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Happy 80th birthday, George Takei! Amazon Giveaway

April 20, 2017

Happy 80th birthday, George Takei! Amazon Giveaway

Happy birthday, George Takei!

George Takei born event at The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip (TMCGTT) at The History Project

While clearly, geeks got to first know him as Sulu on the original Star Trek, George Takei has been involved in so many of our favorite universes! From Batman to Godzilla to Star Wars to Irwin Allen to Jonny Quest, the combination of his charismatic screen presence and resonant baritone has made him a great fit for both live action and voice artistry.

Nowadays, I’m sure he has many fans who think of him first as a supporter of human rights.

A third group may simply see him as an embracer of social networking.

He is, of course, all of these things.

I had just one personal memorable experience with George Takei.

It was decades ago at a convention…I was in the back of the room, and I think we had been shown a clip from Star Trek III: the “Don’t call me tiny” scene.

I asked him (just as a member of the audience) if he’d like to play James Bond.

I was surprised a bit to see heads whirl around and hear laughter, as though that was a completely ridiculous question. It didn’t even occur to me at the time why people might have thought that.

George Takei, with his signature combination of being both suave and childlike, enthusiastically responded, “I would love to play James Bond!”

Nowadays, I think that might have been seen as a much more reasonable idea…I guess we might both just have been ahead of our time. ūüėČ

In honor of George’s birthday, I’m giving away a Kindle version of his book,

Oh Myyy! ‚Äď There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

There will have been hundreds of entries by the time the giveaway closes tomorrow. My requirement for it is to follow @TMCGTT on Twitter, and there are geographical and age restrictions from Amazon:

  • Requirements for participation:
    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
    • Follow @TMCGTT on twitter
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Happy birthday, George Takei!

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

My other current Amazon Giveaways:

One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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¬†Giveaway of a ‚ÄúTim Curry‚ÄĚ Frank-N-Furter collectible¬†CelebriDuck in honor of Tim‚Äôs birthday!

CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

Requirements for participation:
Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia
18+ years of age (or legal age)
Tweet a message: “Happy birthday, @timothycurry! Tim Curry born April 19 1946 https://www.thehistoryproject.com/projects/view/1433/timeline?eventId=31535 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ #giveaway”

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Happy birthday, Tim Curry! I’m doing an Amazon Giveaway in honor of Tim

April 19, 2017

Happy birthday, Tim Curry! I’m doing an Amazon Giveaway in honor of Tim

Tim Curry was born on April 19th, 1946! For more information, see

Tim Curry born event at TMCGTT at The History Project

I’m doing an Amazon Giveaway!

Giveaway of a “Tim Curry” Frank-N-Furter collectible¬†CelebriDuck in honor of Tim’s birthday!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/10d9d8f4121e9918

CelebriDucks Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr Frank-N-Furter RUBBER DUCK Tim Curry (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*

Tim may certainly be best known in that role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (and the earlier stage show), but here are ten¬†other, lesser-known Tim Curry things I’ve enjoyed:

  • Tim’s Charge It (YouTube video¬†) from his Fearless album
  • Tim in Me and My Girl live on stage
  • Tim on Saturday Night Live
  • Tim on Steven Spielberg’s TV series Earth 2 as Gaal (I thought he deserved an Emmy)
  • Tim as Dr. Frankenstein in a computer game (Through the Eyes of the Monster)
  • Tim in the recent Rocky Horror Picture Show live remake on Fox as The Criminologist: honestly, one of the strongest, bravest things I’ve ever seen
  • Tim (and others, including Alan Cumming) reading Dracula as an audiobook
  • Tim describing his singing style as “loud”
  • Tim’s shout-outs to his daughter as “Sunshine” in his music
  • Tim in¬†the quieter role in The Shout

Happy birthday, Tim!

Join thousands of readers and try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard !

All aboard our new The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project! Join the TMCGTT Timeblazers!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

My other current Amazon Giveaways:

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One Murder More (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

by my sibling, Kris Calvin

Ten winners

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e39ec1bca3592757

Start:Apr 8, 2017 12:05 PM PDT
End:Apr 23, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

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Oh Myyy! ‚Äď There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)

by George Takei (in honor of the actor’s 80th birthday on April 20, 2017)

1 winner

Giveaway: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/0a55a7230ccfd4aa

Start:Apr 11, 2017 3:56 PM PDT
End:Apr 21, 2017 11:59 PM PDT

Geek out in July at Barnes & Noble

June 26, 2015

Geek out in July at Barnes & Noble

I’m a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, and am probably best known currently for¬†the¬†I Love My Kindle blog, which covers Kindles, Amazon, and publishing.

It might, therefore, surprise some readers that I would promote an event (actually, a whole month of events) at Barnes & Noble.

Well, maybe not my readers. ūüôā They know I don’t build something up by knocking something down…when people do a good thing, I like to recognize that.

As a proud geek, I wanted to make sure you knew about B&N’s

Get Pop-Cultured month

Now, for those of us who were geeks before Star Wars, it may be somewhat amusing that pop(ular) culture in this celebration is so geek-dominated. I used to jokingly refer to what we enjoyed as unpopular culture. ūüėČ

We geeks still embrace that, of course. If you are one of the very few¬†who are passionate fans of a canceled TV series (for myself, I’d include Miracles and Uncle Croc’s Block in my micro-fandoms), or are surprised when people don’t get it when you make a Talbot Mundy reference, and are still wondering when there will be a Herbie Popnecker movie, you are welcome at a con(vention).

Well, I’m not going to pretend that the Barnes & Nobles stores are¬†going to have an Azalea Pictures film festival, but much of what they will have is solidly geek-friendly (even if they reflect the mainstreaming which has been growing since Star Wars in 1977).

Here are some of the highlights (and yes, cosplay will be expected as part of it):

  • July 3-5: Time Travel Weekend July 3 at 7:00 PM is Doctor Who (Space)-Time. July 4th at 10:00 AM is Magic Tree House’s Dinosaurs Before Dark. July 5th at 2:0 PM is a celebration of Outlander
  • July 8-12: DC Comics Days (including a free Young Gotham poster, while supplies last)
  • July 9-12: Comic Convention Collectibles
  • July 17: 7:00 PM is Minions Fun
  • July 18: Star Wars Saturday (with a chance to win a Star Wars standee)
  • July 19: Manga Mania
  • July 24: 7:00 PM, Fangirl Friday
  • July 28: 7:00 PM, and July 31, 7:00 PM: Dr. Seuss Spectacular

Those are the national ones, and it’s certainly possible that your local store will have local events. If you could make a good presentation that ties into one of these things, it’s worth contacting your store to see if they are interested in having you.

Oh, and not specifically geek-focused, but likely to have a lot of related topics will be Throwback Thursdays:

  • July 2: 1950s
  • July 9: 1960s
  • July 16: 1970s (see my post on The Geeky Seventies)
  • July 23: 1980s
  • July 30: 1990s

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

Free for all Friday: Orphan Black S1 from Amazon

April 17, 2015

Free for all Friday: Orphan Black S1 from Amazon

This Friday, April 17th, Amazon is making the first season/series (what people in the USA call a “season”, people in the UK call as “series”) of Orphan Black free to stream.

press release

Just to be clear, you aren’t going to own it, and you aren’t going to download it to watch later.

You can binge watch the whole thing, but just on Friday. You can get to it here:

Orphan Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Why are they doing this?

The third season/series debuts in the USA on Saturday…that, and it’s good. ūüėČ Of course, after you see the first one, you may want to rent or buy season two…or even better, as far as Amazon is concerned, you might want to become an Amazon Prime member,

so you can watch the first two seasons/series for no additional cost. I think a lot of people won’t get through ten episode in a day…and they may want to watch them again.

I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say much about it.

Two things I will say:

  1. Tatiana Maslany deserved an Emmy nomination
  2. It’s NSFW (Not Safe For Work). I’d heard it was good and was watching it with someone…and there was a sex scene that was, well, not what we were expecting. I did go back and watch the first season/series, but the other person didn’t

Do check the price before you start streaming: I would guess tis only applies in the USA.

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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