Comic Artists, Star Trek Characters, and Wands – Geekout 18

As I start the 18th of these posts, I’m looking at the page from this calendar, and I don’t think it read my saying that I don’t know people’s names. My next failing day is here! Today I’m supposed to name Two Comic Book Artists, Four Characters from the Star Trek Universe, and Six Films or Television Shows in which Characters Use Wands.

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As you may have guessed from my not knowing people’s names, I’ll be failing that first prompt. Let’s get to it.

Two Comic Book Artists

Probably my area of least expertise for this stuff is comic books, so it’s no surprise that I barely know the names of the authors of comics. I can’t name one comic book artist, and I’ve been trying to think of one since this morning. Sorry, artists. I appreciate your work, but I’m failing you here.

Four Characters from the Star Trek Universe

To start this one, I was thinking about restricting myself here. At first I was thinking of naming only characters whose names start with “Q”. Other options are just Ferengi, Vulcans, or Klingons. The latter options are still easy, so I think I’ll name doctors, since that sounds fun.

Beverly Crusher

My personal favorite of the Next Generation medical officers. Am I remembering correctly that she only missed one season, not being aboard the Enterprise? It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of her son, Wesley.

Doctor Phlox

One of the stranger medical officers on the show, Doctor Phlox had all kinds of interesting creatures to help with things. The only alien I’m including in this list, his medical knowledge was quite varied, learning things from various cultures. It always made him a little fun.

“The Doctor” – Emergency Medical Hologram

It’s interesting how this medical hologram was able to grow so much during the show. His being active too long let them learn just how advanced his program really was. He learned and became so much more than just a hologram. His growth reminds me of Data’s in some ways. One might overlook the needs of a hologram, but what is sentience and intelligence anyway?

Julian Bashir

Spoiler alert! I warned you! As it turns out, in a way, the only normal human on my list was Doctor Crusher. Julian is an Augment, which is the Star Trek term for the genetically enhanced humans. This is why Julian is as smart as he is, and it’s a secret he needs to keep (this is frowned upon). If you’ve forgotten what an Augment is, think Khan.

Six Films or Television Shows in which Characters Use Wands

Six is a large number of distinct movies and films to name! We’ll see if I succeed here! I’m thinking “wand” means I cannot include magical staves or scepters. I won’t do this, but I just realized I could name all 8 Harry Potter movies and be done. I’ll not do that though, since that’s boring.

Harry Potter Series

A bit obvious, the witches and wizards in this series wield wands to focus their magical powers.

Cinderella

The Fairy Godmother in the Cinderella cartoon uses a wand to cast her spells that set Cinderella up for a fun night at the ball.

Fantasia

I believe that Mickey uses a want to start some of the “fun” in this one. Am I wrong about that?

The Wizard of Oz

I seem to recall at leas the good witch using a wand in this. The fireball from the wicked witch was thrown by hand, right? Wow it’s been a while since I’ve seen this. I should watch it again, since I’m having trouble remembering.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I think the White Witch uses a wand to cast her spells. Might be a scepter, but I think it’s a wand. Now I’ll need to grab the book later and check. Yes, it will be the book I check rather than the film.

Fairly Odd Parents

Wand wielders in this! Spent about a half hour coming up with a TV show, since the prompt allowed for them.

Wrap Up

I spent way too much time coming up with Wand stuff. I went through all kinds of options. I was thinking of shows that had a D&D style episode like Monsters and Mazes from Dexter’s Lab, Bender’s Game from Futurama, and the D&D game in Reboot. Couldn’t remember if any of them actually had a wand though.

I don’t feel too bad about missing one of the three prompts today, since I felt good about the next two.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be back with General Geekiness, Gaming, and Comics.

Narnia, Constellations, and Magic the Gathering – Geekout 12

And the catch up game continues. I’m hoping it only takes a day or two, but these posts take me a lot longer than I expected them to! Time to just jump right in to this! Today I’ll be writing about Two Chronicles of Narnia Titles, Four Constellations, and Four Magic the Gathering Creatures.

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Not as open-ended as I like my questions, but I know the topics well this time!

Two Chronicles of Narnia Titles

Since I mentioned The Voyage of the Dawntreader in a previous post, I’ll be skipping it here. While I’m not a fan of all of the books in the series, I do like the ones I’ll be naming as well as the chronologically first book in the series, The Magician’s Nephew.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

How could I not have chosen this classic story?! It’s a fun tale of adventure for children and about children! And it almost feels like the whole story could be in the imagination of a child, which is one aspect of the book that I’ve always enjoyed.

Prince Caspian

Continuing the story with the same characters still, Prince Caspian adds a new element to the series. Much changes in Narnia between these two books.

Four Constellations

There aren’t many constellations that I go around naming, but I do have four that I easily identify in the sky. I’m going to skip the Zodiac constellations, since I’m not a big fan of the constellations themselves or the idea that “being born under one” has any meaning at all.

Orion

One of the easiest constellations to find, due to that “belt” of three stars. The rest is easy to find once you orient yourself from there. I’ve always thought this was one of the better constellations, since I can visualize what it’s “depicting” better than most constellations.

Cassiopeia

I like pointing this constellation out to my wife when we’re outside at night. I usually call it cas-three-opeia, because it looks like a rotated, malformed three. Human pattern-matching also makes finding the big three in the sky easy. And for the record, I don’t see Cassiopeia herself in the set of stars.

Ursa Major

Not quite as easy as Orion and Cassiopeia to find, but still quite easy, you just find the Big Dipper first. The dipper is the tail of the “bear”. To be honest, I never thought this looked much like a bear. It’s more rodent-like if you ask me.

Ursa Minor

Also supposed to be a bear, we know it better as “The Little Dipper”. It looks more like a measuring cup than a bear to me anyway. How someone got “bear” from this, I’ll never know!

Four Magic the Gathering Creatures

When I first read this, I was thinking this said “Characters”, which got me all excited. I was thrilled that the calendar had a page getting so specific to the lore of Magic the Gathering as to ask for the characters rather than the cards. I even brought up the topic to my wife, because I think it’s nifty. I knew she didn’t have any idea of the characters in it. I was planning to talk about Urza and Mishra as well as my favorite character, Squee. Instead, I’ll read the prompt correctly, naming creatures from the world…

Squees ToyUrzas Armor

Orcish Librarian

I love this card so much. I have a ridiculous deck where I run this card. This card can obliterate your own deck if you’re not careful, which makes the artwork on it so great! When I realized my character/creature mistake, I immediately suggested I could use this card now. We both laughed, thinking about the picture and commenting on the “Library Paste”!

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Maro

I recall having a deck that revolved around having Maro. What I don’t remember is how I managed my hand size, keeping Maro strong.

Maro

Slivers

There are many different slivers. They’re creatures that provide a benefit to all slivers, so having many of them builds power quickly.

 Metallic Sliver

This was the only sliver I could find quickly. Sadly, it doesn’t include a benefit for other slivers. It’s an interesting one, since it’s also an artifact.

Plague Rats

One of my favorite creatures! These guys are crazy. I recall playing a deck with some of these in high school. Interestingly, someone else did the same thing. We played big group games, so the two of us teamed up that game. Stronger Plague Rats that way!

Plague Rats

Additional Creations

I couldn’t resist adding some extras!

Bonus: Orcish Farmer

This stick in the mud makes mud! Or Swamp in this case…

Orcish Farmer

Bonus: Prodigal Sorcerer

There are some who call him… Tim. I call him “Tim”, as many others do. He’s named after Tim the Enchanter. It’s a fun name given to him, because he can ping people and creatures for a point of damage.

Prodigal Sorcerer

Bonus: Llanowar Elves

These mana-producing elves along with their Fyndhorn, Quirion, and Urborg brethren are able to provide you with an extra boost to your mana economy. You find these in many decks, but the Quirion and Urborg are mostly found in multi-color decks as they can produce more than just green mana.

Llanowar Elves

Wrap Up

Yes, I did got dig up my cards and find those cards to take the pictures. Had I not sorted these cards a couple of weeks ago, I’d not have been able to find them.

Also, I noticed right before clicking that “Publish” button for this post that “Ursa” and “Urza” are both mentioned in this post. Totally not confusing at all!