• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 15: Nichelle Nichols at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 15: From Fan Expo 2013, the incredible Nichelle Nichols.

     

    00:06 Music

    Split In Synapse courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

     

    00:15 Intro

    A quick intro for the Nichelle Nichols Q&A, noting how awesome she is and the work she’s done for NASA outside of Star Trek.

     

    01:19 The Q&A

    Nichelle Nichols speaking to the fans.

     

    35:10 News

    A nice, vague explanation of why this episode was probably late releasing.

     

    35:38 Classics of Geek Cinema

    Five genre movie recommendations from 1981.

    35:51 Clash of the Titans

    36:50 Condorman

    38:13 History of the World, Part 1

    39:34 Modern Problems

    40:57 Outland

     

    42:39 Anime Corner

    Kotoura-san, a 13-episode series centring around a girl who was born with the ability to read minds and the slow exiting of her shell to find a group of friends who care about her.

     

    44:40 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Closing music George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

    46:03 Blooper

    Well, sort of.

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    DoG Ep 14: George Takei at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 14: From Fan Expo 2013, actor, activist, and breaker of stereo types, George Takei.

     

    00:10 Music

    Split In Synapse courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

     

    00:18 Intro

    A brief intro to Uncle George and how, to me, he’ll always be Mr. Sulu. Of course, you probably also know him as a social media giant and human rights activist.

     

    01:02 The Q&A

    George Takei speaking to the fans and taking a few questions.

     

    39:50 News

    Sadly, we missed Montreal Comic Con. I whine for a moment in hopes that someone captured some audio. I have found a teensy bit of video online, but not nearly enough. I also mention that we’re planning to attend Quinte Mini Con.

     

    40:27 Geekness & The Real World

    Where I share my thoughts on online activism―slacktivism as it’s often referred to―and why it’s actually a good thing.

     

    32:14 Anime Corner

    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The first of the Studio Ghibli films, before there was even a Studio Ghibli, and unquestionably a masterpiece of animation spearheaded by Miyazaki Hayao. There’s a manga too, and I suddenly need to read it.

     

    45:45 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Closing music George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

     

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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    DoG Ep 13: Andrea Libman and Cathy Weseluck at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 13: From Fan Expo 2013, Cathy Weseluck & Andrea Libman, plus a little bit of recovery from Fan Expo 2014.

     

    00:11 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

     

    00:19 Intro

    A very brief note on Bronie culture, and how Fan Expo is over.

     

    00:53 Main

    Andrea Libman is the voice of both Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy as well as a number of background ponies who only get occasional lines. She’s done a tremendous amount of voice work outside of the MLP universe, running back to being only two years old.

    Cathy Weseluck has an even more eclectic body of work including a fair bit of anime voice overs in English and the occasional live action appearance. She predominately voices Spike for MLP, but also takes care of Mayor Mare and minor characters here and there.

    01:46 The Q&A

    Andrea and Cathy in front of the microphones.

    1:00:34 News

    I talk briefly (or what I think is, but probably isn’t) about our Fan Expo 2014 experience and why there won’t be a 2015 for me.

     

    1:04:28 Anime Corner

    Chi’s Sweet Home and Chi’s New Address. This is a three-minute kids anime with a total of 208 episodes between the two seasons, but is entirely worthwhile for the whole family or for anyone who likes cats. Cute and funny at the same time.

     

    1:06:05 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod atincompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

     

    1:07:31 Blooper

     

    Yup, there actually is one this time, though it’s probably not as funny as it was irritating to me.

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    DoG Ep 12: Ian McDiarmid at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 12: From Fan Expo 2013, the Dark Lord of the Sith, all hail Emperor Palpatine, umm, Ian McDiarmid.

    00:08 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

    00:17Intro

    I mention that it’s been a pretty geeky summer so far, and Fan Expo is still to come.

    01:05Main

    “Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen it.”

    Ian McDiarmid has had a tremendous career on stage and screen. His film work might work around his stage career, but he’s always a pleasure to see in something. Probably the best acting in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

    01:49Main

    The Q&A itself.

    47:58 News

    Fan Expo is looking a little rough this year. I briefly talk about the so far disappointing schedule and blatant money grab. My hopes for things appear to be a little tarnished at this point, but I’m still looking forward to going because I love taking my family to conventions.

    Because of the lack of his own Q&A and the fact that he’s only on stage for a premium event I haven’t decided I want to pay extra for, Patrick Stewart may not be on my must see list this con, which is probably my biggest source of disappointment at the moment.

    Scheduling conflicts are going to limit a couple of other things, too. I’ve got some hard choices to make.

    51:33Outro

    Contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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    DoG Ep 11: Stan Lee at Fan Expo 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 11: From Fan Expo 2013, Stan “The Man” Lee.

    00:06 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

    00:15Intro

    I mention that I’ve been seduced by Fan Expo again this year and promise to talk more about it after the Q&A.

    00:44 Main

    “Excelsior!” Crediting Stan Lee as more or less the creator of the Marvel universe as we know it, and spending a couple of sentences about how I’m an X-Men fan and don’t know where my comic tastes would have wound up without him.The first couple of minutes of the Q&A are missing due to a small technical mishap, but the rest is intact through the applause and he comes through quite clearly.

    02:14 Main

    The Q&A itself.

    45:47 News

    Fan Expo, where the crowd and traffic flow gets worse every year because the con gets bigger every year and the company running things doesn’t seem to worry about how tightly they pack us in or how small a space they make us all walk through to get from one building to the other.

    But they are bringing in a lot of famous folks I’d like to see this year.

    My “must see” list: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Adam West and Burt Ward.

    On the family “must see” list so far: Elijah Wood, Ted Raimi, Dan Parent, Andrewa Libman and Tabitha St. Germain (My Little Pony), Brental Floss, Trina Nishimura (Attack on Titan). But we’re waiting for a final schedule.

    My “really want to see list”: Hulk Hogan, Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Matt Smith, Bruce Campbell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Park, Robert England, Ed Greenwood, Rick Green, Tom Cook. Those last two weren’t on the list when I recorded but have been added to theFan Expo website since.

    48:49Outro

    Contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 10: Leonard Nimoy at OCC 2014

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 10: From Ottawa Comic Con 2014, Live via Skype, the legendary Leonard Nimoy.

    00:09 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

    00:17 Intro

    Where I note how it’s been too long since an episode without saying exactly how long and then move straight to the Leonard Nimoy Q&A.

    00:48 Main

    A quick gathering of famous Spock quotes to introduce the Q&A. Mr. Nimoy covered a fair bit of ground during the Q&A, which was unfortunately crashed by Karl Urban for a couple of minutes, most of it Star Trek related, but he also briefly mentioned other parts of his career, including the often missed Zombies of the Stratosphere.

    47:31 News

    Noting that July 29th is both Wil Wheaton‘s birthday and Don’t Be A Dick Day. Celebrate by not being a dick.

    48:30 Outro

    Contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License)

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  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 09: James Hong at FE 2013

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 9: From FanExpo 2013, the awesome James Hong.

     

    00:07 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

     

    00:15Intro

    A very quick note on how this episode leaves off all of the extras beyond the Celebrity Q&A. This is due to a severe lack of free time lately resulting in practically no recording. I’m going to try this streamlined format for a few episodes until the real world settles down for me and then we’ll see about adding things back in.

     

    00:47Main

    Borrowing a quote from Big Trouble in Little China, I give a short introduction to the James Hong Q&A. During the session, he talked about Big Trouble,Wayne’s World 2, Chinese Frankenstein, voice work, equality, and aging, among other things. He also hopped down from the stage and displayed a little dancing skill.

     

    45:45Outro

    Yes, it really is that short.

    Contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod atincompetch.com

     

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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    DoG Ep 08: William Shatner and Patrick Stewart at MCC 2012

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    0:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 8: William Shatner and Patrick Steward share the stage at MCC. Plus, and Forgotten Geek Cinema of 1980.

    00:11 Music

    Instead of the normal “Split In Synapse” (courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com), I’m using the traditiona l“Space, the Final Frontier” speech from Star Trek, but split between Captains Kik and Picard.

    00:47 Intro

    And with good reason: the celebrity Q&A is none other than Captains Kirk and Picard, together on stage at Montreal Comic Con September 2012. In front of it, I make note of remembering the fist time I saw TNG.

    01:53Main

    Noting that the Captains were a bonus event at MCC, and one that could, and I think should, have gone on much longer. They were tremendously entertaining on stage together. Plus, there was a mystery guest.

    01:07:00Secondary Topic

    Audio of a trailer for and a bit of opinion on three genre movies from 1980 that you may (or may not) have overlooked:

    1. Airplane!

    2. Flash Gordon

    3. Popeye

    01:21:22Geekness and the Real World

    Planning attendance at Toronto Comic Con in early March. I’ll try to be visible. If by some strange coincidence you recognize me, don’t be afraid to say hi.

    01:22:21Anime Corner

    Talking briefly this week about my favourite Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away. It’s a wonderfully imagined and rendered story of a ten year old girl forced to find her way, keep herself, and rescue her parents in a world of strange creatures and bizarre spirits.

    Highly, highly recommended.

    01:24:26 Star Trek TOS Re-Watch

    Episode: “The Naked Time

    I play the original TV teaser and offer a brief synopsis, some thoughts and opinions. (This is a great episode, but doesn’t quite make my top 10. Close, though.)

    Overlooked Character/Actor: Lt. Kevin Riley, played by Bruce Hyde.

    Best Line: several quoted, but I finally went with the defining classic

    Sulu: “I’ll protect you, fair maiden.”

    Uhura: “Sorry, neither.”

    Scoring:

    Casualities (R/G/B): 0/0/1

    Emotions displayed by emotionless Vulcan: 1

    He’s dead, Jim: almost 1, but it’s spoken by Nurse Chapel to McCoy.

    Recommendation:

    Watch this one. It’s a lot of fun.

    01:36:14 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

     

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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    DoG Ep 07: William Shatner at MCC 2012

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 7: Captain Kirk on stage from Montreal Comic Con 2012. Plus Geek Holidays and “The Man Trap”.

    00:11 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

    00:21 Intro

    Intro quote is from Star Trek, The Original Series because the celebrity Q&A is none other than Captain Kirk, seen at Montreal Comic Con 2012.

    02:14 Q&A

    Yes, I said Captain Kirk. My son and I spent one day at Montreal Comic Con 2012, and it was the day William Shatner was on stage in the afternoon, then joined by Patrick Stewart in the evening, but that will be for next episode.

    1:07:53 News

    Apologizing for not bringing the Christopher Lloyd Q&A from Fan Expo 2012 this episode. It was the plan, but the audio isn’t salvageable. Between recording on my phone from the middle of the audience and the truly awful sound system in use, I couldn’t retrieve enough of Mr. Lloyd’s voice to make it worth listening to. Perhaps someone with better audio skills than mine might do better, but I’m told the initial recording has too much base and too much system noise in it, so probably not.

    We’re planning to go to Ottawa Comicon this year, and he’s been announced as a guest there. I intend to catch him again for hopefully a full Q&A session (FanExpo doesn’t always do well at scheduling, so he was on stage for less than 40 minutes), and plan for better audio then.

    There’s also a little blurb here about some format adjustments. Bi-weekly, less scripting, slightly longer episodes. Now I just need to figure out how to change the description in iTunes.

    And a note about how apparently half of all podcasts don’t make it past episode 7. So as long as I release the next episode, I’m in the top half. The next benchmark is supposed to be 22 episodes. A long way in the future, I think.

    1:10:27 Geek Stuff

    Which for this episode is a quick run down of some of my favourite geek holidays or celebrations. For Reference:

    January 27: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

    February 12: Darwin Day (break out the Chuck Darwin memes)

    March 14: Pi Day (3.14)

    April 12: Yuri’s Night (anniversary of 1st Human Space Flight)

    May 25: Towel Day

    June 12: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    July 20: Moon Day (1969)

    July 29: Don’t Be A Dick Day

    August 6: World Wide Web Day (1991 – First html browser)

    September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

    October 15: http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hagfish-day/. Celebrating that beauty isn’t everything.

    November 9: Carl Sagan Day (his birthday—he’d be 80 this year)

    December 5: Day of the Ninja

    By no means all, but I don’t want to talk for hours about all the little observances and acknowledgements we might manage.

    1:15:27 Anime Corner

    New-ish segment where I’m going to offer up an anime series or movie for your possible enjoyment. A fair bit of anime gets watched in our house, and I’m going to peel out the good stuff, or at least the stuff I really like. Series will typically be shorter, complete works. This week:

    Otome Yōkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro)

    Synopsis: set in an alternate Japan during westernization, the early Meiji period, I guess, we follow the adventures of the small staff of the Ministry of Spirit Affairs. Spirits in the Japanese sense, so supernatural creatures rather than ghosts, mainly 3 young Lieutenants and the half spirit girls assigned to work with them. The Ministry is tasked with solving problems that occur between humans and spirits. Of course, the primary protagonists have problems of their own. Zakuro, the title character, is not thrilled by westernization and doesn’t like humans who embrace it, and her partner Agemaki has spirit-phobia due to an incident in his childhood.

    13 episodes of fantastic fun, adventure, and romance. Aired in 2010 in Japan and on Crunchyroll. Based on the manga series, ongoing in Comic Birds and collected in volumes of 6 or 7 chapters each. Volume 9 releasing in March 2014.

    1:17:53 Star Trek TOS Re-Watch

    Episode: “The Man Trap

    I play the original TV teaser and offer a brief (but maybe not brief enough) synopsis, give some briefer thoughts and comments the story, characters, and theme.

    Scoring:

    Casualities (R/G/B): 0/1/2 + 1 Rad Suit (which I’m going to count as Red)

    He’s dead, Jim: 2

    Best Line: Fortunately, my ancestors spawned in another ocean than yours did. (Spock)

    Overlooked Character/Actor: Crewman Green played by

    Recommendation: A fun episode, if you like monster hunts, but not even close to one of my favourites.

    1:25:05 Outro

    In which I offer contact info:

    Next episode 14 days from today, even if it ends civilization as we know it, and it might. Thanks for listening, and be well, everyone.

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Some sounds provided by the Free Sound Project.

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

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  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 06: Interview with Amanda Sun

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    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 6: with Amanda Sun, recorded at Ad Astra 2013.

     

    00:05 Music

    “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.

     

    00:13 Intro

    Where I offer some contact info and then quote Bilbo Baggins on how dangerous it is to leave your front door because you don’t know where you’ll wind up. I make the point that the same is true of books.

     

    01:12 Main

    A very quick intro to the ancient interview with Amanda Sun (it was recorded in April).

     

    02:01 Main

    The Interview.

    Amanda talks mostly about Ink, touching on characters, kendo, kami, locations in, and background for the story. We find out things about her like her love of gaming and anime, and cosplay, and a preference for tea over coffee.

    Contact info for Amanda:

    Web site: www.amandasunbooks.com

    Twitter: @Amanda_Sun

    Facebook: Amanda Sun Books

     

    25:54 News

    A very short recap of Quinte Mini Con, which took place November 9th and 10th this year. And the really cool Christmas present I got out of it. I note that we’ll be at Frost Con, which is a 1-day convention in Toronto on the 14th of December.

     

    30:19 Media Consumption

    The part of the show where I very briefly talk about the geeky media I’ve consumed since recording the last episode. Very briefly as it’s been a busy week and there hasn’t been a lot.

    Movies

    Futurama: Bender’s Big Score. The best of the four Futurama films, I think, though your mileage may vary.

    Television (sort of)

    Hitalia – an anime told in 5-minute chunks about the history of World War II (sort of). The characters are all personifications of nations. (Netflix)

    Otome Yōkai Zakuro (Maiden Spirit Zakuro). A 13-episde anime series set during the westernization of an alternate Japan with Spirits and Humans having to learn to live together in a more modern world. (Crunchy Roll)

    Star Trek TOS: “The Enemy Within”.

    Books:

    I’m going through one of those periods where every book I try to read doesn’t excite me enough in the first couple of chapters to continue reading. Years ago, I realized that there are far too many books I’m going to enjoy to spend the time waiting for ones I’m not to get better. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not good, they’re just not good for me. I have hopes for the book I’m picking up tonight.

     

    32:55 Star Trek TOS Re-Watch

    Episode: “The Enemy Within

    I play the original TV teaser and offer a brief (but maybe not brief enough) synopsis, give some thoughts comments the story, characters, and Jekyll and Hyde theme.

    I pick two overlooked Character/Actors this week: Crewman Fisher played by Ed Madden, and Crewman Wilson played by Garland Thompson.

    Scoring:

    No casualties this week, except that poor unicorn dog because of the transporter accident.

    Shirtless Kirk #2!

    First occurrence of “He’s dead, Jim.” (That poor unicorn dog.)

    First nerve pinch.

    And I’m thinking about counting transporter accidents.

    Best Line is from Spock this week:

    “Being split in two halves is no theory with me, Doctor. I have a human half, you see, as well as an alien half, submerged, constantly at war with each other. Personal experience, Doctor. I survive it because my intelligence wins over both, makes them live together.”

    And finally, I give my opinion and recommendation for this episode.

     

    46:08 Outro

    In which I again offer contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).

     

     

    XX:XX Blooper. No blooper this week. Which is not to say I didn’t make any mistakes recording, because there were plenty, but none of them were funny. There were more instances than usual of me telling myself to slow down, but not all that entertaining, really.

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