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Does The Geek’s Guide to Dating Work on a Real Date?

, || Finding someone to date shouldn't be like trying to party up in an MMORPG: running around, repeatedly spamming chat channels for a group, and anxiously seeking a random encounter. (Random casual encounters are for Craigslist. This isn't that kind of book.) No, seeking out Player Two is more like an old-school RPG: a gradual progression that, with the right walkthrough, becomes much, much easier.

Ghost Rider Will Appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at SDCC didn’t have any new footage to share, but they did have a big reveal for the audience: The upcoming season will feature Ghost Rider!

The motorcycle-riding spirit of vengeance has been hinted at in casting notices and, ah, the sides of trains, and now Marvel’s television arm has officially confirmed the presence of everyone’s favorite flaming skull. Considering how crazy the show got over the course of its third season, Ghost Rider should be a comfortable addition to the continuing calamities of Coulson and company. (Wordplay!)

Did Bryan Fuller Just Ask Steven Moffat To Write a Star Trek Episode?

Nerdist hosted a lively panel called “Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers” with Bryan Fuller, late of Hannibal, and currently of hotly-anticipated Star Trek, and American Gods, his American Gods co-showrunner Michael Green, and Doctor Who and Sherlock‘s Steven Moffat. Moderator Alicia Lutes lead what sounds like a merry panel, and over the course of the conversation, Fuller dropped hints that Hannibal may be back sooner than we thought, and… asked Steven Moffat to write for Star Trek?!?

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Captain America Didn’t “Accidentally” Meet Sam in Winter Soldier

It’s easy to ‘ship the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Cap and Falcon. They’ve shared too much screentime, and too many shy lopsided grins, to dissuade fans who’d rather consider them a couple. Over on Tumblr sashayed has just blown that ‘ship wide open. What started out as an idle curiousness over Cap’s running route in the beginning of Winter Soldier suddenly reveals: Steve Rogers had to purposefully be following Sam in order to meet him as many times as he does!

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Figuring Out What the “Speed of Plot” is in Game of Thrones

To hear the internet tell it, the recent sixth season of Game of Thrones was more exciting than the show has been since the Red Wedding. One of the methods the show used to obtain that momentum was by cutting out the length of each character’s journey through, around, and outside of Westeros. If Character A needed to travel hundreds of miles to go see Character B, for instance, then they’d be there in their next scene. In essence, Game of Thrones’ sixth season eschewed the geography of A Song of Ice and Fire in favor of having the characters travel at the speed of plot.

The Verge recently combined the character’s journeys in season 6 into a handy map, then rated the believability of each plotline on a scale of 1 to 10. They judge Brienne’s plotline as the most “actually possible” with everyone else falling into the realm of, well, fantasy. They don’t, however, calculate the actual time of each character’s season 6 journey, which would be interesting to know. How much time is compressed into season 6?

Independence Day: Resurgence is Just Happy to Be Back, You Guys

One of the very first classes I took in high school was a required English comp course, one that every student, including myself, was dreading. To break the ice on that nervous, greasy-eyed day in late 1996, the teacher asked each of us what movie we had most enjoyed seeing over the summer. Most of us answered: Independence Day. Sure, it was loud and simplistic, but we had never before seen entire cities being wiped out, never been able to conceptualize massive and realistic alien craft, never had to consider being confronted with such an inescapable threat until that movie came out.

I answered Independence Day, as well, of course. Not so much because of the spectacle, but because I loved imagining where the story could go after the ending. What would humanity do with all that new technology? Would we be able to live in harmony with the surviving aliens? Would the planetary alliance last beyond the great battle? Independence Day was fun, but I really wanted to know what came next after such a civilization-altering event.

I would have to wait twenty years.

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Can Daenerys Fly to Westeros on Her Dragons?

It’s a question that has stood since the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996: Could Daenerys fly to Westeros on her dragons? In the book and TV series, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are all grown up now. Dany has used Drogon as her steed at least once in the books (and several times in the show). So what’s to stop her from just flying over to Westeros and burninating the countryside?

Honestly? Nothing. But also…kind of everything.

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Other Ghostbusters Songs Just as Weird as the New Ghostbusters Song

Oh hey look the band Fall Out Boy did a cover of the classic Ghostbusters theme song and. nobodylikes. it. And that’s fine! That’s basically the reaction you’re supposed to have when anyone other than Ray Parker, Jr. does that song. Because, listen, that song is WEIRD. It’s a meme come to life. It’s a singularity. It’s a portal to another dimension full of even stranger versions of itself.

Be ready to believe me.

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Only Seven Miles to Neptune: How to Run the Solar System

Running is so boring.

That’s why you bring a phone full of music, Zombies Run episodes, and audio books. (At least you do if you’re me.) Because while running makes you feel great, reaching your mileage goal for the day, especially on a route you’ve done hundreds of times before, can leave you with a lot of contemplative airtime.

Midpoint goals can help alleviate this a lot. The other day I stumbled across this video in which a group built a 7 mile-wide scale model of the solar system. 7 miles is a pretty common distance for a lot of runners, whether they’re striving past the 10K barrier or training for a marathon.

It can take an hour or more to run 7 miles, though, so what if we alleviate that boredom a bit by running the solar system? Here’s how!

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