Announcing the newest venture by Nerd Lunch...


...a podcast!


That's right, we're taking the discussions we've made infamous one step further and having them in auditory form. Jeeg and I will be joined by our good friend Paxton Holley from the Cavalcade of Awesome to hash out nerdy and foodie topics. And on occasion, we'll be joined by other special guests as well.

We are happy to be the first podcast to be released under the banner of The Atomic Geeks Podcasting Network. A couple of podcasts today, tomorrow the world.

In episode one, CT, Jeeg, and Paxton get to know one another a little better by taking some Internet personality tests. Find out which nerd is C-3PO, which is Chuck Norris, and who could survive the longest if chained to a velociraptor. Plus one of the nerds reveals an impressive and somewhat frightening knowledge of the Care Bears.

If you want to play along at home, you can check out the quizzes we took here:

Check out the first episode and let us know what you think.


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8 comments:

Maggie said...

Hey, I found you guys through your podcast. I just finished listening and I really enjoyed it. I did some of the tests and for one i got, half big bird and half cookie monster. and for another I got half kirk half mccoy <3

Jack said...

So far, this has proven too long for me to enjoy. At work, the security on my military-owned computer won't let it through. At home, there has so far been too much going on for me to devote an hour to listen; somebody always needs something. If I could get it onto my MP3 player, I could listen while I do my field work, but as a computer whiz, I'd make a good short order cook. Keep the faith, I'll figure it out! Meanwhile, the first 5 minutes or so sounds great...

CT said...

Hi Maggie. Thanks for coming by and checking out our blog after finding our podcast. Glad you found it. We just launched it yesterday so it's good to know it's already getting out there.

And Jack, no worries. Hopefully you are able to get it figured out and can take a listen to the entire thing. We are aiming for about an hour length on these shows. Sort of reminiscent of a lunch hour discussion.

Jack said...

Howdy, podners. Finally broke that hour loose, and here's my critical review.

First, the good stuff. It was enjoyable to me to hear you guys interacting. CT and Jeeg (I've always pronounced that with a hard "G" at the end) I've had a lot of contact with on our blogs, always enjoyable, and this did nothing to change that impression. This helped me get a handle on Paxton's personality; I encounter him a lot through his comments, which are too short as a rule to convey anything of the person behind the words. With this experience behind me, I like him, too.

Now, the not-so-good. I really, seriously, could not give a rat's patoot whether I'm Big Bird or Elmo, and I'd rather jump naked into a barrel of scorpions than sit here in my (briefly) empty house figuring out which Care Bear I am, but doing it along with you guys promised to be fun. So I pulled an old Geico ad out of the recycle bin and started recording my answers as you read the questions... Right up until you said, "We're going to skip a few of these questions." That instantly demoted me from a place at "your" table, friendship, as it were, to the role of an eavesdropper at the next table over. The message was, "We're friends having fun, and you aren't part of it." Those unread questions became the point where you noticed I was eavesdropping, and lowered your voices so I couldn't follow, and it got worse as it went along. The lasting impression I took away was one of having the door slammed in my face.

Will I be back for the next one? Of course I will! You guys are too brilliant to let one thing I didn't like run me off. Shoot, I'm not into comic books, but I didn't run for the hills when you did a dozen posts about DC and Marvel did I? All criticism is just one guy's opinion, and maybe I'm not sophisticated enough to get what you were shooting for here. I just don't think it's a good idea to alienate your audience, no matter what effect you're shooting for; well, unless you're Don Rickles.

Anyway, rest assured that I'll see you for the next one. Maybe I'll have figured it out by then...

CT said...

Hey, Jack. I hope you realize that our intent was not to come off as slamming the door on anyone's face with this. We didn't read all the questions simply because it felt, to us, like it was dragging the pacing of the show down.

I do appreciate the honest feedback though. And I'm glad we weren't so off-putting that you're not going to give us another shot!

Jack said...

Once more, CT, and I'll (try to) stop hogging the floor here. I did some soul searching before I posted my critique. I know what goes into this kind of work, and it isn't your job, it's something you do out of love. I never want to tear a person's pet project down, but had I just said, "Yeah, great job!" that doesn't give you anything you can use.

Having thought further, I think I would have done maybe the first quiz completely, maybe even with a cold read by you guys, let your audience answer with you, provide the scoring system, and discuss the answers. That way, I as a listener feel like I'm at the table with you, and I'm included in the activity, instead of what I came away with. There's a half hour, then do something different for the other half hour (I'm sure you have other things in the works), and at the end, either say we'll do another quiz in a future podcast, or tell us where to find more of them if we're interested. The key thing I'm reaching for here is Be Inclusive with your audience.

I've known you guys for a year now, and knowing what I know, of course I'll be back to wallow in whatever you put up here. If this was the only example I had of your work, I can't be certain I'd say that.

I have great respect for you guys, and would never try to insult you just for kicks. My hope is that you can take something away from this that will help you polish all your endeavors to a high gloss. But let me emphasize this: If you are on the path that makes sense to you, do not even consider changing that to make one guy who doesn't "get it" happy!

Okay, now my comments have reached a point where they are longer than your post. It's time for me to go...

Dr. Mrs. Jeeg said...

I am Luke Skywalker (which I was when I took the quiz 10 years ago, also). Also stupid Tenderheart Bear. BUT in the female action hero department, I'm Princess Leia, which pretty well rocks. I'm also Hermione (just for your info) and Spiderman. 54 seconds with a velociraptor. Yeah, I'm tough.

Advice for next time: break up the time doing different kinds of things. 20 minutes this, 3 minutes that, 10 minutes another thing, etc. Personality tests are only fun when you're doing them yourself or when you know the test taker really well and you get the results quickly. Since I only know one of you well, I was not that interested in the other two (sorry, guys). I just have no prior knowledge to tie that new information to.

So I'm obviously not biased when I say that the Atomic Geeks are so right: Jeeg is the best one.

Jeeg said...

Despite our fragile egos, we appreciate the feedback and the fact that somebody is actually willing to listen to us yahoos. We're slowly figuring out this whole podcasting thing; it was a real breakthrough when Pax told us it didn't involve peapods at all.

And remember kids, just because my wife didn't love this first episode doesn't mean you won't. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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