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Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Like writing about future worlds, advanced technology, and the possibility of alien life? Spend some time with Isaac Arthur, host of a very prolific series of videos on YouTube, where he discusses all aspects of space and future science. His videos are quite in-depth (each video runs around 35-45 minutes), and he spends a lot of time pulling the subject apart and building it up from the basics. These videos are great for the layperson and the scientist alike.

I'm a big fan of world-building, and these videos are a great source of inspiration for me.

In the following video, discusses the concept of Ecumenopolises, cities which span entire planets.

(also, try to ignore his speech impediment)

A surprisingly thorough zombie kit. Also Jumex juice.

Zombie Apocalypse Kit Setup v1.0 - YouTube

Gizmodo did a mini-review of Donnie Darko, which has just come to Hulu, and the comments are full of raves and critiques of the now-dated, hyper-stylistic film. One rather poignant analysis of the film came from commenter Dr.Nemmo, who appears to come from a medical/psychiatric occupation. (Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT, in case you've not seen the film).

I've had a couple of patients like poor Donnie (with hallucinations about lost of control and predetermined paths) which have successfully recovered with olanzapine or quetiapine.

It's a professional bias, but what I see when I see Donnie Darko is the story of a kid with schizophrenia in its early phases. Reconstructing the story, he is borderline schizophrenic for most of the movie (remember those trips to the therapist), but after the death of his girlfriend and Frank, he suffers a complete breakdown. What we see during the movie is the fragmented recollection of the events mixed with the hallucinations and in the end a delirious explanation for it all.

For Donnie, believing that he died when the plane engine fell on his bed is better to believe that his girlfriend died and that he killed Frank. In non-movie world, we would have a catatonic Donnie with dead friends. It would be a sadder ending than the one that we get on the movie, where he can be a hero and prevent everything from ever happening. Real life doesn't work that way, ours is a linear life.

Of course, I am biased, and maybe I get to treat the unsuccessful Donnies, while the succesful ones simple die in freaky accidents and we never get to know them but for a short note in some newspaper.

Some of the other commenters are rather harsh on this person, but Dr. Nemmo's interpretation of the movie is just as valid as any other, and deserves quiet contemplation. It's kind of sad to know that there are so many real-world Donnies out there.

Donnie Darko (soundtrack)

Donnie Darko (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  DKR, The Movie

Nice trailer for Dark Knight Returns. Sounds like Peter Weller as Batman. Which is OK, I guess.

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Looks like it matches up pretty well with this small scene from Batman:TAS. Michael Ironside did the voice better, in my opinion:

Although, he did play Darkseid in Justice League, so maybe he was a little too severe.

Going to see the new Batman film tonight. Hope it's as good as this.

Batman Theme - Pomplamoose - YouTube

Quick, go watch this:

OK, now watch part 2:

Now, see what's coming later this year:

Yup, if this is real, and not some fan-made trailer, Bethesda's doing Fallout 4, and it's set in my favourite U.S. town.

Of course, over at the official Fallout page, there's no mention of this. (Sigh)

  LMFAO vs. Star Wars

So, this is weird...

Oh, but we're not done yet... sort of a mash backatcha.

Every Day I'm Shufflin' ...

Oh, there he is. And he's still dancing.

Honestly, I'm man enough to say I cried a little while watching this.

The original internet phenomenon is below, wherein an average guy named Matt travels the world to dance like an idiot, and in the process brings about world peace.

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012 - YouTube

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  Star Wars: The Radio Play

OMG, this is possibly the best, nerdiest thing ever! Voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen read the "Star Wars: A New Hope" script while voicing their own character creations. Batman as the narrator, Bubbles as Darth Vader, Pinky as a stormtrooper, and so on in that order.

Thanks to Topless Robot.

My parents have sold their house, and are moving out in a couple of months. In order to make the move a little easier, my dad has been going through all the junk in the basement, and gathered all of my old stuff, and all of my brother's into a couple of piles. Now, most of this stuff is really useless to me at this point, and much of it I haven't even seen for maybe 20 years or more. I'm not sure what to do with it all, short of putting it on Kijiji or giving it to Goodwill.

In one box was a bag of dice, if you can believe it. My dad wanted to make sure I had all my gaming dice from back when I used to play D&D. It was actually my brother's bag of dice, since he used to keep it in an old Crown Royal bag (as many of us geek gamers did), but I didn't belabour the point. I brought the bag home anyway, and pooled the dice with my own, which I had to dig out of a closet.

So now I have a large bunch of dice, back from when I was a kid. Don't know what to do with it. It's not a very interesting story, so here's a clip of Wil Wheaton talking about dice.

Wil Wheaton at Gencon On Evil Wil Wheaton and Why He Is A Geek Part 10 - YouTube

Seems like an Onion article, but the title of this post is "Guy Comes Out Of Closet On Facebook To Friends Who Are Entirely Too Geeky To Care," and I think it's one of the best threads of Facebook comments I've ever seen.

(Is it weird that I want to see his Web page now?)

Guy Comes Out Of Closet On Facebook To Friends Who Are Entirely Too Geeky To Care | Happy Place

  Voice of Admiral Ackbar

Now, I'm not going to cheapen this moment by saying something lame, like "it's a trap!"

But I could say I've got a bad feeling about this.

The Voice of Admiral Ackbar Speaks

  Suncatcher Bacon

Pretty awesome geek decorations here. Bacon suncatchers, caffeine molecules done in stained glass. The holiday season is coming up, so now you can shop for that nerd in your life.


Assembled using the Tiffany copper foil method. Solder finish is polished black patina. Comes with ring attached, ready for hanging. Measures approx. 3.5" (9.5cm) long and 1" (2.5cm) wide.

Haha. "Does this washcloth smell like chloroform to you?"

Patton Oswalt - Road Warrior. - YouTube

I dunno. I put this video up in protest. I think this makes him look kind of badass and cool.

Benny Hinn - Dark Lord of the Sith - YouTube

Now, if only we could get the original cast from the 1951 film to watch it.

The Thing Cast Watches the Prequel - YouTube

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