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!
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.
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.
Freemason patter with Ryan. Losing My Religion: Lucas nails his begotten to a cross… again. People who should’ve pulled a James Dean and died young. Jonathan looks forward to Voodoo Fest and Ryan rains on his parade. Ill-thought out actions of honor assertion, leads to unnatural deaths in dumb white people. Ryan relates a story where dismal lack of honor is eclipsed by driving sense of self preservation and wussdom. Nerd Chef: cooking up some good stuff. Nibiru vs. Elenin; not to be confused with the Vulcan characters from S02E9 of ST:TNG. “Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky…”: celestial bling. List of Lists.
Bumper credit: Rick Ross’s Free Mason from ‘Teflon Don’
We begin by lightly chewing our tongues, and Ryan regales us with tech woes. Roller derby after-party fun-time, JB recommends Marc Maron on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, newly released Comedy Central. We compare and contrast Maron with another podcasting giant, Adam Carolla. Recollections of first exposure to stand up comedy, and the hook of funny. Soft talk, and our Christmas Special. “ARRR! What a find!” Terror of the Mind’s Eye, This Week in Nerd History, JB’s fav pizza: Giordano’s Famous Chicago Style Pizza, (but he’s wrong on the price). Who ya gonna call? Shitty sequels from once awesome franchises, decades too late. How to raise a lesbian: Parenting Tips with Ryan. Nerding Out, App of the Week, and This Week in Rap Philosophy.
Our sacred 30th anniversary limited edition show! Scients crack physics of coffee rings: Republicans rejoice at invitation to slash research funding. Last year’s ‘Wear Sunscreen’ is this years ‘Wear a Condom’. Bad attention is better than none at all in shitty relationships. Wisdom only begets more questions. Peter Jackson: awesome director and advocate for the West Memphis Three. The best roommate ever: a Craigslist dramatic reading by Mr. Jonathan Bell. Apple wins -somewhat- against Samsung. Dr. Feel Google: the Goog fined a petty 500M for pushing Canadian pharmaceuticals on U.S. searchers. Vampire bat kill Mexican: Republicans rejoice for ally against undocumented workers. Laxy Larry pill-infused brownies a no-go say FDA… wtf? Grab your glow sticks and drop the X, MDMA proven to be effective fighting some forms of cancer. This Week in Nerd History: We lost a loved one. List of Lists. Ryan nerds on Breaking Bad and sells is good.
Thanks to Dr. Frank Wang for his fun approach to math and seeming pretty awesome, visit his site: right here!