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Who are the people behind Geekdom House and what do they do? You well might ask, but question no longer, because Casey Covel has gone deep into the trenches to determine who we are and what you need to know. Today’s biography and nerd-cred heavy questions are all about our Admiral and Founder, Kyle Rudge.As though by prophetic destiny, Kyle always knew it was his mission to minister to the often-misunderstood and belittled geek culture.
Geekdom House and its special features are largely inspired by key events that took place in Kyle’s backstory. An impromptu sing-along of “Hero of Canton” during a pre-screening of Serenity opened Kyle’s eyes to how geek culture is used to create community, as small pockets of chatting friends dissolved and the entire theater evolved into one large friend group. This “eureka moment” led to the establishment of Geekdom House’s Wandering Minstrels choir.
With community at the forefront of his legendary quest, Kyle wields the power of facilitation—the ability to create conversation involving all walks of life, bringing out others’ beliefs, values, and personal stories for discussion and growth. “The medium is the message” is the mantra on Kyle’s proverbial standard, and it’s most apparent during Geekdom House Live! nights, where what is said is never as important as how it is said.
With the Deity of all Creativity behind him, Kyle sees no reason why he and others who practice the Christian faith can’t step up their creativity game and contribute something meaningful and unique to the geek culture.
Kyle is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades. His resume is littered with more details than the Marauder’s Map—collaborating with music artists, owning a web and media company, hosting a radio station, acting as an air traffic controller, working with national non-profits… and, of course, maining Evelynn in League of Legends. As much as he loves grinding up levels in a strategy RPG, Kyle finds discovering new things to be most rewarding, particularly when connecting with others. “Why do people love what they love?” is the question that keeps his geeky appetite hungry for more.
Kyle’s vision for Geekdom House’s future is crystal clear: he wants to build a 10,000 foot sanctuary for geeks, complete with galleries of fan art, a retro video game café, an action figure museum, and a giant Super Mario pipe slide.*
*And, yes, it will have motion-activated sound effects.
What people think Kyle does at Geekdom House: Sits in an ivory tower binge-watching the latest Marvel show on Netflix.
What Kyle thinks he does at Geekdom House: Listens lots, speaks little, nags people to do their jobs.
What Kyle actually does at Geekdom House: Manages staff, hosts Geekdom House Live!, co-hosts the Infinity +1 podcast, manages fundraisers and events, directs the vision, comforts the broken, stands for the wounded, encourages the uninspired.
Below is the transcript of questions Casey asked Kyle (you can also listen to us reading these aloud on Episode 78 of the podcast):
1. Just to make sure this interview gets kicked off right: tell me an unpopular opinion you hold about something geeky that’s guaranteed to start a friendly debate in the comments section below.
I don’t like Batman or Wolverine. I think they’re the same character and I dislike them for the same reason. Both characters are primarily based in vengeance, so their entire motivation is to be vengeful. I don’t think that’s a great character motivator, and I don’t think that’s something we should be super excited about, but I also understand why people like it.
2. Now we’re going to play a game of Madlibs in order to reveal your epic backstory. You give me the part of speech that I ask for, and I’ll fill in the blanks:
When I was 42 (number), I dreamed of one day becoming an air traffic controller (fantastical occupation). It wasn’t until I discovered I was a Kardashian (fictional race/creature) that I realized it was my destiny to fall (present-tense verb) to Miami (place). Grabbing my smelly (adjective) but functional power glove (fictional item), I met up with Korra (fictional character, female) and Yoda (fictional character, male) and learned how to teleport (special ability, present tense). Today, I continue to collect bellybutton lint (fictional hobby) with my pet man-eating plant (type of creature) named Will Adama (fictional character), dreaming of the day that I will flee (verb, present tense) the short (adjective to describe a person) Apocalypse (name of villain).
Moving on… I’m going to ask some very serious questions, but you have to answer them all in movie quotations (bonus points for using quotes from Star Wars or Zero Wing).
3. How did you know you were the Chosen One, destined to found Geekdom House?
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
4. How would you describe the other two members of your Triforce—Allison and Jason?
Allison – “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.”
Jason – “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
5. Detail a day in the life of the Geekdom House founder.
“Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”
6. What is Geekdom House’s top-secret mission?
“All your base are belong to us.”
7. Besides the Area of Effect magazine and Wandering Minstrels Choir, what other side-quests does Geekdom House offer?
“Kneel before Zod.”
8. Where do you see yourself and Geekdom House in 376 elf years (53 human years)?
“Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.”
9. What inspires your work at Geekdom House?
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be the blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
10. What are the most challenging and rewarding things about being the Admiral?
Challenging – “Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer.”
Rewarding – “A hero need not speak. When he is gone, the world will speak for him.”
11. Using a quotation from Guardians of the Galaxy, what advice would you offer would-be adventurers on their quest to navigate the realms of faith and geekdom?
“We are Groot.”
Now for a few free-style questions to wrap things up:
12. What three characters would I have to chimera together in order to create you?
Will Adama from Battlestar Galactica – He carries the weight of so many on his shoulders, and yet still manages to walk day by day with that weight on him.
Nocturne from League of Legends – He’s an assassin that you never see coming. If you were to play games with me, you would understand.
Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist – He is the one who makes Edward both wise and brave. He is the one who is constantly lifting up his brother to do great things, and that’s what I often feel my role is.
13. What mostly-useless superpower would you love to have?
I would love the ability to telepathically manipulate people’s Netflix recommendations. I think there’s nothing more annoying than when somebody messes with your Netflix account, and now your recommendations include “pre-teen dramas.” I think a lot of fun could be had with that.
14. What’s the longest you’ve ever binge-watched a TV show?
Oh, man. Five seasons of How I Met Your Mother over a Christmas break. I was stuck in Norway with only internet, so that’s all I did.
15. What’s the last movie that made you cry? (If you’ve never cried over a movie, write a 100-word essay about the advantages of being an android).
Avengers: Age of Ultron. Quicksilver’s death in front of Scarlet Witch.
16. Would you like a cheese stick?
If it has marinara sauce. You can’t eat a cheese stick without that.
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