It’s that time again! Time for the next Fitocracy challenge! Each challenge will be slightly different so no one “type” of person will win. And there are t-shirts to be won! If you’re not playing along already, you can check out the details, and join us for an epic fantasy tabletop-themed fitness adventure!
In the geek world today, you may see people covered in tally marks. On April 23, 2011, there was an episode of Doctor Who that aired called “The Impossible Astronaut“, where Doctor Who and his companions encounter the Silence, a race of aliens with the ability to make people forget their encounter with them when they look away. So today, April 23, 2013, Doctor Who fans are commemorating this by drawing tally marks on their bodies to keep track of the number of times they’ve encountered the Silence. Send us your tally mark photos, and we’ll add them to our Facebook album, to make sure we never forget. The Silence will fail.
Jen found a tutorial on how to make a Weeping Angel tree topper, and with Impossible Astronaut Day tomorrow, it seemed appropriate to put up Jen’s step-by-step. The original tutorial can be found here.
Now that it’s April 2, we thought we’d recap our favorite geek-centric April Fool’s pranks for 2013.
ThinkGeek has a long-standing tradition of providing awesome-looking merchandise that you can’t buy on April 1. Later in the year, some of the products might be available if the fans yell loud enough. Here are this year’s hot new items:
“In Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment (or META — awesome, right?), we follow the misadventures of a group of heroes as they deal with the absurd, mundane tasks that plague us all. In META, you’ll learn how heroes must be conscious of their branding, why it’s not the best idea to build your secret lair under the subway system, what happens when a super mom has to find a decent daycare facility and what it takes to interview for the position of henchman. And you might just learn a little bit about yourself along the way. But probably not.”
Some Friends of the Forge™ Jonathan Strickland of How Stuff Works and the lovely and talented Ariel K. Stewart (serious, you should hear her sing) have launched a Kickstarter for their awesome web-series Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment. You should check it out their Tumblr, and pony up some disposable cash. This show is going to kick ass.
Ive only recently started getting into comic books. I’ve been a Star Wars fan for twenty-five years, and Brian has been working tirelessly to expand my geek horizons. So on this National Comic Book Day, I’d like to share some things I’ve learned.
1. Like who you like. One of the awesome things about comic books is that there are so many characters! There’s something for everyone – fallen heroes, redeemed villains, straight-up bad guys, and wholesome good guys. I prefer the complicated characters, which you can see by my Cosplay choices.
2. Life lessons from Batman. You might think its a bit of a stretch, but even modern comics have life lessons embedded in them. Some are more prevalent than others, but there’s always an underlying lesson.
3. Not all superheroes wear capes. There are lots of secondary characters like Jim Gordon who provide invaluable support to the caped crusaders, in an intel position, or being in the right place at the right time. And the relationships between secondary and main characters really bring out the human side of superheroes.