You are excited by the following trailer for Elysium, an upcoming film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame… and yes, Sharlto Copley is in it, too.
How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 243 (or Intergalactic gladiatorial arenas and personal dream sequences)
You recently had a dream that you accidentally traveled through an Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky bridge (also known as an Einstein-Rosen bridge or “wormhole”) connecting two points in space-time.
Upon arriving at the wormhole’s other end, you find yourself held captive by a group of aliens from the Predator film franchise, who force you to fight in an intergalactic gladiatorial arena alongside fellow captives Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Chicago-area wizard and private detective Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden from The Dresden Files novels.
Throughout the remainder of the dream, you embark on a journey of survival with these characters in which you repeatedly attempt to get a letter of recommendation from Data endorsing your application to Starfleet Academy, as well as secure a wizard’s apprenticeship with Dresden.
Having read the first book and seen the first movie in the Twilight Saga, and loathed both with a passion, you have avoided the work of Stephenie Meyer and the subsequent film adaptations that have occurred. As such, when you first saw the trailer (provided below) for the film adaptation of Meyer’s supposed “science fiction” novel, The Host, you were shocked.
Why the shock? While you haven’t read the book, you have seen the film Bowfinger, a comedy in which a terrible director secretly films a famous actor without his knowledge in order to make a science fiction film called Chubby Rain, about aliens invading Earth via raindrops.
Thus, you exclaimed, “I can’t believe it… The Host is basically Chubby Rain being filmed for real!”
Behold, and judge for yourself.
The J. J. Abrams television series Fringe recently ended its five-year run on FOX, leaving an empty space in the world of nerds that was once filled with alternate universes, Red Vines, bald mystery men, and “show-me” cards. As a tribute, we thought it appropriate to show a couple of YouTube videos that pay homage to the show, and its most unique character, Dr. Walter Bishop, portrayed by John Noble.
This compilation highlights many funny Walter Bishop moments up to 2010. If you have yet to see the show, this video will give you a taste of some rather great moments for which to anticipate.
This is a rather sentimental tribute video to the show's journey, but Fringe deserve some sentiment… it was a truly solid television series.
Several years ago, you were romantically interested in someone, but were stuck in the dreaded “friend zone” for many months. The person in whom you were interested began dating someone else, who was supposedly “just like you.” In fact, it was the other person’s wish that you befriend their new significant other. You genuinely attempt to honor this wish. However, the conversation develops as follows:
OTHER PERSON: “You two really ought to be friends. You have a lot in common.”
YOU: “Really? What might that be?”
OTHER PERSON: “You like the same nerdy stuff. Take Star Trek, for instance. He’s just as much a fan as you are and he’s really astute. I can see the two of you conversing for hours.”
YOU: “Alright, ask him this question for me and we’ll see how astute he is… What does he think of the theme song to the Star Trek series called Enterprise?”
OTHER PERSON: “He loves the theme song. He thinks it’s catchy.”
YOU: “In that case, I’m afraid our Star Trek conversation has ended before it began.”
During a graduate school discussion related to Carl Sagan, your instructor mentions the following video after a classmate pointing out a similarity in Sagan’s voice and Hugo Weaving’s voice (as Agent Smith) in The Matrix.
How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 202 (or “Is that a rocket-pack strapped to your back, or are you just happy to see me?” )
You are somewhat enthused upon reading that Disney is considering a remake of the 1991 film The Rocketeer because you were always a fan of that movie, having actually seen it in the theater “back in the day” (although, you freely admit that you may be biased as you were mesmerized by Jennifer Connelly the first time you saw it).
You find the idea of seeing one of the Alien franchise films at a “retro movie night” appealing, if only for the opportunity to yell out, “L’eggo my Eggo!” when a face-hugger jumps out of its egg pouch onto someone’s face.
Long days and pleasant nights, avid reader!
While, I won’t go so far as to say that I’ve forgotten the face of my father, I cry your pardon for this overdue post. Relatives from New York (not so fast, sai… they’re from this when, I say thankee) and more family from across the pond required my attention this past Saturday. Though time is a face on the water, time does move but one way on this level of the Tower, so I was forced to make the hard choice to provide two extra posts on this day in order to honor our khef. Ya ken khef, I hope… ’tis the sharing of water (or in our case, nerdy ideas).
So, behold, my ka-tet of readers… two more posts shall follow this one, by watch and by warrant.
May your days be long upon the earth!
– Brandon, Proprietor and “would-be” Wordslinger
In a recent conversation, you suggested to someone that watching the film Aliens is actually an awesome way to get psyched for their roadtrip because you can guarantee that any travel experience in real life is automatically better than having to spend millions of miles in cryogenic slumber only to face a nest of acid-bleeding xenomorphs upon arrival.
You find each of the following Star Trek music videos amusing…
A bit of old…
A bit of new…
You have begun using your university’s inter-library loan system to request science fiction novels during semester breaks. The first book you requested was Litany of the Long Sun, which is the the first half of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun in one volume.
Viewing the video below only deepens your appreciation for Guy Pearce and increases your enthusiasm for the upcoming Ridley Scott film Prometheus…
While waiting for someone, you wander into a book store and find yourself drawn to the graphic novels, science fiction, and fantasy books.
You then begin taking inventory of these printed works as if they were trading cards. Your mind races over them, thinking: Got it, got it, need it, got it, need it, need it… etc.
When you watched the former FOX/Scifi Channel (before the SYFY renaming) showSliders, starring Jerry O’Connell, for the first time in years, you kept criticizing the show aloud. However, these weren’t criticisms of the show’s production. Instead, you criticized the lack of scientific record keeping that took place as the small group of people randomly traveled to parallel universes.
Even though the “timing device” that opened portals for them was set on random, you couldn’t believe that the two group members who were quantum physicists never bothered to keep a notebook with any unique identifying numbers, etc., that the timer generated on each trip to another Earth, in order to attempt some kind of cataloging system that labeled the various universes for further study or just later reference. Also, the characters would often spend time trying to find out the specific history of the universe they were visiting, but you never noticed them retaining any of the notes or documentation they found. Its not like they couldn’t carry the information in a backpack.
Who wouldn’t want a Jimi Hendrix album recorded live in the 1990s, for example?
You recently recommended the 1996 Ray Liotta film Unforgettable to someone, explaining that it was a film directed by John Dahl about a medical examiner who uses an experimental procedure for memory transference to solve a series of murders.
However, the conversation breaks down as you find yourself saying, “No, John Dahl is a director. He didn’t write Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You’re thinking of Roald Dahl.”
This video makes you laugh, not only for its concept, but also because you are a fan of Fringe and actress Anna Torv. Watching this, you can’t shake the feeling that this video is about 90% similar to a dream you once had…
You had an elaborate dream in which you were on a futuristic space station where you encountered a wizard from Earth who was tracking a warlock. You agree to help him track his adversary in exchange for an apprenticeship. During the course of the dream, you get in a fight with a telekinetic alien after beating him in a drinking contest in a “zero gravity” bar.
You’ve decided that in an alternate universe, you are a lieutenant commander in Starfleet, who is quickly gaining a reputation as a brilliant tactical officer (as well as an accomplished lothario, who has left a trail of swooning partners from Risa to Qo’noS).
Determined to resist the literary fad of reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, but tired of defending yourself to fans of the series (while remembering the horrors you suffered by reading the detritus that is the first book in the The Twilight Saga) you’ve decided to answer, “Have you read those books yet?” with the following response:
“I’m waiting for the posthumous spin-off series, The Girl with the Tattoo of Sean Connery Wielding a Flaming Sword While Riding a Crimson Pegasus Charging Toward Michael Caine Who is Carrying a Crossbow While Mounted on a Centaur that is Actually Weird Al Yankovic (Circa 1989) from the Waist Up.”