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Episode #45.

 

Episode #45 “The Lambda Factor”

Gil T, Eric and Tim all join up to talk nerdy, this time around Gil T. & Tim Matson go see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and review the movie in the parking lot of the Eagle Theater.  Gil T. and Eric wrap around the review with Eric’s review of the same movie, they also discuss “Tammy,” “The Strain,” Archie comics, changes in Captain America and Thor, and more.

 

You can  reach Gil T. ( @gilwilson ), Eric ( @ericbill ), Tim Kocher ( @TimKhastosay ) and Tim Matson ( @timgonmad ) on twitter but even better you can tweet to @nerduppodcast and we’ll get the message.  So tweet us and let us know what you think. Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

 

There are ways you can help support the podcast one is to simply make a donation by clicking on the PayPal donation button on the top right of the page or you can check out our Merch table.   Just click on the NerdUp Merch Table button on the top of the podcast page or just visit http://www.cafepress.com/nerduppodcast.

 

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Episode #41.

 

Episode #41 “Space Warp”

 

In this exciting episode of the NerdUp Podcast, Gil T. Eric Billingsley & Brandon Bell get together to talk about; the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Aquaman in the upcoming Dawn of Justice movie, the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois which featured: Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams and Sophie Aldred (Ace from the final season of the original run of Doctor Who, you know, the one where Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor).  Finally, we close out the podcast talking about video games and the Steam Box  and SteamBoy.

 

You can  reach Gil T. ( @gilwilson ), Eric ( @ericbill ), Tim Kocher ( @TimKhastosay ) and Tim Matson ( @timgonmad ) on twitter but even better you can tweet to @nerduppodcast and we’ll get the message.  So tweet us and let us know what you think. Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

 

Now another way you can help support the podcast is to check out our Merch table.   Just click on the NerdUp Merch Table button on the top of the podcast page or just visit http://www.cafepress/nerduppodcast.

 

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NerdUp Podcast Episode #40.

NerdUp Podcast Episode #40 “The Beta Cloud”

 

Well we just can’t stop talking about IndyPopCon.  This time around the NerdUp Podcast Posse talk about “X-men: Days of Future Past,” “Plume,” “Henchmen,” “The Edge of Tomorrow” and lots of other nerdy stuff.  We close out the podcast with a “What’s bothering Tim” segment, this time around we approach the subject of “Fake Geeks and Bullying.” Pass this one along you may have friends that need to hear the message.

The NerdUp Podcast now has its own twitter account.  You can still reach Gil T. ( @gilwilson ), Eric ( @ericbill ), Tim Kocher ( @TimKhastosay ) and Tim Matson ( @timgonmad ) on twitter but even better you can tweet to @nerduppodcast and we’ll get the message.  So tweet us and let us know what you think. Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

Now another way you can help support the podcast is to check out our Merch table.   Just click on the NerdUp Merch Table button on the top of the podcast page or just visit http://www.cafepress/nerduppodcast.

Click here to listen or right click to “save as” a file on your  computer, or you can listen subscribe via an rss feed (link is on the right side of the webpage) or you can subscribe via iTunes.

 

Audiobook Review: “Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft”lovecraftterror
by H. P. Lovecraft
Read by Robertson Dean, Simon Vance, Sean Runnette, Elijah Alexander, Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot, Simon Prebble, Tom Weiner, Malcolm Hillgartner, Patrick Cullen
Published by Blackstone Audio
Approx. 20 hours

I probably have to turn in my horror fiction fan card on this next statement, but, I’m on the fence when it comes to H.P. Lovecraft. While I do love the visual images created by his writings, there is one feature I just absolutely abhor. First though, I have to say the rhythm, choice of words and dark settings of his stories are enough to suck any horror fan into his nightmares. My problem is that most items of horror are usually described as either “indescribable” or “more than the human mind can describe.” I have always felt that any good writer can describe anything, so why does Lovecraft come up short of words on the darkest parts of the horrors in his stories? Is it because he knows the mind is capable of filling in the blanks? When I read these see these moments in a Lovecraft story, I groan because I wish he could have put more detail in that picture. But, then again, his is one of the writers that forged horror-fiction so all can be forgiven.

This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft. These stories. In many of these tales, Lovecraft leads the reader to believe that dreams are where truth actually lies as opposed to reality where it is often thought to be. He believes dreams are things “whose vaguely exciting and disquieting effect suggests possible minute glimpses into a sphere of mental existence no less important than physical life yet separated from that life by an all but impassable barrier.” And most of the characters herein try to tear down that barrier.

The use of different readers for each story in this audiobook collection keeps the book interesting and keeps the listener paying attention. Not any single reader is misplaced and all are able to keep the true feeling of Lovecraft in the darkest parts of the stories. Stefan Rudnicki is the one that stands out the most for me, his smooth deep voice just captivates and never lets go even long after the story is done.

This collection covers the Dream Cycle and is a bunch of short stories, unfinished stories, correspondence between Lovecraft and others and some general ideas jotted down for future use. I will try to summarize briefly all of the tales within, but your best bet is to listen to this great audio collection, especially if you are a Lovecraft fan already.

Azathoth” – The modern world has been stripped of imagination and belief in magic. The protagonist is an unnamed man who lives in a dull and ugly city. Every night for many years the man gazes from his window upon the stars, until he comes over time to observe secret vistas unsuspected by normal humanity. One night the gulf between his world and the stars is bridged, and his mind ascends from his body out unto the boundless cosmos.

The Descendant” – This story is a fragment that seems to really go nowhere but it it great to hear the story read aloud.

The Thing in the Moonlight” – Based on a letter from H. P. Lovecraft to Donald Wandrei, dated November 24, 1927. this story describes a dream that Lovecraft had.

Polaris” – The narrator becomes convinced that this life is not real but a dream from which he cannot awaken.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep” – An inventor has created an electronic telepathic device in which he uses to go into the mind of a dying man. This one intrigued me most because the band “Black Sabbath” wrote a song based on this story.

The Doom That Came to Sarnath” – Hate, genocide, and a deadly curse consume the land of Mnar.

The Statement of Randolph Carter” – Carter attempts to describe the disappearance of his partner, Warren, into a crypt.

The Cats of Ulthar” – In Ulthar, no man may kill a cat . . . and woe unto any who tries.

Celephais” – Celephaïs was created in a dream by Kuranes as a child of the English landed gentry. As a man he dreams it again and then, seeking it, slowly slips away to the dream-world.

From Beyond” – A scientist named Crawford Tillinghast. Tillinghast creates an electronic device that emits a resonance wave, which stimulates an affected person’s pineal gland, thereby allowing them to perceive planes of existence outside the scope of accepted reality.

Nyarlathotep” – A strange and inexplicable sense of foreboding experienced by humanity in general, in anticipation of a great unknown evil.

The Nameless City” – Death lies beneath the shifting sands, in a story linking the Dream Cycle with the legendary Cthulhu Mythos.

The Other Gods” – A high priest and prophet greatly learned in the lore of the “gods of earth”, or Great Ones, attempts to scale the mountain of Hatheg-Kla in order to look upon their faces, accompanied by his young disciple Atal. Upon reaching the peak, Barzai at first seems overjoyed until he finds that the “gods of the earth” are not there alone.

Ex Oblivione” – The dreams of a presumably dying man. In his dreams, the man is walking through a valley and encounters a vine-covered wall with a locked bronze gate therein. He longs to know what lies beyond the gate.

The Quest of Iranon” – a golden-haired youth who wanders into the city of Teloth, telling tales of the great city of Aira, where he was prince. While Iranon enjoys singing and telling his tales of wonder, few appreciate it.

The Hound” – The narrator and his friend St. John, who have a deranged interest in robbing graves. They constantly defile crypts and often keep souvenirs of their nocturnal expeditions. Since they reside in the same house, they have the opportunity to set up a sort of morbid museum in their basement. Using the objects they collect from the various graves they have robbed, they organize the private exhibition. The collection consists of headstones, preserved bodies, skulls and several heads in different phases of decomposition. It also included statues, frightful paintings and a locked portfolio, bound in tanned human skin (the Necronomicon).

Hypnos” – The narrator, a sculptor, recounts meeting a mysterious man in a railway station. The moment the man opened his “immense, sunken and widely luminous eyes”, the narrator knew that the stranger would become his friend-–”the only friend of one who had never possessed a friend before”. In the eyes of the stranger he saw the knowledge of the mysteries he always sought to learn.

What the Moon Brings” – The narrator wanders through his garden one night and in the moonlight sees strange and bizarre things.

Pickman’s Model” – A Bostonian painter named Richard Upton Pickman who creates horrifying images. His works are brilliantly executed, but so graphic that they result in his membership in the Boston Art Club being revoked and himself shunned by his fellow artists.

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” – The epic nightmare adventure with tendrils stretching throughout the entire Dream Cycle.

The Silver Key” – Randolph Carter discovers, at the age of 30, that he has gradually “lost the key to the gate of dreams.” Randolph once believed life is made up of nothing but pictures in memory, whether they be from real life or dreams, and he highly prefers his romantic nightly dreams of fantastic places and beings, as an antidote for the “prosiness of life.”

The Strange High House in the Mist” – Thomas Olney, a “philosopher” visiting the town of Kingsport, Massachusetts with his family, is intrigued by a strange house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It is unaccountably high and old and the locals have a generations-long dread of the place which no one is known to have visited

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” – Charles Dexter Ward, who in 1918 becomes embroiled in the past, due to his fascination with the history of his wizard ancestor, Joseph Curwen (who had left Salem for Providence in 1692, and acquired notoriety for his haunting of graveyards, his apparent lack of aging, and his chemical experiments). Ward physically resembles Curwen, and attempts to duplicate his ancestor’s Qabalistic and alchemical feats, eventually locating Curwen’s remains and by means of his “essential Saltes”, resurrecting him.

The Dreams in the Witch-House” – Walter Gilman, a student of mathematics and folklore at Miskatonic University, takes a room in the Witch House, a house in Arkham thought to be accursed.

Through the Gates of the Silver Key” – At a gathering to decide the fate of Randolph Carter’s estate which has been held in trust since his disappearance the mysterious Swami Chandraputra, who wears curious mittens and enveloping robes, tells Carter’s acquaintances of his ultimate fate.

While some are only partial stories, they all come together to further the dark and foreboding universe that houses Randolph Carter, Miskatonic University, the Necronomicon and Cthulu.

 

Episode #39 IndyPopCon Recap.

 

Episode #39  IndyPopCon Recap

In this episode Gil T, Tim Matson, Eric and Isaac venture to IndyPopCon and totally nerd out.  Hear interviews with the band “Five Year Mission” and a bonus of their song “Mirror, Mirror,” Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh voice actor, Eric Stuart, Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel from the 70s Saturday Morning series “Shazam/Isis Hour,” Comedy duo Paul & Storm, the living Meme – Bad Luck Brian.  All the while Gil T, Tim and Isaac recap day 2.  But mainly you just hear Tim being an extreme Joel Hodgson fanboy.   Check out the pics on the NerdUp Podcast Facebook page for more fun.

The NerdUp Podcast now has its own twitter account.  You can still reach Gil T. ( @gilwilson), Eric (@ericbill) and Tim Matson ( @timgonmad ) on twitter but even better you can tweet to @nerduppodcast and we’ll get the message.  So tweet us and let us know what you think.

Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

Episode #38

Episode #38.

“Seed of Destruction”

In this episode Gil T. Wilson, Isaac Wilson & Eric Billingsley, team up to discuss “X-Men; Days of Future Past”, Amazon Prime, and IndyPopCon plus a few other nerdy topics.  The NerdUp Podcast now has its own twitter account.  You can still reach Gil T. ( @gilwilson), Eric (@ericbill) and Tim Matson ( @timgonmad ) on twitter but even better you can tweet to @nerduppodcast and we’ll get the message.  So tweet us and let us know what you think.

Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

Episode #37 The AB Chrysalis.

Episode #37  The AB Chrysalis

In this episode Gil T. Wilson, Tim Kocher, Tim Matson and Eric Billingsley talk about network television end of season cancellations and renewals.  Gil T. & Tim K. talk about the surprisingly good Godzilla movie and finally The guys talk about a con they will all be getting together to attend, “IndyPopCon” in Indianapolis.  (indypopcon.com).

Don’t Forget you can always contact the crew via twitter;  @gilwilson , @ericbill , & @timgonmad .   Or leave a voicemail by clicking on the “send voicemail” tab on the right hand side of the nerduppodcast.blogspot.com page.

 

Click here to listen or right click to “save as” a file on your  computer, or you can listen subscribe via an rss feed (link is on the right side of the webpage) or you can subscribe via iTunes.

 

Episode #36

Episode #36.

Episode #36 “Catacombs of the Moon”

In  this episode Gil T, Tim, Tim and Eric all get together to talk about some cool nerdy things.  Starting out with “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Supernatural,” “Arrow” and “Hannibal.” To close out the episode the NerdUP crew all discuss the good and the bad of the DC animated feature,”Batman: Under the Red Hood.”

Don’t Forget you can always contact the crew via twitter;  @gilwilson , @ericbill , & @timgonmad .

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Audiobook Review: “MARVEL: The Ultimates: Tomorrow Men”
by Michael Jan Friedman
Multi-cast performance
Published by GraphicAudio
Approximate Running Time: 5 Hours

Once again the folks responsible for “A Movie in Your Mind,” GraphicAudio bring their audio production and vocal acting excellence to another Marvel Comics adventure. This time it is in the form of the Ultimates. For those not sure who the Ultimates are, let me clarify; back in 2002 Marvel comics did a little tweaking and re-imagining of the Marvel heroes in the form of the Ultimate Marvel universe. In this re-imagining the Avengers are re-titled as the Ultimates. The title ran through a couple of runs and this book is written to take place between volumes one and two.

First of all I have to get out of the way my glowing review of GraphicAudio’s extraordinary audio production. Their slogan is “A Movie in Your Mind,” and they deliver exactly that. With only their over-the-top super-realistic sound effects and original music, the products put out by Graphic Audio would be superb. However, they don’t stop there. GraphicAudio employs some of the most talented voice actors in the business. The actors’ abilities to capture the complete characters they are portraying in all of GraphicAudio’s books are uncanny. Those actors shine even more so in the superhero genre, bringing the characters to full three-dimensional life. Combining all three of these factors (music, SFX and vocal talent) GraphicAudio brings to life the comic book / superhero world.

Now let’s talk about the author, Michael Jan Friedman. Most of Friedman’s books are stories from the “Star Trek” universe. This book proves he is able to write some good superhero action. Much like the “Star Trek” based stories, there is a lot of build-up before the real action happens. Normally I would not think this works in the comic book realm of stories, but Friedman makes it work thus giving the reader/listener an intelligent comic book that has many threads running through it. All of these threads are loosely woven together but come to a common point to bring the story to an exciting end.

So what is this exciting end? Nope, I won’t tell you, no spoilers here but here’s what builds up to the intriguing ending; “Tomorrow Men” is the story of a group of men from the future coming back to the time of the Ultimates to help stop a terrorist group, Tiber, from taking hold of the world and ruining the planet. They are able to prove their claim of being from the future by revealing knowledge that only they could know, such as the device in Steve Rogers’ (Captain America) brain that was planted in case the super soldier serum drove him insane. They also seem to know the location of some of Tiber’s secret bases. Tiber has just come on to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar as a terrorist group making the “Tomorrow Men” more believable.

The “Tomorrow Men” help the Ultimates battle some of Tiber’s agents, but during the aftermath of the battle, Iron Man is accidentally sent to the future to find the truth about the “Tomorrow Men” and the truth about Earth’s future.

 

 

 

 Episode #35 “New Adam, New Eve”

In this episode the NerdUp Podcast crew discuss, Amazing Spider-man 2, Babylon 5, Marvel Avengers Alliance, Comic books, Seth McFarlane, and more nerdy things.

Gil T. has a really cool echo going on his voice so you can hear his enlightening statements…either that or a new configuration in the recording process that needs to be looked at.  meh.

Don’t forget you can always contact the NerdUp Crew on twitter @gilwilson, @ericbill and @timgonmad.

Episode #35.

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