Category Archives: Geek Alert

10 things I should be ashamed of … but I’m not

10. My blood feud with Michael Cera For years, the very sight of actor Michael Cera has launched me into a blind rage. When I see him in commercials or in magazines, I immediately want to bully him. I’m compelled … Continue reading

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It all started with a Big Bang

This is the way the world ends. Well, not the whole world. This is the way my world ends, then. You look confused. Let me back up a little. My name is Billy Bishop, but you may know me as … Continue reading

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Five signs the end is near: February 21, 2013

The meteor that slammed into the Chelyabinsk region last Friday must have seemed like something out of a Michael Bay movie to the poor Russians who witnessed it: loud, bright, fast and utterly incomprehensible. And like the first Transformers movie, … Continue reading

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The enemy within

You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I’m a violent guy. No, really. First of all, I’m a consumer of violence. I’m drawn to thrilling crime fiction, in which sex is used as a weapon and bullets pierce … Continue reading

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Five signs the end is near: January 2, 2013

So Dec. 21, 2012—the date the Mayans supposedly singled out as the end of the world—has come and gone. But here in the scary, post-Mayan Calendar landscape of 2013, we face no shortage of troubling signs about the future: North … Continue reading

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Five signs the end is near: March 24, 2012

5. Turtle Nation Gets Up in Arms Having turned the dumbest property in ‘80s toy history into a blockbuster film franchise, Transformers director Michael Bay is now turning his attention to the second-lamest property: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Wait, … Continue reading

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Five signs the end is near: March 8, 2012

5. The Osbournes are coming! The Osbournes are coming! It’s not bad enough that Sharon Osbourne can be seen each weekday morning cackling with other hens on a pointless knockoff of The View, or that no one questions why marrying … Continue reading

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Five thoughts on DC’s Watchmen prequels

Earlier this week, DC Comics officially announced what many in the comics community had been whispering about for months. The publisher is releasing a series of prequels to the landmark 1986 Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons miniseries Watchmen. The comics, grouped under … Continue reading

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My summer reading list

Following in the footsteps of President Obama, I’ve decided to release my own summer reading list. Or at least, the cream of the crop; I won’t bore you with the whole roster. “The Given Day,” Dennis Lehane: I was kind … Continue reading

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If I could wave my magic wand…

When I was in grade school, way back in the Cambrian era, my dad and I—OK, mostly my dad—built a time machine. My memories of its origins are hazy, but the inspiration for its construction was a book or series … Continue reading

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