Never write a blog post before it’s time. Or something like that. Anyways… I was browsing The Escapist when I came across their posting regarding the Talking Cave Jonson Painting which led me to the list of quotes that the painting blurts out on Think Geek. To save you the clicking time, the painting says things like “Science isn’t about why… it’s about WHY NOT!” which are quotations from the only-seen-in-paintings-and-pictures character “Cave Johnson” in the Valve game Portal.
NB: I don’t want this painting, but it is cool in a way.
People who know me, or at least have been in my presence lately may know that I have the chatter from the “Space Orb” from Portal 2 as my ringtone — if they’re cool enough to know about Portal 2, anyways. Maybe Cave Johnson ringtones are next. Someone, out there, right now… is probably throwing something in my direction.
Anyways… this was all a good reason to browse the Think Geek website for other cool items (Christmas is coming up). My sister Aimeé gave me the bluetooth headset two years ago. I still haven’t had the opportunity of doing the full-on gag with it, but the fact that I have it (the black one) and could makes me fell all warm and fuzzy. I have used it … but like most gag props, there is a limited amount of usefulness inside.
Anyways again, I first settled on the Think Geek page for the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. This is something I’d like to own. In fact, they apparently have three different Sonic Screwdrivers (see the video on that page) and I’d be very happy to own the set. I also strongly suspect that that vary same sister my appreciate one or more of them. I’ll have to see if I can pry that out of her in some devious way… but the rest of the family can take this all as a hint, if they like.
The 11th doctor, I think, is the coolest doctor of the modern era. “You never forget your first Doctor,” says the t‑shirt (or hoodie, I imagine) and for me that was 4th Doctor or Tom Baker. I fixate on the 11th doctor as the best from the modern era because in comparison (and we really didn’t know what we were missing until 11th doctor appears), the 10th Doctor was definitely working himself into an emotional corner. 1th Doctor explodes onto the scene with a bang an an attitude and I am very much enjoying it.
In fact, I think there are very apt comparisons between 11th and 4th Doctor. They both have a sense of humor about themselves and a delightful sense of forgetfulness that adds some manic energy to the show.
They also both have an offbeat sense of style finding their own shade of cool … setting their own trends, even. I suppose I need to get a bow-tie or two.
Think Geek also has a Magnetically Levitating Tardis that I’d love to have (it would go nicely in the art niche).
Anyways… yet again… this isn’t where I ended up (as you all probably figured out from the title). The doctor who paraphernalia led me to Star Trek paraphernalia (even though they are polar opposites in many ways, and even though their fan bases can be disparate and vocal, there still is a substantial amount of common ground).
I give you the NCC-1701 (“no bloody A, no bloody B, C or D”) pizza cutter. It made me laugh. And, yes, I’d love to own one. I’ve seen the 1701 bottle opener… but frankly, it’s misshapen. The classic lines of the Enterprise are just so clean … and that saucer is round. Perfect … for a pizza wheel.
Nicely done, Think Geek.