The Weekly Geek: “Harry Potter” fandom and the case of the Lamebook


I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you this, but a new Harry Potter film was released this week — mainly to positive reviews and an orgy of fan-related activity. Whether you love or hate the franchise, you have to give it props for its geek cred — and for its excellent visual effects.

I stumbled on a little Potter-related arts/tech project that may be fun for fans and families. You know those cool “moving pictures” that appear in the newspapers and fliers all around Hogwarts (and surrounding vicinities)? Well, you can make your own hilarious/amazing movable mug shots thanks to this very quick and easy tutorial on Photojojo. All you need is a camera, some editing software (you can easily use a free program like JayCut) and your lovely face.

Geeks who want to spice it up, keep a few things in mind: First, costumes are encouraged. Never underestimate the power of an awesome hat. Second, choose your background wisely. A bright, solid color is best, unless you have some advanced trickery in mind.

Not into the digital arts and crafts? Well, I also ran into a hilarious diatribe on Cracked about how the sport of Quidditch is total nonsense, from a strategic point of view. You know, the snitch really does kind of break the game, doesn’t it? There’s a bit of NSFW language on the site, though the images will only offend spandex haters.

Of course, if you’re not into Mr. Potter at all, take heart — there’s another nerdy guilty pleasure that I’d like to share. Feast your eyes, sense of humor and your sense of self-righteousness at being able to spell at Lamebook, the world’s greatest collection of stupid, off-kilter and hilariously misspelled/misconstrued messages posted publicly on Facebook.

Really, any fan of social networking (and grammar, common decency, etc.) will find something to love. Take this little gem posted yesterday for a truly stunning piece of “lamester” logic.

Everything from unfortunate photos to bizarre wall-fights to the worst poetry you’ll ever read is on offer. Just know that this all comes with a warning — this stuff is addictive, and it will make you careful about what you put out there on your own social networking profile. You don’t want to end up on Lamebook.

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