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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.

ABOVE: Abobo, the big bald thug from Double Dragon (the video game and very regrettable live- action film) is one of those classic 8-bit goons that time forgot, but here is….fucking up a horde of thugs from Kung-Fu Master, the old man from Legend of Zelda and Death from Castlevania, among hundreds of other NES characters. Yes, this is a real game! It’s fucking awesome! PLAY IT NOW.

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He’s the hero we deserve, but not the one we need right now. Wait, no, scratch that, Marijuanaman is exactly the hero we need, especially today! Sprouting in a comic book store near you is the creation of a “joint” venture between Ziggy Marley and Image Comics. Releasing on the ubiquitous holiday, April 20th is a no brainer for a cannabis-themed super hero. But Marijuanaman doesn’t sit on the couch all day, smokin’ fatties and eating Cheetos. Here’s the rundown on the green crime-fighter from io9,

Regular humans’ genetic makeup is built out of DNA — but Marijuanaman’s genes are made out of THC… Sedona [is] an alien who travels to Earth from the planet Yelram. Sedona finds that he has a particular affinity with Earth’s biosphere, and then he makes a connection with one plant in particular. But he’s faced with an evil corporation that wants to sell a synthetic marijuana substitute called GanjaRex — and the corporation sends a deadly monster named Cash-Money to destroy Marijuanaman and his nature-loving friends.

He’s green for the environment, not just weed. But obviously marijuana plays a large role in both his origin as well as his crusade. Marley was inspired to create Marijuanaman after learning about the usefulness of the plant, besides getting high. Hemp can be used to create papers, plastics and even fuel and is less harmful for the environment than many of the oil-based products we’re using today. It’s a rich resource we’re denying ourselves because it’s linked to the evil weed.

Marijuanaman travels to our world in seek of help for his own, whose THC atmosphere is being depleted not unlike our Ozone. Here he meets a community of people living in harmony with nature as well as the cannabis plant. He realizes his connection with the plant and from it gains superpowers. But it’s important to note he doesn’t smoke the plant to gain his powers. Marley explains,

Nobody can say he’s a bad influence because he smokes. He doesn’t smoke. But he still gets his power from marijuana anyway.

Now he’s got a friend named, Smokestack who does smoke, I’m guessing a lot with name like that. Industries like the pharmaceuticals are afraid of marijuana, as are tobacco and alcohol. It’s competition, and they want none of it. But hopefully Marijuanaman can shed some light on the positivity of the plant. That’s Marley’s hopes anyway,

Hemp and other alternative energies could be used, but they don’t want to do that. They’re okay with the risk of… destroying the environment to have oil. They’re not okay with the risk of somebody smoking weed. We want to use him to just shed a light for this world to see, for the common people to see. Somebody to speak the truth about the plant. Somebody who stands up for the plant. And still, he doesn’t smoke.

It’s a good choice in making him a non-smoker. Smoking is bad, it doesn’t matter what you smoke it’s always bad for your health. But so is drinking too much booze, or coffee or soda. All the sugar and fat we consume, we’re doing a lot worse to ourselves everyday. I also don’t think it’s coincidence Earth Day and 4/20 fall on the same week. Okay, maybe it is, I don’t have any proof. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t roll yourself a nice joint and head outside with a trash bag and clean up our planet for bit, man.

Marijanaman is written by Joe Casey with art by Jim Mahfood. Like I mentioned earlier, you might be a little stoned and forgot, but Marijuanaman releases today. Sober yourself enough to drive to the comic shop and snag yourself a copy of this cannabis-lovin’ hero.

Below the jump check out some promotional videos featuring art from the book set to the tunes from Marley himself.

source: io9

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Top 10 Nerdy Stoner Flicks

Ah yes, another 4/20 is upon us. What better activity for you to participate in while blazed out of your mind than watching a movie? Well, if your stumped about what flick to pick I’ve got you covered with some highly recommended titles. This Top 10 is split in to two catagories; movies to watch while getting high and movies to watch once high. I think you can easily see how one slips in to the other. First, flicks for the perfect smoke-a-long,

Grandma’s Boy

This often over-looked 2006 comedy from Happy Madison productions follows Alex, video game tester and avid, avid pot smoker who is evicted and forced to move in with his grandmother. Having to hide his smoking and his stash leads to hilarity, like his grandmother mistaking the weed for tea and brewing one hell of a pot of, well, pot. At the same time he’s very close to completing programming his first video game until co-worker and “genius programmer”, J.P steals it. Alex seeks out his dealer, Dante, for solace and his met with an one, enormous spliff (as well as an African tribesman, a Chinese martial artists and a monkey. Dante is one of the most outrageous pot dealers put to film). Eventually J.P. is proven a thief and Alex goes on to be the creator of a hugely successful video game. In this movie, the nerd smokes the high score.

Click the jump for more nerdy stoner flicks and some movies you just gotta watch, high.

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Matchstick Minas Tirith

Attention to detail alert!! According to Great White Snark “Some Guy” spent upwards of 3 years replicating Lord of the Rings final holdup for Men, Minas Tirith. Sand? Ha! Sand. Some Guy made his Minas Tirith out of 1 MILLION DOLLARS!! Sorry, I couldn’t help but throw in an Austin Powers Reference…Who does that? I’m sorry I’m very medicated…Some Guy made his gorgeous model out 420,000 matchsticks! According to GNS:

And now his work is featured in the Matchstick Marvels Tourist Center. (Which is sort of like a museum. But not as respectable. Or with as many clean bathrooms.)

I’m not bashing GNS…I would never do that to a fellow NerdSite…It’s just I’d like a few more details on this work of art. If Snark spent 7 hours building a Lego Batmobile and compared that to this feat, I will compare it to the time I spent 2 years writing a book no one in my family read…Good Thing Minas Tirith wasn’t truly made of match sticks, the few hundred men at Helm’s Deep did a better job against 10,000 Uruk Hai then the WHOLE army at Minas Tirith. I always wondered why the kingdom that lay on the borders of Mordor were so ill equipped at staving off the Black Hoard. Seriously, remember? They used catapults and took out huge towers and city structures, while the armies of Gondor stood around running and screaming. Then when they finally busted through it was like a slaughter….Sorry, this is just my geek gripe with that battle…. Hit the jump for the rest of the pictures.