Redefining Geek – The Who and Why to GMF

Welcome to Geek Mind Fusion. As the first formal blog on this website, I feel it should be an introduction to who we are and what we wish to accomplish with this website. Firstly, an introduction to the GMF team. Adam is the creator of GMF, he’s also our primary programmer and producer who keeps us all on track. My name is Luke, Adam’s younger brother, and content creator. Jacob, who’s the youngest brother is the ideas guy. Then there’s Troy, our art and design guru and Shem, who helps with Marketing.

The common ground we all have is that we are geeks. But the irony is that we are all geeks for different things. We have passions for both a variety of things and some that we share. We aren’t all sports geeks like Shem, and Jacob is the only one who plays D&D. Several of us are geeks for Star Wars, superheroes, movies, and video games but the level of geekiness is different for each of us. I’m a huge Batman geek for example, even though I think all of us are at least a fan.

This dynamic we have is something I believe every social group has. Differences that are held together by one thing, passion. For a geek is someone with passion. And life would be boring without passion.

So really what we want to do is not only redefine geek but to find common ground in our passions. We want to be inclusive to all kinds of geeks if that be your typical video game geek to even your sports geeks.

We are working to produce content for a wide variety of areas from pop-culture to even some more obscure things. This content includes blogs, podcasts, apps and whatever crazy thing we come up with during a “geek-out” moment. 

We invite you to join us in our discussion on all things geek and keep an open mind for the next thing you might find passion in.  Stay tuned for more.

Rogue One is Here!

The Holiday season has come and gone and we have received our now annual Star Wars gift. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released on Friday December 16 (December 15 if you were able to catch an early screening). It is about the events that happen immediately before Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. It is a stand alone Star Wars movie that is not one of the episodes. Let’s take a look at our Likes and Dislikes.

 

Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! 

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS. 

Adam –

Likes

  1. I like that you weren’t hit head with an explanation for everything. In the Prequels I felt like there was so much exposition explaining everything. In A New Hope there are many things that are just mentioned but not explained like the Kessel Run and (initially) the Clone Wars. It left a lot to imagination. Jyn’s time with Saw growing up is not explained very much, and Mon Mothma and Bail Organa reference both Obi-Wan and Leia with out actually mentioning their name, to name a few examples.
  2. The more I think about it the more I like how they showed the darker side of the rebellion. Cassian killing an informant just to keep him quiet, General Draven ordering Jyn’s father killed, Cassian’s confession for the Rogue One strike team. It makes the rebellion just so much more realistic and believable.
  3. Darth Vader. I felt like this Vader was closer to the Empire Strikes Back Vader, not taking crap from anyone and more fully using his powers. I absolutely loved the scene when he appears in the rebel ship and starts taking on the the troopers.
  4. The space battle over Scarif. I loved the use of the classic X-wings and Y-wings, especially the use of the ion bombs to disable the Star Destroyer. I also loved the way they showed how desperate the situation way when they used a Blockade Runner to ram the Star Destroyer down into the shield generator.
  5. K-2SO. He was funny, sarcastic, full of personality, and ended up having a big heart.

Dislikes

  1. Saw Gerrara. I didn’t feel Saw was a well developed character and he seemed to out there. They could have gotten around using him.
  2. Saw’s mind/feeling reading beast, Bor Gullet. It was made out to be this menacing thing but is was short lived. Then the side effects of “going out of your mind” were overcome by 1-2 min of conversation.
  3. Princess Leia. I love the fact that she was in it but I didn’t like the lingering shot on her face. They did an amazing job. I was impressed with how close they were able get her face to the original Leia but it was still in uncanny valley and it bothered me. I would have been happier if they would have just shown her from the back.

My initial feeling for this movie was “Meh it was good. Not in my Star Wars tops but definitely not the worst either”. However as I have been thinking back on the movie, seeing it the second time and  playing parts of it back in my head, I have grown to like it more and more.