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Archives for : August2015

Dave the Nerd – Music Review – Bright Eyes ~ ‘Digital Ash in a Digital Urn’ 2005

Bright Eyes is an American Indie-Rock group that was formed in 1995. ‘Digital Ash in a Digital Urn’ is the seventh studio album for the band. It came as a suggestion by my friend Aaron Moore. This album has a strong electronic sound to it. which could be assumed by the title. The blend of the music keeps it from sounding over produced. The lyrics of the album, like other Bright Eyes albums, are soulful and mixed with vivid imagery. The song ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ is probably my favorite off the album. It is something with the lyrics of the song that speak to me. ‘Take it Easy (Love Nothing)’ is on record as being the biggest hit on the album. As an album in-and-of itself, the album is really cool. But in contrast with the rest of the bands catalogue, this album falls short. It feels to miss that special something that the rest of the band’s albums seem to have. I will give this album three different ratings, and a quick explanation of each one. By itself I give it a 8.5 out of 10, it is a very enjoyable album. In relation to the rest of the catalogue I give it a 6.5 out of 10, I’m a fan of their earlier more acoustic feel. But an over all rating of 7.5 out of 10. Don’t get me wrong it is a good album, it is just not your typical Bright Eyes album.

Episode 6 – Signs and Sisyphus

Welcome back for episode 6, where I discuss more on the difference between grief and mourning, personal and scientific searches for life after life and the Myth of Sisyphus

The Force is strong with this admin

Whoever is admin-ing the Official Star Wars Facebook page really did the equivalent of dropping the mic on a small minded “genius”

In case you have been living under a rock, the amazing Brienne of Tarth herself, Gwendoline Christie, is playing a mysterious character in The Force Awakens by the name of Phasma. As a way of inspiring artists to submit their creations for the Art Awakens fan art contest, images like this:

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have begun to appear on the official Star Wars Facebook page. To which our wonderfully intelligent and open-minded friend commented this:

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Now, anyone that has listened to the Digital Nerdage podcast knows that Pat and Corey are big proponents of people growing up and not being morons. This of course includes treating people with respect, which our friend above has apparently never heard of… Besides the fact that there is no reason armor NEEDS to look feminine, in what warped reality would it be better for ARMOR to LOOK “feminine”? Thankfully, the admin on the Star Wars Facebook page shares our sentiments.

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The comment seems to have been removed at this point, but not before the Internet leapt into action in order to save this person’s idiocy for all time! I hope they learned from this and will realize in the future that just because a woman is inside doesn’t mean that the armor needs to be all frilly and flowery.

 

Kickstarter of the Week 8/25/15 – Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief!

Once again I get the awesome opportunity to support a friend in their efforts at crowdfunding. Ryan Browne, the creative genius behind the amazing Kickstarter success and Image book, God Hates Astronauts, has an extremely innovative new project call Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief. This 280 page (!!!!) masterpiece was created one hour at a time, in which a single page is created! Let’s see what Ryan has to say about the project himself!

Digital Nerdage: What is Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief!?

Ryan Browne: It’s an improv comic following a set of rules that I have invented. I follow no script, and never plan ahead. I only have one hour to write and draw each page. I started with the design of our main character Blast Furnace and I just went from there, riffing and improving my way through 262 pages of story. It’s pretty nuts and ultra fun. 

DN: What can you tell us about the creative team (yourself)?

RB: After 10 monthly issues writing, drawing and designing God Hates Astronauts, im pretty burnt out on overly crafted visuals. That’s why Blast Furnace is so relaxing. I’m not overly invested in any one drawing or story idea so it makes it lighter and looser. BF is right in my creative wheelhouse. Making stuff up and making myself laugh while I do it. 

DN: What was the inspiration behind doing an improvised comic while limiting yourself to one hour per page??

RB: Just to get stuff done faster. Tell more stories, try out more ideas. A normal comic page takes around eight hours for me to write and draw. In eight hours of Blast Furnace, I have eight finished pages. It’s a great feeling.  

DN: What is the reward, besides the book itself, that you are most excited to offer?

RB: I’m offering autographed pictures of my stupid cat. It’s gonna be great! (Ed. Note: Simon is a pretty amazing cat, he even got to grace a variant cover of an issue of God Hates Astronauts!)

DN: Anything else to add?

RB: I’m excited to be back to self-publishing and  the direct market through Kickstarter. I get to make the comics I want to make and deliver them straight to my fans. It’s an awesome way to create and get rewarded on both sides. 

I am happy to see this happening. Ryan has a deliciously twisted sense of humor, and with a one hour time limit and no plan for every page, I can imagine that will shine through. Hurry over to his Kickstarter and support it if you can. Stretch goals are already being unlocked so you know that you are going to get your monies worth!

Dave the Nerd – Music Review – Queen ~ ‘A Kind of Magic’ 1986

When people hear the name Queen, they think about their monster hits from the late 70s and early 80s. ‘A Kind of Magic’ is one of their sleeper albums. Dubbed the unofficial soundtrack to ‘The Highlander’ movie and later selections from it were used for the television series. One of the hits that would be recognized would be the self titled ‘A Kind of Magic’. That would be followed closely by ‘Princes of the Universe’ and ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’. This album, although not their biggest hit, is one of my favorite Queen albums of all time. The under-rated classic has some of the best lyrics Freddy Mercury ever penned on it. And that is not showing any ill will towards the rest of their iconic catalogue. Listening to this album brings back all the memories and feelings from the late 80s, when I first heard the album while hanging out in the basement with my brother. And like a close and trusted friend, this album is always there when I need it to bring me back to center. As with many of Queen’s albums Brian May’s composition of all the musical aspects pair perfectly with the words mused by Freddy Mercury. This album gets a solid 9.6 out of 10 from me. So if you dare to love forever, make sure you love this album!

Episode 5 – The Fight

In this episode, I discuss the alternatives to traditional Cremation/Burial services, Death Midwives, At-Home Hospice care, Self Care, Post traumatic stress, and fight between yourself and bitterness. Thank you for listening.

Episode 51

A new episode opens with an apology…find out what for in the latest edition of Digital Nerdage! Now with a new shorter intro for your listening pleasure! (And I apologize for the voice over…I am working on something better)

We were rapid fire on a number of different topics including a test of the bendability of the newest iPhone, Batgirl, and an extremely awkward place for some Fallout 4 gameplay leaks…..

Check it out on a brand new episode of Digital Nerdage.

Stay Nerdy My Friends.

Kickstarter of the Week 8/18/15 – Durontus: The Lost Serpent

It is always awesome when I see my friends putting out amazing new creations. This is definitely one of those types of projects. I have know this week’s creator, Tyler Sowles, for a number of years, having met him at Cherry Capital Comic Con and enjoying his (and his wonderful wife Sara) are creating some brilliant work. Not the least of which is their labor of love Durontus: The Lost Serpent. We took a few minutes to talk with Tyler about the Kickstarter to support the new Durontus book from Killustration Studios!

Digtial Nerdage: What is Durontus: The Lost Serpent?

Tyler Sowles: Durontus: TLS is a daikaiju (giant monster) indie comic book series. It is created for giant monster fans, by giant monster fans. 

Durontus spawned out of Tyler’s love for Japanese giant monster films and claymation features such as Godzilla, The Giant Behemoth and Gorgo. Between the two of them, Scott and Tyler love this stuff so much, they really had no choice but to try their hand at a monster tale of their own.  

The first issue of Durontus: The Lost Serpent, released in 2013, represents Tyler and Sara’s first venture into the world of comics. The story centers around a mysterious serpent that surfaces off the coast of Norway and is observed by a dedicated task force known as the GWG (Gargantua Watch Group) in order to avert possible disaster. Things come to a head when a swarm of moth-like insect mutations engulf the island of Svalbard and awaken Durontus. The creatures fight and the moths quickly head toward the mainland, leaving the story at a cliffhanger ending. Fans of the first issue deserve a resolution and that’s where Kickstarter comes in! 

The sequel issue will pick up directly after the end of the first book and will center on the GWG’s struggle for survival and the mighty Durontus regaining his strength in order to battle the insect threat. The story will be a full color 24+ page comic.  The art has been revitalized, updated for a more modern audience.  The overall look of the comic will be more intense, dynamic and professional than its predecessor, but will still continue the same story, characters and setting as before.  

You can find out more about the monster and the story at www.durontus.com

DN:  Can you please tell us about the creative team?

TS: The creative team consists of these starry eyes indie comic veterans:

Tyler Sowles is an art guy and a full-time freelance comic illustrator. When he’s not juggling indie titles (Fallstreak, Renegade, Frankenstein’s Giant) and small press books (The Numbered – Arcana Studio, Tandoori Apocalypse – Storyboard GN, Deadworld – Transfuzion Publishing), he’s working on his own titles like Hank Steiner: Monster Detective and Durontus: The Lost Serpent. He has even been lucky enough to have several pinups in IDW’s Godzilla: Ruler’s of Earth, and some cover/interior illustrations for G-Fan Magazine. 

Scott R. Schmidt is an independent comic book writer, retro-gamer and beer lover. His work has been published by 215Ink, Ink & Drink Comics and 8th Wonder Press. Thanks for a successful Kickstarter, he also self publishes Steele Vs: The legendary Adventures of Sam Steele, North-west Mounted Police.

Sara Sowles is a painter, comic colorist and designer.  Sara’s work includes coloring for Source Point Press’ Step Right Up; coloring, layout and lettering for Source Point Press’ Wild Bullets, Hank Steiner: Monster Detective, Tandoori Apocalypse and Durontus: The Lost Serpent. She’s also colored almost everything Tyler’s ever submitted, basically making his art look good.

DN: What are the hopes for the future of Durontus?

TS: Ideally, I’d draw this book for forever.  There isn’t a whole lot of alternative choices when it comes to dynamic kaiju stories.  The rise in popularity of the genre thanks to the movies Pacific Rim and Godzilla have open the scene up to a broader, eager audience.  I want to show people that there’s other cool, creative stories and monsters that still have the classic feel of a black and white 50’s sci-fi film.

DN: What is the reward, besides the book itself, that you are most excited to offer?

TS: There are a few really great rewards.  I’m doing some 9×12 sketches that will be fun.  I’ve got a whole squad of talented art buddies helping me with a set of mini poster prints featuring the monster (James BiggieCarter AllenChris MartinezJason Strutz, Nolan Nasser and Chris Scalf) and Matt Frank, who I’ve known for a long time (and who is known for his artistic contributions to Godzilla fandom and IDW’s Godzilla: Ruler’s of Earth) is contributing a sketch.  I can’t wait to see what these dudes do. 

DN: Anything else to add?

TS: Check out the kickstarter: bit.ly/DurontusKickstarter 

If you’re into indie comics, kaiju, monsters or classic sci-fi, this book is for you.  If not into any of those things, you probably aren’t listening to the right podcast. 

I am super excited to see this succeed as I know what it means to Tyler and Sara. This truly is a passion project for Killustration Studios and the love they have for this genre is definitely seen in the first book, and I can believe that issue 2 will be no different. Please take a moment to check out the Kickstarter as soon as you can and please back it if possible!

Dave the Nerd – Music Review – Hozier ~ ‘Hozier’ 2014

When the name Hozier is used everyone things the song ‘Take Me To Church’. And it is a great song. But there are other gems on this album that get overlooked. All of the songs have a blues or indie rock feel to them. Where most musicalns seem to have an overall theme for than album, whether it is obvious or just in the over all story from the songs. This album, however, is not your typical album. Each song could easily be released as their own hit. Althought the album has gems like ‘Kackie & Wilson’, ‘Someone New’, and ‘From Eden’. i don’t see another hit like ‘Take Me To Church’ on the album. I feel the song ‘To Be Alone’ should have been the follow up single. but ‘Sedated’ is probably my favorite song on the entire album. I give this album an 8.5 out of 10. I wonder what the future have in sto

re for Hozier, and his future releases.

Episode 4 – Who are you?

In episode 4 I discuss issues pertaining to documentation necessary for survivor benefits and other forms of assistance and the importance of having those documents on hand and readily available, as well at Notary Public services and how to obtain them. Discussion on emotions that occur outside of the 5 & 7 stages of grief, more on end of life planning, and articles relating to myths about grief.