Movies to watch in order to understand geeks.

No, I don’t know why I’m writing this one, either: most of my readership consists of geeks.  But, hey, content is content.

A quick note: I am operating under the assumption that you don’t need to be told that you should watch the Star Wars, Star Trek, and/or Indiana Jones series; lots of people who aren’t geeks have watched those films, anyway.  I also don’t mean to suggest that No True Geek would have not seen (or not liked) the movies below: merely that in my experience these movies have informed the geek collective worldview in significant ways.  Keep in mind as well that this list is not comprehensive; there’s plenty of other films that could be on this list.  Lastly, none of these are necessarily the best movies in the world, or even the best geek movies.  Merely influential, oft-quoted ones.

Anyway, in no particular order:

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#rsrh President Barack Obama is the Hindmost!

…And it’s a shame that more people on the Right read Larry Niven, because they probably have no idea just how insulting it is to compare the President of the United States to a Pierson’s Puppeteer*.  Which is what an Obama supporter has just inadvertently done:

One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding.

Leading from behind.  Man, that’s perfect. As John Podhoretz, who is also licking his chops in anticipation, recognizes:

The crystallizing phrase “leading from behind” may not be something you’ll see on a sign at the 2012 Democratic convention, but it will almost certainly be in the acceptance speech of the nominee of the Republican party at its 2012 convention, and will be thrown in Obama’s face during the presidential debates by his GOP rival, and will be the centerpiece of the critique of Obamaism going forward.

You know, this may be the first moment where I am actually starting to look forward to this election.  Oh, the fun we will have…

Via @baseballcrank

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Geekstuff levels… dropping…

This is a kind of slow month for me, really.  Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings won’t be available for another two weeks; V isn’t back on until March 30th; there’s no Harry Turtledove or S.M. Stirling or Terry Pratchett coming out this month (and although there’s a Charles Stross, it’s not really the one I want).  And, oh, yeah: my fortieth birthday is at the end, so I have to look forward to that.

So I’m at a bit of a loss.  Suggestions for diversions?