Sunday, November 28, 2010

Geek(s) of the Week: Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb are step brothers who love to create wild inventions to stave off boredom during summer vacation. Phineas is incredibly smart, creative, and an amazing builder. He is helped by his equally inventive (but much less talkative) step brother, Ferb, who helps him realize his incredible visions.

Although they're cartoons, Phineas and Ferb are excellent role models for smart, imaginative kids.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Geek of the Week: Katie the Star Wars Girl

Katie is a seven year old girl who loves Star Wars. She was excited to start school with her Star Wars backpack and water bottle, but after a few weeks, she told her mom she wanted something else. Turns out, the boys at Katie's school were making fun of her because Star Wars is "for boys". After her mom (and the rest of the Internet) told her it was okay to like Star Wars, she felt much better.

Take it from me, Katie - a fellow glasses-wearing girl who loves Star Wars, there are tons of us out here and there are so many boys who will be excited that you're a Star Wars fan. May the force be with you, sweetie!

Me in some Star Wars gear!

Support Katie by participating in this Facebook event and wear Star Wars gear on December 10th! You can go the extra mile by donating a Star Wars related item to a children's charity to help needy fans!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Geek of the Week: Daniel Radcliffe

Of course, most people know Daniel Radcliffe as the titular character of the Harry Potter film adaptations, but did you also know that he memorized the Periodic Table of Elements?

Kind of reminds me of these:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Zombies and Conan

There's some exciting news from AMC! "The Walking Dead", the cable channel's new series based on the graphic novel of the same name, has received a second season!!!

In other TV news, Conan O'Brien's new show, "Conan", is premiering tonight on TBS. Although experts have projected that O'Brien's ratings will not be able to compete with "The Tonight Show" (by virtue of being on cable versus network television), I hope he will be very successful and I will be a regular viewer, as I was a fan of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" from way back. Go Team Conan!!!

Mike White has been offered the chance to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is exciting, considering his success with School of Rock. I think White is an excellent choice and I am crossing my fingers that he will accept the offer. Scarlett Johansson has been approached to play Elizabeth Bennett and Bradley Cooper has signed on to play Darcy. I am definitely looking forward to this hilarious adaptation coming to the big screen.

Image: Conan

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Geek of the Week: NPH

Neil Patrick Harris may seem awesomely cool (which he is), but he's also awesomely geeky. And he's been geeky since way back. His first notable role was Doogie Howser, from "Doogie Howser, M.D.", where he played a precocious uber-genius who became a doctor at 14. Harris is a smart cookie himself - graduating with honors from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since then, he has starred in multiple Broadway plays, worked with Michael J. Nelson on a RiffTrax commentary, and had a guest starring role on "Glee". Harris is probably most famous, however, for his role as womanizing cad Barney Stinson* on "How I Met Your Mother" and for playing Dr. Horrible on Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog". He also enjoys performing magic and voiced Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, released on DVD in July 2010.

*Barney is also geeky. He loves Star Wars (he even has a storm trooper in his apartment), he does magic, and he plays laser tag.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Updates and an Important PSA

Man, I can't believe it's November already. It certainly doesn't feel like November here, as we have had one of the warmest falls in a very long time. I'm definitely enjoying it, but I'm a little worried about the backlash from the upcoming winter. Of course, since it is November, that means Christmas is right around the corner. I've already begun my Christmas gift giving list and, this year, I'll be posting geek gift giving ideas throughout the season, beginning on November 22nd.

Starting next week on Sunday, I will resume posting a "Geek of the Week". If you have suggestions, please please PLEASE email me or throw a comment my way. Eventually, I'm going to run out of people to feature . . . unless I get some knowledgeable readers to hook me up!

Now for some seriousness. I try not to get too preachy or political on here, because that's not what this blog is about, but I felt like this message was too important not to post: