I still don’t have anything to show for the hours I’ve been spending knitting over the last weeks, but I promise that at some point, there will be actual knitting content. Instead, I thought I’d share some of the nerdy media I’ve been consuming lately.
I’ve been listening to podcasts. Damn I love podcasts. I listen when I’m knitting, I listen when I’m sewing, cooking, and even when I’m falling asleep (which is great because then I listen to them again the next day). I used to listen to a lot of audiobooks, but it’s always hard to find one with the winning combo of good story and good narrator. But I’ll get to that in a bit. Lately, I’ve been super enjoying these podcasts:
A semi-regular group of interesting and well-read folks chat about different nerdy things. Each episode has a theme that they follow; sometimes it’s a book, comics, movies, or tv shows. I just super adore these nerds. They’re thoughtful, well-spoken, frequently hilarious, and just really seem to have a good time recording. If you listen to a few episodes I highly recommend going back and listening to their fictional character drafts. I laughed so hard I gave myself hiccups and almost peed. For real. It would have been embarrassing but luckily I was alone at the time. Also their epic Star Wars sessions are not to be missed.
Knit 1 Geek 2
Two awesome and sassy Canadian ladies talk about knitting, geekdom, and all things in between. Funny and adorable, I actually had an opportunity to say hi to both of these fabulous gals which I was way too nervous to take. That’s right. For some reason, my brain freaked out on me and froze it in a loop of “OMG OMG THEY ARE ON A PODCAST THAT MEANS THEY ARE FAMOUS” while my friends stood there and laughed at me. And they were right to do so. So that is the story about how I managed to not meet the awesome women of Knit 1 Geek 2. Also one time I met an awesome indie dyer, and then got all excited about it in K1G2’s forum on Rav, and then said indie dyer found the thread and was like “dude. duuuuuuuuuuuude”. It was hilarious, and embarrassing, but mostly hilarious. And if you don’t knit, that last paragraph was gobbledegook (and way more about me being a flailing nerd than anything else. Whatever. Listen to the damn podcast, you’ll love it).
Skeptics with a K
Three dudes sit around and talk in English accents and say things like “take the piss” and “blimey”. So……. basically the best, ever.
Also the host is a super fan of Doctor Who. So you know. Accents, occasional cleverness, and sometimes Doctor Who. It’s like someone peeked at my Christmas list!
In all seriousness though, while I enjoy more serious science and skepticism shows, I think Skeptics with a K is my favourite Skeptical podcast. There’s something really enjoyable about listening to three friends who are all genuinely likeable chat with each other, and there is just enough structure to the show to keep it from running off the tracks while still keeping the momentum of the conversations going.
So it looks like my favourite podcasts all have one thing in common: a group of friends talking about something they’re all really interested in, that I am also interested in. What did we do before the internet? How did we find our people? Where were all these nerds when I was thirteen and no one in my class had seen Star Wars let alone cared about what Timothy Zahn book was coming out next (I should perhaps mention that I was thirteen in 1994, so it actually wasn’t entirely unreasonable that no one but me in my grade 7 class cared about a Sci Fi movie that had been released 15 years earlier).
I have also been listening to some audio books again, hooray! I forgot how much I missed these.
Terry Pratchett’s Snuff, as read by Stephen Briggs.
I can’t even read a discworld novel anymore. Seriously, Stephen Briggs is just that darn good at bringing this world to life. I can ONLY listen to them. You could play me a clip of any part of the book, and I’d know exactly what character was speaking. Terry Pratchett audio books are one of the greatest things about the invention of sound recording.
I actually have audio books to thanks for my discworld fandom. I picked up Going Postal from the library a few years back, not realizing that it was the 33rd novel in the series. Luckily, you don’t really need to read all of them in order to understand what is going on. In fact, I present to you this handy guide for reading order in the discworldian saga.
Whenever someone asks what this books series all about, I’m always like “well, it’s fantasy, but it’s funny, and the later ones are the funniest, but they live on this flat planet, see, that rides on the backs of 4 giant elephants, which in turn ride on the back of a giant space turtle…. but really that part isn’t important”. I am terrible at explaining things.
And finally, I am currently listening to Cold Days by Jim Butcher.
Guys, it’s narrated by SPIKE. YES THAT SPIKE.
Also the main character, Harry Dresden, is a wizard, for hire. Who makes wise-cracks and references amazing things like Star Wars. And Harry Potter.
Also, and I’m going to go ahead and warn you that this contain spoilers.
One time he did this.
So, you know. It’s pretty great.
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to nerd-wise lately. Also my brother just e-mailed me to let me know that Netflix has Star Terk: TNG in its ENTIRETY so I guess I know what I’m doing for the next month, too.