Archive | June, 2011

Mario Memeeeeee

28 Jun

I think this is full of win, but I think everyone else may disagree. (via Dorkly)

Nyan Nyan 1 up~!

…and the music is such a throwback – I composed some bada$$ songs on my friends’ Mario Paint on SNES!

Video Game Courtroom Win?

27 Jun

If you haven’t heard yet, the ban that California tried to put on the sale of violent/offensive video games to minors has been rejected.  In Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the court stated that this ban broke both the 1st and 14th amendments.  In summary, they announced that such a ban is an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights (Yahoo).  As such, “government doesn’t have the authority to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed” (WTOP).

The full ruling in PDF format can be found on The Supreme Court website.

Instead, the court ruling implies that parents should decide what games a child can play.  Now, that of course brings up the question of whether or not parents are actually “good parents” and watch for, or even care about what their children play.  From experience, all my friends and I got titles if we asked for them as gifts or had saved up the money for them, whether it was Mortal Kombat or Pokemon Snap.  Conversely, there are parents that take offense at a single line of dialogue out of context, so I understand that some parents care, but I am under the impression that the majority of parents would’t be playing Grand Theft Auto before giving it their seal of approval.

Still, wouldn't you feer a bit uneasy if they trapped you in a dark alley?

Then, of course,  people argue that it’s the multi-billion dollar video game companies who truly win, and that this isn’t about the right to decide if a game is okay for a certain kid to play or not.

I for one am glad that video games aren’t going to be strictly regulated.  I think a child’s exposure to violent games doesn’t have as much of an effect on children as their upbringing, their social interaction, and their education.  And even barring those factors, I would hope that children would be smart enough to know that video games are not the same as reality.

What do you think of the decision? Is it good for kids? Will it promote good parenting? Are ratings enough, or should there at least be more explicit labeling of why a game is rated the way it is?  Let me know!

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.24.11

24 Jun
This weekend will be the long-advertised Safeway Barbecue Battle downtown!  It will be June 25th and 26th from 11am-9pm (730pm on Sunday). Tickets are $10, which includes watching teams barbecue, free samples while they last, live music and ‘cooking entertainment’ – whatever that entails.
This weekend also marks the end of the SILVERDOCS film festival, which highlights over 100 films from 60 different countries.  Silverdocs tickets are $11 per showing.
Other events of note include:
June 25:
11am-8pm
D.C.’s annual Caribbean Carnival will have a parade  and an after party at  “De Savannah” at Banneker Recreation Park where there will be food, crafts and live music.  Admission for the festival is $10, and the parade is free! (via metromix)
630-730pm
You knew it was coming.  The Michael Jackson Flash Mob will be occurring here in DC.  To find out more, you have to go to the super secret website: jordinsparadise.com (totally not checked to see if it’s real or not – this is one that the District Geek will pass on). (via metromix)
June 26 :
 
12-3pm
The Georgetown Waterfront Summer Celebration will apparently involve chucking a ton of water balloons at one another.  Supersoakers are welcome.  There will also be food stalls and a steel drum band.  Nothing like Caribbean music by the water wars to kick your summer off right!  (via metromix)
Just watch out for this guy.

16-Bit Awesome of the Day

22 Jun

Two awesome things combine to form something EVEN MORE AWESOME ❤

Jousting with work

21 Jun

Sorry to all my readers, but this District Geek just started a new job and it’s not treating her well yet.  I’ll be trying to post more in the near future, and am keeping up with the weekend event guides.  I have two research articles in work, and a few articles I’ll review in the meantime.

For now, I give you Segway Jousting! ~

Fear my noble iron horse!

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.17.11

17 Jun

This weekend is father’s day so please make sure that you at least text your dad and say you love him (if he is still around). There are a lot of events listed at Metromix if you wanted to go out with dad, too.

Also this weekend the International Wine & Food Festival kicks off. Visit the Web site for a schedule of events. Otherwise, here’s what’s going down this weekend:

June 17

6pm

West End Cinema is screening Farmegeddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms, along with hosting a reception on the patio with dishes such as local-duck terrine with crostini, rabbit-and-truffle rillettes, and smoked-salmon crostini with crème fraîche. After the movie premiere, which begins at 7, there’s a Q&A and panel discussion with filmmaker Kristin Canty and a number of panelists. Tickets are $33 per person. (via Washingtonian)

10pm-3am

Skinny Girl Margarita Party at the Shadow Room! Unfortunately, the Skinny Girl Margarita is a drink. I give no guarantees that skinny girls will be at this party.

6-10pm

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor. This event will indeed have vendors for BBQ as well as samples of a myriad of Beers and Bourbon. Tickets cost $25.00-$85.00.

Drink Me!

June 18

10am-4pm

Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville is hosting a workshop on craft distilling. Students will also join in a distillation of rye whiskey and there’s a tasting at Magnolia’s at the Mill after the seminar. Click to see if you can get a reservation for the class ($150 per person).

4pm-1230am

La Fête de la Musique at the Embassy of France. This Summer celebration requires you to reserve tickets for $8.00 each, but it will include music, entertainment, and food at the Embassy.

Mmmmmm, pig.

June 18

12-6pm

More Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor.

5pm-2am

Sunday Fundays at the Front Page in Ballston. At the back bar blay Wii Sports with your fellow geeks. It’s free, but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis!

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.10.11

9 Jun

This week we have three events that the District Geek is highly enticed by (*).  Plus, there will be a ton of DC Pride this weekend.  What will you choose to do?

Friday 9 June

7pm*

The National Archives is launching a new exhibit called “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which introduces a historical glimpse of past recipes, U.S. food and the government’s effect on the nation’s diet.  To commemorate this launch, lauded chef José Andrés will lecture about the history of American food and cooking with Atlantic Senior Editor Corby Kummer. This is a free event but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you miss out, Chef Andrés is also going to run a restaurant at the Archives to supplement the exhibit for its duration.  :3 Tasty!

Saturday 10 June

Noon-3pm*

EatBar is hosting a Beach Blanket Bash by opening up their patio and serving 25 summer wines, and beach-friendly fare—including fish tacos, boardwalk fries, and handmade salt-water taffy. Surfer flicks, such as Endless Summer, will also be playing inside. Tropical attire is encouraged. Tickets are $25 at the event Web site; Food vouchers available for purchase on site. (via Washingtonian)

3pm

Party with the proud before the Capitol Pride Parade at the judges’ stage on P Street NW between 14th and 15th streets. Live entertainment starts at 3 p.m., with DJ Steve Henderson and performances by drag queens Venus D Lite and Blair Michaels and singers Consuelo Costin and Jenna Drey. (via Washingtonian)

Rainbows all the way across the sky...

530pm

The Capital Pride parade will be running through Dupont Circlet, 17th Street, and through northwest Washington DC.  It’s full of confetti, beads, rainbows and fun, so feel free to check it out!  Also, there will be a lot of after parties.  Anywhere in Dupont Circle should have a crowd, but I’d recommend Connecticut and Q streets to find the best.

630pm

DC9 is hosting a Nerd Nite. Tickets are $10 at Ticket Alternative.  (via Washingtonian)

Rock on, bro!

7pm

The D.C. Regional U.S. Air Guitar Championships are Saturday at the 9:30 club! This annual event has some pretty hardcore entrants and is totally worth the lols if you end up there and pay the $20 entry fee.

9pm*

There will be a Depeche Mode Dance party at Black Cat! This annual event has been missed for years by the District Geek.  It is now in its tenth year, and looks to be a great as ever. Will she make it this year? ($10 cover)

Sunday 11 June

11am-6pm

The Capital Pride Festival culminates in a gigantic street fair between 7th and 3rd streets on Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Spend the day gallivanting from beer garden to burlesque show, with plenty of rainbow paraphernalia to go around. There will also be food vendors, a performance by the DC Cowboys, and Dream Girls actress Jennifer Holliday on the main stage.  (via Washingtonian.  Yes, it’s a lazy geek this week)

6-10pm

Somehow Pride Weekend in D.C. and having an Annual Testicle Festival go together.  At this event, ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters’, aka deep fried bull testicles will be at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria.  Along with battered balls, there will be unlimited beer, Crown Royal and country music. Woo!

9pm

FUSE – DC Women’s Pride Closing Night Party at Apex Nightclub.