Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: Jessica Nigri is a Deadpool you wouldn’t want to mess with…. or maybe you would. I just really want those boots!
Gingers! So what’s the big deal? Why are so many of us apparently fascinated by folks with red hair, light skin, and occasionally freckles? Especially when such individuals become media personalities? “Red” is the rarest natural hair color on the planet: Only 1-2% of the world’s population have it. Red hair has been associated with personality traits such as fiery temperament, combativeness or aggressiveness, and an overactive–if not downright freaky libido. Religious and mythological figures from King David to Judas Iscariot to the Egyptian God Set have all been thought to be, or depicted as being Gingers. Oh, and with apologies to Marvel Comics and Chris Hemsworth: According to Norse mythology, Thor was a redhead–not a blonde.
As for why redheads are called Gingers in the first place, there seems to be no real consensus: It’s primarily a British term, and still considered mildly derogatory to many in the UK. One popular theory is that it has nothing to do with color, but instead refers to the hot-blooded demeanor redheads supposedly possess. Most likely, it started in the middle ages, when “Gynger” referred to the coloration of a red rooster. Regardless of the hows and whys, redheads stick out, and more than a few have made indelible marks on popular culture. Here then is ten of the most well-known and influential Gingers, who have risen to iconic status….despite the unfortunate handicap of having no souls.
Veteran nerdy musicians Paul and Storm, of w00tstock! fame, are already known for their nerdy music and catchy Twitter hashtags but they’re about to catapult into geek royalty with their new show Learning Town. The show, which centers around the shenanigans of the duo as they try their hand at children’s television, premiers on Geek and Sundry January 15th. Check out the interview below to see Paul and Storm dish about being nerds, setting puppets on fire and what makes them geek-out.
As a writer for this site you might think that I’ve shared in most of the experiences that the other Nerd Bastards crew have taken part in, but that would be a misconception. There are a few things I’ve personally never been a part of and one of them is going to a convention. So, this past weekend I took part in the third year of Hal-Con, the largest science fiction convention of its kind in Atlantic Canada.
The event, as I’ve said, is only in its third consecutive year. Having begun back in October of 2010 with an attendance of 1500 people, it quickly expanded to an astounding 4000 visitors the following year. The event has a few staple shows that have since become fan favorites of the young convention, but those I’ll touch on later. For now hit the jump and I’ll give you the story of one nerd’s first convention at this year’s three day event.
She is an actress, a business woman, and an innovator. Felicia Day is adored and idolized for her adorkable “one-of-us” appeal, her vision and her achievements in the realm of digital content creation. The woman who tamed the internet and made it work for her is now working for herself — creating original web series’ like The Guild, Flog, Vaginal Fantasy Hangout, and others that live (or will live) on her Geek and Sundry web channel. In short: Felicia Day is the queen of the internet, and in advance of the 6th season premiere of The Guild, I got a chance to talk to her about The Guild, a possible Doctor Horrible musical, and internet trolls.
The Geek & Sundry line up is so creatively diverse, the shows are sort of specialized, but they also really pull you in if you’re an outsider. I don’t like children, but Written by a Kid really pulled me in. Could something like Geek & Sundry live on TV or do you think the dream of a real, full geek television channel is kind of outmoded?
Felicia Day: I think that all of these shows that we created for this channel were aiming to be TV quality, even on our budget. That was my goal when I pitched the channel. I really wanted to do high-quality curated videos that would give a voice to whatever subject or sub-culture that we were giving a voice to with table top games or comics or Sci-Fi and fantasy literature. I think that there could definitely be a whole TV station full of shows, that’s kind of what we’re doing, we’re just on the web.
It’s interesting because there’s a lot of breakdown between where people get their content. A lot of people just started to cut their cord. I think it’s going to be interesting in the next five years. Like, where does a cable box go? How are these smaller channels on cable supported when people are moving to make more content digitally [on the net]?
It’s an interesting and complex business equation that I don’t really understand totally. I just know that I don’t have the opportunity to make all these shows on a TV station. I have the opportunity to make a whole channel on the web and it’s kind of been my dream forever, so that’s why I’m so excited to be working on this channel.
If you’re a routine peruser of the interwebz than I’m sure you’re familiar with Felicia Day’s uber-popular web series, The Guild. It’s basically the web show that made web shows into a thing and its returning for what looks like another epic season on October 2nd!
Today saw the release of the first trailer heralding the return of the Knights of Good on Day’s YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, the new, official home of The Guild. Give it a watch!
I don’t know how they’ll be able to top last season’s convention, but I get a feeling the highlight is going to be Codex adjusting to her job working for the game she loves. How will Zaboo and the rest of the Guild react to her new busy schedule? Who knows! But I’m stoked to see Sandeep Parikh, Robin Thorsen, Amy Okuda, Vincent Caso, Jeff Lewis, and Day back in action in October, are you?
I’m sure some of you spent your Labor Day weekend outside, at a barbecue, maybe attending a nice fair or festival. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed one of the last holiday weekends before we move into the seasons of less sunshine and more obligations. Me? Oh I raged for four days straight at the biggest nerd party of the year: Dragon*Con. Honestly, the weekend has been coming back to me in bits and pieces, especially as I scan through my Twitter account and think, “Huh? When did I tweet that?”
For those unlucky souls unable to attend Dragon*Con this year we here at Nerd Bastards tried to bring as much of the experience to you as our little smartphones would allow. I made sure to live-tweet panels I attended and our #DragonCon tweets – those I had room to tag anyway, for full panel live-tweets you’ll just have to search @nerdbastards during 8/31-9/1 – are available to check out, but here are a few of my favorites.
Barrowman just mooned the audience to start the #Torchwood panel! And I didn’t get a picture! DAMMIT! #DragonCon
Yes, you read that right. John Barrowman kicked off his panel by mooning us. This was at 11:00 am, so good morning Dragon*Con, indeed. It’s really of no surprise, but Barrowman is one raunchy fella, his panels should come with an explicit warning. All the hijinks aside – of which there were many including Barrowman screaming, “Buff man!” running out into the audience and fondling a mostly naked man dressed as a Spartan from 300 – we did get some interesting info about upcoming projects. For instance, Barrowman knows who his secret, millionaire character on Arrowreally is and says, “it’s AWESOME.” He also shared he is totally on board for more Torchwordonce he gets the call. And of that upcoming Doctor Who50th anniversary, Barrowman added as an actor he’d understand if he wasn’t included, but as a fan he’d be “exceptionally disappointed” and “gutted” to not be involved. I think I speak for just about everyone when I say I’d love for him to be in Who‘s 50th and I really hope they don’t overlook him.
The wildly popular webisodes of Nerdom’s Lord and Master Joss Whedon’sDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blogwill be coming to a television near you. The CW will air the show in its entirety on October 9th, 2012 at 9 PM.
Is this really news?
Really, anyone who wants to see this or show it to a friend just has to have an Internet connection to watch the whole thing on the web. I guess if you’ve been dying to get your grandmother to watch this and she is deathly afraid of computers and all that pornography, this might help.
Now, if you were to have a Dr. Horrible party, invite all your friends to dress up, drink beer out of beakers, and sing the songs when the show airs in October, that would be epic!
Dr. Horrible should be the Rocky Horror Picture Show of the Internet.
Just to show how easy it is to watch Dr. Horrible on the Internet . . . here it is all together in one convenient video. Now grab your grandmother, tell her it’s a new Soap Opera spin off of General Hospital, and start the damn video.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is filled with some of Nerdom’s biggest stars, there’s creator Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Simon Helberg.
Joss Whedon has joined up with ‘Team Felicia Day’ once again, this time to help her produce the first episode in a new Geek and Sundry series entitled Written by a Kid. The series takes ideas from those of a younger age and puts them to film in a unique and interesting style.
This first episode is titled ‘Scary Smash’ and features an armed and dangerous Joss Whedon attempting to battle off a giant, tentacled monster. It is narrated by the five-year-old writer, Brett, and also features some appearances by Dave Foley, Kate Micucci and Miss Felicia Day herself.
Check out the video below to see it for yourself:
If this is but the first in this series, it could be pretty interesting to see who Day manages to conjure up for future installments.
It may not be the sequel announcement that everyone’s clamoring for, but to prove that Joss Whedon now has some extreme cache post Avengers, The CW is picking up Whedon’s Dr Horrible Sing-a-long Blog, a web-based project he made during the 2007-08 Writers Strike.
Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion as his nemesis Captain Hammer and Felicia Day as the object of both their affections Penny, Dr. Horrible has become a real cult success. And considering that all three stars have become even more popular in the intervening years since the first Sing-a-long Blog, showing it on The CW may cultivate even more fans, especially considering that it’s creator is now the director of the third most money-making movie of all time.
What do you Bastards think? Smart move by The CW, or been there-done that?