PRESIDENT OBAMA to Appear on MYTHBUSTERS!

No, your eyes do not deceive you! The Mythbusters have made it to the White House! The story comes from E! Online and makes some great news for Mythbusters fans and Democrats alike! Read on…

Sweeps, shmeeps. Mythbusters is creating its own must-see TV come December, when its very special guest star will be none other than President Barack Obama.

We know he’s the commander in geek, but what prompted the leader of the free world to stop by a basic cable show?

As part of an effort to highlight science education (it sure ain’t to get more air time), the commander-in-chief will appear on a Dec. 8 question to ask hosts/mad scientists Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage to test the myth that the Greek scientist Archimedes inspired a generations of little boys with magnifying glasses by using the sun’s reflection on mirrors to set fire to invading Roman fleets back in 214 B.C.

“I can announce today that I taped a special guest appearance for their show, although I didn’t get to blow anything up,” Obama said. “I was a little frustrated about that.”

Incidentally, while Obama’s appearance is intended to boost science education, it’s no doubt a blow to history buffs everywhere. The show first busted this so-called death ray myth back in 2004. Challenged by fans to retest their findings, they busted it again in 2006 with help from MIT students.

 

Um, third time’s a charm?

The Mythbusters at the San Diego Comic Con!

Last weekend, during the Montreal Fringe Festival, I spent a lot of time downtown around St. Lawrence, seeing the sights and people-watching between shows. And one such day, I was standing outside the metro looking at the Bixi bikes when I noticed that the man standing there looked uncannily like Adam Savage of the Mythbusters. Normally I would have dismissed it, but even as he and his wife rode off, I couldn’t deny that it was a freaky resemblance if it wasn’t him.

So you can imagine my surprise and disappointment (I didn’t say anything to him!) when I checked his Twitter and discovered that he was not only in Montreal but had indeed been right there. Naturally, as a big fan of Mythbusters, I felt like an idiot and wished I had gone up and at least said ‘hello’. But fortunately, it seems as though I have not missed my only chance at seeing Adam Savage and the gang, because there’s some great news from from Pop Culture Zoo. . .

It’s safe to say that one of the most anticipated panels at Comic-Con is the Mythbusters appearance on Saturday night. They packed out one of the large rooms last year, so queue up early for their July 25th panel, which starts at 7:15. This year you can look forward to not only seeing Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, but also Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara. All four guys will be sharing behind the scenes stories, give some sneak peeks of upcoming myths and answer your questions. On hand to moderate the panel will be astronomer and Discover magazine blogger Phil Plait. If you’ve ever read his blog Bad Astronomy then you know he’s a perfect fit to join in on with the guys.

Mythbusters airs Wednesdays at 9:00PM on Discovery Channel.

The Mythbusters Comic-Con panel is July 25 at 7:15-8:15 PM, Room 6BCF. See you there!

And for another little tidbit concerning Adam Savage’s Montreal trip, check out the tale of his $11,000 phone bill!

Geeking out on Twitter!

Geeking out on Twitter!

If you follow the latest in internet trends, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Twitter and you might just have one of your own. Essentially, Twitter is social networking and blogging filtered down to its purest form: every update you make or read must be 140 characters or less in length and answer the question “What are you doing?”

It might not sound like much right now, but it’s big! So big, in fact, that it’s caught the attention of some very noteworthy people–some of them very popular in the world of Geekery (and beyond!) Now, we at CMDStore are already on Twitter (follow our ‘Tweets’ at http://www.twitter.com/CMDStore for updates), but here’s a list of some other Twitters you might want to check out to get your 140-character doses of sci-fi, superheroes, film and TV and more!

Stephen Fry might be familiar to fans of British comedy or British actors in general, but he’s also an absolutely massive techno-geek who was an early joiner to Twitter and updates frequently from both his iPhone and laptop about the latest technology, his incredible world travels and…everything else you could imagine! He updates all the time and is always a treat to read. Find him at http://www.twitter.com/stephenfry

– Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. Dwight Shrute might not be the spokesperson the geek community wants, but the actor who plays him on NBC’s The Office is nevertheless beloved by fans and you can find him on twitter right here Twitter.com/Rainnwilson.

– Mythbusters fan? If you’ve enjoyed watching Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman go to great lengths (explosions, deep-sea dives, firewalking, vodka-making, partying with a ninja, trying to get a duck’s quack to echo, racing, filling a car with dead pigs…to name a few) to bust myths on their popular Discovery TV Show, you might want to check out Adam Savage’s Twitter, appropriately named “Don’t try this”.

– Star Trek: The Next Generation brought new popularity to the waning Star Trek franchise and created a fanbase so large, no one could have foreseen its popularity or its scope. And now three of its stars are tweeting! You can find Brent Spiner (Data), LeVar Burton (Geordie La Forge–or the host of Reading Rainbow!) and Wil Wheaton (the much-maligned Wesley Crusher) all updating regularly about their lives and all things related to new projects. Wheaton also has a lot to say about D&D, video games and books/film he recommends.

Greg Grunberg is a name familiar to fans of NBC’s Heroes, where he plays Matt Parkman, a police officer with the power to read minds. Like most, he tweets about everything, but Heroes viewers will be especially pleased with the exclusive behind-the-scenes content and spoiler-hinting to be found by keeping up with the actor.

– No stranger to internet forums and often a surprisingly strong presence in even the smallest fan circles, Warren Ellis is also Tweeting! The comic book writer generally updates about his days, but you can bet there are some great recommendations and some up-to-date information on future projects from the writer of Transmetropolitan, Jack Cross, Doktor Sleepless and more!

– Fans of Joss Whedon’s supehero/sci-fi musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog were re-introduced to Felicia Day (after some other Whedon appearances!) when she starred as love interest, Penny. But she was already big in the geek community as part of World of Warcraft’s The Guild and her reviews of novels, film and television. Definitely worth checking out, she shows that some of the biggest geeks out there today are girls.

– Finally, something a little different. For fans of fantasy, sci-fi and horror (and especially the combination of two or more of those!), look no further than Creepypasta, a Twitter that will keep you up to date on all kinds of spooky media, from film and television to the internet horror microfiction that bears its name!

Keep on tweetin’!