“Books, young man. Books.” Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law, was very influential in getting Captain James Kirk to appreciate books. And there’s a fair amount of research that shows how reading improves your cognitive abilities. But is there a difference between reading on a screen and reading an actual book? Turns out, there […]
Woohoo! It’s Friday! After an insane week, I can say happily that all of my bills are taken care of, my work is done, and it’s time to focus on that ever-important geeky responsibility, The Geekly. Now, I know what you all are thinking: but what about your trip to
Barsoom Utah?! Well, I’m having some technology issues on that one. Mainly, I can’t find my camera cord. I’ll take care of it soon. Sorry, guys. You all love me anyways, right? Okay! No more stalling…onward with the history!
September 14th, 1936: Walter Koenig, better known to most as Pavel Chekov, is born in Chicago, Illinois. (Yup, he’s American…but the Trekkies knew that one…and it’s pretty obvious.)
September 14th, 1973: Andrew Lincoln, the actor behind Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, is born in London, England.
September 15th, 1940: Two-time president of SFWA and Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer, Norman Spinrad, is born in New York City.
September 15th, 1941: The first (and, so far, only) Polish national to go into space, Miroslaw Hermaszewski is born in Lipniki, a town in modern-day Eastern part of Poland (it was Nazi occupied Ukraine at that point).
September 15th, 1977: Tom Hardy, the man behind the mask of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, is born in London, England.
September 16th, 1945: The woman of the voice of nerd-dom in the 70s (Velma Dinkley, duh!), Pat Stevens is born in Linden, New Jersey.
September 16th, 1960: Noted comic book writer and co-creator of Astro City, Kurt Busiek is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 17th, 1945: The only actor to perform in The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (the new stuff), and The Matrix trilogies, Bruce Spence is born in Auckland, New Zealand.
September 17th, 1955: Charles Martinet, a man whose name is unknown to 99% of the world but whose voice is instantly recognizable to those 99% (exact figures are unknown, I’m just speaking in hyperbole), is born in San Jose, California. He is the voice of a certain Italian plumber, as well as several other characters in the Mario world.
September 17th, 1965: “The man who made Sonic” (the hedgehog) and the lead programmer on the original game, Yuji Naka is born in Osaka, Japan.
September 17th, 1975: The ORIGINAL Red Power Ranger (Jason Lee Scott) and leader of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Austin St. John is born in Roswell, New Mexico.
September 18th, 1926: Hall of Fame comic book artist, the noted Joe Kubert is born in Jezierzany, Poland.
September 18th, 1970: Self-proclaimed gamer and hilarious comedian Aisha Tyler is born in San Francisco, California.
September 19th, 1928: The hilarious and iconic Adam West is born in Seattle, Washington.
September 20th, 1947: Comic book writer and co-creator of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
For more info on what has happened this week in geek history, check out:
And, of course, for your weekly libations, let’s Twist this week in style with a Pavel Chekov?
- Vodka (Russian)
- Vodka (Russian)
- Vodka (Russian)
Mix all ingredients and enjoy! You have to pronounce it “wodka” and garnish with some snarky comments from friends.
Well, to Garnish your week, how about a bit of retail therapy? While Debbie’s got us covered for those of the cute level-one-and-crawling variety, how about something for the grown-ups? Maybe you’ve already seen this shop, maybe you already stalk me on Etsy, but OH MY GOD I NEED IT ALL!
There’s just about anything for any fan, from Doctor Who to Batman, Dungeons & Dragons to Invader Zim…bracelets, keychains, earrings, and more…and all for reasonable prices! I love the idea of these for my Halloween costume, but I’m dying for a pair of these (imagine that) and these in purple (big surprise!). So, head on over, open up your checkbook, and tell ’em AJ sent ya!
So, I’ve got a million things to get done now that we’re hitting the weekend. Until next week, geek on!