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A H&S Expert’s Verdict on the Death Star, the TARDIS, and Other Fictional Workplaces

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there is an engineer scratching his head over a potentially big problem. He explains to his employer that somewhere on the surface of the enormous battle-station he’s been hired to help build, there is an uncovered exhaust port. The port is no bigger than a […]

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Dungeons & Dragons Live from PAX

Every year at PAX West, RPG fans crowd into a room to watch people play Dungeons & Dragons – as per tradition. Dungeon Master Chris Perkins is known for taking his victims, errr…I mean adventurers, on crazy journeys, keeping the players and viewers entertained and enthralled. But, this year is special! Because now, even if […]

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Ghostbusters Is The Movie Of The Summer

The fact that Hollywood was producing a Ghostbusters reboot has been driving film fans and the internet in general wild for over a year now. In part, this is because director Paul Fieg and Co. made the bold and progressive decision to recast the main roles with comic actresses. It’s also in part because the […]

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Son of Geek

By: Terra Clarke Olsen [This article original appeared in Seattle Weekly.] I wrote this article ages ago (…okay, not ages, but it feels like a lifetime ago), but sadly, I still find it relevant. Far too often, really. I wanted to share it on my blog with those who have been on this geektastic journey […]

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Featured Kickstarter: The Unicorn Files Photo Book

By: TCO Warning, today’s Featured Kickstarter is totally self-promotion since it is my Kickstarter. 🙂 About a year and a half ago, I started “The Unicorn Files: Debunking the Myth of the Female Geek,” a project that highlights different geeky women in the community. And today, I’m launching a Kickstarter in the hopes of raising the funds […]

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Seattle Geeks Speak Up: Black Widow Flash Mob #WeWantWidow

By: TCO On June 6th, fan across the world coordinated a huge flash mob sending a simple message: We Want Widow. Since the success of the Avengers, fans have noticed a distinct lack of Black Widow merchandise. (There is even a Tumblr addressing the sheer volume of missing Black Widow merch.) One geek blogger, Kristin Rielly, decided that it was time […]

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MIT’s Origami Robot: Cutest Breakthrough Ever

By: TCO Well, they did it. MIT created the cutest robot ever. But this robot is not just adorable, but functional beyond imagination. It’s development is a breakthrough that will change the science world as we know it. This little robot can fold, move, swim, push, dig, and then dissolve! The robots are made out of sheets of plastic […]