Isaac Asimov, Master of Prediction

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.

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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.

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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!

…and have been for 50 years. Bravo, sir.

Ladies Love Cool Ben Schwartz

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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:

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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!

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Simone Rovellini Is An Internet Hero

Simone Rovellini is the creator of the awesomely weird Exploding Actresses Tumblr. What is that, you ask?  Well it’s exactly what the title suggests:

But Rovellini isn’t willing to rest on his laurels on the turning iconic movie moments into dramatic deaths front. Check out this one:

And like any YouTuber worth their salt, he’s got a reaction video:

Check out Rovellini’s website for some of his brilliant short films. His funny and twisted take on Amelie‘s ”C’est la Vie” was a Vimeo staff pic. Warning, mildly NSFW.

Captain Tight Pants Fixes Everything

Nathan Fillion has earned his place in the pantheon of nerd heroes. He’s played everything from a heroic Captain in a space western, to an adventurous mystery writer (who bears a striking resemblance to another famous TV mystery writer) to a self-absorbed “superhero” with a heck of an impressive set of pipes. Oh, and he also does Shakespeare – no big deal.

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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 >