Episode 129 – GOING TO THE ZOO

September 23, 2011

One of the few horribly over-crowded places you can say, “It’s a zoo in here!” and mean it literally. Never mind the penned-up animals, the real exhibits are the people.

Next time we go I’m going to just take a seat on a fake rock on the side of a path and shoot pictures of the patrons. It’s an amazing sociological cross-section as well as a fascinating study in human behaviour.

This time, though, I took pictures of a melancholy orangutan.

More pictures posted at Jakob’s Flickr site.


Episode 128 – Geek Girls

September 16, 2011

When we sat down to chat about nerdy girls with Ro Karen of Starbase 66, her infamous Beloved claimed she wasn’t going to say a single word. So we didn’t give her a microphone. That didn’t stop her. At all. Welcome to The Beloved Show.

I noticed something interesting while Googling “geek girls” to get an image for the episode banner. I came across a lot of pictures of girls you could argue are not even remotely geeks or nerds. I would classify them as being hot girls who appear to use cosplay as yet another excuse to bear midriff in public.

Of course, that’s just a superficial reading of their photos. And by “photos” I mean cleavage. But I posit that you could take them out of the vinyl and chrome bikini and they’d probably still have no problem finding someone to sit with at lunch. Isn’t being smoking hot somehow the antithesis of being a geek?

Or is “geek” a connotation of a person’s sphere of interest whereas the term “nerd” specifically refers to a person’s instability to relate to their peers on a social level?

A geek uses Linux and a nerd uses Linux but never leaves their basement where they spend hours on internet forums telling Windows users they’re complete morons?

Perhaps. However you divvy up the nomenclature, geek girls have arrived.

Links:

Beloved’s Dumbass Girl blog.

Nerd Girl Pin-Ups.

Random geek girl blog.

Actual hot geeks, not just models in Superman bikini’s (mostly).


Simply Syndicated Meet-UP Toronto 2011

September 14, 2011

Last Saturday MAndi and I hosted a meet-up. Of course that doesn’t mean we actually arrived on time. Luckily intrepid forum members were more punctual and opened up the party room at Betty’s On King for us.

People came from as far away as England, the US and Guelph to mix it up with other podcasters and podcastees. It was a lot of fun and we’re already looking forward to the next one.


Photos: Kennedy Gordon | Videos: Kevin Archibald

 


Episode 127 – Crime and Punishment

September 8, 2011

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Police dramas and legal dramas have been a staple of television programming since television was called radio. This week Jakob and Mandi investigate and prosecute infamous television cops and lawyers. Murder One and Law & Order are named in the indictment but, as with any police dragnet, many key suspects elude capture.

A few suspiciously absent villains are the gritty, delightfully cynical Homicide: Life on the Street and Murder One creator Steven Bochco‘s LA Law, NYPD Blue and the game-changer for all television cop shows, Hillstreet Blues. Really, we could have done an episode just on Bochco shows. Just check out his resume.

He didn’t, however, create the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television, Law & Order. That was created by Dick Wolf. The man with, I think, the funniest name in television.

I wonder if the Lupus Penes was responsible for Jerry Orbach’s ridiculous one-liners. Which were never as ridiculous as David Caruso’s one-liners in CSI: Miami.

Other pieces of evidence:

Exhibit A: Sam, The Guy From Quincy.

Exhibit B: Det, Lennie Brisco (Jerry Orbach) quotes.

Exhibit C: PBS Mystery Theatre intro


Episode 126 – What’s Cookin’?

September 1, 2011

We all need to eat. Which means some of us need to cook. So, how do you cook?

It can be an unexpectedly difficult set of skills to master considering how basic they are to our survival.  Luckily, since the dawn of time—well, since people discovered fire and consequently bar-be-que—there have been those willing to pass on these skills to others. With the advent of television, the sum total of our culture’s culinary knowledge was places at out fingertips.

Then why aren’t we all master chefs?

Besides the fact that we all learn at some point that following along with a cooking show results in gastronomic disaster, human beings don’t like to learn so much as pretend they’re learning.  We prefer to better ourselves through osmosis as opposed to practical, hands on experience. Very few people who watched the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross have ever painted a single happy tree. The same can be said for anyone who ever attended classes in university.

Observing this, the producers of cooking shows have steered away from straight instructional demonstration to focus on personality, between steps banter and chef competitions. Some shows aren’t about cooking but food appreciation where the preparation of the meal is, at best, a footnote (such as BBC’s The Supersizers).

Now, with the democratizing effect of the internet, people who don’t even know how to cook have cooking shows. Such as the delightfully messy My Drunk Kitchen with Hannah Hart.

Proof that it’s harder than it might seem to make a simple little (enjoyable to watch) YouTube cooking show: Our Pagan Kitchen.

Real cooking shows: The Supersizers; My Drunk Kitchen; Cookus Inrreuptus; Vegan Black Metal Chef, Hail Seitan; Martha Stewart Bloopers; Wok With Yan; Urban Peasant.


Search Terms, August 2011: worse than fanfics

September 1, 2011

They say April is the cruellest month. They’ve clearly never been to Ontario is bloody August. Must be the same everywhere though as people clearly went crazy with the heat.

“john de lancie” “stephen harper”: This is perhaps the most baffling combination of personages I have ever been forced to consider. I really hope it doesn’t mean Q is going to play Harper in a bio-pic or a mini-series. Or that Stephen Harper is trying to figure out how to literally become an all-powerful entity. Most likely someone was looking for this forum thread.

gifs, nerdy: Not particularily nerdy, but these GIFs are pretty amazing. Calling them “cinemagraphs” is actually pretty nerdy. Or douchie.

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