Monday, February 15, 2021

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 245



SHOW NOTES

KENNY MITTLEIDER FROM KNIGHTS OF THE GUILD, ALIEN NATION: THE NEWCOMERS PODCAST & THE GEEK ROUNDTABLE PODCAST AND SIMON MEDDINGS FROM WAFFLE ON PODCAST ALONG WITH SPEICAL GUEST HOST TYNAMARIA DISCUSS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND LONGEST RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES IN HISTORY.. M*A*S*H

TODAY WE COVER SEASON 11 EPISODE 5 "WHO KNEW?"
245TH EPISODE OVERALL
DIRECTED BY HARRY MORGAN
WRITTEN BY ELIAS DAVIS & DAVID POLLOCK
ORIGINALLY AIRED ON NOVEMBER 22, 1982
PRODUCTION CODE IS 1G-18

SET DURING THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950’S

PLOT SUMMARY: WHEN A NURSE THAT HAWKEYE IS DATING DIES, HE OFFERS TO DELIVER HER EULOGY AND DISCOVERS THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW HER. KLINGER TRIES TO INTEREST CHARLES IN A BUSINESS VENTURE.
HOPE YOU ENJOY IT, KENNY & MEDS

FIND US ON THE WEB:
LISTEN ON ITUNES - HERE 
MAIN WEBSITE - HTTP://MASH4077PODCAST.COM
LISTEN ON STITCHER RADIO - HERE
SPOTIFY - HERE
TWITTER - @MASH4077PODCAS
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE - HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MASH4077PODCAST
EMAIL US - MASH4077PODCAST@GMAIL.COM
PATREON (DONATION) SUPPORTER - HTTPS://WWW.PATREON.COM/GEEKYFANBOY
PODCAST PROMO’S PLAYED DURING THE SHOW THIS WEEK:

WAFFLE ON

THE GEEK ROUNDTABLE PODCAST

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Cryptocurrency

About four years ago, I purchased some Cryptocurrency. I had been hearing things around the office and was interested... my friend Tony was pretty knowledgeable on crypto so we would talk at lunches and I had a few extra dollars lying around that I was okay with if I lost so I invested in three crypto currency; Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. Over the years I watched all three of these fall to the point were my investment was a third of what I put into it. I wasn't worried as Tony always said this was the long haul investment.

The past few months my three cryptos started to rise and this past week they got to the point that my investment has now all most tripled my money. So I pulled out my initial investment and am now just watching my rewards earn additional money with no worries if anything goes south. 

Of course now I wish I had invested much more then I did but that's the thing with stocks/crypto you never know what's going to happen and I wasn't willing to lose to much. But I'm happy to say that my first endeavor into crypto/stocks risks paid off.  

The Geek Roundtable Podcast Episode 37 - Favorite Superheroes

We're back with Episode 37 of The Geek Roundtable

 

For this episode host Kenny Mittleider along with guest hosts Jenni, Joe, Tony, Tom and Kevin discuss their favorite superhero. 


Listen on Itunes HERE


Listen or get a Direct Download

http://Thegeekroundtable.com


Host of The Geek Roundtable:

 

KennyProfilePix.jpg Kenny Mittleider is a Post Production Supervisor for TV and a seasoned veteran when it comes to podcasting. He's been podcasting for over 12 years, he started guest podcasting on Treks in Sci Fi before creating a sub podcast call The Ready Room for Treks in Sci fi. He then created several companion podcasts for the webseries The Guild and My Gimpy Life, Knights of the Guild Podcast and My Gimpy Life Podcast, respectively. Over the years he's created other podcasts; Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast, Alien Nation: The Newcomers PodcastMASH4077 Podcast and now The Geek Roundtable Podcast.

 

Jenni.jpg Jenni Powell is the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, lonelygirl15, Emma Approved and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy. For two years she was Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon and was a producer at Felicia Day’s YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry, where she produced the Geekie Award-Winning Talkin’ Comics Weekly. Most recently, she was Head of Production for NewMediaRockstars before co-founding Discourse Productions, a boutique production company specializing in digital media content and events. She doesn’t have a lot of free time.

 

Joe.jpg Joe Cucinotti is a media production and management professional with more than 21 years of experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth radio market working on and off the air. He co-created, directed, wrote and starred in the short-lived “Variants” web-series about the misfit crew that works in a Dallas comic book shop. Joe is also a Professional Voice Actor and can be heard in “One Piece”, “Star Blazers 2202”, “My Roommate is a Cat”, “Midnight Occult Civil Servants” and “ID: Invaded” and the video game “Max Payne 3”. He co-hosts The Editing Bay podcast where he and his friends, Joel and Tes, talk way too much about movies that probably don’t deserve to be talked about. He loves “Star Wars”, “G.I. Joe”, “Scott Pilgrim” and once sang karaoke with the cast of “Supernatural”. His crowning achievement, however, is being Sara’s husband and Harper and James’ dad.

 

Link for The Variants - https://youtu.be/V95gTFLKduQ

Link for Professional Voice Actor - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9858508/

Link for The Editing Bay - http://www.editingbay.com/

Link for Karaoke with the cast of Supernatural - https://youtu.be/4oprU3xqTHM
 
Tom_Antonellisae2bu.jpgTom Antonellis is a voiceover artist based in LA (raised in Massachusetts).  A certified Geek, he loves many franchises (Star Wars, Star Trek, X Files, MCU, Terminator, Disney, Pixar, animation, film and many more).  He's even got his latest comedy CD coming in 2021 called:  "Tom Antonellis:  Geek Reference" -- so you know he's legit.  He has a BFA in Film from Syracuse University and met Kenny back in his editing days.  Nowadays VO is his passion as is his podcast (likely to be a hit with Geek RoundTable fans) co-hosted with his sister, Julee called "Back Through The Basement ."  Tom and Julee must go through all their toys and belongings in their parents' basement.  Oh boy!!  Subscribe, rate, review and share.  ADDITIONAL LINE FOR THE MCU SHOW NOTES:  Oh, and Tom does over 80 impressions of MCU actors - search YouTube "Antonellis Marvel" or subscribe to his
 
Instagram:  @tomantonellis

Twitter:  @tom_antonellis

YouTube:  thickskincreations

Podcast Instagram:  @backthroughthebasementpod
 
Kevin.jpgKevin Rusley is a filmmaker from Denver, CO and a lifelong superhero nerd. He and his twin brother Douglas graduated from University of Colorado at Denver in 2008 and moved out to Los Angeles in 2010 to go pro in film and television. They co-founded Evil Clone Productions and produce the Evil Clones Podcast, featuring the podcasts X-Men Watch, the History Box Binge, and Right in the Childhood, along with opinionated episode reviews for "Batman: The Animated Series".
 
 
Tony.jpeg Tony Nagatani is a writer, singer, video editor, podcaster, and reformed electoral-politico. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Tony has spent the majority of his adult life living in Los Angeles working in post production, on TV shows like VH1’s Behind the Music, MTV’s Laguna Beach & The Hills, A&E’s Storage Wars, and Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, NBC.com, and YouTube. He has worked on electoral political campaigns in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon North Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C., and California. Tony is also the co-host of the Model Majority Podcast which covers politics, culture, and life through an Asian American lens. Tony has only recently realized Star Trek > Star Wars, don’t @ him.
 
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Friday, January 29, 2021

Last Day of Work


Today is my last day on the revival series Monster Garage S1 for Discovery +. It was a crazy ride but in the end we created 8 fantastic and fun episodes that I hope you all check them out. 

I was suppose to start back up on Jay Leno's Garage S6 but because of Covid and California lock down my start date has been postponed until early March (hopefully). So that means I have an entire month off and I can't tell you how excited I am to have this time off. Of course I won't be able to go anywhere which is a bummer but I plan to work on podcasts, continuing with my MASH 4077 Podcast and The Geek Roundtable Podcast. But I'm also reviving an older podcast called Confessions of a Fanboy (Fangirl, Fanperson), which I'm currently looking for guests. I also may do some special episodes for my Alien Nation The Newcomers Podcast, Knights of the Guild podcast and My Gimpy Life podcast. 

Besides podcasting there will come a time with comic cons are back and I want to be ready with new cosplays. So I'll continue to work on my Barley (from Onward) and Mr. Tumnus (Chronicle of Narnia) and repair/fix anything from my Hobbit and Twi-lik Jedi cosplay. 

So it's going to be a busy month for me but between cospalying and podcasting I'll fine time to workout, watch TV and relax of course. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

My Podcasts

I'm currently going through all my podcasts and creating an archive of every podcast I have hosted, edited, co-hosted, guest hosted or did a segment for. It's going to take time to gather all that info and I don't know what I'm going to do when I have it all but preliminary numbers are pretty crazy... 

Here's what I have gathered so far. These number are AS OF the end of 2020.

The MASH 4077 Podcast - 243 Episodes

Alien Nation The Newcomers Podcast - 36 Episodes

We Are Nerdstrong Podcast - 47 Episodes

Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast - 12 Episodes

My Gimpy Life Podcast - 19 Episodes

Knights of the Guild Podcast - 132 Episodes

The Geek Roundtable Podcast - 37 Episodes

That's a total of 526 podcast episodes

Then there are the 71 Ready Room podcasts that I did for the Treks in Sci-fi Podcast and another 10 or so guest podcasts I have done over the years. 

I have roughly created, produced, edited, hosted/co-hosted over 600+ podcast episodes since starting in Jan of 2008. And what is great is I'm far from finishing. As current podcasts come to an end I have many more ideas for more podcasts so I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. 

If you're interested in listening to any of the above or getting more info about the podcast please check out my website GeekyfanboyProductions.com

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Unknowingly Affecting Lives

I got an email this morning from a listener of my MASH 4077 Podcast. He's been listening for a few years and loves it, he was emailing me to say "Thank you". It's always nice to get emails from listeners but this one hit me very hard, the reason he sent the email now is because he is dying from brain cancer and he's only 27, he's been fighting the good fight the past six years but this past year has not been good and he doesn't know how much longer he has. He wanted us (my co-host and I) to know how much he appreciated the podcast and how it always relaxed him and made him feel a lot better. He hopes he can fight long enough to hear our final episodes. When I read this I was in tears and blogging about it now brings me to tears... I have no words.

I have loved watching reactors on You Tube and listening to podcasts as they have brought me so much joy and entertainment over the years but I never really considered that people felt the same about me and my podcasts... until now. 

I love creating podcasts, I've been doing it for over 14 years and plan to continue for as long as I can. To know that people look forward to new episodes, find them entertaining and find joy in them is amazingly wonderful and makes all the hard work and costs worth it. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 243


KENNY MITTLEIDER FROM KNIGHTS OF THE GUILD, ALIEN NATION: THE NEWCOMERS PODCAST & THE GEEK ROUNDTABLE PODCAST AND SIMON MEDDINGS FROM WAFFLE ON PODCAST ALONG WITH SPEICAL GUEST HOST TYNAMARIA DISCUSS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND LONGEST RUNNING TELEVISION SERIES IN HISTORY.. M*A*S*H

TODAY WE COVER SEASON 11 EPISODE 3 "FOREIGN AFFAIRS"

243RD EPISODE OVERALL
DIRECTED BY CHARLES S. DUBIN
WRITTEN BY DAVID POLLOCK & ELIAS DAVIS
ORIGINALLY AIRED ON NOVEMBER 8, 1982
PRODUCTION CODE IS 1G-22

SET DURING THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950’S

PLOT SUMMARY: CHARLES FALLS IN LOVE WITH A FRENCH RED CROSS WOMAN BUT REALIZES THAT THEIR LIFESTYLES ARE NOT COMPATIBLE. HAWKEYE AND BJ ARE HELPING WITH AN ARMY PR STUNT IN THEIR OWN WAY.
HOPE YOU ENJOY IT, KENNY & MEDS

FIND US ON THE WEB:
MAIN WEBSITE - HTTP://MASH4077PODCAST.COM
LISTEN ON STITCHER RADIO - HERE
SPOTIFY - HERE
TWITTER - @MASH4077PODCAS
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE - HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MASH4077PODCAST
EMAIL US - MASH4077PODCAST@GMAIL.COM
PATREON (DONATION) SUPPORTER - HTTPS://WWW.PATREON.COM/GEEKYFANBOY

PODCAST PROMO’S PLAYED DURING THE SHOW THIS WEEK:

WAFFLE ON

THE GEEK ROUNDTABLE PODCAST

© Geekyfanboy Productions

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Geek Roundtable Podcast Episode #36 - The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)


Just posted a new episode of The Geek Roundtable


This is episode #36

 

For this episode host Kenny Mittleider along with guest hosts Jenni, Joe, Tony, Tom and Kevin discuss the MCU aka The Marvel Cinematic Universe

 

Host of The Geek Roundtable:

 

KennyProfilePix.jpg Kenny Mittleider is a Post Production Supervisor for TV and a seasoned veteran when it comes to podcasting. He's been podcasting for over 12 years, he started guest podcasting on Treks in Sci Fi before creating a sub podcast call The Ready Room for Treks in Sci fi. He then created several companion podcasts for the webseries The Guild and My Gimpy Life, Knights of the Guild Podcast and My Gimpy Life Podcast, respectively. Over the years he's created other podcasts; Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast, Alien Nation: The Newcomers PodcastMASH4077 Podcast and now The Geek Roundtable Podcast.

 

Jenni.jpg Jenni Powell is the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, lonelygirl15, Emma Approved and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy. For two years she was Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon and was a producer at Felicia Day’s YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry, where she produced the Geekie Award-Winning Talkin’ Comics Weekly. Most recently, she was Head of Production for NewMediaRockstars before co-founding Discourse Productions, a boutique production company specializing in digital media content and events. She doesn’t have a lot of free time.

 

Joe.jpg Joe Cucinotti is a media production and management professional with more than 21 years of experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth radio market working on and off the air. He co-created, directed, wrote and starred in the short-lived “Variants” web-series about the misfit crew that works in a Dallas comic book shop. Joe is also a Professional Voice Actor and can be heard in “One Piece”, “Star Blazers 2202”, “My Roommate is a Cat”, “Midnight Occult Civil Servants” and “ID: Invaded” and the video game “Max Payne 3”. He co-hosts The Editing Bay podcast where he and his friends, Joel and Tes, talk way too much about movies that probably don’t deserve to be talked about. He loves “Star Wars”, “G.I. Joe”, “Scott Pilgrim” and once sang karaoke with the cast of “Supernatural”. His crowning achievement, however, is being Sara’s husband and Harper and James’ dad.

 

Link for The Variants - https://youtu.be/V95gTFLKduQ

Link for Professional Voice Actor - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9858508/

Link for The Editing Bay - http://www.editingbay.com/

Link for Karaoke with the cast of Supernatural - https://youtu.be/4oprU3xqTHM
 
Tom_Antonellisae2bu.jpgTom Antonellis is a voiceover artist based in LA (raised in Massachusetts).  A certified Geek, he loves many franchises (Star Wars, Star Trek, X Files, MCU, Terminator, Disney, Pixar, animation, film and many more).  He's even got his latest comedy CD coming in 2021 called:  "Tom Antonellis:  Geek Reference" -- so you know he's legit.  He has a BFA in Film from Syracuse University and met Kenny back in his editing days.  Nowadays VO is his passion as is his podcast (likely to be a hit with Geek RoundTable fans) co-hosted with his sister, Julee called "Back Through The Basement ."  Tom and Julee must go through all their toys and belongings in their parents' basement.  Oh boy!!  Subscribe, rate, review and share.  ADDITIONAL LINE FOR THE MCU SHOW NOTES:  Oh, and Tom does over 80 impressions of MCU actors - search YouTube "Antonellis Marvel" or subscribe to his
 
Instagram:  @tomantonellis

Twitter:  @tom_antonellis

YouTube:  thickskincreations

Podcast Instagram:  @backthroughthebasementpod
 
Kevin.jpgKevin Rusley is a filmmaker from Denver, CO and a lifelong superhero nerd. He and his twin brother Douglas graduated from University of Colorado at Denver in 2008 and moved out to Los Angeles in 2010 to go pro in film and television. They co-founded Evil Clone Productions and produce the Evil Clones Podcast, featuring the podcasts X-Men Watch, the History Box Binge, and Right in the Childhood, along with opinionated episode reviews for "Batman: The Animated Series".
 
 
Tony.jpeg Tony Nagatani is a writer, singer, video editor, podcaster, and reformed electoral-politico. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Tony has spent the majority of his adult life living in Los Angeles working in post production, on TV shows like VH1’s Behind the Music, MTV’s Laguna Beach & The Hills, A&E’s Storage Wars, and Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, NBC.com, and YouTube. He has worked on electoral political campaigns in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon North Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C., and California. Tony is also the co-host of the Model Majority Podcast which covers politics, culture, and life through an Asian American lens. Tony has only recently realized Star Trek > Star Wars, don’t @ him.
 
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Monday, January 4, 2021

My Toy Collection


I've been collecting movie and television memorabilia since I as six/seven years old and saw Star Wars on the big screen in 1977. I was so in love with that movie that my dad would buy me as many of the 3 3/4 Star Wars action figures as he could and I loved them all (and still have them). Over the years I went from playing with the action figures to collecting them and keeping them mint in package. When Playmates came out with their Star Trek action figures my collection and passion for collecting grew in leaps and bounds. I would spend entire days driving from Target, to KB Toys, to Toys R Us all through out southern California look for items. I always enjoyed my Toy Hunts. 


In May of 2016 I wanted to share my collection with fans of action figures and TV/Movie memorabilia so I started an Instagram account and would post one item per day. I tried to give a bit of information about the item or the character per post. I've been doing now for four years and I just reached 200+ followers. It's been slow going but I've enjoyed very post. It's fun to look back at posts and it's a way of keeping track of my toy collection. 

If you're interested in checking out my toy collection and following along click HERE. If you are a member of Instagram please give me a follow at KennysCollection. If you are not a member you can still enjoy my collection from a web browser. I'd really appreciate if you could give me a follow and help me grow my audience.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Do You Listen to Podcasts?

 


I created, host and edit a few podcasts. You can find all seven of them on my company website http://GeekyfanboyProductions.com

If you're a fan of the classic TV series MASH, then please take a listen to http://MASH4077Podcast.com
  
If you're a fan of a short lived but fantastic TV series Alien Nation then please take a listen to http://AlienNationPodcast.com

If you're a fan of the ground breaking webseries The Guild then please take a listen to http://knightsoftheguild.com

If you're a fan of another ground breaking webseries My Gimpy Life then please take a listen to http://MyGimpyLifePodcast.com

This one has a few episodes up, but I'm currently retooling the idea and will re-launch it in early 2021. http://Confessionsofafanboypodcast.com

This is a general geek podcast that I have been wanting to do for years, it's a roundtable were I gather three to six guests and we talk/debate about one geeky topic, http://TheGeekRoundtable.com

I appreciate all the amazing support I have gotten the past twelve years in podcasting and hope to continue for many years to come.

Friday, January 1, 2021

The Year That Was...

2020 has come to an end... and it has been a tough year for everyone, for me personally I turned 50 last year and was unable to have the huge cosplay 50th birthday party that I had been planning for several years, I also had planned to go to New Zealand as a birthday present to myself. I miss seeing my family and friends (yes we have Zoom) but it's not the same. I miss hanging out, eating out, shopping, going to the movies and amusement parks. But with all that said, I am still very fortunate and thankful because I have had steady work for the entirety of 2020 (which for my line of work is amazing). I was able to continue my job (Post Production Supervisor) from the safety of my home. Thank you Jay Leno's Garage S5, Monster Garage S1, Growing Belushi S1 and now back to Jay Leno's Garage S6. 

And speaking of my home I moved into my amazing townhouse/apartment the week that the official quarantine took effect here in Los Angeles back in March. My new place is in a more rural area on a hillside surrounded by beautiful lush trees and greenery. 

As for my health and fitness... my fitness journey continues, yes we lost Nerdstrong but the five years of working out there instilled a love of fitness that continued even in quarantine. I still work out five to six days a week and since I live in this beautiful rural area I took up walking a half hour to 45 minutes everyday. All of this along with changing my eating habits have lead to a leaner, more muscular and healthier me. My journey is far from over but I'm moving in the right direction. 

So 2020 is behind us and we now start 2021, I know things won't go back to "normal" but with the new vaccine and new leader in the White House... Let's hope 2021 is the year for recovery.


I'm Back... Again!!!

First of all let me say that I'm back (yeah I know I've said that a few times these past five years), I haven't really blogged much since 2016. I've tried several times to get back into it but being a daily blogger it always felt overwhelming as I'd try to back blog months stuff and of course wasn't able to. There have been lots of highs and lows the past five years and I may go back and highlight a few of times but starting today I've decided to starting blogging on a more regular bases, it's won't be daily and I may not even post an entire week but I missing blogging. For me blogging was a way for me to get my thoughts down on paper (in a way), yes friends and family could keep up on my life, which is always great, but blogging was like a diary. As I get older my memory fails me more often then not and this blog reminds me of all the amazing (and some not so amazing) times I've had over the years. So starting today January 1st 2021 My Life As A Geek will resume. I want you all who take a moment of your busy lives to read about my geeky life. Just know I may not say it all the time but I appreciate each and everyone one of you. 

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 242

Kenny Mittleider from Knights of the Guild, Alien Nation: The Newcomers Podcast & The Geek Roundtable Podcast and Simon Meddings from Waffle On Podcast discuss one of the most successful and longest running television series in history.. M*A*S*H 

Today we cover Season 11 Episode 2 "Trick or Treatment"

242ND EPISODE OVERALL
DIRECTED BY CHARLES S. DUBIN
WRITTEN BY DENNIS KOENIG
ORIGINALLY AIRED ON NOVEMBER 1, 1982
PRODUCTION CODE IS 9-B01

SET DURING THE KOREAN WAR IN THE 1950’S

PLOT SUMMARY: it's time for the annual 4077th Halloween party. Hawkeye is dressed as Superman, BJ is a clown, Margaret is a Geisha Girl, Colonel Potter is a Cowboy and Klinger is a Al Capone. But it's not much of a party for the surgeons when unexpected wounded guests show up, Charles tries to help a slovenly marine who has a billiard ball stuck in his mouth, Father Mulcahy inadvertently saves a man's life when he is presumed dead. 

Hope you enjoy it, Kenny & Meds 

Find Us on the Web:  Main website - http://MASH4077Podcast.com 
Listen on Stitcher Radio - HERE 
Spotify - HERE 
Twitter - @MASH4077Podcas 
Facebook Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/MASH4077Podcast 
Email Us - MASH4077Podcast@Gmail.com 
Patreon (Donation) Supporter - https://www.patreon.com/geekyfanboy 

Podcast promo’s played during the show this week: 
Waffle on 
The Geek Roundtable Podcast 

© Geekyfanboy Production

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Goodbye Nerdstrong

Today I got a message on Facebook about a memory from one year ago, it was one of my many Nerdstrong pictures and I had a sudden overwhelming pain in my heart, like true physical pain, just writing out this blog it's bringing that pain back.

For those who don't know Nerdstrong had to shut down because of the current world crisis. Which would be fine but the timing couldn't have been worse. Nerdstrong's lease was up in April and Coach Andrew (the owner) had found a new location, in the same industrial area just a smaller unit and we were planing to move and then this virus hit and everything changed.

At the beginning of April Andrew had a Zoom meeting with gym members and announced that the gym would be closing permanently. With an uncertain future, no guaranteed income and swarmy building owners Nerdstrong could be no more. I kind of knew this was coming but hearing it out loud was difficult. I think I was in a kind of a shock. I remember not having much of a reaction, until Patty started to tear up and then the waterworks started and I had to turn away from my camera. Afterwards I kind of pulled away from folks, a few Nerdstrong folks messaged me to make sure I was okay but I haven't really talked about it much to anyone and then today when that picture popped up on Facebook and I saw what was, and will probably never be again my heart broke and everything kind of hit me all at once. This idea of not having Nerdstrong Gym when all this craziness is over is heartbreaking. This gym and community has been such a huge part of my life the past 5 + years and I really don't know what I will do without it once we go back to "normal".

I'm happy to say that Nerdstrong isn't dead, it lives online now, Nerdstrong Gym has a Twitch channel with daily workouts, there are also Zoom classes you can join in on. Unfortunately none of this has really clicked for me and I've been mostly absent from the new virtual gym. Don't worry though I'm still working out, that's one of many great things Nerdstrong has instilled in me, my love of fitness. And our community continues to grow as we get new online members from all over the world.

Who knows what the future holds for Nerdstrong Gym but I do know that I am very thankful to Andrew, the coaching staff and the entire community for their continued support of my crazy fitness journey. Nerdstrong Gym will always be a part of me.. literally I have their logo tattooed on me. :)



Thanks Nerdstrong

Monday, March 2, 2020

I Got The Apartment!

I got a call from Jeff (Townhouse owner) and he informed me that he'd be happy to rent to me. I was so excited as I really wanted this place, the more I looked at pictures and the location it was just perfect for me. I was pretty confident that I'd get the place but I also knew that alot of people have checked it out the past week or so since it's been listed so it was nice to get the phone call this morning. It's crazy that I found something so perfect so quickly. This was only my third place that I looked at. I am meeting up with Jeff later tonight after work to give him my security deposit. And then he'll prepare a lease. I will probably move in March 15th, that way I can overlap this place with my old place and not have to rush to move. I'll keep you guys posted.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 222

Today we released a new episode of MASH 4077 Podcast

Show Notes:

Kenny Mittleider from Knights of the Guild, Alien Nation: The Newcomers Podcast & The Geek Roundtable Podcast and Simon Meddings from Waffle On Podcast discuss one of the most successful and longest running television series in history.. M*A*S*H

Today we cover Season 10 Episode 4 "Rumor at the Top"
222th Episode Overall
Directed by Charles S. Dubin
Written by David Pollock & Elias Davis
Originally Aired on November 9, 1981
Production Code is Z-424

Set during the Korean War in the 1950’s

Plot Summary: The Army is starting a new MASH unit, and the surgeons and staff of the 4077th fear they will be split up and reassigned. So they act completely unprofessional, uncouth, and incompetent in front of an army rep hoping he will reconsider.

Hope you enjoy it, Kenny & Meds

Find Us on the Web:  Main website - http://MASH4077Podcast.com
Listen on Stitcher Radio - HERE
Spotify - HERE
Twitter - @MASH4077Podcas
Facebook Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/MASH4077Podcast
Email Us - MASH4077Podcast@Gmail.com
Patreon (Donation) Supporter - https://www.patreon.com/geekyfanboy

Podcast promo’s played during the show this week:
Waffle on
The Geek Roundtable Podcast

© Geekyfanboy Productions

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Apartment Hunting Continues

After last weekend and only looking at two places I really wanted to ramp up on my apartment searching so I did loads of prep work during the week. I scoured the internet and found a handful of places that I wanted to see this weekend. There was one in particular that sounded perfect and I wanted to see it first thing. After playing text tag with the building contact I was able to set up a viewing at 11am today.

Once again my buddy Brian came with me to lend his eyes and thoughts on the place. This was a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom townhouse. I love two story townhouses (I hope to actually buy one, one of these days). It was large and had nice looking wood plank floors. The best part about this place is that it had a two car garage, which is impossible to find for an apartment and near impossible to find for a townhouse. Only downside (if you can call it that) is it's a bit further north then I was looking in an area north of Burbank off the 210 called Tujunga (Sunland-Tujunga).

So we made our way over there and honestly it's only a 30 minute drive from my current place to this place. As we got off the free way I notice that this city starts at the foot of some hills and moves up it. I liked the surrounding mountains (very green this time of year). The city itself is a bit lived in which I don't mind, I lived in worse as long as my immediate area is nice I can live with this. As we drove we started to go further up the hill and into a more rural area. We made it to the townhouse and I really liked the surrounding area. In fact a few blocks from this place we came across this Hobbit House, it's pretty fantastic.

Anyways we got to the townhouse and the maintenance guy let me into the apartment and I wanted in and knew this was the place. The kitchen was small but workable, it had a nice size dining area and the living room was large. There is a "harry potter" closet under the door that would perfectly for my cosplay and the half bath was exactly what I expected. We walked upstairs and the first thing you see if the full bath, it has a double sink and a seperate area with the toilet and tub/shower. The master bedroom is the larger of the rooms and there is this cute little patio just off  to the side. The second bedroom is smaller then the master but by no means a small room. It would be perfect for my toy collection. Brian and I went through the house again, checking water pressure and opening doors and closets (which both rooms had nice large closets). He then showed up the garage and it's exactly what I need, not only can I store my extra collection in there I can park my car in there as well. He then showed up the laundry room, it's one washer and one dryer (for seven units), not great but doable.

I could tell Brian was excited for the place as well, we looked at each other and said "it's perfect". I grabbed and application and said I would call the building person to figure out how I was going to get it to him. Brian and I then went exploring around the area and found a cute breakfast place to get some food. While eating I filled out the app and contacted the building guy (come to find out he build these units). He said I could leave the form with the maintenance guy so after breakfast Brian and I went back up to drop off the money (for the credit check) and app but the guy wasn't there. I called him and he said he wasn't sure when he'd be coming home so I contacted the building owner and who said he's be showing the place to another person at 4pm if I wanted to come by and drop off the money and app. So Brian and I drove home to watch Picard episode 6 (post to come). At 3:30 we headed back up and waited. I saw the couple who was going to look at the place pull up behind me, I started to get nervous as this was a couple, I didn't know if the guy would want a couple or was it better that I was single.

Anyways I let him show the couple in and as they walked around I went up to him and give him money and application. We chatted for a few minutes (I tried to turn on the charm, which I am horrible at). He asked me a few questions, this is where I found out he built these units and that the lady who lived in the place before was there for 11 years before her kids moved out and she wanted a smaller place. He told me that I sounded like a perfect tenant and that he's let me know on Monday once he check my credit. I thanked him and went on my way. Now I have wait and by the time we were done I wasn't in the mood to look at anything else. I'm kind of putting all my eggs in this one basket. I mean this place it perfect and I'll be comparing everything I see to this one.

Only a few things that I would say aren't ideal (but not deal breakers). It's the front unit, but luckily it's not on a main street. Across the street is an elementary school, so depending on when I leave for work there might be lots of parents dropping off kids. When I'm off work how will the noise be during school hours. One washer and dryer and it's a little further out then most of my friends and the gym. But again none of these are deal breakers. I love the more rural area, the place is big and has a huge amount of stroage (including a garage). And best part of all of this is that it's right under my budget of $2000 a month coming in at $1995.00

I'll keep you guys posted if I get the place or not.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Audiobook

If you know me you know I love Harry Potter, it's one of my four true geek loves. So when I heard they were releasing an audio book for The Tales of Beedle the Bard I was beyond excited. I love the Harry Potter audio book series. I use to listen to those every year during my long commutes. Those audio books were done by the very talented Jim Dale (US) and Stephen Fry (UK), yep I have all the book by both of them, though Dale is my favorite of the two. For this new audiobook they actually got some of the Harry Potter cast members to read the stories. Warwick Davis (Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook) , Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger in the original West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Jude Law (Young Albus Dumbledore).

If you don't know what The Tales of Beedle the Bard is, it's a collection of Wizard Fairy-tales in the World of Harry Potter. The 5 stories include are -

"The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"

This story is about the legacy of an old man who, in his generosity, used his pot to brew magical potions and antidotes for other people when they needed his help. Upon his death, he leaves all his belongings to his only son, who has none of the virtues his father had. After his father's death, the son finds the pot and a single slipper inside it together with a note from his father that reads, "In the fond hope, my son, that you will never need it".

Bitter for having nothing left but a pot, the son closes the door on every person who asks for his help. Each time he does so, the pot takes on the symptoms of the ones who ask for help; it starts disturbing the son and prevents him from having any peace of mind. This continues until the son finally gives up and provides aid to the town. Upon doing this, the pot's ailments are removed one by one and the son's ordeal finally ends one day when the slipper he received from his father falls out of the pot; he puts the slipper on the pot's foot and the two walk off into the sunset.

"The Fountain of Fair Fortune"

In this story, there is a fountain where once per year, one person may bathe to have his or her problems answered. This is how three witches meet. The first witch, Asha, suffers from an incurable disease. The second, Altheda, endures poverty and powerlessness due to a robbery. The third, Amata, is distraught after being left by her beloved. The three witches decide to try to reach the fountain together but along the way, a luckless Muggle knight, Sir Luckless, also joins them.

On their path to the fountain, they face three challenges. The first involves a giant worm that demands "proof of [their] pain". The second, a steep slope where they have to bring the "fruit of their labours". The third challenge, crossing a river, requires them to pay with "the treasure of [their] past". Amata passes the challenge by using magic to withdraw the memories of her ex-lover and drop them into the water.

At the fountain, Asha collapses from exhaustion. To save her, Altheda brews an invigorating potion that also cures Asha of her disease and need of the fountain. Altheda realizes that her skills are a means to earn money, so she also no longer needs the fountain. Amata realizes that washing away her regret for her cruel and false lover removed her need as well. Sir Luckless bathes in the water, after which he flings himself at Amata's feet and asks for "her hand and her heart" which she happily gives. Everyone gets an answer to his or her problem, unaware that the fountain held no magical power at all.

"The Warlock's Hairy Heart"
The story is about a young and handsome warlock who decides to never fall in love, so he uses Dark Arts to prevent himself from doing so. His family, hoping he will change, does nothing. However, one day, he hears two servants whispering about him not having a wife, so he decides to find a talented, rich, and beautiful witch and marry her to gain everyone's envy.

He meets that girl the next day. Though the girl is both "fascinated and repelled", the warlock persuades her to come to a dinner feast at his castle. During the feast, she tells him that she needs to know he has a heart. The warlock shows her his beating hairy heart inside a crystal casket in his dungeon. The witch begs him to put it back inside himself. After the warlock does so, she embraces him. However, being disconnected from its body for so long, his heart has developed savage tastes as it has degenerated into an animalistic state. And so he is driven to take by force a truly human heart. He tears out the witch's heart to replace his own, but finding that he cannot magic the hairy heart back out of his chest, he cuts it out with a dagger. Thus he and the maiden both die, with him holding both hearts in his hands.

"Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"

This story is about a king who wants to keep all magic to himself. To do this he needs to solve two problems: he must capture and imprison all of the sorcerers in the kingdom and he has to learn magic. He creates a "Brigade of Witch Hunters" and calls for an instructor in magic. Only a "cunning charlatan" with no magical ability responds. The charlatan proves himself with a few simple tricks and begins to ask for jewellery and money to continue teaching. However, Babbitty, the king's washerwoman, laughs at the king one day as he attempts to do magic with an ordinary twig. This causes the king to demand the charlatan join him in a public demonstration of magic and warns that the charlatan will be beheaded if anyone laughs. The charlatan later witnesses Babbitty performing magic in her house. He threatens to expose her if she does not assist him. She agrees to hide and help the demonstration.

During the performance, the brigade captain asks the king to bring his dead hound back to life. Because Babbitty cannot use magic to raise the dead, the crowd thinks the previous acts were tricks. The charlatan exposes Babbitty, accusing her of blocking the spells. Babbitty flees into a forest and disappears at the base of an old tree. In desperation, the charlatan states that she has turned "into a crab apple" and has the tree cut down.

As the crowd departs, the stump starts cackling and makes the charlatan confess. The stump cackles again, demanding the king never hurt a wizard again, and build a statue of Babbitty on the stump to remind him of his foolishness. The king agrees and heads back to the palace. Afterwards, a "stout old rabbit" with a wand in its teeth hops out from a hole beneath the stump and leaves the kingdom.

"The Tale of the Three Brothers"

The story is about three brothers who, while traveling together, reach a treacherous river. They make a magical bridge over the river wherein just as they cross, they meet the personification of Death, who is angry for losing three potential victims. He pretends to be impressed by them and grants each a wish as a reward. The oldest brother asks for an unbeatable dueling wand, so Death gives him the Elder Wand. The middle brother asks for the ability to resurrect the dead, so Death gives him the Resurrection Stone. The youngest brother does not trust Death and asks for a way to stop Death from following him, so Death reluctantly gives him his Cloak of Invisibility. Afterward, the brothers go their separate ways.

The oldest brother resolves a previous qualm by using the wand to kill the man with whom he quarreled, but his bragging about the wand's incredible power ends with him getting robbed of it and murdered in his sleep. The middle brother resolves a previous loss by using the stone to bring back the woman to whom he wanted to be married, but the sight of her being partly alive and full of sorrow for being back in the mortal world ends with him committing suicide. The youngest brother Death never manages to find, as he stays hidden under his cloak. Many years later, the brother removes his cloak and gives it to his son. Content with the life he has lived, he greets Death as an old friend and equal. The thing about this is that the youngest brother makes the smartest decision. The two older brothers ask for something good but end up being murdered or killed.

This last one "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is one of the main themes in the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The rest were just titles until Rowling actually wrote them all and produced it's own book.

Can only get the audio book on Audible starting March 31st. Follow the LINK

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Packing Woes

With my official notice given I have to start packing up all my things. These are the times I wonder why I collect so much stuff. I have the normal furniture; bed, desk, dining table and chairs, book shelves and love seat but then I also have a few hundred boxes full of toys, magazines, trading cards, books and statues. I am giving myself one week (3 hours after work everyday) to pack up my "toy" room, figured that would be plenty of time. I had already gone through my bedroom and took all my action figures down and boxed them up. But of course things don't go as planned. It's only been a few days and I'm realizing that it's taking me a lot longer to pack things up also I'm running out of bins. I usually pack my toys in plastic bins as they tend to protect my things better then card board boxes but I'm only about a third of the way through my toy room and I'm running low on bins. I even went out and bought five new bins and those were filled in minutes. I can feel the familiar anxiety creep back into my life. I've been really good at keeping it a bay but in recent months I've had a few attacks but I can feel it returning once again. Rationally I know everything will get done, I still have a month before I have to move out. But the more I load everything into my living room the more I see on how much stuff I actually have and that I'm going to have to find an apartment with some storage space or I'll have to rent a storage unit in addition to my rent cost, which isn't a happy thought. Now I just feel like I'm babbling, packing is moving along, slowly but moving forward. I still hope to have everything packed by early March and find a place to move by mid March so I can take a few weeks to move in rather then just one weekend... fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Onward - My Thoughts

I was fortunate enough to see an advance screening of Disney Pixar's new movie Onward. I brought my friend Brian along to a sponsored PGA (Producer's Guild of America) screening. I've been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since I saw the trailer a few months back. It comes two things I love Fantasy and D&D, so I was going into this ready to love it and I have to say I LOVED IT!!!!

Here's a quick synopsis: Set in a fantastical world, where the populace once had magic, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, receive a wizard's staff as a prearranged gift from their father, who died before Ian was born and when Barley was too young to remember him. The staff came with a spell that will bring him back for only 24 hours, so his sons can meet him. Prompted by Barley, Ian uses the spell, only to end up with just his father's legs. This causes the brothers to go on a quest for a way to bring back the rest of their father before the time is up.

This going to be a non-spoiler quick review since it's a prescreening and not many of you have seen it it.

I think for me personally this is one of my top five Pixar movies. I cried minutes in and I continued to cry through out. The idea of bringing back your father for one day hit me hard, I would do anything to see and talk to my dad again for one more day. And then the other theme of family and being brothers was also close to my heart. I of course loved the fantasy theme, imagining a world of fantasy but within modern times. I love the idea that magic is hard to do and others developed technology to take it's place, technology that anyone could use causing magic to die out. I liked the brothers relationship, though I am the older brother in my situation I felt connected to both brothers, the younger brothers shyness and awkwardness and the older brothers love of D&D and caring about his younger brother.

There were several moments where my heart actually ached. One involved a tape recorder and the second was towards the end. Tom Holland is fantastic as the younger brother Ian and of course Chris Pratt is hilarious as the older brother Barley but also has some very sweet moments. Octavia is one of my all time favorite actresses and she killed it as the once ferocious Manticore and Julia Louis-Dreyfus was perfect as the mom.

I will be seeing this movie again in the theaters for sure and will be a must buy when it comes to blu-ray.

Onward gets a solid A from me.