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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

StrangerThings
Art by J. Caleb Design

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

Red Dragon

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.

MagicTheGathering

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.

48 Unintentional Binge Watch – Some Nerd Girl Original Webcomic

Binge watching Netflix should probably have a support group… that I’d always miss because I was too busy binge watching Netflix.

Check out all the SNGCs here and join us every week for a new original SNG Webcomic!


AlexAlex is our resident Webcomic creator. He grew up in Puerto Rico, but didn’t reach true Nerdom until he came state side when he was in middle school. He’s been drawing since he was five, but has only started posting Webcomics in the past year. You can check out his amazing and original work at tapastic.com/gomezalexj.

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Nerdy

Since we’re all sad about Halloween being over, we here at Some Nerd Girl thought we might ease the pain by suggesting ways to make the coming holidays even better (or just tolerable if you’re in THAT kind of situation).

So, please to enjoy, 5 ways to make Thanksgiving nerdy!

1. Lightsaber Duels to settle family disputes

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time we bring our families together, and we all know what a powder keg that can be! People you may or may not have seen all year, all with varying opinions and political affiliations – it’s a recipe for drunken arguments. We suggest an alternative to yelling at each other across a half-carved turkey: Dispute Resolution Via Lightsaber Duels. Hey, it worked for Luke and Vader, Right?! Right..?

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There is unlikely to be a clear winner, but you’ll probably have so much fun you won’t even care anymore that your uncle is voting for Donald Trump.

2. Light Side / Dark Side designation for the wishbone

Before you break apart the wishbone, designate who represents Light and who represents Dark. Then, let the Force decide the victor!

man-and-woman-with-wishbone

Winner gets to rule the Empire! Or, at least the TV remote for a while.

3. Instead of football, tune into something nerdy

NetFlix is your friend. Consider letting Doctor Who play in the background, or pop in your collectors edition Harry Potter DVD(s). Encourage discussions about how Voldemort probably just needed more hugs as a child. The Addam’s Family Values is always a go-to lovely and appropriate choice given the time of year.

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Other good options: Star Trek (perhaps the wishbone winner gets to pick which series), Sherlock, Clone Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Dark Matter, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, Supernatural…

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Shrimp gumbo, shrimp kabob, shrimp pasta…. whoops, sorry, got a little off track there!

4. Cook historically themed items, for the history nerd of the family!

To have a true ‘thanksgiving’ meal, you’re going to have to prepare at LEAST one of these:

  • Wildfowl (so… uh… like a goose? I don’t even know)
  • Corn in grain form for bread or porridge
  • Venison
  • Chestnuts, walnuts and/or beechnuts
  • Blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and/or cranberries

I realize not much of that sounds like a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving dinner, but to the history nut, it’s the ONLY traditional dinner to have.

5. Instead of playing football in the side yard, set up a Quidditch pitch and play that!

Who needs Football when you can run around pretending to be a wizard for an hour or so instead?! All you’d really need is some hula-hoops, duct tape and 6 wooden dowels. Easy, right? Oh, and a Snitch. I feel like perhaps whoever lost the wishbone battle will have to play the Snitch – and if they disagree, it can be settled with a Lightsaber battle.

Hufflepuff
You know you want some of this!!

Now go forth, and spread the Nerd love!


Eve2Eve is the founder of Some Nerd Girl and the author of urban fantasy novel Children of the Fallen and science fiction novel Colony One. She has been writing since the age of 13 and has been flying her nerd flag for the past 16 years. Fandoms include Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Basically if it has ‘star’ in it, she’ll give it a shot. You can visit her website at www.somenerdgirl.com.

 

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