The Tenth Doctor, The Guild and Space Invaders
This is the best time of year to be a geek! No, not because you get to break out your authentic replica Tenth Doctor’s Coat (although, damn, that is cool) and not because the cold weather gives you added reason to lay on the couch playing Dragon Age Origins, or Assassins Creed 2 or Brutal Legend. This is the best time of year because of all the online retailers that are suddenly brought to your attention by the lists people make about the coolest, newest, latest and greatest geek stuff available on the internet.
I have put a few of the things I’ve come across on my Official Christmas List. The Tenth Doctor’s coat is on there (Martha’s too) and so are these Geeky Cookies. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have some cool geeky nibbles straight out of The Guild? Exactly. And I’m thinking I might buy these Space Invaders Soaps for myself so I can hand them out at the next convention I attend and help stamp out gamer stench. But, here’s the truth of it, getting the gifts isn’t the best part. It’s simply knowing they are out there.
My friends aren’t geeks. I’m not saying this to keep them from throwing rotten tomatos at my house if they read this and think I called them names. They really aren’t geeks. Okay, one friend and I did spend the better part of an hour at lunch last week talking about “V”, but she’s the exception. What does this mean? It means that most of the time, I don’t have people to share the geek with. No one else “gets it”.
Then along come the holidays, and the internet is rife with geeky gifts. People post links (just like I did) and talk about these products on Twitter or Facebook or on any number of Sci-Fi sites. And you know what this does? It lets us all know that we aren’t the only one. Someone else thinks cookies shaped like Codex’s staff are cool. Or the soap with a d20 inside or the sleeping bag made to look like a Tauntaun. Someone else “gets it”. It’s the best time of year to be a Geek!