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Geek Connection

January 22nd, 2008 No comments

Here’s a favorite moment from Cloverfield, in which Hud (the geek holding the video camera) attempts to find common ground with Marlena, the object of his infatuation.


I have been that guy. I am still that guy.

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Pearls Of Wisdom

December 20th, 2007 No comments

Yesterday, I attempted to argue with the readers of Kevin Church’s comics blog (click on the comments to read the exchange) that the depiction of the Joker in the Dark Knight trailer is lacking an essential Jokerly quality. What I subsequently learned:

1) Do not, even jokingly, be dismissive of the movie Casino Royale.

2) Spider-Man 2 would’ve been taken much more seriously if the filmmakers had ignored all those previous depictions of Dr. Octopus as a scientist with four mechanical arms and just made him a thug with some switchblades.

Mr. Thiel Goes On A Date

November 23rd, 2004 No comments

Having been married for 12 years, it’s not often that I have an opportunity to date. And honestly, that’s not a bad thing. Dating brings up feelings of excitement and the promise of possibilities, but also a good deal of uncertainty, discomfort and worrisome questions such as “Am I slurping my soup too loudly?”

Yet, last night I went on a date. No, it wasn’t with another woman; Vicky may not care if I check out the hot chicks at the mall, but even she would draw the line short of my getting lucky with someone else. Instead, I dated a guy named Philip.

Philip is a local gamer who saw my name listed on the Looney Labs website, and dropped me an e-mail. We decided to meet at a local coffee shop named Cafe Kopi to play Fluxx, Chrononauts, etc.

Dating other dudes, assuming that one isn’t gay (I’m not), does have its drawbacks. For example, there is absolutely no chance for a goodnight kiss.

Yet, meeting a new gamer for the first time does share certain similarities to a romantic date. There’s the initial concern over whether (as the old commercials for Mystery Date would say) he’ll be a dream, or a dud. There are the cautious questions: Do you have kids? Are you liberal or conservative? Do you hang upside down from a door frame when you sleep? (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Are you compatible; does he insist on playing diceless games when you really enjoy rolling the ol’ bones?

Thankfully, Philip and I hit it off pretty well, which should mean that there’ll be a second date in our future.

But no one, and I repeat, no one will be getting to second base.

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