Humpday Links for October 19

Another week, another Wednesday, another batch of links for your surfing pleasure.  Here at Renaissance Dork we spare no expense in providing you with the finest free-range web content, lovingly typed by our own grain-fed dork.  Bon appetite!

– Speaking of conventions (I was, I don’t know what you were speaking of),  here are 15 people you will see at every nerd convention.

– Like Lego?  Like Gears of WarLike this!

– Want to improve your Twitter manners?  Here is a handy cheat-sheet to do just that.

– The Petoskey Batman is going to be spending more time with Alfred…

– Though I can’t fathom it, I guess there is still one guy that doesn’t get that female gamers are not just a fad.  Here is an Open Letter to that guy

– You may have seen this already, but Playstation wants you to know your games love you!

– Body suits may soon allow the paralyzed to walk.  Enough said.

– As an opponent of poor grammar, I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.

– Curious about Warhammer 40K, but don’t have time to read all the books?  Here is everything you need to know in about a minute

– Sadly sold out, here is a beautiful Japanese print for all you Whovians

– Oddly, I didn’t even know a new Judge Dredd movie was in the works, never mind that there was trouble with the director.  Though it now appears those reports were exaggerated.

Fingerprint scanners in schools.  Not cool.

– In case, like me, you can’t get enough pictures of Mars

– Next time you are accosted by a balloon-sculpting clown, ask him to make this.  Don’t forget the pool in the library!

– When we go back to the moon, likely we’ll be mining.

– I’m not ashamed to say it: I love and fear this.

– And finally, you may think you love your cat(s).  But do you love it/them enough to give them the full Harry Potter experience?

That’s all for this week!  Share your own links below, if you dare!

Edmonton Nerd Events

The nerdiness rolls ever on, my Yeggers!  Just when you thought, “No, we couldn’t possibly have more nerd events happening around the Greater Edmonton Area.”…BAMF!  More nerd events!  Just remember the advice of this Renaissance Dork: Pace yourself, geekiness is a marathon, not a sprint.  Just let those words of wisdom sink in as you read these upcoming events:

Turkey Shoot presents: Barbarella

An ongoing event at Metro Cinema, Turkey Shoot mixes everything you love about MST3K with audience participation, and the result is movie viewing hilarity!  Their latest victim, er, film is that Jane Fonda “classic”, Barbarella.  Join your hosts Dave Clarke, Jeff Paige and Morgan Smith on Thursday, October 13 at 9:30pm as they show their appreciation for this notorious bit of ’60s Sci-Fi cinema.  As always, there will be trivia quizzes and great prize giveaways!

Edmonton Pop Culture Fair

This Sunday, “Pop” on down to the Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Ave) for the Edmonton Pop Culture Fair!  For over a decade the Fair has brought together pop-culture vendors from all over Western Canada for your browsing and buying pleasure.  Books, t-shirts, toys, records, comics, posters; you can find anything and everything pop culture related.  Doors open at 10am and admission is just $5, so come spend a day in pop-culture Nirvana!

Pure Spec Board Game Pub Night Fundraiser

Join the Pure Spec crew at Elephant & Castle (10200 102 Ave NW) for a night of good food, good friends and games, all in support of the Pure Spec Festival!  They’ll be eating from 7-8pm, and then gaming until exhausted.  This is casual gaming, so don’t worry if you don’t know how to play something; someone will teach you.  Better yet, bring a game of your own to teach others! Cost is $3 for gaming only, or $15 for your choice of a beef or veggie burger, fries, a pop, and gaming (cash only, please).  Get your game on and support Edmonton’s premiere nerd event, Pure Spec!

Graphic Content Presents: Superman

Graphic Content is an ongoing film series done in cooperation between Metro Cinema and Warp One Comics and Games.  Curated by Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser, the series explores the link between film and sequential art.  Their latest instalment, a 35mm print of the classic Richard Donner Superman (1978), will screen on Tuesday, October 18th; box office opens at 6pm, with screening at 6:45pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for children under thirteen.  Don’t miss this classic piece of comic book cinema!

Online Marketing Meetup

Join the Online Marketing Meetup group for their monthly meetup, and get in the know about online marketing!  Hosted the third Wednesday of every month at D’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, this is your chance to talk with other folks interested in the internets and online marketing.  Starts at 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 19 and the first round is on SEMPO Canada!

Symphonic Sorcery

Join the Edmonton Harry Potter Club for their outing to Symphonic Sorcery at the Winspear Centre.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will present the highly entertaining music of “Harry Potter” as part of their Esso Symphony for Kids series, and the EHPC would like you to come along!  The concert begins at 2pm on Saturday, October 29th, with pre-concert activities for the kids beginning at 1pm.  Shrug off your muggle disguise, and join the wizards of the Harry Potter Club for a fun-filled afternoon!

As always, if you have a nerdy event you’d like me to post, drop me a link in the comments section or email me at brent.jans(at)gmail.com.  I post these weekly, usually Thur/Fri, so the earlier you get it to me the better!