Hey all! We’ve got a new Nerds Play: Minecraft video. We go on an adventure to establish a mine in our continuing quest to face the Ender Dragon. Check it out!
Haven’t been writing too often so I just wanted to assure you wonderful folk that I’m still around. We’ve been treated to Dumb Ways to Die, and Cool Things to Find took its turn. There’s been some fun parodies of the catchy jingle, but I’ve got to say my gamer bias dictates I must enjoy this one. The dancing animation isn’t very good, but the take on the song is great. Good job Megasteakman.
Coming off reading the landmark issue #100 of the comic, this trailer made me want to go back to the good old days. So many small moments int his trailer that tease classic events of the comic, but plenty of it feels different and refreshing. Take a look here. Be warned, there may be spoilers to some events.
The most ominous aspect of this season is the tagline.
Fight the dead. Fear the living.
Season 3 is coming October 14th.
After a two break since I was on vacation and then a day late since I was having some jet lag issues, we finally get back to Cheap Date. And what a week to come back! We have a full boat today, I really had to pick and choose to cut it down to $30 but hopefully you will enjoy everything I recommend.
Movies – $10
Indie Game: The Movie was just released to the wild for everyone who may have missed the tour of screenings. Once a Kickstarter project, Indie Game: The Movie covers all those jewels of games being developed by people who may not have the backing of a major publisher, especially the phenomenal games Super Meat Boy and Fez. This is a great film for anyone who enjoys video games, but it is also a fantastic documentary on its own. You can get the movie on their website or if you are so inclined you can grab it on iTunes or even Steam.
Books – $9
Darth Vader and Son has actually been out since April, but it has been sold out in most places until this week. Darth Vader and Son is the hilarious look at how Vader would handle actually being the father of Luke. I’m not always a fan of single page punchline comics, but this one is done well and has the benefit of having Darth Vader in it. Let it be known, that I am actually cheating a bit here as the book retails for $15 but you can grab it from Amazon for $9.
Comics – $10
This week was tough when it came to comics. There were quite a few books that I wanted to pick up this week but had to opt into choosing only three because of everything else out this week.
Vertigo puts out this week a book with one of the best writers and one of my favorite artists in American Vampire Lord of Nightmares #1. This miniseries continues Scott Snyder’s wonderful work with his American Vampire books but now accompanied with the art of Dustin Nguyen. We have not seen Nguyen’s dark side since he was working on Detective Comics.
The next two books come from DC Comics and are also two Batman books. In Batman #10, we get a revelation as Batman fights the Court of Owls in the issue right before the conclusion of the story line. Then in Batman and Robin #10, Tomasi and Gleason continue their wonderful run on this new dynamic duo. In this issue we get a reunion of sorts as a mysterious person has called a meeting of all the Robins, past and present.
That will be all for this week, folks. I hope to see you next week on our nerdy Cheap Date.
Now is the time to introduce myself, I guess. Let me start by saying…
Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!
A simple way to say hello. Of course, the quote comes from the Jim Carrey classic, The Truman Show. Isn’t it funny how short lines from films or books can express a lot of meaning. I am nowhere near as good of a writer to throw down some unforgettable personal quote to show the world all the crass that I have to offer. But leading off with a quote shows you, the reader, more about myself. I enjoy using written or spoken quotes to help define the thought I have.
The quotes come from a cornucopia of sources. I grew up reading comics and have yet to give it up. Hell, I have yet to grow up, and I still enjoy the cartoons of today. Most of my learning experiences came from the movie screen. And the hand-eye coordination I have come from excelling at video games. (Note from Ricky: Cocky much?)
I am a nerd, a dork, a dweeb. Whatever you want to call me. I am obsessive over pop culture (thank god there are wikis). I enjoy being a kid inside an adult body. I wear goofy t-shirts and enjoy my slippers that look like Mickey Mouse feet. I still marathon game with friends. I am even anticipating my next chance to play some Risk Legacy.
Beyond enjoying the fantasy of it all, I am in love with the mythology. When I was little, I enjoyed the mythologies. Anytime that would be brought up in school, I got excited. The fantastic thing about mythology is that it is ever-present today. We may not have gods playing with the seasons, but we still have the ideas that inspire and frighten us. Instead of flying with Helios as he rides across the sky in his fiery chariot, today we fly with Superman as he saves the day. Instead of wondering how Osiris will judge us in the afterlife, we fear Freddy Krueger with his nightmares.
Long story short: I like a lot of stuff and those interests often influence me. I would like to share my interests and their influences. Enjoy!
Welcome to Call Yourself A Nerd.
I’m Ricky, and I guess I’ll take the time to introduce the new site and myself. In doing so, I have to let you all know up front: I call myself a nerd. I have been since I was a wee lad. I was introduced to my gateway drug – comic books – when my uncle gave a box full of comics to my brother, Danny, and me. These comics ranged from Thor to Batman to Spawn. I was hooked immediately. My family would sell at local flea markets on the weekend, and sure enough, my brother and I were scavenging the various lots in search of comic books. We tracked down our local comic shops. We were hooked.
The pair of us also spent a large amount of time in front of the television. At first, it was primarily cartoons. We were children in the tail-end of the 80s, and the after-school and Saturday morning cartoons were at their peak. We watched Transformers, GI Joe, Centurions, TMNT, and Ren and Stimpy. We especially loved the Simpsons. As the 90s came along, we continued plopping down in front of the boob tube watching everything Nickelodeon and MTV had to offer. TGIF was going strong on ABC and shows like Family Matters and Boy Meets World were weekly staples. As time went on, there wouldn’t be a time when there wasn’t a set list of shows we had to watch.
Movies were a huge part of our childhood as well. We’d watch our favorite classics like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Robocop, Batman and Star Wars. Spending time with some of our older siblings, we were introduced to other things we’d never thought to enjoy like The Last Dragon, Over the Top, and Howard the Duck. Double features at the mall and nights at the drive-in were some of my personal favorite family excursions.
And with trips to drive-ins and flea markets, there also came arcades and video games. Games like Altered Beast, Raiden, and Donkey Kong ate up our allowances. Back home, we would play Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on the NES. We would later get other gaming consoles like the Sega Genesis, N64, Playstation (One and 2), and Xbox. We battled in Mortal Kombat. We raced through loops in Sonic the Hedgehog. We got killed by Cuccos in Legend of Zelda. If there has been one thing that has gobbled up more of our time, it would be video games.
This is just a taste of the things my brother and I love and nerd out about. We’ll talk about all of these topics – both nostalgic and up-to-date – and more. We also have my brother’s girlfriend, Natalia, writing about her interests including books and music. Before I say farewell, I want to let you know that we look forward to hearing your responses so don’t forget to leave comments below. Check back soon for more from us, and remember: “Call yourself a nerd.“