NERDS AROUND TOWN

Bad Netflix, Batman and emo music

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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!

It's a glorious Monday and we've got a week to nail, am I right? I'm right, right? Right. Let's get this week going. I always believe Mondays are the most important day of the week because they are the day you use to plan and build and organize your whole week.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

So never let it be said that I, Cory DLG can't take criticism and advice, so we're making an adjustment to the GOOD DEED OF THE DAY, we'll try and focus on something all week, so we do MORE good for one thing at a time. So this week we're focusing on helping two things with one section, The Arc of Greater Houston (who does great work with families with disabilities) needs help with their booth at Bayou City Art Festival. They're looking for volunteers for the Children's Center they're putting on to entertain kids at the festival which in itself benefits local charities and artists. So you know, help out and also check it out this weekend starting Friday and blowing through Sunday.

THAT'S SOME AWFUL NETFLIX

This weekend I may have wondered into the dark corners of Netflix. I was on a weird late night binge after re-watching Love, Death and Robots and I was trying to satisfy the weirdness and I stumbled across Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story. This is a weird one guys, so I take no positions for the purpose of this article on whether or not I believe aliens abduct people (I don't) but this guy Stan definitely believes they do. He has one of the most documented series of encounters with aliens ever, and there are all kinds of interesting stories and videos and facts and things in the documentary. It's about an hour and a half of semi-interesting stuff and then at the end, there's a note on the screen that after the documentary was made the dude got arrested for kiddie porn. What the heck? Lead with that so I can judge everything properly, I can't go through a whole movie trying to decide if this guy is as crazy as it seems and then be proven right at the very end. Absolute disaster, do not watch. Although the two videos of aliens are pretty funny… so maybe.

THIS WEEK, HISTORY CONTINUES

This week, something pretty freaking awesome is happening. Batman #1000 comes out, that's right, literally the one thousandth issue of Batman. So obviously I'm a huge comic nut but this year has been a big deal for a couple reasons one of which being Action Comics #1000 also came out earlier. Now in general I'm a Marvel guy, but come on, one thousand issues of Superman and Batman is pretty flipping awesome. Every kid grew up with some iteration of these two, they are every kids first superheroes growing up, the capes and the mask, these two drove pop culture for a long time and it's important to remember where things come from. In my case, these two. Here's to another thousand, if you're looking for some great modern batman stories to get into, check out Scott Snyder's recent run on Batman. He introduced some really awesome stuff into the myth of Batman including The Court of Owls, a secret society of the most powerful families in Gotham and also did something really twisted with The Joker, I don't want to spoil it, so seriously, look into it.

INDY AS YOU GO GO

So I promised I'd be doing these and I keep my word, today a great comic on Indiegogo runs its clock out. This project has already funded and will be getting made no matter what, I recommend you check it out because the art is crazy awesome. This guy is talented and deserves as big a launch as possible on this project, Longharbor. Combining HP Lovecraftian elements and a hint of John Carpenter, this modern story is beautifully crafted and worthy of attention. Check it out and get your nerd on with this Indiegogo gem, and the nice part is, it's already funded so you know you'll get the thing you're rooting for, which is my only complaint about crowd funding. I waffle back and forth because on kickstarter your money doesn't come out if the project doesn't get made but on indiegogo the money comes out no matter what, which can be disappointing if not enough money winds up on a project, the artist is just stuck half funded and you don't get what you were looking for.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY ON A MONDAY

Man, this was one of my favorite bands back in the day. I wasn't a total emo kid but man did I love some Taking Back Sunday, I think it's a little odd they're playing a two day engagement, kind of makes me wonder where they've been as of late. I'm guessing not as busy as they'd like but hey what do I know? No literally, what do I know? Also today at White Oak Music Hall is Grandson, but it's sold out, so just mosey on over to House of Blues and hang out with Taking Back Sunday, high school me's favorite band.

SUPPORTING A LOCAL ARTIST

So one thing I did come across this weekend getting ready for this blog, I came across this guy who made his own movie for under a grand. Pretty cool stuff so now I'm pimping it, this Friday come see the premier of So Far Close 2. The premiere will feature live music and free drinks! So make sure you check out the link and start making your plans to include a local artist chasing his dream and also, free drinks.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday 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 The Wilson House, or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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