Archive for 2014

My 2015 New Year's resolutions: one geeky, one not

New Year’s Eve last year was a disaster. I spent the first hours of 2014 in tears. I had just lost my Grandma Rose. Drinking, dancing, and partying seemed stupid. Then, NOT drinking, dancing, and partying because I was sad seemed stupid. As a result, I stayed on the couch and wallowed. From that day,... Read more »

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Christmas Tweets were not anti-Christian

Neil deGrasse Tyson ruffled quite a few feathers this Christmas. Instead of recognizing the birth of Jesus on his Twitter, the astrophysicist and host of Cosmos acknowledged other truths about December 25th. Tyson’s Tweet about Isaac Newton’s birth became his most shared ever. However, these shares didn’t all come from folks who agreed. Thousands of people accused Tyson of... Read more »

Con Alt Delete 2014 RECAP: Ah, to be young.

Some of the first costumes I saw on Friday.
Last weekend, I returned to my roots- I went to an anime convention. Con Alt Delete 2014 took place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, the same hotel as my first convention ever. That was thirteen years ago. So, a wall of nostalgia hit me the second I entered. Con Alt Delete is a young people’s... Read more »
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The worst Doctor Who Christmas gift of all time

There are many, many holiday gift options for Doctor Who fans. The show is so massive that Whovians can find anything- a fish tank, toothbrush, even this potato peeler. Yeaaa, Time Lord merchandise has gotten weird. As a Doctor Who fan for a decade, I possess MORE than my fair share of these things. Some... Read more »

Geekiest. Injury. Ever.

We all get stressed out. Unfortunately for me, my stress manifests itself physically. My previous job at LEGOLAND saw my hair falling out. These days, I clench my jaw and grind my teeth. The damage mostly happens at night. If I’m particularly focused, though, I’ll carry tension in my jaw all day long. I was particularly... Read more »

Chicago TARDIS 2014 RECAP: Fifty Ways to Use a Westin

The most charming thing about this LEGO Eleven is the matching, fabric suit that's sticking out from the box. :)
One week ago, I was getting my badge for Chicago TARDIS 2014. I wasn’t sure I was going to have fun. Even though I’ve loved Doctor Who for almost a decade, I haven’t watched the Capaldi era. Would I still fit in? My friends found me immediately. First, it was JB from WHO 37. Then, a... Read more »
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5 Chicago Organizations Empowering Young Women

With Chicago TARDIS behind me, I’m already thinking about next weekend. I will be taking a Ruby on Rails course for women with RailsBridge. I’m SO excited to learn a new skill. Not even one year ago, President Obama encouraged the entire nation to gain computer literacy through coding. I’m ready to heed the call!... Read more »

This Thanksgiving GEEKend: Chicago TARDIS 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, geeks! As I write this, I have finished my dinner, surrounded by family and friends. I am thankful, but also just FULL. I really want to sleep it off all weekend. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, though, this is NOT the time to relax and digest. Get ready for Chicago TARDIS 2014.... Read more »

That Was My Idea Day - A new holiday for would-be geniuses

Tonight is ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooz-hour. In 60 minutes, we CN bloggers are to write and publish on a surprise topic. The November challenge was “Invent a Holiday.” Here’s the thing, gentle reader. I invented a holiday that apparently already exists. I just spent the last 30 minutes writing about “Un-friend Day,” when we clean out... Read more »
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Pictures from PlayCHIC 2014, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair's fashion show

Mayfair Games had puppeteers wandering around. The sheep is a key part of their best-selling board game, Settlers of Catan.
I try to keep up with geeky events in Chicago, but sometimes, one slips by me. I almost missed out on PlayCHIC 2014. This toy and game-inspired fashion show is apparently part of the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. I’ve BEEN to ChiTAG. I’ve reviewed games I discovered at ChiTAG. Even so, I had no idea... Read more »