Show #101: A Squirt Gun Full of Buttermilk

The hunnerdfirst 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: a few semi-quick notes and impressions from the last round of w00tstocks; contemplating nerds and sports enthusiasm; full-contact photobombing; traditional Thanksgiving foods in our respective families; a couple new Hypothetical Battles; recounting the loss of Storm’s guitar, but how It All Worked Out in the End; “Paulie luck” and it’s maddening ramifications; a possible new holiday project; and birthday wishes to both Chris Hardwick and Molly Lewis.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What are your family Thanksgiving food traditions? Also, please answer the poll regarding canned vs. fresh cranberry sauce.

Show #101: A Squirt Gun Full of Buttermilk



  1. Posted November 24, 2010 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    As a rather loyal Steelers fan, I have in fact been called out for checking football scores in the middle of a D&D session within the past month. However, I think that while the nerd crowd could be more sports-fan-friendly, they’re certainly more receptive than the sports crowd is of the nerd crowd, mostly because nerds know how it feels to be on the receiving end of that ridicule.

    And may I second your happy birthday messages! Both fantastic folks, to be sure.

  2. Samantha
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    In my family, the turkey is just a warm-up act for the pies; the many, many pies. My favorite is the chocolate cream pie.

  3. Non-Specific Minion
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    The traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the Indians! First, the papadoms…

  4. Ryan
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    An example of Boston photo bombing since you guys mentioned it.

  5. Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been ashamed or had trouble balancing my huge nerdiness with my huge sports fan-ness.

    I was a card collector since 87. Which is a pretty nerdy pursuit, despite the sports tone when you think about it. I guess it’s just a natural progression.

    And I’m a New Englander, and as you mentioned in the podcast, yeah, you just get sucked in whether you like it or not.

    One Thanksgiving food tradition that’s always stuck out in my mind: When I used to go with my father for Thanksgiving, among the more traditional foodstuffs available come dinnertime, was sausage.


    Golden brown greyish links of sausage.

    I never questioned this since I’m a meat and potatoes guy, and it was nice to have something besides turkey, potatoes, gravy and bread rolls on my plate.


  6. Loki
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Buttermilk = Elephant spunk?

  7. Posted November 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I totally understand “Paulie luck”. I have a number of stories I pull out to prove that nothing bad ever happens to me, even when I deserve it. (Not entirely true, but I can list on one hand the number of things that have been stolen from me in my entire life.)

    The only thing odd about my holiday traditions is that I *still* get confused every time people start talking about turkey and family visits at the end of November, since Thanksgiving was last month. Now I crave turkey dinner when there is none in the offing.

  8. Posted November 25, 2010 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Baseball all the way! It’s like sports with math. Who could complain that wasn’t geeky enough?

  9. Posted November 26, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I doubt sports prevented people from attending W00tstock Boston.The Chicago show in June was held the same night as the Stanley Cup finals game 5 in a city that was overboard crazy about hockey and that did not detract from the attendence. My sports fandom and knowledge does at times conflict with other people’s plans and though my friends for the most part understand.

    Living 15 minutes from O”Hare airport, I did check the pawn shops in the area for any new guitars but did not find any. I am glad you were able to get one for the show which due to illness I could not attend and a replacement.

  10. Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I had a great time at the Boston w00tstock – thanks for coming up this way.

    The YouTube Photobomb playlist (15 videos) can be seen at

  11. Posted December 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m certainly a nerd, but also watch sports (football and NASCAR). Generally I DVR them and fast-forward through the boring parts, though. I was at the Boston show and DVR’d the game,
    watching key plays after I came home.

    While I don’t watch baseball much, do yourself a favor and don’t schedule the next W00tstock Boston on a day when the Yankees are in town.

    My guess as to the reason for the low turnout was (1) Halloween, and (2) it being @wilw-less. Please don’t let the last show’s turnout keep you from coming back. I’ll certainly come back.

  12. Posted February 4, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    I’m just listening to this now (normally I listen to podcasts in random order, but today they’re in order of decreasing length) and was surprised to hear an attempt to make ‘participatory nachos’ into a cover band joke. I always assumed that while recording the podcast, all potential cover bands instead become front runners for the podcast title.

    Well, I’m off to say happy birthday to Chris Hardwick amd Molly. I’ve certainly said it to Mike Phirman enough.

  13. Posted February 4, 2011 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Oh, man, I have such Paulie luck. Once, my boyfriend (at the time) and I were returning from my sister’s place, and we stopped at a phone booth to call a taxi. When we got back to my boyfriend’s place, we realised he’d left my laptop in the phone booth. We got my sister to run to the phone booth and look for it, but it wasn’t there. Now, this was a laptop that had been bought for me for university by an agency that funds such things for people with disabilities, since apparently I have 50% use of my hands and can’t write as fast as other people, so I was already lucky to have it in the first place. But they’d be unlikely to reoplace it, and I didn’t exactly have the means to buy a new one.

    Now, this was a laptop where you could customise the cover, or use a clear cover with a design on paper underneath it (a Mac PowerBook 1400cs.) For ages I’d had a design I’d made which included a picture of my previous boyfriend, but the week earlier I’d finally got around to covering up the picture of him. I covered it with the name and address of the then-current boyfriend, which I’d clipped from a letter he’d received. So the next day, he got a phone call from somebody demanding a ransom for my PowerBook. He called the police and arranged for them to be there when he met the guy, while I spent the day at his place nervously playing games on his ancient Mac SE, which was actually too fast to run the games he had at a usable speed.

    He got home, and said that while a couple of bystanders were most amused to see the guy arrested for extortion, my laptop was nowhere to be seen. Dejected arrr. Not long later, I checked my email on my boyfriend’s computer, and found an email from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Unbeknownst to me, my sister had contacted him and told him what happened to my laptop (he already knew of us from the time that my sister got him to call me on my 20th birthday; he’s awesome like that.) He replied, ‘send me her address and I’ll send her a laptop.’ He was most apologetic, because the new laptop would only have fancy new ports like firewire and USB, and so I’d need to get dongles to attach it to my old printer. But well, a week later I went into a local Apple reseller to pick up the shiny new iBook Special Edition, with extra RAM (despite the fact that it already had several times the RAM of the laptop I’d lost) that he’d ordered for me. The people at the shop thought the order was a joke, at first.

    Later, when I’d finished school and earned enough dirty money from Windows programming to go to Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference in San Francisco, I somehow ended up enjoying a pizza, a concert, and some Segway riding with Woz and his friends, but I was a little star-struck and never actually personally thanked him for the laptop.

    I think that’s the only time I’ve had anything stolen.

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