More weeks, more geeks

By Phil Plait | November 1, 2010 2:00 pm

felicia_geekaweekJust a reminder, are you keeping up with Len Peralta’s Geek A Week podcast? Since I last mentioned it he’s interviewed Felicia Day, Bill Prady (co-executive producer of The Big Bang Theory), Penn & Teller, and Neil Gaiman! These are lots of fun to listen to, and I urge any nerds like me out there to sign on. Len is also a gifted artist and draws trading cards of all the geeks — the one here is of Felicia, of course. They’re really fun to look through. Collect ’em all!

I happen to know it was Len’s birthday last week, too. Happy Birthday Len!

Related posts:

Geek A Week 18: me!
Geek A Week starts its second half
Two weeks, two geeks: MythBusters edition
Grant me a geek


Comments (15)

  1. JoeSmithCA


  2. This was a triumph!
    I’m making a note here:
    “huge success!!”

    It’s hard to overstate
    My satisfaction.

    Aperture science:
    We do what me must
    Because we can.

    For the good of all of us.
    Except the ones who are dead.

    But there’s no sense crying
    Over every mistake.
    You just keep on trying
    Till you run out of cake.
    And the science gets done.
    And you make a neat gun
    For the people who are
    Still alive.

    I’m not even angry…
    I’m being so sincere right now-
    Even though you broke my heart,
    And killed me.

    And tore me to pieces.
    And threw every piece into a fire.
    As they burned it hurt because
    I was so happy for you!

    Now, these points of data
    Make a beautiful line.
    And we’re out of beta.
    We’re releasing on time!
    So i’m glad i got burned-
    Think of all the things we learned-
    For the people who are
    Still alive.

    Go ahead and leave me…
    I think i’d prefer to stay inside…
    Maybe you’ll find someone else
    To help you?
    Maybe black mesa?
    That was a joke! haha!! fat chance!!

    Anyway this cake is great!
    It’s so delicious and moist!

    Look at me: still talking
    When there’s science to do!
    When i look out there,
    It makes me glad i love you.

    I’ve experiments to run.
    There is research to be done.
    On the people who are
    Still alive.
    And believe me i am
    Still alive.
    I’m doing science and i’m
    Still alive.
    I feel fantastic and i’m
    Still alive.
    While you’re dying i’ll be
    Still alive.
    And when you’re dead i will be
    Still alive.

    Still alive.

    Still alive.

  3. Mister Earl

    Minor nitpick:

    Look at me still talking
    When there’s science to do!
    When i look out there,
    It makes me glad [ I’m not ] you.

    Small correction.

  4. Thanks Mister Earl. I had to sing the song to myself several times before I got it all written down, and then I wasn’t sure I had enough “Still Alive” at the end…

    Oy, am I too old to be this geeky?

    (Cute Story: My daughter and I were leaving the Harvard Chapel after Adam Savage [Dr. Plait’s Cole Personal Friend(TM)] and Jamie Hyneman had received their “Rushdie” and for whatever reason we broke out into that song while walking back to the car. By the end of it, we had a whole bunch of student aged young adults singing along with us. Tickled by me and my daughter.)

  5. Douglas Troy

    Felicia is geek-girl awesomeness at its finest; in so many ways.

    *deep sigh*

  6. Astrofiend

    Oh man – does Felicia dig Portal? Awesome.

  7. JoeSmithCA

    Dr. Plait did’nt make a single Portal reference? -10 geek points for Phil and spend your next blog post turn on the surface of a soft gamma repeater(SGR).

  8. Dan

    A very fine addition to the collection, but…

    Not to be nitpicky (well, ok I am), but the portals are drawn like they are mirrors, which they aren’t. You should only see blue portals and her face on every iteration.

  9. @8. Dan,

    I was confused too but I think the shot is actually Felicia’s own POV through the orange portal. If not then the question arises: where’s the camera?

  10. Len

    I think I can shed some light on that. Originally, I wanted to do a POV of me, with Felicia looking back at me and my reflection drawing her behind her. I thought that would be a bit weird having me in there with no reference, so I chose the strange portal of her looking back at herself. A bit confusing, but I think it works to get the general idea across.

    Also, Phil, thanks for the birthday wishes! The cake was definitely not a lie last week. :)

  11. Messier Tidy Upper

    Ah, <3 Felicia Day <3,

    … The most adorable & beautiful geek of them all. 😀


    I've got a major crush on her too. Thanks & happy birthday Len Peralta & thanks also to the BA. :-)

  12. Messier Tidy Upper

    I love Felicia Day in everything but I especially love her in this :

    superluminous clip which is well worth checking out if you haven’t seen it before – or seeing again if you have! 😉 :-)

  13. Dan

    I’m still having trouble understanding the portals here. Whether it’s from her POV or not, you should still only see 1 color portal. If the portals are lined up in a straight line to make an infinite loop, if you walk forward into a portal (say the blue one), you will exit the yellow one and continue walking into the blue one. You will always enter the blue and exit the yellow. So if you look into the blue portal, you will only see blue portals. And if you looked into the yellow portal, you would only see yellow.

  14. Messier Tidy Upper

    @ ^ Dan : I think you are *over*-thinking this one, mate! 😉

    This is an imaginative artwork done cartoon style & not necesarily intended to be a scientifically accurate piece or realistic portrait! Artistic license is granted. Let it go. 😉

  15. Dan

    Yeah, I know…I can’t help it, it’s my nature. It is a very cool drawing, and it gets the message across much better than it would have if it had been drawn differently.


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