Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks

Jennifer Dawson

As the world relies increasingly on advanced technology, careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field are increasingly in demand — which is great news for geeks. In the US, STEM jobs are expected to grow 13% by 2027 and 93% of all STEM positions pay over double the national average of non-STEM jobs, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates. So, whether you love video games, computers, space, or science, there’s an exciting job out there to suit your talents.

Video Game Designer

A video game designer is a great way to turn your passion for video games into a career. You’ll be involved in creating sketches, concept art, and animations to determine video game settings and characters, as well as the overall style and mechanics of a game. The average annual salary for video game designers is $73,864 with the potential to reach $86,563 after six years of experience. You’ll first need a four-year degree in computer science (preferably with specializations specific to video games), which costs about $167,968. College is investment, but you can keep debt to a minimum by looking after your finances. During college, you should also work on building a portfolio to help get your foot in the door.

Ethical Hacker

Ethical hacking is a great career match for computer nerds interested in IT security. The job involves testing a company’s IT security for vulnerabilities — it’s a complex role often using the same methods illegal hackers use to breach networks. The necessary steps are then taker to strengthen the company’s security. There are no set qualifications required to be an ethical hacker, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree in internet security, mathematics, or computer science are great springboards into the role. The average salary starts at about $72,000 and can advance to over $100,000 with experience.

NASA Scientist

If you’re fascinated by the endless mystery of space, working at NASA is the dream career. NASA scientists study all sorts of subjects including other planets, galaxies, comets, black holes, and stellar explosions — it’s your choice what you specialize in. You’ll also need to do essential research and testing in advance of any space mission. You’ll at least need a bachelor’s degree in physics, space science, astrophysics, or astronomy, but you’ll earn more with a master’s or PhD. Salaries range from $35,000 to over $100,000.

There’s no time like the present to start planning your future. With hard work and dedication, you can make your geeky passion your career.

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Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

Avengers: Endgame Is It Everything You Hope It To Be? (NO SPOILERS)

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Without a doubt, Avengers: Endgame is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2019. In fact, once Infinity War was seen, this became the IT movie that everyone was dying to see, particularly after seeing the highly anticipated Captain Marvel. The thing is though, that many people (the diehard fans in particular) are worried that this movie will not live up to the hype. Well, the initial reactions are that this movie is going to be hitting all the right marks.

Fun

Although a bit of a slow start and required the viewer to accept a, to be honest, overused trope for furthering the plot, the latter half of the movie more than made up for it. The movie rewarded longtime viewers and avid comic fans alike with nostalgia through its delicate scenes, choice of dialog, and thematic elements. It could certainly be a summer blockbuster by itself through its action and pacing but again, it really gains its credibility as a great movie if the viewer has watched a majority of the previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Story

The story picks up immediately after the events of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, as many sequels tend to do. Like previously mentioned, the premise the film is built on seems a bit flimsy only because it could be viewed as a cliched story building tactic. However, the characters have been well built and draw upon the many years that went into building them and fulfilling the audience’s prebuilt ideas. Those characters are further enhanced by their teamwork with each other, both as actors and characters. The character themselves show that there is still room to grow, despite the many films that have been given, and yet the audience can see how far they’ve come leading to a sense of satisfaction for themselves. Most importantly perhaps, the ending feels complete and rewarding in every sense. A feat remarkably difficult to do considering the decade of anticipation leading to it.

Flow

The beginning seems a bit slow but is used to start the pacing of the movie and set a necessary tone to follow. There are many, many elements that are going on but it doesn’t ever seem too difficult to follow, again considering how much time is usually invested for the audience who has seen many of the involved movies. The movie really picks up in one of the anticipated climaxes with heroic teamwork, clever scenes, and shocking twists. As previously mentioned, the ending is resolved fairly both to those involved with the film and those watching it.

Characters

I kinda already covered that in part with the ‘story’ part. Each character’s highlights are further exaggerated by the surrounding scene and the incredible acting of others. It never felt like actors playing a part but rather people who were meant to live their part, with us as the audience. Each character has grown through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this movie serves as its capstone of a wonderful era.

Revisit Value

Although a personal note, I haven’t really felt that many Marvel films are worth watching past the first time. It’s difficult to enjoy a story told twice. The only time I really see re-watching this film is either with other people who haven’t seen it, and to see their reactions to the aforementioned rewards or as a movie marathon. I feel confident in saying that this movie is as rewatchable as Infinity War, in each way and sense.

Rating

If I was to go off of first impressions, I would give this movie a 9/10. Again, it has a rather slow-feeling start which held it back a bit but the movie is everything its fans, casual or die-hard, hope it will be. And that’s hard to say for something that has been building for well over a decade. In the end, I would give this film an “Everyone” rating because I think even people who haven’t seen any Marvel films can enjoy parts of it. It is an action movie with cool visual effects, and so on. But it is most definitely marketed for the many “Buffs” that have been committed for this long and makes it feel worth it be happy superhero nerd.

So, does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? In short, no it does not – it surpasses it. This is a movie that was well worth the ten year wait, and is definitely one that you will have fun watching. Enjoy!

Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Encouraging Play in Your Geek Children

Susan Dawson

Children aged two to five spend an average of 32 hours a week watching television, which can cause parents some concern. While movies and TV programs can do wonders for lowering a child’s stress levels and stimulating their imagination, it should always be paired with other forms of play.

How Tech Play Teaches Transferable Skills

Keeping up with the latest movie and TV releases is an important part of childhood, but other technology can help to build skills and stimulate intellectual growth. For instance, play on electric toy vehicles can ultimately lead to good driving habits, while a few hours on Resident Evil 2 teaches multitasking and focus. Allow your child to follow their passions but suggest games which foster transferable skills which can be applied in education and work. Research suggests that board games improve critical thinking in a child, so why not follow up a viewing of Aquaman with a game of Arkham Horror?

Fostering Imagination

In the past, when everyone raised cattle and grew crops, imagination was not a sought-after soft skill in the employment process. However, those who did have a sharp imagination were able to invent new farming techniques and tools that drove society forward. Today, artificial intelligence and automation means that demand for non-imaginative work is declining, while the creative industry flourishes. Use hobbies such as roleplaying, comic book drawing, and filmmaking to teach your child to be creative. A round of Dungeons and Dragons will teach your child to think laterally, giving them a head start when they eventually enter the job market.

Learning the Rules of Social Interaction

Geekdom is a largely uniting force, bringing together people of all backgrounds around a common pastime. Although many hobbies are a solitary pursuit, most geeky games are best played with others. The more time your child spends across the chess board from a friend, the more chances they will have to develop their social skills. Empathy and communication skills allow a child to not just flourish in the workplace, but also to have stable and healthy relationships.

Encouraging the geek in your child will open them up to a world of opportunities. By engaging in a diverse range of hobbies, they will pick up the creative and social skills to be happy and successful later in life. So, dust off your old comic books and breakout the Warhammer figurines for the sake of your child’s intellectual and emotional development.

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FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Paul Reubens

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NAME: PAUL REUBENS

APPEARING: TBA*

KNOWN FOR: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

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PAUL REUBENS created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981. It moved to the Roxy on Sunset Strip, and HBO’s production of the show introduced Pee-wee Herman to a national audience. Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five-year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice.

Paul Reubens has also starred in many diverse, non-Pee-wee film and television roles. He recently appeared as Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin’s father on Gotham. Other TV credits include: The Blacklist, Portlandia, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911 and Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include Mystery Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blow, Life During Wartime and Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic.Reubens revived The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and then at the Steven Sondheim Theater on Broadway.

In 2010, three decades after his first HBO special, the network produced a dazzling new version of the Broadway show. Next, Judd Apatow teamed with Paul and Netflix to produce a new Pee-wee movie, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. Reubens has also lent his vocal talents to many projects including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars Rebels, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, TRON: Uprising, Smurfs, Minecraft: Story Mode and Call of Duty: Zombies in Spaceland.

Pee-Wee Herman’s star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame is located at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard. ‘Pee-Wee Herman’s Log’ (that’s blog without the ‘b’) is at: peewee.com

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Karl Urban

Press Release

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NAME: KARL URBAN

APPEARING: Friday & Saturday

KNOWN FOR: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Trek Trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok

PANEL: TBA*

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**For more information about Autographs, Memorabilia Signings, Voice recordings and other signing table opportunities visit the Celebrities Booth during the convention. Prices and options subject to change

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Karl-Heinz Urban is a New Zealand actor best known for his roles as Eomer in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Bones in Star Trek, Star Trek: Beyond, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok.

He also played Julius Caesar and Cupid in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Munder in Ghost Ship, Kirill in The Bourne Supremacy, Black Hat in Priest, John Grimm in Doom, William Cooper in Red, Gavin in Pete’s Dragon, Vincent in The Loft, Vaako in the second and third installments of the Riddick film series, and Judge Dredd in Dredd. He won acclaim for his performances in New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out of the Blue. He also played the main character John Kennex in the short-lived television series Almost Human.

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

FanX 2018 Guest Announcement: Tim Curry

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NAME: TIM CURRY

APPEARING: TBA*

KNOWN FOR: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend, Clue, IT, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Muppet Treasure Island, Annie, Congo, The Hunt for Red October

PANEL: TBA*

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Timothy James Curry is an English actor, voice actor, and singer. He is known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts. Curry rose to prominence with his portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising the role he had originated in the London and Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show.

His other stage work includes various roles in the original West End production of Hair, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Broadway production of Amadeus, the Pirate King in the West End production of The Pirates of Penzance, Alan Swann in the Broadway production of My Favourite Year and King Arthur in Broadway and West End productions of Spamalot.

Curry received further acclaim for his film and television roles, including as Rooster Hannigan in the film adaptation of Annie, as Darkness in the fantasy film Legend, as Wadsworth in the mystery comedy film Clue, as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the horror miniseries It, and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.

Curry has also gained acclaim as a voice actor. His roles in animation include Hexxus in the fantasy film FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Nigel Thornberry on the Nickelodeon series The Wild Thornberrys, and Palpatine on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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