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Flying the Flag de Geek

I am not a closeted geek.

Don’t worry, though! I’m not going to push it in your face, expect you to get Doctor Who, or know who the best captain was (It was definitely Picard). But, that doesn’t mean I won’t and don’t fly my geek flag. To be sure, my sci-fi/fantasy proclivities are quite clear. Just come visit me in my office at an undisclosed place of work…that’s not too hard to figure out if you pay the slightest bit of attention.

It’s great fun to watch the face of someone who enters my office for the first time. Front and center is my Doctor Who tableau:

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Charming, no?

A lovely TARDIS bobble, Tenth Doctor sonic screwdriver, and an itty bitty Vastra present a nice welcome and an open door into the depths of my psyche…for those who care to inquire, of course. The trio are on the front part of my desk and are angled to delight and inspire anyone who sits in the ugly upholstered guest chair opposite of my shining (shiny) face.

Next is this:

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Closest to the back of the room, but still on my massive and self-important desk, is the above grouping. It’s probably the one that gets most of the confused looks. Oh sure, the Stay Puft box is recognizable enough, but the Portal turret and Battlestar Galactica Viper are fodder for blank stares and polite, vague smiles. I can’t count the number of times I have patiently explained that the turret is not a space ship. (I probably could, but I’m going for glittering generalities, here, people.) The Viper is just written off as some kind of space ship, too, usually not recognized for the awesome bit of stuffed coolness that it is.

Finally, there’s this:

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Nestled under the not-so-watchful eyes of ever-so-outdated photos of my adorable children, the last display is often overlooked. It is off to one side, and its mishmash of components rather makes it look like random pieces of  junk, I guess. To others, of course. Not me!

Beginning with the broken G.I. Joe Jinx and zombified dog posed to make it seem like a feast is in progress, the display also includes a magic wand, and X-Wing Starfighter/pilot/Yavin 4 Lego combo. Nice, huh? It’s pretty sweet.

I’m sure the longer I work at this undisclosed location, the more items I’ll accumulate and be able to show off. I’m excited by the prospect, really! I think of my small collection as conversation-starters and interest-attractors! I’ll have you know that my TARDIS bobble actually got one small boy to try Doctor Who. Seriously! I was informed that he became quite involved and gobbled up what Netflix had to offer.

Go me!

Do you fly your geek flag in your work space? Hit me up in the comments!

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The LEGO Movie!

One question: WHY IS THIS ONLY HAPPENING NOW?

The vague release date is 2014, but I’m guessing they’re going to hit up summertime to take advantage of school breaks.

Image taken from video

Image taken from video

I love LEGO! Who doesn’t love LEGO?

BTW, interesting fact: The plural of LEGO is LEGO. That’s right! Go amaze your friends with that little bit of smart.

Gosh, I remember playing with LEGO all the time when I was a kid! I was never any good at building stuff, though. I usually just ended up with multi-colored towers and building-ish shaped constructions that were soon demolished. Plus, my brother never let me have the building colors, like grey and brown. He hoarded those with an intensity akin to Smaug sitting atop his mound of gold. Woe to those who venture close to his pile!

Now, my son has LEGO. Ah, tradition! Or, rather, he has Duplo; LEGO will come as he and his small-parts-and-tiny-toy-swallowing sister get a bit older.

At any rate, the child will undoubtedly be interested in this movie…as will his LEGO-lovin’ momma!

What do you think? Is this teaser enough to pique your interest?

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Minecraft: or Recapturing my Childhood

Me with the Lego representation of my people.

My favorite toy of all time is Lego. When I was a child, I would often spend entire afternoons building castles, spaceships, islands populated by pirates, and anything else I could imagine.  I was  never very good at free building, but since it was my imagination, that didn’t really matter to me. After all, whatever I built would eventually be destroyed and rebuilt into something else.

I still like Lego. (Let me take this time to tell you that Lego is the plural form of Lego. If you say “Legos” you are doing it wrong, and you are making children weep everywhere, you monster.) I’m a father of a preschooler and a baby, so I don’t have much time for pulling out my large bin of Lego bricks. My son has Duplo, but it’s not the same…for me, anyway. My son, however, loves when we build towers and knock them over.

I started playing Minecraft after donating to the Humble Indy Bundle a year ago. Mojang (the developer/publisher of Minecraft) was offering a month of Minecraft to anyone who donated over a certain amount. I was curious, so I donated. Then, I was hooked. I could never really justify the price of the full game to buy it for my laptop, but I jumped at the opportunity when Minecraft hit the Xbox around the time of my birthday this year.

I’m still hooked.

I suck at building things. Nothing I ever design in my head looks as good as the final product I built, but in Minecraft, it’s easy to refine your buildings quickly and relatively painlessly. I don’t have to completely tear down my Lego bricks to build something.

Remember how frustrating it is to find a particular brick in a big pile of Lego? With Minecraft, finding the right materials to build things is part of the fun.

Speaking of searching for bricks, ever step on a Lego in the middle of the night and felt like the end of the world was taking place on the bottom of your foot? With Minecraft, there’s no clean up. My feet thank me.

One of the things I really enjoy about Minecraft is defending my buildings against the monsters that prowl the land at night. Skeletons, Zombies, Spiders, and the dreaded Creeper all patrol the darkness, looking to put an end to your little construction project. If you’re not careful, your beloved building could end up being blown apart or set on fire!

While adult life generally keeps me from spending all day crafting, building, mining, and fighting in Minecraft, it’s nice to spend a little time with the master contractor that is my 9-year-old self, uncovering the magic that I used to get from Lego.

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The Week in Geek: Aug. 17, 2012

Comic artist, writer, creator, and educator Joe Kubert died Sunday. The creator of Sgt. Rock was 85. In his memory pull up a corner of sofa and try your hand at a sketch or two.

Einstein a la potatoes

A portrait of Albert Einstein made out of potatoes. This makes me hungry…for knowledge of physics! Image courtesy of Quorkey on DeviantArt.

PBS brings us the little known collaboration between Julie Child and T-Pain in honor of Child’s 100th birthday.

TJ and John are at GenCon, and their first day did not go too well.

Marvel announced that “Avengers 2″ will be released in 2015. In other news, I have reminders on my phone for the release dates of all Phase 2 Marvel movies. Is that awesome or a cry for help?

This spoon art isn’t geeky, I just wanted to let you guys know what I want for my birthday.

Laura saw “The Campaign” and used the only election-related pun I know in her title.

Alex Alva has given us the Iron Man/Boba Fett mashup you never knew you needed to see. Click this link or, one day, fifty years from now, you’ll be aware of a nagging emptiness. Emptiness could only have been filled by looking at this helmet all those years ago.

Nikola Tesla > Thomas Edison. All geeks know this, and now The Oatmeal is raising funds for a (legitimate) Tesla museum. Give and know that you’re striking a blow against Cult of the Direct Current.

Einstein Yoda

Insert something technical related to relativity said backwards. Image courtesy of Rabbittooth on DeviantArt

Helen Gurley Brown, author of “Sex and the Single Girl,” longtime editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine (aka: Cosmo), and confusing figure for feminists everywhere, died Monday at age 90.

Disney Imagineers in Pittsburgh have created a technology that makes real plants expressive and interactive. I predict this is going to cause a crisis for more than one vegetarian.

Baby, what’s your sign? Just because I’m a Year of the Robot doesn’t mean we can’t still snuggle as we tackle the original MegaMan. Find out your Geek Zodiac here.

Lego’s 80 and looks back on its life in the most adorable Pixar-ish way possible. Gosh, I look forward to the day when I have kids, and I can give them Legos. And then I can spend the next ten years watching to make sure I never step on one.

The full trailer for WoW’s expansion, Mists of Pandaria was released. I didn’t realize there was so much generalized anger in the WoW community against Kung Fu Panda.

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