Tagged: geek

And now for something completely different: Beta test

I find and share so many good articles, cool pictures, funny videos, and interesting blogs on a daily basis that I feel like I need a better way to do it. I used to use Google Reader’s social sharing features for this, but since that functionality is all but gone from the service following its update (and what’s left in the API is being tacked back on by userscripts with the technical equivalent of chewing gum and twine). This has resulted in (among other things) the formerly nice-looking list of my recently shared items on the left column of my...

Surviving Convention Season: Part 5 — Etiquette

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a new installation of my convention survival series, and this topic is an important one. Every social situation has its own rules of etiquette. Some things are just basic manners and apply to nearly every social situation; other things are specific to being polite in crowds; other things still are specific to the convention environment. This post will primarily be divided up into those three parts, but the entirety of everything below can be summed up in two points: Do not neglect personal¬†hygiene. Don’t be a dick. However, as I am well aware, the...

Diablo 3 beta slated for Q3 2011, release in Q4

Several sources are reporting that Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaim announced on Blizzard-Activision’s quarterly financial conference call that the external beta for Diablo 3 will open in Q3 of this year. That’s calendar quarter, not fiscal quarter, by the way, meaning that the external beta could begin as early as July 1 (but as late as September 30). Internal “friends and family” beta testing has also reportedly already begun. Morhaim also announced that they’re targeting the launch for Q4 of this year (between October 1 and December 31), but Blizzard is currently not making any promises about that. If you’ve been...

New Star Trek trailer released!

Supposedly, they were supposed to run the trailer for Star Trek XI before the new Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, but having gone to see the movie this weekend, I can add myself to the list of people whose screening did not include this geeky treat. However, the trailer has been released online, downloadable in standard definition as well as 720p and 1080p HD. The site seems to insist upon the most recent version of Quicktime (or Quicktime Alternative, which I highly recommend), which gave me some difficulties in downloading the trailer, but once I updated, everything was cool. The...

Growing up geek

Thinkgeek had a contest on Twitter today: tweet your geekiest childhood memory, win a $25 gift certificate. I wasn’t one of the winners, but it did get me thinking about how most of my childhood was pretty geeky. When I was really little, I was kind of at the geek mercy of my parents–particularly my dad. I was dressed up in a Starfleet uniform for my first and second Halloweens. For my first, my dad wanted to put Vulcan ears on me, but my mom said ‘no way.’ When I was four, my parents took me to a midnight screening...