Words From a NerdWords From a Nerd: So long, and thanks for all the clicks

A parting-shot adieu after years of nerding out
05/09/2017 03:03 PM MDT
I've come to my last column for the Daily, and goodbyes are one in a long list of things that give me the jitters. 
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Words From a Nerd: Slip the kitty a mickey
05/02/2017 03:14 PM MDT - I'm feeling a little constricted by the title of this column. Does talking about cats fall under the umbrella of "nerdy" activity? Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Explorer pays the price of adventure in 'The Lost City of Z'
04/25/2017 03:55 PM MDT - Early on in "The Lost City of Z," a lavishly shaded and haunting account of British adventurer Percy Fawcett's repeated trips to the jungles of the Amazon in the early 1900s, the exploration team hears the swelling sounds of drums and a truncated orchestra out in the bush. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Return' takes a buckshot approach to comedy
04/18/2017 06:55 PM MDT - "Mystery Science Theater 3000," the Minnesota public access television show turned '90s cult phenomenon, perfectly predicted the current generation's obsession with snark. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Persona 5' personifies JRPGs at their best
04/11/2017 03:19 PM MDT - The "Persona" series of Japanese role-playing games has a well-deserved reputation that's primarily based on two qualities: being really good and being really strange. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Podcast dependence
04/05/2017 03:07 PM MDT - A few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article titled "Podcasts Are the New Xanax." Hyperbolic titles aside, the author of the piece, Pamela Druckerman, describes how she used podcasts to feel more connected to American culture and colloquialisms as an expatriate living in Paris. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Unnecessary whiteness
03/28/2017 03:35 PM MDT - From D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" back in 1915 to the #OscarsSoWhite boycott of the 88th Academy Awards, Hollywood hasn't exactly had the smoothest relationship with race. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'One Punch Man' milks anime tropes for action and jokes
03/21/2017 05:22 PM MDT - Anime is a strange beast to revisit after stepping away for a few years. While most styles of animation and different genres of shows tend to recycle tropes, anime often reaches striking levels of uniformity that can lead to love it or hate it levels of acceptance from viewers. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: New 'Zelda' more than just a pretty space
03/14/2017 03:26 PM MDT - I've spent the better part of the last week playing "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," Nintendo's first-party title that serves as both the swan song for the beleaguered Wii U console and the opening number for the newly released Nintendo Switch device. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Wolverine the chauffeur
03/07/2017 07:29 PM MST - With "Logan," an X-Men movie that's more Western than world-shaking summer blockbuster, Hugh Jackman has donned Wolverine's adamantium claws for the ninth — and supposedly last — time in 17 years. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Oscars join other awards shows losing cultural relevancy
02/21/2017 04:26 PM MST - The Academy Awards — that night of movie industry glitz, glamour and self-congratulation embodied — again fall upon us this Sunday. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Wick' sequel a stylized, stylish action movie
02/14/2017 04:12 PM MST - Keanu Reeves broke out the black suit and slicked back the hair last weekend for "John Wick: Chapter 2," the follow-up to 2014's sleeper action hit that saw the "Matrix" star go full-on assassin mode after thugs kill his puppy and steal his ride. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Santa Clarita Diet' more slapstick than scary
02/07/2017 03:06 PM MST - The undead plague arrives in the California suburbs in Netflix's newest original series, "Santa Clarita Diet," though the zombies here shy away from the standard shambling gait so often applied to reanimated corpses, instead opting for more of a mall walker's clip. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Documentaries give perspective
01/31/2017 04:20 PM MST - Feels like a good time to watch some documentaries, doesn't it? The news reel of every passing day is likely to end up in some filmmaker's montage of the dread in our times — or the hope, I guess, if you're more capable of that feeling than I am at the moment — years down the line. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: A march in the streets and in the panels
01/24/2017 05:44 PM MST - Last Saturday, I and some 200,000 other people (or a small group of social miscreants, depending on how "alternative" you take your facts) converged on Civic Center Park in Denver for the Women's March on Washington. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: A new series for 'Unfortunate Events'
01/17/2017 02:44 PM MST - Doom, gloom and flexing lexicons abound for the Baudelaire orphans in "A Series of Unfortunate Events," Netflix's latest original series release. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: No top 10 for you
01/10/2017 02:54 PM MST - "Year In Remembrance" slide shows, man. I can't stop with them, even if I'm pretty sure I can by now recount every celebrity claimed by 2016 by reverse chronological order, age, occupation, social movement generally associated with and favorite color. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Flicks we missed: 'The Alchemist Cookbook' and 'Too Late'
01/03/2017 03:44 PM MST - 2016 is finally fading in the rearview mirror, but like many of you, I can't help but dwell a bit longer on that dumpster fire of a year. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Rogue One' plays it too safe
12/20/2016 03:39 PM MST - The Star Wars expanded universe is thoroughly gargantuan. For every minute that Han, Luke and Leia spend on screen in the original trilogy, there are countless books, comics and video games explaining and expanding on the stories of characters that blip in and out of the corner of the screen, barely brushing shoulders with the characters at the forefront of the conflict between the Empire and the Alliance. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Befriend an AI beast in 'The Last Guardian'
12/13/2016 04:07 PM MST - Artificial intelligence in games has made vast improvements over the last few console cycles, but these gains tend to manifest themselves in relatively routine ways. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Finally, a new 'Final Fantasy'
12/06/2016 08:40 PM MST - It's been 10 long years in development, but "Final Fantasy XV" has now finally been released to the raving masses. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: The smut calls to you
11/29/2016 05:03 PM MST - What does the pursuit of bad taste mean in the internet age? It's a question that I've been pondering over the last week after watching master of schlock John Waters' 2006 one-man show "This Filthy World" on Netflix. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Pokemon has given me 20 years of throwing spheres at wounded animals
11/22/2016 05:49 PM MST - Pokemon is one of those things I keep waiting to outgrow. Not that I'm looking forward to leaving those adorable little pocket monsters behind. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: 'Arrival' opts for subtlety over 'splosions
11/15/2016 04:42 PM MST - As much as I love it, science fiction can have a tendency to drift toward the gratuitous when aliens and Earth intermingle. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Marvel enters ball-tripping territory with 'Doctor Strange'
11/08/2016 02:10 PM MST - The heroes of Earth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have all gone through their fair share of world-altering perception checks. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: More confusion than mystery in 'Dark Souls' expansion
11/01/2016 02:26 PM MDT - Between alternating bouts of struggling to recognize costumes (and the sinking feeling that accompanies being so far removed from pop culture as to misidentify a sexy Chewbacca outfit three times in a row) and time spent watching Werner Herzog documentaries just to hear him say "catastrophe" in that wonderful accent of his, I wiggled in some video game time over the weekend. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Quality cruelty in 'Black Mirror'
10/25/2016 02:52 PM MDT - U.K. sci-fi series "Black Mirror" has become a bit of a cult favorite in recent years. For the uninitiated, the show takes a "Twilight Zone"-esque format of a single contained story with a different cast of characters from episode to episode. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Hold the schmaltz
10/18/2016 03:53 PM MDT - Schmaltz and the dysfunctional family too often go hand in hand on the screen. An estranged member makes a homecoming to find things not quite right, tension filling the air of the house they grew up in, but a few good cries later (and probably after the death of a kooky grandparent lacking a verbal filter or something), a rickety catharsis is reached and much hugs are had. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: The cycle of spookiness
10/11/2016 03:24 PM MDT - Candy's in the aisle and the sparkle of early onset diabetes is in the air, so that must mean Halloween is almost upon us and hauling with it another batch of seasonal horror movies. Full Story

Words From a Nerd: Race is front and center in 'Luke Cage'
10/04/2016 04:24 PM MDT - "You know, there's something powerful about seeing a black man as bulletproof and unafraid." Method Man of the Wu Tang himself lays down the appeal of "Luke Cage," Netflix's latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the closing leg of the first season. Full Story

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

 
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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

 
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Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story

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