With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we here at Nerds Doing Stuff are heading into Five Fandom Friday with full force. What does that mean? Well, you’ll be getting a list of Fictional Couples we ship from both myself, Robby, as well as a list from Stacey. Two lists. Couples a-plenty. Let’s do this!

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Valentine’s Day, a day for loved ones to celebrate! Here in the United States we show love and affections by showering each other in gifts ranging from the cute stuffed animal to the romantic *wink wink*. We go out, have an expensive dinner or show how much we love one another by a home made meal.  Then there are some of us, home alone with a bag of sweethearts filling up with our lonely, lonely tears. The sorrow make the candy hearts taste better, I swear!

Bye Bitch!

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No seriously, stop it. You sound like those people that think the relationship between Christian Grey and Ana Steele is appropriate and not at all horrifically abusive and 50 shades of NOT OKAY. I don’t care how tear-jerking a video of Snape moments put in chronological order is.

Let’s talk about the toxic friendship. Let’s talk about the gross expectation that Lily Evans had to fall in love with him and be with him forever because he was such a nice guy to her. Even when he wasn’t.

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Half-blood Severus Snape and Muggleborn Lily Evan were adorable childhood friends. Snape was enamored with the obviously talented young witch and their friendship blossomed. Much excitement was had when the two received their Hogwarts letters and began their journey of learning. Snape became a Slytherin while Lily was sorted into Gryffindor, but that didn’t deter their friendship. However, Snape soon found himself embroiled in an obsession with the Dark Arts and a group of friends who looked down on those classified as Muggleborns and would go so far as hoping to get rid of them completely. These were his housemates, yes, the people he would spend the seven years at Hogwarts working closely with, and he fell in and found that he did not find their worldview distasteful. Offensive slurs that applied to his best friend Lily began to fall carelessly from his lips, and the same hateful rhetoric became a part of his belief system. And Lily didn’t really like that. She found that she disagreed with his opinions and could not accept the decisions he was making. Although he may have been her first friend in the wizarding world, he had become a person with whom she had no desire to associate with.

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It’s that time of year. The time for love, the time for togetherness, and the time where people all over the world scramble to find those they love something for Valentines Day. Sure, there are flowers and chocolates and stuffed animals (all of which are valid options,) but we here think that there should be something a bit more fun and nerdy on your Valentines Day schedule if you’re around the Los Angeles area. As your Geeky Cupid, we’ve collected a small handy list of things you can do with your one true geek love that will definitely put the Force with you!

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Here’s how it happened: He got down on one knee in front of a brightly lit fountain, gave a romantic speech about how much he loved me, and asked me to officially spend the rest of my life with him. While dressed as Kristoff from that little Disney movie called Frozen. While I was dressed as Princess Anna. Saturday night of Wondercon 2014. It was the end of the day, my wig had been slipping for a solid two hours, and we had just finished dancing with wild abandon to an impromptu band outside the Anaheim Convention Center. Our friends were trying to be nonchalant as they snapped photos and took video leading up to the Big Moment.

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The inside cover reads like a propaganda poster. In fact, it is. The print brightly states “Life Sentence? Fight For Your Planet Instead And You’re Out In 15 Years. Talk to Your M.I.D. Recruiter for Details” and lists the message is brought to you by GLOBAL OUTREACH ENTERPRISES. Well, that certainly is a good way to capture your audience’s attention.

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Each month’s Loot Crate brings new and exciting nerdy gear to incorporate into my excess of nerd lifestyle. Subscribers know the theme, but don’t get to know what’s inside until the crate arrives on the doorstep (or until, you know, they watch one of those nifty unboxing videos). The element of surprise is partially what makes every crate such a fun treat every month. It’s an amazing way to discover new items, brands, and even interests. But with such a varied and unpredictable lot, there are bound to be an item or two that you just don’t know what to do with. Resale is, of course, one option, but I think there’s another choice. Especially with the things that you definitely want in your life but simply don’t know where it would fit. Thus, “Loot Crate Hacks” was born. Every month, I’m going to select an item that can be crafted into something new and unique. Let’s get creative! After all, nerdy shit and crafting are two of my ultimate favorite pastimes!

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Hello! Welcome to our humble Café and please do make yourself comfortable! Enjoy our variety selections of delicacies and please do try our specials served up hot and fresh to your liking. Here we offer up such dishes and foods seen in your favorite anime, manga, and beloved video games for your eclectic and unique taste. So sit down, enjoy your drink, and please let us serve you something new and exciting!

The quintessential Japanese comfort food seen in almost every manga and anime is the Onigiri, the travel size ball of rice. You might remember the character Onigiri in Air Gear, as the character’s head resembles the rice ball, or if you were one of the many who grew up watching Pokemon, you might recognize these as oddly shaped “doughnuts” or “sandwiches”, which my friend is far from the truth!

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In my quest to find new comics to read each week, I go through a variety of different thought processes. Too much in my mind goes into picking what I read. I know, not the best way to look at things, but hey, it’s worked for me so far! My eyes will wander the “New This Week!” rows and dazzle in the delights of what this weeks illustrators have to present to their comic consuming public. I have to admit, on this one I am a bit behind, as I found Feathers #1 a month after it’s release…but hey, at least I found a copy. From what my research tells me, the first issue sold out! And would you look at that, Feathers #2 released on Wednesday. Hmm. The opportunity struck!

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I try to incorporate a little bit of fandom into my everyday, and accessories can say it all! My favorite pieces are creations from artists I run into in the Artist’s Alley of a convention or on Etsy. I also love making my own nerdy jewelry, which makes the topic for my very first 5 Fandom Friday rather fitting. Here are a few of my favorite items from an ever-growing collection!

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