New host for ‘Cosmos’, the state of orca shows in Calif., more hope for HIV cure and more you should know from this week


There’s been a lot of activity in nerd news this week, so much so that we didn’t have the time to talk about it here on Nerd Reactor. Here are five things you should know. Samsung’s Milk music streaming service is free, has no ads Entering the music-streaming ring is … Continue reading

ICYMI: What you should know this week, March 7 2014


The top news from Nerd Reactor this week, in case you missed it. Clever HUVr hoverboard prank is a month early Similar to Jimmy Kimmel’s twerking girl who caught on fire, creating viral videos disguised as pranks are becoming more common these days. This one spread like wildfire as it … Continue reading

Five reasons to read The Dark Tower series


Hile, Gunslinger. If you recognize these words, we are very well met along the path of the beam, you and I. We are members of a fandom that can’t be identified by outward signifiers like Starfleet uniforms or tweed. We know what a billy-bumbler looks like and that popkin is … Continue reading

Stranger in a strange land: My time at Colorado’s Animeland Wasabi

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Fifteen degrees and a dusting of snow heralds in the first full day of Animeland Wasabi. After seeing the cosplay at registration yesterday, I wonder how some of the attendees will manage this weather. I’m clothed top to tails and I’m shaking like a dog passing carpet tacks. Nervously I … Continue reading

Michael B. Jordan says haters are going to see the Fantastic Four reboot anyway


The slightest change in a comic book adaptation will ruffle some feathers, so just imagine if it’s a change in aesthetics like changing a character’s skin color. With black actor Michael B. Jordan confirmed to play white character Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, many fans have been expressing their … Continue reading

Don Draper meets Rod Serling in ‘Walking Distance’

Serling Mad Men

When I watched the pilot episode of the AMC show Mad Men, I was dazzled by the design and intrigued by the characters that illustrated the glamorous (and repressed) world of the 1960s. It wasn’t until I watched as copywriter Paul Kinsey paraphrases the opening monologue from The Twilight Zone, … Continue reading

Ottawa Geek Market supports mental health initiatives


This past weekend saw the return of the Ottawa Geek Market, a local event that harnesses geek power in support of a different charity at each event. Visitors braved the snowfall to attend the two-day shopping experience featured more than 40 exhibitors selling items including comic books, art, clothing, jewelry, … Continue reading

Oscars 2014: Complete list of the winners!

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Last night was Hollywood’s biggest event, the Academy Awards aka the Oscars. All of Hollywood came out to celebrate the biggest movies of 2013 and remember those who passed on this year. Highlights included the Memoriam, the musical numbers,  host Ellen’s funniest moments, and of course, the winners. Of course, … Continue reading

ICYMI: What you should know this week, February 28 2014

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A roundup of news from Nerd Reactor you should know this week, in case you missed it. Marvel looking at four directors to direct Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme fans rejoice, as rumors of Doctor Strange getting a Hollywood debut comes to fruition. It’s been reported that 4 different directors are … Continue reading

Mattel’s new toy, Liam Neeson’s horse debate, 719 new planets and more you should know this week

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Here’s a roundup of nerdy news from this week. Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy With speculations of the firm’s demise just days before its official announcement, the bankruptcy took down with it 750,000 bitcoins from users and 100,000 of its own, translating to about $425 million in recent … Continue reading

Run like an Avenger in their half marathon!


Avengers Assemble! Want to participate in a superhero half marathon? Well, now you can! Disney’s Avengers will have it’s first ever Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Anaheim’s Disneyland® Resort on November 15-16. This event weekend will be filled with mighty runs, surprises, a cool goody bag, a night … Continue reading

Kickstarter: The Secret Identity Show needs your help!


What would happen if you had Superman, Batman and Spider-Man living in the same place in the City of Sin? With this show, you could find out… except they aren’t actually the superheroes. What if they were street performers who wanted to become their personas? The Secret Identity Show is … Continue reading

Shitty asteroid telescopes, Upton up in space, Project Tango in motion and more you should know this week

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Google sets into motion Project Tango, which is an effort to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.” Basically that means your smartphone’s camera can become a 3D scanner easily, and gamers everywhere are excited for the possibility of augmented reality gaming. Read more about Tango on … Continue reading

Science & Engineering-based toys to inspire your little girl


I was looking into getting some toys for my niece for her birthday. I thought about getting the standard Disney princesses, Barbies, or a makeup stand, but then I thought, how will this help her in the future? Who wants a doll that they are going to play with for … Continue reading

‘Prisoners of Gravity’ created thoughtful debate in scifi

Art by Ty Templeton

It’s difficult to believe, with comic book films topping the box office every year and science fiction/fantasy literature being taught in classrooms, geek/nerd culture wasn’t always mainstream. There was a time when discussions of Spider-man’s dual life and the Christ-like imagery of RoboCop were relegated to what some called adolescent … Continue reading

Staad Laptop BackPack safely takes your gear around in vintage style

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You’ve got a full-time job. You meet with people. You have to look nice because, well, you meet with lots of people. You also attend cons and travel a great deal. You even meet with friends on side passion projects every so often, and you like to take your work … Continue reading