GeekGirlCon welcomes Carrie and Katie “Star Wars Girl” Goldman to our convention
April 29, 2011-Seattle, WA- GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that Carrie and Katie Goldman will join our growing list of guests at GeekGirlCon. You may remember reading about Katie in November 2010 and her experiences being bullied at school by first-grade boys because she carried a Star Wars water bottle. The boys repeatedly picked on Katie in the lunch room, telling her Star Wars was for boys only. GeekGirlCon feels for these young boys, who do not yet know that Geek Girls exist and that we are everywhere. GeekGirlCon applauds Katie’s courage in declaring her love of Star Wars and believes that the force is strong with this one!
Carrie Goldman, who shared her daughter’s bullying experience on her blog A Portrait of an Adoption, is a painter and writer. Carrie is writing her first book, The Littlest Jedi, an exploration of bullying prevention that will be published by Harper Collins. At GeekGirlCon, Carrie and Katie will offer their insights and experience with bullies at a geeky parenting panel. GeekGirlCon programming is still taking shape, so please check geekgirlcon.com regularly for up-to-date information.
In 2010, Carrie was eager to show Katie that other girls are Star Wars fans too. GeekGirlCon will have more Star Wars Geek Girls that you can count. Not only will our attendees show their love of Star Wars, but our special guests too.
Bonnie Burton, writer at The Official Star Wars Blog and author of many Star Wars arts and crafts books, is a confirmed guest at GeekGirlCon. Bonnie has built a name for herself as a renowned authority on Star Wars and Geek Girl culture. Her first book Girls Against Girls is a look at how girls are often so cruel to one and other and, most importantly, offers suggestions on how to break the cycle of cruelty in their own lives.
GeekGirlCon is a celebration of the female geek in Seattle on October 8-9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Look for more information soon about other programming ans special guests. Stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter @geekgirlcon or liking our Facebook page: facebook.com/geekgirlcon.
MORE INFORAMTION ON GEEKGIRLCON:
GeekGirlCon is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture. The first ever GeekGirlCon will be October 8-9, 2011 at the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. See GeekGirlCon.com for more details and our list of special guests.
MORE INFORMATION ON CARRIE GOLDMAN:
Carrie Goldman is the author of Portrait of an Adoption, (http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/portrait_of_an_adoption/), a blog that has drawn over 450,000 views just since November 15, 2010 and receives several thousand unique views per day. The blog is hosted by ChicagoNow, an online community owned by The Chicago Tribune. Goldman writes about issues related to adoption and parenting. She founded her own company, Artwork By Carrie, and entered the art show and gallery circuit. Through her award-winning oil paintings, Goldman expresses her emotions about the beauty, sadness and joy unexpectedly found in life. Goldman lives in Evanston with her husband and three young daughters, of whom Katie is the oldest.
Bonnie Burton is geek culture writer extraordinaire. She has done too much to list in one paragraph. Visit www.grrl.com for a comprehensive list of Bonnie’s geek credentials.
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05.4.11 // Programming submission reminder!
Programming submission reminder!
Some highlights of our upcoming GeekGirlCon programming are up at GeekGirlCon.com. Do you want to see your name on that list, yet continue to procrastinate? No need to power up that TARDIS; there is still time. The submission deadline for GeekGirlCon presentations, panels, screenings and workshops is May 31, 2011.
The more information you can provide in your proposal, the better the chance of acceptance. Concise details, a clear vision for your panel, and acknowledgment and understanding of the GeekGirlCon’s mission are required. A thorough spell check is also always a good idea!
Accepted participants will be notified by email by July 1, 2011. You must then confirm your attendance at GeekGirlCon no later than July 31, 2011.
If you want to lend your own expertise to GeekGirlCon, consider some of the areas where we haven’t received a lot of submissions:
Anime & manga
Cosplay experts & professionals
Women in robotics
Diversity in genre
Fan-fic or author readings
Pop culture scholarship
Geek Girls in fandom
All proposals and submissions must reflect the mission of the convention – to promote, celebrate, educate, mentor, encourage and empower the female geek. We are interested in presentations, screenings, readings, and roundtable discussions from women and men in geeky professions: science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, gaming, science, anime, roller derby, cosplay, comic books, technology, B-movies, LARPing, and video games. There must be an understanding that these topics be addressed with a women-centric and woman-positive focus and with attention to issues of diversity.
GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statues. Proposals must reflect a commitment to this as well.
GeekGirlCon is happy to announce a special rate for accommodations is now available for GeekGirlCon October 8-9, 2011. Thanks to MarQueen Hotel and Inn at Queen Anne, you can receive reduced hotel rates just blocks from Seattle Center Northwest Rooms and con festivities.
04.21.11 // GeekGirlCon Rocks Earth Day
Reduce, reuse, and recycle–we’ve heard that line a million times. But the truth is that those books, games, comics, DVDs, CD’s, statues, and other geeky stuff leave a carbon footprint.
Since today is Earth Day, GeekGirlCon wants to save the earth and save some money doing it. GeekGirlCon is in Seattle, so the information below is Seattle-centric. GeekGirlCon encourages you to search out your city, county, or state’s particulars and post some of your own ideas.
GeekGirlCon says: Reduce Energy & Water Consumption
• Leave your car at home twice a week. It can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year.
• Unplug your computer, DVD player, and other electronics before going on vacation to save on your electrical bill.
• Replace one conventional light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb. If every home made that switch, it save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year.
• Seal and insulate your home. It may not have curb appeal, but placing plastic over windows in older homes saves you money on your heat bill (and it’s reusable for the next wintery season).
• Run your dishwasher only when it’s full and wash only full loads of laundry.
• Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day. That’s 240 gallons a month!
• Take a five-minute shower and reduce that 70 gallons to fill a tub to 20 gallons in the shower.
• Use a drip irrigation system in your garden; it uses between 20 to 50 percent less water than a conventional sprinkler systems.
• Think twice before watering your lawn. Seattle is rainy!
GeekGirlCon says: Reuse & Recycle
• Reuse shopping bags, plastic food containers, jars, and Ziploc bags.
• Recycle your (cleaned) cans, glass, vitamin bottles, plant pots, boxes, and food trays. Remember to chuck the caps.
• Bundle up bags for recycling or return them to your grocery store.
• Buy in bulk to cut down on packaging.
GeekGirlCon says: Repurpose Yard and Food Scraps
• Compost at home with a compost bin, green cone, or worm bin.
• Use your Food & Yard Waste container to send food scraps to compost centers.
• Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. It will add nutrients to the lawn as the grass breaks down.
GeekGirlCon says: Repurpose Your Stuff
• Send old clothes and items to Goodwill or have a clothing swap party.
• Donate or e-cycle old TVs, scanners, busted laptops, and computer monitors.
• Donate appliances, furniture, or bed mattresses in good condition.
Terraforming another planet is a long way off, so save this one while you have the chance.
Thank you kindly,
Community Outreach Coordinator
Check out www.seattle.gov/util/lookitup for more info on reducing and recycling.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tips on gardening chemical free or visit www.gardenhotline.org.
Visit 1800recycle.wa.gov to find electronic product recycling services in your area.
Call The Sharehouse (206) 767-5280 to donate furniture and appliances in good condition.
To the Editor at the New York Times:
We at GeekGirlCon, a Seattle nonprofit for geeky women, take exception to Ginia Bellafante’s statement that “no woman alive” would be interested in George R. R. Martin’s “boy fiction” and watch HBO’s Game of Thrones. Her generalization of women and our lack of interest in the fantasy genre is uniformed and untrue.
GeekGirlCon is dedicated to fighting the marginalization of girl geeks and the stereotype perpetuated in this review: that fantasy and sci-fi is for boys only and too complex for women unless it has romantic overtones. Please know there are many, many women reading and enjoying the “boy fiction” as is–bloody, gritty, layered, and complex–without need of Sex and the City-style sex and shoe shopping.
If Ms. Bellefante would like to meet smart, accomplished women, who demand fantasy titles in their book clubs, we invite her to Seattle on October 8-9th for the first annual GeekGirlCon.
For Geek Girls everywhere,
GeekGirlCon + Decoupage + DTwenty Games = Craft Day! • April 17th, 1-6pm at DTwenty Games
GeekGirlCon is throwing a 4th craft day, this time hosted by DTwenty Games! Dig out those old comics, manga and Magic Cards (but not the rare ones!). We will be decoupaging frames, boxes, and anything else you can think of. Modge Podge, supplies and items to decoupage will be provided, but feel free to bring your own items to geek up. Pieces will be for sale on our Etsy site and available during events.
DTwenty Games is located at 17849 1st Ave S. • Normandy Park, WA (back to the right, and next the QFC).
Please RSVP by April 14th either via Google Calendar, Facebook, or emailing email@example.com (Subject: GeekGirlCon Craft Day #4). See you there!
GeekGirlCon Has Your Hook-up for the New Mike Daisey Show at Seattle Rep
GeekGirlCon and the Seattle Repertory Theatre teamed up to offer discount tickets for the Tuesday, April 26 performance of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Mike Daisy is a critically acclaimed, award-winning playwright and actor. And Steve Jobs is, well, Steve Jobs. Don’t miss this combination of master storyteller and revolutionary innovator.
With ticket purchase, you can hang-out with GeekGirlCon staff and volunteers, as well as other geeks, pre-performance with a glass of wine in The Spirits Lounge. Drink, chat, and browse GeekGirlCon wares. Prints by the GeekGirlCon design team and other artists will be for sale. All proceeds from the art sales will be donated to Japan relief efforts.
Tickets are $25 while supplies last. Visit http://www.seattlerep.org/promo/geekgirlcon and use the password “geekgirlcon” at checkout or call the box office (206) 433-2222 to get this special offer. The Tuesday, April 26 performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with GeekGirlCon happy hour, $2 suggested donation, and art sale at 6:30 p.m. Check with the Seattle Repertory Theatre for any changes in show times.
If you have questions on this event, contact info@GeekGirlCon.com
Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Special Events Director | GeekGirlCon
04.10.11 // GeekGirlCon Trivia Competition
Hosted by Geeks Who Drink, the most knowledgeable geeks in Washington will go head to head in this trivia night at Dad Watson’s for fame, fortune, and ultimate geek bragging rights!
When: 8:00pm Monday, April 11th
Where: Dad Watson’s, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Teams up to six players. Entry fee is $5 per person. Compete to win 30% of the total entry fees and GeekGirlCon button packs.
During our friendly competition, we will also be collecting canned food to donate to the Ballard Food Bank. You can get in your good deed of the day and compete for glory and riches – all in one place!
See you there!
Special Events/Community Outreach
The girls in the GeekGirlCon logo needed names. So in March, GeekGirlCon held a contest on Facebook to name each of the three girls in the GeekGirlCon logo. We received lots of great submissions, and it was a hard choice, but the names that were ultimately selected respect women pioneers in the sciences and history. Meet the Geek Girls: Kendra, Athena, and Ada!
GeekGirlCon congratulates Rebecca Trichel for suggesting both Kendra and Athena and thanks Misha Thompson, Adele Close, and Jaime Young, who all suggested Ada. All will receive GeekGirlCon button packs, featuring Kendra, Athena, and Ada, for winning our naming competition.
Action Girl, on the left, is Kendra. Kendra is named for Navy Lt. Kendra Williams, the first woman to fly and fire missiles in U.S. military combat. On December 16, 1988, at the age of 26, Lt. Williams launched her F-18 Hornet from the USS Enterprise in Operation Desert Fox. With the rest of her Gunslingers squadron, she delivered a payload of missiles over Iraq.
Gamer Girl, front and center, is Athena. In the classic Olympian pantheon, Athena is the goddess of wisdom and warfare, civilization and strategy, and crafts and skill. She is the daughter of Zeus, burst from her father’s head clad in full armor. Her legacy in literature and architecture lives on as the originator of the Trojan Horse and inspiration for the Parthenon in Athens.
Scientist Girl, on the right, is Ada. Ada is named for Ada (Byron) Lovelace who lived in London from 1815-1852 and is widely known as the first computer programmer. She worked closely with mathematician Charles Babbage on his analytical engine, a mechanical, general purpose computer and translated an article for Babbagge on the analytical engine. Her notes on the translation contain an algorithm that is generally considered to be the first computer program and predicted a future of computers that moved beyond mathematical calculations.
Geek Girls are awesome, and we are everywhere! Join us for GeekGirlCon October 8th and 9th in Seattle. Passes on sale now!
04.8.11 // Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?
Multi-platform producer and digital journalist, Ramona Pringle to present at GeekGirlCon
Seattle, Wa, October 8th & 9th, 2011 – GeekGirlCon is proud to announce that the highly anticipated convention will include a presentation from Ramona Pringle about her work on “Avatar Secrets to Real Life and Love“.
After speaking at Ignite in Toronto (an event that features a series of five-minute speed presentations on a wide spread of topics in geek culture) about the ideas on how we can learn about ourselves through how we pick our avatars in games, Ramona now explores how online gaming can teach us about life and love and how this can be applied ‘away from keyboard’.
“While some people turn to God in their quest for meaning, and others turn to therapy… I turned to video games,” Ramona confesses. “Challenging myself to look for wisdom about love, success and meaning in one of the most unlikely places: World of Warcraft.” Ramona shared her findings and personal discoveries in March at SXSW. This same presentation, ‘Avatar Secrets to Real Life and Love’ will also be featured as part of the program in GeekGirlCon’s first annual convention. “I am very impressed by the caliber of Ramona’s work. From the very beginning, GeekGirlCon and its fans have expressed interest in seeing a panel or presentation that explored the unique and particular world of ‘geeky dating,’” says Jennifer K. Stuller, GeekGirlCon’s Programming Director. “I think exploring the idea of game worlds as a guide to real world fulfillment is an exciting look into game play and its relationship to life experiences and happiness — one which I believe our audience will both learn from and enjoy!”
GeekGirlCon is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness about the contribution and involvement of women in geek culture. October 8 and 9, 2011 in the Seattle Center Northwest rooms begins the first in what will be an annual convention celebrating the female geek. To find out more about GeekGirlCon visit http://www.geekgirlcon.com.
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