This is a Thing: A Real Giant Freaking Robot!

Sometimes I look down at my iPad, or get done using some form of video chat, and I think to my self "I'm living in the future!" I get that feeling whenever some awesome innovation comes along that changes the way I live my life. I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets the "future feeling". It might be when you unlock your car door by reaching for the handle, turn on your computer with a fingerprint, or have a silly robot cleaning your living room floor, but the feeling is the same. While we don't have flying cars (yet), many of the awesome things I have been waiting for since childhood have finally come around. I am proud to say that we have once again hit one of those landmark moments in history when the future becomes the present (I think I stole that from Robo Cop). This last week I was blown away to find out that giant robots are now, in fact, real! A new company in Japan Suidobashi Heavy Industry has begun sales of the first mass production rideable giant robot called "Kuratas." I use the term "mass produced' tongue in cheek, due to the $1.3 million dollar price tag; I doubt these will be rolling off the line like your average Honda Accord. I have to admit that I didn't think the first giant robot would feature Microsoft Kinect capabilities but I somehow knew that MS would have something to do with the first great robot rebellion. It's hard to put into words the excitement I feel for real giant robots armed with water rocket launchers, foam ball gatling guns, and giant metal claws. As with everything, I'm going to wait until a second model is released before buying one; I want to make sure they get all the bugs out first. Not only does this robot have a top speed of an amazing 6 mph and optional iPhone controls, but you can also pick a custom color package. What? Gun metal grey isn't your bag? Try lightning yellow, just in case having your own 12 foot giant robot isn't screaming "look at me!" enough. I guess this Old Glory Robot Insurance I bought might actually come in handy eh?

The Cred Cast: Episode 7 Geek Mom and Geek Dad crash the show.

Photo: Carrie Upchurch

This week on the Cred Cast Dickie and I are joined by Michael Harrison and Natania Barron from Geek Dad and Geek Mom, respectively. Listen in while we discuss board games, writing, parenting, and a whole slew of other topics. It was amazingly fun getting to chat with Natania and Michael, and both Dickie and I are excited about having them back on the show in the near future.   [podcast]http://www.geek-cred.com/podcastgen1.4/podcastgen/download.php?filename=2012-06-26_ep7_geek_mom_and_geek_dad.mp3[/podcast] Download Episode 7 Geek Out.

Well Dressed Wednesday: Belt Buckles

It used to be when I thought about belt buckles I thought about the deep south, and rodeo stars. Let's face it, no one rocks the huge-ass belt buckles like the urban cowboys of North America. I don't think it's fair to let the Wrangler wearing population monopolize all the awesome belt buckles. A belt buckle can be more than a way to let everyone know your name is Buck, or that you won a calf roping competition when you were 15. Buckles can be a fun way to add just a bit of spice to your outfit. Here at Geek Cred we are firm believers in the idea that every outfit can use a small addition to show personality; be it cuff links, shoelaces, pocket squares, ties or the ever-awesome belt buckle. To that end, I have decided to give you all a small selection of my favorite buckles to do with as you please. Be careful though - not all buckles are appropriate in all situations. That Punisher belt buckle might not be the best idea for a job interview. Then again, if you are applying for a job at a comic store it might be your ticket in. Super heroes: Some of the best belt buckles I have found to date have been the most iconic. The symbol of a beloved hero might be enough to start some pretty awesome conversations, or to get people to look at your crotch. Either way, they bring a lot to the table. Captain America Belt Buckle Captain America: $19.95, hard to get more iconic than that, and with the recent popularity of the Avengers I'm pretty sure that everyone will know what you are wearing. The Green Lantern: $9.13 - Every DC reader has wanted to belong to the Green Lantern Corps, and any kindred spirit will acknowledge your geek cred when s/he sees you sporting this on your mid-section. Batman Belt Buckle - Amazon Batman: $8.00 - O.K. so perhaps Captain America might not be the most iconic. This Batman buckle could only be cooler if it doubled as a batarang. Transformers: $14.11 - This one starts so many conversations at parties. The Transformers Autobot symbol is the universal symbol for "party over here!" Wear it to work or a social affair and everyone will know that you know how to rock. Video Games: Comic lovers are not the only ones who get to express themselves through their waist band accessories. Video games have gotten a lot of love in the belt buckle category. Nintendo Controller Belt Buckle - Amazon Nintendo: $7.99 - Old skool gamer? Show it! Let everyone know that you were there when cartridges were king and all you needed was two buttons to save a princess. Atari: $17.95 - Yeah Nintendo is old skool but Atari had graduated before old skool was even in session. Pause? Two buttons? Show gamers that you only needed one button and a stick to have a good time, no dirty jokes please. Pac Man Belt Buckle - Amazon Pac Man: $13.95 - I swear to God I will hug you no matter where we meet if I see you wearing this. No one is more iconic in the video game world than the man himself, Pac Man. While he is is a bit dated, Pac Man still represents everything that is awesome about video games. Mario Brothers Bullet Bill: $15.09 - I mean just look at it. It's Bullet Bill from Super Mario Brothers and it screams "Wear me with a suit and tie." General Geeky & Functional: Not every belt buckle has to be iconic, some can show off your general geeky side while others can be functional and fun at the same time. I don't own all of these but I'm thinking I need to get most of them. Robot Belt Buckle - Amazon The Robot: $7.99 - When robots take over the earth there will be no better way to say "welcome new metallic overlords" like robot fashion accessories. But until that time, they just look cool. Robots can be fun for people who are not into any particular geeky genre. Rebel Alliance Belt Buckle StarWars Rebel Alliance: $25.99 - Insert your own "These are not the droids you are looking for" joke here. Since the empire is in a galaxy far far away and it was destroyed a long time ago I think it's safe to show your support for the rebel alliance with this kick-ass buckle. Hardcore StarWars fans will give you mad props when they see you sporting this bad boy. Storm Trooper Belt Buckle Storm Trooper: $19.99 - I love this one but at the same time it feels a bit strange to have a face down in that region. You know... down there. I have this buckle and I also have to admit that it is a big and a bit bulky, but even with those drawbacks it's still a pretty awesome and eye catching buckle. Lighter Belt Buckle - Amazon Butane Lighter: $17.95 - This is one of those James Bond-esque accessories that might be an awesome idea but also might not. I don't smoke, but I do see how having a lighter handy at all times might come in handy. At the same time I might not be too keen on a container of flammable liquid being so close to my crotch; I can see that whole situation ending badly for the hero. I say wear it at your own risk. Flask Belt Buckle Flask: $8.18 - This one is for my friend, Ryan Macklin. I know he has one of the most awesome flasks out there but I also know that he is a guy who knows that sometimes subtlety is needed. Anyone who is a regular convention-goer might enjoy being able to keep a bit of awesome sauce handy without compromising valuable bag space. I'm also a fan of advertising that "Yes I have, in fact, been drinking." Careful where you wear it though, as sporting events and bars commonly confiscate flasks; you might find yourself going without a belt for a while if you take this to the wrong place. Is that all? Hell no! I have a metric crap ton of belt buckles that I want to share with you, but I'll get to those on another Wednesday. For now feel free to share your favorite belt buckle with me and all the other readers. Leave a comment and let us know which buckle you use to add some geek cred to your outfits. Or you could drop me a line at Thadeous(a)Geek-Cred.com with a picture of you in your favorite awesome buckle. Geek Out      

Well Dressed Wednesday!

I'm no fashion guru. I can't tell you about anyone's new fall lineup, or who is hot in the industry and who is not. Zoolander was the last media I consumed regarding the fashion world. I do spend a good deal of time making sure that I am excited about my appearance and I'm often more than happy to pass on some advice or tips. Since looking good and feeling good have become minor passions of mine I have decided to dedicate Wednesdays to be my lifestyle writing day. From now on Wednesdays will be known as Well Dressed Wednesday (Thanks Kiri for letting me use the title). This week I thought I would share with you the pictures that gave me the inspiration to start this column: Here is Kiri showing off her outfit that she called "Not wearing ripped jeans to work." I had to fire back with my work wear for the day. Kinda standard until you see the awesome ass Punisher belt buckle. Ladies I won't fault you for checking out my mid section but keep in mind that I'm not a piece of meat. A good friend of the site Ben got into it, he is one dapper guy. I have to be honest I get a lot of good style tips from this guy. At this point Bruce Campbell decided to join in, no seriously he threw his hat into the ring for Well Dressed Wednesdays. I'm pretty sure he didn't run into the other room to put on a tux for us, but still awesome nonetheless. This really made my day, Bruce has always been one of my favorite actors. He carries himself with a sense of cool, demure style and at the same time an air of "Take nothing too seriously." Yeah I got a bit of a man crush on him I'll admit it. I had to fire back with a bit of my own homage to Bruce, there was some talk of mojitos, so... well, you know.   And that is the story of the birth of Well Dressed Wednesdays here at Geek Cred. I'm excited to attempt weekly articles about fashion, personal grooming and other fun stuff. If you have questions or suggestions for topics drop me a line at Thadeous(a)Geek-Cred.com or hit me up on Twitter @ThadeousC. You can also follow the Well Dressed Wednesday action on twitter with the hashtag #WDW Geek Out    

The Cred Cast: Episode 6 What’s Up With That Tie

This week on the Cred Cast, Dickie and I spend some quality time talking about comics, video games, and an altercation I had at a local Starbucks with a bro guy. I guess he didn't really like my outfit but I came out the winner. Enjoy the show everyone! [podcast]http://www.geek-cred.com/podcastgen1.4/podcastgen/download.php?filename=2012-05-03_ep6_whats_with_that_tie_.mp3[/podcast] Download Episode 6 Geek Out.