How I learned to stop worrying and love being a “runnerd”
Runnerd or space alien?
November 10th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

How I learned to stop worrying and love being a “runnerd”

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes,” Thoreau famously said in his book "Walden." Now, I didn’t want to become a Transcendentalist, I was just looking for motivation in my quest to become a runner.

I also wanted to be true to my own inner geek. As a former band nerd (I was a Drum Major!) and lapsed comic book geek, I knew what it was like to have an all-consuming niche that opened the doors to a community of passionate and like-minded folks.

This time, though, I wanted a hobby that would help me lose some weight in the process. If running fit the bill it would be a win-win, right? FULL POST

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Web Comic Spotlight: 'Looking for Group'
November 10th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Web Comic Spotlight: 'Looking for Group'

This week's featured web comic is written so well that it made me want to go out and find everything else they've done.

"Looking for Group," created by Canadian duo Ryan Sohmer (the writer) and Lar DeSouza (the artist), is a fantasy-based comic that follows Cale'Anon, the good-guy, pre-destined elven hunter main character who is accompanied by a destructive and funny undead warlock named Richard. A host of other friends join them on their journey.

"If you've ever enjoyed a fantasy story, or playing something like 'Dungeons & Dragons' or 'World of Warcraft,' or read a good fantasy book like 'Lord of the Rings,' you'll get it," said DeSouza. "We've got a band of adventurers making their way around. But at the same time as we are telling our stories, we're not afraid to poke some fun at the genre, so there's a good dose of parody in there too."

"A heavy dose," said Sohmer.

I got the chance recently to pick DeSouza and Sohmer's brains about gaming, Web comics and a few finer points about their brand of nerdery. FULL POST

An intro to Cthulhu
November 10th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

An intro to Cthulhu

Editor's note: You can find more respectably nerdy content like this from our friends over at AdultSwim.com!

We see you there, siting comfortably in front of your computer, eating moon pies and Cherry Garcia while watching wrestling kittens wearing bow ties.

You don't have a care in the world, do you? You're going to watch an episode of "Jersey Shore," wrap yourself up in your slanket and sleep soundly until you have to get up tomorrow and go to a job that you actually kind of like.

God, we hate you.

We bet that you didn't once stop to think about what horrors might lie beyond the stars in the infinite vacuum of space or within the darkest chasms of the deepest seas, now did you? Did you?!

Well, we know someone who contemplated myriad monstrous blasphemies, creatures that do not live yet are not dead, and things that lie just beyond the fringes of sanity. Let's take a quick jaunt through the looking glass into the unspeakable madness of the undisputed master of the sciencehorrorfantasy fiction genre, Howard Phillip Lovecraft.
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