Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wonder Woman and Bearded Riker

I have never seen so much controversy and attention surounding a pair of pants.  Since the first photos of Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman appeared, people have been obsessing over...her pants.  It's a given that when talking about superheroes in a comic, or a movie, or a potential new TV show that people are going to have strong opinions about the costume.  A superhero's outfit is almost a part of their persona and to get it wrong in the eyes of fans can be disastrous.  The pants in question have already been changed from super-shiny, bright blue to the less sparkly version in this photo.  I think they look a lot better.  Perfect?  Perhaps not, but here's a thought.  Star Trek: TNG had some huge shoes to fill when it first aired.  It started with men in skirts and a beardless Riker and is widely thought to have not "gotten good" until Riker grew a beard.  Couldn't we look at her costume as his beard?  Let's see if the show is watchable, if the writing is compelling and if the characters resonate.  There is plenty of time for her to grow a beard.

The D6 Generation Podcast #76 Sucker Punch and Ewoks

In this episode I talk about why Ewoks are better than Hobbits (go ahead, tell me why I'm wrong) and I discuss the movie Sucker Punch.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 32min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Logan's Run for Real?!

Logan's Run is one of my favorite movies.  It's tasty, 1970's sci-fi cheese with robots, and lasers and glowing jewels of death.  If you haven't seen the film (and you should, it's wonderful) the story revolves around Logan, who lives in a huge dome city created to save humanity when the world is nearly destroyed.  It's a happy-go-lucky place until you turn 30 and a little jewel in the palm of your hand starts glowing.  This means you have to show up for Carousel, or as I like to think of it, "The Spinning Red Flower of Doom!".  Logan is in charge of gathering up any Runners who try to escape their fate and eventually becomes one himself.  There's one scene that gave me nightmares for years.  Logan runs through the offices of a surgeon who uses robotic laser arms to slice open your skin and heal it right back up.  Logan escapes, but the doctor is left trapped on his own table.  Instead of slice, heal it's just slice, slice, get the picture.  It was scary stuff, but it's just a movie right? Right?!  Yeah, well think again, because the picture with this post isn't from the film.  It's the da Vinci Surgicial System and it's real!  If I wake up tomorrow with a red jewel in my hand, I'm so heading for the hills.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sucker Punch

Undead zombie Nazis.  Giant red-eyed samurai.  Hot chicks. Fire-breathing dragons.  Evil robots on a train.  Big Guns.  Huge Bombs.  Fancy Swords.  Yes, it's fair to say that Sucker Punch managed to put a little bit of everything that a Geek loves onto the big screen this weekend.  After looking forward to this feast of over the top goodness for months, I finally went to see it on Sunday afternoon.  I went all out and sprang for the IMAX experience, including the extra $3 for online order processing.  (Why does it cost me more to buy tickets online than it does from an actual human?)  On Friday I couldn't wait to see it, despite critics giving it less than stellar reviews, but by Sunday, after hearing the opinions of "normal" folks I was bracing myself for disappointment.  Did I waste my money on this movie?  No, it was worth every penny.  Did I love this movie? Well.....

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rebecca Black: Music Geek

By now I think most people have seen or at least heard of the video of Rebecca Black singing "Friday".  It's been viewed just over 42 million times as I write this post.  Geeks will note the significance of the number 42 but for everyone else, that's forty-two MILLION views. You'd think she'd be the latest pop sensation but she just may be the most ridiculed singer in history.  The intensely vicious comments and outright personal attacks on this girl would have even the strongest adult choking back tears.  Yes, we're talking about a 13-year-old girl who did nothing more than make a music video.  In interviews, Rebecca has shown that she's surprisingly strong in the face of all this hate, and that at heart she's nothing more than a Music Geek.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #10 ModMen: Modders Extraordinaire

Ever seen those crazy, unbelievable PC's made up to promo video games and car companies and, well, just to look cool and make everyone else jealous?  These are the guys that make them look so darn good.  We interview Bill Owen and Brad Galvin of the new webseries Mod Men and learn how they got started and what they have planned for the future.  We also discuss the importance of proper ventilation and Iron Maiden postcards.  No really, these guys may not have always followed the ventilation tips they give, which means we have a hilarious interview for you!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An Ode to William Shatner

Today is the 80th birthday of William Shatner, best known as the original Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise. You can have all the arguments you want over who's the best Star Trek captain (the answer is Kirk), but there's no arguing over the fact that Shatner set the stage for all the others.  In spite of it's wonderful and cheesy 1960's vibe, Star Trek was a big deal, going far beyond what people expected from a network science fiction show. And the face of the series was William Shatner as the most memorable of the Captains in the franchise. He deserves a lot of credit for playing Kirk in such a way that over 40 years later, his mannerisms and speech patterns are still so recognizable.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Geek's Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  My family hails from Ireland so despite having been born and raised in the US this is probably our most important holiday of the year.  We all wear green, eat green food, wear silly green beads around our necks and drink copious amounts of alcohol all in the name of St. Patrick.  Thank the maker for giving us a Saint that not only drove the snakes from Ireland, but gave us all a chance for a darn good party every March 17th.  There are lots of toasts and blessings for today, but my favorite was on a little plaque in my Nana's kitchen.  It read...

May the road rise to meet you.
May the sun be always at your back.
May the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand.
And may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead

Pretty standard Irish Blessing fare, but I thought this could use a little tweaking for the Geeky masses.

A Geek's Irish Blessing

May you die rolls be high
May your comics never crease or fade
May you be first in line for new releases
And may you always find the droids you are looking for...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #75 Geek Girl Con Interview

I had so many people telling me about Geek Girl Con and asking me questions that I decided I ought to get someone on the show to explain.  Listen in as Kiri Callaghan talks about what this brand new con is all about and dishes on some of the special guests.  Download the episode and head to the 3hr 13 min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PAX East: A Gamer's Paradise

After spending last weekend at PAX East I am happy, exhausted and enveloped in that post-con mix of joy over having spent three days with people who "get me" and sadness over those three days being over.  This is truly my favorite con and I look forward to it all year.  There's a warm, fuzziness to PAX that not ever con is able to catch.  It's as though it knows it's a big deal, with previews of the hottest games, plenty of giveaways and amazing panels, but underneath all the lights and music and razzle-dazzle is just a Geek yelling "Squeee!" and running through the halls.  I admit that Geek might be me, but I was joined by around seventy thousand other Geeks doing exactly the same thing and it was wonderful.

Monday, March 14, 2011

PAX East 2011

Last weekend the second annual PAX East was held in Boston, MA and it was fantastic!  It was held in the newer and much larger Boston Convention and Exposition Center this year.  The new digs meant there was plenty of room for everyone and lines didn't have to wrap all the way through the hall in weird patterns that only a Tetris expert could unravel.  I'll be writing up a post later this week with all the wonderful details, but in the meantime click here to see all the pictures and you'll feel just like you were there, too.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Geek's Dealbreaker

Liz Lemon said it best, "That's a dealbreaker, ladies!" in reference to the things that will ruin any chance of a relationship with a guy.  For example, you don't want a guy who was featured on an episode of Dateline: To Catch a Predator.  Really, very sound advice for women, but what about dealbreakers that only a Geek could understand?  This is advice of an entirely different kind, but it's just as important.  I started thinking about this after watching this video about a guy who has to break up with the perfect girl because she doesn't like Firefly.  Hmmmm.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gamers, Donuts and Pikachu

No one likes waiting in lines.  There is always something better we could be doing, anything besides standing with a bunch of strangers and waiting around.  We all have stories about lines that went on seemingly forever, winding through endless twists and turns, and creating something of a cranky mob in the process.  And who hasn't had that heart sinking moment like the kid in The Christmas Story, when you think you've found the end only to realize that it's just the middle of a much longer line that extends at least a mile into the distance.  Well, this Sunday I waited in a line with my kids for the release of the new Pokemon game for the DS and I have to say, lines are actually fun in the company of Gamers.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #9: RoboGames Interview

Robots are cool.  So cool, they have their own games!  We spoke with Simone Davalos about this huge gathering held annually in San Francisco, California.  It's so big it holds a Guinness World Record and has even gotten a Cease and Desist letter from the US Olympic Committee.  Yeah, you wish you had one of those to frame on your wall. Download Episode #9 of the Geek Girls Network podcast and hear all about the wonder of RoboGames, including how schools can get in free.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Harry Dresden: Ghost Story

The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher are one of my favorite series.  The stories are fast-paced and well-written.  The characters are genuine and have you rooting for them (or against them) within minutes of their introduction.  I buy new releases in this series on the day they come out because they're on my "buy in hardcover the second they hit the shelf I don't care how much they cost" list.  Yes, they are that good.  If you've never read the Dresden Files and aren't acquainted with the underdog, wise-cracking, ever the punching bag of the universe Harry Dresden, then you need to go to the bookstore right now and pick up a copy of "Storm Front".  This first book will introduce you to the wizard detective and likely keep you up too late reading about his misadventures in Chicago.  If, like me, you are completely up to date, then you are in for a special treat.  Penguin has released the first chapter of Ghost Story, Book #13 of The Dresden Files which doesn't even come out until July 26th.  Additional chapters will be released in June as well as an audio reading by the author, all of which is detailed over at Jim Butcher's website.  You could be a purist and wait for the release of the whole thing this summer.  Nah....Go! Now! Read!

If Geeks Ran The Oscars....

The last few days have been filled with debate over The Oscars.  Who looked great and who looked like they threw on the first outfit they found in their closet?  Who should have won Best Picture or Best Actor or Best Whatever?  The only thing most folks seem to agree on is that this year's show wasn't the most engaging evening of television ever produced.  Even though Anne Hathaway and James Franco were supposed to invigorate the program with their youth and pretty faces, it was mostly a giant yawn.  The blame for this is getting thrown in every direction possible, but what's done is done and I think everyone should be focusing on how to make a better show next year.  If they want something more fun and engaging and interesting that will keep viewers awake right through Best Picture, then I have the solution.  They need to turn the whole thing over to the Geeks.