Dec 4 2008 12:59pm

A Super-Geeky Christmas List

Not like you need any suggestions, right? You’ve been compiling your Christmas list (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, atheist-hedonist-capitalist-“holiday” list, whatever) for months. Probably since you saw Iron Man in the theater last May and decided that you were going to have to watch it over and over and over again. But if you’re undeservingly lucky like me, your sweetie has one of those abundantly generous Polish-Catholic families who expect Christmas to be a blowout American gorge-fest of food, drink, unnecessary napping, living room wrestling…and a pile of presents that actually crosses the threshold of one room and goes into another. Having grown up without this sort of decadence (with no idea how incomplete your life was) you may send this loving family a short Christmas wish list upon request, and they may retort that it is not long enough. Or perhaps you just happened upon this blog, because you’re not a geek, but you’ve started dating this amazingly hot fangirl and you just don’t know what to get her.

Evil corporations of the future paraphernalia – has shirts and mini-buttons for Weyland-Yutani, Cyberdyne Systems and Tyrell Corporation. The buttons are possibly the best stocking stuffers ever. (Links above are just a few examples. Browse the site—they have tons of cool stuff.)

The Nightmare Before Christmas snow globe – I have a one-bedroom apartment and three big boxes of Christmas decorations. This is my favorite. It plays “What’s This?” It might make you want to go out and buy Danny Elfman’s awesome soundtrack.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Panel to Panel – I assume you got Wolves at the Gate at your local, independently owned comic book store the second they stocked it. Panel to Panel is a wonderful coffee table book. It is second only to the tin-cover Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, which has the place of honor in my living room—also a good bet for the fashionista superhero lover in your life.

Science fiction chocolate – If you’ve got stocking stuffers on the brain, and you happen to be in the New York City area, the Angelika Theatre café sells bars of chocolate with old-school B movie wrappers. Last time I was there, they had Invasion of the Saucer Men. When you stop by, you can check out Slumdog Millionaire and Let the Right One In.

Space opera cookie cutters – I recommend a rocket ship, stars  and a moon. And spacey sprinkles. ’Cause I’m one of those feminists who likes to bake. Plus you can spread the geek gospel more easily with holiday food.

All the Windwracked Stars – If you have a phobia of formulaic plots in science fiction, this is the book for you. Elizabeth Bear’s novel features a steam-powered war-horse, a techno-mage, a couple of fallen angels, a cat-cop, guilt, redemption, reincarnation, murder, sex and, oh, yeah, the apocalypse. This was the most poetic thing I read all year. And next year you can put the sequel on your list. (Check out Arachne Jericho’s insightful, if less effusive, review of this book.)

Battlestar Galactica 4.0 – Too obvious? If it wasn’t already on your list, and you really feel like you have to justify it, tell yourself you need to review the last season before 4.5 starts up. Hey, you have to do something with those vacation days.

Universal remote control – Because television constantly blaring in airports, bars and everywhere else can get annoying. Plus it would be fun to watch people’s reactions. Just don’t get into any fights.

Wall*E – If you didn’t see this in the theater, you were just way too wrapped up in the wrong things. Put the three-disk special edition DVD on your list. Break it out at Aunt Mildred’s for Boxing Day and make children and adults watch with you. Consider it your good deed for the holiday season. It’s right up there with The Iron Giant. And, yes, Wall-E most definitely deserves a nomination for the Best Picture Oscar. Broke down and bought it already? Need another movie filled with gorgeous outer space scenes? If you didn’t get Sunshine last year, I highly recommend it. This was an underrated film. I say so not just because I worship at Danny Boyle’s feet.

Those are my tops. Got stuff to add? That’s what the comments field is for!

Irene Gallo
1. Irene
I have made a tradition of watching/listening to NIGHTMARE while I wrap presents. I look forward to it every year.
Dayle McClintock
3. trinityvixen
It's funny that, despite the fact that it is very much a Christmas movie, I almost always watch Nightmare around Halloween instead. I should fix that. Oh, I love that movie.
4. JLMeyer
Theres a new one out for it,
Nightmare Revisited- CD (neat cover)
5. JLMeyer
Red Vs Blue has a new dvd out
Order of the stick has a book called War and XP
Dark Horse released Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein (Hardcover)
Jason Henninger
6. jasonhenninger
There's lots of great stuff at

I also found some cool Doctor Who stuff here:

As for geeky christmas traditions, I always watch the Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special and the Pinky and the Brain Christmas special. Great stuff.
Jennifer L. Meyer
7. JLMeyer
electronic bubble wrap!!!!!!!! has alot of interesting things.
Erika Nelson
8. Odessa_3
OK, the bubble wrap might win the geeky Christmas gadget award over the TV-be-gone. After all, it builds community (judging by the video), rather than alienating people ... as I can imagine could occur if you deprive strangers of their teevee.
Kate Nepveu
9. katenepveu
one of those abundantly generous Polish-Catholic families who expect a pile of presents that actually crosses the threshold of one room and goes into another

Man, I didn't realize that was a Polish-Catholic thing, I thought it was just his family.

Do they do the oplatek too?
Erika Nelson
10. Odessa_3
Yep. Oplatek abounds. (And thanks for just teaching me how to spell that. That's up-WAH-tek, kids.) This was another ritual I had to learn. Everyone gets a big piece of this wafer, and you go around the room exchanging pieces with everyone else. And kissing and crying and telling everyone how awesome they are. Good times.
Kate Nepveu
11. katenepveu
And, in our version, you do it in descending order by age, resulting in much "wait, who's after so-and-so?" and creation of mnemonics and happy chaos. Good times, indeed.

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