Blog Archives

Bentley Michaels’ Performance Titan Podcast

20130129-082525.jpg[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/akin4pleazure/PT5_MattJAcobs.mp3]

I was recently asked by Bentley Michaels, the Performance Titan over at NerdTitan.com, if I would be willing to be a guest on his podcast! I agreed and we recorded last week. He shot me a txt last night, informing me that the podcast was up, so here you go! I had a BLAST talking with Bentley about how I kinda sound like Seth Rogen, my roles as the Table-Top Titan and Science Correspondant at NerdTitan.com and I got on my high-horse and ranted about NASA being defunded. It was a LOT of fun and I have been invited to guest on the show again, in a couple of weeks, along side the VERY funny King Richard, the Comedy Titan over at NerdTitan.com! I am GREATLY looking forward to that podcast! You can give the Bentley Michaels Performance Titan podcast a listen over on NerdTitan.com and you can subscribe to it over on iTunes.

 Subscribe on iTunes

Sci-Fri: NASA Recently Discovered 461 Alien Planets

The field of view of the  Kepler Space Telescope with graphic showing new planet candidates. [Image Credit: NASA] Click to Enlarge

The field of view of the Kepler Space Telescope with graphic showing new planet candidates. [Image Credit: NASA] Click to Enlarge

The Kepler Space Telescope is on the forefront of studying planets that lie outside of our own solar system, called exoplanets. It has returned some promising info, but recently announced that it has discovered 461 “Objects of Interest” that are considered for exoplanetary status. This is really exciting news considering the information presented in the graphic above. You may be wondering what you’re looking at with that graphic… It took me several minutes of staring to gather what that means. The shape of the photo (something like a fat cross) is the view of the Kepler Space Telescope. It’s field of view is fixed and always observes the same chunk of space, a field in the northern constellations of Cygnus, Lyra and Draco. Here’s a couple more graphics to help with figuring out where in the hell THAT is…

Continue Reading on Nerd Titan —>

SpaceStore 468 x 60

My Niece, Gabriella Jade Garcia; We Love and Miss You

GabiGabriella Jade Garcia (Gabi, for short) was born on April 12, 2011 to my sister-in-law, Sara Garcia, and her husband, John Garcia. She was born into a loving family with parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles and an older sister that loved her very much. Her sister, Bella, would run and fetch a diaper for Gabi if Bella were in the room when Gabi was being changed. Bella tried to be the best big sister to Gabi, and she was. Gabi bore a great resemblance to her aunt on her mother’s side, Carol, whom Gabi got her love of Spongebob Squarepants from. She was a happy baby and had a habit of growling low, in her throat, rather than crying. One would think it would be upsetting for a human baby to growl at someone while they were trying to put her down for a nap, but it actually was really funny, in a cute and endearing way. She would wake from naps, smiling and would laugh like a maniac when I held her, gave her a hug and my beard would tickle her chin. This would immediately devolve into more laughing while yanking on my beard or trying to relieve the bridge of my nose of the burden of carrying my glasses. She was a sweetheart and is loved, very much.

Read the rest of this entry

“Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer” Review, Tutorial and Strategy Tips

Ascension

Ascension is, for my money, the best deck building game on the market. I know the Dominion crowd won’t appreciate that statement, but Ascension is a better two player experience than Dominion. I like the Ascension system simply because of limitation of the “Supply” and the (virtually) unlimited amount of basic purchases and Monsters to defeat. There’s also some variety as it applies to strategy. I love that Ascension is available for mobile devices, as well. What card gamer doesn’t like the chance to strategize behind their opponents’ backs? This article is a little tl;dr for some, so if you’re just looking for the app link and not interested in the rest, here ya’ go.

Continue Reading on Nerd Titan —>

Nerdy Pick Up Lines: Chemistry Cat Meme

Music: The Official Cards Against Humanity Theme Song

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Fav combo!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Fav combo!

I found out about Cards Against Humanity, the “Party Game for Horrible People”, back in the summer, but couldn’t seem to come up with a copy as it sells out so fast. I added it to my Amazon shopping cart back in August and asked my Amazon app to notify me when it became available for purchase. Sometime in October, the order was placed and I received my copy shortly after. Cards Against Humanity = Legit! This is not meant to be a review of the game, as any given person will either love it or hate it regardless of what I have to say about it. It has, however, become a favorite amongst my game group and my in-laws… I know. Weird, right?

On a completely unrelated (until recently) topic, I really love me some nerdy music. Jonathon Coulton, Paul and Storm and Marian Call are a few of my favorites. I heard about the Portland, Oregon based (that’s only a couple hours north of me!) Doubleclicks back in the summer and they quickly climbed into my top 5! I absolutely LOVE their nerdy folk tunes about Star Trek and con-life. Con-life actually means convention life, which is far less gangster than you were probably thinking. Although, I would totes listen to the Doubleclicks doing a cover of the infamous Tupac and Snoop Dogg collabo “Americas Most Wanted”. The answer to your question is “Yes.”, I would totally bust a verse on that track! #Goldmine

Probably true for someone out there...

Probably true for someone out there…

Well, my fellow nerds, I love when two different portions of my nerdom converge on each other to make one of those, “Holy shit! Mind = Blown!” Venn Diagrams. I just found out (a couple months behind in the times) that the Doubleclicks were asked to make the official Cards Against Humanity theme song! #TotesAmazeBalls!

Can this post get any better? You’re fuckin’ A it can! The song “A Good Game of Cards” (embedded at the top of this post) is available as a free download. Download it, enjoy it then go buy more stuff from the Double-clicks. Want more? You got it! Cards Against Humanity is, again, sold out. However, they offer the card templates as a free pdf download on their website, so you can download and print up your own copy of the game! Click the links at the bottom of this post to find some more awesome tunes from the Doubleclicks and/or to down-load your copy of Cards Against Humanity as a free pdf.

The Doubleclicks | Cards Against Humanity