Show #018: Freeballin’ It

spicy riceThe eighteenth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

In this rather wander-y episode: apparently, we’re big in China; we discuss how to order around our growing minion brigade; Storm wants to spread falsehoods; and we go over the responsibilities, marketing and videogame adaptation of the shabbos goy. Also, ninjas and spicy rice.

Audience participation alert! If you’re not already a minion, you have only one more week to submit your minion photo to us in order to become a member of the Order of the Inner Sanctum Guard. Also, let us know if you are, or know, a shabbos goy, and tell us about the job.

Featured post-show song: “Randy Newman’s Theme from The Godfather” Paul and Storm

Show #018: Freeballin’ It (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Posted December 1, 2008 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Awesome show! Definitely get the 60GB for the DLC.

    Love the 25 days of Newman!

  2. Posted December 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Stereo is cool – like the way you did the commentary tracks to that album – “This is Paul in this air… Storm in this [other] air.”

    The thing about China is, everything of yours – thirts, CDs, etc. are all already made in China, so they’re curious to see what you’re doing.

    I’m technically not from the states, at least originally. I was born in Moldova. Haven’t heard of it? Nobody has…

    When I get some free time I’m going to do this minion thing – I’ll take a photo from the tracking and surveillance device I carry in my pocket that tracks me and broadcasts my whereabouts to an unknown amount of people without my permission or knowledge. You may know this as a cell phone. I’ll email it to you.

    I would TOTALLY watch a Paul and Storm-based TV show.

    If you want to make a Paul and Storm-based video game ever let me know, we’ll get it done and it’ll rock.

    Also according to the Wikipedia famous Shabbos goys (goyim?) were Colin Powell, Mario Cuomom, Martin Scorses, and Elvis Presley.

    I mean it’s a great way to make money if like McDonalds won’t hire you or whatevs. Like everything though, technology is eliminating the need for human intervention. For example timers that you set and they will turn lamps on and off at specified times, or for example Shabbos elevators, which stop at every floor of a building and don’t require any human intervention. I’ve only seen/used the latter once, and most of the time was it “Well I don’t really even feel like waiting, so if it’s on the floor right above me I’ll wait, otherwise I’ll just take the stairs.” Boring!

    Anyway my minion pic is forthcoming into your email address.

  3. Posted December 1, 2008 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Ah you know who’s from Moldova? That band that did that “Nu Ma Nu Ma” song.

    I can’t speak Moldovan though, which incidentally is nearly identical to Romanian because my mom was from Ukraine, originally. I can’t speak Ukrainian either. I can, however speak the language they both knew and had in common – Russian. w00t.

  4. Posted December 1, 2008 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    One more, sorry. To clarify, a Paul and Storm-based COMPUTER game. I won’t be going on like X-Boxes or anything. It’ll be a native Windows EXE that would also be compatible (or as much as possible) with GNU/Linux and Mac via the Wine project. It would also be free (as in freedom) software. For fans of Creative Commons, the GNU GPL can I think be best compared to something like Share, Remix, Share-Alike clauses.

    You may have heard of the term “open source” to describe this kind of software, but I like many choose to believe it’s more about freedom to run, study, adapt, share, and redistribute software than being able to look at “source code,” which, if you don’t know how to program, is pretty useless to you.

  5. Aaron
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    speaking of spreading falsehoods, for a while now I’ve been trying to tell people that, in fact, woodchucks can only chuck up to 30 lbs of wood per hour due to union regulations.

  6. Colleenky
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Two falsehoods that a (very smart and funny) friend nearly spread successfully. Srsly.

    1) Chickens are bigger than people. The ones that we eat are the juveniles.

    2) Trees have been genetically engineered to grow pork.

    Feel free to try them out yourselves and improvise the details. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Posted December 2, 2008 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I’m listening to you guys from the UK. I knew nothing of P&S until the JoCo gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire – now I’m a confirmed fan! My son is VERY proud of his ‘tiny ninja’!

  8. MitchO
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Ninja Warrior is friggin’ amazing. I find it difficult to explain, just as you guys did, why it continues to be compelling even though there have only been 2 winners ever. That would never work on traditional American television.

    Feel free to use the Facebook Minion Group to pass around orders by the way. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Robin
    Posted December 2, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I keep forgetting to submit my minion application because I usually listen to the podcast at work and all my pictures of me are at home. Tsk. Note to self…

    By the way, something wonky happened with the feed. It was reposting stuff from several months ago.

  10. Posted December 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    The Shabbos goy isn’t the only way that Orthodox Jews (or, more likely, ultra-Orthodox Jews) get around the rules.

    Example: there’s this Biblical edict that every seventh year is a shmita year, which means that the land is supposed to sit for a year and not be worked. However, this is not economically feasible, nor is it in terms of supplies of produce. So what do you do?

    You sell your land symbolically for the year to a non-Jew to work it, which gets around the shmita thing.

    Which I think is ridiculous, because the land is still being worked. But that’s religion for you.

  11. Posted December 2, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    @Lena That’s a pretty gross misrepresentation of it.

    For one, the issue isn’t the land being worked – the issue is us working the land – very different. Only Jews are obligated to follow the laws of shmita.

    It’s not a way to “get around” things, it’s a way to attempt to be “modern” and watch TV on Shabbos – it’s usually done by the less religious crowds.

    “According to Jewish law, a Jew is not allowed to employ a non-Jew to do work on the Sabbath which is forbidden to a Jew. The rule of the Rabbis is “amirah le-goy shebut” (i.e., “to bid a Gentile to perform work on the Sabbath is still a breach of the Sabbath law,” though not so flagrant as performing the work oneself); but under certain circumstances the Rabbis allowed the employment of non-Jews, especially to heat the oven on winter days in northern countries.” ~Jewish Encyclopedia

    In short, anyone who didn’t understand Jewish law – the less religious crowds – would employ this, assuming it was OK.

    In the actual religious community we don’t do that, plain and simple.

  12. Jade
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Science lies, eh? As part of the Order of the Inner Sanctum Guard, I will make some, eventually.
    Speaking of science lies, you guys are into They Might Be Giants, right? They recently corrected the song “Why Does The Sun Shine?”, turns out all those years of believing it was a mass of incandescent gas was blasphemy. Here’s a video;

  13. Posted December 3, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I listen to you guys from Germany. I’m not German. I come from Kansas. I stumbled upon your podcast while searching for things to keep my ears busy while I work. Amazingly enough, I haven’t even listened to any of your tunes even though I find the podcast hilarious. It makes my ears happy.

  14. Posted December 4, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Proto-Minion and Mama-Minion reporting for duty all the way from New Zealand here!
    Very excited about our promotion to the Inner Sanctum Guard!

    I shall get thinking about science falsehoods I can spread. I’m sure I can come up with some good pregnancy related ones after all the rubbish I’ve heard thus far!

  15. Gingerlink
    Posted December 5, 2008 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Another from the UK here, I was “aware” of you guys before the UK tour, but didn’t really get into listening your stuff before.

    Yeah, had a good idea for the minion hood as well…

  16. Jack F
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Can’t believe I didn’t get my minion application in on time.

  17. Posted December 9, 2008 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    I sent my minion photos a while ago but they never got posted. So I sent one again on the 3rd. The only email I found was the info@paulandstorm one. Did minion submissions sent there not get to you?
    Anyhow, here’s mine again:
    Also this one:

    ~Sharon, Mpls Merch Minion

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