Well it’s Monday once again and you know what that means… No it’s not time to feed your sibling to a volcano to appease the fire gods… though on second thought I still owe my sister for telling on my about sneaking out when I was.. err nothing… Love ya sis don’t pay any attenion to the Mayan death cult on it’s way to your house… No it’s actually time for more 8 Questions. This week I bring you another double stuffed 8 Qs. The wonderful talent behind the Gearheart Podcast Novel. If you haven’t given it a listen really what are you waiting for? … No really why haven’t you listened to it yet… You’re gonna make Alex Cry and he’s good peeps…. Again like I was saying before… ooh SHINY!!!! This week I bring you the talented and and just totally freaking awesome couple behind the Gearheart Alex and Renee White.
1 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I got into podcasting because no one would read my novels. I don’t know if people thought they sucked or what, but I could almost never get someone to finish a book. I think everyone has been burned by having a writer friend who makes them read something truly awful. I eventually decided that it was the medium- reading off a computer screen kind of sucks- and I thought I’d podcast the book. After all, if you can combine it with something you have to do anyway, like manual labor or commuting, it would at least be a diversion. So yeah, I started podcasting because I thought it would suck less than reading it off a computer screen. Naively, I believed that I had a new idea. Imagine my surprise when I found a blossoming community of awesome people!
2 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I started writing poetry as a little boy. I loved limericks and I avidly consumed Shel Silverstein. When I got a little older, I had a girl I wanted to impress, so I wrote a story about an adolescent werewolf named Percy. She liked it, so I kept writing horrible short fiction for girls in the hopes of impressing them. Wow. This question has made me realize that my artistic life began as a very base pursuit…
3 ) What’s it like working on a Podcast like the Gearheart with your Spouse?
It’s great fun! At first, things were pretty crazy, and it took us a long time to get into the swing of production. Poor Renée… she’s always getting dragged into my hairbrained schemes. I’ve put her in prank movie trailers, comic projects, music and now this. Other than our marriage and our child, The Gearheart is the longest running project we have ever undertaken. I’m proud of the working rapport we’ve built, and I think it serves us very well. Things weren’t always easy- creative disagreements were had, but we came out ahead.
4 ) You’re also a graphic artist does that play for or against your writing crative efforts? (Are you ever working on one when the urge takes over to be working on the other?)
I’m a writer who happens to be good at graphic design. Every other talent- music, design and marketing- is geared toward making more people hear and enjoy my stories. I pay the bills with my design, but if I had my druthers, it would be the other way around. So I use my honed skills to enhance my writing. If you need a fancy cover and a soundtrack to make you read/listen to my book, I’ll make it for you. I just want to be taken seriously, and I think presenting my ideas in a way people understand will help. The mass media is capable of such a slick presentation, and I don’t want to be stifled by the fact that I can’t match their values. I’ll just try to learn how they do things and make it myself.
5 ) If I remember correctly you do your own music for the podcast too. Is there any part of the production you don’t do yourself (other than the female parts)?
Renée handles the all-important detail of making sure we believe in the tension between the male and female characters. I make sure that when the spotlight is ready to go on, everything is in place. I handle graphics, web design, music, mastering, mixing and tagging. Also writing, but who cares about that?
6 ) I’m going to make an ass out of u and me and assume here that you have a fascination with old time radio because of the “commercial” you’ve done for the show – What are some of your favorite old radio dramas and what drew you to them and your style of podcast?
Well, I had a boxed set of tapes of The Shadow that I used to listen to all the time, but not a lot other than that. I always liked the promise of old radio dramas, but I never really got into the execution. That’s probably why I don’t actually do a full-on radio drama for The Gearheart. I did look at a lot of movies and TV, such as “O Brother Where Art Thou” for the “Pappy O’Daniel’s Flour Hour.” I like those little things. The commercials started out as a fun diversion, and I wanted to make something in the vein of the era I was going for. I wanted pulpy 20s, so that’s where those come from.
7 ) I saw on twitter you were working on a Agustus short story, any chance we might see a little more of the other characters’ pasts like maybe that of the mercenaries?
Well, I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say we learn a LOT about them in the next book.
8 ) Now that the Gearheart has finished up – What’s next?
Next? I don’t get to take a break? *sobs* Actually, I’m planning to begin production on my next podcast very soon, with a planned Fall release. It’s called “Festival of the Bizarre,” and it’s a near-future noir thriller. It should entertain those of you with more… shall we say… violent streaks… I’m also working on “Maiden Flight of the Avenger,” the Augustus short story, hopefully to be released soon. Lastly, I’m working on a secret Gearheart project that should please everyone. I’ll try to drop more details as I firm things up for publication.
Thanks for the opportunity, Robert! Keep on pimpin’!
(btw it’s Rich… not Robert)
1 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
Honestly, I’d never thought about it until Alex started doing The Gearheart podcast. Originally, he was doing all the voices on his own. He had asked me if I wanted to help, but I said no because I had never acted before. The extent of my voice talents at that point were making silly voices for Ari’s stuffed animals. But after listening to Alex doing the female voices, and honestly thinking he sounded completely ridiculous, I decided to give it my best shot. I knew how much this story meant to him, so I wanted to help him make the best product he could.
2 ) What’s it like working on a Podcast like the Gearheart with your Spouse?
At first it was really weird! I still get a little shy around him like some star-struck teenager. I’m told that will wear off in time. I made a rule in the beginning that he couldn’t look at me when I was acting. Silly, I know, but I felt so self-conscious! Unfortunately, that shows in the beginning episodes when my “acting” was really just dryly reciting lines. As the podcast went on, I learned to ease up and really get into the characters.
3 ) Is it difficult keeping all the characters straight that you have to do for the Podcast?
Oh goodness, yes. Ever had a conversation with yourself, but trying to use two different personalities? It’s bonkers. I don’t just have to worry about the voice pitch, but also the cadence with which the characters speak. If it gets really difficult, we’d record all of one character and then the next character afterwards, and edit them together in post to make sure the voices stay consistent.
4 ) What Exactly is a “Domestic Scientist”?
“Domestic Science” was the term used back in the 50’s for “homemaking” when they taught it in schools. I wanted a term that was kinda geeky sounding, but also encompasses all the crafty stuff I do.
5 ) Okay I see the geeky and awesome looking Baked goods pics at your blog, and your Avatar on twitter – Any other cool baked goody projects in the planning / execution stage?
I REALLY want to do a Dr. Who cake for my birthday in April, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it. I’m also planning on making a D20 cake tutorial for @kyledockery (http://twitter.com/kyledockery) sometime soon. Life has been a little insane these last few months, so I haven’t had a lot of time to make really crazy stuff.
6 ) What other creative hobbies help you pass the time?
here are too many to name! I seem to make a hobby of collecting hobbies. If I see something cool on the internet, I want to learn how to do it. I picked up knitting, crochet, and cross-stitching just to make video-game related crafts. (You can see those at my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obajoo/sets/900086/) I am learning photography, and I also draw a bit. I’ll hopefully be using that last one to make some art for a potential Gearheart game Alex and I have designed. It’s still in testing, but it is going very well! I also love board games and video games.
7 ) What are the biggest changes you’ve had to make to adjust to your son’s diagnosis?
It would almost be easier to answer what HASN’T changed. When your kid has autism, your entire life is turned upside down. Since I feel that we need to concentrate on Ari’s therapy, I’ve basically put my life on hold. No going back to school for me, no having another kid for at least 3 years, no job to bring in extra income. And that’s the long run stuff that’s easy to ignore. It’s the day to day routine that can completely wear me out. For instance, when he is thirsty and wants some juice, I can’t just give him the juice cup. He has to vocalize for it. Just one little syllable: “ju-” is all we need. But that is so hard for him, that he’ll break down into tears, screaming and kicking, because he’s so frustrated that he can’t communicate what he needs. And I have to wait the tantrum out, patiently repeating “Juice? Want juice? Say ju ju ju….” Those tantrums can go on and on. Not the normal 2 year old fits, but like 30 minutes and counting. He ran around randomly crying off and on after lunch today for over an hour and I still don’t know why. As for other changes, our lives are filled with therapist meetings, doctor appointments, researching articles on sensory integration disorder and autism, reading book after book on autism, listening politely to “advice” from people who read an article one time so now they think they’re experts. Luckily he’s not that bad in public, but when he has his bad days, we have to deal with people staring at us for one reason or another, judging us. If he’s acting up they stare with a sneer, obviously thinking I’m a bad parent that can’t control my kid. If he’s making weird sounds, or shaking his head violently despite my efforts to calm him down, they stare wondering “What’s wrong with him?” I try not to let it get to me, but it still hurts. But things are looking up! His therapy is going very well and can now use 4 words. He works harder than any other 2 year old I know, and I love him more and more and couldn’t be more proud of him. Together, we’ll get through this.
8 ) What does Obajoo stand for / mean?
It’s a nonsense word, actually! When Alex, our friend Joey, and I were making up nick names for ourselves for a freelance design group, I couldn’t think of a thing. I think I saw an Odwalla truck or something earlier that day so I said “Quick! What’s a three syllable word that begins with O?” being silly more than anything. And Joey pops in with “OBAJOO!” So it stuck. 🙂
You can find more on the Gearheart at it’s homepage – http://www.thegearheart.com/
and you can find Renee’s Blog The Domestic Scientist over at http://www.thedomesticscientist.com/
It’s Monday and you know what that means right? Yes I get off my lazy ass and post up 8 Questions – This week since I’ve been busy dealing with other things life has thrown my way I will bring you a double sized 8 Qs and an apology for letting life get in the way, but the only cure for that means you don’t get any more content from me either… hey put that pistol down… stop I mean it.. MOMMY!!!!
Without any further Ado here we have the Frightening minds behind Every Photo Tells their collaborative effort as well as their individual efforts of Some Other Scotland and Luscious Leftovers Mick Bordet and Katharina from Vienna
1 ) What prompted Some Other Scotland?
When I finished writing my first novel I had learnt so much that I wanted to get straight into writing the next one, but didn’t really have anything planned. This coincided with my first encounter with podiobooks.com and it seemed natural to create a podcast novel that would get my writing online and heard by an audience. I figured that if I was going to benefit from using the internet in this way, I might as well make use of its interactive nature to help form the story, hence asking people to choose a topic from recent news stories. Setting it in Scotland was just a way of keeping the locations and characters familiar to me and avoiding having to read too many news feeds.
2 ) A Lot of what Americans know about Scotland comes from movies and BBC programs that make it over here – Do Scottish folks actually eat Haggis? And what exactly is it? And if it’s what I think it is Why?
Let’s put it this way: the average Scottish supermarket probably dedicates about 0.05% of its chilled meat cabinets to Haggis, until the week before Burns’ Night when it leaps up to about 2%. I guess it is comparable the peak of popularity of turkey around Thanksgiving. Haggis is a spicy mix of minced sheep offal, onion and oatmeal, traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach and served with neeps and tatties (i.e. turnip and potato) – the description does put a few people off, but it’s not that far removed from a sausage and is, quite frankly, damned tasty.
3 ) What was the scariest moment in your life?
Going for a walk along a river where the sides of the valley became steeper until I ended up stuck on a near-vertical cliff face with a long drop below me, about 6 inches of ledge under my feet and no way to get back the way I had come because of the angle I had approached it from. Not expecting to find myself in that position, I had no climbing gear or anything that would help me get out and this was in the days before mobile phones. I knew that if I made one wrong move I’d be dead or severely injured; it was one of those ‘life flashing before your eyes’ moments. In the end I pulled myself up using exposed tree roots, hoping that they would hold my weight. Apparently they did.
4 ) What prompted the idea behind your joint effort with Katharina – Every Photo Tells?
We started writing a story a while ago where we took it in turns to write blocks of 500 words each, which I began based on inspiration from a photograph I took years ago. Katharina came across a blog with stories based on pictures and suggested we could expand on the idea as a joint venture.
5 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I started with listening to the Spellbound theremin podcast (http://spellbound.purplenote.com) and was keen to try something similar myself, but didn’t just want to focus on music. When I came across the concept of serialised audiobooks, the idea just fit perfectly with what I was doing at the time.
6 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I started writing for my own enjoyment when I was about 13 – I wrote a series of short stories about a man with no bones in his body and his friends… a guy with a 6 foot long leg, a plastic bag and half a tin of spilt baked beans (called Marantaz for some reason). I wish I still had them – they were pretty ridiculous, but a lot of fun.
7 ) Are there any stereotypes about Scots that aren’t true really gets your goat?
I’ve never really been concerned about stereotypes; it’s just human nature to try to label and categorise things. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knows that not every Scot wears a kilt, has a sporran full of haggis and does the Highland Fling all day long. I mean, I know at least two people who don’t 😉
I do enjoy taking a stereotype and playing with it to come up with something new, though.
8 ) What’s the Day Gig – and Does it Influence your writing, and if so how?
I do commercial crime pattern analysis, which is pretty interesting, but hasn’t influenced my writing (yet). It does take me around the country fairly regularly, which I think has an impact on some of my writing. I had a few years of travelling almost every week between London and Edinburgh, which became a major plot point of my first book, because it messes with your head after a while.
**Okay since some of the questions have more than one part technically this is more than 8 questions but meh…..
Bonus Questions – You don’t have to answer these but you can if you want.
b1) What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
0 mph (at least it was at the point of impact with my living room window. Stupid bird.)
b2) 42 is the answer but what is the question?
How many songs have you written that now make you cringe?
b3) If at first you don’t succeed _____________ (fill in the Blank)
… try being second.
thanks for getting the grey matter moving 🙂
And Because I promised a double sized week this week I also include 8 Questions from Katharina from the Luscious Leftovers Podcast and the Every Photo Tells Podcast.
1 ) I have to say that Luscious Leftovers is the first podcast I have encountered with it’s mix of sensuality and food. What prompted the Idea for the Podcast?
Other than the obvious: I could live on sex and food! I think nowadays both are widely under-appreciated, under-enjoyed and under-done. Whatever I can do to change that.
2 ) What was the worst trouble you got into as a child?
Pre-Skype times… extremely high phone bills and a weird thing for long distance relationships.
Oh, as a KID you said? Uhm… Pretty much the same. Only weird pen pals back then. I should’ve stayed away from the internet. Or maybe I am just AS weird…. Hmmm…. Need to think further about that.
3 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I got that story told so many times, I don’t even know anymore if I remember it or if it was just my parents telling it so often….
It was my grandfather’s 60th birthday, I was about 4 years old. One night I woke up my dad, telling him I wanted to write my grandpa a story for his birthday. So my dad had to get out the old typewriter and I dictated him the story. It was about a hedgehog and another animal. Too bad I wasn’t able to find the story in my grandpa’s papers after he died…
4 ) Okay replace that Q with Who have you not been able to have on the show yet that you’re really wanting to be a guest?
Before I got him on the show I would’ve said Tee Morris. Now, to be completely honest, the ONE person that I really want on my podcast is my husband.
5 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I listened only to MuggleCast and PotterCast for a long time. When I got into Lost, I started to look up podcasts according to the things I was interested in. Ended up on the forums of a big Lost podcast. That’s where I met a lot of people who wanted to try it out. So, about 2 years ago, I started my first podcast.
6 ) Okay I have to ask… Mozarts Balls? Leave it to Austrian Scientists to clone a mans Genitals stuff them with Marzipan and Dip them in Chocolate…Why?
You know how there’s the tongue of this saint on display in a church in Italy?
No that’s not the reason – the German word “Kugeln” (Mozart Kugeln) does not mean the balls as in genitals in German. It just get’s lost in translation somehow. In German, “balls” are “eggs”. Don’t ask me why, though. ☺
7 ) You were hoping the episode you did with Pip would be too hot for Itunes? Did you succeed and if not are you guys gonna make another run to get dropped?
No, I haven’t been banned from iTunes yet, and I am utterly disappointed to be quite honest. Yes, the goal was either to get banned from iTunes, invent the PORN tag or melt the whole internet in its entirety.
I will definitely try again – maybe I need to chance to some boy-on-girl-action this time… We’ll see. I haven’t given up yet!
8 ) And I might be losing you with the pop reference form here in America but just what would you do for a Klondike bar? (Figured I’d throw one in for Mick’s sake)
I can imagine what the pop reference aims at. All I can tell you is what I would NOT do for it.
1) Give up the kilt
2) Give up Apple
3) Give up meat
Other than that…….. Uhm…….. ☺ Make me an offer!
Okay since some of the questions have more than one part technically this is more than 8 questions but meh…..
**Bonus Questions – You don’t have to answer these but you can if you want.
b1) What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
b2) 42 is the answer but what is the question?
What is the highest number in LOST?
b3) If at first you don’t succeed _____________ (fill in the Blank)
I am trying my hardest not to say “make someone else do it instead” 😀
You can find Today’s wonderful guests online at the following locations.
Some Other Scotland – http://www.someotherscotland.com and over at podiobooks http://www.podiobooks.com/title/some-other-scotland
Luscious Leftovers – www.lusciousleftovers.com
And Every Photo Tells – http://www.everyphototells.com/
Okay here are the answers to the questions from Michael Falkner aka @Womprat99 on twitter , Odin aka @Odin1Eye on twitter, Nathan Lowell aka @NLowell on twitter, Brand Gamblin aka @BrandG on twitter. Really Fun and interesting Questions Guys Thanks. – Lot more thought Provoking in this batch.
I’ll go more thought-provoking. 🙂
1. Why do you like Vikings so much?
Well I have an equal fascination of all the cultures that I’m descended from The Norse – German and Swedish happen to be the largest part of my heritage, but I’m fascinated by all things Irish too. But I’m 6’4” extra fatass build I look like I should be swinging a warhammer instead of fixing computers so the Viking look kinda just sticks.
2. If you were granted the ability to travel back in time and fix one thing in your life, what would it be and why?
Nothing if I change anything there’s no guarantee that I’d be with the woman I married, or have my kids. All the crap I’ve endured in my life, the headaches the heartaches are worth the time I have with them. And I’d gladly suffer through it a thousand times to keep ending up with them each time.
3. What is Farscape?
Kickass Show from the 90’s that I was able to catch like half the first season before I wasn’t able to watch it anymore and forgot all about it til you brought up the Scapecast a few months ago… now when I get time and money to hit Best buy I’m gonna see if I can get a season or two.
4. If you in the present could call yourself at the age of 15, what would say? The phone call is limited to five minutes.
Richie shut the hell up let me speak and listen carefully. Stop Rolling your eyes dumbass I’m you I know what you’re doing. Gramma is right – Life is gonna suck but those dark points are worth it, you end up with a woman that you’d die for and who’d die for you. Keep your head up and enjoy the bright points while you can suffer through the shit, because in the end it all works out and is worth it. The bright points will return and be that much more sweet.
5. What crappy movie do you consider a guilty pleasure?
When I was younger it was Deathstalker 2 or 3. Damn near anything by full Moon Entertainment or Tromaville. Yeah I’m a cheesy horror film junkie. If you ask my wife and Kids they’d say my guilty pleasure crappy movie would be Casablanca because all their taste is in their mouth – Casablanca is one of my faves now that I actually watched it – has been for about a decade now
6. What is love?
The one thing that makes all the headache and heartache worth it. The thing that give me a reason to press on through the worst of my depressions when they kick in. The reason I want to start living a healthier lifestyle because now I have a reason to live. That thing that makes it impossible to be pissed at someone beyond a moment and just becomes more powerful because they pissed you off.
7. If you could add an extra day to the week, what would you do with it?
Spend time with my wife and kids. We run too much during the week I have a 3 hour commute each way I get home they’re about ready for bed, Saturday Misty watches her sister’s kids so we really only get Sunday but we’re so worn out that we just detox from stress rest and play WoW – and Extra day would allow us to actually do family things go hiking play at the park etc.
8. You are approached with the opportunity to rule the world for one week with the caveat that you cannot leave the post voluntarily until the week is over. You take the job, and Monday morning you find yourself in the office behind the big desk. What do you do for the next seven days?
Wonder why the hell I agreed to this, I promised myself I’d never do this. Then go over the list of issues that I need to address figure out the ones I can’t handle delagate those, then dig in to fix what I think I can (which is prolly what the menu will be for the week). And then hire my Wife as an Intern and go all Bill Clinton on her ass.
Michael Falkner said this on February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am
Sorry, for the delay… Here they are:
1. If Misty were a fruit, which fruit would she be?
Well I’d say peach but she hates peaches (so it actually kinda fits because of her self esteem issues though I don’t understand why she has them because I think she’s fucking awesome) but I don’t want her to hate herself, and while she’s the apple of my eye I’d like to say kumquat but that’s just because it’s a funny word and not that she has any kumquat similarities in fact all I know about kumquats is they have a funny name are orangeish and sound very naughty when you say their name, so I’d have to go with strawberries… can be amazing just plain and fresh and innocent, but very decadent at the same time with the right preparation.
2. Why don’t you have a pimp hat and coat on for your avatar (photoshop dude)?
Because everybody digs the Viking Helm… plus I’m actually trying to figure out a way to make my own hats – yes I’m really that fucking nerdy. And Crossbreed pimp hats and Fedoras with viking helmets…Face it the Viking archeologist and Viking Pimp need their hats too…
3. Who would you rather meet Shia Le Bouf or Tom Cruise (have to choose)?
Tom Cruise but Top Gun Era Tom Cruise. – -Because Top Gun was one of my Fave movies of all time I wore out 2 VHS tapes and if I could wear out the DVD I would have a few times over by now. And like I do with RP now I’d like to thank him for a movie that entertained me so much.
Okay getting All philosophical on me now? Because if we don’t the gerbils will spontaneously evolve opposable thumbs and drive Richard Gere and the Backdoor.. errr street Back Street Boys around like flesh mechs and take over Nevada.
5. Jen or Angelina
Frankly though both are lovely ladies, Neither Misty Hands down Every single time… I love my wife I need no other woman, I want no other woman, and I’m going to enjoy Misty for as long as God lets me. (Folks I’m born and raised Indiana Boy – My Pops is from backwoods Wisconsin – yes I can really be and am this way. I’ve seen what cheating in a relationship can do to everyone else in the family I will not do anything to jeopardize my family, and our happiness)
6. Which character in which podcast would you like to be?
For the real answer to that I have to finish writing Nightgames and Podcast it, or Bear of Avalon/Caledonia still fiddling with the title on that one. But as neither of those are anywhere near completion…. I’d have to say Minor Character Crew member of Rafe’s Crew from Morevi. Don’t want to be in the limelight just come to the party, and I can’t imagine anyone’s party being cooler than Rafe’s
7. Which podcasters would make you turn all fanboi?
Sigler, Tee, PG Holyfield, JC Hutchins, Nathan Lowell, they’re all truly great authors, and great guys that take the time to actually talk to not AT fans. Tracy Hickman Should be part of that list to, I always forget about Dragon Hearth and I can’t figure out why.
8. Which Python skits can you recite from memory?
Depends.. I have a very odd mind I used to be able to do Holy Grail from Beginning to end and Meaning of Life Beginning to end, as well as a few skits from the show. Right now because I’m trying to think of them they are fleeing like cockroaches – I have a very strange memory that chooses to recall data usually at inappropriate moments – like reciting parts of the Spanish Inquisition skits during Church.
odin1eye said this on February 5, 2010 at 11:16 am
1. Niesche or Kafka?
Kafka just freaked me the hell out with Metamorphosis so ummm I don’t know they were both decent reads when I read them back in HS and College but they’re a little heavy for the reading I normally like doing. I guess Kafka, I think Nietzsche is a little heavy handed for my taste. He seemed more worried about superiority than Kafka did from my recollection.
2. What made you decide to do Random Pimpage and what do you like LEAST about it?
I’ve wanted to do something like this for years, but what actually kicked me in the ass was JC Hutchins. He was promoting for Personal Effects: Dark Art – and he was asking all his followers on twitter to shake their tales and do some pimpage for him. So I figured I’d start randomly pimping the Podcasters and Authors I follow in Twitter. Well you’ve seen my pimpage 140 chars doesn’t quite measure up. So I started yet another Blog and actually started linking to it so people could actually see it. Then I moved it over to a wordpress blog because I think it makes it a lot easier to manage and track. What do I like least. The effort I have to put out sometimes when I just feel like hell. Yeah I’m just a faceless.. well okay I do post my mug up for everyone to see but still in the grand scheme of things I’m pretty faceless, slacker that really isn’t beholden to anybody so it really doesn’t matter if I miss a posting but I feel guilty. And sometimes the Tuesday’s causes that I started make me feel a little down about myself because I should be doing more to help those around me.
3. Betty or Wilma?
Something tells me that Betty could totally take Wilma in a steel cage deathmatch… that was the question right?
4. Do you think that podcast fiction is a distinct artform different from – say serialized text? Why or why not?
Yes. As far as just an artform I feel that different writing styles and painting styles etc should count as their own artforms. More specifically I think that Podcasting and Podcasting fiction has more power to sway and influence than text. Great authors can sway with just words on paper but the voice is a VERY powerful tool in influencing emotion and perception. I think Podcasting fiction give it a lot more power makes it almost palpable.
5. How many fingers am I holding up?
Technically fifteen… though why you’re holding a dismembered hand…. with Elvis’s fingerprints… ummmm SECURITY!!!!!
6. When will you do your own podcast and what will it be about?
I’ve been planning on releasing the Behind the 8 Podcast for close a year now but distractions like the LDM (my youngest child the Little Demon Monkey), Meatspace emergencies, and my perfectionist attitude about my creative endeavors keep pushing it back. Though since rearranging the house I’m going to see if i can rig up something to hold a couple quilts up and I think I might have softened my recording space enough to not get as bad an echo. As far as content just the views of a geek living life and learning lessons from the Behind the 8 ball. It’ll be me ranting, thinking, an audio version of Random Pimpage something to get my mind off my fiction to get my fiction to flow better. Me being me and just having fun.
7. Where did you get your sense of humor?
It’s a Mixture I get it some from Spiderman and some from the fact that my Maternal Gramma and My dad used to bicker like siblings.. well they were cousins (Actually I’m not kidding – Her mom died and her dad married my dad’s aunt but I am my own cousin 3 times removed by marriage I think?). But they were both major smartasses – I was never that good at physical conflict, (I’m big I’m strong but I’m afraid to hurt people on purpose unless protecting my family) so I had to find someway to avoid a fight if I could. A Wisecrack at the right moment can cause someone to either crack up and forget about fighting, or cause them to hesitate long enough for a cheap shot and bolting like a rabbit.
Another thing is the most important lesson my maternal Gramma taught me is the best gift you can give is a smile. Never the wrong size or style or color, they’re always needed, you can never have to many, they rarely cost a thing, and for one brief moment you brighten another’s life. Sadly I have to say that because of that I enjoy the feeling I get when making people smile and I do it because I like that feeling. As altruistic as I want to be I do it because I like how I feel at the end of the day when I can make people smile.
8. What did you do before you were a twitter celebrity?
Still waiting to be a twitter Celeb. I’m just a geek working Helpdesk at a lawfirm telling Lawyers to reboot and helping them find the any key.
Just a guy living life the best I can and loving his wife and kids as long as God will let me.
Granted I am Amazed that I have the number of followers as I do, and I’m impressed at the numbers (though Low for some blogs out there it’s a lot more traffic than I thought I’d get) I get at Random Pimpage too.
Nate said this on February 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm
1 ) You’ve mentioned a very exciting home life. Can you describe the relationship you have with everyone in your household?
Household – Me, My Wife Misty, Our Son Zach (oldest child), Our Daughter Brittany (middle child), LDM (Little Demon Monkey our Youngest) – Zach and Britt are old enough to have an online presence so I have no problem actually naming them by name, but LDM is only 2, I’m protecting her privacy until she gets a little older. And I can’t forget our pets Cookie Gargantuan Cat, and Phoebe Mae our Italian Greyhound (think of a Greyhound little taller than a dachshund.)
Zach and Brit came with the marriage (they may not be mine biologically but I support them I’m there for the headache and heartache when they let me. They are my kids we do not use the term “step” in my family unless we are describing the legal relationship) I love them to death but they are teenagers so occasionally I want to strangle them to prove it. They’ve had some issues in the past with Misty’s Ex, that makes it hard for them to trust another father figure especially one that has anger management issues. I have never struck my wife or any of our kids in anger, I have spanked the children for correction.
Zach is too much like me for either of our own good. We have a decent relationship most of the time, but he’s not overly fond of having to turn the Alpha Male spot over to me. He’s used to being in a house where he can take whatever he wants whenever he wants, and not have to show respect. Every few months we have a major blow out but they seem to be getting farther and farther apart. He sometimes thinks I’m a controlling ass (thought he wont’ say it to my face I can see it in his eyes) even though I’m just trying to make sure he can handle himself in the real world after all in little over a month and a half he can walk out that door and I can’t stop him.
Britt is afraid of me when I lose my temper, she’s a very gentle soul and spooks easy. She’s a lot brighter than she seems at first she has a good memory when she wants to. She aggravates me because I’m not used to special needs kids but I’m trying to learn patience (but I’m part Irish.. yeah that doesn’t work so well),
LDM – She’s a holy terror that has figured out counting means drop what I’m doing and hide my butt. She’s 2 she’s evil, she makes me really wish I had this time with my older two. She’s only 2 so there isn’t a whole to report on, she watches a lot of Nick Jr. and Colors, and drinks milk and Juice and tear asses about the house. Oh and she’s a little ham.
Misty – My Beloved wife. She’s had some issues with her ex that makes it hard for her to trust, and has given her some very major jealousy issues (she has come MILES since we have been married and I applaud her on the effort) For the most part we have a good relationship, but we come from different worlds, so there are a lot of fights that stem from miscommunication. We just don’t see the world exactly in the same way, she wants to see the best in people I’m a bitter cynical fuck trying to figure out the angle of the person smiling at me. I’m also silly goof and just act up in public to embarrass her and the kids.
Not sure if that was exactly what you were looking for.
2 ) How is it you don’t have a podcast?
Laziness, Perfectionism , short attention span and poor house layout. Too Lazy to move the furniture around so that I don’t have as bad of sound reflection. (recently that has changed so that’s two birds one stone) I have an issue with being a perfectionist when it comes to my fiction, and to the Podcast that I’ve been prepping to do for a while. But I’m either getting an H2 or a Mic and Stand rigging up some baffling to kill more reflection, and the Behind the 8 Podcast should be up sometime int he somwhat near future I’m gonna have to take it from Mur It’s gonna suck, I’m not Mozart I’m not gonna leap out of hte box with a fully formed perfect cast I gotta work at it and break things to learn how to do it right. Better done than perfect.
3 ) Could Boba Fett defeat Chuck Norris?
They couldn’t show you the truth in the prequels. Jango Fett was really Chuck Norris, so all the clone troopers and Boba were all Chuck Norris clones, they used an actor that looked nothing like Chuck Norris because they didn’t want to cause a global scare about that much ass kicking power at in the hands of Palpatine.
4 ) What is the fastest land mammal?
That would be either dickeadicuscrotchrocketis or midlifecisisdudicus. If you’re talking about powered solely by their own power and not in a vehicle I’d have to say my pets when it’s time to go to the vet. They lapped the fucking cheetah!!
5 ) You’ve mentioned that LDM is a special child. How exactly is she special?
LDM is my youngest. I. don’t recall mentioning her as special (well beyond any child being special to their parent), just ohnrey too smart for my own good and evil… dammit she’s just like her pops. My older daughter Brittany is a special needs child. She’s been diagnosed with ADHD, and she has some other developmental / learning issues.
6 ) Windows or Mac?
Windows but only because I’m a helpdesk geek in a all windows shop. Havent’ had time to play with Linux, last time I touched a Mac on Purpose was in 1991 in HS for a class. Wait no I did help a firend move back in the mid to late nineties and she was a satanist… er Mac user. Seriously Soon as I can get a check from my creative endeavors large enough for me to by a Mac Laptop outright I will.
7 ) If you were a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?
I guess being Abe Vigoda wouldn’t be bad or are we not talking that kind of Diino? Seriously though well if we go solely by size and temperament likely a Ankylosaurus, though I’d rather be a Troodon becasue they were thought to be the most intelligent of the Dinos.
8 )Why do you pick podcasts for “Random” pimpage?
Why do I pick Podcasts or why do I pick the Podcasts I do?
Why Podcasts – because that’s my main medium of entertainment now.
Why do I pick the Podcasts that I do – Because I think there are a ton of good podcasts out there that people might pass by without giving it the proper attention, God (or in your case I guess Cthulhu) knows that I’ve done that, Truthfully had it not been for twitter and the podcasting community there I’d have missed Tumbler – which was a hell of a good story btw, and I might still be looking at the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper and saying maybe after I finish catching up on this cast or that cast.
Brand Gamblin said this on February 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm
Okay here are the answers to the questions from Wintyr Bourne aka @WintyrBourne on twitter , karenfrommentor aka @karenfrommentor on twitter, Scott Roche aka @SpiritualTramp on twitter, kmaimer aka @KMLaw on twitter. Really Fun and intersting Questions Guys Thanks.
1: Who are you and what have you done with my Iguana?
Just a Smartass who wishes to Weigh in onthe world… and I thought that was teh tunafish my wife packed for me for lunch today… if it’s any consolation he was tasty with Mayo on Whole Grain Wheat.
2: is it just me or is Cog Antonello hawt?!
Ummm I’ll have to guess it’s just you, girls that can kick my ass with both arms and both legs tied behind their back and locked in steamer trunk and buried in molten lead scare me not “thrill me” but she is pretty damn cool otherwise.
3: Can you recomend a good place from which to rent a singularity at a reasonable price?
Sadly no Honest Earl’s the place I normally rent mine from recently was closed down, something about inappropriate use of midgets in sheep costumes… I really don’t want to ask his wife the details… but I understand that in Communist Russia Singularity rents you….
4: should Garfield be electrocuted, beheaded, hanged, or buried alive?
He’s my favorite member of the Teen Titans I’d do no such thing… oh you mean the cat? Umm I think he should be sodomized with Nermal, not by but With, then baked in an oven at 325 Degrees for 3 hours basted with a white wine reduction then served at a PETA dinner.
5: given that energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, is there any chance that David Guilmore will ever tour the U.S. Now that Rick Wright is dead?
No… it’s in his contract that the remaining living Beatles and their offspring must peel strictly 1 Billion tonnes of yellow M&M’s for him before he’ll tour, and frankly Paul just won’t get with the program and keeps peeling Orange instead.
6: Why 42 and not 7 or 1066?
Because that’d just be silly, 7 what kind of answer is 7…and 1066 sounds like an insurance claim…
7: Is there any truth to the rumor that Barak Obama will admit his foreign birth at the end of his administration just to set the precedent for Arnold Schwartzebooger to run for POTUS?
Doubtful, since the real Barrack Obama was really an Alien Test Tube baby from Chiron Beta Prime and the Robot overlor.. er I mean Prootectors [REDACTED]
8: Should I quit driving a truck for a living and start building my custom car and aeroplane?
If you have enough money yeah sure go for it. If you still need the funds you might want to hold off for a little bit before chucking it all to build your dream vehicle. Luckily mines a Pogostick with a side car I can do that over a weekend if I have enough liquor…
Wintyr Bourne said this on February 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm
you know what they say…ask and ye shall receive….
1: belly button..inny or outie?
2: cheese whiz or whipped cream?
Depends on the purpose on my wife Whipped Cream on Nachos Cheeze Whiz… ona slip and slide… vodka…
3: clouds or unicorns?
Again depends on the purpose… but more than likely Clouds
4: stranded on desert island…have battery powered dvd player and one season of lost washes ashore….irony or destiny?
Fate being a bitch again and kicking me square in the Jewels I beat that Addiction I’m not going back fate do you hear ME.. NEVER… well maybe because I do miss Hurley…. erm I mean NEVER!!!!
5: if you were a cartoon character how much would you be paid?
500,932 Sporks, and 5 Million cans of Spam an episode.
6: do you know where my left argyle sock is?[hint] I’ve looked in the dryer already.
Check behind the catbox they have a thing for Argyle while the do their business.
7: what do you think about passing a law that says everyone must wear bunny costumes on random wednesdays in February during the full moon?
Where do I vote for that?
Ah…8: Favorite make out song of all time? Or favorite stripper song…your choice…
Well I’ve been trying to talk Misty (My Wife and yes that is her real name) into doing a Lapdance for me to Hot for Teacher but she’s too embarrased. As for Makeout song I have to go with Marvin Gaye, Let’s Get It On.
karenfrommentor said this on February 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm
1 ) What was your first computer?
Very First Casio Digital Wrist watch when I was 6– Actual Computer – Aquarius – All I could do was write basic and play a couple of games – I couldn’t even save my code – First REAL computer – Tandy 100 TX which was more like a calculator with an Ego It was a 286 that only ran at 8086 speeds. Had to Jury rig it to accept a 10 MB HD. My first REAL REAL Computer – home made from parts at a computer show when I was 22.
2 ) What do you fear most?
Failing my wife and kids on any level, financial, protective, spiritual, or emotional..
3 ) What is the highest height you’ve ever climbed under your own power?
Stairs – about 25 floors.. .my legs were Jello for the next week. Tree – about 50 feet managed to get about 25 feet back down it before I slipped and woke up on the ground with my mother standing over me saying “RICHARD if you’ve killed yourself I’m going to beat your ass!!!” – Sadly I’m not joking about that last part either – Those that know my Ma know I’m telling the truth. She wasn’t abusive just part Irish.
4 ) Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Tossup – Mrs. Patricia Harris 9th Grade English and 12th Grade Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing, and Mr. Marion Kellum 11th Grade Drama and Advance Drama – For helping me with my creativity and giving me an outlet and helping me learn that any idea can be workshoppped.
5 ) What one song sums you up?
One song to sum me up… Man that is the hardest question I’ve had to answer yet. I’d Like to say John Parr Man in Motion, or Matthew Wilder Break My Stride – but the reality is more like The Three Stooges Swing the Alphabet – Slightly educational but mostly just Silly.
6 ) What’s the first thing that you bought with your own money that cost more than $10?
Hound – Transformer g1 Jeep (Still my favorite toy I ever had because I earned the money for it and bought it on my own.)
7 ) What is your favorite guilty pleasure movie?
Well Cutting Edge would have to the only one I really can think about… Yeah I like Chick Flicks yet my wife doesn’t.
8 ) Where would you travel to if money were no object?
The Countries that I’m descended from to see where my ancestors came from.
Scott Roche said this on February 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm
1. What would be the podcast you would most want to listen to – that you are not allowed to listen to now?
Honestly I don’t know. There are so many podcasts that I have scheduled that I need to listen to for Random Pimpage that it really takes up the bulk of my time. But Simply because I think Nobilis is a great guy and fun to talk with on Twitter I’d Have to say Nobilis’s Erotica Podcast. I have a chance to review Pip with her other fiction, but I’m not sure Nobilis has anything that would be “Misty Safe”, and one think I love to do is Pimp the people I tweet with on a regular basis.
2. Do you prefer britney spears’ left or right boob?
Neither I prefer my boobs to be skank free. And I only want Misty’s (which is kinda lucky as she’s my wife) If I start lusting after other boobs then I really don’t need to be married. I enjoy my marriage, even the rocky parts because I get o be with the sexiest most wonderful woman I could ever dream of being with Misty Asplund – my wife.
3. Who is smuttier? Me or pip?
Dunno… You and Mick get close to mind bleach over twitter, but Pip does have the Audio Porn sorry Erotica Podcast. I dunno, maybe you guys need to do a Smut off for theboomeffect.org Winner gets to listen Live as you and Pip try to out smut each other. – Why do I think I just suggested something that would easily pay for SB to go to Harvard and have a Library named after her…
4. Would you rather have a 15″ or 17″ MBP?
HP 17” – I don’t deal with those tools of the Devil. Okay Seriously if I had to choose only a Mac Product 17” I’m a big guy I have a big lap I need a big laptop. Other wise I look like a gorilla typing on a toy.
5. Would you rather date a goat or a sheep?
Well damn… since I love Gyros I guess I’d have to go with Goat because as far as I know I don’t eat any goat products… but then again with a sheep you can shear her and wear her wool around to remind you of her all the time… and I scare myself at how indepth I can get on a question like this off the top of my head….
6. What would you wear under a kilt?
I believe the proper response would be “what God gave ya and a long bladed knife strapped to your inner thigh”. Though til I got used to a kilt I’d still wear my boxers to make sure I wasn’t showing the world what God gave me. But in the private just for Misty.. hell yeah nothing. But kilt.
7. If you wanted to make one podcast disappear, which one would it be?
So far… none. I cannot think of any Podcast I want to fall off the face of the Planet – Now after I finally Launch Behind the 8, I might want that one to disappear until I get it sounding good in my own mind.
8. Tee Morris or Mick Bordet?
For what? To lead me on a Pirate Raid The Cap’n most sure me lass. Tee in prolly most things actually – No Offense to Mick – He rocks and all but Tee is one of the podcasters I’ve been listening to longest. It’s gonna be like a wrestling a donut from a cop or a porkchop from a pittbull to get Tee, Hutchins, Sigler, Lowell, or Holyfield out of my hands or off my Ipod.
🙂 have fun!
kmaimer said this on February 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm