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tweet of the day – 03.19.14

great conversation on Ep 01 of Cosmos. do listen to all the episodes, though, especially the Christmas ones that started it all. laugh & learn.

 if you’re so inclined, you can follow me on twitter. — [ see all totds ]

it is what it says it is

decently funnyDecently Funny with “Nuzzy” [on twitter] & “The Guy” [on twitter] is a podcast on the Sideshow Network. It is what it says, “Decently Funny.” If you like podcasts that don’t take themselves too seriously, that provide an hour or so of escapism, then you’ll dig this one.

“Decently Funny” is a weekly show where celebrities from all walks of life get interviewed by the boys right from Nuzzy’s Hollywood, CA apartment. These guests include actors, musicians, athletes, comedians, reality stars, pop culture icons, television writers and twitter personalities.

Its a Pop Culture that isn’t as vapid, or mindless, as a lot of other podcasts. Nuzzy and Guy are great interviewers, and manage to get their guests to talk about things they probably wouldn’t normally talk about. Also, with every show, you learn a little something– about the guests, about the hosts, about world history, or about the bathroom habits of famous people.

If I were to recommend one episode to get you started, it would be my favorite “Decently Funny” of all time, the Debra Wilson [IMDb] episode. She’s inspiring, hyper, and might be a little crazy.

Anyway, you can find “Decently Funny” in all the usual places; iTunes, Stitcher and at their website. Give it a listen, you’ll be hooked.

When A Podcast Isn’t Just A Podcast

I love fiction podcasts. They’ve become essential tools at my job to help while away the hours, and I love a good story. A couple of months ago, through a link on the Dunesteef site, I found StarShipSofa, and its Aural Delights podcast. At the time I think they were well past episode 150.

From brief descriptions by the hosts of Dunesteef and the Drabblecast, I knew that StarShipSofa was, as hinted at by its name, a Sci-Fi podcast. What I didn’t know was how much I would fall in love with it, or how much it would come to mean to me. Or, how much I would come to respect and admire its host Tony C. Smith.

I decided rather than starting at the current episode, and going backwards as time permitted, I would start at episode number 1, and go forward. Wow, what an experience, and a realization that the SSS isn’t just a sci-fi podcast that tells stories, it is, in and of itself, a story.

Those first few episodes were just Mr. Smith opening the show, and then a story. What was different than other podcasts was Mr. Smith’s openness about his own life, and about what sci-fi, and The StarShipSofa meant to him, and later what it did for him. As I continued to listen (I managed about 4 episodes a day) it just kept getting better. The addition of Fact Articles (Genre history, movie reviews, hard real science news, interviews with leading writers, remote spots from different “-Cons”, etc..), made what was once just a narrated story to a full-on Audio Science Fiction Magazine.

In between stories and articles and interviews, listeners get a lot of Tony C. Smith, and his passion for the genre, and what he’s doing with it. One also gets to hear a lot about what goes on behind the scenes, and gets to know the people that Tony has assisting him in making SSS the best sci-fi podcast out there. I could name them all, but I won’t, because that would ruin the story. However, they are all as passionate, and compassionate, as their host.

If you love science fiction, StarShipSofa is a fine way to get more stories in your head. You can jump in anywhere in the StarShipSofa timeline and be treated to a great story, an interesting and/or entertaining Fact Article, and an adorably accented host. I would suggest starting from the beginning though, so you know the story behind all the stories.

Dunesteef

A picture of me at work should be in the dictionary next to the word ‘tedious.’ It gets pretty monotonous and the type of work makes the day drag. We get paid great money to do it, though, and the added perk of bringing our mp3 players/ipods to work, which makes the day go a little faster. Personally, I like to load mine up with stories.

I’ve blogged on previous blogs, and on this one, about the variety of short fiction podcasts available. No matter what your taste in short stories, there is probably a podcast for you. One like Dunesteef, perhaps.

Dunesteef, hosted by Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield, with assists by “Announcer Man” and R-O-8-O-T, delivers a fantastic product. The stories range from fantasy to horror to sc-fi, and all things in between. They also, unlike a lot of podcasts, feature a full cast of voice actors for each story and subtle sound effects that enhance the listening experience. The production value is tops as well.

Not only do you get a great, quality produced story, you get entertaining banter after from the hosts. Commentary that covers all manner of subjects like the good and bad of the Star Wars prequels, a running gag on the meaning of “Dunesteef,” as well as personal anecdotes from the hosts, and much more. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they are funny guys.

Dunesteef is an outstanding offering in the word of short fiction podcasts. They can be found in the usual places; via RSS feed, and on iTunes, podcast alley and Podcast Pickle.

If you love short fiction, if you love quality podcasts, hit one of those up, grab some Dunesteef and enjoy. You won’t regret it.

I’d include one to get you started, but they’re all like an hour long and it’d just be easier for you to hit the site, or one of the feeds, to hear one. I’ll recommend “Lonely Hearts Clob” and “Hangman.”

Crimewav

If you like short audio fiction, especially horror or sc-fi, the internet offers a plethora of choices. When it comes to short audio crime fiction, and/or serialized audio crime fiction your choices can be limited.

Its awesome then, that Seth Harwood’s CrimeWAV exists. Short crime stories, longer stories serialized, and peeks into Mr. Harwood’s dead tree books all appear at the site.

CrimeWAV.com is a new podcast series of crime stories that I’m starting with the aim of introducing the work of published crime writers… I’m doing this for two reasons: I want to bring some of the great work that’s out there by people in the crime writing scene to the crime listeners I’ve developed with my podcast series–I want to give my listeners more great crime content– and I want to help the crime writers I’ve met get their work into the podcast realm so they can benefit from what I think is a great promotional opportunity in podcasting and get more readers/listeners.

The site can be a bit overwhelming as there’s a looot of info on it, and finding the stories can be tricky. If you want to skip all the tricky stuff and get straight to the listening part, you can find all of Seth’s books, and the entire CrimeWAV series over at Podiobooks, and at iTunes.

Here’s one to get you started;
[ The Last Bachelor of North Miami by Jason Starr | 12:55 | 11.8mb | mp3 ]

Most of the stories in the CrimeWAV series are longer than this one, just wanted to put up a short, well, short to give an idea. Go, visit, download and listen. Because, really, to not would be a crime. ;)

In case you need more ways to burn time

The interweb is good for a lot of things, the main one being setting fire to large swaths of time. In the event you may need more things to add to the bonfire of time you’ve left behind, I present two;

The first is Hyperbole and a Half, a blog written by Allie Brosh. Her blog is a personal one, the posts consisting of anecdotal accounts of Allie’s life. It is also fucking hilarious. Her writing is strong, and accompanied by MS paint quality imagery (the MS paint quality of the images is intended, and adds immensely to the hilarity). The one thing that struck me most about Ms. Brosh’s writing was that in every piece I read, there was at least one portion that connected directly with my life. For example, in her post titled “Dog,” she writes;

Last night I was sitting on my couch mindlessly surfing the internet when I looked up and noticed my dog licking the floor. Just licking and licking. At first I though maybe I’d spilled something there, but her licking did not seem to be localized to one spot. Rather, she was walking around the room licking seemingly at random.

Now, after a little of teh google I know many people have dogs that lick the floor, but until i read that ‘graph, I thought my dog was losing her shit when I saw her doing it. There were similar things in the other pieces I read, and that, I think, is what makes Hyperbole and a Half so popular; The writer’s ability to connect, through mundane life events, to her readers. For more info, and an interview, see True/Slant.

The second is the Horror Addicts podcast, which you can find in all the usual places, including iTunes. The podcast is pretty much what it sounds like; a horror themed show for horror addicts, by a horror addict. The podcast is produced and hosted by Emerian Rich, also known as EmzBox. Horror Addicts covers a lot of ground every week; movie reviews, alternating goth fashion/books/anime/manga reviews, horror themed events, and a horror short story.

Emerian is an absolute delight to listen to. She has a sweet, childlike voice that is a perfect contrast to the theme of the show. Ms. Rich also offers up a forum for listeners/fans to be involved in the podcast content via reviews, show ideas, event notices, etc.. It is a great, great podcast for anyone who loves horror.

Well there ya go, a couple more ways to burn time, or, if you’re like me, a couple more ways to fuck off and avoid doing any actual work.