Best Geeky Finds – Texas is Better at Midnight

With the loss of several paranormal series over the last 5 years, there are always new shows trying to fill that hole. Shadowhunters on Freeform works to fill the hole left by the horror and mystery teen drama demographics from Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. Meanwhile Supernatural works to get its spinoff Wayward Sisters off the ground to keep the CW from ever falling off the genre TV map. Yet, while it had good times and bad (along with many WTF seasons) on premium television, few shows have succeeded in being True BloodContinue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Spin the Record Backwards to Learn Its History

And as the flames climbed high into the night,
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died.      – Don McLean

Music influences our lives in many ways. It helps us deal with difficult moments, makes us think of memories, influences moods. It can change lives. The musicians behind the music change our lives. In 1959 when the plane carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens crashed, the world wept as three musical legends were lost. The music died. If music influences our lives in such a way however, one wonders if something, or somebody, more influences them. Could this be where all the hidden messages in songs and records played backwards come from? Even more, are they influencing our legends to get to us? Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Happy Birthday Boy Who Lived

Around this time last month, wizards and muggles alike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (published in America as Sorcerer’s Stone a year later). This Monday marks the 26th anniversary of Harry meeting Hagrid and learning he was a wizard. In honor of the boy who lived, many groups are celebrating this weekend with their own Potter-themed events. If you are a Potter fan, be sure to look in your area for some of these festivals. If there are none, or you are more of a muggle than you wish to admit, here are a few ways to learn and celebrate the wizarding world.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Everybody Has a Story

You may have only been 10-years-old, but you constantly hear the same story at every family get-together. You hear it so much that you also tell your friends and coworkers. They relate to your story and start telling their own adventures, which inspire others to tell tales, etc., etc. Ultimately, you hear one of these stories that remind you of the same tale you’ve been hearing since your childhood. Everything comes full-circle.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Stay Tuned… A Look at Max Headroom

If you were around in the ’80s, there’s a good chance you have seen even a semblance of Max Headroom. Max is an A.I. in the form of a disembodied head, and starred in everything from movies and TV shows, to advertisements for everything under the sun in the mid-to-late ’80s in America and the UK. Starting off as a veejay, back when music videos were seen on television, he progressed to talk show host in the UK, finding his way over to America on cable TV. While the world knew of Max Headroom, though, his origins were unknown.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Literally See the Truth in Mindhorn

Have you ever considered what life was like for stars of major TV shows who were never hired after the show finished? What would Lee Majors have done if he wasn’t a big star after the Six-Million Dollar Man? If he had focused his entire acting career on one role and couldn’t act in anything else? His life would probably have been just like Richard Thorncroft, the man made famous for playing Mindhorn, the detective who can use his bionic eye to literally see if people are telling the truth.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – … Or Bruce (A Look at My Name is Bruce)

So last week I watched all 3 Evil Dead movies, as well as both seasons of Ash vs. The Evil Dead. They were brilliant, but I felt like the quadruple feature just wasn’t enough. How about a quintuple feature? It seems like Bruce Campbell has starred in everything – Burn Notice, Cars, even The Librarians. But who is Bruce Campbell?  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Real Demon Hunters are Named Ashley – My Groovy Weekend Binge of Evil Dead Movies

A cabin in the woods, demonic possessions, the Book of the Dead. Many movies and TV shows have had all three of these tropes since the 1970s, but none have been as well-known as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. In 1981, Ash (Ashley) (Bruce Campbell), his sister, and college friends take a weekend trip to a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee. The vacation turns rotten immediately when they hear noises from the cellar where they find a tape recorder, firearms, and a strange book covered in human skin. Of course, they’re smart and do not read the book. The cabin’s former resident does it for them on the tape as it recites the text.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Roll a D6 for the Next Scene: Review of Beyond the Gates

When The Ring was first released in theaters, the concept was unique and actually threatening. A VHS tape with a trapped spirit. VHS tapes were regularly rented and borrowed from friends, and the more they were played, the worse the tracking got, causing lines on the screen. As the movies continued, most importantly with the recent sequel Rings, the concept was all but lost on most audiences, given that the original premise surrounded an out-of-date and forgotten media.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Pizza Power!

Two weeks ago was Memorial Day weekend. Whenever holidays like these fall on a Monday or a weekend when the market is open, I go shopping to the Hartville Flea Market (in northeast Ohio). I often do not have a specific goal in mind while shopping, but sometimes I start the day off seeing one unique item I had not thought about and spend the rest of the day searching for similar finds. On this day, my unique hunt became Ninja Turtles action toys.  Continue reading