Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vaguely Geeky Quotes Quiz!

Whilst waiting for some renders to um, render - I was idly surfing Wired Magazine's website, and came across an article 100 quotes geeks should know. As an avowed geek myself, this interested me, and I thought I'd share it. A lot of them had a US geek cultural bent, so I've whittled it down to 20 more universal ones, and taken away the attributions for each quote. Many 'Spill points are on offer here, so get quizzing (and don't you dare click the above link til after!!)

1.“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”
2. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
3. “With great power there must also come — great responsibility.”
4. “Bill, strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”
5. “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.”
6. “Didja ever look at a dollar bill, man? There’s some spooky shit goin’ on there. And it’s green too.”
7. “Ray, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES!”
8. “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
9. “Nothing shocks me–I’m a scientist.”
10. “Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”
11. “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight blob of grease!”
12. “Time…to die.”
13. “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”
14. “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”
15. “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”
16. “Kneel before Zod.”
17. “Shall we play a game?”
18. “Make it so”
19. “Ya Ta!”
20. “I’m going to be playing some music, and then talking about that music”
Get set, GO!


steenbeck said...

Ooh, a quiz

1. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
2. 2001 (Hal)
4. Bill & Ted (Ted)
8. Star Wars (Hans Solo)
10. Back to the FUture
14. Jaws
15. Planet of the Apes
17 War Games

CaroleBristol said...

1. Monty Python's Holy Grail
2. 2001
3. The Empire Strikes Back
4. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
7. Ghostbusters
8. Star Wars (original film)
10. Back To The Future 1
15. Planet Of The Apes
16. Superman 2
17. The Diceman. Was there a film of The Diceman?
18. Star Trek TNG
20. School Of Rock

Shoey said...

9. Might be Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein.

Shoey said...

13. Is Marlon B as Kutz in Apocalypse Now.

Where is Proudfoot?

saneshane said...

11 = C3-PO (a new hope?)

9 Indiana Jones

gordonimmel said...

If 13 is Marlon in Apocalypse Now, he was actually quoting Oppenheimer's comment on the invention of the atomic bomb and HE was quoting the Bhagavad Gita, when Krishna reveals himself to Arjuna.

Is that geeky enough for you?

Abahachi said...

12. Blade Runner

zag said...

5 - Willy Wonka
8 - I thought Indiana Jones, correct actor, incorrect film by the looks of things

Catcher said...

3 - Uncle Ben in Spiderman.

17 - Joshua the computer in Wargames.

19 - Hiro in Heroes.

Catcher said...

Oops, steenbeck beat me to Wargames.

There were three I didn't know, and one of them isn't on the link (as far as I can see), so I'm going to guess it can be attributed to a much missed J.P.

Abahachi said...

"I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth."

ShivSidecar said...

I can help.

#6 is (?*%£@~!&$ - insert name later please, Ed...) in the original "Dazes And Confused" film.

And this ends the Sidecar contribution to Th' Spill for now. Off to save the cheerleader.

ShivSidecar said...

Er, Dazed.

CaroleBristol said...

D'oh! Yes, Wargames.

Catcher said...


"I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen".

Abahachi said...

Yes, definitely time for some more quintessentially British geek quotes...

(a) "We are the Martians now."
(b) "Did you know that that robot can hum like Pink Floyd?"
(c) "I'm not stupid, I'm not expendable and I'm not going."
(d) "What's a dreamcatcher?" "It's like a wind chime." "Then why didn't you say wind chime?"
(e) "I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow."

GarethI said...
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GarethI said...

(e) is, I think, John Pertwee as Doctor Who. He liked the line so much when he first used it – I'll ask my mate which episode and fill that in later – that he used it at every opportunity afterwards.
Now, I've got your Festives to listen to…

Blimpy said...

Steenbeck: 8 'spill points - almost penalised for calling him "Hans"
Carole: 3 'spill points
Shane: 2 'spill points
Gordon -a bonus 20 'spill points for being extra geeky with the Oppenheimer
Aba- 1 'spill point, plus a bonus 10 for adding extra geeky questions
Zag - 1 spill point
Catcher - 1 ya ta!
Shiv -- 1 stoned 'spill point to you, tee hee.

That still leaves 3 & 20 left to go - I'll be personally upset if no-one gets 20.

debbym said...

I am so ungeek it's making my eyes water, but I DO know the answer to Abahachi's humming robot - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the BoyWonder has recently embarked upon a Douglas Adams hero-worship phase, which is a joy and a wonder to behold!)

CaroleBristol said...

Is 3 from LOTR?

Mnemonic said...

a) is Quatermass (I think it's Quatermass and the Pit)

d) might be Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Abahachi said...

1 point to Mnemonic (yes, Quatermass and the Pit); 1 point to debbym (the original radio version of HHGTTG; the line was removed even from the commercial release of the series, presumably because the rights to an extract from Shine On You Crazy Diamond were too expensive; 1 point to GarethI (The Sea Devils). No, it isn't Buffy - these are all British series. But I give you...

"There is no cause for alarm. Actually there is cause for alarm, it just won't do you any good."

bethnoir said...

is 20 Jack Black is School of Rock? Probably not.
Is 3 not Spiderman then?

Some excellent films you've reminded me of there.

B-Mac said...

@beth -

not school of rock, it's not even from a film, or book, or comic, or tv series...

3 is indeed spiderman, from Amazing Fantasy issue #15 (1962)

Abahachi said...

Have to say that 20 sounds most like something said on one of the Spill podcasts, though off the top of my head I can't remember which one.

Exodus said...

Here's the ones I know
1) MOnty Python and the Holy Grail 'Constitutional Peasant'
2) HAL in 2001
8) Han Solo in Star Wars
10) Marty McFly in Back To The Future
15) Taylor (?) in Planet Of The Apes
17) the defence mainframe in 'War Games'
18) Sir Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG

Shoey said...

Wot no 'Spill points? Now how am I going to pay for all my wild living & mind altering substances?

debbym said...

# 20 wouldn't be Simon Rattle doing 'Sacre du Printemps' would it? No, didn't really think so...
(I was thinking of a project he did in Berlin with Royston Maldoom, which was released as a film called 'Rhythm Is It!')

I'm going for an Abahachi podcast - do I have to give my 'Spill point back if I'm wrong?

Blimpy said...

@Abahachi -you're on the verge of getting a record 1000 'spill points here,,,,keep going!!

TracyK said...

Catcher's "I gave her my heart. She gave me a pen" is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in say Anything...sigh.

Abahachi said...

Definitely not me. I have a nagging feeling that I've heard this recently, which would suggest that it was part of the MultiSpillerCast last month, and for some reason the syntax reminds me of Japanther, but no, I honestly don't know and am only guessing.

steenbeck said...

Isn't it the first podcast? The Blimpcast?

saneshane said...

ejd's summer podcast me thinks!

Blimpy said...

STeenbeck steals the 1000 'spill points from Abahachi - by correctly identifying ME, Blimpy McFlah, whose podcast catchphrase is that very quote!!


Blimpy said...

Ego? Moi?

sonofwebcore said...

I am not a geek, okay. I totally reject all forms of geekdom (whilst respecting them and offering them equal opportunities, of course.)
So I refuse to tell you how many out of 20 I got right.

steenbeck said...


1000 'Spill points!! I'm hyperventilating. Do I take them all at once, or should I go for 10 spill points a year for 100 years?!?!?! I...just can't believe my luck! I've imagined this day, but....

Actually, I'd like to say that I thought I knew the answer as soon as I realized it wasn't on the wired website, but then Abahachi got SO CLOSE, and I had to hold my weesht....

sigh. 1000 'Spill points...

Blimpy said...

Steenbeck, as a result of the global financial crisis, 'Spill points are worth 6,000% less that this time last year. Sorry to break the bad news...and to anyone who's been clinging onto or saving up their 'Spill points, your boat has sailed my friends.

1,000 'Spill points wouldn't even get you a signed copy of "Speng: The Man, The Myth, The Terrible Bastard" second hand tatty paperback with the last chapter ripped out.


steenbeck said...


I just put a non-refundable deposit on an island in the middle of the Atlantic!!!

CaroleBristol said...

Can I just say that I have a good quality, only slightly foxed, illustrated hardback copy of "Speng: The Man, The Myth, The Terrible Bastard", complete with the last chapter, for sale.

That final chapter is pretty hot stuff. The episode where Speng goes partying with a well-known member of the Royal Family, Wilson Pickett and The Vernon Girls is incandescent stuff and his story about being at the sessions for that legendary album with Gerry and the Pacemakers backing Nico is truly the dark side of the 1960s dream.

Of course, the libel laws prevent me mentioning the names of the Hollywood husband and wife couple who Speng had a three-day sex and drugs orgy with in Honolulu.

Offers over 10,000 'Spill points only please.

Blimpy said...

And that is why you should always read the last chapter of any book first. just incase you get hit by a bus before finishing it.

And, if Speng's not done it, it ain't worth doing!

Abahachi said...

Final answers on mine, incidentally, were Blake's Seven and Garth Merenghi's Darkplace. Whaddya mean, you've never heard of the legendary horror writer Garth Merenghi?

TracyK said...

You really should have heard of Garth: