Introducing: Gadchick Lit

Gadchick Lit
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.


San Diego Comic-Con Recap - Video Games That We're Excited About

While the video game industry does have their own conventions such as E3 and Pax Prime, San Diego Comic-Con has secured its own place on the gamer dance card each year. My expectations going into this year’s convention were high after my 2011 trip had included sneak peeks at Mass Effect 3 and Gears of War 3. However, 2012 did not disappoint with sneak previews of upcoming Resident Evil 6 and Halo 4, and a greater presence by both console and PC gaming companies both on the exhibition floor and at off-site events.
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.


Women 3.0: Katie Cotton

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


Boom Sound Review (in OS)

My computer is always with me. Drinking iced coffee at Starbucks, sitting in the living room using it as a TV, in the kitchen streaming cooking shows, and blasting music for my workouts. When I think about it, the sound is as important as the hard drive. The thing is, Apple did so well in the design, processor and graphics, the speakers seem like an after thought. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about- you turn up the volume but it doesn't sound clear, but almost shadowy and fuzzy. After much frustration, I discovered Boom in the Mac App Store. I don't think I've ever had my little Air sound so powerful. No need to carry it from room to room, I can leave it in it's place and it sounds great across the hall.
I was even able to add custom commands, one of life's small pleasures



State of Comics at San Diego Comic-Con

Taking a break from our favorite ladies of video games, over the next few weeks, I will be taking a closer look at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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.


Women 3.0: Sheryl Sandberg

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

Tech Support


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.


Gadchick at SDCC

Beth and Kam did an awesome job giving us sneak peeks of what Comic Con had to offer. They shared on Instagram and Twitter and even if G4 had the live viewing, their updates felt a step closer inside. Below are the most popular photos from Instagram


The Gadchick Guide to Surviving San Diego Comic-Con

It’s time.

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.

Women 3.0: Melinda Gates

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


My Favorite Women in Video Games: April Ryan

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.

April Ryan should be more famous. Extremely more famous with her own movies, console games, and everything else that comes with being a popular wizard in today's pop culture world. She hasn't gained the countless sequels of her contemporary (and future column subject), Lara Croft or the cultural resonance of another magical teenager, Harry Potter. But April has created a legacy in gaming of a emotionally resonate female character showing growth from adolescence and a diverse, unique universe for players to explore.


The Android Photographer

In our last issue of Gadchick, we previewed The Android Photographer by photographer Rhianne Moore.


Women 3.0: Caterina Fake

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.


My Favorite Women in Video Games: The Amazon

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.