Drinkipedia — Episode Two

Episode two of Drinkipedia is live, and now you can listen to us on iTunes! Just search for ‘Drinkipedia’ and you’ll find us.

In this weeks episode, my good self gets tipsy and I try to explain real life vampires and 4th generation video games consoles. Highlights include — Things I learned from a genuine vampire lord, 1990s VR and Mr Nutz.

We’re super excited about this podcast — Audra, Jason and I — and we have many more episodes lined up for you.

We’ve put a lot of hours into developing, making and recording Drinkipedia and we’d love for it to find its way into people’s ear holes.

That sounded far more disgusting than was intended, but this text is live so there’s no going back…

If you’re reading these words, please give us a try. Drinkipedia will be free every Thursday, with bonus content every Monday.

If you like what you hear then why not subscribe and rate us 5*. I know it’s boring admin stuff, but it really helps with visibility and we’d all appreciate you greatly.

If it’s not your thing but you like supporting original content, why not recommend it to someone who might like it? Or subscribe/rate us anyway and just mute our feed, we won’t be offended.

You can follow us on Twitter — @drinkipediapod — and that would help a lot too.

I promise to stop going on about this podcast as soon as everyone subscribes.

How does that sound? Still too pushy? Oh well, live text, can’t change it now.

https://drinkipedia.podbean.com/e/drinkipedia-02-real-life-vampires4th-gen-games-consoles/


Today is Thursday, December 20th and we produced a new product in the depressing winter months so we can basically do anything.

Drinkipedia

Hey, you know that podcast I said we were working on? Well, the first episode went live today!

You can listen to it here:

https://drinkipedia.podbean.com/e/001/

Each week one of us will drink a few too many and then try to explain two subjects we’ve learned about that week. At the end of each episode, the next person pulls topics from a hat, and the cycle of abuse continues.

It’s one part panel show, one part drinking session and three parts fun! (That’s lame)

Some NSFW language, mainly from the drunk person.

We’re having a lot of fun recording these, and it has been a learning process for all of us.

We’ll have a new episode every Thursday and it should be available on iTunes by next week. Our website and a few other things will also be updated over the coming weeks, and you can check out our Twitter, @drinkipediapod for updates.

We would appreciate any feedback you have as we’re looking to learn and grow and all that. So if you could give episode one a try and let me know what you think in the comments below, that would be just excellent of you.


Today is Thursday, December 13th and we did a thing!

Rogan/Musk

It’s our generation’s Frost/Nixon. Brilliant…

One of the major talking points of last week was an appearance by real-life cartoon billionaire, Elon Musk, on the Joe Rogan Experience. The image of Musk smoking weed went viral, and within hours he became the face of the American mid-life crisis. His “on-air” pot-smoking caught the attention of media outlets, who appeared to vilify him for his recreational actions.

Musk has made a lot of terrible humanitarian decisions and said some fairly awful things, smoking some weed is the very least of his public “crimes”. Tesla shareholders are likely ecstatic that the media spent last week talking about him smoking legal marijuana on a video podcast, and not his unfounded accusations against cave-divers, his dictatorial anti-union stance or his mistreatment of foreign workers in the name of progress.

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I watched the full interview between the two, because largely I’m curious about the subjects Musk discusses and despite my opinions on Joe Rogan as a person, his interview style is genuinely one of the best out there.

Rogan lets his guests talk for hours on end and he looks for honest conversation with no agenda beyond letting the guest speak for themselves. He doesn’t ask probing questions, because he’s not a journalist, and he gets the guests he does for such extended periods of time because they know he’s not going to push them on difficult areas.

Think of that what you will, but a by-product of his style is his guests end up saying some things that they would never say to a journalist. If you read between the friendly dynamic between him and his guest, and don’t fall for the opinion that Rogan himself wants you to have of his guest (Alex Jones being a prime example), then his interviews are a fascinating incite into the mind of his subject.

Rogan himself is a people-pleaser, he may not think that, but he absolutely is. He bends over backwards to the ideology of his interviewee (unless discussing marijuana) — and if this is a designed style then it’s borderline genius. However, the way he knowingly discusses topics he doesn’t understand the first thing about, shows that he’s not as smart as he thinks he is.

Unless, of course, that is also by design. He’s a complex figure, who I think has been influenced too much by his “good-friend” Alex Jones, and so is attempting to play a character but falling short of the mark. He’s smart enough to think he’s smart, but not smart enough to realise he’s not.

You shouldn’t form your opinion on someone from the opinions of others, but the comment sections of his YouTube videos are an absolute state. I’ve noticed that Rogan gets a lot of dislikes and negative comments (on older videos) whenever he’s critical of conspiracy theories or far-right ideologies. Being the people-pleaser he is, my concern is that he’s less critical of these stances (in newer videos) in order to increase the happiness of his followers. Thankfully, he’s stood his ground when it comes to flat-earth conspiracies.

That’s just a theory of course — As I say he’s simultaneously a complex yet simplistic figure. Like, how can a person who openly uses psychedelics still have such an ego? The man’s a paradox.

His Jon Ronson and Louis Theroux interviews are great though.

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So that’s our Frost — but what about our Nixon?

Elon Musk came across as thoughtful, insightful, terrified, disconnected and fatalistic. He appears to care far less about individual people than the average person, but far more about our species as a whole than anyone I’ve met. It’s why he doesn’t want his workers having any basic rights to unionise, and he doesn’t seem fussed by the alarmingly low wages of his foreign employees. Those are issues that effect the individual. If a worker can’t feed their family, that’s not the concern of Elon R. Musk.

However, he becomes very disheartened and shows genuine emotion when discussing the fate of our species. The first hour of the podcast is spent talking about the dangers of AI and how far companies are going in order to be the leader of the market, all without thinking about the consequences.

I haven’t smoked weed in over three months, but I felt as though I needed something after the weight of his discussion.

Musk talks like a smart child who’s never been told no — he does things when he wants, because he feels like it. So the fact that he’s curbing his own AI usage and advocating that other companies and governments do the same is kind of remarkable. In short, he should be far more evil than he actually is.

I don’t like him as a person, due to our fundamental disagreement on human rights, but if we absolutely have to have billionaires, then I’d rather they were all more like Elon Musk.

That’s so difficult for me to type because I think the world would be happier if he launched himself into the sun, but we do live in a world of rampant, toxic capitalism, where men like Musk race to the top of the wealth tree without remembering to kick some acorns down for the rest of us. We’re in a new-age of the industrial Robber Baron, which if Musk was a little more aware, he’d realise that this is the truly damaging aspect of our species and give his excess wealth to charitable causes.

However — What about the 99% of billionaires who don’t make the headlines? What about the billionaires who aren’t wearing their (robotic) hearts on their sleeves, as musk is.

EVERY billionaire is mistreating their workers, that’s how you become a billionaire in the first place. I’d just rather they were open and honest about it, as Musk is. I’m truly anxious about the billionaires who don’t do three-hour podcast interviews, who don’t go on 2am Twitter rants to reveal exactly who they are as a person. If Musk is the way he is, but he’s out in the open, how are the ones living under rocks behaving?

To summarise — Musk is a shit, but he’s the cleanest and most palatable shit on a pile of even bigger and worse shits. Oh shit.


Today is Tuesday, September 11th and never forget the innocent lives lost in a terrorist attack on this day, but also remember the innocent daughters, sons, sisters, brothers and children killed by the US in retaliation. We’re all messed up.

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Learning to Podcast

Throughout August, myself, Audra (wife) and Jason (not wife) have had practice recording sessions together, so that tonight we can record the very first episode of our first podcast! None of us were comfortable around a microphone, so we decided to break the podcasting ice together over the course of several weeks.

In our first recording session we just hit record and tried to forget about the microphone. We talked as we usually would, only with the knowledge that it was being recorded for a purpose. In this initial session we learned to reduce our cross-talk and feel at-home around recording equipment — but none of it was suitable for public listening, and not just because we talked graphically about various fetishes.

So in our next session we each chose a topic to talk to the others about, for a minute or so, before opening to a wider discussion with the trio. This resulted in three, fifteen minute conversations about the upcoming Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the Dream Daddy Dating Sim and Youtube’s art-pop project Poppy.

With a bit of amateur editing, controlling of the levels (?) and a recording of an intro/outro for the “mock pilot”, we ended up with a solid podcast episode that contained decent micro-conversations and enough laughs to keep it engaging. We’ve invested in a decent enough microphone, so it doesn’t sound any worse than a lot of amateur podcasts I listen to. I am a little worried about my editing skills, however — hopefully they improve with practice.

So tonight we begin recording our serial podcast, which is both very niche and not at all culturally relevant. In our podcast we’ll be revisiting the 00’s TV show Lost, a show that to this day divides the opinion of the internet. We’ll be aiming to record throughout the rest of the year, before we begin releasing episodes in January 2019 — to coincide with the 15-year anniversary of the show.

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I was a Lost obsessive growing up, hooked from the very start. The only TV dramas I’d watched before Lost had been episodic, procedural shows. It began in 2004, before the days of streaming-services and binge watching.

Back then, for the most part, network TV channels had to produce shows that viewers could easily drop in and out of. These were shows like CSI, ER or NCIS (I think they all had to be acronyms as well). Procedurals still had a season-arc for their characters, or two-part episodes, but typically you could skip a week and still know what’s going on in that world.

You couldn’t do that with Lost. For the first few seasons (at least) it was appointment viewing, reminiscent of shows like Twin Peaks, where fans would get together to watch the show and then discuss theories with each other. Of course, by the time Lost came around, most of these discussions were taking place online, on fan forums and message boards.

I’m only a little ashamed to admit that as a fourteen year-old I was discussing Lost online with total strangers — but that’s why I’ll be playing the role of “superfan” in our revisit podcast. I’ll be prepared to defend Lost on its more ridiculous twists and turns and attempt to rebut any frustrations over unanswered questions.

Audra will be playing the role of “new fan”. She’s seen the show through once, fairly recently, and while she enjoys many elements of the show, she’s less apologetic over some of the narrative decisions made in later seasons. She’ll be asking if this show is worth watching a second time, and finding out if a second watch (combing over details missed the first time around) makes her a superfan too.

Our friend, Jason, has never seen a single episode of Lost — and that’s exciting. He’ll be playing the role of “first time viewer” and we’ll be recording each podcast episode immediately after he’s seen an episode of Lost. He’ll be the measuring stick for how well the show has held up after fifteen-years, and also an experiment in watching only a single episode of a serialised TV show every week, instead of being able to binge-watch. Old-school, pre-streaming-style.

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For us, this podcast isn’t about getting a lot of listeners, it’s about having some fun, acquiring experience and gaining confidence.

We’ll learn how to produce a podcast, hopefully increasing our collective knowledge with every episode we record, edit and release. We have several other ideas for much less specific podcasts that may be more marketable, but we wanted to start with something that A) we knew a lot about and B) would only require a round-table discussion and not any extra writing/interviewing.

For me, I get to expand my creative portfolio. I absolutely love keeping this blog, and I love than around a hundred people are interested in reading these words every day (wow, thanks, wow). I know it’s not exactly a focused blog, and maybe I would find more success if I found a central theme, but for now it’ll continue to be as sporadic as it has been, as I use these words as a warmup to my long-form writing.

My YA dystopian novel is almost finished, I should type the final word of the epilogue this upcoming week. After which I begin the editing and rewriting process, something I’m surprisingly excited for this time around. I can’t wait for the rejection letters on this one, because I finally believe in a story of mine, and for people to even consider it for a moment will mean a lot.

So podcasts will just be another layer, as I continue on the path of increasing my work ethic and productivity. Historically I’ve been a lazy person, who couldn’t work on more than one project at once. I’ve beaten-back that bad habit and now I get frustrated when I’m not working. So, I’m hoping that podcast editing will help with those evenings where I’m burned out from writing all day, but want to be working on something else.

Watch this space for podcast episodes in the future, if that’s the sort of thing you’re interested in. If not, thank you so much for reading this blog. I’d love to be even more connected to all of you, so if you have a Twitter then leave your handle in the comments below and I’ll give you a follow!

Have a great weekend and be bloody excellent to each other.


Today is Saturday, September 1st and I can’t wait to talk about Lost with other humans this evening.

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My “Films to Be Buried With”

Films to Be Buried With is a new podcast from Brett Goldstein. It’s essentially Desert Island Disks — but instead of music and an involuntary beach holiday, it’s films and sudden painful death!

There have only been two episodes so far, with funny people James Acaster and Katherine Ryan, but it looks to be an early hit. You can listen to it right here, instead of reading this, because it’s much better.

I’ve been thinking about the ten questions (and subsequent ten films) so much over this past week that I’m just going to nab the format and answer them here this morning. I’m never going to be successful enough from my writing to be on that podcast, so it feels like a safe option to come up with my “Films to Be Buried With” now.

Besides, even if that happens for me, I’ll just refer Mr Goldstein to this blog post and take a booking with someone else. My fictitious time in the entertainment spotlight will inevitably be precious…

1. First film you remember seeing — The Lion King

I’m from that generation whose first view of the world was an animated sun rising over cartoon grasslands. I think it’s what we all saw as we emerged from our respective wombs, African chanting and all. I probably saw films before this one, but it’s the earliest I have a tangible memory of. I was too young for the cinema when it released, but I remember being three and watching it on VHS, repeatedly.

2. Scariest film you’ve ever seen — REC

So I definitely saw films in my earlier teen years that originally scared me more than this, but when I hit 16 I realised I’d become desensitised to horror; I’d seen it all. So at university I tried to recreate the magic of cinematic fear by turning off the lights, drawing the curtains and watching a load of horror films. At around 1am I watched the Spanish horror, REC, and it was exactly what I needed to remember that films could still be scary.

3. Film that made you cry the mostToy Story 3

This is pathetic because I’ve cried at a lot of genuinely moving dramas, but not quite so much as when I saw Toy Story 3 in the theatre. It was the end of my childhood. I was leaving for university the next month, and I made the mistake of seeing it with my whole family. When Andy started letting go of everything that represented his youth, I was a wreck.

4. Critically bad film that you loveBatman & Robin

So it helps to have some childhood nostalgia goggles here, but this is what superhero movies looked like before people started taking the genre seriously. It’s cheesy, poorly acted and overly cartoonish, but it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. Shamefully, I prefer it to most modern day superhero flicks, who’re all trying to be Citizen Kane for some reason. You’re a person in a costume fighting crime; Act as stupid as that sounds.

5. Film you loved ages ago but watched recently and it’s not that great500 Days of Summer

A decade ago I used to watch a lot of sad American movies about sad boys who didn’t end up getting the girl they’d imagined. I wonder why? Then I discovered all of the sad French movies from the 60s told that story a lot better, so re-watching films like 500 Days and Garden State just don’t have the same effect. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind still holds up, because that’s about flipping the script on those kinds of movies.

6. Film with a lot of meaning to you, given the circumstances of the viewingSubmarine

This wasn’t even the first time I’d seen the film. Back when my wife and I were dating long-distance, we’d have movie nights where we’d pick a film, press play at the same time and then message throughout. You know when you’re falling in love with someone and you want to recommend a piece of media to them? And you know that if they end up loving it, then it shows that you understand that person and you’ve listened well? This was one of those moments. Also, it lead to a conversation where she could open up about a traumatic thing in her past for the first time, so this film acted as a kind of conduit for deeper talk. Thank you Richard Ayoade.

7. Sexiest film you’ve ever seen — Batman & Robin

I was eight and it was Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, not the Bat Nipples™. Let’s move on.

8. Most relatable film Adaptation

I can’t believe it took me so long to watch this Charlie Kaufman-penned film. I’d seen his others years before and loved them, but Adaptation just fell through the cracks. It perfectly captures the struggles of suppressing neurosis and anxiousness, in an attempt to write something long-form. It takes four perspectives on the writing process, and the take-away is that all writers are all four at one point or another — or even simultaneously.

9. Technically/Critically the best film of all time (but not your favourite)Taxi Driver

It had to be a Scorsese film, as he embodies this question for me. I love most of his films, but none of them would make my personal top ten list. He’s an artist and a true master of everything, from camera to character. Taxi Driver is regarded as one of his best films by critics, but I don’t think it even touches The King of Comedy in terms of character study, or The Departed in terms of film analysis.

10. Film you could watch again and againClerks

This could honestly be any early Kevin Smith movie, but Clerks is just so quotable, and I think that’s what you need from a film you watch over and over. It’s got as many dumb, gross-out scenes as it does conversations with heartfelt dialogue. Fortunately, in a world not restricted by one answer, I can re-watch Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma as well.

“Bunch of savages in this town.”

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If you want to answer these questions in a quick list in the comments below, I’d love to read them! Or just check out the brilliant podcast that I’ve 100% stolen these questions from.

Today is Friday, July 20th and I now want to re-watch all of these films.