Contributor Scott hosts a trivia game based solely on the Xbox 360 games that owns — which is damn near 200 games. Things get a little unfair when he reaches to the depths of his collection, basing questions off of obscure, still-cellophaned games from his collection. Can you best us in this video game trivia?
On this week’s podcast, the panel discusses the finales of The Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother (SPOILERS…a lot of them), as well as other current nerdy news. The conversation somehow gets distracted (as usual) with stories about our favorite cereals, whether or not we wanted to live in The Matrix, and a few thoughts about Megan Fox in the TMNT reboot.
On March 29, 2014, a few of us attended the first Chi-Fi, a new geek convention in Chicago, IL. Their official site claims Chi-Fi is a convention celebrating geekdom, and I would whole-heartedly agree. The convention isn’t centered around one facet of geekdom; it just celebrates everything nerdy. And unfortunately, due to some rude and unforeseen circumstances, the con had to make some last-minute changes, forcing this year to be more of a preview than a full-blown convention. But we still had a really good time and we are excited for next year’s full weekend event.
Keep reading for more information and some cool pictures from the night!
Do you need no-BS life advice from a grandfather you never had? Do you like books that expertly alternate between poop jokes and heartfelt memoirs? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then Shit My Dad Says might be the greatest thing you’ll ever read!
After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:
When I first listened to “Fish Food,” I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. What’s weird is that it wasn’t a wave of nostalgia about any songs or sound on the album — it was a nostalgia wave that pushed me back into a simpler time when the only jokes I thought about all the time related to dicks, sex, and poop. Let me back up here — I still quite frequently think about jokes like those — but not as much anymore, surprisingly. If one isn’t in the mood for such humor, this album isn’t for you. But if you aren’t afraid of a little dirty, irreverent humor, then I recommend proceeding.
Buckle up for a mesmerizing exercise of scatterbrained silliness as the panel struggles to stay on topic for this episode. We sort of talk about the current nerd news and the goings on in our world. Deconstructed discussion topics include: X-Men Days of Future Past, Oculus Rift, a skull being 3-D printed, Xbox One social reputation, Thor’s hammer, Amalgam Comics, Rainn Wilson, The Sims, and why completely selling out could be a great idea.
“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)”
by Mindy Kaling
Why you’d like it:
If you seek rapid-fire laughs, quick essays full of blunt life wisdom, or insight into Girl World, then you’ll probably finish this book in one glorious sitting. Oh, and of course, you’ll adore it if you’re a fan of Mindy as an actress or a writer or both! She’s bursting with industry information and advice.
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
The panel discusses recent happenings in Marvel, the Portal board game, the Big Bang Theory being renewed, and the future of optical discs. Things take a turn when the Cosmos reboot comes up and wacky philosophical thoughts come to play!
If fairy tales and mythology prick your interest and you long for tales of fantasy without the sugar coating, then you’ll surely want to check it out. Readers who’ve enjoyed any of Gregory Maguire’s books (the author of Wicked) might also want to give The Book of Lost Things a try.
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
Have you heard of a comic book called “Leaky Timbers” by Joey Ellis? If not, go check out the Kickstarter project right now and back it before it’s too late! Then, come back here and read my interview with Joey. He provided A+ responses to my questions about “Leaky Timbers,” his drawing process and inspiration, and his adorably endearing comic mascot named Wolfie Monster.
First, watch this short video (starring Wolfie Monster) to see what Leaky Timbers is all about:
How did you dream up Wolfie Monster and the Leaky Timbers residents? Were they a lifelong vision?
Leaky Timbers is an homage to Sesame Street. I have always loved the idea of monsters living together and finally decided to do my own take. I’ve drawn monsters for severals years now, building quite the library, and pulled some of my favorite designs to be used as Leaky Timbers residents. I’ve used a version of Wolfie in several promo pieces, but he was never “Wolfie” until I decided to make the book focus around him. Wolfie’s shape is very appealing, and easy to draw, and it fit the personality I had developed for him, so I just started going from there.