Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for September 8 2015 – DDOP 34, Extra Innings

In this episode, I answer the last two questions from James Ghofulpo: What advice would I give to someone struggling with suicidal feelings and what is the story of when Michelle Malone played in my living room?

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Evil Genius Chronicles Podcast for Aug 30 2015 – The Correct Decision

In this celebratory 400th episode, I play a song from Michelle Malone; I discuss the notion of worry vs concern and accepting of situations; I talk about Derek Colanduno thinking Eat to Live is woo; I reminisce about my days in the ebook startup world and wonder if I am an Amazon apologist and talk a little about life in a world drowning in content.

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Party Like It’s 1989




Michelle Malone Band and Me
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So the party has come and gone, and it was great. The food came at the right time, and I was amazed at how punctual the guests were. Usually, whatever the nominal start time is means people drift in about 30-90 minutes past that. The first guest showed up at 5:31 and probably half of them were here by 5:45. That’s both good and bad, because there was a huge density of arrivals that kind of overwhelmed our greeting and parking infrastructure, but it all worked out.

We had what seemed like a ridiculous amount of food brought by the caterer and yet, almost all of it was eaten. (Update: There is still a lot left. I didn’t realize we had multiple containers going.) The cake (chocolate iced and filled with chocolate mousse, you can get them at Costco) was delicious. I actually went in and did the festivities of blowing out the candles with my niece Emily but didn’t actually eat a piece until late in the party. Like always happens when you host, I actually had less food and beer than you might think.

I don’t know what the head count was, but the house and the porches were pretty full for the evening. A lot of great friends new and old came and just had a big old time. One of the things that made me happiest was the for the most part, even the shy people were striking up conversations with each other. I’d look out and see my current coworkers talking with my college friends, my mom talking to my neighbors, what have you. It didn’t require us to make all the connections and get people talking, so that warmed my heart.

I ended up making the set list that Michelle Malone and band played. We started talking about songs I wanted to hear, so I just kept adding and next thing you knew there was a whole shows worth. Everyone seemed to like the band and apparently she moved a lot of merchandise for a house party. I joked with her that I should have negotiated up front a cut of the merch, and she gave me a t-shirt so that worked out. I realized when they first showed up that Phil her bass player was the guy in Drag the River back when I helped them haul equipment up the steps for them to play Live at WREK back in 1988 or 1989. Old folks cluster together.

Thanks to a lot of people, but particularly Nancy Nelson and my sister-in-law Marilyn and my brother for keeping the details handled during the party. Once the party really got rolling, I never actually took out any trash or did any infrastructural stuff. Something needed handling, and someone handled it. In fact, Derek Coward suggested taking before and after parties to see the preparation and then the mess. There was no mess because as the party was winding down, people were cleaning up on the fly. I was sitting down having a quiet beer and chat with the last few people (including one of my WREK friends that I’ve known for 20 years) and my brother was running around bussing the tables and emptying all the trash. It was amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough.

We don’t throw parties often, but this occasion seemed like the one to do it before we are all too old for this kind of shenanigan. The fact that this isn’t my actual birthday worked out to my advantage because I could deflect all the “now you are 40” jokes with “Aha! Not till next week!”

I saw a lot of people taking pictures and hopefully some of them will get sent to me and/or flickr’d. This picture of me and the band is the only one on my camera from the whole party. Thanks to everyone for coming and for partying and helping me ease the pain of getting old. Misery loves company, and I had a lot of company.

EGC Clambake for July 18, 2007 – “What Is Shiny and What Matters”

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I discuss the upcoming party and old friends; I play a song from Michelle Malone; I discuss Scoble and our debate about the value of various SNS; I talk about friends and happiness and sustainability; I talk a little about the Creative Zen V Plus that is now the center of my podcast world; I play a song from Dead Moon and then it’s hasta manana, iguana.

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EGC Clambake for June 23, 2007 – “Sellouts of the Modern West”

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I play a song from Chris Yale; I give a crazy dog house update; I play a quote of Henry Rollins discussing the notion of musicians “selling out” by letting their music used in commercials; I take exception with a lot of Gayl Murhpy’s advice in her Podcast Expo talk; I talk about westerns and how much I’m enjoying the modern western genre; I play a song from Michelle Malone and off I go.

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EGC Clambake for December 3, 2006

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We go around the podosphere in this episode. I play a song from Sufjan Stevens and talk about the sentimental feelings it invokes in me; I play a bunch of clips – Richard Dawkins on In Our Time; Nando Parrado from the Authors on Tour podcast; Michael Apted from KCRW’s The Treatment; Kathan Brown on IT Conversations; Dan the Automator from RU Sirius; Steve Blush and Paul Rachman from RU Sirius; a speech from Something to Be Desired; a web 2.0 commercial from Hak.5; and finally a snippet from Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase. I follow it up with a song by Michelle Malone and then hit the Nyquil and go back to bed.

Today’s misstatements: I refer to the host of In Our Time as “Melvyn Peake” when he is in fact “Melvyn Bragg”. I say that Hak.5 is from Toronto when it is really from Virginia.

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EGC Clambake for November 11, 2006

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I’m sick as a dog, but I’m soldiering on. This show is all Moanin’ Michelle Malone, with an interview and three songs from her new album Sugarfoot. It’s just the sort of thing to lift my spirits up and out of my sick bed.

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EGC Clambake for October 29, 2006

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I play a song from Michelle Malone; I talk about Ze Frank, Andrew Baron and the Nerdfight; I talk about Halloween; I play a song from Tom Waits and try to get out gracefully.

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EGC Clambake for October 26, 2006

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I play a song from Michelle Malone; I air my interview with CC Chapman from the Podcast Expo; I play some songs from Turn Me On Dead Man; that’s it kids, very simple agenda.

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EGC Clambake for October 22, 2006

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I play a song from Michelle Malone; I play a clip from Rocketboom with Steve Garfield; I talk about Lenny Bruce, Madge Weinstein/Richard Bluestein and me; Heather Gold on RU Sirius sticking up for Kansas!! I play a clip from Alison Bechdel on the Bat Segundo show; I play a clip from John Perkins’ from his Authors on Tour podcast; I discuss my bummedness at missing ConvergeSouth; I talk about the PayPerPost furor; I play a song by Jeremy Messersmith; later (sweet po) taters.

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EGC Clambake For September 25, 2006

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I play a song from the upcoming Michelle Malone album; I discuss my session at PME and give the framework for what the talk will be; I play a song by the late great Nikki Sudden; I talk about Jon Kincaid and play a snippet from his show in which he mentions me; I discuss my problems with the Podcast Circle Jerk; I play a snippet from Smart City about balance in work and life; I mention the passing of writer John M. Ford and play a sad Brian Jonestown Massacre song; goodbye;

Today’s egregious factual mistake: Jon Kincaid’s heart attack was in 2004, not 1994.

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EGC Clambake For August 29, 2006

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I decide on the spur of the moment to throw myself a second anniversary bash for this podcast (which began on August 20, 2004 – we start the party early around here, you frigging late-comers). I play the music of friends of the show – Paul Melancon, Rocket City Riot, Jonathan Coulton, the Gentle Readers, Steadman and Michelle Malone. I talk in the interstitial bits about life and love and loss, about why I podcast and why I care and who I care about and why we all need the little bits of joy we can scrape up in this shitty life we are in. Thanks for sticking with me, on to the next two years and beyond.

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EGC Clambake For July 11, 2006

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I wish my brother a happy birthday and talk about him and me playing online poker; I play a song from an Amy Ray solo album; I talk about PayMeToBlog and Open Roadtrip and play my interview with Scott Shawcroft and Brandon Hines of Open Roadtrip; I play a song by Alana Davis; I talk a little about creating for the love of it, I beg you for your feedback and spitball the general theme for my PME talk; I go out with my theme song of upbeat defiance by Ms. Michelle Malone; bye bye.

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EGC Clambake for January 20, 2006

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have the return of an old friend! I interview John Mark King and we premiere a new Rocket City Riot song; I play a promo for the Balticon Podcast; I talk about Kevin Smith and the Clerks 2 videoblog; I play a song from Neon Christ and talk about my younger days in Atlanta; I play a quote from Tiffany Schlain on Tech Nation; I play a quote from Monty Roberts via the Authors on Tour podcast; I play a new Michelle Malone song; I entreat people to join my Frappr map and we head on out.

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EGC Clambake for January 12, 2006

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I talk about missing Podcastercon and being in the RTP area; I play a song by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists; I play a clip from the Gillmor Gang and talk about DRM and why it shouldn’t be used, not from the moral perspective but the pragmatic; I play a song from The John Doe Thing; I talk about boring and/or annoying ads; I play a song by Michelle Malone; I talk about why I’m dropping the Gillmor Gang from my subscription list and on that cheery note I head out.

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EGC Clambake for January 3, 2006

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I play another song from Michelle Malone’s upcoming album; I play a clip from Jimbo Wales on Better Bad News and talk about Wikipedia; I play a song from Harvey Danger; I explain why I won’t be at Podcastercon this weekend after all; I have decided I want to be to podcasting what the Church of the Subgenius is to religion; Kill Rock Stars doesn’t mind you playing their music in podcasts! I play a song by Phranc and head it out.

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EGC Clambake for December 30, 2005

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We say goodbye to our current sponsors; goodbye iPod Observer; I play a song by the Dresden Dolls; I discuss the change in the Creative Commons license on this show; I play a song by Lauren Hoffman; I talk about Lessig and how the high costs of music licensing will alter how music gets used in TV show and films; please use AmigoFish; I play a forthcoming song by Michelle Malone; should auld acquaintance be forgot, etc.

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EGC Clambake for December 4, 2005

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I bust some balls; I play a comment from Ted Riecken which comes with a song by Tom Robinson; I talk more about power relationships and aggrandizement in the podosphere and read a quote from the late Isaac Asimov; I play a XMas song by Ronnie Marler; the last ever airing of the goofy iPodderX ad; I replay a snippet from Mike Seyfang on the space telephone and respond ; I play another song from the upcoming Michelle Malone CD; – 30 –

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EGC Clambake for October 14, 2005

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I talk about being mentioned on Rocketboom; I discuss the “talk radio voice” and why that just turns me off nowadays; I play a prerelease song by Michelle Malone; I talk about feeling emotional and expressing love and learning to put that dude machismo behind you; I talk about meeting Marjane Satrapi; I play a song by Jonathan Coulton; shirts are in; bye.

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