Top Special Attacks

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss special attacks. You know, like Big O's punch, or Lina Inverse's Dragonslave. Who has the best special attacks? Does Galactus have one, or is he just big and powerful? Does any Sailor Scout have a special attack more powerful than Sailor Saturn? In the news, the newly announced Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, is definitely going to be awful. We were right about the results of the Eisner Awards. Takeshi Obata will be at NYCC! (We won't be, but if you are, you should go see him)!

Babies and Accelerating Technology

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about kids growing up today and how they seem to be adapting technology into their lives (both for good and for ill), simultaneously more and less competent with it than their parents, and how the "digital divide" may be sharper than we realize. In the news, Amazon now has a 3D printing store, and the newly discovered CrAssphage wins the award for most aptly named virus.

Join us at PAX Prime! Join us at PAX Dev! Join us at the Pre-PAX Sky High Tabletop Charity Play (which is NOT yet sold out)! Don't have a badge? Stay tuned for our giveaway of TWO four-day PAX passes! What?!

Dashcon and Horrible Convention Disasters

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss what went wrong at the ridiculously failed and popularly-enjoyed failure of Dashcon. In sum, people think doing things (like running cons) is easy. They see a convention happen and think "I could do that!" And the truth is: it IS easy... if you're intelligent, knowledgeable, drama-free, and able to respond in a timely fashion to email. Most people are incapable of being all four of these things. Dashcon 2014 was a joke (just LOOK at their ridiculous panels application form). Dashcon 2015 will be a disaster. In the news, Jeff Lemire has a new comic coming that touches all the right things, and SDCC is happening (and to be avoided).

Ingress

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Niantic's Ingress, an ARG (Augmented Reality Game) that, while effectively nothing more than a team-versus Candy Box, is actually pretty fun. We're both playing it, and Scott is rapidly leveling up. The Enlightened are the correct (green) group to join, for together we will usher in a new evolution of mankind. In the news, Tetris Ultimate is coming, complete with a completely meaningless trailer, and Hearthstone updates with Curse of Naxxramas Arachnid Quarter.

PAX Prime 2014 Ticket Giveaway

Every year, PAX gets bigger and bigger. GeekNights hasn't gotten that much bigger. We were not 100% sure that we would have our panel application accepted for the seventh year in a row. To ensure we could still go to PAX, I purchased four weekend passes. As it turns out, our panel was accepted. This means we no longer need these tickets.

Actually, we do need some of them. Emily needs one. Another one I'm probably going to sell on eBay or elsewhere to recoup some of the costs. The other two could be yours!

Here's how it works. Sometime between right now and when I receive the passes in the mail, you can attempt to win these tickets. All you have to do is post on Twitter. Your tweet must include the following:

  • A link to some GeekNights content. This can be a podcast episode, YouTube video, etc.
  • The #pax hashtag
  • The #geeknights hashtag or @geeknights. If you choose @geeknights, it can not be at the beginning of your tweet, because then few people will see your tweet besides us.
  • That's it.

Once I get the tickets in the mail, I will assemble all the tweets and randomly select one person as the winner. I will mail both tickets to the first winner I can successfully contact. That's all there is to it.

If you tweet many times, you will still only be entered once. If you win the tickets, I expect to see you at PAX. If you sell them, I will be very angry. We will not help you arrange transportation, lodging, or any of the other things you need to go to PAX. All you can win are the two 4-day passes.

Good luck!

Posted: Tuesday July 29, 2014

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 12

This is the end of the first arc of Revolutionary Girl Utena. This is the point from which everything changes. Pay attention to how every character reacts to everything that happens. How does Touga know so much? Why is Juri so calm despite his seemingly total victory? What did Anthy remember?

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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