Seriously Geeky Sundays – What’s In a Name?

It is Sunday once more, and we all know what that means, don’t we?

You guessed it, it’s time for Seriously Geeky Sundays once again, and this time we’re playing a bit of a name game! As always, these questions have been extracted from the powerful mind of Just Geeking By‘s Heather, I highly recommend checking her site out, cos there’s a lot of excellent content on there!

Anyway, let us take a look at today’s content, shall we?

This week I’ve got a unique one for you all because everyone’s questions are going to be slightly different. What’s in a name? Well, what’s in your name is actually the question. This week each question is based on each individual writer.

Question 1 – Thinking of your name/alias, what is the first female character you think of that has the same name/or a name that starts with the same initial? Do you like them?

Hmm, W for Winst0lf, eh?

Let’s go with Willow Rosenburg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer then, seeing as how I’m rewatching that at present.

Willow is Buffy’s best friend, a caring, awkward nerd who eventually becomes a very powerful witch as the series go on. She often acts as as Buffy’s moral compass, especially when it comes to her education, and is willing to put her life on the line for the good fight.

There was even an alernate timeline evil version!

She is also one half of the series’ most memorable romances, when she falls in love with fellow witch Tara (ah, that floaty dancing scene!)

What, you thought I’d say with Oz? Seth Green is cool and all, but that werewolf costume… oh boy…

Question 2 – How about a male character? How do you feel about them?

Well, as Winst0lf starts with a W let’s go with one of animation’s most unfortunate desert beasts, poor Wile E Coyote (Super Genius).

Yep, poor Wile E Coyote is a self credited super genius, a predator of great intellect and skill who should have been more than a match for Bugs Bunny. Except he really wasn’t! Bugs’s cunning made a damned fool of the desert dog and sent him packing.

Thankfully, it didn’t end there for our villainous beast, for he then had a long running Looney Tunes series in which he went after a rather jammy road runner bird, using all manner of dubious traps and inventions from the ACME corporation to even the odds.

He never did, total failure. But, for all his disasters, I always quite liked the guy, maybe it’s his never-say-die attitude?

Question 3 – What about an actor; what is the best and worst thing they’ve done?

Hmm.. Wobert Wedford? Warnold Schwarzenegger?

Okay, got one!

Will Smith! This American actor has done so damn much on our screens over the years that picking out just one of his feats is hard work indeed. Fresh Prince, Men in Black, Independance Day

I think I’ll go for Men in Black though. This 1997 sci fi comedy movie was fantastic, Smith rocked it with his usual quickfire wit and co-star Tommy Lee Jones played a brilliant foil for him as his partner. (thought be fair, Vincent D’Onofrio always stole the show for me as Edgar!)

Unfortunately, Mr.Smith has also been i a fair few stinkers. One I really didn’t rate was I Am Legend, in which Smith was the only man left alive in post-apocalyptic New York City, fighting off hordes of naff-CGI zombie/vampire things. It somehow managed to be boring despite the premise and they killed the dog! THE DOG!

Question 4 – What was your favourite soundtrack during your teens?

A fine question!I’d go with the score to 1997’s JRPG masterpiece, Final Fantasy VII. I remember spending my lunch breaks in high school using the one internet computer in the IT room to download FFVII MIDI files onto floppy disks so I could listen to them at home on my (pre-internet) PC.

What? I’m old, ok?

Standout tracks include the boss theme, City of the Ancients and the Jenova theme, but the whole lot is really amazing!

Question 5 – Go to a shelf/collection and count the letters of your name across or down. Tell us about the item you just picked out!

It’s Small Robots, by Thomas Heasman-Hunt, aka @smolrobots on Twitter!

I actually crowdfunded this book on Unbound, after following the Small Robots Twitter account and seeing a whole ton of delightfully cute (and useful) automatons, mixed in with some very interesting discourse from Thomas on the side.

The book is great fun, very well illustrated and of fantastic quality, I really recommend checking it out!

Question 6 – Have you ever heard a characters name and formed an opinion about them before you met them? Was your opinion right?

I have to admit, I can’t think of an occasion where this has been true!

There was almost an occurrence of it recently, as I was reading through Dan Abnett’s The Warmaster, a part of the Gaunt’s Ghosts series of books set in the Warhammer 40k universe.

The titular Warmaster, Macaroth, has been discussed heavily through the books leading up to this point, helping to inform the opinion of him being a hard, unbending soul who sees his soldiers as nothing more than numbers. Naturally, that’s what one is expecting upon finally meeting the crusade commander and…

He ended up being quite different to my expectations! Dammit!

So, there we go! Another day, another successful delve into the world of Seriously Geeky Sundays! I hope you enjoyed my answers to Heather’s excellent questions and, as ever, get those other posts under the #SeriouslyGeekySundays hashtag read too, or else!

(Or else I shall encourage you once more!)

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