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In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Fictional Uniforms We Want to Wear to Work!

Please Note: Ghostbusters' uniforms were left off this list for one specific reason: the author of this post regularly does wear his to work.

  1. Starfleet Uniform from Star Trek

    The Crew Ok, now this one is sort of a given and a toughie, all at once. At its core, we love all that Starfleet represents: the cooperation and celebration of many alien species. But there are tons of uniforms to choose from. The one we're picking here, just to settle on one, is the uniform that was first seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. There's just something so classic about it. It also looks stellar on anyone who wears it (Kirk, Uhura, Bones, anyone). And the way you can fold that one part down to look relaxed just tribbles our bits.

  2. Tron's Outfit from Tron

    Yeah, it's really tight. That could be really comfortable or really embarrassing (or a delightful mixture of the two). But... it glows. There's a helmet you have to wear all the time, which might seem weird in an office setting. But it glows. And then there's the... BUT IT GLOWS! We like the glow part. We'd wear it.

  3. Stillsuit from Dune

    Dune The stillsuit is also quite tight, but at least in the Dune universe, you could easily add clothes on top of it. It's got that face filter part, which probably would take a little getting used to, but we're ok with that. And, you can always hydrate yourself thanks to the stillsuit's beverage holding capability. Yeah, we know we'd be drinking recycled waste products, but that beats having to stop long coding sessions for bathroom breaks, right?

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Fictional Uniforms We Want to Wear to Work!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Waiting for Season 5...

What are we looking forward to in April? Well, for starters, less snow than March. And, of course, our taxes. Oh no wait. Strike that bit.

  • April 1st - We hear there's a holiday.
  • April 4th - TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE! We will not be looking at the moon with you.
  • April 9th - Ex Machina. Right. It could be really bad, but we like the concept, and we're suckers for good Turing Test fiction.
  • April 10th - The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the series Daredevil. Netflix understands better than anyone how folks stream, and they're releasing the entire first season of Marvel's Daredevil at once, apparently to keep us from doing other things that weekend. Clever. Very clever.
  • April 11th - But they have underestimated us. Netflix will not keep us away from our local gaming shop on International TableTop Day. But we might be a little late.
  • April 12th - Yuri's Night & HBO's Game of Thrones season 5 premiere. Hopefully the GoT season premiere is self-explanatory for fans. Yuri's Night is a celebration of humanity venturing into space, and there are parties all around the world to honor Yuri Gagarin's milestone.
  • April 16th -19th - ThinkGeek will be at Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and hopefully we'll see many of you there!
  • April 18th - The Orphan Black season 3 premiere. 324B21.

  • April 20th - Send ThinkGeek a free Pizza Day. We're not sure why Hallmark hasn't jumped on this holiday, but you guys sure have, and we love you for it. Here we are enjoying 2013's harvest:

    Send ThinkGeek a Pizza Day 2013
  • April 24th - Apple Watch! Apple Watch! Apple Watch!
  • April 28th - The release date for Darth Vader and Friends, the new book by our friend Jeffrey Brown and also National Superhero Day. A day to celebrate your favorite superheroes and also your favorite real-life heroes. We're not clear how this differs from, well, any given day.

And what are YOU looking forward to in April that we've missed? Or that we mentioned? We wanna know!

Geeky Spell Check

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Signs You are Really Deep into a Fandom (not that that's a bad thing)

  1. You have a favorite class of ships, which differs from the main ship(s) of the fandom.

    Oberth Class For example: you're a Trekker and sure you like the Enterprise, but you just go crazy for the Oberth-class of ships. Or maybe you're a big Star Wars fan and while you appreciate the X-Wing, you go bananas over the B-Wing. There's just something to these non-main-character ships that grabs hold of your fancy and won't let it go.

  2. You go to online fandom wiki pages just to double-check your spelling (and you're normally right).

    Because we reference so many fandoms in our product copy, we have to write the names of characters, technology, places, etc., an awful lot. And many times, we'll pull out a very obscure character, check the spelling online, and feel both pride and shame that we knew how to spell it correctly (ok, really just pride).

  3. You name your pets after your favorite characters and then make sure they have appropriate costumes.

    D'Artagnan & Aramis Does your hamster, James Ti-furry-us Kirk, have a mini Starfleet uniform? Is your guinea pig named Londo and wear a custom, maritime-esque, Centauri coat? A fandom-y appellation doesn't seem to be enough for us, somehow; our non-human children need to wear the costume of their namesake. We just feel like better parents that way.

  4. You get through your day by pretending you're actually working in part of your favorite fandom.

    So you have to do a whole bunch of data entry or repetitively fill out forms - wouldn't it make it a lot easier if you were doing the work for U.N.I.T.? Or perhaps your code will eventually help the Jupiter Mining Corporation be even more efficient. Whatever your fandom, dive deep. It makes life more fun and the friends you'll find way below the surface will make your life more rewarding. See you in the deep end!

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 5-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Signs You are Really Deep into a Fandom (not that that's a bad thing)!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Winter is LEAVING (finally, thank goodness), but the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere is just around the corner and we can't wait for it!

In anticipation, we thought it would be fun to share a question that was posed to one of our monkeys recently:

Based on whatever criteria you want to use, which Game of Thrones character would you say you are the most like and which the least?

Update 3/25/15

The Results Are In!

Hamlet

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems. . . with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Literary Justice League Members!

Okay, so not literal Justice League members - this is a list of literary characters who have pretty interesting comic book counterparts (if you connect the dots in the same way that we do).

The Count of Monte Cristo
  1. Edmund Dantes is... Batman!

    Edmund Dantes and Bruce Wayne start off their lives expecting to be successful and happy. But then fate intervenes, sending both into tailspins of despair. Neither one accepts defeat, though. Edmund and Bruce pursue learning everything they can about everything, and then use their knowledge and wealth (both, it could be argued, inherited) to become emissaries of justice. They move through the world in disguises (The Count of Monte Cristo (for one) and, well... Batman) to put their plans in motion. And both truly crush their enemies not using strength, but rather using their intelligence, patience, and belief that (when her blindfold is removed) the sword of Justice eventually cuts through all deception and evil. Remember, always be Batman... but if you can't, be Edmund Dantes!

  2. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is... Two-Face!

    Hamlet is faced with a deep injustice in the world and vows to right the balance of Justice's scales. As District Attorney, Harvey Dent takes the same oath as he attempts to rid Gotham of evil. And then as the gravity of their situations and (possible) madness settle in, both Hamlet and Two-Face have difficulties making decisions. "To be or not to be" is just about the same as a flip of a coin, isn't it? Plus, each has been almost played by unique casting choices: Lando Calrissian in what would have been Tim Burton's third Batman movie, and Conan the Barbarian in Last Action Hero!

  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Dorothy Gale is... Wonder Woman!

    Dorothy and Diana start off living a peaceful life. Diana's parentage is quite questionable (miraculously born after 3,000 years of no children on Paradise Island, molded from clay and given life by the gods, etc.) and Dorothy's parents are also unknown (as she lives with her Aunt and Uncle who might just be a foster family). Diana and Dorothy travel from their home to a wild new land, teeming with customs and peoples and sights that they have to adapt to. They are strong women, who take control of their destinies and become heroines to all around them. Also, both are armed with magical clothing accessories (bulletproof bracelets and magical slippers).

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?

Take to the comments and help us connect the dots between classic literary characters and comic book hero(in)es!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

Mar
13
2015

Links of the Week!

So, cat eclairs are a thing.

So, cat eclairs are a thing.

Need to kill some time? Have we got the thing for you! Here are the latest links of awesome stuff from the Internetz.

Our favorite links from the Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest 'verse:

Best princess cake evRAWRRR. Godzilla Princess Cake. (Imgur)

Best princess cake evRAWRRR. Godzilla Princess Cake.
The mother of the daughter who got this lovely cake reached out to us, and we just had to share her *awesome* story:

So here's the story behind the Princess Godzilla cake. My daughter Ripley was watching a bunch of YouTube videos of people making doll cakes and decided she wanted one for her 4th birthday. But she didn't want a regular boring princess. She wanted Godzilla because Godzilla (her best friend) is a princess who gets fancy on birthdays and deserved to have a beautiful princess dress. So my friend Jen Hansen made the cake as a surprise.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Amanda! P.S. We love your daughter's name. <3

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fastest ship of them all? Star Wars Millennium Falcon Mirror. (Pinterest)

You're a muffin, Harry! The muffin that lived. (That's Nerdalicious)

EX-TER-MIN-awww. Doctor Who Dalek Caan baby stroller. (Twitter)

Beep bop boop! DIY Star Wars R2-D2 dresser. (Imgur)

Da da da daaaa! Legend of Zelda-inspired engagement ring box.

Da da da daaaa! Legend of Zelda-inspired engagement ring box. (Fashionably Geek)

This *is* the cake you're looking for! Star Wars wedding cake. (Tartas Decoradas Fondant)

A new way to read on the go! Harry Potter Chapter One dress. (Fashionably Geek)

Yessss, FUNDED! We can't wait to check out Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion's Con Man. (IndieGoGo)

At your door in less than 12 parsecs! Star Wars Millenium Falcon pizza. (Global Geek News)

Put your feet on this one without saying ouch! LEGO Brick Coffee Table. (Technabob)

So, cat eclairs are a thing. (Carolinei)

D-O-N, U-T-S, I-am-so-hungry! Bakers assemble... Disney magic is to be made. (Fork to Belly)

We will miss you, Sir Terry Pratchett. We hope Death greets you as a friend. A great man lost. (Tor)

It's Pi Time


We love that this Saturday is 3/14/15. It makes our irrational hearts flutter a little faster - the Perfect Pi day. In a display of brilliance, one of our clever monkeys suggested the day would be even more exciting at the extremely Perfect Pi Time:

3/14/15 9:26:53

We know, we needed to let that magic sink in a bit, too.

Here's the deal... We want to celebrate this fantastic moment, so on Saturday we're going to be watching all the orders placed for 3 minutes and 14 seconds (get it?) starting at the Perfect Pi Time in the morning for each of these time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. We'll pick one order at random from each group that we simply won't charge for. That's right, if you place an eligible order at the Perfect Pi Time, you have a chance to get your order for FREE!

Please note, orders must be $1,000 or less to be eligible, and this is only open to US residents. Winners will be contacted by email and we'll announce them between time zone waves on Facebook and Twitter, so keep an eye out during the day!

That pretty much covers the basics, but make sure to also read the full rules. For now start making your shopping list, get your alarms set in advance, eat some pie for inspiration, and we'll see you back here on Saturday morning!

3/14/15 is getting closer, and we're making plans to celebrate. Of course we'll be having pie, but we can't agree on what the best choices are to honor this perfect day. Our question to you was: What kind of Pie do you think is the best to serve on Pi Day?

You answered the call magnificently and the votes are in:

Apple Pie Still King on this Perfect Pi Day!

And while apple seems to be what most of the country will be celebrating with, people's idea of the perfect slice is wonderfully varied. Take a look at the map below to see where your state falls in the great pie debate.

Want to see how to actually make some of these? You're in luck because pie-geek-extraordinaire Martha Stewart dug our survey enough to put together this handy guide!