What is a Geekdom and where is this House? Sep30

What is a Geekdom and where is this House?...

Who or what is Geekdom House? It’s a question we get asked a lot and I anticipate getting asked a lot more over the next number of years. It seems only fitting that since this month’s theme is “identity” that we take some time to address this question. We do have an About Us section on the website, but who wants to read us writing about ourselves? I am far more interested in sharing how we have been perceived by those not intrinsically a part of the mission as it stands. I mean, we can have the best intentions, but it’s the impact we are having outside our own perspective that really matters. So without further ado, here’s what the media is saying about Geekdom House: ReachFM Grande Prairie Radio Interview (with Kyle Rudge) —Mike Ferrier, Drive Host (September 9, 2015) “Well my wife and I found ourselves inside a people group and the church was strangely not present.” CHVN Winnipeg Radio Interview (with Allison Barron) —Amy Davey, Drive Host (September 4, 2015) “We have been surprised by how many have now found us.” Episode 68 – Breaking Down Boundaries (with Kyle Rudge) —Grant Woodward & Peter Martin, Saving the Game Podcast (September 8, 2015) “Kyle … brought lots of fascinating things to talk about, like: Creating a geeky, mission-forward small group in his church; introducing that group to Dungeons & Dragons; his appearance on the “Faith and Gaming” panel at GenCon 2015; a Firefly-themed Bible study; taking a choir to Winnipeg’s Central Canada Comic Con; the tight-knit communities of fandom; Done the Impossible and The Guild; and characters who reflect ourselves.” [Subscribe to the podcast here.]   This is Gen Con – Episode 2: The Panel —Mike Perna, Gamestore Prophets (August 5, 2015) “This year’s panel talk about faith...

Feminist Geeks: Why Geek Culture Needs Feminism Mar30

Feminist Geeks: Why Geek Culture Needs Feminism...

I‘ve said before the The Lord of the Rings was my foray into all things geek. I was 13, in my first year of high school, and LOTR was all I ever talked about. If there was one thing to know about me, it was that I loved LOTR; even my teachers knew about my obsession. At the time it didn’t strike me as odd that it wasn’t the norm for me, a girl, to be a geek. I was just a kid who loved something and wanted to share it with everyone else. No one at my school told me it should have been otherwise. Looking back, I’m extremely grateful that I had the freedom to grow in my identity as a geek. Over the past year I’ve been donning the cape and gloves of a new identity—that of feminist. I do not see myself as a damsel in distress or a temptress. I know “feminism” is a scary word to both Christians and geeks. I also know it comes with a lot of baggage. Cries of “man hater!” are inevitably shouted from both sides. So before I go any further, and before anyone jumps to any conclusions, this is what I mean when I say I’m a feminist: I believe that men and women are equal; men are not “better” than women and women are not “better” than men. That’s it. That’s the fundamental belief of feminism. Why should geeks be feminists? Why does it matter how women are portrayed in books or movies or video games or comics? Because I’m not the only girl who read LOTR at the age of 13. And because there are young girls who are just now starting out as geeks and are going to find...

Let’s be bad guys! Or good guys? Feb19

Let’s be bad guys! Or good guys?...

I am a flan. I won’t deny it. And no, that wasn’t a spelling error (“flan” roughly translates into “hardcore Firefly fan,” due to a fortunate slip of the tongue by Nathan Fillion). It was no surprise, therefore, that a few of my “loving” friends recently sent me the Cracked.com video “Firefly Crew Were the Bad Guys.” The video and a variety of discussions on the internet about it, some overly profane and some not, raise a lot of great points to their cause: the Alliance are the good guys. *Collective gasp* Here are the basic points of the argument: Zoe: “Preacher, don’t the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killin’?” The Alliance creates order throughout the galaxy by establishing space stations, maintaining a military presence and distributing medicine. Those outside of Alliance “control” tend to be quite unsavoury. Mal and Zoe are biased sources, so their perspective of the “evil” Alliance is skewed. The Alliance has established “freedom of religion” and “safe and legal prostitution.” (Personally, I am not sure the latter is a plus, but that’s just me.) The Alliance has created a strong enough economy that a preacher and a companion can afford space-rent. The Alliance’s treatment of River could be seen as acting as the greater good for society. Here’s the problem with the premise of these arguments (and the beauty of Firefly): humanity is far more complex than simple archetypes of good guys and bad guys. The Firefly crew and the Alliance are all bad guys… and good guys. That is what makes Firefly so grand. We see ourselves in these flawed characters, in the good and in the bad. The world of Firefly swims through the fog of moral grey areas with a relatable grace. Book: “Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat...

Unlikely Friendships that Should Have Been Feb05

Unlikely Friendships that Should Have Been

We all know (and love) the many friendships that are exhibited within a variety of shows: Han and Chewy, Frodo and Sam, Mega Man and Rocket, Blanka and your face, you get the idea. But sometimes those friendships are just not enough and we need to reach outside their respective genres for the friendship matches made in heaven. Here are our top 10: Calvin & Chewbacca “You know, Chewy, some days even my lucky Millenium Falcon underpants don’t help.” Hermione Granger & Twilight Sparkle They’ll form a group called S.B.E.W. (Society for the Bookworms of Equestria and the World). Edward Elric & Gimli Sometimes dynamite comes in small packages and can explode at anytime, especially if you mention anything about being short. Tony Stark & Tali-Zorah “Testing rocket boots, Day 11, Test 37, Configuration 2.0. For lack of a better option, Tali is still on fire safety.” Arya Stark & Toph Beifong We just want to see these two take on an army together. Master Chief (John-117) & John the Baptist “But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, one who wears the spartan helmet of salvation and wields the energy sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Sephiroth and Scar Scar would get some much needed perspective—“You wanna be king of a rock? Well I wanna destroy the world with a giant meteor”—and Sephiroth can stop being jealous that he doesn’t have a pet lion like the other side. Mal Reynolds & Doctor Horrible So Doctor Horrible can’t be friends with Captain Hammer, but he can darn sure be friends with Captain Tightpants! Caprica Six & Seven of Nine Separated from the hive collective with a strong desire to gain some form of humanity. It’s kind of true for both. Although Seven of Nine definitely has better taste in men. Jayne Cobb & John Casey “Do you know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I go and get to beat you with until you buy this washing machine.” Certainly we missed a bunch. Which unlikely friendships would you...