26 March 2009

Geek Nirvana

My old mucker Stevo recommended a book to me this week.

I quote;

I read good book. The Gone-Away World.

Read. Enjoy.

(P.S. It's a nerd book which is why I am only recommending it to you.)
So £5.53 including VAT and delivery from Amazon has procured me said novel, saving me £12.46 from it's cover price of £17.99, which in turn I may put towards purchasing a new catflat, since the fuckwit of a postman has buggered ours by ramming the book through it.

The cover boasts a promise of 'Part adventure, part comic odyssey, part geek nirvana..'

Hmm...geek nirvana...tell me more....

The cover also heralds some artwork by my favourite painter, Hieronymus Bosch, fabled for his grotesque images of Hell.

Poor Hell, getting bad press again, due to some stupid typo or translation error. What Bosch was really painting were images of Hull. If you look carefully you can clearly see the Humber Bridge in the background of this one.

No wonder he hung up his paint brushes and concentrated on making power tools.

But I digress. This geek nirvana. What is it? Where is it? Have I already found it?

Buddah described nirvana as the perfect peace of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger and other afflictive states. The subject is at peace with the world, has compassion for all and gives up obsessions and fixations. But is that me?

What brings peace to my world? And more's the point, is it geeky?

Busta does. Never more content than when sat in a plastic bag. I blame his real dad for encouraging this as a kitten.
Nirvana level high, geek level low.

Lego Batman keyring. You're never alone when you've got a little Lego man for company, and what better company than this. Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket, I've got the Dark Knight. What would you rather have as your conscious? A talking insect, or a psychotic vigilante?

Ray Harryhausen posable skeleton from Jason and the Argonauts. Mrsslippy bought me this in L.A., so not only is it way cool and geeky, it's sentimental and instrumental to my inner peace. I also own a Harryhausen box set containing a dozen of his films. Heaven.As is my Hammer Horror box set of 25 cult classics.

Transforming Han Solo/Chewbacca. These robot babies transform into the Millenium Falcon, but are currently taking some downtime from smuggling, and doing the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

Just about the coolest toy ever, and a birthday present to me, from me, at the age of 34.

And if anyone dispute the whole '12 parsecs thing', what with a parsec being a unit of distance, not time, it means she's fast enough to get within 12 parsecs of the black holes in the notorious 'Maws Black Hole Cluster', so Han can get from the Off licence to Kessel quicker than anyone. Jeez, do they teach you kids nothing at school these days...

Some books and shit. Key to inner peace is inner knowledge, and I like to make sure I have this by reading up on the important things in life, such as The Marvel Encyclopedia, or an Anthology of Zombie Comics. I think there's a collection of Star Wars postcards from Empire magazine in that little blue box, that I keep promising to myself that I'll mount and display someday. And that Chuck Palahnuik book is worth a butchers Stevo, if you've not read it.

Mrsslippy got me the bear things - they are also tres cool, I've got a Boba Fett one on another shelf that I bought in Borneo in perhaps the coolest geeky retro stylee shop I've ever been in, but due to luggage restrictions, had to make do with just a token souvenir. Mrsslippy got herself a way cool bag from the same shop. We should go back.

So I think I'm well on the way to geek nirvana, I'm certainly a fully fledged geek.

So I will set forth on your recommended book Stevo, seeking enlightenment, ninjas, pirates, and Matahuxee Mime Combine.

And oh look Stevo, it appears that despite only paying a fiver for it, I somehow seem to have ended up with a hardback, first edition, signed by the author.

Now how uber nerd is that?


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