This year Geek and I may be celebrating one year of marriage, but Spiderman has been around for 50! That’s quite a run for Peter Parker as superhero and pop culture icon. Check out the above interview with Spiderman’s creator, Stan Lee. Also see this link for a look back at Spiderman and his wardrobe through the past 50 years. In this interview Dan Slott, current writer for Amazing...
Always Thank the Parking Garage Drone
This weekend Geek and I enjoyed a trip to the movies. What struck me was not the exciting visual effects or the talented actors. What struck me was our trip through the parking garage. Upon entering the garage, the machine that dispenses a ticket for your car also greets you in a metallic female-sounding voice. This odd attempt at hospitality always makes me giggle. But turning to the machine...
Are you assuming he aged at the normal rate? Why are you laughing? Someday that...– Geek
The Olympics: A Geek's Gateway to the Sports World
The summer Olympics are in full swing, and with the games come the joys of endless sports coverage and an odd, familiar feeling of patriotism that stirs in the chest of even the most unpatriotic American. My Geek is no sports fanatic, so imagine my surprise when I came home to find him obsessively watching Olympics coverage for the second night in a row. The conversation went something like this: ...
The tension we’re seeing in the London Games — the NBC backlash, the...– In Defense of NBC: There Are Two Olympics (via courtenaybird)
"The Dark Knight Rises" to Meet Expectations for...
I could honestly go on and on about The Dark Knight Rises. The film created an all-inclusive epic and achieved closure to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Sadly my sister only gave me a page, so here I’ll compare the new characters in the movie to how they are usually depicted in the comic books, with a bit of plot analysis thrown in. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Bane was in line with what the...
This summer has seen the familiar barrage of super hero blockbusters, often highly anticipated and—unfortunately—often highly disappointing for the geek crowd. So everyone needs some way of vetting these films before shelling out big bucks for a seat in the theater. A few weeks ago, the latest Spiderman movie premiered and I heard a review of the film on NPR. The reviewer generally had good things...
As a kid, what geek did not love Legos? And as an adult, what geek does not love IKEA? This week Geek and I took on the familiar task of finding a new piece of furniture. Collectively we’ve moved 7 times in the last 3 years, so used furniture hunting is a familiar old friend. We did the usual rounds of thrift shops and used furniture storefronts for a few weeks, and then—regardless...
It’s July 5th, and across the country towns large and small are running around cleaning up fireworks shells on their sidewalks and squares after yesterday’s festivities. When I was young, I always looked forward to the July 4th fireworks show. But I was the type of kid who was always hesitant to do anything too dangerous, so I was content to watch the explosions from afar—safe...
This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the absolutely beautiful wedding of two much-loved friends.The ceremony was moving, the reception was totally their style, and the after party was a blast! It couldn’t have been a better send-off into wedded life for these two. I’m sure their first days of marriage will be filled with both joys and challenges, familiar comforts...
Trekkies and Do-It-Yourself Fish Farming
Finally we come home to the geek. The object of my affection at least. The true geek likely has the brains of the nerd but not the drive. They may even enjoy breaking the rules or rebelling against authority. Geeks tend to have a small close-knit group of geeky friends. And, as I can personally attest to, geeks are hopeless romantics. Guys hold the majority in this group, but there are an...
More Manual: The Dorks
“You’re such a dork!” We’ve all said it. Perhaps your bestie decided to try the old straws-up-the-nose for her classic walrus impression. Or maybe your brother is ranting on again about his field of study, completely unaware that no one in the room actually has any idea what he’s talking about. Or this time it was your mom’s familiar corny jokes (sorry Mom,...
A Brief Instuction Manual: Geeks and Nerds
My mom once accused me of marrying my Geek because I just wanted free tech support for life. While tech support isn’t really at the core of why Geek and I got married, it is one of the many happy benefits of being married to a geek. My roommates’ reformatted hard drives, my brother’s Mac-not-PC graduation gift, and my parents’ newly installed wireless router can all attest that this benefit has...