Apps & Web

In Which I Finally Read The Dark Is Rising

When I was little there was a sort of hierarchy among kids who self-identified as ‘clever.’ Which was code for ‘we suck at sports and have no other source of self-esteem.’ We would try to impress each other by reading clever books. Or by lying and saying we’d read clever books when we hadn’t. One of the books I used to lie and said I’d …

A Fake Interview with Steve Hely

Steve Hely is both a comedy writer (American Dad!) and a real writer (How I Became a Famous Novelist). As you can see from this piece he wrote in The Believer, Steve’s mind is rich with loving observations of the many terriblenesses of book-writing. I wanted to interview this hot young talent for the Nerd World blog, but what with the …

Monday Afternoon Video Amusement x2

Four minutes forty-one seconds from 9, a movie (apparently) about animated bean-bag dolls just tryin’ to get by in a post-apocalyptic cyber-wasteland. Sackboy, man, you gotta call your agent:

Elijah Wood, actin’ up a storm. OK, next, this Buffy/Twilight mashup, which you’ve probably already seen, but which is still …

Nerd Ephemera: 1984-ish

Actual Letter Retrieved From Grandparents’ Files, Reprinted Verbatim:

Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

Thank you for the beautiful grey shirt with the while collar and the luxurious dark grey sweater with the colored stripes. Remember the fifty dollars you have me for Hanuka? Well I spent part of it on some great beige pants. I spent …

Ten Best iPhone Apps for Dad

Dads may be sweet and uncomplaining, but they’re also impossible to buy presents for. But if your dad has an iPhone, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the perfect apps for fathers of all ages. Some are even free. Not that …

The 2012 Trailer is Apocalicious

It is a sign of the apocalypse in the Mayan calendar that when Roland Emmerich actually releases an awesome movie about the apocalypse, things are pretty much over. And behooooold:

And lo, the giraffes will be borne aloft by helicopters! And Oliver Platt will be an oily government bureaucrat! And Big Stone Jesus’s arms will fall …

Confessions of an Execrable Imbecile

Longtime Simpsons writer and world-class hilarious person Mike Reiss responds to critical reaction to his latest movie:

I wrote a sweet little romantic comedy called My Life in Ruins. It was about a bus tour of Greece, and had big laughs, gorgeous scenery, and a simple message: don’t judge others too harshly.

One critic called …

Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek Memoir

Meyer, you may or may not remember, directed and co-wrote Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country and co-wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Now he’s written a memoir called The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. The book is out in August, but I have an advance copy here that I’ve been thumbing …

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