Repurposing Nostalgia

On February 27, 2013, in Don Pizarro, Retro Nerd, by Don Pizarro

As the newly appointed Retro Nerd, I’m here to take you through a Night Gallery-style tour of exhibits of geekdom past. But I’m not Professor Peabody, using candy to lure small children into my WABAC Machine. I’m not here to make you sing, “Those were the days.” This won’t be nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake, especially […]

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What Are Role Playing Games?

On February 20, 2013, in JT Evans, RP Nerd, by JT Evans

This is the first in what I hope will turn into a regular column here at Functional Nerds. I’m going to be talking about role playing games (RPGs). Before I delve too deeply into the nuance and history of this wonderful style of gaming, I figured I would start off by telling you what RPGs […]

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Book Received: Andromeda’s Fall – A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

On February 18, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover (December 4, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425256251 Official Description: The roots of the Legion of the Damned lie deep within the mythology of the future. But now, national bestselling author William C. Dietz goes back to the Legion’s early days with the story of one recruit’s rebirth and redemption… […]

Book Received: Called To Darkness (A Pathfinder Tale)

On February 15, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (January 22, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1601254652 Official Description: Kagur is a warrior of the Blacklions, fierce and fearless hunters in the savage Realm of the Mammoth Lords. When her clan is slaughtered by a frost giant she considered her adopted brother, honor demands that she, the last […]

Free Open-Source Software For Your Windows (or Mac) Machines

On February 13, 2013, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

I recently bought a netbook, after not having a portable computer for a few months. It came pre-installed with Windows 7, which doesn’t usually matter to me because I like to replace the native OS with Ubuntu or another Linux-variation. This time I decided to keep Windows on it because there are a few things […]

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Episode 135 – Dungeons and Dragons w/Myke Cole

On February 12, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 135th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome author Myke Cole to the third seat. About Myke: As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq […]

Book Received: Crossed Blades (A Fallen Blade Novel)

On February 11, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace (November 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007847 Official Description: For six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack of the shadow trades, picking up odd jobs on the wrong side of the law. But the past is never dead, and Aral’s has finally […]

Book Received: The Dog in the Dark

On February 8, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover (December 31, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464931 Official Description: National bestselling authors Barb and J.C. Hendee present the latest thrilling novel following the adventures of dhampir Magiere and half-elf Leesil… Barely escaping the city of Calm Seatt—and the assassins hunting them—Magiere, Leesil, and the elven dog Chap sail south […]

Don’t Be Hasty

On February 6, 2013, in Fitness Nerd, Sandra Wickham, by Sandra Wickham

The start of a new year brings with it renewed energy, strengthened resolve and fresh enthusiasm for all things in life. Usually that includes new plans for health and fitness, with people determined to make big changes in the way they eat and in the amount of exercise they do. I wholeheartedly encourage this and […]

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Book Received: The Shadow’s Heir

On February 4, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Ace (December 24, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0425258238 Official Description: Laela Redguard was born with the black hair of the Northern kingdom and the blue eyes of the Southern people, forever marking her as a hated half-breed child of both. When her only family tie is severed, the fierce […]

Book Received: Supervolcano: All Fall Down

On February 1, 2013, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1 edition (December 4, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464818 Official Description: In Supervolcano: Eruption, one of nature’s most destructive forces released its ferocity on an unsuspecting world. Now, New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove reveals how the survivors of the disaster adapt to their new environment… In the […]

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