Straight Outta Gotham: Geek Culture + Hip Hop Culture

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There’s a unique bond that hip hop culture and geek culture share. If you’re a fan of both, you may have noticed their similar themes like alter egos, counter-culture and escapism. I’m one of the many that exist in that Venn diagram overlap where geek meets rap. A few weeks ago, I finally decided to mashup my love for these two sub-cultures with the tumblr, Straight Outta Gotham, where I feature rap lyrics that make geek references. The title of my blog came from N.W.A’s infamous Straight Outta Compton album. The G’ed up Batman mascot is made by the talented Steve Seeley.

SoG‘s origin story began when I had one of those Oprah “ah ha” moments while listening to “Knuck if you Buck” by Crime Mob. “Knuck if you Buck” is one of my favorite southern rap songs. There’s just something about it that always gives me life. So one day, I was cleaning my room, rappin’ and dancin’ along to the song and then M.I.G.’s verse came on, “Jumpin’ off from on the stage/ throwin’ bows like Johnny Cage”. In that moment, Straight Outta Gotham was born. Now, I’ve heard this song countless times and that Mortal Kombat line always made the gamer in me smile. I knew I wasn’t the only one who loved hearing geeky references in rap songs so I stopped cleaning up (because I didn’t feel like it anyway) and started brainstorming how I could make it a thing. A few hours later, it was an official thing with “Knuck if you Buck” being my first post.

SoG includes everything and anything that falls within the geek realm. I knew rap had geek references, but I didn’t realize just how much. There are a few rappers that I can always count on to show their fanboyness in a song. Pretty much all of Odd Future are geeks, which shouldn’t be a surprise. Lupe Fiasco is practically an otaku if his newest project “Testuo & Youth” wasn’t a big enough clue. Eminem used to collect comics when he was younger and Childish Gambino is the epitome of a blerd. Wu-Tang Clan is practically a given and the rapper Danny Brown seems to like a little bit of everything. Then of course there are random rappers here and there that have a little geek in them… But let’s be honest, don’t we all?

It’s so much fun finding geeky references for Straight Outta Gotham. I also take submissions, so if you heard something nerdy, send it my way!

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What I See Project

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The What I See Project is a global online platform that recognizes and amplifies women’s voices. Through each person’s unique and honest answer to the universal question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”, women from all over the world, myself included, can be empowered by relating to each other’s words.

1017021_615508328488832_1172572704_nWhen I was asked to be apart of the What I See Project, I was honored. I had no idea how I planned to answer the question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” Especially on film. But once I hit record, everything else just flowed out and came naturally. We are complex beings, so when we look in the mirror, we see all of those complexities as well. We see our insecurities, our goals, our accomplishments, our failures. For me, in that particular moment, I was taken back to when I was young and my parents would tell me I always had to work twice as hard for anything because I am a woman of color. I’ve carried that with me throughout life and it’s shaped how I navigate through the world. Even the geek world. I feel a sense of responsibility as a geek girl of color to voice any misrepresentation and underrepresentation I see in the geek sub-culture. You never know the impact one conversation, tweet or blog post can have.

I encourage you to submit your own What I See video. Since February, there’s been over 500 contributions from eleven different  countries. The project aims to provide a safe environment where women can share their struggles, achievements and inner thoughts, and express themselves freely through a website that appreciates them for who they really are.
http://www.whatiseeproject.com

Next up in the What I See Project is the very beautiful and stylish, Callie Thorpe, at fromthecornersofthecurve.com!

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What I See Project Campaign Trailer from whatiseeproject on Vimeo.

Deniath- The Flash Sale Site by Geeks for Geeks Relaunch

You’ve probably heard about them and maybe you’re even apart of them. You know, those deals-of-the-day invite-only sites with discounts so crazy you swear it must be illegal but you don’t dare ask. There are dozens of them, most notably Gilt and Rue La La focusing on fashion. But guess what geeks, we have one now too! And it’s name is Deniath.

Deniath is a members-only flash sale site for pop culture, geek collectibles and merchandise. The deals are actually for 72 hours (even better than 24) and up to 70% off! After a brief hiatus Deniath has relaunched with new brand partnerships, revamped blog and a sweepstakes with Newsarama.

I am personally excited about Deniath. As you well know, when us geeks love, we love hard. And we want to own, rep, display and wear those obsessions we love so dearly but all of that fandom can really start to add up. And this is when Deniath swoops in and saves the day (aka our wallets) like a good superhero should. Because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a sale?

I was able to interview the CEO and Co-founder of Deniath, Wade Sugiyama, check out the interview below.

Special Deniath Offer for Girl Gone Geek Blog Readers!

You can receive a free invite code from Deniath for a limited time. All you have to do is email community@deniath.com before Wednesday, November 23rd at 12am EST and type “Girl Geek Blog” in the subject line. Enjoy!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Deniath’s CEO and Co-founder Wade Sugiyama:

Girl Gone Geek: What is Deniath’s origin story?
Wade Sugiyama: Prior to Deniath, I worked at WizKids Games, where I had the privilege to work on some amazing games like HeroClix, Pirates of the Cursed Seas, and Star Wars PocketModel TCG. While there, I often worked as an exhibitor at many different consumer conventions like San Diego Comic Con, where I would usually find some new thing to “geek out” on. But, outside of the conventions, it seemed difficult for customers to constantly find new products and services that interested them. In addition, finding something new and cool at a convention was often overwhelming, not to mention an expensive endeavor for a regular consumer.

Then, my partners and I stumbled across private-sale e-commerce and its rapid success in the fashion industry. The model regularly provided customers with brand-specific deals at an entry-level price, making it easier for customers to try different products and learn about new companies that might interest them.  We believed that, given the right geek adjustments, we could build a tailored experience that generated the same excitement, while effectively introducing customers to new geek obsessions.

GGG: Where did the name Deniath come from?

WS: What I can tell you is that it is a made-up word.  The true meaning behind the name is something that we will be revealing to our members over time. It’s derivation has everything to do with our future plans for the site and what we believe we can build.

We wanted to pick a name that we could ultimately define for ourselves and that wouldn’t explicitly pigeon-hole us into any particular type of site.

As a result, we’ve gotten some pretty interesting guesses regarding its meaning and I’m actually intrigued by others’ interpretations of the name.

What does it make you think of?

GGG: It makes me think of a Greek goddess or a fancy Shakespearean way to say deny, which I’m going to guess isn’t what you were going for. So why the brief hiatus?

WS: Like any business, we really had no idea how the market would react to Deniath when we first launched.

We had an extremely small team with minimal funding and activity started to pick up rapidly; which was wonderful, but honestly we struggled to expand as fast as the business was growing. So, we took some time off to get all our ducks in a row, build bigger and better partnerships, revamp and improve the site, hire an awesome team, and prepare for the true potential of this company.

If you weren’t a member before, I think you’ll find it pretty cool; if you were, you only got a small taste of what we will become.

GGG: Some people may want to know why a membership for the site is necessary?

WS: For many of us, the value of getting a deal or being a part of something is heightened by a sense of exclusivity. We want the Deniath experience to be just for geeks, and we want our members to feel like they are a part of something special. Our members-only experience also enables us and our partners to be more creative and exclusive with our offerings.

That being said, our goal is never to exclude anyone.  If you have a friend who is already a member, they can invite you, or you can sign up for the wait list on the site itself and your request should be processed in a few business days.

GGG: Besides catering to geeks, what makes Deniath different from the other deal of the day sites?

WS: Our goal is to become a much more comprehensive and in-depth geek experience rather than just a deal of the day site.  Some of the beginning elements of that include our newly revamped blog, brand specific deals, and our belief in excellent customer service. Upcoming additions to the experience will include a mobile app, Deniath coupon deals, and Deniath Member Services.  We want our members to feel like they are a part of something and that they are listened to and cared for.  We’ve spent an enormous amount of time on the relaunch and we look forward to both our older members enjoying the changes and captivating an entire new audience as our community grows!

GGG: What do you see for the future of Deniath?
WS: We envision Deniath evolving into the ultimate geek experience! Our deals are simply the first step to making that a reality. Over time, we will build the ultimate geek experience, piece by piece, collectively with our members. For now, that’s all we can really say about what we will become. There are a lot of different projects and initiatives in the works, and as we are able to announce them we most definitely will!

Check out:

Deniath.com

Deniath Blog

Twitter @_Deniath

Deniath x Newsarama Sweepstakes

I’m all Sw’geeky Clean Again!

So like many other wordpress users my blog was recently hacked by this terrible terrible timthumbs.php. After I dyed the white Rouge-like streak that developed in my hair from my stress, and I tried my very best to fix it by diving headfirst in forums and getting to the bottom of it. So I followed all the steps I found and was pretty sure I cleaned up my precious. But not sure enough (don’t judge I never said I was a tech geek!)… 

Just in case I didn’t get all the baddies out my site I was willing to go to the extremes to not only clean up my site but hopefully not lose my beloved newb and vet readers. I was well on my way to completely deleting my blog and wordpress and uploading it all over again bit-by-bit which almost gave me an aneurism just thinking about it and how I would probably screw it up. But instead I signed up with Sucuri Security and they will keep my site geeky clean and annihilate all the baddies (this is not an ad for them, they and a friend just saved the day and my mind and deserve a shout out). Also Tony Zeoli of has been beyond helpful!

I adore my readers and fans from the bottom of my 8-bit heart and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or frightening thoughts or this may have caused anyone.

If in the very unfortunate event you get a warning from my site, please contact me asap at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmai.com thanks!

 

28 Geeks Later- A Short Zombie Film

“I just don’t think we should run, it’s not what I grew up with.”, said one zombie to another. These nerd zombies bitch and groan about how inauthentic they are because they can think, and talk and run. Which is exactly what you’d imagine a bunch of infected undead nerds doing during the inevitable apocalypse. This funny short zombie film was written by 
Tyler James Nicol

 and stars Duchess Jenean L. Skappak, JJ Webb and Tyler James Nicol.

From their Youtube: Continue reading →

Misery Bear Goes to Work

Misery Bear is a web series by BBC Comedy about a melancholic teddy bear and his depressing life. The episode below, Misery Bear Goes to Work, is about Misery Bear and his mundane 9-5 life, much like the humdrum life of many people. Misery Bear had an especially rough especially Christmas which you can see here. Misery Bear somehow manages to be really funny and really sad at the same time. How? Just watch for yourself.

Check out BBC Comedy for more videos of Misery Bear’s gloomy existence.

[Source: Geekosystem]

Sunday Funnies- Blame it on Computer

“Happens to me all the time.” *In Flo from Progressive voice*

[via Toothpaste for Dinner]