Signal Boost

Signal Boost: Nerd Overload

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to Signal Boost, my weekly blog post where I share something that I like and think more people should check out. For more geeky signal boosts, check out the show that inspired this segment, Signal Boost on Geek & Sundry.

Today I am sharing a nerdy podcast that I enjoy listening to so I can keep up on news in the world of comic books, video games, and geeky movies and television shows. Now, let me first tell you that of the four hosts of this podcast, I went to high school with one of the hosts, and I currently work at the same company as another one of the hosts. That’s actually how I first learned about it; my co-worker mentioned it to me.

What podcast am I talking about, then? Well it’s called Nerd Overload and it’s pretty entertaining.

Nerd Overload started out a few years ago as Pizzacast! This lasted for the first 17 episodes, and the 18th podcast on the web site officially changes the name to Nerd Overload Podcast. I haven’t listened to any of the early episodes, so I can’t really say much about them. I’ve honestly only listened to the past few months of content, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve listened to.

Each episode is about an hour long and they talk about different pop culture news, giving their opinions on casting announcements, movie trailers, new video game releases, etc. Since there are four hosts there is a nice conversational roundtable happening and that makes it really nice to listen to. I really like that listening to the podcast makes me feel like I’ve gotten together with some friends to just talk about geeky topics. It’s fabulous.

The 100th episode of Nerd Overload Podcast aired about a month ago, which is an awesome milestone to celebrate, so congratulations NO! Now onto the next 100, right?

Okay, so I have to share this, because I find it to be amusing. On the Nerd Overload Web site there is a page for the history of NO and it says:

Years ago before the dawn of man, in a wet subterranian cave, three elder gods who defy all description met around a faintly glowing obsidian spire. “In the future, there will be a human invention called the internet.” said one being through his many tooth-ed mouths, “and on it I would like there to be a page where I can read features, reviews, and cool stuff about comics, movies, video games, and all kinds of nerdy things of that nature.”
“So it shall be,” said the other creature, telepathically, through his exposed and throbbing brain, “It shall be called Pizza Xtreme Team and it shall come to be on December 5th in the year of two thousand and eleven.” The obsidian spire rocked, and glowed a bright red light. It was to be.

Or at least something along those lines occurred. Pizza Xtreme Team was then ran for two years by its founding members (Sam, Cody, and Samantha, unknowingly doing the bidding of the three subterranian kings), when it suddenly dawned on them that “Pizza Xtreme Team” was a really dumb name that probably no one would ever take seriously.
So Nerd Overload was born. Enjoy!

(story may only be partially true)

See what I mean, this group is entertaining.

Aside from the podcast, the Web site also hosts photo galleries and articles on all sorts of nerdy topics, ranging from TV and movies, to tabletop and video games, to comics, toys, and even crafting. My co-worker friend has even suggested that maybe I could write up some book reviews, and my answer is maybe. At the moment I have my hands full with maintaining this blog and writing my novels.

I recommend checking out this crafting article about building a PVC bow for LARPing. Or there’s this Let’s Play video with most of the NO cast playing Daikatana. Basically no matter what nerd arena interests you, you’re sure to find something about it on Nerd Overload.

Oh, and Nerd Overload is looking for more people to create content, especially news article authors and featured content. If this is something you might be interested in, apply here.

Well, that’s it for this week’s Signal Boost. Have a great weekend everyone.

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