Episode 144

Nerdist Podcast

Tigers & Traffic

Nerdist Podcast #144: Tigers & Traffic

Chris casts fire hands through Skyrim with his Dark Elf Mage, Jiene Wyldre, Jonah discovers rowing and Matt hates his middle name (but still loves Dave Matthews Band). PLUS! Nick talks old timey radios. AND! Banks are sluts. All shall be explained in this hearty, hostful episode.

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  • Holy Guacamole. This is the first time in listening to the podcast that I get to chime in on something that you mentioned that I’m actually knowledgeable about! Billy Beer was an adjunct lager, much like a Coors or a Pabst Blue Ribbon, and would definitely be disgusting 34 years after it game out. However, bottle conditioned ales (for example Belgian Trappist Ales) can not only be aged like wine, many of them are specifically brewed for that purpose. People even sell aged bottles of beer on ebay for hundreds of dollars. Stone Brewing in San Diego has a series of beers called their “Vertical Epic Series” that are released once a year, starting on 02-02-02, that are meant to be aged until 12-12-12 when the last one will be released. Each beer was meant to be aged until that date to be enjoyed optimally.

    I know Chris doesn’t drink anymore, which is awesome for him, but craft beer is one of the things that I am very nerdy about, and I saw my opportunity to express it here. Thanks for the show!

  • ZOMG I see what you did there!! It wasn’t until I listened to Slate Culture Gabfest that I got it!

    Here is a link tot he Culture Gabfest:

    Here is the reference:

    mmm…I bet SyFy is developing a movie based on this. It’s only a matter of time.


  • Matt, I think this is what you refer to at 51:00 –

    THE GUTS & THE GLORY by We’re Making A Movie

    THE GUTS & THE GLORY was written, filmed, and edited, start to finish, between 7 P.M. on Friday, April 7th, and 7 P.M. on Sunday,
    April 9th, for the 2006 Boston 48 Hour Film Project. Each of the 70 teams that participated drew a genre out of a hat at the kick-off event. Our team drew “horror.” All teams had to include the following in their films: a character named G. Goforth (who is a competitive eating contestant), a bicycle pump, and the line of dialogue: “That’s why I don’t trust her anymore.”

    WARNING: Contains fake blood. Viewer discretion advised.

  • Holy crap, Johah is a huge dick on this one. I know that being mean to Matt is kinda “his thing,” but this is the first episode where it really started to turn me off the show. Particularly regarding the Boston trip he was just effing insufferable. You can tell he hadn’t really thought through the flight time and answered honestly when Matt asked him when he was thinking of leaving. I’m not saying he was wrong when he called Matt on not actually being concerned for him, but playing it off like he was screwing with Matt the whole time is really the action of a completely insecure jerk. His line, “But it’s funny when I do it, and everyone laughs,” was so revealing. He may as well have said, “I hurt inside, I can’t relate to people except through projecting that pain onto them, and I hate that about myself.” Ugh.

  • Hey Chris, speaking of your book in this podcast, yay! I got a copy the day after you were here in Portland, and have been enjoying reading… but your references to things readers can find on… unfortunate. Is there an ETA on the site?

    Thanks for the great book and tips!

  • THANK YOU. After trying to explain the awesomeness that was Pete and Pete to my husband and several friends NO ONE seemed to have any idea what I was talking about. They need to put them up on Netflix instant watch.

  • Just listened to the ep again and can’t believe I missed this the first time: Jonah imitates the Simpsons, imitating the Charlie Brown kids at the end of the episode. However, the cartoons sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”; Jonah sings “Auld Lang Syne,” the traditional New Year’s Eve song.

    Okay. You’re welcome. ;-)

  • Neil Diamond *was* a great live performer (I saw him in 1997 at the United Center in Chicago – awesome show!) but recently (I also saw him in 2008) he had weakened a lot, and may as well have been lugging an oxygen tank around. Seriously, it was quite sad. He should get himself home before dark.

  • So much bickering between Jonah and Matt. I have a friend that acts just like Jonah. Funny most of the time and still thinks he’s funny when he’s not. Both have a big head. If I was creative, I would draw a Mr. Macki-esque picture of him. It would be funny to see his big hipster, dirty-looking face on a tiny, pathetic body.

    Btw – shows great!

  • I’ve made it from Boston to Amherst in about an hour and a half … but that was when I was 19 or 20, without a fully developed brain that incorporated risk appropriately into my thinking, and I wasn’t paying for my own insurance. Also, I must have TOTALLY lucked out by missing any Mass state troopers.

  • I just recently discovered the nerdist podcast and I’m just going to have to say it is perfect and I love everything you do. I don’t know why it took me so long to find you guys!
    Anyways, I had to leave the library because I was laughing so hard while listening to this one. Thanks being there for me during finals week!!

  • Damn do I love this show. I have recently begun to say “Well, it’s either tigers or traffic” whenever someone is pointing out problems with something, especially when they are giving excuses for not doing something or starting a project.