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Day Ninety-Three

02 Apr

Guys. There is so much nerdy stuff going on today, it should be declared International Nerd Day. There should be an official celebration, everyone should get the day off, there should be parades and balloons and streamers and ticker tape (do they still make ticker tape?) and lots of pie. Why, you may ask? Let me show you…

First, today is the official launch of two new premium YouTube channels: Nerdist and Geek & Sundry.

Nerdist is the brainchild of comedian and super-nerd Chris Hardwick. It started as a website, became a podcast, and is now a many-headed beast of seventeen different podcasts and seven new shows on the brand new channel. As it says on YouTube:

“If you’re passionate about comedy, gaming, music, comic books, puppets and magic, then you are going to find hours of video rapture here. If not, then the robots have already won.”

Don’t let the robots win! Check out the first episode of “Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling”:

(It’s funnier when you know that Hardwick’s dad was a professional bowler in the 70’s, thus he takes bowling very seriously.)

Geek & Sundry is from the lovely and talented Felicia Day. I’m not sure why she hasn’t been declared Queen of Geeks yet, but someone should get on that. You probably know her from the final season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer or more recently from her roles on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Eureka, and of course her web-series The Guild.

For her new channel, Day has gathered around her the best of the geek world to create unique, entertaining shows for nerds of all kinds. Whether you’re into comics, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, books, music, and a whole lot in between, Geek & Sundry has something for you. Here’s the first episode of Day’s show, The Flog:

(Seriously, how awesome is she?!)

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Next we have what is arguably one of the greatest videos of all time. Context: Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, wrote what she calls a “mostly true memoir” titled Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Because she’s awesome, and has inspired awesome in a ton of great people, she made a book trailer just for her fans. Well, she probably made it because it’s funny, but she’s nice enough to share it with us.

If you’re not a regular visitor to her blog or subscribed to her RSS feed or following her on Twitter you are missing out. She is a truly amazing woman, and a constant inspiration. Plus, she’s f@#%ing hilarious.

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A few weeks ago I mentioned the annual Tournament of Books from The Morning News and linked to the round that Wil Wheaton judged: State of Wonder vs. The Sisters Brothers. He picked The Sisters Brothers to move on in the competition, and it made it to the final round. Check out the Championship Round, The Sisters Brothers vs. Open City, to see which book is this year’s champion.

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Have you seen the new OK Go video yet?

Ridiculously gorgeous.

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That’s what I have for you this week. If there is anything you think should be included in next week’s post, send me a link via Twitter, email (merry dot mahaffey at gmail dot com), or leave a comment below and I’ll check it out. See you tomorrow for Question Tuesday! DFTBA.

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Daily, Links

 

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