Great gifts for gadget geeks
December 8th, 2011
07:03 PM ET

Great gifts for gadget geeks

Geeks and gadgets tend to go hand in hand. If the geek in your life loves tinkering with computers and all things digital, this is the gift guide for you.

Most nerds have a desire to rule the universe, either for the forces of good or evil. One way to earn real pointage with the geek in your life is to give him or her the ability to harness the awesome power of the sun. This Piggyback Solar Powered Gadgetbag is the first step to making this happen.

A flexible, portable solar panel that attaches to a backpack, the Gadgetbag soaks up the sun and converts rays into 1000mA at 5.6volts. For cloudy days, the bag also stores power in a lithium ion battery pack. Geeks can also connect their gadgets into the panel via USB for direct charging. The back has two pouches, big enough for a Kindle and iPad, granting your geek the power of even more space.

Of course, with great power comes great responsibility, so don’t be shocked when souped-up geeks start fighting crime with solar-powered supersuits.
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November 1st, 2011
05:57 PM ET

Nerds in the city: Scenes from the Village Halloween Parade

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

New York's 39th annual Village Halloween Parade was an event for more than 50,000 participants, and an estimated 2 million attendees, as Gotham’s already-expressive denizens shed what inhibitions they had left and let their freak flags fly.

Two days after a snowstorm kept many indoors, Monday's mild evening brought the masses outside for the anything-goes – and anyone can join in – parade that included giant puppets, bands, dancers, floats and costumed revelers.

Officially taking place between 7 and 10:30 p.m. and running on Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street in Manhattan, the parade was also the launch of a party where thrumming throngs masqueraded throughout the city late into the night.

Billed as the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration and only major night parade by organizers, the event is run by a not-for-profit organization – Village Halloween Parade Inc. – that receives funding from local and state government, arts associations and large corporations. Much like the diverse collection of funders, the parade itself was a metropolis melting pot of ideas, styles and missions where attendees played dress up in costumes that show off a sense of humor, pop-culture awareness, nerdy inclinations – and, frequently, ample amounts of flesh.

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Movies that scare the people who scare us
"The Descent" (2005) follows a group of women on a caving expedition that (surprise!) goes horribly awry.
October 28th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Movies that scare the people who scare us

A chill is in the air, dread spirits are walking the earth and, as Halloween approaches, everyone from the most diehard horror geek to the casual fright fan is filling their queue with horror films to celebrate the season.

To be sure, there are plenty of of options.

But while the masses may have flocked to see "Paranormal Activity 3" last weekend (its $54 million made it the strongest September/October film opening ever) genre fans were no doubt dwelling in the gooey viscera of more underground fare.

To help you out of a potential celluloid jam, we talked with some of our fan-culture favorites, asking them for their recommendations on potentially obscure (and sometimes absurd) horror flicks you should check out this Halloween. FULL POST

Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup
Bruce Campbell on the CNN Express bus at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
October 27th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Bruce Campbell's secret blood recipe and other horrible makeup

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York City-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

Whether you prefer the shambling or sprinting camp, there’s no excuse to be a shoddy zombie at a Halloween party.

Sure, retail stores have stocked up on fake blood and latex applications this October, but those are the same pre-packaged apps anyone could buy and use. That’s not good enough for a dedicated nerd who wants to take their effects to the next level.

So we’ve assembled a few movie magic tips from makeup gurus who know how to make you look horribly awesome this Halloween. FULL POST

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Taboo of the horror nerd
Horror artist Joel Robinson of Artpusher.net
October 19th, 2011
08:53 AM ET

Taboo of the horror nerd

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York City-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

They are outsider fans in an outlaw genre. Even as comic book, science fiction and fantasy nerds are embraced by popular culture for their quirk and charm, the horror fan culture exists on the fringe, left out in the cold and dark – perhaps with a chainsaw-wielding maniac on the loose.

And that may be how horror nerds prefer it.

To be a horror nerd is to celebrate a low-rent, often underground kind of entertainment, even when it doesn’t involve Jason Voorhees, Samara or Pazuzu. It also means being the bad kid playing in the mud when others are allowed in the mainstream sandbox.

Basically, there is no “The Big Bang Theory” chronicling the lovable foibles of a dedicated nerd who can list his top five cannibal movies, and is steeped in a fandom of dismembered bodies and buckets of blood. FULL POST

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