Gamer Clause is Coming To Town (by ryanpaulthompson)

Behind “The Guild”: Felicia Day discusses dysfunctional characters and geek culture

“Dear reporters,” Felicia Day tweeted this summer, “getting a bit tired of being held up as an ‘authentic’ geek as you write posts against women who ‘exploit’ geek culture.”

Day is clearly an unusual position. As an actress, her work has placed her squarely within niche geek culture: first as Penny on Joss Whedon’s Web musical phenomenon Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, and then on her own hit show, The Guild, a warm-hearted parody of geek culture about a girl who joins a misfit group of gamers. Her work landed her the role of Holly Marten on kooky Syfy series Eureka, a part written just for her.

As such, Day is frequently touted as geek culture’s go-to girl, its answer to recurring claims of widespread misogyny and sexism. But turning Day into the poster girl for “real” geeks is one more example of the undue expectations placed on women in geek culture—and no one knows this better than Day herself.

Last spring, the 33-year-old Day made the risky decision to move The Guild under the umbrella of her new premium YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry. In April, Forbes predicted Day’s channel “could help blaze a trail for the future of network television” by proving “that programming designed for niche audiences makes more sense—and more money—on the web than on cable.” No pressure, right?

Six months later, The Guild is entering its sixth season, and Geek & Sundry has over 350,000 subscribers. Day talked to the Daily Dot about authenticity, geek culture, and being a Web media guru.

DD: On The Flog [Day’s personal vlog] you seem to be making the point that geek culture doesn’t have to be expressed in stereotypically masculine or nerdy ways in order to be fun or have a mass appeal. Is that a part of Geek & Sundry’s overall mission, or just your personal vlogging style?

A main part of Geek & Sundry is encouraging community and enriching lives with our videos, so if we can introduce geeky subjects to people in different ways, make people reconsider subjects they might have decided were “not for them,” that’s a big win for us. Every show on the channel reflects my personal style, and the Flog is the most personal of the shows, so I guess the eclectic nature is reflective most of who I am.

DD: At the Dragon*Con panel for The Guild, most of the cast members said that Season 5 (where the group goes to a gaming conference) was their favorite. Why do you think that is?

As fun as it is to watch the scenes where The Guild members are in their offices talking over the Internet with one another, as an actor they’re probably the least satisfying, because you are acting in a vacuum; the other actors aren’t WITH you when you deliver lines. Season 5 was shot like a movie as well, and on location, so it felt most like a mainstream TV shoot to date.

DD: Do members of The Guild cast collectively identify with geek culture, or were some aspects of it new to some of you?

Personally I’ve discovered things like Steampunk only through my going to conventions with the show. I don’t think geek culture should be pigeonholed as one thing; it’s whatever people are enthusiastic about, and enthusiastic about sharing with other enthusiastic people. As a whole, The Guild reflects my personal interests, but I’ve certainly had my horizons broadened during the show.


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Crazy 4 Cult New York Preview #1: The Sixth Annual Pop Culture Art Show Goes East | /Film

The show opens this Thursday. This Ferris Bueller one is by Kiersten Essenpreis.

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One more instance of Crow’s legs, when Tom mounts his “Crowtus Robotus Horriblis” specimen in The Amazing Transparent Man, episode 6.23

Mystery Science Theater 3000

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“Breaking Bad” is the best show on television. There. We said it.

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Second that. We. Can. Not. Wait. For. Sunday.

Hmmm. BEST, though?



A review of “Awkward Black Girl” in the New York Times!

This is one very serious future option for filmmakers. Instead of struggling to  get your 2 hour picture shown on limited screens in limited cities and hope that people see it, Issa Rae, who is quickly becoming the next Felicia Day, has taken her vision worldwide. A New York Times review?  Awesome! 

I’m very proud of my friend and her success,  but I’m also very excited about the way  her show has been received. These are audience sizes that some TV shows would love to have every week.  

The next level, of course, is to find the business model for web series that works. Using  a mix of traditional and social media marketing, a good web series can find its audience quickly. 

One question that  keeps getting raised is: will audiences pay for web series?

One answer to seriously  consider is: why should they?  Television Soap Operas, for example, were a revolutionary idea at the time they were introduced, and they  worked,  reaching their audiences and engaging them daily…all completely paid for by advertising. If a web series can reach and engage one or two million people…surely that’s attractive to some advertiser.

Remember the name Issa Rae, and her face. She may very well be on the forefront of a media revolution.

- Daryle.

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Studies on Multitasking Highlight Value of Self-Control

Simply put, the brain can’t be in two places at once.

In a landmark 2009 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford University researchers compared the attention-switching abilities of people who said they multitasked often with those of people who did so rarely. It found that the frequent multitaskers were more easily distracted and performed worse on memory and attention tests than those who preferred to do one thing at a time.

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Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1985)

Wh-wh-what you know about this?

First of all, as a student of culture and popular culture and the impact that it has on us all, I know this to be true: Seeing yourself represented in the popular culture is really critical in terms of forming your own self image.

I’m old enough to have been around before seeing black people represented in the popular culture in diverse ways. When I was a kid, it was a big deal to see a black person on television. So that’s why it was important in a science fiction thing — in “Star Trek” — it was huge. I read a lot of science fiction books as a kid. As a kid of science fiction, “Star Trek” was important to me and seeing a person of color in a command position was hugely important to me.

actor Levar Burton, Star Trek and Reading Rainbow.

Full interview here

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"…and I mean it this time". Okay.


Hilarious ad campaign for popular TV show “Family Guy!”

This is how you sell something. Don’t show it’s good points.  Show how dangerous it is!


On Thanksgiving Day in 1983, Sesame Street aired one of its most memorable episodes, acknowledging the passing of actor Will Lee. For many kids of the ’80s, it was their first lesson about death. Here’s the full episode with commentary.



Katharine Hepburn in “Christopher Strong”, 1933

say whaaaaaaaaa, Kate on radar?

..and now I must find this film.


Nerd Pride. We need our own flag and parade.

The parade is in San Diego every summer. Flag design changes every year.

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