Today is Geek Pride Day, a special day for all of us to celebrate the nerdier side of life, from AD&D to Firefly to action figure collecting to anime and manga. Being a geek means embracing what you’re passionate about whether it’s seen as socially “cool” or not, and keeping a part of your childhood close to your heart even after you’ve grown up. As I type these words in the office I share with 400+ Star Wars figures, I can certainly say the last couple decades have been great for those of us with less socially-acceptable hobbies, and the joy of being able to pursue one’s passions no matter how nerdy they are is wonderful. I’ve been a geek all my life (I even won second place at the science fair in high school) and I never thought it was such a bad thing to be, though I once caused offense when I mis-read a college student’s GREEK WEEK T-shirt as GEEK WEEK, though I couldn’t understand what the guy was upset about. May 25th is also the 35th anniversary of the opening of a little film called Star Wars, which along with Japan is one of two great influences on my life. Happy Geek Pride Day!