Archive | May, 2012

Swimming with the 8-bit fishes

30 May

Some days I swear my blog should be changed to “Geek events in DC and all things Super Mario Bros”.  Take, for example, my need to show you all this epic Mario Fish Tank.

I happen to love fish.  Add Mario to an aquarium, and this is pretty win.  I’d want a ton of algae eaters in this tank so they could chill on the ? blocks.  And the bubbles from the warp tube is also super epic.  Only thing I’d change is to make the background higher than world 1-1.  This thing is totally higher up than just the first stage!

[via Geekologie]

Being Social: the Weekend of 5.25.12

25 May

Happy Geek Day! And it’s memorial day weekend! Mainly that means if you’re in DC you’ll be drowned out by Rolling Thunder. And that the pools are finally open. And that there’s a ton to do! Included are Sunset Celebrations at Mount Vernon in full on colonial style, and a new roller coaster at Hershey Park.

(via doctorbulldog… I need to take more flag pictures…)

On Friday night at 9, Artisphere plays host to the Urban Dance Corps Hip-Hop Battle & Dance Party, where local crews will be battling their French counterparts. Tickets are $5. [DCist]

In Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory will be showing an exhibit on Diverging Mediums: Photography vs. iPhoneography. It begins to debate what differences there are, by comparing the same shot from both mediums. The event runs through the end of the month. [WaPo]

Finally, on the food front: if you don’t want to have to deal with the Bay Bridge traffic, there’s now a beach in dc! Yes, the NY Ave Beach Bar is opening. While it’s going to be crowded, this sounds like the kind of funky bar that I’d like to check out once it’s got its vibe on. Also, Mike Isabella’s new restaurant Bandolero is open, just in time for this weekend’s heat wave!

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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:

June

  • June 8-10 will have AnimeNext in New Jersey
  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
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.

Happy Geek Day!

24 May

Huzzah! May 25th is Geek Pride Day, which celebrates:

  1. Geek Pride Day!
  2. Star Wars anniversary day
  3. Towel Day
  4. Wear the Lilac Day / Discworld Day (by Terry Pratchett)

Bake a geeky cake and wear your pocket protector proudly!

I didn’t find any local Geek Day events, though Science Club is always a good haunt. Also, Balticon will be running all weekend!  Guests of Honor include author Jody Lynn Nye, artist Jim Odbert, musicians Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps and Nobel Laureate Dr. William D. Phillips.

Today, Geeks on a Train did a protest to support creating a Northeast tech corridor between DC and Boston. Called a rolling tweetup (#geektrain) on Amtrak, they travelled from DC to Boston.  Hopefully the news from this trip will be online and provide some geeky entertainment.

In England, a travel group called HostelBookers created a Geek Travel Map, using 15 travel tips from the world’s best-loved professional geeks. The Geek Travel Map includes New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings landscapes; Lucasfilm HQ and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Smithsonian at Dulles)!

The other two nearest us are in Philly: the National Mechanics geek pub and the Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Check them out and make yourself a geek bucket list!

Are you doing anything to celebrate Geek Day? Let me know!

Being Social: the Weekend of 5.19.12

19 May
Ok, really, there’s not much besides Diablo III now.  Enjoy my level 11 Witch Doctor, which I geekily named Zecora.  She’s a ringer for the zebra, I swear!

I totally missed that last weekend was the opening weekend of the Virginia Renaissance Fair! It’s much smaller than the Annapolis one, but is on a winery.  It goes on every weekend through June 10th.  The World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  is being held in Piscataway NJ.  This weekend also plays host to the DC Dragon Boat Festival [dc.about.com] and the end of DC Yoga Week [dc.about.com].

Dragon Boattttt < 3

Saturday

10am-7pm

The National Asian Heritage Festival is hosting yet another awesome Asian street fair. [dc.about.com]

2-9pm

Why not head over to the Italians in DC Festival, too? It’s meant to have art, food, wine, music and more.  It’s free, unless you want culture/tasting event tickets.

6-9pm

Apparently for $5 you can attend a retro board game party at Science Club, complete with 80’s/90’s soundtrack.  Interesting? It looks like it only runs for a short length of time, though.

Sunday

12-5pm

The Taste of Arlington is back, with tons of food, entertainment, and more! Food tickets are 8 tastes for $25.

1-3pm

Ok, so everyone seems to loves history in DC.  There is a party commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at Dumbarton House, which includes a free birthday party in honor of Dolley Madison.  But it’s not just a party. It’s a Federal-era fashion show, too! Get ready, Jane Austen!

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Until May 19, Passport DC, a massive group of DC Embassy open houses, will also be going on.  It hosts  lots of food, music, cultural performances, lectures and exhibits inside the usually locked embassies of DC. [DC.about.com]
  • 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:

May

  • May 21 is what could be an epic or awesome foodie event – the Lamb Jam at Eastern Market.  In past experience, sometimes there isn’t enough food to go around, and far too many people…. ><
  • At Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend is Balticon 46, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. It’s ancient, and awesome and has guests of honour.

June

  • June 8-10 will have AnimeNext in New Jersey
  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
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 5.10.12

11 May

Over the weekend, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be taking place.  Also to do:

Friday

11am-11pm

Truckeroo returns to the Navy Yard, and will have a ton of tasty trucks serving up their goods.  It’s easier than tracking your favourite one down at lunchtime!

930pm

Right Round, an 80’s dance party, is back at the Black Cat! Tickets are $7. [WaPo]

Saturday

(Photo by Jen Zoon/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Baby otters at the National Zoo! [DCist]

1-9pm

The Bethesda Spring Bar Tour is being led by Lindy Promotions. If you’re interested, tickets are only $9.

6pm

It’s time for another Nerd Nite DC! This month’s topics are: awesome organic chemistry , good germs , and photosynthetic vertebrates!  As always, it’ll be at DC9, and tickets are $10.

Sunday

It’s Mother’s Day, so visit or call your mom if she’s still with the living. I def will be! [dc.about.com]

3-9pm
Dance in the Circle (Dupont) is also going on! “The new dance festival will feature a variety of performances by local dance groups and dance instruction on a parquet floor.” And it’s free! [dc.about.com]

This Week

If you want to crash a party this coming week, go to the GI Film Festival in Arlington.  Big names will be at the kick-off party, and it will also be the premiere of the ‘anticipated’ film, Battleship!

This week is also DC Yoga Week, where there are free or $5 yoga class this week at one of DC’s yoga studios. I just started doing yoga… I find it a little too trendy, but then I can pull out my hipster card and say I practiced yoga in High School. Huzzah! [dc.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Until May 19, Passport DC, a massive group of DC Embassy open houses, will also be going on.  It hosts  lots of food, music, cultural performances, lectures and exhibits inside the usually locked embassies of DC. [DC.about.com]
  • 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:

May

  • 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! Time to get working…
  • May 21 is what could be an epic or awesome foodie event – the Lamb Jam at Eastern Market.  In past experience, sometimes there isn’t enough food to go around, and far too many people…. ><
  • At Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend is Balticon 46, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. It’s ancient, and awesome and has guests of honour.

June

  • June 8-10 will have AnimeNext in New Jersey
  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
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.

Did I mention I’m a Pokedork?

8 May
Dude.  This Pokémon arcade game gives you poke-tokens made of win.

Take all my moniez!

As part of my Nintendorkery, I also play Pokémon.  I am very far behind, and don’t have any friends, so I don’t get all the evolutions.  I played with my sister and always tried to use sleep on hers during battles. It was kind of a cheat, but I always wanted to win. Don’t all kids?

Anyways, there’s this new prototype Japanese Pokémon Tretta arcade game which I really, really hope does come out in July.  Not only can you play Pokémon on it, but every time you catch one, you get their token (Tretta)!  Then you use the tokens to recall Pokémon if you play at a later time!  I hope they also give you new tokens on evolution. I am so gotta catch ’em all and want the tokens. All of them.  Would I eBay for them? Mayyyybe, if it was Corsola, my ultimate favourite Pokémon!

What’s your favourite pocket monster?  Do you want to be my DS buddy? (No, I don’t have a 3DS tho…)
 

Being Social: the Weekend of 5.4.12

4 May

via gizmodiva.com

O noes. It’s May the Fourth.  Geek holiday alert!

On top of that,  Happy Cinco De Mayo weekend and the first leg of the Triple Crown!  You know what that means! Fiestas and booze!  Also this weekend there is the National Cathedral Flower Mart, the National Harbor Food & Wine Festival   [DC.about.com], and California Tortilla has a Cuatro and Cinco de Mayo deal. Make any purchase at California Tortilla on May 4 or May 5 and you’ll get a coupon good for a free taco that you can redeem between May 6 and 15. [WTOP]

Through May 19, Passport DC, a massive group of DC Embassy open houses, will also be going on.  It hosts  lots of food, music, cultural performances, lectures and exhibits inside the usually locked embassies of DC. [DC.about.com]

 

Friday

4pm

If it’s Cinco De Mayo in Japan, it’s good enough to start celebrating! There’s a pub crawl that stretches both days and starts at Dupont Circle’s Bread & Brew.  Of course it will have cheap Dos Equis or Domestic Drafts and of course Margaritas and Tequila.  A 2 day pass is only $20. [wusa9]

Saturday

It’s Free Comic Book Day!  Go to a comic book store and score one!

Also on are:

10am-5pm

Space Day is being held at both locations of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. There will be astronauts at both the main museum building in D.C. and at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Look for lots of activities aimed at kids of all ages who are interested in space exploration.  [WTOP]

11am-3pm

Celebrate the fastest land animal in the world during Cheetah Day at the National Zoo!  Take your picture with a life-size plush or cardboard cutout cheetah, get a temporary tattoo and learn through demonstrations. Just head to the Cheetah Conservation Station.  [WTOP]

1130am-9pm

At RFK stadium Trucko De Mayo will be held at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3).  It will feature free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 40 food trucks!

 12-6pm
On the National Mall there will be a Cinco de Mayo Festival. [DC.about.com]

There are also:

A seven-hour Cinco de Mayo Fiesta organized by Living Social at the Park at Fourteenth for $30.

Human cockfighting?! Will be going on at the H Street Country Club and will offer # $3 Coronas, $5 Margaritas, $2 Tacos, Mariachi music & Sauza Hornitos Tequila specials!  It’s free but donations are being taken for charity.

Or check out any of a dozen other parties, including ones at Ceiba, the Rock and Roll Hotel, and El Centro. [the District]

10am-4pm

Kicking off Passport DC, there will be an Around the World Embassy Tour, which will showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. [DC.about.com]

If you can spare $25+, the Iron Horse is yet again hosting a fancy hat and lotsa booze Kentucky Derby party!  It’s a great bar – not too stuffy, and it’s much more of a joke than a formal derby party.  Plus the ‘best dressed’ get prizes! Yahoo!

Sunday

11am-3pm

Capitol Hill will be hosting the free Literary Hill Bookfest in the North Hall of Eastern Market.  There will be books and author talks.  [WTOP]

And as a bonus event, on Tuesday, May 8th it’s  Free Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs from 4-8pm. [WTOP]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.

—-

Geek Look Ahead:

May

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.