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“Sasquatching,” Summer Tunes, And The Continuing Promise of Jet Packs: What We Learned At Nerdist This Week

We’ve been promised the commercial availability of jet packs so many times in recent years that it’s become a universal shorthand for disappointment. About this time last year, in fact, Chris wrote about a New Zealand company that planned to sell jet packs for $75,000. And then we heard nothing.

And now they’re back:

Same company, same jet packs, but now they’re projecting availability within 18 months for $100,000. The price is going up, the arrival time is later, but they’re still telling us that our jet packs are coming.

But let’s say that this happens. Say you can go down to your jet pack dealer and buy a jet pack. Say you have the hundred grand to plunk down, you go in, you pay your cash, and you buy your jet pack. You can now go up to 5,000 feet for a little under 10 minutes. What are you going to do with it?

The truth is, there’s not much you CAN do with it. You hover over the neighborhood a little, you come down, the end. You can’t even take it to the store, because you won’t be able to carry all your groceries back with you, and shopping while toting a jet pack will not be terribly comfortable. No, the bottom line is that if and when we get our jet packs, we’ll be able to do two things with it:

1. Go to Starbucks, have a latte, and return.

2. Brag to our friends that we have a jet pack.

This conflicts with our fantasies. We won’t be fighting crime with it. We won’t be commuting with it. I would be afraid to commute with it, because even if it had the ability to stay up there for a full 30-mile trip to downtown, I imagine that flying through four airport approaches and neighborhoods where police helicopters routinely hover overhead following our regularly-scheduled high-speed chases would make jet packing in Southern California the kind of adventure I would not seek.

Yet, they still promise us jet packs. I’ll settle for a car with air conditioning that works. You keep your fantasies, and I’ll have mine.

Speaking of fantasy, what DID happen here at this week?

1. The week started with a visit to the Nerdist Podcast by “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, who proved to give even better than he took. He was joined along the way by admirer and friend Damon Lindelof, and, somehow, we not only learned what “sasquatching” is, but had audience members draw it for Damon’s cash. Those of you complaining that you haven’t yet seen the pictures should ask yourself why you’d want to see that. Oh, and later, Emily posted a video of Kirkman talking about his favorite comics. What, no Jughead Digest?

2. With BBC America, unlike BBC One in the U.K., taking a week off from That Show, Kyle took the chance to discuss the history of regeneration. Some were lamer than others. And, yes, Kyle’s seen the episode that aired in the U.K. but not in North America; you’ll get that review after we catch up.

3. Colin Hanks is moving ahead with that Tower Records documentary, collecting donations on Kickstarter to finish post-production and get this thing finished. As of Friday afternoon, he was only about $7,500 short of his $50,000 goal. Looks good.

4. We got a look at the Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer. You know Torchwood — the spinoff from That Show. In fact, the word “Torchwood” is an anagram for “Enough About That Show Already.”

5. Some of you have written books. Jessica told us about them. Get finished with YOUR book so Jessica can plug it, too.

6. Becca tipped us to Nate LC’s Beachland Summer Mix. If you’re looking for a fresh soundtrack to the season, it’s a contender.

7. Someone ported Doom to HTML5 and Javascript, sort of a proof-of-concept of making video games that can be played, unlike Flash games, on any device. Not every browser, though — it’s still problematic in Chrome. Funny, I hadn’t played Doom since, like, forever, and I still sucked at it. I’m shooting!! WHY ISN’T HE DYING?!?

8. Ted thought that the description of the Hawkman movie — “a combination of Indiana Jones, The Da Vinci Code, and Ghost” — was a little bizarre. That prompted a discussion of best/worst log lines. It was like “Nerdist meets College Humor and has an iced beverage with Movieline.”

9. We got inspired by the kid who told us Thumbs up, everybody! For Rock and Roll!” and by a pretty amazing animated short that paid homage to Jackson Pollock and involved eating paintings.

tasty bootlegged coffees10. Kids, guns, and violence — pretty cool animated violence laid on top of live action — were the elements in the new IS TROPICAL video for the song “The Greeks,” posted by Matthew B. Toy guns don’t do what the toy guns in this video do, in case you thought about arming yourself at Toys R Us.

11. Our Coffee Nerdist, Brett, taught us about the wisdom of weighing what you brew. Get a good scale, he says. You deserve nothing less than a perfect cup every time.

12. A Slick Gigolo trailer parody suggested that maybe the three Star Wars prequels were, you know, that way because someone locked George Lucas away and replaced him with a lesser-talented double to ruin the franchise. Some of you protested that those prequels were good movies. Eye of the beholder and all that.

13. Looks like there’s a third villain for The Dark Knight Rises, and it’s Matthew Modine. He’ll play a character called “Nixon.” Apparently, it’s still 1974 in some quarters.

14. You stalk someone and you get arrested. Chris stalks someone and she comes on the podcast. Okay, he didn’t REALLY stalk Julie Benz, but that whole airport thing was a little… well, she came on and had a great time and was terrific, so we’re good, right?

15. Muppets as Star Wars characters, available as action figures. Oh, yes, you want these.

16. Matthew B. got a preview of some of Konami‘s new games, in advance of E3. More about E3 in a second.

17. There’s, as always, a lot happening at NerdMelt this week, and Emily gave us the rundown, but let’s make sure y’all turn out to see our pal Sex Nerd Sandra as she does her first live podcast on Tuesday, June 7th. Support her, and you might learn something, like which end goes in and how you turn that thing on. Yes, that can be taken several ways.

About next week: Apparently, we have many Nerdist contributors heading to the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles, and some will be posting coverage right here. So you have that to look forward to. Me? My timing is perfect; while everyone’s converging on L.A., I’m leaving to cover a talk radio thing in New York for my other site. But I’ll still be posting stuff here (not, mercifully, about talk radio — I’ll save that for the radio site), too. In the meantime, your weekend burrito awaits, with extra chips and a large Mountain Dew with free refills. Enjoy it, won’t you?

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  1. I’m taking my son to Orlando this week and I was told to google Kirkman in Orlando. I found Kirkman Sasquatch and this is such a cool site! If you guys want to read a great Sasquatch novel, check me out at! Hope to hear from you and fill me in on all of your Sasquatch stories.
    Shannon Wallace

  2. The sasquatching pics have been posted. But you’ll have to work a little for them. From Chris’ tweet minutes ago:

    “Sasquatching Kirkman pics!!! I’ve buried the link on my @reddit AMA page. Find it w/o using cmd-f and be rewarded!”

  3. rattletrap1970 says:

    Did Izzy ever set up a website for her artwork?

  4. Christian says:

    Uhmmm, so yeah, seriously, where are the sasquatch pictures???

  5. ryu says:

    we just want to see the squatch picture to be part of the joke too… doesn’t matter what it was of. big fan of the podcast though.

  6. Tere says:

    When is the Morgan Freeman show going up?

  7. slavetothegrinds says:

    Hey guys re: Comments about Detroit…I hate being that guy and getting butthurt about jokes but really? We’ve been slammed with the recession and yeah the roving packs of dogs sucks. Hey Chris you’re going to be here Friday what about some animal shelter donations to help fix the problem instead of shitting on the city huh?

  8. Zachary Eversole says:


    Cool story, bro.

  9. Hey, I didn’t say anything- the podcast guys did. And as soon as I get my hands on the pictures, I’ll post ’em.

    But Chris has had some other priorities on his mind this week, which will become apparent shortly. (Good things)

  10. scott says:

    “Those of you complaining that you haven’t yet seen the pictures should ask yourself why you’d want to see that.”


    I still want to see it.

    Also, you said it would be posted.

  11. MassiveForehead says:

    At least it would cut down on texting and talking on the phone while driving.

  12. joem18b says:

    I developed a small and dependable jet pack quite some time ago and use it on a daily basis. The problem with so many of these things is that folks want to go to work or to the store with them. In my case, the gate in my fence has been on the fritz for years. My pack lifts me over the gate and puts me down on the other side. That’s all I want or need it to do and it performs admirably. Plus, it scares the poop out of the pit bull next door, which serves no useful purpose and probably isn’t Christian, but which satisfies me every time that it happens.

  13. Guys, I don’t have the pictures myself. I’m not Chris, and I don’t even know if HE, or Kirkman, or Damon, or the artists are in possession of the pictures. I assume one of them is, or maybe they’re over at NerdMelt. I haven’t seen the pictures either. But I can assure you that I’ll post them if I ever do get my hands on them, even if I don’t have a personal desire to see a drawing of Kirkman and Sasquatch and, you know, THAT. It’s just a matter of figuring out where they went after the show….

  14. Jack says:

    Yeah, why would we want to see something we heard an entire roomful of people laugh about for half an hour? Something we were told was hilarious and that we’d be able to see?
    Pretty lame, gents.

  15. Pete says:


    With a jet pack you can go to Starbucks and brag to your friends. Does it run apps?

  16. CoachBen says:

    >>”Those of you complaining that you haven’t yet seen the pictures should ask yourself why you’d want to see that.”

    You referenced it in the podcast and said you were going to post it! That’s why!!!

  17. creeper says:

    humble prediction: the sasquatching pics will never be seen on this site due to fear of ruffling the sensibilities of the nerdist’s new BBC overlords – what with the graphical depictions of penii and whatnot.

  18. Marki Mark says:

    THAT show? THAT SHOW!? More like THE show. I mean, come on.

  19. I just want to see the Sasquatching pictures because they were promised to us in the podcast. Repeatedly.

  20. andyC says:

    I strongly believe this most recent jetpack in the posted video is still too big and cumbersome to land with, or serve any real functional purpose: personal or military- especially military. The liquid fueled air blasting style from the 60’s was light enough to land on your actual feet. Even though this most recent one LOOKS like they’re close, a parachute landing? Come on. Even if they make it controllable enough to land vertically, imagine how sketchy it would be land if things DIDN’T go well. You’d need big skids to land like on an actual helicopter to be able to land without being scared. Defeats the whole purpose of it being a “jetpack”. That’s my opinion anyway.

  21. JetpackBlues says:

    Mine was so much more compact. And a lot less expensive.

    Now it’s with a new owner (pictured) and that’s why I have the Jetpack Blues….

  22. Perhaps, but in March 2010 rollout was imminent with a new partner lined up, production ready, and a $75K price tag. Now, it’s like that never happened, the price has gone up, and they’re only now testing. So even with the quake as a consideration, they seem to have rebooted the whole project and are back at the testing stage. And at the I’ll Believe It When I See It stage…. not that I’m in the market for one anyway…

  23. Connell says:

    As far as I know, part of the reason for the delay is the earthquake that occured in Christchurch, their city of operation.