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Geek Television Nirvana

"Stronger Together" -- When Kara's attempts to help National City don't go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she -- and the city's media -- has about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz, when SUPERGIRL moves to its regular time period, Monday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh  Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS  ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

It’s truly a golden age of geek television. Today’s television offers a rich assortment of shows for nerdy people like me. Whether its the charming cheerfulness of Supergirl, the hard science fiction of The Expanse, the ridiculous fun of Into… Continue Reading

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Book Review: Carter and Lovecraft

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I have a dark confession to make: I’m really not a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft. Maybe I need to turn in my geek credentials, but I always thought Lovecraft’s writing was overwrought. I struggled through most of his work,… Continue Reading

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Shared Universes And Fan Creativity

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Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are… Continue Reading

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To Extreme Or Not To Extreme?

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I voluntarily cut the memory bandwidth in my production PC in half. My recently replaced production system consisted of a Core-i7-5930K Haswell Extreme processor and 32GB of DDR4 DRAM running at 2133MHz effective, installed onto a Gigabyte X99-UD5-WiFi motherboard. That… Continue Reading

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The Mirrorless Versus DSLR Conundrum

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I converted from using Nikon DSLRs to Olympus mirrorless digital cameras in 2013. The photo above pretty much illustrates why. My full-frame, Nikon D600 body weighed 359 grams more than the OM-D EM-1 body I use now. That’s a pretty… Continue Reading

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Science Versus Engineering

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I can be pedantic on occasion. When I watched the movie The Martian, something the Mark Watney character said stood out to me: “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.” That bit of dialog bugged me at… Continue Reading

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Pandemic Legacy: Boardgame as RPG

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If you play board games at all, you may have heard of Pandemic Legacy. Based on the co-op game engine from the original Pandemic, Pandemic Legacy offers a new take on board games: the board game as story. (Note: you… Continue Reading

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What It Means To Be An Early Adopter

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Nathan Edwards, once an editor at Maximum PC, put up a tweet recently that almost read like a Zen koan: “*buys a thing* this is great, now i’ll be happy [six months later] all my things are making me sad… Continue Reading