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John Hughes: The Movies Never End. Or, We Are the Breakfast Club

John Hughes was the voice of a generation. The director-writer-producer captured how it felt to grow up in the 1980s – for the Generation X demographic, at least. He’s best known for teen comedies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – a hot streak endlessly hailed as his “Holy Trinity” […]


I’m Totally Gay for Chris Hardwick

Not that there is anything wrong with that. My man crush for Chris Hardwick started about a year ago. Like every geek the first thing I did when after signing up for Twitter was to follow Wil Wheaton…because really, the dude was Wesley. One of Mr. Wheaton’s first tweets was that he was having lunch […]


Captain Sunshine

I’ve been meaning to write and recommend Sunshine for ages now, and the Big Three’s discussion on the podcast about Chris Evan’s casting as Captain America has prompted me to action. Danny Boyle (director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire), doesn’t like to claim himself as a sci-fi director, but with 28 Days Later and Sunshine […]


Thoughts on the 2010 International Meetup

As I reflect on the past three days it is immediately apparent that the GWC community is still a source of constant amazement for me. Once again our tribe gathered to reflect on the past year and revel in each others company and once again everyone rose to the occasion. It’s a strange thing – […]


What If Thoreau Had An iPhone At Walden Pond?

A funny thing happened on the way back from the Apple Store… I confronted myself from 1999, and me from ten years ago was horrified at what I had become. Today I set up an appointment with the Genius Bar on my iPhone. The time was 11 a.m. and I was frustrated to see the […]


I Mostly Understand the Reason for Renaming Syfy

Renaming the SCI FI channel to Syfy is proof positive that the management of the network are a bunch of booger-picking morons who wouldn’t know a phaser from a frisbee. …at least, that is what I thought until about five minutes ago.


“Push” Rules

Push didn’t promote itself well. Released almost a year to the day after the similarly-themed and poorly-received Jumper and featuring a synopsis that sounds like a repeat episode of Heroes — or worse, X-Men Lite — the movie doesn’t first present itself as something you have to see. So most people didn’t, including me. Fortunately, […]


Come Frak Babylon 5 With Us!

Think sci-fi on TV means just Star Trek? Don’t forget Babylon 5! To me, Babylon 5 shows the real potential of television: long running stories with vast complexities over many seasons. Writer/director J. Michael Straczynski paved the way for shows like Lost, Heroes, Firefly, and our beloved Battlestar Galactica. Sure, the effects haven’t held up […]


Vampires: Beyond I Vant Tu Suck Your Blaud

I think Vampires and Vampire stories suffer from a bit of an image problem. Yeah I know, that sounds funny, but it’s true. I often hear people say Vampires are disgusting or that the stories are limited in their scope because all vamp tales are the same. In my most humble of opinions these are […]


The Truth About Eve

I’m a huge fan of MMORPG’s (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and have been for years. A few years ago I saw an ad for Eve Online and decided to see what it’s all about – and I’ve been playing on and off for a few years now. Eve isn’t just a flight game […]


A Cursed Young Man

It’s a strange thing, this aging. I was watching the Futurama movie Bender’s Game the other day when I started thinking about my first D&D experience (now twenty years ago) SSI’s Curse of the Azure Bonds. Admittedly, the cover of the box is what caught my eye. “Chick’s in low cut chainmail? I must know […]


SciFi Changes Reputation Through Homonym Use

According to and Twitter, the SciFi network is finally ridding itself of its geeky image by changing its name to the slick new “SyFy,” which will attract the desirable demographics of hot women and people who hate science fiction. After years of suffering the stigma of “geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements […]


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