The Empire really strikes back and more – This Geek in Review for 17 Jul 2020

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The 80s are back!

We are living in strange times, especially when The Empire Strikes Back and Ghostbusters top the box office charts almost over 35 years after their initial release. I wish it didn’t take a pandemic for some of these great movies to get some theater screen time.

In other 80s movie news comes the story behind The Pointer Sisters Neutron Dance in Beverly Hills Cop. The song was originally released in 1983, but didn’t become popular until it was attached to Beverly Hills Cop. I didn’t have MTV, so I’ve never seen the video. The video is genius on how it integrates the movie. When you watch the movie again (there is no if you watch it again), be sure to check out the IMDB Trivia page. I love the story behind “the five pounds of red meat in the bowels” bit.

To boldy go

I’m torn on the new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks

On one hand, I’ll watch anything Star Trek, even if it’s with an inner rage (I’m looking at you, Star Trek Into Darkness). But, on the other hand, I don’t know if Star Trek will work as an animated show. Yes, I know about Star Trek, The Animated Series but that doesn’t mean I’ve watched it.

Lower Decks will be Star Trek canon, taking place in the Star Trek Prime Timeline (let’s pretend the Kelvin Timeline doesn’t exist). The show is set in 2380, which places it right after Star Trek: Nemesis and 5 years before the destruction of the Utopia Planitia Shipyards. I was hoping that it would take place in the same year as Star Trek: Picard since I’m sick and tired of everything being a prequel. I want to see time move forward!

Amazon at 25

Amazon, the online store powerhouse, turned 25 this past week. I can’t find my early orders, the website only goes back to 2006 for me, but I know one of my first purchases was the Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual. Since then, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on the site, which is just plain scary. But, living in the middle of nowhere means that you have to mail order just about anything.

Thank goodness we no longer have to wait 6-8 weeks for delivery. We must have had the patience of Job back in the 70s and 80s.

An investment for the future?

When a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sells for over $100K, it’s a good thing for a seller, but a bad thing for the hobby. Every person who is currently holding on to sealed copies of games will now think that their games are worth a lot more than they are.

If it ain’t broke

Russia’s Retro Lenin Museum Still Runs on Decades-Old Apple II Computers


Did you know that it is Chuck Yeager’s voice that airline pilots try to imitate for in flight announcements?

I need TP!

One of the smartest shows of the 90s was Beavis and Butthead, and
they are coming back! I can’t wait to see what Mike Judge has in store for them. Not only was Beavis and Butthead awesome, but then along came King of the Hill, the show that is how I imagine it is like to live in Texas.

To catch a CSGO cheater

I don’t know what is more genius, the writing of the fake cheater software or the naming of the punishments. The karma burns for these CSGO cheaters.