Nothing worse than a geek who thinks he’s cool

Billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk doesn’t like Mike Judge’s new HBO show “Silicon Valley”:

“I really feel like Mike Judge has never been to Burning Man, which is Silicon Valley,” Musk said. “If you haven’t been, you just don’t get it. You could take the craziest L.A. party and multiply it by a thousand, and it doesn’t even get fucking close to what’s in Silicon Valley. The show didn’t have any of that.”

He looked around the circle and asked, pointing with his chin, who had been to Burning Man. Not a one.

Musk is also reportedly dating dipshit Cameron Diaz, so that tells you plenty.

Dragon-Connection, Chuck Woolery style

Thomas Wheatley uncovers the softer side of Dragon*Con. I just cut and pasted.

Micah from Knoxville at dragoncon – m4w – 22 (Atlanta)

Date: 2011-09-05, 4:31PM EDT

We met sunday night briefly. I was the transformers guy.

reply to this with the number i have tattooed behind my ear.

Knoxville Reenactor – w4m – 25 (Dragon*Con)

Date: 2011-09-07, 5:34PM EDT

This is totally platonic (I told you that I was married). Anyway, I talked to you for about 30 minutes while waiting to go out to dinner with my husband and his friends. You were in line for the Comic Book Babes show. I forgot entirely to give you one of my cosplay cards so that we could keep in touch. Darn it.

Perhaps you or one of your friends can get me your name so that we can be friends on facebook. Just to make sure you’re the same person, tell me what military uniform you were wearing.

D*C Blue Belly Dancer outfit – w4w – 23 (Drum Circle)

Date: 2011-09-06, 11:52PM EDT

I’m looking for an AA girl, shorter in height, who attended the drum circle this year at DragonCon, and last years too. She had on a blue shirt and a blue wrap around her shorts that jingled. Amazing dancer! The first time I saw her was last years D*C in a belly dancing instruction room.

If this is you, please tell me what color your socks and sneakers were, what I said to you when I passed you in the Drum Circle (you were on the floor, spreading out/untangling your wrap) or send a picture so I can confirm its you.

Picture attached is me, you may recognize me. (Yes, I am female in case you were wondering.)

Dragon*Con – m4m – 35 (Hilton)

Date: 2011-09-06, 1:39PM EDT

We were in a game together one morning after we’d both been up all night in different games. Our characters had a connection and so did we. There were signs of interest but I was too tired to recognize them until after. Brushing legs under the table and asking what my plans were didn’t click at first. I know you probably won’t see this but maybe I’ll see you next year.

Missed the Time Travelers Ball – m4w

Date: 2011-09-05, 11:38PM EDT

We met at Dragon*Con and chatted before the Carrie Fisher panel. You were dressed as 40’s era and I as Rory. I didn’t get a chance to meet you at the Time Travelers Ball.

Geeks have sex, too

Venture over to the casual encounters section of Craigslist for the kinkier side of Dragon Con. A more complete preview to come once I adjourn to my home computer, as some of these ads are bit blue — and I’m not talking the Na’vi.

Attractive professional guy in town Thursday thru Monday for Dragon*Con (dragoncon) looking for a submissive counterculture geek boy for an exciting fling at at the convention.

We’re a cool young couple looking for a cool young female. Last Dragoncon we talked about how awesome it would be to pick up a girl and bring up up to our room. This year we’re gonna stop talking and do it.

Cool, smart, slightly nerdy, attractive bi male looking for some wild times over DragonCon weekend. Looking for a fun couple, or maybe a sexy girl for some wild swinging. I am, as stated before, bi – but I prefer to have a sexy girl as the center of attention (so sorry, single boys). I’m white, tattoos, and HWP (not ripped, but not fluffy either). Let’s see how kinky we can get!

The oddest weekend on Atlanta’s convention calendar

'I think that black gay guy is hitting on you.'

It’s that time of year again. Dragon-Con attendees, Black Gay Pride celebrants and fans attending the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game will converge on downtown Atlanta this weekend for Mega-Super Diversity Expo 2011. 

In a related note, those  interested in the mating habits of sci-fi geeks should check out Craig’s List for a good laugh.

A douchebag geek hippie responds

(via Andrew Sullivan)

Being a geek, I will close this by invoking the Silmarillion: Morgoth destroyed the Two Trees and provoked the Noldor into atrocities and self-destruction. Yet even after he was thrust through the Door of Night and into the Timeless Void, the seeds of evil that he planted remained to bear dark fruit until the end of days. Likewise with Bin Laden: He didn’t start US imperialism, but he did light the fuse for a very ugly chapter in the history of US imperialism, a chapter that will continue even after his death.

Yes, he has a ponytail.

I yield the culture to sci-fi geeks

Do I have a choice?

I was just informed of the inspiration for the popular hashtag (God I feel smarmy) #Hothlanta. Sayeth Wikipedia: In the fictional universe of Star Wars, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. It is a world blanketed by snow and ice.

I proudly claim no knowledge of or interest in pretend universes. Most people used to think that way. We should be the ones with most popular hashtag (gross).

I warned you people, back in 2003

Remember the Star Trek juror, the Arkansas woman who wore a Starfleet uniform during the Whitewater trial? Yes, we all had a good laugh at her expense. Little did we know that within five years she’d be among Hollywood’s most prized demographic. Without warning, a confederacy of geeks has taken over the popular culture.

Pointless year in review presents … 2010’s least tempting offers

DragonCon – WOW wizard – m4m – 42 (Downtown)
Date: 2010-09-07, 11:42AM EDT
Reply To This PostYou – WOW blond wizard. Me – ancient wizard. You were pressing awfully hard into me during our photo. Just wondering if there was a lingering interest. Put your robe color in Subject Line of first email.

Sep 4 – Dragon Con – Alien vs Predator Interstellar Swinger Party – (Dragon Con – Sheraton)

More here.

Dragon*Con love connection

Geeks are getting kinky (shudder):

Sep 5 – Dragon Con Guy Wants Super Hero to Push Him Around – m4w – 35 – (Dragon Con)

Sep 4 – Dragon Con – Alien vs Predator Interstellar Swinger Party – (Dragon Con – Sheraton)

Aug 10 – Nudist gathering at Dragon Con – m4w – 41 – (LaFayette)

Aug 7 – looking to get wife seduced at DragonCon – mw4m – 56 – (Atlanta Dragon Con)

And then there’s this one (via Fresh Loaf):

DragonCon – WOW wizard – m4m – 42 (Downtown)
Date: 2010-09-07, 11:42AM EDT
Reply To This PostYou – WOW blond wizard. Me – ancient wizard. You were pressing awfully hard into me during our photo. Just wondering if there was a lingering interest. Put your robe color in Subject Line of first email.

Here come the nerds!

Homer Simpson: As a jock, it is my duty to give nerds a hard time

Downtown will be crawling with them this weekend for DragonCon. I forecast their ascension in this column that appeared in the AJC on 12/29/03:

Remember the Star Trek juror, the Arkansas woman who wore a Starfleet uniform during the Whitewater trial? Yes, we all had a good laugh at her expense. Little did we know that within five years she’d be among Hollywood’s prized demographic. Without warning, a confederacy of geeks has taken over the popular culture.

“The Matrix.” “X-Men.” The latest chapter in the trolls and elves trilogy. This is cinema for the “Dungeons and Dragons” set. Who put the Society for Creative Anachronism (that group you may recall from college, jousting on the lawn in medieval garb shouting “zounds” at each other as they drank from faux goblets) in charge of programming?

Once we mocked nerds. It was tradition. Now we (filmgoers, the flock mentality media) follow their lead.

Check out the passion spouted by one local man in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution just before the opening of that hobbit movie: “There is a vague sense in my mind that this is the last time in my life I’m going to have this experience. Nothing else is going to generate this excitement.”

I should’ve seen this coming. On my first day as a film schooler out West, we were asked which writer or director had inspired us most. I feared my response would be sneered at as pedestrian or, even worse, domestic!

But then I heard the name James Cameron. More than once. Same with George Lucas. No Ashbys or Wilders or Peckinpahs or Hustons.

Even now, having switched coasts a second time, I can’t avoid the “other world” acolytes. An editor recently encouraged me to hook an article about police corruption to the struggle for the ring. When I displayed ignorance at his reference to Gollum, he gave me the kind of look once reserved for people who couldn’t tell you the name of the vice president.

Such sentiments were formerly restricted to online chat rooms and sci-fi conventions, a few of which I covered (we had slow news days back then). I watched people nearly trample each other in their rush to fill an auditorium where Marc “The Beastmaster” Singer was set to muse. I observed adults bid thousands of dollars on an autographed copy of Leonard Nimoy’s biography.

Little wonder I would always leave those events with unprecedented conviction that I was the coolest guy in the room.

Nerd mainstreaming was inevitable, I guess. It happened to rednecks (auto racing and wrestling have never been more popular). Are you really prepared for a pocket protector version of comic Jeff Foxworthy: You might be a dork if . . . ?

So the need for reaction is clear. It’s time someone stood up against geek chic. Back to your parents’ basement, I say.

As for everyone else, step back and reflect on the security of the schoolyard pecking order. Remember when the kid with the Star Trek Trapper Keeper was all that stood between you and the bottom social rung? Fight these otherworldly powers or, 10 years on, face the prospect of water cooler chatter about “Dungeons and Dragons 4: Back from the Maze.”

Guest list for ‘Match Game’ revival coming to town

  • Rene Auberjonois (”Deep Space Nine,” “Boston Legal” “Benson”)
  • LeVar Burton (”Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Linda Hamilton (”Terminator” films)
  • Richard Hatch (the original “Battlestar Galactica” and 22 episodes of the new one)
  • Kelly LeBrock (”The Woman in Red,” “Weird Science”)
  • Edward James Olmos (”Miami Vice,” updated “Battlestar Galactica”)
  • Luke Perry (the film version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Beverly Hills 90210″)
  • Kevin Sorbo (”Hercules”)

Actually, they’ll be in Atlanta for DragonCon, the annual geekfest held downtown. One guest sorta excites me: Larry Hagman. I’m already wrangling for an interview.

Save us, white man, before you kill again

Perhaps when you spend most of your time fantasizing about life on other planets you fail to understand life on your own.

I have no interest in seeing movies written by James Cameron, let alone ones that recycle a patronizing theme: White man as villain and savior (see “Pocohantas,” “Mississippi Burning” and about 500 other Hollywood movies).

Nice dreads.

Are those dreadlocks or did his Aunt Jemima bandana come unwrapped?

I don’t think Cameron is a racist — just clueless (though I wonder about his fellow sci-fi geek, George Lucas, creator of the Jar Jar Binks “characterature”).