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Episode 72 – Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

Welcome to our Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza episode!! We had our very own panel where we recorded with a live audience and played an awesome game and gave out maybe the best trophy in the history of the world! Take a listen to find out what happens when 15 people are given a set hand of 5 cards and have to battle it out, tournament-style to see who can win!

A special thank you to celebrity guest judge, Miss Jenny Kelley (ILoveFlavor on YouTube,owner/host of Hello Woodlands, and local cosplay guru!)!

Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

A massive shout-out to the people we actually knew in the room – Jon (Dogfin Radio), Brandon (Cult 45 Movie Podcast), Erica (Dogfin Radio, formerly of Serves You Right Podcast), Mandy (CasterQuest), Rob Zipp, Jessica (colleague to Operaman and all around friend/friend of the show/former guest), Randy, and so many others!

We are so thankful that we had a packed audience at the show and that everyone was completely awesome! Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and didn’t freak out that a 9-year old was in the room with her headphones blaring (we aren’t monsters!!)

And another thank you to Jenny (as Emma Frost)

for being amazing with Liz’s niece, Madison, who was so excited to attend her first Comicpalooza! She had a ball and loved that everyone was so complimentary of her Harley Quinn outfit!

And the winner was…

Jon from Dogfin Radio! He managed to beat out the other 14 players with the best cards, with extra points awarded for voices!

Heather picked out the BEST trophy in the history of the world, so make sure you capture that caption…

 

Let us know what you thought of our first LIVE episode! We are hoping to do even larger and more interactive podcasts in the future! Leave us a comment here, or give us a 5-star rating AND review on iTunes! You can also message us on Twitter (@nerdybitchespod) or e-mail us at ContactUs@nerdybitches.com for future show ideas, or just to tell us how much you love us!

 

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Not so great expectations

Episode 60: Not So Great Expectations

Happy New Year! 2016 was a total bitch, and not in a good way like we are. In this episode, we talk about the not so great expectations of being a girl, and also provide a memorial on the late Carrie Fisher.

Not so great expectations

In Memory of Carrie Fisher…

We recorded the actual episode before Christmas, so when we woke up to the news that Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess Leia, had died a few days after a heart attack. It was really devastating. Liz wrote about it on her blog, so you can read that here, but this was our recognition of an amazing woman who was an actor, an advocate for the mentally ill, and a fantastic writer. The day after, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, also died. So much tragedy in such a short time. Prayers for Gary Fisher. You can’t explain death to a dog. Let the love of Carrie carry us forward into DOING something, rather than waiting for things to happen. Let’s make the world a better place.

Moving on…

Not So Great Expectations

Heather loves day-drinking, especially at a festival. And the drunk texts from her during these events are also amazingly weird. But we want to talk about what it’s like being a girl when you aren’t really a “girly girl” and aren’t meeting up to expectations – ours or the world’s. First of all, just because we don’t always want to be girly doesn’t mean we want to be dudes. Get over your “penis envy” comments just because we don’t feel like doing our hair or makeup every day.

Story about Speedos. Just… don’t. Also, New Year’s Resolutions… stop. Stop hating yourself when you don’t meet these flighty goals. Make real goals and work on them. We talk about some goals that we have made over the years to better ourselves that aren’t just short-term goals.

The expectations we put on ourselves are often harder than the ones society imposes. We always assumed that we would be more put-together as adult women. And we judged, growing up, the moms/women who weren’t. We imagined that at some age, we would wake up and get our shit together. Still waiting…

Listen in to the rest.

Note: This is the “comfy” bra Operaman brought Liz when we went out and forgot to put one on…

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The Original Self Saving Princess

The following is a blog post that Liz has written over on her Self Saving Princess blog.

In May 1977, my parents decided to go to the movies to see what was playing. They didn’t have a babysitter, so they decided to bite the bullet and take their adorable nine-month old baby with them (that’s me). They arrived at a theater with no lines and checked what was playing. My dad, being a sci-fi nerd, decided on some new movie called Star Wars, which I am sure elicited an eye roll from my mother. I was there on opening day. Of course, I don’t remember any of it, because baby, but it became a huge part of my life.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

Throughout my young life, I watched Star Wars over and over again. Everyone was obsessed with young Luke coming into his own as a budding Jedi, or Han Solo being a space-pirate badass. Not me. I was obsessed with Princess Leia. Growing up in the world of Disney princesses who had to be rescued by some bumbling prince (and yes, they did pull her out of the Death Star before blowing it up), it was amazing to see that THIS princess was beautiful and brave and could take charge and kick some serious ass. She went up against the bad guys as an equal, not a damsel. If you read everything Star Wars, like this giant nerd, you will also know that long before her introduction in cell 2187, Princess Leia Organa was also a member of the Galactic Senate, next to her adopted father, Bail Organa. She fought for justice from a young age because it was the right thing to do. She was a hero, even without a blaster or a lightsaber.

As life moved on, Leia got stronger and learned more about herself, the galaxy, and even the Force. She was someone little girls could look up to and emulate. As Star Wars luster faded slightly, Carrie Fisher carried on. She started writing and acting in other things and was amazing beyond that one role.

Her public struggles with bipolar disorder and substance abuse taught us many things. One of those things is to keep going. Shit gets bad for all of us, and not everyone copes well. But she stayed open about those struggles, and in doing so, opened the doors to a lot of people to discuss their own personal demons and to de-stigmatize mental illness. Her books and comedy shows are raw, open, and honest. There is a line from “Wishful Drinking” that says, “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true. And THAT is unacceptable.” I have used this as my personal mantra for years because if you only focus on the bad part, you can never move on. It inspired me to write about my own battles with health issues, depression and anxiety, and an incredibly destructive marriage that could have completely destroyed me. But time passes and you go to the funny side. Once you do that, it no longer has the power to hurt you.

A few days ago, it came across my Facebook feed that Carrie Fisher had suffered a major heart attack on an airplane. She was in critical condition with her daughter and her dog Gary by her side. I was strickened by this, but also laughed that Gary Fisher was allowed to be with his mommy. I also got a little pissed that my dogs were not allowed to stand vigil over me when I had my own heart attack back in 2011. Celebrity, I guess? I had hope, though. Hope that 2016 would stop its nasty ways and leave our favorite princess alone. I don’t know who appointed the Grim Reaper the boss of 2016, but that motherfucker has been cleaning some serious house this year. We have already lost so many! How could we possibly lose this precious light in a galaxy of darkness.

Yesterday, I spent some time creating. I have had a really rough holiday season and even missed all of Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day in the hospital. I needed a day to myself to relax and do something that I enjoy. I picked up my Star Wars cross-stitch project that I started months ago, but haven’t had the time or energy to work on since. I was laughing at the figures as they appeared on my fabric, even making a fairly entertaining incest joke on my Instagram and our podcast Twitter. I went to bed feeling satisfied at the work I had accomplished (even after taking my last hoarded sleeping pill to FINALLY get to bed).

Then came the nudge. As my eyes slowly opened and I blinked the coma out of my brain, I saw the face of my husband. It was grim. “Carrie Fisher died,” he said to me. “I didn’t want you to see it on Facebook first.” At first, I just sat there, staring at him. Surely, it couldn’t be! Then, as the words registered, the tears started to flow. Honest truth – I have had family members die and I didn’t cry (full disclosure – I didn’t really like some of them). It usually takes me a few minutes to really process and get upset. But these tear fell like rain. My chest felt ripped apart and I felt a piece of my soul cry out. Then, I thought about Gary. Not about Billie, or Debbie… but for poor Gary Fisher. That dog will never understand why his mommy is gone. There is no explaining death to a dog. And I cried and cried.

I started this Self Saving Princess blog years ago with it being an outlet for me and others to realize that they COULD save themselves. They didn’t have to wait for someone else to decide their fate for them. It wasn’t Princess Peach or Rapunzel that gave me the idea. It was Leia. Princess Leia Organa. Senator Leia Organa. GENERAL LEIA FUCKING ORGANA. She started it all. She is now one with the Force.

For those of you thinking I cry over every celebrity passing, I will tell you know that THREE have hit me so hard that I was nearly inconsolable:

  • Sally Ride, whom I actually met as a child and had a conversation with. She taught me that girls could do ANYTHING and to never let anyone tell you otherwise. She also got a huge kick out of a six year old telling her that her uncle named his dog after her.
  • Robin Williams, who I never met, but loved in literally everything and every way. He was the brightest light in our universe and shit has gone downhill ever since.
  • Carrie Fisher, actress, princess, writer, comedian, and one real woman who changed the world.

Rest in Peace, Carrie. It’s been a bumpy ride and I am soothed to know that you will have some peace at last. I will never forget you. And someone please take care of Gary.

Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” – Yoda

About ElizabethBlessitt

Writer. Photographer. Organization Development guru. Rabid Scrapbooker. Partially terrified singer. Getting fit physically and emotionally. Will kick your ass at Jeopardy. Does Sudoku and Crosswords in pen.

Episode 4 – The Doctor’s Companions

Spoilers… In episode 4, we talk about Doctor Who companions. companions

We focus on the reboot of Doctor Who, starting with the 9th Doctor, in 2005. Companions covered are:

  • Rose Tyler
  • Captain Jack Harkness
  • Mickey
  • Donna Noble
  • Sarah Jane Smith
  • Amy & Rory (“The Ponds”)
  • River Song/Melody Pond
  • Craig Owen (only in 2 episodes, but we love him!)
  • Clara Oswald (in all her iterations)

We discuss our favorites and least favorites companions throughout the series. We love River Song. She is the number one on both of our lists. We also love Captain Jack! The Ponds also made it to our favorites list. Donna Noble makes the list in our favorite for all of her snark, wit, and personality.

Donna wins our vote for the saddest ending for any companion.

Our Most Hated Least Favorites – Mickey (the Tin Dog!), Martha Jones (UGH!), Clara (Booooring!), and early Rose Tyler (we liked her better going forward).

We also talk a bit about the show’s writers, including a slight debate regarding Russell T. Davies vs. Steven Moffett. Who writes the cheesier episodes? Who writes the best day-to-day shows versus big plot twists?

What is the point of the companion for the Doctor? Why does he need them and what do they bring to the table for a Time Lord?

Recommendations

Feed the Troll – from Sunderland56 – “To be fair, if she had two female parents, and no male in the house, How would she learn to drive?” … Seriously?

Out of Context Comment of the Week – from YouTube – Braden says, “Likes dogs and cats.” That is definitely a controversial topic… ??

Bitch of the Week – High School Reunions – WTF? Why is it 6 months too early? Where the hell did the time go? This is not ok. Do you feel like a grown-up? We still don’t. But we are old.  And it sucks.  The End.

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Episode 2 – Hobbits-es

HOBBITS!! Or Hobbitses, if you prefer the Smeagol/Gollum pronunciation. Either way, we love them!

 

The Hobbit

Bag End – Hobbiton – The Shire – Middle-earth

This week, we cover all things Middle-earth, Hobbit-ish, and Peter Jackson (as related to these films (LOTR, and The Hobbit). The basic truth is that we LOVE them. Whether you read the books or only saw the movies, you have to love these stories. If not, get the hell off our podcast! Just kidding… sort of…

We discuss the transition from book to movies – should they have been translated into three movies? Did they destroy the plot line? Did they overstep their bounds by showing so much of the White Council?

We also talk about the technical aspects of high frame rate (48 fps) photography and 3D and our opinions on whether those are worth the high ticket prices. And motion capture – Andy Serkis and Benedict Cumberbatch are both completely amazing in their motion capture roles of Gollum and Smaug, respectively.

And… SPIDERS! What the hell is up with all of the spiders in movies? We blame Tolkein for spiders popping up in various movies and shows like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. And that giant puppy-sized spider in our real world??  Just – No.

And we discuss the characters and actors portraying them, inclusive of random characters that were never in the book.

Bitch of the WeekEbola. Scare tactics and fear-mongering in the media after the recent scare in the U.S.– This is clearly medical science’s Super Bowl, much like the weatherman’s hurricane here on the Gulf Coast.

Random Internet Comments taken out of contextfrom DaddyScratches, “The time to buy a used, almost free Bobcat is when you see one. That’s what my old Grandpappy used to say.”  Sound advice, DaddyScratches. Machinery or wildcat? You decide.

Machine     Animal

 

Recommendations

  • From Heather – BoJack Horseman (animated series) – available on Netflix
  • From Liz – Daria (animated series) – Entire series available on HuluPlus

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Next episode – MARVEL!!

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Episode 1 – Introduction to the Nerdy Bitches Podcast

Nerdy Bitches Podcast

Nerdy Bitches Logo Created by Heather

Welcome to the Nerdy Bitches podcast!

In this introduction episode, Liz and Heather discuss all manner of nerdy topics, including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and more! Liz is the owner and blogger at Self Saving Princess, and Heather, in her words, is just your average Nerdy Bitch. The bitches recall their indoctrinations into nerd culture, and discuss some of their favorite things.

When searching for female-hosted nerdy podcasts, we found the genre was a “sausage fest”, and any podcasts run by chicks were either solely dedicated to one nerd topic, or were the kinds of female-related issues you don’t really want to listen to–A podcast with wings!

We are also taking back the word “Bitch,” so deal with it. We discuss what that means in regards to women who are willing to speak their minds versus terms given to their male counterparts.

This episode introduces the kinds of topics we enjoy, our weekly Bitch of the Week, random internet comments taken out of context, and each bitch’s recommendations.

Our first Bitch of the Week – Fucking Hipsters! (Adjective, not verb – we never condone sleeping with hipsters!) Stupid nerd-posers who wear their geeky glasses (with or without lenses) and beanie hats, and ruin Geekdom for the rest of us.

Recommendations:

  • From Heather: Snowpiercer (movie), available on Netflix
  • From Liz: The IT Crowd (BBC series), available on Netflix

Explicit language is to be expected – but it is all in good fun!

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