Episode 255 – With Kristi Charish and Victor Milan

On December 8, 2015, in Retro Nerd, by Patrick Hester

In episode 255 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester is still out with a family emergency, so John Anealio and special co-host Kristi Charish chat with author Victor Milan. About Victor: Victor Woodward Milán is an American writer known for science fiction and an interest in cybernetics. In 1986 he won the Prometheus Award for Cybernetic Samurai. […]

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A Nerd Looks at Forty

On July 31, 2013, in Don Pizarro, Retro Nerd, by Don Pizarro

You may have noticed that I’ve tweaked my Functional Nerds bio because as of earlier this month, I have been “subsisting on Red Eyes and gallows humor for forty years.”  That’s right.  I’m a 40-year-old nerd, and I’m proud of it! You might not be able to immediately glean that from my outward appearance because […]

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The Lonely Men

On July 3, 2013, in Don Pizarro, Retro Nerd, by Don Pizarro

Apologies to all for the unintentional month-long hiatus–wait, what?  Two months?  Wow, damn.  Sorry about that.  Well I’m back, so let’s dive right in! In the last article, I referenced masterless samurai.  Not a new concept in film and television, but there’s a sub-class of this loner-type hero I want to look at which I’ll […]

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Knights in Shining Leather

On March 25, 2013, in Don Pizarro, Retro Nerd, by Don Pizarro

I’m going to slightly bend Patrick’s house rule of not discussing politics, religion, or barbecue, but only by making mention of the idea of private organizations picking up the slack of a shrunken and deregulated government. I don’t particularly advocate that idea, but it’s interesting to note a couple of ways that so-called Leftist, Pinko-Commie […]

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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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