Huge thanks to all who came along last night to celebrate Geek Pride day at our GMSS ThanksGeeking event! There were some outstanding geeky costumes- Superman Mid-change, Tony Stark complete with arc reactor, Biff from The Future, River Tam, two (!) Daleks, Bladerunner’s Rachel (with cuddly owl), a reformed Borg, and Super Mario amongst others, well done to everyone for their efforts.
Our Crowned King and Queen of Geek were the wonderful Ollie and Claire- regulars at GMSS since its infancy, who happen to be getting married this weekend. They acted as Judges for our costume competition. It turns our the Daleks seem to finally be winning down here on earth, with a straight 1-2; with Steph (@whatsessydid) taking first place for her awesome cosplay effort, and Mykie (@MrMykie) rolling in just behind. Here they are in all their splendour:
The quiz was really tough, with a brilliant round on Girl Geeks from Sam representing @mcrgirlgeeks. All our Geeks all did really well. Luckily there were no real losers, as 1) We are skeptigeeks; this just isn’t possible and 2) we’d bought in a huge stash of scifi toys, sweets and books to give away. No team went without a prize. The winning team was “The Quizatz Haderach” which satisfylingly enough did include the King and Queen Geeks, so no upset in our monarchy thus far. They also enjoyed the picture round (see below).
We had a bit of light entertainment in the form of Puppetry Comedy filth with Pico the Sponge (see a Pico StarWars clip here) inbetween segments, and finally ended up with a prize frenzy as we doled out all the goodies. A big thank you to Rick for sorting out all the audio and music, and to Ayesha for helping get everything up and running!
To round up ThanksGeeking properly, I should also mention that this was my last night as organiser for Manchester Skeptics in the Pub. The last two years have been a huge privilege and a lot of fun, and while I may never have carried the title of ‘founder’ or ‘president’, I have always had GMSS and its members needs close to my heart. We’ve had more than fifty events since I started as an organiser (and that’s not including those organised by Joely- the fantastic GMSS Book Club; Skeplit). I think it is about time for someone different steering the good ship GMSS in Manchester.
I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a great group of people, I owe huge thanks to the GMSS committee, but especially Allan for all his effort and support before and during events, and making people feel so welcome*, Rick for dealing with all things treasury-related, and Alex for being consistently and quietly brilliant with the AV in the DJ booth for the last two years, and both Rick and Geoff for keeping the GMSS side of QED running, after Allan and I left after the first year. Long may it all continue, I’m looking forward to coming along to GMSS events in the future. Keep watching all the normal places for upcoming talks and other events, and keep your eyes peeled for one-off events of mine in the future… I’m not very good at keeping quiet. Meanwhile, if you need me, I will be here!
So, to all of you lovely people at GMSS, all of our past speakers, and to all of our online supporters, from me:
So long, and thanks for all the
fish amazingly awesome fantastic funny moving inspirational wonderful times. You all rock. <3
*oh yeah, and for being an amazing human that I just happen to have met at a Skeptics event.