May Nerdy Events

Hello Nerd Pilgrims! Monthly Nerdy Events are back! Here’s a list of the nerdiest and geekiest events around the world during the month of May! What counts as nerdy? Anything having to do with gaming, books, fantasy, science fiction, anime, and so much more. Nerdom is universal, so it doesn’t matter where it is, people should hear about it.

Going to any of these events? See a problem with the list or know something that should be added? Did you want to write or vlog about your experiences? Just drop me a message or email!

May:

For Carmen

When I moved my site over I had planned to have new content as much as possible. This month escape from me but there was a reason. My Aunt Carmen passed away this month and it hit me hard. Earlier this year I even lost my grandfather but it was my Aunt who I was really close to. After my mother, she is one of the most influential women in my life. She was a kind yet stubborn woman and she spoiled me rotten. Carmen was also a deaf-mute but remained the biggest gossip I have ever known. If there was one thing she loved though it was old movies. This post is dedicated to her and three of her top movies.

1. McLintock! (1963)

MclintockMcLintock! is a western-comedy staring John Wayne in a movie based loosely on The Taming of the Shrew. McLintock is a cattle baron who is looking forward to seeing his daughter return from college. To his surprise, his estranged wife shows up to get a divorce and claim custody of their daughter. Things are also heating up between the local Comanche tribe and some sleazy men trying to move them into another reservation.

2. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is one of those classic movies that doesn’t really need to be summarized. It is such a wonderful film so I’ll do my best. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont (Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen, respectively) and  are silent screen stars that must make the transition into talking films. Unfortunately, Lamont’s voice isn’t exactly movie-worthy. In fact, her voice is a piercing force of a nature. Lockwood ends up meeting and falling for a young aspiring actress, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Lockwood and his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) make a plan to dub over Lamont’s earsplitting voice with Selden’s.

3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Meet me in st. louisThe film follows the Smith family right before the 1904 World’s Fair.  While the family consist of 1 grandparent, 2 parents, 5 children, and a maid; the story mostly follows Esther and her attempt to catch the attention of the boy next door. The two youngest daughters, Agnes and Tootie, are little adorable hoodlums. Things get a little chaotic when the father, Alonzo, gets a job offer in New York. If they move, that means leaving everything they know and love behind including the World’s Fair. The music alone from Meet Me in St. Louis is outstanding. Most notably is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sung beautifully by Judy Garland.

There you have it, three of Carmen’s favorite classic movies.

Steffie Sunday #2

Steffie Sunday is dedicated to the art either commissioned or given to me. (At least until I run out) Feel free to contact me at nerdpilgrimage@gmail.com if you have something to send, ask, or just want to say hello!

Steffie and GossamerThis was actually one from when I ran a travel blog that followed the adventures of a stuffed toy Gossamer. I stopped doing that blog a little after Gossamer was stolen. What’s worse is that Toy Story 3 came right after he was lost. I never cried so much during a movie. I had Gossamer for over 10 years when he was taken.

Steffie Sunday #1

Steffie Sunday is dedicated to the art either commissioned or given to me. (At least until I run out) Feel free to contact me at nerdpilgrimage@gmail.com if you have something to send, ask, or just want to say hello!

queen steffie by luke mckayThis was drawn by Luke McKay. I’m showing this first because it’s this is the most accurate representation of my ego. For more of Luke’s work, visit his site LukeMcKay.Com!

 

SXSW Gaming Expo: Day 2 and 3

SXSW has come and gone and every second of it was exhausting. Driving through Austin was an insane adventure everyday especially at the Gaming Expo were that had real live Mario Cart. It was basically just a make-shift go cart rink behind the Palmer Event Center but it still fulfilled childhood dreams. I never got to try it though due to bad weather on Saturday and a tight schedule on Sunday.

marvel coulson panel sxsw Saturday was amazing despite the weather and massive amount of people crowding the convention hall. The only panel I caught was Marvel and I’m so happy that I had the chance to witness it.  The panelist included TQ Jefferson, Arune Singh, Axel Alonso, Kristin Vincent, and Ryan Penagos.  One of the things they discussed was they their Augmented Reality App will be receiving an update. Basically, you hold your phone over a comic any time you see an AR code. An exclusive behind video is suppose to show. For those who’ve tried it, it’s not the greatest thing the world and surprisingly difficult to get the image aligned to make ANYTHING play.  Also discussed was the Marvel API.  If you’re a developer or REALLY into coding, this may be your thing. You have 70 years worth of Marvel’s history to play with.  Things were already pretty enjoyable but it only got better with guest appearances via Skype of  Brian Bendis and Agent Phil Coulson  Clark Gregg! They talked about their, answered questions and everyone fangirled.  It was a good panel.

3D Printed OwlThe rest of Saturday and Sunday was dedicated to wandering aimlessly around hoping for free things and being mesmerized by all the 3D printing companies. If you have several hundred dollars burning a hole in your pocket you could even get a miniature version of yourself printed. It was actually a bit surprising how many companies dedicated to 3D printing were there. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before 3D printers are just as common as regular ones. They may even follow the same sale patterns of cheap printers but expensive “ink.”

It was a pretty good event that I enjoyed. A little more organized and a little more crowded than last year. I’m hoping next year to see more from NASA and maybe competing comic book companies stepping up their game. (*coughDCcough*) Regardless, I look forward to next year’s exhausting chaos that is the SXSW Gaming Expo.