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Poi Geekery

When you hear the words ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’, often the image of the socially awkward, glasses taped in the middle, brainiac comes to mind. Maybe you think of math lovers, D&D gamers, Trekkies, or technophiles, But really, that’s just the gateway stereotype to a whole huge spectrum of people out there. My current favorite ‘definition’ of nerds or geeks comes from our Nerdist inspirational dude Chris Hardwick who says we geeks and nerds are ‘people who are unabashedly obsessive and creative.’ Amen and yea verily. I love this for one big reason: it’s so inclusive.

Geekdom ain’t what it used to be. The terms geek and nerd used to be bad things. Being called a geek was a slam and something you avoided. These days it’s a kind of badge of honor. Like anything that goes mainstream the terms are often misused, but we are talking about inclusiveness here so we’ll ignore that aspect for the time being. Seems being a geek is the new black. It’s everywhere. And lo, this is a goodness. But it can feel like a game of who is the bigger nerd at times. Ironically, the ubiquitousness of geekdom can leave one feeling EXcluded.

I’m a geek from waaaaay back. I saw Star Wars in a theater seven times in ’77 and stood in line with Darth Vaders and Boba Fetts playing with Master Replica sabers before seeing ‘Revenge of the Sith’ a couple of decades later. I wear glasses and have a Mario mushroom candy tin on my desktop case. But even I sometimes don’t feel I have enough anti-cool cred to be one of the cool geeks. I don’t have an iphone and I couldn’t care less about Playstations or Wii’s.

There are lots of things I am unabashedly obsessive about. Things that on the surface might not seem to fit in to the geek jello mold. Cue Hardwick’s defintion. Huzzah! I can once again lay claim to the label ‘geek’ just by virtue of the thing I am happily allowing to eat my life right now: Poi.

Allow me to share with you my current pron: Costa Rica Flow

Know how long it takes to be that good? The Gladwell formula of 10,000 hours comes to mind. If that isn’t obsessive and creative I dunno what is. Even so, it still feels a little ‘non-geekish’ until you see these:

The Geometry of Poi


When Circles Dream (Remix)


Many people aren’t familiar with poi, a dance that, at its bare essentials, involves creating patterns in space by swinging a ball on a rope in each hand (replace the balls with Kevlar, add kerosene and you have fire poi). Much of it is surprisingly scientific, incorporating concepts like centrifugal force.

Aha!  Geometry! Centrifugal Force! You Tube! So it IS geeky! Not that I needed proof, but validation never hurts. But, if you’re still not convinced I’d challenge anyone to not see the connection in The Duel of the Fates choreography and this.

The world just got a whole lot smaller and expanded all at the same time. I love it when that happens.


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Fringe: Amber

I do love on demand TV, but sadly where I am I cant demand it until at least 24 hours after what I want to demand has aired. Since I have my super awesome poi classes for the next few weeks on Thursday nights, that means I need to find an alternate (walternate? ha!) way of seeing it post haste so I can be one of the cool Fringe nerds and write about it asap once it airs. Or have Fox just send me the whole darn season now which would solve the problem nicely, but they don’t seem to think so, weirdos. Luckily I have a friend who has DVR but she seems to frown on me coming over at 3am to watch my beloved eps.. I need better friends, sheesh.

So I am doing a non-review review today. Whilst looking around at what happened to our girl last night, I came across this most awesome of recaps. Why re-invent the wheel eh? This gives a great rundown of the whats and whys but not the clever quips so I still have something to look forward to when I watch it later today, awesome! The original review can be found here, written by Ryan McGee.

A lot has happened since “Fringe” aired its last episode. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, and the television landscape now has 50% less J.J. Abrams influence thanks to the cancellation of “Undercovers.” But Over There, much less time has passed for our Olivia. Only a few days have transpired from her perspective. But those have been sleepless days, haunted by a subconscious that looks an awful lot like Peter Bishop.

The duality of her existence has plagued Olivia in her short time on the other side, and that duality was reflected in this week’s case. “Amber 31422” refers to the unfortunately ubiquitous substance created by Walternate in order to contain molecular degradation that started when Walter Bishop first crossed over to aid an ailing Peter. But the amber, while effectively maintaining the structural stability of the planet, has a nasty habit of encasing anyone within the quarantine zone. Over the course of a few decades, the body count inside these amber tombs has risen, dotting the landscape with petrified reminders of the world’s fragile state.

Until now, both the audience and the population Over There assumed such encasing meant death. But as the Walternate confessed to Other Broyles, they are merely placed into suspended animation, with both body and mind trapped at the moment of encapsulation. (If you were thinking about getting a taco when trapped in amber, you think about a taco for as long as you’re inside. Mmm. Tacos. Ooops. Sorry. Got distracted.) Years ago, bank robber Joshua Rose caused Fringe Division to quarantine six areas thanks to a self-made device that created small wormholes through which he could access vaults. But on the sixth attempt, his twin brother, Matthew, got caught in the amber while trying to stop his brother’s crime spree.

The initial twist surrounding the brothers’ true identities was fun, while the subsequent “who is who” grew old quickly. The confusion largely served not to confuse the audience but agitate Olivia, still wrestling with the (admittedly hunky) voice inside her head dispatching information she herself could not possibly know. It’s that voice that unlocks the Rose switcheroo, which helps give slightly more credence to Peter’s presence on this side.

On one level, it’s a semi-cheap plot to ensure that Joshua Jackson still is on TV during these forays into the other side. But on another, Peter does represent That Which Is Not There. He’s the physical embodiment (albeit disembodied) of that old “One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other” game played on “Sesame Street.” Everything on our side has a double over there. Except Peter. Therefore, he’s the perfect choice to be her Jiminy Cricket. (Although if he keeps delivering exposition on Olivia’s motivation, he’s going to turn into a walking, talking, supernatural “One to Grow On” quite quickly.)

That Walter developed the amber in the first place makes a great deal of sense. We’ve seen both version of Walter make breakthroughs that the other hasn’t; the only difference to their genius is the situations under which their inspiration must derive. The other difference? William Bell, a man who pushed each version’s genius to newer and, let’s be frank, more dangerous heights. Walternate didn’t develop Cortexiphan because the William Bell he met was already aware of the risks involved in such research, and therefore probably pushed him into areas of research as, let’s say, containment of areas of molecular degradation.

To read the rest of this most awesome review, go check out HitFix.

So for those playing along, its sexy red title land again! And back with our real Olivia and Walternate. And of course, the always cool episode glyph!

Until next time, kittens!


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Just when they pull you back in….

they leave you hanging!

from Fox:

On the Next Episode of FRINGE…

Airs: THU 9/8c NOV 4 (If there is not a World Series baseball game.)

The alternate universe Fringe Division investigates a shocking breach of security when a twin frees his brother from a quarantined Amber area. As the team sets out to crack this sophisticated case, Walternate experiments more with Olivia as she reenters the tank. Meanwhile, visions of Peter continue to haunt Olivia about returning to the “other side.”

All together now.. GRRRRRR! Now, let us pray for a short World Series! But looks like we will be back in the Walternate Universe, so yeay sexy red titles!

But I shan’t leave you with nothing! For your perusal until the episodes resume, have some glyphs!

Glyphs Code

Stay Intrigued, Kittens!


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Photo Geekery

This is amazing! Now I am totally regretting not taking all of the DVD players my friends have tried to give me over the years!I totally wish I could take credit for this, but it comes to you from me from our friends at DIY Photography

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens

1. Lensectomy Your old DVD Player

First thing is to get a lens for your camera phone. Make sure your old DVD player is not connected to power. Then take the screws off. This is a great way to void your warranty. It is also dangerous and you should really never do this.

Anyhow, if you went against my advice, you’ll find the lens under the place where the disk goes. Take it out.

2. Prepare A Lens Mount

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens

Ok, I’m only kidding on this one. You don’t really need a lens mount, you can use duct tape if you wanna go really ghetto or mount it on some cardboard.

If you opt for the cardboard option, just make a round hole in the cardboard.

3. Mount Your Lens

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens

Just use some duct tape (as indicated before) to mount your lens directly, use or blue Tack to hold the card mount.

4. Macro Away

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens

Super Macro Your Cellphone Camera With A DVD Lens

WOW. This is some powerful macro. Enjoy.

If you try this out, let us know how it worked for you!


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