Jun 27, 2014 / 39,960 notes

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Frankly put. I am a FAKE GEEK GUY. I admit it. I like geek stuff, but I don’t love geek stuff. Not the way most geeks do. I’m an interloper on the geek scene. I’ve seen the movies, but I don’t know the canon. I am not a true fan.

All those things about not really loving the source material and “just watching the movies” or only reading the one book that everyone has read. That—all of that—applies to me.

But here are some things that have never happened to me. I have never been quizzed about who Data’s evil brother is to prove I like Star Trek. I have never had to justify my place in a midnight line to see Spider-man II by knowing who took up the mantle of Spider-man after Peter Parker’s death. (Peter Parker dies? Really? That’s so sad!) I have never had to explain who Nightwing is in order to participate in a conversation about Batman. (Nightwing is like….Robin on steroids, right?) I have never been asked how battle meditation works in order to voice my opinion that Enterprise shields would probably make a fight with Star Wars technology one sided. (Battle meditation is something that was in that Jedi role playing game, wasn’t it?) I have never had to beat everybody in the room (twice) at Mario Kart to prove I liked video games. I have never had my gender “honorarily” changed by having enough geek interests to be accepted (“you’re one of the guys now”). No one has ever insisted I tell them the difference between a tank and DPS in an MMORPG before allowing me to discuss raiding Molten Core. I have never been dismissed as a faker at a prequel screening because I didn’t know which admiral came out of light speed too close to the planet’s surface in The Empire Strikes Back. I have never been quizzed about Armor Class in order to get past someone who was blocking my path to the back of a game store where my friends were waiting at the tables. I have never been told I’m not a real fan. I have never been shamed for coming to a convention despite my lack of esoteric knowledge. And I have never, ever, EVER been invited to leave a fandom because I didn’t like [whatever it was] enough.

Every one of the things I have listed, I have personally witnessed happen. To women.

That’s not elitism. That’s sexism.

The “Fake Geek” is Not The Problem When It Comes to “Fake Geek Girls” (via brutereason)

I just heard from Ace of Geeks, where this was originally published. Looks like it’s getting reblogged all over the place, but the person who originally wrote it, and the site that originally published it, aren’t getting any credit.

That’s not cool, so: http://aceofgeeks.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-fake-geek-is-not-problem-when-it.html

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Jun 4, 2014 / 70,267 notes
When we learn to read or look or listen intensively, we are, at least temporarily, overcoming our own blindness by trying to understand an experience from another’s point of view. We are not just developing techniques of problem solving; we are learning to activate potential, and often to instigate new possibilities.
Michael S. Roth - from NYTimes, Young Minds in Critical Condition
May 14, 2014 / 2 notes

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The bike is perfect
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downtown mexico hotel

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The bike is perfect


Floating umbrellas on the streets of Antalya / Turkey (by Brendan Manning).
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Floating umbrellas on the streets of Antalya / Turkey (by Brendan Manning).

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Classic paintings of world cities meet Google Street View – in pictures

Following on from his amazing series last week, here are Halley Docherty’s latest collages for us – well known historical paintings of city scenes around the world. See more

Mar 2, 2014 / 2 notes

Art Blog

Along with my wonderful, artistic friend, Evaleen, I’ve also created an art blog to share some of the art I do when I get the chance. Please give it a look if you would like to and get some time. 



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Feb 28, 2014 / 246 notes
The closet can hold more than just gays, though. Ask a person of colour whose skin was just pale enough if they ever lied by omission. Or any number of minorities throughout the ages whose appearance didn’t give them away. Anyone who’s ever forced a laugh at a punchline their coworkers unwittingly made at their expense. It’s an everyday kind of freedom, the right to be honest about who we are, but it’s a privilege not everyone has access to.
John Michael McGrath - from the Hazlitt Article The Exhaustion of the Closet and the Arc Towards Justice
Feb 18, 2014
I love sunny Stratford!
Feb 15, 2014 / 1 note

I love sunny Stratford!