NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Alzheimer's, Ghost Adventures and Metallica

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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 and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

Hey guys, it's a new week and we got this! There's no reason we can't conquer this week, let's get them!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to help support The Adventure Begins as they participate in The Longest Day fundraiser, they will have tournaments and games all day in support against Alzheimer's. There are all kinds of things to get involved and ways to help, check out their website for more details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Start making room in your calendars for this one, this fall in San Antonio is the Paranormal Fest hosted by Curious Twins Paranormal and this year they will be hanging out at The Black Swan hotel in Victoria. The Black Swan is one of those crazy haunted places and was even featured in an episode of one of my guilty pleasures, Ghost Adventures. Man I don't care if they're real or fake, and I'm of the opinion they're real, I can't turn off on of those shows anytime they're on television. I just love a good investigation with these creepy scares and odd moments and everyone freezing and looking around trying to figure out if they just heard something or heard themselves. There's nothing like some great small camera footage of a paranormal incident to really get the blood flowing.

PASSING IT ON!

One thing I used to do a lot more of back in the day that I haven't done as much of recently is focus on some truly cool Kickstarters. So that's going to change. For example today there's a great project worthy of your notice on kickstarter.com called First Date – A RomeoXJulian story, it's a gay love story told over 250 pages of really great art. This is easily one of the most well drawn comic books on kickstarter that I've seen lately and the product looks to be of the highest quality. I recommend getting out there and supporting a book that isn't a traditional comic book story, I can assure you a story of this nature isn't your typical comic book fare. Tons of great levels of support for people interested in supporting the project and a project worthy of your money, make sure to check out First Date!

BOX OFFICE SHENANIGANS

News broke over the weekend that bands including Metallica, have been funneling tickets to scalping websites for awhile to make extra money. It would be easy to say this is a sign of the times, that tours have become the last place bands get to make the big money and therefore they are simply maximizing their opportunities to do so. Except Metallica shut down Napster. It would be easy to say this isn't a crime, it's the continued evolution of the economics of the music industry, except Metallica shut down Napster. Back then when they shut down Napster, it was to protect the artists and to make sure that they were fairly compensated for their hard earned work, which I 100% agree with but now they don't believe in being fair to their fans and giving their fans the same respect they were demanding from the fans. They don't believe fans should have to pay a fair price for the tickets, they don't care how much fans pay to listen to them perform, so suddenly fair is irrelevant again. Funny how convenient that is. They were the "this isn't fair" band of the 00's and now they're the "we don't care" guys of the 10's, that's called being hypocritical.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So in it's first week, my comic book has over 200 orders and that's just amongst friends and family, this week I will be trying to sell as many copies of the project as possible. I'm truly excited and thrilled to be working on this thing and to have the opportunity to really pursue this project and grow it. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone and for all the opportunities that have come my way over the last year or two and I'm excited about what comes next.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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