Archive for 2013

This GEEKend: Kollision Con, Mighty Con, and Doctor Who Trivia

The Force was not with me today.  I spent hours out in the cold for the Star Wars open casting call, only to be turned away.  I expected it; thousands of people were inevitably going to rise up from this geeky city.  However, I am still disappointed.  We were there more than 3 hours before... Read more »

MORE Geek Girl Chicago: Press, Podcasts, and Appearances

While blogging takes up a large portion of my time, there’s more to Geek Girl Chicago than just this page.  I work at a science museum.  I cosplay.  I produce audio.  My responsibilities and hobbies make me a bit of a geek expert… at least in the eyes of some.  More and more frequently, I... Read more »

This GEEKend: John Williams, Doctor Who Children's Library Day, and Press Start!

In my previous post, I mentioned that I will only be at Windycon for one day.  It’s with good reason; this weekend is JAM-PACKED with geeky goodness across Chicago and its suburbs.   It will be a particularly joyful time for music-lovers and geeks with children.  Check out these fun things to do:   ALL WEEKEND:... Read more »
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Windycon 40: A Huge Sci-Fi Convention Anniversary this Weekend

I’ve had quite the experience with Windycon 40, and it hasn’t even started yet!  Apparently, in 40 years of existence, the event has never given out press passes.  This has resulted in some long waits and longer e-mails.  Thankfully, everything is clear now. Geek Girl Jess and I will be at at Windycon tomorrow, November... Read more »

This GEEKend: Tokens, Tankards, and The Multiverse vs. George Lucas

I spent all of yesterday in full face makeup as Scar from The Lion King (see pictures on my Twitter).  Then, my fiance and I threw a Halloween shindig that doubled as our Engagement Party.  People brought beer, Booberry cereal, and Ghoul-Aid!  ADULTHOOD!!  Thinking I’d have today off, I happily drank and stayed up late.... Read more »

How to Make a Pixelated Video Game Quilt - Guest Blog by Susan Richmond

When it comes to laying out the design, this may not be the most efficent method, but it gets the job done:  find a sprite of your chosen character (mine came from videogamesprites.net), zoom way in on it, then transpose each pixel into a cell of a spreadsheet.  This allows for counting of squares, manipulation of finished dimensions, etc.   It makes sense to assemble the quilt in rows, so think of each row in terms of its constituent colors (e.g., the top row of his head would be “6 light blue, 7 black, 6 light blue”).  Tallying how many instances of each grouping of color are needed (e.g. how many times were there 5 red squares together, how many times were there 4 red squares together, so on) really helps in planning/organization in the long run, though it may seem daunting up front.
Several people this week have told me that “Christmas starts this weekend.”  Oh, jeez, really?!  Ugh.  Halloween isn’t even over yet!  I swear, I’m not even gonna take my Christmas tree down this year… Well, if you’re already thinking about holiday gifts, consider giving the hand-made present my best friend gave me.  She built a... Read more »
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Take Back Halloween: Historical, Cultural, Empowered Costumes for Women

Just got back from judging the Costume Contest at Nerd-o-Ween 2013.  Fun!!  This annual party, sponsored by the Chicago Nerd Social Club, always has the best costumes.  🙂 While searching for my own costume ideas, I came across Take Back Halloween.  I agree with this uplifting organization; women’s Halloween costumes can serve purposes other than... Read more »

10 Theme Ideas for Your Geeky Halloween Party

My favorite holiday is just around the corner- Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!!  Last year, I brought you Dos and Don’ts for Geeky Halloween Costumes. This year, I’m zooming out to address overall party themes. I know, I know, “Halloween” is sort of a theme by itself.  However, I believe in setting yourself apart.  Ask yourself: How... Read more »

Chicago Ideas Week 2013: YOU Can Join the Brainstorm!

Today marked the beginning of Chicago Ideas Week.  Given the event’s presence at the Museum of Science and Industry, I figured CIW was all about science.  I was barely scratching the surface!  Chicago Ideas Week is a seven-day collaboration between our city’s innovation leaders.  Creative minds brainstorm “new ideas and actionable results” in many, many... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Space Jam 2, Doctor Who Cosplay, and the Handmade Market

I’m apparently not happy unless I’m extraordinarily busy.  I already have my day job, this blog, wedding planning, and hobbies like cosplay and music.  Now, I’ve taken on another project- recording and editing audio book chapters.  Whew!  I’m overscheduled, overjoyed, and can’t believe I managed to find GEEKend events in the midst of it all.... Read more »