Too Turned ON? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr Miro, I’m constantly turned on by my girlfriend – a good thing, I realize this – I’m a very lucky Man. We have sex in the morning and then about 20 min later I have another erection and want to do it again and a lot of times we do. If I’m around her all...

My Life as a Mall: The Day the Music Died [As Told To Ryan Dixon]

A bi-weekly blog featuring the recollections of a soon-to-be demolished super regional mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as told to Ryan Dixon. It’s quiet now. Allegheny Energy has pulled the plug, sending the lights blinking into blindness. The music, which had been going steady for nearly 30...

Avengers Throwback – The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction [...

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen The Avengers four times so far and I’ve zero reservation about going for a 5th.  However, one thing I did notice amidst heading out to the theater over and over to see one of my favorite super hero teams is that Hulk seems to just about...

Autofellatio is Real? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health C...

Dear Dr. Miro, I just saw that old SNL skit where Will Ferrell gives himself a BJ. Is that even possible? Sincerely, Inspired to Take Yoga Dear ITTY, What you are referring to is called Autofellatio, the taking of one’s genitals into one’s mouth, for sexual pleasure. And yes, for one in...

Assessing Shame at THE AVENGERS [On The Contrary]

Sometimes you have to capitulate to the cultural zeitgeist, if only to have an informed opinion on the major movements in our (pop) culture. An English teacher of mine once encouraged us not to actually read the great works of literature (that would take far too long) but to instead develop a...

You are Probably Going to get Fired (Maybe) [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HorroR, Recently, my boss called me in to her office and gave me a counseling notice and said I had 10 days to improve my performance. Should I be worried? Am I going to get fired? – Called into the Principal’s office Dear Called, Yes… Probably… I don’t know. I’m doubtless...

Cheater-Cheater, Pumpkin Eater! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn I...

Dear Dr. Miro, I went on a date with this guy and everything was AMAZING. He is absolutely perfect except one thing: apparently he and his last girlfriend broke up because he cheated on her. I know the whole “once a cheater, always a cheater” adage but is this always true? I don’t want to be...

Climbing the Walls [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Groupon had me climbing the walls yesterday. Every morning I wade through email offers from Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local, Daily Candy and tons of other trickle down copy-cat sites. Today alone, I tossed 14 offers into the trash including: 60% off eye lash extensions, a reduced rate on...

Phyllis Kaelin is Drawn to the Shadows [Fierce Anticipation]

FIERCELY ANTICIPATING On Friday, Dark Shadows is officially opening and I’m going to be sitting in a theatre sometime that day, watching the big horror offering of the summer movie season. Probably on an Imax screen. My tiny bit of ambivalence is swamped by fierce anticipation. While...

Sex On Your To-Do List? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health...

Dear Dr. Miro, My gorgeous, brilliant, wife and I have really busy lives between our fulltime jobs, volunteer work and newly adopted twins lets just say: not a lot of together-alone time. I’m really worried we are going to have Lesbian Death Bed and as a result I wanted to try to schedule...

Summer Time, and the Livin is Nerdy [Fierce Anticipation]

Forgive me, dear readers. It has been five months since my last blogumn. There has been much speculation as to where I have been, and I will simply say NONE OF IT is true (unless you assumed I am right where you left me, in which case, yes it’s all true). I was approached to write a Fierce...

If Music be the Food, Play On [Elbows on the Table]

Food and music are two of the few things in the world that are universal. Sure some people don’t like peanut butter and some people don’t like polka. There is no person in the world who does not like music or does not like food. Both can evoke more than what they are. When you...

Sexsomnia? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn in Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, What’s wrong with my husband? At least once a week he’ll wake me up for late night sex, and the next day he won’t remember! Sometimes it even happens multiple times in a night and I have to push him away. How can he not recall this? Could it be me? Am I so unmemorable? We love...

Kung-Fu Fighting and a Three-Legged Elephant [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Two nights ago, someone said to me “I really don’t like most American-made cinema anymore.” I didn’t ask him to elaborate because: a. I agree and b. I’ve heard the same thing from a lot of different people. From the Transformers franchise, Battleship-type movies...

A Cup of Coffee Vs. An iPhone App: The New Pricing Model of Console Ga...

I always make the joke that people are so price-sensitive on iPhone games, that they think 2.99 is UBER expensive for a game, yet they buy cups of coffee for 6 dollars. Since I first started making that joke, we developers have been empowered with much better ways to make money, like in-app...

Horror Game Weekend – Silent Hill HD Collection and Dead Island ...

Alright, a few weeks ago I went to Horrorhound Weekend (video recap of that right here if you’re curious).  After running around a convention centered solely around all things terrifying, it got me thinking that I hadn’t really played a good survival horror game in a while.  After...

Gimme Your Password! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cl...

Dear Dr. Miro, I adore my girlfriend of six months but lately she’s been telling me I need to give her my email and Facebook passwords. When I said that I didn’t want to she accused me of being untrustworthy and secretive. I’m not hiding anything from her but I just don’t feel right about it....

Rewards Points-A-Palooza Part 2 [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at...

My, two weeks goes by fast! In my recent travels I had my first flight where there were two babies, one row apart, that didn’t even cry a bit during the 4.5 hour flight. It was truly a miracle to behold. I also received my millionth pat down by TSA for wearing a maxi dress, prompting me to...

4/20- An Elegy [California Seething]

NOTE: This post is intended for medicinal purposes only. Even though I know a thing or two about dramatic structure, I don’t consider myself a playwright- just like I don’t consider myself a licensed plumber even though I’ve unclogged hundreds of toilets over the course of my illustrious...

Daddy Issues [Frankie Says...]

Frankie says… Sometimes you just have to put your foot down. For me it happened this week, when I realized that the man I was falling for was utterly, ultimately f-ed up. He was going to drag me down with him, or worse, use me like he uses the other girls. I’ve come to the conclusion...

Corrie-lyn Dyson is Watching the Detective [Fierce Anticipation]

Every so often, my husband’s vocabulary greatly (and suddenly) improves. He begins using the kind of unnecessarily long words that he normally mocks me for employing. This inevitably means he has either been reading or watching Sherlock Holmes. Let me clarify, he has either been reading...

MoneyMoneyMoney! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]...

Dear Dr. Miro, I’ve been dating a man for about 6 months and am very much in love with him. He’s sexy and handsome and treats me like a princess and my friends all like him too. The only thing is that we have very disparate incomes. I make about 3 times what he earns in monthly...

Level vs Flat: The Revenge – Continuing Adventures in Home Impro...

You’ve probably seen the commercial. A pretty young woman wakes up in her young person’s cheaply-decorated apartment bedroom. She smiles, stretches and leaps from the edge of the bed and in one effortless motion she pulls off an unsightly lighting fixture from the ceiling and reveals the...

Short and Sweet and Salty [Fierce Foodie]

I owe this week’s short and sweet fierce foodie to my older sister, who took me out for breakfast recently and rocked my blueberry bagel and plain cream cheese world with her sweet and salty discovery. She asked for a toasted everything bagel with honey walnut cream cheese: the perfect...

There’s That Condom! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cl...

Dear Dr. Miro, I had wild, drunken, “protected” sex with my non-monogamous partner. Two days later a condom fell out of me. I’m horrified and scared. We were so drunk that no one even noticed this mishap. Luckily I’m not in my fertile moment in my cycle so there’s no baby...

Driving Miss Amy [Tall Drink of Nerd]

To be perfectly honest, I was always a lousy driver. Less then a year after I got my license, I began my reign of terror. Side-swiping my Dad’s 1960ish green van, one of those behemoths that was made entirely out of Adamantium. After that followed a series of unfortunate events, the...

The Optimist at the End of the Tunnel [Stay at Home Nerd]

I sat in a brown, pleather medical chair staring at a poster for chronic sinusitis when the doctor came in. He was nearing seventy with white hair and a build and complexion that suggested regular exercise on the golf course. He tipped my head back, had a peek up my nose and before I knew it...

Is Tim Tebow Ruining My Life? Yes. [California Seething]

OK, so, first, I’d like to apologize to the City of New York, to Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and Joe Namath. Most of all, I’d like to apologize to my grandfather. Why? Well, On March 12, 2012 I wrote “Fuck you Karma- Come and get me!” On March 23, 2012 the New York Jets got Tim Tebow from the...

Bipolar Women: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me (and Catherine Zeta-Jo...

For a while, there was this Facebook thing going around where you were supposed to post your “doppelganger” as your profile pic – some famous person you physically resemble in some obvious-to-vague way. I was conflicted about whom to post as mine (as you can read here in my article Sarah...

Where Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Failed [Game On]

If you’ve been watching The Walking Dead lately (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) you’ve no doubt seen the trailer for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. I had really high hopes for this game because it was the first time we’d revisited Raccoon City in over...

Ken Doll Crotch? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]...

Dear Dr. Miro, I’m totally freaked out. My boyfriend keeps talking about how he doesn’t like his balls or penis & that they interfere with his ideal look: that of a Ken Doll!?!? He wants to get all his man bits chopped off. He doesn’t want to be a woman – he’s actually super...

Sultan of Singapore [Piping Hot Nerd]

Things like this do not happen to nerdy bagpipers, but then again it did, so I guess it does. I am here in Singapore on business. I am tired, just off the flight and standing in line to check in at my hotel. This woman whom I’ve never met hands me a guava juice and welcomes me to Singapore. I...

THC in Semen? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, My boyfriend smokes a lot of weed and we don’t use condoms. I have a drug test next week. Can I test positive for THC from him coming inside me? Sincerely, Naturally Paranoid Dear NP, If testing positive for THC from ejaculate intake was possible, there would more than likely...

Attitude is Everything [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I’m going on vacation this Wednesday. Work has been overwhelming lately, so I’ve been eye-balling my vacation start date like it’s a big ole turkey leg and I’m a hungry cartoon character. Even though I’m excited to turn on my out-of-office and unplug from the...

Too Nice To F**K! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class...

Dear Dr. Miro, I keep getting told by women I want to date, that I’m “too nice”. What’s that even mean? Shouldn’t I be good to women? Am I supposed to get all Douche-y on them? It seems that a**holes always end up with the girls I like but it just doesn’t seem right to me. What should I do?...

Rejection is a Dish Served On-Line [Piping Hot Nerd]

I just got my rejection letter from the Creative Writing MFA program at Hunter College in New York City. I guess I don’t have to tell you now that I applied. It is one of the best programs in the country and they will not be having me this fall. Their choice, not mine. I knew going in that...

Fashion For The Home: DIY Leather Belt Floormat [Gal About Town: Fashi...

I hope you all have been busy searching stores and the interwebs for fun and funky steampunk accents for your home these last two weeks. Time does fly fast!  I had a great time working on this week’s blog, and I hope you all enjoy it too! This week we will go through, step-by-step, how to...

This is Probably a Terrible Book Review [California Seething]

When I want to sound cool and mysterious, I say I was raised in the desert. When I want to explain why I’m loud, stubborn, cynical, opinionated, dramatic, charming (in an overbearing sort of way), and obsessed with protecting my territory and feeding everybody hummus, I say I was raised in...

Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Really !@#$ing Hurt [Hype...

Today, I made someone cry. I didn’t hit them or shove them down the stairs. I wasn’t screaming at them, brandishing a weapon, or kidnapping their child. I made them cry without any desire or plan to reduce them to weeping in public. I did it simply with words. A vast majority of my life is...

What is My Husband’s Name? [Tall Drink of Nerd]

This year I will have been married 10 years. It’s still a few months away, so save the congrats until we actually make it. Since we kinda eloped (I bought a dress, he rented a tux, we grabbed a preacher off the internet and got married on the beach about eight days later), I had the...

Why the Video Game Awards are NOT the Oscars [Gamer by Design]

So what we’re gonna talk about today is, the eternal question of “Why don’t game awards carry the weight of the Oscars?” I’m gonna delve mostly into the content of the games, rather than the peripheral questions like the history of the Oscars, the budget of each...

Does Paris Hilton Know What Devassa Bem Loura Means? [Tall Glass of Sh...

Let’s talk this week about a few things I have come across while scanning the world of Brazilian TV here in Rio. First thing I saw when I turned on the boob tube was literally just that, I saw a woman dancing the samba in nothing more than some strappy heels and some glittery body...

Seasonal Gaming: Josh’s Picks for Spring [Game On]

After months and months of steel gray skies here in Columbus I just can’t fathom another day of the biting flat-land wind gusts. However, it occurred to me that the games I play tend to synchronize with the seasons in either theme or presentation.  With spring (thank God) rapidly...

Germaphobe Sex? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t learn In Health Class]...

Dear Dr. Miro, My wife and I, while having a pretty good relationship overall, do not connect on a sexual level. She has a much lower sex drive than I, and body shame coupled with germaphobia limit the range of our activities. She’s made it clear that anal intercourse is off the table (and...

Let it Snow, Dammit [Piping Hot Nerd]

This winter in New York has sucked. It has been sunny and pleasant and people have been able to walk around in shorts and a sweatshirt. I feel all alone in my hatred of it. Shorts and a sweatshirt are what spring is for! How can one be excited about crocuses, whatever the hell they are,...

Report on the Economy: Does Being Rich Make You an A-Hole? [California...

Everything I need to know about Economics I learned flying First Class last week. #1: There was one bathroom at the front of the plane for the exclusive use of the 8 First Class passengers sitting in Rows A & B. #2: There were two bathrooms at the rear of the plane to be shared by the...

WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

In Watergate, Thomas Mallon’s exceedingly entertaining, panoramic re-telling of the eponymous presidential scandal now forty years old, Richard Nixon’s downfall is framed as the inevitable, near-farcical conclusion of one of our most tragic national epics: the 1960’s. As the novel opens in...

Movie Night, Sharing the Familiar [Secret Life of an Expat]

Last night I forced M to watch Stand by Me. I say forced because, it was already 10 pm, and we’d just watched Pirates of the Caribbean, At World’s End, full of squid-faced special effects and swashbucklery. But after that I wanted something, I don’t know, familiar? If I had been in the...

Good Men Pay For Sex? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health C...

Dear Dr. Miro, Can you be a good man AND pay a woman for sex? I just found out that while I was working overseas, for a year, my husband not only went to strip clubs with his friends but also saw a prostitute and this is freaking me out. I always thought of him as so respectful and loving,...

Practical Thinking [Dork Lifestyle]

      These days you don’t want anything to go to waste! If you liked this post, please do us the further boon of Liking the Fierce and Nerdy page on FaceBook. Also, we’re giving great stream on Twitter, so do give us...

Natalie Hall is Hailing the Chief [Fierce Anticipation]

Fiercely Anticipating: Presidents’ Day weekend. It’s here! That glimmer of hope right in the midst of our seasonal affective disorder*! The Federal Holiday that no one remembers! The perfect little blue balls-inducing holiday weekend: too short to merit a vacation, but long enough to keep us...

EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD TRAIN WRECK by Eric G. Wilson: Book Review [The ...

Before the internet allowed us to watch footage of people being murdered for free, any aspiring video-age Percival had to search high and low for quality snuff. There was no relic so highly prized as the Grail of gross, Faces of Death. Often shelved in the back rooms of those pre-Blockbuster...

Kids Aren’t Worth It, or Are They? [Stay at Home Nerd]

Kids are not cost effective. In fact, they are a financial liability. It would be much cheaper for my son to die now then it would be to feed him, clothe him, school him, care for his health, teeth, overall well-being, put him through college, and send him on his way. That’s why we don’t have...

It’s All About the Carnaval! [Tall Glass of Shame]

By the time you read this, I will be midway into my first trip abroad in years… Yes dear readers, Zack is finally getting his gringo butt to Rio De Janeiro! With my future husband leading the way, I am off to see Carnaval, meet the family, lay on some beaches and probably get a bit of a...

PART 3 of “Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur)- ...

PART 3 of “Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur): Where I confess the goings-on, paths not taken, the heaps of missteps and miscalculations that created the world’s worst New Year’s Eve. You think yours was bad? Read this and dare to compare. You will recall from Parts 1...

Spermatozoa Woes-ah? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cl...

Dear Dr. Miro, What lowers sperm count? Sincerely, Brad Pitt Dear “BP”, An estimated eight million US couples have fertility issues, half of which involve men with poor sperm quality. There are SO many contributing factors to lowering your count. I am not sure if that is what you are trying...

(Not) on Love [Single White Nerd]

I’m supposed to write about love–pro or con or whatever–today.  And I find that, though I am the Single White Nerd and, as such, this should be right kablammo in the center of my wheelhouse, I do not want to.  Which is odd.  Because normally I’d jump at the chance to write some...

Turkey Bacon, Home Repair and Other Crap I’m Desperately Trying ...

The rantings of a non-driving theatre professional living in altogether the wrong city Look, I’ll admit it. This week’s blog post is kicking my ass. Mostly, that’s because the beautiful, intelligent, creative and fabulous editors of Fierce & Nerdy decided they fucking hate me this week so...

Julianna Baggott is Post-Apocalyptic [Fierce Anticipation]

Fiercely Anticipating Once you’ve published a post-apocalyptic novel, you’re a post-apocalyptic writer. There’s no way around this. It’s something I didn’t really understand when I was writing PURE, the first book in a post-apocalyptic trilogy that came out on...

What Happened Before Your First Date? – Bloggin’ on the ET...

I’ve talked quite a bit about the many things that happened after my first official date with CH. But in the lead up to Valentine’s Day, I’d like to talk about the stuff that happened before the Friday we went out to dinner six and a half years ago: 1) We met at a dive-bar...

What I love… [Frankie Says...]

Frankie Says… TRY IT. In the spirit of love and all that crap, I’ll give you a snapshot list of all the things I love in my life right now: I love warm LA days in February. I love my new apartment. I love making eggs with sautéed kale or spinach in the morning and eating it standing up...

Tara and Warren from Buffy Are Having Fertility Problems – Procr...

Also this just in, Warren doesn’t seem to know what “impotent” means. Get the full “evil baby” movie details for REVERSE PARTHENOGENESIS here. via io9 A Proposal in Stop Motion from FIREPIT PICTURES on...

V-Day Loser [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn't Learn in Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, I thought I was OK with being single until all this chaos for Valentines Day got up in my flow. What can I do to avoid becoming more depressed about being an alone loser than I already am? Sincerely, Juan Is the Loneliest Number Dear JITLM, First of all, there is no shame in...

Dev Blog (or How to Make a Game) Part 1: Misconceptions [Gamer By Desi...

This here is gonna be one of my most spontaneous blog articles. I’ve been thinking about doing a how-to of games, but didn’t know where to start. Then today I got inspired by a lot of facebook traffic about marketing-driven games vs indie games and the creative process. This...

Procrastinate on This! [Friday Edition]

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! We’re all cheering for the N.Y. Giants, right? Tebow crushing aside, I just can’t see myself cheering for the Patriots. But either way, I hope you all have lots of french onion dip, chicken wings, and beer while watching all the clever ads on Sunday,...

Back to School [Stay at Home Nerd]

My son made a break for it. He cried when I pulled up in front of his new preschool and as I carried him inside he cried, “home, home, home,” while pointing in the general direction of our house. He tried to wiggle free of my grasp and I had to set him down to sign him in. That’s when he...

Redneck Is The New Black! [A Tall Glass of Shame]

Somewhere in the past few years television has become jam packed with reality shows featuring the richest of the rich. These shows give us a glimpse into the “hard” lives of the upper class and paint an exhausting picture of shopping in excess, living in excess, and bitching in...

Part Two: Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the...

With 3 couples visiting from out of town over the holidays, I felt  a singular pressure to show them the kind of Entourage-themed New Year’s Eve they’d seen on HBO, the flash and money of it all, the outrageous L.A.-ness of it all. This pressure was somehow made worse because they were...

What Console Makers Can Learn from Apple [Game On}

With Nintendo recently posting some horrible losses, a lot of which can be attributed to the rise in iOS gaming popularity, it occurs to me that if Apple really does plan on making a foray into gaming, there are some things that Nitntendo, Sony, and Microsoft can do to prepare for this by...

No Sex ‘Til Fresh Breath! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn't Learn i...

Dear Dr. Miro, My boyfriend always wants to have sex right as we wake up but I’m really embarrassed of my morning breath. When I go to brush, he gets annoyed. That’s the main time we have to get it on and I don’t feel sexy so then I’m all pressured. What am I supposed...

What Would Lucy Do? – The Oscar Edition [Piping Hot Nerd]

With the Oscars approaching and my hair receding, I reminisce. The Oscars are a must see event for me annually. It can be a special night with friends and food and comfy chairs, hoping to win the office Oscar pool. When you live in Los Angeles, as I did for years, you are “right there.”...

Why I Love Theater [Single White Nerd]

About an hour ago, a play handed me my ass. “Here you go,” it said, “have your ass.” In this case, “ass handed” means inspired, galvanized, surprised and moved. It reminded me why I love theater. Here’s the thing–this show, the one I just saw, I...

Hey Kids, Let’s All Get Depressed About Turning 40! [California ...

The weekend between the NFL Conference Championship games and the Superbowl is a bad one for football but a great one for soul searching. I love football and I fucking hate soul searching. As far as I’m concerned, soul searching is like cleaning out the produce drawer in the fridge; I know...

Garbanzos on My Mind, and Sometimes in My Purse [Fierce Foodie]

For some reason, my mother likes to give me garbanzo beans. To the point where it’s hard for me to get out of her house without finding a can or two tucked in with whatever groceries she wants to send with me. She has tossed them through the open window of my car as I’m backing out of the...

Open MY Marriage! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn in Health Class...

Dear Dr. Miro, I have been faithful to my husband for the entire 19 years we have known each other. With all the news focused on Newt Gingrich and his open marriage attempts, I’m beginning to think it’s a good idea. I don’t want to cheat but I’d really like to have some new adventures that...

Mr g by Alan Lightman: Book Review [The Ryan Dixon Line]

Let’s just jump to the question you really want to ask: Does Alan Lightman’s new novel, Mr g: A Novel About the Creation, live up to the enormous accomplishment of his first one, Einstein’s Dreams? Comprised of chapters devoted to the dreams young Albert Einstein had while working on his...

DIY Band Tees [Dork Lifestyle]

I had the crafty bug at a young age. During high school I felt the need to make my own t-shirts of bands I loved. I did this because I could not always find shirts of the bands I liked, nor was I old enough to attend gigs. DIY or...

The Honey [Three Line Lunch]

a fugitive diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers The Honey Brain iz buzzing With words this morning– Worker bees in the hive.

The Ultimate Fountain Drink Machine [Kicking Back With Jersey Joe]

Over 100 soft drink choices are now available, all at the touch of a button, and you’re in full control! Back to the Future could have never predicted the amazing touch screen soft drink machine now appearing across the US. It will change the way you quench your thirst! The Coca-Cola...

Why New Year’s Eve is Amateur Night (and I’m the Amateur) [Bewitched, ...

I freely admit I’ve never been much of a New Year’s Eve reveler. To date, my most memorable and successful New Year’s Eve was probably in Columbus, Ohio circa 1989: we made tacos for a midnight dinner (crazy!) and did a conga line to “Walk Like an Egyptian,” as the Bangles’ performed on TV...

Dude, Where’s My Erection? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Hea...

Dear Dr. Miro, My wife of six years, who I love very much, and I are trying to have a baby. This is really embarrassing. I used to be so excited by her and barely able to contain myself. Now, I’m not able to seal the deal. Sometimes I can’t even get hard and when I do, I can’t cum. I think...

Facial Hair Makes Me Bristle [Piping Hot Nerd]

I was recently standing on the subway platform waiting for the 2, 3 to go to work. Normally I walk, but I deemed it too cold. My walking, or not walking, has nothing to do with what I want to write about, but I just want it to be known that I pride myself on walking to work, thus saving money...

Tonight We Are All Massholes. My Very Brief Stint as a Patriots Fan. [...

Voting for Obama is 2008 was kind of amazing for me since it was one of the few times in my life I actually voted for someone. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been voting for over 20 years. I voted against George Bush in ’92 and looked on with glee as he was defeated by Clinton and I voted against...

Corrie-lynn Dyson is Getting Schooled! [Fierce Anticipation]

You can only see so many ads featuring a young waitress singing about how she needs a college degree before you say, “Yes, maybe an on-line degree is for me. I have a lot in common with that singing and dancing 20-year-old waitress. I’d like to get a degree while wearing my...

Sibling Rivalry? [Frankie Says]

Frankie says… There is no relationship I can think of as complex as a sibling’s. There can be intense hate between two siblings in one moment, and three hours later there’s joking and laughter. But wait another hour and someone will have made a snarky comment and we’re back to intense hate....

Hearing My Voice Break [Hippie Squared]

When we write we are speaking, in print, in the voice of whatever we are. I find myself in a weird place right now. As I enter my fiftieth year, having come through two years of chaos and crisis in more than one arena of my life, I feel so changed that I’m not even quite sure that I...

Au Supermarché [Secret Life of an Expat]

You can learn a lot about a place from its supermarket, and when I first got to France I was overwhelmed by the sprawling, two story store that sold not just a narrow selection of food, but televisions, computers, appliances, clothing, DVDs, car tires, and toys. The selection of food, in my...

Condom Allergy? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]...

Dear Dr. Miro, I’ve insisted on using condoms with my girlfriend but she says she’s allergic to them. Is that even possible? I’m trying to be a responsible man but she’s making it really difficult and accusing me of not trusting her. So far this has resulted in me not getting ANY. I...

What to do About the Nook [Tall Drink of Nerd]

I was always the vocal luddite who advocated for paper books and damned the e-reader. Then, in June, my birthday came on the heels of a week spent traveling around Colorado, my shoulder bag loaded with three library books. I came home from Colorado with a pinched nerve in my neck, from...

Why you should be an Apple Fan/Hater: Part 1, the Walled Garden [Gamer...

In the nerd and tech communities, we pretty much argue every day about why Apple is horrible or perfect. The one thing we all agree upon is that, just like politics, Apple is polarizing. Let’s gab about the very high level concepts of the debate. Walled Garden A few of the practices of...

Procrastinate on This! [Friday Edition]

Hulloo, Party People! First of all, did you miss us or are we doing something super-right? Because we’re having one of our best hits weeks ever here at dear old FaN. So thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love. 2012 is already off to a fantastic start. Other than that, I just...

It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and Sam Feels Fine [Fie...

Happy New Year and Welcome back! Before we begin, remember: this may be the FIRST entry of the LAST year of Fierce Anticipation, before the vengeful feathered-snake god Quetzalcoatl flies from on high, scorching the earth and summoning Cthulhu and the other ancient ones to wreak their...

The One that Got Away? [Stay-at-Home Nerd]

My wife lost her pregnancy on a Monday. I held out hope ‘til Tuesday, but by then it was over. The disappointment I felt was real, although for me, the pregnancy hadn’t quite felt real yet. We’d just begun telling family and close friends. My wife wasn’t showing. We didn’t know the sex of the...

My 2012 Gaming Resolutions [Gamer On]

It’s that time of year again where everyone gets a jump-start on the goals they’re going to accomplish as the new year arrives.  While other people are concerned with shedding a few pounds or finally getting around to cataloging their pristine collection of Star Wars Memorabilia,...

Pre-Marriage Therapy? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health C...

Dear Dr. Miro, What are the benefits of couples counseling before marriage? My girlfriend thinks we need it. I thought she would be happy that I proposed after three years. I mean, seriously, if she thinks we are having problems isn’t that a huge red flag? I do love her. Otherwise I wouldn’t...

Dating via Text [Piping Hot Nerd]

I recently went on a coffee date with a guy who wrote to me from an on-line dating site.  I feel sometimes like I am still wearing a black dress over my last relationship and going to coffee is my way of showing the gods and myself that I am making an effort to “move on.”  He was nice. Not as...

Reinvigorate Your Style in 2012 [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at...

Happy New Year! What better way to start the New Year than with my very first Fierce and Nerdy blog? I feel honored to be a part of this group, and hope that my advice can help you look and live your fiercest and nerdiest. I’m a professional Costume Designer and travel enthusiast. Every week...

THE MAP AND THE TERRITORY by Michel Houellebecq: Book Review [The Ryan...

“Literary critics have labeled Michel Houellebecq’s novels ‘vulgar,’ ‘pamphlet literature’ and ‘pornography;’ he has been accused of obscenity, racism, misogyny and islamophobia.” Why couldn’t I have read that book? Considering that one of his...

Resolved: 2011 [Our Very Best]

Ernessa says: It feels so weird to not be making any resolutions this year. Some people love this time of the year because of the gift exchanges, time spent with family, goodwill toward man, blah, blah, blah — but I’ve always been a resolution girl myself. I love making the list...

Worst of 2011: TV… [FaN Boos]

Amy Says: To continue my streak of disliking the stuff everybody else likes (ie. I didn’t care for A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, which so many others loved…maybe I should be the “On the Contrary” guy next year. I swear to g*d I’m not doing this on purpose.) In my...