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Therefore I Geek Episode 98, Hidden Figures


In which, Andrew and Becky Hales discuss the new Hidden Figures movie, the role of NASA Langley in the early space program, the difficulties of being a woman in a man’s world (and how much worse it must be for a black woman during the Civil Rights Era), and the nuances that make a film like this so fun to watch.  Stay tuned to the very end for a big announcement!

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Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 89, David Gallaher and The Only Living Boy

In which, Andrew and Tracy have a conversation with David Gallaher, Harvey nominee and the writer on Green Lantern Convergence, as well as Papercutz comic The Only Living Boy.  An avid comic fan since nearly infancy, Gallaher uses his storytelling skills as a role playing GM as well as a writer.  Also in this episode, Andrew gets a comprehensive synopsis of the Convergence concept from Gallaher, and Tracy overuses the word “brilliant.”

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Guest Blog | How is Model UN like D&D?

That’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s the premise of today’s post by first time guest writer Ani Sinani, who participated in an Ad-Hoc Model UN committee this spring and was struck by its similarities to table-top and role-playing games.

Earlier this year, I participated in a Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Chicago. For those of you who don’t know, MUN is a competition in which students assume roles as the ambassadors of world nations and simulate UN committees. The same structure is used for non-traditional committees, where students usually assume the roles of high officials to simulate business committees, wars, presidential elections, and so on. So yes, you can definitely say that MUN is glorified role-playing. In Chicago, I participated in the Ad-Hoc committee, which is usually composed of the top student delegates in the country. The topic of the committee was not disclosed prior to the conference and no one knew what character they would be representing. Continue reading

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Guest Blog | Becky Discusses Depression

Most people that know me are unaware that I suffer from depression.  I just started an incredible new job, I’m engaged to the love of my life, and things couldn’t be better, and yet I still use “suffer” in the present tense.

To me depression is like an addiction.  While I’ve never dealt with any substance abuse, I’ve read statements from people who have and they all seem to indicate that you don’t truly get over an addiction, you just learn to cope with it, and that’s exactly what depression is like.  I’m addicted to negative thoughts and everyday I have to resist them. Continue reading


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