The Girl Geek











{April 13, 2008}   Good things…

My boyfriend, Adam, is amazing.

He’s cute, sweet, and smart.
He’s also a geek like me.
Score!



{February 29, 2008}   I finally gave in…

I bought a 360 today along with Dead Rising, Halo 3, and Tony Hawk. I’ve never had an Xbox before, so I guess I’m gonna have to go around and buy some old games for cheap. Anyways, I decided to finally buy one because I’ve been playing Halo against my coworkers when I go over my friend’s house.

So far, so good. I haven’t got a RROD. (hah!)

I love how your friends’ status comes up when they sign on and stuff. It’s the little things like that that made me want to get this.

More on this later… I have zombies to kill…



{January 25, 2008}   So I’m a little bad…

I’ve been putting off writing in here for quite some time. School + Work = Tired Geek. There’s a lot of things (good and bad) that have been going on around the world. I plan on writing on that stuff pretty soon (even if it’s late). So here, it goes:



{December 13, 2007}   Working is Fun!

So I must preface this post with the fact that it’s mostly for my coworkers. I started drawing these little bitch, bitch, bitchstick figure comic guys alongside my fellow concessionist when we worked together at a movie theatre. We used to draw forms of our coworkers, our customers, and anything else that popped into our heads. (She really loved giraffes and their nubs). The other day, I caught myself at my new job standing next to my one coworker who looked like she wanted to *headdesk* due to a customer she had to call who decided to complain about everything. I drew her a rendition of this to cheer her up:

And, yes, all he did was bitch. He was one of the most rude customers we’ve had to deal with multiple times. And by “we,” I mean the whole department.

But tonight, I was talking to one of my other coworkers online, and he sent me some comics from xkcd.com. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a stick figure geek that does geeky things. I described to him what I used to do at the movie theatre, so we were both inspired to make a comic strip each. So, here’s mine:

The Tale of the Girl Geek

Yes, my coworker has most of his upper body in the CPU in the last frame. It’s only making fun of the first person the girl geek talks to, and the other people are an exaggerated form of three of my coworkers. Some of these things happen on a regular basis. Especially the grumbling, bitching customers. That will never stop. And I love my coworkers for the most part, so be on the lookout for more of these comics from either me or my coworkers in the near future.

**Edit: My coworker just informed me that the line about my questions never being quick was in Dilbert sometime in the past few weeks. My other coworker seriously said that to me, so nyah.



{December 10, 2007}   Word of the Year: Intuitive

I was watching one of those “I’m a Mac” commercials recently, and I heard Mister Mac himself say the word “intuitive.” When the Wii came out last year, IGN.com’s Matt Casamassina described the controls in the E3 video review of Super Mario Galaxy as “intuitive.”

It seems that this past year (and a half), if a company wanted to produce a hit product, they would have to make it “intuitive.” Intuition, the core of intuitive, means: direct or immediate insight. But, in all honesty, how intuitive are the things people have been calling “intuitive?” Let’s start with the Nintendo Wii.

The Wii can honestly be called the more intuitive product out of the two due to its controls. How many people know how to work a remote? Almost all. Although punching buttons on a remote has not been a part of human intuition from the start of our existence, it has become a part of the collective knowledge of the 20th century and beyond. (Think phones, stoves, toilets.. anything technological that you knew how to use even as a child that a cave man wouldn’t…) A Wii controller is an aesthetically pleasing television remote with a D-pad. Nothing more than that. When it comes to the games, some are definitely intuitive. Wii Sports is a collection of said intuitiveness. You may have to press a button or two, but you really throw the bowling ball and baseball, swing the bat and tennis racket, and punch your brother in the face.

However, an Apple computer, is not intuitive. If someone who had never seen a Mac before came up to it, and tried to play with it, they’d end up hurting either themselves or the computer (have you seen Zoolander?). Yes, it may be easier to take a picture with it’s built in camera, but to be truly intuitive, there’d have to be a camera peripheral that points and shoots like a real camera. Or, if you consider what Mac actually says during the commercial, “simple and intuitive, that works the way they do,” you’d have to have a crapping baby doll that will sync your favorite music to your iPod. Or iPoop. It doesn’t make a difference.

I don’t hate Mac. In fact, my first computers at school were Macs until I hit 5th grade. Apparently after that, crappy Dells were cheaper to come by than the cool looking Macs. In 11th grade, however, I had to relearn Mac OS because that’s what we wrote our high school newspaper on. All the problems stemmed from having to use Adobe Pagemaker on Macs, while using MS Word to type up our stories. I’ve never got the Beach Ball of Death so much in my life. (More than the BSOD on the Dells, so go figure). Macs just aren’t as intuitive as they want to be, and with so many people used to the Windows format, the Mac OS will not catch on.

But, regardless of my opinion on the intuitiveness of different things (and why I still have Windows XP on my computer), the real question is: why does everything now have to be “intuitive?” Are people’s IQ’s going down the drain so fast that they can’t comprehend tasks that require reading, practice, or trial and error? Actually, don’t answer that, it’s true. Intuitiveness = made for the impatient/lazy/stupid people of this world.



{August 29, 2007}   The first post.

Welcome to the Girl Geek, the home of everything geeky. I’m going to mix geek-news of many different kinds and articles I have written. If you’d like to be an article writer for the Girl Geek, let me know and I’ll make it happen. Otherwise, enjoy!



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