Bee and Puppycat

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the new episodes of Bee and Puppycat on Cartoon Hangover. It's a delightful show, and there's every reason to watch it. Rym also brings us some thoughts on the cartoons he's been watching lately (The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe, Sailor Moon (again), Sailor Moon Crystal, and My Little Pony: Rainbow Rocks (don't watch that one). In Japan, the top two anime on TV are still Sazae-san and Doraemon.

What Phone Should Rym Buy?

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym debates what phone he should buy to replace his Nexus 4. The Sony Z3 compact is the smallest (smaller than the iPhone 6), but is still a god damned monster. In the end, the best cell phone to buy at the end of 2014 is either the iPhone 5s or the Nexus 4. In the news, you can sort of build an actual PC on Newegg, New York's gentrification monoliths are getting gigabit WiFi, Google Glass is "dead," at least for mass market consumers, but still has massive utility in professional spaces. Also, you can start to earnestly debate whether or not it's immoral to torture a simulated creature.

Apples

Tonight on GeekNights, in another of the ever-popular food shows, we talk about apples. Since is a very New York topic, we have a good deal of other New York talk as well. From Rym's encounter with a subway commotion to Scott's encounter with a little box on fire to the scaffold drama at 1WTC, it's a New York night! Also, Amazon and Hachette have apparently resolved their dispute.

Super Smash Brothers 3DS

Tonight on GeekNights, back from PAX Australia and resuming our regular schedule (as well as our ninth year of the show), we bring you our coverage of PAX Australis 2014, our review (and old-man talk) of and around Super Smash Brothers on the 3DS, discussion of cheating in tabletop tournaments, amazing competition at the Fantasy Flight world championships, Blizzard's Overwatch, Kotaku's unfortunate character count in the title of their recent article on it, and Five Nights at Freddy's 2.

Back from PAX Australia!!

We're back from PAX Australia 2014! Rym presented two lectures ("How to Win Every Game" and "Losing") and ended up moderating a third panel with some amazing people - "Geek as a Cultural Identity: Do Fake Geeks exist?". We'll resume our normal schedule next week on Tuesday with talk of PAX and any number of games.

We have video of "How to Win Every Game" from PAX Prime 2014!

We also have tons of our other panels and lectures from previous PAXes and other conventions online!

Posted: Thursday November 6, 2014

PAX Prime Expo Hall LIVE!

Ever wonder what it's like to walk through a PAX Expo Hall with Rym and Scott? In a lofty experiment, GeekNights livestreams from the Penny Arcade Expo Prime 2014. But, since they're no bandwidth in the expo hall, they actually just record it and upload it later. Let's Play the Expo Hall!

This is an experiment. The audio is clipped. The camerawork is shoddy. Raw and mostly unedited (long conversations, fighting crowds, going to the bathroom redacted for obvious reasons), this is a good sense of what it's actually like to deal with us two jerks at a convention. It's also a good representation of how we actually talk to eachother outside of the show.

Book Club - A Canticle for Liebowitz

Since reading Wool, we've discovered this particular sub-genre of post apocalyptic tales where all of human society is sealed in or trapped in some place. Even though there are many examples, almost all of them are relatively obscure things only geeks like us would know about. Logan's Run, Fallout, Wool, Phoenix Vol. 2: Future, Paranoia the tabletop RPG, etc.

Well, it was brought to our attention that the first work of this nature is a 1960 sci-fi novel entitled "A Canticle for Liebowitz" by Walter M. Miller, Jr. As soon as I heard of the book the frequency illusion set in. I ran into the book two or three more times, and it easily became the next book club selection.

A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the fictional Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it. -Wikipedia

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