June 30, 2010
ginger pride: We’re all about the Nerd Pride and the Gay Pride but we’ve been remiss in supporting the Ginger Pride. Here’s some questions for debate. Has Ron Weasley hurt or helped the cause? Is M.I.A. prophet or a satirist with her video?
80 year old gay and nick daddies tube: We’re also about the 80 year old gay and nick daddies pride, apparently. Whatever a “nick daddy” is. Sounds British.
how to draw fucking cool things: This is the updated 2010 edition of How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way. It has a chapter just on drawing a kitten driving a giant robotic unicorn trampling Edward and Bella.
emo nazgul: “I hate everything. Sauron is always making me ride all over Middle Earth looking for stupid fucking Hobbits. Hobbits? Seriously? Halflings? It’s not fair. If he’s so great why can’t he just teleport them into his tower? He just doesn’t want me to have any fun. The other Nazguls don’t get it. They just go along with whatever Sauron says like they’re compelled to. Fucking sheeple. I hate everything.”
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June 26, 2010
I liked that it combined so many different things, science, sociology, business, driving cool cars, hanging around in cemeteries, etc.
A friend of mine once said that I wanted to go into it because it was something that most people don’t know anything about, and that I wanted to know. I suppose that’s as good an explanation as any.
Turns out it’s a super sexist field. And, you have to wear panty hose a lot. I dropped out for those reasons… well mostly because I didn’t want to grow up and have a job yet. Also, I was a slacker and hadn’t found an apprenticeship.
June 24, 2010
Jakob: I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with Neil Gaiman. In the ’90s I had a crush on him because he’s dreamy and he looked like a goth Daniel Richler. So I read the Sandman and Death comics. I think mostly I wanted to look like Dream and date Death. So I enjoyed that stuff. I was young and angsty and clearly his demographic.
Neil Gaiman vs. Daniel Richler in the battle for mid-1990s bourgeois intellectual arm-crossing superiority.
Thing was, his concepts are pretty good but his plots are kind of hodge-podge and unfocused. The Death stories were, upon re-reading them years later, really kind of trite.
Also, he bases everything (sometimes loosely) on pre-existing myths, characters and legends which gets pretty tiring over a few decades of work. Sometimes he hits one out of the park (Stardust) and other times he’s unreadable (American Gods).
The Anansi Boys audiobook, read by Lenny Henry, is excellent, but I suspect reading it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. Neverwhere was pretty good for bad TV, but the book smacked of paying too close an homage to Douglas Adams. The main character really is just Arthur Dent underground instead of in space.
There’s almost always something I like about Gaiman’s work and something I don’t quite enjoy. Something about him trying to fit between Adams and Terry Pratchet and never quite finding his own voice.
I guess I’d just like him to do more stuff that wasn’t on the “old gods living disguised in modern culture” theme.
I’m not sure what Mandi’s thoughts on Gaiman are. But she does have American Gods on her bookshelf. Which how I came to have the unpleasant experience of reading the first thrid of it.
June 22, 2010
Everyone* likes Nerd Hurdles, even you. And now you can officially “like” Nerd Hurdles on Facebook. Another great thing to do is suggest to your friends that they’d like Nerd Hurdles too. That is if you really like your friends and want them to have a happy and fulfilling life. Don’t be shy, click the screen-shot to get active with your Nerd Hurdles liking.
*Claim not audited by impartial third party.
June 18, 2010
Mandi’s date wore a white belt before they were cool.
Prom. What a bizarre tradition. A party to reward kids for merely showing-up at the state-run daycare for 12 years and occasionally doing a little homework. A celebration of finally being free. Free to slave at a minimum wage job or go on to another school. A rite of passage into the adult world of binge-drinking and date-rape.
But mostly it’s the night the coolie-woolies look forward to the whole school year and nerds dread.
Except those nerds who plan to pull an Andie Walsh and stun the room with their stupendously ugly homemade dress and win the guy. I’m sure many an unfortunate nerd has attempted to emulate the climax of a John Hughes movie to the amusement of their classmates.
Neither Mandi or Jakob went that route. Though Mandi did steal her dress from a prop-room and Jakob wore hand-painted Chuck Taylors. So maybe they both kind of did.
The dress that almost drew blood. You are correct in thinking Jakob’s been wearing those glasses since highschool.
June 14, 2010
Drop by the Ampersand Publishing table and say hello to Mandi and Jakob. Special show prices on Nerd Hurdles merch. At the very least, you’ll walk away with a free postcard and an awkward conversation.