Today is a very sad day in the geek community. Earlier this afternoon, Leonard Nimoy passed away at age eighty three. Although he is certainly not the first of the original cast to pass, his passing is probably the most personally saddening. While I always loved DeForest Kelly and James Doohan, there was something even more special about Nimoy and his most noteworthy character, Mr. Spock. For several generations now, Star Trek in all its varying iterations has been entertaining and connecting with fans in a very special way. There are entire fan conventions dedicated to this one franchise, and the fan base extends across the entire planet. Through all of this, Nimoy has been there. Even before there was a Captain Kirk, there was Mr. Spock.
Leonard Nimoy was not only a beloved character, but also a man who learned to embrace what he had become and the fans who loved him. In addition to Star Trek, Nimoy lent his vocal talents to cartoons from my childhood like Transformers, and more than one documentary that helped to drive forward my desire for learning and knowledge. I know that I will sorely miss his presence on screen and that it will be a long while before I can watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan again.
Andrew and I love reading other geek blogs as much as we like writing for Therefore I Geek, and we’ve got a lot of blogs we’re personally subscribed to. Today, I would like to share a few of our favorites with you in no particular order, and perhaps add to your list of things to do instead of actually working. Continue reading
A few months ago I warned against the holiday video game buying spree. Since then I ran across this article from BGR.com and this one from Rockpapershotgun.com which gave similar warnings against blindly purchasing games. The writers of these pieces advise their readers to never pre-order games because it is leading to an unhealthy consumer environment. I found their perspective to be mostly accurate, but I think that the situation requires a little more clarification, which is why I am addressing it here. Continue reading
There was a whole lot of internet hubbub just a few months ago regarding DC’s lack of female leads in their cinematic productions. Adults have been blogging, posting on message boards, often ranting about DC’s apparent non-interest in their female audience. However, one consumer apparently did the smart thing and took her complaint straight to the source. Rowan Hansen, age eleven, took it upon herself to write to DC requesting more female action figures and leading roles in movies and TV series.
While the letter’s wording sounds suspiciously like someone a little older may have helped Rowan with some of her rhetoric (the line which reads, “Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon awesome…” sounds particularly suspect), and some of her facts aren’t quite as factual as one might like (she mentions that DC doesn’t have a Wonder Woman show, but in fact there was a Wonder Woman TV show at one time–although she isn’t old enough to remember it), her decision to write this letter does highlight an important fact about geek culture and capitalism writ large: voting with money is nice, but usually has slower and more indirect results than a direct request to a producer. Continue reading