December 17, 2010
Graphic by impartial third party: Nick Thornton
As we enter our third year of hurdling, we pause to take stock of our successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses and the future of the podcast. We also address the hopes and concerns (letters) of stakeholders (you, the listeners) and perform a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis as we develop a plan for Nerd Hurdles in 2011.
2011 will see some changes in the podcast. Most notably, a new theme song which debuts in this episode. Also, by (relatively) popular demand, Igor and The Banana will return as semi-regular contributors to the show. And along with them, 2011 aims to see more guests in the Hurdle Hut.
But if you’re like Mandi and you don’t like change, feel free to send us some Richard Dawkins style hate mail. We’re ready. Bring it.
What will not change in 2011 is our propensity to tangent. As evidenced by our rambling on about inappropriate pizza men, Artoo beer shirts, “Droidels” and “Mr. E.T.”
Scientifically brewed specifically for Normies in the nerd closet.
Also, don’t forget Rob (who sent in his “State of the Nerd 2010/11” address on the episode) has music on tape available from Arachnidiscs.
July 30, 2010
Nerd Hurdles wouldn’t exist without one specific thing. Not the Internet. Not Jakob’s Zoom H4 Handy Recorder. Not even Simply Syndicated. No, it’s you the listener who’s made this diamond jubilee possible. Because although we could still do the show without you, we probably wouldn’t. That would be a bit sad. For episode 75 we give our appreciation to you, the nerds who’ve stuck by us, by reading out some of your letters, new and old, as we go on an unintentionally self-serving ego trip. Next stop: We’re awesome!
Nerd Roll of Splendor (incomplete reverse chronological order of letter-writers):
Scott Reynolds; Greg Blanchard (Inappropriate Conversations); Paul Melvin; Tony Pucci; Joseph Ingram; Jasmin Louise; Yannick Richeux; Rachel Glastetter; Tim J. Evans; Jack H. Audas Preston; Simon (WryTerra); John Johnstone; Jen; Agustin Chancusi; Jeff Allam; Laura Cooper; Victoria Panos; The improbably named Jeff Speck; Josh Gonzalez; Derek Prinsloo; Kennedy Gordon; Jonathan Higham; Chris Crookall; Craig Denniston; Stephen Rivers.
July 16, 2010
We’re not sure if people even like these “gag reel” episodes but we pull them out whenever there wouldn’t otherwise be an episode. Mandi was away at the Winnipeg Folk Festival last week and Jakob was busy recording an interview for next week’s show, so this is what you get. Flawed hurdles are better than no hurdles at all, right? Amirite?
Okay, well. Here’s our third gag reel episode anyway.
This time around we’re not just serving up a smorgasbord of gaffs, but some choice cuts and never before heard classics like:
- Memories of Kurt Cobain (15 minutes of tangent from either the 1st or 2nd Zombies episode)
- Mediocracy (unreleased Idiocracy mini-episode recorded in March 2009)
- Inthest ith betht (Igor & Banana warm-up for Sexy Hurdles 2)
- Buffy / Twin Peaks re-cast (out-take from Buffy)
- Trevor smoking in the boy’s room at a Motley Crue concert
- Igor ‘Grew a Banana (Making a merkin with Ro Karen)
- And much, much more!
February 17, 2010
Someone said fanart is worse than fanfic, but we disagree. This is the best Valenwhine’s gift ever!
So great, I couldn’t help making a video out of it!
February 12, 2010
Why is Valentine’s Day such a bad holiday? If for no other reason it’s because these exist. Also, emotional scars from grade two which NEVER GO AWAY.
Thank the gods, BSG got good again in Season Three. Our faith was rewarded. Starbuck as a desperate housewife! Colonel T-eye! Uncharacteristically crazy Amanda Plummer! And yet…
Except I don’t. Other than the WTF cackles he provided me.