A lovely internet reader name Jin recently emailed me with some pretty crazy LEGO flower pot creations and I just felt I had to share them. Not only do they use LEGO, but they utilize geeky minifigs to tell stories in them.
You can check out the rest of Jin’s creations on her Flickr account. If you’re just getting started with LEGO flower pot building, I recommend checking out our DIY video from last summer, which makes the process supremely easy.
It’s not often in this world that shitty situations get addressed. And I don’t mean lip-service PR kind of acknowledgement. I mean, a company actually listening, taking action and moving forward. Hi, LEGO. You made me happy this week.
An awesome 7-year old named Charlotte wrote the company a letter at the beginning of the year saying, hey, stop being so darned gender biased.
"I love LEGOs, but I don’t like that there are more LEGO boy people and barely any LEGO girls. Today I went to the store and saw LEGOs in two sections. The pink girls and the blue boys. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach and shop. And they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people and had jobs, even swam with sharks."
EVEN SWAM WITH SHARKS, people!
Well, yesterday LEGO announced new sets and one of them was this lovely set of female minifigs doing scientific experiments of all kinds. Now, LEGO hasn’t officially said they’re releasing the set due to Charlotte’s letter or a recent petition with a similar sentiment, but it’s progress. It’s worth acknowledging this little bit of sunshine and progress and dinosaur shaped LEGO piece magic.
The awesome new lady scientist sets will be available in August. Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Or seven.
I have long believed that the best treasures are not the several hundred dollar toys or handbags or jeans or even the video games. The things that always improve my mood on a bad day are the smallest of pleasures.
Here’s a few of my guaranteed favorites… they always feel like a bright light on a cloudy day:
An air plant ($2 and up depending on the size and shape… a delightful a phenomena of horticultural science I can’t get nearly enough of)
LEGO Blind Bag Mini Figures ($3.99)
Ridiculous socks ($1.49)
A new art print (Lots of under $5 options on Etsy, but I love this vintage coral for only $2.49)
Kinder’s Happy Hippo Biscuits ($4.49 for 8)
FoxGram’s Instagram Magnets ($2 each)
So my bad day is on its way to being brighter… what are your favorite cheapo methods for getting over a crappy afternoon?
So it’s Cyber Monday. I know it’s supposed to be about gifts, but in case you’re like me, this is your chance to get some great Lady Geek gear at a reduced price. Here are some of my favorite picks for yourself or your recipients:
ShadowPlayNYC: These lovely ladies are offering 15% to 30% off on their space gear with a variety of coupon codes. The infinity scarves are so soft and wonderful, you won’t regret it.
Rifle Paper Co: I love, love great stationary. For lady geeks looking for wanderlust in 2014, you need to check out their line of travel calendars. And their iPhone cases. I picked up the London one because LONDON! Everything is 30% off with CYBER2013.
LEGO: Amazon cut prices by as much as 40% on lots of great LEGO sets, including Marvel sets for my Avengers loving friends. And yes, the Amazon deals are better than the LEGO store deals today.
Black Milk Clothing: Overpriced leggings become… less overpriced today. Everything is 30% off. This is one of the only sales they will have all year so it’s best to get on that now.
PhotoJoJo: Virtually everything in their store will be some percentage off today through one of their flash sales. Follow them on Twitter and keep checking back for good deals. I’ve got my eye on the Digital Holga Lens, which is $5 off today.
Stickygram: One of my favorite gifts I bought for someone else last year was a set of Instagram magnets of my adventures with my Mom. The magnets are the right size and super fun. The sheets of 9 are 25% off today.
Legal secretary by day, LEGO YouTube reviewer, brick filmer, and MOC builder by night – meet Kristine, a.k.a. BrickQueen! Let’s face it – all of us played with LEGOs as I child, and it was irresistible to play out little scenes and give the little figures personalities and storylines. (Mine was usually Harry Potter related).
The Brick Queen kicks our childhood productions up a few notches and posts reviews of Lego sets, films stop motion LEGO dramas, and more! Check out her YouTube channel here. My favorite? Iron Man and Hulk do Homework. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well.
Make sure to follow Brick Queen on Twitter (@Brick_Queen), and check out her interview with Being Geek Chic! You’ll discover her feminist perspective on LEGO reviews, the fictional character she’d invite for a drink, and her incredibly useful and wisely chosen superpower.
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I’ve been collecting LEGO sets pretty much my whole life. One day I was just surfing the Internet and YouTube and I randomly typed in LEGO. I found all these guys who were reviewing LEGO sets. I had no idea how many people like me there were out there, and I said to myself if all of these men can do this, why can’t a woman?
Q: You can choose one superpower. What is it?
A: I would choose the power to absorb the powers, skills, and memories of others.
Q: All time favorite LEGO series?
A: LEGO Super Heroes is definitely my favorite theme of all time. I love the variety of characters. It gives me the chance to make stop motions with so many different stories using all the heroes and villains from both Marvel and DC.
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: So many characters would be amazing to hang out with but I would have to choose The Doctor! (Preferably the Tenth, but the Eleventh is awesome too!) As far as drinks, I’ll have whatever he’s having.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: Probably a lotI think the main thing I would tell myself is not to stop collecting when I go to high school and college. I collected some in high school but barely at all in college. I missed out on some awesome sets in those years.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
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A few days in New York City is both exhilarating and exhausting. Somehow, the city moves faster than life or humans or technology or vehicles or any individual entity can move on its own - but together time is bent and swayed and sped up and before you know it - it’s time to get back on the plane. It’s like a special magic trick that only the island of Manhattan possesses. But that’s the beauty of it.
Everyone talks about The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or The Met for the hip tourists, like it’s a gift from the cultural gods. And for a borderline cynic like myself, one honestly starts to wonder: how can it be that great? Friends, I’m here to report it’s THAT great. But here’s the deal: skip the European and American paintings. Skip the Musical Instruments and spend your time with the Egyptian artifacts, the Cambodian Rattan pieces by Sopheap Pitch and the newly opened Punk exhibit. These three areas will take at least 2 hours to walk through, but the combination spans so many areas of art and attitude, you’ll walk away feeling invigorated by life.
For a less traditional museum experience, The Art of the Brick at the Discovery Times Square Museum is around through the summer and into the fall. Who knew LEGO could be so art-y? You’ve probably seen some of the designs scrolling through your Tumblr feed, but this is your opportunity to see the sculptures in person.
It’s totally obvious by now and I’m a little embarrassed to even mention it, but in an effort to make this fresh in some way, I’m going to tell you how to see the Book of Mormon with the best seats in the house for $27. Every night there’s rush tickets sold through a lottery, which is a standard practice on Broadway, but what’s not as standard is Standing Room Only tickets, which are available for nearly every showing of Book of Mormon. Just show up two to three hours before the show and get in line by the ticket window. There’s roughly 25 standing spots for sale about an hour before the show and they’re available on a first come, first serve basis. It’s a little weird to stand for 2.5 hours for a show, but you’ll save HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS and the sight lines are brilliant. As a bonus, the team there will also let you enter the rush lottery if you are in line, so there’s a chance you could win rush tickets too.
But Book of Mormon isn’t the only show on Broadway right now with serious geek appeal. Beloved Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill is currently appearing in Once, a show about two musicians who connect in Dublin. The show won a Tony, so tickets are getting a bit tougher to come by, but they too are offering up a limited number of rush tickets. They offer $35 tickets for Tuesday through Thursday shows and $40 tickets for weekend shows.
Once you’ve done the shows and the museums, you may be tempted to go shopping. Avoid this. I don’t get shopping in NYC. Walking into basically any store in Manhattan literally strikes me as an anxiety attack waiting to happen. But, if you want to have a really unique experience and buy a little swag, look for one of the Kate Spade Saturday Pop Up e-vending machines. These things are SOOOO cool. Basically, it’s a life size, touch screen controlled vending machine, which allows you to shop a human sized touch screen and then guarantees delivery within four hours. There’s four of these suckers in Manhattan located at:
I seriously considered the Sampler Skirt, which looks like a pixel party, but decided not to pay the NYC sales tax. Living in a place where paying sales tax for clothing seems weird makes shopping in other places kind of a bummer, but these bright spots were tempting.
Have we ever talked about Porchetta around here? It’s an obscure Italian pork roast served sandwich style known by Italians, Italian immigrants and their families - but basically no one else. Until now, because clearly you’re all going to go run out and try it. In this case, I’m talking about Porchetta in Alphabet City. They serve it up Roman style, which means large chunks in a warm bun. It’s soft and warm and delicious and most importantly, it’s boyfriend approved.
When the sun sets and a cold drink starts to sound good, get the Waterboo cocktail at the High Point Bistro in Chelsea. It’s like a watermelon slush with an extra bump. If hunger sets in, get the Mini Corn Dogs with Spicy Mustard. A classy trashy dish made polished and perfect.
I rarely, rarely, rarely like weird ice creams. Like, never. But L’Arte Gelato, which has a location in Chelsea and a cart patrolling the Upper East Side serves up some genius combos. The classic varieties like Amaretto and Hazelnut are astoundingly delish as well.
A classic slice of New York pizza has been there and done again and again, so may I suggest an alternative? TheInatteso Pizzabar Casano near Battery Park is serving up a classic Sicilian Pizza with fresh ingredients and soft, delicious cheese.
Since dessert is my favorite thing on earth, I have to mention Crumbs, which can be found all over NYC. Their cookies? Oh lord. Yeah, they’re amazing. Every single one is a sugar bomb of delightful tastes.
I stayed at the Z Hotel New York in Long Island City, which yes, is not actually in Manhattan proper. But after a long day in the city, I actually found the ability to sit on the rooftop bar and stare at the beauty and busyness of it all with the East River separating us, quite refreshing. On the weekends, the rooftop dance party allows you to skip steep cab rides too. AND they have a free bus to the city every day, which drops off at the 59th/Lexington station, which will get you basically anywhere in the city. It’s not a perfect hotel - the staff are a bit off-puttish, but I’m not looking for friends when I travel.
If you want to save money, you can still use Airbnb. While the city is really getting after some landlords, many tenants and landlords still follow the city’s policies to the letter, which benefits everyone.
I hope you liked Being Geek Chic’s first Geek Travel Guide (GTG!… I love acronyms.) In the coming months there will only be more of these fun posts if you like them, because hey, I can’t complain about having fun in lots of great places on this planet.