It’s the night before the night before the nigh–
It’s a number of days before Christmas and all throughout the pub, plenty of geeks were drinking and enjoying good grub. But lo, who’s that at the rear? Santa Claus? No, the Hogfather’s Here!
We’re home from Kitacon Karnival 2016, a convention that was very SAFE. More on that as we go on, but because we’re just back from our weekend, it’s time for us to share with you some of the images of Kitacon. We meet up with familiar faces, met plenty of new friends, swapped details with many people and found that a lot of people there read our site! We love you Kitacon; we’ll be back next year. Join Timlah through our look through Kitacon 2016.
You know you’re part of a culture when you absorb all of it, whether you want to or not.
I imagine that sports fans have a similar thing, where they know all about the activity and history of “That other sports team from way over there” or know more about “Another sport that’s not exactly what they’re into” than they feel they should, because they don’t look it up, they don’t follow it or research it, they just happen to absorb the information from other people, or through the channels that they go through to find out about those sports and teams that they are interested in.
Was that right? Did I get sports right? (more…)
Back To The Kitacon has been a fantastic experience, rivalling Kitacon 2015. From the wonderful world of anime to the creative cosplayers roaming the halls of the Hilton Metropole, even a trip down to the video games room. Yes, Kitacon 2016 had it all and now it’s all over for another year. Well, not quite. We’ll get onto that later in this article, but for now, let me summarise and recap all that happened and why YOU should go to this event next year.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today, I get the opportunity to chat to you all about the next GeekOut meetup!
Our meetups have been happening consistently, (I.E every month without fail,) since October 2013. Those who were here for this websites humble beginnings will remember that I said my first meetup consisted of just me and a friend, sat in a pub and chatting about all there was to chat about in geek culture. Once we joined up with Meetup, everything changed. We were recruiting people left right and centre. It seems there is a need for geek meetups in Bristol and guess what? There’s over 300 people on Meetup alone, who are willing to join in with the GeekOut meetups. Wow! Thanks to each and every one of you, I think we’re outgrowing our current venue (slowly).
We got into something of a debate recently. Votes were called, arguments levied, there may have been name-calling. If you read our Top 10 Alternative Santa list last week you may have noticed Jack Skellington got busted down to honourable mentions. That was not the end of the debate, so we come to you, fair readers, with a burning question.
Is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Geeky?
Did you ever see someone that you’ve never met wearing a Qwertee t-shirt and want to run up to them and yell “Oh my gods that is awesome!”?
The problem is that sort of thing only seems to fly at a convention where you know it’ll be well received. On the street there is always the ever-present fear that that person will look at you like you’re a lunatic rather than a kindred spirit, where the convention crowd are almost universally open to any conversation you pitch them. Or maybe you think that other people will react negatively to a pair of geeks gushing over games or comics in the middle of town. Even though geek culture is rapidly becoming the norm, we’re not exactly forming massive crowds and taking to the streets like – say – sports fans.
I have spent a long time pretending to be confident. Eventually the pretence rubs off and you start believing your own lies. So here’s a couple of stories:
Facebook is a glorious community, and while we may question the way it is run, there’s no doubt that it connects us to the people and things that we want to see the most… and some adverts.
I’m sure we’ve all “Liked” pages like Not being on fire or perhaps there are a few of you out there who enjoy the divine comedy of God but I for one have found that some of the best people on Facebook are – no surprises – nerds. My news feed is filled with D&D and computer game comedy pages that share my kind of humour. It turns out that, not only are they very supportive of one another, but that they are amazingly friendly and chatty with their fans. So without further ado, I present a couple of my favourites: (more…)