The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics just wrapped up, and we had some things to say. A lot of things. (We also had to deploy an Emergency Avocado. Which worked!)
Greetings, listeners! Fear not, a proper episode is still coming to you in February, for we have many, many thoughts about the Olympics and some of them are even about topics other than the ranking order of Olympic figure skaters’ behinds.
Meanwhile, Hannibal season 2 has a premier date of February 28th. The fannibals are preparing to feast, the only question is will you be a dinner guest or will you be dinner?
You have 2 weeks to catch up on season 1, and to help convince you that you should, here is the episode we recorded last October with the ever-gracious Cleolinda as our guest.
Welcome to Episode 15 of AngloFilles, wherein Les Filles are joined by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books to discuss the romance genre!
(Just as a note: the conversation turns somewhat explicit at about 1:10 when we start discussing erotica. Just in case you’re listening at work or with a small child who might wonder out loud in an inopportune place what the deal with triceratops tongues is.)
Les Filles are grateful to Peter Murphy for his time and insight. Some of Les Filles would like to note that unlike some others, Peter is not a scrub and takes advantage of living in Toronto and having the privilege of being able to go to TIFF and see all these wonderful films. Meanwhile, Alina is a scrub and feels bad and promises to mend the error of her ways.
This is episode 12, which means we’ve been talking your ears off about girl-geekery for a year. We had a bunch of topics that weren’t involved enough for a whole show, so this is a GRAB BAG EPISODE. Warning: expect tangents.
Sorry this episode is later than usual- we originally recorded a week later than we’d normal do, thanks to nutty schedules, and then the Podcast Gods were angry about something, so we rescheduled, and an avocado was sacrificed, and WE’RE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER.
Sherlock Holmes has been a part of the cultural consciousness since his inception, and Les Filles discuss (with varying levels of squee) several of them.
(There are spoilers for the end of Elementary at around the 1h45min to 1h55min mark. Proceed at your own risk.)
We are super stoked (like, SUPER STOKED) to have been joined by Hugo Nominated author Seanan McGuire to talk about women in Speculative Fiction, misogyny in the world and out of it, and swearing!
(It almost made up for the sadness of not having Kayleigh this episode. Almost, but not quite.) In important news, the Anglofilles are thrilled that NBC came to the conclusion that renewing Hannibal was the right thing to do, and we will be doing an episode on Hannibal in the fall.
Welcome to episode 7, where we talk about Sexed Up Historical Dramas. (Note: we talk about sex a LOT because that was kind of the topic. There’s a lot of sex, is what I’m saying.)
First things first: Reidan is in Boston, and was not near the bombings, she’s okay. The Boston mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick set up OneFund Boston as a way to funnel donations. If you could toss in a couple bucks, that would be awesome. Thank you.
IMDB links for the various shows we discussed:
The Other Boleyn Girl: BBC version.
If you would like to read more:
Tudors: Anything by Alison Weir
Borgias: The Borgias and Their Enemies
Rome: God, I have to pick just one? Livia: First Lady of Rome
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Episode 5, where we are joined by Noel, who is determined to inject himself into every facet of the Made of Fail Family, and we talk fairy tales, the 10th Kingdom, and other stuff.
My notes for what should be in the show notes are at home, and I am not, so this is…. sort of recreated from memory.
The 10th Kingdom DVDs You can also watch on Netflix Instant for now.
Grimm, on NBC. Fridays, 9/8 Central.
Once Upon a Time, on ABC. Sundays at 8/7 Central. You can also watch the first season on Netflix Instant.
There were a whole bunch of other books we talked about, but I can’t remember them all. I know Patricia Wrede and Gregory Maguire were in there, and we also talked about the national travesty that Canada recently suffered with the new Anne of Green Gables cover.
Alina’s tech rec this month: Rough Draft is a free word processor with a user interface designed to make life and work easy for writers. It won’t have all the features MS Word has that make academic essays look so polished, but I highly recommend it for personal works. It has modes for scripts versus prose, has spellcheck functionality (you do have to additionally download a free dictionary called WordWeb). I particularly like its use of tabs for different files and the side-panel notepad.
Fake Geek Girls are A Problem, according to Tony Harris. We think he and people who think like him are full of shit.
The #onereasonwhy hashtag on Twitter, talking about why there are fewer women in the gaming industry than men.
Entertainment Software Association’s 2012 Stats on game players.
Dad gives Link a sex change for his Zelda playing daughter.
A Rennerful Romance Novel review at Smart Bitches. YOU’RE WELCOME.
Star Trek trailer!
James Gunn’s past comes back to haunt him.
All sort of Hobbit-full news! Interview with peter Jackson, in which he touches on the Tolkien Estate having some issue with the movies.
The Enclyclopedia of Arda, for all your fake geeking needs.
Stephen Colbert’s Best Week Ever: The Pundit: or Colbert and Back Again
Alina’s Tech Rec: MusicBee is a great iTunes alternative – for Android phone users who need desktop software that syncs with their phone and just for anyone who doesn’t want to use iTunes. It can import iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, making switching easy. (Note: iTunes does not DRM protect music.) It has all the features you’d want in a robust digital music library software, such as tag management and downloading album information, and it can be used to subscribe to and organize podcasts (such as this one, hint hint).
Welcome to episode 2! We say things.
Kayleigh got into her Master’s Program at the University of Edinbrugh!
Reidan passed the Massachusetts bar exam and is looking for a big girl lawyer job!
Good things to come out this endless election cycle:
Is Nate Silver a Witch? and the trending twitter topic “Drunk Nate Silver.” “Drunk Nate Silver does not say ‘Call Me Maybe’, he know precisely where and when.”
Movies we discussed in a fairly non-spoilery manner:
Cloud Atlas and Skyfall
Also mentioned: Toronto International Film Festival, Dredd, Looper, Premium Rush, Lincoln.
Disney buys Lucasfilm, everyone waits to see what fresh hell this might mean.
Release dates we are demanding (and someone should get on): Whedon’s Much Ado, DVDs for the Tennant/Tate Much Ado, and the Hiddleston Hollow Crown.
Alina’s Tech Rec: Firefox Sync (and Google Chrome’s account sing-in feature) – first and foremost, it’s a simple way to bring your desktop bookmarks to your smartphone or tablet (or to a second computer). It can also be a simple way to get your bookmarks back if, say, your computer’s problems pissed you off so much that you did a fresh install of Windows without backing anything up so then your wife had to show you that you can use your smartphone and Sync to get at least your browser back the way it was and that’s only because she sync’ed it for you in the first place. You know, as an example.
With a Special Guest Appearance by Kayleigh’s mom.
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The newest member of the Made of Fail family of geekitude!
First, I have to apologize for the quality of the sound- I’m still learning this, but I know what the problem was and I will fix it for next time. Sorry, sorry, so very sorry.
Don’t explain the joke: we are three geek girls who come from three different English speaking areas of the world–Canada, Scotland, and the US. So Anglo = English and Filles = girls (only in French) and we all have a fascination with the British Royal family.
Reidan can be found at @redheadedgirl on Twitter, reviewing romance novels at Smart Bitches Trash Books and frequently commenting on Mark Does Stuff. You can also follow her Roman Feast research and shenanignas at fromeggstoapples.wordpress.com
Alina can be found at @LJMysticOwl on Twitter. She’s a writer on Galilea and has reviewed her re-read of A Game of Thrones at Second Time Around
Warning: Shady Moose up to No Good
Max Frei’s The Stranger, Alina’s favorite Russian urban fantasy (now in a spiffy new English translation!), is something we are going to discuss in the next show. You can purchase it from Amazon or other fine retailers.
Supersizers Eat Ancient Rome: http://www.youtube.com/
Alina’s “Tech Stuff” recommendation for the episode: BeyondPod Podcast Manager for Android It can sync with your Google Reader account, you can pre-download episodes or stream them, and arrange episodes of various podcasts into a playlist so there’s no need to browse to them one by one.
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