One of 'Star Trek's' greatest captains had us scratching our heads
October 6th, 2011
04:32 PM ET

One of 'Star Trek's' greatest captains had us scratching our heads

When Kate Mulgrew, the actress best known for playing Captain Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager," took on the role of Kove in Adult Swim's procedural show spoof, "NTSF: SD: SUV::," "Star Trek" fans were not sure of what to think about it.

After all, the "Trek" crowd can be a fickle bunch. Witness the backlash against Wesley Crusher from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." It's only been in recent years that fans have really embraced Wil Wheaton as a nerd hero.

The show has been on the air since July on the network (which is owned by Time Warner, which also owns CNN), and Mulgrew told CNN Geek Out that fans have since warmed up to her character in a big way.

"These fans are very loyal, and they're very game and very smart, and they love to roll with it," she said, adding, "Janeway is their captain, whether she's in an insane asylum or not." FULL POST

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What the nerds know about technology that nobody else knows - yet
October 6th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

What the nerds know about technology that nobody else knows - yet

There’s this fantastic comic on XKCD that makes every nerd I know laugh. It’s titled “Tech Support Cheat Sheet,” and it’s a flow chart explaining to the people who treat nerds as their own personal “Geek Squad” how to use a computer program. It's introduced thus:

Dear various parents, grandparents, co-workers, and other “not computer people.” We don’t magically know how to do everything in every program. When we help you, we’re usually just doing this:

It’s funny for nerds because they know working with consumer technology is not rocket science. Amy Bruckman, an associate professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, is quick to point out, “There’s some basic debugging skills and logical thinking skills that solve most problems with technology.”

But for easily the past 50 years in America, she said, a culture of anti-intellectualism has made mastering technology the domain of nerds and decidedly un-mainstream. FULL POST

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StarCraft II's biggest champ on what makes Korea a pro-gamer's paradise
Sweet victory: IMNesTeea celebrates his Global StarCraft II League win in May.
October 6th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

StarCraft II's biggest champ on what makes Korea a pro-gamer's paradise

Life is good these days for Lim Jae-duck, the professional video game player known by the handle IMNesTea (pronounced I. M. NesTea).

In a few weeks, Lim makes his overseas debut at BlizzCon 2011, the biggest convention hosted by a video game developer - Blizzard Entertainment, in this case - in Anaheim, California.

That’s after becoming the first triple-crown winner at Global StarCraft II League (GSL) tournaments, and the only champ to never drop a set at that.

“I’ve really wanted to go to BlizzCon,” he said in an interview at an apartment in Oryu-dong, western Seoul, that serves as lodgings and practice space for his junior team members.

“I’ve been invited overseas multiple times, but I never could go... This time, I’m really excited and looking forward to it, especially because it’ll be the first time I’ve gone abroad.”

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