That fact that we've made it to 2015 is a big deal to a lot of people my age. There's a pop culture significance to the year thanks to Back to the Future. And while we don't have flying cars and Mr. Fusion, there is something I do all the time that I wouldn't have even dreamed of doing in 1985. Podcasting.
This past year was big and I want to reflect back on some of the big events before we move into 2016.
In January, I launched a new podcast along with Fourth Chair Army member, Michael May. The show is called Dragonfly Ripple: Bringing up the Next Generation of Nerd. We record it with his son and my daughter. I also do a separate segment with my son. The show focuses on Michael and I sharing our nerdy/geeky interests with our kids and getting their reactions about it.
In February, there was a hostile takeover of our show as the "Fourth Chair Army of Doom" (Shawn from Branded in the 80s, Jay from the Sexy Armpit, Rondal from Strange Kids Club and Jaime from Shezcrafti) did a discussion about cartoon villains without the regular Nerd Lunch trio.
While it turned out to be one of our least popular episodes (maybe our listeners hate musicals?), our "Nerd Lunch: The Musical" episode we did in March stands out as one of my favorites. I loved the concept, but I also loved our musical-style opening. That kicked off a trilogy of musical openings with Jay doing a band opening for episode 170 and Kay completing the hat trick on episode 171 with an awesome and unexpected song.
In April, the Nerd Lunch crew headed to Chicago for the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2. Here, we got to meet a lot of Fourth Chair Army members and record a podcast:
- Michael May
- Geek Kay
- Todd from JunkFed
- Elliott Serrano
- Andrew Bloom
- Sean Kelly
- Jen Usellis Mackay
- Christopher Rathjen
- Stacey Rader
- Christian Nielsen
- Michael DiGiovanni
In May, QK, a fictional character from Pod, James Pod was approached about being a guest on another podcast. As an extension of the James Pod show, I decided to make this happen. Although how I made it happen is probably a story for another time.
recorded a podcast. It was great to meet Jasmin from 1FineCookie, Rondal from Strange Kids Club and Miss M from Diary of Dorkette and the Eclectic Mayhem Podcast.
In September, we finally crossed over with Pax's other podcast, the Cult Film Club. On their show, we chatted about the original Mad Max trilogy, and then on our show, we drilled down on Fury Road.
We hit a big number milestone in October as we recorded our 200th episode. Jay from the Sexy Armpit and Shawn from Branded in the 80s took over our show and hosted a "roast and toast." Many familiar voices chimed in to say hi.
We also overhauled the Nerd Lunch brand. The site was tweaked, we got a new logo and in episode 208, our new theme song made its debut.
In October, I took a trip for work to New York City. I was able to get an evening to pull away for a night to join the members of the Schlock Treatment crew for a recording of their podcast. I also got to meet Jeff from the Your Weird Podcast in person.
Just in the nick of time, a major #NerdToDo was crossed off my list when we got to do a big team up/crossover with the UnderScoopFire crew. Unfortunately, their show is winding down. We talked finales on their show and then did something called "My Celebrity Posse" on ours. It was a fun time. Though their podcast is winding down, the site isn't going away and I had the opportunity to rebrand UnderScoopFire. Check out the full project on my Behance page.
In November, Pod, James Pod completed its goal of going through all the James Bond movies. We did a pseudo-final episode in December. Aaron and I want to continue doing the show in some form in the next year, but what that will be exactly, no one knows. Not even us really.
Star Wars Panel convening to talk about some of the Star Wars novels. But this is after going through all six of the pre-Force Awakens films. This was a fun, multi-part project and it gave me a new appreciation for the films. And our 2016 will begin like our 2015 ended as our first episode in the new year will be our Drill Down on The Force Awakens.
Other great episodes from 2015: