Monthly Archives: November 2010

The 12 Days of Geekmas… Part 2

On the second day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me:Two light sabers Photo courtesy of anda Netbook with Ubuntu programming.Photo courtesy of

By |November 30th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

The 12 Days of Geekmas… Part 1

  On the first day of Geekmas, my true love gave to me: A Netbook with Ubuntu programming…   Photo courtesy of   

By |November 29th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

$15 gets you $25 at Kiva

 Breaking news for those of you who want to moonlight as international financiers–and, really, who doesn’t?  I speak, of course, of microfinance, one of my pet issues.  Microfinance, for those of you who don’t know, is the lending of small sums of money directly to the people who need it. I have spent time in South America and have seen firsthand the problem that microfinance addresses.  My host family, to bring in a few extra clams, did embroidery for a woman who lived in the nearest big town.  The woman would drop off the fabric and floss and pick up the finished work, for which she would pay a pittance, considering that this was gorgeous hand embroidery.  Then she would sell the work at a considerable markup.  Everybody knew this.  The women of the family went along with it because a pittance was better than nothing.  Why, I asked, did they not cut her out and go into business for themselves?  Easy: no startup capital. Now, how much would it have cost them to get themselves kitted out and ready to go?  Some blank tablecloths, some floss?  I don’t know, either, but I’ll bet it’d be less than $25.  $25, people!  YOU have $25.  $25 is a HUGE SUM in most of the world.  You may think “Bah, what can they do with $25?”  You have no idea, my fellow rich Americans.  $25 can mean that someone can start a business that can feed their family and send their kids to school, and that, my friends, is how you build wealth: from the ground up, from parents making their kids’ lives just a little better.  Foreign aid is all well and good, but it’s prone to getting skimmed by corrupt officials.  This goes straight to people who need it.  It also provides something else that can be in short supply in regions where $25 is a tidy sum: a measure of fucking dignity.  This isn’t largess, it’s an investment.  $25 makes you a partner, not a patron.  $25 can change someone’s life, I solemnly swear to you.   And from now until the end of the month, $25 costs only $15.  This Groupon ™ is for a site called, a great example of microfinance in action.  They’ve been around for some five years now. (Full disclosure: I’m a member. You can check out my lender page here.)  Over 98% of loans are paid back in full, which just goes to prove John Steinbeck’s thesis that if you want a loan paid back, lend money to the working poor   During the holiday season, partying on goes without saying–but this holiday season, be excellent to somebody.  (Caveat for atheists behind the cut.) […]

By |November 22nd, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Geek Parenting 101: How to Talk to Your Kids About Star Wars

 This video reminds me of my niece when she was three or four (she is now sixteen). My sister and her family were staying with us while their house was finished. One day I was looking through my movie collection to find something suitable to entertain the wee  one. My sister informed me that […]

By |November 22nd, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Harry Potter and the Awesome Fan Experience

 This is a fantastic time to be a Harry Potter fan.  Hardcore franchise followers have been waiting for this particular weekend for what seems like ages.  It’s finally here and a lot of us made the mad dash to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I as soon as our normal lives would allow.  Leading up to the film […]

By |November 21st, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Happy Harry Potter Day!

 Yes, I know the die hard Harry Potter fans stood in line for the midnight show or have already hit the early morning matinees, but most of us with jobs probably won’t get to see it until tonight. Still, here’s a fun couple of videos that any Harry Potter fan can enjoy. First, we […]

By |November 19th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Geek Video of the Week

 As a companion piece to the last Geek Video of the Week, we have Stephen Colbert getting his Geek on with Neil Gaiman. Dude knows Tom Bombadil songs by heart. WOOF!  The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cNeil Gaimanwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive

By |November 16th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Filament Magazine: Man Candy for Women with Brains

 It will not surprise those familiar with this space that we GeekaChicas have no problem sexually objectifying men. In fact, it comes as naturally to many of us as objectifying women does for some men. In our reviews, it is clear that the attractiveness of the male leads sometimes has an impact on our enjoyment of movies and television shows.  To deny that fact would be intellectually dishonest, and totally counter to our mission at GeekaChicas, which is nothing more than to be here, and to be ourselves. (We Chicas often hold different points of view on issues of morals or politics, but GC is committed to providing a forum for discussion.) We’re outspoken, opinionated women. Some of us like men, and not only for their brains. Therefore it’s only natural that we should review Filament Magazine, a magazine for women who like men and intelligent thought. (As the tag line to the left reads, “No Fashion, No Diets, No Celeb Rubbish.”)   What it does offer is a slick, smart read for women who think more about the way we relate to the world than simply what makeup or clothing we need in order to snag a man. In fact, this magazine has had articles exploring the possible link between bras and breast cancer,  the way neuroscience and science fiction are changing our view of such conditions as cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders, and Capoeira as dance, martial art, game or all three.   […]

By |November 15th, 2010|MyBlog|7 Comments|

Geek Video of the Week

 This is a bit old, but definitely worth watching for the surprising  Geek Content. Jon Stewart admits getting sucked into a conversation about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles minutiae, and Roger Ebert goes right along with him. It’s awesome. Let your Geek flags fly! The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon – Thurs 11p / 10cRoger Ebertwww.thedailyshow.comDaily […]

By |November 13th, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|

Taoism and the Eleventh Doctor

 Some of you may recall my post on how Taoist the Doctor was being last year. (Hint: not very.)  Now that I have the new DVD set of Matt Smith’s first year as the Doctor, it’s time to issue a progress report.  Spoilers for all of Doctor Who season 31 / series 5, including the extended scenes on the DVD. […]

By |November 11th, 2010|MyBlog|2 Comments|