Monthly Archives: February 2013

Your Lady Nerd Haven II: Nautilus Inspired

I’ve been musing a lot on the relationship between genre and the sea lately, not that it’s a very new thing for me. One of my favorite books is The Scar by China Mieville, and there is a very long tradition of scifi/fantasy at sea, from The Little Mermaid to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Jaws*. To paraphrase an ancient mariner in our oceans there be monsters, and for the lady adventurer it remains a mostly unexplored and exciting realm. However, even when SciFi goes interstellar, we see nautical language and themes, with Star Trek being the leading example. Star Fleet is the navy, clearly.

So, if you are dreaming of the sea like I am, maybe you should pick up some nautical adornments for your own lady nerd haven. You are the mistress of your fate, you are the captain of your Nautilus.

20000 Leagues

* Really all the works of Peter Benchley are underrated at this point, right?

Avast ye,


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Everybody loves infographics!

So over at Next Movie (which I found via BuzzFeed), they have posted an infographic relating to young adult film heroines of the past season or two. Have a look (and of course click to embiggen):

Don't get confused, know your girls!

Now, I think that this is a great idea, but executed without a great deal of thought. Every single one of them is “shy/quiet?” I mean, they are all white, which is its own problem, but surely Hermione is neither of these things? Or Julie? Or even Katniss, though she doesn’t talk much? How, exactly, does Bella Swan qualify as a “fighter?” Do we know specifically that Hermione is a virgin? Does that sort of thing help us quantify our heroines in some way? Those are a few examples of issues I have with this particular image, but we’d love to hear your thoughts (agree? disagree? further questions/complaints?) – talk to us in the comments!

– Nissa

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An Absurd Bounty

More Season 2 GoT Blu-Ray edition goodness, courtesy of Screen Crush, you’ll find the complete list of Blu-Ray animated short extras here (and below), and please enjoy gentle Ygritte’s narration in this animated extra talking about the Night’s Watch.

Greyjoy Rebellion – three separate tellings by Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane)

Robert’s Rebellion – four separate tellings by Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)

House Tyrell – narrated by Margaery Tyrell

House Greyjoy – narrated by Theon and Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan)

House Clegane – narrated by Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann)

The Free Folk – narrated by Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

The Night’s Watch – narrated by Ygritte

Dragonstone – narrated by Stannis Baratheon

Harrenhal – narrated by Catelyn Stark

The Free Cities – narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)

Qarth – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anozie)

The Drowned God – narrated by Yara Greyjoy

The Alchemist Guild – narrated by Wisdom Hallyne (Roy Dotrice)

The Warlocks – narrated by Xaro Xhoan Daxos

Winter is coming, yay!

– Linds

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February 18, 2013 · 11:08 am

A Waiting Game of Thrones

We’re so close to a new season of GoT that we can taste it. The Blu-ray for season 2 is Tuesday, and here’s a teaser of the latest set of animated shorts included in the extras. Learn about Alchemists and Wildfire in Westeros in this awesome little video.

Courtesy of the awesome Elio of

Happy Monday, babes!

– Linds

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February 18, 2013 · 11:02 am

Episode 7: The ZomRomCom

warm_bodies_poster_2If there were any Valentine’s Day movie that could bring back the dead, it might very well be the charming, inventive, and ever-so-timely Warm Bodies. Enjoy the aural equivalent of a heart-shaped box of chocolates from your babes as we discuss the only romantic comedy that I have ever liked without any qualms.

Bitches, man,


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Our Love is Like a Storybook Story


A late Valentine’s gift from we babes to you, feast your eyes on this epic Princess Bride themed wedding, courtesy of the ever inspirational Offbeat Bride.

I do not think it means what you think it means,


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45 Days Til My Bloodlust is Satiated

Not to beat a dead horse but…actually, that would be in keeping with both the show and the books. There’s only 45 days until Game of Thrones Season Three and I have a very real case of antsy pants.

For reals George. Please. I’m begging you.


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February 14, 2013 · 3:05 am