Did You Know?

Did you know that this blog is an ever-evolving, ever-changing piece of work? Somedays it is a personal journey of my radical and geeky ways. Other days it is promoting my favorite artists and being completely transparent when I do so. And sometimes, I don’t have a frakkin’ clue what it is or what it should be.

But, whatever is seems like, it is to you. I’m happy just to share my passion, my geekiness and my ease of networking with people to bring to you all the different ideas, opinions, projects, and anything else out there that I can find and I want to share and talk about.

If you want to find me in a more organized fashion of geeky writing, check out No Continues Media and FanPup for some of my pieces.

Let’s Play Doctor

Happy Valentine’s & Galentine’s Day to everyone! If you haven’t noticed by following my instagram account, I’ve been completely obsessed with a new craft lately — cross stitching. I’ve been pouring all my creativity, time and effort into learning the craft and it has finally paid off with this latest Doctor Who inspired V-Day piece.

Let's Play Doctor

This was an interesting pattern for me to create because it was adapted from a paper-and-thread tutorial that I found on Instructables. Comparing paper and fabric was a no-brainer for me and I quickly end up frustrating with the paper tearing at the slightest movement, so instead of using cardstock that made me want to throw it across the room, I grabbed a white Aida 14 and cut it down to about a 4 in. length x 3 in. width.

The black threaded outline on the outside was actually something I added as a small touch just so that this small piece would stay on it’s backing (actual cardstock). I didn’t start out to make it look uneven, but I missed a few stitches and thought it gave it a kitschy look and kept it.

Let's Play Doctor Who Cross Stitch Pattern by Radical Geekery

DMC Thread Colors for Let's Play Doctor Cross Stitch by Radical Geekery

Since this was a last minute project, I didn’t have time to throw together the correct colors for the TARDIS, but according to this thread, you can use a variety of colors, so it really is up to you. I used what I had on hand, but if I were to redo this one, I’d get the actual darker blue colors.


Let's Play Doctor, Final Shot

I can’t wait to create more patterns like this one, and I’m seriously thinking of investing fully in Mac Stitch so I have access to all the features of the program. It’s super easy to use and you can create your own patterns in a snap. Much thanks to Jess of Geeky Little Stitcher for the suggestion.

Learning the down-and-dirty of putting together of making my own pattern was so much fun, I’m actually going to apply it to a larger project I’m working on, check out this photo for a sneak peak. Hint: Winter is Coming

What other cross stitch projects are you working on? I’d love for you to link to them below or share pictures on Radical Geekery’s Facebook page.


Good day, Sunshine!

There always seems to be a lot of talk about authenticity at the beginning of every new year from all over the blogosphere. It seems as if the the energy of resolutions, goals and starting over invades our brains as a cultural construct and we make these statements and ideas without even thinking about what we are doing. In years past, I’ve actually scoffed at making any sort of set authenticity statements for myself because I’ve never understood what it really meant — I personally saw it as as a faux fad that everyone did just to fit in with everyone else. I couldn’t be more wrong.

The Art of Tea

A picture I took for my art of tea course…so much fun!


The flower of tea is offered to the God of early Spring.




It wasn’t until a few nights ago while I was watching a movie (and feeling guilty about my choice of film) that it hit me…this is my choice of film and I have nothing to feel guilty about — no matter what anyone else says. I had been feeling ashamed about having my own preferences, likes and passions. I had felt bad that I wasn’t as much as an activist or artist or “insert something I am not here.” I wasn’t allowing myself to be happy with me.

When I finally realized that it was okay to like whatever I wanted and not apologize, it was as if a switch just flipped in me and I felt authentic, I felt centered, and I felt real. It reminded me of the topic of enlightenment in Zen Buddhism which I had recently covered in my Chado: Art of Tea course. From what I have gleaned about Zen, it is impossible to explain enlightenment unless you are enlightened, and even then your enlightenment is not anothers enlightenment.

Since this realization and lifting of a long-term depression, I’ve been living joy most days. I used to feel like this all the time, but dealing with a chemical depression, stress from school and some health issues last year really took its toll and I didn’t even trust my own intuition and self.

Other quote

It’s just finally good to share that out loud with myself and anyone who happens to read it. Really, it is more for me than anyone else. Have you ever had that rush of acknowledgement about something in your life?


P.S. I hope you enjoy the reference in the blog title post to one of my favorite Beatles songs. If you need a classic pick-me-up song, take a gander at this one — it should make you smile a bit.

Cross Stitch Crazy

I cannot believe it is February already, it seems like January just whizz-banged by in a flash before my eyes. I’ve been so busy with school and my extracurriculars that I’ve barely paid attention to the date. Classes, Quidditch and writing for No Continues Media has taken up most of my time.

In the rare moments that I have free-time I’ve been working on many of my 30 by 30 goals, most of which have been more fulfilling then I had originally anticipated. Lately, my newest obsession has been finishing goal number 10 and 15 — both cross stitch related.

Since the beginning of January, I’ve started and finished around five or six different pieces, many of which I am currently translating into free patterns that you can use. Here are some glances at a few pieces that I’m particularly proud of.

Warning: Not all pictures are of these works completely finished.

Bitch Bitch Bitch

Suck It Up

Suck It Up

May Cthulhu Devour This House Last

Minecraft Enderman

I’ve become completely obsessed with cross-stitching and can’t get enough of it. In fact, I have already planned three other projects in the last week because I feel so well suited to this simple, but beautiful craft.

Has anyone else found a hobby that just fits them incredibly well?

Restaurant Review: Mount Bakery

Last quarter, as I mentioned, I spent quite a bit of time writing for my university’s student newspaper publication, the Western Front. As part of my coursework, I ended up writing about half-a-dozen restaurant review blogs for some of Bellingham’s more famous restaurants.

Note: With the permission of the editor-in-chief, I’ve decided to repost them here on Radical Geekery so that you can also check out my experiences at these delicious little eateries. Today’s review was originally posted here, on December 3, 2014 and all pictures and text are my original work. 

The end of the quarter has come and with all the stress and struggle of school, nothing less than comfort food will do. That is why Mount Bakery was carefully picked to be my last restaurant review of the quarter.

Located squarely in downtown Bellingham, Mount Bakery is a hub of activity during its dining hours and always quite crowded with locals and visitors alike trying to grab a table.

Although I was quite hungry, my appetite had to wait to be sated. The biggest complaint I had about this particular restaurant came to me as I walked in. Even though it has charm and coziness in its small location, it isn’t nearly big enough for the demand and patrons typically have to wait anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes to be seated — about 25 for me.

Already at a point of my stomach growling, I immediately ordered a fruity sparkling mimosa while pursuing the menu. Knowing full well I wanted to get fed as quickly as possible, I chose some sides that were affordable, coming to just under $15 for all five of my sides.

My delicious mimosa

My delicious mimosa

Unlike many other brunch joints in town, Mount Bakery has different options for your sides in case of preference and allergy. That morning I went with red potatoes and goat cheese, apple smoked bacon, organic scrambled eggs, seasonal roasted veggies with a bit of an avocado on top.  Sipping on my mimosa before I became impatient when it took almost 30 minutes to get my food to me after I had ordered. After an hour, I was finally able to dig into my meal and it was almost worth the wait.

As a bit of a foodie, I was worried that the seasonal roasted veggies might be a bit bland, but was pleasantly surprised with the local mixture that came to me steaming and with a special seasoning that made them stand out. The goat cheese melted onto the red potatoes giving them that extra punch of flavoring and even the eggs were fluffy and light, — you could tell they had just made them specially for me.

Brunch at Mount Bakery

As much as I love food, an hour is a really long time to wait for a meal, and even though the food was way above par from most brunch-type eateries, the time frame from entering the restaurant to getting my food weighted over me as I ate.

In all I would give the restaurant a 7 out of 10 purely on the wait time. Everything else was a 10 out of 10, the atmosphere, the price, the wait staff, and the food was beyond expectations.

If you are going to choose a time to stop by Mount Bakery, go at a time when the brunch crowds have died down and you don’t have to wait to get seated.

Geek Me!

So, the other day I laughed at my super geekiness and just had to take a picture. This is me encapsulated — I’m just passionately geeky about my fandoms. Can you name all of them?


“I am the Doctor (Groot)” -Hero of Canton.


That is a hand-sculpted Groot by Jesse Kennedy, a cute little Jayne Cobb hat that came with my Browncoats Collection Set of eyeshadows from Espionage Cosmetics and my 10th Doctor Screwdriver. What is the geekiest thing you’ve done this week?


I don’t (I do) need no education

As a tribute to the Pink Floyd song, Another Brick in the Wall, I’ve had all but convinced myself that I didn’t need to be in school because it was stressing me out so much this last quarter. I spent most of finals week either sleeping, drinking or studying. Well, after a three week holiday break I am back on the saddle again, but with a new outlook. Today was my first day back for winter quarter and I found myself almost skipping across campus in my good mood.

My obligatory beginning of the new quarter bus stop #selfie Here I go again. *crossing fingers* Wish me luck!

A photo posted by Becky (@radicalgeekery) on Jan 1, 2015 at 10:58am PST

I’m excited about my class load and will actually be able to share a great deal of it on this blog because I am required to have a blog for one of my classes (photojournalism) and will be including quite a bit of my work from my chadō: art of tea course as well. I’m really excited to be taking classes this quarter and I am even going to see if the new organization I am working with (No Continues Media — check them out) will let me repost or reblog some of the work I am doing for them.

After dealing with a pretty heavy depressive episode in December, I’m feeling grateful and mindful of being in such a healthy place today and looking forward to what 2015 will bring. And to end off this little blurb of a blog post, here are some words that I’ve pinned to my Quotes board on Pinterest that have inspired me in the past few days — I hope you can enjoy them as much as I have.