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Jennifer Wright’s “Jocks Rule, Nerds Drool” Op-Ed Is Scarily Accurate

We need to rethink how we view the jock-nerd dynamic.

When I first read Jennifer Wright's genius op-ed "Jocks Rule, Nerds Drool" in the New York Times yesterday, my first reaction was, "Well, someone needed to say it."

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These “Scream Like Goku” Events Are My New and Favorite Joy in Life

Nerds across the nation are living their best lives and getting together for "Scream Like Goku" events, where they stand in a public place and scream like everyone's favorite super saiyan.

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Nerds on Broadway: Steve Jobs/Bill Gates Musical Enters Tony Awards Race

The 2016 Tony Award race just got a lot nerdier. Nerds, a musical about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, is coming to Broadway - just in time to be considered for American theater's top prize.

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Video of Wil Wheaton Telling a Little Girl How to Deal With Being Called a Nerd Just Decided to Go Viral Now

Feel free to start a Good Guy Will Wheaton meme, Internet.

In this video from last year's Denver Comic Con, Wil Wheaton answers a young lady's question about whether he was called a nerd growing up and how he dealt with it. It's moving, inspiring, and almost a year old, but for some reason suddenly gained a lot of steam over the weekend.

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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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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6 Carefully Calculated Ways To Celebrate Pi Day

Sock It To 'Em Ada

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

Awwwwww

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) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Get Ready For Two New Geeky Reality Shows On Syfy

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

Essay

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

And All Was Right With the World

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)

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

Allow Us To Explain

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

This Exists... Because of A Lady

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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Sh*t Nerds Say

Consider the Following

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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States and Their Capitals: The Pop Culture Supercut [Video]

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

It's Sunday morning, and (if you are a geography nerd) you're probably wondering what the capital of Idaho is. It's Boise, but rather do any unnecessary Internet research now that you've thought of what Tennessee's capital might be, you should watch this supercut of several state capital mentions that have occurred in film. (BTW: Nashville is the capital of Tennessee.) Click through to see the entire list of references, provided by YouTube user dondrapersayswhat.

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This Man is Very, Very Enthusiastic About His Power Rangers Memorabilia, and It is Awesome

Fangasm

For us, one of the defining factors for being a nerd is sheer enthusiasm. In the words of one John Green:

"Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’."
Well, this guy is very enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness. And the Power Rangers. Mostly the Power Rangers. And we are unabashedly happy for him, for we have surely had similar reactions when confronted with the geeky things we love. We also remember when they got their ninjeti coins and new zords and saved all those children on that runaway monorail. And yes, this is what a fangasm looks like. (via I Heart Chaos)

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Girls and Nerds, or, Alternatively, Girl Nerds

Lies Damned Lies

This is what I never do with Skittles, like, every single time I eat them.
1. Sort all by color. 2. Throw groups of five, one of each color, back in the bag. 3. Consume uneven leftovers. 4. Consume remainder of the bag five at a time, one of each color at a time.
But obviously I'm missing out and graphs should become involved. (Angela Melik's Wasted Talent via Reddit.)

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Ohio Makes Out the Proudest in United States of Shame Map

Officially Official

Yes, for while other states might have the worst taxes, the most identity theft, the highest unemployment or the longest daily commute, the state that I went to college in is the nerdiest. And that ain't no shame. Wired attempted to uncover what exactly might have earned Ohio this particular honor, and their best guess is that Ohio has the highest library visits per capita of any state in the U.S. (almost seven). (via Pleated Jeans via GeekMom.)

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Is Geekdom Really Going Extinct?

"I’m not a nerd. I used to be one, back 30 years ago when nerd meant something." - Patton Oswalt A question for my fellow geeks: Could you have ever imagined today's pop culture environment? Especially while some of us were subjected to taunts, name-calling, or physical bullying over the weird stuff we liked? Because we were into horror movies, or science fiction, or video games ... we were the different ones who had to be called out for being different. We couldn't fly under the radar enough. But as much as "normal" kids made our lives miserable, we liked feeling like insiders. We were otakus, with our specific but passionate fascinations. But now, there is a place for all of us, all because of the Internet. The geek stuff we held so dear that some thought we had to be ashamed of is part of the mainstream now because - to our horror - it's become trendy. If something has a Facebook fan page, how underground can it be? It's as if it doesn't even belong to us anymore.

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Tiny Organisms Might Be the Dorkiest, Smartest Creatures Alive

Here's an organism to whom a bunch of us can relate: rotifers. Why can we relate to them? Because they might be the coolest, dorkiest creatures ever. And apparently, the species can shapeshift their offspring to hide from bullies (i.e., predators)!

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