Archive | April, 2012

Being Social: the Weekend of 4.27.12

27 Apr

This weekend, the number one event is definitely the USA Science & Engineering Festival!  It is “The nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering” and will feature leading science celebrities (MYTHBUSTERS AND BILL NYE!), hands-on activities, live performances, a book fair, a career pavilion and many special events. [dc.about.com]

And Bill Nye is speaking at my alma mater's commencement, too!

Saturday

It must be getting to be the busy time of year again.  Unless I am genuinely confused, there are three racey scavenger hunt things on Saturday.  One is the DC Challenge, the next is CitySolve Urban Race, and finally, there is Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Georgetown Scavenger Hunt. DC Challenge appears to be $50 to enter, and CitySolve is $60 and Watson is $22.50.  I think they give money to charity and you get free/cheap booze at the end, tho?  Eh, if you like trivia and running around with groups of people, give it a go. [Eventbrite & Metromix]

10am-4pm

There’s this thing called Maryland Day, hosted by the University of Maryland, which is kind of an open house, but also like a fair.  It lets folks use the climbing wall, play Quidditch, float in their giant neutral buoyancy tank, visit an insect zoo, and this year, meet Elmo’s creator.  There are also educational events. Admission and parking are free.  [theDistrict]

Ok, I admit I was a Pottergeek in college and might have played if this existed when I was still in school.

10am-5pm

Georgetown’s French Market will once again be up at Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road. There will be sidewalk sales, live music, wine tasting, and more. [DCist]

Noon

It’s also time for the annual Sweetlife Food & Music Festival, put on by the restaurant sweetgreen. It will feature 18 different bands, headlined by Avicii, Kid Cudi, and The Shins, and also have food from 33 different restaurants and vendors, including Jose Andres, Momofuku Milk Bar, and the Shake Shack. Tickets are $75, $125 for VIP access. [theDistrict]

1pm

If you’re out near Annapolis, why not take in the annual Annapolis Cup?  Just like in the 30 years past, St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy gather for a friendly (?) game of croquet in front of a  tweed-dressed crowd. The grounds open at 8 a.m. and the match begins at 1 p.m.  [WaPo]

I grew up on Croquet. Seriously.

1-4pm

Barracks Row is hosting its annual Taste of 8th, which features lots of tasty samples of local fare from 21 restaurants, music, and a chance to check out the improvement this area has undergone. Tickets are 5 tastes for $20.

2pm

If you feel like venturing out to McLean, VA, they’re having a children’s puppet show / poetry slam with the awesome name of “Haiku, HipHop and Hotdogs“, where can you see hotdogs that fly, an angry emu and dancing snowman. [WaPo]

3pm

The DC Rollergirls All-Stars will be playing in Sterling, as will the DC Capitol Offenders and NOVA Roller Derby. Please note, the event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). Tickets are $12 at the door. [DCist]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • April is  an entire month of pre-gaming forDC Beer week in August. You can buy a button to get beer sales all month at 15 different pubs around DC. Sounds pretty awesome to me! [DCist]
  • Taste of 8th – Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 pm when 20 of our restaurants provide tasting samples in exchange for tickets. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All proceeds benefit Barracks Row Main Stree
  • Through May, the National Geographic Society will be hosting an exhibit that features all the stories they wrote that weren’t published!  See what most can’t, and learn about stuff like “Happy Hour at the Ochroma Tree.”.
  • Artisphere is exhibiting Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space, which features contemporary artists’ works based on 20th century predictions of what the future of space travel would be.   There is also an opening reception on the 5th that could be neat. It runs through June 9.
  • The Freer and Sackler gallery will carry on the Awesome that was the Cherry Blossom festival, and features Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji!! I have to go. I tried seeing it at the British Museum, but it was travelling, and now’s my chance! Anyone want to go with me?  It’s open until June 17.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

April
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
  • That 80’s Prom 5will be Sat, April 21st.  It’s pretty fun, and last year I saw a DeLorian!

May

  • Trucko De Mayo will be held on Saturday, May 5 from Noon through 9 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3). Featuring free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 35 food trucks.
  • May 18-20 will host the World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  in Piscataway NJ! This looks pretty intense but fun.  I just don’t have a real Steampunk costume yet! T___T

June

  • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.

8-bit Portal

25 Apr
Mario and Portal. Awesome game, awesome puzzles. Kind of messed up, kind of creepy. Together… is it epic? 

I saw this post on Geekologie announcing the Mario Portal mashup game, and I’m tempted to try it out.  The final game has all kinds of extras thrown in including 4-player co-op, level editing, and hat options. 

Too bad I want to finish Skyrim first. And then Diablo III will be out… so many games! So little time 😦  Then again, I don’t have any friends, so 4 player would be pretty hard to do…

Mari0 Official Site (download at the bottom)

Have you played this game? What do you think about it?

Being Social: the Weekend of 4.20.12

21 Apr

Whups, forgot to post this -was so excided about today’s My Little Pony Royal Wedding!

This weekend’s events include the Bethesda Literary Festival (Featuring R.L. Stine!), and it is the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

 
Friday
4pm
Meridian Pint is celebrating one year of awesome DC Brau with 16 DC Brau offerings, 13 on draft abetted by three casks, and all pours will be $5 each for the duration of the party.  Drink some for me – I want reviews ^^. [DCist]
 
Saturday
Woohoo did you get your tickets to watch Jeopardy at DAR Hall? I didn’t but I’m sure it’ll be packed to the gills with geeks.
 
12pm
Urban Dare, an insane race/scavenger hunt, is back. I am way too asthmatic for this, but it’s a great way to learn stuff about DC, and have a great after party.  Tickets are $90 and up for teams of 2+.  Otherwise, hang out around Dupont and the White House and heckle the scavengers.
 
8pm
That 80’s prom is back, and while I won’t be going this year, last year was pretty fun.  Tickets should be sold at the door, and I’m pretty sure they’re around $20 a pop.
 
Sunday
10am-530pm
After the exceedingly publicized arrival of the space shuttle Discovery to the Udvar Hazy Smithsonian Air and Space Center, and the imminent departure of the Enterprise, there is of course a party to celebrate Discovery’s official entry into the dusty realms of museum pieces. Getting to the center is a pain, and it’s $15 to park before 4pm, but admission is free.  [dc.about.com]
 
This weekend and all of this coming week, there are also a ton of Earth Day events, if you feel like giving our big rock a hug.
 
The Freer and Sackler gallery will carry on the Awesome that was the Cherry Blossom festival, and features Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji!! I have to go. I tried seeing it at the British Museum, but it was travelling, and now’s my chance! Anyone want to go with me?  It’s open until June 17.
 
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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • April is  an entire month of pre-gaming forDC Beer week in August. You can buy a button to get beer sales all month at 15 different pubs around DC. Sounds pretty awesome to me! [DCist]
  • Taste of 8th – Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 pm when 20 of our restaurants provide tasting samples in exchange for tickets. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All proceeds benefit Barracks Row Main Stree
  • Through May, the National Geographic Society will be hosting an exhibit that features all the stories they wrote that weren’t published!  See what most can’t, and learn about stuff like “Happy Hour at the Ochroma Tree.”.
  • Artisphere is exhibiting Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space, which features contemporary artists’ works based on 20th century predictions of what the future of space travel would be.   There is also an opening reception on the 5th that could be neat. It runs through June 9.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

April
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
  • That 80’s Prom 5will be Sat, April 21st.  It’s pretty fun, and last year I saw a DeLorian!

May

  • Trucko De Mayo will be held on Saturday, May 5 from Noon through 9 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3). Featuring free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 35 food trucks.
  • May 18-20 will host the World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  in Piscataway NJ! This looks pretty intense but fun.  I just don’t have a real Steampunk costume yet! T___T

June

  • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.

Being Social: the Weekend of 4.13.12

13 Apr

This weekend, the Sugarloaf Craft Festival is back at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  It really has almost everything you could think of in terms of crafts and art, as well as neat fair snack foods like maple syrup and hot chestnuts. Yum!

April 12-22 also features Filmfest DC, which shows a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations. [dc.about.com]

 

Friday
Happy Friday the 13th!  It also happens to be Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday! Visit the Jefferson Memorial and check out the ceremonial wreaths laid in his honour. [dc.about.com]
 
10pm
At Restaurant Judy, check out some Maracuyeah! This could be the next dubstep music, as it has “carved out a blossoming niche in the D.C. party scene, curating bass-heavy tropical sounds that infuse dance music with a new energy and blur the lines between electronic, organic, classic and cutting-edge. Even better, Maracuyeah events follow a DIY approach, skipping the nightclub circuit for community based spaces and small bars where different classes and cultures can blend comfortably on the dancefloor. DJs Rat, Mafe and Bent welcome NYC Dutty Artz crew DJ Chief Boima for their anniversary party at Judy’s Restaurant, along with live cumbia from Tribaldis Band.” Admission is $10. [WaPo]

mmm, such tasty treats! Mochiiii

Saturday
10am-6pm
Today is the day!! The National Cherry Blossom festival will be holding its annual parade, and will end with the most-awesome Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival – which is a huge Japanese street party that includes live entertainment, awesome ethnic food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.
2-10pm
Cap City Bar Golf will tie in bar-hopping as well as a min-golf course with actual putting greens in each bar! It sounds pretty fun, especially the booze part. Tickets are $27 per foursome, are and will yield you $2beers.
6pm
Nerd Nite DC this month will discuss Sperm banks, typography, and quantum computers.  Pretty freaky, if you ask me! Tickets are $10.
 
7pm
If you’re in the Titanic craze, there’s a Titanic exhibit at the National Geographic you can check out through July 8.  But at this time, at the Women’s Titanic Memorial (yes, there is one in DC!), there will be a commemorative ceremony.  “Waterfront Park will be lit with 1,517 lights, representing the number of people who died in the disaster, and historic images of the Titanic, her crew and passengers are projected onto a 50-foot high screen on a building near the memorial. Music from 1912 will play throughout the night, and “Nearer My God to Thee,” the final song performed by the doomed ship’s orchestra, will be performed at 9 p.m.” [WaPo]
Sunday
11am-9pm
Another Miyazaki Cherry Blossom Festival Day? Yes please!  Again at the Freer Gallery, today’s 10th annual anime marathon features: “Ponyo,” (YESS!) “Porco Rosso,” (Odd…) “Princess Mononoke” (Yesssss!!) and “Spirited Away,” (Freaky, but fun).  GO.
 
Also don’t forget, Monday is DC Emancipation Day, and will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. A year-long celebration will kick off with educational and cultural events throughout the city.  This also leads to Tax Day being on Tuesday, so get those taxes done, stat! [dc.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

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Geek Look Ahead:

April
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
  • That 80’s Prom 5will be Sat, April 21st.  It’s pretty fun, and last year I saw a DeLorian!

May

  • Trucko De Mayo will be held on Saturday, May 5 from Noon through 9 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3). Featuring free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 35 food trucks.
  • May 18-20 will host the World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  in Piscataway NJ! This looks pretty intense but fun.  I just don’t have a real Steampunk costume yet! T___T

June

  • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.

IPL4: Gamer Success, Vegas Fail – a preview

12 Apr

Gearfuse 8-bit Starcraft is also WIN

I survived IPL4!  Although it was in Vegas, I’m sad to say I neither drank nor gambled nor had any bad food or caffeine.  I was also still sick, though I’m mostly better now.  In other words, being in Vegas sucked because it was very un-Vegas-like.  Yet, it wasn’t as if I had much time to enjoy Vegas vices.  I spent my 14+ hour days in darkness, watching insanely good gamers battle it out on the big screen with thousands of other geeks.

Starcraft 2 Final Battle by nothingstranger on DA

My review is yet to be written, but until that time, we did put up a few great pictures of a zerg plushie I made with some famous zerg gamers.  Enjoy!

Kerrigian cosplay is also win. Click for the reddit thread and gallery. ^^

Being Social: the Weekend of 4.5.12

5 Apr

Apologies for the horrid format this week. I have been sick and am now on my way to geek out at another Starcraft 2 tournament – this time in Las Vegas! Expect a post on it this coming week.

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