Nerd Pride

April 26, 2009

Episode 15 is now live. Wherein we discuss one of our favourite topics, Nerd Pride. Gaze upon this helpful diagram when listening to help you determine what kind of nerd you are. What are your nerd strenths and weaknesses? What makes you proud to be a nerd? Why do you feel ashamed? How does one reach the ginger havens? Things to ponder.

Episode 15 Tasks:1. Come out as a nerd to someone you don’t think realizes this about you.
2. Admit that your level of interest in your interests is nerdy even if your interest is not nerdy (i.e., music, fashion).
3. Reclaim “nerd.” It’s not an insult. When meeting a fellow nerd on the street say, “Yo, nerrrrrd” and give them the Vulcan salute.


Episode 015: Nerd Pride (Special Edition)

April 26, 2009

Say it loud, I am a nerd and I am quite proud, to be honest! Jakob and Mandi explore what it means to be a nerd in our society and why it should be a source of pride. Other topics include the Nerd of the Month and the ginger havens.

A NOTE ON THE SPECIAL EDITIONS: Before we joined the Simply Syndicated network, the first 31 episodes of Nerd Hurdles were hosted on Podbean. Technically, they still are. But since letting our pro-account lapse there’s been a bandwidth problem were the files are only available for the first half of the month before they hit the Podbean ceiling. While SimSyn’s hosting was on Libsyn, we started releasing these episodes as “Special Editions” with newly recorded introductions. When SimSyn moved our hosting to Soundcloud, those files were again lost (and we’d only managed to upload the first 10 anyway). So, here they are once more; uploaded to a 3rd audio service and hopefully the last.


Earth Day

April 23, 2009

Since yesterday was Earth Day, I thought it would a good time to revisit my thoughts on Earth Hour (episode #11) in relation to Earth Day. Well, not surprisingly my thoughts on Earth Day are the same as Earth Hour, only 24 times over. I find it a hypocritical PR-bandage which acts as a guilt-vent allowing people to continue to lead a destructive lifestyle while feeling they’re making a difference.

Conversely, I also see it as an important awareness tool, getting people to think about eco-issues when they may not normally do so. It’s a tricky issue.

According to a recent poll, apparently Canadians would rather save money than the environment. This doesn’t surprise me. Convenience is king. On Friday my office is taking part in the Twenty-Minute Clean Up. That is, for 20-minutes were going out with plastic bags and putting discarded plastic and cardboard we find in the nearby ravine into them. This a great beautifying task. The ravine will look so much better. So much so, perhaps people will continue to not think about how all their food products are encased in plastic or cardboard packaging. Out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes I think we should get our green spaces get filled up with trash. As a demonstration that the issue of trash needs to be cured at the systemic level (the banning of food packaging). Not with a 20-minute band-aid.

~ Jakob


NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED!

April 20, 2009

Minutes ago on Twitter we announced the launch of the nerdhurdles.com website (from where you probably got here). Within seconds the kudos tweets started coming back at us and the forum started filling up. Hopefully this is the start of great things to come!

We also announced the launch of the site on episode #14 of the podcast. Which you can find here: #14: Ender’s Game Over


Episode 014: Ender’s Game (Special Edition)

April 20, 2009

Jakob didn’t want to read sci-fi classic Ender’s Game because Star Wars Episode 1 convinced him sci-fi about children is doomed to utter failure. Ender schooled him up proper, but what did Mandi think? Kumar will be glad to know Jakob was not only wrong in this episode, but quantifiably wrong. Also, a chapter on how our heroes also make a big announcement about Nerd Hurdles.

A NOTE ON THE SPECIAL EDITIONS: Before we joined the Simply Syndicated network, the first 31 episodes of Nerd Hurdles were hosted on Podbean. Technically, they still are. But since letting our pro-account lapse there’s been a bandwidth problem were the files are only available for the first half of the month before they hit the Podbean ceiling. While SimSyn’s hosting was on Libsyn, we started releasing these episodes as “Special Editions” with newly recorded introductions. When SimSyn moved our hosting to Soundcloud, those files were again lost (and we’d only managed to upload the first 10 anyway). So, here they are once more; uploaded to a 3rd audio service and hopefully the last.


Pirate Bay walking the plank.

April 17, 2009

Nerds across the globe were outraged today as four founders of the torrent site Pirate Bay were made to walk the plank. I myself wasn’t among the outraged masses as I figure if you’re going to call your piracy-enabling site Pirate Bay and then try to hide behind the defence of being ignorant of what files your clientele were trading, you pretty much deserve whatever’s coming to you. This is besides the fact you’re scavenging off the corpse of other people’s work. Not that I have a lot of sympathy for Hollywood either since they seem to continue to break box office records with films of exponentially poorer quality. My real question is, why are people taking the time to download Transformers anyway? Or a torrent of all of Pussycat Dolls videos? Why are you downloading that? The fact Pirate Bay enabled people to download a torrent of every Rob Schneider film is reason enough to put them away. Maybe the Swedish courts can go after Bruckhiemer and Bay next. Can Mike Judge be charged for Idiocracy?

~ Jakob


Nerds we’ve hurdled

April 15, 2009

Well, it seemed like a no brainer that we’d need a blog to go along with or new website. Now that I’ve gotten this far in creating it, it strikes me as odd we have an old-fashioned reading blog for our new-fangled listening blog, Nerd Hurdles. Especially since I already have a writing blog (Mr. Dapper’s Splendid Online Diary) and I can’t imagine I’ll have anything else to write about. Perhaps this will become, in effect, Mandi’s blog. Perhaps it’ll be simply extended show notes. I suspect it’ll become the repository for all the pages on the website I didn’t want to build. Like the Ridiculous Cake Adventures and, more importantly, the Nerd Pride Pages.

Anyway… We’ll see…

~ Jakob


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