Have you ever had one of those weeks that seems to last forever?  I’m having one of those weeks; but the good news is that Friday is just around the corner.  However today is Thursday and you know what that means…another edition of The Word.  There are a bunch of great links this week.  But first I’ve got some big news, Word of the Nerd is has it’s own domain!  You will soon be able to find The Word at http://www.wordofthenerdonline.com, keep checking back for updates.  Please don’t forget to vote in the poll on the left, the results will be posted next week.

So I wanted to start of this weeks link with something funny but true.  If you’ve ever helped or stood by while someone less computer literate that you tries to do something on their PC, then you will certainly identify with this link.  Check it out here courtesy of Geeks Are Sexy.

If there is one thing nerds love more than a good sci-fi television show, it’s a hot girl on a sci-fi television show.  Summer Glau would have to be at the top of the list to be crowned Queen of the Nerds.  Here is a list of Summer’s work and some lovely pics of her to boot brought to you by blastr.

The world cannot afford another bad reimagined Godzilla film, but there could be one in the works.  Giving it the Christopher Nolan treatment might be the trick this go around, but the proof will be seen on the big screen.  Read more about it and catch a link to the full interview here.

Are you one of the many who were left with questions after the final episode of Battlestar Galactica?  Well you’re in luck because William Adama himself James Edward Olmos is working on a graphic novel that will depict what happened to Adama after the serial finale.  I for one want to find out what the hell was up with Starbuck just disappearing out of the blue.  Come on Ron Moore, tell us!!!  Check out the story here via SciFiPulse

In more movie news, we were treated to a glimps of concept art for the live action film version of Voltron: Defender of the Universe.  For those not familiar with Voltron, it was a Japanese cartoon dubbed (badly) into English and aired in the US in the mid 80s.  Four young men and one very pretentious princess pilot robotic lions into battle against evil robot monsters.  When the plot saw fit or when they were getting their collective butts kicked, the five lions merged into one huge robot called Voltron.  The story itself was a pretty good notion, but the show as a whole was rather silly and ridiculous.  Hopefully a live action translation will be better than the original.  Read the full story here.

Another poorly dubbed Japanese cartoon is also getting a big screen adaptation.  Star Blazers (as it was called in the US) or Space Battleship Yamato has been made into a big budget film due for release on December 1 of this year in Japan.  There is no word whether it will be released in the US.  There have been a few trailers so far and I have to say that it looks like this movie is going to kick ass.  Check out the latest trailer here.

Edward Norton talked to MTV News about his sudden departure from the Hulk/Avengers movie franchises.  Norton puts aside Marvel’s statement that they wanted a more team oriented actor for the role.  He went on to say it was simply a business decision and that he has no ill will toward Marvel or Mark Ruffalo, the actor chosen to replace him.  This is the second time Marvel has replaced a key actor in one of its franchises; the first being Terrance Howard replaced by Don Cheadle in the Iron Man series.  You can read more about it and see a video interview with Norton here.

Switching gears from movies to television, fans of the Big Bang Theory will be a little disappointed to hear that actress Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny will miss a few episodes this season due to a broken leg she suffered while horseback riding.  The show will be on hiatus an extra week while writers try to figure out how to explain Cuoco’s absence.  Read more about it here.

G.I. Joe meets The A-Team.  That’s how the new animated series G.I. Joe Renegades is being described.  Fans at this year’s San Diego Comic Con were treated to a preview of the new series.  I’m not totally sold on the idea, but I will give it a shot and see how it goes.  G.I. Joe Renegades will be one of several original shows for the new The Hub network that will replace Discovery Kids.  You can read more about the show, see some images and catch the bootleg footage shown at Comic Con here.

Sci-fi shows on television have always had a rocky past as they’ve had to struggle to find audiences and fight for ratings.  There have been some success stories, but there is a long list of great sci-fi shows that didn’t survive and were canceled before their time.  Courtesy of blastr, here is a list of some you might remember or were even a fan of.  Click here to see the list.

Actors Sally Kellerman and Gary Lockwood recall their experiences filming the episode for the second pilot of  the original Star Trek series.  In the episode Where No Man Has Gone Before, Kellerman played Dr. Elizabeth Dehner and Lockwood played Lt. Commander Gary Mitchell.  Read the full article courtesy of TrekToday.

Considering buying an iPad?  There are some alternatives out there that just might give Apple’s device a run for its money.  Maximum PC breaks each of them down and gives you the skinny.  Check it out here.

Nokia created only 14 prototypes of a cell phone that resembles a classic Star Trek communicator.  The phones never got put into production, but one of the 14 prototypes showed up on Ebay recently.  Check out the article and a video demo here.

 

Here is a more obtainable Star Trek gadget via Geeks Are Sexy.  Check out the Trek Pizza Cutter.

This weeks How To Corner has many great links to help you get things done, increase productivity and enhance your life.
     1.  Use a Binder Clip to Maintain Your Knife Sharpening Edge
     2.  How to Create a Completely Customized  Taskbar in Windows 7
     3.  Make Ubuntu Sleep Instead of Hibernate When Idle
     4.  Replace a Dead iPod Hard Drive with a Compact Flash Card
     5.  How to Upgrade to the Latest iPhone for Free
     6.  Establishing Boundaries Between Word and Play
     7.  Things We Say Wrong
     8.  Hourly Desk Stretches Relax Your Brain and Body
     9.  Do you play and think about violent video games?

Ever wanted to fake your death and disappear?  In this short video, a man who specializes in just that gives you some tips if you’re looking to go off the grid.  Check it out here.

Looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer?  Don’t know which browser to choose?  Check out this article via Lifehacker to help you decide.

In this report from The Register, Microsoft explains that the new Internet Explorer 9 will not work with Windows XP.  Those of you who want to upgrade to Microsoft’s new browser will have to upgrade their OS to either Vista or Windows 7.  Read the full article here.

Zone Alarm is under fire for using scare tactics in an attempt to get users to upgrade to the paid version of their famous firewall/security software.  The article via The Register gives further info, click here.

A report by the market research firm The NPD is claiming that digital sales of PC games have surpassed boxed sales.  Check out the full Maximum PC article here.

King of Kong, Steve Wiebe has regained his title and the world record for the highest score at the 80s arcade game Donkey Kong.  G4TV.com has all the details and a video of the event here.

Ever wonder about the science behind packing materials?  Maximum PC offers this great article that answers everything you wanted to know.

You’ve probably heard it in dozens or more movies.  It’s called the ‘Wilhelm Scream’ and blastr has a great mash up video and the history behind it.  Check it out here.

Companies come and go; but only a few leave a lasting impression to signify how they changed the shape of things.  Courtesy of Maximum PC, a list of 21 Tech Companies that Changed The Word…Before They Died.  Check them out here.

I wish they had LEGO sets like this when I was a kid.  Who am I kidding, I wish I could get them now.  Star Trek, BSG, Serenity and other sci-fi tech done in LEGO.  Check them out here.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wear the costumes of your favorite movie superheroes?  According to the actors who wore those costumes, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  Check out the full article here.

This graphic explains how George Lucas made his $15 billion dollar fortune from the Star Wars saga.  Can you say merchandising?  Check out the full sized image here.

Pic Of The Week

See it full sized here.

This might have been the longest list of links I’ve posted to date.  I hope you’ve found them interesting or helpful.  I enjoyed bringing The Word to you and I will be back next week.  Don’t forget to vote in the Baddest of the Bad poll then come back next week to see the results.

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