Friday, February 17, 2006

Geek Chic

Warning to all true geeks out there. The beautiful people are invading our turf! You know the type. The jocks who dumped you in the garbage can or shoved you into your school locker, the girls who wouldn’t go out with you because you were too smart or socially inept. These people have figured out that comic books, anime, Sci-Fi, computers, and mismatched clothing is… for lack of a better word… cool. Look at some of the people on G4 television for crying out loud. Sarah Lane claims geek status, and then she downs Serenity and the Browncoats? I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that she was a cheerleader in high school. Do you really think that she would EVER come down from her gum-chewing, bleach blond, power-pedestal to date an actual geek? Or show up at a RPG tournament that she wasn’t getting paid to attend? Shaaa… when monkeys fly outa my butt…
How can the pseudo-geek hosts of Attack of the Show claim geekness and then down the people supposedly watching them by making statements like “you don’t know… you’ve never had real date in your life.” I got news for them, no real geek is watching.
I think that the only real geek on that network (who, by the way, is loosing his geekness) is Adam Sessler on X-play.
Ok, enough of stinkin’ G4.
So, can you be a geek and be good looking? Sure. I know several geeks who are easy on the eyes, but really, it’s not about looks… it’s about attitude. And when it comes to attitude, the veneer is mighty thin on a pseudo-geek, beautiful person always comes out in ‘em. (To paraphrase To Kill a Mockingbird.)
How did geek become chic, anyway? Don’t they remember the mockery they threw at us in the past? Or is it that they have just found another way of ridiculing us by pretending to be one of us? Maybe that’s it.
Yes, I’m beginning to see it all clearly now.
There are no more lockers to toss us into. Without a proper venue, they feel their power base slipping away, and so they claim geek status in order to alienate us further from the land we have claimed as our own!
This cannot happen! Rise up my brothers and sisters! Take back your comics, and your anime! Snatch away that game controller, those dice, and the complete first season of Buffy on DVD! Claim what is ours by birthright! Expose the pseudo-geeks; strip them of their trendy ways. Make it known they are not worthy of those Comicon passes.
Geeks of the World, Unite!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Funny in a Sick Kind of Way

My wife and I have been trying to organize this marrow drive for her cousin, and I've been doing some research, so that I can answer questions that the potential donors may have. So I googled "Bone Marrow" and this came up:

Bone Marrow
Looking for Bone Marrow?
Find exactly what you want today

Funny huh...
Gees I wish it were that easy.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Picard vs. Reynolds

In geek-land, there is no better fight than the one: "Who would win in a fight between..."
So in that tradition, I give you Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation Starship “USS Enterprise” vs. Captain Malcolm Reynolds of the Firefly Transport “Serenity”.

Picard: Will use diplomacy until diplomacy fails, and then will try it again.
Mal: Wears his diplomacy on his hip.

Picard: Has a first officer with a big a** ego.
Mal: Has a first officer with a big a** gun.

Picard: Can speak French
Mal: Can swear in Chinese

Picard: Has a Klingon security officer with a mini phaser set to: “stun”
Mal: Has Jayne with a Callahan full-bore auto-lock set to: “pool of your own blood”

Picard: Has an empathic councilor who can sense your feelings
Mal: Has a telepathic girl who can kill you with her brain

Picard: Pretended to be a pirate and a smuggler… once
Mal: Is a pirate and a smuggler

Picard: Can handle a sword and can sometimes win.
Mal: Can’t handle a sword, but can still win.

Picard: Is a Fed
Mal: Once shot a Fed in the head and dumped his body in the desert on Whitefall.

Picard: Is a Fed
Mal: Once beat a Fed senseless and then tied him to a guardrail.

Picard: Enjoys horseback riding in the English style
Mal: Rides a horse when needed. Style don’t much matter.

Picard: Has a doctor who’s in the chain of command
Mal: Has a doctor who’s been threatened with the chain of command

Picard: Would never think of striking another member of the crew without there being extreme circumstances.
Mal: Will hit members of the crew, sometimes with fists, other times with a wrench, either way it is hi-larious.

Picard: Sits in his ready room
Mal: Has Captainy things to do

Picard: Has several fine women on board
Mal: Has a hooker on board

Picard: Might have paid for it in the past…his first officer sure has
Mal: Has a hooker on board

Picard: Has several shuttle craft
Mal: Has two shuttles… one has a hooker

Picard: Has enemies that really only want your planet, or your ship, and might want to enslave you… possibly kill you quickly in the worse case.
Mal: Has enemies that want to rape you, eat you and then wear you around. If you’re really lucky, they’ll kill you first. They might even strap your broken body to the nose of their ship as a trophy. That’s the best-case scenario.

Picard: Has traveled through time, through wormholes, and has battled omniscient super beings
Mal: Umm... Did I mention that HE HAS A HOOKER ON BOARD!

I'd say... Mal wins. Any Questions?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Marrow Donation

Isn't amazing that something that happened 12 years ago can still affect you so much today.
Back in 89, I was living in Southern California and I used to go to the City of Hope quite often in order to give blood. Well, one day, I had my math wrong, and went in about a week to early. The lady at the desk asked if I would like to sign up to become a marrow donor, so that I wouldn’t feel like I had wasted a trip. Now I had heard horror stories about giving marrow, so I asked her what the real deal was. As it turned out, all I had to do that day was to give a small amount of blood, they would type it and put me in a computer, and then there was, something like, a 1 in 200,000 chance that I would match with a patient. So I'm thinking that I can beat those odds. Come on, if I were in a drawing for 4 prizes, and only 5 people signed up I'd be the one walking away with nothing. 1 in 200,000? No problem.
So, I move back to Utah in 1990 and start back into the real world. I get a job, and a girlfriend life is sweet, right?
April 1992, I get a call from the Intermountain Marrow Program. I had a preliminary match with a patient. I'm not sure how they tracked me down, but they did. So, I go in and give some more blood, so that they can do some more tests. Something like six months go by and I'm now engaged and am getting married in October, and I get another call. I didn't completely match with the first patient, but I did with a second. Now I'm thinking, What’s this 1 in 200,000 crap!
So, I go in for more tests and stuff and flash forward to April 1993 I find myself laying in a hospital bed with a numbing pain in my hips because I had just given 500ml of my bone marrow.
I found out that it went to a 4-year-old little boy named Christian. The marrow took; he was cured, until late summer when his leukemia came back. There was nothing more anyone could do, and he passed away at home. When I got that news, it killed me. Even though I had never met him, I was crushed.
So now, flash forward to today. My wife's cousin has this same disease. She's had two doses of chemo and we are organizing a marrow drive, to try and find her a donor. I'm glad that I have the work, because without it I would be crying in a corner. Weeping like a baby A hungry, angry baby. (sorry).
Life changing... those are the only words I have. Life changing.
Would I do it again? In a heart beat. In less time than it takes to change a light bulb, I would be back in that O.R. telling them to give me the needle.
If you’re not in the registry, join. It only takes a little time and a little blood to do it. they have all the answers for you.

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