Episode 5 – 2 trilogies, cello music, and the horrors of Internet past

Episode 5 includes recommendations on two trilogies (which is like a dozen books according to Kelly), some nifty music with a surprising instrument, and a website to waste hours of your time – PLUS our first listener recommendation!  PLUS PLUS a new feature… Twitter recommendations!

Mel’s Recommendations:

Book: The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence

You can find more information at PrinceOfThorns.com and check out Mark Lawrence’s blog. Also, take a look at this article Buzzfeed where he tells us all about anti-heroes.

Music: Adam Hurst

Mel recommends the albums Ritual and Nightfall.  All we are saying, is give cello a chance 🙂

Kelly’s recommendations

Book: Dune Trilogy by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson.

If you are a Dune fan, you will love the backstory this trilogy provides!


Website: waybackmachine.org / archive.org

Hurt your eyes with 1990s website designs, listen to FULL concerts, or watch “Plan 9 From Outer Space”… all FOR FREE (yay free)


Thanks to @danlarock for the following recommendation.  Be cool like Dan and send us yours!!

Music: John Anealio

John is a musician and blogger. His songs are mainly acoustic but are very nerdy in nature.

Website: www.johnanealio.com
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/john-anealio/id346120941
Podcast: Functional Nerds
Twitter @johnanealio

Twitter recommendations:

Mel: @tordotcom – geek/nerdy talk about TV, books, movies, etc…

Kelly: @anniecolbert – Mashable Viral Content Editor and Muppet fanatic.



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Episode 4 – Help save the world, give to charity, push zombies, and celebrate the Funky Western Civilization

Kelly serves up a music and a game recommendation and reveals his musical past while Mel plays video games and searches for aliens… for charity. Sort of.

Episode 4 : The Links!

Kelly’s Recommendations: “Just because we’re hypnotized, that don’t mean we can’t dance!” ~ The Funky Western Civilization by Tonio K from the “Life in the Foodchain” album.


Music: Tonio K


  • Tonio was the first recording artist to use an AK-47 as a percussion instrument in a recording
  • Original band member Nick van Maarth is the best growler EVER
  • Steve Simels at Stereo Review proclaimed “Life In the Food Chain” as “the greatest album ever recorded”.  Then did the same for “Amerika”
  • In some concerts, Tonio cooked pancakes for his audience while on stage
  • Tonio has written lyrics for both Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Burt Bacharach (not of the Sex Pistols)

Game App: Push The Zombie


Mel’s Reccomendations:

Games: Humble Bundle

  • Give to charity by buying cheap games! You decide how much you pay and how much goes to charity. It’s for the kids!
  • Website: HumbleBundle.com

App: BOINC: Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing

  • Help save the world by donating your unused PC time to research programs all over the world
  • Download the client at boinc.berkeley.edu
  • Mel’s favorites:

SETI@Home : setiathome.berkely.edu because aliens, duh.

World Community Grid: worldcommunitygrid.org Contribute to help important nonprofit research to make everyone’s life a little better.

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Episode 3 – Torchlights, Broken Reality, Unbroken Loot Creates, and a Shiny Beast

Mel’s recommendations:

Service: Loot Crate – Monthly box of gamer loot!  http://www.lootcrate.com/

Game: Torchlight and Torchlight 2 by Runic Games. Fun dungeon crawlers!  http://www.runicgames.com/games

Steam link: Torchlight 2: http://store.steampowered.com/app/200710/
Torchlight: http://store.steampowered.com/app/41500/

Kelly’s recommendations:

Book: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal.

Interested in how gaming is actually GOOD? Read this book!
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Reality-Is-Broken-Better-Change/dp/1594202850/

Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reality-is-broken-jane-mcgonigal/1100817884?ean=9780143120612

Jane’s twitter: http://twitter.com/avantgame, Website: http://janemcgonigal.com/

Music: Captain Beefheart – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shiny-beast-bat-chain-puller/id370925126

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/23TBUWCNF9rwYfMIuycyqD



Here’s a new segment where we warn you about things we don’t recommend.

TV Series: Weird Or What?
Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Weird_or_What/70291414?trkid=2361637

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Episode 2 – Zombies, Vampires, Zombies AND Vampires, and a Tiny Death Star

 Episode 2 : Where Kelly and Mel bring you  more book recommendations and a game app!

BOOK – Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne

Kelly leads off with a zombie book series: the first book in the series is “Day by Day Armageddon” by J.L. Bourne. This zombie apocalypse tale told in day by day journal entries spans 3 books. Check out his website www.tacticalunderground.us for a sample chapter and is available at all book outlets.

APP – Tiny Death Star

Kelly’s second recommendation this week is Tiny Death Star. Admit it, you’ve always wanted a fully operational Death Star. It’s available on all major app stores, iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Phone.



PODCAST & BOOK – Underwood and Flinch

Mel has 2 books this week. Well, the first one is a podcast AND a book, “Underwood and Flinch” by Mike Bennett. This is pure vampire goodness! Underwood is an old fashioned vampire, no sparkling allowed! The new season, “Blood and Smoke” just started so make sure you start at the beginning if you’re new to this one. You can find Mike at numerous places online, but start out at www.mikebennetpodcast.com then go subscribe to his podcast on iTunes! If you would rather read the books without listening to Mike’s excellent narration, check them out on Amazon.


BOOK – Double Dead by Chuck Wendig

Mel’s second book this week has both zombies AND vampires! Have you ever wondered what would happen if a zombie bit a vampire? Check out “Double Dead” and “Double Dead: Bad Blood” by Chuck Wendig to find out. Chuck’s blog terribleminds.com is also recommended reading!

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Episode 1 – Scott Stratten and Redshirts


Welcome to the first episode of Nurture and Support!

Mel starts off by by talking about a book. This will happen a lot, so prepare yourselves.

BOOKRedshirts by John Scalzi. Mr. Scalzi has an active blog entitled Whatever. Mel was apparently wrong when she told you it was different. She promises not to let that happen again, but don’t hold your breath.

MUSICRedshirts by Jonathan Coulton. This is a song based on John Scalzi’s book of the same name. Please check out his other music at his website here.

Kelly had recently attended a conference where Scott Stratten was a keynote speaker and his session provided all of Kelly’s recommendations, which were….

BOOK – QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground – This is Scott’s most recent book and is FULL of funny pictures (YAY pictures) and stories of horrible uses of QR codes and other marketing mishaps.

PODCASTS – Scott has two awesome video podcasts, the UnPodcast (about Marketing, speaking, publishing, social media, etc.) and TheVegas30 (enjoying Las Vegas for the 30+ crowd) available on his YouTube channel and iTunes as well

APP – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – Need to invoke Darth Vader’s soul crushing “nooooooooooooooo”?  Scott created a website and an app so you can play it whenever needed.  The app is currently only available on Android as the iPhone version undergoes the Sith-like iTunes store review.

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Nurture and Support is a podcast about sharing cool discoveries.  It might be a good book, an old/new movie, a great app for your phone, or a podcast almost as fun as this one.

While these could be nearly anything, common themes will likely emerge related to: bad sci-fi movies, zombies, corgis (Mel), Alice Cooper (Kelly), Firefly, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc…

Each episode we  share our latest “finds” with each other.  We would love to share yours as well!  Please drop us a note at nurtandsupp@gmail.com if you have something to share.

Mel (@karmic9) and Kelly (@kellythul)

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