G.O.A.T. Bonus Episode #3

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Right Wing History For August 5th.

Promo for Playing For Keeps

Lazy show notes

Bonus: Over at my writing blog, I was bored and had a little fun making up a “cast list” for the non-existent movie version of my book, And Here’s To You (October 31st, ding). Feel free to check it out: arklewrimo.blogspot.com/2008/08/this-is-just-for-fun-cast-of-and-heres.html (site deleted)

A review of my first podcast interview.

From my Dad:

Please remember I love you when you read what I have to say about the Mur Lafferty interview. I swear I mean this to be helpful.

First of all, while the majority of your audience may know her, Judy and Jenny [my grandmother and aunt respectively] don’t, so saying someone needs no introduction and then not actually giving them even a cursory one is not only annoying to the listener, but probably to your guest too.Not knowing her I can’t be certain, but there were a few times when it sounded to me like she might be annoyed, and that was one of them.

Secondly, when it is natural in the course of the interview that you interject something about yourself,do it then move on quickly. These were a couple of the other times when she sounded to me like she might be annoyed. You spent too much time on you, when your interview was supposed to be about her. If you and your guest are connecting and there is a great give and take some of this kind of behavior can be excused, but you guys did not connect, and that was another thing that led me to believe that she was not enjoying it. She answered quickly and without much elaboration after each question. That definitely gives the impression she is not
into it or you as the interviewer. Plus, she could have asked a couple of questions of you out of sheer politeness, but she didn’t which gives me the impression of a selfish person.

Lest I give you the impression that I hated it, I did not. You were complimentary without going overboard into kiss ass, and you sounded more secure than you
probably felt. But I felt the above things were important enough to bring them up.

My response:

Well, you aren’t the first to bring up that point about the introduction. Mur herself mentioned it obliquely on Twitter. What didn’t make it into the show was the part of our conversation where I told her this was my first interview, and she gave me some encouragement. “Hey, everybody’s gotta start somewhere.” One of the things she says on her show I Should Be Writing is you’re allowed to suck. The more interviews I do the better I’ll get and I’ll avoid a lot of those mistakes. I just hope I get to do more interviews. 😉

Also, part of the not connecting may have been that on her end she was getting a bad echo because I didn’t have a headset and lost my headphone extension cord so I had my speakers on during the recording. Also, I failed to tell her ahead of time how I was going to be recording it. She said it was distracting to her, and if I could’ve done something about it at the time I would’ve.

Like I said, in the future I’ll be better, and maybe down the line I’ll get a second shot. Season 5 of the Heaven series is coming out soon. But even if I don’t, I got a chance to talk to one of my favorite writers, and it was a pleasent experience overall, just like when I met Peter David. It just as easily could’ve gone the other way, like when Kevin J. Anderson rudely dismissed my question at a ComicCon panel in 2006. See if I ever help him promote anything, the jerk.

Anyway, as per the selfish remark, I also chalk that up to her being distracted by the echo, but to be honest it didn’t bother me that she never asked me anything. I’ve listened to a lot of podcast interviews in the nearly 3 years I’ve been into podcasting and I don’t recall any interviewee doing something like that with an interviewer unless they were already friends, and Mur and I really only don’t have anything beyond the “fan/artist” relationship, which is fine by me. I don’t have to be friends with everyone in the podcasting community. The fact that I have as many as I do this early in my podcasting “career” frankly is astonishing. Not that I don’t appreciate Tosus, and Jack, and Mark mind you. 😉

So, I guess that’s it then. Remember, a G.O.A.T. bonus episode is coming August 5th, and there will be a regular episode on August 13th, but it will be light on content because I’ll be at WorldCon all week.

And lastly…

Amazon.com. Buy it.

Geek of all Trades Episode #3: I finally get some Pod-cred.

In which our illustrious host interviews his podcasting idol, finally makes his Schenectady Mailbox an official segment, announces a new one even though he doesn’t have an intro for it yet, insists people go see The Dark Knight, and gives a postive review of the new X-Files movie. Oh BTW, no Odd News segment this week folks. Sorry.

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Podsafe Music: http://music.podshow.com/

This Week’s Schenectady Mailbox Writing Prompt: The Shift Change Harrasment Squad.


Buy Playing For Keeps August 25th: http://www.murverse.com

Mentioned on the Show:

The Dark Knight

Neo Cartoon Lover

The X-Files I Want To Believe

Mur Lafferty

Interview With A (Losing) Candidate

The official Watchmen trailer

J.R. Blackwell

Columbus’s 4th voyage

Disney’s Flowers and Trees

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Elvis Presley

“In God We Trust” as the U.S. national motto

the Social Security Act of 1965

The Apollo 15 Mission

Jimmy Hoffa disappears

The Takeover

The News From Poughkeepsie

‘Body Of Christ” Returned To Church After Student Receives Email Threats

N.J. Student Speaks Out Against Biased Textbook That Pushes Prayer Myths

William Shatner

Leonard Cohen

Homicide: Life on the Street

The Lone Gunmen

Law & Order SVU

G.O.A.T. Bonus Episode #2

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It’s late, I know. Sorry ’bout that. To make up for it, I’m including a bonus from the Goddess of Radio, Randi Rhodes.

300 colonists bound for New France depart Dieppe, France
   (was at www.datesinhistory.com/cgi-bin/bigphp.phtml?v1=jul23)
Ford Motor Company sells its first car
Fascist government in Italy bans use of foreign words
   (was at www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/297474/Italy/27757/World-War-I-and-fascism)
Don Imus
Telstar relays the first live trans-Atlantic television signal
   (was at www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/telstar_ukri.html)
First and only successful hijacking of an El Al aircraft
1992 Vatican Commission

Geek of all Trades Episode # 2: I do in fact “got chills” and they are indeed “multiplyin’.”

In which our illustrious host loses control, cause the power you’re supplying, is electrifying. Also, he re-tells the origins of his nickname, reviews a movie (or perhaps 3), gives an update on a couple of his writing projects, announces a new segment, teases another new segment, and shows off the brand new show notes format.

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Podsafe Music: http://music.podshow.com/


Jody Whitesides: http://www.jodywhitesides.com

Pieces: http://pieces.libsyn.com

Mentioned on the Show:

The View Askew Message Boards

The Great Green Arkleseizure

Star Trek New Frontier

Arkle, the horse


Grease: You’re The One That I Want

The Balticon Ep of the Geologic Podcast

Tofu ‘may raise risk of dementia’

Do octopuses have a favourite tentacle?

Socks-obsessed schoolboys

Worms Do Calculus To Find Meals Or Avoid Unpleasantness

Separation of Church and the DMV

Hellboy II The Golden Army


War, Inc.

The Shock Doctrine

The Weird Show

The Islamic calendar

Dr. Emily Howard Stowe

The Trinity nuclear tests


Alexander P. Butterfield

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

Directive on Superpowers (DC Universe RPG by West End Games)

The Elevator Pitch

The News From Poughkeepsie

Creative Commons

The video of the closing sound

G.O.A.T. Bonus Episode #1

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This Day in History from the Point of View of a Right Winger for July 9th:

Geek of all Trades # 1: Indiana Jones and the Terrorist Fist Jab

In which our illustrious host gets all philosophical on everybody’s asses, trips over himself trying to inform new listeners about what they can expect from the show (won’t be doing THAT again for awhile), talks a little about music and writing (very little), and helps out Wesley Clark a tad.

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Blast The Right: http://www.therationalradical.com

Mentioned on the Show:

Rocket Propelled Geek: http://www.rocketpropelledgeeks.com/main_news_archive.php
The (defunct) MILF & Cookies Podcast Episodes: http://milfandcookies.mypodcast.com
Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain: http://www.learningcalendar.com/this_day_in_history/days_template.cfm?history_id=29362
Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery: http://www.wsoctv.com/blackheritage/1947088/detail.html
Amistad: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/amistad/AMISTD.HTM
Gas mask patented by Benjamin J. Lane: http://www.todayinsci.com/7/7_02.htm
The Sherman Anti-Trust Act: http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0844878.html
48 people die in rioting in East St. Louis, Illinois: http://www.answers.com/topic/july-2
Amelia Earhart disappears over the Pacific Ocean: http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/1937/july_2_1937_95700.html
The Roswell Crash: http://www.v-j-enterprises.com/jrosevi.html
1st Wal-Mart store opens for business in Arkansas: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=2135
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAcivil64.htm
The Weird Show: http://www.theweirdshow.com
Stolen car found in living room: http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=217243
Lebanese food served with a bang: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7468729.stm
World’s biggest coffin: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2904391.html?menu=news.quirkies
Martian soil could grow turnips, Phoenix finds: http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn14217-martian-soil-could-grow-turnips-phoenix-finds.html
Court reverses judgment against church in exorcisms: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/5861268.html
Ariz. churchgoer rate is far behind nation’s: http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/246023
Farpoint Media: http://www.farpointmedia.net
Evangelism may be losing its sway: http://www.gazette.com/articles/obama_37766___article.html/trying_say.html
General Wesley Clark’s comments on John McCain: http://securingamerica.com/node/2993
Throwing Toasters: http://www.throwingtoasters.com/

Due to circumstances beyond my control…

…Episode 1 of Geek of all Trades is going to be late. Mevio is down for Site Maintenance, and I have no idea how long it will be. Hopefully I can still get the show in the feed before Midnight tonight (MST) so it’ll still be Wednesday, but if I can’t, expect it tomorrow.