‘The Good Place’ and Chidi help redefine the Black nerd

William Jackson Harper is nervous. He and I have been on the phone for five minutes, and he’s walking around his living room as we speak, analyzing everything he’s saying and hoping he hasn’t said anything stupid. I can relate.

“Are you pacing right now?” I asked. “Because I pace all the time.”

“Yeah, I’m pacing,” he said. “I am.”

As a self-described neurotic, he takes his nervousness as a given. Later, he tells me about how hard it is to make dinner plans. He and his girlfriend have talked about it. 

This Super Retro Website Is Running on a 30-Year-Old Mac

Any old computer can host a website, and now one enthusiast has taken that turn of phrase literally. 

As first spotted on Boing Boing and Slashdot, on the frontiers of the world wide web one man is keeping the URL rhyal.com up on a Macintosh SE/30 running MacOS 7.5.5. Apple released the SE/30 in 1989, and the base model shipped with a 16 Mhz processor and 1MB of RAM. The computer I’m typing this on has a 4.2 GHz processor, and 32GB of RAM. By today’s standards, the SE/30 is seriously underpowered, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless.

16 Black Cosplay Queens Who Will Give You Inspiration For Comic-Con and Beyond

It’s a popular myth that the “nerdier” aspects of fandom — like cosplaying and LARPing — are male-dominated and reserved for non-black fans. But that’s never been true and, in the age of social media, it’s been hugely debunked by the large presence of black female fans who finally get a chance to show off their love for all things nerd and cosplay to the world wide web.