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  • Episode 69 – Star Trek Humanism

    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.

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  • Episode 15 – Halloween Boners

    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.

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  • Geek First, Girl Second.

    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.

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  • Why I’m a Geek – Tim

    I have this theory about geekdom.  I’ll get to it in a minute.

    Look! Han is about to shoot first!

    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.

    I don’t know why.  I was stupid, I guess.

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  • Why I’m A Geek – Molly

    I couldn’t have decided to be a geek any more than I could have decided to be a white girl born in Minnesota. I came this way.

    This is a real picture of me. No, seriously.

    One of the first presents I can remember wanting is a microscope. I got one when I was 9, and I played with it constantly. I looked at the difference between sugar crystals and salt crystals. I looked at a strand of my hair versus a strand of my mom’s hair. I pricked my finger over and over and looked at my blood. I loved the slides, the way they’d click together. I loved the cover glass squares, and how delicate they were. I would hold them in my hands and feel their tiny sharp edges press into my palms. I looked at water droplets, and at flower petals, and anything I could cram onto a slide and shove under the lens.

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