Archive for October, 2015

2-5-1 Two Wins, Five Loses, 1 Overtime…… This is what you call a slow start.  And trust me readers It can be worse we could have went 0-8 like the Blue Jackets…. OH RIGHT WE GAVE THEM THEIR FIRST WIN!

Welcome Sports Nerds to Hockey Season

Fantasy Sports is just D&D for Jocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats right Sports can be just as nerdy if not more so than comics and movies.  WHY!?  Think about it.  What does it mean to be nerdy.  You zealously obsess over something and you know more about it than a lot of people.  Here is some prime examples.

D&D:  A Druid is a divine spellcaster with power over nature itself and is arguably the strongest spellcaster you can create.

Sports Fan:  The Pass protection is there we just need to work on getting our defense more responsive to the run offenses and we will do great.

D&D: Okay the line of sight you have for this spell is perfect nothing in your way
Sports:  Eli connected that pass beautifully

and just like sport fans we get just as angry when something we love goes horribly wrong.  The key difference is that sports has been more widely accepted by the populace as being “Normal”.  So to keep to the everything is nerdy.  Well I have decided I am going to write about sports to bring in our nerds who love comics and sports and to bring the “Closet Nerds”.  Yes dear readers I will protect you from the noogies and wedgies.

A Baronet Is Not An Instrument

Posted: October 17, 2015 by Andi Pants in Reviews
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Hey there guys. Let me just start by saying that I have been waiting for this movie for what feels like forever. My first time seeing a preview for it I was wide eyed and amazed by what I was seeing; I was enthralled and absolutely fan girling. Guillermo has always done fantastic work, both of the Hellboy movies, Pacific Rim, Pans Labyrinth; they’ve all been fantastic movies. Maybe they haven’t been the highest rated, or critically acclaimed, but visually, they have always been stunning. Del Toro has done it again with the aesthetics of Crimson Peak. Seeing other people’s reviews I have seen the same thing over and over; it ranges from great to horrible, but all of them say that it was a visually stunning movie.

The movie starts with one of my least favorite types of opening, its clearly part of the movie toward the end, the main character, Edith Cushing, is standing in a fogged area, blood spatter on her cheek, practically panting while looking absolutely terrified. The following scene is properly the beginning of the movie. Though this is clever in drawing the watcher in, it drives me buggy. Edith lost her mother at a young age, and was comforted by her ghost the same evening; though in true Del Toro fashion the mother’s ghost isn’t an angel that you would think to see, it was something horribly grotesque, meant to make the watcher squirm. Fast forward ten years and a 20 something Edith is on her way to see if someone will publish her book, about ghosts. Which due to the time period was almost instantly turned down because Edith is indeed a female, she was told that the story needed a love story rather than a ghost story and was sent on her way.

In this general time frame you also meet Dr. Alan McMichael, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). Edith and Alan run into Alan’s mother and there’s talk of a new resident to the area from England, Thomas Sharpe, Baronet. Edith makes a rather snide comment about the title of Baronet; which sadly does prove to be true. Thomas Sharpe and his sister Lucille are as shady as they come. Thomas has hopes and dreams of making his machine to help dig up the crimson red clay and mine it for profit; though Edith’s father dashes those hopes. I can personally say that I was highly amused that her father was played by Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on Supernatural), though sadly, he did not say “Idjit” at any point in this movie.

Now, for as much as I hate plot spoilers, there really isn’t a way to review this movie without at least dropping a few hints in the process. The plot of the movie is highly predictable, both from the beginning and as the movie is going. If I’m the one telling you that it was predictable, than you certainly know that it was. I did expect more horror out of the movie, more jump scenes than there were, more violence, more gore; and whereas a typical Del Toro movie was missing these things, the visuals, again, were positively stunning. The house, Crimson Peak, which earns its name from when the ore in the dirt stains the snow a blood red color, is a masterpiece in and of itself, though it has fallen into disrepair due to the lack of funds that the Sharpe family has. The house itself is certainly more of a castle, and holds its fair share of secrets.

Upon the sudden death of Edith’s father, she marries Thomas Sharpe and is moved back to England into the grand home that is Crimson Peak. Suddenly Edith finds herself waking, startled, at all hours of the night. When she wakes, Edith wanders the house and is suddenly confronted by a few different ghosts with backgrounds of their own, both tied to the house and to the Sharpe family. Through her own investigation Edith discovers that the ghosts are there for a very specific reason, as well as a warning from her mother from the encounter she had with the ghost at such a young age… “Beware of Crimson Peak.” Lucille has had ill will toward Edith since their first encounter, and the movie thoroughly covers the ‘why’ to that deep within the story, though through her psychosis she is able to make it seem as if she indeed had good intentions for Edith; especially when Edith suddenly falls violently ill, Lucille comes to Edith’s aid. Throughout this entire movie it becomes evident that there are darker motives behind why the Sharpe siblings have made such quick work of making sure that Edith was part of their family. The climax of the movie escalates quickly and it throws the entire story into a tail spin. While I would love to go into the details that are involved in the rapid climax of the movie, I’m going to leave that for ya’ll to see for yourselves.

One a scale of one to ten I personally would put this movie at an 8 or so. I love the visual, the story, though predictable was fantastically told and magnificently done. I don’t see the movie as being one to get any awards for its acting, or best movie of the year. I have a tendency of liking off beat movies though.

Let me know what ya’ll think of Crimson Peak if you have seen it, if you have any ideas of what it would be like if you’d want to see it. If you think that I’m wrong in my assessment.

Creative Corner

Posted: October 4, 2015 by Andi Pants in creative corner
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(Our usual creative writer, Penn, is stuck in his own whirlwind of hooplah! which is why this one is so late… and you’ll be stuck with another from me this month.)

His eyes, usually the vibrant blue, had been tainted by the yellow that formed where the whites should’ve been, the color crept slowly into the iris, threatening to take over completely. He had the man by the throat, holding him up against the wall as if it was effortless, as if the man weighed no more than a feather. A deep feral growl came from him as the man whimpered and did his best to wiggle free from the grasp. Leon was hardly aware of the small red head at his side, begging and pleading for him to not kill the man, her voice was a distant whisper somewhere in the back of his mind. “Yeah man…” The guy whose life was in the hand of the werewolf choked. “Listen to… the… lady…” The helpless man pat at the tense hand at his throat and shot his eyes to the girl, no more than 18 at his best guess; she held two small swords in her hands for only a moment before putting them away, the silver of the blades being cloaked by a dark sheath.

No sooner did her hands touch Leon’s arm, his instant reaction was to remove the obstacle, and so he did, flinging the small female a good ten to fifteen feet away. She crumbled onto the ground with hardly more than a grumble and a whimper. She remained there for a moment, regaining her senses as her long hair tumbled in front of her face in layered waves. “Cal… We’re going to need you…” She grumbled while slowly pushing herself to her feet. She heard the distressed response from the succubus and shook her head. “When you can.” She replied before straightening her stance, holding her left hand to the back of her head a warm light glowing, slowly healing the redhead, sealing the wound, stopping the blood she felt trickling down the back of her neck, tangling itself into the strands of already red hair.

“Leon…” She began, stepping up to the werewolf again, being sure to stay out of arm, and leg reach. She’d only seen him this way once before, and for a moment, she was able to snap him out of it, but it was Callie who soothed the savage beast that raged now, and Taryn was afraid that it’d be just the same again. At hearing his name, the tall man shifted his gaze from the man he held against the crackling drywall to the little red head. He bared his teeth which were now formed into fangs and growled at her. Her instant response, knowing that Leon often growled at her, was to bare her own teeth, and growl back, in the only manner that a small female could. “Snap out of it man. You know what’ll happen if he dies at your hand. He is a human…” She pleaded while pointing to the useless man. Callie quietly stepped into view behind Leon, doing all she could, though knowing it would fail to sneak up to him, all she needed was her hand to his flesh and this bomb would be defused.

He moved with preternatural speed, jerking around to face Callie, even having switched the hand that held the man at the throat, causing the poor soul to choke and gasp all over again. “Oh hey there big man…” She smiled and nodded, putting her hands out defensively. “Just… Ya know… Checking on you.” Leon let out a growl so loud it may as well have been a roar. Callie nodded and took a few steps back but her attention shifted sharply as she heard the snap, quickly followed by the shriek of the red head screaming ‘no’ in response to what had happened.

“No, no, no, no…” The red head shoved at the werewolf forgetting any bit of caution that she had for herself. It distracted Leon enough for Callie to get a hand on his wrist; no sooner did their flesh connect in contact had his eyes shifted the feral yellow of the wolf that controlled him seemed to fade away instantly; his hand going limp even as Taryn pushed him one more time, catching him off balance. “No, he’s not. He’s not…” The little red head was mumbling incoherently as she knelt next to the man, throwing her gloves off and rubbing her hands together furiously. “I’ll fix it. It’ll be better.” She nodded as she looked up to Leon with a quick flash of a smile before cupping her hands around the man’s throat, though not physically touching him, one hand at the front and one at the back.

Leon blinked a few times, taking it all in before jerking his hand away from Callie, kneeling next to the man and the red head. There was a distinct fear running through his entire body, making the man who typically ran at 100 degrees on an average feel colder than he had been in his entire life. He stared intently at Taryn’s hands, as if willing them to correct his error. “Shit…” He mumbled and shook his head. Even as he did, Taryn did the same, shaking her head while looking to him.

“Nah, Leon, it’ll be okay. You’ll see…” The remainder of the group had joined, Saron stared down, placing a hand on Callie’s shoulder, as well as the kneeling Leon’s, assessing the situation quickly, the usually aloof Saron grew somber, standing still silently as the four of them all but prayed that Taryn would be able to fix it. “Why don’t you guys take a walk, I need to focus, I am running on borrowed time here…” She nodded and flipped her long red hair over her shoulder before rubbing her hands together again this time forming an orb between her hands and shoving it into the man’s chest. His flesh seemed to glow momentarily, body convulsing like he had been shocked before slumping into a lifeless pile on the ground again. “No!” She shouted at the body before doing it again.

Werewolves, for all their strength and dexterity, had a weakness, just as anyone else. For each human life that was taken by them they became haunted by the soul of the person who had died. A curse that would follow them for the remainder of their lives, as if having a conscience wasn’t bad enough; it then escalates to having someone that no one else could see, or hear follow you at almost all times, tied to your soul as a permanent mark of what you had done. A great number of wolves had gone insane with the amount of souls that had been tied to their own. A similar number of wolves had killed themselves because of it. In his 24 years he had managed to control it, or get it under control before it got this far.

They all looked as Taryn drained herself into trying to bring back the man, it was something so simple, heal a broken bone, she’d done it plenty of times. But she’d never brought someone back from the dead, and she was determined to not give up until she gave out. As the group watched the color from her skin and hair fade from the usual pale porcelain and vibrant red, it was Leon who leaned forward and shook his head, gently taking the girl’s hands. “No use… Even you have limits, Taryn…” He muttered before sitting up. Taryn pulled away from him, trying again, putting everything she had into it, even as the tears started down her cheeks. With one last orb; one last effort of what energy she could muster, the red head fainted, her body collapsing on the ground next to the one that she had tried so desperately to save.  Leon shook his head and shifted, catching her just before she hit the ground because of him, for the second time that night; something that he would beat himself up for surely.

“She’s got a good heart.” An unfamiliar voice started as Leon scooped the girl off of the ground and turned to face his team, there, next to Callie and Saron was a non-corporeal version of the man whose physical body laid on the ground. “Either that or she’s got the hots for you.” He smirked and shrugged, shifting his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Think I’m stuck in this one outfit for the rest of your life?” He seemed to rock from his heels to his toes, though Leon was wise enough to realize that he wasn’t there, that it wasn’t real.

“Shut up…” He muttered before shifting his eyes to Callie and Saron, “He’s next to you.” He growled, Callie literally jumped as far as the little motion would allow, bringing Saron to bend in half laughing. Leon smirked, and shifted the red head. “Let’s go.”

Once they had returned to their quarters everything seemed to have a hushed calm blanket over. “I’ll take first watch.” Taryn jumped to her feet and shuffled after Leon, who looked at her with the look of ‘Uh.. What?’. Taryn propped her hands on her hips and looked behind her to Callie and Saron. “We discussed it while you were in the shower. For the first night or so, one of us is going to keep an eye on you, and… you…” she wiggled her index finger around the room meaning the spirit that now followed Leon. “And trust and believe me mister, I did what I could to save your ass, but if need be, I’ll take my own trip to the spirit world and give you a whipping if you’re not nice to my puppling.” Leon growled as Saron and Callie laughed. Taryn waved Leon on toward his personal quarters where she’d keep camp on the ground.

“This is weird, you don’t have to do it. Dave even says you don’t.” He shrugged off to the right side, watching the bright green eyes shift from him to the air next to him. “Yeah, his name is Dave. We’re sorta on a first name basis.” Taryn bit the inside of her lip, hiding the smirk.

“Well, lead on puppling, you’re stuck with me tonight…” She took a deep breath in before dropping her usual happy façade. “I need this…” She confessed as she closed the door to rec room behind herself.

Leon shook his head before shifting to a nod. “I know you do, that’s why I’m not protesting it as much as I’d like.” He wrapped an arm around her, pulling her close as they walked the all of 50 feet of the government styled hallway to his room, “But…” the arm that wrapped around her, snaked so that his arm was around her neck. “Keep calling me those little pet names, and we’re going to fight…” He took his fist and rubbed it all over the top of her head as she flailed and wiggled, pushing at his arm, the both of them laughing for the first time since they were brought back to the strange barracks that they had grown to know as ‘home.’

That night had been filled with talk, and very little sleep. Leon and Taryn came to know Dave, his life, and that he wasn’t as horrible of a person as what they had been told that Dave was. For a short period of time, Leon had felt worse about what had happened with Dave; but both Dave and Taryn changed his thought process, showing him that it was better to be stuck with the soul of someone who wasn’t horrible, nor the soul of an Underling, the twisted demonic creations that special teams, like the one that Leon and Taryn were assigned to, were brought together to kill.

Hello all ya’ll reader folks on the internet, how’s it going? The name’s Duo and I’m the new writer here at Generation Nerd. I’ll give a proper introduction of myself later, but for now I have a movie to review for ya’ll. Andi has assigned me to review the new Ridley Scott/ Matt Damon film: The Martian. First of all let me state that this will not be a Ebert-like review or any of that, I’m going to review this purely on level of entertainment and maybe touch on a few technical points. Now I’ll state this now before we get into the review, there will be some spoilers below but I will try to limit them as much as possible.

The film opens with the usual space exploration/sci-fi stuff: A crew of astronauts on Mars taking samples of the local soils and rocks, a few jokes thrown around between the crew collecting the samples and the poor guy assigned to checking the return ship. The Martin surface in the film does look like one would imagine the Red Planet, but being a fan of space films I couldn’t help but feel like they borrowed the setting from The Last Days On Mars, a much less known film that I will review later. Typically in this kind of scene you are introduced to the characters in the team; however, in this case it only really lets you see the dynamic between Mark, Damon’s character, Martinez, the pilot and hapless fellow checking the return ship, and really no one else. The film runs through this scene fairly quickly, bringing up the cliché disaster that leads the main character being abandoned. In this case it happens to be a Martian wind storm that Nasa Command has somehow badly misjudged the strength on. This combined with the mind-numbingly stupid decision not to make a stable platform for the return ship to sit on leads to the crew trying to get to the craft and leave the planet before being stranded due to an overturned space craft. What happens next? Glad you asked, during the escape a conveniently loose antenna assembly comes loose and nails Mark, leading to him being abandoned on Mars while everyone else escapes to go home. The next thing you see is the head of NASA Terry Sanders, played by Jeff Daniels in a role that fits him very well, announcing the death of Mark Watney to the world followed briefly by his funeral.

While all of the world mourns the tragic passing of Mark, said astronaut is shown waking up on the Martian surface, partially buried and probably about the go insane at his suit’s absolutely infuriating alarm saying his Oxygen levels are getting low. Once he finally gets the cobwebs shaken clear, he digs his way out of the sand and starts trying to get back the HAB, NASA’s little station, in order to remove the piece of antenna that stabbed into him during the collision and punctured his suit. Ironically it’s also the antenna that sealed the breach and saved his life. After a quick scene where he is able to remove the object from within himself and staple the wound together, we get to see the man voice his thoughts of impending death to a webcam in a bid to let those who come later know what happened to him. I honestly liked this little but because it hits home as a real reaction, even if he seems a little too comfortable with the situation for it to be seen as completely realistic. After a night packing up his former team’s personal effects and neatly placing them in storage, he decides “Screw it, I’m going to live!” and begins planning on how to stay alive as long as possible. This leads to several rational actions such as: counting food supply to ration it, making a list of things he needs to do in order to maximize chances of survival, and planning a trip the site of the next mission (A mission planned for four years later, mind you). This also leads to the ridiculous, yet strangely possible, idea to turn part of the HAB into a potato field using Martian soil and his crew’s biological waste, along with some potatoes they had stored for Thanksgiving. This action leads to a montage showing his building of the potato enclosure, as well as a comical explosion when he tries to make a moisturizing system for the area.

The film cuts back to Earth about now where Mars mission Director Vincent Kapoor is asking Terry to let him send a satellite over the old HAB site to survey it for a future mission back to it due to the original mission being cut short and leaving excess supplies at the site. After a back and forth about why it should and shouldn’t happen, Terry allows Vincent to use the satellite and accidentally revealing that Mark is alive. This starts the third act of the film as NASA begins planning a rescue mission. I won’t spoil any more past this point because I felt it is where the film begins to really get good, and Ridley Scott begins throwing his trademark plot turns and emotion swings the rest of the way.

All in all the film was a very entertaining experience for me. Sure there were moments where it felt like the story faltered, and yes a lot of the science in it made the film feel like an apology for Scott’s previous film Prometheus, but overall the film was very well done. The cast was stellar in my opinion and full of star power. You have Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Eddy Ko, and numerous other talented actors. There were moments of comedy, suspense, futility, fear, desolation, just about any emotion or feeling a human being can get. I also enjoyed a few hidden nods to other franchises, real and imagined. At one point there is a reference to Lord of the Rings, which I feel was done for Sean Bean, in the form of a secret meeting between NASA leaders named Project Elrond. There was a reference to Game of Thrones that I may have imagined or thought too hard about, once again involving Bean’s character, where he decides to go behind Terry’s back and lead a mutiny in order to launch a rescue mission, which is implied to have cost him his job. I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to other fans of the genre. It is well paced and succeeds in taking you on roller coaster of emotions. Now with all that said I do have one small issue with the film, during the film Damon does a good job of conveying a man doing all he can to survive a hopeless situation and his frustration with the situation, his commander’s terrible taste in music, and his bosses on earth; However, he seems too balanced, his psyche never really shows signs of collapse from despair or loneliness, he never seems to let the planet’s desolate landscape and remoteness get to him which does take a lot away from the experience. Other than that little gripe I don’t really have any real issue with the film and still recommend it to others. Also one last tidbit, between Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, and now The Martian we have spent way too much money trying to rescue Matt Damon!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this review and that it was helpful. I look forward to talking to all ya’ll wonderful folks again. Until next time, have a good one.

Cooking with… Andi!

Posted: October 4, 2015 by Andi Pants in Uncategorized

So, with everyones lives being horribly busy as of late, I am going to take over Hiei’s recipe this round. I found a fitting recipe that is absolutely delicious and fitting for this time of the year. It falls perfectly in line with the concept of ‘full on white girl’ but I don’t mind it. Today we are going to be looking at Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip. Sounds delicious right? Whenever in the distant future I manage to get my own café/bistro type place, I plan on offering this as soon as fall sets in. It is a simple recipe, and an instant crowd pleaser, I hope ya’ll enjoy.

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What you’ll need:

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
¾ cup of powdered sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (not to be confused with pie filling)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 (8oz) cool whip

How you’re going to do it:
With a hand held mixer beat together cream cheese and powdered sugar until it’s smooth.
Mix in pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice.
Use hand held mixer again to beat the cool whip into the mixture thoroughly, until the beaters leave ripples in the dip.
Sprinkle some cinnamon or pumpkin spice for presentation.

What you want to eat the dip with:
You can use a plethora of things to eat this dip with, fingers included, however, for presentation and serving purposes you can use pretzels, apples, vanilla wafers, or spice cookies for some choices.

Another cool thought would be to put the dip between two of the cookies and make little cookie sandwiches.