“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.” - Tom Hiddleston With the recent Nerd Knights event, I can’t help but think of my favorite villains. So I thought it was as good a time as ever to talk about how villains are sometimes better than we give them credit for. We all know that every good hero story needs a villain to match the hero, but what I’m wanting to talk about is different. Specifically, villains who did good in their own story, and generally don’t get credit for i
Dragons are back and better than ever in pop culture. From Smaug in The Hobbit to Drogon on the Game of Thrones, giant flying reptiles are populating our screens. And why shouldn't they? Who doesn't love a fire breathing monster, friend or foe, attacking from the sky? These are the 7 very best, most awesome dragons all pop culture nerds should know that are also greatly underappreciated. Trust me, I'm a scientist. You won't fine a Game of Thrones dragon or Toothless on this l
I listen to podcasts. Sometimes in my car, sometimes in my office, and sometimes at the gym. What else would a true nerd be doing? Listening to popular music or something? When I am not listening to the BotCast, here are some of my recommendations! COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY PODCAST If you love retro gaming, new gaming news, and stories about gaming YouTubers, then this could be the podcast for you. Hosted by Pat "The NES Punk" and Ian Ferguson, it's always good for a laugh or 2.
The SNES Classic Edition was recently announced, and it looks amazing. It comes pre-loaded with 21 of the best SNES games ever. However, there are definitely some glaring omissions from this list. Here are the ones I noticed. Sim City Sim City was a monumental game for the SNES owners. It was, for many, the first instance of world-building gameplay on consoles. They strategy component of the mechanics was unlike anything else at the time. Managing so many layers of systems fr
There was a glorious time from the late-70's until the early 2000's when, it seems, many developers didn't give a shit about what they stuck on the front of a video game. This was box art. I use the word "art" in the strictest and broadest sense of the word. See, many games didn't simply just use an image from that game to sell you it. Oh, no. They used art in all its forms to deliver a vague idea of how awesome that game would be. Most of the time, this worked fairly well. O
In science, there aren't really facts... per se. What we scientists do is make an observation, develop a test of the observation, and either reject or accept our original idea of that observation. Well, that's the simplified version. But in the world of reality we call these supported observatiosn that have tons and tons of data to back it up a fact. George Washington being our first president is a fact. Birds being dinosaurs is a fact. Not knowing why we yawn is a fact. Wai