Why LadyNerd 2?

It’s been six years since LadyNerd original flavour. My solo debut. And five years to the day-ish since its Edinburgh Fringe run. Look at us! So cold in midsummer Scotland! We were so young and full of hope! I could say that time flies, but it feels like a century ago. Edinburgh feels like a century Read more…


Ada Lovelace: “enchantress of numbers”

This is a story I was asked to write for the3rdimagazine‘s women in technology special. I’ve decided to republish it here because Ada’s story is so cool and sad and interesting.   At every turn, we expect computers to be there to do our bidding. It’s hard to imagine life without mobile phones, let alone Read more…


Original Flayvah!

I’ve been writing songs since I was a teenager. In high school, I wrote a (deeply embarrassing and delusions-of-grandeur-y) rock anthem called Lemmin Lighted Halls, which I performed with shameless gusto in my show Keira Daley Vs The 90s. Aside from that, my very worst stuff (that I needed to write in order to improve and/or not go Read more…


Slapdash brain junk

Slapdash Song Night! 2014 finale show is in a little less than two weeks away. To date, I have written nothing. But in the lead-up, this song is in my head for no reason, with no relevance: And I may have lost an entire day last weekend here: But I’ve at least listened to our COVER ME, BRO! Read more…


November = LadyNerd month

While every day should be LadyNerd Day, I would like to nominate November as LadyNerd Appreciation Month. And not just because it’s my birthday. I did a bit of internetting and found a few others to help me make a go of what could be called LadyNerdvember. Catchy. If you’ve seen LadyNerd, you’ll know that I’m born on the same Read more…


Songwriting tips from a clueless enthusiast

This is an unpublished piece but it includes what are hopefully helpful ideas in listicle form.   I have been songwriting since I was a teenager. This does not make me qualified. But it does mean I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Oh, how I loved my songs back then – back when they were Read more…


Deadlines = Lifelines

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready – it goes on because it’s 11.30.” – Lorne Michaels, via Tina Fey in Bossypants How do you become excellent as an artist?  Is it about freedom to fail?  Is it about pure, reflective practice or constant feedback?  Is it about trying new things regularly or doing the same Read more…


On the rise of the nerd

I wrote this piece for Tech Digest back in the lead-up to Edinburgh Fringe 2012. They asked me to talk about why nerddom is important to me – and why, perhaps, it should be important to more people! I discovered my nerdy identity – or ‘nerdentity’, if you will – at a very young age. I Read more…


A letter to 30 Rock from LadyNerd HQ

Dear 30 Rock, It’s your finale today.  You’ve seen fit to shut it down.  While I need to go talk to some food about this, I understand it’s a wise move to quit before there’s a dealbreaker.  I’m happy that you get to walk away while you still feel great. I still remember watching the Read more…


Nerdy New Year!

Greetings nerderinos! I hope you had an awesome “tis” (aka: “the season”).  I sure did. Meanwhile, I’ve been throwing around a metric shitload of ideas for future LadyNerd shows, with Misters Chamberlain, Lead, and James-Moody – all nerdfaced as ever – and even delving into some songwriting.  Naturally, it’s all video game themes and iPad Read more…


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