At this point I feel it is necessary to establish my geek credentials. Yes, I grew up playing hockey, but deep down I was a geek all along. Ninja Turtles, dinosaurs, and space were the big three early on. I graduated with a degree in Space Systems Engineering and watched a lot of Firefly and Cowboy Bebop. After Battlestar Galactica concluded and the early end to my short-lived space caper webcomic Jovian Luck, my inner space geek was left without a sufficient outlet. Looking for some something to take the edge off, I read the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy (then half the X-wing series). I began drawing spaceships and dinosaurs in spacesuits, I even took a Masters class on Space Habitats and Life Support Systems. I needed a fix. It was bad.

Then I found it: Kerbal Space Program (now on Steam too)

 

It’s a full space simulator where you build rockets and spaceplanes from spare parts, then launch them into orbit. You can dock, EVA, and land on the Mun or the other planets of the simulated Kerbal solar system. Here is actual game footage:

Oh, sorry, those were the Russians a few days ago. But really, that’s what happens every other launch in KSP and I can’t blame them for it. Now I can get my fix whenever I need it. Well, this and X-Wing Miniatures which is a whole other level of geekdom. Thanks to Bad Astronomy for the launch videos!

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ROB
How's your first foray into online dating?
CRAIG
Just browsing. Trying to figure out how to write about myself.

CRAIG
But I'm already seeing a lot of red flags in all these interests and hobbies.
ROB
Like what?

CRAIG
I'm a science teacher, I'm pretty sure magic crystal healing is a deal breaker.
ROB
Yeah, me too.

CRAIG
What would be a good search filter for girls who understand science?
ROB
Zombies.


 

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