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The Functional Nerds Podcast

The Functional Nerds

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The Functional Nerds Podcast

The Functional Nerds Podcast

The Functional Nerds

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The weekly podcast from author Patrick Hester and musician John Anealio

Latest Episodes

Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome Travis Heermann, author of Legend of the Ronin and, under the name T. James Logan, Dawn of the Deadly Fang. About Travis Herrman: Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online. About Legend of the Ronin: In 13th Century Japan, Ken’ishi is a young ronin, a masterless samurai, orphaned as a baby by forces he does not understand. His only link to his past is his father’s sword, Silver Crane, an ancient blade that may well have a mind of its own. When he wanders into a strange village looking for food, he soon discovers he is decidedly unwelcome… About Dawn of the Deadly Fang: A mysterious plague is spreading, a plague that grants the ability to shapeshift—but with an insatiable hunger for fresh meat. Infected with the plague herself, sixteen-year-old Mia is a special case. Thanks to a strange mutation in her DNA, her blood might be the key to a vaccine. For Mia and many of the Infected, it’s a curse, but others, the Bad Dogs, revel in their new powers. For them, humans no longer belong at the top of the food chain. The Bad Dogs don’t want any vaccine, and they have a plan to end human dominance forever. Organized, powerful, and relentless, they’re willing to do anything for their cause—like abducting a busload of Mia’s classmates. Mia must enlist the help of her teenage werewolf pack in a desperate gamble to rescue her friends. Maybe even save the world. This week’s picks: * Travis: Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski * John: The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski * Patrick: Locke & Key Trailer (Netflix) * Patreon Pick: Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart Picked by Stace Johnson Links: * Travis Heermann on Twitter * John Anealio on Twitter * Pat...

53 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John return from the holidays to ring in the New Year and the roaring ’20s chatting about: The Far Side, 1992, nostalgia, the ’90s, Family Guy, Disney+, Mad About You, The Transformers, The VW Bug, Panic at the Disco, The World According to Garp, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Witcher, Netflix, The Mandalorian, Prime, Iron Fists and Kjng Fu Kicks, and more… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2020 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

59 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about music, including The Red Headed Stranger, the Nashville sound, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. We also meander around several other topics, including: The Mandalorian, The Black Hole, Gina Carano, Haywire, Black Widow, Mulan, CBS randomly using the Star Trek logo, Austin City Limits, guitars, Marvel and, of course, The Rise of Skywalker. Side note – this is our last episode of the year! We wish you all the best and a safe, happy holiday season! See you next year Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

61 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome NY Times Bestselling author, Tosca Lee, author of A Single Light, the sequel to her critically acclaimed dystopian thriller, The Line Between. About Tosca Lee: Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 11 novels including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. Her books have been translated into 17 languages and been optioned for TV and film. Tosca received her B.A. in English from Smith College. A lifelong world adventure traveler, she lives in Nebraska with her husband and three of four children still at home. To learn more about Tosca, please visit ToscaLee.com. About A Single Light: Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people ...

46 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John share more Patron picks while talking about Robert Johnson, documentaries, Netflix, The Dragon Prince Season 3 (holy epic season!), Supernatural, Doctor Who, Spotify, Ken Burns County Music, Disney+, Jedi: Fallen Order, The Witcher, Crisis on Infinite Earths (CW), Kickstarter, The Blues, American mythology and some new show you might have heard about – Mando something… The Mandalorian…? Patron Picks: * V Wars (Netflix) Picked by J.T. Evans * Devil At The Crossroads (Netflix) Picked by Stace Johnson Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

65 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome back Paul Levinson, author of 19 books and – as long time listeners remember from way back in episode 40 – is also a musician. His new LP is out – Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time will be released in early 2020! About Paul Levinson: Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) – the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical fiction as well as science fiction. His stories and novels have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Edgar, Prometheus, and Audie Awards. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004...

47 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

Episode 424-Just Us and The Rickenbacker

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss everything from Disney+ to Echo in the Canyon, and beyond. We start with an intense look at… MUSICAL GEAR! Specifically, guitars and amplifiers and software, which leads us into the Echo in the Canyon documentary, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Rickenbackers, the Rolling Thunder Review, the Country Music docuseries on PBS, community building and, of course, a 100% spoiler free mention of The Mandalorian… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

57 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Episode 424-Just Us and The Rickenbacker

Episode 423-With Elle Katharine White

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome Elle Katharine White, author of Flamebringer: A Heartstone Novel (Heartstone book 3), to the Functional Nerds podcast! About Elle Katharine White: Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think). When she’s not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets. Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with a character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes. About Flamebringer: A Heartstone Novel (Heartstone book 3): Monsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy—an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen’s Pride and Pr...

41 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Episode 423-With Elle Katharine White

Episode 422-Just Us and Disney+

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss all manner of streaming things, including Disney+, Netflix, Prime and Hulu. Also discussed: Fox movies placed into the Disney vault, MileHiCon 2020, The Mandalorian, Goliath Season 3, SpiderMan: Far From Home, binging versus weekly episode drops, Carnival Row, Stranger Things Season 3, Parks N Rec, Letterkenny, Surviving R Kelly and much, much more… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

48 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Episode 422-Just Us and Disney+

Episode 421-With Peter Orullian

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome back Peter Orullian! Peter’s latest project – The Bell Ringer from Symphony North – is a mixture of his love of soaring vocals, anthemic orchestrations, powerful rhythms, and groups like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In fact, the album features several former recording and/or touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, not to mention current members of the band Dream Theater. About Peter Orullian: Peter Orullian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a kid, he could be found making up stories, writing songs, or involved in a pick-up game of just about anything. In college, Peter joined a performing and recording rock band at the same time he finished his Honors thesis—a fictional work entitled SKINWALKER. That year, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with an Honors B.A. in English, with a writing emphasis, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. Two years la...

44 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Episode 421-With Peter Orullian

Latest Episodes

Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome Travis Heermann, author of Legend of the Ronin and, under the name T. James Logan, Dawn of the Deadly Fang. About Travis Herrman: Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the Firefly Roleplaying Game, Battletech, Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online. About Legend of the Ronin: In 13th Century Japan, Ken’ishi is a young ronin, a masterless samurai, orphaned as a baby by forces he does not understand. His only link to his past is his father’s sword, Silver Crane, an ancient blade that may well have a mind of its own. When he wanders into a strange village looking for food, he soon discovers he is decidedly unwelcome… About Dawn of the Deadly Fang: A mysterious plague is spreading, a plague that grants the ability to shapeshift—but with an insatiable hunger for fresh meat. Infected with the plague herself, sixteen-year-old Mia is a special case. Thanks to a strange mutation in her DNA, her blood might be the key to a vaccine. For Mia and many of the Infected, it’s a curse, but others, the Bad Dogs, revel in their new powers. For them, humans no longer belong at the top of the food chain. The Bad Dogs don’t want any vaccine, and they have a plan to end human dominance forever. Organized, powerful, and relentless, they’re willing to do anything for their cause—like abducting a busload of Mia’s classmates. Mia must enlist the help of her teenage werewolf pack in a desperate gamble to rescue her friends. Maybe even save the world. This week’s picks: * Travis: Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski * John: The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski * Patrick: Locke & Key Trailer (Netflix) * Patreon Pick: Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart Picked by Stace Johnson Links: * Travis Heermann on Twitter * John Anealio on Twitter * Pat...

53 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 430-With Travis Heermann

Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John return from the holidays to ring in the New Year and the roaring ’20s chatting about: The Far Side, 1992, nostalgia, the ’90s, Family Guy, Disney+, Mad About You, The Transformers, The VW Bug, Panic at the Disco, The World According to Garp, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Witcher, Netflix, The Mandalorian, Prime, Iron Fists and Kjng Fu Kicks, and more… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2020 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

59 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 429-Just Us and the New Year

Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John chat about music, including The Red Headed Stranger, the Nashville sound, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead. We also meander around several other topics, including: The Mandalorian, The Black Hole, Gina Carano, Haywire, Black Widow, Mulan, CBS randomly using the Star Trek logo, Austin City Limits, guitars, Marvel and, of course, The Rise of Skywalker. Side note – this is our last episode of the year! We wish you all the best and a safe, happy holiday season! See you next year Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

61 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Episode 428-Just Us and the end of the year

Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome NY Times Bestselling author, Tosca Lee, author of A Single Light, the sequel to her critically acclaimed dystopian thriller, The Line Between. About Tosca Lee: Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 11 novels including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. Her books have been translated into 17 languages and been optioned for TV and film. Tosca received her B.A. in English from Smith College. A lifelong world adventure traveler, she lives in Nebraska with her husband and three of four children still at home. To learn more about Tosca, please visit ToscaLee.com. About A Single Light: Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people ...

46 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Episode 427-With Tosca Lee

Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John share more Patron picks while talking about Robert Johnson, documentaries, Netflix, The Dragon Prince Season 3 (holy epic season!), Supernatural, Doctor Who, Spotify, Ken Burns County Music, Disney+, Jedi: Fallen Order, The Witcher, Crisis on Infinite Earths (CW), Kickstarter, The Blues, American mythology and some new show you might have heard about – Mando something… The Mandalorian…? Patron Picks: * V Wars (Netflix) Picked by J.T. Evans * Devil At The Crossroads (Netflix) Picked by Stace Johnson Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

65 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Episode 426-Just Us And American Mythology

Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome back Paul Levinson, author of 19 books and – as long time listeners remember from way back in episode 40 – is also a musician. His new LP is out – Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time will be released in early 2020! About Paul Levinson: Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) – the last three of which are also known as the Sierra Waters trilogy, and are historical fiction as well as science fiction. His stories and novels have been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Edgar, Prometheus, and Audie Awards. His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004...

47 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Episode 425-With Paul Levinson

Episode 424-Just Us and The Rickenbacker

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss everything from Disney+ to Echo in the Canyon, and beyond. We start with an intense look at… MUSICAL GEAR! Specifically, guitars and amplifiers and software, which leads us into the Echo in the Canyon documentary, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Rickenbackers, the Rolling Thunder Review, the Country Music docuseries on PBS, community building and, of course, a 100% spoiler free mention of The Mandalorian… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

57 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Episode 424-Just Us and The Rickenbacker

Episode 423-With Elle Katharine White

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome Elle Katharine White, author of Flamebringer: A Heartstone Novel (Heartstone book 3), to the Functional Nerds podcast! About Elle Katharine White: Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think). When she’s not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets. Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with a character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes. About Flamebringer: A Heartstone Novel (Heartstone book 3): Monsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy—an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen’s Pride and Pr...

41 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Episode 423-With Elle Katharine White

Episode 422-Just Us and Disney+

EOn this week’s Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick and John discuss all manner of streaming things, including Disney+, Netflix, Prime and Hulu. Also discussed: Fox movies placed into the Disney vault, MileHiCon 2020, The Mandalorian, Goliath Season 3, SpiderMan: Far From Home, binging versus weekly episode drops, Carnival Row, Stranger Things Season 3, Parks N Rec, Letterkenny, Surviving R Kelly and much, much more… Links: * John Anealio on Twitter * Patrick Hester on Twitter * The Functional Nerds Patreon Page * Patrick Hester on Instagram * Patrick’s Book: Into the Fire (available everywhere) 2019 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

48 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Episode 422-Just Us and Disney+

Episode 421-With Peter Orullian

EThis week, Patrick and John welcome back Peter Orullian! Peter’s latest project – The Bell Ringer from Symphony North – is a mixture of his love of soaring vocals, anthemic orchestrations, powerful rhythms, and groups like Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In fact, the album features several former recording and/or touring members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, not to mention current members of the band Dream Theater. About Peter Orullian: Peter Orullian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a kid, he could be found making up stories, writing songs, or involved in a pick-up game of just about anything. In college, Peter joined a performing and recording rock band at the same time he finished his Honors thesis—a fictional work entitled SKINWALKER. That year, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with an Honors B.A. in English, with a writing emphasis, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. Two years la...

44 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Episode 421-With Peter Orullian
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