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On a Geekly Basis: Robo♥beat

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things!

This week we want to introduce you to Ashley Hagood, creator of Robo♥beat, a science fiction, fantasy & video game blog .

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I used to be a nerd, until I graduated from college. But even in high school and college, my interests were all pretty specialized and therefore geeky. Since college, I’ve become a gamer and fallen in love with science fiction and fantasy even more than I already had, so I’ve grown to be much more of a geek in recent years! But they go hand-in-hand sometimes.

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From the time I was in middle school, I knew I was way more bookish than most other people. But college really solidified it for me, because my friends were also into science and liked to analyze everything. We started watching documentary shows together and discussing all of these outlandish alien theories, which propelled me into full-blown geekdom. It’s nice to have a support system for this kind of thing! And I think having your personality and interests reflected back at you from others can help you figure yourself out, which was definitely the case for me with all of this nerdiness. It was like I finally embraced it.

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I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Before I could physically write, I would tell stories to a tape recorder and make sound effects by rustling potpourri or, for storm sounds, flushing the toilet. It was really classy radio theater stuff.

I got into video games in the past few years, which actually started from reading a Facebook status update from a friend of a friend, of all things! (I messaged her to thank her, because now video games are my career. She didn’t know it at the time, but she changed my life!) It got me intrigued about video games and immersing myself in other worlds, and then I just fell in love with games as a storytelling medium. Plus, even though I’m a pen-and-paper (or keyboard) type of writer, I’ve always been interested in sound effects and freedom of exploration (like choose-your-own-adventure), so games compelled me for having those extra immersive dimensions.

I just started blogging last summer (in 2012). Initially, I just thought it would be fun to geek out through blogging, and I decided to make my site as polished as possible as a resume-booster. I wanted to get into the video game industry but didn’t have any relevant writing out there, even though I was a freelance writer. I didn’t think anybody would actually read my blog. In fact, Robo♥beat is a random name I came up with for a test blog before going for the real thing, but people started leaving Likes and subscribing right away, so I didn’t want to abandon the blog for another one! I’m glad I kept it, though. I really love the name now.

Blogging ended up being so much more than I expected. I’ve also met so many amazing people online through WordPress, etc. It’s opened up another world for me. Plus, I’ve found other writing gigs and even my current video game-related job largely from opening up about my interests through blogging.

fandom

Part of me wants to say The Princess Bride, because as soon as two fans meet, they instantly start quoting at each other. They can go for a long time, it’s hilarious. But unfortunately I’m not at the endless quote level with that film, even though I love it!

My very favorite fandom is Mass Effect. It’s my favorite video game series, and as soon as I meet someone else who likes it, we have so much to talk about. It’s a great ice breaker. I always want to ask, “Who did you romance?” and, “Were you Paragon or Renegade?” The conversation can just go on and on. The lore is really rich, too. I’m currently reading the books, and I go crazy for the codex entries… which is pretty rare for me in a video game! And besides all that, Mass Effect is a really special, emotional series for me that I’ll continue to play for many years to come.

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My main blog is Robo♥beat, where I write about science fiction, fantasy, and video games. That’s my baby. I also write for Geek Force Network every Saturday, which is such an awesome project put together by the guys at At the Buzzer Show. It’s a bunch of geeks coming together to create content about the things we’re passionate about.

character

Choosing just one is so hard! If I have to pick, I’ll go with the Doctor from Doctor Who. He would have so many incredible stories to tell, he’s always charismatic, and his endless curiosity would make him really fun to get to know in person. I tend to be pretty shy, but I have a feeling the Doctor would make me feel at ease right away!

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Before I was a sci-fi/fantasy geek, I was into history. That’s what I studied at college, along with literature. I would obsess over other cultures and time periods just like I obsess over Star Trek and Doctor Who now. In college, I was super ridiculously into the space race to the moon. Seriously, I felt like I knew everything about the first astronauts and their missions. I still have garbly audio recordings of all of the missions on my iPod, which sometimes start playing from shuffle when I’m driving in the car with other people… which always makes everybody laugh.

Other than sci-fi, fantasy, and history, I love music. I played piano and flute growing up and in high school, and nowadays if I’m not at home or at work, I’m probably at a concert. I felt like the luckiest person alive last year, when my two favorite bands – Spiritualized and The Jesus and Mary Chain – both came to San Francisco within a month or so of each other. These are two bands that are a little older, so I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them live. It was the stuff dreams are made of.

I’m also a major Anglophile and watch a ton of British television. I’m from California, but I moved to London when I was 19 to go to college. It was the scariest thing ever, because I didn’t know a single soul there. I can be impulsive like that. But it ended up being the best experience of my life, and I made fantastic friends I still know today. I’m back in California now, but I look back on London and my college (Goldsmiths!) as the place where I transitioned from weird teenager to even weirder adult! It’s definitely where I embraced my inner geek, so I’ll always love it for that.

Do you consider yourself a geek/nerd? Are you a Dungeon Master, gamer, cosplayer, have a geeky podcast, blog, or an extensive action figure collection? Are you a comic book writer/artist or storeowner? Do you make geektastic films or viral videos? Are you into geeky crafts or creations? We want to hear from you for a weekly feature on our blog!

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Matt Smith announces departure from Doctor Who

Cue thousands of fangirls (and guys) bursting into tears simultaneously. It was announced over the weekend that Matt Smith, who plays the 11 incarnation of The Doctor, will be leaving the show after the Christmas special in December 2013.This means that Smith’s final two episodes will be the highly anticipated 5oth Anniversary special and the Christmas special before The Doctor will make his 12th regeneration.

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Smith had only good things to say about his nearly 4 years on the show, full statement on BBC News:

“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven – he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before.

“Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.

Smith is a fan favorite and a favorite with critics as well, as he’s the only Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA for his role. Smith was also the youngest actor to ever portray The Doctor, which might have influenced a lot of updates to the show, including a new title sequence and Doctor Who logo, as well as updated looks to the Daleks, the TARDIS, the sonic screwdriver and others.

There is no word yet on how Smith’s Doctor will regenerate or who will be replacing him, but show runner Steven Moffat seems just as excited as the rest of us.

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“Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor,” Moffat hinted to BBC News.

“A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again. After 50 years, that’s still so exciting.”

The 5oth Anniversary episode will air 23rd November 2013 with the Christmas episode to air after that.

Who would be your ideal choice for the next Doctor? Personally,we really would like to see him finally become a ginger. 

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Don’t worry, guys: Bill Nye is here to tell you how Superman shaves

If you’re a Superman fan, you’re probably familiar with how tough every single part of his body is. Even his hair has superpowers, and I’m not just talking about how it manages to still look glorious even after flying around the world. I’m talking about even a single hair can hold up to a ton of weight. So this poses an interesting question: how in the hell is Superman so clean-shaven all the time?

Some might theorize that he just doesn’t grow facial hair, but not we’ve seen Supes with a full beard in the Man of Steel trailers. Does he have a special Krypton razor? Does he laser eyes the hair off? Does he breathe in and all of his hair recedes into his body? WHAT IS YOUR SECRET, CLARK?!

Luckily, Gillette wanted to solve this mystery once and for all, and they commissioned a series of YouTube videos with the likes of  Bill Nye the Science Guy, Adam and Jamie of MythbustersThe Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik, and filmmaker/fanboy Kevin Smith to try and shed some light on Superman’s shaving habits. Here’s Bill’s explanation:

Grinding? Sounds awfully painful to everyone but Superman. What Lois must think…

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On a Geekly Basis: The Nerdy Girlie

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Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a weekly feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things!

This week we want to introduce you to Megan Gotch, founder of The Nerdy Girlie Blog!

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A Nerdy Girlie 🙂

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I was definitely a nerd at a young age.  I loved Star Wars and Jurassic Park.  Couldn’t get enough of my Nintendos.  But it took my first trip to San Diego Comic Con in 2009 for my nerd flag to reach its full height and hasn’t come down since!

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I began blogging as a way to stay in touch with family, let them know how we were getting a long in San Diego.  But again San Diego Comic Con got a hold of me and I began The Nerdy Girlie after my 4th visit in 2012.

fandom

I have a LOT of favorite fantoms.  Life long are Futurama, Interview with a Vampire, Harry Potter and books in general.  But more recently I have gotten into Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, and Being Human.

projects

My on going project is my blog The Nerdy Girlie.  I have a few series that I am working on:  Every Day Cosplay and Geek Girls Gab.  Also every Monday leading up to Comic Con I have been posting to my San Diego Comic Con Guide.  I hope that my years of experience at SDCC can help out newer attendees and maybe even some vets.

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I would have to choose the 10th Doctor.  Ever since I began my Doctor Who obsession David Tennant has been my nerd of choice.  Hopefully we could have that drink on a far off planet in a far off time!

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Megan Gotch is the founder of The Nerdy Girlie blog site. Her nerdiness came on at a young age when she received an NES for Christmas. It then became full blown upon her first trip to San Diego Comic Con in 2009. Each year she eagerly awaits the Con and her fan girl list continues to grow. Megan enjoys TV, photography, writing and ballet. Her nerd crush is Zachary Levi and her current obsession is Doctor Who. She lives in San Diego and hopes to never leave.

Do you consider yourself a geek/nerd? Are you a Dungeon Master, gamer, cosplayer, have a geeky podcast, blog, or an extensive action figure collection? Are you a comic book writer/artist or storeowner? Do you make geektastic films or viral videos? Are you into geeky crafts or creations? We want to hear from you for a weekly feature on our blog!

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Wrong Button’s “On a Geekly Basis”

Hello fellow geeks and nerds!

We are pleased to reintroduce our weekly feature that has been running on our blog for almost 2 amazing months now! On a Geekly Basis features pictures, videos, podcasts and interviews with our favorite geeks and geeky things every week. Being a geek or a nerd means being apart of a very large community of awesome people and we want to introduce you to some of them!

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Here’s what we look for:

Do you consider yourself a geek/nerd? Are you a Dungeon Master, gamer, cosplayer, have a geeky podcast, blog, or an extensive action figure collection? Are you a comic book writer/artist or storeowner? Do you make geektastic films or viral videos? Are you into geeky crafts or creations? We want to hear from you for a weekly feature on our blog!

Please email wrongbuttonblog@gmail.com for more information on how to submit yourself or someone you know.

No one is too big or too small (as long as we can get in contact with them!).
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