Can’t let the day pass without wishing Stan Lee a happy 90th birthday. Although the history of comic books and superheroes was written by many, if there’s one person who represents that world to the public it’s Stan the Man. For co creating Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko) alone he warrants a place of highest honor in the geek Olympus. Happy birthday, Stan!
Geeky Friday bids a fond farewell to British puppeteer master Gerry Anderson, creator of “Supermarionation” and the man behind such sci-fi TV hits as Thunderbirds, Stingray, Fireball XL5, Supercar, and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions, all staples of many geeks’ childhoods. He later worked on UFO, Space 1999, and others. Gerry passed in London on December 26 at age 83.
Print isn’t dead but it’s on its way according to results of a recent telephone survey of more than 2000 people conducted by the Pew Internet Research Center. Americans age 16 and older who read en ebook grew from 16 percent in 2011 to 23 percent this year. Libraries lending etexts expanded even larger, jumping from 2011’s 24 percent to 31 percent in 2012.
Happy New Year, everyone. Kick back, relax, and get your geek on in 2013.