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text 2016-04-25 16:58
Nine Nominees for the Supreme Court of Nerds

(reblogged from Funk's House of Geekery)






A friend and I were recently discussing the plethora of fan fiction that’s out there.  The impetus for this discussion came from this nerdtastic revelation:




That’s right.  Andy freakin’ Weir wrote Ready Player One fan fic and Ernie Cline made it canon.  Granted the story isn’t great and I don’t particularly care for what was done by Weir as I think it runs counter to the character, but regardless it’s a big deal.

Most fan fiction is crap (50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan fiction which answers the age old question:  Can shit reproduce?) but there is some solid stuff out there.  At one point my friend said something along the lines of, “Hey wouldn’t it be great if there was a Supreme Court of Nerds that decided various geek issues like what’s canon and what’s not, etc?”  Yes these are the things that occupy my spare time.


I’ve never claimed to be inventing the perpetual motion machine in my off hours.

Ultra nerd discussions aside, it’s a brilliant idea.  Imagine a Supreme Court of Nerds, or SCON if you will, that debate different topics and render decisions. The situations brought before the court could be Legion.  Think about it. Imagine a group of people who hear cases regarding the canon of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, who’s to blame for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, if all the credit for Deadpool’s creation should go to Rob Liefeld, or if David Lynch is a genius auteur filmmaker or a gloriously overrated hack.  The prospect is intriguing to say the least.


It got me thinking, if there was a SCON, who would be on it?  There’s a ton of prominent nerds out there, but what constitutes the criteria for being on the Supreme Court of Nerds is something altogether.  As such I decided on a few parameters for candidacy.


First, the number of Nerd Justices had to be exactly nine to mimic the number of Supreme Court Justices in the United States.  


Secondly, the candidate must be living.


Thirdly and most importantly, the candidate must have made a significant contribution to nerd culture and be well versed in nerd topics.  The latter doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be knowledgeable in EVERY geek related topic.  One will suffice.

Initially I came up with about 20+ names and it was difficult to narrow down the list.


Some of the ones who didn’t make the cut:  Kevin Smith, George R.R. Martin, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Andy Weir, Neil deGrasse-Tyson, Bill Nye, Quentin Tarantino, Carlos Valdes, and Joss Whedon.  I’ll probably get flamed for that last one but damn it you weren’t there!  You can’t know!  I ALREADY NERD AROUND THE CLOCK!


Sorry didn’t mean to go all Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures. (Yes I reference six-year-old little known movies co-starring Brendan Fraser.)


Anyway, after careful deliberation here are the names I came up with:




Mary Lou Jepsen may be one of the coolest nerds living today.  Her intelligence and innovation are second to none.  Jepsen’s resume speaks for itself.  She’s an executive at Facebook/Oculus VR.  In fact Jepsen’s current focus is advancing virtual reality as far as possible. Before teaming up with Mark Zuckerberg she worked in the Google X Display Division.


Mary Lou Jepsen is also the founder and CEO of Pixel Qi whose long-term goal is to create devices that never need recharging and use alternative energy sources. And for those who care she also went to Brown.  So computer whiz?  Check. Innovative? Check. Virtual reality-centric?  Check.  Environmentalist? Check.  Ivy League School Educated?  Check.


Jepsen is the Ruth Bader-Ginsberg of the SCON.


JK Rowling



If justices were elected through popular vote, Rowling* would be a unanimous selection.


The woman went from being on food stamps to the first writer ever to become a billionaire.  The woman single handedly built an empire around Harry Potter, one of the most beloved and important fantasy characters of all time.  Harry Potter isn’t just a work of fiction, he’s a brand. The character and the novels/movies have transformed and inspired millions of people across the globe. Furthermore, she’s socially active against poverty and promotes child welfare.





How can you not love Felicia Day?  She’s just awesome.  Day is not only an accomplished actress, writer, and comedian, she’s a prominent gamer and feminist in geek culture.  In an era where we have the MRA and GameGate, Day is a bright beacon of sanity.  Besides winning acclaim on the geek cult classic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she played Vi, Day’s also had roles in Eureka and Supernatural.  


Felicia Day also promotes table top gaming.  However, her most prominent geek act may be her creation of the premium YouTube channel “Geek and Sundry” which focuses on everything from comics to gaming.  It was recently bought by Legendary, a company that’s brought you such Indie films like Inception and Man of Steel. It’s Felicia Day’s world and we’re just living in it.  Just so happens to be that the world is Azeroth.



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text 2015-04-01 17:01
I just got the most AWESOME review request

How could i resist this one? I get some weird requests that I share every now and again (did I ever tell you about the "boobie" shot glasses?) but this one makes up for all of it and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands!! And if it doesn't show up, for whatever reason, I am going to buy it.


Who is jealous?

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text 2015-01-31 22:34
Why I Still Buy Paper Books - And Two That Just Arrived in the Mail
Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs. Manley - Fidelis Morgan
Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Hoving, Thomas (1994) Paperback - Thomas Hoving

One of those things I think of as "not really arguments" are the essays/articles/ponderings people write about paper vs ebook - you know, the ones that seem to have the idea that ebooks are truly making all paper books disappear, or are threatening the entire future of paper books. This isn't going to happen ever, by the way. Why am I so sure? Because there will never be a time when all the paper books previously published will all be available in digital format. Unless of course there's suddenly a new process that will be as easy for digitizing as the speed of the Transporter compares to today's air travel. (Actually the Replicator is a better comparison isn't it? I'm too lazy to rewrite that. Let's pretend it was my first thought.) It could happen - and I would enjoy to see that in my lifetime. But I'm not going to count on it. Now, there may be fewer new paper books published in the future - but there will always be people who want paper copies of some of them. As a species, humans like to obtain certain objects just to touch and hold.


There are always going to be books that it won't be profitable to turn into digital books. For those books the only options/hopes for digitization are that a hobbyist/fan, an academic, or an academic institution (or something Google-ish) will work on formatting them, purely out of desire to have others read them, or continue scholarship on the author/subject. Which means there will still be those of us that will bump into mentions of obscure books which we will want to read and paper will be our only option. This isn't entirely sad - but it does mean that paper's going to be around a while. And since paper books do tend to last, we'll still be buying them. (Gadgetry however - well, do you still have your first cassette player? Record player? CD player? Mp3 player? All of those?)


Short version: We're still in the early days of ebook tech. It's still in progress and the old tech has not been completely replaced. (Tech advances more quickly now, but adoption of tech never has been that rapid. Also see: vinyl records. It's really hard to call when something's definitely died out.)


Also remember that loads of people (the kind who love making predictions) decades ago were certain we'd all be using flying cars by now. (Words to google: flying car predictions.)


Now to the (vaguely) more interesting bit - why I had to buy these paper books!

Short answer, the obvious: They were only available in paper.


A Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs. Manley

by Fidelis Morgan

hardback: Faber and Faber, January 1, 1987


There are sooooo many biographies or academic writings on certain women in our history that are only available via used books online. (Am not going into a lengthy Not All Libraries bit here, for fear of being dull.) You're not going to easily find these in physical used book stores - not without some continuous looking, emails or phone calls. Unless you've got the motivation of a research paper there's a lot of history you're going to miss out on. Me, I hate missing out on these sorts of stories, and I have an insatiable curiosity problem. And I'm rarely happy with just a biographical line or two in random history books. (Note: Edited out a long burble on "I seem to have this problem with more women's histories than men, because I can't really quantify that. I could do an entire post just on "random guys in history I ran down books about because they didn't get much attention in histories." I'm a sucker for this kinda obscure history. But I do find that many of these "not well known" women in history have very few books devoted just to them. I suspect this has to do with how many women's history dissertations get published.) (And so much for editing that out, huh.)


I bumped into first heard about Delarivier Manley in reading Lucy Moore's Thieves' Opera, and posted about her in this Reading in Progress post. There you'll see I googled her, and wanted to know more. I added a book to my TBR list/wish list and it might have ended there. Except I had to buy some other things at Amazon, and I got into my "oh what the hell, I'm buying other stuff so I might as well..." moods. I have an Amazon wish list just for books that I can only buy in paper, and this was at the top - plus I was still thinking about her. Impulse buy!


Luckily this book was published in the 80s, so not a huge problem getting a copy. No idea what the writing's like yet - but I'll let you know.


Also if you want a unique name for a fictional character, do let me suggest Delarivier. I'm somewhat fond of it.


Making the Mummies Dance: Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art

by Thomas Hoving

hardback: Touchstone, February 15, 1994


This one's been on my Amazon list for so long that I've completely forgotten where I discovered its existence - I know it was another book's bibliography. Which means I can't tell you any interesting story that caught my eye this time - that's usually how books get on my Need To Read This list. If you read his wikipedia page - Thomas Hoving - I think you'll quickly see why I felt he might have an interesting take on working in the museum.


Note: I will squee over anyone who's worked at The Cloisters - as Hoving did. I still have not been there (I have been to the Met). Someday I must. I've always been in love with the idea and descriptions and photos of the place. I think I can blame some of this on an art history class in Gothic cathedral architecture. Great stuff. With a really difficult final exam where you were shown interior photos and had to name the cathedral and its time period. (Studying for a visual part of an exam is not easy!)


Is there a fandom for those of us who love Museums? Because I know there are many of us. I see others like me whenever I'm in a museum. We're the ones that carefully read the text next to the objects, who pick up and read the paper brochures, who stand aside to let a group pass through so we can take our time looking. I always smile hugely when I see people do this, and then quickly pretend I'm not looking. Everyone needs their museum-alone-time.

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photo 2014-10-13 01:50

It was a gorgeous day so we grabbed the dogs, my bag full of unloved books and headed out to a fabulous beautiful park which, in its previous incarnation, was once a famous zoo/amusement park. Now it's a lovingly maintained dog friendly place and it just got a whole heck of a lot better with the addition of an adorably oversized Little Free Library which is kept well stocked by the community. I dropped off nine books with Bookcrossing labels and walked away without taking any home with me. Aren't you proud?  


Is anyone else here a bookcrosser (or am I the only complete geek here?) and do you have any Little Free Libraries nearby?  I am so ridiculously excited about this! 

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review 2014-09-01 19:23
Fandemonium - Rick Schindler

FANDEMONIUM is a fun satire of comic book geekdom, ruthless business chicanery, and show-biz spin-doctoring smarm mongers.




Rick Schindler and Wattle Publishing did it right, put in lotsa chuckles, plenty o' winces & larfs glore. #amreading and you should too.

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