Episode 183 – With Engadget’s Sarah Silbert

On March 18, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 183 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Senior Editor for Engadget, Sara Silbert. About Sarah: Long before the winding road of journalism led her to Engadget, Sarah spotted a deconstructed PC in elementary-school computer lab and thought it just looked so cool. Since then, she’s had the goal […]

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Updating Your Tech Education Online (for Free!)

On June 7, 2012, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

At some point or another, many of us find ourselves facing a new kind of technology, a new type of operating system, or a new look to the way we normally interface with our tech-driven world. As software is revised and updated and made old-fashioned, something new takes it place, and we have to learn […]

Defeating The Dust Bunnies Of Doom

On February 9, 2012, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

If you have a desktop computer, chances are you take care to keep liquids from spilling on it, or try to avoid using it to prop up heavy furniture. While those are important things to remember, many of us forget to protect our towers where it counts the most – on the inside. This post […]

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Organization Is The Key To Success

On October 17, 2011, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

It sounds a bit silly but the truth is that knowing where to find what you’re looking for is one of the most important parts of getting things done. Whether you’re replying to email, finding the right cable to hook up your printer, or writing a novel, how you’ve organized your technology determines how much […]

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Working With My Head In the Cloud

On September 15, 2011, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

Once you begin to work with multiple computers, smart phones, and other devices, you might find yourself needing a file on one system that you last opened on another system. As a writer, I find this happens to me all the time. I often start a story on my desktop computer but later need it […]

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Welcome to the (Functional) Future

On September 1, 2011, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

I love living in the future. I get woken up in the morning by my hand-held personal computer / communications device, which is programmed to notify me via sound and vibration at the exact moment I want to be awake. Without getting out of bed I can slide my finger across the touch-sensitive screen, and […]

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Episode 045 Mark Stevenson

On February 15, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 45th episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future, a new book available from Avery. With Mark, we discuss: the future, humor, science, comedy, critical thinking, the world, global warming, stand up comedy, space, the ley […]

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Episode 032 Jim Kakalios

On November 8, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

032 The Functional Nerds In our 32nd episode, John & I welcome Jim Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.  We also discuss: The Big Bang Theory (tv show), physics, Watchmen, getting it ‘right’ in the movies, Iron Man, Jurassic Park, UNIX, The Flash, jetpakcs (and why I […]

Episode 028 Fred Kiesche and Mike Ferrante

On October 11, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

028 The Functional Nerds In our 28th episode, John is living the rock star life, parked in a Hummer with Fred Kiesche, blogger for SF Signal & The Lensman’s Children & Mike Ferrante, King of the Nerds.  The boys sit down to chat about SF Signal, science fiction, the Internet, the ARPANet, blogging, .mac accounts, […]

Nerd News Roundup for June 29, 2010

On June 29, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy LA Times: ‘Android Karenina’ writer says Tolstoy might not like remake: ‘He seems to have taken himself very seriously.’ Grasping for the Wind: Book Review: Infinite Realities by R. L. Copple Pyr-O-Mania: Pyr Comes to the Nook (and B&N eReader) Pyr-O-Mania: Upcoming Author Appearances SfSignal: Trailer: Space Battleship Yamato […]

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Nerd News Roundup for June 16 2010

On June 16, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy USAToday: ‘True Blood’ sinks its teeth into premiere ratings AirlockAlpha: Eccleston: I Didn’t Enjoy Being The Doctor Lou Anders: Swords & Dark Magic – Reviews Round Up Lou Anders: Michael Moorcock’s Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles Grasping for the Wind: Book Review: Stuff of Legends by Ian […]

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Episode 12

On June 4, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

012 The Functional Nerds In the Twelfth episode of The Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester and John Anealio are joined by the latest recruit in the 3rd Nerd Army, Z from the Hipster Please/Radio Free Hipster podcast and Wired’s GeekDad HipTrax Podcast! This week, John Anealio tells us about his adventures at Balticon with author/podcaster Mur […]

Nerd News Roundup-May 15 2010

On May 15, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News…mega massive news day… Episode 9 of the podcast is live – featuring Aidan Moher. Scifi & Fantasy Scifi Wire: 6 amazing sci-fi TV shows ruined by their freaky finales SfSignal: Voice Of The Fans: Which Book Series Do You Want To End? Grasping for the Wind: Essay: 11 Novels of Science Fiction […]

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Nerd News Roundup-May 12 2010

On May 12, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy Grasping for the Wind: REVIEW: Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker SFFWorld: REVIEW: Shadowplay by Tad Williams SFSignal: REVIEW: Deep Navigation by Alastair Reynolds ATFMB: Review: Green Lantern-Rebirth Shadowlocked: Top 8 secrets of cheap sci-fi tv and movies SciFiWire: 28 sexy skintight outfits from 5 decades of sci-fi […]

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May Round Table Discussion

On May 4, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

The Functional Nerds – Round Table Discussion May 2010 This is a special bonus episode of The Functional Nerds! The concept here is simple – we take several topics to discuss and we invite some friends to join us for a round table discussion – which we record for posterity.  Similar to inviting a bunch […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 27, 2010

On April 27, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy AirlockAlpha: Gina Torres Out, Tia Carrere In At ‘Warehouse 13′ TV by the Numbers: Syfy’s “Haven” Begins Production; Set to Premiere July 9 at 10pm i09: Heroes getting renewed? (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!) SciFi Wire: Everything you need to know about this week’s sci-fi TV SciFi Wire: Legend of the Seeker Canceled […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 24, 2010

On April 24, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy Airlock Alpha: SciFriday: Is Rick Berman Really A Monster? Youtube: FANTASTIC 10th Doctor Tribute video SFSignal.com REVIEW: The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee Free Fiction for 4/24/10 SF Tidbits for 4/24/10 Life, Doctor Who & Combom: Get up to speed on The Weeping Angels (Don’t blink…) i09: Airbender’s New […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 22, 2010

On April 22, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

I’m back! Sorry for the absence – technical firewall issues!  All fixed now! Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy i09: Cameron’s Next Project May Not Be Avatar 2 Or Battle Angel SFSignal.com Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Ender’s Game’ vs. ‘Crossovers 2′ vs. ‘The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard’ SF Tidbits for 4/22/10 MIND MELD: What […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 19, 2010

On April 19, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Took the weekend off to do some writing – here’s today’s news… Scifi & Fantasy SFSignal.com: SF Tidbits for 4/19/10 i09: The Amount Of Free Scifi TV On Hulu Is Mind-Boggling SciFi Wire: Sexy new pics from Fringe’s ‘noir’ musical episode! Airlock Alpha: (Paraphrasing) SyFy finishes flipping off fans by putting wrestling […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 15, 2010

On April 15, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd worthy news DID YOU MAIL YOUR TAXES IN YET? Times up – better get em in… SciFi & Fantasy Grasping for the Wind: REVIEW: On the Odd Hours by Eric Liberge Publishers Weekly: Orbit to Launch Digital Short Fiction Program Life, Doctor Who & Combom: Steven Moffat on Doctor Who Companions SciFi Wire: The […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 14, 2010

On April 14, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy news for April 14th Scifi & Fantasy SFSignal: MIND MELD: The Best Sword & Sorcery Stories SFSignal: SF Tidbits for 4/14/10 AirlockAlpha: Joss Whedon To Helm ‘The Avengers’ The Lantern: Science fiction class dispels misconceptions about genre i09: 8 Upcoming Science Fiction Movies That Could Be The Next District 9 Grasping for the […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 13, 2010

On April 13, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd News for April 13 Scifi & Fantasy Slice of Scifi: Man turns mail truck into street-legal Viper i09: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan & Steven Moffat take us inside Doctor Who Season 5 SfSgnal.com: SF Tidbits for 4/13/10 SciFi Wire: How Felicia Day pumped up to fight werewolves for Syfy i09: (fan made) Star Wars […]

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