This week's episode returns us to the starship from our ninth episode. Our food replicators are still broken, but on the plus side we've managed to find some aliens who can add the recipes for 5 condiments to our replicator. We've also encountered the roguish freighter captain Dubba from OnSecondScoop.com and The Nosh Show. After learning a bit about Dubba's ice cream expertise, we set out to reach consensus on the sauces, spreads, and dressings we'll take for the remainder of our journey. Unfortunately for us, consensus is about as easy to find a cloaked Romulan Warbird. In our Nerd To-Dos we hear about cell phone upgrades, hatred for Farscape, catching up on Dr. Who crossovers, and basking in the glow of Game of Thrones.
Week 15 of the Snipes web comic by William Wiist...





It's a very special episode of Nerd Lunch! This week on the show, CT, Jeeg and Pax take off for the Great White North and are replaced by The Atomic Geeks. Michael DiGiovanni (aka MD), Christian Nielsen and Mike Downs take over Nerd Lunch and welcome Fourth Chair Ryan Hewson from The Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast. The four of them do their take on the Fan Fic Reviews franchise topic (previously done in episodes 18 and 62). Stories from FanFiction.net covered include Knight Rider meets The Incredible Hulk, Police Academy, Good Omens, and Buffy meets Kill Bill. Nerd To-Dos include new podcasts and blogs and networking appliances.

And be sure to check out CT, Jeeg and Pax on this week's episode of The Atomic Geeks where they do their take on Gunpoint Reviews!

Week 14 of the Snipes web comic by William Wiist...





This week on the Nerd Lunch Podcast, we do something we've never done before--EAT LUNCH! CT and Pax got together in person and were fortunate enough to have regular Fourth Chair guests Shawn Robare and Robert Zerbe join them as well. We talk a bit about the Fake Geek Girls thing and then launch into how our summers are going so far and just chat. We eat, drink and are merry while sitting at 4Rivers Smokehouse in Jacksonville, FL. Warning! There is a ton of ambient noise so bear with us on this episode.

Programming note: Next week, Nerd Lunch will be taken over by The Atomic Geeks and the Nerd Lunch crew will be on The Atomic Geeks Podcast.

A few years ago, I had aspirations to produce some short films. I managed to create a couple, but time and resources being limited (skill set, too for that matter), I never really got the ball rolling on that hobby.

One of my favorite projects that I did was a short called "Missed Me." It's less than five minutes so if you have that time, check it out here.



Today I was given a heads up about a film coming out soon that's eerily similar to "Missed Me." It's entitled "I Declare War" and as I watched the trailer, I felt like I was watching a remake of my film. What say you blog-reader? Does it look similar to you?

Week 13 of "Snipes" by William Wiist...




Today we've got a special treat. K. Rielly (@riellygeek), a previous Fourth Chair on the podcast, has submitted a guest post to us about the "fake geek girl" topic that's been floating around. It's a topic that I've wanted to address, but have never been able to articulate it quite the way I want to. Kristin does it for me. No...for all of us. –CT


For the last year or so, geek girls and “fake” geek girls have been under attack by the media, social networks, and our community circles. The sole motivation behind all the abuse and harassment is to conclude credibility amongst ourselves with an unsolicited and merciless force.

I’M A FAKE “INSERT LABEL HERE” GIRL

In grade school I had a really rough time making friends. My humor was off-color and I always seemed to be interested in things that other girls my age didn’t care about. It was so bad so often that I remember running out of school with swollen eyes begging my mother to transfer me to a different school.

An essential tool that I have acquired in my adult and professional life is utilizing the “fake label” girl in order to become an accepted member of my environment. In this sense the “fake” means I omit facts about myself in order to acclimate into an already established social setting. It does not mean I am not being myself, but depending on whose company I am in, I present myself accordingly. Once I make friends and/or prove my employment worth, I am able to share my personal side with positive outcomes.

You wouldn’t behave at work the way you do with your friends at 2 am on Saturday at the bar. Just as you wouldn’t ask co-workers the first day at a new job to join you for a Magic the Gathering game during break. This is practical social etiquette that allow us to move forward with our lives. And for this reason, we have no business judging anyone else for their motives or passions or recreational activities.

ONE OF US, ONE OF US

The “fake” geek girl does exist and since I have had the pleasure of meeting a few, let me clear up this definition. These are females who show no previous interest in the geek culture, but participate in events, cosplay, or the beautification of our convention halls.

What I find so disappointing in us as a group is how quick we are to slap advisory labels and shun these women from having any chance of appreciating our passions.

What’s the worst that could happen? They learn something from us? They become a fan of a new book, or comic, or movie that they might not have other wised been exposed to? We might gain a new friend who is excited about one of our passions, and wouldn’t that just be terrible.

Additionally, we need to refrain from criticizing semi-geek girls. For example I read comics, but only a few titles and I don‘t stay up on the latest issues as much as I would like to. I have been called out as a fake geek girl because apparently reading comics occasionally disqualifies me from the comic book fandom academy.

My real friends, however, know what I like to read and actually suggest new titles that fit my specific taste in comics. This way we can all still hang out at the comic book shop and enjoy each other’s company and fandom.

YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID

I have always struggled to fit in, to survive, and I know so many of us share heart retching stories of geek growing pains.  

Upon first glance, you couldn’t possibly understand what someone else is thinking or what they’ve been through. So to label an attractive girl as “fake” because she decided to bravely adorn a slave leia costume is beyond hypocritical. Maybe she’s only seen Star Wars once, but Leia is her all-time favorite female character. To say that she doesn’t know what it feel likes to be unwanted and rejected because she’s pretty is an ignorant verdict. Maybe among her friends and social circles her looks are severely judged and cosplay makes her feel good about herself. The point is, you don’t know the motivation behind this example female’s actions; in fact you don’t know her at all. Deciding who she is and what she should or should not be allowed to do based on how she looks is exactly what we blame society for doing to us.

One of the most amazing things about being an adult geek today is the acceptance and solidarity that I’ve seen this community radiate. We need to continue to accept anyone who steps into our world. We must welcome any new members who display even the slightest interest in gaming or manga or comics. We must encourage closet geeks to waive their flag high and be proud of their intelligence and their passions. And most of all, we must continue to embrace each other, learn from each other, and remain active and supportive of this awesome community.

Otherwise, we are merely the bullies. And we are so much better than that.

This week, Jeeg, CT and Pax are joined by Brian from Cool and Collected.  This episode, CT removes the famous Pop Culture Eraser from "the vault" and we each get to erase from existence one thing and one person. We get some controversial results from the group as we discuss the future ramifications of erasing things like Jay Leno and The Next Karate Kid from our pop culture landscape. Lots of Nerdy goings on in the To Dos including TV show and movie watching.


This week on the podcast, Pax and CT welcome two guests once again and find that they've invented the next "peanut butter and chocolate" with returning guests Tim Lybarger and Matt Ringler. After discovering one of the guests is short on originality, CT asks everyone to channel that unoriginality into a reboot challenge. The podcasters then each pick beloved (and some not so beloved) properties and update them for modern audiences. Moving, Burn Notice, and more in the Nerd To-Dos.