Show #021: Ramps to Nowhere

GastonThe twenty-firsth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

In this episode: Whedon Watch makes possible progress; Storm leads us through a very thorough relaxation visualization exercise; we ponder the evolution of geekdom; and we brainstorm a new set of combination sports.

Audience participation alert! Don’t forget to vote in Geek Madness and spread the word; also, discuss when and how “geek” lost its social stigma (or has it?), and suggest new sport/game combinations.

Featured post-show song: “The Last Trumpet Christmas– Unknown

Show #021: Ramps to Nowhere (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    I think you should start a Newman watch – to try to get Mr. Newman to acknowledge you and your project.

    “Love Underneath” is the name of my soft rock band. Man this joke will just never get old.

    I like podosphere, like blogosphere.

    Ramps to Nowhere? Is that like the bridge to nowhere?

    Which bone is connected to the trombone? Zing.

    “Way out of proportion” is another emo band.

    I don’t like the beach – it’s hot, the sand hurts.

    Paul, that would be the first time I’ve ever heard anyone anywhere ever say “I prefer the French.”

    Why are you taking food from strangers?

    Fresh in the rap sense? Like the Fresh Prince?

    I didn’t think it was boring. I liked it a lot. I may use that strategy for relaxing, I like it.

    BTW is your tournament double-elimination? As in, will the losers upon losing go into their own bracket and fight it out to be the winner of the losers?

    Ooh good Freddie Blassie reference, Paul. I am impressed.

    Well the thing with nerds is, we aren’t the same as geeks. Nerds are socially OK even with women and such.

    I agree with Storm, and I think Thomas L. Friedman (of the New York Times) would as well. In fact I think he does, in The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

    A lot of the most famous characters in history were hackers. I use “hacker” in its original sense – someone who enjoys playful cleverness who pushes the envelope and all that sort of thing.

    “You got another three to four minuter?” — That’s what SHE said. Zing, zing!

    What about wrestling (the one that’s a sport, AND the one where they throw chairs at people) + hot potato?

    I’ll be honest with you, I think with all of these videos, podcasts, tournaments, etc. you are building your own fanbase over Coulton. Compare how times you’ve posted blogs (and they’ve all been winners) as of late vs. Coulton.

    Oh and Happy Festivus everybody! Grav-mass is coming up soon, which should be AWESOME. Google it.

  2. Katie
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Can I comment on the “featured post-show songs?” Yes, I can…and will: The songs chosen are not well-known, world-impacting songs, but I feel like they are taken straight from my iTunes library. This trumpet one has been part of my playlist since college. Another notable track is the “Fat Sam’s Grand Slam” from Gugsy Malone…how many people have both those songs constantly playing in the background of their life? I can’t deal with the parallels.

  3. Katie
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    *Bugsy Malone, sorry…to those who care.

  4. Rich
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Monopoly tennis – win a game, get a Community Chest card; win a set, get a hotel.

  5. Posted December 23, 2008 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Battleship Hockey – Play a few turns of Battleship before each period. If you sink a ship, a corresponding player from that team is either removed from the period entirely or gets a 5-minute penalty to start the period.

  6. Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Sack race/tic tac toe. Two racers, one tic tac toe board across the field. Hop to the board, make your move, hop back to start, switch. Point system based on cumulative sack race time and winning the game.

  7. Robin
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Getting cross-posted to Whedonesque is a good first step for Whedon Watch. Joss does drop in and comment from time to time.

    As a Browncoat (Firefly/Serenity fan), I will publicly apologize for my fannish brethren and sistren. We can be a bit overzealous at times. If you guys saw the enormous line for the Sunday cast panel in the Marriott grand ballroom at Dragon*Con, you know what I mean. Yes, I was part of it and, yes, I did rat out some line jumpers who tried to sneak in front of us after the rest of us had been waiting in the hallway for about two and a half hours. I was not, however, part of the crowd the day before that tried to start lining up at 10 am for a panel at 2:30 pm. There were far too many other things to see, and I’m not quite that crazy.

    I have to say, it might’ve been cool to attend M.C. Escher Middle School. My educational institutions all had some ramps, but they had logical endpoints. Darn that Americans with Disabilities Act. ::pout::

    As for the game/sport combination, I’m coming up blank. Do the drinking game rules my friends and I invented for Sorry! count?

  8. Rich
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    @Robin I’d like to hear more about this Sorry! drinking game.

    How about Sorry! Slip-and-Slide? When your piece slides, so do you!

  9. Posted December 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I think drinking game is unfair, because people already combine anything with a drinking game. Debate watch party drinking game – “Oh, they said middle class, take a drink.” College kids especially.

  10. Posted December 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Cricket+some kind of solitaire. Then the players will have a way to pass the time while waiting for something to happen in the game.

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but I’m not sure I need to after reading Roman’s comprehensive response.

  11. Posted December 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    @Angelastic Yeah, I know it’s long (that’s what she said?) is because what I do is listen to the podcast then take notes of sorts of comments for particular parts. Then I send the whole list as one comment.

  12. Erin
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Usually I listen to the podcast on my commute home from work, but since there’s no school this week, I listened to this one at home. I have to say, with Storm’s relaxation exercise I’m glad I wasn’t behind the wheel of a car!

    Also, I read American Nerd a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty interesting.

    @Roman V. Your long comment made me laugh several times. đŸ™‚

  13. Gingerlink
    Posted December 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Rocket Luge

    Or anything with Polar Bears added

  14. Rhett
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Putting together two completely unrelated sports. OK. How about say cross country skiing and, oh, I don’t know… uhh… target shooting. Yeah, that’ll work. Target shooting. Why don’t we call it… what to call it, what to call it, what to.. OH I know! The Biathlon. Sure! Then we can make up some crappy story about this is how this is now the Norwegian Army trains or some crap. People’ll eat it up. I bet, we can get it into the Olymp….

    Wait, what?

  15. Kate
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    From the geeks/nerds conversation and the point at which they became more socially acceptable:

    I think it is likely that the tech revolution is probably a key turning point, but I’m not sure that it has become more “cool” to be a geek or a nerd. I’ve still heard these words used in a nasty way. In my group of friends to be good with technology is to be called a ‘techy’ or ‘tech savy’. Whereas geek/nerd is still reserved to enjoying things like Star Trek or the traditional “geek” activities. Personally, the words geek and nerd don’t really offend me, although I did get funny looks from my flat mates when I came home one day and announced I was a ‘geek princess’.

  16. DoctorRick
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Combined sports? Three words.
    Sumo Rhythm Gymnastics

  17. Tony Falcone
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    “The Last Trumpet Christmas” is by the Tastee Bros.

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