Love At First Byte: Your Nerdy Valentine’s Day Guide

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Valentine’s Day is stupid.

It’s for saps who find value in the fact that they can brag to friends/co-workers/the Facebook universe all about the stupid hoops they forced their significant other to jump through just to prove their love is true, Hallmark style. Barf.

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Still, I’ll never cross a holiday off as a total loss, except maybe Columbus Day, so if you’re bound to the stupid Cupid festivities, maybe we can help make it a bit more bearable. So look your nerdy sweetie in the eyes, tell them, “You had me at Halo” and embrace the silliness. Besides, any excuse for chocolate is okay by me.

Talk Nerdy To Me: The Top Five Sci-Fi Date Movies

1. Goonies

There is something comfy about a childhood favorite, and Goonies is such a beloved part of geeky cinematic history, you can go no wrong here. Let the happiness and Data’s one-liner’s fill the room. It’s fool-proof.

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2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Not every sci-fi enthusiast will submit themselves to a film unworthy of Sundance, geeky or not. If you must meld the two, Eternal Sunshine is as poetic as it is quirky and romantic. Jim Carey and Kate Winslet produce beautiful performances and the film just oozes with the meaning of love, once the complexities are stripped away.

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3. Stardust

This movie encompasses every emotion that makes movie-going great: adventure, heroism, romance, evil and Robert De Niro dressed as a gay pirate. Get over yourself and embrace Stardust for what it is, purely a great time. (Trust me, she doesn’t want to see Requiem on this date. No. She. Really. Doesn’t.)

4. Wall-E

Who doesn’t love this movie? Tell me, and I’ll go pour glue in their hair. There is nothing sweeter than robots in love, especially when one of those robots can’t stop watching “Hello, Dolly.” It’s tender moments are off set by the comedic looks at a human race that is over dependent on technology and a world that they eventually destroyed. Social currency, robot love. What else do you need?

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5. The Empire Strikes Back

“I love you.” “I know.”

The most sexually charged of the original Lucas trilogy, Empire is worth re-watching if not for Leia-loves-Han moments, then for the Imperial AT-AT Walkers. You know it’s true.

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Myspace or yours? The Gifts

So we know what you’re thinking: The movies are fine, but what do I buy? We’re glad you asked. Miral Sattar has all of the gifts you’ll need to impress your geek, guy or gal.

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