Today is sort of a two for one post; I have some local nerdery to promote, and I want to talk for a bit about my plans for Renaissance Dork.
But, nerdery first!
Join the Edmonton Steampunk group for a casual afternoon of costume planning and instruction! If you have questions about steampunk costumes, need some inspiration or just want to hang out with an awesome bunch of nerds, this is the event for you! Taking place at 2pm at the Elephant & Castle downtown (10200 102nd ave), this is an all-ages event so don’t be shy. With Pure Spec just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to put the finishing touches on your steampunk array…
Curious about the mysterious art of origami? Ever wondered if you could do it yourself? Pop on down to the Folding Festival and find out! With a mix of origami displays and hands-on instruction, the Folding Festival is your place to explore this beautiful and deceptively simple-looking Japanese art. Running two afternoons in the Edmonton Room at the Stanley Milner Library, admission is free to the public. Come get your fold on!
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Okay, that’s the nerdery. Don’t worry, there is more coming, I just don’t want to spoil the surprise too early.
On to Renaissance Dork! Since I started running fairly regular Edmonton Nerdery posts, I’ve had a really good response from readers. Obviously there was a niche to be filled for a local “What’s On for Nerds” type of site here in YEG, and I am quite frankly happy to be the niche-filler. Edmonton nerdery is there, no question, but some days I think it needs an amplifier to be heard properly.
So I am going to be that amp, brethren and sistren, and I go to eleven! In the next while you’ll see a separate page go up with a list of the regular and ongoing geekery around town (things like the Social Media Breakfasts, monthly events at Metro and so on), with links to find out more. As well, unless there really is no nerdery to report, the Edmonton Nerdery posts will continue on a weekly basis. If I have to skip a week I will be a very sad panda, so keep those geek events coming! Seriously, if you are organizing a nerd event or have an ongoing event you’d like on my event page, contact me at brent.jans(at)gmail.com with the details.
In addition to promoting YEG geekery, going forward you will start to see interviews popping up in the posts. I am reaching out to people I know in the geek community, to chat with them about this and that. I will then post our chats here on Renaissance Dork for your edification and enjoyment. It turns out I know a lot of really interesting nerds, so it seems fitting I should introduce you.
Last but not even least, I am opening the door to guest posts. I have a few people that have expressed an interest in writing the occasional bit of geekery, but don’t have the wherewithal to set-up their own blog. Down the road I will provide a home for these orphan posts, and I thought it only right to extend the offer to my tens of readers as well. So if you have a nerdy piece you want to write and you need a place to post it, talk to me. It can be anything; editorial, review, amusing anecdote. Just drop me a line at brent.jans(at)gmail.com with a query (or even the finished piece) and we’ll talk.
That’s all for now! The game is five card stud, nothing wild, and the sky’s the limit!
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