Category: Geekery

  • Preaching To The Choir

    Wil Wheaton was this year’s keynote speaker at PAX ’07, the annual Penny Arcade fan festival. He does what he has come to do best. He reminisces about the glory of arcades, a foundational component to his (and my) generation. He’s 35 now. So am I. And he goes on to say how video games,…

  • Now I’m Convinced

    While I’ve been amused from time to time, I’ve never yet moved completely into the camp that adores XKCD as something more than just a decent webcomic. Until today … Awesomeness achieved.

  • The Invisible Pigeon-Holing Council

    The first was good. The second is just as good, maybe better. I’m talking about “Zero Punctuation,” a weekly series of mashed-up videos by Yahtzee Croshaw. They’re hosted at The Escapist. What are they? Well, basically, Yahtzee (who is British and lives in Australia) picks a video game (recent or not so) and gives it…

  • Godspeed, Endeavour

    Tonight, twenty-two years later, teacher / astronaut Barbara Morgan gets to fly. You know, it hasn’t been a long time. [1985] was just yesterday. It still feels like just yesterday. As we go through training now, those memories still are there with me. For example, when we go flying in the T-38s (and we do…

  • Magic Wands Added To TSA Checklists

    Just Like Real Life, originally uploaded by grabbingsand. An article in yesterday’s edition of The Australian has assigned yet more blame for society’s ills on online role-playing games. Not only is MMO addiction contributing to a lack of general hygiene and a certain amount of social disinteraction, but now it would appear that MMOs are…

  • On Leviticus, Shakespeare and Harry Potter

    The word “warlock” is not in any English translation of the Bible. Pick any acronym from the ever-expanding alphabet soup of Bible flavors. The word is not in the KJV, the NKJV, the NIV, the ESV, the CEV or any other. I checked (twice), just to make sure. So if warlocks were the enemies of…

  • Voluntary Maximum Spoilage

    If you’ve read the seventh Potter tome … or if you’re not going to read it, but still want to know how everything turns out in the ever-loving end … then do I have the end-all-be-all of almighty spoiler-ation. Allow me to introduce: Potterdammerung! A non-spoiler-ly excerpt: Harry: I’ve been thinking and– Ron: You think…

  • What’s With Lily?

    (High geek content here. The Harry Potter kind. Tread carefully.) Three days and counting. I hate to admit it, but I’m looking forward to the merciful release of the final tome in the Potter septology. We’re getting our copy on Saturday, though I won’t be getting my shot at the text until after Nikki finishes…

  • Wisdom From The Tubes

    From Mark Evanier, television and comic book guru, an astute observation made after attending a recent convention of furries in Pittsburgh. “I don’t understand why people get tattoos or pierce body parts or eat cole slaw or ride roller coasters or vote for George Bush or sleep with some of the people they sleep with…or…

  • This Brave New, Multi-Resolutionary, Intra-Referential World

    “We can do things with the social environment. This is taking data from everybody, from the entire collective memory of what the Earth looks like, and link all of that together to make something emergent that is greater than the sum of the parts.” – Blaise Aquera y Arcas, demonstrating SeaDragon and Photosynth at TED…