We're all family here, and we have had a bit of a family illness here that has taken up, as it should, a remarkable amount of our time. So, we're getting our crap back together and we'll be back to annoying you with our exuberant geekiness soon!

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, July 21, 2009 0 comments

Definition: Geek Girl - via Urban Dictionary

1) A girl who is interested in things considered geeky or nerdy by
mainstream society.

2) Usually refers to girls who are interested in computers,
and technology in general, can also be used for girls who do
things not considered "cool" by everyone else.

3) A compliment to girls who are proud to be geeks.

Personally, I hate being misunderstood and lumped into a category of male that I really don't intend to, nor feel I resemble; that being the single-minded mysogonist who can't look a girl in the face for probing her mammary glands with his eyes. (Entirely tongue in cheek, I'm more of a butt guy) (The puns just keep on coming don't they....)

So, once again, we are after our readers (all two of ya) to single out for us, the girls that you feel are the geekiest and sexy because of it. We want the gamers, the MENSA members, the Scrabble-playing up-all-nighters who keep a 20 sided die by the bed. If she's drop-dead gorgeous, well damnit, good for her! If she happens to be an astrophysicist that is a candidate for the Stephen Hawking Club for Men...tell us why she needs to be our CyberGeek Hottie of the Week and she's in. (No offense Steve, rightly you're an icon and thus open to abuse)

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1 comments

Yup, so it was cheap and lazy of me to make this into a two-part little article. Hey, my prerogative, number two......yeah, I got lazy.

So, here's part two, and again, they are in no particular order of geekishness.

  • - V.I.N.CENT. (Vital Information Necessary Centralized) is coming, all eight inches of his floaty robotic self. Thirty years ago, thereabouts, I refuse to count the years, they remind me that I saw The Black Hole in theatres. "highly anticipated 30th anniversary of “The Black Hole” Disney’s V.I.N.CENT. (ATC) art toy collectible figure. This figure is a roto-vinyl limited edition collectible and the first in decades available to collectors.d collectors will be able to get the SDCC distressed version at MINDstyle’s and Toy Tokyo’s at the SRP of USD $130.00. V.I.N.CENT. is over 8 inches all and nearly as wide. It comes packaged in a premium gift box packaging with certificate of authenticity and numbered collectors card." - via MINDstyle
  • - The unique opportunity to aggravate GeekGirlDiva in person. Yes, despite her unnecessary worry (see this post) over fans of hers being disappointed when they meet in person (total horsekaka), if you're lucky enough to attend, swing by the Entertainment Earth booth and say "Hi!, Erelas said you're the awesomesauce." It won't get ya a darn thing, but, tell me about it later and I'll "Hah" on your behalf. Oh yeah, and Justin did a really nice job on her banner.
  • - This, is one of the reasons I HATE not being able to get to SDCC, Gentle Giant. Every bleeding year they do something like this, and I have to promise someone a kidney to grab one for me.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I am that much of a Fett-o-phile, and you must say
things like that loudly, it helps the effect.

Yup, you're seeing correctly, two different helmets, thankfully both come with the bust.

  • - She's a redhead (plus), she's Dawn, in a skirt, bent over....umm, yeah, Dawn flips my switch just a tad.
    The goddess of birth and rebirth gets a modern makeover! Based on the art of award-winning Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner, this 7-inch tall PVC statue celebrates Dawn's 20th anniversary with a unique variant! Limited edition of only 1,000 pieces
Pre-order the Convention variant from EE. You're not gonna find the red-skirted version
anywhere else, Entertainment Earth get all the cool goodies. I want them to adopt me.

  • - Our last, but not least thing that geeks us out about SDCC '09 is...

Dark Avengers Uncanny X-Men Utopia #1 Exclusive Comic

Really hot sketch cover, and imagine that, a comic book at a Comic Convention, who'dathunkit?

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, July 14, 2009 2 comments

Swag = Samples, Wearable, & Gifts; Just in case you ever wanted to know where the term swag came from. Swag being any of the giveaway stuff from vendors or promotions, like the blue condoms given out before the opening of the movie Watchmen. One of my personal all-time favorites and pretty hard to find now. The collectibality of various swag type items varies, doesn't anything collectible, but, generally, the rarer the better.

Being the dorkish dorkity dorks (aka geeks) that we are here, we're sincerely looking forward to San Diego ComiCon 2009. Not able to physically go ( hey, I'm semi-retired for a reason :P ), we've decided to put together a top-ten list of "Wow, gotta meet that guy/gal or have that" from SDCC '09. Now, we really couldn't decide what order to put these into, EVERYTHING at SDCC '09 deserves a mention, but these are the things, people and panels we chose and in no particular order.

  • - In support of BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who Specials, the Doctor himself, David Tennant, will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, moderated by Los Angeles Times television critic, Robert Lloyd on Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am PT. If you can get into this panel, do, seeing David Tenant on The Graham Norton Show before the beginning of last season really put him into the one of the coolest sci-fi guys ever categories. Probably my favorite Doctor alongside Tom Baker.
  • - Promoting USA's Burn Notice, Bruce Campbell (and other cast members) will be there. Ok, credit to the other cast members, but Dammit, Jim, it's Bruce "Don't call me Ash" Campbell. Hell, that's worth a ticket to the left coast. Thursday, July 23, 2009 is the date for the panel. Oh, and don't forget that everyone needs one of these:
  • - Friday, July 24 an appearance by Todd McFarlane - 5:30pm-7:00pm. If you're reading this and you don't know who the creator of Spawn is, and a singularly great comic artist, sign up for a frontal lube job and lobotomy, stat.

  • - It's hopeless to see everything cool, fantastic and geekworthy; however you can grab a peek at Stan "The Man" Lee and the decidedly less manly (thank god), Natasha Henstridge on Thursday, 12:45-1:45 for a Q&A on Disney: Stan Lee’s Time Jumper.
  • -The flip-book issue of AGON and MERC, from Zenescope, contains 28 pages of story and will retail at a $2.99 price point but will be available at Zenescope booth #2707 for just $1 during the convention weekend. The Grimm Fairy Tales #40 convention exclusive is a limited edition issue and will also be available at booth 2707 while it lasts. Grab this people, you'll be glad you did.

  • And, the last (5th if you counted) listing for part one of the "Ten Things that Geek Us Out" for SDCC '09 is:- HotForWords.com's Marina Orlova, if you missed her being our Hottie of the Week, last week, or simply have no idea who she is, add to your lobotomy with an exorcism of whatever demon plagues your remaining brain, ya need help.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Saturday, July 11, 2009 0 comments

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) a very happy birthday to the man who brought us all sorts of hackable goodies, like Tesla Coils. May he someday return from outer space and grant us ultimate wisdom.... :P

Happy Birthday also to me, your humble editor / writer. 10 July 1973, and rumours of my death are definitely exaggerated.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Friday, July 10, 2009 0 comments

Geeks should be into sports...really...they should, there are sports geeks. If more of the typical geek was into sports, then we'd get to notice the cheerleading rocket scientists. Yup, you heard me, cheerleaders who are rocket scientists. /facepalm

Summer Williams is a 25-year old aerospace engineer for the Jacobs Engineering Group, which is NASA's main scientific support contractor.

Now people, listen, I'm a geek, I know it, I love it, I embrace it wholeheartedly. In High School I even ran around in a tunic and armor as the "Trojan" school mascot (plastic sword included). I mean this with no disrespect to the former cheerleaders (god it was a great gig) I hung around with, but, if they looked like Summer Williams I'd probably still be doing that. That would be a really unattractive sight now, take my word for it. Would any of us leave that gig if this was the girl you threw up into the air?

Sing it with me folks, "Ground Control to Major Tom....we don't care what is wrong, can you get us Summer Williams, we want to hear her cheer."

I had to join the Navy to launch space vehicles, no one else would let me, and it's probably cause I'd be this lovely ladies devoted stalker. Let's hear it for the girl who never wanted to be a cheerleader, wanted to be an engineer, and inspires people with her professionalism at both.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, July 8, 2009 0 comments

I know we just had fireworks, my ears are still ringing, but that's nothing like what you get when two Vulcans decide to get it on.

Every seven years, Vulcans gotta have it. Bad. They sweat, they fume, they go crazy. Now you might be saying to yourself, "Wow, that's impressive. Wouldn't it be great if someone could bottle that?"

Well, Genki Wear has!

The Star Trek Pon Farr Perfume is one of three Star Trek Fragrances from Genki Wear. Each one comes in a really slick box and a specially designed bottle. If this doesn't get your green blood boiling, nothing will!

Order Star Trek Pon Farr Perfume from Entertainment Earth!

Ever since the other two fragrances were announced, I've really wanted to see what this one looked like. The merchandising is pretty clever, I just wonder if the stuff can pull in Jolene Blalock.....

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Tuesday, July 7, 2009 2 comments

As Aeria Games puts their first-person shooter, Team Wolf, through it's paces, we've managed to pick up a sneak peek at one of the nicer bits of eye-candy and penetrating power to share.

Prove your worth and you too can carry around this devastating sniper rifle and punch holes through your enemies defenses.

Register to be chosen for the Closed and eventually, Open Beta at Wolf Team.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Sunday, July 5, 2009 0 comments

I've been trying to catch up on all the accounts I have all over the internet, consolidate things, get a bit better grasp and focus, a massive effort is to rake and burn the e-mail garbage in my "catch-all" accounts.

Coincidentally with that, I came across the second newsletter I've ever received from Gravity Interactive announcing the first anniversary of the release of the Korean F2P (free to play) Requiem: Bloodymare for the western hemisphere.

Here's your sign:

The game is amassively multiplayer online game for mature audiences, graphic, bloody and often player versus player is a an unintended part of the Bloodymare, because of a PvP penalty, which even exists on the PvP dedicated server. I really enjoy the concept, so I do wish I could be more forgiving.

There are some absolutely rabid fanboys of the game, and that is pretty typical of any game. There seems to always be the cadre of supporters that will tear anyone who speaks ill of any aspect of a game (no matter how accurate it might be) to shreds in the forums, over bug reports, what have you. Fanboys often know no mercy and show little regard for open dialogue. That should tell you how I feel about their ilk. :)

Checking back on my accounts there, I have been around off and on since 24 may '08, starting in open beta, and fortunately I hooked up with a great, motivated group of players to guild with. Unfortunately for me personally, I often can't contribute enough to a group myself, time constraints, to be of benefit to a guild of hard-chargers. But, being with them got me into the toughest places, earliest, and we put the game through it's paces.

Sadly, when the game went "Live", they added, not just an Item Store for microtransactions, but also a tiered subscription option. That isn't too terribly unusual, though it's preferable to only have one or the other. The kicker with RB though, is, general chat is cut off if you are not a subscriber. This causes some real issues with people beginning the game, no global chat channel, less chance of being picked up by a guild of veterans, and less community interaction. The good part is, this cuts down on the usual crop of gold-selling spammers.
A great resource for new players are the various fansites, easily found on the RB webpage, and the

Hat's off to players that contribute to wiki's like that one, they do it for love of the game.

Since the US (generally speaking) gets updates for this version of RB after Korea, content releases aren't a huge secret, and this market is usually an update behind the original.

There are, if you're interested in jumping into RB, some great reasons to do so now. All the races, that weren't available to test in either beta, are available now. One playable race wasn't even in the game until after it was live for approximately three months. The tiered subscription options have taken a reduction in price, so if you want to go that route, it's cheaper now than a year ago. However, this could be taken as a sign of the global recession hitting all markets, or in particular this game and potential issues with longevity.

Overall, we're going to award Gravity Interactive, Inc.'s Requiem: Bloodymare 3.5 out of 5.

Requiem: Bloodymare, and related material are © Gravity Interactive Inc., and are used here under "fair use" for the purpose of review.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Friday, July 3, 2009 0 comments

Who really knows what a philologist was, or cared, until mid-2007? Well, thanks to HotForWords, aka Marina Orlova we care, often, sometimes obsessively. This young lady has gone from YouTube guru to having her own website with over 400 videos on tap.

That's a viable move, since we've all noticed their trend making changes in advertising and services to get into the black financially.

Take a look at some of Marina's comments that often lead to full blown opinion (and educated opinion at that) pieces on everything from YouTube's possible direction, the "non"-election in Iran, Twitter's social media moves, you name it. Believe me on this one, Marina listens and interacts with her fans. She takes their discussions, begun often about her latest video, and pushes them into areas that most of the internet is sadly lacking in, the area of actual discourse and substance.

Some of you are thinking, "Yeah, right, that's like saying you read men's magazines for the articles." To this, I reply, "Brains and being a gorgeous woman are not mutually exclusive, Marina Orlova, for example, is both."

Quite a few viewers probably could close their eyes and get lost in her voice, thankfully, we have her stunning smile as well. Umm, yes, smile, that's precisely what I was thinking of...honest. /halo I highly recommend checking out the above video here...it's more fulfilling.

If anyone is headed to the left coast for the SDCC, tell Marina I said "Hi", and steal her autograph for me. She'll be at ComicCom for an appearance and signing on Saturday, Jul 25, from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar Wednesday, July 1, 2009 0 comments

*steps up to the podium*
*clears throat* *drinks sip of water*
*unfolds paper that appears to be an origami of a unicorn*

Erelas RyAlcar's Acceptance Speech for the Lead Self-Possessed Scientologist Oscar:

Thank you! Oh! Thank you! I can hardly conjugate verbs! I feel so coked-up! And this statue - it's so suspiciously phallic! Oh, thank you again! I just want everyone to bow down before me and accept that even in my wildest fits of self-loathing, I never would have fantasized that this could ever validate my mediocrity. And to the other brilliant nominees, I want each of you to know how totally vindicated your crushing defeat makes me feel right now!

You know when they first told me I was not the father, I just had to take a Xanax and obsess about how unaesthetic my love scenes have been. I guess it all just makes me feel kinda numb

You know, there are so many obsequious Napoleon Complex-suffering studio execs to thank! First off though, I want to pay off the glorified prostitutes of the Academy, who looked deep within their Magic 8-Balls before giving me this fantastic award! Also, I want to thank Charleton Heston, for being such a powerful force in my contract negotiations. And to the hooker with the heart of gold, who taught me to take life by the balls. And finally, to all the illegitimate children I sired - I couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you America, and good night!

Umm, wait a tick, I think I got out the wrong speech, umm, yeah. Anyway, thanks to Topless Robot for hosting this fantastic contest, a blast, I'm looking forward to more. Thanks also to Zombie Haiku author Ryan Mecum.

The haiku I refer to is:

Hands claw bafflingly
Stumbling, moaning, eyes protrude
Blood drips lividly

Hawt right? Check out the sites at both Topless Robot and Zombie Haiku, and earn some geek cred today :P

Oh yeah, thanks to About.com and chickenhead.com for the acceptance speech generator, turned out like a psychotic mad-libs.

Posted by Erelas RyAlcar 0 comments