003: Lillian Medville – Work, Humility, And Courage

“I realized at a certain point that I had things I wanted to say and I had questions I wanted to ask and it seemed like a waste to not say them and ask them”

Where to find Lillian Medville:
Lillian Medville on Twitter
Lillian Medville on Instagram (#artandbravery)
Lillian Medville
Your Privilege Is Showing: The Social Justice Card Game
Lillian’s Test Kitchen
Sensitive Beast – A documentary by Lillian

This week’s nerd is Lillian Medville. Lillian’s nerdy takes work, heart, and courage. Through her projects like Your Privilege is Showing, Art and Bravery, and Lillian’s Test Kitchen, Lillian uses non-traditional ways to communicate about bravery, humility, and courage.

Lillian’s TEDx Talk about Your Privilege Is Showing:

We discuss how Lillian decided that Your Privilege Is Showing should be a card game, how the rules of a game can facilitate difficult decisions and go through a recent (as of the episode release) news item that would be included in the game. We met in a way that shows how oblivious I am to the world around me and how gracious Lillian is to the world around her. We also talk about about Lillian’s food allergies (of which there are MANY) and how she still manages to travel and date without the ability to eat at virtually any restaurants.

There is a rant about the Gilmore Girls. Don’t @ me.

Also discussed: Capitol Wrestling is on the air in the Chicago area, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and other markets as well!

002: The Acadian’s Chris Cavallari – Making Mistakes and Practicing

“You’re gonna fail. At some point you’re gonna make mistakes, you’re gonna fail. It’s learning from those mistakes and moving forward and making something better that makes you a good maker.”

Where to find The Acadian‘s Chris Cavallari
The Acadian – Maine Custom Carry on Instagram
The Acadian – Maine Custom Carry on Facebook
The Acadian – Maine Custom Carry on Twitter

Small Moments for iOS by Gavin St. Ours
The Art and Science of Every Day Carry
Christ Church College at Oxford and Harry Potter
“The Shawshank Redemption” oak tree

This week’s nerd is Chris Cavallari, the man behind The Acadian – Maine Custom Carry. Chris created The Acadian – Maine Custom Carry as a hobby to have that kept him close to home nad family while also satisfying his need to create. The Acadian is inspired by his personal experiences of being a boy scout, his rustic esthetic in general, and his home state of Maine. We discuss how Chris learned the skills necessary to turn wood and create pens, The Acadian’s evolution from a hobby into a business, some special pens that will be of interest to fans of The Shawshank Redemption, and Harry Potter, and how failure turns practice into learning.

In a different life Chris and I had a podcast called “Create Consume Delete,” which focused on the technical aspects of media and media creation. This was when he was running a video production company and I had was running a recording studio. It’s been many years since either of us called those our jobs and it was great to get together again to create an episode of a podcast.

The Adult Nerd’s twitter account is up and running! I had some issues with the settings of the domain, which caused me to be unable to reset the Twitter account’s password. If you’re interested in following the show more closely, follow @theadultnerd on Twitter. The Adult Nerd newsletter is also up and running with the first issue being sent out last weekend.

001: Gavin St. Ours – Being Immersed And Having Perpetual Projects

“All these things that I’ve started, I keep them all and I’ll come back to them and maybe I’ll rework them and reuse them in other things instead of just abandoning them. I’ll pick ideas out of them.”

Gavin St Ours – @charmcitygavin
Sky Tigers (Gavin’s band) – @sky.tigers


Podcamp Montreal
When we first met
Soothsayer in Aisle Five
National Podcast Post Month
Patton Oswalt’s “Wake Up Geek Culture, Time To Die”

This week’s nerd is Gavin St. Ours. Gavin and I have a deep podcasting history, so I thought this was a great place to start with The Adult Nerd podcast. Gavin is an author, designer, developer, musician, podcaster, and nerd. We talk about going back to school, finding new work, and changing the direction of his life in the process.

Gavin’s book, Soothsayer in Aisle Five, was the culmination of his MFA. He self-published the book on the Amazon Kindle platform in addition to releasing a softcover edition. During his MFA studies and while working full-time, Gavin began to seriously learn to code. Following graduation it was time for another change. Dev bootcamp was the next step for Gavin, moving to San Francisco to immerse himself in development and came out on the other end a working developer.

Gavin’s Space Station Live app for the Apple TV was the #1 paid app on the Apple TV in the early months of its availability. The Baltimore Sticker Pack for iMessages was available early as well (both have been removed from the iOS App Store). The app Small Moments showcased video and original music and was also removed from the iOS App Store, but Gavin’s 100 Days” video project is still available on YouTube.

If you’ve got a great solution for tracking your comic book collection, I’m all ears! I’ve recently begun trying to get my collection into a database to get a full understanding of what I have. I’d prefer not to use Excel to do it and don’t care if it there’s a cost as long as it’s a solid solution. Please be in touch! @robblatt on Twitter.

Watch the episode on YouTube: