Articles written by Dina Ely

Pioneer One: Not Lost in Space

Here’s a bold statement: episode three of Pioneer One may go down in history as one of the most program-revolutionizing episodes in a series, ever. In this episode we saw a complete gear shift – characters were fleshed out and brought to life in a hitherto unexplored fashion, giving far more depth to the show […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 20

-1 to keyloggers, +1 to pioneering TV, -1 to collegiate education, +1 to privacy and, of course, a big old +1 to robots, too. Not sure what the preceding means? Read on and learn all about it in this, our milestone twentieth edition of Wins and Fails This Week in Geek. WIN: +1 Google receives […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 19

More of Australia in Internet security news, while donations to Japan fail, stealth robots take evasive action, Duke Nukem takes evasive action too, and geek TV gets some good news. It’s been a busy week, so onward we go. WIN: Stealth Robots Lockheed Martin have developed a robot that’s programmed to hide while mapping its […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 18

You’d be lucky to own the Sun, but you might want to steer clear of emoticons on XXX. If the preceding made no sense, it’s because you haven’t been keeping up with this week’s wins and fails in all things geek! Read on for the scoop… WIN: Selling the Sun Since Oracle announced it’d be […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 17

I’m up in arms over ham radio legislation and BioWare’s back-ends, while Australia’s up in arms over cyberwarfare and nobody in particular seems upset about the massive onslaught of Star Trek in Discovery’s final voyage. But whatever side you take on the major stories, there’s no denying it’s been a particularly interesting week in geek. […]

Looking Forward to Our Geek Future

As we cross over into the second week of the month, I’ve been reflecting on March’s news thus far. Several pieces that point to interesting developments in our collective geek future have caught my eye. Here I’ve whittled them down to digestible bites to give you a quick glance at what we can anticipate, looking […]

Digital Download: An Anathema

If you’ve ever been to your local game shop chances are you’ve noticed the selection for PC games is, well, pretty much piss poor. And this is somewhat understandable. Consoles have been the focal point of many gaming companies for aeons now. The PC, despite the fact that it can offer a very rich gaming […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 16

Hot geek threesomes (who’da thunk it?), French kiss (leave Meg Ryan out of this), Microsoft oopsies (not that a Microsoft mistake is newsworthy), Verizon being daft (when are they not?) and Amazon on the warpath (Amazon vs. Netflix will be more interesting than the entire catalog of either company’s on demand video). It’s a steamy […]

Army of Me

I already divulged my love for RPGs some months ago, and was pleased with the majority of your suggestions when I put out the call for decent RPGs my new big bastard, monster gaming machine could tackle. Well, the machine is a few months less new now, but it’s still a monster. I’ve tried your […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 15

What do you get when the DHS, trivia ‘bots, Facebook stress and comets collide? You get the wins and fails this week in geek! Read on to discover the best and worst this week had to offer. FAIL: Doing Your Homework …which is precisely what the Department of Homeland Security failed to do when it […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 14

Flying marijuana, fighting Facebook and denied Dungeon Masters, oh my! As usual it’s been another random week of ups and downs in geekhood, and we’re back with the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Jumping straight into the deep end… WIN: Medieval Machinery In the “creative usage of archaic weaponry” category […]

Social Media in Church and State

Social networking needs no shots in the arm, yet it received two this week anyway, courtesy of major endorsements from the White House and the Pope. The White House will be utilizing the social aspects of Twitter and YouTube in particular to complement the President’s State of the Union Address. Senior administrative officials in the […]

Pioneer! O Pioneer!

Last week I mentioned Pioneer One in MK 13 of Wins and Fails This Week in Geek. I decided this week to discuss it a bit further. Let me preface this by stating in the interest of full disclosure that I have not been sober for a single episode of Pioneer One. Before you invite […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 13

Who says #13 is unlucky? This week has given us a plethora of wins and fails to gleefully dissect, from mass firings at MySpace to social networking space robots to sex on Mars. Hey, at least somebody’s getting lucky with that last one. Let’s dig in. FAIL: Job Security Again. This seems to be a […]

Moral Dilemma: The One-Way Ticket to Mars

Would it bother you to know that a colony’s worth of bold adventurers set off from Earth to Mars with zero hope of returning? Could you rally behind a suicide mission, even with so grand a purpose? Those are the questions, among many others, being asked about a privately-organized mission to colonize Mars which, if […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 12

Welcome to 2011! Does it feel different than twenty-ten? Regardless, some things never change: the first week of the new year’s brought plenty of wins and plenty of fails, and we’re here to recap the best of the best and the worst of the worst for you. Whether it’s urine-activated video games, elaborate medical hoaxes, […]

The Tears of a ‘Bot

Last week a giant in the world of special effects slipped quietly away with little to-do in the public eye. Grant McCune, the man responsible for R2-D2, died of pancreatic cancer in his California home. He was 67. Usually my posts here are rife with snark and flippancy, but I was compelled to take a […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 11

Here we are: on the cusp of 2011, waving tearfully at 2010 and wishing it bon voyage, or telling it not to let the door hit it in the arse…depending on the kind of year you’ve had. And here we are wrapping up another week in geek, just in time to gather with friends and […]

Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 10

Welcome to this, our tenth installment of Wins and Fails This Week in Geek, just in time for the holidays. So happy “ho ho ho” and bowls full of jelly and all that stuff to you & yours in the coming days! It’s been yet another eventful week filled with the wrath of geeks (and […]

How Do You Geek?

These days it seems people never shut up about “geek chic” (thank you, hipsters) and just what it is about geeks that makes us what we are, versus those who merely emulate our “style”. I myself am guilty of discussing this a couple weeks ago right here, but as an offshoot, while writing that post, […]