Who Says Geeks Can’t Get Girls?

Come on, let’s face it. Geeks have been suffering from unfair prejudice all the while. They are stereotyped onto people who are ‘boring and unfashionable”, with an eccentric interest in a particular topic, such as science and technology. Geeks are seldom seen hanging out with girls, they are usually at home with fancy gadgets or with some mysterious story books.

If that is the impression you have of geeks, there is nothing wrong with it. This image has been popularised by Hollywood movies and even homegrown dramas. But as a cool study geek myself, let me debunk some myths and help the geeks out there get some justice done.

The truth is geeks are at heart, no different from any other guy. They just happen to have very different passion that is different from others and which others don’t consider cool. Times are changing. Gone are the days where geeks wear sloppy t-shirts, tight Bermuda, and high socks, white colour some more. Now, we have geeks who have fashionable hairstyle, wearing sunglasses and listening to his iPod, while solving very intriguing Maths puzzle on his laptop. Then when his crush walks by, he will swing out his guitar and strum the most romantic rap that he can have the whole crowd cheering him on. If you are wondering such a geek exist, that is me!

Unfortunately, there are some geeks out there who are really ‘uncool’. Imagine a geek who brings you to the Science Centre on the first date. And when you reach there, he starts to explain the mysterious theories behind the galaxy and evolution of creatures. At dinner, he uses calculus to calculate the maximum number of plates the table can hold. On the way back, he solves sudoku on the train and scream out excitedly after he has completed it. And during bedtime, he tells you story titled “The logic behind Programming” to get you to sleep. Sounds like the worst date of your life? You bet!

This is not cool at all! This is definitely not the Study Grandmaster way! Taking her to Science Centre for first date is perfectly fine with me, but you need to talk about some topics that both of you share some common interests. Talking about mysterious and complex theories will just make her feel stupid and her feel like a bimbo! Instead, you can talk about how the stars are formed, and the beautiful constellations in the sky. Explain how they affect her horoscope and make some guesses about her character. If you don’t know, go and STUDY! Some of you might argue that this is not sincere, but I personally feels that it is not true. You are sincere in winning her over, that is why you make the effort to read up and impress her. It is just like going for exams and preparing yourself for it.

Therefore you see, geeks can get girls too. With a certain set of mindset and actions, you can be perceived as cool too. I will be giving more tips and strategies in creating a cool image. And on top of that, I am coming up with my love story under my Biography. From there, you will see how a beauty and a geek fall in love and the ups and downs they face in their relationship.

A Credit Crunch Girl’s Night In

Girls just want to have fun…and nothing’s going to stop us, not even the credit crunch! However, now that we have to tighten our purse strings, a creative girls night in can replace those expensive nights out on the town and be heaps more fun at a fraction of the cost. Here are some ideas.

Fun and Games: There’s nothing like a game of Charades, Twister or Pictionary to make you laugh until it hurts. Raid your old boxes of childhood games or borrow a karaoke machine and howl along to girlie classics like the Grease Soundtrack, or 80s pop music.

A gastronical delight: Host a dinner party, with each friend in charge of bringing along a course. Set a gastronomical theme; for example, an Italian night, or food from an American Diner. With a choice of appertises, starter, main course, dessert and wine it will make for a delicious evening – and you can swap courses next time around. Alternatively, have a cheese, chocolate, and/or wine tasting evening. Blindfold your friends and see if they can guess which is Dairy Milk or Galaxy, Chardonnay or Chablais.

Swap Shop: Get all your friends to bring unwanted items of clothing and/or other useful things – like books, jewelery or an unopened beauty gift – and encourage a swap shop, Noel Edmonds style. This way, you have lots of fun, plus a new wardrobe or something else new to enjoy – without having to pay anything at all!

Pampering Princesses: Suggest a sleepover party, so everyone can be snuggly and comfortable in pajamas and get ready for some serious pampering. All hands on deck as you give each other facials, mani-pedis, help with waxing, and indulgent hair treatments. Finish with the ultimate skincare treat by applying No7’s Protect & Perfect beauty serum. Then lie back on some plumped pillows, light some candles, dip some fruit into a yummy chocolate fondue and gossip the night away.

Film Night Fun: Select a film theme and bring a bag full of clothes and accessories to dress up as your screen heroines; ‘Sex and The City’ fashion, laid back Greek style ‘Mamma Mia’, or 50s glamour ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ for example. Dress each other up, experiment with hair and make-up – you can use a beauty gift colour palette which gives oodles of choice. Coordinate your refreshments too, from Cosmopolitans to Ouzo, sushi to feta cheese and olives on cocktail sticks. To complete, press play on the chosen DVD and enjoy.

Girly Chat: Friendships are a vital part of our lives and having a fun night with our closest friends help our problems fade away. To make a change from the obligatory man/baby/celebrity talk, get everyone to write down 5-10 funny, interesting or embarrassing questions, such as “Have you ever?” Or “What’s the most?” on separate bits of paper and put them all in a hat. Then, one at a time, everyone take turns to draw out a question to answer.

So who needs to paint the town red, when we can cozy up with our girlie mates and have a great evening at home instead? And don’t forget the camera to record those hilarious and precious moments to remember and to treasure.

Who Lives In The Star Wars Galaxy?

It’s hard to say where old Hollywood ended and new Hollywood began. People in the industry don’t think of themselves as making history, they are just going to work. But the day in 1967 that Jack Warner cleaned out his desk at Warner Bros. studio, George Lucas and Frances Ford Coppola arrived on the lot.

The two young filmmakers were very different in demeanor. Coppola a legend at UCLA film school was 27, a loud boisterous mixture of mogul and marxist, who prided himself in dressing like Fidel Castro. He impressed film executives at first with his bravado, but later would upset them with his reckless overspending. Five years younger, Lucas, who went to USC, was quiet and introspective. The only guys at Warners who were below 30 and wore beards, they hit it off instantly with Coppola taking the mentor role. Lucas had made a thirteen minute science fiction film project called THX 1138, a dark look at a computer controlled future. Coppola convinced his protégé to extend it into a full-length film and talked Warner Bros. into financing it.

Over the next few months the wily Coppola played both sides. “I’m telling you this kid Lucas is making a great film.” Coppola told the Warner brass. “Don’t put pressure on yourself, they don’t expect anything,” He reassured Lucas. When they saw the completed THX 1138 the Suits were furious. “Francis what is this?” “I don’t know, I’ve never seen it.” replied the bewildered producer. To Lucas’s dismay the studio cut out parts from THX 1138 before they released it. “They’re cutting the fingers off my baby.”

THX failed at the box office and Coppola was held financially liable for $300,000, but the two filmmakers were given another chance to make a low budget movie at Universal. Impressed by the success of Easy Rider (1969) the old guard at the studio was reaching out to new talent, once again Coppola would produce and Lucas would direct. Lucas was encouraged by his wife Marsha to make the second project more positive. At USC he had studied anthropology learning that the American male has a unique mating ritual, he drives around in cars trying to pick up girls. Lucas combined this observation, with his own love of classic cars, his small town upbringing in Modesto, CA and his appreciation for top 40 songs played on the radio by disc jockeys like Wolfman Jack. The result: American Graffiti (1973).

The now beloved film got off to a rocky start. It was previewed in San Francisco to young crowd who adored it. After the show Lucas and Coppola waited for the Universal executives to come and congratulate them. Instead they were shocked by angry accusations that they had planted their friends in the crowd and American Graffiti was not releasable. True to their personas Coppola argued and Lucas stood quiet. Once again George saw his film taken away and cut up by what was in his view an interfering, know nothing studio. But there was one difference between THX-1138 and Graffiti; Graffiti was a hit, a highly profitable film that made Lucas a millionaire.

Now Lucas decided to return to science fiction, this time wanting to do a more positive story than THX. After failing to acquire the rights to Flash Gordon, he sat down to write his own screenplay. Influenced by the writings of Carlos Castaneda and the mythology of King Arthur, he based the characters on familiar figures. Luke Skywalker’s personality came from George Lucas himself, young, adventurous, and quiet from a small town, with a love of racing cars, or in this case space pods. Han Solo was based on Francis Ford Coppola. He was loud, cocky, reckless, always in debt, going through a love-hate relationship with the younger Skywalker. And the empire was actually the Hollywood studios. George Lucas striving for his creative freedom as a filmmaker would parallel Luke Skywalker’s journey to win liberty from the empire, and both would achieve it thanks to Star Wars.