I’ve never really been that into sports. I’m fine with watching football or hockey and count myself as a supporter of our local franchises, and I’ve been known to enjoy a round of Wii Golf on occasion, but I hardly ever attend games or read the sports page. I guess I know enough about sports to get by as our culture expects from someone of my gender. I can hold my own in a discussion of sports with someone as long as things don’t get too technical. My favorite sporting event is the Winter Olympics (curling being my favorite event), so I only get really excited about sports every four years, which suits me fine.
However, I’m a huge fan of science-fiction, fantasy, comics, and the like, and I’d much rather spend my time watching, reading, discussing, or thinking about something in those realms. I also like to write – a lot.
Enter Galactic Watercooler‘s Fantasy Sci-Fi League.
I haven’t been blogging that much of late, what with Fantasy Sci-Fi League 3.0 over on Galactic Watercooler and “summer vacation” (two weeks off), it’s been a struggle to find the time for it. Another time vampire has been Google+, the now three-week-old social network from the House of G.
He who rules the sheep, rules the world!
Played “Settler of Catan” for the first time last night with some friends. What a fun game to lose!
The cold open from last weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live about Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a perfect example of the type of humor that appeals to me.
As a Model United Nations/European Union sim geek in high school and college, I totally get the jokes. Even if you don’t understand what Jay Pharaoh and Kenan Thompson’s characters are talking about, obviously the juxtaposition itself is funny. Taran Killam’s facial expressions are priceless.
I especially love the punchline at the end, given the nature of Strauss-Kahn’s alleged crimes.
In last week’s Gargoyles Rewatch over on the Galactic Watercooler Forum, we watched the first non-origin episode of season one, “The Thrill of the Hunt.” This episode introduces The Pack, who will play recurring roles in the rest of the series, both collectively and individually. Some of their voices may have sounded familiar to you…
“Fox” – Laura San Giacomo – Actress best known for TV’s Just Shoot Me and the film Pretty Woman.
“Wolf” – Clancy Brown – A well-known genre actor, he’s been in Highlander, Buckaroo Banzai, Starship Troopers, and TV’s Earth 2. Also: Mr. Krab on SpongeBob SquarePants.
“Jackal” – Matt Frewer – Genre fave from Max Headroom and Eureka.
“Hyena” – Cree Summer – Original voice of Penny on Inspector Gadget. An accomplished voice actor and musician, her brother is Rainbow Sun Francks, Lt. Ford on Season 1 of Stargate Atlantis.
“Dingo” – Jim Cummings – Another very prolific voice actor. Most notably, he was the terror that flaps in the night… Darkwing Duck.
“Thrill of the Hunt” focuses on Lexington, who is my personal favorite Gargoyle. Lex was one of the younger trio of gargoyles. I related to Lex because he was the geeky gargoyle, and the “weaker” one. GWC Forum member BadgerSpoon pointed out another fact about Lexington, one that was never addressed in the series: he was gay.
My current nerd obsession revolves around George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the current HBO miniseries adaptation of the first novel, Game of Thrones. Even for an obsessive geek-type such as myself, I amazed at how quickly I have become engrossed in the world of Westeros and the lands across the Narrow Sea. I’ve been reading the books voraciously and I’ve watched every episode of the series so far. I downloaded the House Stark sigil wallpaper from the HBO site, which I think looks pretty spiffy on my Ubuntu laptop. I follow the HBO Game of Thrones accounts on Facebook and Twitter. The GoT Twitter account even sent me a kind, albeit cryptic, welcome message: “Thanks for following. Don’t forgot – crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”
Stargate is done. Now what?
On Monday night, the Stargate went dark for the final time. The last episode of Stargate Universe aired on SyFy, after the cable network and franchise-owner MGM announced that there would be no more trips through the ‘Gate.
The current “geek nostalgia” arc of my favorite podcast, Galactic Watercooler, included a discussion about films and movies that influenced the development of a “geek” sense of self. This got me thinking about one of my personal nostalgic favorites: the animated Disney series Gargoyles.
Whenever I hear someone describe a television show they watched during childhood as having had a major influence on who they became as an adult, I usually share my love of Gargoyles with them.
The other night we went to the movies, and on the way out of the theater I noticed a display case of old promo buttons from past premieres. The biggest button in the case was from the documentary “Trekkies.” This both entertained and surprised me. “Trekkies” was not a big movie in relation to the others on display, but it’s awesome to see that Trekkies are well-represented at my local multiplex.
And I love the tagline: “They are the most powerful force in the universe.”
Hellz-to-the-Frak-Yeah we are!