spewed into cyberspace on Friday Jun 07 13 @ 10:03 AM
I’m attempting to determine how I first heard of the glorious blogette behind the Girl Gone Geek blog. I think we happened to stumble upon each other’s respective geeky blogs like 2 star-crossed nerds…
We are star-crossed geeks for a few special reasons. For example, she is a military brat, just like me, and traveled around a lot as a kid. She had the chance to live in many cool places… it’s sort of like being a companion to the Doctor except the Doctor was… our parents. She lived in Hawaii, Holland and Germany, and I lived in Japan and Ethiopia. She also fangirls over the same sorts of things as me, like sci-fi, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and X-men. So if you’re interested in chatting up her awesomeness, be sure to like her on Facebook or follow her tweets!
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jamila IRL – we loitered the walkway of Artist Alley at New York Comic Con 2012. Aren’t we cute!? We both went as robots in a way – I’m a pink princess Dalek and she’s the gloriously boopy R2D2… and our we didn’t even plan to be adorable matching droideka! Fun fact – Jamila and I are getting together again June 22 at The Way Station, a Doctor Who themed bar in Brooklyn. If you’re in the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club or a 21+ female in the NYC area, come hang out with us!
So now I can stop rambling about her amazing-ness and give you the low down on her 5 on Friday questions!
1. Who do you cast to play you in the movie about your life?
If Batman is too busy fighting crime, definitely Gina Torres. She’s all kinds of bad ass.
2. If you were a food, what would you be?
A bacon flavored cupcake.
3. What could you never leave home without?
Other than my phone, I always have books or comics in my purse. I live in NYC and spend most of my waking hours on the train, pages and panels help me maintain my sanity amongst the crazies of the city.
4. Apocalypse. You have to pick someone to help you repopulate the Earth. Who do you choose?
I’d be perfectly happy with either Idris Elba or Gambit. I have a thing for accents.
5. You suddenly turn into a cartoon character. Who are you?
Jasmine from Aladdin. She’s kind of feisty and not afraid to speak her mind. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt being a hot and stylish princess, too!
spewed into cyberspace on Tuesday Jun 04 13 @ 12:31 PM
Matt Smith’s departure as the Doctor shocked Whovian geeks everywhere this week. But, it’s all good, he had quite a long run, and it’s the unfortunate history of the last remaining Time Lord to reincarnate in a new skin every once in a while.
And because this is my blog, I have decided to pick my top 10 replacements for the Doctor. Yes I know… all the nerds are probably going to be raging at me for this list. Some of them are not British, or even feasible possibilities. But bros… these are just the crazy fantasies I have twirling around in my head. Sometimes people have weird thoughts. Don’t judge me, this is my fantasy world, okay!?
1. Sir Ian McKellen
We all know he’s a great actor with great methods. He can pull off classic geek roles like Gandalf the Grey, Magneto, and – just think – now he could be the 12th Doctor. In my fantasy world of course. YOU SHALL NOT BLINK!
2. Jim Parsons
Ah, Dr. Sheldon Cooper. He would somehow have to break out of that Sheldon character stereotype he is so well known for… but I could see his cute face adorning the inside of the TARDIS… absolutely! He would fill the Doctor’s Converses quite nicely.
3. Jon Stewart
Something seriously tells me this could work! He’s cute, smart, and Jewish! (Wait, what does that have to do with anything?) I feel like he’d be amazing at talking himself out of problems. He could be just what Whovians (or me) are looking for.
4. Nathan Fillion
An obvious choice. We already know he can pilot a spaceship, as seen when he was the amazing Captain Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly. We also know he can be a funny guy, a bad ass, and just so darn cute!
5. Matthew Lewis
This dream boat is not only British but has worked with David Tennant before, and we know the long running history of Harry Potter actors in episodes of Doctor Who. I can see it now… He pulls out the Sonic Screwdriver, gives his cute little Neville-y come-hither stare, and off we go into time and space!
6. Sir Patrick Stewart
He too has experience with piloting a space craft as we saw in Star Trek… plus a bald Doctor could have a certain… je ne sais quoi. Plus, look at him: Pizza and wine! Dude knows how to have a good time. But we already knew that.
7. Sarah Silverman
I better not be the only person on the “The next Doctor better be a chick” train. And I feel like her silly humor and quirky adorableness could be a completely bizarre, yet fitting rendition of the Doctor.
8. Seth Rogan
I don’t know, maybe it’s the beard, or just the sweetness about him, but I think Seth could totally rock the Doctor. I would completely trust him to pilot me through time and space on awesome adventures!! He already has experience as 2 aliens, Paul and B.O.B. from Monsters and Aliens, which only further qualifies him in my mind.
9. Wil Weaton
A completely obvious choice. Look at him! Clever in his tweets, already a huge Whovian, and a geek icon that everyone could get behind, if he chose to adorn the TARDIS with his presence. And I also think Felicia Day could totally pull off his companion. Just saying.
10. Richard Madden
*Spoiler Alert* He dead. I mean… he’s dead on Game of Thrones, so he’s now free to take his sweet British stylings to the farthest reaches of the universe! I’m not trying to be insensitive about the Red Wedding but… come on, He could be a Time Lord! Time Travel is Coming. Too soon?
A part of your brand besides your logo, imagery, or colors, is your tagline. For Darling Stewie, I use “Mostly Sweet Geek Girl,” or “Uber Creative Millennial and Internet Pixie,” and a few others. I picked a few key words I wanted to make sure I incorporated and made up a tagline based on it.
The formula: Adjectives + passion + a unique word or phrase you haven’t heard anywhere else (or very often) that denotes obsession or excitement.
Writing Wizard and Self Confessed Grammar Nazi.
Margot Asparagus chose “Writing Wizard and Self Confessed Grammar Nazi” – wizard is one of those silly, fun words that describes an expertise without saying “Expert.” She’s trying to convey she professionally or very passionately writes well, without saying “Professional Writer,” or “Writing Expert.” She could also say “Fountain pen fanatic,” “Pen and paper are my bread and butter,” or “Typewriter Obsessed T-rex,” or “Copywriting Chupacabra,” or any number of other exciting taglines to describe herself and her interests. The possibilities are ENDLESS! Except for “Social media ninja.” That’s not a thing, not to mention it’s so overused, it’s become cliche.
2. The real deal, yo. I gots skills.
Make sure to add actual skills that don’t make you look like your blog is an unfocused drool cup. What do you do professionally or WISH you did professionally? What do your favorite bloggers pages say THEY do? Pick your niche and pick your specializations. Put out there what you want to accomplish.
I’m a flipping fantastic writer. Like the best. I won 2 writing awards for a short story contest in college and have been featured in 4 major publications, and I’m now addicted to the fame. Stephen King once said, “Margot Asparagus is the new Jane Austen, now let go of me you’re hurting me.” I’m looking to guest blog, so if you have a need for an amazing guest blogger, please email me!
3. Tell baby lies that emphasize your ambitions.
Of course I do not advocate lying, but how can you join a band if you don’t first audition as a singer? You weren’t a singer BEFORE your first audition, but it was your ambition. Decide what song you want the minstrels to sing about you!
I’m a public speaker, but not like those boring ones where you keep yawning when they talk and then pretend like you’re looking at your watch… I’m one of the good ones.
Confession session: Margot isn’t a public speaker, but she wants to be. So she’s putting herself out there so might get the opportunity. Woah!!
4. Add a funny story about yourself as a kid or some of your favorite stuff from your childhood.
People will totally get nostalgic with you about things you loved as a kid!
When I was 6, I accidentally dropped a gallon of milk onto the floor in the grocery store. It earned me the nickname “Milk Maid” which I have yet to live down. I spent my youth playing Pogs and watching Rocko’s Modern Life on Nickelodeon.
Oh Margot, you clumsy dweeb! You are a real person! And also you like things I liked…. I would so talk to her about all the slammers I had.
5. Come up with your own voice that doesn’t sound idiotic.
Unless of course, that’s what your going for. Coming up with your own voice can be hard, but reading interesting people’s writing helps. Think about words you use in the real world, like “Wiggity wack” or “Gosh” or “Hey yo yo yo!” Whatever it is, make it sound like you after you’ve had about 3 cups of coffee.
6. Use lots of H1, H2, and H3 magic.
Break it up like Yoko Ono. Too soon? You need to be sure to use a variety of colors and sizes in your about bio. Paragraph after paragraph is hard to read, but a nice H1 (headline in HTML speak) followed by a few sentences, then broken up with another smaller headline make the content easy to digest and exciting, much like I know you are. Here’s an example.
Super sexy main tagline!
Let me talk about it for a second. Maybe like 2 sentences. No maybe 3.
Another neat-o one here. Hehe. I said neat-o.
This one’s small, but he still matters. Isn’t that right little guy.
This is 101 of writing for the web and make it easy and exciting to read. Don’t you forget it!
Ready, set, go! You’re your own publicist, your own role model, your own super hero, your own everything! No one else is going to make you sound awesome so do it for yourself, and the rest will come along with you, like that toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe. Seriously, take that off.
spewed into cyberspace on Saturday May 25 13 @ 7:45 PM
My new project is geometric, kawaii and geeky jewelry, inspired by my love of color blocking, geometric shapes, and of course, geekery. I plan to make use of some of my favorite fairy kei colors like pastel green, blue, pink and purple, as well as ombre color fades, geeky charms, and whimsical nonsense. Here are my first concepts.
Chevron and Stars
Traveling the Galaxy
I expect they will look way better in real life, so please forgive the digital mock-ups for now! I’d love love love feedback. Please comment or get at me somehow <3 xo
spewed into cyberspace on Friday May 17 13 @ 9:21 PM
Ah the Millennials… that generation of Tweeting, Keeking, Vining, Yelping, Instagramming, and Liking instant gratification lovers, whose attention span is shorter than Peter Dinklage. Not like I even knew I was a Millennial until like… a year ago, because I am apparently behind the times on terminology. But yeah. Apparently, Gen Y, aka Millennial, is a thing. And I are one of them. And sometimes, like all good things, Millennials come in pairs. I happen to be part of a Millennial couple. And here is how you’ll know if you are too.
1. Your boyfriend’s idea of a romantic gift is a an external battery for your phone.
3. You go for walks in the park just so you can snag portals on Ingress, couples style.
Nothing says “I love my significant other” and “I love nature” like walking side by side without looking at each other through a beautiful park while staring at your phone. But… once you sign up for the addiction that is Ingress, a GPS based portal hacking game, you will soon totally understand. Besides, trees are stupid, just Google what one looks like and you’re set.
4. No excursion is complete without a Foursquare check in or an Instagram photo souvenir.
Okay yes, sometimes, while I am supposed to be enjoying a meal with my boyfriend, or getting on a roller coaster on our vacation to Disney World, or kissing the Blarney Stone, or something, perhaps instead I’m checking in on Foursquare. Last I checked it was NOT a crime, people. Well maybe sometimes it enables crime. But at least I take plenty of amazing pictures during the experience with Instagram. I just want to document our every romantic moment on every social network that ever existed.
5. Your love is so deep you even want matching phones.
We want Samsung Galaxy S4′s. Him for the… bitty lil microbits and cool controlly mabobbers… and me for the 13MP camera. What?
6. Your relationship started with a Facebook message, and you tweet flirt. Way too much.
Once he added me on the Facebooks, I just knew. 3 years ago we started chatting about bad web design and LARPing… and yeah, maybe my boo and I decided to share a coffee over a Facebook message. And yeah, sometimes we tweet flirt. What??
7. Your significant other seriously considered investing in BitCoins
For all you non-savvy Internet people, BitCoins are like e-money… digital currency… like something out of an episode of Firefly or Battlestar Galactica. And yes, my boyfriend totally wants to jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon. Who can blame him, though, the share value on these things are sky rocketing! Maybe I should get some space moneys after all…
8. You may have dropped hints to your boyfriend about one of your Pinterest boards, specifically designed with pins of things you would like as gifts.
No offense to boys… but sometimes they just don’t know what to get you for a gift! Not saying all women are perfect gift givers, but we kind of are… my mom is a perfect example of this. But yeah, perhaps I have designed a Pinterest board specifically meant to clobber my amazingly loving boyfriend over the head with some simple ideas for birthday gifts. What???
9. Your boy is constantly finding adorable nuggets of domestic knowledge on LifeHacker.
10. You back-up all your important photos, tax documents, and data on a shared cloud.
What the heck could be more romantic than sharing a cloud? Take me to Care-a-lot, baby, because NOTHING says love like romantic cloud back ups. Most of our memorabilia is digital. It isn’t like it was when I was a kid, when we’d take our disposable 35mm camera on vacation, take the photos to the One Hour Photo (not that creepy one with Robin Williams) and get a set of sticky physical photographs as a memory. Nope. All our important photos of digital, and we sometimes back them, and other important documents and files, up onto a cute cloud like DropBox. Romantic, n’est pas?
I guess #11 should be… you write a big stupid blog post about your relationship. Okay I’m done.