Speaking of Neil Tyson, if you’re a fan of his you’ll be pleased to know that his show, Star Talk Radio, is now going to be part of the Nerdist Channel network! Thats actually a pretty big deal; Chris Hardwick has created this juggernaut of Nerdist and it reaches a lot of folks.
The new show is essentially a video version of the radio show. Chris interviewed Neil about it for The Nerdist website. If you’re curious what it’ll be like, here’s a video of a live Star Talk interview he did with several comedians (Hodgman! Schaal!) and Mike Massamino, a NASA astronaut:
Cool, eh? And maybe I’ll have more news about this soon, too. Superman isn’t the only guy who walks around in his underwear Neil has talked to.
I have been remiss about keeping up with the new season of Doctor Who – I have the episodes recorded but haven’t had a chance to watch yet, so no spoilers, sweeties! – but this has not in any way tarnished my love for the show.
But love has different levels, different strengths. While I do very much enjoy the show and think about it a lot as any geek does, I don’t think I would say I worship it. Still, I had to smile as I watched this video by Mike Rugnetta at the PBS Idea Channel, where he asks: is Doctor Who a religion?
It’s a funny idea, and he certainly brings a lot of evidence to the table! If I were taking the question seriously, I’d say it’s not a religion unless people actually believe the show is real. Otherwise, it’s more of a philosophy.
But then, of course, there’s this. Hmmm:
Thinking on this more, though, I suspect that if I had to start a church of Who, it wouldn’t have the Doctor as the central figure. Clearly, if you watch this, you’ll see it’s Karen Gillan who possesses supernatural powers.
Of course, my choice of Ms. Gillan here has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that when I attended the Doctor Who panel at Comic Con this year and went up to take this photo, she looked right at me:
Sigh. My heart may belong to River Song, but what can I say? Unlike the Doctor, I’m only human.
Tip o’ the sonic to Nerdist.
On March 2, 2012, I was the guest on the live Nerdist podcast recorded in Boulder, my hometown. We did the show to a full house (700+ folks) and had a lot of fun. And now, for your brain-melty pleasure, the episode is now online!
Now listen — and I’m serious here — this podcast is Not Safe For Work. I mean seriously and holy cow really really NSFW. There is much swearing, and much humor that would not be fit for primetime TV, say. I’m only marginally sweary, but Chris, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray — the Nerdist crew — are very much so. And before anyone calls child services on me, in the podcast Jonah misspoke: my daughter is in fact older than 14, and she’s a big fan of the podcast.
Anyway, it was a great experience. I’ve known Chris for a few years now, and finally got a chance to meet Matt and Jonah, who were funny and lovely. And the audience! They were amazing. I could tell they were having a good time, and afterwards the line to talk to the Nerdist folks was so long we were there until nearly 2:00 a.m. And man, do they love Chris — they brought presents, drawings, Dalek cupcakes… it was amazing.
If you’re curious about the topics we covered, we went over marijuana, living in Boulder, conspiracy theories, the Transformers movies, the Moon Hoax, my work on Hubble, poop jokes, life as a nerd, supernovae, quantum superposition, colors in Hubble pictures, Fiske planetarium, and much more. Come to think of it, I’m surprised in hindsight we didn’t totally dork out over Star Trek and Doctor Who! That’s actually pretty shocking.
So, if you’re not easily offended, gird your ears and give it a listen. And I hope, given the caveats, you enjoy your burrito.
More shameless self-promotion…
A quick reminder: if you’re in the Boulder area and you’re a geek, you want to come to megaultrasupduperstar Chris Hardwick’s live Nerdist podcast being recorded at the Boulder Theater on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7). Tickets are on sale now.
Oh, and did I mention the super-A-list celebrity guest is… me? OK, maybe those adjectives don’t exactly fit, but still, I’m the guest. And knowing Chris — and me — I expect this will be a nerd-out of epic proportions, mixed with juvenile humor. Count on it.
You can get more info at my earlier post about this. I am way, way excited about this!
I hope to see some local BABloggees there! Enjoy your burrito.
Hey, guess where I’ll be?
Yeah, there. Well, a little to the left of that big blob. Ypsilanti, Michigan, to be exact. On February 15th I’m giving my "Death from the Skies!" talk at Eastern Michigan University at 7:00 p.m. It’s free, so if you’re in the area drop on by! I lived in Ann Arbor for three years, so it’ll be cool to head back there.
And if you live in the Bethlehem PA area, I’ll be at Geroge Hrab’s concert a few days later! And then the live Nerdist podcast in Boulder March 2, and then SXSW on March 12th, and more stuff coming too.
Geez, I need to post a calendar. OK, I’ll put that on my list. If only I had a calendar to remind me…
Tip o’ the spacesuit visor to Fragile Oasis for the picture, which was taken on the ISS on January 30, 2012, because I assume the astronauts were excited that I’d be there. Credit: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. "The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth."
If you read my blog (and you’d better accept that as an axiom) then you have probably heard of Chris Hardwick. His podcast, Nerdist, is a monstrous juggernaut of podcasty geekiness, for one thing. And he’s been on Craig Ferguson’s show, and Conan, and Chelsea Lately, and a bunch of others. He wrote a book on how being a nerd can make your life better. Chris is something of a Doctor Who fan — proof, you want? — and so he and I have significant overlap in our lives. We met at Comic Con a couple of years ago, but we haven’t managed to get together since then.
But all that will change on Friday, March 2, when Chris will be bringing the Nerdist podcast here to Boulder, live at the Boulder Theater!
I don’t know what we’ll be talking about, but I’m sure it will cover these topics at the least: the Doctor, growing up geeky, astronomy, w00tstock, space travel, the Mythbusters, zombies, and which of us wants to run off with River Song more. Probably pretty much in that order.
I feel obligated to note that if you’re not familiar with Chris’s podcast, it might be possible that it should be considered just ever so slightly NSFW. Or maybe a lot. Just so’s you know.
Tickets are on sale now! If you’re in the area come on by… and face it, if you’re reading this blog and you know who Chris is you have nothing else to do on a Friday night anyway.
P.S. If you’re not around Boulder, the Nerdist Podcast Live is going to be at a bunch of other towns as well, so look for one near you.
At 11:00 a.m. Mountain time (13:00 Eastern, 17:00 GMT) I will be in the live chat room on The Nerdist’s Node website. You need an invite to participate; send an email to node "at" nerdist.com to get one.
Nerdist is my friend Chris Hardwick’s website, and The Node is the online community for it. For the chat, I’ll talk about anything that comes up — well, you can ask anything — but I expect people will be most interested in this new planet and the NASA funding bill.
Hope to see some of you there!