Weekend media

Hi all,

Rather than submit links as I find them, I thought I’d put together a weekly summary of cool, geeky, weird, thought-provoking stuff that may be of interest to the Wombatcast community: here’s a few things…

Introverts unite!

I’ll bet that a large number of geeks (of the comic-book loving, gaming variety) are introverted, and I’d be very interested to hear if the WC community agrees or disagrees.  For me, losing myself in books for hours and hours as a kid led in a direct line to me losing myself for hours and hours playing Civilization or Nintendo (and then Playstation, and even later Civilization 5) as I got older.  I figured I was just an anti-social weirdo (and I probably was) but there was more to it – I was part of a group of people that may make up 25-33% of the population but who are constantly battered by their extroverted peers to stop being a “weirdo” and be more “outgoing”.  It’s great to see people standing up for the introverted mindset these days – I certainly wish I’d know more of this stuff that follows when I was younger; it would of helped me make more sense out of who I was/am.

a great TED talk

Caring for your Introvert

If Extroverts get to you – use this


Teh Sexy

Geeky guys have a reputation for not being savvy around the ladies and therefore compensating by lusting after pneumatic comic-book heroines.  I’d always sort of figured this was an unfair caricature of geeky guys, but this tumblr page catalogues all the contorting ways it may be true…

…and speaking of sexy – this article shows what happens when someone who has read too much literary criticism plays Skyrim (the author was an assistant producer for Donnie Darko so he gets a pass for name-dropping Roland Barthes and Leopold Bloom in a video game review).  I actually think the author makes a pretty neat point so if you can get past his pseudo-academic style I think the article is worth five minutes of your time.  I’d quibble with his conclusions slightly because he clearly doesn’t know about Japanese “rape games” (and I won’t provide a link here because I wish I didn’t know about them either even if I’ve never played one)  If there was ever something that demonstrated some geeky guys have serious woman-issues it’s that genre of video games.

But, if faux-literary criticism isn’t your thing, just go watch Donnie Darko instead.  What else are you doing this weekend anyway?

-the professor