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A Very Nerdy Christmas

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , , on 12/20/2011 by Papa Nerd

Do you have a nerd in your life?  You know, the kind of guy or gal who rarely loves comics, Star Wars (or Trek.  Why anyone likes Star Trek, I’ll never know.  Those shows and movies blow harder than the Star Wars prequels.  That’s saying something.), video games, and the like?  How easy is it to shop for said nerd?  Not easy.  Just ask my wife.

There’s no need to fear, Papa Nerd is here!  I’ll try to take some of the pain out of your Christmas shopping.  Is your nerd a comic book fanboy or girl?  I know how hard it is to find superhero collectibles for someone who seems to have them all.  Luckily, there are people out there who have thought of that.  Check out  They have items for pretty much every superhero out there.  Does your nerd have a hard-on for Superman?  Check this out.

Superman SnuggyI have one of these.  Very comfy.  It sells for $29.95 at  They also have Green Lantern and Wonder Woman snuggies.

Are you on a budget, like me, and find $30 to be a little much?  Try stuff like this:

Superman BobbleheadCool collectible, half the price, at $16.99.  I would like one of these, but I don’t have a place to put it.  Plus, my son would probably destroy it.

Again, they have clothes and collectibles for most superheroes, Marvel and D.C.

If your nerd is more of an all around geek, take a look at  They specialize in all around nerd stuff, not just superheroes.  Do you watch Big Bang Theory?  If so, you may have seen their Periodic Table shower curtain.  If not, it looks like this:

Periodic Table shower curtain
You can have this on your nerd’s shower for $29.99.  My wife and I both want this one.

For the Star Wars nerd, you may consider something like this:

R2-D2 Ice Cube TraysThese babies will set you back a cool $9.99.

This is my personal favorite of the Star Wars things: a remote controlled lightsaber wall lamp!

Lightsaber Room Light

This will set you back $30, but the Padawan in your life will love you for it.

They have a lot of geek toys, gadgets, and collectibles, so if you need any gift ideas for the nerd or geek in your life, give a look.

Until next time…


G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trailer Hits Web

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on 12/13/2011 by Papa Nerd

So, the first G.I. Joe movie was horrible.  In fact, it was an abomination.  A slight against God.  It whipped out its penis and pissed all over my childhood.

When I heard that a sequel was being made, I pulled my hair out and did this…

First, I heard Jon Chu was directing it.  That’s right.  The man responsible for Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D.  My reaction?

More after the jump!

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Scary… Now With Video!

Posted in Life with tags , , on 12/12/2011 by Papa Nerd

I always knew my son would be smart.

My wife is smart.  Not just smart, but genius level, “MENSA is a group of retards” smart.  Sucks to be me.  It’s not her fault, but sometimes, I feel extremely stupid just being around her.  Kind of like how a fat dude feels skinnier if he hangs out with dudes who are even fatter.

Never go full retard.

Sometimes I feel like I'm going full retard.

That said, I knew if he applied himself, my son could possibly be a super villain.  I didn’t expect a little Lex Luthor.

See, when he was born, he seemed different than the other babies in the nursery.  They would lay in their cribs in the nursery and scream their little heads off.  He would look around, take everything in, and even look toward the other babies as if he was thinking, What the hell is that thing’s problem?  Even the nurses commented on how he was so alert and he seemed to be observing everything.  Even then, he always knew what he wanted.  He flat out refused to breast feed.  It was too slow.  He wanted food when he wanted it, dammit.  I gave him a bottle, and he was happy.  Instant gratification.  The hospital nurses told us it was impossible; no baby knows what it wants.

Ha ha.  Na nana boo boo.

When he was about nine months old, we bought him some alphabet flash cards.  By the time he was a year-and-a-half old, he could say the alphabet, minus a couple of letters (literally, 2 letters.  Q and W).  Then, I noticed something strange.  He didn’t just say the letters, he recognized them.  He would read letters off of signs, books, anything he saw.  He would watch Super Why! in the morning, and say the letters that popped up on the screen.

One night last May, my wife and I went to the movies, and one of her co-workers watched him for us.  When we went to pick him up, she first said she didn’t believe he could recognize his letters before then.  She then asked us, “How did you teach him to read?”

My wife and I looked at each other.  We had no clue.  Apparently, she wanted him and her son to play with Play-Doh, and he read the label and said, “Play-Doh.”  Then, as he was watching TV, he read the Fox logo off of the screen.  He didn’t just say “F-O-X.”  He said the word, fox.

Now, he can read simple words, like cat and dog, and colors.

And he can count to 20.  Forward and backward.  Not only that, he can count objects.  He will sit and count his fingers.  He’ll line up his blocks and count them.  When faced with a problem, he will stand back and solve it.

Seriously, he scares me a little bit.  I’m not stupid, but I know he is going to be smarter than me.  I’ll be dealing with two geniuses.

Basically, I’m going to look like this in comparison:

Me, compared to my wife and son.

Me, compared to my wife and son.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love him and my wife.  I’m so glad that although I’m surrounded by idiots, especially here in the Midwest (more on that later), I have such an intelligent family.  I just know that as my son gets older, he’ll be able to outsmart me.

Even so, I’ll still have the power to ground him.  So there.

Here’s a little video of him and his book about colors…

I’m Back…

Posted in etc. with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12/01/2011 by Papa Nerd

As if anyone missed me.

Anyway, it was a good holiday for yours truly.  Good food and good times with my wife’s family.

Plus, I got to take my first week off from work, since… well, I’ve never had a week off work.  It went by too fast.

My son was as sweet as could be, and he didn’t misbehave the entire time.  Must be some kind of record for a two-year-old.  He had fun seeing his Grandpa and Grandma and aunts and uncles.  It’s always funny to watch him when he sees Grandpa.  He (my son, not Grandpa) screams, cries and hides for about 30 minutes before he remembers who Grandpa is and that Grandpa isn’t going hurt him or his Mommy.

He also got to see his cousins, who were in town from Louisiana.  And, in one of my proudest nerd moments, he had lightsaber duels with his cousins.  He walked around smacking them with a purple Mace Windu lightsaber.  I couldn’t be more proud of my boy.

Mace Windu

Only a bad mutha f****r carries a purple lightsaber.

We also braved Wal-Mart on Black Friday.  In our hillbilly neck of the woods, the hunting and camo section was the busiest part of the store.  Not toys.  Not electronics.  The freaking camo section.  I didn’t fully realize how redneck my part of the world is, until I saw a majority of toothless country sifting through camo t-shirts and overalls as if  they were looking at clothes for church.  It was bizarre.  They were handling the camo like it was priceless art.  They would have wrecked the rest of the store with no thought, but the camo section?  No.  It must stay orderly.

Again, it was a good holiday all around.  I hope Christmas is this much fun.

And less redneck-y.

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