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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.

5-Star Reviews!

If you love our podcast, please go leave us a 5-star review and comment on iTunes and we will give you a shout-out on the show!

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Book Club Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Episode 53 – Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

In this episode, Liz and Heather welcome Kitty back into the studio for our Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and ZOMBIES!! We read the original Jane Asten classic along with the zombified version to compare the two. It’s a boozylicious episode!

Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

None of us had read the original before, which is why we went ahead and read both books for this particular book club. We gab for a while about the books we had to read (but probably didn’t) in high school.

Listen in as we discuss our thoughts on the books, the use of language in the books, and the addition of zombies and whether is added anything to the original storyline. In the zombie version, we really enjoyed the fact that Charlotte turns into a zombie and nobody notices. In this book, your main job was zombie hunting, until you got married. Then your hunting days were over.

Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Also, cousin marriages are gross. And pre-marital blood tests are weird. There were a lot of great comedic moments in both books. We also realize that we probably wouldn’t have been rich in this scenario. We would be servants or merchants, and that pretty well sucks. Also, traveling for days to see your family who are just a few miles away. And Mrs. Bennet is an asshole.

So many more thoughts, but I’m pretty sure no one reads the show notes anyway 😉 This will be the experiment to see who is still reading. In our next episode, we will be talking all about Star Trek – the shows, the movies, and the reboots! Make sure you check back in with us next week!

Book Club: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

NERD YEAR’s EVE in Dallas this year! Our own Producer Craig may be moderating some panels! If you don’t have plans and aren’t too far from Dallas, go check it out!

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Episode 43 – Book Club: World War Z

Book Club: World War ZIt’s FINALLY time to cover our Book Club: World War Z episode! We have been talking about doing this episode for months, but have been sidetracked for the past few months with convention season! You will have to forgive any forgetfulness, as it has been several months since we listened to the audio book.

We were really impressed with the format in which this book takes place, where it is all post-war interviews. We loved the audio book for this, as the cast is completely amazing, especially in the unabridged edition. Had this book been a straight narrative, we wouldn’t have been interested at all.

Some of the amazing actors in this book are Alan Alda, Nathan Fillion, Mark Hamill, Henry Rollins, Denise Crosby, Jeri Ryan, and so many more. Here is the complete cast list.

The scariest part of this book was the fact that there really wasn’t anywhere to run to that was safe. Zombies can survive in every environment, under water, up a tree, etc. As humans, we can’t even wrap our heads around this thought.

We go through some of our favorite stories and talk through our thoughts and feelings on each.

 

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Episode 36 – Book Club: Lamb

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk about our most recent Book Club: Lamb by Christopher Moore. We LOVE THIS BOOK. It is so funny and also makes you think. Here is the disclaimer – if you are super starchy religious or have a stick up your ass, you may want to skip that episode.

Book Club: Lamb

The Book

Note: Donkey and Goat Wine is what Heather is talking about – fermented natural wine that tastes like grape juice. Check it out.

We will soon be adding a Classic Movie Club to our podcast, in addition to our Book Clubs. Our first movies will be Alien/Aliens since there will be a reunion of Aliens at Comicpalooza in Houston in June.

Here’e the plot of the book: The angel Raziel has come back 2,000 years after the death of Christ and has brought back Biff, Jesus’ childhood pal, to tell his Gospel – the 30 year gap in what happened to Jesus (Joshua) from about age 6 until his death. Biff is locked in a hotel room, writing his version of events of the day. Since Joshua is supposed to be the Messiah and is to be without sin, he gets Biff to do the sinning for him, and then tell him about it later. They also have their childhood friend, Mary Magdalene (Maggie) to contend with. She is in love with Joshua and Biff is in love with Maggie… good times.

Joshua and Biff go on an epic journey throughout the land searching for the three magi who were present at his birth to try to learn how to be the Messiah; Balthazar, Gaspar, and Melchior are there names.

Lots of love, sinning, sex, Bible stuff, and more. Read it, listen to it, and listen to us. Because this is cool Jesus. And we like cool Jesus. Trust us, yo.

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Comicpalooza Podcast Program 2016 - Book Club Lamb

OH AND THE BIGGEST COOLEST NEWS NOT IN THE PODCAST: We have been accepted into the Compicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program for 2016!! We are super excited to be a part of this and will be recording episodes as part of that program… so definitely jump on board with that!

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