I think @pbpope described it best. “The nerdbus means freedom!”
A little back story:
On Sept. 23, 2010 Scott Johnson of Utah twittered a request on how to best ship a Mame Arcade cabinet that was being gifted to him by Chris Pope who lives in Georgia. There was some discussion on Twitter and I told Chris he should send me the cabinet and I would drive it to Utah for Nerdtacular 2011. At this point me and Chris jokingly discussed driving to Utah with the cabinet. Then someone recommended we pick up Scott Fletcher on our journey to Utah. This is when my brain started thinking “Man…that’s a lot of nerds in 1 vehicle. We’ll need a van.” Then a few twitter folks decided they would also like to be picked up during our cross country trek (Some out of our way, some not.) So I decided to ask directly. “If you want to ride the nerd bus tweet ‘I wanna ride the nerdbus’ #nerdbus.” After a few minutes, I was getting requests from all over the world and some were including seating requests. At this point I was afraid I would be annoying people with all my tweets about the #nerdbus so I hopped on over to Godaddy and bought the domain name http://nerdbus.info (because it’s on sale.) I set up a quick forums page and asked people what Nerd Bus meant to them. You can check that out here.
I also asked for sponsors and @maphook was kind enough to volunteer it’s support and to drive the bus.
So that’s the story. From simple idea to a movement.
I think it’s a cultural mindset of nerds wanting to get out and meet more nerds and be part of something hopeful and what better way to do that than to get on a big ole bus and ride it all the way to Nerdtacular with the nerdiest people you can pick up.
UPDATE: There is also a thread on Twitter that has sprung up that is a hybrid of #moviequotes and #nerdbus. Nothing can stop the bus. Ride the bus.
People who are talking about Nerd Bus:
Here is a bit of a podcast schedule. Some nights aren’t recording/editing podcasts but are podcast related. Prep work goes into each cast and sometimes that means sacrificing my time for playing games. I know…but somebody has to do it.
Monday: The Final Score Left 4 Dead Monday – I didn’t get to play very long. Like 5 minutes. (spent some time with the family. I did hear the game went on without me and a great time was had by all.) Later on, I put the family to bed and I played some StarCraft 2 with some FrogPants alumni and friends. (You can hear some Smack Talk about that this Friday on The Final Score.)
Tuesday: 20 Questions podcast – Nick of the 20 Questions podcast asked me 20 questions. Apparently I set a new record for length of time. Beating out Scott Johnson’s previous record…take that Scotty. http://blahcreations.com/20questions/
The Final Score: I played about an hour of Team Fortress 2 and had a blast talking to all the gang who shows up every week. The server was full just about the whole time we played. It may be time for another upgrade.
Recorded Old School for this weeks The Final Score.
Wednesday: The Final Score – Woke up at 6am to play some Civ 5 demo so I could at least be semi prepared for this week’s episode of TFS. Play the Odd Mod for The Final score. This week is a game developed on the Unreal Engine. Looks like fun.
Comics Coast To Coast – Make show notes.
Thursday: Comics Coast To Coast – Recording my favorite comic related podcast.
Friday: Record The Final Score with Scott and Nicole.
and that’s it. That’s what a podcast week looks like for me.
My scanner really sucks. I tried scanning in some of my doodles from the day. I was out a lot and didn’t have my wacom so I just doodled on every scrap piece of paper I could find bearing down on soft surfaces like paperback books. Breaking all the rules and it shows. All of these were done with BIC pens and my scanner hates them. But here they are…blah…SHAME MYSELF INTO DOING BETTER!
proof my scanner sucks…at the bottom I took a picture with my crappy digital camera of one of the sketches and you can at least tell what it is now.