The 2014 edition of the Geek Tree is up. As has been our tradition for years (exactly how many years I can't recall) I setup a dedicated Christmas tree for all of my geeky ornaments. It typically goes up the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and is packed with all manner of genre ornaments representing Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Loony Tunes, The Hobbit, the Marvel universe, and many more.
Despite a terrible name and a steady decline in cinematic franchise quality, the new Terminator: Genisys trailer doesn't suck. In fact, it's far, far better than I had any right to expect, in large part because it's continuing the theme of temporal riffing that began in The Sarah Conor Chronicles.
Christmas is only a few short weeks away, and although there is much and more to do with gift buying, Christmas party planning, and family visits, and The Battle of the Five armies, I have started squirreling away books for my Winter Reading List.
We are trapped on Earth. It's something I felt keenly as a kid, which is why the destruction of Challenger, and then Columbia, hit me so hard. Hell, I still tear up just thinking about January 28, 1986, but neither tragedy changed my mind about the importance of space exploration and colonization.
My lunchtime game is back on. After a six-month hiatus we've returned to our once-a-week, one-hour sessions, this time powered by Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.
Preparation is essential for the games. We play at a co-worker's house, and I have to bring everything I need with me. With only 60 minutes I can't be spending time fumbling around for dice, index cards, pens or any of the other essentials that I take for granted when gaming at home.