NERDS AROUND TOWN

NHRA, Double Dare and Kickstarter

ART BY JESUS RODRIGUEZ

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!

This week is just flying by and we're already to Wednesday; this is where we decide between finishing the week strong and phoning it in. We got this.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting a Walk to End Epilepsy with the Houston Zoo. It's Saturday April 13th at 7am with registration at the front gate of the Houston Zoo. They're promising 95% of proceeds will be donated and this whole event will be held at zero cost to the community, that's awesome. This is one of those cool things where your money and your time are both going to a great cause plus you get to hang out with llamas and rhinos and superheroes, woop!

CHEATERS NEVER PROSPER

For a very long time, it's felt like there are two sets of rules, rules for the wealthy and the rules for everyone else. That hasn't changed necessarily but I feel like it's eroding a little bit. The recent college admissions scandal is still in the news, because many of the parents are trying to fight the charges, with a lawyer for one defendant calling the case deeply flawed. Overall most people have given a pass to the kids, saying they probably didn't know and if they did know did they realize it was a crime, but I actually think this is even more ridiculous. One of the children of Lori Loughlin admitted recently she never even filled out an application to get into USC, how did she think this works? That's crazy talk, didn't even fill out an application? I spent the better part of my senior year of high school filling out those damn things. Anyway new charges have been filed against anyone who hasn't already pled guilty including money laundering and now Aunt Becky might get as much as 40 years in federal prison. Also if you're keeping score at home, one of the families involved were the creators of the Hot Pocket, so this will be their second crime against humanity.

FAST CARS

One thing going on this weekend is the NHRA Spring Nationals, they'll be out in Baytown at the Houston Raceway Park. The NHRA is a nearly year long competitive series of races with various levels of events, Nationals are one of the highest levels, so all kinds of categories of racers will be out and about, rocking and rolling this weekend. The tickets are reasonable, the stakes are high and the machines are loud, this is exactly the kind of thing you should want to be involved in. Michael Jordan used to sponsor a motorcycle team in this series, there are cars that run on alcohol, I mean this is where all of the things that are made to go, go really fast. Also check out my buddy Austin Ford, he should be out there doing his thing all weekend, you've probably heard him on 94.5 the Buzz in advance of the races, the Rod Ryan Show has been a sponsor of his car for several events.

DO YOU DOUBLE DARE ME

Tomorrow at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland they are doing a live version of childhood's favorite show, "Double Dare." If you've forgotten, host Marc Summers would do rounds of trivia and then you had to do physical challenges where there was a flag somewhere and you had to jump in pools of slime or ride up giant pancakes or jump inside of a giant hamburger to find the flag within a limited amount of time. People were always covered in goo by the end of the show and Marc Summers was famously OCD, so this show must have been a real treat for him to make. I'm not sure what is causing the relaunch here but on many levels, I'm pumped.

THE GOOD KIND OF DEAD BEATS

This is one of the coolest kickstarters in a while, it's a horror themed anthology centered around music. It's called Dead Beats, this 160 page anthology has 20 stories from up and coming creators using the story telling device of weird and haunted oddities sold in the music shop. There's some really great names attached to this project including Vita Ayala, Mags Visaggio and others. The project just launched and it's already doing great so there isn't much doubt that the project will make but honestly this is one where you're signing up in order to get it, not to help it make, this is going to be an exciting project, get pumped.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So one element that makes the kickstarter I just talked about so exciting is that one of the creators involved is twitter friend Renfamous, she has long been an activist active against a particular group of people calling themselves Comicsgaters. They're a conservative group of comic book fans who dislike what they call the current state of comic books being an inclusive minded media element. They feel like female heroes and heroes of color are ruining what they believe was a great form of entertainment back in the day. There's one huge problem with this mindset, it's wrong, The X-Men told the story of being a minority in a society that wasn't open to them. Stan Lee was the proud creator of Black Panther who was a king, a scientist and a badass. The Falcon was his own hero with his own agenda who also helped Captain America when he needed it. The other issue that has arisen out of Comicsgate is hate speech and misogynistic language which is where Renfamous comes in, she's been on a crusade speaking out against them and reporting them regularly to twitter to deplatform their hate speech.

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 Thursday 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.

ART BY JESUS RODRIGUEZ

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, ignore the hangovers and shake off the miss the weekend blues, it's the most important day of the week, MONDAY!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week we're going to focus on helping some people right in the circle of nerds, at the Spring Charity Drag Show. It's a themed drag show within Houston's nerd community and will feature pop culture, gaming and nerd icons as well as prominent drag queens in the "Gaymer" community. The proceeds go towards this group which all year long put on events for their community and give those people a place to go and be accepted.

KEEP ON LOSING

The Hosuton Outlaws played their first game of Stage Two and started off with another loss. They were playing the talented Vancouver Titans who won the Stage One playoffs, but they posted a lowly 1-3 match score and honestly they didn't impress in the outing. Other than Stage 1 of the first season, The Outlaws have struggled to find consistent rhythm and sound strategy and honestly, they've been losers and this initial loss in Stage Two now drops them back to 12th place in the standings and doesn't present a lot of of hope for this season either. Hopefully there's a change in team coordination or maybe it's a chemistry change that has to be made and a trade is necessary but either way, as it's presently composed, The Houston Outlaws aren't much of a threat in the Overwatch League.

NETFLIX TO THE RESCUE

For those who sometimes feel like one man (or woman) can't make a difference, this little tidbit should give you hope. Single time plastic usage has dropped over 50% in just one year, and in the UK they're calling it the "Attenborough effect". Essentially the concept is that data taken in the UK has broken down that while women and the newer generation are most swayed by the messaging in things, even Men at a strong rate have been moved to take an interest in the amount of plastics being used and where they go afterwards. Named after the guy who has put two different docu-series about nature on Netflix (Blue Planet II and Our Planet), David Attenborough. It's very cool to know that people are actively getting involved, they're seeing the effect we're having on this world and realizing we aren't being very good guests and trying to do better. So what difference can one man make, a lot if he tries. So are we all trying enough?

IN OTHER GREAT NEWS

Now I'm not a marine biologist and I don't pretend to even understand the importance of coral reefs. I've been told they are massively important to the ocean's ecosystems but I couldn't give you a lot of reasons why. I know they're dying due to the rise in seawater temperatures oceans wide and that without them overall the ecosystems of the oceans are in danger and that between 25 and 40% of them have now died off in these current conditions. Recent breakthroughs though may have finally given conservationists a short cut to helping these reefs grow back and going back to the previous articles question of "can one man change the world?" we have one man to thank for it. David Vaughan basically discovered by accident that you can sort of replant the reef over and over and it's base system can break off, stay behind and continue to grow helping speed up the process of regrowing large coral reefs in a much shorter amount of time. So that's pretty cool, Apocalypse delayed.

EARTH'S MIGHTIEST INDEED

So tickets are available in pre-sale for Avenger's Endgame which still doesn't come out until NEXT weekend, but the sales have soared to record breaking levels. It's is incredible to see and think, but Avengers Endgame has now sold more pre-sale tickets than Aquaman, Avengers Infinity War, Star Wars The Last Jedi and Captain Marvel combined! Those were the top four movies in pre sales before Avengers came through, meaning this thing is rolling through all the records. This is a essentially a 20 plus movie pay off and there's no telling where the numbers on this thing could go with some estimates have an opening weekend at a mind crushing $800 million. The story of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor may be seemingly coming to an end but the world and Disney will always have Avengers, so it'll be interesting to see what comes next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

SPEAKING OF AVENGERS

Game of Thrones debuted last night and don't worry there will be no spoilers here, but for people who have watched from the beginning, how exciting is it now that all the heroes of this story are in one place now? They're all together and they're all preparing to fight against the army of the dead. It's a fascinating story and I'm very intrigued by the finale of this show but honestly if they end this show with some weak, punk ending I'm going to be very unhappy. And if they end this show like the Sopranos with questions unanswered, I'm going to be even more angry. The bar is high but so far they're well over it.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Tuesday 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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