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Trivia Thursday

  1. Who is Slippery Jim diGriz?
  2. Who wrote and directed the horrible yet strangely entertaining movie Plan 9 from Outer Space?
  3. Who was Captain America’s arch-rival?
  4. What do these novels have in common? The Weapon Makers (Van Voight Vogt), Judgement Night (Moore), Dragonrider (McCaffery), Cosmic Engineers (Simak), Doorways In The Sand (Zelazny)
  5. What does Doctor Who’s TARDIS look like?
  6. Which company makes the Final Fantasy game series?
  7. What was the job of the dragonriders of Pern?
  8. What classic western was the movie Outland essentially a remake of?
  9. From Heinlein, an artificially created superwoman, courier for a secret organization, has to fend for herself when the decline of the West reaches its climax. Name the character/name the novel.
  10. What character said, “I honestly think you ought to calm down, take a stress pill and think things over.

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Posted in Ephemera September 16th, 2010 by Chip

YouTube Time Machine

One night Justin Johnson was chatting with his friend Delbert Shoopman, thusly:

I was regaling him with the tale of my previous night, in which I had been up very late watching Michael Jordan videos from 1996. It made me feel so awesome deep down inside … like it was Sunday afternoon, and I was 14, sipping on a milkshake and watching my fav team play. That Jordan-fest lurched into a 4 am search for Primal Rage videos, and countless other mid-90s stuff.

I realized then, that it wasn’t specifically Jordan or Primal Rage videos I was searching for … it was 1996 … the feeling of being in 1996 …the intangibles of that year fascinated me, but getting bogged down in the specifics and having to make CHOICES eventually spoiled my quest.

So they decided to build a Website where you can wallow in nostalgia without having to make those choices. YTTM.TV currently features over 4,000 YouTube videos, covering dates ranging from 1860 (the first sound ever recorded) to 2010 (everything from a SuperBowl Gatorade ad to a trailer for TRON Legacy). In addition to selecting a particular year, you can also choose the type of videos you’re interested in: Video Games, Movies, Current Events, and several others. Toggle the content, choose a year, and a matching video will play at random.

Choose your favorite year and in no time you can relive the Howdy Doody test pattern, a trailer for Cheech and Chong, or a news report about Hurricane Andrew. It’s really kind of eerie.

Posted in Computers & Internet September 15th, 2010 by Chip
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“Vintage” Future Ads Contest

SpindizzyAuthor Mark A. Rayner is running a repeat of his Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures contest, with a deadline of October 4.

Here’s the concept: find a vintage ad, and then create a product from a created world — it can be from a book, movie, TV, etc. It doesn’t have to be science fiction; you could go with a fantasy world, an alternate reality, whatever. The only proviso is that it has to have been written by someone else, so none of your own bizarre fictional futures.

Full details are here. Grand prize is a Tuckerization in an upcoming novel.

I can’t wait to see the entries.

(via BoingBoing)

Posted in Ephemera September 14th, 2010 by Chip
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Star Wars: Lego Chess Set

via Twitter/Scott Beale (@laughingsquid):

Brandon Griffith created a wonderfully detailed “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back LEGO Chess” with a removable lid so that all the pieces can be stored inside the base of the chess set. It’s a follow up to his “A New Hope” LEGO chess set

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Lego Chess

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, Ephemera September 13th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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Cakes for Geeks

via Twitter: Yay! … unlazied? RT @GettingMauled: @mightymur ‘s birthday cake on cakewrecks! now I can say I unlazied!

— so i clicked on the link (of course). i’ve been to Cake Wrecks before, but these were special! 7 cakes of geek inspired goodness, posted either because they were seen at DragonCon or reminded the author of the event. my favorite was the last cake posted, but only because i collect dragons :-) i think, however, the wedding cake was particularly awesome; it must have been much larger than it looks in the photo.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, Ephemera, Humor, Squid September 13th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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Midichlorian Rhapsody

As with so many things involving the prequels, a fan-made recut is superior to the source material.

(via The Daily What)

Posted in Humor September 13th, 2010 by Chip
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Sci-Feye Test

Eye TestThe geeks at Bite have created the Sci-Fi Eye Test, using typography from 36 different movie, comic, and game logos.

The first person to correctly guess them all wins a free poster of the chart (which are also available for sale).

I recognize, like, three.

(via Neatorama)

Posted in Ephemera September 10th, 2010 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. Who wrote A Martian Odyssey?
  2. Who were the Eddorians and Ploorans?
  3. What is the name of the last human city in The Matrix?
  4. The familiar theme from the movie 2001 is by what classical piece by Richard Strauss?
  5. Which was not amongst “The Powers of Matthew Star?”
    A) Telepathy
    B) Astral Projection
    C) Levitation
    D) Telekinesis
    E) Clairvoyance
  6. What was John Carpenter’s first feature film, which began as a student project at USC?
  7. Who is Reed Richards’ superhero alter ego?
  8. In Heinlein’s The Number of the Beast, what odd requirement was imposed on all male descendants of the Carter Family?
  9. They lost a war, then their sun went nova: Deathwalker was the last known surviving member of this race.
  10. Who is Charlie Johns?

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Posted in Ephemera September 9th, 2010 by Chip
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15-Year-Old Wil Wheaton Might be a Deadbeat…

…but grown-up Wil Wheaton is awesome.

Teresa Jusino of Pink Raygun recently wrote a humorous complaint about having sent off a subscription card for the Wil Wheaton fan club 21 years ago and never receiving a response.

Wheaton heard of her plight and responded, and wound up sending her an official fan club package and letter, addressed to “8-year-old Teresa Jusino.”

As she says:

Wil didn’t have to send this. He didn’t have to respond to my article. It was a humor piece that I wrote for fun, and while the thought of him reading it crossed my mind, I certainly wasn’t expecting him to, you know, do anything about it. But he did, in a really sweet way. And in doing so, he proved himself to be worthy of admiration not just for the cool blog posts, the stories he writes, the forums he heads up, or the roles he plays, but for being a pretty awesome human being. And for that, he gets a big thank you from Twenty-Nine Year Old Me. Don’t get me wrong. Eight Year Old Me is very, very pleased. But Twenty-Nine Year Old Me better knows the importance of a kind gesture, and hopes that her gratitude carries more weight.

That’s really rather wonderful.

(via Neatorama)

Posted in Movies & TV September 8th, 2010 by Chip
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Geek Mom

GeekMom LogoWired’s popular GeekDad blog has spawned GeekMom, a new site aimed at moms who are geeks and moms who are married to geeks. Ken Denmead announced the site’s launch on GeekDad:

Ever since I took on the job of Editor at GeekDad, and would meet people at events like Maker Faire, the question I kept hearing over and over was “but what about GeekMom?!” Sometimes it was spoken with a bit of humor, but more often with a sense of real desire to see such a site.

To the best of my ability, I’ve always run GeekDad to be as much as parenting blog as it is a dad blog, to the point of including four wonderful geeky mom writers on our team. But it comes down to the fact that a site named GeekDad will always skew just a bit to one side of the gender line.

So if you’re looking for a geeky perspective with a slightly more feminine slant, I guess this is the site for you.

Posted in Computers & Internet September 7th, 2010 by Chip
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