Author: Victor de la Cruz

Most of my childhood (and adult life) was spent doing a lot of geeky stuff: watching TV, playing video games and going to the movies. To some, it may have been a waste of time. Well, to me, it has made me what I am today... a geeky adult. I actually write for a couple of blogs, namely: geekwisdom.wordpress.com 3rdworldgeeks.com gamemoir.com Please check them out!

“Choose life.”

From: Trainspotting, T2: Trainspotting… and a T-Shirt

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Mark “Rent Boy” Renton

The story behind the quote: This quote actually comes from a litany of sources but it’s most popular coming from the the black comedy film from 1996 Trainspotting. The film is about a heroin addict named Mark “Rent Boy” Renton (played by Ewan MacGregor) and his friends and their generally drug fueled lifestyle. The film eventually spawned a sequel, T2: Trainspotting, which reunited pretty much the entire cast from the first film.

The quote is usually said at the very start, followed by a long monologue of other things you can “choose.” In Trainspotting, Mark Renton delivers it over a voiceover while running away from something.

In T2: Trainspotting, Mark Renton delivers an updated monologue to reflect the modern time period…

Oh, and Renton was upfront saying that the original meaning of this week’s quote was from an anti-drug campaign in the 1980’s anti-drug slogan. In fact, it was pretty big in some areas and it was even put on t-shirts. In fact, if you look at George Michael’s shirt in Wham’s! music video of Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, you can actually see it plastered on it.

Geek wisdom: There is so much in life that is good but you have to choose to live first. You have to choose life before you can actually start to enjoy what it can offer.

“Omelette Du Fromage!”

From: Dexter’s Laboratory

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Dexter

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the Cartoon Network classic show, Dexter’s Laboratory. The show is all about a boy genius named Dexter who has somehow build a complex lab unbeknownst to his parents. Unfortunately, his ditsy and nosy big sister, Deedee is fully aware of Dexter and his laboratory and she has made it a habit of messing around with his inventions.

The quote itself comes from the episode, aptly titled The Big Cheese. In order to prepare for a French exam, Dexter rigs a gadget wherein a French subliminal record will directly pump the language into his brain while he’s asleep. Unfortunately, the record gets stuck on the French phrase for “cheese omelette” and this renders Dexter able to only say the phrase. Surprisingly, this gives Dexter a new found level of fame and popularity and life seems good… until the very end of the episode, of course.

Geek wisdom: While the proper words are important, it’s equally important how you say those words. Sometimes, it’s not even the words that matter. A lot of the times, it’s going to be the way you say the words and how you express yourself when saying it. Make sure that, when talking to someone, you also communicate what you mean using tone and expressions.

“I have to go now. My people need me…”

From: The Simpsons

Genre: Cartoons, Television

Who said it?: “Poochie” (voiced by Roger Meyers, Jr.)

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the ever popular show, The Simpsons. However, the actual quote itself has now become misquoted as most people remember the line to be “I must go” because of the very meme that made the line so popular in the first place.

The quote comes from the 14th episode of the 8th season of the show entitled “The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show.” In an attempt to boost ratings for the flailing Itchy and Scratchy Show, the show’s producer, Roger Meyers, Jr. decides to add a new character into the mix, a hip dog named Poochie. Homer Simpson is hired to do the voice of the character. However, the character is universally disliked (except by Homer, of course). Homer’s plea to prevent the character from being killed off seems to have touched the show’s writers as he thinks the character can be bigger than every other character before. However, when the episode finally airs, the show airs as such…

Geek wisdom: There are people who think so highly of themselves that they can overstay their welcome. This was certainly true for Poochie in the show, even though he was only in a couple of episodes. Try to avoid those people as they will just bring everyone down.

“No one puts Baby in a corner.”

From: Dirty Dancing

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Johnny Castle

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the low-budget (really) film, Dirty Dancing. The film was made on a shoestring budget of only $6 million and has since raked in more than $200 millions since its 1987 release.

The quote comes from pretty much the end of the film. Johnny Castle (played by the late Patrick Swayze) returns to perform the last dance of the season, even though he was already fired. He then confronts the father of Frances “Baby” Houseman (played by Jennifer Grey) and delivers the quote before the two dance provocatively to the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

Oh, and just in case you came here looking for it, here’s Johnny and Baby dancing to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” below.

Geek wisdom: While parents only mean well and try their best to protect their children, they will have the impulse to become a little overprotective. If you are a child or a teenager, you have to understand that and try to prove that you’re trustworthy enough to handle yourself. If you are a parent, you will have to eventually let go and hope that you raised your children well enough to recognize what’s right and wrong.

I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

From: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Jessica Rabbit

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 1988 movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The movie was groundbreaking for several reasons. While it wasn’t the first movie to mix live action and animation, it was probably one of the best ones to do so as the actors and animated characters blended seemlessly together. The second reason was the amazing mix of animated characters, with Disney and Looney Tunes characters both in the same film for the first time.

The quote comes from the middle of the film from Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) and Roger Rabbit’s husband. Jessica pleads to Eddie Valiant (played by Bob Hoskins) to help find her husband, who is now on the run for suspicion of murder. Jessica comments that it’s difficult to be as beautiful as she is. She then delivers the quote to emphasize that she is the way she is.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, our circumstances in life will determine what we’ll be. There are going to be people who just haven’t had all the opportunities or have stuff thrust on us that we cannot control. But just because you don’t have all the opportunities, that doesn’t mean you have to let it control your life. You will have times to change those circumstances and make it work for you. Much like Jessica Rabbit, she uses the way she was drawn to her advantage.

“I am the danger!” and “I am the one who knocks!”

From: Breaking Bad

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Walter White/Heisenberg

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. The show is all about a high school chemistry school teacher named Walter White who contracts cancer. In the hopes of making enough money for his family before he passes, he decides to enter the illegal business of making a special kind of crystal meth. However, as the series progressed, the mild mannered Walter White (played by Bryan Cranson) turns more devious and brutal and constructs the persona of Heisenberg in order to keep his normal family life safe.

The quote comes from the 4th season episode entitled “Cornered.” Walter’s wife, Skyler, tries to convince him to turn himself over to the police as the business seems to be getting too dangerous. However, by this time, Walter has become more like his Heisenberg persona and, as he’s really good at making the illegal drug, his pride will not have him stop now. This is when Water gives one of the most memorable and powerful monologues from the show…

Geek wisdom: Everyone has a dark side to themselves. A lot of the times, we try to keep it hidden. But there are going to be times when this side of ourselves will come out. Now, whether it’s right to keep this part of ourselves locked up depends on the situation. There are going to be times when we have to become “the danger” to let everyone know that we can’t be pushed over so easily.

“I gotta believe!”

From: PaRappa The Rappa

Genre: Video Games

Who said it?: Parappa the Rapper

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Parappa the Rapper, one of the very first rhythm games to ever appear on the PlayStation. In the game, you control a dog named Parappa and press the buttons at the right time to keep up with the rhythm of the stage’s song.

Usually, before playing the stage, Parappa will encounter some situation where he decides that he has to learn a skill to impress his crush, Sunny Funny. Before he does go try to learn this new skill, he utters the quote, which is sort of his catchphrase.

Geek wisdom: If  you want to achieve your dreams, you have to believe you can. But, not only that, you have to work at it. Simply believing that you can doesn’t mean that you will. Parappa may only be doing small steps but those small steps are the first ones he needs to take to actually make his dreams a reality.

“When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.”

From: How I Met Your Mother

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Barney Stinson

The story behind the quote: This week’s episode comes from one of the most popular sitcoms in recent history, How I Met Your Mother. More specifically, it comes from the mouth of the most awesome characters in television history, Barney Stinson. True story.

The quote comes specifically from the first episode of the second season of the show. Marshall had just broken up with Lily and the rest of the gang are discussing the issue. Barney (played awesomely by Neil Patrick Harris) is his usual self and rather insensitive to the plight of his friends. He explains that Marshall should just stop being sad and then he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whenever life gets you down, you have the ability to change how you feel. If you’re down on your luck, do something to change your luck. Don’t mope around. Be the master of your own fate.

“I am Groot.”

From: Guardians of the Galaxy

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Groot

The story behind the quote: This quote comes from, well, Groot from the Marvel film and surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, it was a surprise that a movie that featured a bunch of Marvel characters that only hardcore comic book collectors know about managed to smash all sorts of box office records!

Anyway, the quote is actually the only thing that Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) can say as explained by Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper).

Actually, the explanation why Groot says just these three words, it turns out it just sounds like he is just saying I Am Groot. Underneath those three little words are a series of inflections and very subtle tonal changes that acts like his vocabulary.

There’s actually an entire language he speaks but you have to be incredibly astute to understand all of those almost negligible changes in pitches and speed to understand him.

Geek wisdom: Sometimes, it’s not what you say but how you say it. In fact, sometimes, the way you say something may change the meaning of the words themselves. Additionally, you have to also remember that actions speak louder than words. While we may not be able to understand what Groot is saying practically all the time, he lets his actions do the talking for him most of the time.

“A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.”

From: Cool Runnings

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Irving “Irv” Blitzer

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the American comedy Cool Runnings. The film is based on a true story of the first Jamaican bobsledding team, which is strange in itself as the country isn’t known for snow, and their journey to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The quote comes near the conclusion of the film. Derice Bannock (played by Leon Robinson) asks his coach, disgraced Olympic gold medalist Irving “Irv” Blitzer (played by John Candy) why he resorted to cheating, especially when he already had fame and fortune. Irv tries to explain that he had to keep on winning because that was his whole life. Derice can’t still understand, so Irv then delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: If you make it your sole purpose in life to just accumulate material items, wealth and fame, you’ll never be satisfied with your lot in life as you’ll always want more. Sometimes, you have to just be happy and content with what you have.