Humpday Links for February 1

A new year, a new month, a new batch of humpday links.  The symmetry surely do boggle the mind, don’t it?

– Right after the Walking Dead premiere, you can watch the new Kevin Smith joint Comic Book Men.  I am excited by it, my buddy Brendon is less so.  Let’s see who’s right!

This is what every Star Trek nerd wants to have in their living room.  Okay, maybe not, but face it: you just aren’t getting that Tasha Yar sponge-bath anytime soon…

– With fears of SOPA/PIPA floating about, here is a pretty reasonable way for Hollywood to combat piracy in a positive way.  Of course, Hollywood and “positive way” don’t have the best track record, so…

– Not for nothing, but the first player to bring me this beauty gets an immediate free level.  Doesn’t even have to be one of my players, I’ll clear it with your GM.

– I’ve read too much Lovecraft not to expect the next headline to read, “Contact Lost with Russian Antarctic Research Station”

– So after 10 years Neil Gaiman finally won his suit against Todd McFarlane.  Some charities are about to become very happy.

– A little something from my “Sweet Mother of God, That is Cool!” file

This link goes out to my buddy Andy, the origami sensei.

– Presented without comment: records and music made from the rings of trees.

– Because I have been remiss in filling my funny cat video quota, I give you this.  I think the epic score is what sets it apart.

– In case you are wondering why your favourite Watchmen fan is swearing/cheering, DC confirms there will be a prequel series of comics featuring the iconic characters.

– This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is the reason I’ve installed a spit-guard in front of my computer screen…

– And finally, xkcd demonstrates why I should never be in charge of naming my daughter.

That’s it for today!  As always, if you have a link you want to share just drop it in the comments.  And join me tomorrow as I update my convention schedule…

Update!  Thanks to my pal Brittney, I have to share this video of Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown, because I love Kristen Bell and she is so damn cute in this.  Also, Ellen is hilarious.

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Nerd Events Update

Even though people are busy with the holidays, there are still plenty of nerd events on tap.  Here are the ones I know about:

Game Day for Cthulhu

Come and join your fellow gamers at Happy Harbor Comics (10729 104 Ave) for an afternoon of gaming on Sunday, December 11th.  The games will run from 12 until 5pm at the latest.  It’s your chance to meet some new people, try some new games, and have an awesome time.  The featured game will be Call of Cthulhu: the Mansion of Madness.  If people would like to bring their own games, such as card games, board games, or other RPG’s for people to try out, please feel free to do so!

Graphic Content Presents: Akira

This month, Graphic Content has decided to counter-program against the torrent of feel-good holiday flicks and Oscar bait that are about to inundate the theatres of our fair city. Instead, we will be digging deep into nerd history and showing 1988′s Akira, the hyper-violent realization of Katsushiro Otomo’s epic manga of the same name, and the film that basically put anime on the map in North America.  Tuesday, December 20th at 9:15 PM at Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre. The movie is rated 18A and runs for 124 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box Office opens at 8:15, come early to check out the comics chosen to go along with the movie.

Underworld Kalidor presents: A New Years Eve Masquerade

Underworld Kalidor will be hosting a New Years Party like no other. We have rented the beautiful Wilton Park community hall outside of Calmar, AB. There will be feasting and dancing. We will also be presenting the Underworld Kalidor LARP awards. This is a great opportunity to show your family and friends what Underworld is all about. Although this event is out of game, please come dressed for a Kalidor Masquerade (medieval/ fantasy attire suitable for a ball). We will have some loaner costumes available. Doors open at 5pm, and tickets are $30 and cover the Feast, the Venue and the Entertainment. We will have a cash bar with $2 drinks. Please do not bring outside food or alcohol. We will also have a DJ and plan to party all night. There is sleeping space available if you bring an air matress, pillow and blanket.

Indiana Jones Triple Feature

Cue the music…It’s the New Year’s Day Indiana Jones Triple Feature at The Garneau! Come for your favourite film, stay for a double feature or hang out for all three! Start 2012 with one of the best action/adventure film series ever made (Winner of six Oscars between them all).  Admission: Adult: 1 film: $8, 2 films: $14, 3 films: $18; Student/Senior/Friends of Metro: 1 film: $6, 2 films: $12, 3 films: $16.  Metro passes accepted

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Have anything geeky going on between now and the New Year?  Drop me a line and I’ll spread the word!

Monday will mark my 100th post here on Renaissance Dork, and I’m celebrating with something special.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I can say that there are prizes involved for the clever among you.  And because I’m a nice guy, prizes for the not-so-clever as well.

Have a great weekend everyone!

What I’m Doing at Pure Spec

Yesterday I told you all about the wonders of Edmonton’s premiere geek even, Pure Speculation.  I’ve been busy prepping for the weekend, so I’ll keep today’s post short.  But I wanted to let you know two things I was up to at the festival:

Dungeons and Dickens: How to Steampunk your RPG – What happens when a Game Master mixes two of his favorite writers into one gaming world, and those writers are J.R.R. Tolkien and Jules Verne? Come find out how to apply the brass goggles, airships, and clockwork automatons to your roleplaying campaign through a discussion of online resources, a brief review of some of the steampunk RPGs, and a look at the best miniatures for steampunk campaigns.

I’ll be talking about two campaigns, one Eberron the other Call of Cthulhu, that I steampunked in different ways.  even if steampunk isn’t totally your bag, this is a great panel for any GM looking for tips on how to switch things up in your campaign world.  The panel runs Saturday at 1:15pm in the Omega Room.

Pathfinder Society Organized Play – No surprise, really; I’m GMing some PFS at Pure Spec.  There is a morning session starting at 11am, but the two I’m GMing run Saturday from 4pm until 9pm, and Sunday from Noon until 5pm.  If you have wanted to give Pathfinder a try this is the perfect opportunity; we are running introductory scenarios and we’ll have pre-generated characters, PFS memberships cards and dice.  All you have to do is show up on time and play!  And I promise, no one has ever left a table I’m GMing without having fun…

Besides those two things I’ll be wandering around, checking out the merchants and displays and taking in some panels.  If you see me, please don’t be afraid to stop me and say hi; the secret word is “goblinoid”… 😉

See you at Pure Spec!