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Week in Geek: George Takei Surprises Gay Teen, One iRing to Rule Them All, and More

By Jase Peeples

These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.

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George Takei Surprises Newly Out Gay Teen

New Jersey high school student Jacob Rudolph became a social media phenomenon when a video of him coming out publically to over 300 of his classmates went viral last month. Even Star Trek legend George Takei, one of Rudolph’s models, shared the young man’s video after hearing his story. This week, Anderson Cooper invited the brave teen to appear on Anderson Live to share his experience and surprised him by bringing Takei on stage to personally congratulate Jacob. See his reaction in the video clip below.

 

Young Justice and Green Lantern: TAS Get the Axe? Say it Ain’t So!

The world of animated superheroes got a little darker this week. Cartoon Network announced their lineup of new and returning programming for the 2013-14 season and, as some fans feared, both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series have been cancelled. Taking their place in the DC Nation programming block will be Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go. As disappointed as I am to see these shows get the axe, I’m glad to hear Cartoon Network is planning on keeping DC Nation around. At least we can look forward to another round of those fun animated shorts.

 

New Wonder Woman TV Series on Hold

Wonder Woman can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to television lately. Not only has Young Justice been cancelled – a series that featured both the Amazing Amazon and Wonder Girl – but the CW passed on ordering a pilot of the young Wonder Woman live-action drama, Amazon for 2013 as well. However, the network is still interested in the project and plans to consider the show for a possible 2014 release. Deadline is also reporting that “the CW may order an off-cycle pilot, so Amazon may go into production sooner if the network is happy with the final script.” Let’s keep our fingers crossed we’ll see our favorite lasso-wielding lady on the small screen soon.

Would an iRing Rule Your Tech?

If you’re a tech geek with an eye on the future, the blog itechfuture.com is definitely worth checking out. The site highlights amazing tech concepts such as the below iRing – a piece of high-tech jewelry which controls your iPod and other Apple devices. As awesome as it would be to see the concept become a reality, I can’t help thinking it would be even cooler if Apple teamed up with DC Entertainment to produce a Green Lantern edition. A glowing ring with the power to control every device in your home would induce nerd-gasms around the globe.

 

 

The House That Freddy Built

If you’re a fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street films and happen to have an extra $2.1million in your bank account, you could own the ultimate piece of Freddy Krueger memorabilia. The original Hollywood house that was used as the home of Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in A Nightmare on Elm Street is currently for sale and looks more fabulous than ever before. The home’s current owner purchased the iconic house back in 2006 and spent over a year on a complete renovation. Head over to Curbed LA to get a rare peek inside the house where we were first warned, “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”

 

Check out the previous week's geektastic round-up here and for more of my nerdy banter, be sure to follow me on Twitter.

JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for Gay.net and a contributor for Advocate.com, Out.com, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.

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