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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Houston stays hot at the plate

Astros overpower White Sox in series opener

Abraham Toro made a loud return to the Astros' lineup on Thursday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a two-game sweep of the struggling Rangers behind them, the Astros welcomed in a much fiercer opponent in the Chicago White Sox, owners of the best record in the AL, for an exciting four-game set. It was all Astros in this one, as their offense would once again propel them to a lopsided win.

Final Score: Astros 10, White Sox 2

Astros' Record: 40-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (5-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dylan Cease (5-3)

Houston builds a big lead

Houston wasted no time in the bottom of the first, getting two on base on a single and an error to set up a three-run home run for Michael Brantley, putting them ahead 3-0 before Chicago and Dylan Cease could record an out. They extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth, putting two on base on a walk and hit batter before an RBI ground-rule double by Carlos Correa brought in one. That left runners on second and third, and Abraham Toro took advantage by scoring both on a two-RBI single, then with one out, Jose Altuve hit a sac fly to make it a 7-0 lead.

Urquidy brings the good stuff

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was cruising through Chicago's lineup. He allowed just one hit through the first five scoreless innings but would let the White sox get on the board in the top of the sixth after a leadoff double and two-out RBI single. They added one more on another single, making it 7-2 before Urquidy could get out of the inning.

Jose Altuve got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning, hitting his fourth home run in three games to make it a six-run game at 8-2. Urquidy returned to the mound in the top of the seventh, getting a quick 1-2-3 frame to end his successful night. His final line: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 93 P.

Astros take the opener

In the bottom of the seventh, Houston pushed the lead to eight runs with a leadoff single, setting up a two-out two-run homer by Toro, bringing him to four RBI on the night. With Urquidy's night over, Brandon Bielak came in as the first reliever out of the bullpen, sitting down Chicago in order. Ralph Garza Jr. came in to get an inning of work to finish off the game with Houston's large lead. He made it a quick one, with Chicago going down in order one more time as the Astros took the opener and notched their fourth-straight win.

Up Next: Game two of this entertaining series will be another 7:10 PM Central Start on Friday. Carlos Rodon (6-2, 1.89 ERA) will try to help Chicago even the series, while Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.98 ERA) will try to put Houston up 2-0.

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