NERDS AROUND TOWN

SNL, WrestleMania and superhero movies

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!

Man oh man is it Tuesday? Awesome let's nail this bad boy and make the week acknowledge our greatness.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Epilepsy has come with a major stigma for a long time and has dozens of potential symptoms making it a harder diagnosis than many other issues, all of that being said, more research and research money is necessary to help people with this unfortunate issue. 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. Afterwards there's a party at the zoo, and only there can you make a terrible pun about being a party animal.

ROLLING ON 20s

Starting this week on Thursday is one of the great Houston traditions, the 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Organized by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the Houston Art Car is a massive affair here in Houston, there's a ball, there's a preview show, there's tons of sponsors and of course there's a parade and then an awards ceremony. It starts Thursday with the Main Street Drag where several participants bring their cars to people who won't be able to attend the show, think nursing homes and hospitals and you get what they mean. Then Thursday afternoon there's a preview at Discovery Green, then Friday there's a ball, followed Saturday by the actual Car Show Parade and Sunday there's awards. For those not in the know, the Art Car Parade is flipping awesome, it's exactly what it sounds like, essentially people have turned cars into works of art and then they get to show them off. I'm pumped.

SNL, WHAT THE HELL

This weekend SNL fired shots into the one place every comedian always feels safe to go when they want an easy joke, nerds. The sketch involved three members of a graphics department in poorly matched clothing with glasses and bad haircuts, who seemed to be in a permanent mode of live role playing. They spoke in old English and were mixing fantasy and real world, kneeling before their boss to receive a boon of a free waffle cone from Baskin Robbins. It was an odd sketch, never really finding a funny streak even the audience struggled to get behind it, but the thing that irked me is that it is 100% what people think nerds like me do. I've never said M'Lady or knelt to receive a blessing from a boss. I also have never pantomimed shooting a fireball at someone, overall it was a poorly done sketch taking a low blow at a group of people who are used to having potshots taken at them and even more annoying, there wasn't a girl in the group, reemphasizing the views of mainstream society of our little slice of the world, to get a glimpse of what nerds really look like check out #DnDSelfie on twitter.

CREEPY MUCH

Found a great movie on Indygogo in need of your help, it's got a great premise. A young couple is throwing their housewarming party and then as the evening winds down, there's one guest who just won't leave. That's the real creepy premise of The Housewarming, tell me you're not already pumped for this one. I like the idea of a simple premised small film, one of my favorite movies from 2018 was the small film that could, Kin. With a brief Michael B Jordan cameo at the end, he also produced that one, the movie while it had some killer special effects, the thing that made it good was that great small story. This sounds like it's the same kind of thing.

SUPER HERO FATIGUE

This weekend saw Shazam! debut in theatres and the question that everyone seems to be asking every time a new superhero movie comes out is, "another one?" There's a real general sigh that audiences give when a new unknown superhero movie has a trailer, and even though we live in the age of the Nerds, SNL not withstanding, there's a real chance that one of these movies will be the first to fail. I don't mean make critics angry or make fans angry, I mean actually fail financially, like make $15 million opening weekend or something. I do think sometime soon one of these movies will flop, but I honestly don't think it'll be a Marvel movie, they've been so careful controlling tone and direction that it's hard to see one of them failing, but DC has allowed a lot more flexibility with it's producers and directors making it possible for a real box office failure. We'll see what the future holds.

WRESTLEMANIA

I won't go too far into everything that happened Sunday night at the showcase of the immortals that is WrestleMania as there's a Wrestling Report coming this way on Wednesday morning, but there were some things worth noting. First of all congrats to Becky Lynch winning the first ever all women's main event of WrestleMania, the moment was huge and they lived up to every bit of it. The other thing worth talking about right here in this spot is this, there's been an aggressive change of direction over the last ten to twelve weeks in the WWE and WrestleMania seemed to be the payoff for a lot of those changes with seven titles changing hands in one night, the only title holders who retained their titles were the Usos, which is interesting because one of them recently had a bit of legal trouble although all charges have since been dropped.

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