Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Geek Shit Wednesday Vol. X and 1/2

In keeping with the time honored tradition here on OAQ of keeping Wednesday geeky, I present the following highlights of this week and the week before (because someone forgot to update having been stunned by Princess Beatrice's head-wear)... but I digress:

#1: Star Wars Propaganda Posters

Whether allied with the Republic or fighting in the resistance, these posters reposted on Juxtapoz Magazine are certain to help keep you inspired as you're fighting for your freedom... or trying to take over the galaxy.

#2: Sugar Saves Methed Out Fruit-Flies
(there's a joke in there somewhere)

In an article on MSNBC, SCIENCE claims fruit-flies who had recently consumed sugar experience a significant decrease in toxicity from methamphetamines:

Fruit flies on meth experience less drug toxicity if they've been snacking on a sugary diet, a new study finds.

But this isn't a spoonful-of-sugar-makes-the-meth-go-down situation: Methamphetamine still damages the fruit flies' systems, said study researcher Barry Pittendrigh, a toxicologist at the University of Illinois. Besides, it's not yet known whether sugar in humans would provide a similar protective response, Pittendrigh told LiveScience.

"We do know that people who are methamphetamine addicts oftentimes take in large amounts of sugary drinks, so that was an interesting observation," Pittendrigh said. "But whether or not these things turn out to be related is a question for future research."

Way to go science for giving us useful information while getting your jollies off on tweaking with mother nature.

#3: Obi-Wan Kenobi is Dead

It's with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of beloved (and reviled) Jedi Rebel Obi-Wan Kenobi. As reported in The Galactic Empire Times:

CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday. In a late-night appearance in the East Room of the Imperial Palace, Lord Vader declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that agents of the Imperial Army and stormtroopers of the 501st Legion had finally cornered Kenobi, one of the leaders of the Jedi rebellion, who had eluded the Empire for nearly two decades. Imperial officials said Kenobi resisted and was cut down by Lord Vader's own lightsaber. He was later dumped out of an airlock.

The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered in the Senate District and outside the Imperial Palace, waving imperial flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, “Hail to the Emperor! Hail Lord Vader!” In the alien protection zone, crowds sang “The Ten Thousand Year Empire.” Throughout the Sah'c district, airspeeder drivers honked horns deep into the night.

Obi-Wan, may the Force be with you.

#4: Stan Lee May Be a Zombie

According to LA Times comic book GOD, Stan Lee, may be gnarwing on human flesh and shambling for brains in the upcoming "The Walking Dead" movie to be directed by Robert Kirkman:

"There may be some fun cameos for comics fans popping up in the second season," Kirkman tells the A.V. Club. "I don't wanna call these people out; it might annoy them. Honestly, Stan Lee asked to be a zombie on the show -- that's possible."

If this is true (and I seriously hope it is) then, for the first time in history will a zombie movie be type-cast.

Stan Lee, a living(?) human being

EDIT: So, evidently Ian beat me to the posting of Vol. 10 of Geek Shit Wednesday, therefore I present Geek Shit Wednesday Vol. X & 1/2