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Happy Valentines day; it is a bit difficult to find references worth noting about science fiction Valentines, but I did rather like Geek Love’s 10 Couples from the Big and Small Screen the other week. They also put together a nice collection of Geek Valentines Cards that had a couple of real winners in it. For something more interactive than reading a web site, you still have time to Send a Doctor Who Valentines Card to your significant alien. Finally, the best Steampunk Valentines Song I have ever seen; enjoy.

Happening tomorrow on x-mas eve at 9PM eastern on BBC America we have The Nerdist: Year In Review, hosted by Chris Hardwick. I am not quite sure how Chris became the definitive American nerd for BBC America, but we could be represented by a much less able spokes-geek and I for one am satisfied. The program includes guests Nathan Fillion and Will Wheaton talking about Firefly, a review of Neil Gaimon’s favorite Doctor Who moments, as well as David Tennant and Simon Pegg. Including the results of a two way competition for the Nerd of the Year Award, where you submit a video with your vote embedded in it. What makes it two way is the fact that three of the best videos (best as defined by a combined criteria of most convincing argument and overall geekery) will be featured on BBC America before the special airs.

Chris Hardwick is using the platform given him by BBC America to host a two way competition for the Nerd of the Year Award, where you submit a video with your vote embedded in it. What makes it a two way competition is the fact that three of the best videos (best as defined by a combined criteria of most convincing argument and overall geekery) will be featured on BBC America before the special airs. Which pretty much means this weekend, so build and upload your videos now; deadline for entry is 11:59PM EST on Sunday, the 18th. The actual winner of the award will be announced during the Nerdist Year In Review special on x-mas eve. The show also features Wil Wheaton, David Tennant, Simon Pegg, Nathan Fillion, and Neil Gaimon covering topics ranging from Doctor Who to Firefly.

This weekend is Otakon, the by fans, for fans convention covering Manga, Anime, and all things Asian pop culture like. It takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center and the surrounding Baltimore Inner Harbor from July 29th through the 31st. Their schedule is huge, and for the last handful of years they have sold out the convention center, which is a lot of people. They generally try to hold back a block of tickets for same day walk up sales, but you have to be there awfully early in the morning to get them. One of the movies scheduled to be screened this year is Bunraku, currently on the film festival circuit and looking quite tasty, as you can tell from the trailer. The unscheduled Otakon event that got the most YouTube coverage last year had to be the fire drill, when 30,000 Otaku were all on the streets of Baltimore at once.

What would the world have had to been like for Pablo Picasso to have been considered a realist, rather than an abstract painter? This little animation gives you part of the answer to that question.