I’ve recently been made aware of a really great kickstarter project – The UberDork Cafe. A safe and friendly community centre for the geeks and dorks amongst us – a group of which I’m a proud member – is terrific. I’m getting close to forty now, and I’m pretty comfortable with who I am, but for the younger set I think this is really important. As a teen, I knew I didn’t really fit in with anyone. My high school had a strong athletic focus, and the outsider groups were mostly metal-heads and goths. Though I identified with the goths, I didn’t adopt the look. Worse, I was one of the “smart kids”. Now, I was always a loner, so it didn’t really bother me too much that I didn’t fit in, but it would’ve been nice to have a place to go. (All that cliquish BS evaporated in university – between the amazing community at the school and access to the goth and industrial clubs of the city, I was in heaven.)
Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I understand the need for a place like UberDork Cafe. I wish there were one near where I lived when I was in high school. If there were one here I’d go now.
The project founder, Natali, isn’t looking for a ton of money (how she’s going to swing this with such little investment is a mystery to me) and she’s well on her way to her goal, but she’s not there yet. (If, by the time you read this, the project goal has been met please donate anyway – every bit helps.)