K-pop: You can thank Google for your new obsession
Girls' Generation performs at the K-Collection In Seoul on March 11.
May 14th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

K-pop: You can thank Google for your new obsession

Google announced last week that it would host a free concert May 21 at its Mountain View headquarters featuring a host of Korean pop music acts such as SNSD (also known as Girls' Generation), DBSK (also known as TVXQ), Super Junior, The Wonder Girls, KARA and more.

You may not know these names, but to a devoted K-pop fan, seeing even one of those bands is a seriously squeeworthy event.

Fans like me would easily pay a great deal to see a show like this. And in many ways, it is fan devotion that is responsible for such an event appearing in the States. A representative for the concert said in a statement, "I think that previous performances by Korean artists were targeted towards Korean-Americans or the Koreans living abroad, but this time its appeal will spread to all fans of pop music in the US."

There's only one message to get out of this: Google believes K-pop has universal appeal. It's been on the rise for a while, though. Last year, a similar variety show sold out Madison Square Garden and sent fans across America into a total frenzy. Girls' Generation was also featured on David Letterman in early February and performed the English-language version of their hit song "The Boys." My friends and I gathered around the television, waiting to see how it would all turn out. And we were overjroyed when the performance met with resounding applause.

My own discovery of K-pop was a slow one. I've been a J-pop fan for more than a decade, but K-pop was a foreign world that I had no idea how to get into. That is, until I saw my first TVXQ video. FULL POST

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May 11th, 2012
02:37 PM ET

How brainy women think about attachment parenting

Mayim Bialik is an actress, a neuroscientist and an outspoken member of the attachment parenting community. Her take on mothering entered the forefront of the public consciousness with this week’s controversial Time magazine cover featuring a woman breastfeeding her 3-year-old.

Citing her education and admittedly nerdy nature, Bialik said she found attachment parenting and natural childbirth methods preferable to the conventional medical advice she was given as an expectant mother.

"I think the mainstream has been revealed to be a lie to those of us who are nerds," Bialik told Geek Out in March during the tour for her book "Beyond the Sling."

"I think, depending on what kind of nerd or geek you are, there's an analytic and statistic aspect to (your) brain," she said. "When you're used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more." FULL POST

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'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!
The Tick and Invincible team up in The Tick #100.
May 9th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"The Tick" is a brilliant superhero parody first published by New England Comics in the 1980s, and is perhaps best known to most thanks to a well-remembered cartoon in the '90s and a short-lived live action show early last decade.

This week, this hilarious arachnid reaches a milestone with “Tick #100: The Tick meets Invincible!!” Longtime "Tick" writer Benito Cereno - who, since 2009 has been responsible for what I think are some of the best "Tick" stories thus far - teams up with Robert Kirkman's comic book hero, Invincible.

“Robert Kirkman gets a lot of love for the Walking Dead and it's all well deserved," said Daniel Dean of Titan Comic Books & Games in Smyrna, Georgia. "However, he first won my heart with 'Invincible."

Kirkman's "Invincible" embodies the surprising and simple concept of the world's greatest superhero's progeny coming into his own and quickly realizing how in over his head he really is, Dean said. "Nothing he took for granted is true and every choice is harder than he expected. Teenagers, right?” he said. FULL POST

'Avengers' vindicates geek community
Chris Hemsworth, left, stars as Thor and Chris Evans stars as Captain America in "The Avengers."
May 8th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

'Avengers' vindicates geek community

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in "paranormal pop culture," has lectured at conventions nationwide on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at ParanormalPopCulture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

So yeah, I loved “The Avengers.”

Let’s simmer on that word for a few: love. Love for a movie is a pretty significant emotion, and yet I stand by it. While not perfect (the gripes are ridiculously minor), the film was a pure joy. It delivered on the promise of a Marvel-ous adventure with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and (finally) an awesome, Incredible Hulk.

But this isn’t a movie review.

Instead, it’s more of an “I told you so,” to Hollywood power brokers locked into the philosophy that audiences crave dark heroes and sober plot lines, and that the geeks who grew up loving the source material could not be trusted to make a blockbuster. FULL POST

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May the 4th be with your shoes
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" shoes created at a recent nerd shoes party in North Hollywood, California.
May 4th, 2012
11:24 AM ET

May the 4th be with your shoes

The powers that be at Lucasfilm certainly have plenty of activities planned for May the 4th (as in "May the 4th be with you") this year, including e-cards, an online marathon of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (which airs on Cartoon Network, a Time Warner company like CNN) and big announcements about August's "Star Wars" Celebration VI.

But May the 4th began as a fan celebration of all things from a galaxy far, far away, so may we suggest another part of your observance of this big day, especially for the ladies (assuming you're not in Toronto for their massive event): Why not end the day with a "Star Wars" shoe party?

That's just what geek blogger Amy Ratcliffe recently did in her home in North Hollywood, California, (though she opened it up to comic book, "Game of Thrones" and "Doctor Who"-inspired shoes, as well).

Ratcliffe spoke to CNN Geek Out about how she pulled it off:
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