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Tag Archive: geekery

Jul 16 2014

Thankful sea turtle rescued from rope tangle

Desperately trying to reconnect with the intertubes and get all my backlog of things done, including processing and posting the audio from five of my six CONvergence panels (one, sadly, didn’t record at all; and the audio for the rest works in VLC, but is nothing but static in Audacity so I’m having difficulty transcoding …

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Jul 14 2014

The Epic Rap Battle I never knew I needed: Renaissance artists vs TMNT

Growing up, I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — the comics, the cartoons, the video games, the movies, everything. Who am I kidding — I still do. I always wondered how the Renaissance artists after whom the Turtles were named would react to the idea of having ninjas — who were also mutated turtles, …

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Jun 24 2014

My CONvergence schedule – 2014

It’s gotten so’s I gotta put a year in the title to make it unique! How weird is that. My CONvergence schedule is a bit thicker this year than in years past — I’m invited to participate in six panels. That’s a record for me! One of them is even my own brain-baby — the …

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Jun 18 2014

The specific gravity of cold-press coffee

Okay, a bit of a misleading title, but I like it nonetheless. I just had a minor bit of unpleasant SIWOTI, only in meatspace instead of On The Internet. I don’t think I handled it entirely appropriately but that’s mostly because as a nerd, these things do matter to me. But interacting with other people …

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May 04 2014

The Legend of Ben

The statue of Link created by playing the Elegy of Emptiness. It's not a particularly faithful representation of Link.

The Legend of Zelda is a game franchise that is much beloved, has sold millions upon millions of copies franchise-wide, and has sixteen-plus installments spanning the rough time-frame such that people prone to creating ghost stories — teenagers to young adults — have grown up with these games making a large part of their childhood. …

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Apr 29 2014

Ghostcraft; or, how Minecraft can really be used to build anything

The extraordinarily popular building/survival game Minecraft by Mojang has revolutionized the very concept of a sandbox game. With its popularity, with its community, comes all the little things that enhance or corrupt society built by society’s own members — including myths and ghost stories. Minecraft has been described as “LEGO for big kids”, a gigantic …

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Apr 27 2014

The ghost in the Pokémon machine

In 1996, the Pokémon franchise hit the scene in Japan with its first two games for the Nintendo GameBoy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green. They were released at the same time using the same game engine, but with different monsters and plot; the idea was that players of the different games could trade monsters with …

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Apr 26 2014

Diggers find E.T. in New Mexico — no, seriously

Atari's E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial cartridge

As skeptics, we’re prone to doubting those stories that are told and retold over long periods of time, often taking on mythic proportions. The video game world has its own share of such urban legends, though few as impactful as this one.

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Nov 02 2013

5th Doctor, Peter Davison: “The Doctor must never be a woman”

I know a number of people for whom this particular bit of news is a betrayal, because Davison is “their Doctor”. According to Peter Davison, fifth Doctor on the venerable British sci-fi series Doctor Who, the character of The Doctor should never be a woman. Doctor Who legend Peter Davison risks being exterminated by fuming …

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Aug 24 2013

The Ada Initiative recognizes the feminist fight in the skeptical and secular communities

Two days ago, I was pleasantly surprised on Twitter (a rarity, to be sure) when The Ada Initiative tweeted the following: For every Dawkins, there are a dozen skeptics like @pzmyers @rebeccawatson @lousycanuck @szvan and @ashleyfmiller http://t.co/oakiGWipLY — The Ada Initiative (@adainitiative) August 22, 2013 And @GretaChristina @jennifurret @Mowgli3 @Chris_Calvey and many more making skepticism …

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