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Star Trek TNG on Blu-ray in January

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Sure, this was announced in September, but this serves as a reminder: Wide screen TNG is just around the corner.

A “sampler” disc, also known as a teaser, of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on January 31st, 2012. Why they chose not to have this ready for the holidays is beyond me.  Referred to as “The Next Level”, the Blu-ray will feature three episodes, the pilot, Sins of the Father, and The Inner Light, as well as bonuses that include a sneak peak into the Star Trek iPad App. Many are still disappointed that in the remastering of TOS for blu-ray, the studio didn’t shorten the actresses’ skirts at all. They’re just so long, almost completely covering female star fleet tooshies. In the retouching and high definition scanning of TNG, Deanna Troi’s character still has little to no point in comparison to the rest of the crew and Riker still gets progressively fatter as his beard gets thicker. The audio will be in 7.1 sound, however, which should be fantastic when Capt. Picard makes it so.

On the Eleventh Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

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On the Eleventh Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Eleven Science Fiction Religious Sermons! [Blastr]

Check out the Previous Geekmas Post for days 1 through 10 and check back tomorrow for more!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter, @ChicGeekDaily !

On the Twelve Days of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

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On the Eleventh Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Eleven Science Fiction Religious Sermons! [Blastr]

On the Tenth Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to Thee…

10 Fake Celebrity Deaths! [Rolling Stone]

Heaven does not look like New Jersey. What a horrible thing to say about Heaven.

On the 9th Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Nine Chic Geek Chick Gifts! [Blastr]

On the 8th day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

…forty…EIGHT years of Doctor Who Sidekicks! (It’s at least divisible by 8, that’s close enough.) [Blastr]

On the 7th day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Seven minutes in Heaven.

On the Sixth Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Six Evil Ninja Jedi’s.

On the fifth day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Five misfit Toys! (Okay, there’s more than 5, but those are just bonuses.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Four Ewoks hiding in amongst the trees [TheDailyWhat]:

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On the third day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Three Maru’s in the mirror. Watch out – He’ll cut you!

On the Second Day of Geekmas Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Two Wookie mating calls done on TV.


On the First Day of Geekmas Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…nothing. Because I wasn’t on the ball. But here’s this to make up for it.

One Bird singing the Mario Brothers Theme.

On the Seventh Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

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On the 7th day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Seven minutes in Heaven.

On the Sixth Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Six Evil Ninja Jedi’s.

On the fifth day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Five misfit Toys! (Okay, there’s more than 5, but those are just bonuses.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Four Ewoks hiding in amongst the trees [TheDailyWhat]:

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On the third day of Geekmas, Chic Geek recommended to thee…

Three Maru’s in the mirror. Watch out – He’ll cut you!

On the Second Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…

Two Wookie mating calls done on TV.


On the First Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…nothing. Because I wasn’t on the ball. But here’s this to make up for it.

One Bird singing the Mario Brothers Theme.

Here a Pop, There a Pop, Everywhere a Pop Byte

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* Want to see the Hobbit trailer? Then you’ll have to see Tin Tin. Most people will not find this a hard thing to do, as Tin Tin is sure to do gang busters at the box office. Peter Jackson, director of the Hobbit, is also the producer of Tin Tin, so…no conflict of interest there. [Blastr]

* Stars Wars meets Garbage Pail Kids in a new art piece to hit the internet. The artist did a similar work titled Hand Solo, but as inappropriate pictures of a sexual nature are not allowed on the internet, it was quickly removed. [Buzz Feed]

* In other Star Wars news, over 15,000 citizens of the Czech Republic are followers of the religion Knights of Jedi, which is slightly less than the 390,000 Britons who claimed to worship in 2001. You read that figure correctly. According to its doctrine, the belief system revolves around the worship and acceptance of “…an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.” This now joins the ranks of other Fake Bullshit Turned Religious groups, though at least it’s more credible and less sexually disturbing than it’s colleagues, the Mormon Church and the Church of Scientology.   [Huffington Post]

* Disney has gone Steampunk! I love the Steampunk style, I really do. All that leather and brass, there’s something very 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – esque about it all and I love it. Do I dress that way? Nope, not at all, not at home, not out and about, not on a train or in a plane. But I do love the look. These depictions have garnered far more interest than when Wembly of the Fraggles went Goth. [Walyou]

* Blastr has compiled a list of the 40 most perfect final frames of classic movies. I could definitely widdle this list down even further, but I love that someone created this. It’s posts like this one that is precisely why the internet was created. Well, this and porn. [Blastr]

* This past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jimmy Fallon was easily the funniest of the season and I’m not the only one who thinks so: Fallon’s SNL earned NBC their highest ratings in months. [Deadline]

* Draw2d2 artists put together depictions of Marvel characters as the star of notable scenes from A Christmas Story. All are very well done, my favorite being Wolverine’s tongue stuck to…well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. [Buzz Feed]

* Like poor Yorick, Amy and Rory will leave us far too soon, leaving us with memories of adventure and heartache. At the premiere of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat acknowledged their characters cut with the series early next season saying, “The final days of the Ponds are coming. I’m not telling you when or how, but that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end.” This is something I’m not looking forward to witnessing. [MTV Geek]

* More Doctor news reveals 9 new stills from the Christmas Special. Couldn’t have cared less for last year’s and simple cannot wait for this year’s! See all of them at Blastr. They’re noted as “spoilers”, but trust me, no one has any idea what’s going on in these. [Blastr]

* A man named Pat Vaillancourt has won the record of the most URL addresses tattooed on his body. Of course he did. Because who else in the world would possibly want that title? [Walyou]

* And, finally, Kim Jong-Il is dead at the age of 69. It has not yet been stated why North Korea chose to wait two days to tell its citizens, but it is known that Jong-Il’s youngest son, Kim Jong Un, will be taking over. Believed to be roughly 27 years old, Jong Un is also the only chubby person in North Korea in light of Jong Il’s passing. The young dauphane will have quick the pair of ladies shoes to fill. [MSNBC]

* King Jong Il once attempted to solve his peoples’ starvation by breeding giant rabbits, but then the selfish, fat, psychopathic bastard decided to eat all the bunnies himself during a birthday celebration. Why end your people’s plight when you could have an awesome night of excess and debauchery instead? Gawker has more sick facts about the dead man in an article they’ve titled “Giant Rabbits and Double Rainbows. Awesome. [Gawker]

Let’s remember Jong Il in all his glory, shall we?

On the Fifth Day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

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On the fifth day of Geekmas, Chic Geek Daily Gave to Thee…

Five misfit Toys! (Okay, there’s more than 5, but those are just bonuses.)

On the fourth day of Christmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Four Ewoks hiding in amongst the trees [TheDailyWhat]:

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On the third day of Geekmas, Chic Geek recommended to thee…

Three Maru’s in the mirror. Watch out – He’ll cut you!

On the Second Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…

Two Wookie mating calls done on TV.

* Following from Wednesday’s Pop Bytes Post

On the First Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…nothing. Because I wasn’t on the ball. But here’s this to make up for it.

One Bird singing the Mario Brothers Theme.

Friday Pop Bytes: Doc Who, SNL, Batman, & More!

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* I see your Gingerbread AT-AT and I raise you one gingerbread Tardis and a bunch of cookie Daleks! These are all amazingly delicious sci-fi cookies, but what it comes down to is that Geekmas is going to go straight to my ass and thighs this year. [Blastr]

Card art by Matt Mawson, available at RedBubble.com

* A six minute prologue of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (a title I hate) has leaked online. I recommend watching it ASAP before the studio does damage control and pulls every last one of them. It took me a while to find anyone on the interwebs that still has access to it. [Perez Hilton]

* Saturday Night Live has released their yearly Christmas card. It’s the hottest card right now. It’s got everything: a turkey, Grandma, some emo kids, sunburned drifters with soap sud beards….you know, it’s that thing where a hobo becomes a rich man so they take a big bubble bath… [BuzzFeed]

* The Onion is selling fake techie gift boxes for the gadget hound in your life. Disguise a hopefully awesome gift as an incredible piece of crap. I for one am thrilled these are fake products; if that visor organizer was real I would have had to get one for my father by now.
[TheOnion]

* Speaking of fake gifts, Prank Pack is offering iDrive: a steering wheel mount system for your tablet. And, yes, of course it’s fake, but I’m sure it’d sell like a Snuggie if it were real (in other words, it would sell shittily well). [CNN]

* I always wanted to see Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy do the weather. Let’s watch, shall we?

* The Cheerio’s website recently came under fire for a new ad campaign. A new feature on their site allows kids to create their own honey bee inspired comic strip. But because Americans are sexually repressed monsters, the fan-made featured Hot Comic of the Day was completely inappropriate for children. And it gave entirely new meaning to the birds and the bees talk. [CinemaBlend]

* Three new Doctor Who clips have been posted online. I just can’t get enough. The sixth season has just been absolutely incredible, the story lines above and beyond any television writing I’ve ever seen. Steven Moffat out does himself episode after episode, year after year, I hate having to pick a favorite Doctor Who, but this sixth series is really topping it all for me. If you’ve been riding the line of whether or not to dive into the Doctor Who obsession, there’s no better moment than right now. The current series maintains the whimsy of the Doctor while mixing in all the darkness and sorrow of classic X-Files. They really are truly compelling to watch. See all of the new clips on Blastr. [Blastr]

* The wonderful, fantastic, legendary creator of the Mario Brothers is kind of, sort of retiring. Miyamoto, head of such notable projects as Zelda and Donkey Kong, will be stepping down as Head of Development at Nintendo for a position creating smaller games, citing multi-year long projects as his reason. Hey, at least he’s still making video games. In other news, a memorial service for a lost part of our childhood will be held in my mind, following six bottles of Shiner Holiday Cheer lager on Saturday evening. [The Nerdist]

* An Estate Sale is being held for the remaining items owned by Rue McClanahan. I’m not going to lie: I would love to get my hands on some of that stuff. I’m sure there are incredible pieces of jewelry, amazing home accents, and awesome furniture with hidden drawers just filled with classy vintage porn. One question remains, however: How will the lucky buyers get all that wicker safely back to Florida? [Out]

* Buzz Feed has compiled a list of the top 50 celebrity tweets of 2011. If you’re on twitter, I highly recommend following Jenny Johnson. No one can make fun of a Kardashian the way that woman can. And, of course, you should follow me @ChicGeekDaily! Thought Patton Oswalt didn’t make this list, he certainly made my own top tweets sheet. [BuzzFeed]

* I love artist Christian Petersen’s reimagined movie posters of classic sci-fi films. Done in a minimalist style, the color and simplicity of each is just gorgeous. And my personal favorites, if of Dark City, easily one of my Top 5 movies of all time (this excludes the Star Wars episodes 4, 5, & 6, and all three LOTR films, because, let’s face it, they are on a whole other plane of fantasticness).  [Blastr]

* If you’re lucky enough to have a blanket of snow in your yard, do you do anything with it other than the occasional shoveling. A snow Jabba the Hut may inspire you to get more creative with your winter powder. And if snowy Star Wars doesn’t move you, perhaps an icy Batman will. [MSNBC]

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On the Fourth day of Geekmas…

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On the fourth day of Christmas, Chic Geek Daily gave to thee…

Four Ewoks hiding in amongst the trees [TheDailyWhat]:

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On the third day of Geekmas, Chic Geek recommended to thee…

Three Maru’s in the mirror. Watch out – He’ll cut you!

 

* Following from Wednesday’s Pop Bytes Post

On the First Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…nothing. Because I wasn’t on the ball. But here’s this to make up for it.

One Bird singing the Mario Brothers Theme.

 

On the Second Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…

Two Wookie mating calls done on TV.

Mani, Pedi, Puke: A Christmas Tale

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I tend to find myself in awkward, uncomfortable situations on a semi regular basis. I don’t mean to do this, but rarely am I sorry that I did so after the fact. I simply don’t seem to fit in. And naturally I blame my parents for this. It’s every time they said “Just be yourself.”

A family photo when I was 8 years old. I’m sure they asked I just be myself for this, too.

There’s a song by Wilco called Hell is Chrome. It’s about finding yourself fitting into a wonderful, clean, handsome world where you really feel you belong. People like you and help you, and there’s order and organization. That world just happens to be Hell. When I hear that song I don’t think “It is because I am a heathen that I would fit into that place” as the action of being a heathen itself fits into the normal ideas conjured by the word Hell. What I hear is the story of a place that translates into ‘What is one person’s heaven is another man’s Newark. One man’s hell is another’s Oxford.’ That is to say, this world doesn’t necessarily work for me. People pretending to the point of making situations uncomfortable. It’s not that I don’t fit in to Greenwich Village or L.A. or anything like that. It’s just that sometimes it feels like I don’t think I fit in with other humans. Any where. Yet I live here and I do my best to be pleasant and ordinary.

The day before Christmas Eve a few years ago my cousin and I went to get holiday manicures. I like getting manicures. I don’t get them too often because I feel weird paying the equivalent of 2 or 3 hours work to someone who is more often then not an immigrant to my country just to clean my filthy hands. The same applies for pedicures. There’s something that seems uniquely American in having immigrants scrub the dead skin off your feet.

Megan and I went down to this place in Stamford, Connecticut and signed in for manicures. The woman I was placed with quietly asked that I take off my coat and roll up my sleeves to which I complied. Once I settled myself into her chair she begins to scrutinize my nails. In doing so, however, she judged my entire character.

“You…have…uh… very hairy arms,” she forced, choosing each word carefully as she was obviously only recently subjected to English, and smiled genuinely up at me.

“Yes,” I said. When I am insulted I save the emotions for later rants when I’m alone or surrounded by loved ones who have learned to ignore me. The thing was, though, that I wasn’t really offended. Besides, what do you say to that? I knew I had hairy arms and for her to be new to English and correctly identify that fact was pretty good. And I didn’t know where she was from; it could be that in her land a chick with hairy arms was hot shit, in a good way.

I smiled back. She spoke very quietly of the weather and holidays with vast expanses of silence in between. My cousin yelled something to me from a few seats over confirming our plans later in the evening.

“She….your sister?” my nail person asked after Megan and I finished our brief itinerary check.

“No, she’s my cousin.”

“Oh,” my manicurist chuckled. “I thought she your sister, but you would be thin.”

Awesome. No matter how new to American culture, one can apparently always master fat jokes immediately.

“I wish”, I answered dead pan. Of course, if I was her sister I’d probably have some other issues; I like to tell myself there are trade-offs to being hot.

Again, she continued filing my nails in silence. Silence. Nail filing. Nail buffing. It goes on forever. Barry Manilow played off in the distance, singing some ever repeated holiday song that was supposed to get us into the Christmas cheer while visions of Baby Boom–aged woman throwing panties on a stage played in our heads. Right when I was beginning to be lulled into a false sense of security my nail person jumped up, hand over mouth, and ran away. To me it’s obvious that in the incredible glory of my chubby, hairy arms she simply could no longer take being unworthy and left to return to her homeland.

About ten minutes passed, in which I continued to sit in at her chair. I guess other American women would have said something, but I like sitting, and if I’m sitting away from other people it’s even better. Finally another girl came over.

“I’m sorry,” she said, also somewhat new to the language, also speaking quietly.

“She…uh…throw up.”

Well, awesome.

“Megan!” I shouted to my cousin across the room. “I made my nail chick throw up.”

“You would,” Megan explained.

The new girl, still standing, was looking at me nervously, almost as though she were a little afraid. I never ever mean to be an offensive person and I take hygiene to be of upmost important, above all else except maybe booze. I smiled politely, sympathetically at her, as if to say “I will not bite, am not mean or angry, and just want someone to peel this wax crap off my hands.” I also made an attempt to smell better, through shear determined will, just in case. After a very long, very uncomfortable few seconds the new girl did this quick sigh-smile-shrug maneuver, something I’ve since tried to mimic toward my husband at times when I’m not listening, don’t care, and just want everything over with. It was a great move.

Then the new girl sat down and deftly finished my manicure.

In silence.

And that’s the story of my first, and last, Christmas manicure.

Megan & I in July of 2009, when we met up in Las Vegas for a couple of days. We live 2000 miles apart and I miss her daily. That hat was a gift from a SUPER CREEPY dude that kept hitting on her while we had drinks in Margaritaville. But, then, if you’re having drinks at a Jimmy Buffet chain restaurant in Vegas, you’re kind of asking for that to happen.

On the Third Day of Geekmas…

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Yea, gifts!

On the third day of Geekmas, Chic Geek recommended to thee…

Three Maru’s in the mirror. Watch out – He’ll cut you!

Be sure to check in later for another Chic Geek Daily post and come back tomorrow for the fourth day of Geekmas!

* Following from yesterday’s Pop Bytes Post

On the First Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…

One Bird singing the Mario Brothers Theme.

On the Second Day of Geekmas Chic Geek endorsed to thee…

Two Wookie mating calls done on TV.