Show #130: Herring and Blondes

The hunter 3-teeny 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: Paul and Storm are in the SAME ROOM AS EACH OTHER, as they contemplate crapping randomly; their current LearningTown progress; dogs appear and disappear; their mutual procrastinatory tendencies, and possible Kickstarters to overcome them (and to take your money from you); their evolution from being Novelty T-shirt Guys; PAX Prime and the “rock star treatment;” mutual ignorance of most things Swedish; RyanAir complaints; and JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 excitement and site inspection cruise bragging.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: If we were to take your money in a Kickstarter, what would you want us to do?

Show #130: Herring and Blondes



  1. Simalot
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t sure if you were serious about your requests about Sweden. Depending on how much time you have, these are some of my favorite places to visit:

    Vasa Museum – ship that was raised after spending 350 years on the sea floor before being salvaged –

    Drottningholm – the Queen’s castle – a bit outside of the city, with lovely grounds and a working old-style theatre. I like it more than Kungs Slottet (The Royal Palace) in the old town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm, but it takes a bit more planning to get there.

    Millesgården, a indoor/outdoor statue sanctuary on Lidingö (where my office was when I lived there) is about 10-15 minutes from downtown:

    Djurgården is like Stockholm’s Central Park.

    å is like the “aw” in saw
    ä is like the “ea” in bear
    ö is like the “u” in burn

    Tack – thanks
    Tack så mycket – Thank you very much
    öl – beer
    Och jag ska sjunga en vaggsång till din vagina – I’m sure you can figure that one out 🙂

    Ha det så bra!

  2. Posted September 16, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    RyanAir strikes again! D:

    Hate to hear that you’re not making it to my marvellous country. For future reference, there is a ferry from Hollyhead (Wales) to Portlaoise (Dublin, Ireland) and Pembroke (also Wales?) to Rosslare (Ireland).

    AerLingus is better service than RyanAir, similar price, but similar baggage costs. But they won’t charge you €30 for not printing out a boarding card from a home printer like RyanAir will. I hate them so much.

    …so, so, much.

  3. Posted September 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Buahahaha, Wil Wheaton looks so unprofessional in that CERN T-shirt I gave him. 😀

    As a good, obedient merchandise-buying minion, I have far too many T-shirts, but luckily I still wear them all. Still, for your non-T-shirt-wearing or T-shirt-saturated fans, have you considered getting other forms of merchandise (to sell at shows, not just cafepress) such as hats or bags? These can be worn/used every day, thus advertising you and the user’s good taste, and they are useful. My Arrogant Worms tuque is perfect for those days when it’s too cold for a NASA cap and too warm for a Klein bottle hat, and I’ve gone through two messenger bags by another band I like.

    I don’t really have any good ideas for a Kickstarter you could do at the moment, except maybe a replica of Marian’s European tour one (though it might not work for you if you don’t do house concerts.) If I could pay you to do something, I’d probably challenge you to write a song that isn’t funny (and isn’t funny by virtue of not being funny, either), just to see if you can do it.

    Anyway, I’ll see you in two days. Yay!

  4. John Russell
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Kickstarter: I’m still waiting for the Paul and Storm jukebox-stylee Broadway musical (like Mamma Mia but with more dick jokes). Or maybe the Paul and Storm and JoCo and other people jukebox-stylee Broadway musical, if you can’t be bothered to cobble a story together from your oeuvre alone.

    Also, I don’t know why I keep writing “stylee”.

  5. Brett Glass
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear Paul and Storm unvarnished now and again. By now, they’re no doubt in Sveden enjoying the blöndes.

    Maybe when they get back from their spite inspection cruise, each 20 pounds heavier than they are now, they can do a Kickstarter to fund the 4-day w00tstock Festival (AKA Burning Nerd).

  6. Brett Glass
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    BTW, the phrase “spite inspection cruise” above was a typo. I’m such a punster that my fingers can make puns without help from my brain.

  7. Lena
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    Re: band tshirts

    The only reason that I don’t like wearing band tshirts is that even the small size is large because the cut is generic. I would love to wear these shirts if they were cut for women, or better yet, cut as tank tops. (hint, hint)

  8. Andy Arenson
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I would be happy to help you play ALL OF THE GAMES in advance, particularly Sentinels of the Multiverse.

  9. Posted September 26, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Kickstarter Ideas:
    1) Presell an album. You’re going to make a new album, but if people have already bought it, it turns the heat up.
    2) More music videos – contributions = votes for a particular video
    3) Minion Fan Club official club packages. Not just the tshirt.

    Ok that’s all for now. If I have more, I’ll comment again.

    p.s. seconded on Burning Nerd. That needs a better title. Too many bad images of being chased down by jocks.

  10. Posted September 27, 2012 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I don’t know how this would work as a Kickstarter, or at all, but it just occurred to me you could do a cross between Geek A Week and Thing A Week, in which you’d write a song about a famous geek every week, release it for free on the internet, and then hope Len Peralta will spontaneously take it upon himself to draw trading cards of the songs for free, and ???, Profit!

    They could just all be formulaic songs with the same questions/answers/Randy-Newman-style tune and the occasional sad monkey. At certain Kickstarter levels people could have one made about them.

    I don’t remember what the question was. Is this a good answer?

  11. CallieMo
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I would help fund a Kickstarter for more East Coast W00tstock shows. That way you guys would have more money upfront available so you could say “no thanks” to those other opportunities that seem to prevent the four of you from getting things together other than at SDCC. I know that there’s at bunch of us in the Massachusetts area that desperately want another w00tstock here, I was talking with several of them last night at the Ladies of Ragnarock show in Cambridge.

    Even if you don’t go that route, but might be able to finagle just one day that the gang could get out here for a w00tstock, might I suggest doing it somewhere in CT like Hartford? That way people from NY and Boston (and even VT and NH) could easily travel for the show and you guys could hit your fave restaurant there too.

  12. Brett Glass
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    It occurs to me that Paul and Storm may be at that awkward stage where they’re just famous enough to be wanted everywhere, but not famous enough to have the audience demand and cash flow to GO everywhere. Hopefully, they’ll break through that next barrier via the material they write for Learning Town and/or via appearances in major media.

  13. dave fogel
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    (A) I support the idea of Burning Nerd – in DC!
    (B) I also support the musical geek-a-week idea!
    (C) My personal wish is for an album of just cover songs. Paul and Storm are funny and leaders in the geek community – but great musicians as well. Every time I hear y’all cover a song I am blown away

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