Lost In The Underflow: My Sweet Geeky Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Treat the people around you today with a little extra kindness in your voice and give up some of that affection you’ve been storing; prove that geeks make better Valentines.

6 My Sweet Valentine

Webcomic: Lost in the underflow

Geek Links – 2/14/08

Art/Lit:

Top 10 Literary Graphic Novels [List Universe]

Strong/weak verbs and meaning in English … [Mr-Verb]

Science:

Quantum Dots May Be Key to Cheap Solar Energy [Green Tech Gazette]

New Pterodactyl Species Found in China [UnRegistered News]

Nanoscience Instruments has Launched a New Line of Silicon Nitride Probes for Atomic Force Microscopes [Nanotechnology News]

Fun:

Putting the Apple Store geniuses to the test [TUAW]

Environmentalism in 1666 [Environmental Graffiti]

Etched LED Glass Door [TecheBlog]

Samurai Dog Armor [Neatorama]

Technology:

Linux role in botnets studied [ITWire]

Firefox 3 B3: Lots of Fire, Not Enough Fox [Microsoft-Watch]

Red Hat: JBoss to capture half of middleware market [Linux-Watch]

Take advantage of multiple CPU cores during file compression [Linux.com]

News Links

Section 31, The Black Ops Group In The Starfleet

podcasts and podiobooks

If you’re not familiar with ‘Section 31′, it’s the black ops group in Star Trek that is seldom heard of or referenced in the ST series. They are tasked with the missions that Starfleet doesn’t want you to know about, frequently it means their agents having to cross the moral line that Starfleet would have you believe they walk. Wikipedia has a couple pages on this organization. Missions include assassination, sabotage, retrieving new technology from other races…you get the drift. It’s not that they are bad, but they’re willing to sell their souls to the devil for the betterment of the human race.

I became a big fan of this organization when I stumbled on 3 seasons of audio theater portraying the various missions of this group over at Darker Projects.

Darker Projects puts together audio theater, somewhat similar to the old radio theater you may have heard as a kid, but this is classy stuff. It’s sort of like fanfic on a big scale, quality editing, great sound effects used from the original ST series all delivered via podcasts.

Darker Projects has a lot of dark theater (as in gritty, horror, sci-fi, not touchy feely) like Alive Inside which is an end of the world story with zombies and much more.

But by far my favorite of their shows has to be Section 31. It’s tagline is:

Space is dark. Let’s face it.

The universe of shiny, well-groomed Starfleet officers and the pristine starships of the United Federation of Planets where the Prime Directive rules and hopes for galactic unity of all species is an ongoing quest is reinterpreted in our vision of the reality of the Star Trek Universe. It’s not all “let’s be friends with our alien brethren”. Here the Federation has a dark underbelly and the daring crew of the Nosferatu boldly goes where Starfleet fears to tread.

I highly recommend this series if you’re a sci-fi geek.Try out a few minutes of this sample episode between the Captain named Delonna and the Klingon named Korg.

Name: Section 31 by Darker Projects
Website
Podcast subscription Link
Speaking ability: High quality, great sound effects.
Length: 20-30 min
Sample desc/link
BONUS: They have a new ST series called Lost Frontiers, it takes place soon after fall of Star Fleet, not too many years after ST:TNG.

Section 31

Just geeky

8 Keys to Instant Charisma

I wonder how many people see the title and think “ah, little known tricks in D&D, wonder if this is a loophole found in the 4e version already. :P

I found this article 8 Keys to Instant Charisma at ‘The Best Article Every day’.

Some of the tips I was already aware of such as ‘mirroring’ the person you’re interacting with, I learned that little trick when I first started thinking about dating girls. Yes, i analyze everything.

Stumble of the Day

What Is That?

So after a brief discussion, we’ve decided to put up WIT posts once a week on Wednesdays.  I have a TON of images I can use for your guessing pleasure, but I don’t want to deluge the blog with them!  Best to spread them out ;)

I always have a difficult time deciding which image to put up next, so I just assign random numbers to each, and use the next on in the queue.  And that, folks, is the pic you see before you now!  Ooooooh….shiny!

WIT153

Show some comment love, and give us some guesses 8)

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