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What’s Good: Nerd Life – August 30th Edition

Hey folks! Things have been very quiet recently, I know. So, I thought I’d bring you all a little semi-regular feature about the nerdy things I’m currently enjoying in life. Because after all, a nerdy life is a lovely life!

Watching

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Stranger Things. Stranger. Things. STRANGER THINGS. If you haven’t heard about this amazing sci-fi/mystery/horror series on Netflix, where have you been? We initially watched it a few days after it was released, but it’s finally on a lot of people’s radars so I can squee about it more. The story is phenomenal, the cast is fantastic – especially the young actors, they are all just wonderful. I want to protect them and love them, and make sure they’re happy and safe. Plus, the horror aspects of the show are top notch. Also, if you’re a big fan of the eighties and that vibe, you’ll love this even more.

I’ve been rewatching the Saw anthology too. Some might say that after the third film it all went downhill, and there is a point there, but I’m a huge fan of the series. An eighth film is in production as we speak, and I’m curious as to what they’re planning to do with the series – especially with the fate of certain characters made very clear during the film timeline. But I’ll give it a go nonetheless I’m sure. (Controversial opinion time! I fucking adore Detective Mark Hoffman, played by the delicious Costas Mandylor. His character is messed up and wonderful.)

Reading

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I’m still reading through Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. I go through periods where I’ll read and read, devouring books by the day, and then there might be months where I don’t pick up a single book. Hannibal Lecter is one of my favourite fictional characters, something that was cemented further by the wonderful (and sadly cancelled) TV series. Mads Mikkelsen was the perfect Hannibal. I aim to actually finish this book and pick up another one soon, trying to get back into good reading habits again!

Playing

I did pick up Pokemon GO for a little while. But when the company that makes it started buggering it up, it lost its appeal very quickly. I’m a huge Pokemon fan, have been since I was 10 – I’ll be going back to the console games at some point.

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This weekend saw the release of Magic: the Gathering’s exciting new multiplayer set, Conspiracy: Take the Crown. I was lucky enough to play in a draft of the game today at work at our launch party for the set, and it was a LOT of fun! The drafting of the cards was a brilliant experience in itself, seeing all the new cards built around the Conspiracy cards. Along with the addition of cards that play on the Monarch mechanic – I was the Queen for two rounds! – it made for a very fun afternoon. If you play MtG, I implore you to get along to your nearest Conspiracy: Take the Crown draft, you won’t regret it.

That’s it for my first regular post with Some Nerd Girl! What have you been up to this week? Drop me a comment below!


ClaireClaire is a foul-mouthed British twenty-something who spends most of her time pretending to be an adult. Her nerd status started from an early age with her dad’s love of sci-fi and developed through a love of gaming, reading and horror. As well as volunteering for a charity, Claire writes about her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and mental health over at her blog, as well as tweeting nonsense over as @MouthAndSpoons. The dream is to either make it as a successful writer, or go into mental health research. She lives at home with her equally nerdy husband, their dog Lady, cat Pip and a lot of fish.

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Game of Thrones and What ‘ship May Never Be

Season 6 of Game of Thrones has managed to blow me away week after week. I have laughed, cried and ranted until I have no more air in my lungs. If someone tells me they’re also a fan then you can bet I will drag them into a conversation about the show, books and world surrounding George RR Martin’s epic fantasy series. Who will end up on the Iron Throne? Which House do you support? How much did you cry when [redacted] died? And of course the age-old favourite – who are you shipping together as a couple?

We’re all guilty of shipping at one time or another. When I was 12 I wanted Yuna and Tidus together so badly when I played Final Fantasy X, as a Buffy: The Vampire Slayer I kept rooting for Xander and Willow – even after Tara died, I wanted them together. Last night whilst playing FFXIV after patch 3.3 went live the other day I was whispering that Aymeric and Lucia need to be together because I said so. Some ships make sense, others don’t. Some are ridiculous – and then there are some that simply shouldn’t see the light of day. Jessica Jones and Kilgrave? No. Hermione and Severus Snape? No. Cersei and Jaime Lannister? Weird enough. But people are taking the recent reunion of the very alive Jon Snow (TOLD YOU!) and Sansa Stark as a sign of a potential romantic pairing.

The reasons for this? Apparently, romantic chemistry. The way they look at each other. How relaxed they are with one another. Sansa made him a cloak. Jon likes redheads – Ygritte, Melisandre, Tormund… Who cares if they share a father and grew up together? They’re clearly madly in love and meant to be together!

No. NO. You’re free to ship who you want, but don’t seriously tell me this is going to happen. I have some real-life experience to throw your way, so suck it up.

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I have five half-siblings on my dad’s side, and one on my mom’s. I grew up with two older half-brothers and one half-sister, and another brother and sister came into my life when I was a teenager. The two brothers I grew up with both spent a lot of time out of my life, as there is a ten year gap between us and I clashed frequently with my mom’s son. Now at 26 I only talk to my dad’s son who I grew up with, and my eldest sister who now lives in Canada. There is a distance between myself and all my siblings if I’m honest, which is a particularly painful thing for me. But when my brother and I reconnected after years of broken contact along with the loss of our mothers, it was an amazing moment when we hugged and got to talk over our issues. We are now in a position where we just ‘get’ each other.

Something I was reminded of when Jon and Sansa are sat at Castle Black, talking over their last time together. We didn’t actually see them talk to each other once before they all went their separate ways from Winterfell in the first series and she mentions him only briefly in the books as her father’s bastard son. It’s clear that Sansa takes after her mother Catelyn in looks and her attitude towards Jon as a living reminder of her father’s apparent affair. She apologises for being awful to him when she was younger, and he apologises for always sulking in the corner, not able to really mix with the Stark children due to his bastard status. After the hell that each of them have been through, they have a much better understanding of the world and how cruel it can be. Their father and Sansa’s mother were murdered, along with their brother Robb. They only know that Rickon is alive because Sansa’s evil husband Ramsay Bolton has him hostage. Arya and Bran are lost to them so they need they to stick together – especially with the real threat being just beyond the Wall in the form of the Night King and his undead army.

Jon Snow is not a Stark, something that is not going to play well in his favour. Sansa makes him a cloak like that of Ned’s perhaps to make him finally feel like a part of the family. That hug? THEY FINALLY FOUND A LIVE MEMBER OF THE STARK HOUSEHOLD. Sansa had just ran away from the sadistic Ramsay along with her broken foster brother Theon, Jon has just come back from being murdered by his brothers in the Night’s Watch, of course they’re going to be fucking overjoyed to see each other! They’re just so happy to not be alone in the world anymore, something I’m sure they’ll feel if they are reunited with Arya, Bran and Rickon.

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As for Jon’s love of redheads… there might be an Oedipal thing there, what with his father’s red-headed wife hating him and berating him all his life, then he met red-headed Ygritte who also mocked him even after they were clearly in love with each other. Melisandre taunted him with her naughty bits, and Tormund… don’t tell me he doesn’t love Jon. The dick jokes after coming back from the dead kinda cemented that fact.

Yes, there have been cases of siblings falling in love. It’s a recognized phenomenon called genetic sexual attraction, and there’s usually factors in place that cause this – the thing that stops this is called the Westermarck effect, something that doesn’t happen if siblings grow up separated. Somebody quite rightly pointed out to me that this doesn’t explain how the Lannister twins are a thing, seeing as they grew up with one another and still fell in love. That is an anomaly, but besides that Jon and Sansa would have grown up together and experienced no attraction before this.

This whole ship makes my skin crawl. Incest is not something to be romanticised, there is a reason why it is taboo. Incest is a big issue, especially when consenting relationships between two relatives exist as well as non-consensual abuse happening too. Then there’s the problem with inbreeding, something which is actually covered in Game of Thrones with the madness highlighted in the Targaryen bloodline said to be a result of siblings having children. It’s also hinted that Joffrey’s violent psychopathic behaviour comes from being born of incest.

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Ship it all you want. It’s still wrong as far as I’m concerned from my own experiences growing up with half-siblings and also the evidence from the show too. Can’t we just like two characters without wanting them to mash their genitals together?


ClaireClaire is a foul-mouthed British twenty-something who spends most of her time pretending to be an adult. Her nerd status started from an early age with her dad’s love of sci-fi and developed through a love of gaming, reading and horror. As well as volunteering for a charity, Claire writes about her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and mental health over at her blog, as well as tweeting nonsense over as @MouthAndSpoons. The dream is to either make it as a successful writer, or go into mental health research. She lives at home with her equally nerdy husband, their dog Lady, cat Pip and a lot of fish.

An Open Letter to Jared Leto: Please Stop

Dear Jared Leto,

You’re a great actor. In Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club and even Panic Room, you gave your all to each role. And I’ll admit, I have a soft spot for 30 Seconds To Mars as a band to listen to when I want to revert to my mopey teenage years. When it was announced that you would be taking the role of the Joker in the film adaptation of Suicide Squad, I kept an open mind. After all, Heath Ledger was known as a teen heart throb when he took the role in The Dark Knight and although he sadly passed away before the film’s release, his portrayal of the anarchic, unbalanced Joker remains iconic to this day – much to the chagrin of some of the hardcore fanbase. I gave you a chance. I wanted you to prove them all wrong.

Even when your costume and makeup were revealed for the first time, I tried to tell myself that it was a different universe to what we were used to so naturally there would be some changes. Sure, you looked like a juggalo, but I had faith. I had faith in you as an actor, Jared Leto.

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But now, I want you to stop. Please stop, Jared Leto.

Not a day goes by when I haven’t heard yet another story involving your LOL CRAZY antics on the set. Most recently, he has sent used condoms and anal beads to his fellow cast-mates as well as sending a live rat to Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and a dead pig filled with bullets to the rest of the cast. You read that right, used condoms. Aside from the fact that could count as sexual assault, it’s also just fucking gross. I actually retched a little when I read that.

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This satirical piece pokes fun at what some might consider legitimate concerns  about Leto’s behavior

We were barely into 2016 when tales from the set started to ripple through social media and not so surprisingly, a meme was born.

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This quote from the Daily Dot sums his character up really well;

By trying to make the Joker look as dangerous and subversive as possible, Jared Leto and David Ayer accidentally rebooted the character as a teenage boy who just found out about Banksy and likes to quote Hunter S. Thompson to girls at parties. He literally has the word “damaged” tattooed on his forehead. So edgy.

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Leto claims to be a method actor, and all of these ‘shenanigans’ could well be part of his ‘method’. But if this is supposed to be in-character to the Joker, what does this say of his perception of a dark, complex character? Would the Joker send filthy, jizz-filled rubbers to people? I’d like to think that sort of thing is way beneath him. Would he send a live rat to his Harley? Hell no, he’d just push her out of a window.

DO NOT PUSH MARGOT ROBBIE OUT OF A WINDOW, LETO.

And all these cringey little snippets into the ‘twisted’ mind of the Joker that he spouts… he sounds like a scene guy from the MySpace days. You know the one, his profile had the quote “They laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at them because they’re all the same” somewhere on his page. He’s not scary. I still see kids like this when I play Magic, and I laugh because if they started a fight with anyone they’d be on their arse before they could even get their cheap knuckledusters out of their checkered Vans backpack that hangs past their knees.

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Jared Leto, please stop all this bullshit. If the weight of your acting relies on you pulling stunts like this, then don’t be surprised if people don’t take you seriously. The late Heath Ledger perfected his performance through a journal that is reportedly truly dark and upsetting, and some people say to this day that he got so far into the character that he could never drag himself back out. But he was phenomenal.

I urge you Mr Leto to just get this film done and go away for a little while. AND STOP SENDING DEAD ANIMALS AND OTHER GROSS THINGS TO PEOPLE. Seriously, if you weren’t famous you’d have been arrested.

Yours,
Claire (Mark Hamill is My Joker) Stephenson


ClaireClaire is a foul-mouthed British twenty-something who spends most of her time pretending to be an adult. Her nerd status started from an early age with her dad’s love of sci-fi and developed through a love of gaming, reading and horror. As well as volunteering for a charity, Claire writes about her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and mental health over at her blog, as well as tweeting nonsense over as @MouthAndSpoons. The dream is to either make it as a successful writer, or go into mental health research. She lives at home with her equally nerdy husband, their dog Lady, cat Pip and a lot of fish.

Game of Thrones, or – WHAT IS HYPE MAY NEVER DIE!

As of March 15th – the day this piece runs – there are 43 days left until the start of season 6 of the mighty epic fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. I’m sure it needs no introduction to the wonderful readers of Some Nerd Girl, as chances are you’ve either come across the HBO show or you’ve devoured the A Song of Ice and Fire books that gave us the phenomenon that’s taken the world by storm.

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I am a huge fan of both mediums. The rich, gorgeous world that is weaved within the pages is brought so vividly to life on screen by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, with the author George R. R. Martin also at the helm to make sure his vision is similar to what he has created over the years. The first five seasons were taken from the pages and reworked for television, but season 6 is going to be something different – as it will actually be ahead of the books. GRRM has been taking his time writing the last book of ASOIAF, but he kept his schedule and age in mind and told the showrunners exactly how the story ends.

What does this mean? Every Game of Thrones fan, readers and viewers alike, will be going into the sixth season with no idea of what’s to come. It’s going to be an exciting time – the hype is real. And I’m here to pull the hype train into hype station, as I sit in hype first class with a glass of hype champagne, to throw some glorious hype your way and not be alone in my excitable madness.

WARNING: BELOW THIS, THERE BE SPOILERS. DON’T READ IF YOU’RE NOT UP TO DATE WITH SEASON 5!

I refuse to accept that Jon Snow is dead and gone. He’s most certainly dead, having been shanked to death by his so-called brothers in the Night’s Watch for his loyalty to the Wildlings, but as we’ve already seen in previous seasons death doesn’t necessarily mean the end. And I’m not just talking about the dreaded White Walkers. The Red Priest Thoros, who rocks around with the Brotherhood Without Banners was seen reviving Beric – and as he tells the Red Priestess Melisandre, it’s the sixth time he’s brought the man back from the dead.

Oh yes. Melisandre. Her intentions have always been questionable, with her loyalty to the late Stannis ‘The Mannis’ Baratheon driving him to burn his only daughter alive in the last season – as well as getting him to knock her up with a weird shadow assassin baby – only to seemingly figure that her belief in him was possibly misplaced as his army is defeated by Ramsay Bolton’s men.

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Before this, she tries to seduce Jon Snow. Melisandre has always had a thing for those who have ‘King’s blood’ in their veins – and if you believe the R + L = J theory, this might give us some grounding as to what her plans for him might have been. And if she shares the ability to raise the dead like Thoros… maybe we can finally see more to her than just a pair of boobs who sometimes does magic things.

(I really hope that Jon Snow is brought back from the dead, because if he’s not my six months pregnant cousin/best friend will go postal – and there’s not enough Greggs steak bakes in the world to placate that kind of rage…)

Arya is now blind after disobeying the rules given to her in the House of Black and White by going rogue and slaying the disgusting Meryn Trant. Yet, it seems she will continue to train under the Faceless Men to become an assassin. Will she become the badass that finally gets revenge for the brutal murders of her family members? I hope so. I also want to see where her direwolf has got to.

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Sansa ‘Stark’ Bolton has escaped her captivity in Winterfell thanks to the help of Theon ‘Reek’ Greyjoy after killing her husband Ramsay’s lover/partner-in-sadism Miranda. Pictures from the latest season show that they both survived their huge jump from the keep’s walls, but there seems to be another theory that’s sending everyone into a frenzy. It looks like Sansa has a very small bump, and considering how many times Ramsay defiled her… could she be carrying his child? What ramifications will that have for her? Will Reek become Theon again?

What else is going on? Well, Daenerys Targaryen has been surrounded by a horde of Dothraki, which may not work out well for her. Tyrion Lannister seems to have been left in charge of Meereen in her absence with Varys by his side. Jaime Lannister was supposed to be returning to King’s Landing with his niece/daughter Myrcella Baratheon. She revealed she knew about him being her father and was even happy about it! Well, until she died. It seems as if she was poisoned by Oberyn Martell’s concubine Ellaria Sand as a form of revenge for the death of her lover. I’m sure Cersei Lannister will be devastated at the tragic loss of another child, leaving King Tommen Baratheon as her only surviving child – she’s bound to become even more protective of the boy than she was before.

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Margaery Tyrell is still locked up. Religious nuts are still ruling the capital. There’s the case of that big bloke who used to be the Mountain but is now some sort of beefy zombie. Still no sign of Lady Stoneheart much to most fan’s dismay. Bran and Hodor were missing from last season, but they’re both due to return. Where’s Petyr Baelish? He might be a creep but he’s a sexy Irish creep. And worst still, BENJEN STARK IS STILL MISSING BEYOND THE WALL.

(Oh and then there’s the whole White Walker hoard making it’s way south, which I’m sure is more important than any of the characters realise at this point… I’m sure Tormund Giantsbane can take care of it by himself though.)

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I’m sure there’s loads of stuff I’ve missed. But the hype is real. Are you as excited/illegible as I am about season 6 of Game of Thrones? Have you got any theories you want to share? Please share them with me in the comments!

JON SNOW, ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Game of Thrones returns April 24th – prepare yourselves…

(Images courtesy of Chrys Watches Game of Thrones – support her Patreon if you like what you see!)


ClaireClaire is a foul-mouthed British twenty-something who spends most of her time pretending to be an adult. Her nerd status started from an early age with her dad’s love of sci-fi and developed through a love of gaming, reading and horror. As well as volunteering for a charity, Claire writes about her life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and mental health over at her blog, as well as tweeting nonsense over as @MouthAndSpoons. The dream is to either make it as a successful writer, or go into mental health research. She lives at home with her equally nerdy husband, their dog Lady, cat Pip and a lot of fish.

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