Steaming Pile of Stuff

Nerdery Week – It’s been decided, so mark your calendars. Nerdery Week shall take place on February 17th – 23rd. Seven days of complete nerdiness interconnected through this world we like to call the internet. You’ll meet new people! You’ll see where they sit! You’ll see all the garbage they keep in their respective workspaces!

But TKT, I’m still confused and a bit scared and there’s that thing with the paste. How do I get involved in NW?

Simple, friend:

  1. Take a picture or two (or eighteen).
  2. Post it on your blog.
  3. Write about your workspace.
  4. Slap ‘Nerdery Week’ somewhere in the post’s title.
  5. Link back to other people engaged in complete Nerdery nerdism.

On paper this may sound boring as all get-out, but I really don’t think it’ll disappoint. I’m endlessly fascinated when I see the places where people do their thing (writing, blogging, playing video games, losing auctions, etc). It’s an extension of a person’s character and I think it’ll be fun to celebrate that which makes us all nerdy.

Yes. Even you over there folding your arms and pretending that you’re not a nerd. You are. Deal.

Power Up – I know there’s nothing people love to read more than what game I’m playing on Xbox 360 these days, so I think I’ll just come right out and say it. I’m completely taken by Call of Duty 4. In a word: WOW. After completely dominating The Simpsons Game it’s a crazy change of pace. One week I’m trying to get the Krusty Koupon off of a billboard high above Springfield, the next week I’m carrying a wounded soldier across a radiation soaked amusement park. Sweet mother of invention, this is the stuff dreams are made of.

Eels – I know I don’t need to plug the world’s greatest band, but they just recently released two albums that are perfect for those of you wanting to see what they’re all about. For the uninitiated, might I suggest: Meet the Eels? It’s a collection of their best stuff from their first 10 years and it’s like a primer into their fantastic world. There is some potty-mouth on there, but hey…that’s what those parental advisory stickers are for. As a bonus, you get a DVD with a bunch of their music videos. Now that’s value!

Their other release is called Useless Trinkets and it’s two discs (2!) of b-sides and songs they’ve done for soundtracks. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a DVD with their 2006(?) Lollapalooza performance on there. What more can you ask for?

Answer: Nothing. There is nothing else to ask for.

Goodhalo – Well, it’s getting there. I’m hoping to have this monster edited and in enough of a fighting shape to begin submitting to my Top 5 agent-types sometime next month. Ambitious? Yes. Necessary? Most definitely. Plus, I’m itching (itching!) to get working on the second book in the series. It’s going to be like 85 pounds of awesome in a 3 pound bag with handles.

Travis: Celebrating 3 Years of Quality – It’s going to be my little guy’s 3 year mark on Monday, so we’re having a party for him on Saturday. Therein lies the problem… Family from out of town are crazy sick. We’re talking antibiotics sick. Also, there’s supposed to be a major snowstorm hitting us…oh, say Saturday or so. Even though we’re not doing a full-scale dinner/activities/all day event, we’re worried that people won’t be able to make it. Regardless, we’ve decided that no matter what, this kid is going to have a party that will tear the socks right off of his little Fred Flintstone feet (like I have) and make him explode with happiness. Thy will be done, lil’ TKT. Thy will be done.

Dave Attell – I get to go see stand-up comedian Dave Attell tonight at the Pantages in Minneapolis. Holler!