Listeners of our podcast will know that back in episode 19 we talked about soda/pop with Shawn Robare from Branded in the 80s. After taping the show, Shawn sent each of us a care package of several sodas including a bottle of the Red Rock Cola he mentioned in the episode.
Given Shawn’s praise, I went for the bottle of Red Rock immediately and I was not disappointed. It really does bridge the gap between Coke and Pepsi. Some of the bite and more complex notes are in there, but it tastes sweeter and smoother than Coca-Cola. Right down to the retro labeling and glass bottle, it’s a great combination.
I could easily see Red Rock making it into my rotation of favorites alongside Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, and stalwart old Coke… if I could find it. Sources have told this reporter that the formulation rights for Red Rock are held by a food technology company in Indianapolis with manufacturing done a by a few distributors around the country. I have yet to find a source for Red Rock in my part of Chicagoland, but the hunt will continue. If nothing else, I’ll have to plan a side excursion to Homer Soda Company during my next visit back to Central Illinois and load up the trunk of my car.
Perhaps the Internet's leading expert on TV crossovers and the founder of Poobala.com, Thom Holbrook, joins us for a great episode this week. We discuss what makes a crossover great, run down some of our favorites, and then propose some crossovers we wish would happen. Our conversation is a roll call of great TV from Bob Newhart to The Bionic Woman to The Drew Carey Show to Mork and Mindy. OK, maybe great isn't the best description. In this week's Nerd To-Dos, we get our first genealogy related to-do, a re-commitment to comic book reading, and more Avengers items (it might take us awhile to get over that one, folks).
Join us for a very special episode of Nerd Lunch all about the blockbuster that is Marvel’s The Avengers. In a double barreled conversation, CT and Pax chat after hitting the theater in Florida while Jeeg and original Nerd Luncher PLee offer their post-screening assessment from Illinois. Is it the best of the Marvel movies? Is it the best superhero/comic book movie ever? Is it the greatest achievement in the history of mankind? Remove your Asgardian helmet with the giant horns, pop in those earbuds, and find out.
Pax and Jeeg welcome CT back from his sojourn in the wilderness and guest Robert Zerbe from To The Escape Hatch for a discussion of real life issues that can dampen one's enjoyment of nerdy things. Celebrity meltdowns, marketing oversaturation, obnoxious product placement, annoying theater patrons, and more make our lists. This week's Nerd To-Dos features a lot of Avengers talk, e-readers, Doritos, and the last (?) of CT's Young Justice updates.