Geek^infinity

By Phil Plait | June 3, 2010 1:50 pm

I am a hardened geek, a nerd who strides across the planet with 20 km boots, a dork of such vastness that I can crush you into oblivion with my HP calculator before I even hit Enter.

Yet I was reduced to near-normalcy in comparison by listening to this [some brief NSFW language]. If you are a Trek fan, specifically of TNG, and are a fan of Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, and/or LeVar Burton, then you need to drop whatever you’re carrying — a Steuben crystal, a cooler with a transplant heart, your bowl of Quisp — and listen to that. These three men are all +20 for geekery.

And next year, by Grabthar’s hammer, I’ll try to go to Phoenix Comic Con.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery, SciFi, TV/Movies

Comments (29)

  1. Jamey

    You gain +3 geek points for “Grabthar’s Hammer”.

  2. Joseph Ward

    Thanks for this. I’ve been following Wil Wheaton a lot lately, and I’m always interested in hearing from him and the rest of the TNG cast. I really enjoyed your link to “Meet The Rikers” the other day with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.

  3. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    Phil Plait:

    These three men [Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, and LeVar Burton] are all +20 for geekery.

    Well, Jonathan Frakes gets ne point from me for inflicting Thunderbirds (the movie directed by him) on the rest of us!

  4. Guysmiley

    W*h*il Wheaton totally rocked that panel.

  5. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    Erratum: At my above post, it should be nul points (no points), not “ne point”.

    (My French sucks!) :|

  6. erlando

    @ivan3man: Actually “zéro points” would IIRC be more correct.. :-)

  7. @Guysmiley,

    If you’re going to use the superfluous “h” in Wil’s name, it’s customary to put it in front of the “W”.

  8. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    @erlando,

    If you’re familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, then you’ll know it’s considered embarrassing if a country’s entry receives nul points (Wikipedia link).

  9. That was so enjoyable to listen to. I feel all warm and fuzzy now. :D

  10. Quatguy

    Phil, do you have any thoughts about skipping the Phoenix Comic Con in support of protests against Arizona’s nazi-esque immigration law?

    Papers Please!!!, although few would suggest you have the appearance of an illegal alien (except maybe from western or northern Europe somewhere).

  11. Calamity Janeway

    And in other Trek happenings, Patrick Stewart was knighted yesterday … Make it Sir!
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127365237

  12. Why was there no video???!!!!

  13. Rory Kent

    “I can crush you into oblivion with my HP calculator before I even hit Enter.”
    Yeah, well my TI-83+ raises my geekness to, to quote Kirk, “one to the fourth power”. xD

    If I may out-nerd the panel for a moment, the reason a ship cannot reach Warp 10 is that the Warp scale is exponential and becomes exceedingly so past Warp 9. Warp 10 is literally infinitely fast. *mind explodes* The Ent-D had (will have) a maximum sustainable velocity of 9.6 due to the stability of the dilithium crystals.

    Oh, and I think this audio file may be the single best TNG-geek moment in history.

  14. Brian Too

    Anyone see the episode of Family Guy, where Brian and Stewie were discussing Whil Wheaton? Brian pronounced the h’s and Stewie was getting on his case about it. Small but funny moment.

  15. OMG, this is so effing cool!!! Thanks for posting!!

  16. Harvi

    Please come next year! It was awesome to see all the Wil Wheaton panels. I was thinking while I was there that you would make a great guest! :)

    (may be I should mention that to the head of sci-fi programming…)

  17. JB of Brisbane

    @ #3 IVAN3MAN (Okay, so I haven’t worked out subscript yet) -

    Frakes didn’t write the screenplay – he only had to direct the steaming pile.

  18. Ben

    QUOTE#9 That was so enjoyable to listen to. I feel all warm and fuzzy now. :D /QUOTE

    Every letter how I felt!

    Thanks for this one, Phil, and again for the earlier Rikers one.

    P.S.: “You totally rikered her…”, haha. Great panel.

  19. Matt T

    A true geek^infinity would specify *which* infinity. A geek^aleph_1 would be truly geeky.

    @Quatguy (10):
    although few would suggest you have the appearance of an illegal alien
    Those few, I guess, would be known as “Native Americans”…

  20. becky'sthoughts

    @ Quatguy: When you are stopped by law enforcement for speeding, what’s the first thing you are asked? “May I see your license and registration?” Papers indeed.

  21. OK, I enjoyed listening to this, but if I were Ashley Judd, I’d probably disavow ever being on that show too if Whil Wheaton mentioned YET AGAIN how he’d wrecked me.

    I get it, it’s a joke, but we’ve freakin’ heard that one. Several times. The besmirching has long-since ceased to be funny.

  22. Dennis

    I don’t get the Quisp reference.
    Is that considered Nerd-chow or something?

    Also, I was watching one of the TNG movies the other day, and it occurred to me that Wesley Crusher has been excluded from (if I’m not mistaken) all of them.
    I’m sure Wil Wheaton must have written about this somewhere.
    Does anyone out there who follows him have any insight on why this is the case?

  23. Buzz Parsec

    Warp 10? My starship goes to 11!

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  25. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    Dennis:

    I don’t get the Quisp reference.
    Is that considered Nerd-chow or something?

    It’s Phil’s favourite cereal: Click Here.

  26. mike burkhart

    As I say nerds rule the world. We took over with computers wile the jocks were pumping iron ,and getting there heads bashed in on the gridiorn. They never saw our takeover coming. Now to Star Trek as everyone knows I have been a fan since I was 6 and I love the Next Genration I have to say the neat thing was the hallodeck ,Data I liked the idea of an android as a crew member (I would have like to see an episode where Data visits the planet from the episode I Mudd that had the androids that wore the flashing necklesss maybe he might feel right at home or not) to get off topic I recently bought a dvd that had a sequal to the version of War of the worlds shown on the Scifi chanel (it stared C.Thomas Howell) and a movie called Invasion of the Pod People . The Pod people movie was a ripoff of Invasion of the Body Snachers (and only half as good) As for War of the Worlds 2 Phil might wand to take a look at it there might be some bad astronomy in it .I know that many sequals have been writen to War of the Worlds (including a stupid tv series based on the 1954 movie) but I feel War of the Worlds dosen’t need a sequal.

  27. QuietDesperation

    I was never happy with the drive to make “geek” and “nerd” into “good” words (sorry, but they were used endlessly as hateful epithets in my youth to keep smart people down and marginalized), but now we have “dork” to contend with? You know the origin of that word, right?

    As I say nerds rule the world. We took over with computers wile the jocks were pumping iron ,and getting there heads bashed in on the gridiorn.

    I never understood this delusion, either. With very few exceptions it’s the “jocks” (another label) and similar folks who get elected to office and corporate boards. They went and got MBAs and sold diseased investment products made from diced subprime loans mixed with mad cow disease.

    Some smart people make a lot of money, like a Gates or a Jobs or somesuch, but is that ruling the world? Not really.

    And what’s wrong with pumping iron? I entered a couple amateur body building contests when I was younger at the same time I was pursuing my Master’s degree in electrical engineering.

    HP calculator

    Still an indispensable tool for engineers and scientists. An “app” on a glorified MP3 player just won’t do it. No more, though. HP was gutted and turned into another me-too PC/printer outfit by Carly Fiorina, philosophy major and advocate for anything and everything that depressed high tech salaries. She’s running for senator from California now. Notice a pattern?

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