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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!

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 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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