Geek Culture

“I’m With @Stupid” T-Shirt

by Joey deVilla on January 9, 2010

Here’s what happens when the 1970’s “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt gets a 21st century Twitter upgrade:

Grey t-shirt featuring a pointing finger with a Twitter bird on it: "I'm with @Stupid"

This article also appears in The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

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The “Spock, Paper, Scissors” T-Shirt

by Joey deVilla on January 4, 2010

The T-shirt of the day at Tee Fury is sure to be a big hit fans of Star Trek and classic games. It’s the “Spock, Paper, Scissors” shirt:

Powder blue and slate versions of the "Spock, Paper, Scissors" T-shirt

Here’s a closer look at the design:

Close-up of the design: hand-drawn illustrations of Mr. Spock, a sheet of line 3-hole paper and a pair of scissors

The shirt sells for US$9 plus shipping. It comes in two versions:

  • Men’s: Slate blue, in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL
  • Women’s: Powder blue, in sizes S, M, L, XL

If you want it, you’ve got until the end of the day today (Monday, January 4th) to place an order. Once the day ends, Tee Fury will retire the design from production.

This article also appears in The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.

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For no other reason than the geeky amusement it will provide, here’s Wil Wheaton in a clown sweater:

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The Star Trek Movie’s Second Trailer

by Joey deVilla on November 18, 2008

Here it is, the second trailer of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek movie, all hellzapoppin’ and complete with an homage to the "chicken run" scene from Rebel Without a Cause.

I’m keeping in mind that it’s the job of the people who produce trailers to make a movie seem more interesting and exciting than it actually might be, but I’m still holding out hope that Abrams has been taking the story-crafting skill he hasn’t been using on the TV series Fringe and pouring it into Trek. I guess we’ll find out in a few months…

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The Star Wars Storybook

by Joey deVilla on November 18, 2008

It’s a busy day for me: I’m gearing up for my first presentation on behalf of "The Empire", which will happen at Microsoft’s TechDays event in Calgary (Wednesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 11th). More on that in a later post.

In honour of this preparation, I thought: here’s an opportunity to riff on the theme of “The Empire” (and to provide you with some reading material)  — I can present the storybook version of Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. Of course, back in those days, it was known simply as plain ol’ Star Wars.

The book came with a vinyl record that was meant to be played along with the book; I’ve included its audio below in MP3 format:

The voice work on the record is terribly off – whoever’s playing Darth Vader sounds more like Count Dracula, but you have to keep in mind the book was released in 1979, well before Star Wars had firmly established itself as part of the pop culture canon. Enjoy!

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Linux Bloat

by Joey deVilla on August 8, 2008

Slide: Linux Symposium T-shirt sizes in 1999 (mostly medium) and 2008 (mostly XL, followed by large and XXL)

It could be that programmers are getting larger, but it also could be that Linux Symposium is using American Apparel shirts. They’re supposedly not made in sweatshops and are made from really soft cotton, but they’re about a size smaller than the corresponding Hanes Beefy-T’s.

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Fear and Loathing at RailsConf

by Joey deVilla on June 26, 2008

In Fear and Loathing at RailsConf, Giles Bowkett examines what it means to “Keep RailsConf weird”. It’s worth a read, especially if you’re attending, planning or gate-crashing RubyFringe.

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