Archive for October, 2011

  •   Let’s cut the crap, here’s the SKYRIM System Requirements: Recommended Specs Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU 4GB System RAM 6GB free HDD space DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher). DirectX compatible sound card Internet access for Steam activation Minimum Specs Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor 2GB System RAM 6GB free HDD Space Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM DirectX compatible sound card Internet access for Steam activation Need to test your computer specs? Check out this graphics cards hierarchy chart […]

    Skyrim System Reqs

      Let’s cut the crap, here’s the SKYRIM System Requirements: Recommended Specs Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU 4GB System RAM 6GB free HDD space DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher). DirectX compatible sound card Internet access for Steam activation Minimum Specs Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit) Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor 2GB System RAM 6GB free HDD Space Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM DirectX compatible sound card Internet access for Steam activation Need to test your computer specs? Check out this graphics cards hierarchy chart […]

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  • Bethesda Softworks, I am so proud of you. You have come a LONG ways since the days of Arena, Daggerfall, and Morrowind.  Thank you for this gift. If you haven’t seen the live action trailer for SKYRIM yet, feast your eyes upon this!!!

    SKYRIM: Live Action Trailer

    Bethesda Softworks, I am so proud of you. You have come a LONG ways since the days of Arena, Daggerfall, and Morrowind.  Thank you for this gift. If you haven’t seen the live action trailer for SKYRIM yet, feast your eyes upon this!!!

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  • These are my top five choices for the best armor in the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. 1.      Dwarven Armour The Dwarven armour is a newly obtained armour in my inventory but it is so far my favourite, besides the awesome looks of the golden armour with patterns all over it, it is very durable and it will help you get through the troll ridden caves and when you resist arrest with the guards (Don’t do it, it will end up in disaster).   2.      Shrouded armour The Shrouded armour is the armour that you will obtain when you join the dark brotherhood. It is enchanted with a spell that fortifies your sneak by 5secs. This helps […]

    Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion – Guide to the Five Best Armours

    These are my top five choices for the best armor in the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. 1.      Dwarven Armour The Dwarven armour is a newly obtained armour in my inventory but it is so far my favourite, besides the awesome looks of the golden armour with patterns all over it, it is very durable and it will help you get through the troll ridden caves and when you resist arrest with the guards (Don’t do it, it will end up in disaster).   2.      Shrouded armour The Shrouded armour is the armour that you will obtain when you join the dark brotherhood. It is enchanted with a spell that fortifies your sneak by 5secs. This helps […]

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  • As you can probably tell from my first article, I’m a big Oblivion fan. I’m writing this article to inform you on my top 5 favourite Weapons for Oblivion- Elder Scrolls IV. You can enchant your weapons so they can be stronger and deal more damage. They can Drain Magika and Personality. The possibilities are very much Endless.   1.      Elven Longsword My Favourite weapon would probably have to be the Elven Longsword because of the amazing looks and it gives a fair amount of damage to a foe when you strike them.   2.      Dwarven Claymore The other night I was Goblin Hunting in a derelict mine and I found an Elven Claymore which happened to […]

    Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion – Guide to the Five Best Weapons

    As you can probably tell from my first article, I’m a big Oblivion fan. I’m writing this article to inform you on my top 5 favourite Weapons for Oblivion- Elder Scrolls IV. You can enchant your weapons so they can be stronger and deal more damage. They can Drain Magika and Personality. The possibilities are very much Endless.   1.      Elven Longsword My Favourite weapon would probably have to be the Elven Longsword because of the amazing looks and it gives a fair amount of damage to a foe when you strike them.   2.      Dwarven Claymore The other night I was Goblin Hunting in a derelict mine and I found an Elven Claymore which happened to […]

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  • Well here is another article about, you guessed it, The Elder Scrolls IV- Oblivion. This time ‘tis about my 5 Fiercest Creatures in the Game of OBLIVION!!! 1.      Will’ o’ wisp Well, this creature isn’t much to look at. It is a floating cloud of Yellow dust. Don’t be fooled by its appearance because this thing has killed me many times before. This creature cast many differ net spells on you, E.G – Destruction Spells such as Flare and Frost, and Illusion spells that drain Magika and cause fatigue. Yields: Unknown 2.      Troll Ah the Humble Troll, in this game they are not to humble. They dwell in and outside of caves. They are big, strong and hard […]

    Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion’s Fiercest Creatures

    Well here is another article about, you guessed it, The Elder Scrolls IV- Oblivion. This time ‘tis about my 5 Fiercest Creatures in the Game of OBLIVION!!! 1.      Will’ o’ wisp Well, this creature isn’t much to look at. It is a floating cloud of Yellow dust. Don’t be fooled by its appearance because this thing has killed me many times before. This creature cast many differ net spells on you, E.G – Destruction Spells such as Flare and Frost, and Illusion spells that drain Magika and cause fatigue. Yields: Unknown 2.      Troll Ah the Humble Troll, in this game they are not to humble. They dwell in and outside of caves. They are big, strong and hard […]

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  • The Three Musketeers (2011) Note: No spoilers are in this article. Leonardo Da Vinci must be rolling over in his grave about right now.  This isn’t a bad thing though.  I don’t know the depth of war machines Mr. Da Vinci helped to invent or dreamed up, but this movie definitely adds to the wish list.  You have to see the movie to really get the full understanding.  But I think it is worth a watch. Many changes have been made to this story to fulfill the need of a new market.  I think it was a great action packed movie.  It left you guessing when the next fight was going to happen.  It keeps you on your toes and […]

    The Three Musketeers (2011)

    The Three Musketeers (2011) Note: No spoilers are in this article. Leonardo Da Vinci must be rolling over in his grave about right now.  This isn’t a bad thing though.  I don’t know the depth of war machines Mr. Da Vinci helped to invent or dreamed up, but this movie definitely adds to the wish list.  You have to see the movie to really get the full understanding.  But I think it is worth a watch. Many changes have been made to this story to fulfill the need of a new market.  I think it was a great action packed movie.  It left you guessing when the next fight was going to happen.  It keeps you on your toes and […]

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  • There’s a new web-series about a team of superheroes, but The Collectibles isn’t your run of the mill superhero show.  These heroes live in a somewhat realistic world where astronomical rates for liability insurance have driven super-humans to seek funding from corporate sponsorships.  The show is filmed in documentary style so the characters are aware of, and interact with, the cameras.  It’s like The Office if the main characters had superpowers and were saving the world instead of selling paper. We won’t be seeing any action sequences though.  This web-series focuses on the group of characters, their daily grind, and the frustrations of the world they live in.  We get a behind the scenes peek at the interactions between heroes […]

    The Collectibles

    There’s a new web-series about a team of superheroes, but The Collectibles isn’t your run of the mill superhero show.  These heroes live in a somewhat realistic world where astronomical rates for liability insurance have driven super-humans to seek funding from corporate sponsorships.  The show is filmed in documentary style so the characters are aware of, and interact with, the cameras.  It’s like The Office if the main characters had superpowers and were saving the world instead of selling paper. We won’t be seeing any action sequences though.  This web-series focuses on the group of characters, their daily grind, and the frustrations of the world they live in.  We get a behind the scenes peek at the interactions between heroes […]

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  • Last week I spoke with Erik Mona over at Paizo Publishing about getting a crack at the new Pathfinder Beginner Box set.  After watching the Youtube video of Erik slamming down that heavy box of goodies and pulling out stuff like rabbits from a hat, I could not resist.  I am a hard core RPG Dungeon Master hailing from the old school days of Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and the Forgotten Realms.  Why would I be interested in a beginner box set?  My son is 9 years old and try as he might, he has yet to master the complexities of D&D 3.5 or the Pathfinder Role-Playing game. We bought him the Pathfinder Core Rules book for his birthday.  He was so […]

    Pathfinder Beginner Box

    Last week I spoke with Erik Mona over at Paizo Publishing about getting a crack at the new Pathfinder Beginner Box set.  After watching the Youtube video of Erik slamming down that heavy box of goodies and pulling out stuff like rabbits from a hat, I could not resist.  I am a hard core RPG Dungeon Master hailing from the old school days of Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and the Forgotten Realms.  Why would I be interested in a beginner box set?  My son is 9 years old and try as he might, he has yet to master the complexities of D&D 3.5 or the Pathfinder Role-Playing game. We bought him the Pathfinder Core Rules book for his birthday.  He was so […]

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  • I can’t tell you how many tabletop RPG gaming groups I have had in the past that have fallen apart.  Whether you prefer tabletop RPGs, miniature warfare, or card games, at times it can be frustrating going it alone. Well, a website has appeared that should help solve this missing gap in our soul.  The dark place where we sit at home rolling up characters wishing we had some friends to share the action with. This website is NeedGamers.com!  A simple concept and an amazing website built just for gamers went live today! If you are a tabletop gamer or a video game fanatic check out the site, sign up, and share the website with your friends.  The more people […]

    Need a gaming group? Look no further!

    I can’t tell you how many tabletop RPG gaming groups I have had in the past that have fallen apart.  Whether you prefer tabletop RPGs, miniature warfare, or card games, at times it can be frustrating going it alone. Well, a website has appeared that should help solve this missing gap in our soul.  The dark place where we sit at home rolling up characters wishing we had some friends to share the action with. This website is NeedGamers.com!  A simple concept and an amazing website built just for gamers went live today! If you are a tabletop gamer or a video game fanatic check out the site, sign up, and share the website with your friends.  The more people […]

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  • Survival Kilt – A Must Have! The Utilikilts Company All NERD TREK Members and readers: For call-in and in-store purchases only, if stated that you heard about The Utilikilts Company from NERD TREK that will give you 10% OFF your entire order. This is only valid From October 20, 2011 to December 31, 2011. How companies get their start is amazing to hear at times. The Utilikilts Company definitely had a start that was different than most. The founder of Utilikilts is Krash, as he is called. His name comes from his friends because of a saying that they associated with him. “If you don’t risk anything you don’t crash”. Well his friends say he is definitely not scared to […]

    Ulilikilts, a new found freedom and uniform of the free thinker!

    Survival Kilt – A Must Have! The Utilikilts Company All NERD TREK Members and readers: For call-in and in-store purchases only, if stated that you heard about The Utilikilts Company from NERD TREK that will give you 10% OFF your entire order. This is only valid From October 20, 2011 to December 31, 2011. How companies get their start is amazing to hear at times. The Utilikilts Company definitely had a start that was different than most. The founder of Utilikilts is Krash, as he is called. His name comes from his friends because of a saying that they associated with him. “If you don’t risk anything you don’t crash”. Well his friends say he is definitely not scared to […]

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  •   Bodycount (Action) – Estimated Release Date: 11/01/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Action) – Estimated Release Date: 11/01/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 Collectors Edition: Batttlefield 3 (Action-Adventure, FPS) – Estimated Release Date: 11/02/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Action, FPS) – Estimated Release date: 11/07/2011 – Platforms o PC o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 o Wii Collectors Edition XBOX The Elder Scrolls 5: SkyRim (Action-Adventure, Role-playing) – Estimated Release Date: 11/11/2011 – Platforms o PC o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Halo: Combat Evolved (FPS) – Estimated Release Date: 11/15/2011 – Platform o Xbox 360 Need for Speed: The Run (Racing) […]

    November Game Releases

      Bodycount (Action) – Estimated Release Date: 11/01/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Action) – Estimated Release Date: 11/01/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 Collectors Edition: Batttlefield 3 (Action-Adventure, FPS) – Estimated Release Date: 11/02/2011 – Platforms o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Action, FPS) – Estimated Release date: 11/07/2011 – Platforms o PC o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 o Wii Collectors Edition XBOX The Elder Scrolls 5: SkyRim (Action-Adventure, Role-playing) – Estimated Release Date: 11/11/2011 – Platforms o PC o PlayStation 3 o Xbox 360 Halo: Combat Evolved (FPS) – Estimated Release Date: 11/15/2011 – Platform o Xbox 360 Need for Speed: The Run (Racing) […]

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  • When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

    A Strange World

    When I dream at night I am blessed with visions of a strange world.  While I am sure I am viewing an advanced technology, I am still unsure what time I am observing.  Was it sometime in the distant past or a vision of the future?  I may never know.  Regardless, this is what I see: As I walk down the streets I see vehicles passing me by that seem to glide on invisible tracks.  With nothing underneath them, these tear-shaped vehicles smoothly, quickly move past me without making a sound.  The roads are made of a soft, almost silicon substance.  Many people walk on the streets with their bare feet because the molecular composition allows for rigid strength while […]

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  • The Elder Scrolls IV-Oblivion This game is Rated M15+ The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion was released on March 20, 2006. Despite being 5 years old, the game has made its way onto the consoles of PC, PS3 and Xbox360 and has even gone platinum. With the newly anticipated SKYRIM about to be released on the 11.11.11, Elder Scrolls Fans have probably been playing this for the lead up to SKYRIM.   Description Oblivion is a RPG (Role Playing Game) where you can choose out of many different races, all of which are good at various things.   Gameplay At the start of the Game, you have to escape the Imperial Prison sewers in order to gain your freedom, but in […]

    The Elder Scrolls IV

    The Elder Scrolls IV-Oblivion This game is Rated M15+ The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion was released on March 20, 2006. Despite being 5 years old, the game has made its way onto the consoles of PC, PS3 and Xbox360 and has even gone platinum. With the newly anticipated SKYRIM about to be released on the 11.11.11, Elder Scrolls Fans have probably been playing this for the lead up to SKYRIM.   Description Oblivion is a RPG (Role Playing Game) where you can choose out of many different races, all of which are good at various things.   Gameplay At the start of the Game, you have to escape the Imperial Prison sewers in order to gain your freedom, but in […]

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  • ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

    October Wind

    ‘Tis the October wind that speaks of death lying, waiting behind trees gone chill and bare.  Whistling through the limp limbs of despair, the wind sets restless souls loose on the still.  We light our campfires to ward our bodies from autumn’s shadow as we have for years gone black.  Most nights our primal safeguard of flame keeps demons’ souls at bay.  Yet, this night is Hallows Eve, the day of living hell. This night of deathly solstice calls shades of havoc that would walk amongst the living just as wolves stalk wintry livestock, huddled together to parry the cold.  Hades’ gates have now swung open to unleash the hounds of hell on our mortal flesh; they aim to announce […]

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  • Game developers have always had a hard time getting their games funded by investors.  Today a brand new convention launches that seeks to bridge that gap, Siegecon.  Andrew Greenberg is the mastermind behind Siegecon which stands for Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo.  Greenberg is a game designer of both pen-and-paper role-playing games and computer games.  He was one of White Wolf’s original developers on Vampire: The Masquerade (1991), particularly the famous supplement Chicago by Night which many credit with setting the tone for the Vampire books that followed.   After years with White Wolf, he joined Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI) where he worked on computer games like Emperor of the Fading Suns and Mall Tycoon. He is also co-creator of the […]

    Siege Conference: A Starting Point for New Game Developers

    Game developers have always had a hard time getting their games funded by investors.  Today a brand new convention launches that seeks to bridge that gap, Siegecon.  Andrew Greenberg is the mastermind behind Siegecon which stands for Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo.  Greenberg is a game designer of both pen-and-paper role-playing games and computer games.  He was one of White Wolf’s original developers on Vampire: The Masquerade (1991), particularly the famous supplement Chicago by Night which many credit with setting the tone for the Vampire books that followed.   After years with White Wolf, he joined Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI) where he worked on computer games like Emperor of the Fading Suns and Mall Tycoon. He is also co-creator of the […]

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  • Rage: A New Version of the Old Scene Rage is the new IP from ID Software, a company that has not released a new game in 15 years. Oh, and if you don’t like my usage of Aerosmith lyrics in my title, tough. Anyway, I digress. They have, however, given us gems like Quake, Doom, and Wolfenstein 3D and created the fps genre we all love so much today. That takes us to Rage, the newest installment from Id. I was lucky enough to have a full hour to play Rage at PAX Prime this year. The game blew me away! The cinematic opening shows Earth being struck by an asteroid, which causes the apocalypse. You wake up from a […]

    RAGE: A New Version of the Old Scene

    Rage: A New Version of the Old Scene Rage is the new IP from ID Software, a company that has not released a new game in 15 years. Oh, and if you don’t like my usage of Aerosmith lyrics in my title, tough. Anyway, I digress. They have, however, given us gems like Quake, Doom, and Wolfenstein 3D and created the fps genre we all love so much today. That takes us to Rage, the newest installment from Id. I was lucky enough to have a full hour to play Rage at PAX Prime this year. The game blew me away! The cinematic opening shows Earth being struck by an asteroid, which causes the apocalypse. You wake up from a […]

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  • Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers. The Apple I was the first with a single circuit board used in a computer. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.  I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs Early Life Entrepreneur. Born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24, […]

    A look back on the life of Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage. On April Fool’s Day, 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs released the Apple I computer and started Apple Computers. The Apple I was the first with a single circuit board used in a computer. Apple’s revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.  I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. – Steve Jobs Early Life Entrepreneur. Born Steven Paul Jobs on February 24, […]

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  • Today NERD TREK is sitting down with Scott Wiener from Scott’s Pizza Tours in NYC.  Scott is one of the most knowledgeable individuals when it comes to pizza, not just in the 5 boroughs but in the United States! Jonathan:  Hello Scott!  How are you doing this fine morning? Scott: To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted. Yesterday I went over my slice quota so today I have to go pizza-free. It’s a major bummer because I have lots of pizzerias on my hit list and today would be perfect to knock some out. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.    Jonathan:  Scott, please tell us a little about Scott’s Pizza Tours, how long you’ve been in operation, […]

    Scott’s Pizza Tours: Life on a Ferryboat, the board game Sorry!, and NYC PIZZA!

    Today NERD TREK is sitting down with Scott Wiener from Scott’s Pizza Tours in NYC.  Scott is one of the most knowledgeable individuals when it comes to pizza, not just in the 5 boroughs but in the United States! Jonathan:  Hello Scott!  How are you doing this fine morning? Scott: To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted. Yesterday I went over my slice quota so today I have to go pizza-free. It’s a major bummer because I have lots of pizzerias on my hit list and today would be perfect to knock some out. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.    Jonathan:  Scott, please tell us a little about Scott’s Pizza Tours, how long you’ve been in operation, […]

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  •   Our interview at PAX Prime with Red 5 Studios regarding their new game Firefall sure started off awkward.  In a way that’s kind of how we intended it.  Bill and I walked into our appointment surrounded by larger than life statues of game characters and huge screens playing cut-scenes from the game itself.  We introduced ourselves and told them we were with NERD TREK. Soon we found ourselves talking with a gentleman whom we later found out wasn’t just any lackey programmer, but the LEAD developer of the entire game.  Of course, we found this out after asking a series of somewhat uncalled for questions to appease our own comedic appetites as well as those of our readers. NERD […]

    Firefall

      Our interview at PAX Prime with Red 5 Studios regarding their new game Firefall sure started off awkward.  In a way that’s kind of how we intended it.  Bill and I walked into our appointment surrounded by larger than life statues of game characters and huge screens playing cut-scenes from the game itself.  We introduced ourselves and told them we were with NERD TREK. Soon we found ourselves talking with a gentleman whom we later found out wasn’t just any lackey programmer, but the LEAD developer of the entire game.  Of course, we found this out after asking a series of somewhat uncalled for questions to appease our own comedic appetites as well as those of our readers. NERD […]

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