Category: Editorial

The heartbreaking happiness of downsizing

I just watched my Alice in Wonderland tea set walk out the door. Er, more accurately, its new owner took it. It’s going to a fantastic home where it will be loved. Let me tell you though, gentle reader, parting with my geeky collectibles is hard. A lot of life change is hitting me at... Read more »

Regarding "The Video."

Yes, I’ve seen Ron Ladao’s video of the event that happened at Kazecon. I’ve been asked to respond, mostly by people using name-calling and threats. While I certainly don’t owe a statement to any of the people who are foaming at the mouth to damage a stranger, I will speak as a gesture of thanks... Read more »

There is no such thing as a "Good guy with a gun."

I feel like I have to apologize for skipping the usual “GEEKend” post, particularly when there are so many great events happening in Chicago tonight. …but I won’t. I’ve had too much on my mind since the Oregon shooting at Umpqua Community College. Sorry, not sorry- this post is going to be about guns. If... Read more »

Special K's advertising "for women" is terrible for women

Hey, girl, it’s me- your box of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal. I see you checking me out: Well guess what, girl? I’m checking you out, too. You’re looking skinny this morning. And hot. And, uh, smart, probably? Just kidding! We both know brains are for ugly girls, and like I said, you’re hot.... Read more »

My broken unemployment experience with IDES

I haven’t mentioned it recently, but my unemployment battle hasn’t ended. I’ve been at a new job for three months. I’ve been away from my former employer for six. Even so, the place that dumped me isn’t allowing my life to move forward. I feel harassed. My phone and inbox are haunted by appeal after... Read more »

12 of my (mostly) geeky pet peeves

When one member of my household is sick, it is the other’s sovereign duty to go to Soupbox. This responsibility fell to me last night. I love Soupbox’s food, but loathe driving there. That area of Lakeview is just bursting with too many people and their abandoned cars. Thankfully, my journey was successful. I got... Read more »

Memorial Day kicks off the summer of sharing my childhood

When I was a teen (and even before that,) I loved to watch Road Rules on MTV. I downloaded the music. I pondered whether or not I could join the cast. My ultimate fave season was Latin America. My mom loved it, too (“We are so hunting spiders in Belize!!”) So, when The Real World/Road Rules Challenge... Read more »

Mordin Solus: The video game character that broke my heart

**WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS from the Mass Effect video games. …Though you really should have played them by now. 😉 **   Even though it has been three years since a new Mass Effect video game, the trilogy comes up in my life constantly. One friend is playing the titles for the first time. Another is... Read more »

3 types of plagiarism that go beyond copy and pasting

I was writing something else for GGC this evening- something more pleasant. Then, I was interrupted by a kind reader on Facebook. This person linked me to yet another website that has stolen my original work. I will not link the offending site here. It does not deserve the clicks. Since this helpful person reached out,... Read more »

April Fools' Day advice: How to tell if I've been replaced by an alien robot clone

I hate April Fools’ Day. As a kid, I was pretty rule-abiding and gullible. People would prank me, and I’d cry (MOM). So, instead of pranking you all, I’m giving some advice in case YOU get pranked. A popular sci-fi trope is the evil twin. In this bit, a hero is replaced by an android, clone,... Read more »