Voting is closed for Do’Urden Region, Round 1—results are posted on the main Geek Madness page.
But the Battle for Secretary of Geek Affairs rages on and voting for Round 1 of the Bombadil Region is now open, and will close on Sunday, Dec. 28th at 6 pm EST, at which point the next round (Jor-El Region, Round 1) will begin.
Read about all the matchups and go vote, after the break. Spread the word!
John Hodgman: Author (The Areas of My Expertise; More Information Than You Require); actor/TV personality (“PC” in long-running Apple Computer Mac ads; “The Daily Show“).
Notes: Bookish, likable manner and quirky, tweedy humor have made him a major breakout minor celebrity, crossing over beyond geek circles; near-ubiquity in 2007 and 2008 could lead to “Dude, you’re getting a Dell”-style backlash.
Ben Stein: Actor (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off); television personality (“Win Ben Stein’s Money“); political & economic commentator; former speechwriter for Nixon administration.
Notes: Uses dry, professorial style to great comedic affect; brilliant concept of competing in his own game show was well-executed, and displayed serious chutzpah; advocacy of intelligent design theory may have harmed his credibility among greater geek community.
Spock: Half-human, half-Vulcan character from Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek universe.
Notes: First introduced as Science Officer/First Officer under Capt. James T. Kirk on the USS Enterprise.
Logical outlook meshes well with Obama’s “no drama” style; vetting will determine if tenure will overlap with his Pon farr.
Vint Cerf: Computer scientist; technology futurist; co-author of TCP/IP; one of several people widely credited as “Father of the Internet.”
Notes: Though there are many alleged “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf can rightfully claim passing on many of its traits; has continued to promote its evolution, and is currently a VP and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google.
They Might Be Giants: Grammy Award-winning alt-pop duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell.
Notes: Extremely popular in geek circles for their catchy, melodic, humorous and intelligent music; frequent collaborators on TV, movie, literature and other projects (geek and non-geek); probably most widely known for “The Boss of Me”, theme song to Fox Television’s “Malcolm in the Middle“. Recent Dunkin’ Donuts commercial work may provoke cries from hardcore fans of “selling out.”
Ponder Stibbons: Wizard from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
Notes: Expert in a wide range of fields that could be described as scientific. Often compared to Harry Potter, but appeared in literature seven years before J.K. Rowling’s better-known character.
Ze Frank: Online creative juggernaut widely known for his 365-day video blog the show with ze frank.
Notes: Pioneering use of online and other creative tools demonstrates a mindset that is well suited to establishing and defining a new cabinet position.
Tom Lehrer: Songwriter/satirist, best known for humorous songs written for TV’s “That Was the Week That Was” and “The Electric Company“; taught political science and mathematics at MIT and UC Santa Cruz.
Notes: Pronounced influence on many other subsequent parodists/satirists, including “Weird Al” Yankovic; unafraid of tackling controversial topics; had the conviction to stop writing and performing once he felt like he had nothing new left to say; can turn a tub into a tube.
Alton Brown: Food Network celebrity chef (“Good Eats“; “Feasting On Asphalt“; “Iron Chef America“).
Notes: Workaholic, detail-oriented personality; noted for his creative and entertaining science-oriented approach to food and cooking; also a cinematographer and pilot; abhors single-use kitchen gadgets.
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy detective in Donald J. Sobol series of children’s mystery books.
Notes: Recognized by his fictional peers for his intelligence and cleverness; a positive role model who encourages children to use their brains to solve problems.
Gabe & Tycho: Webcomic alter egos of Penny Arcade writers/creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Notes: Multiple weekly strips are a touchstone of gaming and gamer culture. Characters also help promote the PAX gaming festival and Child’s Play charitable effort.
Sarah Vowell: Author (Radio On; The Wordy Shipmates); and NPR personality (This American Life); voice of “Violet” in Pixar’s The Incredibles.
Notes: Favored guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien“; has intellectual and geeky but polarizing love/hate persona.
“Weird Al” Yankovic: Musician, parodist; released 17 albums (7 platinum and 4 gold) since 1983; writer/director/star, UHF.
Notes: Rose to fame in the early 80’s as a favorite of The Dr. Demento Show; has exhibited greater longevity than most artists he’s parodied; has directed many of his own music videos, as well as for Ben Folds and The Presidents of the United States of America (among others); “White & Nerdy” YouTube music video has accumulated over 41 million hits; once had a bitchin’ mustache.
Weezer: Alternative rock band especially popular in geek circles.
Notes: Mix of musicianship, geek-quirky songwriting sensibilities, and internet savvy help preserve their place on playlists around the world. Best known for song “Undone – The Sweater Song” and song & video for “Buddy Holly.” Recent song “Pork and Beans” spawned an internet meme.
Bill Gates: Co-founder, Microsoft; number one on Forbes list of “The World’s Richest People” from 1995-2007; went “part-time” in 2006 to concentrate on his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Notes: Led company to become a cornerstone of the current worldwide IT reality; also known for his short film Man Hit in the Face with a Pie; virtual exit from Microsoft shortly before release of Vista operating system supports the theory that Gates is the World’s Smartest Man.
Douglas Adams Author best known for his The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
Notes: Tremendous champion of technology; wrote several “Doctor Who” episodes; appeared briefly in two episodes of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus“; 42.