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“Three nerds, each with real life problems, don’t get to do the ‘nerdin’ out’ they once did. But there’s always time to get together with the nerd buddies for a little lunch. Join CT, Jeeg, Pax and a rotating ‘Fourth Chair’ guest as they discuss pop culture, junk food, and more.”
Thus reads the intro to the first blog I formally followed when I joined the blogosphere in 2010, and one of the most enjoyable crews it has ever been my pleasure to encounter, the boys of Nerd Lunch. C.T. (Carlin Trammel), Pax (Paxton Holley), and Jeeg (who the hell knows?) get together weekly with their Fourth Chair guest to discuss every manner of popular culture phenomena that comes down the track.
I’m not kidding. Do you like movies? They cover them, from the Muppets to the Avengers. Cartoons? Television? Comic books and characters? You’re in luck there; C.T. interned at Marvel. Fast food? Snack food? They cover it all, and in their own inimitable style! I’ve been reading their blog, then following their podcast for about seven years, and over those years, I’ve commented, chatted, been mentioned in a very cool feature of their blog, and they’ve even helped me with my computer settings. The point I’m trying to make is that they are incredibly approachable; this is not some closed clique that will make you feel like a perpetual outsider.
Founded July 30, 2007, Nerd Lunch was created as a means of allowing three buddies who would get together for “nerd lunch” to stay in touch after two of them moved away. Launched as a blog, articles would primarily be focused on the topics discussed during the lunchtime get-togethers. In 2011, under the banner of the now defunct “Atomic Geeks Podcasting Network,” Nerd Lunch launched a weekly podcast.
This is a long-time production that has stood the test of time and technology as the years have passed, undergoing changes in personnel (Pax replaced one of the founding members) and platforms, style and formats, and always coming up a winner on the other side of every challenge. Their viewpoints are varied and intelligent, and if you have any interest in the popular culture that surrounds you on every side, listening to these guys will help you to discourse intelligently on virtually every aspect of it.
New episodes post every Tuesday via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher. Nerd Lunch; just follow the link and add it to your favorites, then settle back and enjoy!
View from the Blimp
I have scattered my efforts over many projects, not finishing any one, but moving all of them along. The all-important first scene of The Darklighters is finished (first draft, of course), and about half of the outline is finalized. I’m on the late stages of William’s map of Railroad City, and I’m filling in the categories on the Darklighters bible. I’m playing catch-up with that, as much of the foundation was poured in Beyond the Rails III. And as if all that weren’t enough, I’m reading a really excellent book which I’ll be reporting on soon, however book reviews happen over at Jack’s Hideout, so drop by over there on occasion, and soon there’ll be a nice treat waiting!
In Other News…
Nightfear Manhattan by author Steve Moore is a Post Victorian, Steampunk, Erotic Vampire adventure, set in the bustling City of New York circa 1905. The Symposium of the White Rose track the oldest and deadliest Santorinian Vampire from Greece to New York. They send their most formidable hunter, Aris Anistasios, to find and destroy the Vampire Queen. Aris must prevent her breeding and swarming with Soldier Vampires, causing death and mayhem in New York City. President Theodore Roosevelt and Wild West Hero, Bat Masterson feature in the monumental effort to save the City from blood, sex and violence.