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)

dragonbone-chair-header stone-farewell-headertgat-header

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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Episode 33 – Penalty Card a Warlock. I dare you.

Throw Penalty Cards at your friends after watching a Warlock curse a Valley Girl.


Mel’s Recommendation:



Movie: Warlock (1991)

  • A super fun Evil Warlock travels through time from 1691 to 1991 California in search of the Grand Grimoire. That’s an evil witch book by the way. You can’t blame him really, they were going to burn him over a bonfire with a basket of live cats.
  • It stars Julian Sands (Warlock), Lori Singer (Kassandra), and Richard Grant (Redfern).
  • “Ask me anything, I took 2 years of high school.” ~Kassandra
  • Sadly it’s not available on Netflix, but it is available to rent/buy from Amazon Instant Video, or buy from iTunes.


Kelly’s Recommendation:



Web Service: PenaltyCards.com: ‘They deserve it. They really do.’

  • Ever wish you could throw a penalty card at your friends, family, and coworkers? Here’s your chance.
  • Reward good behavior with a pretty Green Card. (Mel likes to call it Super Green because she’s seen Fifth Element too many times.)
  • Penalize bad behavior with a Yellow, Red, or Black Card. The Black Card may or may not involve burning the offensive party over a basket of live cats. (See the Warlock discussion above.)
  • Penaltycards.com gets a Green Card for Facebook integration, but Twitter is a little more hands on. Don’t worry, you won’t get carded for it.
  • Psst: Our own Kelly created this one! ~Mel


Social Media Recommendations:


Mel: @eridani99: Laurie K over on twitter is a ‘Computer geek, gamer girl, part time blogger, io9 moderator, gadget lover, novice cookiemancer’ and she’s cool to boot so go follow her. Now.

Kelly: @VisualLasVegas: Fun and cool pictures of Las Vegas and environs (that don’t crush your soul). 😉

Also go follow @PenaltyCards!


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Episode 32 – Anime, Manga, and a Sharktopus!

We talk Attack on Titan, Sharktopus Art, and the Amazon Prime Directive.

Kelly’s Recommendation:


TV Series/Book (Manga): Attack on Titan

  • The Anime series is available on Netflix!
  • Check out the first book in the Manga Series here.
  • Attack on Titan is the story of humanity’s ongoing struggle against people-devouring giants called Titans.
  • The Anime on Netflix uses subtitles, so it counts as reading!!


Mel’s Recomendations:

Because Mel couldn’t decide on which was more awesome, she’s recommending 2 Digital Artists today!


I heart You, Sharktopus by EricDaNerd on deviantART

Artist #1: EricDaNerd

  • One word, folks. SHARKTOPUS!
  • As you can see, Eric has created the most adorably chubby Sharktopus ever. (I want to hug him and squeeze him and take him home with me. ~M)
  • There’s more to see at his website: ericdanerd.wordpress.com and at DeviantArt.
  • Get your very own Sharktopus mug at his store!
  • Who wants to get a chubby Sharktopus tattoo with Mel?

Artist #2: Chris McGrath

  • Chris has done the book covers for some of Mel’s favorite books, including The Dresden Files books she talked about back in Episode 8.
  • Check out his gallery at his website, christianmcgrath.com and follow him on twitter @cmcgrath72
  • AND he’s putting up a bunch of his book cover illustration on his store, so you can buy prints and iphone/ipad cases!


Mel’s Secondary (Tertiary?) Recommendation:

Store/Service: Amazon Smile

  • A program started last year by the Big Evil Corporation to give a small amount of money (.05%) of your physical goods purchases to the charity of your choice.
  • Go to smile.amazon.com to sign up
  • This has been an Amazon Prime Directive. 😉


Social Media Recommendation:

Kelly: @JayOlegario: The awesome voice actor who played Datu on one of the best zombie podcasts out there, Were Alive.

Mel: @GeersArt: the twitter account of Darren Geers who is the creator of the saddest little DovahKitty you will ever see. Click that link. I dare you.


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‘The Magicians’ Update!

The folks over at Syfy have greenlit a pilot based on ‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman. If you’ve forgotten, we talked about that book back on Episode 26. This could be pretty cool! The author had this to say about the news:

On Wednesday night I got a call from my producer and the two geniuses who’ve been working on the pilot script for the Magicians TV show since literally last August. They were standing around a speakerphone yelling. Word had come down: Syfy greenlit us. They’re making the pilot.

This is a big break for me. I’ve been talking to people in Hollywood about The Magicians for five years. I’ve seen writers and producers and directors and agents (four of them) and options come and go, but this is the first time anybody has doubled-down and is going to shoot something. People are going to dress up as Quentin and Alice and Eliot and Julia. Someone is going to build Brakebills (or more likely find some place that already looks like Brakebills). Big expensive computers are going to make it look like magic is happening.

You can read more over at levgrossman.com.

Also the 3rd book in the series, ‘The Magician’s Land’ is coming out on August 5, 2014. Check out a book trailer that the fans helped make down below. Watch closely as it features quite a few people you might recognize, such as Peter Straub, Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern, and Patrick Rothfuss reading excerpts from the new book.