In this episode, I play a song by American Heartbreak; trucks rolled for our move and the show is coming from the new place; there was a surprisingly small amount of damage to our new paint in the move; my new office is a baller space; the metal magnetic ceiling is making me very happy; laying out the space is fun and I am screwing it up; the experience of being forced to give up a dog makes you hate a lot of people; I spent Christmas day setting up a NAS and it was wonderful; digitizing stuff is too much work to ever lose the files; my daughter has begun playing Dungeon and Dragons and is loving it; I might make an effort to play some of my old unplayed games;
In this episode, I play not just an Xmas song but The Greatest Xmas Song Ever Written! I talk about struggling with resistance and depression; some people just hate you; work/life balance; the things you do are the things you value; the Mad at Dad podcast is all about me making Butler laugh; Patreon outrage, if it makes you cancel a pledge do what you got do, friend; I’m doing a webcomic project.
In this episode, I play a XMas song by American Heartbreak; I discuss the death of my beloved Marantz PMD 670; I discuss some of my public facing efforts at the new job role; I discuss the AV Club’s Podmass list of “best of the 2015”; I talk about hipster view of podcasts; I discuss ardent fans, eager puppies and the Church of the Subgenius; I talk about being opinionated through the lens of being a young or old engineer; I talk about driving through the country with dodgy GPS and being comfortable around farmers.
Before we get too far from the holiday season, let me put in a pointer for my single favorite modern Xmas song. The title of this post is not my editorial postion, it’s actually the title: “The Greatest Xmas Song Ever Written” by American Heartbreak. This is the sadly defunct band of my good friend Michael Butler of the Rock and Roll Geek Show. On Facebook a few weeks ago I saw a thread about how bad most post World War Two holiday songs are, and that prompted me to spread the love for this song. It’s a super catchy, basically anti-Christmas song that is a perfect antidote to the treacle of most. “No stores are open/ No one shops for me/ I wish Christmas never came/ Every year’s the same/ It looks like/ It looks like/ I’ll be by myself for Christmas.” When the syrup of most songs gets on your nerves, try this shot of tabasco. I apply some every year and I love it.
If you want, the player below will let you hear it, or you can download it directly. It should also show up in the podcast feed because, hey, it’s the time of year for giving. Again, you are welcome.