? https://www.amazon.com/author/jenniferdevore and jenniferdevore.blogspot.com

Geek Music Monday – “Meganerd” by YTCracker

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Category : Entertain Me, Music

One thing is for certain, geeks and gamers are passionate. Add a bit of nerdcore passion with some good old fashioned creativity and we can do great things. Okay, maybe not great, let’s say . . . entertaining.

One of the creative ways we express ourselves is through music. Whether we take songs from popular artists or internet memes to make them relevant for the nerd set, or produce entirely original pieces, the latest geek music has a way of becoming an epic anthem. It is the deep-seeded love that prompts our newest series, Geek Music Monday.

This week, we are enjoying “Meganerd” by YTCracker. YTCracker is a well-known nerdcore hip hop rapper in the geek music community, so chances are you already love this track. For those of you unaware, YTCracker is a seasoned pro with 6 albums to his credit: N.E.S., Nerd Life, Serious Business, The Digital Gangster LP with MC Lars, Chrono Nurga and Space Mission. N.E.S. and Chrono Nurga are available for download on his website, while the other albums are currently available for purchase on iTunes.

At the core, “Meganerd” is about the humble beginings of a nerd and the rise to dominate over those that previously dismissed the geek set. It is a story of nerd empowerment, a true anthem. With a great beat that will find you nodding along and a great 8 Bit sample that will bring any nerd back to the gool ol’ days playing Legend of Zelda of the Nintendo Entertainment System, you will undoubtedly find yourself singing the lyrics of “Meganerd” as it plays on a continuous loop in your brain. And why not? It’s Geek Music Monday. As the song says, “just let your nerdy flourish!”

 

Courtesy of YouTube user, Bi0man22. Check out his YouTube page.

 

For more about YTCracker, visit his website at http://www.ytcracker.com/.
Follow YTCracker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/realytcracker.

 

Geek Music Monday

Category : Entertain Me, Music

One thing is for certain, geeks and gamers are passionate. Add a bit of nerdcore passion with some good old fashioned creativity and we can do great things. Okay, maybe not great, let’s say . . . entertaining.

One of the creative ways we express ourselves is through music. Whether we take songs from popular artists or internet memes to make them relevant for the nerd set, or produce entirely original pieces, the latest geek music has a way of becoming an epic anthem. It is the deep-seeded love that prompts our newest series, Geek Music Monday.

The first piece we are highlighting for Geek Music Monday comes from Francis aka boogie2988, a World of Warcraft gamer. He’s taken to song to remind us all that “Tuesday is Raid Night” in his parody of Rebecca Black’s pervasive song “Friday.”

 

Never Too Old for Hello Kitty!

Category : Geek Out, Geek Rants

Courtesy of Sanrio

Recently, I was telling a few of the women at my day job about some fantastic cosmetics with Hello Kitty branding. The majority of the women in the room are also in love with the adorkable icon for capitalism and were excited to hear of my latest find. My boss, with a look of confusion asked, “Hello Kitty? For you?”

I am a grown woman. Yes, it is true my 21st birthday has come and gone (we need not discuss how far gone), but I maintain there is no age limit on Hello Kitty! The same is true for anime, comics, gaming and all the other nerdery I enjoy!

This incident is not the first time people in my life have wondered at what point I would give up these “childish things,” simply the latest. I am sure my family was disappointed when I missed Easter dinner to spend the day at an anime convention. My co-workers will never understand why the only vacation time I plan for is the week I must have off to attend DragonCon. My “norm” friends shake their heads when I spend an hour chatting about tech or video games; they consider me their “crazy geek friend.” Although it has never given them a moment’s pause when they need help setting up their wifi network or learning to use their smartphones.

I pose this question, when did we begin posing an age cap on entertainment, on enjoyment? Perhaps the better question is why?

The “norms” can rage against me all they want. Peer down their noses at me with my sticker depicting Hello Kitty as a Totoro and roll their eyes while I sing the theme song to Ponyo, all while sporting my Crewman #6 t-shirt, lugging around the ZombieBomb comic anthology and watching Revision 3 on my Droid. I proudly carry a Geek card and you can’t take that from me!

Watching the Web: Awkward Embraces

Category : Entertain Me, Watching the Web

Meeting people is not easy for everyone and dating can be awkward for anyone – a series of high anxiety situations that take us out of our comfort zone. Add the uneasiness that sometimes accompanies the geek set and things have the potential to go horribly wrong. Awkward Embraces is a web series, taking the internet by storm, that gives audiences an inside look into just how awkward dating can be . . . with a geek twist.

The series follows Jessica (Mills), “a geek boy’s dream girl,” as she navigates the dating world. Accompanying her on her misadventures are her best friends, the sensible Candis (Phlegm) and matter of fact Lyndsey (Doolen), both with their own share of dating drama, including blind dates and bulges.

Brought to life from the immaginative mind of Jessica Mills, Awkward Embraces is clever and features situations that ring a bit true to life, making it a true joy to watch. The friendship between the actors is evident and makes the acting effortless. The characters incorporate their own brand of quirkiness into the antics and are incredibly relatable if you’ve ever dated a nerd, or been the nerd dating the “norm.” The series is laugh out loud funny and will leave you wanting more.

Season one consists of 11 entertaining episodes concluding with a twist that took the audience by surprise. February 18th saw the premiere of Season 2, with Jessica in a bad way while Candis and Lyndsey attempt to boost her spirits and find her a man.

Awkward Embraces is easy to find on the web. Use one of the distribution channels below to catch up on past episodes and follow along with Season 2. You can also subscribe to the series in iTunes.

Awkward Embraces Website – http://www.awkwardembraces.com

Blip TV – http://awkwardembraces.blip.tv

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4nvV8Da2Jo&feature=relmfu

The Awkward Embraces Team is still in production for Season 2 and they need our help to continue. If you can, contribute to their IndiGoGo effort to raise funds which will enable them to create more fantastic episodes. Even if you cannot contribute financially, be sure to tell your friends, Like Awkward Embraces on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter. Spread the word!

Get Your Geek On: Nerdy Shirts of the Week

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Category : Geek Out

This week we get our game on with great video game inspired t-shirts.  Geek out your wardrobe and let the world know you are a gamer.

Control Freak

With more buttons on console controllers and additional accessories cluttering up the entertainment area, it would be nice to consolidate. Gamers need one controller to rule them all. Thanks to this inventive design from Minion ste7en at Jinx, now you can wear it. Available in Men’s sizes: Small – 3XL & Women’s sizes: Small – 2XL, Prices range from $17.99 – $20.99.

Courtesy of Jinx

These Don’t Make Me a Killer

There are those that would still like the world to believe video games are responsible for acts of violence. Gamers can stand proud and make a statement with this gaming inspired t-shirt. Available in Men’s sizes:  Small – 2XL & Women’s sizes: Small – Large. Priced at $19.97

Courtesy of Nerdy Shirts

Nutritious Breakfast

Start your day off right with a healthy dose of mushroom, reminiscent of the classic Super Mario Bros.  game. Now available in reprint from Threadless. Available in Men’s sizes: Small – XL & Women’s sizes: Small – 2XL. Priced at $10.

Courtesy of Threadless

Get Your Geek On: Nerdy Shirts of the Week

Category : Geek Out

Nicole Wakelin has a great post this week on her personal blog, Total Fan Girl, sparked by a chance encounter with a spectacularly nerdy t-shirt. This got me thinking, one of my favorite things is to don my geek wear and watch the reactions of the “norms” when confronted with my nerdery. If you are anything like me, you are a proud geek and you want the world to know it. Check back each week for items to add to your wardrobe.

Wil Wheaton “Roots”

Wil Wheaton has teamed up with the team at Jinx to create a collection of t-shirts.  ”Roots” is the second shirt in the collection, paying homage to the simple beginnings of D & D game-play. Available in Men’s sizes: Small – 2XL & Women’s sizes: Small – 2XL. Prices range from $19.99 – $22.99.

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Quick Fix Nintendo Video Game

Sure the original NES has taken a back seat to emulators. You can still embrace the nostalgia remember those good ‘ol gaming cartridges with this fun t-shirt. Available from NerdyShirts.com in Men’s sizes: Small – 2XL & Women’s sizes: Small – Large for $19.97.

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Colonel Mustard in the Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a classic game of Clue? Now you can get your game on in this witty and totally adorkable t-shirt. Designed by Detour Designables and available at Zazzle in a variety of sizes and prices.

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