And now the last of the Round 1 brackets, Lobot Region is now open for voting, and will close on Sunday, Jan. 11th at 8 pm EST. Next up, Do’Urden Round 2, the winners of which will move on to the Geek 16.
Read about all the matchups and go vote, after the break.
Jonathan Coulton: Singer/songwriter known for tech-savvy music with high geek appeal, most notably through his “Thing A Week” project and the end credits song from the video game Portal (“Still Alive”).
Notes: Earned title of “Internet Superstar” by gathering a large, loyal following by employing online tools to enable his audience to find him; among his viral hits are “Code Monkey” and an acoustic cover of Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Baby Got Back”; major advocate of Creative Commons.
[FULL DISCLOSURE: Tournament hosts often tour with Mr. Coulton.]
Angus MacGyver: Television action hero from 80’s/90’s show MacGyver.
Notes: Solved problems and got out of jams using technical knowledge; capable of creating WMDs from common household objects; Bouvier constituency extremely loyal and vocal.
Bill Nye: Science educator, mechanical engineer, and comedian popularly known for his television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy“.
Notes: May not have made science “cool”, but his humorous and engaging techniques at least showed kids that science did not have to be dreaded.
Seth MacFarlane: Writer/actor/comedian/composer/singer best known for cartoon series “Family Guy“.
Notes: Sprinkles episodes with pop culture references, many of them sci-fi/fantasy; has participated in the Star Trek, Hellboy, and Adult Swim franchises; nomination would open up possibilities for self-lampooning administration.
Doctor Who: Time-traveling character of self-titled BBC television sci-fi series.
Notes: An alien “time lord” who travels the universe righting injustice and fighting cheaply-rendered monsters, The Doctor’s intellectual curiosity and eccentric fashion sense have long been a favorite of British geeks, and then American geeks when the series was rebroadcast on PBS stations in the 1980s; has a cool ride.
Larry Lessig: Academic and activist, founding board member of Creative Commons.
Notes: Vocal proponent of the “Free Culture” movement; was a colleague of Obama’s when both were teaching law at the University of Chicago; would be disqualified if actually selected to head the FCC.
Joss Whedon: Writer/producer/director; creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film/TV), “Angel” (TV) “Firefly”/Serenity (TV/film) and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (interwebs)
Notes: Has strong track record of creating television shows marked by clever dialogue, smart and interesting characters, fantastical elements, and extremely short lifespans; ridiculously devoted following; as if geek cred wasn’t strong enough, was one of the co-writers of Toy Story.
Ken Plume: Internet nabob; runs Quick Stop Entertainment website; co-host of The Ken P.D. Snydecast.
Notes: One of the better-connected people you’ve probably never heard of (sometimes referred to as “The Nexus”), Plume’s fabled Rolodex is filled with contact info many geeks would sever a limb to have; has X-Men-like ability to compel people do his bidding; as the operator of a big media company, has large megaphone with which to broadcast agenda. [FULL DISCLOSURE: we are in Ken's Rolodex.]
Lisa Simpson: Elder daughter and brainy middle child of cartoon family The Simpsons.
Notes: Expresses the soul of geekdom in every aspect of her life; brilliant though often misguided by her own compassion; watching her cope with her own social awkwardness can be cringe-inducing yet reassuring to the similarly inflicted.
John Lasseter: Animator; director/co-director, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars; chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Notes: Led the charge in making computer animation a viable, profitable medium for major motion pictures—and, more importantly, continually emphasized quality and entertainment value above all other considerations, leading to a nearly-unbroken streak of award-winning, universally-acclaimed films. (The jury is still out on Cars)
Danica McKellar: Actress best known as Winnie Cooper from television’s “The Wonder Years“; author of New York Times bestsellers Math Doesn’t Suck and Kiss My Math.
Notes: Survived childhood acting career (as a surrogate “first girlfriend” for thousands of late-1980s adolescents), eventually graduating summa cum laude with a mathematics degree from UCLA; has written two books encouraging the fight against the stereotype that girls can’t/shouldn’t do math; co-author of her own theorem.
Stan Lee: Comic book writer, editor and former driving force of Marvel Comics.
Notes: Co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange; pioneered new storytelling forms throughout his career; major player in transforming a format previously written off as “kids’ stuff;” also, “Excelsior!”
Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot: Wise-cracking robots from “Mystery Science Theater 3000“.
Notes: Personal development of an entire generation of geeks likely influenced by these smart, snarky characters’ observations and delivery style; unafraid of esoteric references and show tunes.
Eddie Deezen: Actor known for portrayals of nerdy characters in ’70s/’80s films, notably in Grease and WarGames.
Notes: While arguably more “nerd” than “geek,” unmistakably marked an evolution from the Arnold Stang/Jerry Lewis “Nutty Professor” type towards a character more unapologetic about and proud of his braininess and obsessiveness; also, appeared in both “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “The Weird Al Show“, either one of which would earn him ample (un)cool points.
Felicia Day: Actress/creator/writer of geek-centric internet show “The Guild“; broadened recognition with role in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Notes: A genuine gaming enthusiast (not some Hollywood pretender) whose geek profile exploded in 2008; a genuine grass roots new media success story of a “homemade” internet show that, offered for free on YouTube, garnered a large following and eventual media sponsorship that manages to maintain a geek-friendly distribution model; also an accomplished violinist; has noticed us.
Ernie Kovacs: Early television/comedy pioneer known for oddball humor.
Notes: Pushed the envelope of television technology and surrealist humor to make people laugh; influenced future geek-appeal programs and individuals including Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Uncle Floyd Show, Saturday Night Live, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, and David Letterman.