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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Must We Have a Red Dawn to Meet Mr. Spock?

It’s grueling to be forced to analyze pop-culture all the time.  It gives us more questions than answers to some of our society’s most pressing issues.  Also, it prevents us from talking to girls.

Is radioactive material a tool that gives us Spider-Men, Hulks, and Godzillas, as we all hoped, or merely here to create opportunities for Jack Bauer to save our collective ass from stupid nuclear winter?

Will new advances in medical science create evil fighting super soldiers and loveably cranky mutants or a just a terrifying zombie plague that will doom the Earth to several generations of horror?

Can we really rebuild a guy for six million bucks and expect him to do the government’s bidding out of obligation and a sense of right or are we setting ourselves up for a Terminator problem? I mean, from a cost-benefit analysis, Robocop was kind of a cluster f.

In order for governments to unite globally and eventually universally, creating a United Federation of Planets, will we have to go through some sort of Red Dawn scenario? Because, I like intergalactic space travel, but I’m not great with drinking deer blood or driving Soviet tanks.

Are we giving aliens a bad rap (that E.T. wasn’t so bad)? Or are the Predators coming to punish us because no one is showing ALF and 3rd Rock from the Sun re-runs anymore?

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Geek Definition of the Day

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Lessons in Bad Media Franchising and Merchandising

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Where is Our Modern Barney Miller?

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Non-John Hughes High School Movies from the ’80s

Yep. Most of the high school biggies were our man, Hughes. But if you can name the 1980s high school movie quotes listed below, your might have been paying attention to something else in ’88 other than the MTV Beach House and that cute girl with freckles in your 11th grade Chemistry class. 5)”Last night, […]

Mark Your Calendar, Nerds!!!

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Dailies

Attention lonely geeks! “Drunk” is only a superpower at Red Sox games and ex-girlfriends’ weddings.

Gentleman Jim

  • MONDAY – Movies. Their glory and their hilarious tragedy.  

  • TUESDAY – Television.  Our favorite drug; constant and comforting, but often packaged with regret.  

  • WEDNESDAY – Wildcards! Probably a piece of weird fiction in which Spider-Man has to talk down Laura Ingles from making a bad decision.  

  • THURSDAY – Thesis-level Dorkdom. Jargon, geek terms and weird insight explained for the rest of us.  

  • FRIDAY – Fantasy, Sci-fi, and comics.  Like living in your parents’ basement only without the inherent desperation. Well…