Geek Zen, Old School: Feeding your inner geek

Isaac Asimov's Foundation

(Source: Bantam Books)

Busy streets and busy lives…

There’s barely enough time in the day to get things done. I’ve got TV shows to watch, series to catch up on, Facebook and Twitter to check and update. I stopped the other day to evaluate what is it that I’m feeding on – figuratively.

I’ve been trying to improve my diet regarding food, so I also realize that there’s a lot of things that I watch online and on TV that is not a lot of nourishment. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, but they started for me as reading material. As much as I enjoy visual stimuli, imagination comes stronger through reading. Instead of picking something via my Nexus 7’s Kindle app, I decided I wanted to go old school and started reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series again. I am not sure I ever finished it, so I restarted from the start.

Do I really have to recommend this series? Well… If you’ve never read it, you really should. I never quite enjoyed Frank Herbert’s Dune, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings or H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds… I enjoyed the genre they inspired. Is it blasphemy on my part? Probably. It’s really, really heavy reading. The Foundation is not necessarily light reading. But it’s amusing. If I might take the analogy of feeding to extremes, it goes down easy and it’s delicious to consume. Asimov writes characters with charisma and personality as their main trait – not their station or their power. Less godlike, more human.

I have a bit of a problem with TV series like Breaking Bad or Dexter, because they seem to be high on salt. Ok, perhaps that’s a stretch – what I mean is that they seem to carry too much of dark matter with them. Plus neither qualifies as sci-fi although both feature geek-type lead characters. I did get hooked on Dexter but I stopped around the fourth season.

I was a lot more enthralled by the BBC’s Sherlock:

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And so, I returned an old guilty pleasure of mine also from the BBC. It’s old school on a new classroom. I have started on Dr. Who – the series that started up again on 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor.

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Of course, more will come… David Tennant takes the mantle as the Tenth Doctor and- ok, that should wet your appetite for more.

Coming next, perhaps I’ll add a game. I’ve been eyeing Bioshock Unlimited. Yes, I know, old news in today’s fast moving world. But sometimes it pays to move slower than everyone else. Steampunk and cities in the sky…

That will do for now.

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