At the end of every year, it is always common to see various “top ten” or “greatest ‘x’ of the year” lists. Well, this is a little different, it is my list of:
The Top 5 Non-Geek Moments of 2011
5. The Tevatron Particle Accelerator at FermiLab shuts down
On September 30th, the 2nd largest particle accelerator in the world shuts down, mostly due to lack of federal funding, but also because the Large Hadron Collider in Europe has pulled a lot of the university research projects that had been staples of the Tevatron (specifically the majority of Higgs boson research). While FermiLab still has other projects to keep it active, it kind of emphasizes the attitude America has towards science, and the fact that we are no longer the world leader in these kind of things.
4. I Start Going Back to the Gym
Okay, seriously, I don’t want to be old, broke, bald AND fat. What did you expect. Don’t worry, it is not like I’m going to show up to a Comic Convention with a six-pack. Even though I would look amazing in spandex.
3. The End of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program
Not a good year for science in this country. Once again, government budget cuts and aging technology take another victim. This time, our beloved reusable space transportation. Luckily, companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are doing their best to have their designs replace the shuttle.
2. DC Comics ReNumber and ReBoot (Nearly) EVERYTHING
This could probably be called one of the best things to happen, especially since the new directions and art teams are putting together some great and compelling books. DC’s market shares and sales numbers also reinforce that this was a great idea. For those of us that love our characters, but also are big collectors, the renumbering of books that have gone on uninterrupted for over 75 years (ahem, Detective Comics), is sort of frustrating.
1. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Another movie? Does Part 1 mean that there is another part? Let’s forget that the books are horribly written, fluff with no real soul. The ideas in this “saga” fly in the face of everything vampires are. They don’t go in the sun because they will sparkle? They knock up teenagers? I understand how it fits into the whole Kardashians/Jersey Shore/Teen Mom media world that is becoming the norm. As Geeks, we shouldn’t forget how literature’s vampires really are: however Anne Rice said they were.
I feel like 2012 has to be better; considering that a certain amazing double trilogy will be re-released in theaters, in 3D, beginning February 10th.