Evolution of the Geek

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Happy Geek Pride Day! If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably slightly geeky inclined. You may not know that you’re a geek, but chances are that if you’re passionate about something – you know that excitable, hyperventilating, almost stalker like passion – you’re probably a geek.

Now, that of course is my own personal opinion, because the term Geek mean’s something different to everybody. As someone who was labelled ‘geek’ super young, purely because they were clever, liked to read, and wore glasses to school, I haven’t always been fond of the term.

In fact, I wanted nothing to do with the term. I just couldn’t get my head around the fact that if you looked a certain way, you were called a geek. And that’s still how a lot of people see it. They think that if somebody is smart or different, then they’re a geek.

But I’ve come to realise that being a geek isn’t a label, it’s a feeling. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what being a geek means to me, and I think Simon Pegg described it best:

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

So what does being a geek mean to me?

It means I can get excited about movies years before they come out. It means I have a library full of amazing books that I can easily teleport in to. It means I can spend hours playing video games and completely forget about the world I actually live in. It means I can collect toys because toys are awesome and anyone who tells you they aren’t obviously hasn’t looked or played with one in about 20 years. It means I live an ordinary life like everyone else – I go to work, and eat, and sleep – but I also have one kick ass imagination that never allows anything to get truly boring.

What does being a geek mean to you? Let me know.

Nuka-Cola Lamps

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Probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while, these awesome glow in the dark Nuka-Cola bottles are seriously unique. Modelled after the soft drinks that you can collect in the Post-Apocalyptic game; Fallout, they are a must buy for any fan – just remember, they are only props, so as much as downing a Nuka-Cola Quantum sounds tempting, I wouldn’t recommend it.

There are four bottles available altogether; Victory (Orange), Quartz (White), Quantum (Blue), and Fusion (Green). Each one is roughly £22.52, but you can buy a set containing all four, for £77.20 from Etsy seller MEMprops. The lamps do not need batteries, just 20-30 minutes of charging with a strong light. Each comes with its own authentic label.

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X-Wing Knife Block

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I move house in exactly 11 days and have decided that I need to fill my new place with nothing but the most awesome geeky products. That’s when I came across this knife block. Not your regular wooden holder, it’s shaped like an X-Wing from the Star Wars franchise.

It comes with five stainless steel knives, including a bread knife, all of which can be slotted into an X-Wing formation. I guess it’s the next best thing to using a lightsaber to cut up your steak, though don’t start waving them around! The X-Wing is £79.99 and can be purchased from Firebox.

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Unboxing: Loot Crate (Villains)

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I’ve just received August’s Loot Crate in the mail, and it occurred to me that I haven’t actually written a blog post about July’s yet. Here’s a quick run-through of all the bits and bobs I found inside. I even created an unboxing video – aren’t you guys a lucky bunch!!

For those of you that don’t know, Loot Crate is a company based in the US, who provide a nerdy themed mystery box service every month. The boxes are filled with a variety of different geeky products such as T-shirts, comics, stickers, and toys – they try their best to appeal to lots of different ages.

Each month brings with it a different theme, and July’s was Villains. When I think of villains, I automatically picture Joker and Riddler – all of Batman’s nemesis’ really. I guess I’m just more familiar with those bad boys than any other, so I was intrigued to see who else they included.

Here’s a breakdown of everything inside;

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Rocket Raccoon #1 Comic Book – I’ve been desperate to read the new Rocket Raccoon series since its release. It’s the real deal – a copy of Skottie Young’s issue 1 – though I’m not sure why Rocket would be included in the ‘Villains’ mystery box (apart from the fact that Thanos is on the cover).

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Deadpool Socks – You can never have too many socks in my opinion, and these particular foot cosies look pretty damn awesome.

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Joker and Harley Quinn Posters – I absolutely love these. My bedroom is already covered in posters; whether from bands, or comics, or movies, but there’s always room for more – I will find room for more!! The Joker poster in particular is one of my favorite Joker depictions of all time, a creation by artist Jock.

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Darth Vader Keyring – This wasn’t my most favorite product, but a nice addition none the less, even though it was a little on the dull side.

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Bowser Magnet – Pretty much my first ever magnet, so I’m a little chuffed with this bad boy.

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Necessary Evil DVD – Still not entirely sure what to expect when I shove this in my xbox to watch, but I love a good surprise.

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Joki T-shirt – I love fan fiction mash-ups, and the Loki/Joker combination is a pretty good idea, though I can’t say I’m a fan of the artwork on the T-shirt. I really can’t see myself wearing this.

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I really liked that they decorated the inside of every Loot Crate this month. Hopefully they’ll continue to do this, as it’s a nice touch.

The Villains theme was a nice idea, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite (so far, Aprils Dragon Loot Crate is winning). I really like the posters and the Rocket Raccoon comic book, but I wasn’t terribly fussed about the rest of the products. I am however looking forward to next month’s theme – Heroes, so I’m keeping my subscription for now.

The boxes are only around $13 if you’re from the US, which is an amazing price, but shipping them to the UK costs a little more, just under £20. If you want to sign up to get next months box, check out the Loot Crate Website here.

Nerdy Ninja News: w/c 3rd August

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– Kyle MacLachlan is joining the cast of Marvels Agents of SHIELD as a recurring character. He will be playing the role of Skye’s father. Skye was a character made specifically for the television show, so we currently don’t know anything about her father.

– The rights to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles have been acquired by Universal Studios. The series of novels include the already adapted Interview with the Vampire, along with around 10 other books. Anne Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, is set to write the screenplay for one of the novels; Tale of the Body Thief.

– The upcoming Terminator movie has officially been given a title – Terminator: Genisys. Genisys will apparently be the first movie in a trilogy. Little is known about its storyline, though there are rumours it is a reboot of the franchise.

– The release date for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has been brought forward from 6th May 2016, to 25th March 2016. Its initial release date would have clashed with the release of Marvel movie; Captain America 3. At the moment, there doesn’t seem to be any other competition in March.

– The game, Battlefield 4, is getting an update in September, aiming to improve the quality of its core gameplay. The team are currently looking at the areas that need the most attention. These include the game modes; Rush, Obliteration, and Capture the Flag. The update will also allow for the customisation of UIs.

Nerdy Ninja News: w/c 27th July ‘14

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– Bill Murray will be voicing the role of Baloo in Disney’s upcoming live action movie; The Jungle Book. It has also been confirmed that Christopher Walken will play King Louie, while Scarlett Johansson voices Kaa. The movie is set for release in October 2015

– Mr Freeze will be the next villain to join the characters in upcoming tv series Gotham. No actor is currently attached to the role.

– Ghostbusters 3 is rumored to focus on an all-female team, with Paul Feig attached as Director. Feig is the director of Bridesmaids, which has led to more rumors such as, will Kristen Wig be one of the new Ghostbusters? None of this is confirmed at the moment, but expect more news to come.

– David Zayas is the latest actor to be added to the cast of Fox’s new television series Gotham. Zayas is known for portraying Sergeant Batista in television series Dexter. He will be playing Sal Maroni, a Gotham city mobster.

– The Mummy will be getting a reboot, and Alex Kurtzman is set to direct. There isn’t much information about the movie at the moment,but Kurtzman has confirmed that it will have more action in it than horror.

– Kelly Frye is joining the cast of television show The Flash as villain Plastique, and J.R. Ramirez is joining sister show, Arrow, as Ted Grant (Wildcat). Both series start up in Autumn.

Image of the Day | Twins

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Thanks to Anamatroy, it’s occurred to me that Hodor and Groot are basically the same person..

PS. Totally going to see Guardians of the Galaxy tonight – super excited!!

Unboxing: Lootcrate (Adventure)

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I’m a little behind on posting about the monthly mystery boxes that I receive from Loot Crate. I’ve just had June’s through in the mail and realised that I still haven’t actually posted anything about May yet, so here’s a quick run-through – minus an unboxing video because I was far too excited about the theme at the time, so had to open it then and there.

For those of you that don’t know, Loot Crate is a company based in the US, who provide a nerdy themed mystery box service every month. The boxes are filled with a variety of different geeky products such as T-shirts, comics, stickers, and toys – they try their best to appeal to lots of different ages. This month’s theme was Adventure, with promises of Minecaft and Adventure Time related products. They did not dissapoint.

Here’s a breakdown of everything inside;

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Adventure Time Mystery Mini – GAHH!! This was definitely my favorite thing in this month’s box. There were 12 different 2.5 inch vinyl characters available, including all the main characters from the animated series. It was similar to the Game of Thrones Mystery Mini from Aprils Loot Crate, in that who you ended up with was a complete surprise, however in this case, you also received a mystery character tin as well – Mathematical!!

I ended up with a Lumpy Space Princess vinyl in a BMO tin, and was ecstatic about both. BMO and LSP are in my opinion, two of the best characters in the show, though every figure was absolutely adorable. My only issue came when taking LSP out to have a little play – Note: they really are just figures. I assumed LSPs arm’s might be movable.. they’re not. My fiddling resulted in a one armed princess. Woopsie daisy!

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Minecraft Hanger – Another mystery product, but this time in the form of a ‘hanger’ which was essentially a chunky key ring. There were 10 different Minecraft figures available. I ended up with Steve which I was happy with – his arms and legs moved which amused me for quite a while. The key ring itself was quite large though, far too big to add to my house keys.

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Legend of Zelda Key Ring – Unlike the Minecraft hanger, this little beauty is the perfect size to accompany my keys. Doubling up as a bottle opener, it quotes the iconic Zelda line ‘It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this’ only in place of a sword, there’s a Loot Crate. It was probably the most useful thing I’ve ever had from a mystery box.

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Friend Zone Sountrack – I have no idea what this is to be honest. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Friend Zone. I might give it a listen, but it’s not on my list of priorities.

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Stickers – There were various stickers in the box, but I wasn’t really a fan of any of them. I don’t do stickers; I’ve got nowhere for them. Maybe I need to invest something to plaster them on. A few looked interesting, but most seemed to be logos for various peoples Youtube channels. Not really my thing.

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Link T-Shirt – This is a really fun T-shirt. It displays a picture of Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise, but instead of being block colored, he’s covered in typographic descriptions such as ‘Courageous’ and ‘Adventurer’ – another great item.

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I really loved the Adventure theme, and most of the products that came in the crate were right up my street. The stickers and cd didn’t really interest me, but they were only a small part of the box. It hasn’t been my favorite box (I really loved the Dragon Loot Crate last month) but it’s managed to convince me to keep my subscription.

The boxes are only around $13 if you’re American, which is an amazing price, but shipping them abroad costs a little more, just under £20. If you want to sign up to get next months box, check out the Loot Crate Website here. You can get an extra $3 off by using the code SAVE3.

Nerdy Ninja News: w/c 25th May ‘14

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– Josh Brolin has been cast as the Mad Titan, Thanos, in upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. This will not be the only movie Thanos is due to appear in. He will supposedly have a subtle role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a main role in Avengers 3.

– Lupita Nyong (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones) have been added to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. Their roles are currently unconfirmed, but it’s nice to see that a few more female characters are going to be appearing in the movie.

– Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with James Cameron to create an arena touring show based on his movie Avatar. The world tour is expected to debut in 2015, just before the second Avatar sequel is released.

– Charlie Cox will be playing Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series with the same name, and Steven S. DeKnight is set to direct, replacing Drew Goddard.

– The World War Z sequel has a new writer. Steven Knight will be creating the script for the second instalment, with Brad Pitt set to return as the star of the movie.

– Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced a new Lego game – Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The game will take place outside of Gotham, in outer space, where Batman will try to stop villain Brainiac and his evil plans.