July 19, 2008

Sprechen Sie Klingon?

The pink motes I see floating in the sunlit air around my sleeping dog's head MAY VERY WELL be the last few brain cells he has jumping ship, but I THINK they are little hearts. Deep in the doorknob he keeps at the top of his spine, he knows it is (!!!) GEEK LINKY LOVE DAY(!!!)

I know… I keep this VERY under wraps, but TODAY I am going to confess to you, and only you, O pretty internets…. I am an ENORMOUS GEEK. *cough* Yes, let me help you up off the floor where you have fallen in shock.


*I play MMORPGs, notably World of Warcraft. But I have also played Ultima Online. And Diablo. And Starcraft. MAYBE a couple more.

*I’m an art house girl with a fair measure of movie-pretentilicious-smartipants-ness left over from grad school...but I ALSO like movies that take place in space, preferably with rubber puppet aliens eating people, or at least some time travel-fueled avenging.

*I got 90% of the references in the fast-rap part of the Barenaked Ladies song, One Week. (yes, I AM in tune with Sailor Moon, thanks for asking)

*My first crush was Spock.

*My second was the constellation Orion.
(Yes. Really)

*Yesterday I drove over an hour to get to the MALL OF GEORGIA by 7:30 see a 9 am opening day showing of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT. (We got there at 7:30 so we could get in LINE for GOOD seats. We considered CAMPING OUT. )

*While watching Batman, I BURST INTO SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE. Three times.

SO, take this link with a pinch of salt. If you are, ever were, or someday aspire to be COOL, this link will not HELP YOU. If, however, you secretly think of JRR Tolkien as your REAL daddy, if you ever missed a school dance because you were in a basement rolling 20 sided dice to see if the vorpal sword of orc slaughter you just found in a chest can deflect a level 22 axe of monster-plus-plus, if you know who Summer Glau is INSTANTLY, without resorting google, then click on…

Like most geeks, I fangrrrrrl <3 me some Joss Whedon. Thanks to a heads up from bj, I learned he’s had his fingers all over a BIZARRE and spiritually damaging little project called Dr. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG. I freakin’ loved it. (Also, YES! OKAY! I admit I like looking at Nathan Fillion. Sue me.) You can see it FREE until tomorrow, and you can buy it for keepsies off i-tunes.

PS. The H in my name is silent, so Joss is the short version of my name I;ve been called Joss since I was a kid. And my friend Deb just sent me a link to This T Shirt. I know it refers to Mr. Whedon – that B is from the BUFFY logo. But…I am strongly considering getting those shirts for both my kids. JUST SO THEY DO NOT FORGET. Maybe Scott, too.

Posted by joshilyn at July 19, 2008 4:47 PM

I thought I was the only one who had a thing for Orion. I don't know whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there's more than one of us.

Posted by: Jessica at July 19, 2008 5:01 PM

One woman's geek is another woman's cool, and you, Joss, are AWESOME. After neatly checking off every item on your "you might be a geekess" list, I checked out the blog. After computer help arrives in the form of my husband so that I can watch the whole thing without sticking half my head under the desk just to hear it (don't ask), I know that your AWESOMENESS for pointing me in this direction will be confirmed. And yes, I like to watch me some Nathan Fillion as well. :)

Posted by: Jessica at July 19, 2008 5:04 PM

Hey, my youngest son's middle name is Orion. Yes for the constellation.

By the way how's that book with the scenes set in Amarillo coming?

Posted by: Travis Erwin at July 19, 2008 5:06 PM

Then you will LOVE Patrick Rothfuss ( a newbie author) and his blog. Check it out at www.PatrickRothfuss.com. He has a LINK to Dr. Horrible. And lots of stuff about Buffy and Firefly. Joshilyn, thanks for letting me know i'm not the only WEIRDO who loves Southern Fiction and Fantasy! I thought I was alone. I always knew you were SUPER COOL (I met you years ago at the SCWW conference) but now I know you're SUPER SUPER COOL and I only confer that title on the most derserving.

Posted by: Lateia at July 19, 2008 5:28 PM

Over here, my seven year old son and I are anxiously awaiting the release of Starcraft 2. I'm so in lurve with the game, I reference it in a short story I've recently submitted. I'm up for a good Joss on Sabra Starcraft showdown, if'n you want.

My D&D magic user was named Zephyrus....

Posted by: Sabra at July 19, 2008 5:48 PM

I totally heart Dr. Horrible, and already watched it a couple times. Okay, more like seventeen. Cool was never my ambition anyway.

Posted by: alala at July 19, 2008 6:11 PM

So glad you got to see Batman before this happened!


Posted by: Jen at July 19, 2008 7:58 PM


OMG I loved that.

Okay, I am a total nerd but I don't care. That was awesome.

Posted by: carrien (she laughs at the days) at July 19, 2008 8:05 PM

My favorite D&D phrase was "slit their throats and search for treasure". I'm not sure what that says about my personality but I'm too old to worry about that now!

Posted by: donna lee at July 19, 2008 8:08 PM

I have a D&D _coloring book_. And, my sister and I own every single Star Wars buble gum card.

I have a date with my husband tonight to see the Sing-Along Blog. I'm very excited.

And, I've had a soft spot in my heart for Mr. F. ever since I saw him buck nekked in Firefly. ;)

Posted by: JulieB at July 19, 2008 8:13 PM

SO ... have any of y'all MMPOG players seen The Guild yet??? On Youtube. A World of Warcraft spoof, but so lovingly. Or something. Same gal (Felicia Day) as plays the lurve interest in Dr. Horrible. So funny...!!!

Be sure to watch the episodes in order! (oh yes, there are episodes plural... bwa ha ha!!)

Posted by: kate setzer kamphausen at July 19, 2008 8:57 PM

I started rolling polyhedral dice in 1979 or 80. I don't really remember those years.

I dream in EverQuest.

But if I say I'm a geek, Lillian just laughs.

Posted by: Fran at July 19, 2008 11:08 PM

I desperately WANTED to play D&D, but was too geeky to even find geeky friends.

Thanks for the link, that was awesome!

Posted by: Brigitte at July 20, 2008 8:05 AM

Hey, I know who Summer Glau is! And I'm MARRIED to an ubergeek...can I still be in your club?

Posted by: Amy-Go at July 20, 2008 9:17 AM

I went to the midnight premiere Thursday; it is now Sunday morning and my aging mind & body have yet to snap back from the shock of staying up until four AM and then rising at eight AM for WORK and doing the same on SATURDAY.
But the movie was soSoSO good. I did the same thing at the Spiderman III premiere, went to the midnight show, except that time I PAID FOR IT by promptly succumbing to a week's worth of bronchitis.
Note to self: take vacation day after next midnight movie premiere!!!

Posted by: Elena at July 20, 2008 9:32 AM

I LOVED Dr. Horrible. And yes, lots of good opportunities to adore Nathan Fillion (his line at the end of the second episode about what the "hammer" really is, is priceless delivery ... my favourite part of the whole thing. Although up till that point we'd thought it might be OK to show the kids).

Posted by: TrudyJ at July 20, 2008 9:46 AM

Well as a fellow uber-geek (have preordered WotLK, am drooling over the concept of Diablo III and have watched Dr Horrible umpteen times) I may be the wrong person to comment, but I think all of that just makes you even more cool *nods*.

Posted by: Rompompom at July 20, 2008 10:09 AM

Aaahhhh....watching that made me ridiculously happy. I've missed having a Joss Whedon show on TV SO much. I may have to try to figure out how to buy and download that for keepsies, even though I've never done that before. (I'd much rather just buy a freakin' DVD...and I would too, if they'd sell them!)

PS...I was on they lookout for David Fury and Martin Noxon and Joss (the other one) didn't let me down.
PPS...River Tam, Terminator Chick, and the Russian ballerina caught in the time loop on Angel.
PPPS...I feel a Buffy marathon coming on this afternoon.
PPPPS...My teenage nephew is trying to talk me into playing WoW with him. Maybe I should. Hhhmm....

Posted by: DebR at July 20, 2008 10:40 AM

Marti, not Martin. Sigh...

Posted by: DebR at July 20, 2008 10:40 AM

Ummmm.... Okaaay ....
and here I thought the whole post was written in some kinda foreign "blog-speak".

Posted by: Traci in GA at July 20, 2008 1:57 PM

This Dr. Horrible thing is sick n' wrong. But I do love to see Captain Mal sing. Not that NPH has a rough voice either.

Posted by: Maggie Bowling at July 20, 2008 4:23 PM

What the heck, I got "This video is not available in your country." Dude. I live in the country that the Barenaked Ladies are from... how can the frackin video not be available here. Wrong. Wrong. UGH.

Posted by: Heather Cook at July 20, 2008 4:32 PM

I got it in Canada. Weird.

Posted by: TrudyJ at July 21, 2008 8:38 AM

For D&D players:

A book called "The Elfish Gene" is coming out soon. It's the memoirs of a guy who grew up playing D&D and how it affected his job choices and eating habits.

For Joshilyn and anyone else who cares to opine:

What did you think of the 'Dr. Horrible' ending?


Posted by: Elizabeth at July 21, 2008 11:32 AM

ARG I have soemthign very specific and spoily I want to say, but I HATE spoilers on the internet even with a warning, even in the obscure 25th comment of a little blog--- HRM -- how to SAY this without ruining it for others.

It is not the KIND of ending I like, quite frankly, but it was note perfect and correct given earlier scenes. Two thumbs up. FUnny and sad and smart all at once. Very Whedon...

Is this obscure and unspoily enough: The scene in PART ONE by the VAN -- one character made a choice that let me know how it would end, and made the ending ring true and right.


Posted by: joshilyn at July 21, 2008 1:07 PM

I heart Summer Glau. I HEART Nathan Fillion (my comp background is him lifting himself off his bed from the shirtless scene in Serenity). I miss Firefly something fierce and wish we fans could get organized enough again to make them make another movie.

Posted by: Molly at July 21, 2008 2:06 PM

Yes, yes yes about the van. Yes about you're whole summary. I said the same thing on two other sites. Not what I was wanting, but yep.

Posted by: JulieB at July 21, 2008 5:48 PM

I am so glad the geek is strong around here. Love Whedon - what a perfect T for you - and I can't wait to see the Dark Knight.

Thanks for the links.

Posted by: Lisa Milton at July 21, 2008 9:17 PM

I loved you before and now I think I might worship you a little. I actually snorted, punched my fist in the air, clapped and banged head on desk while reading this post. Please accept my application to be your new BFF! :) I just wrote a post about Dr. Horrible and other wonderfully geeky Jossness on my blog. I CANNOT get the songs out of my head!!! Geek rocks.

Posted by: Rachel at July 22, 2008 1:19 PM

P.S. BJ and I have been friends since we were 6 years old and somewhere there are photographs of us all done up in superhero garb lying in the yard with hours and hours of makeup bruises and gashes decorating our bodies (for the record *I* sent *her* the link for Dr. Horrible). And I'm so geeky, I have an Etsy store called Blessedarethegeek. :)

Posted by: Rachel at July 22, 2008 1:26 PM