Episode 128 – Geek Girls

September 16, 2011

When we sat down to chat about nerdy girls with Ro Karen of Starbase 66, her infamous Beloved claimed she wasn’t going to say a single word. So we didn’t give her a microphone. That didn’t stop her. At all. Welcome to The Beloved Show.

I noticed something interesting while Googling “geek girls” to get an image for the episode banner. I came across a lot of pictures of girls you could argue are not even remotely geeks or nerds. I would classify them as being hot girls who appear to use cosplay as yet another excuse to bear midriff in public.

Of course, that’s just a superficial reading of their photos. And by “photos” I mean cleavage. But I posit that you could take them out of the vinyl and chrome bikini and they’d probably still have no problem finding someone to sit with at lunch. Isn’t being smoking hot somehow the antithesis of being a geek?

Or is “geek” a connotation of a person’s sphere of interest whereas the term “nerd” specifically refers to a person’s instability to relate to their peers on a social level?

A geek uses Linux and a nerd uses Linux but never leaves their basement where they spend hours on internet forums telling Windows users they’re complete morons?

Perhaps. However you divvy up the nomenclature, geek girls have arrived.

Links:

Beloved’s Dumbass Girl blog.

Nerd Girl Pin-Ups.

Random geek girl blog.

Actual hot geeks, not just models in Superman bikini’s (mostly).


Episode 118 – Bored Games 2 (with Kennedy)

June 24, 2011

Looking over the shownotes of our first board games episode, it seems to me we cover absolutely no new ground in this episode. Except of course this episode contains 100% more Kennedy of the Starbase 66 and Books You Should Read podcasts. And really, any topic would have just been an excuse to hang out and gab.

This was recorded just before the Charlie Sheen #winning explosion and before every single person knew what Angry Birds is all about. Amazing how fast pop culture moves.

Links:

Settlers of Catan

List of Monopoly editions

Possible board game movies

Best movie board games

Kensington


Diamonds in the wine

September 10, 2009

When our Starbase 66 friends came to visit, Kennedy brought some Canadian tetra pak wine (20 Bees) for Karen and her Dearly Beloved which they “forgot” at Mandi’s place. Eventually it ended up at my place and then in our tummies.

Upon emptying the box we noticed it was rattling as if it were full of sand. Dumping this sand out, it appeared to be sand made out of glass. Not sharp, but hard and clear and seemingly non soluble in liquid. In fact we couldn’t see how it could be anything other than glass. Perhaps it had been in the grapes and had been ground down in the grape crushing process. Curious, Mandi sent the winery this letter:

Dear 20 Bees,
 
My partner and I were finishing off a tetra of your 2005 Grower’s red, and were a bit concerned to hear the empty carton rattling. After some inverted shaking we discovered a clear, hard, granular, glass-like substance coming out of the carton.
 
Is this normal, or do we have future careers as glass eaters at a circus?
 
Eagerly awaiting your reply, as the circus is leaving town soon, and we need to know if we should go with them.
 
Thanks, Mandi”

Their reply was interesting:

Thanks for you email….with regards to you question; what you found is not glass.  The crystal like substance that you have found is a known as Tartrate Crystals or Wine Diamonds.  The are caused by unstable tartaric acid and malic acid (natural acidity found in grapes and wines) that precipitate over time.  As this is a cosmetic issue, all wineries attempt to force the unstable precipitation of these acids in our tanks prior to bottling.  This process can take up to 3 to 5 weeks, and is done by chilling the wine down to – 4 C.  Once the precipitation is completed, we filter and then bottle or in this case, package the product.  Now over time, especially in med to full bodied reds, the precipitation of tannins during the aging of the wine will alter the pH and other parameters in the wine, which may cause further unstable precipitation of acids, and this is what you are experiencing.  According to wine writers such as Tony Aspler, wine diamonds are an indication of a good wine.

We will continue to strive to improve our quality control and hope that this has not deterred you from our products in the future.

20 Bees Winery Retail

Who knew? Probably a lot of wine connoisseurs. Myself, I was dubious about the vinters’ claim so I checked the internet and found wine diamonds are indeed a real thing and not a ridiculous cover up. They actually give Germans who go by Weinstien (wine stone) their name. Who knew? Probably the Germans.

Mandi replied:

20 Bees,
 
Thank you for your reply. That’s very interesting. Wine diamonds, fancy.  I am not deterred from future purchases of your product, but I am little disappointed to learn that I will not have a career with the circus.
 
Thanks again,  Mandi

I’m kind of sad we’re not joining the circus as well.


Starbase/Hurdlecon

August 31, 2009

Kennedy, Mandi, Jakob and Karen in front of Mandi's light up Star Trek poster

This weekend Mandi and I hosted a BBQ (Mandi did most of the actual hosting). In attendance were Kennedy and Karen of the Starbase 66 podcast. We’ve met Kennedy a few times but this was a first close encounter of the Karen kind. We also got to meet her mysterious “Dearly Beloved”, who was much nerdier than we expected. We still have yet to meet Kennedy’s wife “Elizabeth” who, despite baking us a spectacular peach pie, we’re beginning to suspect may not exist. Ironic since she was the one who was famously responsible for the term “imaginary friends” to describe our online family.

So far Mandi and I have bowled a perfect game meeting people we got to know on online forums and through their podcasts, but I can certainly see Elizabeth’s point of view. There are certainly moments, such as when I’m truly happy hanging out with online friends at an offline BBQ, where I wonder if too much of our lives are spent in the web-o-sphere. This article deftly explains why we’re unhappy as an online society. It has some interesting points but I still enjoy the buffer and screening process provided by the internet when selecting worthy associates. Now we just need to perfect transporter technology so being spread across the globe isn’t a hindrance to future BBQs.


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