Thursday, July 24 2008

Episode 77: Don’t Drink and Drivel

Show Notes:
Recorded Sunday, July 20 2008 (12:30 AM - 1:30 AM) at Casa de Schmoe
    “Mike was free and in town which set in motion this bonus podcast. We study the first concert of the third leg of the tour; but we waited so long to begin, we were well in our cups by the start recording, leading to one of our wildest, loudest, most drunken episodes!

    I think the original intent was to podcast with the Alpine Valley show in the background, but instead we ended up listening to the show and partying. And then, later on, Scott remembered the RCPM show in Florida was being streamed online. (The stream was archived -- both RCPM and opening act Shurman -- and we embedded it into the blog the following morning, as seen below.)
    Also, I took advantage of Schmoe's wi-fi to do our own streaming, broadcasting some of the podcast live on Live Here is the footage from that failed experiment. The spill is Greg's. And Mike is writhing about to the Photo Booth roller coaster effect on Scott's MacBook.

Highlights from Episode 77 from ShortFatGuy on Vimeo.

That said, here are the show notes:
    00:00 - as always, Schmoe and Mike are reminiscing over then events covered in Episode 69A
    01:31 - as seen in the show notes of Episode 71
    03:20 - told you. It's Episode 2
    03:29 - I can't even remember is this made it into a show or not, but this is a reference to Mike and Schmoe texting each other in order to listen to RCPM's "Mekong" at the same time. [Oh yeah that's right: it was first mentioned in the Episode 75 transcript.]
    07:42 - from "The Nude Man" episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Season 3. And yes, I am liberally paraphrasing the skit.
    08:02 - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog had premiered the previous week, on July 15
    08:47 - know ... on the Orca? ... in the movie Jaws?
    09:56 - at long last, we've uploaded the photo in question. Check out Greg's pose here and here, and then picture Mike with his hands up by his chest like bunny paws. Actually, why not picture Mike in a whole big bunny costume? (I am reminded we made similar jokes in Episode 65 -- when Greg was in attendance!)
    12:48 - both of these were mentioned in Schmoe's ultimate setlist, also from Episode 71
    13:11 - Schmoe's fourcast was discussed in Episode 74
    18:41 - no, I think it was "Coconut Telegraph" that had the rough start
    23:29 - Sailor Jerry
    25:26 - mentioned during our "Lost Episode" (Episode 75), here's some YouTube footage of that appearance
    29:21 - Schmoe refers to the Season 2 episode of WKRP in Cincinnati titled "For Love or Money"

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Sunday, July 20 2008

RCPM in FL (Pt 2)

    Here’s the concert we watched last night: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, at Jackrabbit’s in Jacksonville FL…
    (We’ve since covered up the embedded window to keep that commercial from contantly auto-playing!)

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RCPM in FL (Pt 1)

    The concert we watched last night: Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers at Jackrabbit’s in Jacksonville FL.
    Here’s the opening act: Shurman...
    (We’ve since covered up the embedded window to keep that commercial from contantly auto-playing!)

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Saturday, July 19 2008

Episode 76: Mic Check

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, July 16 2008 (9:00 PM - 10:30 PM) at Joe's Prime Time Pub. Brownstown MI
    “Wherein our heroes talk about ... umm ... ehhh ... stuff ... kinda. And at least Mickey proves he can record and make phone calls at the same time. (Voices: Scott, Greg, Mickey, Mike, Schmoe and special guest Ashley.)

    01:45 - Kenny Chesney seeks inspiration from Mike's instrument, via Buffett News
    02:36 - Martin Guitar
    02:53 - Buffett underscores Shark Week, via Buffett News
    04:13 - the highly recommended Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the Coral Reefers
    05:53 - as discussed in Episode 71
    06:50 - Government Honey
    07:03 - Mike adds that former Government Honey guitarist "Brian Engelhart played a record 44 hours in 2005. This was on the GH website, but Jim let his URL expire and someone squatted it. So, no URL. I did some searching to find another, but all I got were hits on some kid that apparently broke the record this June."
    08:28 - I am knowingly being highly optimistic
    08:44 - ** SPOILER WARNING: he makes it **
    09:50 - Trenton's website and on Wikipedia
    10:55 - as mentioned in Episode 63
    11:18 - a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reference

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Tuesday, July 15 2008

Horrible Goodness

    Okay, okay.  Now I can reveal why I didn’t upload a new episode last week.  There was no “audio problem” [air quotes, please].  That was just our cover story.
    Simply put, there was no new show because ... how could we compete with this kind of Internet awesomeness?!

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Sunday, July 13 2008

Episode 75: The Missing Episode

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, July 9 2008 (9:30 PM - 11:00 PM) at Joe’s Prime Time Pub. Brownstown MI
    “Also know as the “Bzz, bzz-bzz-bzz, bzz, bzz” Episode.  Schmoe, Greg, Scott, Mickey, DJ, and Mike engage in another fourcast, with disastrous results.

    Mike is back in Houston, and our return to using a speakerphone was our worst attempt ever.  Maybe it’s because it’s the first time we’ve tried this at Joe’s Prime Time, maybe it’s because I don’t know what I’m doing, maybe I should set everything up before I start drinking; but, not only did we get GSM noise again, we got continual and constant GSM noise!
    I tried playing around with the recording but there’s no way to salvage it.  I tried turning it mono (using the side with slightly less buzz), I tried re-equalizing it, I tried various filters, but nothing worked well enough.  The more I try to phase out the GSM noise the more I lose in overall audio quality; and the less tweaking I do the more annoyingly unlistenable it stays.
    So here’s a compromise.
    Instead of the usual MP3 in our podcast feed, I’ve typed up a transcript of the recording.  Download the PDF here or read it below, and this way we can share what we recorded without your having to suffer through listening to it.  Pretend it’s just like one of our other shows.  Or get some friends together and act out all the parts.  (Make sure to use some kind of effect for Mike, such as talking into a coffee can.)

    For the heck of it, we turned the transcript into an ebook for Kindle, too.  You can buy it from Amazon’s Kindle Store (for a 99ยข fee, mind you) or you add it manually by downloading it here (for free).  We have a free ePub version as well, for iPads and Nooks.
    Update: added August 29, here’s an outtake, videotaped after the show, where Greg gives his review of the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker:

Greg Reviews the Frozen Concoction Maker (HD) from ShortFatGuy on Vimeo.

      >  Download Episode 75 as a PDF

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