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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: NiKKiNeVeRMORe as Harley Quinn from Arkham City. I’d uh, stay clear of that hammer. Also, don’t forget Harley Quinn’s Revenge releases May 29th! (Comic Book Movie)

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Is it a flying platypus?

Is it a clown car with wings?

Nope, it’s … Facebook.

Huh.

The official Facebook page for Superman: Man of Steel has landed!  At this point in time, the only thing it’s got is this nifty new banner.  We can only guess what’s to come, but it’ll definitely have to include the standard fare of some sort of teaser video thing.

Hopefully that’ll show up before June 13.

Hit the jump for the official synopsis if you haven’t seen that yet.

Superman takes to the skies once more as acclaimed actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) dons the suit, cape and S-shield of the MAN OF STEEL. With an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as John and Martha Kent, Clark’s earthbound parents; Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El; The Fighter’s Amy Adams as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; The Matrix’s Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White; and Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon as Superman’s otherworldly archenemy General Zod, populations from Smallville to Metropolis are psyched for Superman. With the directorial stylings of 300’s Zack Snyder and the superheroic production team behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the sky’s the limit for the last son of Krypton!

Source: You Bent My Wookie

DC Logo Causes Hysterical Hysteria

When I sat down at my computer to check on the slew of information on Facebook, as is custom for me, I happen upon an odd photo on my News Feed. I do a double-take and sure enough it is the “new” DC Logo. In the past year DC has made a lot of changes, and people have been on the spectrum of giving an overt amount of concern over it while others have been nonchalantly taking it for what it was dishing out and only complaining if needed. First looking at the logo, I didn’t get it.

It almost felt to me like they were making me undress the C of DC, and giving it attention I didn’t necessarily care to give it. So with my obvious confusion on the “meaning” behind the new logo, I’m given a video that hilariously and outrightly puts me at ease on the whole situation.

Another wonderful little gem by Youtuber PatrickWillems, that give us a chuckle makes us realize “Meh, we’ll get used to it…eventually.”

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

“Hey, what did you do last night?” “Oh, nothing big, just partied with the POWER RANGERS!” (Fashionably Geek)

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If you thought Sesame Street was lame for kicking off Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, and at the same time making Cookie Monster a ‘healthy eater’ then check out this saucy news brought to us by the Huffington Post. With 1,867 signatures and rising, Lair Scott started a petition to urge the makers of Sesame Street to be open-minded and celebrate New York’s legalization of gay marriage by allowing best friends Bert & Ernie to wed on the popular kids show.

The letter to all those interested or curious about the petition cause reads as follows:

“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”

It may sound crazy, but it has long been rumored and implied that these famous puppets are a hidden representation of a gay couple. Of course the reaction to this petition and its message have been mixed. While some people on the internet (Twitter, FB, and etc.) have encouraged the petition by circulating it, some have scoffed at the accusations that Bert & Ernie are gay, and others are just laughing.

Don’t get me wrong, I have always had a slight gay-dar reading from the two puppet roommates, but  like one twitter user stated if Bert & Ernie are married on the grounds that they ‘live’ together than Batman and Robin should be first in line for marriage. ( sorry, Selina Kyle) Plus, as one of my friends stated, if Bert & Ernie are gay wouldn’t that taint a lot of kids childhood fantasies. I’m not on the fence about this issue, but I would like to know if they did get married could Sesame Street lose its conservative family orientated? They made such a big stink about Katy Perry’s dress being too short while doing an innocent rendition of her song “Hot & Cold“, that it seems kind of impossible that these same people  would let  Bert & Ernie being gay and married be filmed and released to their audience.

If you want to support the cause sign the petition, and put your comments and thoughts about whether you think Bert & Ernie should or shouldn’t get married. Would it ruin your childhood or just salvage whatever is left of the popular kid show?

With the sixth season of Doctor Who on hiatus the BBC is encouraging fans to become more familiar with the almost 50 years of Whovian history. Available on the Doctor Who Facebook page are nine classic Who stories, many featuring the common until the reboot mult-episode framework. See how it all began with the first Doctor Who story, ever!, ‘An Unearthly Child.’ Or watch the fourth Doctor traipse around Paris with fellow Time Lord companion, Romana, in ‘City of Death.’ Or, check out the sixth Doctor in ‘Attack of the Cyberman‘ if only for a chance to marvel at his truly ridiculous coat.

Each story arc will cost you $1.50 in Facebook credits (seriously, they have their own money?! How behind the times am I?) and you’ll have the rental for 48 hours. Of course, if you have access to Netflix’s Instant Streaming you can already watch a handful of classic Who episodes, but the spectacular seventh Doctor story, ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy‘ is a Facebook exclusive. Unless you own the DVDs, but then this promotion really isn’t about you, is it?

Need some more Who to tide you over until October? Check out The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra, and yes the name pretty much sums it up correctly. The video below is of a musical project from several Who fans all performing Murray Gold‘s composition, “I Am The Doctor.” It was compiled through submissions and it’s simply, fantastic! Stay tuned to their Youtube page to find out how you can participate in their next piece, “This Is Gallifrey / Vale Decem.”

sources: TDW: Geek, GeekTyrant

The last couple of months have seen some crazy Firefly news running rampant, with online campaigns to raise the funds to buy the Firefly rights, give them back to Joss Whedon, and get the show back on television. All this based on an offhand tweet by Nathan Fillion. There were writers, actors, and fans all willing to get the ball rolling until it looked like it might take off and the whole thing was kiboshed by a Whedonite insider. Everyone pretty much wrote the whole thing off as a wonderful idea that would never be.

So I was floored when I read this mornings Entertainment Weekly interview with Mark Zuckerberg. That’s right; the Facebook guy is a big Firefly fan and has BOUGHT THE RIGHTS TO FIREFLY!

In the interview Zuckerberg tells of watching the show while still at Harvard with his long time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, pictured here.

“She (Priscilla) kept asking me to watch this new Scifi show. It ended up being a cool thing we enjoyed together.”

“When I showed her the Facebook page devoted to buying the Firefly rights and giving them back to Joss Whedon, she joked that I should just buy it, so I had some people look into it.”

Zuckerberg would not disclose the final buying price from 20th Century FOX, although it is rumored to have been in the $75 to $100 million dollar range. He went on to explain his plans to offer the television episodes and Serenity movie on Facebook’s new movie rental platform. As for new Firefly material, Zuckerberg says “he’ll leave that up to the experts.” Maybe an expert like Joss Whedon?

Could this be a wedding gift for Priscilla? Zuckerberg squashed that question pretty quick, but did add that he hoped to convince her to appear in the new episodes of Firefly; he even joked that he had a character name for her, “April Sloof”

I can’t wait to hear what Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, and the Firefly fans think about this news. Get that browncoat out of the closet, Nathan!

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What happens when the crew of the Enterprise and Facebook clash? Hilarity. Watch Black Moon Studios‘ video, What’s in Spock’s Scanner? below and laugh your ass off. It’s a brilliantly edited video, so good you’ll be tricked into believing this is how Star Trek‘s crew spend their downtime. The timing, reactions, everything is well done. I particularly love Sarek mistyping ‘wanker.’ Ha!

source: Topless Robot

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It all started with Nathon Fillion’s simple dream of winning the California Lottery, buying the rights to Firefly, and giving them back to Joss Whedon. This quickly blossomed into an online campaign to make it happen through fan support. Just as quickly Nathon asked fans to slow down, keep their money, and “just be good Browncoats.” The campaign continued in a slightly more subdued manner and then Maurissa Tancharoen, writer for Dollhouse, co-writer of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and, Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law tweeted in her two cents.

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Tancharoen wrote that “no one in the Whedonverse is in support” of the campaign, which she later clarified to make sure fans understood no one was AGAINST the fund-raising attempt, just that “no one is officially involved in any capacity” and “I wasn’t trying to bash dreams … but when money is involved … things get tricky.”

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Now there is a lot of back and forth from the fans on whether the HNBF (Help Nathon Buy Firefly) campaign WAS asking for and or receiving money or not. I think that’s kinda moot at any rate. Sooner or later people were gonna send money, that’s what a pledge is. Now the HNBF site posted, “Well, that’s that then.” and it doesn’t look like it will be updating from there.

The HNBF Facebook page is still going strong with a lot of fan reactions, predictions, and ideas to move forward in the face of Maurissa’s announcement. There is also a ton of, “Joss didn’t say no yet” kinda talk. I imagine that if the movement manages to move forward in a significant way that only then will Joss make a statement. My guess is that Maurissa drew the short straw in the Whedon household and had to stick her head above the battlements to see what fan arrows might hit while waving that white flag.

I’m still a big fan of Firefly and would love to see more. I think there’s better chances of seeing more comic books, novels, or web series, or movies than a return to television though. As for Maurissa, give her a break guys, she’s just the messenger.

source: blastr