The Geek Embassy Hangs Out 2018

Most of the staff of TGE gathered a few days ago to chat about our favorites from the year…. We discussed our favorite movies, TV shows, books, games, and wild cards — quite a few wild cards! A sneak preview of a few of the things we discussed: GeekGirlCon 2018 Star Trek Discovery Black Panther The Handmaid’s Tale Stan Lee Game of Thrones The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers For the rest, you’ll just have to listen to the episode and find out! Got your own to add? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below or onRead More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. It’s Thanksgiving! Which is one of those things that everyone claims to love– until they’re actually at the table and realize that this is a variation of Hell that we subject ourselves to each year. On purpose. And it seems to be getting worse. Let’s talk about why. Chances Are You Still Feel Like You’re at the Kid’s Table Okay. So there might not actually be a kid’s table for your family at Thanksgiving this year. But you remember the one I’m talking about. TheRead More →

Mid-November: depending on your location, the temperature’s dropping, retail stores are decorating for the holidays, and coffee drinkers are riding out the Gulf. And on a small island off the coast of Canada, a group of comedians is playing a video game for charity. Yes, friends and enemies, it’s once again time for Desert Bus for Hope. This annual fundraiser, run by the fine folks at LoadingReadyRun, has gained a huge following over its 12-year run. For a solid week, the LRR team and friends sit down to play the world’s worst video game: Desert Bus. A real-time simulated drive from Tuscon, AZ to Las Vegas,Read More →

Warning: serious stuff ahead. I’ll try to keep it humorous. I was thinking back to the most impactful moments of my nerd life, wondering how things might have changed without them. Various small decisions and influences shaping me into the reasonable facsimile of an adult I am now. What if I’d seen Star Trek before I saw Star Wars? How did Grim and Evil, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Ed, Edd n’ Eddy affect my preferences in media and humor? Where would I be if I never picked up an NES controller? There, but for the grace of Garfield, go I. I wanted to revisitRead More →

living computers

Greetings, Geeks! Welcome back to season two of Game on Girl! I have an amazing interview this week with Matisse Fletcher from the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington. Matisse shares with us her journey to becoming an event planner for the museum and talks about what it’s like to have a job that combines a variety of skills in the most unique way. She shares a bit about her process as an event planner and how important it is to create art in living spaces. Matisse is a published author having written a children’s book about the museum. Ada and the LivingRead More →

black nerds

We at The Geek Embassy want to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month.  Black folks have a significant and bright place in United States history that is often overlooked.  However, we’re a geek & nerd culture website, so we focus today on the contribution that black people made to nerd spaces! Zora Ball & Kimberly Bryant So when I was 7, my biggest accomplishment was not burning my house down.  Unfortunately, amateur programmer Zora Ball makes me look like a chump.  Zora is the youngest person to ever develop a mobile game.  She also silenced doubters by reprogramming the game on the fly during aRead More →

dnd dice

Please welcome our newest ambassador, Tahani Nelson! For The Geek Embassy, she’ll be writing about comics, anime, dungeons and dragons, and fantasy.  Please welcome her to the site and enjoy the glimpse into her future articles! ~Isabela Hi, there. My name’s Tahani Nelson and I’m incredibly excited to be part of things here at Geek Embassy. For what it’s worth, I’m more of a Jack-of-All-Trades-Master-of-None sort of Geek—I’ve dabbled in almost everything to some degree, though there’s no particular thing that I know about more than anyone else. I actually prefer it this way, because there’s always something more to learn. My favorite geeky pursuitsRead More →

fandom

The (Fandom) Elephant in the Room Since The Last Jedi debuted in theaters last month, Star Wars fan reactions predictably split right down the middle.  Some fans welcomed the new lore with open arms while others openly despised it.  I fancy myself a fairly reasonable person. (However, I stand firmly against so-called Hawaiian pizza and that’s final).  I understand that folks dislike movies for many reasons: cheesy dialogue, terrible plot and/or pacing, shoddy cinematography, etc.  Sometimes you can’t even put your finger on it, but you know that you disliked it.  These reasons, for me, are easily digestible.  What I fail to understand are fans who harshlyRead More →

Hey collectors out there!  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “What do you actually DO with all that stuff?!  If you’re not actively using it, then sell it, donate it, or throw it away!” What about this one? “You said a few boxes of books.  Ten is not “a few.”  No, I don’t care that it used to be twenty boxes.” Or this classic. “The only thing you’re collecting is dust!” Collections: the bane of our loved ones’ collective existence.  Whether in preparation for a move or just taking up space in your mom’s linen closet, collections become burdens for everyone.  Yet, every time we sayRead More →

pleasures

Guilty pleasures! We had a great time at this hangout. First, we discuss what makes something a guilty pleasure. We decided it’s often something you don’t talk much about, you generally don’t tell your friends or your family about it. Sometimes it might make you feel a little embarrassed that you enjoy it so much. Or it might be a show or movie that you watch and watch over and over again. Isabela previously discussed how guilty pleasures are often code for feminine. Romances are often described as guilty pleasures. One of the ideas we mention is they are often more light-hearted or popcorn entertainment.Read More →