Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nerd News in Brief

In addition to being a geek and a dad, I am also a GeekDad.

Writing for a blog is a lot of fun and sounds really impressive on a resume, even though it doesn't exactly pay a lot. And let's face it; in this economy does anything really pay a lot?

I mention this – the GeekDad blog, not the horrid economy – because we're actively searching for new dorky parental-types to join our happy family. If you meet both criteria, check out this post by Editor Ken Denmead for further details.

And in the meantime, here's your Nerd news in Brief.
  • Still Mega: Our own Random got some love from the crew earlier this week in a major way. This Underwire interview was even featured on the front page! We call that being "frontpaged" in the biz… because we are not particularly adept with crafting jargon.
  • Still the Man: And please be aware that Ran's Mega Ran 9 album is now available via iTunes. Why not buy the most accessible geeky rap album in history from everybody's favorite purveyor of downloadable music? (Okay, not everybody's, but you catch my drift.)
  • Back Then: And once you've snagged that, Epic-1's new EMPulse release 1 Mixtape should also be summarily copped with the help of a super-secret password. It's four tracks of crunchy goodness featuring guests like Random, Masu of Krondor Krew and The Spork. Also, it is the shit! I figured I should mention that.
  • Orlando Bound: Have you noticed the recent flurry of activity around the Nerdapalooza blog? That's because A) my pal Anthony has stepped in to help keep the site updated and B) tickets are now on sale! Exciting, no? There is also a new FAQ, for questions that are asked. Frequently.
  • What You Doing This Weekend?: And speaking of festivals, don't forget that Bent Fetsival 2009 kicks off today at The Tank in NYC. If you dig hardware hacks, circuit bending or DIY electronics, there's plenty of tech-y goodness going on all weekend.
  • They Said it Couldn't Be Done: We can call our boys home, folks. You see, funky49's Starblazer has finally brought piece to the Middle East. Pictures from its highly successful Afghani launch party are available for your perusal. One love.
  • Jurassic Folk: Church knows the only thing that nerds love more than music is dinosaurs. Thankfully, these two great tastes taste great together. Behold The Late Cretaceous. Check out their demo tracks. Groove to another crazy musical concept that actually works. Scratch your head at one blogger's blatant jab at WRock. Wait; what?
  • The Sorcerer, Stoned: Also from Church comes this link to a FOXNews story about Crabbe getting popped for possession. Those wacky Slytherins!
  • Early and Often: I Fight Dragons is up for a best local band award at Chicago's Go and vote for them. They are the deep dish pizza of American nerd rock.
  • Enter Sandman: This edition of Geek Ink is brought to you by Brilliant Gameologist Meg. The pieces are all Gaiman inspired, so we can even call if Lit Ink.
  • One of Us!: Matt points us to a great interview concerning the reason Tennant and Davies are leaving Doctor Who. It is especially relevant because of the bit about Doctor Who Confidential outperforming an FA Cup match. Trust me; you'll find it empowering. Peep the geeky goodness.
  • Looks Familiar: Tim, of Mutant Pop, recently tossed up a tweet concerning Dorky Yearbook, and I was instantly enamored. Give it a gander and reflect on your own misspent youth.
  • Imposter: Hold the fuckin' phone! This ain't MisterB!
  • +1 vs. Nicotine: MC Frontalot is trying to cut down on his smoking with the help of a classic table-top RPG convention: the saving throw. Read on to discover how a simple d20 can reduce your risk of cancer, high blood pressure and heart attack.
  • A Badass Game: And taking us home this week is a young lady rapping about D&D. Now I know you're excited, guys, but please keep your swooning to a minimum and hold all proposals of marriage 'til the end of the song.


Karl said...

also i released a cd... not that your readership probably isn't already aware of that... i hope ^_^;

Z. said...

You jumped the gun on me, Karl! I'm actually working on a dedicated Fourth Estate post for early next week. :)

Karl said...

hot :D

Z. said...

Although now I do feel like a douche for not plugging the Desu Desu Desu mixtape! :(

Anthony said...

Haha, awesome video for the end of the post, who sent that your way? That's Saiyrus and she is always hanging out in the Nerdcore chatroom in stickam =D

Also thanks for linking to the nerdapalooza blog, as with all my projects I am constantly plugging it with no regard to class or etiquette.

Also, sadly, in the Mega Ran interview they call him "chiptunes" instead of "nerdcore" I think you have to have a talk with those kids over at wired, maybe a slide presentation.

Gareth said...

Cheers for the heads-up on the Random album Z, been looking forward to that...

Teh_Rhymerer said...

Haha, you go saiyrus.

Z. said...

I think that was another Church find, Ant. He is forever on the YouTubes. And I think the "chiptunes" thing was referring to his beats. At least, I *hope* that was the case! :)

I believe you'll dig it, Gareth. Let us know what you think.

Go Saiyrus indeed, Rhymerer!

Antisoc said...

I think I may try to use a d6 to cut down on my alcohol intake. Saving throw will be a 6, then 5-6, then 4-6, until I'm down to 2-6. I wish I had a d20.

Also, Karl's album is the hotness.

Z. said...

1d6 sobriety? That could work, Soc. And Karl's album *is* the hotness!

Ace said...

Aww, who posted my video! That was so embarrassing. It was first song I attempted! x.x

I promise I won't sound so white-girl non-gangster next song. ;)

Thanks for the shout out though!

Z. said...

Not a problem, Ace. Shout-outs is what I do. :)