"...but you don't look a geek!"
These were the words of Mike, talented graphic designer behind Raising Coconuts and one of the first people I met at Thursday's ChicagoNow Tweet-up. You're right, Mike. Sort of. I don't look like the stereotype, but I look like me... and I'm a geek girl born and raised. I love Picard, Pokemon, and Prada. Cthulhu, Chemistry, and Clinique. Final Fantasy, Firefly, and flirting. Steve Jobs, Steve Madden...
Right. This isn't going to be about me. It's about all of us- the geek gals of Chicago who want to know each other but don't. It's understandable. We are diverse, busy, and virtually invisible to one another. Mike was correct. In our cute shoes, contact lenses, makeup, whatever- it can be hard to tell. For the record, ChicagoNow is FULL of geeks:
- Successful in Chicago blogs about small businesses looking to thrive in the Chi. She also happens to be a massive Trekkie. This lady loved the 2009 reboot- particularly young Kirk.
- Ex Posts Facto has an incredible knowledge of sports, business... and Transformers! He can quote his favorite Twilight Zone episodes, and shares a name with Professor Xavier of X-Men fame.
- Moms Who Drink and Swear has a mouth on her, and she used it to praise the effect of comic books on her children's lives. Amazing.
- Hammervision. Um, have you seen their blog icon? Enough said.
Geeks are everywhere, even in a room of suits and professional smiles. Navigating the Tweet-up felt like a Zelda game. Triforce of Power: Getting Real. Triforce of Courage: Stop and Blog the Roses. Triforce of Wisdom: Show Me Chicago. It's going to be an amazing quest.
So, hello, Chicago. Lay swee-lon. nuqneH. Rammu. This blog is a combination event guide, product review, advice column, interview source, and more. You'll hear from sci-fi stars and local icons, and have a place to geek out on the weekends, too. And boys? You're invited... as long as you can tolerate pink.
NEXT TIME: Star Wars Burlesque!
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