Nerd Hurdles on Atomic Trivia War 9000

July 15, 2011

potter trivia

No episode from us this week as we were on vacation last week. Tune in again next week.

But fret not, we are on the Atomic Trivia War 9000 podcast getting questions wrong.

Listen to our shame HERE.


Episode 88 – Diets

November 12, 2010

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Garfield once said “Diet is just DIE with a T.”

But what’s the nerd perspective on diets? Eating a lot of “gamer goo” while playing 36 straight hours of WoW? That might not be the best weight-loss strategy.

It’s a timely topic since it’s time for NOvember™*, our annual post-Sugar Fest (aka Halloween) diet. It’s an easy diet to follow. Simply say NO to the following nasty foods.

  • NO refined sugar
  • NO dairy
  • NO processed meat
  • NO processed soy products
  • NO deep-fried foods
  • NO yeast
  • NO gluten
  • NO alcohol
  • NO caffeine

It’s actually not as hard as you might think to cut these foods out of your diet. Well, except for the last item (and this year we’ve been eating gluten in the form of wraps, but no other breads).

Another NO you might want to add is eggs. There isn’t on the list since I don’t eat eggs anyway (it’s a completely horrific concept), and the diet was designed to cut out the nasty foods I do eat.

I think next year I might go the full monty. Actually I should probably put salt on that list but let’s be reasonable. You have to draw the line somewhere and I’m drawing it at food still having flavour.

*Not to be confused with Movember, which is also a good thing to do.


Episode 75 – Nerdpreciation

July 30, 2010

Nerd Hurdles wouldn’t exist without one specific thing. Not the Internet. Not Jakob’s Zoom H4 Handy Recorder. Not even Simply Syndicated. No, it’s you the listener who’s made this diamond jubilee possible. Because although we could still do the show without you, we probably wouldn’t. That would be a bit sad. For episode 75 we give our appreciation to you, the nerds who’ve stuck by us, by reading out some of your letters, new and old, as we go on an unintentionally self-serving ego trip. Next stop: We’re awesome!

Nerd Roll of Splendor (incomplete reverse chronological order of letter-writers):

Scott Reynolds; Greg Blanchard (Inappropriate Conversations); Paul Melvin; Tony Pucci; Joseph Ingram; Jasmin Louise; Yannick Richeux; Rachel Glastetter; Tim J. Evans; Jack H. Audas Preston; Simon (WryTerra); John Johnstone; Jen; Agustin Chancusi; Jeff Allam; Laura Cooper; Victoria Panos; The improbably named Jeff Speck; Josh Gonzalez; Derek Prinsloo; Kennedy Gordon; Jonathan Higham; Chris Crookall; Craig Denniston; Stephen Rivers.


Episode 74 – Bard Times

July 23, 2010

Kill Shakespeare creators Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col at TCAF 2010

There’s no shortage of people who wished they could kill their highschool English teacher in the middle of a unit on King Lear. Or, one better, kill Shakespeare himself.

No other body of work has ever been so universally perceived as the driest form of torture imaginable. Most people would rather chew chalk dust then sit through MacBeth or even (perhaps especially?) The Merry Wives of  Windor.

The irony is the world of Shakespeare is still one of the juiciest, bloodiest and sexiest to ever exist on the stage or on the page. Too bad all the gravy is sopped up by the stale bread of outmoded diction.

People are always trying to rehydrate the Bard though. From Tom Stoppard to manga publishers to Ethan Hawk, Shakespeare adaptations and updations are as perennial as that which we call a rose. Some are successful, some are mere sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The latest fair youths to update The King of Shadows are writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery and artist Andy Belanger. Co-creators of new IDW comic series Kill Shakespeare (which hit the stage a few months ago), the trio have earned great applause for their toil and trouble.

Recently, Jakob and Del Col met up at Toronto’s Deer Park Public Library where they discussed Old Willie, Tarantino, the comic itself, and Boba Fett—in hushed, conspiratorial tones.

Jakob and Mandi couldn’t take the Shakespearian plot devices and summer-stock acting anymore so this week they left GalacTALKa to Igor and The Banana.

They discuss the first two episodes of BSG Season 4.5 and are paid a visit by Igor’s newest creation, The Manicorn. Whom everyone agrees is dorn handsome.


Episode 73 – Radio Free Hurdles (Gag Reel 3)

July 16, 2010

We’re not sure if people even like these “gag reel” episodes but we pull them out whenever there wouldn’t otherwise be an episode. Mandi was away at the Winnipeg Folk Festival last week and Jakob was busy recording an interview for next week’s show, so this is what you get. Flawed hurdles are better than no hurdles at all, right? Amirite?

Okay, well. Here’s our third gag reel episode anyway.

This time around we’re not just serving up a smorgasbord of gaffs, but some choice cuts and never before heard classics like:

  • Memories of Kurt Cobain (15 minutes of tangent from either the 1st or 2nd Zombies episode)
  • Mediocracy (unreleased Idiocracy mini-episode recorded in March 2009)
  • Inthest ith betht (Igor & Banana warm-up for Sexy Hurdles 2)
  • Buffy / Twin Peaks re-cast (out-take from Buffy)
  • Trevor smoking in the boy’s room at a Motley Crue concert
  • Igor ‘Grew a Banana (Making a merkin with Ro Karen)
  • And much, much more!

 


Short-form Formspring answers sprung

July 5, 2010

Who were Yonge and Bloor?

Trapeze artists in the early 1900’s. They came to Toronto seeking fame and, hopefully, fortune but instead plummeted to their deaths in the center of what is now a busy intersection. Trapeze Marketing (www.trapeze.com) was actually named in honour of their tragic demise. ~ Toronto Historian, Jakob

Is this a pimple, or a boil?

It’s an extra nipple. The seeping white liquid is milk. Harvest it and put it in the coffee of your house guests. ~ Dr. Jakob

Are either of you Studio Ghibli fans?

Mandi: Haaaaaammmm!

Jakob: In Toy Story 3 last night, I responded to the Totoro cameo by cooing, out loud, “Totoro!” The Japanese girl sitting beside me giggled. Later, she bawled at the end of the movie. Some people might call this the result of “heavy-handed emotional cues” but they have no soul.

We probably have more Studio Ghibli movies on our shelf than any other franchise besides Star Trek.

Response via Facebook: I do so have a soul. (Kyprieth)

The end: Nigh or not nigh?

As long as Bill Nighy is involved, it’s all going to be okay.

Seriously though, I think we’re at the end of the beginning of the end but the end of the end is still quite a ways off from beginning since we have to get through the whole middle of the end before the beginning of the end of the middle begins and the end can truly begin. ~ Prophet Jakob

You ask, we’ll answer: www.formspring.me/nerdhurdles


Episode 64 – May The 4th Be With Us

May 7, 2010

We were sick when we recorded this episode on May the 4th, Star Wars Day. Not having the energy to work up to tackling this venerable topic was probably the only way we were going to work up to tackling it. In roughly the same frame of mind as Luke when he was half-dead and delirious in the Hoth tundra, we dove headfirst into this Sarlac pit. We give this beloved franchise about as much respect as a Wookie feels for himself after waking up in bed with a  couple shaved Ewoks and a killer hangover.

VS.


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