If there is a mantle for Goddess of Geek Culture, it rests squarley on the shoulders of Felicia Day. With her role in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and later Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and her own creative online sensation, The Guild, Day has become a household name for the geek set. Her nearly 1.9 million Twitter followers, for example, demonstrates that she has struck a cord. And not just with those guys who dream of finding a cute girl who shares their geek passions. She is also a hit with the girls who are coming out of the basement, so to speak, to proudly proclaim their own geek status. For Felicia Day is the real deal.
A Juliard-accepted violinist (she opted instead to attend UT at Austin) she double majored in math and music (wiki). And if that wasn’t enough to fill her time she was also the avid gamer that provided the inspiration for her web-hit, The Guild.
So why all the Felicia Day love on this Friday morning? Well come along and I’ll tell you.
The other night my friend Jeff came over and one of the things he was quick to share (by way of John Scalzi, I believe) was that Felicia Day had started a new Youtube Channel, Geek and Sundry. While checking it out we discovered that the Season 5 of The Guild starts Tuesday, April 10th and will be launched weekly from this site. But it was some of the other content of Geek and Sundry that I felt compelled to share.
First off, the cast of The Guild kicks off Season 5 with their newest music video proclaiming the coolness of geeks everywhere:
Next up, and the thing Jeff specifically shared with me, is Wil Wheaton. If you’ve read my reviews of his books Just a Geek and Dancing Barefoot then you know that while I’m not a fan of Wesley Crusher, I am a fan of Wil Wheaton. Wheaton’s story of using his writing, in particular his blogging, to reinvent himself fills me with inspiration every time I think of it. Over the years he has taken on the Geek God mantle with his online presence as well as turns in shows like Eureka, Big Bang Theory and The Guild. Like Day, Wheaton is also a legitimate geek. He has long been a computer savvy tech-nerd and a consummate gamer and geek culture lover. His latest online effort is showcased on Geek and Sundry. It is called Table Top.
The essence of Table Top is that Wheaton gathers a handful of friends and demonstrates gameplay for whatever Table Top game he has chosen for the episode. What may sound like a silly, or perhaps boring, idea is anything but. First off if you’ve ever tried to just sit down and read the rules for a table top game or collectible card game you will know the definition of “intimidation”. I consider myself reasonably intelligent and when I’ve read directions for games like these I find myself looking up to see a giant cartoon question mark perched precariously over my head. Wheaton’s sense of humor shines as he makes the show entertaining and at the same time does an excellent job of demonstrating how the game should be played. I think the idea is brilliant. You may not have 30 minutes today to sit down and partake of this, but I wanted to share it in the hopes that you’ll check out a few minutes, or perhaps catch the whole episode over the weekend.
And finally, as I was searching the internet in preparation for this post I stumbled across the site Geeks Are Sexy. Many of you know I myself am a gamer and one of my latest passions is Skyrim. Peter Hollins and Lindsey Stirling put together this great rendition of the main theme of the game using Stirling’s violin skills and Hollin’s voice along with the wonders of modern technology to pay homage to an addictive, immersive fantasy role playing experience.
Lindsey Stirling is herself a bit of a geek, as you can see with her game and other fantasy-inspired performances on her YouTube Channel here.
Although it doesn’t have anything do do with Felicia Day, I couldn’t resist sharing this video in this Friday’s celebration of my geekiness, and the fact that both women play the violin made for a perfect bookend.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend pursuing your own passions.