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Episode 103 – Mainstreaming Nerd Culture Across Generations

In this episode, Liz and Heather discuss mainstreaming nerd culture across generations. Has nerdom become more acceptable in mainstream society? Are nerds the new hipsters or exclusive club? Will Liz and Heather ever choose to clean their respective homes if they can get away with it? Tune in to this week’s episode to find out!

Mainstreaming Nerd Culture Across Generations

Heather has returned from her adventures with several comic cons in California and has much to say about them, compared to our experiences with Comicpalooza. Both are looking forward to the upcoming Fandemic Tour in Houston, so hopefully Liz will be able to attend and report.

Liz and Heather debate whether or not NERD has actually gone mainstream, or if it is specific to certain fandoms/genres. They also discuss how this has changed over the generations and some of the potential jumping off points.

We also talk quite a lot about cleaning (or not), and other off-the-rails topics, as usual.

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God Damn Millennials… walking around like they rent the place!

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Tropes and Cliches

Episode 94 – Tropes and Cliches

In this episode, Heather and Liz explore popular Tropes and Cliches used in movies, tv, and literature. Seen it over and over? So have we.

Tropes and Cliches

Tropes and Cliches

We wanted to talk about the difference between a trope and a cliche, because we see the same things over and over in TV and movies, especially with the advent of binge watching due to streaming services, DVRs, and on-demand options.

Examples:

  • Boy meets girl/loses girl/gets girl back
  • Will they/won’t they/ of course they will

Some of our discussion:

  • Action stars will fight their way through 2,000 henchmen to get to the big bad, but won’t kill him because he doesn’t want to be “just as bad as him.’
  • To change your life and everything about you, all you need is a makeover!
  • Scientists have to say things deliberately complicated so that someone else can make the statement, “In English, please!”
  • Every ensemble needs an idiot. [See potential scavenger hunt for Comicpalooza]
  • “We need to talk.”
  • It always rains at funerals.
  • Underdog will always win.
  • Badass female character must be perfect AND a physical badass.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Episode 92 – BOOK CLUB – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In this episode, Liz and Heather continue working their way through the halls of Hogwarts with our Book Club Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (book 2 in the series).

Book Club Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Book Club Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

We work our way through the second book in the series in detail. We have given up on attempting summaries because we suck at them, so if you need that, check out some other site and come back to us. There are a lot of laughs and a lot of WTF kind of moments where we question the intelligence of Ron and Harry. But, really… what can you expect from a couple of 12 year old kids.

Spoiler Alert – We will be talking in-depth about this book ONLY, but will not be spoiling any future books or movies, as much as we might want to. So, if you haven’t read beyond this book, no worries!

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Star Wars: Thrawn

Episode 90 – BOOK CLUB – Star Wars: Thrawn

In this Book Club episode, Liz and Heather dive into Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn! This beloved extended universe character has been brought back into the Star Wars canon in this book and in the animated series, Rebels.

Star Wars: Thrawn

Star Wars: Thrawn

Welcome to our first book club episode of 2018! We are actually on time (for once), so listen in as we start the new year off right! In this first book, we get the origin story on one of the greatest “villans” of all time (in Star Wars), Grand Admiral Thrawn. This book, unlike others we have read, comes from his perspective, rather than those of our regular Rebellion heroes.

Obviously, the whole book club will be full of spoilers. Duh!!

This story follows Thrawn, Eli Vanto, and (B-story) Ahrinda Pryce and how they have come to be in their positions within the Empire.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2 of the series)

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The Last Jedi

Episode 88 – The Last Jedi (Spoilers!!!)

In this episode, Liz and Heather discuss The Last Jedi and their 3 year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that we have been “on the air” for three years already, but here we are! We are also welcoming another new year.

The Last Jedi

Happy New Year and Happy 3 Year Anniversary to Us!

We have had so much fun over the past three years and cannot wait to see what 2018 holds! We talk a little about our troll who came back out of the woodwork over Christmas. If you want to troll the troll, be our guest.

We also devote a lot of time talking about winter in Houston, because it has been crazy cold here for no good reason. We even had snow this year.

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Warning: This is a SPOILER-filled episode. Spoilers start around the 13:00 mark. You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk.

The Last Jedi

Liz and Operaman watched the movie the first time on opening night with Mandy from Casterquest, while Heather and Producer Craig missed their original screening due to shitty plumbing and had to hit it on Saturday morning.

Listen in for all of our opinions, fan theories, and where we think the franchise can go from here.

Also, for those who hated the movie, try watching it again.

Nerdy Bitches Book Club

Our next book club episode will be Thrawn by Timothy Zahn! We highly recommend listening to the audio book, as with all Star Wars books.

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

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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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Hurricane Harvey Update

Episode 81½: Hurricane Harvey Update

In this brief episode, Liz and Heather check in to give our Hurricane Harvey Update for our listeners. We are both still alive, kicking; with power and Internet. Many in Houston and the surrounding areas cannot say the same.

Hurricane Harvey Update

Hurricane Harvey Update

So far, the storm has been hammering south east Texas after ripping through Rockport and its surrounding areas. We have had torrential rain, massive flooding, and people stranded. We wanted to keep our listeners up to date on what is happening around us and hope that people are understanding just how devastating this storm has been and will continue to be to this area and to the people who have lost everything, including their lives.

Please consider contributing to one of the trusted charities rounding up funds for the people here, as many will come back to what is left of their homes with absolutely nothing. Check out this awesome Instagram post from the cast of Supernatural. I think we just fell in love with them a little more!


If you are unable to see the original, go check it out on our Instagram account since Liz finally learned how to repost something! Or go check out the original content on Jensen Ackles’ account HERE. Bravo to the cast members for getting this going so quickly!

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Big Shoutouts to the ‘Cast Away group on Twitter for keeping Liz company while going through all of this mess! You guys are the best! <3

 

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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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