The other day at work, one of my friends came up to me and said she had been corresponding with a guy pal. In the conversation, he had asked her who she would choose if she could date any cartoon/comic character. Not being as familiar with the cartoon genre as maybe she'd like to be, she turned to me for advice because besides "not Captain America," she had no ideas. Which cartoon character did I think she should date? It was kind of a loaded question. I had to pick some one worthy of my red-headed friend and someone who would be a good match. After thinking about it for awhile, I sent her the following decision:

I've allotted more brain power to this than I probably should have.

So the first thing I did was eliminated all the non-human characters from the possibilities. Especially animals. It might be that Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse has a personality that you would find attractive, but it's just too weird to think about everything else that would go with a pairing like that. Also, I obviously ruled out kid characters so no Linus from Peanuts even though he might be a character who has an "old soul."

Next, it was important to me to come up with somebody who did have a personality or that we knew enough about that we could determine how well you might like this person. So, while the Disney princes might all be dreamy, we ultimately don't have a ton of information about most of them. And those we do know more about (say The Beast), nothing really stands out as being all that attractive.

I also factored out some of the more "funny" characters. So no Fred Flintstone, Hagar the Horrible or Beetle Bailey. I also factored out Anime characters at this point, primarily because I don't know anything about that genre.

So then, factoring all that out, what I felt like I was left with from a male cartoon character standpoint were predominantly super heroes. I thought about some of the big name characters like Superman, Batman or Spider-Man and ruled all of them out for various reasons.

Going to the next "tier" of characters, I settled on recommending one of my personal favorite characters of all time, and that is Nightwing. Nightwing is the grown-up version of the original Robin, Dick Grayson. As a young boy, he was a circus performer who saw his parents murdered. Then, he was taken and mentored by Batman and Batman's butler, Alfred. Unlike his mentor, Grayson maintained a social life and close ties to those around him resulting in a much more stable personality than Batman. He is a natural leader and led the "Teen Titans."

Grayson seems to prefer redheads. During his time as Robin, he and Batgirl had a relationship. They went separate ways for a while and for a time, he instead dated and almost married Starfire.

Eventually, he and Batman had a falling out and Grayson relinquished his Robin persona and instead became Nightwing. Eventually reconciling with Batman, he was finally formally adopted by Bruce Wayne making him the official heir to the Wayne fortune and has on at least two occasions been forced to adopt the Batman persona as well.*

Dick Grayson has gone through a few different appearances. Mostly he's been a pretty clean-cut guy, but has gone through a time when he's had longer hair and stubble.

All in all, I'd say Nightwing has it all. Looks, personality, access to money, dependable, and he's good with karate and stuff.

I sent her some links to additional backstory and picture reference. Coincidentally, my friend had worn a black and gray outfit to work recently and I had mentioned she had sort of a Batgirl vibe going with that look. She seemed pleased with the choice. Hopefully she hasn't stumbled onto this site yet.

Parlaying this into a discussion, which cartoon character would you want to date?

* Including currently in the comics. We all know this is finite and that Bruce Wayne will be back as Batman soon.
What do you get when you combine pop culture, gun nuts, and wiki software? The Internet Movie Firearm Database. The site is one of those insanely detailed resources, in the vein of Poobala's Crossovers and Spinoffs Master Page, that the Internet was made for. Most of the entries in the IMFDB give a rundown of all weaponry in the movie or TV show along with some trivia and behind the scenes info. For instance, who knew that the minigun in Predator and Terminator 2 were the same prop?

A fun site, a nice time waster, and a good companion for my upcoming holiday viewing of Die Hard.
Although it's been a while, every so often I like to point out some cool artist I find out there on the internets. The one I'm mentioning in this post is one I've "refound."

As I may have mentioned before, almost 12 years ago, I interned at Marvel Comics in the editorial department. It was a good time and I met a lot of really cool people while I was there. Thanks to the internet, I've been able to keep in touch and/or reconnect with some of those cool people.

One such cool person was Gregg Schigiel. He was Tom Breevort's assistant editor and was (and continues to be) an illustrator. While he hasn't turned into a huge household name in comics, it's likely you've seen his work if you've been collecting comics over the past 12 years or so.

While at Marvel, I worked for the great dynamic duo of Tim Tuohy and Julio Soto who were the editor and assistant editor respectively on a wide variety of comics including some of the Star Trek titles, Daredevil, the never-launched Micronauts comic, and Marvel Vision. After I got there, they told me that Marvel had lost the Star Trek license and that Marvel Vision had been canceled. I felt like the harbinger of publication death. Anyway, I still got to work on the final issues of those titles and it was great experience.

In the final issue of Marvel Vision, Gregg had been asked to draw a picture of everyone in editorial dressed up as Marvel Comics characters. There was debate about whether to include the interns. During the debate, I put my request in to be Namor. Ultimately, it was decided to not include the interns. Still, a fun piece and something I'm glad to have to remember my time there.

However, Tim decided to include me on a separate page and asked Gregg for a headshot drawing of me. Gregg went one better and drew me as "Prince Carlinor." (Sorry for the poor image quality on this, I have misplaced my scan. I'll try to rescan this some day.)

Gregg looks to have done lots of work since that time and has a website you can check out called Hatter Entertainment.

I remember Gregg's subtle, wry sense of humor. He appears in a pretty funny set of videos on YouTube that captures that perfectly, the first one being this one:

Thanks again, Gregg. I know it's been almost 12 years, but that piece of art still hangs in my office area near my comic book collection.

PLee's recent pitch for a Doc Savage TV series reminded me of my idea for a Dukes of Hazzard TV series. I've actually got a few of these ideas for tales never told. If I can dig them all out, maybe I'll post more in the future. This idea came to me over seven years ago and predates the movie from four years ago and obviously the prequel movie from a couple years back. So put yourself back in 2002 as you read this.

The Dukes

After being fired from his racing team following a secretive scandalous incident, Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) returns to the farm in Hazzard County once lived on by his Uncle Jesse. Taking this as an excuse to "get away from it all and start over," Luke begins reestablishing himself amongst some old and new faces in the town he once called home. Unfortunately, one familiar face has also returned. Hughie Hogg has found a way to be the "boss" of Hazzard County and his rule is much more nefarious than that of his uncle's.

Meanwhile, Bo's kids and Enos and Daisy's kids find themselves in with the wrong crowd up in the big city. Bo and Daisy think it will do them some good to send them down to live with their "uncle" Luke. They also think it will do Luke some good.

The Duke/Hogg rivalry is reignited at Hazzard High when the Duke clan have a run in with Hughie Hogg's three kids and their crowd. The Dukes' penchant for trouble results in them stealing the original General Lee and wrecking it. Throughout the first season, the General Lee is worked on and will return again at the end of the first season only to be wrecked again.

The show would have aired on Friday nights "after Reba" and would feature guest stars by country singers, NASCAR racers, potentially pro-wrestlers, and perhaps the occasional guest spot by a former cast member. The show would have fit in with the "youthenizing" that the WB is so famous for now. Dawnson's Creek meets original Dukes of Hazzard.

The real focus of the show would be the kids, but the rivalry between Luke and Hughie would be there in the background. The overall theme of the first season would be rebuilding. These kids and Luke are all rebuilding their lives (as they rebuild the original General Lee in the Duke Farm garage) and there are a lot of struggles they have acclimating to their new surroundings. Every character is flawed but each of the Duke side of the cast have a strong sense of justice and nobility that eventually shines (no pun intended) through and leads them being a new team of modern-day Robin Hoods.

I typed up some brief character descriptions of the new kids back in February of 2002 and thanks to my digital packrat nature, I found it and present it here now:

Chet Duke - 19 years old; blonde; respected by the others as the leader of the kids

Lucy Duke - 17 years old; brunette; the biggest troublemaker of the bunch; has trouble committing to anything or anyone; wants to be popular and top of the in-crowd; has aspirations to do something grand, but at the rate she's going she'll wind up working at a Wal-Mart

Trish Strate - 16 years old; blonde; quiet one of the group; incredibly intelligent but doesn't want to study; wants to be an artist; learned gymnastics for a few years and still can do a few tricks

Matthew Strate - 14 years old; brunette; mechanical genius

Back in 2002, I thought the new signature Dukes car could be a then current Monte Carlo painted a metallic orange. On top of the car, an American flag. On the side of the car, the number "02." The name? It would simply be called "The General." That gets rid of the offending elements of the original General Lee. Since 2002, the Dodge Charger has been brought back and that's what I used in the graphic above. I've never been a big car expert so I'm open to ideas here.

One last thing, there would be a balladeer. And if I had my druthers, it would be Shooter Jennings.

For some reason I feel compelled to do obits, but PLee summed it up best during our e-mail reminiscing about The Equalizer today.

It was awesome. My sophomore year of college, we would stay up until midnight to watch the reruns on A&E. It was achingly 80s. Johnny from Cobra-Kai Karate played his wussy son, Stewart Copeland from the Police did an all-synth soundtrack.

Particularly great:  a two-parter when McCall went missing, and his son had to round up an E-Team of guest stars to rescue him, led by Robert F------ Mitchum.

Also, the one with the crimelord who was a self-styled samurai. McCall introduced him to an Okinawan chain weapon used to bitch up guys with samurai swords.

This would be an awesome franchise for Patrick Stewart or Terrance Stamp to revive.


Woodward actually popped up in a few other areas of nerd interest (Hot Fuzz, La Femme Nikita, Crusade, 1990), but he’ll always be The Equalizer to this child of the 80s. Farewell, Mr. Woodward.

The Italian beef sandwich is another fast food specialty item that is unique to the Chicago area. As CT alluded to during his discussion of Chicago style hot dogs, there are few things that compare to a well done Italian beef. For the uninitiated, the most important things to know are that, despite some similarities, an Italian beef is neither a French dip nor a cheesesteak.

beef A basic Italian beef sandwich consists roast beef that has been slow cooked with Italian spices, thinly sliced, dipped back in warm au jus, and served on an Italian style roll. I opted for sweet (green) peppers during a recent lunch trip to Big Jack’s, but giardiniera is probably the most common topping. Cheese and marinara sauce are offered as toppings at some restaurants, but those are definitely non-traditional. No matter how it’s topped, a well done Italian beef is not to be missed.

When it comes to picking clothes, I'm a pretty plain guy. I typically gravitate towards khaki pants and a pullover. I don't wear stripes, plaid or any other patterns. And the colors I pick are generally pretty, gray, navy, that sort of thing. My wife found a bunch of pullovers on sale one day and called me to ask me what colors I wanted. She told me of a particular blue that she thought I might be interested in. Without seeing it in person, my only guidance was to ask her, "Can you picture a Klingon wearing this color?" The answer was no, so I told her to put it back.

One of my other quirks is that I don't wear green. I have no explanation for it. Maybe it has something to so with Kermit's famous song and the fact I don't like things that aren't easy. I don't know. I just am not a fan of the color green in general and especially not as an item of clothing on me.

Well, there are now two exceptions:

1. My G.I. Joe T-shirt -- I got this at Christmas last year and I dig the faded logo style on this shirt.
2. My Mountain Dew sleep pants -- I got these today for my birthday and dig the irony that comes with the logo of a highly caffeinated beverage on a pair of pants for sleeping in.

Between having a family, working full-time and going to grad school part-time, my nerd interests aren't getting the time and attention I used to pay to them. But collecting G.I. Joe action figures is a pretty passive hobby actually. And there's always time for drinking Mountain Dew even during all the other activities I listed.

So, in celebration of both things I love, I present this picture of me wearing green from head to toe.

I finished the marathon two days early. Thirty episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in three days...truly a nerdy feat if there ever was one. Did me some good, too. At the risk of sounding a bit too much like Barclay, spending some time with old friends and not worrying about anything else going on has helped me realigned my own matter/anti-matter mix a bit.

After watching these thirty episodes, I've come up with my top ten NextGen episodes list (this list subject to change at any given moment):
1. "The Best of Both Worlds" (Part 1)
2. "The Inner Light"
3. "Relics"
4. "The Best of Both Worlds" (Part 2)
5. "Darmok"
6. "Déjà Q"
7. "The Enemy"
8. "Hollow Pursuits"
9. "Family"
10. "The Measure of a Man"

I was on the Twitter while watching through my marathon. For those interested in reading the tweets but not going to the Twitter, I present all the related tweets here in their boring glory.

I'm going to be throwing myself a ST: TNG viewing marathon next week while I recover from a medical thing. Which episodes should I include?
3:08 PM Oct 31st from TweetDeck

Definitely going to be including "Measure of a Man" in the marathon considering the kind of medical thing I'm having done. Or is that TMI?
3:12 PM Oct 31st from TweetDeck

In honor of my ST:TNG marathon later this week, all my lunchtime toasts this week will be NextGen themed.
11:53 AM Nov 2nd from web

I'll still toast Ookla even though he was never on NextGen. Would have been cool if he had been on. An Ookla and Worf fight would rock!
11:54 AM Nov 2nd from web

Today I toast out of control holodeks, Ookla the Mok, and Michael Dorn. Worf should still be on TV.
12:03 PM Nov 2nd from web

What current show would benefit from having Worf added to the cast?
12:03 PM Nov 2nd from web

For example, Ghost Whisperer would be so much better if Worf were on that show. I'd start watching.
12:11 PM Nov 2nd from web

Suggestions so far have Worf added to Ghost Whisperer, Hell's Kitchen, The VIEW, The Bachelor, and Smallville. Love it!
2:24 PM Nov 2nd from web

Today I toast causality loops, Ookla the Mok, and John de Lancie. #lunchtimetoast
12:07 PM Nov 3rd from web

Aw...look at what I found on my computer after stepping out for a second:
5:21 PM Nov 3rd from TweetDeck

Gonna have to take that with me to tomorrow's medical procedure.
5:22 PM Nov 3rd from TweetDeck

The first episode of the new V aired tonight, but I'll be facing my own "V" tomorrow.
11:05 PM Nov 3rd from TweetDeck

I doubt I'll be doing a #lunchtimetoast tomorrow. I'm sorry, Ookla.
11:07 PM Nov 3rd from TweetDeck

Here I was worried about getting up early enough when I should have been worried about being able to sleep in the first place.
5:32 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

I should have watched Casino Royale last night for tips on how James Bond might deal with this.
6:51 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Got in and the doc decided to give me something to take the edge off. Feeling a bit loopy now. Glad it's over.
8:37 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Drugs have worn off so my sit on the couch and watch NextGen 5-day marathon begins. Up first, "Measure of a Man." #sttng
11:00 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

This episode has the first poker game on the show. Love Riker's poker face.
11:06 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

I always think about "Measure of a Man" being a Data episode but it really is much more of a Picard show. And a great one at that. #sttng
11:53 AM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Up next is "Q Who?" Introduction of the Borg. #sttng
12:01 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Guinan's backstory was pretty cool until they tried filling it in with more details. Lost potential there. #sttng
12:31 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Actually, "Q Who?" is kind of a clunkily-written episode. Great for setting up the Borg, but a lot of stilted dialog and not enough of Q.
12:38 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Today I toast cybernetic lifeforms, Ookla the Mok, and Jonathan Frakes who is vastly under-rated. #lunchtimetoast #sttng
12:40 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Just started "Peak Performance." Love Riker's attitude in this one. "Do you care to surrender now, Captain?" #sttng
1:04 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

cordy74: @nerdlunch While I sit at work trying to design a bracket for a back-up camera system I am with you in spirit. Wish I was really there, tho.
12:58 PM Nov 4th from web

@cordy74 Thanks, Cordy. Would be fun to have someone here to share in the marathon.
1:06 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck in reply to cordy74

This episode makes me realize how much a Captain Riker series would have rocked. #sttng
1:27 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

"Just remember Enterprise, Captain Riker has never lost." Right there is why I love Riker. #sttng
1:34 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Something started going wrong with my iPhone. Tweet overload. Starting "The Enemy" now. Will resume tweeting from the couch soon. #sttng
1:57 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Dr. Crusher is infinitely better than Dr. Pulaski. Updated uniforms also much better. #sttng
2:06 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

"The Enemy" is well-crafted episode showing the dichotomy between Geordi and Worf. This would have to make my top ten list. #sttng
2:45 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Done with "The Enemy." Next is "The Hunted" although I might skip that and go to "Deja Q" instead. Not sure yet. #sttng
2:58 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Decided to go with "The Hunted" but "Deja Q" is up next. #sttng
3:32 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Riche_613: @nerdlunch dude the Q episodes def the best.the one w/the "suicidal" Q where they actually go and are in the Q war! awesome!!& Baby q too!
3:11 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck in reply to nerdlunch

@Riche_613 I love Q although not a fan of Voyager. More of a Classic/NextGen/DS9 fan myself.
3:34 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck in reply to Riche_613

"They used a combination of cryptobiolin, triclenidil, macrospentol and a few things I can't even recognize." #sttng #technobabble
3:53 PM Nov 4th from web

"The Hunted" isn't an overly great episode, but the Danar escapes sequence is awesome. #sttng
4:16 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

If I ever do another NextGen marathon, I'm not including "The Hunted." One of NextGen's best,"Deja Q," is up next! #sttng
4:28 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Actually, the DVD I'm putting in now has three from my marathon list: "Deja Q," "Yesterday's Enterprise," and "The Offspring." Solid! #sttng
4:30 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

The viewing of this episode has taken longer thanks to a crying baby. And that validates this morning's procedure.
5:27 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

And "Deja Q" is done. Another well-crafted episode. Taking a break from NextGen for a bit. Probably will resume later this evening. #sttng
5:50 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

"Yesterday's Enterprise" on deck. Opens with the classic prune juice scene. #sttng
7:56 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

The "Yesterday's Enterprise" alternate Enterprise-D bridge design is awesome. They should have stuck with that somehow. #sttng
8:05 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

They lamely kill Yar, brilliantly make up for that, then undo the make good by revealing she didn't die but had a kid with a Romulan. #sttng
8:46 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

"The Offspring" is next and will likely be my last one of the day. An ironical one to end on considering what happened to me today. #sttng
9:00 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

This is also a good one to end on today since it picks up on themes from the first one I watched today, "Measure of a Man." #sttng
9:06 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

I love the big deal they make about Lal being able master the one thing Data never could...verbal contractions. #sttng
9:28 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Forgot how sappy that episode is. Good in spite of that. That's it for NextGen for today. Got eight in. I'll pick up again tomorrow. #sttng
9:52 PM Nov 4th from TweetDeck

Day 2 of my NextGen marathon begins with "Hollow Pursuits." Star Trek + A-Team cast member = Awesome! #sttng
8:05 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Lt. Barclay is one of the best non-regular Trek characters. Up next, "Sarek," featuring another great non-regular Trek character. #sttng
9:02 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Wesley sure is getting chewed out a lot this episode. Might be part of why I like it. #sttng9:18 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Ah yes, the Ten Forward bar fight scene...the other reason I like this episode. #sttng
9:20 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Getting ready to be assimilated. Time to watch "Best of Both Worlds." Gonna watch both parts followed by their epilogue, "Family." #sttng
10:13 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

"Best of Both Worlds" is 1000 times better than any of the NextGen movies. #sttng
11:59 AM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Today I toast warp core breaches, Ookla the Mok, and master thespian Patrick Stewart. #sttng #lunchtimetoast
1:08 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Rewatching these NextGen episodes just makes me hate the NextGen movies more. They should never have killed Robert and Rene Picard. #sttng
1:49 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Next up is "Brothers." Data-goes-crazy sequences are a blast. #sttng
1:51 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Beginning "Data's Day" now. I like these day-in-the-life type stories. #sttng
2:52 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

An appearance by Mott the Barber in this one. #sttng
2:57 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

CT, with frozen peas, on the couch. (That's me trying to talk like a Child of Tama from "Darmok," which I'm starting now.) #sttng
4:05 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

After a break, I've resumed the NextGen marathon with "Disaster." Picard and kids stuck in a turbolift...good stuff. #sttng
6:33 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

My 5-year-old girl is watching NextGen with me and says that Data "is almost like Spock." I ask why. "Because he knows everything." #sttng
6:45 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Kids in bed, gonna do another batch of episodes. The DVD in right now has the next two: "Cause and Effect" and "The First Duty." #sttng
8:18 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

DVD in containing the next 3 marathon episodes: "The Perfect Mate," "I, Borg," and "The Next Phase." Can I get all watched tonight? #sttng
9:56 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Dolphins on the Enterprise-D? Weird little throw away line there. #sttng
10:18 PM Nov 5th from TweetDeck

Fell asleep while watching "I, Borg" last night. I'll resume the marathon shortly by finishing that one. #sttng
6:57 AM Nov 6th from TweetDeck

Follow Friday - Star Trek: NextGen Edition... @BrentSpiner @levarburton @wilw #sttng #followfriday
7:30 AM Nov 6th from TweetDeck

Riker playing the trombone at Geordi and Ro's memorial it! #sttng
about 22 hours ago from TweetDeck

"The Next Phase" isn't an episode that comes up often as a common NextGen favorite, but I think it's great. Vastly underrated. #sttng
about 22 hours ago from TweetDeck

"The Inner Light" is often on the list of favorites and I like it a lot, but I'm skipping it since I just watched it a few weeks ago. #sttng
about 22 hours ago from TweetDeck

So, the next episode in the marathon is "Relics." Got a bit of a Geordi-centric stretch of episodes going right now. #sttng
about 22 hours ago from TweetDeck

Scotty and Picard on the bridge of the original Enterprise is one of my favorite scenes ever in all of Trek. #sttng
about 21 hours ago from TweetDeck

My marathon is going quicker than I anticipated so I'm adding both parts of "Chain of Command" for @nerdlunchjeeg. They're up next. #sttng
about 21 hours ago from TweetDeck

Forgot that David Warner played the main Cardassian in this two-parter. Glad @nerdlunchjeeg suggested its inclusion in the marathon. @sttngabout 18 hours ago from TweetDeck

Missed the #lunchtimetoast today. Here it is late: I toast anti-time, Ookla the Mok, and Levar Burton (@levarburton).about 18 hours ago from TweetDeck

Thanks to @nerdlunchjeeg for suggesting I include the "Chain of Command" two-parter. Should've been on my list in the first place. #sttng
about 17 hours ago from TweetDeck

Starting "Tapestry" now. Naussicans and Q in the same episode! #sttng
about 17 hours ago from TweetDeck

The guy playing Young Picard in this episode looks nothing like Tom Hardy. And he has hair. #sttng #startreknemesiswasgarbageabout 17 hours ago from TweetDeck

Took a break to get off the couch and out of the house. Back to the NextGen marathon. Gonna try to finish tonight. #sttng
about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck

Up first in this final stretch is Star Trek: Die Hard aka "Starship Mine." #sttng
about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck

Forgot about Data's small talk subplot in this episode. Funny stuff. #sttng
about 12 hours ago from TweetDeck

It's cool that Picard goes to Worf's quarters to stock up on weapons in order to fight the space terrorists. #sttng
about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck

Another underrated episode up next..."Timescape." In a lot of ways, this one is very similar to "The Next Phase." #sttng
about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck

Romulan distress call followed by whacky sci-fi stuff. When will the Enterprise crew ever learn? #sttng
about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck

Brannon Braga likes to destroy the Enterprise. It seems like every episode I've watched written by him features it exploding. #sttng
about 10 hours ago from TweetDeck

I'm starting "Parallels" now, also by Braga, and I think it blows up in this one, too. #sttng
about 10 hours ago from TweetDeck

Braga apparently also likes to include cake in his stories, but my marathon does not include the Troi-as-a-cake episode. #sttng
about 10 hours ago from TweetDeck

Well, it's the end of the third day of what I thought would take five days and I'm already at the last episode, "All Good Things..." #sttng
about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

This one is co-written by Braga. I think the Enterprise blows up in this one, too. Can't recall if there's cake though. #sttng
about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

Also co-written by Ronald D. Moore (BSG fame) who has a hand in writing a third of the episodes I chose for the marathon. #sttng
about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

Moore and Braga also wrote Star Trek Generations. Enterprise blew up in that movie, too. #sttng
about 9 hours ago from TweetDeck

I always thought Worf said "Jo-Jo Kah" but according to the subtitles, he actually says "Dor-sHo GHA!" #sttng
about 8 hours ago from TweetDeck

While Picard said the sky's the limit, I've reached mine. Thus ends the NextGen marathon. Thanks for putting up with all the tweets. #sttng
about 6 hours ago from TweetDeck
So the first episode of the new V aired tonight, but tomorrow, I face my own "V." That's right, Dick Van Patten and I disagree and I think just two is enough. So bright and surly tomorrow morning, I'll be having a vasectomy.

While I'm wallowing in agony and recovering, I'll be attempting a Measure of a Man: NextGen Marathon. I've picked out my 30 favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and will be trying to get through them over the next five days. On deck are the following episodes (listed and to be viewed in chronological order):

"The Measure of a Man"
"Q Who?"
"Peak Performance"
"The Enemy"
"The Hunted"
"Déjà Q"
"Yesterday's Enterprise"
"The Offspring"
"Hollow Pursuits"
"The Best of Both Worlds" (Part 1)
"The Best of Both Worlds" (Part 2)
"Data's Day"
"Cause and Effect"
"The First Duty"
"The Perfect Mate"
"I, Borg"
"The Next Phase"
"The Inner Light"
"Starship Mine"
"All Good Things..."

I will not be live tweeting during the procedure and will likely be out of it for most of tomorrow, but I plan to tweet away while I get into the marathon. If you're not following @nerdlunch on the Twitter, now would be a great time to start. You can also follow Jeeg on the Twitter. Actually, I'm fully expecting to lose followers after this...

Where's the ostrich riding cowboy? One of the weekly bits of fun over at WrestleCrap is a segment called Someone Bought This in which they highlight crazy wrestling products. A recent SBT selection was a set of bootleg wrestling action figures profiled on another Net gem, Bootleg Toys: The Undiscovered Playthings.

I am not a collector or observer of toys, so I would never have guessed that cheap Chinese toys made of leftover toxic chemicals would be amusing. But I remember being baffled by these kinds of terrible toys as a kid and Joe does a great job of skewering everything from the designs to packaging to misspellings. Highly recommended.