11/23/09

The Geekly Reader

When I was in grade school, we had a weekly tradition. It was the "weekly reader", a small newspaper they handed out designed to teach us how to consume the news in a responsible way. I think.

That or it was just an excuse to keep us quiet for a half an hour. Either way, I loved that time each week. Recently, I've been noticing little bits of news here and there that would be of interest to my fellow geeks, but maybe isn't enough for an entire blog. So I present to you today, The Geekly Reader.

Item #1 - Bigfoot DNA
One of my favorite shows, The SyFy Network's Destination Truth recently had their mid-season finale. If you don't know, the show features a clever host, Josh Gates, who is a sort of real life Peter Venkmen searching for definitive cryptozoological evidence.

Translation? It's a monster hunting show. And I LOVE monsters, perhaps a symptom of growing up with all the Godzilla movies, JAWS, and too much National Geographic. They rarely make any kind of significant finds, but as a lover of the adventure genre, the exotic locations and real life dangers coupled with Gates' quick wit and self-deprecating sense of humor are enough to keep me watching.

But this time, they may have found something. The hair of a Bigfoot. I'm actually quite the skeptic about these things, and this season the show has been edited in a way that's far trickier and even a bit more suspicious than it ever has been before. So I'm not biting quite yet. But I also don't like to lump the odds of finding a new species of animal in with the idea of ghosts and aliens, which I find entirely implausible. (And if ghosts are real, I'll likely be haunted tomorrow just for saying that.)

Still, it's all very exciting for the monsterphile in me. Take a look at this clip. It's the Destination Truth team returning from the Himalayas with their evidence to get some answers.



Item #2 - Hilarious Starbase Indy Rules

Jake and I are going to our very first Star Trek convention. Hard to believe we've never been before, but it's true. As I was looking over the rules this week, they really struck me as...well, funny. They're so geek specific that I thought I'd share some of them for your entertainment.

"ABSOLUTELY NO MOCK FIGHTING! Weapons or props may NOT be wielded or
brandished in a reckless manner that could cause harm...If you are posing for a photo, you are permitted to hold out a weapon or prop, but remember, posing does NOT require you to move or wave the item! Again, please be aware of your surroundings and move away from the flow of traffic.

Please be courteous of other attendees and ensure props and costumes do not impede the flow of traffic in the hallways, panel rooms, or dealer's room. Please move out of the flow of traffic when
posing for pictures.

Oversize items- costumes, props, wings, etc. may not be permitted in certain areas of the convention (e.g. Dealer's room) due to traffic flow and safety issues. Please do not wave props around or point them at people.

Cosplay props such as gourds, wings, musical instruments, etc, however they must comply with size restrictions.


Limited metal decoration on the costume itself. Metal must have dull edges and not pose a threat to the wearers, con attendees, and the convention area."

Anyway, the list goes on and on and on, and you just KNOW that the reason these rules exist is because geeks like us take our Trek and Wars way too seriously, and this has likely caused real fights in the past at conventions. I would LOVE to see a record of police reports talking about all the over-enthusiastic Vaders and Klingons of the convention scene that have ended up in the clink. Or how someone's Amidala costume blocked a fire exit. You KNOW it happens.

Item #3 - Dino Chicken Is Coming For You!
I saw this over a week ago and got so excited that I had to call my Dad the next morning. (We do that for anything exciting having to do with NASA or science in general.) The findings in this report are nothing short of amazing.


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I think Spock would say that there's only one logical conclusion for the soft tissue still being intact within the bone...the bones are not as old as most scientists think they are. I'd wager they're about...oh, a few thousand years...yeah, I said it, I'm a New Earth Theorist. Scientific flame war...ignite!

That's all for this week's Geekly Reader, and we haven't even talked about the water on the moon, or the Hobbit movie inching toward it's shooting dates, or, or....