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We Heart Houston

Episode 84 – We Heart Houston

In this very special episode, we heart Houston and learn a little about Texas food and the fact that HEATHER IS MOVING AWAY!! Don’t worry, the show WILL go on and will stay awesome. But, before the leaves the great state of Texas, we have to talk about all the things she is going to miss!

We Heart Houston

We Heart Houston

So, Heather finished up her degree back in May, applied for the kickass job of her dreams and got it!! We are so proud of all of her accomplishments! That kickass job will be taking her to California, so while Liz will miss her fiercely, she is getting an incredible opportunity to make her dreams come true!

We took this opportunity to talk all about our home city and the things we love about it – mainly the FOOD! If you have never been to Houston and have a notion of what it is all about, I guarantee you are wrong! So, take a listen to our last in-studio session for a while (she will be back for Comicpalooza in May!) and hopefully no one gets too teary!

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And DO NOT FRET!! Nerdy Bitches will continue on, and probably with more regularity now that we will be recording sessions online weekly. We love you all!

xo, Liz and Heather

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Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Part 2

Episode 83 – BOOK CLUB: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 2

BOOK CLUB: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 2

In this episode, Liz and Heather cover the rest of the first book, starting at Chapter 7! We had so much to say on this book that it couldn’t be contained in a single episode!! Make sure you check out the first part if you missed it!

Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Part 2

Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 2

We only made it as far as the Hogwart’s Express in the first part of this episode, so prepare for a world of wonder as Harry enters the wizarding school for the first time, goes to some classes, and plays for the Gryffindor house Quiddach team. Along the way, Harry discovers some shady characters and a plot that could change the course of the wizarding world! Will an 11 year old be able to keep the powers of evil at bay? Duh.

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As you probably know, we, along with all of Houston, just went through Hurricane Harvey and the city is still suffering. Several of our local podcast family were also hit super hard too. You can support the hurricane recovery by donating $10 HERE! In addition to doing some awesome for the community, you will receive 48 EXCLUSIVE PODCASTS that you cannot hear anywhere else from awesome podcasts, including ours. 25% of donations will go directly to local podcasters who were severely impacted by the storm, with the other 75% going to Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Do some good, get some podcasts!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Part 1

Episode 82 – BOOK CLUB: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1

In this week’s episode, it’s time for our Book Club selection: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1! We are going to be going through all seven of the Harry Potter books over the next few months and discussing each book in detail.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Part 1

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1

We had so much to say on this first world building book that we had to split it into two episodes!! We imagine the upcoming books will be much of the same, because we could both probably talk Harry Potter forever! In fact, it was a mutual love for Harry Potter that cemented our friendship in the first place! Harry Potter and scrapbooking.

During this part of the episode, we cover Chapters 1-6, which basically ends with Harry and company getting off the train at Hogwarts, if that tells you how much happens in the beginning of this book! We go through pretty much chapter by chapter here, hitting all of the little details that we probably missed when reading it the first time, but that end up being really important down the line.

In the first third of the book, we meet the Dursleys and learn a tiny bit about who Harry is and why he is important to the wizarding world. We jump forward to right before Harry’s 11th birthday where he learns some shocking news and takes his first leap into a magical world he never knew existed. He visits Diagon Alley and meets some interesting characters in passing.

Making it on to platform 9 3/4, Harry meets the Weasley family and gets all situation for the ride to Hogwarts.

In Part 2, we will go through the rest of the book in detail, so make sure you check in for the next installment!

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Nerdy Bitches Book Club

Episode 77 – BOOK CLUB: Storm Front

In this Book Club episode, Liz and Heather examine Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the first in the Dresden Files series. Both of us had received multiple recommendations to read this series over the years, so it was time we dug in!

Storm Front

Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

[Synopsis from jimbutcher.com]

We talk through this Professional Wizard turns murder suspect mystery. All opinions are our own and may vary wildly from that of each other or people who recommended to us to read this series.

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Book Club: Felicia Day

Episode 70 – Book Club: Felicia Day

In this episode, Liz and Heather sit down for Book Club: Felicia Day (You’re Never Weird on the Internet, Almost). We are super excited since this author, actress, and all around nerdy phenomenon will be attending Comicpalooza here in Houston May 12-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center!

Book Club: Felicia Day

Book Club: Felicia Day

In this book, Felicia talks about her weird (her words!) childhood, schooling, and talent and how they led her to become the awesome nerd we all know and love today. If she looks familiar, you have probably seen her in Supernatural, Eureka, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, and ALL over the internet! She pretty much invented the web series with The Guild! This is definitely a must-read book for geek girls out there. She also talks about her own experience after gamer gate and how she came back from that stronger.

Comicpalooza 2017

We are only a week away from this year’s Comicpalooza! We are so excited to be part of the podcasting program for the second year, AND this year we will be hosting our own live podcast panel as part of the show! Get your tickets at https://register.growtix.com/e/comicpalooza_2017?cc=website17

Nerdy B*s Live Podcast with Cards Against Humanity

As you can see, we have had to censor our name for the convention program, but we are still us and our signature brand of nerdiness and language will still be there! Come play Cards Against Humanity with us Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 6 – 7pm in room 370C! It will be a blast!!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep track of where we are and where you can meet us!!

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Doctor Who Season 9

Episode 68 – Doctor Who Season 9

In this episode, Liz and Heather finally discuss Doctor Who Season 9, along with our hopes, dreams, and fears about Season 10, along with the upcoming departure of both Steven Moffett and our beloved Peter Capaldi!

Doctor Who Season 9

Super Huge Announcement!!! [Insert Party Horns Here]

We are SUPER excited to announce that we have been selected for the second year to be part of the 2017 Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program!!! What that means is that we will be attending the event as part of their press team, will be bringing you all the great info from the floor, and may even be having our own events at the con! If you have never been to a convention like this before, get your tickets NOW!! It is totally worth it and you will love it! We have amazing guests coming this year, including most of the Marvel Defenders, Felicia Day, Chuck Norris, and many many more!! Stay tuned for more big news! May 12-14, 2017 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas!

Doctor Who Season 9

Just a note – This is actually our second recording, but we lost the first one, so just know, you missed the Oscar-worthy edition. But, this is finally our chance to get around to talking about Season 9 and how much we really enjoyed it… even Clara (who we typically hated)!!

We go through each of the two-fers in the season and then talk about the new writer and whomever the new Doctor might be. We loved that they brought back Missy for the first few episodes. She is a great villain and we love her.

Upcoming Book Club…

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day!

Felicia will be at Comicpalooza this year, so we have our fingers crossed that we will get to meet her and maybe even get her on the podcast! So, get to reading! And feel free to tweet her and let her know to look for us!

Be The Match Booth at Comicpalooza

Be the Match swabs people for the National Bone Marrow Registry, and they will have a booth at Comicpalooza this year, and Liz wants YOU to get over there and swab to see if you could possibly be the match for 2 year old Roman. (join.bethematch.org/teamroman) It’s really for anyone who could possibly need a bone marrow transplant, so get out there and be a hero, with or without a cape! <3 How can you resist this face???

 

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If you want to be a part of our special event during the convention, email ContactUs@nerdybitches.com and let us know! We would love to see you there!

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Book Club: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Episode 64 – Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

In this episode, Liz and Heather tackle another Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Grab your towel, down a couple of pints, and listen in as we talk about this geek classic!

Book Club: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

Book Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally a radio play, then a novel, then a series, then a mini-series, and finally the movie; spanning 1979 – 2005. Thanks to our friend @sealeadams on Twitter for making the recommendation to read this on the Book Club.

Listen in for the plot summary (also available on online).

Cast Members:

  • Arthur Dent, England, Earth
  • Ford Prefect, alien, Bettleguise
  • The Vogon Construction Fleet
  • Zaphod Beeblbrox and Trillion (human, Earth) aka Tricia McMillon
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android and Eddie the computer (on the Heart of Gold)
  • Slartybartfast
  • Deep Thought (computer on Magrathea)
  • Mice

Goodreads

Are you using the Goodreads app to track your reading? They have an optional reading challenge where you can challenge yourself to read and track a certain number of books per year. It’s a good app if you are a big reader.

 

Random quotes and rants flow, as always. Read instructions before asking your wife. Read them again and try it yourself before asking your wife. She will appreciate it. And think you are smarter.

Let’s Talk Period Panties…

Sorry boys, but these are important thing.

 

Also… All of the episodes of The Golden Girls are now available on Hulu.

 

Here’s Our New Goal

Get Felicia Day on the Nerdy Bitches Podcast when she is here in May for Comicpalooza. If you have a connection, help us out!! We are so wanting to have her on the show because we love her! Help Help Help!! Forward, Retweet, Call her… whatever it takes!

 

Also send us your ideas on future book club episodes!

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Episode 63 – Beating Winter Blues

In this episode, Liz and Heather discuss beating winter blues, especially in Houston where it isn’t generally cold much in the winter time.

Beating Winter Blues

Beating Winter Blues

Even though we don’t really get snowed in or have super cold days here, we can still get the winter blues. Especially on overcast, cold, and clammy (humid) days. Also, the time change in the winter really messes with your head and biorhythms. It makes you feel tired and grumpy. It does lead to a lot of binge watching and binge eating.

How to Beat the Blahs

  • Embrace it, if you can – Pretend you are choosing to spend the cold day in bed so that you can really enjoy the day.
  • Keep Warm – There are certain things that we want to do in winter, like hot chocolate, soups and stews, giant blankets. You may have to flip on the AC for this activity if you live in Houston.
  • Find the light – Get outside and find the sun, wherever it may be. Watch out for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which comes from a lack of Vitamin D. This can boost your mood and help you keep a little more active.
  • Pokemon Go will overheat your phone and keep your hands warm.
  • Eating healthy – When most of us binge watch and binge eat, you aren’t doing it with healthy foods. Try to get the foods in season and go to town.
  • Lighting (in doors) – Open the blinds and let in some light.
  • Make some kind of plans – You have the chance to catch up on things you have been meaning to do. Forget your resolutions and goals and make a PLAN and work the plan. Try not to isolate yourself. Go out and see people when you can.
  • Know your limitations – Don’t over-commit when you know it won’t be good for you. Do what you can do, plan for the things that take more time than you have. Get a day planner and keep track of what you need to do and make adjustments as you see things crowding up.
  • Find a hobby – Figure out what you like to do and make some time to do it. Puzzles, coloring, etc.
  • One Day at a Time – Just get through the day. Live in the moment. Life is much more manageable if you stay present. Mindfulness.
  • Talk it Through – Lean on your support system. Talk to someone who will listen and not judge or try to solve your problems. Make these relationships a two-way street. Don’t just dump all of your crap on someone and never allow them to do the same. If you can’t find a person to trust – get a journal. NEVER go back and read those journals.

[Beating the Winter Blues]

WTF?

What the hell is dabbing?

Who gave you the right to change The Running Man [dance]??

 

“THE SUN IS FOR VENGEANCE, BETTY!”

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Time Travel

Episode 62 – Time Travel

In this episode, Heather and Liz talk time travel in entertainment (but not real science, so don’t tell us we don’t know science – because we already know that).

Time Travel

Time Travel

We are discussing time travel in TV and movies. Since we don’t have Dr. Neil Degrass Tyson on the show (but we would LOVE to), we won’t be talking the actual physics/science behind the potential for time travel, or even things like wormholes. We are sticking to what we can Google and what we can see in entertainment.

Time Travel Theories
  1. Fixed timeline – Single fixed history which is unchangeable. Whatever you go back and try to change will be what created it in the first place. Examples: 12 Monkeys and Donnie Darko.
  2. Dynamic timeline – Very small change in the past has a huge impact on the future (Butterfly effect or chaos theory). Example: Back to the Future. Paradox: Grandfather paradox – If you go back in time and kill your grandfather and thus you should never be born, but the fact that YOU went back in time means that you existed and the grandpa can’t be killed.
  3. Multi-verse – Every change you make creates a new timeline. Example: Doctor Who, The Flash
  4. Trapped in time – Time is paused and they will rejoin the timeline. Example: Jumanji, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; Planet of the Apes (1968).

Bootstrap Paradox: occurs when an object or piece of information sent back in time becomes trapped within an infinite cause-effect loop in which the item no longer has a discernible point of origin, and is said to be “uncaused” or “self-created”.

Wormhole – Often used as a method for time travel

Time Travel – in TV

  • Doctor Who
  • Quantum Leap
  • Legends of Tomorrow
  • Agents of Shield (ish)
  • Continum

Time Travel – in Movies

  • Back to the Future
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Groundhog Day*
  • Interstellar
  • Terminator
  • Time Bandits
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • X-Men Days of Future Past
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • 13 Going on 30

Other Segments – Bitch of the Week, Things We Don’t Get, and Out-of-Context Internet Comments

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Rogue One

Episode 61 – Rogue One

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk all about Rogue One and the future of the Star Wars saga. There are spoilers in this episode, so make sure you have seen the movie or just take our word for it!

Rogue One

Rogue One

We start out talking about Star Wars canon and the previously-known extended universe (now Legends). Some of the more popular things from the old books are coming back into the true canon, like Admiral Thrawn (first introduced by Timothy Zahn in the Trawn trilogy), who is now appearing in Star Wars: Rebels this season. We also see Saw Guerrera, who originally came around in Clone Wars, and is now in Rogue One, and also in Rebels.

Other characters that show up in Rogue One: Chopper (droid, Rebels), General Syndulla (Hera, Rebels), Dr. Evanza and Ponda Baba (bad dudes from the Cantina scene in Episode IV)

Rogue One passed the Bechtel Test! (Note: There is a new Jyn Erso backstory book coming out soon). As far as women go, we see Jyn and Mon Mothma talking, and not about a man! We would like more backstory on Jyn to tell us why we should care about her, because she is kind of a bitch throughout the whole story (more so in the Rogue One book than the movie).

Villains – Star Wars is amazing at making terrible villains who actually make you uncomfortable. Orsen Krennick, Darth Vader being a badass (and also cracking jokes while force choking someone), Tarkin, etc.

CGI issues – Peter Cushing passed in 1994 and was recreated via CGI over another actor. Tarkin was an essential part of the story, so it was necessary to have him in the story. His importance is much stronger in the book than what they did in the movie, which was respectful. We LOVED the CGI Princess Leia at the end of the movie. It is harder to watch after her passing in late December.

Discussion around other characters. We will be doing a Robot episode in the upcoming months, so we talk only about K-2SO in this episode.

Bitch of the Week

Heather – Birds

Liz – Oversharing of someone else’s photos on Facebook

Book Club – Coming Soon

Our next selection is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Probably just the first books.

We also bring back the Bitch of the Week and Out-of-Context Internet Comments segments, and added a new one: Things We Just Don’t Get.

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