Friday, December 17, 2010

Your Friday Awesome: Adorabug

Its been one of those weeks, where this is exactly what I need. Now, if only someone would set it to the dippy, tinkly, synthesizer awesomeness that is the theme from the Main Street Electrical Parade, I'd be a happy girl.

I settled for watching it while the theme played. For maximum cuteness start the video when the tinkly part starts. At about 00:41 to be exact. You won't be disappointed, I promise.

Monday, December 13, 2010

#musicmonday: Monday Monday

Since I spent my Monday morning spraining the crap out of my ankle (again) through the very strenuous activity of walking (again), here's my little pity party.

But! You get a bonus song in the video. Yay, Monday...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Your Friday Awesome: The Force Is With Her

First grader, Katie, loves Star Wars. But, she was bullied for carrying a Star Wars water bottle to school, because "it's only for boys." Her mom became aware of the taunting when Katie decided to take a pink water bottle to school instead, because she didn't want to be thought of as any more different than she already was:
"Katie, it is okay to be different. Not all girls need to drink out of pink water bottles," I told her.

"I don't want to be too different," Katie lamented. "I'm already different. Nobody else in my class wears glasses or a patch, and nobody else was adopted. Now I'm even more different, because of my Star Wars water bottle."

Needless to say, the interwebs would certainly not let this stand. Thanks to an initial push from Cake Wrecks, all the geek-girl celebrities took to Twitter to make sure Katie's story made the rounds. Over 3,000 people have left comments on two of her mom's posts letting Katie know that girls can like Star Wars as much as they please - including the actress who voiced Padme in The Clone Wars:

"I am [the] actress who has the great honor of being Padme Amidala on 'Star Wars: the Clone Wars!' I just wanted to tell Katie that she is in VERY good company being a female Star Wars fans," Taber wrote. "I know that Padme would tell you to be proud of who YOU are and know that you are not ALONE!

"THE FORCE is with you Katie!"

She, and other members of the LucasFilm universe, sent Katie Star Wars toys and clothes, including her own lightsaber. Of course, because Katie is awesome, she is donating much of it to other children.

Today has also been declared the day to support Katie, geeky girls and anti-bullying by wearing Star Wars paraphernalia and donating geeky toys. Proving not only that girls can like whatever they want to, but that they can also be members of awesome communities.

PS: As further proof that Katie is not alone, this little girl also knows what's up.

I'm glad to know her rendition does not include the blasphemy that is the new CGI revamp.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Fellow Nerds

After I posted last week's Friday Awesome one of the editors came over super excited about this amazing geekery. So now the awesomeness continues at - I love working with nerds.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Your Friday Awesome: History for Music (and Costume) Lovers

What do you get when you combine dedicated teachers who were probably theater and choir nerds, a kick ass costume wardrobe, friends willing to learn the violin to cover Dexy's Midnight Runners, and someone with a copy of After Effects? Awesomeness, that's what.

Two history teachers in Hawaii have created a slew of videos to teach history lessons set to everything from Justin Timberlake to Depeche Mode. There are 48 - FORTY EIGHT - of these suckers. According to them, they might be inspired by 80s songs but, "do desperation and exhaustion count as influences?"

Here are just some of my favorites. It is so hard to choose...

Say it with me: This plague is bubonic, B-U-B-O-N-I-C!

Joan of Arc is so awesome, just so, so awesome.

The Canterbury Tales to California Dreamin'? Yes, please. With a little Middle English thrown in for good measure.

Oh, and if that isn't nerdy enough for you, Beowolf (set to 99 Luftballoons) has some Old English. I'm guessing one of these history teachers also has an English degree.


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