Nerd Lunch Podcast 128: Kill Me Now

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Sex in the City 2 - real poster

CT is away once again this week, but luckily Pax and Jeeg are able to contact Jay from The Sexy Armpit on the Sludgephone. On the docket for this week is a discussion of some of the worst things the nerds have been subjected to by their significant others. The gang is all here: rom-coms, costume dramas, boy bands, quaint weekend destinations, and regionally popular card games. Our Nerd To-Dos include Captain America 2, the Bates Motel, and more Veronica Mars.

 

The Making of The Atomic Geeks' 250th Episode...

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For the past several months, I have been working on a tremendously huge project that was finally released earlier this week. Our podcasting brethren in Canada, and namesake of the podcasting network we are a part of, The Atomic Geeks (TAG), dropped their 250th episode onto the public Tuesday. It more or less marked their five year anniversary. And I had the good fortune to be the one who produced this two hour and twelve minute epic. It was a clips show that recapped their five-year history and it was an all-consuming project for several months.

Listen to the show here:


I figured some might have a few questions about the "making of" the project. I present to you the A.N.R.A.T.F.A.Q. (Actually Not Really All That Frequently Asked Questions).

Okay, so right off the bat, this was a ton of work...why did you even do this?

There are two main reasons. First, I really enjoy The Atomic Geeks podcast and feel they are of a caliber show that if anyone should have a clips show, it should be them. Second, I have enjoyed audio/video production for years. I've never put together a "clips" show and thought that would be a good project to tackle to add to the list of things I've done. While it might have made more sense to do it for Nerd Lunch, my own "baby" as it were, I think a clips show is better put together by an outside and objective person and I don't think Nerd Lunch is the type of show that will merit a clips show.

Did they ask you to do it?

No...I volunteered. Sometime before their 200th episode, I was on as a guest and suggested to them the idea of me taking on the task of a clips show. But things being the way they were at the time in real life, it was not something I could commit to at the time. I later said I'd consider it for 250 if things calmed down in real life. Fortunately, life did calm down and I was able to take on the project. Although, that meant 50 more episodes to go through.

Did you listen to all 249 of the previous episodes?

I have listened to every show before, but since the Fall, I have been re-listening to old shows and paying extra attention to the shows that were newer. They actually have a total of 270 episodes if you count their "TAG Extras" and videos. In the end, I managed to listen to 135 episodes for this. Some in their entirety and some I just listened to portions as I spot checked for bits I wanted to include.

I have a somewhat annoying ability to be able to retain memory of mostly useless things. So I knew of several bits going into the project that I knew had to be a part of the show. It was just a matter of finding them. For the most part, I knew which episodes contained those bits. For some things I couldn't remember the specific episode, I could remember a range. I had a huge list of things I wanted to find and I found most of them. Other things surprised me as I listened again and rediscovered things I had forgotten.

How did you find the time to do this?

I honestly have no idea. About 90% of the listening, I did in my car while driving to work and back. I used the Apple Podcast app and was able to listen at the 2X speed. Plus I generally skipped Atomic Picks. So I could get through an episode or two a day. Of course, I can't take notes in the car, so I would take screenshots as I listened and those screenshots showed the time code for where I was in the episode when something happened I wanted to pull.

My photos app on my phone would have dozens and dozens of screenshots and I'd periodically upload those to my Dropbox account to a special "TAG250" folder I set up. After I had a good number of screenshots and had been re-listening for a few weeks, I then started sorting the screenshots into folders for each episode. Then I spent hours going back and pulling the shows into Audacity where I would then use the screenshots to located the earmarked clips. I would select the clip I wanted to use, export the selection and save that clip in the episode folder. Once I did that, then I would delete the screenshot.

After pulling all the clips and organizing them by episode, I then reorganized them by themes that I had identified. So Christian's crazy phrases got its own folder, the singing got a folder, and so on. Once that was done, I was able to build the outline of the show based on what I had. Each set of clips had to be edited together, then new framing content had to be recorded and edited and then the entire thing had to be edited together.

I have no idea how much time it took. But, for the most part, it was all really fun to do. Admittedly, it was getting wearisome by the end, but it was all worth it.

How many clips are used?

I pulled over 600 clips from 125 shows. Not all of them made the cut. The clips I didn't use were cut for relevance, length or they just didn't wind up being as funny. And some I just didn't have room for and that's why there were four bonus sets of clips for episodes 246-249 plus a set for Nerd Lunch 125. As for how many clips made it in the show and how many episodes were represented? I have no idea. You're welcome to count them and try to figure it out. If you do, let me know.

Where did the music come from you used during the guest segment and at the end?

Andrew Bloom supplied me with some music that I used in two parts of the show. I wanted to focus the show on the four guys so I decided to parlay the guests to one segment. While some guest moments made it into the show, I felt like giving all guests shout outs in that one area was the way to go. I don't think I forgot anybody (though Jeeg and Pax are not represented in this set except just being mentioned)! The final piece with music was hopefully emotionally charged and gave a nice recap of the entire run of the show, showcasing historic moments with stereotypical ones.

How did you convince Mark Dury to join you?

Mark really just jumped at the chance to spend two and half hours with me on Skype. It's been his lifelong dream.

What's your favorite clip?

It's hard to say, but if I had to pick one that cracked me up every time I listened to it, it was when Downs started talking about the "longification" process for beers. There was actually more to that clip that I wound up cutting for time. It was a classic moment and really captured the essence of the show. Their relationship and how they were able to so quickly come up with jokes was really displayed in that segment.

Snipes Web Comic 37

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Week 37 of Snipes by Bill Wiist…




Nerd Lunch Podcast 127: Ip Man Movies

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CT is out this week so Pax and Jeeg invite Jon Cross from the After Movie Diner to come discuss the Donnie Yen Ip Man movies.  We talk about our favorite fights and favorite characters.  We even discuss all the other Ip Man movies that have come out due to the popularity of the Donnie Yen movies.  Nerd to Dos include the new Captain America movie, Arrow and Fringe.

Snipes Web Comic 36

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Week 36 of Snipes by Bill Wiist…




6 Thoughts about The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Thanks to Tom McAuliffe for this awesome graphic
Stephen Colbert will take over as host of The Late Show in 2015 replacing the long-running David Letterman. I will miss Dave, but honestly, I haven't really watched him much in recent years. I have really enjoyed The Colbert Report and look forward to him taking over. I would like to have seen Conan have another shot at replacing Letterman, but his network ship has probably already sailed.

A few random thoughts and predictions of mine (none of this is for sure, just what I think will happen):

1. Colbert will not keep his ultra-conservative persona for The Late Show. I think we'll see him continue his very dry and satirical approach to comedy. I assume a few bits will translate over (like "The Word" or "Tip of the Hat…"). I also think he'll keep his narcissism.

2. The Late Show will stay in the Ed Sullivan Theater (EST). CBS owns this building. It is historic and I would guess there's no need to dump it and set up shop elsewhere. The Colbert Report already records in NYC. There might be some appeal to move the show to LA, but I just don't see that happening.

3. Dates for Letterman's departure have not been finalized, but I would guess he'll wrap up in May of 2015 with Colbert taking over in the Fall to give them time to overhaul the theater. Or, Colbert sets up shop in a temporary studio for the summer and then moves to the EST once it's complete.

4. Colbert will stick pretty close to the typical format of a late night talk show. There'll be a band (as unlikely as it would be, Ben Folds comes to mind as an idea for this gig), monologue, comedy segments, he'll sit behind a desk, and there'll be guests. I can't see him bringing in a sidekick though.

5. Not only will Letterman have a year to say farewell to his television audience, but The Colbert Report shutting down also means it gets a year to say farewell. I fully expect a lot of great shows from each of them over the next year or so as they wind it down.

6. When all is said and done, Colbert will not be the ratings leader in that time slot. He'll have his audience, but his humor is too dry and he himself is not generally endearing enough to have the mass appeal he'll need to win. But, I think he'll do well enough to have a good run.

Nerd Lunch Podcast 126: Summer Nerd To-Dos 2014

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In the early part of March 2014, Atlanta was shaken to its core when the Nerd Lunch Podcast crew all met together in person for the first time. Also joined by Shawn Robare (Branded in the 80s) and Jaime Hood (Shezcrafti) of the Cult Film Club Podcast, the fearsome five recorded a podcast. Hear a report about the escapades of the crew during the visit in Atlanta and then follow that up by listening to them talk about what they are looking forward to seeing, smelling and doing this summer!

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