Episode 23 – Abandoned Places and Proposals in SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE

Our good friend, and creator of the Nurture and Support theme song, Alicia (@ohalchemygirl) joined us again and she had a bit of big news.  She recently got engaged.  The proposal was simply amazing…

Mel’s Recommendation:

Game: Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire

  • A 1999 turn-based strategy game where you build up your faction to achieve global domination of a sentient fungus-infested planet.
  • By the creators of Civ
  • Available at g0g.com for $5.99!


Alicia’s Recommendation:

Don’t forget to check out Alicia’s musical talent over at OhAlchemy.com!

Podcast: Welcome To Nightvale

  • A creepy yet witty podcast featuring community updates for an odd little town called Night Vale.
  • Check out their website at commonplacebooks.com
  • Available through all major podcast catchers including iTunes.



Podcast: NPR’s Ask Me Another

  • A comedy gameshow podcast from the folks at NPR.
  • Features the amazing Jonathan Coulton
  • Subscribe through your favorite podcast catcher including iTunes.



Kelly’s Recommendation:

Website/Service: Fun with words!  Go to www.google.com/trends to see what everyone is searching on, trends, visualizations.  These are broken down by date, location and much more.  You can even pick your own words/phrases to analyze, like… oh… Kelly/Melissa/Alicia (actual results below)


You can also try books.google.com/ngrams/ to go WAY back in time to see other word trends across a mammoth selection of publications.  Gee, let’s try that Kelly/Melissa/Alicia search again…



Social Media Recommendations:

Melissa: Steampunk Tendencies highlights Steampunk art of all kinds. @Steampunk_T on Twitter or Steampunk Tendencies on G+

Alicia: The Welcome to Night Vale podcast’s home on Twitter: @NightvaleRadio AND NPR’s Ask Me Another @NPRAskMeAnother

Kelly: Adam the Woo YouTube channel – Adam tours abandoned places and gets banned from Disney FOR LIFE!!


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Episode 22 – Streaming Martians Next Door

Matt (@mattshiversVO) joins Mel and Kelly again for episode 22 of Nurture and Support!  In addition to the usual recommendations, SOMEONE throws out a “bite me” in this episode.  You might be surprised who.

“It was not as unpleasant as I anticipated.” ~Kelly

Kelly’s Recommendation:


  • Basically, a secure “Facebook” for your neighborhood.
  • Available online at Nextdoor.com and via apps on iOS and Android.
  • Very useful to track wildlife in your neighborhood. 😉


Matt’s Recommendation:

Webservice/Movies and TV:  Netflix and Amazon Prime

  • Matt shares news about a bunch of new content coming to Netflix (classic 1980s movies, TV series) and Amazon Prime Instant Video (a ton of HBO content)
  • Guess who doesn’t have Amazon Prime and who wears a powdered wig?
  • Mel wants to remind everyone that Hemlock Grove will be back on Netflix this summer.
  • Deadwood is also part of the HBO Amazon Prime deal!


Mel’s Recommendation:

Book: The Martian by Andy Weir

  • An amazingly fun book about an American astronaut stranded on Mars.
  • Action, Adventure, Duct Tape, and lots of Swear Words make this the most fun you’ll have all summer.

 The Martian

Social Recommendations:

Kelly: @_youhadonejob (Twitter) – pics of horrific decisions

Matt:  Woodworking for Mere Mortals (Youtube, Facebook)

Melissa: @thediabloshow The prolific @ScottJohnson has a new podcast all about Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls.


Addendum: This episode is in fact not endorsed by Windows 8 or Microsoft. Mel does however approve of Windows 7.

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Episode 21 – Close Knit Sleeping Rock and Roll Vampires… with Salsa

Welcome back!  This week’s recommendations include a very cool app to monitor sleeping habits, a fun rock & roll vampire movie, a salsa recipe, and Mel breaks bad and recommends a knitting website.   KNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTERS!!!!

Mel’s recommendations

App: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

  • An alarm clock app that tries to wake you according to your sleep cycle.
  • It also uses the flash and camera on your phone to gauge your heart rate. It’s like magic… or science.
  • It’s available for iOS. Check out Sleepcycle.com

Website: Ravelry.com

To make up for Kelly’s incessant dissing of the knitters. 😉

  • A social community of knitters and crocheters, complete with discussion forums.
  • Has tons of patterns available for everything you may want to create from toys to clothing. Many patterns are free and others are available to buy directly through Ravelry. You will find most patterns from your pattern books listed as well. This is awesome because you can see what other crafters made from the same pattern.
  • It’s also a great place to get help with stitches or patterns that may be giving you problems.
  • It is also a great haven for every crafty member of any fandom you can possibly think of: Browncoats, Gryffindors, Whovians, Sherlockians, etc..




Kelly’s Recommendations

Movie: ‘Suck’ – This is a funny and clever movie about a rock and roll band that finds the quickest path to success is… becoming vampires!  Guest appearances by Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, and ALICE COOPER!!!


Food: Bean Salsa – Easy to make, tastes great… 


  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red beads
  • 1 can shoepeg corn
  • 1 smal jar of pimento
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopper green pepper
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno

Drain and rinse all canned beans, veggies, and pimento.  Mix together in a large bowl.


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Combine all dressing ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Pour dressing over salsa and refrigerate overnight.  Drain before serving.  Best served with “scoops” chips.  Mel suggested Frito’s.. which sounds like an AWESOME tweak. 

Social Media Recommendations

Kelly: @GGGoneGeek – Good Girls Gone Geek, Bex and Proffitt offer witty tweets on a wide variety of geek topics

Mel: @DelilahSDawson: An immensely funny writer and the creator of Geekrotica. I promised you a link to ‘Lumberfox’ so check it out.


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Episode 20 – 1st travel app, 2nd Captain America movie, 3rd Diablo – PLUS the best sounding microphone ever on the podcast!

We game, we travel, and we Run into Captain America!

Special Guest Matt Shivers!

  • @MattShiversVO on twitter. He’s a freelance Voice Over Artist who makes us sound really, really bad.
  • ShiversMedia.com and @ShiversMedia
  • Matt is also on Kelly’s ENEMY OF THE STATE! list. So is Mel. Basically, so is about everyone else.

Kelly’s Recommendation:


App: TripIt

  • A travel organization app available on iOS and Android for FREE. Check out Tripit.com
  • Stores all of your travel reservation and creates an itinerary to keep you organized while travel for business or just a family vacation.
  • The cool “flying plane” animation alone merits downloading this app!


Matt’s Recommendation:

Movie/TV Series: Captain America: TheWinter Soldier and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • The new Cap movie deals with some very modern day problems and it has a lot of pretty people in it. .
  • Agents of SHEILD has been steadily gaining fans and it is also keeping current with the new Marvel movies.


(Matt also plugs a secondary recommendation that Mel is a fan of)

App: Zombies, Run!

  • A zombie based running app by Six To Start that recently released Season 3. It’s a great story dealing with the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse in the UK.
  • For more info check out Episode 7.


Mel’s Recommendation:


Game: Diablo 3-Reaper of Souls

  • Add on to Diablo 3 which extends the story to an Act V.
  • The Angel of Wisdom has become the Angel of Death and he is bent on the destruction of the human race and it’s up to the Nephalem to stop him.
  • Reaper of Souls brought a complete change to the loot system and the leveling system.
  • I get to be a demon-killing badass.
I'm auditioning for a part in Hellraiser.

I’m auditioning for a part in Hellraiser.

Social Media Recommendations:

Kelly: @RatFace: Sam Bridger has the dubious honor of being the first ever member of Kelly’s famous ENEMY OF THE STATE! list.

Matt: @JCHutchins: The author of ‘The 33″. He does the narration of the audiobook as well. 33 is part A-Team, part X-Files (with a dash of Hellboy and Global Frequency added for apocalyptic spice)

Mel: @badastronomer: Phil Plait is a science blogger who consistently brings cool science info to the world.


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Episode 19 – Man-eating Lions meet Gogol Bordello on the Fringe

This week we have a SPECIAL GUEST! Jeans is back with a book about man-eating lions. Mel follows Pacey from Dawson’s Creek to Fringe and finds John Noble. And Finally Kelly exposes us to an amazing Gypsy Punk band called Gogol Bordello.

Mel’s Recommendation:

TV Series: Fringe

  • Starred Joshua Jackson and John Noble. Peter reluctantly teams up with his father to help the Fringe Division of the FBI solve odd cases involving spontaneous combustion, face melting, and horrific new diseases.
  • We also learn that Mel was the only one lame enough to have watched Dawson’s Creek.
  • Also featured several appearances by the great Leonard Nimoy.
  • It’s available on Netflix


Jean’s Recommendation:

Book: Ghosts of Tsavo by Philip Caputo

  • The Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer movie ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ is based on this book.
  • It attempts to explain the story of two lions who killed 140 workers building the railroad through Tsavo, Kenya in 1898.
  • Goodreads link


    •  Also check out Jeans at BringOutYourGeek.com where you will find links to her videos discussing all things geekery. If that’s not enough for you, also check out her etsy shops to buy handmade geek themed soap.

Kelly’s Recommendation:

Music: Gogol Bordello’s album Transcontinental Hustle

  • Gypsy punk music!
  • Sadly there are no cellos, but it does have violins.
  • The Golgol Bordello: Non-Stop movie is available on Netflix
  • Listen on Spotify!
  • Check out the video for Transcontinental Hustle here.


Social Media Recommendations:

Mel: @EricIGN: an Executive editor over at IGN TV. He loves tv and Disney.

Jeans: @ChimpInSocks: Amanda Abbington (from Sherlock)!

Kelly: @MattMogk: The head of the Zombie Research Society. He appears regularly on the Talking Dead with amazing uses for Duct Tape in the Zombie Apocalypse.


  • Beiber Duct Tape: Do we really need to explain why?


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Episode 18 – Derpy cats, Game of Thrones, free ringtones and much more!!

In this episode you’ll find an awesome free movie, time wasting web fun, a way to keep up with The Game of Thrones, and a cool recipe service.  Plus, because we care so deeply for our listeners… FREE RINGTONES!!!

Kelly’s Recommendations

Movie: ‘The Transient’

  • Check it out at KillVampireLincoln.com
  • A homeless vigilante and his caseworker try to stop Vampire Abraham Lincoln from sucking the blood of four score and seven virgins.
  • Fun Fact: Vampire Abraham Lincoln is played by the best Abraham Lincoln impersonator around, Michael Krebs.
  • Get your own Vampire Lincoln shirt!



Website: www.sadanduseless.com

  • They have pics of derpy cats. That’s all you need to know.



Mel’s Recommendations

App: World of Ice and Fire

  • Available on iOS and Android and check it out at GeorgeRRMartin.com
  • A neat app that does a great job of detailing the events in Game of Thrones whether you read the books or watch the HBO show.
  • There’s an awesome little spoiler free slider so that you don’t accidentally learn who’s going to die next. Unless you want to get spoiled, of course.



Web Service/App: Evernote Food

  • The power of Evernote with a Foodie twist. Available on iOS and Android.
  • A useful way to snip all of those recipes you find on the internet, so you you can actually find them later. The app gives you access to your recipes wherever you are.

Social Media Recommendations:

Mel’s: @IndyQuotes1 Indiana Jones quotes all day every day.

Kelly’s cheating and has 2 this week! @sadanduseless and @killvamplincoln. Both of which he talked about in this episode. (So, sue me – KT)


What do you think of our new theme song? Let us know in the comments!

BONUS CONTENT:  Some MP3s suitable for ringtones…

Nurture and Support theme song by Alicia Halm (@ohalchemygirl) – right click the link to download


Jeans from bringoutyourgeek.com saying “OUTSTANDING!” from Episode 13!


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Episode 17 – A Walk In the Woods on Harper’s Island with Danger Mouse and Graham Parker

Lot’s of people get killed in Mel’s first recommendation (Harper’s Island), but only a clown gets killed in one of Kelly’s (Graham Parker’s “Struck By Lightning”).  So there is that…

Mel’s Recommendations:

TV Series: Harper’s Island

  • Available on Netflix
  • A super awesome serial killer, mystery, suspense whodunit that aired on CBS in 2009.


Book/Audio Book: A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

  • To best experience this wonderful story of travelling the Appalachian Trail check out the Audio Book narrated by Bill Bryson himself.
  • It will apparently be a movie with Robert Redford as Bill and Nick Nolte as Stephen Katz!


Kelly’s Recommendations:

TV Series/Cartoon: Danger Mouse

  • A British Secret Agent Mouse saves the world with his best sidekick Penfold (who is NOT a mole!!)
  • Many episodes are available on Youtube!



Music: Graham Parker – Struck By Lightning


Social Media Recommendations:

Mel: Fraser Cain on G+. Founder of UniverseToday.com Particularly check out Virtual Star Party to see live images of the stars!

Kelly: Rodney Pike on G+. An illustrator who makes some amazing digital caricatures of pop culture icons.


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Episode 16 – Bruce Campbell and the Teen Werewolves of London Calling a Riot Box

New Theme Music!  Thanks Alicia!! (@ohalchemygirl)

Kelly’s Recommendations:

Book: ‘If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor’ by Bruce Campbell

  • Available on Amazon, Goodreads, AND Audible (It DOES Exist! Narrated by Bruce Campbell himself!)
  • Learn fun facts about filming The Evil Dead movies and Army of Darkness
  • Includes a recipe for fake blood!



Music: London Calling – The Clash – Kelly’s all time favorite album… AND IT IS NOT BY ALICE COOPER!!


Mel’s Recommendations:

Service/Books: Book Riot’s Box at Quarterly

  • “Always Books, Never Boring”
  • Get a box of fantastic book related things every 3 months.
  • Signup over at Quarterly.co, And check out Book Riot at their website, BookRiot.com

TV Series: Teen Wolf (the series)

  • Airs Mondays on MTV
  • Features a lacrosse playing werewolf and his friends saving the town of Beacon Hills from all manner of weird bad supernatural nasties. It’s almost like they live on a Hellmouth.
  • One word: Dylan O’brien



Listener Recommendation:

Thanks to Helena aka @HeleMcGe for recommending:

Music: Throbbing Gristle’s song, Hamburger Lady


Twitter Recommendations:

Kelly:@AnnaKarellen: Funny, smart, opposes team-building exercises.

Mel: @Suvudu: Your daily dose of geek news.

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Episode 15 – GIFs, Farscape, Ludo, and text-based Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy awesomeness


Mel’s Recommendations:

TV Show: Farscape

  • An amazing Space Opera by Rockne S. Obannon and Jim Henson Productions that aired on SyFy back when it was still the Sci-Fi Channel.
  • Available to stream on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
  • Origin of the words “frell”, “dren”, and “hezmana” as ways to get expletives on tv.
  • Has amazing Puppets by the Jim Henson Creature Shop that you need to see.


(Addendum: I don’t care who’s involved with Under the Dome; it’s awful. I’m just glad it wasn’t Rockne Obannon 😉 ~M)

Music: “The Broken Bride” by Ludo

  • A Rock Opera about Time Travel, True Love, and The Apocalypse
  • Check out Ludo at their website: ludorock.com, and the video for ‘Save Our City’ on YouTube.
  • Here’s the album on Spotify!


Kelly’s Recommendations:

Game: Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game 30th Anniv. Edition

Website: Gif Gif

  • A project at MIT to rank and categorize animated Gifs.
  • Find a response for every situation at gifgifmedia.mit.edu



Listener Recommendations:

Thanks to @TeresaHazel411 for these great recommendations!

App: EveryMove

  • An app that rewards you for being active!
  • Available for Android and iOS devices.

Movie: Zombie Honeymoon

  • A Zombie Romantic Comedy


Twitter Recommendations:

Mel’s Rec: @sblackmoore: Look for his made up horoscopes a few times a week!

Kelly’s Rec: @DaleHorvath_TWD: A parody account sharing the wisdom of the incomparable Dale.

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Episode 14 – Oh, if Alchemy, then banish that Grand Budapest Hotel food


Alicia aka @ohalchemygirl joins us this episode. She’s a REAL musician in the indie rock band “Oh, Alchemy”. Please check out her band on twitter (@OhAlchemy) and their website, ohalchemy.com and on YouTube.


Mel’s Recommendation:

Game: Banished by Shining Rock Software

  • A city building, resource management sim available for PC
  • It’s $19.99 on Steam, the Humble Store, Gog, and at Shining Rock Software
  • If you think you have what it takes to manage your resources and build up a town of hardened survivors, check it out. And really, who doesn’t want to be an Omnipotent Overlooker? (I’m going to trademark that term ~M, @greatbandname – K)


Alicia’s Recommendation:

Food: Alicia shares a few favorite recipes (Our first food recommendation!):

  • Vanilla Ice Cream, Root Beer, and Fireball Whiskey Float
  •  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt

Movie: Wes Anderson movies!

  • In honor of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ release, Alicia tells us some of her favorites
  • ‘Rushmore’, ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’, ‘The Life Aquatic’, and ‘Fantastic, Mr. Fox’


Kelly’s Recommendation:

Web Service: IFTTT (If This Then That)

  • An amazing FREE web service that lets you create “recipes” of actions to automate certain everyday tasks to make your internet-based life easier.
  • Link up all of your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and innumerable other services together. It’s kind of like One Web Service to rule them all.
  • Matthew Montalta actually recommended this to Kelly.


Twitter Recommendations:

Alicia’s Recommendation: @FoodieChat: Chat so delicious you can almost taste it. Join our gastronomical adventures.

Mel’s Recommendation: @Foodimentary: Fun facts about food because we all eat food or we wouldn’t be here. 😉

Kelly’s Recommendation: @UnseenStarWars: Rare, hardly seen Star Wars pictures from the movie set, merchandise, cut scenes, promotions and more!


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