In the first episode of 2015, Leland and Paul stare into their scrying orbs and offer their cultural predictions for the New Year. They also talk shop about fiction writing, heap praise upon Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, express apocalypse fatigue, chat more about race and Hollywood, discuss forgotten-yet-classic episodes of the Twilight Zone, and much more. (more…)
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In this impromptu, off-the-cuff, and lightly edited holiday episode of EGAD!, Leland and Paul ostensibly discuss our favorite comfort media that we turn to in times of sickness or year end. Including: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Airplane!, comedy specials and albums new and old (Chris Rock, Maria Bamford, Wyatt Cenac, David Cross, Chelsea Handler, Eddie Murphy’s RAW, etc.), and much more. Featuring holiday classics performed by Twisted Sister and Lita Ford, Skid Row, and Porn Orchard pretending to be Peter Murphy and Tom Waits!
Other topics of seasonal cheer discussed: (more…)
Video games!!! After months of health issues and various maladies, Leland and Paul emerge from the valley of the shadow of death for a long-overdue return to podcasting. We chat about how we’ve been convalescing: lots of video games, reading, and movies and TV. We discuss the totally awesome ’90s video games awards show Cybermania ’94, Peter Dinklage’s half-assed voice acting in Destiny, plus what we’ve been playing, including The Last of Us, The Lord of the Rings, Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, Persona 4, and the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series.
In book chat, we discuss David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and Karen Russell’s Swamplandia and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. We also discuss great TV past and present, including Six Feet Under, The Knick, Deadwood, Carnivale, Hello Ladies, the impending return of Twin Peaks, and the failures and merits of Arrested Development Season 4.
Finally, we also chat about class, race, and diversity in Hollywood, Coen Brothers movies we love and don’t love, Stephen Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, the unsung greatness of Bad Boys 1 and Bad Boys 2, 2012, Tron Legacy, as well as whether John McCain and his family enjoy weekend spa retreats and vision quests in Sedona.
Back in our day, coders were either tinkering nebbishes, family members incapable of human connection, or methed-out goths wearing unfortunate facial hair and flowing trenchcoats.
With the popularity of Watch Dogs, Halt and Catch Fire, Silicon Valley, and their ilk, Leland and Paul discuss the rise of the coder as a hip cultural figure — rebel hackers, iconoclastic visionaries, and brogrammer entrepreneurs. How did people staring at a terminal embody the most relevant cultural figures of our time? And do pop culture portrayals of rebel hackers bear any resemblance to reality?
In the inaugural episode of EGAD!, Leland and Paul chat about Spike Jonze’s HER: the film, how its vision of artificial intelligence compares to other fictional, real, and hypothetical AI’s, foul-mouthed chatbots, and they imagine if George Saunders or Rod Serling had punched up the film’s script. SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Also, swears. (more…)