The hunnerd14st 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 finally get back to podcasting after a lengthy absence, and if our technical difficulties are any indication, we’ve pretty much forgotten how to do it. (Sorry about the audio quality on Storm’s track) Nonetheless, we find time to discuss Cray supercomputers and phones; choosing which animal to be eaten by; sitcoms set in the Sarlacc; our trip to the UK and Amsterdam; the smells of Diagon Alley; ramping up to JoCo Cruise Crazy 2; Storm’s attempt to have his photo taken with 1,000 cosplayers at CONvergence; Paul plots to cosplay as Sherman at Dragon*Con; and our recommendations of two new albums by “Weird Al” Yankovic and Tally Hall. Also: Storm wins gold on Reddit.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: which animal would you choose to be eaten by?
I was just thinking about this important issue recently. I would choose to be eaten by an animal who could take me in one bite – I would not want to be torn up into chunks, i.e. a wild boar, pack of dogs, etc. However, I would not want an animal so large that I would be swallowed whole and made to digest slowly in the creature’s festering gut, i.e. giant whale. I think a dinosaur would offer me the perfect balance between instant death, and…instant death.
So I’m going to say a dinosaur.
I am slightly crushed by the implication that you won’t be at PAX this year. Even more disappointed now that I have no way of affording a plane ticket to San Diego.
I abstain from making choices about my preferred manner of death. I always hated those questions in my playground years.
@Sara Ah, but PAX and Dragon*Con are not on the same weekend this year. Just sayin’.
When you mentioned Sherman, I did think of Mr. Peabody’s boy. Reminded me of an old phoner we did for WHEB-FM in the 80’s where Sherman finally gets ticked at all the time traveling and the fallout when Mr. Peabody attempts to find a replacement.
Stop by the Slytherin (or Gryffindor) Common Room one night (actually- check out the whole room party scene; I’m told its incredible) for plenty of Harry Potter cosplayer photo ops. The Draco Malfoy cosplayer is actually a Minion.
Storm wants to be photographed with 1,000 cosplayers at Convergence? That would be a truly neat trick, given that typical attendance at that convention is 4,000 to 4,500! For Storm to reach his goal, nearly 1 in every 4 attendees would need to dress up and be photographed with him. And if he’s at the convention for 3 days (it runs for 4, but not that many people come on Thursday), he’d need to take a picture every 4 minutes or so, day and night! Quite an ambitious goal, that.
Was there any requirement to be eaten alive by said animal? Because I plan to one day become one of those mad old ladies with hundreds of cats, who’s found one day to have passed away unnoticed and been eaten by said cats. That would be awesome.
Also, this new podcast has interrupted my backwards trawl through all the old podcasts to get caught up. Gotta have something to keep me sane at work while I’m rotating images of guitars by 45 degrees (yes, that really is what I’ve been doing lately).
I imagine myself on my deathbed, being introduced to the carrion fly larvae.
Is anyone else reminded of “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”? It’s time to meet the meat!
I was reminded of a joke about a Yankee pulled over in Georgia for speeding.
Sheriff: “Nobody goes through my county that fast.”
Yankee: “Sherman did.”
The punch line is that the Yankee spends the night in jail.
Muppets are cute, sure, but if you imagine a real human, flesh and blood, that looked exactly like a muppet, they would be freakishly bizarre, weird, and probably not good looking.
If I’m going to be eaten by an animal, I think I’d have to go with a large marine predator like a great white shark or an orca. That way I’d have a decent chance of drowning before it inflicts too much pain. (I’m not a very good swimmer.)
Aaaand now I need to hit up my local British food importer for Jaffa Cakes and digestive biscuits. Thanks, guys.
The Geological Soon is my Rolling Stones / Morris Day and the Time ska cover band.
If you’re going for MechaSherman, you should just cosplay as a Sherman tank. 🙂
Storm – I’m also a HUGE lover of black licorice. But people who don’t like licorice don’t get it (and obviously we are not talking about the innocuous red licorice). I have found that this is one of the flavors on the planet that people either love or detest. There is no in-between. The real-deal stuff is the best. As a matter of fact, I had an empty box of licorice sitting on my desk to remind me to get this brand again, but as I scope my desk, it seems to have vanished (some non-black-licorice-lover must have been in here cleaning….). The other flavors that people either like or hate are dill and curry. Have you ever known anyone to say about curry, “Curry’s ok…I sort of like it?” No. They either love it or hate it. You take a curry lover into an Indian restaurant and they say, “Wow, it smells great in here.” Everyone else walks into the restaurant and wants to barf. That’s pretty much what I’ve discovered with black licorice, as well as any dish with star anise in it.
I haven’t been listening to many podcasts lately, because my iPod isn’t really working, but I just listened to this one while doing some laundry. A few minutes in, I was already thinking, ‘Ahh, I needed that!’ I think I was deficient in vitamin P&S or something, despite having followed you around the UK and Europe not too long ago. I laughed quite a lot while hanging up my few remaining panties, so thanks for that. 🙂 I kind of wish I’d traded my superfluous British funny money for a superfluous om nom nom.
I think I’d like to be eaten by a muppet, or the last, hungry, pregnant member of a dying species. Like maybe the one in the song ‘Mineral Rights’ by Bob Kanefsky/Leslie Fish. Failing that, given sufficient anaesthetic (so I’d be numb, but still conscious), I wouldn’t mind be eaten alive all in one sitting by Storm, webcast from the ThinkGeek headquarters to raise money for a food bank.
I also stocked up on real liquorice while in Amsterdam. Also, I’m pretty sure Sara made it to San Diego. :^)
Just be careful with all of that liquorice!