The thirty-fourthnd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.
This week’s episode: The Department of Geek Affairs store opens; WarGames, the Deez, and proto-geeks; labelling the Internet-famous, in which John Hodgman is compared—aptly, even—to Frank Sinatra; Storm’s childhood slang; sexist Judaica; Paul waxes poetic about Giggleberry Fair, which leads to discussion of childhood wish destinations, and Paul’s faulty memories of Gaslight Village.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Come up with a name for the new “Internet Famous” gang. Also, tell us about the place you always wanted to go to as a kid, but either seldom or never made it there.
Featured post-show song: “Milford Plaza Commercial” – The Milford Plaza
Show #034: Oh God, That’s Gonna Stick (Some content NSFW)[audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.paulandstorm.com/podcasts/PS_5-10_034.mp3]
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If you want something catchy “Net Set” would be a pretty okay one. “The Schween” would be hilarious if it stuck. Those are my two ideas, “Net Set” or “The Schween”.
I’d never call you guys the “Mac Pack”. Never. NEV. ER. N.E.V.E.R. (Not Ever Vocalizing: Extremely Retarded.)
Just got to the second audience participation while listening: Lazer Quest.
AWESOME lazer tag place. Plus it had pizza, and arcade cabinets. How could it be more awesome? I still don’t think it could!
Some of us (future) Internet people don’t use Macs at all, thank you very much.
What? Everyone studies it…
Sexist Judaica and The Jew in All of Us = worst names for a porno series… evur?
How can the Milford Plaza be a bad hotel? It’s got the word MILF right in it…
For the “Internet Famous”, I keep coming back to The Matrix…”Matrixters/Maytricksters” or “The Red Pill Gang”…hey c’mon, I’m still on my first cup of coffee. Hmm, coffee = JAVA…perhaps there’s something there as well.
Others popping now to mind are “GeekChique” and “E-Literati”…[sound of crickets chirping]…I’ll stop now & get more caffeine…
I’ve gotta second both “The Schween” and “Net Set”.
“Net Set” is alright, but “The Schween” is hilariously awesome, I’m also voting for that one.
I’ve contacted a lot of people I know to vote in support of “The Schween”.
OMG u guys have GOT to be The Schween!!! lol
I really don’t care, but I was told by a friend to come here and vote for “The Schween” so here I am.
The Schween is a good name.
RickRolls are no longer surprising to people, a suggestion for a new meme: RockRoll.
The Schween sounds at once silly, dirty, and immature, and isn’t that most of the internet? I vote the Schween. Also, anyone who lives around the Eastpointe, Michigan area should come to my students’ production of “Godspell”. It’s the 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 8:00 p.m. $8 at the door in the East Detroit High School auditorium.
I’m actually a little more partial to “Net Set” but “The Schween” isn’t bad, I wouldn’t be opposed to that as a group name.
Long time reader, first time poster: I think the Schween is probably the most fun you’re gonna get from suggestions, so might as well go with that.
I hate to break up the “The Schween” lovefest here, but…
I actually gave some thought to what to call you “Internet Famous” types a while ago. This group of neterati that seems to include you guys, Hodgman, Coulton, Plumey, Len, Merlin Mann, Jesse Thorn, etc. kind of reminds me of the Inklings. Maybe all y’all could be the Geeklings? Or maybe just leave it at Neterati?
I can’t think of any places I wanted to go as a kid that I didn’t get to go to. By the time I was nine, I had been to Lion Country Safari, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and Disneyland, which pretty much covers all of the cool places for a kid to go in the greater Los Angeles area in 1979. (I wasn’t spoiled – things just kinda worked out that way.)
The place I wanted to go to was Kiddie Playland at Tyson Street and Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia. It was basically the permanent equivalent of a fly-by-night traveling carnival. (Burlap sack sliding board, kiddie train, other little kids rides, etc.) Back before my time, it also had a large swimming pool. Sadly, the park closed in the early or mid 70s. Today there’s a car dealership there.
I should note that Kiddie Playland was obtainable. I did get to go there a few times since it was cheap and not too far away. The unthinkable dream trip would have been to go to Disneyland. Never did get to go there. I did take my kids one time, but the park closed while we were waiting in line. (They said it had reached capacity.)
For what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure the Grand Carousel was in a mostly empty building in Peddler’s Village for several years before they added the Giggleberry Fair stuff. Paul’s description of Peddler’s Village was spot-on. I associate it with walking endlessly for no reason while being bored to tears with crappy overpriced hippie dress stores. (But on the plus side, there’s now a Philadelphia Soft Pretzel Factory nearby, which almost makes a trip there worthwhile.)
Your talk of “knives and iron” causing deaths made me think of this:
I was going to suggest “Net Wits” as a collective term for internet famous entertainers, but now I like “The Net Set” a lot better. I vote for that instead.
The only place that I can remember wanting to go as a kid that our parents didn’t take us to was Great Britain. (Our PBS station showed a lot of imported BBC shows.) We went to the local arcades, carnivals, and theme parks. Speaking of which, re: places with goofy names, the local food court / arcade combo was called Bear Right — pun definitely intended because not only were the only entrances right turns due to a quirk of geography, but the animatronic mascots were bears. We even got to go to Disney World a couple times, despite living in New Hampshire, because we went to Florida for Thanksgiving with the grandparents.
I am also very much against the Mac Pack. Although “The Schween” makes me smile, I’m afraid that I’m with Colleeenky. I like the Geeklings as a title for the group of you. But, then again, I’m a big fan of many of the Inklings so I may be biased.
The place I always wanted to go as a kid (but never did) was any summer camp in the northeast (despite living in Michigan). I think it had to do with the books I read growing up, but I was convinced that attending summer camp was an integral part of growing up. When my dad told me that he’d enrolled my brother and I in a day camp, I was tentatively hopeful. But, to my extreme disappointment, it was not a camp where we’d spend my days playing capture the flag and making lanyards. No, it was… a gymnastics camp. (My 14 year-old brother was thrilled about being pulled away from baseball, let me tell you.) Not only that, but the instructor was obviously either a drill sergeant or sadist in her free time because anytime one of us didn’t perform to her liking, we had to “drop and give her 20.” At the age of 8, this was very traumatizing, and we refused to go back after two days of torture. I think sending us to Connecticut would have been a better investment…
Keeping my fingers crossed that Mac Pack doesn’t stick. I find Net Set marginally better… but only marginally. I would say that I’ve asked readers of my website to come up with something better, but that’s me and two of my friends. 🙂 The Schween is sort of awesome, but sounds more like a superhero than a group of Internet Famous Folk…
…oh god, that image isn’t getting out of my head without serious levels of drinking…
Places I wanted the parents to take me (but didn’t)
1. Brigantine Castle (Jersey Shore)Sadly, destroyed by fire.
2. Wild West City (“a city runnin’ wild”) only because I thought Uncle Floyd sang the theme song
3. Ideal (department store) Again, catchy jingle.
4. Hawaii. And I wasn’t even obsessed with slack key guitar music/Jim “Kimo” West back then.