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Friday, June 23, 2017

Have We Changed Our Minds on Jetpacks?

Maybe we’ve been putting our wistful eggs of independent flight in the wrong aerospace technology basket.  Jetpacks; long a favorite wish on this writer’s Christmas list to Santa Claus, have been repeatedly be met with high cost and 30 second flight times.  I blame James Bond, and Elroy Jetson for inflating my hopes almost beyond reason.  The winged flight suit (flying squirrel suit, wingsuit, or batsuit, depending on the brand) however has  been on the periphery for some time now.  Maybe gliding is better than thrusting? I mean a guy using a modified one, crossed the English Channel about 10 years ago in under 20 minutes.  Is this our opportunity to soar to the Sun, Icarus?

Probably not. that ended badly. Wax. And I can’t wear a tuxedo while in that flight suit! I can’t jet to work either, unless I live on the top of Kilimanjaro and swoop down to the village. Then!!! How do I get home?  Alright jetpack , you get your reprieve on some logistic issues. But we’re not waiting forever so get down to some Rocketeering!

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Geek Definition of the Day

“VARIANT COVER” – A comic book produced with different covers for the express purpose of having you, the comic fan boy, boy multiple copies of the same thing.  Sometimes many covers will create a larger tapestry or work of art; others will be in 3-D; or have alternative concepts. We all love art or we […]

Lessons in Bad Media Franchising and Merchandising

1) Saw 8: The Reality Television Gameshow 2)Live action movie of Hungry, Hungry Hippos 3)The Tonight Show, starring Chewbacca 4) Deadpool vs. Punisher: The Musical 5) The Human Centipede sleeping bag 6) C-Span Live Action Role Playing Group 7) The new Texas Chainsaw Massacre ride at Six Flags Over Texas 8) Your Parents Basement is Always […]

Where is Our Modern Barney Miller?

The single camera glory that was Barney Miller can probably never be reproduced.  There’s heavy debate in the office whether it should be or not. It was essentially a 22-minute, 3-act play with minimal characters and only one set (after Season One that also featured Barney’s dining room at home).  The thing is, the writing […]

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!!!

This Weekend is legendary Indy 500.  Please don’t think geekdom is limited to cosplay and app programming.  Oh no, my friends. Two years ago our Mid-West correspondent, Billy D, and I watched those car dorks jump a humongous Hot Wheels truck  over a bunch of school busses and twice as many drunks while Florence Henderson […]

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…