I re-watched the Hunger Games last week after seeing the new trailer for Catching Fire and I have to admit that I haven’t given Suzanne Collins and her story much credit. After a few months of utterly bland movies at the box office, I was reminded that we are on the cusp of some really fantastic film. And Catching Fire is sure to be near the top of that list. So let’s celebrate with a freebie!
The astonishingly talented Natalie Willoughby sent me the sweetest email asking if she could create something for BGC readers and we agreed that Katniss was a kick-ass choice. I think you’ll agree that Natalie knocked it out of the arena, so to speak.
What other tech freebies would you like to see around here?
I wanted to update you about crossing off some of the items on My Grand List of Geeky Goals. Trouble is… it’s not the super sexy stuff. Alas, still an accomplishment. And even the smallest of accomplishments should be celebrated. So what have I done?
7. Back up (and continue to back up) all my writing and photos
This turned out to be the biggest job I tackled over my holiday vacation. I just sat down, sucked up the cash and installed Google Drive on my computer. I actually really, really love it. So much so that I’ve stopped using Microsoft Word altogether.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely. And now I can sleep at night knowing that my Wizarding World of Harry Potter vacay photos and England photos and random puppy videos will never disappear.
19. Build a better portfolio site
If you’re going to get people excited about hiring you, you have to give them the goods. So now I’ve got lizgiorgi.com up and running to let people know what I do day to day.
I used Squarespace to build the site and yes, I highly recommend that service as well. Very affordable. The templates are easy to edit if you know how to code and even easier to use if you don’t. I’m not in love with the interface at all times, because I like to code the CSS and HTML and be able to preview things right away instead of reloading the window, but if you aren’t going to do that - then this may be even more ideal for you.
I’m 10% done with my list. Only 18 more things to go this year! Do you have a grand list of geeky goals?
This week’s Lady Geek is Jacque Urick. She’s a geek chic powerhouse: founder and CEO of HappiMatch, co-founder and CEO of SieEnt (an emerging game development company), and Managing Director of Girls in Tech Minneapolis.
Being Geek Chic snagged Urick for a few minutes to ask her some questions. Read more about Urick’s inspirations, accomplishments, and 3rd grade eclipse viewer:
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I have always been dangerously curious. Even as a little girl. But it’s not just the discovery for me, it’s the sharing of our discoveries that makes it fun! Growing up I oscillated between a dream of owning a multi-national corporation and being a physicist. But I also loved video games!
So as it turned out, the path I ended up on is the intersection of those three interests.
Still, on my particular path I didn’t run into very many women doing similar things. So I’ve made a point of growing a community of women in technology via my own companies, Girls in Tech Minneapolis and the She’s Geeky unConference. It reallyexcites me to see women (young and not so young) getting involved with science, technology, engineering and math.
Q: What inspires you in the world?
A: I love that as a species, we can specialize in totally different things and somehow these skills and knowledge all ends up together in a way that benefits all humans. I mean it is pretty remarkable when you think about it.
Also, Internet memes. There is a reason my handle is @moarinternets.
Q: First time you realized you were “geeky?”
A: When I was in 3rd grade there was a partial solar eclipse that was visible where I lived and (this is in the 1980’s, before the Internet mind you!) there was this tutorial on the TV news about how to make a pinhole eclipse viewer. So I constructed one and brought it to class to view the eclipse. I was the only kid who had! So I got to go out and wander the playground and watch the eclipse with my viewer - all by myself. And the extreme joy of my viewer working and watching the eclipse with the sadness of no one to share it with made me realize I was different in some way. I didn’t know the word was “geeky” until much, much later.
And then once the Internet happened, I realized there are a lot of people like me out there (see also, other LGTOW). Which feels pretty great, I must say.
Q: What would you tell you 13-year-old self?
A: You don’t have to sacrifice your feminine side to be a smart, geeky girl. You can be both! Also, seriously, teenage me, lighten up. You don’t have to be so super-serious all the time.
Q: You have many accomplishments. Of which are you most proud?
A: I guess I can’t specifically pick one thing I’m most proud of. What I’m most proud of is taking action toward a goal, whatever it is. Forcing myself out of my comfort zone when I am so scared. When those little inner voices tell me I can’t do it and I do it anyways. It’s a really powerful feeling.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: “Charmed & Strange: How I Learned to Embrace Uncertainty”
Is it about me or my fantasy crush on young Werner Heisenberg? I guess you’ll justhave to read it to find out!
Post by Emma Bauer, who works as BGC’s official intern. 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.
Follow her on twitter: @emmalynnbauer
I have to tell you about this.
It’s so not regularly scheduled programming, but sometimes I find things on the internet that make me so happy and I’m so vexed as to why they’re not the biggest internet/social media/twitter influencer/tech blogger obsession ever, that I just need to yammer on and write a run on sentence about it.
Get to it already, alright.
You love instagram. You love photostrips. You’d love to have your instagram photos in photostrip form. After Google ninja’ing like that’s an actual skill you might find something… Holy PB&J there’s a thing for this perfect marriage on the interwebs and its’ called Boothgram.
It’s from the mind of Lori Lee, a developer genius in San Fran.
Alright, that’s your public service announcement of the day from me. I’ve already managed to come up with all kinds of strips which I will eagerly print and obnoxiously flail at people - so now it’s your turn.
I’m on vacation. No, not at San Diego Comic-Con. When this goes live, I’m probably somewhere near a wave pool in the Midwest. And it’s probably still hot. And I probably have a bit of a sunburn.
Lot’s of probably’s. Why not add to the list?
8 Probably Awesome Things at Comic-Con
My vacation might not have a Firefly reunion, but it does have lots of food. Food that I don’t normally allow myself to eat. Why is that? Because vacation is for eating!
Now you can wear the stars
Ordered this scarf and had to write about it. So fun. So cute. So awesome. Check it out.
My writing is appearing elsewhere while I’m elsewhere. Here’s some of it:
Logitech K760 Wireless Solar Keyboard review: In summary, it’s pretty sweet.