Month: March 2011

Random Thought of the Day #2

Having a drink with your lunch that consists only of soup seems redundant to me…


Geeky Me

This is a conversation I had with my wife the other day…Yes…this happens

Geeky Dad: Who ya annoyed at?

Geeky Dad’s Wife: Staff
GD: Who specifically?
GD: Or is there literally a staff in your store. You know like a wizard?
GDW: Lmao


Above all else…I am a Dad!!!

I realized recently that I have done a lot more that’s “geeky” and not as much that’s “Dad” …well here you go.
Today my little girl was playing by herself, when she stopped suddenly and noticed I was watching her. She came toddling over to me, put her hand on my leg and smiled at me. At that moment I knew why I had become a father….then she looked in my eyes….
..and dropped the biggest, smelliest deuce ever

The Bionic Tortoise

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better…stronger…faster”

Take one beloved pet tortoise, add a couple of wheels usually reserved for office furniture and got the worlds first bionic turtle (NANANANANANA)  When I read this story I was in hysterics.
According to the article in the Toronto Star today;
“Originally the adult tortoise’s owner had brought the animal into the hospital in hopes that doctors could heal an infected leg wound. The tortoise had damaged its left leg on an electrical fence that had fallen down in the garden where it lives
The team, however, had no choice but to amputate the tortoise’s entire leg after determining the infection posed a risk to the tortoise’s entire well-being.
But while animals such as dogs and cats can manage on three legs, things aren’t as easy for a tortoise with its heavy shell and sluggish movement.
The hospital’s wildlife expert, Cláudio Yudi Kanayama, came up with the next best thing: a wheel similar to a furniture caster.The doctor and his team glued a plastic shield onto the tortoise’s carapace (underside) before affixing a wheel to it.A second wheel was added a few weeks later in a follow-up appointment to give the tortoise even more balance.”
They say truth is stranger than fiction..and this is definitely the case here. I wonder what kind of life span this turtle can expect now he’s on wheels?  I guess it really depends how closely he follows his maintenance schedule.  Make sure his bearings are well lubricated, wheels rotated…do they even make a hoist for a turtle?
What’s next…a bionic dog that can dry-hump your leg at 60mph?, a bird with a 100 decibel squawk?… a cat that can ignore you faster than a speeding bullet?  
Judging by these pictures…
I hear a squeak…where’s the nearest Mr Lube


Toronto Comic-Con 2011…AWESOME!!!

“I am NOT the Droid you’re looking for”
Hello fellow geeks.  I am writing you now just a little geekier, a little happier and a little more tired.  

My family and I just got back from our first comic-con in Toronto.  What a cool event.  My wife and I had a great time.  My little princess may have been a little young to appreciate the entire thing, but she was relatively content most of the time so no complainants.
Whew…being Rebel Scum, even Baby Rebel Scum is Stressful
Peter Mayhew signing my photo

When we first got there I was quite shocked to see just how wide open and laid back the whole thing was.  The minute I walked in the first person I see is no other than Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew so being the Star Wars geek that I am I  Immediately went up to his booth and got him to sign a Photo for me.  Not very chatty but was cool to meet him.

Next we wandered around for a while…checking out some of the booths…scoping out the joint as it were.  We wandered through the artists area to check out the art work to see if I could find some new decorations for my “Man-Cave”.  There was so much neat stuff I had a hard time picking just a couple.  I knew that Ray Park was going to be signing so I kind of had my eye on a print that had both Darth Maul from Star Wars Episode I and Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in it.  I was afraid if I just went ahead and bought it I might find something better, I know…chicken.  I figured I wanted to scope out the line first so off we headed to his table.

Ray Park, being one of the more popular celebrities to appear, had a pretty long line so I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it, when was I going to get the chance again right?  So, as I had begun to soundly kick my own ass for not buying the print for him to sign yet, my beautiful yet awesome wife offered to run over for me while I held my place in line.  So I waited…nearly an hour…to get just a minute of small talk and maybe a picture with the man.  

Class Act….ALL THE WAY!!!

What I thought would be a minute or two of small talk turned into nearly five.  He engaged my daughter and for a minute I thought she was even going to go to him for a picture.  Unfortunately her shyness got the better of her but she was good as gold with him.  I can not say enough good things about Mr. Park.  What a nice, down to earth and friendly guy.  I’m serious, he didn’t once make me feel like “Ok fatboy, I just signed your thing…NEXT” just the opposite.  We talked about our kids and my love of Star Wars, and he even complimented my print that he so graciously signed for me.  He even stepped out from his seat to take a photo.  As we were leaving he realized he didn’t ask for my daughter’s name and even called after me to ask.  He really seemed genuinely interested, a very pleasant surprise for sure..and I even think my wife may have blushed a little when he shot her a smile and started talking to her as well.  To quote her “He is quite a good looking man”

We also caught glimpses of several stars, even though we didn’t get a chance to have them all sign something, it was still really cool to see them in the flesh.

Screech from “Saved by the Bell” aka Dustin Diamond

Lando Calrissian aka Billy Dee Williams from Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

And of course the beautiful Julie Benz from Buffy, Dexter, and most recently the TV series No Ordinary Family.

This weekend was probably one of the best ever.  I can safely say that Comic-Con Toronto will become an annual thing for me and my family from now on.


60th Post – Upping my Geek Quotient

My Future office…Nice Eh?
Hey!!. This is my 60th…yes 60TH blog post. Who’d a thunk that I would be still writing in this thing after all this time.  That being said…
What have I gotten myself into?
Ok, so this whole “Geeky Dad” thing has inspired me to take a next step to secure my own little corner of the interweb.  In order to make this dream a reality, I have decided to make my own webpage and merge my Blog with my photography, Twitter, everything in one online place.  In order to do this I need a new website for that’s not just a blog site.  Unfortunately its not in the budget to spend hundreds of dollars to have someone else do it for me.  So to keep expenses to a minimum, I am endeavoring to learn how to create my own website.  I’m going to learn HTML, CSS and all the other stuff associated that I haven’t even begun to read about yet.  I’m not trying to become a master or make a living doing this, far from it.  I’m just looking to learn enough that my newly created website functions properly, does what I want it to do, and doesn’t look like ass.  Luckily I have already been using photoshop for some time now with my whole love of photography so graphics and photos shouldn’t be a problem. I would also like to think that some of those college courses are still resting, hung-over in my brain still, enough so that some of the stuff about esthetics and what makes something look good are still there.  So I got my first book “For Dummies” to get me started (from the library, again since I’m looking to keep expenses minimal) and we’ll see how it goes.  All I can do at this point is do my research, pick programmer friends’ brains and try my best….
I’m going there;
“No…Try not….DO……..or do not….there is no try” – Yoda
Ya..taking my geekyness to a whole other level was a great idea…yikes.