Next Podcast: Bryce Abood, Joss Whedon's Alien 4 and Comic-Con

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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TR Contributor Bryce Abood will be joining me on the next podcast to discuss Joss Whedon's original script for Alien Resurrection, as we try to answer the age-old question of whether or not he bears the blame for how things turned out. Additionally, we look ahead to Comic-Con, the TR coverage of same, and what has changed in my 15 years of covering it.

If you have questions about any of this - or any random things you want to ask me and Bryce - put them in comments below. We're recording tomorrow night.

Long Weekend Open Thread, and Our Comic-Con Plans

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Due to the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday, Voice Media recognizes tomorrow as the holiday, as do the feds. So there'll be a couple of posts, but not a full day.

Next week, however, we're shaking things up for San Diego Comic-Con. Year one at TR, I tried covering the Con for breaking news. Year 2, I went for longer-form features and interviews. This year: BOTH!

You may be thinking that's too much for one man, and you're right: Jim Dandeneau and I will be sharing editorial duties to get you the breaking headlines AND some more in-depth features. Wednesday will be light on posts until the evening, and after that the fun don't stop until Sunday afternoon; most regular columns will be on hiatus during this time, but we'll be posting far more often. Next Monday we'll take a breather for a day.

In the meantime, this is your weekend open thread.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: An Easy Coleslaw Recipe for the 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Hi all, it is Thursday again and we are almost at the 4th of July. Hope you all have a good and safe holiday. Out here we have celebrations starting on July 3 up in Landers at Homestead Valley park. They have food, beer, bands and fireworks. Then on the 4th, both the City of 29 Palms and Yucca Valley do the same. LYT and Julia were going to be here for the holiday, but she could not get off work so I will most likely just watch the Capital 4th on our local PBS station. We also have the 1st Saturday breakfast at Copper Mountain so I will be attending that, but I luckily have several friends that go have the breakfast. Not much fun to go out when you are by yourself.

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Weekend Open Thread: It's Okay to Be Takei

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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George Takei

Oh my. What a day.

June GEEKFUEL Unboxing, Featuring A CUTE KITTEN!

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

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We are absolutely not above using the lure of our new, ultra-cute li'l feline pal Toby to get you to watch us opening the monthly subscription box. Kitten!

Geekfuel boxes start at $13.90. To grab some Geekfuel of your own, use our special link to get an extra bonus item.

Now, you can haz kitteh...

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9 Possible Re-Definitions of the Word "Nerd" for the Modern Age

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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I'm perhaps the 10,000th person to observe this, but it bears repeating: The definition of "nerd" has, in the last 20 years, changed dramatically, perhaps even losing its meaning altogether.

I went to high school in the mid 1990s. At that time, my interests earned me scorn from most people. I enjoyed betting together with friends to play Dungeons & Dragons at lunch, had extensive conversations about Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I voraciously read superhero comics. I was a teenager, but I was still eager to watch Saturday morning cartoon shows. I was heavily involved in my school drama program. I played the flute. My favorite records were Broadway showtunes, "Weird Al" Yankovic albums, and anything that was played on The Dr. Demento Show. In addition to all this, I was a noisy, awkward, chubby weirdo. I doodled a lot and made bad jokes to anyone who would listen. I was a virgin. I was, by the parlance of the time, a nerd.

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Bill Nye's Solar Sail Kickstarter Crosses $1 Million Mark

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 6:50 am

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Bill Nye lent his name and his position as CEO of The Planetary Society to help set up a Kickstarter that's doing some real, hard science and will hopefully be the launch pad for a ton of new research on space propulsion. Their crowdfunding campaign crossed a major milestone over the weekend. More after the break.


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Weekend Open Thread: Rebels Is Back!

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

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WOOOO!

Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dad Roboteers out there! Everybody ready for the season 2 premiere of Star Wars: Rebels? I'm inappropriately excited for it. After the break, we'll do a quick little linkstorm and get to our weekend shenaniganry.


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NASA's Going to Europa

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:22 am

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Not like this...

Wait, when did it get announced that we're going to Europa? And why don't we have a tag for IRL Science?

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Good Morning!

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 4:00 am

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Pictured (L-R): Dex-Starr, a DCE rep, Krypto, Adonis

I'm Jim Dandeneau, and I'll be your guest editor for the day while LYT cools his heels south of the border 'til the fuzz backs off HA HA just kidding, government internet monitoring program, I don't really know where he went. More after the cut...

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