Ep40: O.C.D. Academy with Jason O’Brien

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Our guest Jason O'Brien (left), gets photobombed by Oliver Stone.

Episode 40 live and direct! Well, recorded live anyway. Wait, is there any other way to record? We digress. We get the show rolling, right of the bat, as we start with this week’s guest: filmmaker, film historian, and Academy Awards expert Jason O’Brien. Jason joins the show, and schools us on the recent shake-ups in this year’s Oscar production. He then delivers an accurate guess as to whom the new host will be (this show was recorded more than 24 hours before the Academy released the info). Good job, Jason! Now tell us who will win the SuperBowl this year, and give us an estimate as to the score! Kthnx. Moving on, we talk about Jason’s latest endeavor in independent filmmaking, a short called After The Torment. We also discuss Jason’s long-running, and highly recommended podcast “Oscar, Oscar“.  A show many of the film nerds in the Proletariat will enjoy. After we say goodbye to Jason, Ryan declares victory, and celebrates his soon to be canine-free status. Jonathan discusses his shitty week, and his propensity to break all things electronic. Is Mercury in retrograde? Ryan starts a discussion on taking pride in your work. Yes. Believe it. The guys then discuss the basics of graphic design, and the psychology of such. The guys polish off the episode with a rousing discussion of Jonathan’s increasing O.C.D. tendencies. Nerd up!

 

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Jason O’Brien’s After The Torment film website

Jason O’Brien’s “Oscar, Oscar” podcast

 

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Ep39:The Sexpert

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Sexual Health Expert Erin Barnes

Tonight! We welcome long-awaited guest, Sexual Health Expert Erin Barnes. Erin joins the fun, and enlightens us on many topics. Erin provides care and education related to sexuality, pregnancy, STD’s, abortion, abuse, and relationships. She is also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner with a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Center, responding to sexual assaults, and providing crisis counseling, medical care, and collecting forensic evidence. On top of that, she is a Clinician with a client-centered Women’s Clinic, working in the operating room, and doing ultrasound, recovery, and pregnancy assessment. Erin joins the talk and schools us on all sorts of great things including forensic sex toys (not what you think), and how C.S.I. is not like real life. Learn how a Canadian endured Hurricane Katrina! We talk setting career goals, and we get into some serious talk regarding sexual assault. We talk HPV, facts, treatment, and solutions. Panels are now recommending it for boys, whats the deal? Erin educates us on women’s health initiatives, and what the Proletariat can do. We congratulate Mississippi voters on rejecting Prop 26, the “Personhood” amendment. This leads to talk on religion, Geek Sex, and abortion. Though the three aren’t mutually exclusive. The mood lightens as Erin dishes on what she’s nerding on… Hint: Winter Is Coming. We talk cold weather and hot acting skills. We get back on the sex talk and discuss sexual kinks, forays, and origins. Where’s the line on sexual fetishes? Polygamy: Not just for Mormons anymore. Moving on: the new Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Jonathan’s “Falling Down” style day. C-Spire customer service blows. Managerial decisions and delegations. Inflation hits office supplies… the joys of capitalism! Office Depot’s impending death. Then we put a bow on it!

Bumper Music: Salt N’ Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex

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Ep38:Riding the Rails

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Episode 38 kicks off with a bang… or rather, a choo-choo. Same thing, right? No tech probs occur, as the regular recording schedule kicks into high gear. Jonathan recounts his Ghostbusters in the theatre experience, and the guys talk directors’ cuts. Ryan gives a thorough review of his credit history, and all things “credit” are discussed, including: identity theft, how to get bad credit, and credit score algorithms. Jonathan name drops his friend Corey, and friend-of-the-show Jesse. Our guest for the next show, Erin Barnes, is discussed, which leads to discussions on international marital statuses. Ryan talks shop on his MacBookPro… literally. He moves on to customer service chatter. (In English, not Hindi). The guys mourn the loss of Steve Jobs, and Ryan hides his tears. Jonathan celebrates the brilliance that is biographer, author, and genius Walter Isaacson. The bandwagon fills, and the new iPhone 4s is discussed. Ryan fills the proletariat in on hardware-hacking the iPhone 4. Arby’s coupons: the enemy of vegetarians everywhere. Ryan divulges that he uses the services of a personal chef. No wonder his credit is bad. Renting furniture: For idiots, or for morons? There’s a warrant out for Ryan’s arrest (SRSLY)… and legal remedies are pondered. The Quidditch World Cup gets underway in NYC. Spontaneous human combustion goes down in Ireland, real haunted happenings in a fake haunted house, and the smell of carcass in the morning. Jonathan previews an upcoming special topic involving “psychologically impacted” properties. Ryan gives his fail-safe gambling strategy, and admits to fraud. The guys wrap it up, and noone gets pregnant! Go forth, and listen…

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Ep37:This was Halloween

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Annnnnd we’re back! The boys are back in town. At least for a few minutes… then they are back permanently. Did the guys kill Gaddafi? Proletariat concerns as to The Aristocracy’s health, are put to rest. The prolonged absence is explained. The guys give tips on job security, and dole out tips on keeping a job and getting a raise. Different strokes for different folks. On the job attire gets discussed, and Ryan dishes on his new Shaolin monastery style work environment. What did the guys do for Halloween? Find out! As they dish some solid recaps from All Hallows Eve. Jonathan was financially raped at VooDoo Fest, and has to endure his own terror involving emo-music and Mick Jagger knock-offs. Songs written according to templates are bad, headliners playing their greatest hits at concerts is good. Jonathan takes a break to eat some of Ryan’s daughters candy, to solidify his place in Hell. Creative Halloween costumes on a budget, and Jonathan struggles with latex (nothing new there). The Noid, Max Headroom, and other 80′s pop-culture icons. The guys discuss some scary movies including In The Mouth of Madness, and Meghan is Missing. What makes a horror movie, blood and guts or psychological terror? Ryan recounts a terrifying Emergency Room visit, and the guys send us out. 37 is in the books!

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Ep36: TAKE IT!

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All new: all old news! Obama in the White House and a satellite fell to Earth. Q & A with NASA representative, Dr. Bell. Onto climate debates and the increasing polarizing state of politics with Fox News tipping the scales. Do your part with a home solar kit: now almost affordable!

Mental visual recordings: now with 1000% more creepiness. Scientists can now image visuals the brain thinks about. Seriously. Seriously awesome. Kid has ghost meeting with unknown dead sibling. We wax on about the afterlife, spirits and some paranormal goodness. Wow, more creepy / awesomeness. Nic Cage, the vampire. Dark Shadows, the movie is underway and promisingly good Tim Burton fodder. We end with an aggressive campaign for you infecting your loved ones with us.

 

 

 

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U.C. Berkeley Scientists’ Brain Visions Research

Boy recalls past-life

Outro by YouTube user: daffeization daffeization’s YouTube channel

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Ep35: Wax On

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Hemlock: the point-maker

Ryan pays for it and recounts former girlfriends, disparagingly young in this case. this leads into a chat about relationship age ranges.  Jonathan does not want to have sex with Ryan’s wife with his compliments of her comeliness, we talk dolling up for going out.  Speaking of snazzing out: Blue Light Special, fedoras on fire sale at a closing K-Mart near you!  Hats beget the need for what?  Hat racks, of course.  Jonathan schools Ryan on this thing called football and New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason inspires us beyond ourselves.  The wisdom of the ages, put on your oxygen tank, because this session is about to get deep.

The new Modern Library addition about historical awesomeness of the Civil War, virtual monkeys are actually scripting Shakespeare in between flinging virtual poo. R.E.M. is breaking up (or would it be waking up, if your R.E.M. ceases?).  Hipster whose only creation is criticism, doubt, and neckbeards preemptively blame Lana Del Rey for selling out.  Neil Patrick Harris enjoys being a ‘sell out’, ‘whore’, and probably a couple of cool cars and a nice career he can be proud of.  Lessons of compromising your voice to tune into the ears of an audience.  Cajun Mikes featuring the most awesome sandwich board in New Orleans.  Happy B-Day, Jim Henson.

 

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Bumper Music: “The Man Who Played God” w/Suzanne Vega from the album Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse.

Note: The Simpson’s episode Ryan referenced was “Last Exit To Springfield” from The Simpson’s Season 4. Available from Amazon.com below.

 

 

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Guest Post: “Nerdgasm!” Proletariat Member April B Reviews Dragon-Con 2011 !

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Nerdgasm! (AKA 4 days at Dragon*con which is the what the classier folks called it in their Emmy award winning documentary)

See even my title is nerdy! April Conwill here, proletariat member who decided during a conversation with the podcast’s J bell that I would name myself special correspondent to Dragon*con and report back on the spectacle that is all things nerd. An attendee of small conventions over the years, this is my second dragon*con and it’s a hell of a ride.

A friend I attend the convention with tweeted this summer “if Comic-Con is nerd Christmas, then Dragon*con is nerd Mardi Gras “or Nerdy Gras as it were. This is true statement if ever there was one. There are costumes, a parade, loud drunk people, flashing lights, crowds, funny smells! It’s as if bourbon street has been magically transported to the indoors of 5 hotels in downtown Atlanta. On Labor Day weekend. Dragon*con is the largest strictly sci-fi and fantasy convention in the US, boasting over 40,000 members and growing. It has film and television actors, authors, comic book artists, musicians, comedians, and on. There is literally something for everyone of the nerdy variety. This year the guests ranged from oldies but goodies Christopher Lloyd and Beau Bridges to the reigning modern king and queen of the nerds, Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day. Literally any tv show or movie with Star something for the title was there. Practically every fandom you can think of is represented.

The goal of dragon*con is to remain in a constant state of what I like to call nerdgasm. Basically it’s that moment when something so awesomely nerdy happens that it makes all you suffered through to get it totally worth it. Last year, I shared an elevator with Jewel Staite AKA Kaylee from Firefly. My friend made special underwear for her favorite actor to sign, which he did and posed as if they were in a kung fu movie poster for their fan photo. Edward James Olmos got the whole auditorium to chant “so say we all” after the Battlestar panel. Sean Patrick Flannery was behind me on the escalator. Dennis O’Hare revealed he based his Russell Edgington Mississippi accent on Haley Barbour and told a funny story about being asked to bite a Dominican bodybuilder’s neck for a photo. Not to mention the small nerdgasms you get every 5 minutes when you see an epic cosplay. (Cosplay I only learned last year is the proper  term for dressing in costume. Why we damn nerds need a technical term, I do not know) Where else can you see Batman, Superman, the Mad Hatter, Wayne and Garth, Barf from Spaceballs, Thor, Iron-man, Han Solo, Chewy, Spock, the Joker, Alan from the Hangover, Jules and Vincent, the dude, Silk Spectre, Wolverine, Deadpool, Hal Jordan, Kenny fucking powers, the Doctor, Admiral Adama, Sookie Stackhouse, and Spike all standing around drinking together?  See attached photos/and or vids.

Sadly, I had hoped to make the Nerd Aristocracy a larger presence at Dragon*con. I tried to take photos of people holding my trusty homemade sign and I handed out stickers. But there is so much going on, it proved difficult. And some of the cosplayers refused to be in the photo with the sign because they are “under contract”. (Made me suspicious of their actual nerd cred) I also tried to record video interviews for some nerd on the street action. They had no sound because 40,000 people on sugar, red bull and alcohol tended to drown out what we were saying. So I guess Ryan and Jonathan will just have to bring the aristocracy to the con next year. Here’s hoping.

-April B

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