Geek Girl: Release the Kraken on the Cast of The Princess Bride!

Krakens, The Princess Bride, Nicholas Cage, sexy new laptops, falling satellites, and more in this week's edition of Geek Girl!

Geek Girl: Release the Kraken on the Cast of The Princess Bride!

Krakens, The Princess Bride, Nicholas Cage, sexy new laptops, falling satellites, and more in this week’s edition of Geek Girl!

-Lucia Peters and PJ Gach

Kraken Bride

You guys. The kraken might be real. No, seriously. It might actually have been a real thing. And right now, it would really like to sit down to tea with a falling satellite, Nicholas Cage, the cast of The Princess Bride 25 years later, a sexy new laptop, and a couple of other choice companions. And would you look at that– it can! Right here in BettyConfidential’s Geek Girl column! Won’t you join us?

Duck! It’s Another Falling Satellite


What are we, Chicken Little? Sure feels like it: Another satellite is going to go splat soon. Mark your calendars, because on October 22nd or 23rd, the German satellite Roentgen (ROSAT) is coming home to earth… in pieces. However, no one’s exactly sure where the pieces will land. Good news, most of it will burn on re-entry. Bad news, 1.6 tons of it is still going to hit the planet. We’re not sure an umbrella will protect you.

Ghost Rider’s Baaaack!

Ghost Rider

Is this a good or a bad thing? Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (February 2012). Personally, I thought the first one tanked, but what do I know? Not much, obviously. Smart cookie Eva Mendes passed on reprising her role for round two. However, there is some eye candy this time around: Idris Elba  and Johnny Whitworth join the ever-excellent Ciarin Hinds. All may not be lost. And there’s even a blast from the past- Christopher Lambert, the original Highlander, is in here too. One can only hope he’s left his trench coat behind.

During New York Comic Con, there’s going to be a panel on it. If I can get to it, I’ll report back.

Here’s a cast interview:

Asus ZenBook: Seriously Sexy Laptop


This is a sick, sick laptop. It barely weighs two pounds, it’s 3mm thick at the front of it, and it has crisp, clear audio courtesy, of the collaboration between Bang & Olufsen ICEpower and the Asus Golden Ear Team.

Did I mention that the moment you lift the lid, it’s on? You’ve got a two second resume time, and the battery can last 14 days. Yeah, I’m in love too. That’s their tagline, by the way: “love at first sight.” With Intel® second generation Core processors, SATA Revision 3.0 Solid state storage (SSD), Bluetooth™ V4.0 and USB 3.0. You’ve got a beast that’s fast and can handle anything you throw at it.

There, however, are two things about it that I’m not pleased with. First, during the presentation, they used two videos to illustrate the fabulousness of this Zenbook. The first featured a young woman who “was light on her feet”: the video shows her more or less dancing through a crowd, and once she comes across the ZenBook it’s “love at first sight.” The second video had a handsome young man who needed a quick, responsive laptop because he worked a lot and was busy. So, one video showing a woman who, it’s implied, likes to have a fast pretty laptop she can surf on, and the second shows a man who needs a fast laptop because he’s in business. What’s implied is that women don’t need or look for a laptop that’s fast because they work; they’re just in it for the aesthetics. It’s only men who are busy. Talk about sexism and archaic archetypes.

The second thing I’m not crazy about is the price. It’s $1000. Oh, sure, they throw in a sleeve, power adapter and a USB dongle and Ethernet adapter, but still.

Check out the online presentation here.

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A Wildling for Game of Thrones: Downton Abbey’s Rose Leslie Is Ygritte

Rose Leslie

Casting for the second season of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, based off George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, kicked off back in May. But though casting announcements came fairly steadily throughout the summer, we couldn’t help but notice the conspicuous absence of one particular character: Ygritte, the red-headed Wildling girl who factors so prominent in Jon Snow’s (Kit Harrington) story, was nowhere to be seen. But as of this past Monday, Game of Thrones is Ygritte-less no more! Actress Rose Leslie has landed the coveted role. You may recognize Leslie from her turn on the World War I-era period drama Downton Abbey, where she played Gwen, a spitfire of a maid determined to make more of herself. Though both Bonnie Wright and Lily Cole were tossed around as potential Ygrittes, Leslie will no doubt prove herself to be more than up to the task; indeed, if her stellar performance on Downton Abbey is anything to go by, she’ll be absolutely perfect. The second season of Game of Thrones is expected to air in April of 2012. And we can’t wait!

Release the Kraken, Because It Might Be Real!


We’re all familiar with the Kraken, right? That giant sea beast that factored so prominently in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie? The 100-foot-long creature that Liam Neeson keeps commanding that we release? The one that we all thought was mythological? Well, think again, because paleontologist Mark McMenamin of Mount Holyoke College says that he’s discovered proof that the Kraken was real.

Yep: On Monday afternoon at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, McMenamin informed attendees that he had found an underwater lair he believed to be the Kraken’s. Inside the lair, you see, was a pile of ichthyosaur bones—that is, the bones of that particular era’s top marine predator. How had the bones found their way there? Had something larger than an ichthyosaur gotten a couple? And why were the bones piled up in front of the entrance to the den? Was an octopus-style attempt at concealing the lair?

McMenamin hypothesized that a giant kraken either drowned or broke the necks of these ichthyosaurs before hauling them back to his den for a tasty meal. Sounds neat!… though unfortunately, not everyone is convinced. Discovery noted that someone has recently updated McMenamin’s Wikipedia page to say, “He has earned the nickname McMinimal from his colleagues due to the perceived poor quality of his research, such as suggesting that Agnostids are cannibals and claiming that the Kraken was a real beast.” This addition has since been taken down, but the point, shall we say, is taken. Ah well—at least we can still dream!

The Princess Bride Reunion: 25 Years After “As You Wish”

Princess Bride

Have you guys seen this yet? Because if you haven’t, you should watch it. Immediately. Because the cast of The Princess Bride (which, I do believe, may be one of the finest movies ever made) recently had a big ol’ reunion, and it is wonderful. Want to see Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) talk about the lasting impressions his lines have had on fans? Want to know which president told Westley (Carey Elwes) how much he liked the movie? Want to know what Westley and Buttercup (Robin Wright) thought about their most perfect kiss? Want to know who Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) was worried he would get fired for? Watch! Watch and find out! For it is glorious!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor. She digs mythological creatures.

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential. She thinks technology is sexy.

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