Nerdin’ it Old School

I bring you the following YouTube clip, which may at first seem to have little to do with fandom, because it features a type of person you don’t see too much these days: the hyper nerd.

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sarah-jessica-parker-square-pegsRemember that archetype? It was Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles/Weird Science, David Lightman in Wargames, Ronnie Miller in Can’t Buy Me Love, JayJay in Mazes and Monsters. (More about Mazes and Monsters next week.) And of course there was always one hyper nerd on those 1980s high-school TV shows. Even Her Stylishness Sarah Jessica Parker used to be one.

These days nerds have mostly given way to geeks, who are nerds who have an area of expertise that serves as a kind of power center. Even when they’re pallid, overweight and/or slightly smelly, geeks can muster up a wall of scorn for lesser beings that’s more-or-less analogous to coolness. Which is fine. But I miss hyper nerds. They remind me more of myself.

Thus, I present these guys, appearing in The Very Best Supaman Video Ever Of All Time. It’s been ages since I’ve seen anyone act this unselfconsciously dorky. They spell it “Soldier Boy!” And check out their little “gatt blowing a guy away” pantomime at -1:04. Awesome!

Nerds Forever!
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Fan Pumpkins

Here’s some Halloween pumpkins with fan themes. Follow the jump for Star Wars, Spiderman, Dr. Who, Shaun of the Dead and more.

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Bat-ernational?

Oh brother, just as I was firmly resolving to stop paying so much attention to this blog, I run into a coincidence like this. Within a 24-hour period I see…

Putin visits the Batcave! Or at least his new hi-tech security HQ. Which inexplicably has a Batman symbol on the floor. (Also, four out of five political leaders and state administrators in Russia either have been or still are members of the security services, and stuff.)
But maybe the Batcave shouldn’t come as such a shock. After all, Putin has been known to talk about Cthulu.

AND AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH…

Melbourne, Australia not only has a Batman Park, but the city itself was almost named BATMANIA!

You have to kind of squint to see the words “Batman Park” on the sign. Visit the link (at Broken Glass Makes Me Laugh) for a bigger version.

Unreal.

I don’t even give a shit about Batman, but, really, unreal.

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