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March 2005

Levels of Geekiness or... My Geekiest Post Yet!

20siderI'm a geek. We all know this, and I'm not ashamed of it. I like what I like, and I don't care what others think. However, I must point out to those on the outside of the Geeksphere looking in that, just as with everything else there are different levels of geekiness.

For instance, I love Star Trek. I have never been to a convention, but I would like to go. If I ever went I probably wouldn't dress up (though I could be convinced if I was in the right frame of mind. Klingons have lots of fun), however I don't speak fluent Klingon. I don't know episodes by number. I haven't turned my apartment into a replica of a Federation Shufflecraft.

I am, probably, a mid-level Star Trek geek.

For the last 12 to 14 years I have enjoyed playing tabletop roleplaying games (with paper, pen, and dice). In fact my previoulsy Mysterious Friday Night Engagement is a weekly D&D game with some people that found me on Meetup.com. They're a great group of people and we have lots of fun gathering on Friday night, rolling dice, eating food, laughing, and killing the occasional undead.

That's pretty darned geeky. However, in the roleplaying universe that is fairly low level, for several reasons. D&D is pretty much the 'gateway drug' to more serious roleplaying games (such as White Wolf). Going a step beyond playing you get the people who paint the figurines that are used to represent player characters (I used to do this, but I don't think I have the patience anymore). A step beyond being a player (and painter) is running the game (becoming a DM [Dungeon Master], GM [Game Master], Storyteller, or any number of variations of the theme. I have been a DM, a GM, and a Storyteller during my illustrious gaming career).

The level beyond those described above take a big leap. I am speaking of LARPing, of course. LARP stands for Live Action Roleplaying, and someone is making a movie about it. This is far beyond what I'm willing to do for fun. There's lots of work involved, and you have to go somewhere and actually do crap. It is a bit much for me. With that said, I did LARP once, whilst I was in college (but I didn't inhale, I promise mom!). It was with a bunch of my friends and they were all pretending to be vampires. It was odd to say the least, and I had a tough time keeping a straight face the entire time.

What's the geekiest thing that you do? I know EVERYONE has a little geek in them. It might be collecting wine labels, or liking 'Laverne and Shirley' a little too much.. but there is something geeky about you. And if there isn't I feel sorry for you because geeks are some of the nicest people in the world.

Star Trek and gaming aren't my only geeky obsessions as long time readers of Blankbaby know. Why not list some of the others? It'll be fun!

  • Reading lots of SciFi
  • Blogging like a banshee (but an entertaining banshee I hope)
  • Bookstore browsing, and compulsive book buying
  • Restoration Era Literature
  • Post Modernism (This one and the previous one are eerily related, if you ask me. But I don't want to get all English major on ya)
  • Macs (Duh)
  • Making Lists
  • Trivia
  • Star Wars (though Star Trek rules! I have had several conversations about which ship would win in a space battle, a Star Destroyer or the Enterprise. It should be obvious to anyone that the Star Destroyer would win, even given the fact that its turbo lasers wouldn't be able to penetrate the Enterprise's shields. Each Star Destroyer is filled to the brim with TIE fighters, and the sheer number of them would overwhelm the Enterprise's targeting computers and the fight would be over. Still think I might not be a geek?).
  • Enjoy conversations like the one described above

And you? Hmm? We're all friends here!


Dia Art Foundation

Julie and Martin were talking about the Dia Art Foundation the other day:

Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. A nonprofit institution, Dia plays a vital role among visual-arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. Dia presents its permanent collection at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in Beacon, New York; exhibitions and public programming at Dia:Chelsea, in New York City (currently closed for renovations); and long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island.

I recall reading a NY Times article about the HUGE space they have Beacon, New York. Martin and Julie were in the early stages of planning a road trip, and perhaps, just maybe, they will need a blogger to accompany them.

I'm just saying.


Villain announced for 'Spider-Man 3'

Via CNN we find out who will be playing the  Villain in  'Spider-Man 3':

Thomas Haden Church, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor in "Sideways," has been cast as Spidey's new archenemy in the next chapter of the "Spider-Man" franchise.


Of course, they are keeping the really interesting part secret, what villian he will be playing.  My money is on Sandman.


Bad Poetry, a new category

You find all kinds of neat stuff when you are getting ready to move. I have a large box that contains a ton of my papers and things from college. During that time I wrote many short stories, and a few poems. I want to share the poems with you.

Now, I must first explain why I wrote these. I am not a poet, and I never have been. However, during my time at college I went to an open mic night. There lots of people stood up and recited some truly awful poetry that they wrote, thinking that it was good. I had an epiphany. If these people were trying to write good poems and ended up with bad poetry, perhaps if I tried to write bad poetry I would end up with good poetry.

Hence this category.


HP reels in Snapfish, and so begin the thousands of puns

Look, HP reels in Snapfish:

Hewlett-Packard said Monday it has agreed to buy online photo sharing and printing service Snapfish. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

First Flickr, now Snapfish? Is the bubble back? This time I have to cash in on it. I need to start Blankbaby Media, or something.

I wants to be an Internet Millionaire! That's what the ladies like, internet millionaires.


Living Will

I should probably get myself a living will, what with the news and things. However, this isn't the first time I have thought about this. When my mother was in the hospital with a heart attack (for the first time), and they had her fill out one it really hit home.

Luckily, we didn't need to use my mom's living will (hey mom, how are ya?), but it got me to thinking. What do I prize most about myself? My physical acumen? Since I don't have any, that isn't it. My good looks? Let's not be silly here.

I'm usually not the smartest guy in the room, but I can hold my own, and that is what I value the most about myself. I often say (well not that often but once and a while) that my body is just a house for my brain.

So, since I know my mother is reading this, if I am ever in a vegetative state I don't want any life support. I don't think a blog post constitutes a legal document though.

So there, how's that for some Blankbaby goodness?

Oh, and I still like Apple. ;)


Night Owl

For as long as I can remember I have been what others call a 'night owl.' That is not to say that I stay out all night partying like it is 1999, because I don't. Sometimes I party like its 1799, but that is a post for a different time.

I tend to do my best work later in the day, but I have to be at work at 9am. Wouldn't it make some sense for my employer if I came in later so they could harness me when I am much more on the ball?

Alas, I get most of my 'good' writing done late at night, when I should be sleeping (i.e. 1:23 am in the morning).

So, if you ever encounter me early in the morning, and I don't seem to know who or what you are, don't be offended. I'm not a morning guy, though I must admit that when I have to wake up early one day when I am not at work I get so much done!


Spring, shming

Dave, the lunabomber we all know and love has this to say about spring:

So, yeah, today is the first day of spring, and I say: "Pffth." Keep your spring. Keep your couples with interlocked hands. Keep your pollen allergies. In like a lion, out like a lamb, my eye. When a young man's fancy turns to love, blah.

Spring is for jerks.

Here, here, good sir!

You can take your Spring and shove it!


Robots

robots.jpgNot only did I see 'Steamboy' yesterday, I also saw 'Robots' the main difference besides the fact that they are two different movies, and they played in different theaters was that I went with Scott to see Robots whereas I just went with myself (also Scott) to see Steamboy.

Confused? I didn't think so, you, my dear readers, are too bright to get confused by my writing.

So what did I think of the movie?

As I said to Scott, and I wasn't talking to myself, as we left the theater it had its moments. It definitely looked great, the backgrounds were awesome. The design of the movie was great. The story and characters? They could have used a lot of help. A lot of help.

I'd rent this one if I were you.


Steamboy

Steamboy_1Yesterday was a busy day for Scott. I did manage to see Steamboy at the Ritz (I even made the 2:40pm showing, as planned).

When I got into the theater there were three other men there, and they were all alone as well, so that gives you a good idea of the target market of this movie.

Anyway, I settled in with my book, large Dr. Pepper, and medium popcorn (no butter, thanks) and read my book until the previews began. There were no previews that were of interest to me.

Then the movie began. It started off a little slow, but gained some momentum and became a pretty good movie by the time it was over. Patrick Stewart seemed to be having a great time over acting as Steamboy's grandfather, and the rest of the actors were good. However, I could have done without the Scarlet character, she was just flat-out annoying. I also think that the translation left a little to be desired. There was a few times during the movie when the dialogue just didn't make sense.

However, all the steam powered contraptions were very cool to watch. However, for some odd reason Robert Stevenson (famed Victorian poet and novelist) was cast as one of the leading inventors of England.

Bottom line, if you like Anime or steampunk this movie is for you, if you are like 98% of the world population and you don't enjoy these things perhaps you should go see 'Hitch.'


Pimms Cup

I'm not a big drinker, in fact, I have never been drunk! What is up with that?

Anyway, when I do drink I don't drink 'manly' drinks, which goes along with the fact that I am not much of a manly man (though I do have soft man hands). There are only two alcoholic drinks that I enjoy, champagne and a nice Pimms Cup.

Of course, going along with the rest of my life, these two choices aren't something that you can walk into a bar and order.

I really need to start hunting or something.


Steamboy Tomorrow at the Ritz

Steamboy_1I plan to go see Steamboy tomorrow at the Ritz East.  I haven't decided what showing I am going to go to, but most likely I am going to shoot for the 2:40PM showing.

My past solo movie excursions have been resounding successes, and I see no reason for this one to be any different.

Here are the benefits of going to the movies:

     
  1. I get a nice walk to the theater
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  3. The Ritz has Dr. Pepper
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  5. I get to see a movie
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  7. Milkduds may or may not be consumed
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  9. I get to sit in the dark with strangers, fully clothed this time
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  11. Previews, previews, previews!

Plus, young Anna Paquin is playing the voice of someone in the movie, so how can you go wrong.  If you have nothing to do tomorrow afternoon I can think of worse ways of spending it than going to the movies to see some Japanese animation.  And if you see me there say hello!  I won't bite, unless you ask me to very nicely.