This week, we decided to have a discussion about the new incarnation of The Doctor – Peter Capaldi. While our opinions on the series as a whole are decidedly mixed, we all have positive opinions about Capaldi. We talk about Clara, the Victorian Scooby Gang, and Steven Moffat. We also spend a little while on the 50th anniversary special and the War Doctor. Given we are not super fans, we probably get some facts wrong. Feel free to correct us in the comments!
I just finished reading the first issue, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on it:
Parallel Man is a science adventure comic. Much in the same way that Star Trek, Blake’s 7 or even Doctor Who can have just about an unlimited number of exciting settings, PM is the same. Rather than travelling though space or time (and space), Parallel Man deals with Skip Technology that allows you to jump between multiple Earths. Some of them are fungus worlds, others are populated by reptilian humanoids, and many have been dominated by a threat that is revealed in this premier issue.
Rather than expanding their empire out, these people have expanded their empire sideways, into different Earths. This seems to have led to amassing some pretty awesome technology, and most of it is demonstrated rather than explained, something I’ve always been partial to in comic book storytelling.
Comics are a visual medium, and as such, Parallel Man doesn’t rely on exposition to convey what’s happening, they show it and you pick it up as you go, because you’re clever and don’t need to have your hand held though a comic.
First issues are tricky. They have more weight to pull than any other issue in a series, because they need to introduce the reader to this world and the characters in it, give you just enough plot to set the hook, and then somehow make you give a shit in only about 30 pages. First issues can be clunky, but I think Parallel Man pulled it off well. They dive right in, and by the time the issue is over, I wanted more.
Parallel Man: Invasion America #1 comes out October 8th. I’d highly recommend talking to your Local Comic Shop to pre-order an issue. As it’s a new comic by a new publisher, there’s a good chance they won’t pre-order a ton of them, and you should check it out.
This could be the start of something big. Future Dude is planning animation, mobile games, and deck builder games all running… in parallel. Here’s some preview animation, with some release date info.
This week’s episode is another spoiler filled review of a show the three of us really enjoyed. If you haven’t seen HBO’s “True Detective” yet, go and watch it. This episode will be here when you get back. If you’ve seen it or if you don’t care about spoilers, then listen away! We talk about what we enjoy about the series and also some parts that we find kind of frustrating. In the end, we give the show three thumbs up with only minor reservations. And yes, there is an atheism angle so we didn’t sacrifice our godless cred. Tim doesn’t remember if he mentioned that the theme song kick’s ass so he wants everyone to know that the theme song kicks ass.
This week we turn our geek meters to eleven and geek out hard on season 3 of “Sherlock.” All three episodes have aired in the US and that means SPOILERS. A whole fat ton of spoilers. If there is anything you don’t want to know about the season, we are going to spoil it. Guaranteed. If you are one those people who hates “Sherlock,” you are wrong. Go listen to some atheist podcast about how much “Sherlock” sucks because this isn’t that podcast. Also, In case we weren’t clear before, this episode is full of spoilers.
A couple of weeks ago, we were guests on the Atheists Talk Radio Program. Our house was friend of the show Brienne Bilyeu. We talked about the genesis of the podcast, some of our favorite episodes and all sorts of other fun stuff. Want an mp3 of the show? Done!
If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can always find the episode on the Minnesota Atheists web site!
This week we are joined by guest Scott Lohman, President of the Humanists of Minnesota and big “Star Trek” fan. We talk about Gene Roddenberry and his beliefs and then get deeply entrenched in how those beliefs about god found their way into “Star Trek” continuity. There is a little bit of time spent talking about Humanism but mostly we talk about “Star Trek.” There’s a lot of “Star Trek” to talk about. Like two hundred and seventeen seasons or something! Scott also gets to answer our five questions because that’s one of those things we do.
For our October Geeky Boner episode, we talked about spreadsheets, Borderlands 2 (oh boy do we talk about Borderlands 2), and Tim’s band, The Dregs. They just released a new CD (Do it Like You’re Drunk), which Molly and Nick recommend. We also spent a lot of time talking about Halloween because all three of us love the holiday. Molly reminisces about her Wiccan days. Then we read and respond to Erica Zaffke Schaub’s answers to our five questions.
I sure am tired of hearing about whether or not chicks get to be hot, geeky, and in costume. I mean, really tired of it. I’m tired of all sides of this argument. But fuck it, let’s dive in to the fray.
So Joe Peacock wrote an article on CNN.com entitled “Booth Babes Need Not Apply.” You can guess what it’s about from the title, but I’ll sum up a bit: he hates the fact that girls who aren’t actually interested in geek culture and who don’t have any geeky interests of their own are paid by companies to dress up in slutty costumes and stand around looking sexy to lure geek guys into various booths and halls at conventions, particularly San Diego Comic Con. (He also dislikes that there are growing numbers of equally non-geek chicks who put on slutty costumes and go to these conventions to get attention from the attendees. We’ll get to that bullshit in a minute.)
At first, I agreed with Peacock. I, too, dislike the idea of someone pretending to be a geek in order to sell geeks something. I don’t like it when anyone uses disingenuous behaviors to sell shit. Hiring “hot” chicks to flaunt their bodies and coo at guys in order to get them to buy things or sign up for things rubs me the wrong way. It’s sexist. It’s sexist against everyone involved. The women are objectified, the men are told it’s cool to objectify women, and the men are reduced to their sex drives and treated as though they only think with their dicks. It’s insulting. For everyone. Here’s a quote from Peacock that I agreed with: “As a guy, I find it repugnant that, due to my interests in comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and role playing games, video games and toys, I am supposed to feel honored that a pretty girl is in my presence. It’s insulting.” Yes! And if he were only talking about the paid-to-be-there-looking-sexy booth babes, I’d be on board with this. But he’s not. You see, he’s talking about cosplaying female attendees.
I have this theory about geekdom. I’ll get to it in a minute.
Star Wars came out in 1977. At the time, I was ten years old and the movie was just fucking Star Wars. Episode IV? Please! As far as we knew, that was all the Star Wars we would ever get.
When I first saw the trailer for the film, it scared the piss out of me. I was a nervous kid and I did not like scary films. There was something about the trailer that made me think it was a scary film.