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Trek Returns, Xmas ’08

Oh, snap. I may have to become a Christian just for the occasion.

Casting rumors are here. Quoth he: “the roles of James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy may go to three very big name stars: [Matt] Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise.” Sinise could use the work, but damn, those other two? I guess it’s possible. Matt Damon: Kirk :: …

More Notes on Giant Aliens: Yours is Bigger

I blog today through a feverish haze, which is appropriate given the hallucinatory subject matter. In my debilitated state I’m just going to summarize comments on yesterday’s post, which make clear my numerous personal and nerdly shortcomings.

– Several readers brought up large organic space vessels from Babylon 5 and Star Trek as …

A Little List of Really Big Aliens

Falling asleep last night, feeling replete and self-satisfied from an evening spent not-watching the Oscars — yeah, I’m just a rebel that way — I played a thought-game: What are the ten physically largest living beings in all of science fiction? Here’s my list, biggest to smallest, generated — I might add, in my defense — without …

Who Will Watch the Watchmen? Me! Totally!

For the last few weeks I’ve been working on a piece about Zack Snyder’s remarkable 300, a CGI-heavy adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel. His next project after that is Watchmen. I had kind of assumed, after the Gilliam version died, that all future Watchmen projects were snares and delusions, but Snyder’s appears to be actually …

The Simpsons Movie: The Trailering

There’s a third trailer out for The Simpsons Movie, which shows every sign of being the longest, widest Simpsons episode ever. This is the first trailer that gives a sense of the tone and scope of the movie, which is basically no different from the TV version, though I assume somebody somewhere will swear to prove it really is a movie, a …

Image Dump: Of Interest to Nerds With Eyes

This post will strain my primitive HTML skills to the very breaking point.

1. This is the new universal symbol of radiation, generated by the best creative minds at the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Organization for Standardization. So it’s very, very international. Note the strangely happy, toothless skull …

Webcomics are the New Blogs: The PvP Edition

I’m a late convert to PvP, which has been online since, god, like 1998 or something. I’ve always been a big Penny Arcade fan, and Tycho made fun of PvP in his newsposts, and I just never got around to reading it. Then I realized that they’re all pals, and Tycho was just taking the piss, and that PvP is actually funny.

PvP is set at a …

The Weekend in Nerd Cinema

Featuring two movies I’m definitely going to see five years from now when they’re being rerun on basic cable for the 90th time.

Ghost Rider, starring Nicolas “I Probably Could Have Been Iron Man” Cage as a dude who turns into a dude with a burning skull for a head, who rides a motorcycle, which is also burning. It’s currently …

The RFID Epidemic

I can’t help but think that the whole RFID tag phenomenon is just going to get weirder. You know, those miniature data tags that are getting stuck in everything. Hit ‘em with a radio signal and they ping you back with a tiny scrap of info. Companies like Wal-Mart stick them in products to help with supply chain management. They’re in …

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