Noun. Smart books for smart ladies; or the brilliant archenemies of plain (often read: bad) chick lit.
Greetings and welcome to this, our first installment of Gadchick Lit. I'll be your host on what I hope will be a brilliant tour of some smart, witty, interesting books by cool, female writer-types. I’m going to start with a book I found in equal parts compelling, ridiculous and heartfelt (maybe compellingly ridiculous?): “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee” by Sarah Silverman.
For this gamer, a few key games really stuck out and have entered onto my GameStop pre-order list:
Ni No Kuni
U.S. release date: January 2013
This game has the easiest pitch of the convention: Studio Ghibli has made a video game.
Name: Katie Cotton
Short biography: In keeping with a well-known reputation for tight-lipped secrecy, it was quite difficult to find information about Katie Cotton. According to her Facebook profile, however, she went to high school at Warren Hills High School in Washington, New Jersey, and received a journalism degree in 1988 from the University of Arizona. Cotton currently lives in Atherton, California.1
I was even able to add custom commands, one of life's small pleasures
There is no real way to explain the experience of Comic-Con: the crowds, the costumes, and the "hey, I know that guy!" moments. You get no sleep, you debate whether a hot pretzel is a healthy breakfast, and your cute shoes stay in the suitcase (unless you are one of the brave and costumed few, who we'll be talking about in a later post). However, in the crowds and constant stream of Batmen, you also get to spend a few short days with thousands of other people that understand the true joy of seeing an Ugly Doll in person or whose nerdy t-shirt collections rival my own.
Name: Sheryl Sandberg
Short biography: Sheryl Sandberg was born in Washington, D.C., in 1969. In 1991, Sandberg graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s of arts in economics, and in 1995, she earned an MBA from the Harvard school of Business. Her first job post-Harvard was as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. From 1996–2001, Sandberg served as chief of staff to then United States Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers. She is married to SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg; they have two children and live in Atherton, Calif.1
Here are some links for Tech Support!
Some links may be a week old but in tech and gadget news, they are outdated. If you're not caught up or following every major tech blog, Tech Support is a great way to catch up.
>> Ouya is a video game console wanting to compete with Xbox, Wii, Playstation, etc. It may not seem like much of competition but Ouya is claiming to be compatible with every expensive console, but under $100. You can check out the story here.
That’s right. It’s the magical mid-point of July, a time counted down like a religious holiday. The Trekkies are loading their phasers, the countless stormtroopers of the 501st are shining up their helmets, and comic book, movie, TV and collectible junkies are cramming into airports all around the world. They’re all heading to one place: San Diego Comic-Con.
SDCC: what started out as a convention of less than 200 in 1970 has become the geek Mecca, the Oscars, the Hollywood of popular arts with a splash of Christmas. It is mighty. It is awesome. And it’s absolutely terrifying.
Name: Melinda Gates
Short biography: Melinda Ann French was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1964. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University. After earning her master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke in 1987, she joined Microsoft, and worked on many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1994, she married Microsoft founder Bill Gates. They currently live in a “house”1 on the shores of Lake Washington with their three children: Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.2
Games she appeared in: The Longest Journey, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: April is the player character in the series and is the one doing the rescuing.
For our video game BFF date, we would: Go adventuring, hiking, climbing, or something else outdoorsy. Or maybe after her last adventure, she’d prefer a quieter day.
Name: Caterina Fake
Short biography: Caterina Fake was born in Pittsburgh in 1969. After attending high school at Choate Rosemary Hall, she attended Smith College and Vassar College, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1991.1 After graduating, she worked as the Art Director for Salon.com and at Netscape, managing the community forums. In 2002, she and then-husband Stewart Butterfield founded a company called Ludicorp, which developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (à la World of Warcraft) called Game Neverending. You might have never heard of it, since the game never launched, but Fake and Butterfield went on to create a Web product I’m sure you’ve heard of: Flickr.
Games she appeared in: Diablo 2
Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: In Diablo 2, you play as the Amazon. You can do as much rescuing or pillaging as you would like.
For our video game BFF date, we would: Hang out with the girls, do girly things like shoot arrows and stage battles.