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Nerds Around Town: The 100, Cobie Smulders and Netflix making changes

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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!

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GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

With Hurricane Dorian going strong, and the first images coming in from the Bahamas, its important to be donating to the Red Cross and other aid agencies around the country. These guys are going to need it.

NETFLIX IS CRAZY

Netflix has announced it's going to start moving away from binge releasing it's shows. It wants to try a weekly release format and see what the results of that are. Overall I think this is a mistake, because if they had stayed with the binge watch format they would be basically the only one doing that, giving them a distinct advantage and differentiator from the other services. Part of what's coming next is who offers what, and what features and libraries they have. I personally think it's a mistake because making the shows bingeable lets the writers of the shows develop stories and have arcs and episodes that don't necessarily "drive" the plot. If they move to a weekly release format, I'm not sure they'll be as rewarding overall.

OLD SHOWS MAKING A COMEBACK

Right now I'm watching The 100 for the first time, it's ok but it's fun to find new things to watch and get into. This is one of those shows that maybe I've should have been watching when it started but I totally missed out on and now I'm picking up. One of those that people may not know about is Steven Universe, a great animated series that just released a movie on Cartoon Network, lots of big name RB stars and other stars are involved in the project and there's tons of great characters and music in it.

IMPRESSIVE

It's really impressive that somehow Netflix was able to secretly film a Breaking Bad sequel starring Aaron Paul. No one knew it was happening? No one knew it was coming, nothing had leaked and I keep an eye on all the good rumor websites. Filming a secret movie for such a popular franchise is super impressive and deserving of recognition, so I'll say it. Great job Netflix!! Now here's hoping it doesn't suck.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

The show Stumptown looks great, I'm really excited for it to come out. Cobie Smulders seems great in it and I'm starting to really enjoy her in roles. After a great run as Maria Hill, which I'm guessing she's coming back to in the near future, she was also great in the Jack Reacher sequel and really nailed the action parts. I'm looking forward to seeing her in this role next and hopefully it's as good as these others have been.

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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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