Last weekend, I stumbled across a t-shirt that changed everything. I love a good nerdy t-shirt, but I was completely unawares that nerd culture, a force to be reckoned with, was beginning to permeate sportswear. That’s right, you can now get nerdy sports stuff and flaunt your awesomeness at a game or at the gym. Why buy a boring, polyester microfiber shirt that looks just like everyone else’s when you can stand out as a proud nerd instead? Without further ado, here are seven kick-ass geek chic items that combine nerdiness and sports.

1.) Real Madrid Empire Crossover t-shirt

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Fan Official t-shirt, $25.95

AKA the shirt that spawned an exhaustive internet search last week. I am a huge Real Madrid fan, and who doesn’t love Star Wars? This was the best crossover I’d seen in a long time, and it got me wondering about other potential nerd + sports clothing. This shirt is limited, and you can only place orders until September 27. Move it or lose it!

I haven’t written about short films much in the time I’ve been doing this blog (although Collectiva Diva has posted about Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Inseparable”), they remain one of my favourite genres in the film industry. If ever you want to make me sob like a whoa, just play “Changing Batteries” while I’m in the room. I cry every. friggin. time. Short films are also the surest way to make me smile until my jaw aches and I’ll need paracetamol. Here are my five favourite happy short films. Watch them, share them, and for Chuck’s sake smile a little.

Validation

Written and Directed by Kurt Kuenne, starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis
Summary: A parking attendant validates people. (If you’re not inspired to go out and do random acts of kindness after watching this, watch it again.)

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The Collective gals got into the blogging game because of our burning desire to attend San Diego Comic-Con and coexist IRL with other nerds. If you’ve read the 2-part “Great Comic-Con Disappointment”, you’ll know that we haven’t gotten tickets, well, ever. Still, our adversity created this amazing blog and, as we grumbled much of the summer 2013 (and well into 2014), the fire continued to burn. Over the years, the Collective bloggers spent most of our time at literary conventions (we’re nerds, yes), but the need to connect with fandom is a very real and burning desire. We know finding the perfect, attainable event can become a challenge. Fan conventions are usually sold out a year in advance, which means scoping out the scene well in advance. We attended our first official fan con as a blog team in November 2013, mulling over the $85 single day ticket price for the Burbank Supernatural Convention, for about 15 seconds, before fully committing to cosplay, photo-ops and autograph sessions that turned out to be AMAZING.

My advice? As soon as you hear about a con, Google it. Look it up. Do your research. Find out how much the tickets are, when they usually go on sale and what kind of crowd your particular fan con draws. Then, start buying stuff. A entry ticket here, a photo-op there. Spread out the cost of the items you want to enjoy at the fan con over time, and it won’t hurt as much. Next, check out the list below. It contains my top 5 picks for California fan conventions in 2014. Tell me your favorites in the comments below.

xoxo The Collective Diva