Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 35, All Things Alien

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Where Andrew, Kyle, Kurt and Daryl spar over the finer points of the Alien franchise. There’s plenty of great things to talk about, though unfortunately, Alien3 was also discussed.

 

Show Notes: (Complete Show Notes will be coming shortly. We apologize for the delay.)

Alien

Aliens

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Alien: Resurrection

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator

AVPR: Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem

Prometheus

H.R. Giger

Dan O’Bannon

Dark Star

Sunshine

Ron Shusett

Ridley Scott

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Roger Corman

Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars artist)

 

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Happy Independence Day!

The staff here at Therefore I Geek would like to wish all of our American readers a happy (and safe) Independence Day celebration this 4th of July.  We hope your day is full of all the traditions and especially all the fireworks that your heart desires!

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Guest Blog | Why I’ve Never Liked Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a worldwide phenomenon and ubiquitous reading material among millenials. It’s easy to see why – the books are escapist, fun, and relatable. So sometimes I feel very alone when I make the startling confession: I really don’t like Harry Potter at all.

My reasons for dislike are numerous, but tend to all come back to a central problem. The first half of the series is for children; the second half is for adults. That’s fine,having the characters grow with the audience is brilliant as a marketing strategy; but in this instance, it deals a body blow to the continuity of the story. The contrived, cobbled-together world of Hogwarts and the greater Wizarding World is perfect for a children’s series. Ghosts as teachers? Cool! A school with a vicious three-legged dog hiding behind a door where a talented first-year could easily find it? Exciting! This kind of world serves perfectly for a story about a young boy from an abusive background who gets to escape the doldrums of suburban England and jet off to wizarding school.

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I am a Supervillain, AMA: Pt. 4

I have often found that of greatest peril I also have my moments of greatest insight. The way I see it, the world ending is probably the greatest peril I have ever been in. And you know what? In spite of all the pride I have in my weather device and all the work I put into it, this latest realization is by far the best and most important thing I have ever come up with. The time dilation device!

I know, I know, I didn’t actually invent the damn thing. That credit has to go to my grandfather. When I say that man is a true genius, I mean it in every sense of the word. He built this thing back in the late 60’s, before microprocessors. Do you have any idea what kind of achievement that is? I tried to make an updated version for a school project and the thing was the size of a school bus. (Ok, so it was actually a school bus…but that is completely beside the point.) My point is, this thing is absolutely amazing and decades ahead of the mad science of its time. If my plan were going to work, I would have to crack it open, in the middle of the worst storm the planet has seen since before the dinosaurs, figure out how it works, and then rewire it to do what I want it to do, all without causing the entire universe to implode. I’m not really certain that the universe would explode, but at this point I’m pretty sure it’s not outside the realm of possible. Continue reading

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