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Warning: May Contain Feelings

Warning: Wil Wheaton’s Advice To a Bullied Nerd Girl Might Make You Cry [VIDEO]

This video might be a bit old—it was taken at least year’s Denver Comic Con—but it’s never a bad time to listen to Wil Wheaton say good things about being a nerd, right? To wit, here’s his heartwarming speech at a Star Trek cast reunion and his message to a fan’s newborn daughter about why being a nerd is awesome.

(via Geekosytem)

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Sock It To 'Em Ada

6 Carefully Calculated Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

Three-point-one-four cheers for Pi Day! Yes, it’s March 14, the day when nerds revel in the intersection of math puns and dessert consumption. While eating pie is the best and most correct way to commemorate the day, I’m here to recommend some more colorful activities, intended to please your brain rather than your belly. Not that I’m scrapping tradition entirely. A thematically appropriate pie pairing is suggested for each activity.

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Wil Wheaton Sends A Message To Fan’s Newborn Daughter About Being A Nerd

Wil Wheaton had a panel at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo over the weekend and something extra wonderful came out of it. A mother asked Wheaton to tell her newborn daughter (via video to be watched later in life) why being a nerd is awesome. He hits just about every point I try to hit when someone asks me what it means to be a nerd – it’s not what you love, it’s how you love it. We’ll allow Wheaton to explain further…

(via Laughing Squid)

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Get Ready For Two New Geeky Reality Shows On Syfy

Earlier this week we reported on a few new scripted series coming soon to the Syfy channel but the network also has a few reality shows in the works you might be interested in. One centers on cosplayers, the other is basically the Real World with geeks.

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Essay

The Psychology of the Fake Geek Girl: Why We’re Threatened by Falsified Fandom

I’ve been telling myself to stay out of this debate. I’ve been assuring myself that any time spent reading rants, posts, and their circular comments will only make me feel resentful and defensive. I tell myself that the fight is over and no one won. I rationalize that only a few people are ruining it for the rest of us and therefore, those few should just be ignored. I vow to stop drawing attention to this ridiculous creature, to stop reinforcing the idea that the “Fake Geek Girl” exists.

“Why don’t you just drop it?” “Why can’t you take a joke?” “Why aren’t you over this?” I ask myself these things too.

The truth is, I don’t know.

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And All Was Right With the World

Jemma Salume Wins Best Commentary On The Latest “Fake Geek Girl” Controversy

I won’t say this comic from Jemma Salume is better than the one we posted last week from Meghan Danger, but it wins for illustrating exactly what artist Tony Harris seemed to be accusing certain cosplayers of in his recent Facebook rant. In the most literal, comedic way possible. Hit the jump to find out what happens when this “Fake Geek Girl” preys on the unsuspecting, “Super Mang” reading dude at VeldtCon. 

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No “Fake Geek Girl” Shall Escape His Sight (Apparently)

It’s been an interesting week in geekdom. If you missed the most recent kerfuffle, you can catch up here. Luckily, tumblr user sailorsway (aka Meghan Danger) has created a delightful two-panel comic strip that explains why some of us ladies are frustrated. Here’s how the conversation goes between two men when a Green Lantern t-shirt is spotted. Now hit the jump to see what happens when it’s a woman wearing the shirt.

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Allow Us To Explain

Is It Cool To Be A Geek Or Should We Still Get Offended By The Term?

A lot of people in the geek community have differing opinions on what they like to be called or call themselves. Personally, I have no problem identifying myself as a geek girl, geek, nerd, dork, etc. but not everyone is so comfortable. But what happens when you travel outside our relatively small, close-knit, group? Do people still see the term “geek” as derogatory, or on the contrary, do more people consider themselves “geeks” than ever? Turns out, the answer is yes to both. 

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

Warning: NerdTrivia Is Hazardous To Productivity But Really, Really Neat

If there’s one thing nerds love, it’s proving they know more than other nerds. In that way, Laura Massey is a genius because she came up with the idea for NerdTrivia on Twitter. 

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Consider the Following

Sh*t Nerds Say

I admit to not being a big fan of the “Sh*t Girls Say” videos, because for every line that makes me defensively go “yeah, I say that all the time, what?” there are three that confirm that the video has a very narrow definition of “girls.” You know, to one specific kind of personality type, in a specific kind of demographic group, and blah blah blah big words but basically it’s those kind of sweeping generalizations that ruin a joke for me.

Now, Sh*t Nerds Say might visually narrow itself to male nerds, but, as you might have guessed, I’m far more comfortable labeling myself as nerd or geek than as girl, and on top of that it leaves me feeling proud that I belong to a nerd community when I say these things.

(via GeekMom.)

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