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Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Downfall of the Geeks

Today was another beautiful day.

Sun shiny, me and my doggie in the park, then frapuccino and a film with a friend. Life doesn't get any better than that...except maybe with aromatherapy candles.

But on the way to the cinema, I happened to tune into everyone's favourite knee-jerk, bleeding heart radio station, NPR, and it's for moments like the one I overheard, which keeps this cosmopolitan arch-traditionalist coming back to listen.

During their Motley Fool hour, they interviewed a man in Seattle, Jeff Tweiten, who is waiting for tickets to the new Star Wars film, and like all proud geeks, he's wi-fi'ed and blogging about it:

Waiting For Star Wars Blog

Did I mention the word geek yet? Good. Because it gets better. HE'S BEEN WAITING FOR 5 MONTHS IN THE QUEUE.

If you don't believe me, lookie-here.

Come Poop with Me!

What I wouldn't give to be Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog in moments like this.

Oh, and the film we saw is Der Untergang (Downfall).

Malicious tongues say Star Wars owes a lot to Der Führer and his elegantly evil-uniformed SS troops, but they're just jealous -- after all, black is so slimming. Who wants a fat Darth Vader?

A fuller review of the "Hitler offs himself in the bunker" film on Monday.


  • Frankly that doesn’t impress me, a true geek would have traveled to Cannes, slipped by security, entered the Grand Palais through a back entrance, and seen the world wide premiere with George and his pals. Anything less than that is just the equivalent of slacking off.

    By Blogger patricio lopez, at Mon May 16, 09:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • What!

    Maybe in your parallel universe of "socially accomplished, jet-setting geekdom", but no geek _I know_ would ever do such a thing.


    Geeks hang out in Star Wars conventions, and park their sofa in front of a box office for 5 months in Seattle's rainy frozen cold.

    They do not hop a plane to the snootiest country in the world, and saunter past security looking like Donatella Versace in a Yoda costume.

    Actually, that's a good visual. Thanks!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon May 16, 10:05:00 am GMT-4  

  • Vader is everywhere.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat May 21, 03:51:00 am GMT-4  

  • That's hilarious!

    Although I doubt he'd get away with that costume in Miraflores. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun May 22, 09:28:00 pm GMT-4  

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