Science fiction fans own the month of May.
Between May the 4th, Space day, Twilight Zone day and Geek Pride Day today, they have just enough time in between to clean up the mess and air out their costumes before the next LAN party. Speaking of, I love that there’s a wikiHow site detailing how to throw a LAN party and recommending additional activities like power supply chuckin’ (pardon??) because “no one can sit at a computer for 24 hours straight (or at least they shouldn’t…)” Hilarious.
To that uninformed person, I say “I find your lack of faith disturbing…”
Please refer to article #2 of the Geek Pride Manifesto where geeks claim “The right to never leave the house” followed by article #4 “The right to associate with other nerds” and article #10 “The right to take over the world.” These facts add up to millions of geeks sitting at computers 24/7, all online with each other and all in separate houses except for this one proud day each year when they pry their cheeto dusted butts out of their ergonomically correct computer chairs, squeeze into their vintage Star Wars T-shirts purchased on ebay and put on their dress up specs (claiming article #8 “The right to be overweight and nearsighted” AND Article #7 “The right to be out of style”) to go meet their geeky friends at previously determined places where they can celebrate their geekiness by doing things together that they would normally do separately.
By Grabthar’s hammer, may they live long and prosper.
Why would geeks disrupt their routines on May 25? Many reasons, not the least of which is Article #9 “The right to show off their geekiness.” The first Star Wars movie opened today in 1977. Additionally, Douglas Adams fans celebrate “Towel Day” based on Adam’s assertion that if interstellar hitchhikers have a towel, they are prepared for anything. When Mr. Adams died, his fans chose this year to carry towels all day in his memory. There’s also a sector of Terry Pratchett fans who celebrate the Discworld revolution of the Glorious 25th of May in ways that involve lilacs, hard boiled eggs and revisionist history. And somehow Pac-Man got thrown into the mix when the first celebration in Spain involved a human Pac-Man game.
It’s all very complicated.
Point being: Geeks come out to play today (and perhaps only today) so I played with them because I’ll be a geek for hire where a holiday is concerned.
I started with the geek flag since there are lots of references to “letting it fly.” Still being in the literal frame of mind from yesterday and figuring Bethany’s house should be branded today, I made her a geek flag. You’re welcome, Sis!
Note the subject appropriate fabric:
And the use of the background towel and the robot hand so I could include almost every sector of geekdom:
The word you are looking for is “geektastic” or… disturbing. Whichever works.
Being on a roll, and having a cupcake agenda because I’ve got a party in June that needs cupcakes, I tested Ina Garten’s Coconut cupcake recipe. I made them exactly as written here and they’re fluffy and melty and delectable. As to the comment flame war about butter, I’m claiming Geek responsibility #3 “If there’s a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion” to say “Follow the recipe. Butter is good. Refer to Article #8.”
What to do with all these cupcakes? Make a Pac-Man game, of course!
It was difficult to arrange and photograph; but do or do not; there is no try. To do this well I would have needed more small ones, a larger board, more time and less of a life. Being only a geek du jour, I worked with what I had. The kids will decimate them tomorrow.
I hoped I could play actual Pac-Man but the Coconut Grove had gotten rid of their old arcade games. Boooo! So I didn’t practice my Wargame skillz of world domination but I did do karaoke. And by “doing” karaoke I mean I went, I supported, I applauded and I picked songs for other people. I was the karaoke pit crew. The venue was flush with the old and the tone deaf so I’m calling it a geek evening well spent.
And now you’ll excuse me, I have to shut down the garbage compactor on the detention level.
So long… thanks for all the fish