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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!
The week keeps rolling and we love it, right folks? Ok so Wednesdays are like the slow part of a roller coaster, probably required by the insurers to make sure the riders don't hurl everywhere, but hey it's almost Friday!
GOOD DEED OF THE DAY
With the recent news that the new proposed federal budget cuts $51 million dollars in funding from The Special Olympics, sometimes you have to wonder who's on the side of angels these days. Well one group that definitely resides with the good guys is The Arc of Greater Houston. They've been doing this for a while, helping both people and the families of people with disabilities, everything from helping them apply for SSA and solve the various needs and issues that come up from having this uncertainty in your future. That being said, these good guys are looking for your help, they're looking for volunteers to help their children's booth at this weekends Bayou City Art Festival. Check it out.
I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS
So regularly on Nerd Thug Radio (the show I co-host with Joey Savage and Nico) I regularly bring attention to topics and stories before they break nationwide, I usually find interesting things to talk about and what do you know? I have good tastes. This is another great example, just yesterday in my blog I was talking about how I love these paranormal things and I'm obsessed with any of these ghost shows and I'm always into it, if you have something paranormal on tape, I'm in. Which the news agency WXYZ in Michigan does in fact have, something crazily paranormal on tape, the story is going crazy and you should check this clip out.
IT CAME FROM THE HALF PRICE BOOK STORE
It can be expensive to be a nerd, some might think this goes without saying but unfortunately it just didn't and it will be said again and again and again. Everything from the tabletop games to the video games to the comic book collections to the cool statues, to the books, nothing is free and very little is ever cheap. But there's a secret weapon, used book stores. Man, these places are a treasure trove of great finds and fun new series to get into, so today I got a recommendation for you. There's a prolific writer that almost certainly has a shelf in every half price book store in America because she wrote some of the most prolific series in a young nerd's life, Anne McCaffrey. She wrote several series The Dragon Riders of Pern, The Tower and The Hive, The Freedom Series, Dinosaur Planet and early in her career she co-wrote a Planet Pirates series, later on her son joined her and wrote several more books in the Pern series himself. These are all really great reads, the last book in the Freedom series wasn't great but the other series are all great and the books before the last book in the Freedom series is also great. Seriously, check her out.
A WHAT SHOW?!
So I've always been fascinated by a burlesque show, the singing, peek a boo, vintage bombshell thing seems like good entertainment. I've only seen one and it was a long time ago but it was a lot of fun and honestly I kind of really want to get back to one, and guess what? This Friday at Numbers Dem Damn Dames Burlesque will be performing and the theme is Video Games vs Saturday Morning Cartoons, how can we the viewing public lose? I submit we CAN NOT! Also, you know, click on those links at your own discretion, it's a burlesque show not actual cartoons and video games. Yowza.
DO YOU LIKE BEER? I LIKE BEER, LET'S BUY A BREWERY!
If you have a couple million dollars lying around, and these days who doesn't? You too can be the proud owner of your own brewery. What's that? You don't want to build your own? You don't want to leave Houston? You wouldn't even know how to set one up? Oh, there's great news, there's one right here in the Heights that is built out, all the equipment in place, and literally is looking to turn key sell. Yeah but businesses only sell when they are failures someone dumb will probably mutter, well that's just wrong. You see, Houston Cider Co is having an amazing run and business has been SO GREAT that they're honestly looking to sell their existing building, gear and all because they're moving into a much larger facility. The building alone is asking for $1 million bucks, so with the gear and essentially a ready made manufacturing process installed right there at your disposal it's probably going to take a pretty penny to get into the building as is. But if you do buy it as is, well, you'll be well on your way to owning the skeleton of a very successful step one of a brewery, may I suggest GeekBrew? Just a thought.
SUPPORTING ARTIST IN GENERAL
No fun text convo today, today I want to reach out to each and every one of you readers out there. Every day you guys watch Netflix, read books, consume content, watch movies, television, radio shows, blogs and all kinds of things that people work really hard to produce for you guys day in and out. The reason I share kickstarters, indiegogos, share local artists and have my links in the bottom of the column is because it is hard for creators to create. There are bills to pay and lights to keep on, and we all have our own networks to tap and people to lean on but long gone are the days of wealthy patrons collecting artists like trading cards (which by the way helped spark The Renaissance) but those people alone are never enough to push things to the next level, so just reach out to your friends and families who are creating and remember sometimes they just need a little help.
I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.