Thursday, September 23, 2010

Awwwwwwww geek out!

George Hrab is a man of many talents. Not only is he an author, skeptical activist, snappy dresser and drummer for the Philadelphia Funk Authority, he also does his own music on the side (which also has a skeptical aspect to it). This heady mix of talents leaves him in high demand, and that notoriety in turn led him into a situation that would likely make my head explode.

Hrab recounts the tale in Episode 183 of his excellent Geologic Podcast. During the recently completed Dragon*Con in Atlanta, he was asked to give an impromptu introduction to a talk featuring Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) and Jamie Ian Swiss (The Honest Liar). This eventually led to an invitation to hang out with Savage, Swiss and friends later that evening. He sets the scene in a nearly empty, 30th-floor bar atop the hotel.

After Hrab, Savage and Swiss chat for a while, two more men arrive -- Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax. Next to arrive is the editor of, his entourage and a number of actors from the new Battlestar Galactica series (unnamed by Hrab as he doesn't watch the show). Add to the mix the man who played Gypsy on MST3K (also unnamed) and the guy who produces Kevin Smith's podcast.

Sometime in the middle of the discussion, a person attempts to squeeze past Hrab to greet someone on the other side of their table. That person? Marina Sirtis (a.k.a. Counselor Deanna Troi). She apparently is friends with some of the BSG folks and, upon finding out Savage is one of the Mythbusters, exclaims she and Mr. Marina Sirtis get into arguments all the time when he wants to watch Mythbusters and she wants to watch soccer. Why was she there? Apparently she was already hanging out with Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton at the other side of the bar.

This is Nerdvana on a scale my feeble mind fails to grasp. How Hrab kept from melting into a puddle of goo is beyond me.

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