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message 1: by Joel (new)

Joel i am interested in seeing how this translates to girls.


message 2: by karen (new)

karen i am a girl!


message 3: by Joel (new)

Joel yes. that is what i meant. since i am a boy, as is greg, as is my understanding.


message 4: by karen (new)

karen i was just being excited. for my gender.


message 5: by karen (last edited Jun 02, 2011 06:43PM) (new)

karen it's fun to be a girl


message 6: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine i want to read this too. I am a girl!


message 7: by karen (new)

karen oh, great, jasmine reading a book full of pop culture references... i can hardly wait...


message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine karen wrote: "oh, great, jasmine reading a book full of pop culture references... i can hardly wait..."

I know that never happens I mean the book I'm reading now only referenced the artist formerly known as prince... that's so 1999


message 9: by Joel (new)

Joel but jasmine, you were barely alive in the '80s!


message 10: by karen (new)

karen exactly - jasmine has no awareness of contemporary pop culture, so her reading this... so far before her birth... i am going to have to answer a lot of questions...


message 11: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I will watch blade runner first.


message 12: by Joel (new)

Joel heh -- i watched blade runner right after i finished this.


message 13: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I feel like I am better at geek pop culture. I've played dungeons and dragons. I might not have too many questions about this book


message 14: by karen (new)

karen okay, i will trust in your geekiness


message 15: by Joel (new)

Joel i am excited about your review of this.


message 16: by karen (new)

karen it will be soon, but i might knock off the 3 men in a boat review first...


message 17: by karen (new)

karen i knew plenty of those boys.
girls know better than to quote.

so - okay, my bad - i was watching them in the 80's with my dad, but i assumed everyone else had already seen them somehow, because my dad had.

i take it back, sort of.
sort of.


message 18: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I like the yellow


message 19: by karen (new)

karen i liked the yellow, too. but it didn't last - i was going through the whole rainbow...


message 20: by Joel (new)

Joel yeah, you can make the argument that most of the stuff had an impact on kids in the '80s, but really the author was just using the soapbox to name his own favorite geek things. he also gets away with it a bit but not making all the stuff he references totally integral to the quest.

BUT it is highly plausible that halliday would count stuff from the '70s as the '80s because he was little in the '70s and a teen in the '80s. i do that -- i should really think of myself as a '90s kid because that was when i was in middle and high school, but i had nine years to soak up the '80s too...


message 21: by Greg (new)

Greg I think those non-80's things were still things that geeks from the 80's gravitated towards, like Neal Stephenson. Great review though!


message 22: by karen (last edited Jun 11, 2011 12:08PM) (new)

karen i knooooow, but my poooooint is that this character was obsessed with the 80's, not with geek culture in general. i am talking about narrative integrity for goodness' sake


message 23: by Miriam (new)

Miriam That is an adorable photo.


message 24: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Such a cute yellow-haired moppet! Moppet isn't an insult, is it? Not meant to be.


message 25: by karen (new)

karen no, moppet is good. i wish i was still a moppet.


message 26: by Joel (new)

Joel That screen capture just furthers my convictions that duckie was gay.


message 27: by karen (new)

karen not duckie!!!!


message 28: by Jen (new)

Jen I too knew boys who quoted Monty Python. They were a strange strain of the Boy Scouts who later went totally Nirvana/Pearl Jam alternative. It is from them that I first heard of Python and what to do if someone came at me armed with a banana.


message 29: by karen (new)

karen all good lessons.


message 30: by Joel (new)

Joel now that you mention it, there was a big crossover in the boy scouts/python fans crowds... interesting.


message 31: by karen (new)

karen makes perfect sense - i bet they all stuck it out to become eagle scouts, too.


message 32: by Greg (new)

Greg I was a Boy Scout, and I didn't really ever get into Monty Python, actually I don't ever remember hearing anyone in Boy Scouts make a Monty Python joke. I remember there were a lot of Spinal Tap and Strange Brew jokes though.


message 33: by karen (new)

karen you were clearly not one of the "cool" boy scouts.


message 34: by Joel (new)

Joel cool boy scout = logic fail (full disclosure: i was one until sophomore year).


message 35: by Miriam (new)

Miriam My bf was a boy scout and likes Holy Grail but nothing else of the Flying Circus ilk.


message 36: by Jen (new)

Jen I think the boy scouts I knew relied on Python for all their camp skit needs. I know they did so when they were in a co-ed Ranger group I was in. By that time at least one of them wanted to be Flea more than anything else, and almost all of them had managed to pick up the guitar long enough to learn the first few notes to "Come as you are" by Nirvana. But I think pretty much everyone did that then.


message 37: by karen (new)

karen holy shit, you were a texas ranger!!

can i have your autograph?


message 38: by Jen (new)

Jen Yes. Of course. All Texas Rangers have camp skit time.




Not really. It was a high school camping group in another state.


message 39: by karen (new)

karen illusions = shattered.


message 40: by Jen (new)

Jen I will work on my roundhouse kick. You never know what can happen.


message 41: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal Shwing!


message 42: by Crowinator (new)

Crowinator OMG, you mentioned Anything Box! I *just* found my cds of those this week and I'd totally forgotten about them. I was waiting in this book for a NKOTB reference, but I guess that was too much to ask. (c:


message 43: by karen (new)

karen anything box are way cooler than nkotb, though. and you know it. go dance a number for me...


message 44: by Crowinator (new)

Crowinator Karen, I agree, but I didn't discover Anything Box until late high school. I loved NKOTB in the 80s like all my friends, though I was pretty much done with them in the early 90s like everyone else. They were such a quintessential 80s thing for me, but nary a mention in Ready Player One that I could find. I wonder if it is because the author and main character are boys.


message 45: by karen (new)

karen jealousy. all the girls had their attention elsewhere and he couldn't get any play.


message 46: by Micha (new)

Micha HA! I had the SAME reaction to this book, Karen. Also, I'm sorry those DJs made you suffer through James that way. It's definitely NOT a danceable song and as a old lover of 80's gothy dance nights (they play better music) I was cringing for you.


message 47: by karen (new)

karen we should totally go dancing.


message 48: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Awww, I forgot how cute you look in yellow! CUTE!


message 49: by Micha (new)

Micha Brilliant! I find my black lipstick fom 1993 and some Doc Martens!


message 50: by karen (new)

karen i have my fingerless gloves and my five-yard stare...


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