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Happy 5 Years of Comparative Geeks!

It’s true! This was the holiday weekend, back in 2013, that we started up Comparative Geeks and got this whole thing going. We’re now coming off of by far our longest hiatus, and it’s good to be back! Hopefully you’ve noticed that the podcast is back – remember you can subscribe to that on iTunes or find the feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ComparativeOpinions

At this point in our lives, now with the Geek Baby and the Nerd Baby, the podcast is by far the easiest thing for us to do. It takes that back-and-forth discussion time that we tended to put into posts and turns it into a process where you can join along! Hopefully you’ve given us a listen and enjoy it – let us know what else you’d like to see us doing with that. Week in Geek should be back soon, a news podcast is a bit daunting after a hiatus, I must say!

We did have a Star Trek post go up Saturday by Hannah – hopefully you caught that! And we’ll try to keep some written content coming, it’s just gotten harder to find the time! That should improve with time.

(That’s the theory).

Meanwhile, David had thoughts of trying to dive back into The Astral Chronicles, but is now not sure. Spending these 5 years as media consumers and critics, he’s realized he’s spent a lot of time saying what he likes to see is new stories – and maybe The Astral Chronicles isn’t quite there. This is leading to thoughts of a more  commentary/non-fiction webcomic, rather than a story-based fiction webcomic. Stay tuned!

In the coming months we’ll also probably make the transition back to WordPress off of our self-hosted site. Life got too busy not only for us but for all of our contributors, making the push to really grow the site too much to sustain. That’s okay – we’re happy still with where we’re at right now! Thanks for sticking with us, dear readers.

A Pause, A Reflection

Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my birthday, and has become our tradition, I am just writing whatever I want for my birthday. Which, as has been fairly pointed out, isn’t much different from any other day of the year.

Except lately, it is different. A little while back, I finally broke down, gave in, and stopped putting out articles, blog posts, and fillers, on a daily basis. I was keeping the dream alive, but with Holly dealing with pregnancy, and one by one our contributors having other parts of life to contend with, it was down largely to me – and I wasn’t doing a very good job of it.

It being my birthday, I am in particular doing the sort of “what am I doing it for and what are we accomplishing by it?” thinking that comes with the passage of time. It’s a reflective time.


I wanted to get started with Comparative Geeks – something we did back in January 2013 – to get myself into a regular habit of writing. Here more recently, however, the focus had fallen onto the “regular” part of the equation, rather than the “writing” part. I honestly haven’t written much of anything resembling an essay in some time, and my poor webcomic has languored since March.

Since we’re hitting a big reset moment here soon – with a baby expected in a month’s time, and us planning to take the end of the year off from the site – the questions I’m asking myself are really, what do I plan on doing when we come back in January?

The pop culture and geek culture stuff that we talk about was always about the content. It’s served us well all this time, it’s what we consume, what we’re interested in. At this point, our consumption is way down, and I think our two podcasts are covering that nicely. We’re consuming far more news than content, for instance, and Week in Geek gives us a nice outlet to talk about the stories of the week. Meanwhile, for more topic-driven and review-based content, Comparative Opinions is a lot of fun to do, and it matches roughly our current ability to consume the culture and commentate on it!

What’s funny, though, is that while these podcasts have been accomplishing the goals of Comparative Geeks, they still haven’t been meeting my writing goal.

And when you get down to it, the writing goal is about content creation, about me taking some of my stories and getting them out there. In the long decision making process of choosing whether I’d prefer to pursue non-fiction or fiction, I leaned to fiction, and I need to get back to that. I’ve missed it.

So if we’re back in January as mainly 2 podcasts a week, an ongoing webcomic story, and the occasional essay or review post, with the occasional piece by contributors, I think the biggest thing is just to feel okay with that. Being happy with what you are doing in life has a lot to do with setting expectations, and I’m currently dealing with changing expectations.

And that’s okay. Because pushing this further to pursue what I want out of it – rather than enforcing some sense of what “ought” to be happening – should lead to something better for everyone.


In closing, I want to say that I don’t tend to think that we – people, humans, individuals, societies – ever have to “peak.” We can be constantly improving, constantly bettering ourselves. Nonetheless, as a personal thought that isn’t quite in line with conventional wisdom, there’s plenty of doubt. But hey, sometimes that doubt is a great song, so it’s worth it, right?

The Scrumcast: Ep 18 vs David

Hey that’s me! My guest appearance on the Trollblood Scrum is finally live in podcast form: http://handcannononline.com/blog/2017/10/04/the-scrumcast-ep-18-vs/

What we say is still valid for a couple reasons. One is we were talking about playtest changes that are still not live rules yet (hopefully next week?), so it’s still speculation. And we talk plenty about what to do with these changes in rules and new models, so that’s still relevant!

Crazy to think I recorded this in July… and that it’s now October!


For another word for Warmachine Wednesday (which I haven’t done enough for it to be a thing yet…), we are doing a tournament this coming Saturday. Privateer Press released a whole bunch of new theme lists for playing thematic armies, to the point where now basically every model in the game exists in some theme list. There were also some tweaks on existing models.

This means that our group is not sure what to do for which army to bring, so many new options! So many new ideas!

The fun idea that Chad hit on instead is to bring two different armies to play, and we’ll get a chance to play both lists. So that has me dusting off my Convergence, my Clockwork Angels, and coming up with a pairing for my Trollbloods. Actually, with the Troll changes not yet live rules, picking something to play is difficult, so that’s the hard end of the spectrum!

I have a bunch of repair to do on models which haven’t hit the table in a while, and a bit of construction on some I haven’t gotten to use yet (now seems like the time!), but I’m looking forward to having some fun on Saturday! I should hopefully get plenty of pictures posted on our Instagram, so be looking for those!

Adding Comparative Opinions to YouTube with TunesToTube!

Since I was talking about new projects and plans the other day, I figured there was no time like the present to start working on some! One such was to post the Comparative Opinions podcast on YouTube – and I found a great way to do it!

There’s a site called TunesToTube, and you can use it to take an audio file and an image and upload them directly (and quickly!) to YouTube. While they bill it as a way to get your music files up (since YouTube is a major way to listen to music), it’s just as useful for a podcast! I got the first three episodes uploaded pretty quickly and easily.

Now we find out if anyone would prefer listening this way…

Happy New Year 2017 from Comparative Geeks!

Happy New Year! It’s time to start looking ahead, because the year behind us was awful – let us hope that there’s nowhere to go but up! That’s certainly our plan here at Comparative Geeks.


We want to keep getting more guest hosts on the Comparative Opinions podcast, get more voices and more topics going. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying that – remember you can find the feed here or subscribe to us on iTunes. And hey, if you do follow on iTunes, consider rating the podcast!

We’re also hoping to start bringing together a number of new and exciting series that our contributors have been thinking up and planning. The time is now – look for those in the coming weeks!

Chapter 2 of the Astral Chronicles starts this week, possibly planned by David. Possibly random. The stars are right!


Part of our goal with moving to our own managed site was to do some advertising. So far, you’ve seen advertising from our contributors and their projects – hopefully you’ve checked those out! We’re going to be exploring more options, including hopefully some affiliate programs. If you know of any looking to connect with a site like ours, let us know! Also, it would be great to set up some giveaways and such… we’ll see what we can do!


The new year is also a time to look back and reflect on what’s not working. For us, that is unfortunately probably the Forums. They just haven’t really seen use, which tells us that it’s just not a need that you have from us right now. They would be easy enough to recreate or set back up, but for now we’ll be taking them down.

Is there anything we’re doing you especially like or don’t? Things you’d like to see more of from us? Questions, concerns? Let us know in the comments below! And if you would like to join the team, let us know that too!