In this episode, I play a song from Valley Lodge; I discuss why I am done with Flattr; I am the dad that sleeps in the tent; I talk about season passes and always having towels; I talk about choices and decision fatigue and why I play roulette; I close on discussing the Black Widow controversy around Age of Ultron and how that is exactly like an ebook controversy from 15 years ago; I urge everyone to take a few minutes before acting on any outrage and from there we call it a day.
Yesterday I listened to Michael Butler do a track by track of the new Darkness album Last of Our Kind. I liked it, I like the Darkness in general. This album is something special though. It is somewhere between a theme album and a rock opera. What do you suppose the theme would be? Well, no. It is about medieval life and warfare. The opening song “Barbarians” is about the Danish invasion of East Anglia in 869. I like the video too, which is goofy, violent, and full of visual jokes that play off the themes and lyrics.
Chuck Tomasi sent me this photo that he found from the first New Media Expo (called I think the Podcast and Portable Media Expo or something like that.) There are four early podcasters visible in the shot. I’m not sure about the cats in the background, if you can identify them let me know. Cool, no?
In this episode, I play a song by Shelby Earl; I talk about John Roderick, enjoying his podcast and being impressed by his candidacy for Seattle City Council; I talk about Atlanta storm sewers and elections; no Balticon for me; I read the Patrons and also give a shoutout for the Grantblings podcast; I talk about being at peace and meditation; I talk about why I would never have really been a punk; I talk about how angry I still am at the Baby Boomers; I mention Pete Holmes and his episode of You Made It Weird where he talked to Richard Rohr; I tell some stories from the days when I thought I would be a preacher and then skeedaddle.
Here are some witticisms I have recently heard from a 4 year old. Background for those unfamiliar, there is a page in the book Everyone Poops that says “A one hump camel has a one hump poop. A two hump camel has a two hump poop. Only kidding!”
Punkin: “A two hump camel has a two hump poop. Only kidding! There is no such creature as a two hump camel!”
In this episode, I talk a bit about the real world hitches that keep delaying the show; I talk about some podcast listening I have enjoyed including Gregg Schigiel interviewing Jackie Kashian; Eddie Peppitone; Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano; I talk about a local con that is losing me; I bring up unproductive ways people disagree; I talk about where I think modern reporting is losing me; I close by playing a weird piece of music that is also one of my favorites.
In this episode, I play a song from 3Canal; I talk about how Batman Vs Superman has already lost me; kidney stones!; I defend the “selfie generation”; I discuss Liz Miele on Comedian’s Comedian podcast; decide to be happy!; an abrupt end with a weird sound effect as I fill up my CF card.
I am currently listening to an episode of Skepticality from March and on the show, Derek mentioned that as of that recording, it was almost the 10th anniversary of the show which would be on … May 7th. So congratulations to Derek and Swoopy for ten solid years of putting out the show. They have survived and thrived through some incredible, near-death setbacks (talking literally here, not metaphorically.)
I’m glad the show is still going on, that Swoopy still makes the occasional appearance that always leaves me wanting more. I’m glad they are my friends and that there is a framework that allowed us all to meet each other.
This is my new daily routine. After day care drop off, I go to Subproto, the Myrtle Beach hackerspace. I set up my laptop and then play a game of Joust on the MAME console in the corner. I work for a few hours and when it is time to leave, I play another one on the way out. So far, it is a pretty pleasant way to spend a morning.