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Pollyanna tries to keep up

Lyda here.

I’ve been having trouble keeping up, and now I see why:  being a nerd is harder than I thought.

Just keeping up with my favorite little pockets of nerd-dom is more than I can do.

For example:

Read all five of the “Songs of Fire and Ice” books published so far? Check. Watch seasons 1 & 2 of “Game of Thrones“? Check.

Wait, they finished season 3? But we can’t buy it until February.

Oh man. I’m behind again.

All this doesn’t even include mega-fan stuff like the fan websites or “Winter is Coming” t-shirts or the comics. And what? Now there’s a cookbook?

This is just an example of one tiny piece of my own nerdy, geeky interests. Urban dictionary definitions: nerd and geek. The Pollyannas often use these words interchangeably when speaking of themselves.

There is so much sci-fi and other stuff out there that I love. So many books. And movies. And TV. And blogs.

And of course, there are always the zombies.

It’s exhausting being Pollyanna, y’all.


Pollyanna coexists quite well, thank you

Lyda here.

Now, y’all may or may not have seen Coexist and Tolerance and Diversity bumper stickers around your town.

Now, y’all know that these are principles that both Pollyannas uphold.

But, well, we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t enjoy the nerdy versions.

The first one I saw was this Star Wars and Star Trek coexist. Which I believe I may have shared with y’all.

But it does not stop there. There is this – letting the worlds of nerdom unite (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Alien, X-Files, Doctor Who, a lightening bolt which I assume stands for comics?, and Star Trek).

And speaking of comics, here’s a Marvel-DC coexist. If I have to explain those symbols, you have been reading the wrong comics and should be ashamed of yourself.

But to Data… um, I mean to date…

This is my favorite.

High Resolution Sci-Fi Coexist bumper sticker by Michael McFarland - shared by George Takei!

(uniting Star Wars, Stargate, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who & Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, and Firefly)

Which was featured on George Takei’s Facebook page.

And if you haven’t heard of George Takei… well, you probably aren’t really a nerd.

In which case you might not be applying to move to Mars

MARS!!! Now that’s an exclusive address.



Pollyanna is a tree-hugger

Lyda here.

IT’S ARBOR DAY! Plant a tree. Or at least hug one.

Here’s an appropriate mug for sci-fi geek tree-huggers like the Pollyannas:

Trees For Tomorrow! Mug

Of course, we’d also like the space pirate mug. Hoist the solar sail so we can be off lootin’ and plunderin’ the cosmos!

Or the Ladies World Domination Mug“Don’t make me come down there.”

But I digress…

Pollyanna goes back to school

Lyda here. Wow, how can I even post after that explosion of fiber-rific delights that Anna-Liza posted? And yet, here I go with my own news.

I’m going back to school to complete my masters degree!!! I’m so excited!!! You can’t tell by the number of exclamation points at all!!!

I didn’t post about it before, because I was waiting for official confirmation and besides, it was hard to type with all my fingers crossed.

So, in July I’ll be spending a week in school, auditing the lab that ends the first year. This will get me back in the swing of things, I hope. And then I’ll be attending class one weekend a month from October through June 2011, and finishing up with a week-long practicum in August 2011.

And then I will have my masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica! What is Spiritual Psychology, you ask? Click this link. This is a unique program – no other school in the world has it.

Yes, this is exciting!!! I love my school, and I love being a student. Yes, I was that geeky kid who liked learning. And yes, I ruined the curve for everyone else. And I still am.

And now, to just put a quick plea out to the Cosmic Innernetting.

I need a new home. Yes, again. Hush. I told y’all my current place was temporary. I’m looking for a place to live that isn’t too far from work (I work in Irvine, California). I’m open to renting a room, sharing an apartment with someone, or being on my own in an inexpensive studio/trailer/garage apartment/whatever. I just need somewhere to hang my hat and store my fabric stash. And I need it pronto!

So if you need a roomie, or know someone who does, let me know…

I promise the Zombie Army will behave themselves…

Pollyanna Chases the Pig

Here piggy piggy. Time for your licking.

That sounds either kinky or violent. Or maybe both, which would be really kinky. Or is that just me?

Maybe to you it sounds like a drug reference. “Hey, buddy, wanna chase the pig?”

Kids, just say “no” to chasing the pig.

Anyway, quickly moving on…

To paraphrase (very loosely) The Thing, “It’s pig-lickin’ time!”

Ah, the Fantastic Four: Mister Fantastic, the Thing, the Human Torch and… the Invisible Girl. As if women weren’t invisible enough in 1961. And she doesn’t even get to be the Invisible Woman. Yeah. She got rooked.

She was always too goody-two-shoes for me anyway. Give me Wonder Woman any day. Or – dare I say? – Cat Woman. Don’t we all kind of wish we were Cat Woman?

Did I ever tell y’all that I did a paper and a presentation on superheroes and supervillains for my master of psychology class? Interesting stuff… Man, I miss school. Yes, I am that weirdo. I actually want to go back to school.

Wow. Comic geek and school nerd. Following the kinky innuendo and the drug references.

Can y’all believe I’m single??

But I digress…

Okay, other pig licking news:

Sadness. Marin lost three years of comments. Go visit your AntiM and leave her a bunch of new comments, y’all.

After that, cruise on over to The Panopticon where Franklin will frighten you, and cheer you in turns.

Pollyanna Rings in the New Year, Random Weirdness Style

Lyda here.

Random Weirdness Ringing in 2010

1o.) Ten – Powers of… Check out this site about the Powers of 10. Pure geeky fun.

 Bonus 10: Ten food and drink trends for 2010 from epicurious.com

9.) Nine cities with birth rates climbing in 2010?  Ripley’s Fertility Statue Tour

8.) Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun – I love these!

7.) Seven new man-made wonders of the world here’s how it began and you can vote for the seven new natural wonders of the world!

6.) Six Degrees of Separation  led to Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, which led to SixDegrees.Org founded by Kevin Bacon – of course.  I myself have a Bacon number of  3 – I performed in a production of Woody Allen’s “Play it Again, Sam” with Alan Sues  who has a Bacon number of 2. BTW, this is the scene I did.

5.) Five golden rings – and at least five gold medals for the USA! Steven Colbert saves the Olympics.

Also:  The Top Five Weird Jobs. They had me at “zombie”. And then they added porn! What Pollyanna could resist?

And here’s a very serious Five: Five Wishes, a living will that is legal in 42 states (including California and Colorado). If you don’t currently have a living will, consider this one – which only costs $5 per copy. Be sure to follow the instructions at the end.

4.) “Four and a half Billion Years and all we have to show for it is rat shit .” Very Pythonesque:   The Top Ten Stories of the last 4.5 billion years, from Onion.com. Be sure not to miss the complete history of art. Twelve!

3.) Threes – the Book of. Site all about threes. This article is about fashion and says this collection conveys “the sense of innocence on the cusp of broken dreams.” Three fates, three witches, three Musketeers (yes, that’s Barbie and her friends as Musketeers – pretty weird)… Let’s all count to 3 with the Count (poor Kermit)…

2.) Two – days until I have to be out of this place. The kitchen is packed thanks to Sith Master and his two friends. The garage only has stuff I’m throwing away in it (what the **** am I going to do with that stuff???). The patio is clear off. The ice chest and the cat carrier have been cleaned off and left to dry. The U-Haul is reserved for tomorrow.

And I still haven’t heard about the apartment. Once I finish this, I’m off to pay for a month’s rental on a storage unit. Sigh.

And two wonderful cats looking for a home  if I don’t get the apartment.

Double sigh.

I’d rather be playing this TWO with the Sith Master!  Warning: that link is full of violence, adult language – and clown zombies… Be afraid, be very afraid.

1.) One million dollars! All you have to do is photograph Bigfoot within the given parameters. Colorado types, take note!

And one… (the rest of) one night until I’m fifty.

Count to ONE!   

 One cookie lost at the disco!  

Make it so, Number One!


Pollyanna and the Tiny Zombies of Literary Doom

Lyda here, as if y’all couldn’t figure that out.

Anna-Liza just sent me links to some ThinkGeek products that I just have to share.

She really needs the Self-Rescuing Princess shirt

while this Newbie Geek onesie is perfect to have in waiting for her grandchild on the way.

This 8-bit Dynamic Life t-shirt is not a suitable candidate for Black Valentine’s Day – unless you only have one shirt.

But of course the one that I love is: INVASION OF THE TINY PLUSH ZOMBIES!! Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of that page. Do they have the best jobs ever, or what?

And in related news…

The LA Times reports on the zombification of Jane Austen. Did they turn the gifted writer into a zombie? No, but someone did add zombies to one of her classics, creating a book called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies“. Also out: “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” – check out the Noodly Appendages on the cover, all praise to FSM. And yet, somehow, Mr. Darcy has become a vampire… or is that vampyre?

Jane is not the only author going zombie. H.G. Wells has been mutated too. And Mark Twain has gone the way of the undead as well.

I include the links, not to endorse the books – I haven’t read any of these – but as proof that real life is weirder than even my imagination.

So, while I was wandering around the zombie book section in that huge virtual bookstore, I found these, which owe their titles at least to some classics: “Love in the Time of Zombies” and “Fried Green Zombies“.

And lastly, I must report some Christopher Moore books which I’ve missed until now: “Fool: A Novel“, “A Dirty Job” and “You Suck: A Love Story(a sequel to “Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story” that begins just after the first book ends).

How could I have missed THREE of his books???

I blame the zombies. A zombie is always a great fall guy. What is he going to do about it, moan?

But I digress.

I see a trip to the library in my immediate future.

I just hope the zombies haven’t eaten the librarians’ brains. I don’t think the undead can use the Dewey Decimal System.