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Respectful Insolence

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LOL Doctor?

I must confess that I never really grokked the whole “LOL Cat” thing. I must admit to being a bit puzzled by the phenomenon when it metastasized to ScienceBlogs and some of my fellow SBers applied it to creationists, spurred on by Mark H at denialism.com (althogh I must admit that I nonetheless found the…

Finally, the religion for me!

I think I’ve finally found the religion for me… (Click the picture to read about the religion! Hat tip to Robster, FCD.) Moreover, in a direct comparison between Christianity and this new religion, Christianity doesn’t come off so good. (The sad thing is, I get each and every reference in this comic.) Indeed, in the…

It would appear that I must respectfully disagree (or be Respectfully Insolent, if you will) with fellow comic fan Scott over at Polite Dissent. Two of my all-time favorite comics are Fantastic Four and (believe it or not, given my present day disdain for woo) Doctor Strange. Doctor Stephen Strange, for those of you not…

From a variety of sources, I’ve learned that the fourth season of Battlestar Galactica is probably going to be the last and that the beleaguered humans will find Earth. Here it is, right from Admiral Adama himself: iF MAGAZINE: What’s coming up for season four? EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: It’s fantastic. I think they’re going to…

Doctor Who returns!

I have to wonder what we Anglophiles did before the invention of BitTorrent. I guess we probably waited months or years for the best British TV to make its way across the pond, usually to be shown on PBS, if at all. Now, I can look forward to the return of one of my favorite…

This one’s right up my alley, and PZ, John, Joseph, and Bora have already weighed in. I’ve been a big SF fan since my very earliest days. (Indeed, one of my earliest memories of SF is reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle back in maybe third grade or so. So, when I learned…

They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!

As a diehard Lord of the Rings fan since around age 13, I have only one thing to say about this: They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard! I bet you can’t get this out of your head now, can you? This guy couldn’t:

I had questions, you wanted answers…

Last week, in the commentary after taking yet another silly Internet test, one that happened to reveal that the supervillain that I’m best suited to be is Doctor Doom, there were others who also tested as Doctor Doom. In order to separate the real Doom from the Doombots, I asked a few simple questions to…

No, I…am…Doom!

This one seems to be going around the ScienceBlogs, bunch, and, given the nature of the test and my having collected comics for over 30 years, there was no way I could pass it up. The results are, of course, utterly expected. Bow before your better! Bow before…Doom! Your results: You are Dr. Doom Dr.…

Weekend Doctor Who silliness

It’s sort of becoming a bit of a tradition here. Well, sporadically, anyway. This time, David Tennant himself joins in the fun…

I fart in your general direction, Doctor

So says this Dalek: Hilarious. Not as funny as the Jamaican Cybermen, but pretty funny nonetheless.

I think I like Doctor Who better this way…

…or at least the Cybermen would be more entertaining: Now, if I could only see a Dalek episode redone this way. Imagine how the Daleks would sound. (Hat tip: Jody.) And while I’m doing the Sunday Doctor Who thing, who ya gonna call?

Star Wars reimagined as a silent movie

I have to give this guy credit. He boiled down the first three Star Wars movies into a little more than a minute, and he did it while reimagining them as a silent movie:

Star Wars geek that I am (the original three movies, anyway), I couldn’t resist posting this…. Happy New Years, all! If you’re partying tonight, don’t drink and drive.

Babylon 5 to return?

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I really loved Babylon 5 while it was on; it was one of my favorite TV series of all time, and I own all five seasons on DVD. Even though the fifth and final season seemed a bit stretched out, the last five or six episodes…

Spider-Man 3 is so going to rock

I saw the trailer for Spiderman 3 last night. The comic geek in me is starting to get excited, because the movie looks like it’s going to be really, really good, perhaps the best Spider-Man movie so far. It looks as though Venom, the Sandman, and Harry Osbourne, Jr. taking up where his dad (the…

I voted a couple hours ago, and polls have just closed in my part of the country. All over the eastern part of the U.S., the counting of the votes is shifting into high gear. This election year saw some truly disgusting negative ads all over the country. Too bad none of them were like…

Wingnuts against Harry Potter–again

It seems to be the time of the year for this sort of thing. Yes, I realize that the Harry Potter novels have come under attack from various fundamentalist Christians, who view them as somehow indoctrinating children into witchcraft, Wicca, demon worship, or whatever. I also realize that I may be a bit behind the…

Die-hard Tolkien fan that I am, I was struck at how breath-takingly stupid an analogy this was, even for Rick Santorum. For one thing, as Lance Manion points out, the forces of good didn’t start the war. For another thing, Frodo in essence failed. He succumbed to the temptation of the One Ring at the…

Why? Five words: Battlestar Galactica season premiere. Baby. I may have to call the answering service and sign out to the on call surgeon for the show. Yes, I know it’s highly unlikely that any of my patients would choose to call me about something during those two hours, but why take the chance? That’s…

Orac: I want one of these!

Oooh, I have to get me one of these! Of course, the specs would have to be more up to snuff with what one can purchase these days. Even so, I wonder if anyone could put one together with a Mac.

40 years of Star Trek

Continuing on the nerd/geek theme, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the 40th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek series. Forty years, hundreds of TV episodes and books, and several movies later, the franchise is completely ingrained in American culture, so much so that catch phrases like…

Star Trek inspirational posters

Four words: Star Trek inspirational posters. These are just freakin’ hilarious, especially if you love the old series as much as I do. An example: Via Bad Astronomy Blog.

Darth Vader being a smartass

This one’s been making the rounds over the last few days, but, Star Wars geek that I am, I found it hilarious enough to post, even though it’s shown up in a lot of other places. Enjoy!

Doctor Who Geekery

When you don’t have time to write something substantive, what do you do? Post YouTubes videos, of course! Sadly, I can almost relate to this one (after all, thanks to BitTorrent, I have now seen all of the episodes from season two of the resurrected series, with David Tennant playing The Doctor): (Hat tip: Stupid…