A Place For Gay Geeks

Concept art of Haven
My friend Shane has a dream of opening a truly inclusive meeting space for LGBTA folks in Austin. A space that is an alternative to the typical bars and dance clubs where the music is so loud that normal conversation is impossible. A Haven, if you will, from the sort of gay spaces that are too frequently focused on outward appearances and trendy fashions.

Haven Entertainment aims to provide a venue for all things geek, from a Board Game lounge, Next Gen and LAN Gaming Lounges, to a place where people can go to see Geek themed performances and Nerd Talks on our stage.

Shane has started an Indiegogo campaign for the initial round of funding. Follow this link to learn more about this amazing idea and make a contribution. Even the One Dollar contribution is helpful because it shows potential investors that there is real interest here.

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

To Kill A Mockingbird

In no particular order:

    The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr

    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It’s that Facebook game: “In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the ‘right’ books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag some friends, including me, so I can see your list.”

An open letter to bearded hipsters

Amen, sister. Amen.

The Nicki Daniels Interview

Dear Bearded Hipsters,

YOU GUYS ARE RUINING MY BEARD FETISH.  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved a man with a beard. To me, they meant strength, power, MANLINESS. Someone who could protect me. Unfortunately, you guys have turned it into a fashion statement. The beard has turned into the padded bra of masculinity. Sure it looks sexy, but whatcha got under there? There’s a whole generation running around looking like lumberjacks, and most of you can’t change a fucking tire.

Look, I get it. I really do. I understand the motivation behind your beardedness. In fact, I even pity you. Thousands of years of evolution priming you guys to kill stuff, and chase stuff, and fuck stuff….and now what? You’re stuck at a desk all day. No battles to fight. No wars to wage. So you assert your masculinity the only way you know how. You brew beer. You…

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