Andy DuCett is a Minneapolis-based artist and maker, who works in a variety of media, and has created an awesome space for all his tools and other goodies to live and work together.
Oh, and by "other goodies," I mean hundreds of toys and action figures, mixed in with high tech design gear, power tools, and all sorts of art supplies.
It's full on February, which means it's time for Nerd Valentine, the best curated V-Day site on the internet.
Over the next week, every blog and their brother will post a roundup of Valentine's Day gift ideas, and they'll likely not include a single thing you'd be proud enough to give, or interested in recieving, or buying for yourself cause that's what you do on Valentine's Day, cause why should only the partnered people get to have all the fun.
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.
So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.
Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory:
The new Tumblr blog Nerd Valentine subtitles itself, "Valentine's Day gift ideas for the nerd in your life."
And, it delivers. But! I don't really find the picks to be particularly directed at geek culture fans. I mean, some of it isa little tech-heavy, but what isn't in 2011? I just think they're good, solid, well-designed, and thoughtful picks. Unless I'm a nerd and don't know it...
ManMade reader Aaron sent me a link to the amazing, new Nerd Merit Badges store. Here, you can browse and purchase actual embroidered badges for contemporary, geek-leaning accomplishments, such as achieving a completely empty email inbox, providing tech support to every member of your family, or having a project appear on Boing Boing.
Steve Kamb has created quite a to-do list for himself. Besides managing the regular-guy health site Nerd Fitness (duly subscribed), he's created the Epic Quest of Awesomeness, a nine-level improvement plan that doesn't focus on making tons of money, sexual conquests, or other BS men's magazine goals, but on simply being healthy and doing cool things to make Steve and the world a better place. The Nintendo-inspired 'level-up' terminology he uses is pretty apt: each accomplishment is like a four-line Tetris, or a Fire Power flower.
He says, "Welcome to my Epic Quest of Awesome! I’m traveling all over the world, going on crazy adventures, and