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In Like a Lion

Blowing snow. Drifting snow. Snow that is recorded by the foot. A light dusting of snow. Snow and ice and arctic chill.

Still with me? Good. While I dream about leaving for someplace tropic and never coming back, here is a simple way to create snowmen using socks, stuffing and pipe cleaners.


I made these after Thanksgiving, but before Christmas. I used them to decorate my desk at work. Since the holidays are over, I took them all down. Now there is snow on the ground and in the forecast. The temperatures are verging on (and breaking) record lows all across the country.

I’m thinking that I may need to place these snowmen on a place of honor to appease the gods of snow and winter so that the icy grip of winter may be reduced down to a gentle handshake of winter. Should my offering not be enough, I beg you dear reader, to make your own snowman offering. If enough of us do something, Winter may become sated and decide to release us to spring a little early.


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Why Christmas reminds me too much of The Hunger Games.


I wrote this blog post some time ago, but never got around to posting it. At the time, I was exposed to a large quantity of Christmas music. I did not had much choice in this matter as it was played at work. I did not choose to listen to Christmas music, and have not willing listened to any significant amount of Christmas music for a long while. It is a very rare event when I do decide to choose to listen to any holiday music. I have had the winter season holiday music thrust upon my open ears in such quantities that I cannot find enjoyment in many of the most common carols in which others find such joy.

That is not to say that I hate all songs about Christmas. I enjoy listening to “The Carol of the Bells” as well as “Panzer Klaus.” I just prefer to not listen to most Christmas music the majority of the time.


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coverI love Art. Art is the mirror that is held up to humanity so we can see ourselves for what we really are. It condenses things down so they become something that we can digest. It puts them on a level where we can see things from all different angles and perspectives, through a lens that we don’t normally perceive our universe through.

Art becomes a way to communicate about complex issues, without necessarily ever talking about the issues. Science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, and myths are a great medium for talking about serious, complex issues that otherwise don’t get talked about. Myths and fairy tales are both great at teaching why it is a good idea to be a good person. (more…)

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I’m not much for Christmas. Never really have been for whatever reason. Sure, their have been memorable events to happen on Christmas, but those events have always been few and far between. Since Mrs. Uncommon Geek and I have been living together, we have, for reasons beyond us, have accumulated multiple Christmases. Since I’m not much one for Christmas, is this a bad thing? Not at all! It isn’t about the gifts, it’s about the fellowship of being around people you love. But, this post isn’t about a typical Christmas… this is about one of, if not THE best present I have ever received! The Quilt of Has-Yet-To-Be-Named! (more…)

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In keeping with the proverbial spirit of the season, with begging your pardons, a few days tardiness, I present for your consideration a deep exploration of the metaphysics, other dimensions of thought, and possibilities opened up by Charles Dickens’ beloved and oft-retold tale, A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is as mentioned, a tale that has been retold and re-imagined many times over, but the fundamental elements of the story have remained largely intact with each iteration. Different actors have lent varying insights into the mindset and spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge; different directors and producers try to emphasize other aspects of Dickens’ story where their predecessors may not have, but the core values have stayed true. Scrooge’s dead business partner Jacob Marley intercedes on the old miser’s behalf, and arranges to have him haunted by three spirits, that show Scrooge the errors of his life, and how he may redeem himself, for his own sake, and as well in the eyes of his fellow man.

The popular and commonly accepted interpretation of these events, that I have seen and gathered from other fans of this tale, is that either the ghost hauntings are to be taken as presented at face value, or that the events are the intervention of angels, perhaps even God itself. But, going beyond an explanation that requires only faith, what of the metaphysical possibilities? (more…)

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“I didn’t call myself the Doctor during the Time War, but it was still a¬†regeneration.”¬†-The Doctor

Probably as anticipated as the 50th anniversary, the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special has been on the lips of every Whovian ever since Matt Smith announced that he was indeed stepping down from the role of The Doctor. No one know what to expect this year, but, here it is, the day after the Christmas special, and every social media is filled with warm and loving good-byes for Matt Smith, and hardly any welcomes for Peter Capaldi that I have seen. (more…)

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Well, it’s Christmas!

For some, it’s all about family. For others, it’s the “reason for the season” (trying to keep it neutral here).

For Whovians, it’s about the Doctor Who Christmas Special, and this year, we get a new Doctor!

But, for Mrs. Uncommon Geek and I, it’s all about the geek Christmas specials! (more…)

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