Planet Nerd exposé causes massive political fallout!
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I mentioned it before. Now here's the explosive video, exclusive to Planet Nerd. (It's also my favourite thing I've done for the show so far.)

I've read the book, by the way. For the record (and no spoilers): Satisfying, suitably epic, not very surprising, and the epilogue...well, it has a purpose, but it doesn't have much finesse.
So Planet Nerd (which is now also [livejournal.com profile] planetnerd) went to one of the launches of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Saturday. It wasn't the biggest one; indeed, it was possibly the smallest one. But it was the one with a real Ford Anglia, and Cath Jamison (magician), and lovable mayor John So presiding over the opening of the first box of books, accompanied by "Acting Minister for Magic" John Thwaites (Victoria's deputy Premier).

Now, this is an extraordinary event: hundreds of people (thousands across Melbourne, very probably) coming out on a cold morning to line up to be the first to buy a book. Not to see a movie, or get concert tickets, or buy a new game console - to buy, and then read, a book. There were kids as young as eight there, all dressed up and excited, and some of them had read at least four of the books - not bad considering they hadn't been born when the first one was published. No doubt many of them were there because they knew that if they didn't get their hands on a copy and read it in the next week or so, all the unresolved mysteries - who died, who was evil, who found redemption - would be spoilt in the over-abundance of information that flows into our lives via the media.

So imagine my horror when I realised that the first thing John So did, on getting a copy, was to flick to the last page and read the final paragraph. Aloud. There was a kid standing right next to him who had won the honour of opening the box in a competition; there were at least thirty people within earshot. We got this on camera, though thankfully So wasn't on mic at the time and so I couldn't hear him and you'd have to be listening on purpose to make it out on the recording. This kind of stuff isn't supposed to happy in real life, where there's no spoiler space.

Lovable Lord Mayor John So is, therefore, clearly an evil mastermind, and we intend to expose him for the nasty man he is on this week's edition of Planet Nerd. 10pm Thursday, Channel 31, or via the usual electronic methods. (Don't worry - we'll protect you from all spoilers.)
Ah, hangovers...I had forgotten thee. Thank you brain, for remembering to drink water last night, otherwise I might be worse off than just a thumping headache. My mortality is firmly re-established. I am sitting on a mate's couch as I type this, having crashed here in the aftermath of a party for what must be the first time in a couple of years. Also good to know I can still flirt up a storm; pity she had a boyfriend, but it's important to practise. My mobile phone battery is flat, and the host and his lady have gone out for breakfast with her parents, so use someone else's Internet time until they return.

There's some good stuff coming up for Planet Nerd. Indeed, there has been some good stuff on it recently. If you don't live in Melbourne, or can't get C31 where you are (and if you haven't tried for a long time, it's worth doing so again - they had a bigger transmitter set up in the last year or so) you can now see us online not just at planetnerd.tv but also in glorious video podcast. You can subscribe via iTunes or, if you use some other podcasting solution™, there's the full episodes feed (be warned, each episode is around 300MB) or the segments feed (still quite big, around 50MB each).

And, hey, just to blow my own trumpet (fnar), I am featured in the July issue of Australasian Science magazine as the monthly "cool scientist". Shame there's no mention of my web site or Planet Nerd in it, but still, you know. I'm on the way.

Sorry I'm not on here much at the moment; my Internet access is mainly through work at the moment and its been too busy for much goofing off. You'll all know when I get a new place though, because I'll be too excited to contain myself.
Behind the cut: some YouTube videos from Planet Nerd, for those of you without Channel 31 or who are otherwise not on the ball. And speaking of the ball, the fine young lads from Anyone For Tennis submitted their first material for this week's show, and they're great. Dan's also great - at making me jealous with his tour of Ghostbusters locations in New York (no doubt certain readers will have seen it all before). And then there's a couple of pieces featuring me: my first "Geek of the Week" interview, with physicist friend Jared Winton, and a discussion of the finer points of zombie lore scripted by Paul "Not the famous director, thank God" Verhoeven.

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