Monster Hunter 4 is available on the Nintendo 3DS. That is neat. You can play the game. Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of the best roller coaster parks in the western half of the U.S. That is neat. You can ride on a bunch of roller coasters.
Nerd culture is, I have recently realized, as a bizarre crossroads. Over the course of the last five years or so - through the rather annoying trend of restarting, rebooting, and reimagining hot pop properties - we have begun abandoning the single dramatic concept that made nerd culture what it is today. We are losing our canon.
The Beyond - If you count yourself as a horror fan of any stripe, then you're likely already familiar with Lucio Fulci's 1981 horror classic The Beyond. The film, about a hotel that is resting on the mouth of Hell, is colorful, oddly paced, and wonderfully gory. It is perhaps the prime example Italian Euroschlock, definitely a proud genre for genre fanatics. The film will be released in a special three-disc set from Grindhouse releasing, which includes a soundtrack CD (those Italian horror films had some pretty groovy soundtracks). Also, the cover glows in the dark. The Beyond straddles a wonderful line between chintzy trash and cinema classic. I encourage you to check it out.
These days, when it comes to beloved geek properties of the '80s and '90s, the nostalgia factor is at an all time high; we've got Sigourney Weaver coming back as Ripley for another Alien movie, Arnie coming back as the Terminator, and even Harrison Ford returning as Deckard for another Blade Runner, not to mention the big one-his reuniting with Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now TV is feeling the nostalgia bug as well, with Bruce Campbell coming back as Ash for an Evil Dead series, and limited "event series" planned for Twin Peaks as well as The X-Files. Even Pee-Wee Herman is coming back, via Netflix. When it comes to nerd entertainment, right now age ain't nuthin' but a number.
The cycle is familiar to anyone who spends a lot of time on the internet. You read an inflammatory (and perhaps poorly researched) article online. You see it to be specious and biased and wholly incorrect. You, in a fit of anger, scroll down to the comments section and churlishly leave an angry comment taking the author to task. The author responds in rage, citing that they are indeed correct, and it is you who are in the wrong. Pretty soon you begin dismissing the other with cliched phrases like "Your argument is invalid!" They hurl equally dismissive comment back at you. Then a third party intervenes, disagreeing with both of you.
I suppose we had no reason to make any assumptions, but I was of the mind that Joss Whedon, film director and major geek deity, would be the one (and only) person behind all of the future Avengers films. After the ultra-ultra success of the 2012's The Avengers, and the posed success of 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon seemed to be the only one who could handle such a magnitudinous project. Indeed, he has expressed nothing but enthusiasm for the superhero movies coming out of Disney.
We all want to live on Mars, and a not-for-profit organization called Mars One has been trying to make that a reality. The people at Mars One are devoted to using existing technology (not inventing new technology) to take a team of humans to Mars where they will live permanently. It is an ambitious project, and, as of 2013, they were already as far along as the astronaut selection stage.