NERDS AROUND TOWN

Bacon and cheese tots, blues music and singing plants

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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

What's up Thursday! That's right, you're almost my favorite day of the week! Honestly I love Mondays, I think if you have the right attitude about your week, you can get stuff done, but man a nice weekend is nice. Right?

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Art is a funny thing. You don't always know what it is, you don't always know where it's going to come from but the reality is that in many ways art is what makes life worth living. Those nights you just drove around with the radio turned up thinking about the things that were bringing you down, the painting you stared at for hours and it changed the way you thought or saw something. Maybe those aren't examples for everyone but they are examples of the affect of art, and the reality is simply this, art matters. For over 40 years the Art Colony Association has raised over $3 million dollars in support of local non-profits through among other things, the Bayou City Art Festival which is this weekend. The Arc of Greater Houston will be hosting a children's center there and is looking for volunteers, help out everyone by helping out someone.

HAVE YOU TRIED THESE YET?

I recently went on a trip to Burger King and I tried their revamped grilled chicken sandwich and it was pretty good, while I was there I also got their Bacon Cheesy Tots. They are fried balls that contain within them, both Bacon & Cheesy, allegedly. This sounds like one of the most important meetings a man can possibly attend, a battered, deep fried ball of bacon and cheese. What it actually is though is a sad, gross thing. Essentially inside the deep fried ball of lies is a less than satisfactory goo that is both cheesy and flavorless at the same instant. I didn't really detect any strong elements of bacon and honestly was totally underwhelmed by this item. I'm sure in the kitchen labs of BK Corporate this turned out great, but in the process of freezing them, shipping them, delivering them, re-frying them and serving them to me, something got lost in translation. Over all this is a poorly executed mess, zero out of four rumbly tumblies.

MY BAD GUYS.

The title says it all, I screwed up big time. I forgot to inform you my trusting audience that yesterday was the debut of season 2 of Happy! The first season of this show, based on a comic book by Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson, was an absolute madhouse of a show. It had sex, action, violence, cartoons, crazy people, broken heroes and literally everything that should be a good or even a bad television show. Patton Oswalt voices the imaginary friend of a young girl who gets kidnapped, she sends her imaginary friend to go get her estranged Father, someone her mother had long lied about and said was a great man, turns out he's a disgraced cop, who is now a booze chugging, drug taking, hitman with tons of problems and a bad heart played by Chris Meloni of Law & Order SVU fame. Seriously the first season was so crazy and so much fun, it's on Netflix and the second season debuted last night on Syfy. Find it on Wednesday's on your DVR and record this one, trust me.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?

Friday has some interesting things we've already talked about but if a burlesque show doesn't do it for you, there's always the 13th annual H-Town Blues Festival. There are some fairly big blues acts scheduled, this isn't my thing but I'd be a terrible lover of H-Town if I don't point out the things that get other nerds going, like the blues. Also Sunday, the Supercross Futures will be going on starting at noon, both of these are NRG Stadium and as of now tickets are still available for both. Get out there and try something new if you aren't sure what you should be getting up to. Blues or Supercross, you got options.

REMEMBER RICK MORANIS?

Absolutely one of the most iconic people from my 80s childhood was Rick Moranis, who stared in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors. Right now at Stages Repertory Theatre they're putting on a production of Little Shop of Horrors, Wednesday through Sundays until April 28th. SO make sure to go check that out if this is a slow weekend. I flipping loved the 80s as far as these kind of movies went, they used to make these weird, star driven movies that weren't superheroes or remakes or action movies, but that were just these weird stories about being a young person and then symbolism and metaphors and whatever but Adventures in Babysitting, Weird Science, Real Genius, Say Anything, Mannequin, they just don't make those movies anymore, but you can still see Little Shop of Horrors on stage right at Stages Repertory Theatre, check it out.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN HOUSTON

Apparently this Friday is something called Food Truck Friday! It's hosted by Urban Academic Village and is offering free food and drink for those who are interested in going. I don't know about you guys but I definitely consider food trucks a legitimate local artist, hey I'm a fat guy, what am I supposed to say? I find new things and discover stuff I never would have tried from food trucks all the time. They do stylized versions of traditional dishes but it opens up new genres of food to people, right? Indian food and Greek food are two things I discovered initially in food truck form and have no problem saying I'm down for Greek food all the time, they love their meat and so do I. So get out there and try the free food and drinks and take part in a Food Truck Friday!

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Thursday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back tomorrow and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story

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NASCAR: Coca-Cola 600 preview, picks

Watch out for Ryan Blaney this weekend. Photo via: Wiki Commons

It’s a Memorial Day Tradition; The NASCAR Cup Series heads home to Charlotte for the annual Coca-Cola 600. This race is probably the third most crucial race all season, behind the Daytona 500 and the Season Finale at Phoenix. Anyone who wins this race will always be able to say that they were Coke 600 champions. No race on the schedule is as long as this one, because of this there will be a 4th stage added to the race. Teams will be provided 13 sets of tires, and if the last few weeks have been any indication, they will need all the tires they can get. With the race being as long as it is, there is a good possibility this could be an attrition race and the driver that survives will more than likely win. The record for the most cautions in NASCAR history was 22 cautions, at this same race in 2005. Come Sunday, I bet we get close to that number.

What's the deal with all of these tire failures? Last week in the All-Star race we saw drivers like Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Erik Jones all crash out because they had a flat. There are many factors that could be contributing to this, for one the tires are much wider and the sidewalls are much more narrow. Because of this, the tire falloff is much shorter, so now instead of going maybe 40-45 laps on one set of tires, drivers can now only go 25-30 laps. The other major facet is that a lot of teams are running much lower air pressures to get the car to handle better by being closer to the ground. Goodyear and NASCAR usually require the right side tires to run around 51-52 PSI, the rule however isn’t enforced for the left side tires, so drivers will push the limits to see how much they can take out to make the car faster. The fact that we were seeing such tire ware on smooth surfaces like Texas and Atlanta is a clear sign that there is a problem, but not all of it is on Goodyear. Only time will tell how this develops on tracks with old abrasive surfaces, like when they go back to Bristol in the fall.

One of NASCAR’s newest teams, Trackhouse racing, made a bit of a surprise announcement this week. Starting at Watkins Glenn in August, the team will run a third car with a series of international drivers, starting with 2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen. This is something that I think is interesting for the sport. I am a bit surprised that another team hasn’t already done this before. Having drivers like Kimi, one of the more world renowned racers in F1, can really bring a whole new audience to NASCAR. There have been rumors on whom some of the other drivers might be, from Daniel Riccardo to even Lewis Hamilton. There will be a lot of intrigue about who will be the next driver.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Ryan Blaney. After winning the All-Star race, it seems like Roger Penske and the rest of the Ford camp are picking up steam. Overall, Blaney tends to struggle at this track with an 18.8 average finish, but if last week is any indication of how his car will run on mile and halves like Charlotte, he will be a fierce contender for the win.

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