In case of zombie invasion, shoot the lawyers?

Sorry, honey (my husband is an attorney). I’ve taken a couple of those “Would you survive a zombie invasion” quizzes, and it doesn’t look good for me. I’m not a runner, don’t have any guns, and would have my kids slowing down my escape. Yep, I’m pretty much zombie food.

One of the brains over at PrawfsBlawg has written about the legal implications of executing your zombie escape and survival plan. Author Geoffrey Rapp explains the importance of being…

… conscious of potential legal ramifications of shooting zombies in the head, breaking and entering stores to gather canned goods, and otherwise engaging in all manner of batteries, trespasses and conversions.

Of course, it won’t matter to me… But if you’re in good shape, know how to score a headshot, and can hole up safely until the invasion is over, you might have to think about what will happen post-zombie-apocalypse. Good luck!

Battlestar Galactica + LEGO = Awesome!

In honor of the return of Battlestar Galactica, I dug up this brilliant example of brick work on Brickshelf. This LEGO model of a Colonial Viper Mark VII was built by “Captain-Nakota” (Scott). He did it from scratch, because there are no LEGO kits for the BSG vehicles. Please click on the thumbnail, so you can appreciate the details in the larger photo.

Besides the fabulous work on the Viper itself, I love the details of the scene around the ship. Look closely at the little figures. You can see Apollo climbing into his cockpit, and Chief, in his orange jumpsuit, telling him something important about his Viper. Starbuck (short blonde hair) is waiting on deck in her black flight suit, and you can also see Admiral Adama and Colonel Tigh standing by. You might even recognize Cally‘s ponytail in the background.

The preparation and effort that went into building this scene mark Scott as a true BSG Geek in my book, and I hope he appreciates that for the high compliment it’s meant to be. To see more of his BSG models, including a Cylon Raider, visit his Brickshelf gallery.

What I want from the final season of Battlestar Galactica

apollo and starbuck season 4I can hardly wait! There’s just a week left until the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica kicks off. Even though the season/series finale will probably not air until 2009, I am looking forward to a whiz-bang ride of a conclusion! There are lots of questions to be answered before the end, and I have a feeling it will be like a roller coaster that keeps accelerating right up to the finish.

If you’re not a fan of BSG already, you can get all caught up on the previous seasons at the official site. There is a clever video that hits the most important plot points, with video clips and pithy commentary, and it’s less than 8 minutes long. You can also see the promotional photos for Season 4, like this one of Starbuck and Apollo (courtesy of scifi.com).

During the hiatus, I’ve been mulling over some questions in my mind. These are the things I really want to know, before they drive me crazy! Here is a short (okay, not really short) list of what I’ll be looking for during the last season:

  • Starbuck died, but she came back, and she says she’s been to Earth. Did she die? Is she a Cylon? How will she be received? Savior, or harbinger of doom (that’s what the Cylon hybrid in the goo bath called her)? Once and for all, who is Kara Thrace, and what is her Special Destiny?!
  • Four of the five “other” Cylons have been revealed. Each of them seems to have been placed into a strategically critical role, where they will certainly influence the outcome of the story. Will they all work together? Will they save or destroy humankind, once and for all? Are they good guys? Why don’t the other Cylons talk about the Five? They must be different.
  • Who is the fifth Cylon? I must know!
  • What will become of Gaius Baltar? Is he the final Cylon? Six has always said, “God has a plan for you, Gaius,” and I think he might finally believe her. Or is he just a pawn, a weak man, and a traitor?
  • A couple of seasons ago, Six told Baltar that the hybrid baby was the shape of things to come. What was that all about? Now that there are two human-Cylon babies (Hera Agathon, and Nicky Tyrol), where do they fit into the story? They must be important.
  • Laura Roslin‘s cancer has returned. This puts her back into the prophesied role of “a dying leader,” to lead the people to Earth. Will the fact that she was once injected with Cylon-human hybrid blood come into play, or is it just an obscure fact?
  • Will Apollo and Starbuck ever get together? As much as I wish they would, Katee Sackhoff has said that she doesn’t want Starbuck’s story to be wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. I don’t think things will end happily for Starbuck.

Well, I’ll stop there, because I’m making myself crazy obsessing over these questions. There are other things I’m wondering about, but I just hope that I get some answers quickly once the season starts up!

Are you a BSG fan? Do you think there will be a happy ending for the human race?

Amazing Geek Art: This is the Droid We’re Looking For

antique R2D2 sculptureThis is just amazing. Amoebabloke built an antique-style R2D2 out of a wooden barrel and lots of amazingly shaped and crafted metal parts. I can’t pretend to know how he did it, or even begin to do justice to the amount of work it must have taken, but I love the result! He hopes to sell it to someone who will truly appreciate it, so if you’re a real R2D2-phile, get your money ready. This one of a kind sculpture deserves a good home. Go see the antique d2 project 8 by ~amoebabloke on deviantART.

Breathlessly awaiting the return of LOST!

Charlie on LOSTLOST is coming back tomorrow night, and I can hardly wait! I hope ABC provides some kind of recap, because it’s been forever since the last episode. I read an interview with Matthew Fox (I think it was in Entertainment Weekly), and he said it’s going to be getting exciting again. We’re going to be finding out more about where (and when) this island is, and what is really going on. Who was in the casket? Do they really get off the island, and then go back?

Woo-hoo! You know where I’ll be on Thursday night at 8 pm!

Make your own South Park cartoon avatar

GeekMom’s South Park Jedi avatarI’m not really a fan of South Park. (If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an animated television program with mature language and politically incorrect storylines.) However, I am a fan of cute cartoon avatars. And since I cannot draw anything myself, I love finding places online that will let me play around and create my own cartoons!

Planearium.de has a fun South Park avatar maker. You choose your skin tone, eyes, hairstyle, clothing, and facial expression. Plus, you can customize it quite a bit, by choosing various accessories, weapons, and a background color or scene. Do a screen capture to save your creation, and there you are! You have your very own South Park-ish cartoon avatar.

Here is one I made to represent myself. I decided to go with the Jedi look, complete with light saber, because I love Star Wars, and I’m about the same height as Yoda. “Do, or do not. There is no try.”

I Want My BSG!

That’s Battlestar Galactica, for those of you who are wondering what BSG is. I’m a huge fan of the show, and the next and final season starts in March. I’m dying with anticipation! I wish I had a date to put on my calendar, so I could have a proper countdown, but that’s all it says on the official site: “Returning in March 2008.”

In the meantime, I’ve been watching BSG fan videos on YouTube and on the official BSG site. I’ve also been updating my Katee Sackhoff page at Squidoo. If you’re not familiar with Katee, she plays Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, a tough, damaged fighter pilot, who may or may not be human. She’s also been on the new Bionic Woman series, playing Sarah Corvus, the original BW, whose bionic brain implants have gone bad. Katee is a self-proclaimed “girlie girl,” who just happens to be awesome in those butt-kicking tough-chick roles.

Is anybody else out there waiting for BSG like I am? I have to know who the fifth Cylon is! And what is Starbuck’s Special Destiny?