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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

The following Valentine's Day gift guide is androgynous and prepared for the nerd in your life. Whether you're in love or just obligated to gift don't want the recipient to get the wrong idea, here you go. This list is for you. It's relatively brief, and everything on the list is 100% full of guilt-free joy. You and yours can partake and feel good about a world full of science fiction and happiness.

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USS Enterprise restoration underway at the Smithsonian

USS Enterprise restoration underway at the Smithsonian

If you want to see aircraft of all sorts that are restored to new condition, you go to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. There you can see all sorts of special aircraft including some that are milestone aircraft in the history of flight. In a few months, you will be able to feast your eyes on the original USS Enterprise, which is undergoing restoration at the museum.

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The curious case of the Star Wars family portrait

The curious case of the Star Wars family portrait

What you're about to see is a family portrait that includes Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and a third family member. We will not tell you who the third member of the family is here, for that would be a spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We know that basically every person in the world that wanted to see The Force Awakens has already seen it, but we're still not going to take any chances. Maybe 30 years down the line when The Simpsons have already done so.

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Ghostbusters 2016 photos shared en masse

Ghostbusters 2016 photos shared en masse

This week the folks at Sony Pictures have released a collection of photos and screen grabs from the new Ghostbusters film for 2016. This is the one with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. That's the lineup. So you'll find a few guest-stars from the original film - maybe a few old-school Ghostbusters, and of course Chris Hemsworth. He'll be sitting up front at the desk, looking like a secretary, just like our old pal Janine from the last couple of movies.

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LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens game re-imagines the movie as a comedy

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens game re-imagines the movie as a comedy

True to LEGO re-interpretive style, the next video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is a comedic take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The best way to make this clear is through a new take on the original teaser trailer for the film - you know the one. The one where Finn pops up in the desert to scare the pants off everyone watching. The one where you first saw BB-8 rolling. The one where you see Rey driving her popsicle speeder bike.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones’ Lost Ark

Indiana Jones' greatest ancient artifact has been recovered in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whether Han Solo and Chewbacca know it or not. This is not the first time Lucasfilm has crossed the two over: planting a couple of droid-looking hieroglyphs near Indy's Well of Souls, and the comic "Into The Great Unknown", for example. Today we're exploring the possibility that not only are the two franchises connected, they share one of the most important pieces of hardware in the universe: The Ark of the Covenant!

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Guardians of the Galaxy comic hints at Star Wars crossover

Guardians of the Galaxy comic hints at Star Wars crossover

The comic book "Guardians of Infinity" is the newest in a line of releases made possible in part due to the success and popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy film release. In the first of these comics, the team - including Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot - are exploring a mysterious facility, the contents of which are unknown to them. They come upon a wall covered with dust - under which they're able to read words written in the Star Wars universe language called "Basic", in characters from their alphabet, known as the Aurebesh.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought to life in “Holo Cinema” by ILMxLAB

ILMxLAB will be bringing a new "Holo Cinema" Star Wars experience to Sundance that'll transport users to a galaxy far, far away with projections. We've seen just glimpses of this technology before, ILMxLAB here working with their own software tool Zeno to create such magnificent feats of graphics greatness as the squid-face of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean. With Zeno and ILMxLAB's own virtual production renderer, common citizens will be able to virtually step into Star Wars - without the need of a full virtual reality headset.

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Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

Star Wars Episode 8 has been delayed

While the original release date for Star Wars Episode 8 was set for May of 2017, we'll now be seeing placement closer to that of The Force Awakens. Very likely due to the massive appeal of a December showing due to the best-in-history ticket sales of Star Wars: Episode 7, Disney has decided to push the release of Episode 8 back a few months. That'll be seven months later than it was originally planned, but has no effect on the release of Star Wars: Rogue One (aka Rogue One, a Star Wars Story).

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Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Kylo Ren SNL action figure mockups imagine Matt, Radar Technician

Just days after Adam Driver's appearance on Saturday Night Live, his sketch as Kylo Ren's alter-ego Matt, Radar Technician, has gone viral. Today we've been sent a couple of mock-ups of action figures based on the character - likely never hitting shelves, of course, but we're allowed to dream. Would that NBC were to see enough call for such a set of figures, we might see it happen. They'd both be essential additions to your collection, that much is true. UPDATE: Additional figures added.

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The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

The X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter game reboot you wish we had

Today we're having a peek at a game that we'd love to see come to fruition: X-Wing vs TIE-Fighter (modern). This new game would be one that builds on the excellence that were the first X-Wing and TIE-fighter games, coming correct with not only new graphics, but fully updated gaming models, including multi-screen interaction and the possibility of virtual reality gameplay. Now that you can get the original games after 20 years (now released through GOG, completely DRM-free and offline if you wish), we've got a hankering to get back in the cockpit.

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Deadpool’s tiniest Easter Egg

Deadpool’s tiniest Easter Egg

Film producer Aditya Sood revealed a tidbit of a connection between two of the movies he's worked on very recently: The Martian and Deadpool. At a press event for the home format release (DVD, Blu-ray, digital) of The Martian, Sood was asked about the long-awaited Marvel Comics title Deadpool. What were the differences between getting a little-known book (pre-big-publisher) turned into a major motion picture, and Deadpool, a film that's been notorious in its pre-production time - years and years and years on deck or below it? Sood answered indirectly.

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