It has been the ultimate year to be a geek. All the things we all love as geeks have risen in popularity. The comic book movie. The 90’s resurgence (new Jurassic Park and Terminator movies). The YA adult novel scene is still popping off, and there are tons of little toys and trinkets and collectibles available everywhere now, when in the past, we would all have to go to specialty shops or shop online. Tis the season to be geeky, and here are six awesome geek stocking stuffers for the nerds in your life (or your self) with links to where to buy them.
When Tim Burton was fresh off his two amazing Batman movies, Warner Bros. was looking for him to scoop up a new project they had. They thought Tim would be the perfect fit for the new Superman movie they were working on, Superman Lives. The way they figured it, Burton had such a unique take on Batman, if he brought that same creativity and passion to Superman, he could make the character cool and interesting again. I know you are all thinking Tim Burton (at his peak) would’ve made an awesome Superman movie, he also would’ve made an utterly insane Superman movie, and one I am sad I will never get to see. What you can see, though, is the new movie about making the movie that was never made. This is why you need to watch The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened.
Sorry to say this, but comic books and graphic novels are as integral and important an aspect of geek culture as video games and sci fi movies (or long-winded high fantasy books). You may call yourself a geek, but if you have not experienced these five insane and awesome graphic novels for yourself, in my opinion, you are only partially a geek. A FULL geek knows that comics are a huge part of our culture, and were essential in forming us into antisocial dreamers we are today. Though everyone may know Batman and Superman and the X-Men, there is much more to comics and graphic novels than just dudes who wear spandex and fight bad guys (though not to undermine, that is a HUGE aspect of it). Here are 5 graphic novels you all have no excuse for not reading, as they will make you better at being a geek.
There was a time when being a nerd or geek came with a social stigma. Geeks and nerds were bullied and picked on. But then something happened. We grew up and took over the world. Now, geek culture is everywhere, and between movies, shows, and video games, it’s the norm. This presents a brand new problem for us in society. The genesis of the modern day wannabe geek. Someone who clearly isn’t an actual geek or nerd, but is playing the role because it is the “it” thing right now. Much like how they ostracized us when we were younger, now it’s our turn to call them out. These five signs really help when spotting a fake nerd.
Twin Peaks may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who appreciate the TV show will defend and laud it to high heavens. If you’re a member of its cult fan base, then you will want to change your shower experience with these Twin Peaks shower curtains. One thing’s for sure – your hygiene will be better off for it.
Pretend your shower’s Twin Peaks itself with these two.
Of course, our favorite FBI agent.
We can’t forget the star of the show.
So who killed Laura Palmer? Darned if I know. I still haven’t finished the show.
Get these Twin Peaks shower curtains for $68 each here.
Don’t forget, Twin Peaks is coming out on Blu-ray!
What’s the definition of a geek again? It’s certainly evolved over time, and many will argue about what it really means to be a geek. At the end of the day, however, it’s all about being passionate about one (or two, or three) things; and usually, that passion also involves finding yourself spending
way a little more than you initially intended to.
Whether you love buying the latest gadgets, or you like building up your action figure collection, being a geek certainly does not come cheaply. Being in the same position, we at ForeverGeek would like to share some of our tried and tested tips on how to geek out without having to break the bank every time.
Get a 0% interest credit card
We’d love to buy things using cash all the time if we could, right? Sometimes, though, a credit card can come in handy. It is imperative, however, that you get the appropriate credit card, something that will not kill you in interest and other fees. There are many 0% interest credit card offers out there, which will be perfect for big purchases (home 3D printer, anyone?).
In order to make things easier for you to determine which cards will suit you, make sure you understand your credit score/rating. In this regard, you can use tools such as credit card comparison expert TotallyMoney.com’s free credit checking tool. By doing so, you can ensure that you don’t face unnecessary issues down the road.
There are some things you should never buy secondhand (like a mattress, for example), but when it comes to comic books, action figures, Blu-ray disks, and video games, buying secondhand can save you a lot of money. Even when it comes to laptops and tablets, officially refurbished items will save you a lot of money. Speaking from experience, buying a refurbished MacBook, is one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Take advantage of sales
Sales are everywhere – you just have to find them. And, if you happen to have some extra cash, or you have a good credit standing on your card, you should just go ahead and buy whatever you want (and can afford) on sale. While you may not need the item(s) at the moment, you may want it at a later point, and if you buy on sale, you’ll at least save money.
Be on the lookout for trade-in promos
Not too long ago, I was able to buy an external battery pack for my iPhone for half the price simply because they had a trade-in promo. I had wanted one for a while, but the $100 price tag put me off, so I had bought a cheap China-made pack for less than $10. While I had no plans of buying a new one (I had had the China one for a couple of weeks), when I saw the trade-in promo, I went for it, ending up with a $50 saving.
As you can see, there are ways you can indulge your geekiness without having to spend more than you should. What are your own strategies to do so? Share them in the comments.
Everyone seems to be
slightly obsessed concerned with health and fitness issues these days. I suppose one could say that it’s the in thing – from running to cross fit to trekking. Do geeks take part in this trend?
I am not so sure, but there certainly are health problems that may arise from living the geek lifestyle – if there even is such a thing. Assuming that the stereotype applies, there might indeed be cause for concern for those who follow the geek lifestyle.
Looking at the infographic that the people at Best Medical Degrees have created, the
paranoid careful person in me just had to rethink my lifestyle. While I am not a total couch potato slash hermit – I do go out once in a blue moon (to do groceries, eat sashimi, and check out the bookstore) – I have to admit that I could use more exercise.
In any case, if you have not paid attention to your health recently, maybe you want to take a look at this infographic. Call it reality check or wake up call – it’s better to have a virtual one rather than to actually find yourself in the hospital.
Thinking up of gift ideas for geeks can be a lot of fun, especially if the person who will give the gift is a geek himself. Geek gifts are cool and if you’re a geek yourself, jut shopping around for a geek friend or relative is not so much a chore as a chance to indulge in your own geek pursuits.
Below are some of cool gift ideas you can give the geeks in your life: [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but I have heard one too many people say they’re geeks of some sort, but I have not heard a single individual claim to be a hipster. If you think about it, proclaiming that you are a hipster – or a geek for that matter – can be enough to contradict the label. I could be wrong, but that’s how I see it.
No matter what my opinion on the issue may be, it seems that there is a battle going on between geeks and hipsters. I guess I have been out of the loop for a while as I was totally not aware of this until I came across this infographic, created by Become Career, pitting geeks and hipsters against each other.
So, geeks versus hipsters it is. What is a geek? What is a hipster?
The geeks versus hipsters infographic gives the following definitions.
“Geeks are obsessive and their love is genuine. Geeks love their franchises not because of how ironically fashionable they are, but because of the subjective impression the left on the individual.
A geek’s love is genuine while a hipster’s is trendy.”
“Hipsters are dismissive. They sort through a detritus of pop culture, appropriate what they find appealing in its quirkiness, cultivating an aesthetic that considers all but allows surprisingly little. They are ironic and thrive in their vintage lifestyles.
Because of hipsters, the geek culture is returning to the mainstream but for different reasons.”
After reading that, who would want to say he or she is a hipster???
Don’t know yet if you’re a geek or a hipster? Read the full infographic below, and discover interests, fashion, music, movies, and stats.
To be honest, I got a little confused after going through the infographic. Maybe I am a little of both, maybe neither. What label do you fall under? No need to answer. ;)