Favorite Finds: December Edition

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As you've heard by now, Geek's Dream Girl will be closing up at the end of the month.  I'm sure I'm going to be pretty nostalgic next week, but for now, I'm just going to focus on the moment, mentioning some of the things I've been finding awesome and that I won't have time to talk about later. The Room Two You may have already played The Room, a delightfully spooky puzzle game from Fireproof Games available on iPad (among others).  The original game took me forever to complete, because I … [Read more...]

Geek Dream Girl’s Guide to Gift-Giving

It’s that time of year again. Carols are in full force on the radio, office parties are filling up your calendar, and shopping centers are brimming to capacity. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, exchanging gifts this time of year is still a nice opportunity to do something special for someone you care about. Gift-giving with someone you are dating, however, often becomes challenging and stressful, especially when we want to find that one perfect item. What gift is too much? Too little? … [Read more...]

Tis the Season… for Krampus

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The holiday season is in full swing, but this week some parts of the world are about to celebrate one you might not be as familiar with: The Feast of Saint Nicholas. Last year we covered that I'm a Christmas geek, but while I mentioned Krampus he's not really associated with Christmas... technically.  I know Krampus is becoming popular in recent years, but if you're a fan the time to celebrate is now, not Christmas Eve.  Since we know geeks are a stickler for accuracy, here's a little background … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Christmas and the Companion

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Note: while there are no series spoilers, this is a discussion of the Christmas Special and will certainly spoil that episode if you haven't seen it. I may still be having a sugar hangover from my made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls; nonetheless, we need to discuss Christmas.  Not the presents or the weather - the Doctor Who special, of course!  And particularly, the brand-new (or not-so-new) companion, Clara.  First, a bit about the special as a whole: More Scrooge McDuck I'll be honest: I … [Read more...]

“God Bless Us, Every One”: The Power of A Christmas Carol (and the 7 Geekiest Versions)

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Like J, I am a Christmas geek. It’s not so much that I have a geek-themed Christmas – apart from a few Firefly ornaments on the tree and a lot of video games underneath – but  that I fling myself into the sparkly, wrapping-paper covered trappings with the same enthusiasm as I fling myself into Lord of the Rings marathons. We all have our special Christmas rituals – the gingerbread, the lighting of the tree, the fifteen rounds of the 12 Days of Christmas – but mine is a bit odd; for me, my … [Read more...]

The Christmas Geek

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Ah, it's that time of year again.  It's the middle of December and I'm well into the thick of my personal holiday season, which typically starts after Thanksgiving but has been known to start much earlier in November. In years past I've written about how geeks put their own personal stamp on Christmas - think Star Wars-themed trees and the like.  But this year - in fact, just today - I realized something with a start.  I don't put my own geek spin on Christmas.  Christmas is something I geek … [Read more...]

Five True Holiday Classics for Geeks, Mundanes, and Everyone In-Between

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To quote Kermit in one of my favorite holiday songs “I don’t know if you believe in Christmas…but if you believe in love that will be more than enough for you to come an celebrate with me.” So with that spirit in mind, Happy Christmas to all of you, my Gentle Readers. Last week, I listed my top 5 offbeat Christmas specials, from the hip to the snarky to the cynical to the confused. This week, I wanted to get all sappy and sentimental and list for you what’re probably my top 5 true Christmas … [Read more...]

Letters to Santa

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A sneak peek into Santa’s mailbag from the Marvel and DC Universes . . .   Dear Santa, I’ve been a good boy this year! Well, sort of, but nobody’s perfect, right? And that whole thing in Kosovo, we don’t really have to talk about that, right? I’m Canadian, you’re Canadian, I’m sure we can work something out. How’s the Missus? Total MILF, if you ask me. Which you didn’t, but I know you were about to. Anyway, all I want for Christmas this year is the Bea Arthur Memorial Special … [Read more...]

A Holly Jolly What Now? – Five Offbeat Christmas Specials I Love

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It’s a pretty known fact that I’m something of a Christmas junkie. I love me some Christmas. I enjoy the decorating, the food, the times spent with friends and family…and the TV and movies! I love that, at this time of year, there’s lots of wonderful seasonal TV specials and movies to enjoy. I seek them out, and I enjoy them immensely. But you have to admit…some of them are super-wacky. I wrote an article last year about making a Rankin-Bass Holiday RPG, but this year, I’d like to look at the … [Read more...]

Filling the Void: Geek TV in the Off-Season

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It’s that time of year again - the winter holidays. School exams wrap up, work slows down a bit, schedules open up. Sure, there might be holiday gatherings to attend, but not every single night - and the nights when you’re at home, there’s nothing on TV except some Christmas TV special from only a few years ago. There’s finally time to watch TV, but nothing to watch! Well, if you’re like me, you’re using the time for new viewing. Here’s what my TV (with computer) and I have been up to: Playing … [Read more...]