Humpday Links for February 1

A new year, a new month, a new batch of humpday links.  The symmetry surely do boggle the mind, don’t it?

– Right after the Walking Dead premiere, you can watch the new Kevin Smith joint Comic Book Men.  I am excited by it, my buddy Brendon is less so.  Let’s see who’s right!

This is what every Star Trek nerd wants to have in their living room.  Okay, maybe not, but face it: you just aren’t getting that Tasha Yar sponge-bath anytime soon…

– With fears of SOPA/PIPA floating about, here is a pretty reasonable way for Hollywood to combat piracy in a positive way.  Of course, Hollywood and “positive way” don’t have the best track record, so…

– Not for nothing, but the first player to bring me this beauty gets an immediate free level.  Doesn’t even have to be one of my players, I’ll clear it with your GM.

– I’ve read too much Lovecraft not to expect the next headline to read, “Contact Lost with Russian Antarctic Research Station”

– So after 10 years Neil Gaiman finally won his suit against Todd McFarlane.  Some charities are about to become very happy.

– A little something from my “Sweet Mother of God, That is Cool!” file

This link goes out to my buddy Andy, the origami sensei.

– Presented without comment: records and music made from the rings of trees.

– Because I have been remiss in filling my funny cat video quota, I give you this.  I think the epic score is what sets it apart.

– In case you are wondering why your favourite Watchmen fan is swearing/cheering, DC confirms there will be a prequel series of comics featuring the iconic characters.

– This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is the reason I’ve installed a spit-guard in front of my computer screen…

– And finally, xkcd demonstrates why I should never be in charge of naming my daughter.

That’s it for today!  As always, if you have a link you want to share just drop it in the comments.  And join me tomorrow as I update my convention schedule…

Update!  Thanks to my pal Brittney, I have to share this video of Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown, because I love Kristen Bell and she is so damn cute in this.  Also, Ellen is hilarious.

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Edmonton Nerdery and Future Plans

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!

Costuming Help 101: An Informal Affair

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…

22nd Annual Folding Festival

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!

Comments go in the Comment place!