Wanna Be a Geek?

Hey geeks!

So, it’s official. We’re under construction. Don’t worry–Geeks isn’t going anywhere, it’s just that time: time again to re-evaluate and revamp how we’re doing. I’ve got lots of ideas to make this blog even better, and now that I’m out of school and living in a city with virtually (haha, geddit?) no social life, much more time to devote to making this the best darn geek blog it can be.

But first, I need your help.

Ever wanted to be a geek? Say no more, I’m looking for contributors. Nothing crazy–you’d really post whenever you’d like to. My plan is to start aggregating content from all over the web in order to boost traffic and start link-building with other awesome bloggers in the community. If you’re interested, leave a comment here or on Facebook, or go ahead and shoot me an email at lj.scarpello@gmail.com.

Speaking of aggregating…how do you lot feel about the theme Geeks currently has going on? Personally, I love the traditional blog style, so I’m torn. I’ve found an awesome theme (check it out here) that would be ideal for aggregating content and the general look would remain the same (same logo, header, etc.). But I love the current layout. What do you guys think? Stick with the old or go forward with the new?

So, that’s it. As far as projected timeline goes, I’m sure on how long this mega-revamp will take, but I will tell you I want it done fairly soon and, like I said, I have a lot of time on my hands. However, I do have another new blog in the works for your reading pleasure if you’re into fitness…check out Windy City Skinny if you like, as well as a redesign for my boyfriend’s business site coming up. But I will prevail!

Thanks for your support. May the geek be with you,

Lindsay

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Anime Monday: Legend of Korra Premiere & Cowboy Bebop

Hey geeks! First of all, long time no blogging. Like I said in previous posts, senior year is a–well, you get it. Second, LEGEND OF KORRA. Seriously, Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, did you see it?

For those not in the know (and if you haven’t watched ATLA or Korra yet, first, here are the basics and be sure to hit up Netflix when you’re done reading to start your newest television addiction), Avatar: Legend of Korra is the upcoming follow-up series to Nickelodeon’s popular kid series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which ran from 2005 to 2008.

While the release date for Korra was in limbo for a while, ATLA fans rejoiced when it was announced that Korra would air April 14th. World-wide-web pandemonium? Sort of–until after a slew of leaks of the first two episodes Nick decided to release them online themselves! …now we’re talking web traffic.  Continue reading

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Winter is Coming: ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Epic

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Eh, who I am kidding–this humble little blog has never been mighty, per se, just (hopefully wonderfully) nerdy. But still, it has been some time since my last update. What can I say except that senior year is rough? If it helps, blame it on having to banish bed bugs (and move within a week), boredom, business, and of all things to not complain about, a new beau. Wow, it really has been ages. Alas, nerding out has been lessened of late (thanks, Théoden).

No more, geeks! Bountiful blogging (are you digging all of my alliteration? I don’t know what it is about B’s today) is one of my New Year’s Resolutions, and so far I’m sticking to it. And this is something I’ve been meaning to post about for a while–you guessed it: George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, the first novel in his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the subsequent HBO television show that aired earlier this past year.

I’d been talking about reading the first book in the series and then watching the show for forever, and I finally finished the novel (thanks to two 8-hour bus rides) this past Wednesday after months of toiling through it. Blame it on my lit-heavy Writing major. Verdict: Game of Thrones is epic. And I don’t mean epic just in the sense that it’s very, very good, although that is also certainly true–instead, it’s really just epic.

The span of this book, and I’m sure the rest in the series, is incredible. It’s like Lord of the Rings but bigger, if you can believe it (with a lot more sex and backstabbing). The land is divided into Seven Kingdoms and even more across the Narrow Sea, and the plot is intricate, following the lives of several different people all split up and divided by their separate houses (families), ranks, and origins. Bottom line, it’s a lot to go into, but I’ll give you a basic summary: throughout the first novel, a lot of people are conspiring for the chance to rule The Seven Kingdoms, and from all over–the North (the Starks, and the noble protagonists), the South (the evil, rich, and very blonde Lannister clan), and even those that were exiled across the Narrow Sea to Essos (Daenerys Targaryen and her band of Dothraki warriors).

I’m barely scraping the surface, I know. Just go read it. If you’re not one for reading (tssssk–and that’s coming from someone who took months to read it all), then watch the fabulous show HBO has done. It’s ten 60-minute episodes and it’s a lush, breathtaking adaptation of the novel. The worst I could say about the show is that they cast some of the parts a little older than described in the book, but I’m sure that’s because they didn’t want to worry about depicting some of the bad things that happen to children in the novel.

Some of my favorite characters: Daenerys (badass), Jon Snow (leave him alone, Catelyn), Arya (also a badass–yay Martin for writing strong females), Tyrion (he’s a Lannister but undeniably hilarious/awesome, and Peter Dinklage plays him to perfection in the show), and many other minor characters. There’s also a lot of familiar faces in the series for any fans of British television/movies–was that HP’s Tonks I saw as Osha and Argus Filch as Lord Frey? Also, Twyin Lannister is totally in BBC’s Merlin, and I feel like there’s a toooon more.

All in all, I’m pumped to read the next book in the series, A Clash of Kings before HBO debuts the second season. Let’s hope I read this one faster than the last. Till next Friday, geeks, when I detail my other long-delayed but totally worth the wait obsession, BBC’s Doctor Who. Thank god for Christmas breaks. It’s when you get time to catch up on geeking out.

What about you lot? Fans of Game of Thrones? Who’s your favorite character? If you’re not excited yet, check out the trailer for the second season on HBO, below. I have a feeling that the voiceover has GOT to be Stannis Baratheon, Robert and Renly’s brother–and is it just me or does it sound an awful lot like David Wenham, Sean Bean’s (who this season played Ned Stark) brother Faramir in LOTR (when he played Boromir)? If only. It’s actually this guy. Anyway, the trailer:

May the geek be with you,

Lindsay

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Need a Gaang Fix? Bending is Back for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Hey geeks! Long time no blogging. I hate excuses but in this case, life really did get in the way—sad and unfortunate, somewhat infuriating, even, but true.

Anyway, I promised you lot a post sometime featuring either news about The Legend of Korra or Game of Thrones. Turns out it’s going to be the latter.

The good news: that Avatar continuation comic I mentioned a while back? Well, it’s out and ready for purchase. Just added it to my cart–I can’t wait to read The Lost Adventures! Some even better news is that Dark Horse Comics has announced another comic—and this one is going to narrate the period between the 100-Year War (aka. the Gaang’s story) and the coming of Korra. The comic will be in two parts, written by award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, and be titled “The Promise” (cover art embedded for your fan-tastic pleasure).

Now onto the bad news. (Insert long, dramatic sigh). While there has been only speculation up to this point, The Legend of Korra may be postponed until 2013. I know what you’re thinking—or rather, mumbling incoherently in vast disappointment—what??

Well, don’t mar your pretty foreheads with worry lines just yet. Nothing’s official, despite Tumblr blowing up with rumors. If Korra is going to be postponed, then it’s going to be postponed. It’s been nearly four years since ATLA ended, so waiting an extra year for the new mini-series doesn’t sound so awful. Besides, there’s always Nick reruns (or, if you have the DVDS like me, weekend marathons) and fanart/fiction to get you by. I’m more than willing to wait if it means creators Bryan and Mike will make it as awesome as ATLA (though I’m still disappointed Zutara isn’t canon)—especially since it’ll help everyone forget thisContinue reading

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I’ve Got A Ph.D. in Horribleness.

Hey geeks. Well, as you might have guessed—or similarly experienced—school’s started up again, and that means slight neglect when it comes to geeking out. Never a good thing. But, alas, it’s my senior year of college, and terror of job-hunting aside, I’m excited to get out into the real world. First, though, is one extremely busy year full of senior capstones and late nights.

So, onto what I’m geeking out about this week! Originally, I was going to blog again about updates on The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, but decided to postpone that in favor of something I discovered this past Saturday evening—something I fear I should’ve seen ages ago. Or, to be more precise, years ago: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

That’s the worst bit about being busy, in school and working—I feel like I miss the boat on too many things (example and another upcoming post: my current manic reading of “Game of Thrones”). Joss Whedon’s masterpiece that is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is just one of them—it was released in 2008 during the writer’s strike. What the heck was I doing then?

Whatever I was doing wasn’t productive considering it took me 3ish years to become acquainted with Neil Patrick Harris’s Dr. Horrible. Now, I’ve been a fan of NPH since his reentrance into the public eye in Harold & Kumar and from reruns of Doogie Howser, M.D., so I didn’t really need to be enticed by his natural charisma to enjoy his interpretation of a rising supervillain.

Long story short: Dr. Horrible wants to be a badass-enough supervillian to be inducted into the Evil League of Evil and win the girl of his dreams, Penny, but is often thwarted by his nemesis, Captain Hammer (portrayed with perfect pompousness by Nathan Fillion). Add 14 jaunty musical numbers and it’s tragicomic perfection. Hello, iTunes. (Joss, I know you’re busy right now with the Avengers and what-not, but where’s Dr. Horrible 2?)

If you’re as behind as me and haven’t seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog yet, then head to Netflix Instant and get on it. It’s short, sweet, hilarious, and yes, quite sad—but I won’t spoil it for you. For now, just go watch it. I’ll make it even easier for you and throw in Part 1 from Youtube, below:

Until next time, geeks (watch out for Korra or Game of Thrones).

May the geek be with you,

Lindsay

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