Show #119: The Alchemy Center

The hundy-teenninth 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: technical difficulties; getting excited about astronaut ice cream; Paul’s extra-cheese calibrations; the joy of Radio Shack, vacuum tubes, and that ozone smell; direct brain image injections; slack-key slidewhistle and other pop music delights; the death of horn sections; the death of dance crazes; freedom to waggle your genitals; and recommending Marian Call, Ernie Cline, and more Breaking Bad.

Show #119: The Alchemy Center



  1. Brett Glass
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see that I wasn’t the only kid who was fascinated with the tube tester. I built myself a Radio Shack tube radio from a kit because I was so intrigued by this. And, yes, I used a multimeter — an expensive VTVM, or vacuum tube voltmeter — to do that. Of course, meters with similar capabilities now cost almost nothing. Harbor Freight Tools is giving them away for free this month if you have a coupon.

    That freeze dried ice cream will probably last a century or so. Sort of like MREs, which have a ridiculously long shelf life. Or like that vacuum tube radio, which still works.

  2. CallieMo
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I second the recommendation for Marian Call’s new album. It’s awesome times infinity.

    Funny you guys would talk about astronaut ice cream today. Last night I was bored and turn on the TV to Food Network. On their chef challenge-y type show “Chopped”, one of the ingredients that the chefs had to incorporate into their dish was astronaut ice cream (Neapolitan flavor.) I definitely want to hear Storm’s take on his ancient astronaut ice cream now.

  3. Posted October 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Forty isn’t old. You guys are youngsters.

  4. Ken (is serious)
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, now I want some of that freeze-dried ice cream. I remember having that once as a kid.

    Also, “Inexplicable Bowler Hat” is the name of my “Men Without Hats” cover band.

  5. Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Aww man, if only you’d had that idea for Masters of Song Fu #2 Round 2. *Somebody* must have invented genital waggling. (Link for the uninitiated:

    I bought some of that ice cream when I visited Kennedy Space Center before the last cruise, but sent it all to family members as late Christmas gifts. When I go back there before the next cruise, I’m going to get some ice cream for me.

    I was just talking about pizza to a colleague yesterday. I’m from New Zealand, and over there, an essential ingredient in any homemade pizza is canned spaghetti in tomato sauce. For a while you could even buy cans of ‘pizza spaghetti’ which had additional pizza ingredients mixed in. To make a pizza, you take a pizza base (or toast, for mini pizzas), spread a canful of spaghetti over it, add whatever other ingredients you want, cover that with grated cheese, and put it in the oven. It’s only recently, here in Switzerland, that I’ve realised that putting spaghetti on pizza (and canned spaghetti in general) is actually kind of weird, and would probably get me into a lot of trouble with the Italians.

  6. Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I forgot to mention: video the icecream-eating experi(ence/ment). Having watched FudgieThon, I’m pretty sure you’ll survive.

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