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March 30, 2007

My Big Geek Two Page Spread


Should you pick up a copy of Geek Monthly this month, the one with Mary Lynn Rajskub on it, you know, like you do, you geek, then this is what awaits you on pages 26 and 27. Perhaps not as faplicious as Ms. Rajskub (and if you disagree with this assessment, please don't tell me), but nice all the same. Both the very amusing photo and the article itself are by Jeff Hentosz, who as many of you know is a frequent visitor to the Whatever -- and in this case also a visitor to the Scalzi Compound, as he came out for the interview and photo shoot. Yes! He sat on the infamous office loveseat! Yes! He's met Athena! Yes! He pet the hallowed BaconCat! I'm sure it was a pivotal moment in his life, as it should have been.

I've thumbed through the rest of Geek Monthly as well, and perhaps not at all surprisingly, I found it a pretty fun and interesting read, filled with lots of stuff I like to know about. As it happens , it arrived on the same day as the latest issue of Wired, so I suppose if there was every any doubt that I am, in fact, a complete friggin' dork, those doubts should now be washed away. Hello, I'm a total knob. Nice to meet you.

Krissy just came in and went "Ha!" at that picture with the article, by the way. Figures.

Posted by john at March 30, 2007 05:03 PM

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Nate Trost | March 30, 2007 05:14 PM

Great Scott, it's like someone took bits of Maxim, Slashdot, Computer Gaming World and Boing Boing and mixed them into one unholy publication. I'm not sure how many brown-paper wrappers I would need to hide the shame.

mythago | March 30, 2007 05:37 PM

Dude, you look like China Mieville's seedy cousin.

Nina A | March 30, 2007 05:40 PM

Mythago for the win! Heee

Christian | March 30, 2007 05:43 PM

> He pet the hallowed BaconCat!

But, but...we were told yesterday that the BaconCat was old, and the equivalent of yelling "Freebird!" at a rock concert...

I t was very sad day indeed, as I won't have a funny picture to take (with our cat) next to The Last Colony when it shows up. I felt so heartbroken, I couldn't even post a reply.

I suppose I'll have to go buy the magazine anyway. It's tough being a fan...[sigh].

Chang, for rizzle. | March 30, 2007 06:04 PM

You look like a Russian mafia dude. The look in your eyes says "I have killed as many men as I have gold plated Mercedes! For every top-shelf hooker I have bedded, and enemy of mine lies in the Dnieper River! My dacha is built on a foundation of skulls!"

Wheew! Does anyone else get high off of Excedrin?

mythago | March 30, 2007 06:10 PM

Excedrin? I'll have to give that a try. I've been sticking to ibuprofen, which tastes like ass.

John Scalzi | March 30, 2007 06:14 PM


"Dude, you look like China Mieville's seedy cousin."

I'm gonna tell China you said that.

Steve Buchheit | March 30, 2007 06:30 PM

(caption contest)
"When I tell you to 'squee,' you squee. Got it!"

Mary Robinette Kowal | March 30, 2007 06:56 PM

I had a moment of thinking the white bar across your torso was a lightsabre.

mythago | March 30, 2007 07:04 PM

I'm gonna tell China you said that.

Cool. Can you give him my phone number, too?

Nick Stump | March 30, 2007 07:36 PM

(caption contest Number 2) "Hurry up. My eyebrows are killing me."

Old Jarhead | March 30, 2007 07:52 PM

Christian already one-upped my first response, but other than that the picture resembles Lex Luthor or the troll from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Neener neener.

Nathan | March 30, 2007 08:26 PM

When "The Shield" pulls its Dick York/Dick Sargent-switch, Scalzi's gonna replace Michael Chiklis.

And no-one will notice.

Queenie | March 30, 2007 08:57 PM

Seriously, if John Hentosz came to my house, I would probably still be vibrating. That's incredibly cool. I am rushing off to the newsstand right now.

Omaha Lisa | March 30, 2007 09:39 PM

I'm curious... on the GeekMonthly website, it gives several titles, then a teaser list of the other articles. I wonder which one you are?

Jeff Hentosz | March 30, 2007 09:41 PM

Queenie: My, my. I'll tell my Uncle John his reputation precedes him. He's nearly 80, but fit and fiesty and a real sweetheart. And I think he may be between girlfriends. Ever been to Branson?

Simon Haynes | March 30, 2007 10:35 PM

First glance - I thought that white strip across the page was a sword gripped in your hand. You had that whole ninja thing going there.

Pat J | March 30, 2007 11:24 PM

Mary Lynn what now?


Oh, ok, from "24". Never seen it.

Dude, you look like a Russian mobster. Not the kind in the suits with the cigars, either. The kind that cuts off fingers with garden shears and breaks kneecaps in back alleys. Yikes.

Pablo Defendini | March 31, 2007 10:15 AM

Salutations and felicitations, John. You still receive 'Wired'? I canceled my subscription a few years ago after the mag started to resemble one long ad and the contents could be found online, for the most part. . . . Has it gotten better?

John Scalzi | March 31, 2007 10:23 AM


It's basically the same. You're paying for the design and the ability to red the articles without waiting for Conde Nast's online printing schedule.

Jp | March 31, 2007 04:20 PM

Caption contest 3:

Oi, Capobianco. You're sitting in my chair.

Jeremiah | April 1, 2007 10:19 AM

Caption contest

"You feel lucky, cat? Well, do ya?"

T.M. Wagner | April 2, 2007 09:13 AM

Your bald spot is showing.

John Scalzi | April 2, 2007 09:20 AM

Inasmuch as my bald spot at this point consists of my entire head, yes.

john | April 3, 2007 08:49 AM

First glance: I thought the caption bar was a LIGHTSABER and I was thinking wow, John's an even bigger geek than me.

Caption contest:

"NOBODY puts Athena in the corner!"

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