Show #048: Bingham Fluids

floThe forty-eighthst 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: We blow up the format (a little bit, moreso in theory than in practice); we contemplate the “burning out” of Twitter; an overanalysis of “Swiss Family Robinson”, and Storm drops pudding into the mix; superstitions vs. routines vs. eccentricities; and at your behest, we once again talk rapturously about food. (Sandwiches, in this case) Also, there is only one bread worth discussing.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Please continue to suggest different/interesting things for Storm and his wife to do in Chicago. Also, if we were to interview someone on this podcast, whom should it be?

Featured post-show song: “Conerto for Horn in E Flat Major, No. 4 K 495 III. Rondo” – The Swingle Singers

Show #048: Bingham Fluids (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Nick
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Hi guys, big fan of the podcast. If you were to start interviewing I would suggest someone you are very comfortable with, say Jon Coulton. You’ve mentioned him on several occasions but other than his goofy songs I don’t know much else about him. Just a suggestion humbly submitted, my Lords.

    Speak No Evil Minion (AKA Nick)

  2. Cybermudgeon
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    1. Downloaded the podcast via iTunes today (July 15) without any problems.

    2. I think Wil Wheaton should be your first interviewee, since he is the Sec. for Geek Affairs. Others that pop to mind are: Weird Al, Leo Laporte, the Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax clans, the Reduced Shakespeare folks, Dead Gentlemen Productions (when you’re up in Washington state) and finally the Nuts on the Road crew….what can I say, I’m eclectic if not just weird.

    3. In terms of sandwiches, give me either a Reuben or a BBQ pulled pork.

    4. (fighting the urge to add a Pythonesque “there is NO…” and losing)

    5. Wishing you all the best of luck with this “Supr Sekrit Projekt.”

    The Illustrated Minion

  3. Posted July 15, 2009 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Lucky you that passport renewal doesn’t take as long as applying for a first passport.

    But I have two passports, so I’m still ahead of you. 🙂

  4. Robin
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Paul, how can you not like pudding?! It’s so squishy and comforting. It can be eaten at any temperature. …Now I really want some pudding. :-\

    I don’t think of myself as superstitious, but I did pick up the knock-on-wood habit from my grandmother. As for the “Fonzie theory”, it sounds like Storm’s unwittingly practicing feng shui by keeping ambient chi from coming at him too fast. (What can I say, I went through a new age-y phase in college.) And I, too, try to keep myself out of the way in public situations. It’s been a running joke among friends and family that my goal in life is to be unobtrusive.

    I’d like to second the “interview Wil”. He gives good chat. I think getting the two of you and two or three of the RSC guys on one podcast might be so hilarious as to implode the internets, but it would be fun to try if you can. Or you could talk to the Arrogant Worms, since they’ll be conveniently in the same place as you in the near future. 🙂

    Nitpick — It’s BILL S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan. [/childofthe80s]

  5. Posted July 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the peek behind the curtain and the answers to my question. It turned out to be a really interesting tangent and insight into the minds of P&S.

    I like the suggestions of Wil Wheaton and JoCo for interviews. I think it would be entertaining if you joined forces with Len and Nora for a show.

    Also, Jimmy John’s is one my favorite places to eat. My friend from New Zealand is visiting and he insisted we go there for lunch today; I was happy to oblige.

    Re: Swiss Family Robinson and the title: This is another of those random bits of info stuck in my brain, but the family isn’t actually named Robinson. The original title translates to The Swiss Robinson as in Robinson Crusoe. I could give you more details, but that would be boring. Studious Minion’s English degree must be useful(?) for something.

    As far as the super secret thing related to an upcoming gig that you can’t talk about… The other day, my husband and I were discussing your music, a certain upcoming performance of yours and what took place last fall related to this event. We’re both hoping that what happened last year will happen again this year, but with the inclusion of your awesomeness. If this is your secret thing, for lack of a more eloquent way to say this: Oh Emm Gee! (I hope I was ambiguous enough there.)

  6. Posted July 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Bingham fluids, from Gordon: A non-Newtonian fluid; their viscosity is subject to change depending on conditions. As you said, Storm, ketchup: if you shake it up, it becomes less viscous. Another example: silly putty; you can bounce it and it acts like a solid. Quicksand is a non-Newtonian fluid. If you move quickly, it acts like a solid and holds you in.

    As seen on Mythbusters: Corn starch into water – if you hit it slowly, it acts like a liquid, but if you jump on it, it will act like a trampoline. You can’t walk across it, but you can run across it.

  7. Rich Rosenthal
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    If you are looking for something Chicago that is a little different I would actually look just outside Chicago to Cantigny.\

    It is very Chicago in that the grounds house the McCormick museum. It is also guy and girl friendly in that that there are incredible gardens and the First division museum. I used to go there with the scouts as a kid and climb on the tanks.

  8. Tim Kurkoski
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Interview: Adam Savage
    Chicago: If you have a time and a car (or willingness to take a long train ride), head out to Oak Park and tour the Frank Lloyd Wright homes there. Check in at the FLW Home and Studio (, tour that, then take a tour of the dozen+ houses in the immediate neighborhood. You can walk yourself or pay for a guided tour. (Full disclosure: my uncle may be your tour guide.) I’d also recommend hopping over to see Unity Temple; Wright’s public architecture is just as, if not more, impressive than his residential work. Also, the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway is in Oak Park. If you don’t have time to go to Oak Park but still want a FLW fix, the Robie House is closer to downtown.

  9. Paul and Storm
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    We’re definitely going to Oak Park to go FLW hunting (as well as Robie House etc.) Any particularly good food there we should look for?

    Catigny looks interesting, too, though we’ll have to see how easy it is to get there by public trans.


  10. Caroline S
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Definitely interview Wil.

    Sorry I’m gonna miss you guys coming to Jammin’ Java but I’ll catch you guys with JoCo in Denver.

  11. Posted July 19, 2009 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    What about interviewing Felicia Day? After all, “Felica Watch” and “Acknowledgment Day” both started via the podcast.

    The one superstition I follow is never saying the true name of ‘The Scottish Play’ in a theatre. In fact, unless I’m having a literary discussion re: Shakespeare, I’m hesitant to say the title even though it’s fairly simple to cancel out the curse. That’s what I get for working in a theatre for so long I guess.

  12. Posted July 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Lena: Everyone needs a hobby. My wife’s hobby is collecting passports. She has your full collection and then some.

  13. Tim Kurkoski
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    RE: Oak Park Restaurants
    My cousin says:
    Anything along Oak Park Ave at Lake st. Winnberries, Geppetios, Flat top grill, etc. Good food at any of them.

    + for visitor info

  14. Posted August 20, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I have a thing about stepping on coloured patterns as well. Except I do it subconsciously and it DOES ruin my day if I do.

    Drives my gf nuts.


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