August 13, 2013

obsessed.: Grammar Slam, "Royals" and The Last Of Us documentary

As part of YouTube's Geek Week, Nerdist announced a new series from WWE Superstar (wrestler) CM Punk, who, unexpectedly, has a serious love of proper grammar.

In the blog post announcing Grammar Slam, Punk was quoted as saying, "I guess, to me, language and expressing yourself is important. Whatever vehicle you use to express yourself, if it’s not done correctly, then I think that’s way more than what you’re actually saying. I mean, if you don’t properly know how to address somebody, you kind of lose all credibility. It mostly stems from people trying to criticize anything, whether it be a person, a form of art, a government, anything, and they don’t know the difference between their, there and they’re. It kind of throws up alarms and you can’t take them seriously."

Color me impressed. Grammar Slam has five episodes so far: "Your vs. You're," "Then & Than," "Literally vs. Figuratively." "There/Their/They're" and "Through vs. Threw." The first of the series is below.

I love the mix of serious topic with wrestling themes, and the whole "giving Internet trolls a taste of their own medicine" part makes it just that much better.

Check out the entirety of the series here.


And this week, from the Mister:

Colt's got a new jam, and this time it's from a 16-year-old New Zealander named Ella Yelich-O'Connor, better known as Lorde.

When Colt realized her age, he messaged me at work: "Ugh … Lorde is only 16! We're so OLD!"

Even after that comment, I can't fault his taste in music; the girl's got some serious talent.

And from TGG:

Wes recently played through new game The Last of Us and loved it. (I can attest to this—I've gotten multiple messages/texts telling me how amazing it is over the past few weeks.) Wes says: "I just finished a few days ago and it was soooo good that I keep thinking about it and how much I loved the characters. It's a rough game emotionally, but it looks beautiful and the acting and writing are amazing."

I've linked to information about it in past editions of Nerd News, but The Last of Us, which is considered an "action-adventure survival horror" game, centers around playable character Joel, who is leading a girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic America. The action comes in when Joel must battle against zombie-like creatures, bandits, etc. (View a trailer here.)

The developer behind the game created a documentary on the making of it, which has been turned into a full-length feature. "I don't usually think this much about the production of a game," Wes says, "but I loved the entire thing so much it makes me curious about the development." Here's a trailer:


  1. I think that song was on So You Think You Can Dance. I like it alot. And if you're old... Just wait! It sucks when I like this kind of music and I'm almost 45!

    Thanks for all the great sharing you do :)

  2. Love Grammar Slam and Lorde!

  3. Haha, I know we're not old. Also, 45 isn't old either! I honestly feel like you don't really become old until like 80, these days.

    You're so welcome! I'm so glad you continue to enjoy visiting my little corner of the Internet. <3

  4. How did I not even know about Grammar Slam? I've been loving listening to The Nerdist podcast and totally missed that announcement. I'm on it!

  5. I hope you enjoy as much as I did! I've only recently gotten into the Nerdist, and I've only listened to like one podcast. I should remedy that. :)

  6. I'm fairly new myself. I highly recommend the Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin ones. :)

  7. Ooh, I do love me some Whedon. Thanks for the tip!