Forbidden Planet – A Must In London

Pop Culture Central of Europe, the best place for any Geek/Nerd to visit while in London, I visit there on every trip I take to London and there is always something different to see or something that really excites me. Movie memorabilia of every kind, Comics, games and anime collectibles that you only see online, every Star Wars & Harry Potter fan would go nuts there. Still I never get tired of it, I could spend hours there, there is always something that I want to purchase but these days I am lacking space so I always choose items that fit or that make me think “MUST HAVE IT”

One section that people forget about is there HUGE comic and graphic novel collection down stairs, I picked up all of the novels by the comedian Kevin Smith, read a few pages and they are pretty funny and he is a funny guy so decided to take all his books. Then there is the Transformers section which have all the stuff dating back to the 80s up to the new things from IDW in 2012. They sold some fake weaponry which looked really cool but I didn’t want to risk taking that on a plane with me. When walking around upstairs I honestly don’t know what to pick up, I tell myself not to go overboard, I never have enough space in my bags but then I don’t reason well with myself and pick up a few things that I end up walking out with a smile, if your wondering what they are its the items in the last picture in this post.

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Forbidden Planet London

I try and stop by Forbidden Planet any time I’m in London, I think it is on the must visit lists of all geeks. They have every Model, Statue, and Comic that you have in mind. This was just before the Harry Potter movie premiere so everyone was pretty Potter crazy. I was checking out lots of models they have, and so many that I would want to buy. At this point I have a lot of models and movie memorabilia stored up that I shouldn’t buy anything but I bought just one Green Lantern Model which looked really cool. They have a huge Star Wars section, I just couldn’t help staring at the selection they had, I do want a Millennium Falcon but I wouldn’t have any place to put it since its really huge.

They lean more towards Movies, Games, TV, and Comic items then they do anime items as I think the store wouldn’t be big enough. They have a very big first floor showroom and a huge basement filled with every kind of comic you can imagine, they have a very nice transformers section that I spent a good amount of time reading down there. If you like these types of items then its really worth a visit.

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2011 Geek Summer


From the first of May until the end of July it will be the best movie blockbuster summer for Geeks. Every year we wait for one or two movies in the summer, like waiting for Iron Man 2, or The Dark Knight, or Tranformers, but 2011 is going to be an insane summer. Every year they usually spread out these kinds of movies but in 2011 they are all together in one shot, its been mentioned that this might not be the best thing for studios since not everyone will be able to see them in the theaters and might be an opportunity cost, so you have to pick and choose your movies, when in this case every weekend will have a great movie which has been in development for a while, so all of them seem pretty good, at least I’m really looking forward to it.

  • Thor (May 6)
  • Priest (May 13)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20)
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (May 27)
  • X-Men: First Class (June 3)
  • Super 8 (June 10)
  • Green Lantern (June 17)
  • Rise of the Apes (June 24)
  • Cars 2 (June 24)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (July 1)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (July 15)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)
  • Cowboys and Aliens (July 29)

Link: Blastr


Packet Life – Cheat Sheets


For those moments you want some technical breakdowns of documents packetlife has the best cheat sheets I have ever seen. I wish I had these during my networking classes, it would have been easy to remember all the different routing protocols and the best part is the ports cheat sheet, they really go into a lot of detail, for any techi there are some really useful documents. They have done an excellent job of simplifying and presenting the information, color coding, and relating the right info.

Link: PacketLife

Essentials of a PC Geek

I picked up this list from the Maximum PC April 2009 issue, there are some publications which are still worth buying in print and this is one of them. PC Geeks over the years have developed certain skill sets, some are through education, some through knowledge, and the majority of it is through breaking stuff. Well this is a list of things that I can relate with and I know a few people that can as well, there are people with a lot more skills and I’m one always willing to learn.

  • Knowing the difference between the board connectors; PCI Express, DDR Memory, Dual Channel Rimm
  • Benchmarking a PC
  • Know basic HTML tags
  • Bypass the Government content filter
  • Run all your essential Apps on a USB stick
  • Getting through to the real technicians of customer service
  • Use photoshop to doctor a photo
  • Wire your home with your know Ethernet and know how to crimp it
  • Say NO to extended warranty
  • Mooch Wi-Fi pretty much anywhere
  • Use a DSLR in full manual mode
  • Install a Hard Drive in a Laptop (Laptop broke down in the first month, damn annoying)
  • Protect your Wi-Fi
  • Take apart a damage external hard drive and extract the data
  • Pull off an elaborate prank
  • Set up a RAID configuration
  • Securely Erase your data (They don’t know how to do that at Lockheed Martin)
  • Solder like your life depended on it (I used to do that when I worked on my R/C Cars, would probably do some damage to a mother board)
  • Rip CDs to FLAC
  • Stream your movies, Music, Photos, and anything else to any location in your house
  • Dual-Boot your PC
  • How to hack a Windows Computer or Router
  • Watch TV Shows on the Internet (Legally)
  • Installing and configuring a Virtual Machine
  • Protecting your tracks on the PC
  • Run multiple monitors
  • Know the important Linux Commands
  • Avoid DRM at all costs
  • Use Remote Desktop
  • Rip a DVD to H.264
  • Find everything you need to know Online
  • Install Third-party firmware on your router
  • Be an addict to Star Wars or Star Trek
  • Be able to use the command prompt like a pro
  • Be able to change your own tire
  • Connecting to the ECU of your vehicle to tweak, or flash, clear codes
  • Play Halo1/2/3 and still don’t want to sleep