Episode 114 – Wil Wheaton Special

May 27, 2011

Wil Wheaton. AKA Wesley Crusher. AKA @wilw. AKA the king of the nerds. Hated by Trekkies, loved by Mandi. And now loved by everyone (1,825,339 people on Twitter at least). As a popular internet fauxtivational poster meme states, never has public dislike been so good for an actor’s career.

The man truly is a testament to nerd pride. Loathed by proxy due his spot-on portrayal of a 24th century nerd, I think pretty much everyone had written him off as a has been once he left Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Wesley Crusher in LederhosenThen something amazing happened. Wil Wheaton let his nerd flag fly on his blog, and then Twitter, and people began to love him for all the same attributes they hated Wesley Crusher. He was smart, earnest, geeky, awkward, a little conceited at times, a little cripplingly self-loathing at times and simply someone nerds could relate to.

Though the character Wesley might have been too close to home—too much of an unforgiving  nerd mirror—for many Trekkies, Wil Wheaton was able to be openly nerdy and help others proudly exit the nerd closet.

Nearly two million people follow him on Twitter now and I would think none of them do so for the same train wreck voyeurism they were hoping to get from Charlie Sheen‘s feed. Instead, it’s because Wil really is (to quote the title of his book) just a geek. When an @wilw tweet shows up in your feed, it’s probably no different from the tweets of any of your nerdy friends. There are times I forget I don’t actually know him.

And now, in an unpredictable coupe, Wheaton is the go-to cameo actor for any show trying to gain geek cred. From The Guild to Big Bang Theory, Wil’s coat-tails have been well-ridden of late. If you’d asked me in 1987 if this would ever come to pass, I’d have chortled mightily.

Actually, I’d have thought the concept there could even be a “king of the nerds”, and not just the butt of jokes (i.e., Revenge of the Nerds), would’ve been an absurdity.

We’ve come a long way, baby.

She’s Having a Baby (his first cameo?):

On River Phoenix’s death:

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Episode 113 – HIPPIES

May 20, 2011

Nerds certainly take their share of flack but other sub-cultures get theirs too. Ravers, Goths, Hipsters, Emos, Furries and Lawyers are the perennial butt of jokes on the interwebs. But reviled by all these groups are the Hippies.

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Episode 112 – Sexy Hurdles 3: Fetishes

May 13, 2011

From fishnets to furries, this week we talk fetishes.This is a dirty, dirty episode. That’s all I have to say about it. Except, here’s the photoshop mash-up of Annie Lennox and David Bowie that Mandi wanted to see.

Well, she probably wanted to see a good one. I used up all my shopping energy this week on Jean Luc Simmons up there.

As if this week isn’t sexy enough, also released is our guest appearance on Do Ask, Do Tell. The LGBTQ podcast from the Simply Syndicated network. Listen to find out about our thoughts on being bisexual. Also, you’ll find out what I really sound like when I’m not in control of editing out all my “ums” and long, uncomfortable pauses.


Episode 111 – HE MARRIED A MUGGLE!

May 6, 2011

So much has happened since the prince of one of the UK’s most powerful wizarding families took a muggle for a bride, it’s hard to believe it was only a week ago. We talk about the historic wedding and what it means for the Royal Family and the world.

Later in the episode, Igor and The Banana talk about the beginning of Angel, Season 3 (which Igor mistakenly calls Season 2. Well, we all know that guy has problems).


April Search Terms: Don’t make me release the flying monkeys

May 4, 2011

April showers bring May weirdos. We were showered with odd search terms this month.

don’t make me release the flying monkeys: And if you don’t settle down back there, I’ll pull this tornado over and whoop those ruby slippers right off your feet. Actually a tornado is the only explanation for this search ending up here.

christina aguilera importants events in his live: Gender reassignment surgery, August 2011 — A live pay-per-view broadcast.

significant dates of christina aguilera: Bob Saget, dinner and a movie, no make-outs. Conan O’Brien, niece’s wedding, quickie behind the chapel. Vin Diesel, Swan Lake at The Met, sensual back-rubs. Lady Gaga… Yeah, in your dreams, grandma.

keanu reeves personal life 2011: For some reason I keep thinking Keanu is dead. Maybe that’s just his career.

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