Geek Etiquette


Tomorrow is May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars day, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about some geek etiquette.

My fellow geeks, remember to cut down on superfluous statements when talking to others with the same interests as you.  For instance, the statement: “I like Star Wars, but you know, only the original trilogy,” contains some superfluous information.  When you mention that you like Star Wars, it is unnecessary to mention that you are not a fan of the prequels.  When you say that you like Star Wars, I automatically assume you mean that you are a fan of Episodes IV-VI and nothing else.  I am sick and tired of hearing geeks quickly noting that their fandom is corrupted out of fear that others might assume they like the obviously inferior parts of it.  From now on, just say, “I like Star Wars,” we’ll know what you mean.  The same goes for The Simpsons and Lost,  When you tell us that you like it, you don’t need to mention, “Only old school Simpsons, before it got lame,” or “Yeah, Lost was great, I mean, until the ending”.

I understand that some people like the first three Star Wars or the new seasons of The Simpsons, but they are they outliers and they should be the ones who have to specify.  For example: “I like The Simpsons, even the new ones!” or “I love Star Wars, ALL OF THEM, I am going to like the J.J. Abrams movies regardless, and given the chance I’d make out with Jar Jar on Endor.”

Easy right?

May the fourth be with you.

Our Eternal Father

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, Paul, and all other fathers out there.  To honor the day, I decided to draw one of my father’s favorite characters, Homer Simpson.  Also, who better to commemorate this occasion than the classic American father?  I mean, he’s been the father of three pointy-hair kids for over 26 years (and surprisingly his oldest kid is only 9).


Many people tell me that they hate the new Simpsons episodes and how the series just needs to end.  However, in my opinion, there are other shows on the air of inferior quality that are far more deserving of viewers’ animosity than this American TV classic.  Perhaps they only criticize because they care.  

After so many years and/or seasons, the floating timeline is really the only aspect of the show that I personally find disturbing.  I used to pretend that The Simpsons could actually follow a chronology if say every episode took place over the course of one day (so, 365 episodes would equal one year).  Using this timeline, it is only logical that the ages of Homer, Marge, and the kids have remained consistent throughout the show’s run.  But now with over 500 episodes that theory is shot.    

Also, if we use the one-year theory, many of the copious appearances of political and pop culture figures become anachronistic.  For example, in the course of a single year America is not going to see four presidential elections (it also makes the episode where the citizen of Springfield are excited to meet Michael Jackson way creepier).  

OK, so my one-year theory doesn’t hold true, but there are additional problems with chronology throughout the series.  For example, early in the show nine-year-old Bart is said to have been born in the early 80’s, but a later episode showed childless Marge and Homer meeting in the 90’s at a grunge rock show.  That’s just one of numerous examples.

So, what to do?  Well, to ease my neurotic mind, I now just assume that each season takes place in a different world that uses a different timeline.  Basically, with each season the Simpson family starts fresh.  So then in watching the current season we should assume, for example, that the Simpsons have never been to Australia and Homer never was Mr. Plow.  I know this theory also has flaws, but it allows me to sleep at night.  In the end though, perhaps I should just relax and remember that The Simpsons is just a show about a yellow family with one idiotic but lovable dad.