Posts Tagged geekery

What’s with all the screaming?

Jonathan Coulton is the fucking man! And someone put together a fantastic video for his song Skullcrusher Mountain.

And in related news, JoCo is opening for They Might Be Giants! Of course, not while they’re down here where *I* am. Nooooo, that would just be too awesome. Instead, they’re playing together in places like Atlanta, GA. Poopie-heads. 😛

Anyway, this one goes out to all the girls I’ve loved before…

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I am having a geekgasm!

[UPDATE: LEGOLand Florida to open at the end of 2011]

Ho. Ly. Crap. My wildest dreams are about to come true! No, not the ones about Kathy Ireland, the jell-o tub and penguins. This is even better!

Cypress Gardens to Become Legoland Florida

Just as a reminder, in case the significance of this isn’t immediately apparent: I live in Florida. That’s right, biatches, I is getting my own LEGOLand!!!!!111!!11!eleventyone!!1

LEGO dragon at Florida LEGO store

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I’ve Been Ambushed!

Dragon*Con has snuck up on me like a kitteh ninja. I am completely unprepared. And there’s a major change in plans: the Goddess and the lizardlings are staying home. I’m going all by my lonesome. So if you see a dumpy geek with scraggly facial hair wandering around looking lonely it’s probably me. Actually, that description probably applies to a large number of DC attendees. Never mind.

I’ll probably be hanging around the Skeptrack panels, hoping to run in to some of y’all that I only know electronically. The Goddess wants me to run into Gareth David-Lloyd and give him a big kiss from her. Somehow I don’t really see that happening.

So, who else is going? Let me know or else I’ll be walking up to random strangers and say, “Hey, I’m the CyberLizard. Do you read me?” That could get awkward. Then again, there will be grown men wandering around in Pikachu costumes hitting on scantily clad super heroines.  That gives me +20 on my Normality saving throw!

At least I'm not this guy
At least I’m not this guy…
...hitting on these girls
…hitting on these girls

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Totally WTF (but watch it anyway because it’s awesome)

Um… just… yeah… That’s all I got. I sooooo hope this is coming out on the Wii.

Brought to you via Chris Hardwick, Nerdist

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The “Real” Creation Story

One memory from childhood stands out as a pivotal moment in the formation of my beliefs. When I was in the fifth grade (I would have been 9) there was one of those Science Bowl competition thingies. The topic for my grade level was “Endangered Species”. Being the bright kid that I was, my science teacher had selected me to be a member on the team. Not that any of this is important, except to serve as a backdrop for this story.

The real Tree of Knowledge?

The real Tree of Knowledge?

Being part of the team meant that I got to hang out after school in the science classroom, reviewing the material in preparation for our competition. After one of these review sessions we were all standing around talking, waiting for our parents to pick us up. It was your typical classroom with cinder block walls painted a horrid institutional green. I was standing next to the bulletin board, idly examining the way that the wooden frame had been painted over multiple times, since the chips of paint revealed the layers. I don’t remember how the conversation drifted in the direction it took, but the teacher made an interesting observation. She remarked that some people thought it was possible that humans were really aliens who had crashed on Earth. The whole business about the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden was really a story about the crashed ship’s computer that had gotten garbled over the years.

I still have the pillowcase

I still have the pillowcase

Already at that age I was into the science fiction and had a huge Star Wars action figure collection. And Star Wars sheets, pillowcase and blanket. When my friends and I played Star Wars, I got to be Luke because I had blonde hair. So this idea of a space faring people colonizing the Earth was absolutely fascinating to me. It seemed way more plausible than the version that they taught in church. From that point on, any time I heard or thought about Genesis, I couldn’t help but imagine this alternate version of events and what fantasize about what really had happened.

Now, I didn’t actually believe in the literal truth of this alien story any more than I bought into the idea of an omnipotent being creating a golem out of clay. But it definitely introduced me to alternate ways of thinking about religious texts instead of just accepting the “official” position. This memory (and Star Trek) opened my mind to the possibility that the universe was much more fantastic and amazing than boring old god.

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Total Nerdgasm!

How is it possible that I missed this?!? This is my new favorite video EVAR!!! Al Yankovic is a GOD and jrdmovimkr can totally be Jesus for this kick-ass video!

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This totally gave me a stiffy…

… and I don’t care who knows it.

I. want. this. system.

24 256GB SSDs RAID
6TB storage
Custom 800Mhz FBDIMM RAM (4GB)
2 quad core QX9775 processors

2GB/second data transfer!!!!11!!1!!eleventyone!!1!
Opens MS Office (ALL of MS Office) in 0.5 seconds

*drools all over keyboard*

My first thought after watching this: I want to see Linux on this motherfucker!

I love you, Geekologie

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Knight Rider lives on: in LEGO

I used to watch Knight Rider faithfully as a kid. Never missed that or Dukes of Hazzard. I was blown away with nostalgia when I saw this creation by Firas Abu-Jaber. You’ve got to check out his whole photostream. There are some fantastic goodies there!

Hat tip to Zack over at BrickSpace

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Pencils and graph paper and dice, oh my!

I’m a geek. About this fact we are all in agreement. But sometimes I feel like I’m failing in upholding the standards and values of true geekdom. Wil Wheaton is a geeks-geek who has never lost the faith. I got re-hooked onto his blog recently and this article he did about playing D&D made me totally miss my crystal dice set. I haven’t played a good old-fashioned pencil-and-paper RPG in way too long.

Wil got to play in a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition with Gabe and Tycho from Penny-Arcade and Scott Kurtz from PVP and, to top it off, Chris Perkins from Wizards of the Coast was the DM! Dude, I would have given my left nut to be in that party (especially since I’ve already had two kids and aren’t looking forward to more). Even better than all that, he got to play a new unreleased character class. Man, why do washed up former child actor geeks get all the opportunities? jk Wil, I love ya’, in a totally platonic man kind of way. Did I mention that my wife[1] once got your autograph at a convention, but had you sign the back of Marina Sirtis’s head shot ’cause that’s all she had? I’m just jealous.

My kids better learn to read soon, ’cause I’ve got shelves full of RPG goodness just waiting for them to be able to fill out a character sheet and not put the dice in their mouth. I’ll bet the boy could calculate THAC0. I can hardly wait…[2]

[1] She wasn’t my wife at the time, this was back in high school. She was just my best friend then.

[2] Aren’t footnotes cool? I decided to figger ’em out. Now I can be all cool and geeky with references to stuff. As if I were writing something that wasn’t completely pointless 😛

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