If you’re into sci-fi, you probably know the name Isaac Asimov. Writer, scientific philosopher and professional bow-tie-wearer, Asimov penned a HUGE number of books within the realm of science, fantasy and mystery.
It makes sense that to write science fiction, you need to know a little something about science… and it appears that Asimov knew a cubic crap-ton (that’s a legitimate form of measure, right?).
This article from OpenCulture.com lists a bunch of predictions Asimov made in 1964 about how the world would look 50 years in the future – and since 2014 is on our doorstep, it’s a good time to review them.
What’s absolutely amazing, though, is how eerily accurate these are. Isaac Asimov: genius? Or owner of a particularly good magic 8-ball? I’m going to put my credits on the first one. Mr. Asimov, you are Nerd of the Week!
Actually, everyone loves him. Ben Schwartz is the improviser every improviser wants to be. Funny, smart, a great writer – oh, and he plays one of the greatest characters on TV: Jean-Ralphio Saperstein of Parks and Recreation, summed up in this gif:
Jean-Ralphio could be (and basically is) a giant creep. But in the hands of Schwartz, he’s just a giant overeager puppy dog of a guy. A puppy dog that you wouldn’t want in your house for long, but mostly harmless and ridiculous.
If you’re a comedy nerd, you’re probably already familiar with the project that first brought Schwartz to the public’s (well, the geeky public’s) attention: Rejected Jokes. This is an internet channel where Schwartz would perform the jokes that he submitted to SNL and Letterman that they didn’t use:
I was personally a huge fan of the series, because for a comedy nerd and writer it was inspiring to see just how hard Schwartz hustled at his comedy and the sheer volume of jokes he wrote. Also, celebrity cameos!
This is possibly the BEST news since news was invented! Yesterday, Dan Harmon, a.k.a. creator and showrunner of hilarious TV comedy Community (from seasons 1-3, I’ll add), has CONFIRMED he’ll be returning to helm the show for season 4! :D :D :D
After season 3, NBC booted Harmon from his own show (the nerve) and then went on to make season 4, which was… weird. While most of the cast and writing team was the same, something wasn’t clicking. A piece of the puzzle was missing – it rhymes with “Man Marmon.” It simply wasn’t Community. Keep reading >
However, unlike many other actors, Fillion doesn’t just play a nerd/hero on TV – he is one in real life. And not just because he’s one of the funniest live-tweeters in the business. Nathan Fillion makes the [nerd] world a better place, taking the average convention panel and takes it to a whole other level. Keep reading >
I think it’s appropriate to kick off this new weekly feature with a nerd I know well. Sometimes too well…
This manboy is nerd right through to his slightly radioactive core. A pillar of the trolling community, he can be ruthless on and off the Call of Duty battlefield (especially if he’s unfed) – but he’s also got a secret softer side. Like a stuffed scorpion.
Favourite things include FPS’s, pwning n00bs, comics, Joss Whedon, Joss Whedon’s work and being sarcastic. My best bud…
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