Digital Culture (Jonathan Coulton, Randall Munroe and other nerd super.heroes)
“Make STEM Laugh: Q&A with Randall Munroe, creator of XKCD and author of best-selling books Thing Explainer and What If?,” for IEEE Spectrum on Sep. 26, 2019
"'Battlestar' Fans Get Glimpse of 'Real' Caprica"
Some Battlestar Galactica fans love the show so much they want to visit the "real" Caprica, the cylon-occupied planet portrayed in Sci Fi Channel's hit show.
Valorie Hoye, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, where the series is shot, makes the perfect tour guide.
Hoye founded the Meetup.com group The 13th Colony in January. Since then, she's led Battlestar fans on three "Caprica scouting missions" to sites around Vancouver that serve as the show's outdoor backdrops. The group's members have also served as informal tour guides to visitors from as far away as Massachusetts -- helping facilitate trips that, to true Galactica geeks, are tantamount to an Elvis fan's pilgrimage to Graceland.
A profile of the internet-savvy troubadour Jonathan Coulton for Wired.com on Oct. 12, 2007. Photo by Mark Anderson
A memo saying "geek chic is going mainstream" must have circulated among network TV execs as they concocted this fall's prime-time lineup.
Hoping to woo coveted geek eyeballs, they've put their money on nine new shows focusing on -- or catering to -- nerds, freaks and outsiders of every type.
"Geeks are the new cool," said Teri Weinberg, NBC Entertainment's executive vice president. "We are all gravitating towards the underdog."
A story for Wired.com on Sept. 24, 2007.