February 25, 2011
We don’t know much about the hardcore online gaming world so we invited Nathan into Hurdle Hut to school us on the phenomenon. He’s a Starcraft nerd and, according to him, it’s not just a bunch of coloured blobs running into each other (as seen above). I’m not completely convinced.
But he did point us towards Day 9 Daily and the world of videogame competition commentators. Once my mind reassembled itself from BEING BLOWN by the idea this exists, I tried to understand what’s going on in that game. Still, all I get out of it is coloured blobs bashing into each other.
February 15, 2011
Never mind the quibbling about if attending Star Trek conventions or playing Yu-Gi-Oh makes you a nerd, there’s one thing that everyone has always agreed on: Caring about academic achievement is nerdy as heck [(hk) interj. Used as a mild exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc. n. Slang Used as an intensive: had a heck of a lot of money; was crowded as heck].
Perhaps because comic books and D&D aren’t really a real-world threat to those outside of the nerd clique but superior intelligence is. The stereotypical meathead jock knows he’s only going to get so far in life, even with an athletic scholarship, but that smarmy math-club kid is going to rocket right to the top of Microsoft’s corporate ladder.
We all know the smarmy math-club kid probably isn’t actually going to achieve any more in life than anyone else in their graduating class, for a myriad of reasons, but fear and hatred aren’t rational. Same as pencil-necked nerds are jealous of jocks’ seemingly effortless athletic ability, jocks are jealous of nerds’ seemingly effortless academic ability. That’s what makes human beings so wonderful. Our egalitarian ability to misjudge, fear and hate each other.
But speaking of pencil-neck nerds, we sat down to watch Spellbound. Perhaps the greatest documentary of American nerdery every filmed. Interesting, Jakob was convinced he’d never seen it before. In fact, he had, he realized about ten minutes in but neglected to come clean in the post-viewing discussion.
Some good “where are they now” links: Rich or Rehab; Photos from 2003
February 4, 2011
It was bound to come down to this eventually. That’s right… Episode 100!
What better excuse to decide the question on everyone’s lips: Nerd Hurdles and Starbase 66… Which podcast is the bigger hurdle?
Klingon Commander, Kennedy “Kenny G“ Gordon storms the Hurdle Hut with his bat’leth to defend the Starbase’s honour. Jakob and Mandi use their Kirk-Fu against him.
Three nerds enter, three nerds, uh, leave. Pretty much unscathed. The Hurdle Hut isn’t exactly Thunderdome.
February 2, 2011
The clock struck 2011 and the Internets turned crazy. People found this website in January by searching for the following…
i make you a offer you v=can not refuse: The mafia is modernizing and putting their threats into computer script. Z=can refuse.
dr crusher milk: Is the cure for space cancer? No, that’s foetal Cylon blood. Bev’s mammary secretions probably just makes really great lattes.
cooking with jesus: I bet Jesus’ secret ingredient is Dr. Crusher milk.
wesley crusher cock: Maybe that’s where the “milk” comes from.
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