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Sooo….What’s Your Sign? *wink*

April 13, 2011 1 comment

Of course, I mean on the Geek Zodiac.

Geek Zodiak

Click to Enlarge (Via Geek Tyrant)

Based on the Chinese Zodiac, the Geek Zodiac goes by year of birth.

Turns out I am a Robot:

ROBOT (Optimus Prime, RoboCop, Terminator, Voltron)

+ Law abiding, dedicated, logical

– Stubborn, intractable, cold

(Why 1984? The year both the Terminator and Transformers debut)

I was hoping I would be a Wizard, but I guess you can’t argue with the stars.

SURVEY SAYS… More Female Star Trek Fans Than Male

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Image via Wikimedia

A blog called Subspace Communique took an online poll of Star Trek fans in preparation for publishing a book called ‘The Anthropology of Star Trek’. The poll garnered 5041 participants and focused on how Star Trek fans view themselves and how  much they participate in Star Trek fan culture.

Most of the results were not surprising; 67% said they would be more involved in Star Trek culture if they had the money; 82% felt that their involvment in Star Trek fandom was “average to below average”; 43% said they refer to themselves as a “trekkie”.

But the most surprising result? 57% of the fans were female! I know, right!?

Now, the skeptic inside me wants to say things like, “Probably just more females were willing to take the survey”. But I’m going to tell that part of me to shut-up for now, and try to imagine how much different high school would have been if more girls were into Star Trek back then.

While I enjoy that fantasy, you can watch this video of a girl clearly OK with her Star Trek obsession. Enjoy!

Poker and Star Trek

March 13, 2011 1 comment

After playing some poker with friends last night (I broke even, if you were wondering) I was reminded of one of my favourite scenes from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Enjoy!

Star Trek Meets Monty Python

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Just when you think you’ve seen the nerdiest thing ever…

‘A Dance With Dragons’ To Be Released on July 12!

March 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Yes, after 5 years since “A Feast for Crows” was published, George RR Martin has finished the 5th book in his Song of Ice and Fire series, entitled “A Dance with Dragons”!

The news was announced today on Martin’s webpage, and later confirmed on the Tor homepage.

Fans have been waiting a long time for this book, and it seems like a good time to release it as well. The first book, ‘A Game of Thrones’ has been adapted as an HBO series and will have its first episode shown on April 17.

A big year for Martin, and his fans. A lot of people are going to be excited about this one!

Promoted! Well, in Starcraft…

February 22, 2011 1 comment

Not a job promotion, that would be sweeter (a little). But I did just get promoted to Gold league in Starcraft 2.

That’s pretty much all that’s new with me in the last few days. Although I did start taking skiing lessons, built some furniture, saw ‘The King’s Speech’, got over a fever, caught up on reading, cooked some new recipes, taught a 3 hour training session at work while also catching up on a ton of work that piled up over the long weekend.

So yeah, I missed posting this weekend. But I have been uncharacteristically busy. Though not too busy that I couldn’t practice my Zerg battles in SC2… (I’m a Terran player, in case you were wondering).

So back to regular schedule tomorrow. Hope you all had a great Family Day/President’s Day. We’ll talk science soon!

Why I Already Like The New Spider-Man Movie

February 15, 2011 3 comments

Even though its not coming out until next summer, “The Amazing Spider-Man” already looks like it will be an improvement on the Tobey Maguire incarnation of the lovable web-slinger.

Here’s part of the reason why I’m getting impressed. This photo was just released by Sony:

Photo Credit: Peter Tangen

And as pointed out on Collider, if you zoom in on the hands you can see something weird…

See those devices on his wrists? In the original comic books, Peter Parker was quite adept at chemistry and applied science (skills I appreciate). Although his radioactive spider bite gave him super human strength, agility, the ability to climb walls, as well as a “spidey-sense” that alerts him to danger, he did not have the ability to shoot web from his wrists.

Those devices were actually an invention of Peter Parker’s to enhance his spider-like abilities.

This concept was not in the first few Spiderman movies, which had Tobey Maguire actually shooting web from weird growths on his wrists.

Is it a fine point? Yes. But I like that this movie seems to be paying a bit more attention to detail. It also looks as though this reboot won’t be as campy as the previous Sam Raimi directed movies.

Nothing against Sam Raimi, but he should stick to Evil Dead and Xena: Warrior Princess type stuff.

Some Nerd News For You Today

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Three pieces of sci-fi news in my Google Reader grabbed my attention this morning.

The first is that John Williams is turning 79 today. Don’t know who John Williams is? Well you’ve heard his music, even if you don’t realize it. He has worked on the soundtracks for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and even Harry Potter!

The second is that Jeri Ryan has confirmed that she will reprise her roll as Sonya Blade in the upcoming Mortal Kombat webseries and movie.

And finally, as you have probably seen from the Google homepage, today is Jules Verne’s birthday.

Google Doodle February 8th, 2011. Depicting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

He is perhaps the most famous science fiction author of all time and deserves all the attention he is getting.

Cowabunga!

January 27, 2011 1 comment

A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (my fav cartoon from when I was kid) called “Fight the Foot” has hit YouTube.

And it deserves all the hype its been getting. Its really well done for fan-film, and just makes me hungry for more.

The last news I heard about a big-budget TMNT movie was this piece stating that Viacom, who recently aquired the TMNT label from Nickelodeon, listed a TMNT movie as a project they would look to release probably in 2012. Its not much, and Michael Bay is attached to the project (who I think sucks), but its something.

With the new Spider-Man reboot coming up, it would be great to see TMNT get a “Batman Begins”-type treatment as well. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Fascinating!

January 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Want to make your day better? Watch Spock say “fascinating” 46 times in 91 seconds.