Archive | January, 2012

Being Social: the Weekend of 1.27.12

27 Jan

HAPPY YEAR OF THE DRAGONS!!! ❤

Have food and dragons and parades!!!
 
The Japanese (PDF link) and Chinese new year’s parties this weekend! Most importantly, the parade will be Sunday at 2pm! [DC About.com]
 
This week also concludes the restaurant week bonanza with Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week through the 29th. [DC About.com]
 
The Sugarloaf Craft Festival will be back this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center.  This place has way too many awesome homemade crafts and is a must-go-to if you have anyone to buy gifts for in the next six months.  There’s something for EVERYONE there! [DC About.com]  In other event news:
 
Saturday
10am-5pm
The Maryland Polar Bear Plunge will be held, though it’s a bit far away (in Annapolis).  Not only will there be people greased up and jumping into lukewarm waters (seriously, it was 60 this morning), it will be taking donations for the Special Olympics Maryland.  There will also be contests and live entertainment. [DC About.com]
 
1115am & 1230pm
There will be a concert at Artisphere called ‘Mischief Managed’. While it does indeed feature music from Harry Potter, it is aimed at children and also features a narration during Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite.  Tickets are $10.
 
1-4pm
The DC Grey Market is back!  Get super tasty, non-regulated foods here.  It will be at be held at 1365 Kennedy Street NW in Brightwood. According to DCist, Bourbon pecan cakes, sweet potato chocolate swirl pie, homemade banh mi sandwiches, jelly donuts and fruit sushi are just a scattering of the array of goodies expected to sell at the event.  And if you go and like it, follow the grey market on twitter @dcgreymarket .  Admission is $2 in person or $2.37 online.
 
Year of the awesome Dovahkiin!
Sunday
Noon-5pm
The Inaugural McLean Chocolate festival will be held, featuring vendors and entertainment.  It’s a $1 admission, so if you’re out that way, check it out!
 
2pm
Don’t forget, the Chinese New Year parade will run from 6th & I St. NW to 6th & H St. NW! While you’re in Chinatown, look around! Lots of bars and eateries will be offering specials during this time!
 
6pm
D.C. Meat Week begins with a feast at Urban Bar-B-Q in Rockville, MD, where they’ll be offering free sides, happy hour prices, and a ‘commemorative gift’.  Check the full schedule for events through February 5, including all-you-can eat brisket, pork ribs, barbecue chicken and sides for $20 at Hill Country (410 Seventh Street NW) this coming Monday. [DCist]

Geek Look Ahead:

February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!
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Being Social: the Weekend of 1.13.12

13 Jan

Happy Friday the 13th, everybody!

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend! There are quite a few events for MLK this weekend.  Plus, there will be a parade on Monday at 11am in Ward 8 SE… I might recommend you go with friends, if you want to check it out.  I would also like to mention that because it is MLK weekend, there are a ton of ‘Black Alley‘ ‘all Black‘ ‘booty dropping‘ parties where pale geeks will probably not fit in.  So watch where you go this weekend. In other news:

This weekend will be the end of the Winter DC Restaurant Week.  If you don’t have time to get out and try what DC has to offer, have no fears! Next week will be Alexandria Restaurant week!

Straight from the 'real' tribe!

Even if you hated Twilight, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting an exhibit about the werewolf myths of the Quileute peoples through May 9.  It ‘serves as a counterpoint to the supernatural storyline’ of Twilight. FTW! (WaPo)

The DC Tattoo Expo is going on at the Arlington Crystal Gateway Marriott, if you want to see ink, or watch men turn to crying puddles of goo as they get inked. 12-8 p.m. (DCist)

Bring it!

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show takes over the Washington Convention Center, in combination with the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.  I wonder if the bikers do double and hit up the tattoo show, too?  Motorcycles cost, but the health fair is free. [the District]

And finally, on Saturday at 6pm Nerd Nite will be back, this time with speeches about Boxing, secularism, and chicken shit.  Sounds great?  Tickets are $10.

Geek Look Ahead:
January
Elephant Room at Arena Stage January 20-February 26: Follow three semi-pro magicians through this comedic play.

 The Japanese (PDF link) and Chinese new year’s parties and the parade are coming on January 29th!

February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anima extravaganza!

Cactuar sighting!

10 Jan
It’s Tusday.  Have a toothpick cactus.

Give him eyes and call him Cactuar.

The death of the graphing calculator?

9 Jan

iPhone? Nah, ancient calculator!

Last month, Google released a Graphical Math Calculator application to their already brimming toolbox of add-ons.  Now, if an equation is entered into the search box, it will graph the result.

Seriously?

This is amazing, but I had to save $150 for the TI-83 graphing calculator in high school. It was a rite of passage and took serious money management to be able to buy before school started in September.  Now kids can just Google it? Math may have gotten a ton easier, but I have a feeling it will lead to many fewer students interested in pursuing the field, if Google can do it all for them.

Your thoughts? (and yes, picture is not a graphing calculator, but an awesome iPhone skin)

Being Social: the Weekend of 1.6.11

6 Jan
Well, apparently there isn’t much going on this weekend: even my most reliable sites don’t have as many listings as normal.  Thus, I offer you this meager list of things to do.  If you’re bored, there’s playoff NFL Football games on Saturday AND Sunday, whee!

WINN!

All weekend:
Magfest, DC’s kitchy, small hotel-based Gamer convention, is back for its 10th year, but this time it will be at the National Harbour’s Gaylord National Convention Center.  It has a ton of video, board, and LARP games to choose from, as well as some completely geeky bands that will Perform. Also appearing will be guests such as Special guests at this year’s event include Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu; the voice of Portal’s GLaDOS, Ellen McLain; the voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John; and many more.  Admission is $40 for one day.

Saturday 1pm

Take a look at the Rock Creek National Park planetarium!  Tickets are free but get there at least 30 minutes prior to snag one! ( WUSA9)
 
Saturday 3 & 8pm
Sunday 2 & 7pm
‘Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies’, a comedic anti-holiday act, will be having its last weekend.  This comedy  will be at Wolly Mamoth theatre.  Tickets are $35 and up. (WaPo)
Elvis Fight

Fisticuffs or Handcuffs?

Saturday 8 & 11pm
Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, a 21-and-over performance will featured costumed brawls and burlesque at The Warehouse Theatre (1021 7th Street NW). Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 day of. (DCist)

Yataaa!

Geek Look Ahead:
January
DC Restaurant Week January 9-15: Cheap, tasty meals at DC’s finest!
Elephant Room at Arena Stage January 20-February 26: Follow three semi-pro magicians through this comedic play.
February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anima extravaganza!
 

8-bit Showcase: Russian Worker Tetris

5 Jan

Have some Tetris. It’s the best thing Russia gave America that America thinks they invented.

(I hope to do another weekly update tomorrow, but man was work busy this week!)