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Black jackets, NASA engineers and gaming expo

Black jackets, NASA engineers and gaming expo
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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!

Alright guys it's Tuesday, whoop! Yesterday we organized the week and today is the day that we start crushing it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

It's important to recognize how expensive it is to run a large beautiful park in the middle of a sprawling downtown like Houston. The Memorial Park Conservancy has it's hands full most of the year keeping the park beautiful for us to use at our leisure. The 2019 Brunch Run presented by Green Mountain Energy benefiting The Memorial Park Conservancy is April 6th at 8am and proceeds go towards the parks conservatorship in order to help keep the park looking nice and lovely. It's great to have somewhere to appreciate as you go about your business downtown day in and day out and Memorial Park is a fairly massive place to keep nice and every bit counts. So get out there and run a 5k for charity, plus when I hear the word brunch, I immediately think mimosas, you know what I'm saying?

A NEW PLAYER HAS JOINED THE GAME

A new brewery has opened downtown and one of the coolest things about it, is that it's owned and operated by several NASA engineers. What could possibly be more Houston than space scientists and brewing beer? Every city has things that kind of perfectly sum up that city's experience, San Antonio has the Riverwalk, Austin a live music bar, for Houston, a craft brewery run by NASA engineers is pretty perfect. There's literally no measuring the level of cool that inspires in me. I mean, these guys build stuff that goes into space, I bet their beers are out of this world (see what I did there). It's called True Anomaly which is a nerd term for sure and the other interesting part of everything they do is that they've decided to focus on the largely untouched Sours market. There are different types of beer recipes from IPAs to Stouts to Sours and honestly Sours is probably the least explored in a potentially crowded market for a big reason, if you make a bad sour, then people don't want to drink it. It's a risk but like all great risks it's also an opportunity, because it's an emptier segment of the market. If you have a second get out there and try True Anomaly brewing.

THE NEXT UMBRELLA ACADEMY

Since it's my great joy and pleasure to scour the internet for cool things to bring back for you to partake in, I find great joy and pleasure in bringing this next project to your viewing pleasure, The Black Jackets. This is a kickstarter that has already reached its goal so it means it's going to get made and I recommend checking it out. Featuring a team of teenage monster hunters trying to solve the mystery of their missing parents, it's already got the feel and design and look of a great animated or television project. This really gives me like early Umbrella Academy vibes and makes me think that overall this is one of those projects that has a massive marketing opportunity ahead of it. If you're anything like me it's always fun to get behind these kinds of projects early and then watch how far they can go. So check out Black Jackets on kickstarter.com and support an indy artist today!

FIRE UP THE RED BULL

Saturday night down at GTX Esports on the West side of Houston they are having a lock in gaming night. All night, you're there hanging out and gaming. They can accommodate almost 40 people so you know this is going to be pretty epic. They are set up for everything from Overwatch to Starcraft to League of Legends, and all the big games in-between, so the action never gets old. $25 bucks a head is a little steep considering food is extra but it does seem like a cool thing to get out there and get your game on.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED

If that wasn't enough gaming for you in one weekend. Sam Houston State University is hosting this Friday and Saturday an Esports Gaming Expo. Featuring panels about potential careers in the field including marketing and partnerships, and speakers like Houston Outlaws Director of partnerships, John Spiher and Andrew Barton of Clutch Gaming. There will be all kinds of conversations about different opportunities in gaming for interested parties. There will also be rigs out there for people to play on and get their game on. So go hang out among some gaming geeks out there Friday and Saturday at the Esports Gaming Expo.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

So it's been a little while and honestly the information coming out of the Deer Park incident hasn't gotten a lot better. The city has already filed a lawsuit to recoup lost resources spent handling the multi-day fire, and advisories have been issued about eating seafood that comes from the water in that area currently. The lawsuit might be a double edged sword because while it may be necessary it's forcing ITC to start to play defense and maybe not be as forthcoming and helpful as they might have been without it. I'm not sure how much that will help their case in the long run, the likelihood that they did nothing wrong seems low in my opinion between the breach in the drainage wall letting chemicals into the water, and the fire restarting a few times while they tried to empty the tanks of the remaining chemicals that they could never identify quick enough in the first place, but we'll see. One positive note I suppose the dead dolphin that washed up on shore the other day didn't die from chemicals released during the fire they say. So that's a positive.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday 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 or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Braves beat Houston in extra innings, 5-4. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

The Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie it at 4-4. Michael Harris II started the 10th as the automatic runner on second and there was one out in the inning when Seth Martinez (1-1) intentionally walked Matt Olson.

Ozuna lined out to right field to send Harris to third base. Arcia then singled on a ground ball to left field to score Harris and put the Braves on top.

Pinch-runner Jake Meyers was on second when Kyle Tucker walked with no outs in the 10th. Meyers moved to third on a fly out by Yainer Diaz but Jeremy Peña grounded into a double play to end it.

A.J. Minter (3-1) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save.

Reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. added his first homer of the season to help the Braves to the victory. Ozuna also leads the majors with 23 RBIs and he extended his hitting streak to 16 games, which ties his career best and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Yordan Alvarez and Mauricio Dubón both homered for the Astros, who fell to 6-14 and are last in the AL West.

There was one out in the first when Alvarez connected on his homer to the seats in left field to put Houston up 1-0.

Ozuna opened the second with his 432-foot shot to left field, which bounced off the wall and tied the game.

Acuña put the Braves up 2-1 when he sent the first pitch of the fifth inning to straightaway center field.

The Astros tied it on an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth and Kyle Tucker’s RBI double came next to put the Astros up 3-2.

Dubón hit his first home run of the year off Jesse Chavez to start Houston’s sixth and push the lead to 4-2.

Harris singled to start the seventh before a ground-rule double by Austin Riley. Olson reached, and Harris scored on a fielding error by first baseman José Abreu when he couldn’t grab a routine ground ball.

There was one out in the inning when Riley scored on a sacrifice fly by Arcia to tie it at 4-all.

Houston starter J.P. France allowed four hits and two runs in five innings.

Max Fried gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings.

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Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a series against Texas on Friday night with LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA) on the mound.

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before ace Justin Verlander will make his season debut Friday night against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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