Friday, January 30, 2009

Once a Geek, Always a Geek?

I've gotten into the habit of trading tweets with Matt Blum of GeekDad, so when he linked his article asking Who Are the Best Geek Role Models for Your Kids (Other Than You)?, I clicked through pretty much right away.

Couple things. I'm not a GeekDad, I don't have kids and I don't plan on having kids. So, that sort of leaves me out of the question as a whole. Still, it got me thinking about my who my role models were and what it means to be a "Girl Geek".

Not to sound maudlin or anything (these are just the facts) but I didn't really have any Geek role models growing up. I spent most of my adolescence and high school time being a Geek when Geek = Nerd and Nerd = Social Pariah who sits alone at lunch. (Gotta love the 80's!).

I think I grew up defending my Geekitude with a big brassy vengeance and a chip on my shoulder. So what if they didn't understand why I cut school to wait in line for Return of the Jedi at the Egyptian Theater when I was 13. I understood it. I knew I was part of something.

But it did sort of mean that I swaggered through most of my time in high school mostly misunderstood and rather lonesome.

Around the age of 25, I dropped into the online world of the Red Dragon Inn (on a then very up and coming web service that shall remain nameless. If you RP'd in the RDI, you know of which I speak) and, in very short order, found an entire community of Geeks.

It was as if the floodgates opened. Here were people who read the books I read, liked the movies I liked, and could quote entire scenes from Star Wars without a single error. Just. Like. Me.

15 years later, here I am, self professed Girl Geek living in a world in which Geek = Cool and Girl Geek = Sexy (well, in certain circles).

Still, I'd be hard pressed to say I could easily point to role models for my 15 year old self and she still had to go through most of that awkward process of Geek self acceptance alone.

But, maybe, the having to go it alone gave me the foundation for being the Geek I am now. Learning processes are like that. You have to, by definition, learn.


Oh, but I will say -- having a Geek president with a sense of humor and who's kind of sexy doesn't hurt either, Matt. If I had a kid, he's likely be someone I'd point to, too. ;-)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

And We Will Walk Through The Fire...

The threat started early in our relationship not long after I bought him full seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly on DVD. *

"If we ever break up, I get the Buffy."

On cue, he responds with horrified shock, much grumbling and exaggerated shaking of his fist about my level of evilness and the like.

While I like BtVS, I'm not as obsessed as he is. Still, there are times that something catches my eye and I have the same "Oooh shiny" reaction that he does.

Two of these have been purchased and doled out (I took the one with the lower number because I KNEW he was taking his out of the box)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow Animated Maquette

But, for the record, if we ever break up, I get them BOTH ;-)

Oh and, I already have the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dark Willow Animated Maquette on order. Heh. Two. Of course.

(Okay, admittedly, the Firefly DVD set was a duplicate and I bought it for myself after he introduced me to it, but that's another story and not the point of this story).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Triple Tribbles? Or is it Triplet Tribblets?

I am seriously tempted to buy these and them hide them in the kitchen cabinets for when the boy goes to make dinner one night.

How many do you think I'd need for a really good Tribble-Fall?

Although, I do with the Star Trek Triple Tribble Plush Replica with Sound Set came with a pink one. Is that too girly?

"Exclusive Awesome" at Entertainment Earth.

For now, just gonna pimp the coolness. Sometimes that's all I have to do. Well, when there's this much coolness to pimp ;-)

Star Wars Mighty Muggs Vinyl Figures Wave 8 just went up and they're only available for online retailers.

Posting the EE Exclusive Star Wars Boba Fett and Carbonite Maquette again. Why? Cause I can!

And, we got some new DC Universe figures (DC Universe Action Figures Wave 4 Revision 2 Set) that will only be available in very limited supply. These figures are estimated to arrive in early March, but are likely to pre-sell out before they arrive.

Sometimes it's just that simple ;-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

GirlGeek Finds New Home at, Well, Home.

One of the things I always said I wanted in life was the chance to go to work every day and do what I loved. After all, if you're going to spend 10 - 12 hours in transit to or at a job, it stands to reason that it would be nice to actually enjoy it.

Now, don't get me wrong, my last 3 years at Entertainment Earth have been very cool -- I mean, how many people get to go to work with cobalt blue streaked hair and talk about toys all day? -- but the last couple of months have been awesome.

And today? Today has been EPIC!

Why? Well, that's easy. Today this blog became and my bosses gave me a shiny new place to talk about all of the random things I like to talk about.

Not to mention, the company name is right out there for the world to see and so I don't have to worry about people wondering why the heck I may be talking about Entertainment Earth items.

I like that. It's honest and up front and I can just sit back and do what I've been doing since I started this job -- geek out about toys and collectibles.

Oh, for the record, I did squee when I popped the page up the first time. I really did.

C'mon. It's me. I had to. Y'know I did.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Good... Bad... I'm the guy with gun."

::gasp, bounce, happy dance and various other degrees of happy::

John Hodgman (the man, the myth, the expert) just linked back to my blog on his Twitter to illustrate more about his time as a literary agent for Bruce Campbell.

Add to this the varying degrees of Bruceness going on today and I feel like I've gone to Girl Geek Heaven.

p.s. I will say tho - much as it had Bruce and Renee O'Connor, I just can't recommend "Alien Apocalypse" to anyone, anywhere. Because I will NEVER get those 88 minutes back.

Gimme Some Sugar, Baby!

Sometimes you just have to take things as a sign.

Ken from GeekDad knows the joy that is Bruce Campbell and the Twitterfest started after I saw his article about USA and Burn Notice.

I crank up the intarweb at the start of my work day and Bruce was on my homepage in a handy 12-inch size!

There are few people that I am pretty sure I'd lose my ability to speak upon meeting them. But he counts. ;-)

Friday, January 23, 2009

What if he doesn't survive? He's worth a lot to me.

It will be mine. Oh yes.

For the record, yes, I did officially make happy noises and jump up and down. I even knew it was coming, but I have been waiting to be able to buy it.

Tell me it doesn't look awesome. I dare ya.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The New Ginger & Maryanne?

Had a moment and, while I'm sitting her listening to Chris Cornell's new single (which is growing on me) I had a sudden need to ask...

Kaylee or Inara? :-)

Poll is up now.

Shopping? Moi? Nevah!

Gotta love it ;-)

Entertainment Earth is offering Free Shipping on orders of in-stock merchandise totaling $85 or more until February 6, 2009!

This is always a good thing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Teh Awesome Obama v. Vader!

I'm half wondering who's under the mask. "Your powers are weak, old man".

Bwahahaha. Thanks to my hubby for sending me this.

Loads more images and poses here. Including what has to be the closest thing to a Jack Bauer pose possible.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cause this is Thriller!

I'm not sure which is scarier -- the fact that I heard the telltale "bum bum" in my head upon seeing this, or that I knew just what part of the dance it was from?

Either way, I gotta post it.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Thriller(Zombie)Figure

Oh and, the non zombie version - Michael Jackson King of Pop Thriller Figure for fun.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Talk Abount a Blank Slate

I went on vacation with great dedication to being as lazy as possible and that meant no blogging.

But I'm back now and I already found something to get all excited about.

Mighty Muggs Customizable Blank White Vinyl Figure


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