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Gilmore Girls Re-watch Podcast #102: But Not As Cute As Pushkin

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Plot Summary: Rory is asked to host a Chilton student for a few days at Yale, but the student is more interested in her freedoms than the responsibilities that go with them. Lorelai learns about Luke’s dark day, which happens to fall on the same day as Miss Patty’s 40th anniversary party. Logan works his way into Rory’s life, prompting her and Richard to pull a little prank of their own.

Note: Yes, this is the final episode of the podcast. I explain why in the previous entry on this site, just below this one. Thanks to all the listeners who stuck it out this far, and I’m sorry we won’t get to finish this. 🙁 Goodbye.

At a certain point, one needs to accept reality.

Years ago when I was doing The Casting Game, once the gaps between episodes was getting longer and longer, and the votes on the polls fewer and fewer, and the effort to get panelists harder and harder, I realized that it was just time to let it go.

Today, I’ve come to realize that there is something else I need to let go of. Over the past year, disasters have been piling on and on, both financial and technological, and the past three months in particular have been sending me a pretty clear signal.

I just can’t podcast anymore.

Today, I was informed that it’s very likely that as a result of the newest Windows update, my hard drive is dead. And since the disc drives in that rig were already not working, fixing it is going to be impossible. Heck the rig itself was a hand me down after the last computer I’d paid for died unceremoniously last December. My current financial status shows zero sign of improvement, as I can’t even get volunteer work to fill the gap on my resume. Yes, despite everything I am somehow unqualified to read Goodnight Moon to kindergärtners at the Library. if that isn’t a “fuck you” from reality I don’t know what is. Based on that, I can look forward to buying a new computer never.

My family here in California has been too kind to me, so I could continue recording Singular Achievement over here once and Gilmore Girls Re-watch bi-weekly as I’ve been doing the past month, but I just can’t do that in good conscience, regardless of what they say. I’ve taken enough advantage of their goodwill as is.

So, after recording the next episode of GGR tonight, and after it goes out on Tuesday, that will be the end of Arkle Studios. I am retiring from podcasting. The universe, through job loss, three computer deaths in the space of 13 months, sound card problems, illnesses, loss of unemployment benefits, and loss of home has sent me a clear message. It doesn’t want me to do this anymore.

This is not a pity fishing expedition. I do not want any donations made to the tip jar, as even if every listener I had gave something it would not be enough to buy a new rig, seeing as I lost most of my listeners thanks to the Mevio debacle where they shut me down, then lied to me about letting post an episode letting people know we’d be moving. That there was probably another sign that I should’ve quit.

I will still listen to podcasts, and still call in to the ones that have voicemail lines from time to time. That is, until I lose my phone in April, because I know I won’t have a job by then; I haven’t even had an interview since late May, not even for (as I said above) volunteer work which wouldn’t even pay me anything, just give me some extra experience and something to pad the resume with. And I’m sure as hell not going to ask Mom to buy another phone card for me, she’s spent more than $50 keeping this thing that only ever gets calls from mean spirited condescending dishonest debt collectors turned on as is.

Oh, and I’d better let Summer Brooks know I’ll have to back out of the planned re-launch of Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas.

So, yeah. It’s been a good run. I’ve come a long way from my first ever podcast, where I didn’t have a proper pop filter and spent a chunk of it telling the then-kitten Keepsie to stop clawing me. And all things being equal I’d love to not only keep doing SAP, and finish GGR, but I’d have loved to start a Fringe Re-watch podcast with Tara from What The Fuck Is Wrong With You, and I even had an idea for a show about AFI’s Top 50 Movie Villains list.

But the writing’s on the wall. These last several problems have all occurred right at the height of my excitement of getting back into doing a weekly show. Every hard drive death, every job termination, every vicious cold or flu, every website going tits up.

At a certain point, one needs to accept reality.

The website is going to stay up, and I will at some point get back to fixing all the links so that all the available Arkle Studios podcasts episodes can be listened to, but again, starting Tuesday, there will be no more new content barring an absolute miracle. I can’t even say barring a Lotto win as you can’t purchase those with food stamps, which is all I have; I’ve not had hard currency since my Dad sent me some cash for Christmas. And as an Atheist and a Skeptic, I don’t believe in miracles. I don’t even really believe in ‘signs’ per se, there is no malevolent supernatural force out there that is seeking to ruin my podcasting career. It’s just how things happened. I can’t really blame anyone, not entirely (though I still hold some bitterness towards both Mevio and Taco Bell for contributing to the situation).

I’ll still be on-line too, though a bit less frequently. You can still find me on Tumblr, and Facebook, and Twitter, and the TGWTG forums, and in RDA on Monday nights and JesuOtaku’s stream on most Saturday nights except for RPG night with the family. So do keep in touch if you can. And if you are upset at this news I’m sorry, but I’ve been around podcasting long enough to know that most people who face issues like mine give up on it much sooner than I have. For what little consolation that is.

Gilmore Girls Re-watch Podcast #101: Emily Says Hello

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Promo:
The Funny Music Project

Plot Summary: Jackson has his hands full between Sookie’s food cravings and his town selectman duties. Lorelai invites Christopher to lunch, but Rory tells him off and asks Lorelai what Luke thinks of her and Christopher having lunch. Emily decides she’s still a viable commodity and asks Lorelai to help her start dating

Gilmore Girls Re-watch #100: The Party’s Over

Note: That’s the title of the episode we reviewed, don’t read too much into that. *wink*

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Promo:
No promos this week either because of the audio submissions from our wonderful fans.

Plot Summary: Luke tries to smooth things over with Liz and TJ when they stress out about buying a house in Stars Hollow. When Emily learns Rory and Dean are dating again, she calls a temporary truce with Richard to throw a party to introduce Rory to more suitable men. Dean realizes he isn’t one of them, and Logan realizes he is.

Note: A shout-out I forgot to give in the show was to Anime reviewer Hope Chapman, a.k.a. JesuOtaku. When I was putting out calls for comedy bits to add to the 100th episode, she was the only one to say yes. Unfortunately, I was never able to write a script for her part that I was satisfied with, but regardless, big ups to her for responding (one of the few who did), so by all means, check out her stuff at jesuotaku.com.

Gilmore Girls Re-watch #99: You Jump, I Jump, Jack

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Promo:
No promo this week. Because we have another great Christmas song from The FUMP for you. This year’s song is from TV’s Kyle.

Plot Summary: When Emily discovers that Lorelai is dating Luke, she insists he come to dinner. Not to be outdone, Richard invites Luke to a game of golf, and Luke finds himself overwhelmed by the strength of the elder Gilmores’ personalities.

Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, there will not be a show next Tuesday, but fret not, the 100th epiosde will come the week after. 🙂

Gilmore Girls Re-watch #97: Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!

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Promo:
Saturday B Movie Reel

Plot Summary: Rory, desperate for a story idea for the Yale paper, finally decides to research and write about a secret Yale society which happens to have connections to Logan. The Dragonfly Inn’s accountant suggests dropping the lunch menu till the money situation improves, which has Sookie upset with the regularly lunching Norman Mailer, who only orders ice tea. With Luke and Lorelai hitting it off, Rory asks her dad to stay out of the picture. Sookie realizes she’s pregnant again.

Gilmore Girls Re-watch Podcast #97: We Got Us a Pippi Virgin!

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Promo:
The Gamma Quadrant

Plot Summary: Jackson is overwhelmed by the demands of his new job while Lorelai and Rory decide to see if they can get Richard and Emily back together. With Dean back in the picture, Lorelai tries to make things right with dinner and a movie, but when Pippi Longstocking isn’t a good enough distraction for Luke’s feelings that Dean isn’t good enough for Rory, Lorelai has to bring out the Bop It!

Gilmore Girls Re-watch #96: Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too

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Promo:
Tuning In To Sci-Fi TV

Plot Summary: Fed up with all the hoops Taylor makes Jackson go through, Jackson decides to run for town selectman with Lorelai and Sookie heading up the campaign only to find that he may not want the job after all. Rory and Dean try to work things out, but have trouble finding a place to be together.

Gilmore Girls Re-watch Podcast #95: Written in the Stars

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Promo:
The Critical Myth Podcast

Plot Summary: Luke and Lorelai enjoy their first official date where Luke tells her he’s all in for their relationship. Their new relationship is the basis for the next town hall meeting. Paris has a wake for the passing of her boyfriend and Rory meets a new guy.

Gilmore Girls Re-watch Podcast #94: A Messenger, Nothing More

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Promo:
No promo this week. I need to update my promo collection, a lot of mine are outdated now as the shows they promote are ending/have ended.

Plot Summary: With Lorelai & Rory’s relationship still strained and unresolved, Lorelai takes on everything at the inn till Sookie convinces her to take some time off. At the corner of bark and cheese, Rory realizes she was wrong and writes Dean a letter which she asks her mom to deliver. Lane begins to see Zack in a new light and Lindsay finds Rory’s letter which leaves Dean out in the cold and without either girl.