Show #051: Big Stuff and Small Stuff and History

sheenThe fifty-oneth 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: Storm is debriefed on his Chicago vacation experience; we consider meals in the Star Wars saga; the overall awesomeness of architecture; hypothetical presidential rescues; the (possibly waning) influence of Bugs Bunny; and celebrity poetry, featuring the groundbreaking work of Charlie Sheen.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Have there been any “game-changing,” paradigm-redefining buildings lately? Also, which U.S. President would you want to rescue you, and from what situation?

Featured post-show song: “Chicago” – Frank Sinatra

Show #051: Big Stuff and Small Stuff and History (Some content NSFW)


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  1. MitchO
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    There have been a few iterations of Bugs Bunny since Tiny Toons: Baby Looney Tunes (2002-2005) and in the same tangential mode as Tiny Toons, there was Loonatics Unleashed (2005-2007), which were superhero descendants of Bugs et al.

  2. Tim
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Re: Darth Vader eating: Be sure to check out Robot Chicken’s version of the Cloud City banquet. Hi-larious!

  3. Auburn
    Posted August 7, 2009 at 4:19 am | Permalink had a graet article about terrifying future buildings here:

    And way to go on the recipe reading, Storm. I think one of your side projects should be dramatic readings of recipes, because that’s something I’ve truly never heard before.

  4. Auburn
    Posted August 7, 2009 at 4:20 am | Permalink


  5. Posted August 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back, Storm.

    True story: Charlie Sheen was one of my first adolescent celebrity crushes, and as 11 year-olds are known to do, I sent him a fan letter. Only, I wanted to stand out from the stack of other letters, so I wrote him a horrible poem instead of the usual fan letter. Predictably, I never heard back from him. Years later, I felt vaguely embarrassed for sending that drivel to a celebrity and hoped he didn’t ever actually see it. After hearing his “talents” for the written word, any lingering traces of embarrassment have been erased. So, thanks, Overlords.

    Also, I agree with Auburn re: dramatic reading of recipes. Highly entertaining.

  6. Robin
    Posted August 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like Storm had a grand time in Chicago. I’d totally go out on The Ledge. When I was about six we went up the CN Tower in Toronto and it has a similar observation deck that I greatly enjoyed. My mom, on the other hand, was more Gillian-like in her staying close to the elevators.

    As for architecture, the new goal seems to be most avant-garde rather than simply tall. The stuff being built in Dubai, for example.

    Re: Bugs Bunny, I have but one thing to say. “Kill the wabbit!” Anything that can introduce kids to Wagnerian opera (and Mozart, for that matter) is a good thing. 🙂

    Those “poems” were pretty painful. Good thing Mr. Sheen has a day job. (Although if someone could cancel Two and a Half Men, that’d be great, thanks.) That was a very well read ingredient list. Now I want pizza, and I don’t have any leftovers from last night. 🙁

  7. Wyatt
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I went to chicago to see reletives and got back home around the same time storm got back

    I’m suprised i was even in the same city as storm at the same time

  8. Jack F.
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    You have got to include a reading of Charlie Sheen poetry in your live shows. I’ll be looking for it at World Cafe Live in Philly in December.

  9. GuildSteersman
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’d very much like to be rescued from an out-of-control car by FDR. Not sure how he’d catch up with it. maybe he could lean out of the window of a second car and pull me out of my seat or something.

  10. Paul Maki
    Posted August 11, 2009 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Wow, just moments before it was said, I was answering TR. Teddy Roosevelt in the cocktail party or in the grave peril, most certainly.

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