Show #127: A Sophist in Memphis

The one-dread twosvens 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: Tuesdays sucks; knowledge for knowledge’s sake; is Storm a sophist? is Sarah Palin?; our grudges against the Cub Scouts; Mensa Scouts; talking about music; a long speculative discourse about why songs classified as “Standards” are called “Standards”; why later-career pop artists sing “Standards”; the sheet music barons of the early 20th century; the one gigantic textile mill where everyone in Pittsburgh worked; Potatochipsburgh, where potatoes were invented; the no-mouth, bark-licking mummers of yore; Paul is vindicated in his naked-drying ways; and more smoochies for Geek and Sundry.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT:What would a Sophistry Merit Badge look like?

Show #127: A Sophist in Memphis



  1. Sim
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Come to London!
    (We can has a W00tstock?)

  2. mtgordon
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the Sophistry Merit Badge, I expect it to look something like the “PILE OF POO” Unicode character.

  3. Dan
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I see a head with Xs for eyes, and a speech bubble with the infinity symbol in it.

    Also, come to Upstate NY. Anywhere within 100 miles of the Erie Canal will do.

  4. Brett Glass
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Come to our town (Laramie, Wyoming)! Can also help you to book in Fort Collins, CO.

  5. Posted May 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Since you gave us permission…

    Please come to Michigan! 🙂

  6. Brett Glass
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Another possible opportunity to play in the Rocky Mountain region: the first annual Denver Comic Con (see http://www.denvercomiccon.con). Wil Wheaton is one of the confirmed guests, so he can put you in touch with the organizers and help you to get prime stage time and merch table space. What’s more, you would already have three quarters of a w00tstock! (Don’t know if Adam would be available, but it’d be wonderful if Denver could at last get a full w00tstock in conjunction with this convention — if not this year, maybe next year.) And because this is the first year, you’d get in on the ground floor as entertainers and hosts.

    You’ve already covered the biggest east coast and west coast conventions; this would be an opportunity to grow your fan base here in the middle.

  7. Brett Glass
    Posted May 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Oops; URL above was misspelled. (Gotta exchange a few thumbs for fingers one of these days.) Convention Web site is at

  8. Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Paul and Storm try to talk about music, end up discussing the fictional history of Pittsburgh and a town where potatoes are made of solidified urine. It’s like a sneak peek into your songwriting process!

    Well since everyone else is doing it, go to Trogen! It’s five hours from where I live (see how unselfish I’m pretending to be?) but there’s a tiny little venue I love where you could have an audience of a dozen or so which would surely buy enough merch to fund the flights to Europe. 😉

    Nah. Do what Sim said (Union Chapel is almost as good.) Then invade mainland Europe again. Then go to Denver, because it’s closer to you than London is, and from what I’ve heard you’re usually further from there than London is from me, so Brett will never stop asking otherwise. 🙂

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