Episode 43 – Dragons and Death By Misadventure

Mel and Kelly talk movies!

Mel’s Recommendation:


Movie: The Freshman (1990)

  •  A Comedy starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.
  • Mel declares it the BEST MOB MOVIE EVER.
  • Also features a KOMODO DRAGON sort of. The part of the dragon was played by a huge Asian Water Monitor.



Kelly’s Recommendation:


 Movie: Stoned (2005)

  • Tells the story of original Rolling Stones member and founder, Brian Jones.
  • He may or may not have died in Winnie the Pooh’s pool. Conspiracy theories abound.
  • Available on Netflix!
  • Also stars David Morrissey aka “The Governor”!


Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly’s: @AceFrehley: The Original Space Ace from Kiss. He’s touring again!

  • We digress about Kiss for a while. It’s fun. Listen, then go watch Runaway.

Mel’s: @SteveNiles: Independent Comic Writer responsible for ‘30 Days of Night‘ and ‘Remains‘. He’s also the keeper of Gil..

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Episode 42 – Monkey Music to Tweet By

A show for those who analyze their Twitter and over analyze their music.

Kelly’s Recommendation:

Service/website: Twitter Analytics   https://analytics.twitter.com 

Kelly recommended the analytic dashboard that Twitter recently opened up for free for all of us to use.  It is a “lava lamp” service from most of us – maybe not super useful, but fun and interesting to look at.  Features include:

  • See how many people actually view your tweet, interact with it, etc.
  • See where you followers are from.  Kelly is not doing well in Australia and blames @RSRigda
  • See who your followers follow

Here is an example of the engagement chart with editorial comments added by Kelly


Here is an example of the follower/location graphic



Mel’s Recommendation:


Music Software: MediaMonkey

  • Music Jukebox software that does a great job of organizing your digital media files.
  • There’s an Android App that allows this program to sync your media to your phone or tablet.
  • It also can sync to your iPhone or iPad (unless iOS 8 has broken that feature temporarily).
  • Most importantly, this program can automatically find LYRICS for your mp3s!!
  • This program is free, but there is a Gold version that unlocks more features. Try it out and see if it works for you.


Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly: @NewsTypewriter : Newsroom Typewriter is a crochety old 1949 typewriter fresh from the newsroom.

Mel: @TomEScott: Thomas Everett Scott’s twitter!


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Episode 41 – Creepy Cute

We have creepy and cute characters from this week’s book and a very special tv series. Listen if you dare!

Mel’s Recommendation:



Book: ‘The Ocean At The End Of The Lane’ by Neil Gaiman

  • A short novel narrated by a nameless man who returns to his home town for a funeral and finds himself remembering fantastical memories from his childhood where a girl named Lettie saved him from a number of different evils.
  • From the inside flap: “It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.”
  • Mel dubs it #CreepyCute as only Neil Gaiman can do.
  • Additionally, Mr. Gaiman narrates the audiobook, which is fantastic!


Kelly’s Recommendation:

TV Series: ‘Jack Of All Trades’


  • Stars Bruce Campbell and Angela Marie Dotchin and aired in 2000.
  • A tongue-firmly-in-cheek tale of an American Spy fighting the good fight against Napoleon while stationed on a little island in the West Indes. (It’s not quite historically accurate so don’t get your knickers in a knot. ~ M)
  • It’s fun! It’s swashbuckling! IT HAS BRUCE CAMPBELL!
  • If this opening sequence doesn’t bring a small to your face, you have a cold dead heart…..


Social Media Recommendations:

Mel: @DanielGennaoui: Amazing photographs from around the world, including street art.

Kelly: @KOSARTeffects: J Anthony Kosar is the Season 4 winner of Face Off! He makes some outstanding makeup effects.


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Episode 40 – Tales of bullies and socks

A tale of Wrestlers and Piano Rock awaits you.

Also, I apologize for the sound issues. Sorry folks!  ~Mel

Kelly’s Recommendation:


Book: ‘Foley Is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling’ by Mick Foley

  • Mick Foley aka Mankind aka Cactus Jack aka Dude Love of the World Wrestling Federation shines a light behind the scenes of Professional Wrestling.
  • Mel is quite impressed by it’s 3.86/4.00 rating on Goodreads!
  • Kelly even met Mr. Foley at a Con! Here’s proof!


Mankind (Mick Foley) introduces Mr. Socko!! (warning: clown in this video)

Another Alice Cooper video Kelly mentioned.  Everyone act surprised


Mel’s Recommendation:


Music: Something Corporate

  • A late 1990’s Punk/Emo that Rocks the Piano. Hey, at least it’s not more cellos. 
  • 2 major albums, Leaving Through the Window, and North were followed by a greatest hits album Played In Space.
  • Mel suggests you watch the concert DVD, Something Corporate – Live at the Ventura Theater (much of it is on YouTube).
  • Check them out on Spotify or YouTube.
  • Below is their most popular song, ‘If You C Jordan’ which you may be familiar with…


Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly: @MyVogonPoetry: A King amongst The Hashtag Game players.

Mel: @Mr_Mike_Clarke: Follow and you will laugh.


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Episode 39 – Carbon, nitrogen, helium, and Victorian Steampunk

It’s all about Science and Steampunk! (And maybe a little bit about Victorian Underwear.)

Mel’s Recommendation:


Book/Comic/Web-Comic: Girl Genius: A Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance and Mad Science

  • A wonderful Steampunk Web-Comic by Phil and Kaja Foglio available at GirlGeniusOnline.com
  • If you’re new to this one, definitely start in the archives here.
  • Girl Genius tells the story of Agatha Heterodyne, a builder of “clanks” in a Steampunk Victorian Era Europe and her ongoing adventures.
  • It’s a fun steampunk/gaslamp romp with a fun heroine, lots of airships, and a huge cast of quirky characters. You have got to meet some Jagerkin.



Kelly’s Recommendation:


Music: ‘Here Comes Science’ by They Might Be Giants

  • A 2009 Album by TMBG. While technically a children’s album, both Kelly and Mel like this one.
  • Check out all of the Music Videos from the album here!
  • The great sun debate (gas or plasma) is settled in this album.  You all recall the big sun debate, right???
  • You get the DVD and CD when you purchase the physical version.




Social Media Recommendations:

Mel: @superherotexts: Like it says, it’s Texts From Superheros.

Kelly: @nailedit: As you might suspect, these people did not, in fact, “nail it”.


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Episode 38 – Alice Cooper’s army meets Bloaty Head

Kelly listens to more Alice Cooper and shows us Alice in France while Mel pretends to be a doctor in Theme Hospital and hunts a very elusive Raptr.

Kelly’s Recommendation:


 Music: Special Forces by ALICE COOPER

  •  Special Forces is a 1981 album by the one and only Alice Cooper that’s the middle one of the three “Blackout Albums” that Alice does not actually remember recording in the early 80s.
  • The album photos and tour featured the biggest departure from Alice’s “traditional” make-up… and even Kelly admits it is “not his best look”.
  • If Alice was ever in charge of his own branch of the military, it would look and sound like “Special Forces”.  So there is that.

 Video: Special Forces in Paris!

  • Alice and the band did a series of Special Forces music videos on French TV!
  • In addition to most of the Special Forces songs, the show featured past hits like “Under My Wheels”…



Mel’s Recommendation:


Game: Theme Hospital by Bullfrog Productions/ Electronic Arts

  • a 1999 Hospital Management Sim game that is full of fun diseases like Bloaty Head,  The Squits, Slack Tongue, and Heaped Piles.
  • It’s available over at GOG.com and due to their awesomeness, it will now play on your Windows 8 computer!
  • Sadly, the GOG version will not give you play credit on Raptr, but it’s still worth it.

Game Service: Raptr

  • A gaming community/service that tracks not only your games, but the time you spend playing them!
  • You actually earn points for the time you spend playing PC, Xbox, Playstaion, or Wii games.
  • Join up and join the hunt for this adorable little guy, the elusive Raptr Dino Plushie!

You better not win him before I do.

Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly: @theretronaut: All retro photos every hour!

Mel: @geekbegangster: Geek stuff galore!

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Episode 37 – We are fluent in George Romero

This week, Kelly talks about George Romero’s zombies and Mel reads a space book.

Mel’s Recommendation:



Book: Fluency by Jen Foehner Wells aka @Jenthulhu

  • A Science Fiction novel that centers around a linguist named Jane Holloway attempting to make first contact with an alien species. Jane and her fellow astronauts have been sent to investigate a silent alien spaceship that has been sitting out past Mars for several decades.
  • Mel assures Kelly that while there is some romance in this novel, this isn’t a “bodice-ripping-in-space” story.
  • The author has included a number of fun nerd references. See if you can find them all!
  • Check out the author’s website here and Fluency on Goodreads.


Kelly’s Recommendation:



Movie/Documentary: Birth of the Living Dead

  • 1968. Peace. Love. And the Undead.
  • The story of George Romero’s creation of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ZOMBIES!
  • Learn about how he got his start in film making with Mr. Rogers and Calgon.
  • You might want to watch ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ again first.
  • Check it out on Netflix!


And a bonus video, just for Mel…


Social Media Recommendations:


Mel:@PopSci: the twitter account of Popular Science magazine. They recently told Mel about a killer amoeba who calls way more people than sharks every year.

Kelly: @CrapTaxidermy: Like it sounds, they memorialize unfortunate examples of very bad attempts at taxidermy.



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Episode 36 – The Fat Man in the Bath Tub Meets B-Movie Monsters

We present to you the makings of a perfect summer weekend: a Hammock, a Tomato, and a Sharknado (book).

Kelly’s Recommendation:


Music: Little Feat’s ‘Waiting for Columbus’ Live Album (1978)

  • Little Feat is a genre crossing band formed by Lowell George. (Mel likes the term Swamp Rock.)
  • Features a Tomato-Headed Woman sitting in a Hammock on the cover….
  • The first full track “Fat Man in the Bath Tub” TOTALLY sold Kelly.
  • Listen to the album out on Spotify and check out LittleFeat.net for info.
  • If you like the album cover, you can even get that Hot Tomato Lady on a t-shirt here.
  • Learn the secret of the Tomato and the Hammock
  • One of the best live albums EVER!


Mel’s Recommendation:



Book: ‘How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters’ by Andrew Shaffer

  • Yes, this is a book that was born from the Sharknado horror wonderfulness.
  • Don’t worry, it’s not just about Sharknados. It’s mostly about the “Other Unnatural Disasters” part.
  • I feel it’s more like a bestiary of wonderful exotic creatures like SHARKTOPUS and PIRANHACONDA with a few ARACHNOQUAKES and ICE TWISTERS for good measure.
  • There’s also a sort of Alice Cooper reference (see the Bigfoot section)
  • If you’re a fan of so-bad-they’re-good B movies, you need to get yourself a copy. You’ll sleep better at night. I promise. ~M
  • Check out more at the author’s site, or at SharknadoBook.com


Social Media Recommendations:


Kelly: @Amy_Glitters: A clever lady that live tweets bad movies. Join in!

Mel: @AndrewTShaffer: The humorous author of “How To Survive A Sharknado” knows his B movie monsters…


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Episode 35 – Mel reads, Matt acts, Kelly equivocates

Nurture and Support’s favorite pro bono voice over guy, Matt Shivers joined us once again.  SPOILER ALERT: At the end of the show Mel and Kelly start talking Breaking Bad again – they can’t help themselves.

Mel’s Recommendation:

Blah blah 4 book trilogy, blah blah (awesome cover pics)

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Click the Pics to unfurl the awesome.



Book Trilogy: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams

  • This Epic Fantasy actually consisted of 4 paperbacks because the last book had to be split into 2 parts since it weighed in at ~1700 pages.
  • This is a classic Epic Fantasy and hits all the tropes. In a good way. In a nutshell, a lowly kitchen boy must save his people from an ancient evil. There are Wise Old Men, a Courageous Prince, a Good Prince, a Bad Prince, Elves, Wolves, Trolls, and maybe even a Dragon or two.
  • The books in order are: The Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell, and To Green Angel Tower Part 1 and Part 2.
  • The covers were done by the incomparable Michael Whelan. Check out his work at michaelwhelan.com.
  • The Dragonbone Chair was released in 1988 and the series finished with To Green Angel Tower in 1993. Happily, the author has released that he will be returning to the land of Osten Ard with an all new trilogy. A date has not yet been released.


Matt’s Recommendation


We tricked Matt Shivers (@MattShiversVO) into joining us again! We may or may not have had ulterior motives. Only time will tell.

Event: COMIC-CON! otherwise known as SDCC or boringly as Comic-Con International: San Diego

  • Matt made us all jealous by actually getting to go to this year’s Pop Culture Extravaganza, because he was actually on a PANEL!
  • The panel was for the short film Fluffystein, where Matt’s voice acting skills were featured. This was a really cool project that was made from a script written by two teenage girls. Check out the full short below!
  • Matt even has an IMDB listing now. We ARE NOT jealous.
  • While at Comic-Con, he also visited NERD HQ and sat in on Conversations with Zachary Levi. Mel is VERY JEALOUS.



Kelly’s Recommendation


TV Show/ Cartoon: Archer (currently on FX)

  • Kelly eventually recommended the TV series Archer. While not as thoughtful as Matt’s and Mel’s recommendations, it is very funny.
  • “A wonderful show full of horrible people” Mel’s sold!
  • It features a cast of wonderfully flawed characters, including a possible clone of Hitler.
  • And it is on Netflix. (And recommended to people who like Breaking Bad…)  Just not for the easily (or not so easily) offended.

For example…

Here is a link to the models for the Archer characters Kelly mentioned.


Social Media Recommendations

Kelly@Atypical_Ashley – An unwavering ally in Kelly’s war on KNITTERS.  Unlike SOME people (Mel)

Matt@ZacharyLevi – He’s Chuck, He’s Awesome, He Created NERD HQ to help kids around the world.

Mel@TheMattFowler – a TV/Movie critic who likes Wrestling and Comic Books. Check out his site showrenity.com


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Episode 34 – Books about Mormons and Witches. What could go wrong?

Kelly tells us about a musical you may have heard of called ‘Book of Mormon’; and Mel watches some Lifetime TV and finds ‘The Witches of East End’.

 Kelly’s Recommendation:


Musical/Music (Soundtrack): The Book of Mormon

  • The award winning musical by the creators of South Park explain Mormonism… sort of.
  • There are Star Wars references and a ‘Spooky Mormon Hell’.
  • It is full of clever tweaks on songs from other famous musicals.
  • For you Frozen fans out there, Olaf  is there.  Sorta.
  • The Soundtrack is available from all music retailers, but you’ll need to catch the show at your local performing arts center.




Mel’s Recommendation:


TV Series: ‘Witches of East End’ on Lifetime

  • The series is currently in Season 2 on the Lifetime Channel and is loosely based on the books by Melissa de la Cruz
  • As you can see, it has lots of Beautiful People in it. So much so that the song  ‘Beautiful People’ is used in it’s promos.
  • It’s the story of the Beauchamp Family, who are all witches who have been cursed. Seriously, Aunt Wendy often steals the show by turning into a cat.
  • There’s quite a twitter following for the show, so join in if you get the chance.
  • Season 1 is available on Netflix, and Season 2 can be seen on Lifetime’s website.


Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly: @RockSkimmer: David Davidson is a self admitted “Freak of Nurture”. He’s very good at the Hashtag games on Twitter an has a complicated relationship with a stuffed squirrel.


Mel: @SciencePorn: If you think science is sexy, they’re your guy… or gal…. or whatever.


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