February 5 2017

Richard Garriott Auction Spotlight – Man On A Mission

This is a fantastic documentary about Richard Garriott’s preparation and flight into space. It is not hard to find at all. However, I have NEVER seen it posted this inexpensively on Ebay. I even paid a bit more than this for the copy I own, and I waited a year before I nabbed it at what I paid!

You do not need to be a fan of or interested in Richard Garriott to enjoy this movie. I think just about anyone with an interest in some of the things taking place in the commercial space flight industry would do well to check this score out!

There is also bonus features on it, including the first (and only still?) horror movie that takes place in space, actually filmed in space. It’s just a short flick of only a few minutes but is enjoyable.

So whether looking to add it to a collection, or just want an enjoyable and educational movie to watch, this is a win!

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars

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July 9 2016

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Apple II ~+~ Movie Reccomendation

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One of the things I am missing a lot in my life is my old gaming systems. My Atari 2600 hundred with games over the 100 mark, NES, and even some specific computer systems. While I never owned an Apple II, having started out with an IBM PC Model II, I very much hope to have one in my game room someday running Akalabeth.

I mean, that is the father of the Ultimas. I own an original handed to me by Richard Garriott himself! Seem’s wrong not to be able to play it in its native format. Although no, my original stays in it’s place and I would obtain a copy somewhere.

If you feel the same way but have cash flow, I do not, this may be an excellent auction. This thing looks to be in fantastic condition, said to be working, and has had some serious upgrades put onto it. The Drives have not been tested, but If they are bad, they would be easy to replace and possibly worth it just for a nice setup like this.

I don’t know if the pricing is great or not, as this is an area I am just starting to learn. The setup does seem a lot nicer than most I have seen in the last couple of weeks, though.

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Included upgrades are:

Language card (to add 16k ram)
Serial Card
Disk Controller card and 2 drives
Sup ‘R’ Mod II TV Interface Unit
Monitor II (A2M2010) with Apple stickers on each side

This unit is very clean and has only a few scratches and nicks (see pictures)
All logos and decals in perfect condition.

I wathed Trek Nation last night. Found it very enjoyable and informative. I would not say I am a “Trekkie”, although many would. I believe I have been to a Trek convention before (Iv’e been to so many conventions they blur), and I have seen every TV episode and Movie. No, you do not need to ask which incarnation. I am an Artemius, I mean every episode, period. If it exsists and it is Star Trek I have seen it.

Why not a Trekie then? Well, I watch everything. Haven’t you figured that out yet? Although the movie I am watching right now I am not to sure about…

July 8 2016

Watching Movies With Stile From Your Man Cave

Ok, looking for some more Movies to watch this weekend? Here’s a quick run-down of some stuff I have fielded for you over the week this week. Click the images to go the Amazon link.

Make no mistake; Grizzly IS a 1976 movie, and you will notice this immediately. The nice long intro with twangy music and pretty rivers is a great indicator! If you put yourself back to the time, though, and an era of such movies, I found it enjoyable. Sort of like Jaws in the woods!

I did not particularly enjoy the Eye2 myself, just found it lacking for some reason. It is fairly popular in some circles though so you may want to put it on your list.

The Finest Hour was fantastic. The acting, writing, directing, and effects were all above the top coming together to make a fantastic movie about a great historical event.

Skyline had me at “Arthur C. Clarke”. I grew up an avid fan of the true Sci-Fi greats and devoured everything by them, Arthur C. Clarke included. So I am well familiar with his work and was curious to see how it correlated to the work being done in this field. If I think about it sometimes, I need to ask Richard Garriott what he thinks about the Space Elevator projects that have been explored.

More than likely you are going to be familiar with the movie Maximum Overdrive based on Stephen King’s work. What many people do not realize is that there was another version of this film made previous to that one, in which, unfortunately, the soundtrack was NOT done by ACDC. Objectively I like the Emilio Esteves version better, as does my wife. On the other hand, this version has some enjoyable moments the other didn’t, and I LOVE the ending!

I am not a fan of most American comedy, especially more modern pieces. This piece did a good job of not being over the top and mixing a lot of fun into an enjoyable plot. My wife and I both enjoyed it and I would give it 8 out of 10 torches.

Wanting to expand your knowledge of Geek history? This is a MUST watch. It covers the history of Atari and some of the peripheral companies, including Activision. The Nostalgia I felt watching this movie was overwhelming. It made me think back to all my consoles and cartridges and I can only hope I rebuild those collections someday!

I did not know much about Burning Man until I watched this. Given the bulk of the documentary takes at the event, you come away with I think about the best feel short of going or future VR tech, you are going to get.

I actually did not watch this one this week. I started it up and said “oh, I’ve seen this” and hit stop. Was about a year or so ago and is a good documentary I learned a lot from.

July 5 2016

More Movies From Stile’s Watch List

If I didn’t send you enough this last weekend to keep you occupied, here are some more flicks I have caught in the last couple days.

First, if you need to learn a bit more about your Geek roots.

Learn a bit about Napster and what else grew from that, which you are probably still using today.

I personally did not find this one all that enjoyable. Seemed to have way to much focus on Cosplay and drama as opposed to the industry.

Great movie, really enjoyed it! It has some very gory scenes though so be warned.

This was also fairly enjoyable.

Based on a H.P. Lovecraft story. What more you want?

My wife liked the sequel more than the original. Im torn, but enjoyed both.

Made more for a different generation and more for the young adult, cheesy, but fun.

Interesting… just interesting!

July 4 2016

Celebrating 4th of July Geek Stile

So this 4th I am working on trying to get some things accomplished, getting side tracked with things like this article, and watching movies while I do it all.

Looking for something to watch? Then watch with me! The below images are links to the titles on Amazon if you want more information.

I have been watching quite a few documentaries.

Now the above is all good and fine and stuff I enjoy, but I like to mix it up with some fiction. Additionally, it is not my wife’s cup of tea, so it has been watching when she hasn’t been present this weekend, and then here is some of the stuff we have been grabbing together.

July 3 2016

Stile Teckel’s Movie Reccomendations from his Recently Watched

Looking for some movies to watch? Here are some movies I have watched recently I am willing to say it’s worth watching. Doesn’t mean it’s great!

I am introducing my Daughter to geek culture as well as just movies from before her time in general. So you will find that as I do these articles on occasion the list will be varied.

Everything is something I or we have watched recently! That does not mean it is the first time I have seen it.

Clicking the Images will take you to the movie on Amazon.

June 24 2016

Geek Recommendations From Stile Teckel, Fun For The Weekend

A Game recommendation from Stile’s Basement:
So many great games, what to spotlight next? Let’s go with a card game this time. This particular one, while residing in my basement, is one that belongs to the wife. She picked it up at a convention, we liked it and have since picked up many expansions for it.


Killer Bunnies is a game that is fun for two people up to many. I have primarily played it with just my wife and I although we have also introduced it to a lot of individuals. It’s easy to learn, and anytime you want to mix it up more, you can get another expansion. There are an LOT of expansions!

You can get it here on Amazon, though, this is the starter kit. If you scroll down, you will see expansions galore! I recommend just starting out with the starter set. Maybe one or two expansions at most. It can get confusing quick if you add a lot at once!


Prefer a movie this weekend? Here is a must watch if you want uber geek cred!

Want to lay in bed with a good book instead? Be sure to read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, if you never have. If you enjoy it, there are additional books in the series.

May 13 2016

Stile’s Weekend Movie Recommendation – Point Break & Deadpool

I had a chance to watch the new / remake of Point Break last night. I went into it with both some excitement and some nervousness. The original was a fantastic movie and many remakes do not begin to compare.

I felt that this was a situation in which you could not beat the original. I had nothing to worry about as while in some ways the original was better, the remake did things that topped the original so when taken on it’s own it was a damned enjoyable movie!

Do yourself a favor and watch this in the highest definition option that will work for you. One of my favorite aspects of this remake of Point Break was the scenery. I often found myself distracted from what the characters were doing to the vast, beautiful, varied landscapes this movie was shot in.

The plot while some similarities to the original had overall been changed. I felt this lent to the fact they were not making a remake. They were taking a core idea and presenting it in a new way, meant to be different and more modern. Just my opinion.

I felt the cast did a great job, although perhaps not as good as the original. Some of the concepts and stunts performed in this movie were entirely new to me. There were multiple times I was blown away by some of the action scenes.

I have a rating system for movies. Since I watch movies while I work on my computer, my rating system is, how much do I get done? The better a film or a TV show is, the less I get done. This was the second movie this week in which I got nothing else done as it completely captivated me. The other? Deadpool, which I think you know plenty about already!

I think Deadpool to date is my favorite Marvel movie. I am sitting on a lot of Amazon media credit’s right now from no-rush shipping use as an Amazon Prime member. I decided to buy this one for “free,” as I knew my daughter would also want to watch it and renting it twice was getting close to a purchase price. I am glad I did; I could see this one being seen a couple more times over the years!

May 8 2016

Sunday Movie Recommendation – Heavy Metal & Wizards

For those of you who are my age, born in the early 70’s, will most likely remember that as a child the best thing of the week was Saturday morning Cartoons.

I do not begrudge today’s generation their ability to watch with a few clicks of a button their cartoons any time they want although they honestly do not know how much nicer they have it!

Were adult’s now, so I thought that I would give you a couple of Adult Cartoon’s you can watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon while the kids are otherwise not interfering.

Click the images below to view these on Amazon.

While both of these are fantastic, I like Wizards more than Heavy Metal.

It has some fantastic jokes, memorable lines, great story line, and characters you will remember. Typical 70’s animation that I fell in love with as well. Here is part of a summary from an Amazon review.

The story goes that the Earth gets consumed in apocalyptic fire as man unleashes his most terrible achievement upon himself, and many years after his destruction, various forms of life begin to come forth, including fairies, elves, pixies along with mutants, beings once humans but changed over thousands of years of exposure to radiation. Almost all technology is gone, wiped from the face of the Earth, and, in its’ place, magic has prospered. Born of the same mother are two brothers who become powerful wizards, one good, Avatar, and the other evil, Blackwolf. After a tremendous battle, Avatar vanquishes Blackwolf, but not before Blackwolf issues a statement that indicates he will not go quietly into that good night.
-Cookieman108 Amazon Review


Another great classic is Heavy Metal!

Forgive me if I have any of this wrong but here’s a brief story. The movie was made using a lot of Heavy Metal music. In some cases, a lot of the legal necessities, like permission, were not taken care of properly. The result is that this movie was released, sued, and then pulled from stores. It became a popular underground movie, passing its way around on dubbed VHS tapes for a while.

Eventually, the duration for the ban was hit, and the movie was not only re-released, but a sequel (not nearly as good) was released.

Product Description
Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine Heavy Metal, producer Ivan Reitman enlists the help of some of Hollywood’s animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb’s dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, Heavy Metal set the standard for the alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!

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