Monthly Archives: August 2015

Staff Writer | Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

***** SPOILER ALERT *****
This review will be discussing plot points which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E is a straight up man.

Growing up I never cared much for the Bond films or Mission Impossible movies. However, recently over the years my feelings towards these kinds of movies have softened—in most part due to the quality of two of the last three Bond films.  So, when I saw the trailers for The Man from U.N.C.L.E I was hooked. It looked slick, sexy and stylish, all elements that I feel have been missing in movies as of late.  Based on the mid-60’s TV series of the same name, that ran for 100+ episodes and starred Robert Vuangh (Bullitt (1968) and The Magnificent Seven (1960)) and David McCallum (NCIS), this movie was about a super-secret spy organization called U.N.C.L.E that teamed up an American CIA agent and Soviet KGB agent.

"The First Man(Men?) from U.N.C.L.E."

The First Man (Men?) from U.N.C.L.E.

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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 38, Ready Player One and Armada

ready player oneIn which, Andrew and Tracy discuss Ernest Cline’s well-loved novel Ready Player One and his newest book Armada, that recently hit bookstore shelves.  This podcast does contain spoilers, so consider yourselves warned. Continue reading

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Editorial | Why I Read Vonnegut

On an earlier podcast, I briefly mentioned the story of why I finally started reading Kurt Vonnegut. It’s actually a rather embarrassing story: I like watching repeats of Criminal Minds on Netflix while doing laundry (folding clothing is insanely boring and requires distraction). The show doesn’t always have the most erudite plotlines, but I found myself intrigued by and then identifying with the FBI agent Emily Prentiss. In the second season, she confessed to Agent Derrick Morgan that she was a “huge nerd” who loved to read Vonnegut, a fandom that they share. Continue reading

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Editorial | Introducing Andrew, the Invisible Man

One of the most amusing phenomena that Andrew and I have seen since we started Therefore I Geek is that he seems to be the Invisible Man on the blog.  I often hear from readers about how much they enjoyed one of my articles, and then reference something that Andrew wrote.  So today, I would like to introduce everyone to my friend Andrew, the power behind Therefore I Geek (well, most of the power).

10414842_10101821275281781_5478974530453184889_nOn the first anniversary of the blog, we did a podcast on origin stories and talked about the Therefore I Geek origin story in the discussion.  Andrew is one of the funniest people I know.  His dry humor and ability to tell stories–fictional or otherwise–is fantastic, and I encouraged him to tell his stories to a larger audience.  After a couple of weeks of consideration (which I didn’t realize was going on) he popped the most important question I have ever been asked, “Will you be my editor?” I sobbed and screamed, and of course said yes. Continue reading

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