Archive for the Culture Category

501st Legion in Canada’s Capital Region

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on March 15, 2012 by The Quintessential Geek

I just found there exists a chapter of the “501st Stormtrooper Legion” in Ottawa.

For those that aren’t aware, the 501st legion are a group of about 4,500 volunteers that dress up in Star Wars costumes and visit sick children at hospitals across 45 countries to bring them toys and smiles.

They are involved with the Max Keeping Foundation, the Ottawa Food Bank, and other local charities.

A worthwhile geeky cause for those interested…

Cool Zombie Flowchart

Posted in Culture with tags , on March 24, 2010 by The Quintessential Geek

Nerd, Geek, Dork, or just plain Dweeb ?

Posted in Culture with tags , , on September 17, 2009 by The Quintessential Geek

Use the following diagram posted by Scott Lamb at BuzzFeed to find yourself:

Zombies on my lawn ?! [Zombies]

Posted in Culture, Games on April 2, 2009 by The Quintessential Geek

The creators of the wonderfully addictive plinko-style game Peggle is at it again, this time with the future release of a game called “Plants vs. Zombies“.  Details on the game itself is sketchy, but their web site includes a very catchy music video.

Zombies On My Lawn

Zombie attack in Ottawa [Zombies]

Posted in Culture with tags , on March 14, 2009 by The Quintessential Geek

In an apparent attempt to organize themselves and take over the neighborhood, zombies have taken over a power substation in eastern Ottawa, giving local residents reason to panic and flee in terror.

See pictures below.

Goofy Stops Smoking [Disney]

Posted in Cartoons, Culture with tags , , on December 6, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Goofy Stops Smoking” Walt Disney was a chain smoker. In 1966, he was scheduled to undergo a neck surgery for an old polo injury, but a pre-surgery X-ray showed a large tumor in his left lung. Doctors ultimately removed the lung, but Disney died later that year. In 1951, Disney produced a short clip titled “No Smoking” of Goofy trying to quit smoking. The company banned the cartoon from TV broadcast.”

[via Neat-O-Rama]

Canada = Comedy of Errors ? [Canadiana]

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , on November 27, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Googlepedia is a cool add-on for Firefox I really enjoy. It allows you to view a Wikipedia page alongside your Google search results in Firefox. Funny thing – I was looking for the phone number to Absolute Comedy, an awesome stand-up comedy club here in Ottawa, Canada. Look what Wikipedia page comes up when I use the search terms absolute comedy ottawa (click to enlarge):

Absolute Comedy = Prime Minister

Steampunk in “Twin Cinema” by “The New Pornographers” [Steampunk]

Posted in Books, Culture, Music with tags , on August 11, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

The album cover of “Twin Cinema” by “The New Pornographers” showcases two video projectors pictured in the steampunk style, pointing towards each other.

The steampunk fiction genre is an offshoot of fantasy, usually set in a time where steam power is widely used (such as the 19th century on Earth).  Because steampunk incorporates elements of science fiction (such as flying contraptions and complicated primitive machines), the genre can be adaptable to almost any setting or timeframe.  Books of the genre are loosely based on works by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and most of them incorporate a theme of rebellion or belonging to a society where high class rules, and the working class suffers.

The term steampunk originated in the 1980’s to differ from the popular cyberpunk genre, which incorporates electronic elements into the stories as opposed to mechanical machines predominantly found in steampunk.  Although the term was coined later, there exists a number of steampunk novels to have been written well before, such as Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake (1969) and The Wild Wild West television series that ran from 1965 to 1969.  The genre has since been incporated into elements of modern culture, such as the hit movie “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003), which brings steampunk and comic books together.

The genre continues to draws fans at such an increasing rate that there exists a steampunkculture that is alive and well both online and in real life, as steampunk renaissance fairs become more and more popular.  There even exists a “Steampunk Magazine“, where fans can read and write about the latest fiction or incorporation of steampunk into their everyday lives.

Avril Lavigne…a vampire ? [Vampires]

Posted in Culture, Pop Icons with tags , on August 3, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

“The Girlfriend singer – who is married to Sum 41 guitarist Deryck Whibley – is so worried about her pointy molars she is determined to have them corrected. A source close to the singer told America’s Star magazine: ‘Avril hates her fangs. She is planning on having them filed down by a cosmetic dentist.'”

[via Stuff]

Anti-Piracy Stickers in The IT Crowd [Hobbies]

Posted in Culture, Hobbies, Tech, TV with tags , , on July 29, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Fun anti-piracy stickers can be found pasted on the door to the IT department: MP3 is not a crime, “Fair use has a posse”, as well as two Electronic Frontier Foundation stickers. An ominous “Danger of Death” sign warns visitors to the IT department of impeding doom.