Nerd Lunch Podcast 59: Halloween Specials

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To celebrate the season Pax and Jeeg call in our Halloween experts, Shawn from Branded in the 80s and Jay from The Sexy Armpit, to discuss two LEGENDARY Halloween TV specials. Up first is the 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special with 70s guest stars aplenty including Tim Conway, Florence Henderson, and KISS. You can find it on YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, and DVD.


Then we tackle 1986's The Worst Witch starring Fairuza Balk and featuring gonzo performances by The Facts of Life's Charlotte Rae and Tim Curry. It is also available on YouTube (in multiple parts) and DVD.


This week's Nerd To-Dos include a screening of some classic Universal monster movies, a quest for episodes of CHiPs, some fawning over Emma Watson, and Bond movie watching.

The Marvels and the DCs, part 8

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A long, long time ago, I offered to send post cards to readers of this blog. All I asked in return was that you would send me back a picture with you and your card. Today, I feature the final four who have done just that. This post features Pax and three others who I'm proud to say are regulars on the Nerd Lunch Podcast. Great way to end this long-running series.


Pax from the Cavalcade of Awesome requested a card as well. He's a big fan of the Flash so that's what I sent him.


Shawn from Brandedinthe80s.com is the guy who inspired me to do this little project. He was the first to request a card and here he is with his Hulk post card.



Here is Robert from To The Escape Hatch eating whilst reading his Spider-Woman card.



Finally, Jay from The Sexy Armpit sent his photo in at the last minute. Here he is excited about his Plastic Man card.

This was fun gentle reader. Sorry for dragging this out so long. Maybe we'll do this again some day.

Nerd Lunch Podcast 58: Zombie Survival Party

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Robert from To The Escape Hatch returns to our fourth chair as we put together the ultimate team for the zombie apocalypse with characters from across the horror genre. Robert Kirkman, Ridley Scott, John Carpenter, Valve Software, and others provide nominees for our party. Once the team is assembled, we determine the order that members get picked off, who gets infected, and who, if anyone, survives. We then rinse and repeat with a party composed of The Atomic Geeks Network crew. In our Nerd To-Dos, we hear what digital comics can be had by trading in Miami Vice DVDs, some Halloween costume planning, a mini lovefest for Ben Affleck, and plans to see The Hobbit already getting started.

Nerd Lunch Podcast 57: Our First Bond Discussion

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In preparation for James Bond’s return to the big screen, we have our first discussion of the classic spy franchise. Bringing his expertise and British class to the fourth chair is Jon Cross from The After Movie Diner blog and podcast. Since there are 50 years and 22 movies worth of 007 to cover, we save the drilldowns for later and cover the whole series by ranking our best and worst Bond actors, individual movies, Bond girls, villains, gadgets, and more. There are a number of revelations along the way including Pax and Jeeg not backing Telly Savalas and the fact that CT has never seen Smokey & The Bandit. This week’s Nerd To-Dos feature more of The Strain series, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Ready Player One, and voiceover work for an audiobook.

Nerd Lunch Podcast 56: Turning Movies Into TV Shows

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Thom Holbrook of Poobala.com returns to join Pax, CT, and Jeeg for a discussion of TV shows based on movies. After a brief trip around the horn to mention some of our favorites and what made them work, we all pitch concepts using movies that have never been translated to TV. We come up with some good ideas, but also end up featuring more secret agents, high school teachers, and little people than any sane person should expect. In our Nerd To-Dos, we talk about The Strain, The Avengers Facebook game, Avatar The Last Airbender, and poutine (again).

The Marvels and the DCs, part 7

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About a year ago, I offered to send post cards to readers of this blog. All I asked in return was that you would send me back a picture with you and your card. Today, I feature two more who have done just that. Both of these are friends back from my old stomping grounds in Central, Illinois. This is the penultimate post of post card pictures. The next one will be the last of the pictures. Stay tuned............

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Nerd Lunch Podcast 55: Fast Food On The Cheap

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When Pax is called away on a top secret mission for Colonel Sanders and The Hamburglar, CT and Jeeg break the “in case of emergency” glass around Movie Hodge Podge and bring out fourth chair regular Aaron Nix. The three of us welcome back Nick from Dude Foods to discuss cheap eats in the already cheap world of fast food. We kick around our favorite value menus and promotions of yore from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Arby’s, and more. Then we turn our attention to the current state and future of fast food deals where social media promos, coupons, and big box store eating have taken hold. In our Nerd To-Dos, we plan a delicious potluck of James Bond, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, Halo, and Cheerwine.

(Nerd) Lunch Special: Bulletproof® Coffee

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Bulletproof® coffee is something I first heard about on Twitter from our friend Steve from Food Junk. I found the concept instantly intriguing, but was too lazy to do anything about it right away. When I finally did ask Steve about it and learned that he hadn’t tried it firsthand, I knew we had to make this a mission… for SCIENCE and THE INTERNET! We both survived, so be sure to check out Steve’s experience over at Food Junk.

The promoters of Bulletproof® coffee bill it as a kind of superfood, but let’s be honest, the novelty is that it replaces milk or cream with butter. That’s right, knocking back a couple cups of Bulletproof® coffee also means drinking a quarter stick of butter. I made some alterations to my recipe, but rest assured that I was enjoying a big mug of butter at the end of this.

Ingredients
A Holy Trinity

Coffee The original recipe advocates specific coffee types that are less likely to contain mold and toxins. To steal a line from PLee, “I like coffee, even when it’s bad.” With discerning taste like that, splurging on a bag of Starbuck’s was as far as I was willing to go.
Oil The original recipe includes some special medium chain fatty acid oil that you can order from The Bulletproof® Exec’s web site. Um, no thanks. A little bit of chemistry knowledge and some research revealed coconut oil to be a reasonable substitute. Eight dollars and one trip to my local food mart later, I had what I needed.

Butter
Unsalted, grass fed butter is recommended in the original recipe. Somehow I couldn’t track down a package of Kerrygold in time to brew my first batch and rolled with the Land O’ Lakes lady that’s been buttering my toast for decades now. I was able to make up a second batch using Kerrygold butter later on, though I didn’t notice a huge difference in taste.
Sugar There is no sugar in the original recipe, but I always take sugar in my coffee and wasn’t about to stop now.

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  1. Brew up 2 cups of coffee.
  2. Pour the coffee, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of butter (1/4 of a stick), and (in my case) 2 teaspoons of sugar into the blender.
  3. Blend until everything is well combined and has a frothy head.  NOTE: Hot liquid expands A LOT when blended, so hang on to the lid. I’ve watched enough Food Network to have heard that warning many times, but even I was surprised by the force.
  4. Enjoy!

The Verdict
IMG_6515Heaven help me, but I loved Bulletproof® coffee. The final product was incredibly rich and creamy which isn’t too surprising given the amount of fat in a mugful. What did surprise me was that it didn’t taste like butter at all, but similar to coffee with a heavy dose of good cream. The need to drag out of the blender will probably keep me from making it regularly, but I will definitely by blend up a batch from time to time. I highly recommend Bulletproof® coffee for coffee hounds who want to try something different or work on their Man of Steel pose.
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