Welcome to this week’s Geekly, the PGM round-up of all the cool geeky things around the web! Read on for some neat ways to store your books, some of my favorite Kickstarters going on right now, and why the next three months are going to be busy ones for geeks.
I’m an avid reader, so book nooks are a fascinating thing to me, and something I aspire to one day have in my own home. This one is lovely, and I would imagine I’d spend hours folded up inside of it. But for a real masterpiece, check out this wonder. You could actually read by daylight, curled up in the sun! What a dream come true for a book nerd. I also adore this neat bookcase, even if it’s not really practical. Whatever!
I found a lot of neat geeky parent things on the Internet this week as well. That is, I’m assuming a parent made this snow Tauntaun, because that child looks too small to have made it and then put a harness on it and climbed on top of it. Seriously, best parents ever! Though my friend Matt, who posted this awesome picture of how he Star Wars-ified his son’s bedroom, is also in the running for the Dad of the Year award. You, too, could be in the running, especially if you made your kids their very own Hobbit Hole.
Now, for my favorite Kickstarters right now! The first one is Pixel Kingdom, an awesome pixelated video game by a kid who is a sophomore in college. I love everything, from the gameplay videos to the t-shirts! Then there’s Cool Mini or Not’s Rivet Wars, a miniatures game set in World War I with battle-shaped minis that are adorable. Watch the video to see how their cool plug system works. Finally, our very own Dan Zuccarelli turned me on to the Smallworld 2 Kickstarter, which is something I am very interested in. If only I had the money to back every Kickstarter I liked!
My personal geek of the week award goes to Zack Kopplin, who is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists. Kopplin is fighting to repeal the teaching of Creationism in high school science classes, a fight that began when the Louisiana Science Education Act was first passed. He saw evidence-based science textbooks threatened and about to be thrown out completely, and sprang into action. He’s been fighting it since he was 14, and now, at age 19, has had a lot of success, in spite of being called the Anti-Christ and – wait for it – being accused of causing Hurricane Katrina. He’s a powerful voice, indeed!
Also awesome to read is this Slashdot article, simply called “The Empire Writes Back About the Failed Death Star Petition.” And I had more than a little fun reading Message in a Binary Bottle, which details some of the best secret messages hidden in old PC games.
Ready to be ludicrously busy this year? Well, Wired already has a list of the best comics of 2013. Just reading that made me excited, especially Saga. Rawr! Oh, and don’t make any plans for the next three months, because they are going to be ludicrously packed with a ton of great video games. Don’t believe me? Check out this amazing Games of Winter post over at Polygon. Ni No Kuni alone is going to destroy the rest of January for me.
My least favorite person of the week? Well, this one is a tie – it’s all the people who commented on an article I wrote over at Warp Zoned about that ridiculous bloody torso that comes in the Dead Island: Riptide special edition. Actually, that’s not true – the dude who said I was a dweeb and not a gamer was actually pretty funny. He’s exempt, bless his little heart.
I’ll end this one on a high note and give you some random things to love on. First up: a picture of Ernie Cline’s geek jacket, to which he just added a “complete set of vintage Activision Starmaster high score patches.” I love that guy! Norman Reedus does some misbehaving, and speaking of misbehavers, somebody made a Serenity cake with the complete crew on cupcakes. I also adore Iron Grapefruit Cat, and the fact that someone took the time to make this scene from Fifth Element out of Legos.
That’s it for this super long edition of the Geekly! See you next week!