Say you’re into trading cards but you’d like something a bit more realistic to work with. Or, you’re a sexy geek and you’d like to know more about real-life sexy geeks. Great! Len Peralta’s Geek a Week project is for you. The idea is simple: each week, Peralta releases a trading card design for a successful geek from TV, the internets, literature, tech… pretty much any arena in which you’d find geeks succeeding.
Though Peralta has surpassed the initial “52 geeks, 52 weeks” challenge, he’s still going. The latest installment is Jamie Hyneman, who joins his Mythbusters friends Adam Savage, Grant Imahara and Kari Byron, who all have cards as well. Here are some of our faves from the set.
(front and back are side-by-side; click to see a larger version. You can also click on the first card and then click on “next” to see them all in the proper order.)
It’s like a bag of holding for alcohol Just pop it open and you’re ready to imbibe just over 2 ounces of whatever liquid heaven is being poured. When you’re done, just rinse it out and pop it closed again. $7.99
Exterminate the dress shirt. If you go to work in a stuffy button-up, you’re in good Time Lord company. Christopher Eccelston’s is the only Doctor so far who’s escaped without a collared shirt. Here’s something for casual Fridays or for those of you who do business casual every day. $31.99 - $34.99
We all know that Animal from the Muppets likes to rock out on the drums, and occasionally he likes to destroy things at random, so posing as Iron Maiden cover mascot Eddie was a no brainer. The only thing missing is a hapless victim and a heavy metal soundtrack!
The Guardian catches up with Alan Moore, writer of >V for Vendetta and noted grumpy, uncompromising debullshitificator, and asks how he feels about the Guy Fawkes mask from his comic becoming a symbol of Anonymous and Occupy protests.
“I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction…”
Moore first noticed the masks being worn by members of the Anonymous group, “bothering Scientologists halfway down Tottenham Court Road” in 2008. It was a demonstration by the online collective against alleged attempts to censor a YouTube video. “I could see the sense of wearing a mask when you were going up against a notoriously litigious outfit like the Church of Scientology.”
But with the mask’s growing popularity, Moore has come to see its appeal as about something more than identity-shielding. “It turns protests into performances. The mask is very operatic; it creates a sense of romance and drama. I mean, protesting, protest marches, they can be very demanding, very gruelling. They can be quite dismal. They’re things that have to be done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re tremendously enjoyable – whereas actually, they should be…”
“I find it comical, watching Time Warner try to walk this precarious tightrope.” Through contacts in the comics industry, he explains, he has heard that boosted sales of the masks have become a troubling issue for the company. “It’s a bit embarrassing to be a corporation that seems to be profiting from an anti-corporate protest. It’s not really anything that they want to be associated with. And yet they really don’t like turning down money – it goes against all of their instincts.” Moore chuckles. “I find it more funny than irksome.”
I’m sitting the public library, using the wifi, and this chick is browsing the non-fiction DVDs with her male friend. Here’s the exchange I overheard:
Chick: and we can get how many?
Guy: up to 10 for a week.
Chick: all for free?
Chick: Really? That’s amazing!
Chick: they have computers too?
(this is where I start logging in to type this shit up because otherwise I’m gonna lose it!)
Guy: yep, for Internet and stuff.
Chick: free Internet!?!?!
Another awkward pause
Chick: what’s over there?
Chick:they have books too? For free? This is amazing!
(at which point I pick up and move so she doesn’t see me laughing at her)
How will world's worst dictators spend Christmas? Hilarious TV ad for South African chicken chain reveals all
[Video Link]. BB pal Griffin from South Africa says, “This TV ad was made for Nando’s, one of South Africa’s popular chicken fast food chains. As I understand it, they might have an outlet or two in the US as well. Watch how the infamous dictators are planning on spending their Xmas. Fucking brilliant!”
This may be one of the most hilarious TV ads I’ve ever seen in my life. Can you name them all?
Well it’s not technically a cartoon. Now and then I might put up random pieces like this that aren’t particularly ‘seemikedraw-ish’. It was going to be a shirt design but I have a feeling Kiss would sue me blind for appropriating their intellectual property…