Geek Confessions & Blasphemies

thejustinbot wrote:
Grenn wrote:

I liked John Carter. I thought it was fun.

Me freaking too.

Just watched it. (Netflix Bluray) It was a fun ride.

concentric wrote:
Mimble wrote:
grobstein wrote:
Mimble wrote:

Patrick Stewart is my straight crush, and Scarlett Johansen is my "super hot lady make-outs" crush. You know, because I have a shot in hell of ever meeting either of them...

Patrick Stewart lives in my neighborhood, as I accidentally discovered when I spotted him across a crowded restaurant. Anyway he's totally DREAMY and one of these days I'm going to start lurking outside his house.

Do it. I will totally post your bail when he calls the cops on you.

Oh, and take pics and post them here before the PoPo slap the cuffs on. ;-)

ME TOO!

Is it young or old (read shaved head) Patrick Stewart that you really dig? Here's my geeky fun fact: he was FANTASTIC as Sejanus in I, Claudius. And had a lovely head of curly hair. That's my classicist geekiness coming through there.

Older shaved head Captain for me - there is something ridiculously sexy about that man. I mean seriously, he is SEXY.

MrAndrewJ wrote:
Maq wrote:

Speaking as someone who had the crap kicked out of him for being a nerd; who was told his pursuits were ungodly & blasphemous; and who was told he was wasting his time and energy on something that would never amount to anything: I'm glad we appear to be at a point where people feel they can say geek is mainstream and it's not it's own thing anymore. That's what happens when you're a second generation to anything: you don't appreciate that it was actually difficult for those who came before you.

Now I'm not saying this is a Stonewall thing by any stretch of the imagination, but it took a long time and a lot of Geek Pride before this mainstream you speak of came about.

Yeah, I got the hell beat out of me for making A's and understanding computers as early as 1983.

"Sorry, Andrew, but they're just jealous of you. Don't worry about the hitting."

I'm not really glad I went through this so someone else can get a paycheck, earn social status and almost certainly get laid off of it. But I guess that's what happens when the new generation's initiation to "the club" is buying their t-shirt at ThinkGeek instead of Abercrombie & Fitch.

I hadn't thought about it like that before.

Maybe I was too young to be really picked on/tormented. Or maybe it was just that I'm female so no one was going to kick the crap out of me - tease me mercilessly, yes, but not physically harm me - because I liked video and arcade games as a kid, or because I liked reading comics and just reading in general (and not just what I had to read for school either), or anything else considered nerdy.

Verbal abuse was as far it went for me. Well, that and being hugely unpopular and generally considered un-dateable and barely recognizable as a female because I refused to wear stuff to show off my boobs, and I preferred getting to know someone at least little prior to letting him stick his tongue down my throat.

Still, I'm glad now that "nerdy" chicks are considered hot stuff, and that being intelligent is a good thing and not a social disease (well, generally, anyway).

I can't drop cable. The hundreds of useless channels are offset by the few on which I like setting up lots of DVR recordings. Plus, it's a huge, high-tech display; I don't want to limit its appetite to streamed content. (My X360 and Blu-Ray-enabled laptop aren't hooked to it but instead to a projector.)

FlamingPeasant wrote:

Fun fact: He once searched a pool of blood for a bullet WITHOUT GLOVES.

But that would taint the DNA evidence chain!

Mimble wrote:
concentric wrote:
Mimble wrote:
grobstein wrote:
Mimble wrote:

Patrick Stewart is my straight crush, and Scarlett Johansen is my "super hot lady make-outs" crush. You know, because I have a shot in hell of ever meeting either of them...

Patrick Stewart lives in my neighborhood, as I accidentally discovered when I spotted him across a crowded restaurant. Anyway he's totally DREAMY and one of these days I'm going to start lurking outside his house.

Do it. I will totally post your bail when he calls the cops on you.

Oh, and take pics and post them here before the PoPo slap the cuffs on. ;-)

ME TOO!

Is it young or old (read shaved head) Patrick Stewart that you really dig? Here's my geeky fun fact: he was FANTASTIC as Sejanus in I, Claudius. And had a lovely head of curly hair. That's my classicist geekiness coming through there.

Older shaved head Captain for me - there is something ridiculously sexy about that man. I mean seriously, he is SEXY.

MrAndrewJ wrote:
Maq wrote:

Speaking as someone who had the crap kicked out of him for being a nerd; who was told his pursuits were ungodly & blasphemous; and who was told he was wasting his time and energy on something that would never amount to anything: I'm glad we appear to be at a point where people feel they can say geek is mainstream and it's not it's own thing anymore. That's what happens when you're a second generation to anything: you don't appreciate that it was actually difficult for those who came before you.

Now I'm not saying this is a Stonewall thing by any stretch of the imagination, but it took a long time and a lot of Geek Pride before this mainstream you speak of came about.

Yeah, I got the hell beat out of me for making A's and understanding computers as early as 1983.

"Sorry, Andrew, but they're just jealous of you. Don't worry about the hitting."

I'm not really glad I went through this so someone else can get a paycheck, earn social status and almost certainly get laid off of it. But I guess that's what happens when the new generation's initiation to "the club" is buying their t-shirt at ThinkGeek instead of Abercrombie & Fitch.

I hadn't thought about it like that before.

Maybe I was too young to be really picked on/tormented. Or maybe it was just that I'm female so no one was going to kick the crap out of me - tease me mercilessly, yes, but not physically harm me - because I liked video and arcade games as a kid, or because I liked reading comics and just reading in general (and not just what I had to read for school either), or anything else considered nerdy.

Verbal abuse was as far it went for me. Well, that and being hugely unpopular and generally considered un-dateable and barely recognizable as a female because I refused to wear stuff to show off my boobs, and I preferred getting to know someone at least little prior to letting him stick his tongue down my throat.

Still, I'm glad now that "nerdy" chicks are considered hot stuff, and that being intelligent is a good thing and not a social disease (well, generally, anyway).

The remade 21 Jump Street actually does a pretty good job of demonstrating the cultural shift regarding being smart and caring about things. It's obviously a little extreme for comedic effect but there's still some validity there.

1. I waited a long time to read this thread because it was very long.

2. When I did read it, I found out it was terrible.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

1. I waited a long time to read this thread because it was very long.

You realize it only became very long because you waited to read it, right?

Actually it was long because I didn't know it existed until a few days after it started.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Actually it was long because I didn't know it existed until a few days after it started.

AND WHOSE FAULT IS THAT?! Filthy topic skimmer...

Sounds like it's time for a "Geek Confessions & Blasphemy Confessions" thread.

Keithustus wrote:

I can't drop cable. The hundreds of useless channels are offset by the few on which I like setting up lots of DVR recordings. Plus, it's a huge, high-tech display; I don't want to limit its appetite to streamed content. (My X360 and Blu-Ray-enabled laptop aren't hooked to it but instead to a projector.)

Don't feel bad. I have an employee account with just about all the channels for free (all but the adult and special sports packages), and I think my wife and I routinely watch around 10 channels. I can't even remember the last time I watched something live... it's usually DVR'd or on OnDemand.

I guess my biggest contribution could be that I tend to get into the inner workings of a fictional universe more than I get into the actual story that's going on. A few examples:

Star Wars:
I love the thought of The Force, lightsaber combat, and a focus on balance in all things. But good god the writing and stories for this franchise are horrible (especially games). I've voiced several times in different themed threads how much I freakin' hate most dark side stories in games. None of it makes any real sense, and most of it follows a kind of... being evil for the sake of being evil vibe. If you want me to kick a puppy, or club a baby seal, give me a damn good reason to do it. Toss an extra level-up my way. Maybe some exclusive content. Break the 4th wall and give the players access to extra goodies for going to the dark side.

Lure the player to the dark side, not just the character. SW:TOR really fails hard at this. It's an MMORPG... most people continue to play MMORPG's to make their characters MORE POWERFUL. Even though the desire to be more powerful is so F'ing obvious as a VERY EASY way to push the dark side story, you never see it as a theme when playing a Sith. It's still just revenge, aimless hate, or something emo. I've got a little news for the dev's over there... Telling me I was a slave isn't going to make me hate anybody. If you want me to want revenge on someone, put me in a situation that's frustrating, with no real solution. Make me want that guy dead, not just because I see it'll give me 100 dark side points.

And the dark side isn't the only path that falls short in my opinion. The light side only stands a bit higher because most of us like to think of ourselves as taking the moral high ground most of the time. But the light side factions in most games tend to give me a feeling that their being written by extremist religious groups, who are afraid of people learning more about the world, and telling them they'll go to hell for doing it.

Sword of Truth:
I know Certis even made a thread a few years back basically calling Terry Goodkind a jackass, but overall I liked the SoT series. But again, I liked the way he defined the universe he created. Additive and Subtractive magic, beings with certain powers, characters who were piecing together some ancient histories that screwed up the world a long time ago. Yes, he basically smacks your brain with... I guess the best way to put it is propaganda. One book might as well be called "Communism is bad, OK?" And his focus on torture borders on sadomasochism. And the characters themselves were rather bland and predictable. But through it all, it kept engaging my imagination, thinking of the ways this universe really could have been better utilized, which is probably my draw to it.

There are a few other series that follow the same way, but I don't have time to really get into them.

But good god the writing and stories for this franchise are horrible (especially games).

If you want a really good fall to the Dark Side and a Dark Side character who isn't just being evil for the sake of being evil, check out the Darth Bane trilogy books. Probably the only Dark Side character other than Palpatine that really engaged me and made me feel like they got an "evil" by my standards villian who is believable right.

1. I thought the Avengers was pretty terrible and a dreadful first 30mins.
2. I'm excited about the new Superman movie and complete okay with another origin story.

I thought the Avengers was pretty terrible and a dreadful first 30mins.

Really? I mean I get the sections on Cap... but I always enjoy seeing more snarky Tony Stark and I was interested in seeing Ruf's performance as Banner. Of course this first 30 minutes also included the Black Widow in a short and lowcut dress beating the crap out of three dudes in said dress. But, no judgment!

Slytin wrote:

1. I thought the Avengers was pretty terrible and a dreadful first 30mins.

(Disclaimer: this is a superhero movie, which I've already admitted to disliking generally)

I came away from The Avengers thinking two thoughts:

1) They did a wonderful job of executing on the concept

2) The concept was impossible to execute in a way that I could really enjoy

The movie has so many characters and so many things it has to do, and the result is that a lot of them are bog-standard genre tropes which are in many cases transparent and boring. While I agree the first 30 minutes were the weakest, they essentially had to be that way (it can't be assumed that everybody has seen all of the prequel movies, and even if you could assume that you have to establish the formation of the team).

This is one case where I think Whedon did a good job; his little touches (Thor's hammer flying through the ship, awkward dialogue moments, etc) are small enough to be acceptable for the paint-by-the-numbers-gotta-get-it-all-in-there-in-time nature of the movie, but also add a lot of character that a worse execution would've lacked.

The bottom line for me is that I wish the good execution of the Avengers could have been applied to a better concept.

I just thought they could of done more interesting individual side stories. The fact that they were doing mundane task is well mundane. The only person doing anything interesting was Black Window, and I thought that whole interrogation was pretty week.

We wont get into rest of the movie.
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I really like my Zune and am dreading its impending demise.

duckilama wrote:

I really like my Zune and am dreading its impending demise.

+1.

Mimble, I was also pretty much undatable for also having the audacity to prefer getting to know someone. I also looked like a metal head during high school, to further throw everyone off.

I didn't men to be bitter earlier. That's not my preferred state.

Also, I love Terry Goodkind, have the entire Sword of Truth series in hardcover, and a few them are autographed. I like his novels much, much more than Jordan's.

I would like SoT a lot more if it weren't so fixated on sex. I swear it borders on chick literotica. And it's not like you can ignore the parts with overt and suggestive imagery - they kind of also contain important plot or character points.

I like dubstep, and I think it's awesome in trailers.

ccesarano wrote:
duckilama wrote:

I really like my Zune and am dreading its impending demise.

+1.

+2. My wife bought a 30Gb zune back when they were going out of favor for $40 from a coworker. This thing is tough, and does exactly what I want it to do... just hold my audiobooks, and not be a PITA to put media on (like my son's ipod touch).

LarryC wrote:

I would like SoT a lot more if it weren't so fixated on sex. I swear it borders on chick literotica. And it's not like you can ignore the parts with overt and suggestive imagery - they kind of also contain important plot or character points.

"Women are either the Whore or the Madonna - and all of them want to control you, brother."

I enjoyed the TV series, mostly because it was camp and silly (can because Bruce Spence is in it), but the guy's a dyed in the wool misogynist.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I like dubstep, and I think it's awesome in trailers.

It was great in SSX as the drops matched the in-game "drops". I think it's just sort of in vogue right now to hate on dubstep.

Grubber788 wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I like dubstep, and I think it's awesome in trailers.

It was great in SSX as the drops matched the in-game "drops". I think it's just sort of in vogue right now to hate on dubstep.

No, it's mostly that I'm old. It sounds like the stupidest crap I've ever heard called music. There is nothing hip about hating it. I'd say it's the opposite.

Jayhawker wrote:
Grubber788 wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I like dubstep, and I think it's awesome in trailers.

It was great in SSX as the drops matched the in-game "drops". I think it's just sort of in vogue right now to hate on dubstep.

No, it's mostly that I'm old. It sounds like the stupidest crap I've ever heard called music. There is nothing hip about hating it. I'd say it's the opposite.

+1

Which is fine, if you like it, that's great. Most of the music I listen to people would call unlistenable garbage too, I get it. But let's not pretend dubstep is for everyone and anyone that doesn't like it is doing so because that's the cool thing to do.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:
Grubber788 wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I like dubstep, and I think it's awesome in trailers.

It was great in SSX as the drops matched the in-game "drops". I think it's just sort of in vogue right now to hate on dubstep.

No, it's mostly that I'm old. It sounds like the stupidest crap I've ever heard called music. There is nothing hip about hating it. I'd say it's the opposite.

+1

Which is fine, if you like it, that's great. Most of the music I listen to people would call unlistenable garbage too, I get it. But let's not pretend dubstep is for everyone and anyone that doesn't like it is doing so because that's the cool thing to do.

I have no idea what dubstep is.

You aren't missing anything.

Okay, if people think dubstep is really like that (the K&P video), then they are old. I don't gravitate towards dubstep, but at least the mainstream stuff I've heard—and consider that a knock against dubstep: that it is in part mainstream—is pretty innocuous. For someone who was listening to Atari Teenage Riot, EC8OR, and other digital hardcore bands 15 years ago, dubstep is just pap. Wallpaper for trailers. Maybe that's just Skrillex though.

My high-water mark for unlistenable/mind-blowing (depending on taste) was set by Venetian Snares (thank you, Jonman), and no dubstep I've heard holds a candle to that.

Gravey wrote:

Okay, if people think dubstep is really like that (the K&P video), then they are old. I don't gravitate towards dubstep, but at least the mainstream stuff I've heard—and consider that a knock against dubstep: that it is in part mainstream—is pretty innocuous. For someone who was listening to Atari Teenage Riot, EC8OR, and other digital hardcore bands 15 years ago, dubstep is just pap. Wallpaper for trailers. Maybe that's just Skrillex though.

My high-water mark for unlistenable/mind-blowing (depending on taste) was set by Venetian Snares (thank you, Jonman), and no dubstep I've heard holds a candle to that.

Why does Venetian Snares make me think of this?