A big thank you!

THANK YOU to everyone who donated money to help Geekbox co-host Ryan Higgins following his apartment fire last weekend. Your generous contributions have raised over $1,600, which should go a long way toward getting Ryan and his girlfriend back on their feet as far as basic living necessities go.

Just so you all know, they’re moving into a new apartment this weekend; it looks like most of their stuff (except, oddly enough, for the stuff in Ryan’s comic room) is gone, but they’re trying to salvage what they can. As for the rest, they’ll be OK, and it’s all thanks to you guys. It’s pretty amazing to me that — even in the face of these harsh economic times — so many people are willing to help others in need. So thank you again, from me and Ryan and all of us who put together this wacky podcast.

Speaking of which, Ryan tells me he should probably be good to podcast again after the weekend, so — barring any unforeseen trouble — we’ll record another show early next week. Stay tuned!

Watchmen: What’s different?

I just saw an early screening of Watchmen. To sum up: This is one of the best movies ever made. And I say that as a huge fan of the graphic novel.

SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING!

While it’s still fresh in my mind, I’ve flipped through my copy of the book and made what I hope is a fairly comprehensive list of differences — stuff that either got cut or abbreviated for the film. I figure it’d be interesting for Watchmen fans who are wondering what did and didn’t make it in. I will say, though, that nothing felt missing or unceremoniously/arbitrarily changed. The abbreviations were made in the name of pacing, and what works in a comic book doesn’t always work on a movie screen. I’m thankful to the filmmakers for actually realizing this — and once you see the movie, I hope you will be, too.

ONCE AGAIN, SPOILER WARNING! DON’T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE!

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Geekbox listeners: We need you!

In a tragic turn of events, The Geekbox co-host Ryan Higgins’ apartment burned down today. While that means the podcast is definitely on-hold for the next couple weeks, the more crucial concern is that Ryan and his girlfriend lost what’s being estimated right now as the vast majority of their stuff (the good news is that everyone’s OK!).

So, I just want to say that any donations you’d care to make to the site will go directly to getting Ryan back on his feet as far as living arrangements and such go. I know the inevitable talkback chatter will probably turn to talk of pursuing legal action against his landlord and all that type of jazz; that will all get figured out once the fire department makes some sort of determination about who’s at fault, which we’ll find out within the next couple of weeks. So try not to fly too off the handle about that stuff.

Until then, please wish Ryan a speedy recovery from this! PLEASE Digg the living hell out of this item so it can get as many eyeballs on it as possible. If anything I post on this site needs it, it’s this.

The Geekbox: Episode 6

So, yeah, I’m not actually trying to make the lateness a recurring theme, but this week I had less free time than I expected due to my sudden reemployment (yay!). Please enjoy this podcast, which (mostly) brings our Batman spy tip contest to an end, and introduces a fun new Watchmen giveaway, just in time for the upcoming movie. Please don’t forget to comment/Digg/pimp the podcast on your favorite social network of choice!

The Geekbox — Episode 6 (2009-02-26)
Wherein we discuss layovers in Las Vegas, pro blackjack, Street Fighter IV (and the horrors of unlockable content), stupid-looking upcoming movies, the horrifying rebirth of Leisure Suit Larry, the latest happenings on Burn Notice and Lost (spoiler warning!), Facebook dating advice, Batman spy tips, a new Watchmen giveaway contest, and the joys of being gainfully employed. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 26m 6s
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The Geekbox: Episode 5

Doh — sorry for the lateness. AGAIN! I had to give this one a couple listens to make sure everything was good — so hopefully it is! Please Digg (and share it on your favorite social network of choice using the buttons below), and keep those Batman spy tips comin’ — we’re keeping the contest going for another week!

The Geekbox — Episode 5 (2009-02-17)
Wherein we discuss the origin of Ryan Kapowi, the crazy storylines in Fables, our latest crazy Lost theories (spoiler warning!), the absence of EarthBound for the Wii Virtual Console, the epic failure that is Bubble Bobble Wii, a couple of cool new DS games, roller rinks, old Genesis games, grinding (not the kind you may think), the current state of Star Wars Galaxies, the Watchmen browser game, and a few of our favorite listener-submitted Batman spy tips. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, Ryan Higgins, and special guest Ryan Kapowi.
Running Time: 1h 7m 51s
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The Geekbox: Episode 4

Man, do I ever fail at getting this one out by the promised date! Sorry for the lateness — it’s been a busy day. Enjoy the new podcast, don’t miss the giveaway contest at the end, and please don’t forget to Digg!

The Geekbox — Episode 4 (2009-02-11)
Wherein we discuss the newest episodes of Lost/Burn Notice (spoiler warning!), virtual reality, the latest SNL web clip, the truth about the Roswell incident, the canonicity of Ghostbusters 2, the awesome Lego Star Wars/Batman games, Nintendo’s upcoming Fire Emblem DS port, the ups and downs of being industry outsiders, New York Comic Con, and the DC Animated Universe. Plus: The winner(s) of last episode’s giveaway contest, and a new contest! Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 14m 4s
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The Geekbox: Episode 3

Enjoy! Don’t forget to Digg — and I’ve added a bunch of other social bookmarking junk in the post footer too, so go represent on your favorite social networking site!

The Geekbox — Episode 3 (2009-02-03)
Wherein we discuss the latest happenings on Burn Notice/Battlestar Galactica/Lost (spoiler warnings!), the new G.I. Joe and Transformers 2 teaser trailers, the upcoming R-Type redux for Xbox Live, what Batman villain Ryan Scott is mostly likely to become (along with a bit of Arkham Asylum buzz), what goes into throwing a rockin’ World of Warcraft in-game party, why Watchmen is so freakin’ awesome, and another Fitch Hitch non-update. Also: Don’t miss the giveaway contest at the end! Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 21m 29s
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