Cinematic Titanic Launches: The Oozing Skull

Cinematic Titanic Launches: The Oozing Skull

Jan 17


Back at the start of November the word went out that Joel Hodgson and faces/voices familiar to fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had begun a new-generation, MST3K-style project – Cinematic Titanic.

Then came the snows and holidays, accompanied by terribly stomach flu (for me at least) and I forgot all about it. Until now! Yes, indeed, their first DVD is out and they await your cash, for which you will receive in return, funny.

Alert Nerd 'Zine: Call for Submissions!

Alert Nerd 'Zine: Call for Submissions!

Jan 15

Dear Gentle Readers,
We are reaching out to you, hoping that you will want to contribute to our latest undertaking…Alert Nerd: The Magazine. We’re putting together a little ‘zine, to be published quarterly. It will be published on this here site as a PDF, which you will be able to print out and tote wherever you so desire. We’re also looking into doing small print runs of each issue — more on that as it develops.

So what will the content of said ‘zine look like? Here’s our basic mission statement: we want an electronic magazine dedicated to sharing stories, examinations, and opinions of geek culture. That means stuff like fun essays, fiction and the like focusing on the nerd experience.
Also, we’re giving each issue a loose, easily expounded upon theme. The first one?

Pon farr.

Come on, you know you can do something with that. (And for the record, it doesn’t have to be specifically Star Trek-y. You can take it wherever you want.)

Here’s a sampling of some of our own story pitches around this theme to give you an idea of what we’re looking for:

Geeky Love: A Short History of Long Shot Convention Affairs
The Top Five Slash Fic Pairings I Never Wanted to Know About
Saavik 1 vs. Saavik 2: Who’s the Hotter Vulcan?
Sleeping with the Enemy: Living with a Non-Geek
Geek Wedding Stories

So what’s next? Well, if you’ve got something you want to write, drop a line to fangirl@earthlink.net. We’ll pool these ideas together and let you know if it’s a go (this is mostly just to make sure we don’t end up with a bunch of same-y articles/stories). Copy deadline is Feb. 15. Our glorious first issue will come out in early March.

As this is an old skool-type ‘zine, we can only pay you in gratitude, Doritos and really old comic books (“Great Lakes Avengers” back issues, anyone?).

So sound off! Let us know if you want to be part of the GREATEST THING TO EVER HIT THE INTERNETS.

Only Better… Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Only Better… Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Jan 15


I watched the new Terminator television series these past two nights – I wasn’t anticipating it though. I knew it was coming, but the calendar wasn’t circled. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the office Terminator fan bursting into the lounge (where I was happily watching a re-run of something on Discovery – I think it was that show with the sextuplets), I would have missed it.

And in short, I liked it ok. I didn’t hate it. I did run through the Terminator timeline mantra with the others, trying to sort things out, and while I’m disappointed they didn’t stick to their guns and leave the story in 1999 (thus putting it nicely between the second and third movies), it did not fill me with the same disgust some hardcores have been expressing online.

However, I did think it odd that time-traveling soldiers from the future opted for the cheeky Hang In There kitty poster as a Terminator proof disguise for their wallsafe (which sticks out into the alley, apparently) – after all, it is 2007. Surely they could have been a bit more topical. But where they dropped the ball, I picked it up and ROFL’d for hours.

See above.

Take This Jobs and Shove It

Take This Jobs and Shove It

Jan 15

Man, it seems like just last week my broke ass was skimming Google Reader for a glimpse of our flatscreen future at CES, and now my palms are all sweaty with anticipation for today’s Macworld Jobsnote.

If you’re refreshing MacRumors like me and need a break, take a voyage to the far-too-recent past with this handy Engadget roundup of CES 2008.

(My money’s on a subnotebook that is spectacular and expensive.)

Trek08: "The Man Trap"

Trek08: "The Man Trap"

Jan 14

Those well-versed in the Ways of Trekdom will already know the story behind this “premiere” of Star Trek, that it technically wasn’t the “first episode” of the series at all–though it was the first to air, “The Man Trap” was actually the sixth episode produced. It also aired a week earlier than expected, as a special “sneak preview” of the series, which has led some fans to suggest that perhaps it was chosen for this slot because of its lack of cereberal nonsense and emphasis on sexuality and action.

How’s that for kicking off with a seriously turgid dose of geek minutiae? WAKE UP JEFF! (That’s a Wiggles reference for all you toddlers out there. Holla.)