Show #055: There Will Definitely Be Screaming Involved

ralph2The fifty-fifthnd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s (lengthy) episode: secret cool things are finally revealed; a minionhood conundrum is thrown to the audience for solutions; Acknowledgement Day is marked; Ralph Malph memories; we go over the evolution of “I Will Sing a Lullabye“, with much love for Brendan Milburn; Alton Brown, oats, haggis and swords; the big, final reveal of w00tstock, our upcoming shows with Adam Savage and Wil Wheaton; and Storm recounts an painfully awkward dinner.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Aspiring want-to-be-minions @CarolinaWolfie and @Dave728NC are blind, and therefore it would be difficult for them to submit pictures for minionhood. How should they properly and officially declare their intent to become minions? Also, who do YOU want to see at w00tstock?

Featured post-show song:  “I Will Sing a Lullabye” by Paul and Storm

Show #055: There Will Definitely Be Screaming Involved (Some content NSFW)


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  1. elliomeg
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    This is truly a podcast full of win. Love the discussion and the announcements for w00tstock and most of all the NEW SONG!11!!111eleventyone!! Can’t wait to see you at PAX

  2. Tam O'Shanter (the Fonzie Minion)
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Blind Minions:
    I say that you take the audio file and get make an image out of the wavelengths and put the two as a video for the minion gallery!

    w00tstock v1.0/1.01:
    If he’s in the area around that time: Neil Gaiman. Also, if it’s successful, have a midwest version in Chicago!

  3. Tam O'Shanter (the Fonzie Minion)
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Also: I would not mind at all there being an hour long podcast sometime!

  4. Posted September 2, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Paul, the word you were looking for to describe Wil Wheaton is “transcended.” 😉

    See you guys at PAX!

  5. Wesley
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:01 am | Permalink


  6. Cybermudgeon
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    First of all: the new song…STANDING OVATION!!!

    Second: I like Tam O’Shanter’s idea of posting a pic of the wavelength.

    Third: Love the idea of w00tstock…would it be too much to inquire if either performance could become a DVD for those of us in the hinterlands??

    Have fun at PAX…I’ll actually be in Seattle this Friday, but only long enough to get on a cruise ship for Alaska.

  7. MitchO
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Any chance that the movies portion may include a piece from the guys over at Homestar Runner?

  8. Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Um… maybe your visually impaired listeners can make sculptures of themselves (a la Lionel Richie “Hello” video) and write Minion in braille on them.

    Is that offensive?

    maybe… oh well.

  9. Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    For @CarolinaWolfie and @Dave728NC, I suggest that the power of the minions and be mobilized to take photos of them and post them to Flickr.

    @strobist’s ( multitude of followers could also be taken advantage of so that said pictures are of the classy and/or artsy variety. This wouldn’t be the first time David has motivated his followers to shoot for the goodness of mankind.

    If @CarolinaWolfie and @Dave728NC are in the Seattle area, I volunteer to do this myself. But their Twitter handles imply they’re in North Carolina, a place where I do not plan to be in the near future.

    See you at PAX this weekend!

  10. Robin
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Happy Acknowledgment Day! In celebration, I think we should all go watch the first episode of The Guild season 3. After all, it does guest-star his honor, The Secretary.

    I so wish I could attend w00tstock. It has at least four of my favorite famous geeks. Darn my being on the wrong coast!

    I think having a video of the blind minions would be cool, but I suppose a video camera presents the same problem as a still camera… I’ll need to think about that one some more.

  11. Marty
    Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I found your comparison of Good Eats to MythBusters to be inferior (although it did make for a decent segue), as I think that Good Eats is much more similar to Bill Nye The Science Guy. Funnily enough, that ties back in with Cosmos and Mr. Wizard.

    Regarding the blind minions, why not just have a movie with their recorded audio, and a static image of the minion logo for the video (maybe doctor the logo to say “Ethereal Audio Only Minion” or something)?

    Also looking forward to the show at PAX! Why don’t you guys and Wil Wheaton get together and do some sort of w00tstock 0.9 beta release sometime at PAX too (I’m, of course, assuming you won’t at all be too busy, since PAX is such a small venue and all)?

    -Recursive Minion

  12. Posted September 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I know I said it on the post for “I Will Sing a Lullabye,” but I have to reiterate that all of the musical cock teasing was well worth it. The song has firmly implanted itself as my new ear worm. And I’m excited for (and a little jealous of) everyone who gets to go to w00tstock. Oh, and for you, too, P&S. It’s definitely an awesome announcement. BTW, I like Cybermudgeon’s idea of a DVD. Or streaming/YouTube/dramatic reenactments. I’m not picky. 😉

    I also agree with Tam’s ideas re: blind minions, w00tstock in Chicago, and hour long podcasts. Smart minion you have there.

    In honor of Acknowledgment Day I hugged my redheaded husband. I refrained from calling him a bitch, though.

    By the way, does anyone else have a weird skip near the end (~4:10) of their copy of “Lullabye”? Or is it just mine?

  13. Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Let me be the third or so here to say, happy acknowledgment day!

  14. Posted September 5, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    If you’re a fan of Alton Brown I highly, highly recommend getting either of his books “I’m Just Here For the Food” and “I’m Just Here For More Food”. They read just like an episode of “Good Eats” : part cookbook, part science textbook with a bunch of smart-ass comments written in the margins. Insanely informative and entertaining. Bonus: the 1st one comes with magnets shaped like cuts of meat. Meat magnets! How can you not love that??

  15. Posted September 5, 2009 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Like the new song. Congrats on getting a song in Rock Band. I was excited about the Beatles version of Rock Band coming out on the 9th but knowing I can soon play Opening Band on my plastic guitar is much more exciting to me.

  16. Posted September 9, 2009 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Who do I want to see at w00tstock? You guys, Wil Wheaton, & Adam Savage! But I want to see you guys at a Midwest w00tstock because I don’t live in California!!!

    ~Sharon, Mpls Merch Minion & Penguin Wannabe

    (Click my name to vote to send me to Antarctica!)

  17. Matthew Gress
    Posted September 26, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    You are _almost_ correct about Cosmos(paraphrasing) “nobody making that level of science that accessible before”. Actually, Jacob Bernowski did it 6 years before that with “The Ascent of Man” (Also based on a book and that documentary is frequently cited by other science documentarians (Dawkins, Shermer, some others…) as being inspirational in showing them what could be done with the medium. When you watch it (because you want to), you will see how it may have influenced Cosmos and lots of other things. (It also has a Pink Floyd song in it, like Cosmos, if you spotted it.) Have fun with Cosmos, it is a great gift for anyone curious.

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