December 21, 2018
On December 18, 2018, a full 17 months after our previous episode, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Nerd Hurdles by recording our final episode. We did it as something we swore we’d never do: a live show.
If nothing else, we proved why we never did a live show—even before having a rambunctious toddler or when Facebook and YouTube made it so easy with their livestream technology. Technically easy, that is, performing a show on live video is a definite skill we’d never developed. Respect to those who do live video shows well.
Instead we preferred to hide behind the extremely edited facade of an audio podcast. And in that spirit, above you’ll find the fully edited, audio-only version of the episode. Or if schadenfreude and fremdschämen are more your speed, watch the full, unedited, mess of a livestream below.
January 10, 2017
We made a survey about Star Trek. A whopping 47 people responded (including us)! These results are totally scientific and reveal the ultimate truth about who the best and worst characters are and what series is the true fan favourite. You can’t argue with the opinions of a whole 47 people.
Listen via Soundcloud (above) or the fancy “enhanced” video version on our YouTube channel (below) which features illustrative and illuminating image pop-ups a-plenty.
See below for data! Small-d data, not Data. There really should’ve been an episode where the Enterprise was almost destroyed because someone misunderstood which data/Data was being referred to.
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January 3, 2017
Jakob and Mandi discuss the end of all things Gilmore Girls… or is it? Are we going to be subjected to another glimpse of Stars Hollow life in ten years’ time? And so on and so on, forever and ever, the same as Stars Wars and Trek? And what is the cultural relevance of having seen A Year In The Life or not having seen Rogue One. Plus, 2016 takes another life.
A couple quick notes of things I meant to bring-up on the episode but forgot:
Why is it that Gilmore Girls can’t portray any career accurately? I can only speak from experience of working at a university newspaper and being a musician, but from that I can extrapolate that they way they depict running an inn, diner or kitchen is a weird TV fantasy version as well. One thing I appreciated in A Year In The Life was that, ten years later, Zack and Lane are still in Stars Hollow playing what they would’ve previously considered sell-out jazz in an alley. Much more realistic than hipsters booing Zack’s on-stage melt-down that breaks up Hep Alien. For a show that claims to love and honour music, the writers sure seem to have never been to an indie show before.
I was really hoping they’d address, or acknowledge, Lorelei’s mental health issues in A Year In The Life and, for a hot moment, it looked like it was finally going to happen when Emily tricks her into attending therapy with her. But the moment passes and Lorelei is left to carry on blissfully unaware of her narcissistic personality disorder, or whatever it is the jumble of anti-social traits the writers have given over the years add up to. Emily does call her out for steamrolling through peoples’ lives but Emily’s opinions of Lorelei have long been positioned to be either ignored or viewed in reverse. And while I can understand why the producers don’t want to diagnose their lead manic pixie dream girl as mentally ill, but if she isn’t then… she’s just a living nightmare and every act of inter-personal destruction she’s committed over the course of 7.5 seasons is, at best, normalized and, at worst, romanticized as a quirky ideal.
December 20, 2016
Since having a baby (the titular Quill), we watch a lot more Netflix and get out to the movies a lot less. So no timely Rogue One or Fantastic Beasts reviews (probably to the relief of many listeners). Instead we talk Orphan Black (yay), Star Trek: Enterprise (ehh), For The Love of Spock (guh), Gilmore Girls (yah) and Captain America: Civil War (good lord).
November 17, 2016
This week we talk about a couple DC television shows, the fabulous Gotham and the pretty good Supergirl. But not The Flash or Green Arrow because we’re not super dedicated nerds and just watch whatever superhero shows Netflix throws in our laps. As some listeners have noted, we’re not even aware of the bronze, silver and gold eras of Batman. We can only assume the only true Batman, Adam West, is in the Platinum era.
October 26, 2016
In this episode Jakob and Mandi chat about the marvelous marvels of the Marvel universe. Well, Luke Cage and Deadpool at least. They also discuss Star Trek: Enterprise Season 3 and Bones Season 11.
October 14, 2016
Mandi and Jakob had a baby. It’s been… an experience. From the terror and trauma of childbirth to the trials, tribulations and total hell that is breast feeding, it’s been a month-long journey on a hard road paved with scabs and slick with numerous bodily fluids. Parenthood is, apparently, a complete horror show.
On the plus side, they’ve watched a lot of the underrated Star Trek: Enterprise.