Humpday Links for December 7

As we draw ever closer to the holiday season and the New Year, it is once again time for me to give the gift that gives: Humpday Links.  No, no, don’t thank me.  It is the least I could do.  Literally.

– The second trailer for the upcoming John Carter (of Mars; see how that works, Disney?) is out.  Despite Disney’s stupidity surrounding the movie’s title (“women won’t go to see a movie with Mars in the title”) it looks pretty cool.

– While we’re on the subject of movies that shouldn’t have been made (oh, we weren’t? My bad…), there is apparently a remake of Starship Troopers in the works.  They are bragging about the writers attached, so that gives me hope.

– There will be a whole slough of similar articles, I’m sure, but here is CNN’s gift suggestions for the gamer in your life.  Pathfinder is on there, so the list has immediate veracity for me.

– The guest list for the Nerdist Christmas Eve television special has been announced, and it is pretty nerdy indeed.  It is also slanted completely to the xy side of the chromosome pairing, which is just a little unfortunate.

– I posted this in my Twitter feed late Monday, but this article on bullying by Liana K. is worthy of your time.  Please read it.

– So this teaser prequel for the Doctor Who Christmas Special definitely got a reaction from me. Is there a word for crying while grinning?

– Thanks to @GeekyJessica for pointing this article about the Giant Weta out to me.  No, really, thanks. Like I needed another reason to sleep with a shotgun under my pillow.

– Continuing with people on Twitter pointing out freaky stuff, here is a little gem from @d20Blonde: what if children’s art was rendered realistically?  Personally, these are all becoming creatures in one of my games…

– This has made the rounds but is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it: Zach Wahls speaks about his two mothers.

– Presented without comment (because really, what is there to say?): Weird Al and a John Travolta dummy.

– Yeah, I would put up these Christmas decorations. Put them up so hard!

– In a step towards creating their very own mad-scientist lair, this nuclear power plant in Florida wants to stock their cooling canals with crocodiles.  I could not make this up.

– For the comic book fans, here is a redesign of Galactus by Matt Rhodes.  Personally, I think this is a lot scarier than the giant purple man.

– Staying with comics, straight from the “Freakishly Talented Musicians” file is guitarist Alan Loo with the acoustic Superman theme.

– And finally, I leave you with Alan Moore’s response to Frank Miller’s “Occupy” skreed.

That is all for today. Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll update my con schedule and talk a bit about the geekiness you can expect during the holiday season.

Edmonton Nerd Events

The nerdiness rolls ever on, my Yeggers!  Just when you thought, “No, we couldn’t possibly have more nerd events happening around the Greater Edmonton Area.”…BAMF!  More nerd events!  Just remember the advice of this Renaissance Dork: Pace yourself, geekiness is a marathon, not a sprint.  Just let those words of wisdom sink in as you read these upcoming events:

Turkey Shoot presents: Barbarella

An ongoing event at Metro Cinema, Turkey Shoot mixes everything you love about MST3K with audience participation, and the result is movie viewing hilarity!  Their latest victim, er, film is that Jane Fonda “classic”, Barbarella.  Join your hosts Dave Clarke, Jeff Paige and Morgan Smith on Thursday, October 13 at 9:30pm as they show their appreciation for this notorious bit of ’60s Sci-Fi cinema.  As always, there will be trivia quizzes and great prize giveaways!

Edmonton Pop Culture Fair

This Sunday, “Pop” on down to the Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Ave) for the Edmonton Pop Culture Fair!  For over a decade the Fair has brought together pop-culture vendors from all over Western Canada for your browsing and buying pleasure.  Books, t-shirts, toys, records, comics, posters; you can find anything and everything pop culture related.  Doors open at 10am and admission is just $5, so come spend a day in pop-culture Nirvana!

Pure Spec Board Game Pub Night Fundraiser

Join the Pure Spec crew at Elephant & Castle (10200 102 Ave NW) for a night of good food, good friends and games, all in support of the Pure Spec Festival!  They’ll be eating from 7-8pm, and then gaming until exhausted.  This is casual gaming, so don’t worry if you don’t know how to play something; someone will teach you.  Better yet, bring a game of your own to teach others! Cost is $3 for gaming only, or $15 for your choice of a beef or veggie burger, fries, a pop, and gaming (cash only, please).  Get your game on and support Edmonton’s premiere nerd event, Pure Spec!

Graphic Content Presents: Superman

Graphic Content is an ongoing film series done in cooperation between Metro Cinema and Warp One Comics and Games.  Curated by Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser, the series explores the link between film and sequential art.  Their latest instalment, a 35mm print of the classic Richard Donner Superman (1978), will screen on Tuesday, October 18th; box office opens at 6pm, with screening at 6:45pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for children under thirteen.  Don’t miss this classic piece of comic book cinema!

Online Marketing Meetup

Join the Online Marketing Meetup group for their monthly meetup, and get in the know about online marketing!  Hosted the third Wednesday of every month at D’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, this is your chance to talk with other folks interested in the internets and online marketing.  Starts at 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 19 and the first round is on SEMPO Canada!

Symphonic Sorcery

Join the Edmonton Harry Potter Club for their outing to Symphonic Sorcery at the Winspear Centre.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will present the highly entertaining music of “Harry Potter” as part of their Esso Symphony for Kids series, and the EHPC would like you to come along!  The concert begins at 2pm on Saturday, October 29th, with pre-concert activities for the kids beginning at 1pm.  Shrug off your muggle disguise, and join the wizards of the Harry Potter Club for a fun-filled afternoon!

As always, if you have a nerdy event you’d like me to post, drop me a link in the comments section or email me at brent.jans(at)  I post these weekly, usually Thur/Fri, so the earlier you get it to me the better!