Show #077: Dozens of Fake Joss Whedons

The seventy-seventhth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online. And it’s a looooong one!

This week’s episode: a meta-analysis of the three branches of content our show tends to take; ruminations on birthdays, surprises, a wonderful birthday movie, and getting older; the NEW CD (!), “Do You Like Star Wars?” is on its way (with artwork by Molly Lewis), along with a new t-shirt and USB drive; recounting the last half of our West Coast trip, including terrible Canadian coffee; and w00tstock 2.2 in Chicago and w00tstock 2.3 in Minneapolis are officially announced. (Hooray!) Also, absent technology.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What “milestone” birthdays did/will affect you? And what technology was better/available previously and worse/unavailable now (a la Concorde)? Also, if you’re a minion and didn’t receive notice of the “Joss Whedon Birthday Message” prank, send us your e-mail address (along with your minion designation, so we can match them up).

Show #077: Dozens of Fake Joss Whedons


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  1. Posted March 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I do in fact like Star Wars! Can’t wait to see you guys at PAX East, and then in NY in April!

  2. Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    In defense of Vancouver:
    1) We average two coffee shops on EVERY BLOCK, all equipped with free wifi, and you picked Blenz? Bad luck, there.
    2) The Rio IS in kind of a seedy area, but it has nothing on the Downtown East Side. (Related: You probably don’t ever want to play the Rickshaw Theatre.)
    3) Ten minutes and $2.50 could have had you in the centre of Olympic frenzy, but you did not have enough free time for me to press the issue.

    I hope your next visit to Vancouver is less underwhelming! We look forward to having you back.

    I was sufficiently unimpressed with being in my late twenties that it became difficult to remember my exact age; as of my most recent birthday I just tell people I am “30ish for the foreseeable future”.

  3. Robin (the Mini-Minion)
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I’m turning 30 in seven weeks, but I’ve been sort of rounding up to it since the beginning of the year, possibly in an attempt to ease into it for myself and/or my mom. (She was rattled enough when my older brother hit 30 a few years ago, but I’m the baby.) It’s not that it’s a traumatic thing, but big round numbers do have a certain feeling of significance.

    I look forward to exchanging many shiny rocks for your new swag at PAX East. 🙂 And hopefully again at the hypothetical Boston w00tstock.

    Is it just me or does “Bastian, say my name” have a whole different connotation in the post-American Pie era? Just me? Really? Ooooh… awkward…

  4. Luke Blackford
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m totally jealous of the PAX east goers. You should sell the usb drive online. I would buy like 3.

  5. Other Minion
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Love the artwork for the CD (Notice i said CD….I’m old but i can’t believe you guys still refer to it as the new album!) Stoked about the USB Drive as well…I’ll probably get two…one would make a great geocache FTF prize. (I think i’m bringing the comments to new geek levels). Anywho, excited about the reveals and looking forward to the other coming shenanigans. P.S. I didn’t know you guys stayed in seattle for the vancouver trip….I thought that foamy hot tub looked familiar…I was at that same Westin a few weeks prior. (and you don’t wanna know what went down in that hot tub….it’s probably why they needed so much soap in it!)

  6. Posted March 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m digging the art for the new album. Molly did a great job. I’m also super excited about w00tstock 2.2. Thanks for bringing it within driving distance of Michigan. 🙂

    @Other Minion: If I found that as a FTF prize, I would be super excited. So, feel free to drop it off in a cache near me. 😉

  7. Neil (Bumper Sticker Hand Jive Minion Type Person)
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Hit 30 last year. It was especially tough. Won’t go in to details, but yeah….there was brooding to be had.

  8. Posted March 13, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    As far as birthdays go, 16 and 20 both struck me.

    20 was sort of a “holy shit I’m not a teenager anymore” and “holy shit I’m a score old” and “holy shit ‘September 11th’ was 9 years ago” and “holy shit I’ll be 21 next year and then my next major birthday after that is 30.”

    16 was more about context, because that MTV show My Super Sweet 16 was really big (you know, the show with the rich kids micromanaging these giant parties they don’t deserve?), and I went to high school with kids like that.

    The girls on My Super Sweet 16 looked so much older than me, even if they were also giant babies – they were savvy with clothes and hair and money on a level that I’ll probably never get to, while acting completely entitled and having screamy unhealthy relationships with their parents.

    Weirdest thing about my 16th birthday was that my parents were willing to give me the princess treatment if I asked for it. Instead, maybe to deliberately go against the “Super Sweet 16” idiom, I took a pack of my friends bowling and and then to see Dr. Strangelove (during which most of my friends fell asleep).

  9. flannelore, Main Tank minion
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I do remember 10 because yaye, double digits! But I feel the same way regarding 35 being worse than 30, 45 being worse than 40. At 37, I’m almost looking forward to 40 but not so much 45.

    I’m excited about the new album with the great art, hooray! (and thank you for the opportunity for minions to get in on the email list since was one that missed out, alas)

  10. Peter
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    The only backwards leap I can think of broadcast TV. I know that some people would argue that the new digital signal is better, except that the broadcast area is smaller and that instead of slightly fuzzy TV at the edges of reception, there’s none.Digital means 1 or 0 by definition and therefor, there is no kinda fuzzy. When they made the switch to digital, I was excited and got a converter box and everything. And when they made the switch, I lost all of my channels. Nothing. No TV. I was so disappointed. I still my Charlie Rose and The New Yankee Workshop.

  11. Susanne (Thoughtful Minion)
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    30 was kinda big, I guess. I’d upped and moved to the UK the year before and went home for my 30th birthday to find my mum (!!!) had secretly organised a surprise party for me. How awesome is my mum? Very awesome.

    The next ‘big’ one is the dreaded 40, of course – but if I look half as splended then as Paul does now, I shall not despair.

  12. Posted March 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I know I’m late to the party on comments (blame my iTunes) but loved turning 30. Was an excuse for me to spend lots of money on myself and throw a party.

    31, which was this year, was much harder. Mostly because it was a let-down. “Meh, I’m 31.” Smaller get-together with friends, starting to notice age-related degeneration more, etc.

  13. Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    This one is really late (i’m working backward through the catalogue), but your question about regressing technology got me thinking.

    It’s not still the case in 2010, but there was a time when electric cars (most notably the GM EV1) were introduced to the market then subsequently recalled and destroyed. For a while clean affordable electric powered commuting was looking like a real possibility. Then it was squashed by those with interests in oil.

    The film “Who Killed the Electric Car” is a great documentary about this.

    Not quite the perfect example, but it’s in the same vein.

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