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The Kindness of Others: A Cautionary Tale

I am absolutely amazed at the friendships that start and flourish on the internet. The people that I talk with on a daily basis I feel an incredible closeness to.

I am floored by the generosity of those that I have met online. I have seen someone post “I hate to do this, but can someone lend me $30 so I can get enough gas to get to work this week. I will totally hit you back” and will see a list of people ready and willing to pay it forward. It is amazing the amount of generous people looking to help people in need.

However, there are some times when you are not necessarily sure where your gift is going. What happens if someone says “I need $320 for a new part for my car” but is using it for something else. Did they lie? Was “part for my car” their way of getting money to pay off their bar tab? Are you being conned?

With internet anonymity, you can’t always trust the old adage “what you see is what you get”. The person that you have gotten to know and have invested time and honesty into might be a completely different person playing a role.

So how do you decipher what is true and what is false?

It pains me to admit, but I don’t know. I have racked my brain for quite some time with this predicament. There are people on Twitter begging for a RT from someone famous linking to a “charity”, but how do we know if the link is genuine?

Sadly there are people that will take advantage of the kindness of others. It is inevitable. Once you feel that you have been duped, how can you be sure that anything you want to do in the future is on the up and up?

I know this is a completely depressing post, but I just don’t know. I have no idea what advice I can give to those who have been burned. It’s happened to me in the past and has definitely affected my desire to donate to certain things. Money complicates everything. Loaning a friend some money then watching them spend frivolously without paying you back is one of the worst things to go through.

The only shining light in loaning/donating via the internet is that you can keep record of what you have given and if something doesn’t add up, you have proof of fraud. If you are extending a helping hand to someone, I suggest including someone else in the correspondence so that it is not the case of my word versus their word.

Please be vigilant. Some things to keep mind of.

1. If someone doesn’t publicly thank you for giving them something, they might be getting things from other people. Sometimes even though people are getting things from you, they might be getting money or gifts from others. They don’t publicly acknowledge because they don’t want the well to run dry. If they send you a thank you privately, save that in a special folder marked “Just in Case”.

2. Be wary of shifting stories. If someone is telling you about their life and it seems different from what you remember, make note of it. Jot a quick email to yourself or something (perhaps in a folder marked “Just in Case”). That way if the story changes again you can recognize that you are being fed a partial truth if not a complete fabrication.

3. If someone is still paying for entertainment (cable / internet / smart phone / Netflix / GameFly / World of Warcraft), they obviously have money to pay for those things.

I posted this to my site, but I think that this is something that everyone should keep an eye on. #paranoia #hashtaggingoutsideoftwitter

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I’m Still Here: Desktop Withdrawl

Yes, I have been quiet recently on both this site and my site. Sadly, I got the dreaded blue screen of death. I did actually try to stream the Joaquin Phoenix *cough*bio pic*cough* before my computer crashed so maybe Casey Affleck should get me a new computer. My phone also died. The Blackberry rollerball decided to liberate itself from it’s flimsy prison. I believe it might have been eaten by my imaginary friend.

For me, this month has been “Digital Disaster December”. Angst! Sadness! Woe! Woe Blackberry (Blam-a-lam)! But as of Saturday, my cell phone sobfest reached a thrilling climax. From the ashes of my Blackberry rose a phoenix from the ashes. iPhone 4. It is a holiday present to myself (which means no one else is getting a present this year… suckers).

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I felt like I was in recovery. I had limited internet access so I couldn’t log in to any of my favorite sites. I couldn’t listen to my Podcasts. And my iPod wiped itself when I plugged it in to my computer. I guess I should have known my desktop was crapping out.

Without electronics I have been shaking like a chihuahua in Connecticut. I wanted to check everything to see what people were posting. What was happening to all of my friends? It is amazing how addictive the internet has become for me. Luckily, my mother and I had planned to bake a metric buttload of cookies and peanut butter truffles so at least I had something keeping me busy. We made Christmas dinosaurs. I named mine Rex Harrison (The stegosaurus, obviously. The T-Rex is Jimmy Stewart.)

Question: What do you get irritated about when you can’t use it? Does the fail whale make you want to punch a baby?

NERDS IN BABELAND AND CRANIALSPASM DO NOT CONDONE THE PUNCHING OF BABIES.

I felt it necessary to pop on here and let you guys know that I’m still here, just think of me as the girl in the cast on the volleyball team. I’ll be limited until desktop resurrection.

I heart you all and keep pushing @nerdsinbabeland to 1k followers!!
Oh, and if you want you can follow me @cranialspasm.

Since I’ve been ranting about myself, I figure I should drop some nerd knowledge trivia on you all.

Did you know that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” actually starts on December 25th? It ends on January 5th, also known as “Twelfth Night”. William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” is believed to have been written to end the Christmas season with a laugh. I JUST MADE YOU LEARN SOMETHING! BWAHAHAHA!

(For you Angel fans, a little more trivia! Illyria is the name of the setting of Twelfth Night and is believed to be an ancient region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.)

You’re welcome internets. I miss you terribly.

Our Amazing Followers

This is a shout out to you.

Yes. You!

We started this blog just a few short months ago. It was dreamed up by Stephanie (shinyswoots) as a way for the nerdy chicks of the Node community to share our interests and geek out about nerdy things. If you’re suddenly finding yourself questioning what a Node is, “The Node is the official Nerdist community. It is a collaboration network for creators to nerdsource (crowdsourcing with nerds) and exchange ideas,” created by Chris Hardwick, and fueled by some hard-working folks that love getting nerds together to do productive things. Ever wonder about that “n” gear shape in our logo? Totally his.

Since then, we’ve seen a tremendous growth in our readers both in numbers, and also in diversity. We’ve opened up pathways for communication with interesting and challenging folks, groups, organizations, and companies, which only allows us to do more and more. Because of this, we’ve been able to keep this going, plan exciting events for the future, and even lay down some groundwork to get you guys some really cool stuff coming up. This is all thanks to you. Basically, what I’m trying to say here is… we love you.

One area we’ve seen quite a bit of growth in is twitter. As simple as that is, our twitter account (@nerdsinbabeland) is currently up to 830 followers, and going strong. We post fun links, information, and general tidbits throughout the day, and are able to easily communicate with our fellow geeks through this medium.  We want to keep this going, and we want to show our appreciation for your help in this. Here’s the deal.  Like fun, silly things? Awesome. So do we. Recommend us to your followers to gain us more followers on the twitter. Our 1000th follower will get a sketch from me, personally (@jackietherobot), as well as whomever referred them.  I can’t promise this will be a good sketch, but I can promise it will be ridiculous. Probably random, too. In addition to that, we will also ship you and lucky # 1000 a couple of NiB buttons with our nerd-girl logo (which I drew, by the way).

Commence the scuffle, and know that we ♥ you either way.

P.S. – The Node is a closed Beta community site, and is invite-only. If you ever want an invite to the Node, just email us at info@nerdsinbabeland.com, and we’ll be happy to send you one!

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@Molly23 and @Nerdist look different today. Hmm, more mature in a way…

Yes, today is the birthday of both Molly Lewis and Chris Hardwick! But they’re not alone!

According to “Brainy History”, they share this day with:

1992 Miley Ray Cyrus, pop-rock singer, actress, 100 Most Influential People in the World list, Time magazine, 2008, star of Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’, debut album, ‘Meet Miley Cyrus’ had first top ten single, ‘See You Again’
1970 Oded Fehr, born in Tel Aviv, Israel, actor, television, appeared in NBC series, UC: Undercover, films include, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Mummy Returns’
1948 Bruce Vilanch, born in New York City, New York, comedy writer, appeared regularly with Whoopi Goldberg on Hollywood Squares, appeared in Bosom Buddies, Law & Order, wrote for show Billy Crystal, Academy Awards host
1888 Harpo Marx, Adolph, New York City, actor/comedian, Marx brothers
1887 Boris Karloff, William H Pratt, Dulwich England, actor, Frankenstein
1887 Paul Malengreau, composer
1859 Billy the Kid, William H Bonney, New York City, criminal

Plus a lot more… You can find that info on their site.*

I know all the Nerds in Babeland wish you two the very best of birthdays! May today be filled with everything you want and nothing you don’t! I got a bit verbose in wishing them the best so I did two posts explaining how I was introduced to these two spectaculous** people and why you should be as enamored with them!

For Molly: Today is Molly’s 21st birthday. I am probably not the only person letting out a sigh and muttering “FINALLY!” Molly is an extremely talented musician who had some pretty rough experiences this year when asked to join in on the w00tstock fun (among other appearances). Even though she was a performer, she was not able to chill inside the venue when w00tstock held hands with SDCC the weekend of July 23-25, 2010. So, being the adventurous (and most likely bored) girl that she is… NINJA GIG outside! She took requests and hung out with people until she was able to go in to perform, then I believe she returned and chilled some more. I didn’t get to go. I was stuck on the East Coast. If anyone has vid of the NINJA GIG I would love to see it! (I keep going at this point. Too much for this double birthday post.)

For Chris: Besides his time as “Hard” (of Hard’N’Phirm), Chris also has his hands in many other pots. So many, I’m thinking he’s part octopus. An octopus with pots of something. Chris writes for Wired, hops into reviews for G4′s AOTS most recently sporting an admirable lipwarmer (That’s a mustache, ya’ll), hosts Web Soup on the G4, rocks the stand-up stage, tweets like a maniac, live-actions (Yep. I just made that a verb.) in some stuff and lets Rob Zombie kill him, does a lot of voiceworks, hosts his own podcast, blogs for his own website, and co-birthed a nerdsourcing website that he provides bandwidth for. (Once again.. I keep going.)

So Happy Birthday Chris and Molly! If I knew how to make this, I would send each one of you a shark car. Because… Well… It’s awesome.

* By the way Jules… I’m so happy you introduced us to this Curate thing. It’s wicked friggin shiny. I’m going to abuse the heck out of it.
** I use made up words. But… If you watch BSG, you should be used to that already.

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How Beat is This?

Having gone to for my Writing and Poetics MFA, I know a little something about the Beats and those that continue to be influenced by them. When I saw this amazing Twitter event on Boing-Boing, I knew that Mr. Ginsberg would have approved.

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Why I Dig Paul and Storm


During a completely tedious and infuriating day at work, my entertainment comes from checking on my Twitter account during breaks.

How stoked was I to see that Storm of the comedy music duo Paul and Storm was engaging their Twitter followers in a short interactive that was reminiscent of Zork. It kept me laughing the entire day and I figured I would share the game with you before it’s lost in the annals of Twitter.


[S] You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door and a sign that says “Retweet”.

.@just_mike >take sign / The sign is affixed to the house by very large bolts, and can not be moved.
.@zxo >inv / You have: one portable computer device, a sequined glove, and a parrot.
.@jawboneradio >use portable computer device / You take the device in hand. Its display reads: http://bit.ly/czZzn1
.@tanuki_green > Put on glove / You are now wearing the sequined glove. You hear music.
.@Spam286 >Moonwalk west. / You moonwalk west. You are standing in a field. There is a sequined computer terminal and a cannon
.@smokehalo >say “hello parrot” / The parrot says “hello parrot”



To read the rest of the post (and it’s a long one), visit my site

NSFW: Cranialspasm chats with Clay Robeson (Hey! It’s a pre-podcast podcast!)

I’m too exhausted to figure out how to add a podcast to my actual website, so I found a place to host it for free. Sorry about the ad at the beginning.
I had the opportunity to interview Clay Robeson, the dynamite mind behind “Frak You”. We talked puppets, nerding out, plugging the Node “in non dirty way” and odd Google searches. Probably NSFW. Actually, most likely NSFW.
I also soapbox. What can I say? Interviews = opinions. My opinions may not coincide with all of the other NiB (That’s short-hand for nerds in babeland.)
Here’s a teaser picture that you will get about 40 minutes in. You’re welcome.

If you are opposed to me getting tipsy and talking to Clay, this is not the interview for you. If you want to giggle and hear about upcoming awesomeness… LISTEN!

Here are the links!

Twitter: @StanleySpeaks
Twitter : @George2020

Support GeekGirlCon!

GeekGirlCon will be holding random silent auctions via Twitter. All items being auctioned off are donated by vendors/merchants, geeky crafters, GeekGirlCon organizers and anyone else who wants to make sure this event happens. Feel free to donate something awesome if you want. All winning bids will go straight into making GeekGirlCon be as great as we can make it. No bids are ever too small!

Star Wars Hotel


So today on Twitter I played a fun game with a fellow geek @GEEKLEETIST. We decided that there needed to be a Star Wars Hotel and we came up with a list of names for rooms, etc that would be in this hotel. We had some help from other lovely fellow geeks/nerds as well 🙂

-Meesa Gonna Fry as a fondue shoppe! (@egspoony)
-Java Hutt (coffee and pastries. LOTS of pastries) (@egspoony)
-Bar Bar Jinks (@egspoony)
-Cantina Bar and Lounge – exotically colored drinks (Pangalactic GargleBlaster anyone?) with foam and dry ice. (@theroseinbloom)
-Yoda’s Yoga Lounge & The Sarlaac Steakhouse (@1JoshuaStone)
-Jabba’s Joint featuring The Max Rebo Band (@1JoshuaStone)
-AT-AT room @ rear exterior of the #StarWarsHotel costs few extra Republic credits but worth it. Includes HBO and Skinimax! (@GEEKLEETIST)
-Princess Leia hair salon and hot bun shop (@ladyshark66)
-Mon Calamari is exclusively on the bar menu. (@dreidelhustler)
-Knobs labeled “The Force” in order to make the jacuzzi work…they go to 11! (@nerdsinbabeland & @GEEKLEETIST)
-Wampa Cave room (@GEEKLEETIST)
-the honeymoon suite is called the Kessel Run (@aboynamedart)
-Star Wars Hotel should constantly have a broken hyperdrive. (@meek_the_geek)
-Wookie Nookie room, like a tree house but hairier with crossbows! (@GEEKLEETIST)
-Dagobah Steam room (in the gym area), Cloud City Room (penthouse suite) (@nerdsinbabeland)
-We’re gonna need a room with the Millennium Falcon bed
-Jawa Gift Shoppe complete with snow globes and baby onesies that say “This is what happened when mommy says “Be my father” (@GEEKLEETIST)

Please add your suggestions in the comments section!

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