But the action is just heating up in the Battle for Secretary of Geek Affairs, as voting for Round 1 of the Jor-El Region is now open, and will close on Sunday, Jan. 4th at 8 pm EST, at which point the last preliminary round (Lobot Region, Round 1) will begin.
Read about all the matchups and go vote, after the break. Spread the word!
Wil Wheaton: Writer, actor; blogging pioneer; most widely known for roles as Wesley Crusher (Star Trek TNG) and Gordie LaChance in Stand By Me.
Notes: Parlayed his much-maligned portrayal of Wesley Crusher into a multi-platform second career; blog/website is a hub for geek discourse; poker player and fan; has his own tag on Fark.com.
Bruce Campbell: Actor, producer, author, writer and director; best known for role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy.
Notes: Most geeks would like to be him or be with him; most must settle for playing Left 4 Dead and using Old Spice instead.
Wesley Crusher: Teenage Star Trek TNG character portrayed by Wil Wheaton.
Notes: Despite being a minor, substantively contributed to mission of the USS Enterprise; smarter than his years would normally indicate; left Enterprise to literally travel to alternate planes of reality; seemingly universally disliked by hardcore Star Trek fanbase.
Stephen Hawking: Theoretical physicist and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Notes: Best-selling book A Brief History of Time brought advanced cosmology and mathematics to the masses. Masses might learn a thing or two if they actually dusted it off and read it.
Cory Doctorow: Blogger, journalist, author and intellectual property agitator. Co-editor of Boing Boing.
Notes: His novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was the first to be released under a Creative Commons license. Nomination likely to be challenged by Big Publishing.
Merlin Mann: Creator of 43folders; podcaster (You Look Nice Today), and proponent of “life hacking” productivity methodologies.
Notes: Mann’s “Inbox Zero” series is an invaluable resource in the battle with email overload; originally a joke, his “Hipster PDA” (3×5 cards, a binder clip and a pen) has gained a strong following of users; “West coast Ira Glass” persona may be somewhat polarizing.
MC Frontalot: Rap artist; originator of term “nerdcore.”
Notes: Rapper laureate for webcomic Penny Arcade, and regular performer at PAX; not the originator of the nerdcore genre, but certainly one of its brightest stars.
Steve Wozniak: Co-founder of Apple Computer.
Notes: One of the original Geeks Who Made It Big. Engaging personality and contributions to the early development of the personal computer more likely to elicit shouts of “Good on ya!” than sour, jealous comments.
Ira Glass: NPR personality; host of This American Life radio and television show.
Notes: Nearly singlehandedly made public radio “cool” over past 15 years (to the extent that it is); deservedly or not, his picture can be found in dictionary as definition of “hipster.”
Hermione Granger: Bookish young witch from the Harry Potter stories.
Notes: An over-achiever who demonstrates throughout the series how brains are as critical as brawn or bravery; generally acknowledged as the brightest witch of her age; selection would ensure civic involvement of lecherous old men.
Dr. Carl Sagan: Astronomer, scientist, and author widely known from PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, novel Contact and other works.
Notes: Brought traditionally nerdy interests to billions and billions (well…certainly millions). Champion of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Involved with the U.S. space program since its inception. Hard core.
Penn & Teller: Pair of magicians whose act appears throughout American popular culture, and on their show Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime.
Notes: In their act, duo employs humor as they conduct tricks that typically break the conventions of their trade; application of critical thinking to disprove popular misconceptions is just the sort of behavior that gets many geeks in trouble.
Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage: Techno-savvy special effects gurus and hosts of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel.
Notes: Scientific approach to proving/debunking urban and pop culture myths is unabashedly geeky; represent the traditional duality within all geeks of methodical study and over-excitement at blowing shit up.
Veronica Belmont: Internet personality; co-host of Tekzilla podcast and Qore (Playstation3).
Notes: Strong credentials with stints at CNET and former host of Mahalo Daily; 40,000+ Twitter followers can’t be wrong; “hot chick” factor cannot be discounted, may help get agenda passed by old-boy network in Congress.
Professor Frink: “Nutty Professor”-style scientist/inventor character on “The Simpsons“.
Notes: Although well-versed in matters scientific, frequent utterances such as “Glaven!” and “VR-VR-WheYVY!” could be misinterpreted, cause international crisis.