While dissecting A Christmas Story, The Nerds get a visit from Nerds on History’s own Eric Bricmont whose mid episode tangent may very well be a cinema goldmine.
Hello there dear listeners and readers! My name is Kevin Sutorius, one of the guest hosts of our Nerds on Film podcast.
When it comes to my favorites of 2012, I could talk all day about all the movies in the top twenty, but I will try to keep it them brief. They are mostly based on personal preference (obviously), but I also added in some consideration from the critics as well, so hopefully, this list can provide some great or entertaining choices for you to see in theaters or at home. You may notice some glaring omissions in this list and that is because either a) they didn’t personally resonate with me or b) I didn’t get to see them. With my brief explanations, I will do my best not to spoil the story for each film, since there may be some of you out there that still haven’t seen them.
Eric and Bryan welcome their first spectators into the Nerdcave, as well as Nerds on Film co-host Sarah Ashley, to wrap up their month of Christmas themed episodes by talking about one of most popular Christmas stories of all time. Merry Christmas!
Photo Credit: First Edition of A Christmas Carol, photographed by Heritage Auctions, Inc. Dallas, TX
So what’s big, rocky, round and sits between Mars and Jupiter? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry. Your 7th grade science teacher didn’t teach you about it because it wasn’t deemed worthy, but there is something out there.
On January 1, 1801, the Mathematician, Astronomer, and Catholic priest of the Theatine order, Father Giuseppe Piazzi, made a startling discovery. An object first thought to be a star (one of 7,646 that he cataloged in his career) was observed moving against a field of its fixed cosmic kin. To verify his findings Piazzi spent 3 more days making observations. What had he found? Well according to him it must have been a comet – a large ball of dust and ice, traveling through the solar system like a cosmic drifter. Only that’s what he felt comfortable telling the public. His instincts told a different story, as we can tell from a letter sent to his friend, Barnaba Oriani:
For those awaiting Et Tu, Goofy Part II, it will be coming in a couple of weeks (for good reason)! In the mean time, Eric and Bryan change things up and discuss this week in history. Enjoy!