Fictional Tech guy Fashion

Has anyone notices that Agent Fitz on Marvel’s Agents of SHEILD is dressed an awful lot like the new Q from Skyfall?

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And these two a mashup of the scientists from Pacific Rim.

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I like the look, but Q’s sweater and Fitz’s Sweater are awfully similar.  This whole tie and jeans things really reminds me of my college professors.  I hope this is a trend that lasts, well dressed nerdy men on TV and in the movies.  It’s nice to see instead of the poorly dressed nerdy men like in The Big Bang Theory.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Dancing with the Stars

I am not a Dancing with the Stars fan.  I am a HUGE Bill Nye the Science Guy fan.  When I  was 4 years old (1994) I wrote him a letter, he wrote a post card back and it’s still a crowning moment of my life.  I am still a PBS kid, so any opportunity that I can get to watch him on TV I’ll take.  Usually it is reruns of Bill Nye The Science Guy or on YouTube but hey new stuff is cool too.  So I have picked up this show, well, until he’s eliminated.  From what I’ve seen these judges, I think, are better than the So You Think You Can Dance judges which make a concerted effort to pick the winners from the audition week, and then manipulate the audience into picking the predetermined winners.  Bill Nye is coming off as the crowd favorite, however his dancing does leave a great deal to be desired.  But I think all nerds can agree that it is so amazing to see him on TV again.

 

 

I have to say I’m not a huge fan of her first of Tyne’s first outfit.  But that I’m sure is in the tradition of the dace.  The second purple one, I think, is pretty gorgeous.  So it all evens out in the end.

Lego Fashion

Legos are fun.  When I look in the box of legos, however my first thought is to make a house, and my second and third and fourth.  I always get stuck on houses when I play with Legos.  Not as much when they come from a kit but every other time it’s the same house.  Even trying to make it look pretty after a while becomes tedious and I put random pieces anywhere to make my house.  These however really inspire me to try and sculpt something outside of my box next time I pull out my box of Legos.

 

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Disney Princess Mashups

I know there are tons of people who don’t like Disney Princesses. I am not one of those women. I love princesses. I think they can be a great time. I am also not in the minority. I also love Doctor Who and Star Wars and Star Trek and sports and reading and things that aren’t even close to the princess world. There have been many many artists who love the same things I do, so they put them together in such clever ways. And I present to you some throughly exciting mashups of princess characters.

Star Trek Princess

Star Trek Princess

If I had the chance on my wedding day, I would run away with the Doctor too.

If I had the chance on my wedding day, I would run away with the Doctor too.

Hipster Princess

Hipster Princess

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Jedi Master Ariel, although I think she would still use a fork

Jedi Master Ariel, although I think she would still use a fork

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Pokemon Princess

Pokemon Princess

Historically Accurate Princess

Historically Accurate Princess

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Historically Accurate Princess

Historically Accurate Princess

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Princesses need to turn into queens one day

Princesses need to turn into queens one day

Oh, what Marvelous ladies they are

Oh, what Marvelous ladies they are

 

Princesses can go through phases too.

Princesses can go through phases too.

Sailor Princesses

Sailor Princesses

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First Times

I can still remember my first convention when I was 4 years old.  It was a Star Trek Convention in Harrisburg, PA.  But it was about 20 years old when I really started getting into the convention scene.  My first cosplay that I made from scratch was a DALEK dress.  It’s silver with black for all of the details.

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Kind of like that guy.  I made it for less than 15 bucks, which I thought was quite the bargain.  Even now I still do, I would just like to fix the mistakes that were made out of ignorance.

 

However, when I was in 6th grade all of my friends wanted to be cheerleaders for Halloween.  I was pretty bored with that, except Buffy Summers was a cheerleader and that’s what I was going to do.  I went for Buffy from the movie, rarely done but it was pretty awesome.  My dad put stakes inside of the pompoms that came with the costume and that’s really all I needed.  It really should have been a sign of things to come.

For the first few cons I went to I did just go for the nerdy T-shirt because that’s really just my wardrobe.  I also have dolls that I made of different scifi characters that I would carry around.  It was pretty cool so I decided I just had to get in on cosplaying.  Then once I was in it I just had to keep going.  I find making the costumes up until the minute before I leave, or even on the car ride there to be so exciting.  Will I get it done in time?  Will it be recognizable?  It’s all so much pressure, but in the best way.

 

Hot Topic

Hot Topic’s main game right now is pop culture.  Particularly nerdy pop culture.  There are sections of their stores devoted to super heroes and Doctor Who and anything else that gets nerds excited.  But walking into this store there is no love of the subject.  It leads to the fake nerd.  Nerds and geeks are trendy.  There is no two ways about it.  But loving the new Star Treks does not make you a nerd.  The JJ Abrams movies aren’t even make fore Star Trek fans, he’s wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he started making them.  They were awesome space story movies but after seeing them they left me missing Captains Cisco or Janeway.  I feel like having the clothes so easily accessible is awesome for nerds but when I see someone wearing something that says Police Box or is wearing a Star Wars shirt and I start nerding out to them and they give me a blank look I know it’s all over.  I do believe that everyone is a nerd, whether you are a nerd about fashion or football you are a nerd.  Fantasy sports are just Dungeon and Dragons for jocks.  But it’s like wearing a band’s teeshirt and not listening to the music.  There is something a little wrong about wearing, say a Dark Side of the Moon cover art shirt, without knowing or listening to Led Zeppelin.  I know here I am contradicting myself from a earlier post saying that one of the best parts about SteamPunk is that you don’t have to know everything about it to dress up as it.  However, I do feel as if this is different.  When I go SteamPunk I know what it is, when I wear a superhero costume I at least have a working knowledge of who they are.  But when you walk about to someone wearing a TARDIS shirt and ask if it’s bigger in the inside and they don’t know what that means, it might not be the right shirt for them.  There is nothing wrong with pop culture being nerd culture, but maybe before someone wears a Superboy shirt, they should know who Superboy is.

 

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These are actually kind of cute

 

Awesome nerdiness from around the net

Well there have been some really cool things on the internet lately.  I have to say that for me the ones that have really stuck as of late have been Doctor Who themed.  But there is just so much cool stuff going on and now that  we are in the early days of convention season there should be even more coming soon.

 

It's always good to make the best out of bad situation.

It’s always good to make the best out of bad situation.

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No matter the age Tony Stark will taunt you.

No matter the age Tony Stark will taunt you.

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She has become my new stretching inspiration.

She has become my new stretching inspiration.

Picard in front of Picard, simple and wonderful.

Picard in front of Picard, simple and wonderful.

I'm so excited for Despicable Me 2.

I’m so excited for Despicable Me 2.

I drive a car that is the right color blue and this is now my next project- TARIDS-ify my car.

I drive a car that is the right color blue and this is now my next project- TARIDS-ify my car.

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I'm going to be trying this out over the weekend.  I'll put up pictures of how it turns out for me.

I’m going to be trying this out over the weekend. I’ll put up pictures of how it turns out for me.

 

Geek Chic- Bracelets

Bracelets are the kind of jewelry that I start the day wearing but never finish the day with.  I like the way they look but all of that clanging can get really annoying really fast.  So if anyone knows how to defeat this problem I would love to hear it.  I wish I could wear them more.

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This is definately a bracelet I would wear.   Always having an extra flash drive could become a lifesaver.

This is definately a bracelet I would wear. Always having an extra flash drive could become a lifesaver.

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I always like the idea of a good old fashioned charm bracelet.

I always like the idea of a good old fashioned charm bracelet.

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Earrings

I’m not much of an earrings girl. I just can never seem to keep two little pieces of jewelry together. I think they look awesome but the organizational skills that are required are missing from me. But here are some super awesome nerdtastic ones that inspire me to try again with earrings.

There's something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.

There’s something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.

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Days 3 and 4

So here are the last couple of days of Comic Con.  I have to say for me the best part of all cons are the panels.  I can sit and listen to these talks for hours.  Even though they’re pretty much the same questions and answers over and over again.  I love hearing about the process that actors have taken to discover their characters.  Or listening to other cosplayers talk about how they make their costumes.  One great tip I heard was when you’re looking to making something with fun foam or any sort of thin foam one way to get a raised texture is to use puffy paint.

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This is fun foam.  It comes in a sheet about the size of  a piece of paper.  Great for making gauntlets and other semi-sterdy light weight costume details.

This is fun foam. It comes in a sheet about the size of a piece of paper. Great for making gauntlets and other semi-sterdy light weight costume details.

Once it’s hard and you paint over it it’ll look all the same.  The New York Cosplay Network had a great panel where they shared a lot of tips and tricks they use to make their amazing costumes.

The New York Cosplay Network outside their booth

The New York Cosplay Network outside their booth.

I have not started to really go to enough panels at cons where I’ve started to take a preference in moderators.  They can really make or break a panel.  I find this is especially true when you don’t have a panelist that really knows how to handle the crowd, whether they are new to panels or there is a really really large crowd and it’s just hard to be a big enough personality to stop the truly annoying and rambling fans that are inevitably  going to ask a question.  There is one particularly awesome modirator that has been in Philly the last couple of years, Jarrett Crippen.

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He won the second season of Who Wants to be a Super Hero?  He will cut a fan off (which I think is just wonderful), tell a funny story while you’re all sitting around waiting for the panelist to arrive, lets the panel go straight to the fans and their questions, and makes sure things end on time, which is good because other people need the room in about 10 minutes and I don’t want my next panel to start late so it’s good that we are all considerate of each other and their interests.

This year the convention’s focus was a little different than last years.  Last year is was celebrity packed.  They had all five Star Trek captains, and what a disaster that panel was.  People were so star struck they asked the worst questions that had nothing to do with Star Trek.  It has been a year and I’m still mad.  What an excellent opportunity that was squandered.  Thor was there and most of the questions were teenage and 20-something women asking him for a hug, which is pretty creepy when you think about it.  This year there were panels by scholars of the kind of pop culture I love.  Not all of them are great, some are ok, and some when I see them coming I want to pull my hair out and run.  But it is nice to have a different view point each year.  It keeps things fresh.

Here are some of the pictures I took from the second two days of comic con.

John Barrowman I love his super hero pajama pants.

John Barrowman I love his super hero pajama pants.

They had my favorite pose of the convention.

They had my favorite pose of the convention.

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Raven

Raven

Emma Frost and Kitty Pride- the early years

Emma Frost and Kitty Pride- the early years

Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Gina Torres

Gina Torres

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Summer Glau

Summer Glau