You know, I caught a lot of flak from folks online when I began to say that Star Trek needed to go away. Well, as much flak as a bunch of Geeks can give…which, if you know any Geeks in your life, can be a good amount (we just can’t back it up beyond flame wars). There were exceptions, of course, but for the most part I was treated like a modern day Baltar…Which is, I guess, like a modern day Richard Hatch (not the fat one from Survivor…the OTHER fat Richard Hatch, you know the one that, Lorne Greene’s kid… Screw it; just go ask a Battlestar Galactica fan). Anyway, I stood by my statement that I made all those years ago, and I stand by it still. Then, I began to hear rumors that Paramount was ready to tell Berman and Braga to go pound it. This was music to my ears; it was music to the ears of any true Trek fan.
Continue reading Star Trek is Dead…Long Live Star Trek!
I have this strange confession to make. I love going to the mall, not to shop mind you, I just like wandering the mall. And, the more sleazy the mall the better. Hence why folks will often find your friendly neighborhood Geek in Lloyd Center Mall, but never within the frosted glass walls of Pioneer Square Mall (besides, walking by the Bose store and not being able to afford anything really bums me out). There are very few stores in the mall that I enter; in fact I have them mapped out in my mind in a strange holding pattern… Enter the first level by the postal store, hang a left and ride the escalator to the tobacco shop, slip into the software store that smells like gamers, over to Spencer’s (for no more then 2 minutes), cut over to Suncoast (and hope my ex’s roommate isn’t working), back down to the first floor, zigzag to Excalibur (drool at the Lord of the Rings props), cut to Hot Topic (my eternal quest for more flame shirts), and then about face and leave… But, I may have to change my pattern. I may have to take Hot Topic off my list.
Continue reading Screw Hot Topic!
No, I’m not talking about extra value meals, although those aren’t too good for you either. No, I speak of the combo Geek store. The store that tries to combine comics with sports cards and/or sports memorabilia. When you think about it, these places really shouldn’t exist. As a rule, most Geeks tend to stay the hell away from the group that would give two craps about Joe Montana’s signed Superbowl blah, blah helmet. Think about it. All through high school these were the people that thought you were a huge dork for knowing the original opening date of Star Wars or who drew the best version of Silver Surfer (5/25/77 and Jack Kirby, just FYI). Yet, they found it completely acceptable to memorize the stats of one player or another, or to know who hit more home runs in a dome. Yea, I know, lame…
So why the hell would we want to hang out together at a store?
Continue reading Never Trust the Combos
WORST GEEK NEWS OF 2004
Don’t you just love the end of the year? It’s a writers dream. It allows each and every one of us to cop out and write up these easy lists. Doesn’t take a whole lot of work. We just go back and look at what we reported on over the last 365. Copy a couple of sentences, write a few pithy comments and bam… Good to go. Well, let me just tell you that your friendly neighborhood Geek is not… I repeat, is NOT above such a cheap trick. And so…
Honorable Mention – Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow takes a bath at the box office:
This isn’t that big of a deal to most folks, even to most Geeks. But, I’ve long had a love for the pulp era style of tales. Sky Captain had that in spades. Unfortunately, as I feared, the movie did not perform very well. I honestly wasn’t very surprised. This just wasn’t the type of film that the typical American movie patron would get behind. Granted, it wasn’t perfect and had a good amount of flaws. It just bums me out that filmmakers take chances and then take it in the face, while crap like Meet the Fockers breaks sales records. Sucks.
Continue reading Cheap Ass Top 5 List
This may be a little late, but I might as well jump on the bandwagon and run with my “what to buy your *insert whatever* in your life. I first said I was going to list the top 10 items to buy the Geek in your life, but being lazy and running out of time, I decided to stick with the top 5 items to get the Geek in your life. Unlike most lists, this one really doesn’t have an order as all the items listed below would be loved by your significant dork. Well, except for number 1, that will ALWAYS be number 1. It should be noted that I am leaving out the obvious listings of video games, movies, and music box sets; seriously, if you are dating a Geek, these items should be givens.
Honorable Mention- Magazine subscriptions:
Yea, I know no real surprise here. But, you can really impress the Geek in your life by selecting a non-mainstream title. If they love the horror, then get them a year of Rue Morgue. The music Geek would love some Blender so he can beat his wannabe hipster friends who still read Rolling Stone. Some Game Informer if they love the digital fragging. Open your mind, if they like it, chances are there is a magazine for it. This also applies to comic book subscriptions.
Continue reading Holiday Geek Shopping