I had a realization this Thanksgiving: I don’t spend enough time dwelling on the things I am thankful for. I am not a huge, major Oprah fan - but one thing I have always admired about her is that she stresses the importance of gratitude on her shows, in her magazine and in interviews. So then I started thinking… How can I show more gratitude in my life? How can I make grace a regular practice in my day?
Alas, a new idea for a blog post came to be: Thankful Four. Four things I’ve felt thankful about in my week. Sometimes it will be links. Maybe other times notes or videos. Who knows. Either way, I’m looking forward to it. Yesterday’s video was a jump start. Here’s the rest for the week:
1. The Emmas:
These two ladies make Being Geek Chic happen. Truly. And so I wanted to take a minute to tell you more about them.
Miss Emma Bauer (left) worked for me as an intern at a previous job. We bonded over our mutual affection for Bob Dylan and fashion. When she started her own blog (which she has since shuttered - otherwise I’d give some link love) I also learned she was a witty and charming writer. So I just had to recruit her. Every week, she highlights other geeks whom I have also come to admire and appreciate thanks to her great questions and insights.
Emma Carew Grovum (right) and I went to college together and worked at The Minnesota Daily on the same desk. Time passes, people drift, but when I ran into Emma earlier this year at The Hunger Games midnight premiere - I realized we shouldn’t have drifted so much. And so I did what everyone does when they run into someone in real life: I stalked her digital life. That’s when I realized she was a nerd food genius and just had to ask her to share her brilliant recipes here. You should check out her blog too: Kitchen Dreamer.
2. NASA’s newest Hubble Telescope image
From NASA: The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37, seen here against a backdrop of distant galaxies, scattered with nearby stars.
3. A new Catching Fire poster: it’s pretty much a gif on crack
4. Penguin Books for offering up a giveaway for Marie Lu’s legend
Which gets us to the very important question of who won:
If you are Katie, pictured here, send me your full name and address to beinggeekchic(at)gmail(dot)com.
I have been looking forward to it all week. It’s been a rough one, which is why I’ll be chill-axing. And DIY’ing a little too. Maybe I’ll even top it off with some Bond viewing… who knows. Which reminds me of my new favorite tumblr: hotoldmen.
Yup, just like it sounds.
There’s lots of good geekery to go around though, so let’s get to it.
Quirky fall tech wallpapers from imm
The unicorn one is a delight… if not a little creepy.
Martin Freeman = Perfect Bilbo
I love him. He’s adorable. He’s perfect. And yes, I think he’s kissable. Is it time for my next midnight premiere yet?
Make a Mini Marquee with Christmas Lights
This DIY is charming. Think of all the cool words you could spell! Or naughty words. Let’s go with naughty words - that’s just the kind of mood I’m in.
This isn’t all that important, but I bought this Doctor Who shirt and now I can’t stop compulsively checking the tracking information. Remember when I hadn’t seen even one episode? That seems like a weird, non-reality now.
My Apartment Therapy offerings this week:
I have a really important announcement to make: Chanel’s new chunky clutch is not a certifiable LEGO handbag. They did not collaborate. Chanel did not ask to make a LEGO-esque bag. They may not even know they did.
I am totally in love with it and I too want to own one. But I think it’s important that people get the facts about these things. Proof here. If you’re going to spend your money, you should know that LEGO isn’t going to get a penny.
Also, it really is kind of a rip. I know, it’s not EXACTLY a LEGO shape, but it’s damn close. And the colors are damn close too. This is why everyone is calling it the LEGO handbag, but really, it’s not. It’s a Chanel bag inspired by LEGO… or so it seems. I feel better now.
i09 posed an important question this week: Could The Hunger Games get published today?
The reasoning is straight forward enough: dystopia is everywhere, YA has gotten less violent because of outside pressures and on and on. But not a single publisher said they disliked The Hunger Games books, so of course it would be published. And we’d all be obsessed all over again.
My favorite thing in life is seeing my name in print… did you know that? Probably makes me a narcissist.
I was going to talk about the big Disney-Star Wars merger today and then I decided: nope. Everyone has already written about it to death and as far as I’m concerned, I’ll reserve judgement about the wisdom of the move until I see some media. I am still not so sure the Disney impact on Pixar has been that great, for example…
So easy, so cute. The blogger who came up with this, How about Orange, is a really great resource for all kinds of DIY goodies and the occasional freebie. Definitely worthy of bookmarking if you haven’t before.
I would be really, really neglecting my nerd duties if I didn’t point out that StarTalk Radio (one of my favorite podcasts of all time) is now in multimedia format on YouTube thanks to The Nerdist Channel.
Who is going to see Wreck It Ralph tonight? We are! If you have already seen it, no spoilers please friends.
I write for other websites too:
Want me to write for you? I’d love that. Check out my portfolio site.
I’ve decided to launch a new portfolio site. As a creative, it’s important to look at what you’ve done every year and give potential clients a fresh idea of what you have to offer.
And it was also on my grand list of geeky goals - in part because I wanted to represent my geeky self alongside my professional self on my portfolio site.
I think it turned out pretty well. Simple, but clear. I am always seeking clarity in everything I do. I hope I achieved that. If you or anyone you know is ever looking for a writer or filmmaker for your project, please feel free to drop me a line or visit lizgiorgi.com.
Alright, that’s business. Let’s have some fun.
On the topic of life lists… Have you met GoMighty?
If you haven’t made a life list or you’re still tackling an old one - then this new website from Mighty Girl and a bunch of other internet ladies can help. You upload your life list and others help you achieve your goals. Similarly, you can review other peoples’ lists and offer a hand in return. Pretty cool idea, right? Achieving our dreams is more fun when we do it together.
What if Doctor Who had the Sherlock title sequence?
Well, then this would happen:
Isn’t it beautiful? Wow. I sort of with that this was a real thing.
Have a beautiful weekend, friends. I’ll be working on my Halloween costume and posting the DIY next week. Can’t wait to share it with you!
My writing elsewhere:
Have you always wanted to see a meteor shower for yourself? Well my friends, this weekend is the weekend.
Look to the skies tomorrow night: Orionid meteor shower is coming
Per io9: “The Orionid meteor shower — one of the year’s most spectacular natural light shows — is upon us. This weekend, Earth will plow through a dense stream of celestial debris given off by Halley’s Comet. These fragments of Halley will collide with the planet’s atmosphere at speeds approaching 150,000 miles per hour, setting the night ablaze as they streak and explode across the pre-dawn skies of Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st.”
It’s a world-wide meteor shower, so get out to the country and turn your eyes to the skies. Turns out Sunday night will be peak viewing.
Skeptical? Check out this photo.
Superhero window washers
I work on the 24th floor of a building in downtown Minneapolis and I’ve seen the occasional window washers and I tell you… I really have thought they should wear Spider-Man costumes before. Proof:
Man washing my 24th floor window. I’m freaking out for him. We need to create a league of humans with spiderman’s abilities for this job.— Elizabeth Giorgi (@lizgiorgi) July 9, 2012
The nice thing about this though? There not just any old windows. They’re windows at a children’s hospital, so the kids get a nice surprise when Spider-Man goes by with a squeegee.
I contribute to Apartment Therapy every week. This week, I wrote about movies and stars. But not the kind of stars you’re thinking: