This week we take a look at the fallout in the Atheism movement following some poorly chosen comments by “leaders” in the movement like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. The strength of the atheist movement is our combined distaste for organized leadership. It is also a weakness. We examine that dichotomy and try to figure out if there is a way to balance them. Of course, we also get to read five answers from one of our listeners! This week, our answers come all the way from Scotland!
This week, we gathered in the basement studio to talk about geeky media we plan to consume over the next month or so. There are video releases, movies, tabletop and video games, television shows, and even one book! We may not have managed to touch on everything but we get pretty solid coverage on most topics. If we missed something, we hope you will enlighten us in the comments!
This week, we decided to have a discussion about the new incarnation of The Doctor – Peter Capaldi. While our opinions on the series as a whole are decidedly mixed, we all have positive opinions about Capaldi. We talk about Clara, the Victorian Scooby Gang, and Steven Moffat. We also spend a little while on the 50th anniversary special and the War Doctor. Given we are not super fans, we probably get some facts wrong. Feel free to correct us in the comments!
This episode is pretty mellow because we were all operating at high levels of sleep deprivation. The 2014 Minnesota Renaissance Festival is behind us and yet this geeky boner episode is filled with memories of a season just gone by. Molly, though, does manage to get hard about something that is not the festival so you can fast forward to her her part if you don’t want to listen to us blather on about being street performers. We also read a listener’s answers for the first time in a while. Enjoy our exhaustion!
This week, we sat down with Tony Miller and Ronn Bauman to watch “Dark Dungeons,” a faithful adaptation of a Chick Tract of the same name. For those unaware, Chick Tracks are fundamentalist comic books and the makers of the film got permission to adapt this particular comic as long as they did not produce something satirical. Instead, they produced something far more entertaining. The four of us watched the film and then recorded a episode that started with our response to the film and then moved into our thoughts on religion, performing and, above all, gaming. Our role playing pasts are laid bare for all to see! We hope you have as much listening as we had recording.
Correction: on the closing stinger, Nick says that Dark Dungeons costs $2.50. Actually, the extras cost $2.50. The movie itself costs $5.00. Sorry for the error.
Another recording in the trailer studios brought Ronn Bauman back to our show! This time, Ronn suggested we talk about having an atheist crisis of “faith.” We talked about superstitions, hopes for what we know aren’t true and other ways that we, as atheists, sometimes still “believe.” Or at least we want to. At the end of the episode, Ronn was asked five questions submitted by our listeners. A note about the recording: Tim had the wrong microphone settings on the computer for this episode so the sound is a little bit clipped and tinny. Sorry about that!
This weeks episode is our annual visit with our friend Tony Miller! Tony suggested we discuss Proselytizing and while we all had some ideas where that topic would go, we found ourselves exploring a great many topics that all related back to the same central point. For the second straight week we talked about abortion so you can look forward to that. Then Tony asked us five very thoughtful questions and we provided him with thoughtful answers. It’s a very thoughtful show filled to the brim with thoughts. Enjoy!
This week we recorded our episode on site at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with Byron Miller, proprietor of Broomhilde, where you can get handmade brooms, walking sticks, and wands. We talked with Byron about getting into arguments on the internet. Specifically, we talked about what we will argue about and what arguments we choose to avoid. When Byron got a crack at our five questions, we were able to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy again!
I just finished reading the first issue, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on it:
Parallel Man is a science adventure comic. Much in the same way that Star Trek, Blake’s 7 or even Doctor Who can have just about an unlimited number of exciting settings, PM is the same. Rather than travelling though space or time (and space), Parallel Man deals with Skip Technology that allows you to jump between multiple Earths. Some of them are fungus worlds, others are populated by reptilian humanoids, and many have been dominated by a threat that is revealed in this premier issue.
Rather than expanding their empire out, these people have expanded their empire sideways, into different Earths. This seems to have led to amassing some pretty awesome technology, and most of it is demonstrated rather than explained, something I’ve always been partial to in comic book storytelling.
Comics are a visual medium, and as such, Parallel Man doesn’t rely on exposition to convey what’s happening, they show it and you pick it up as you go, because you’re clever and don’t need to have your hand held though a comic.
First issues are tricky. They have more weight to pull than any other issue in a series, because they need to introduce the reader to this world and the characters in it, give you just enough plot to set the hook, and then somehow make you give a shit in only about 30 pages. First issues can be clunky, but I think Parallel Man pulled it off well. They dive right in, and by the time the issue is over, I wanted more.
Parallel Man: Invasion America #1 comes out October 8th. I’d highly recommend talking to your Local Comic Shop to pre-order an issue. As it’s a new comic by a new publisher, there’s a good chance they won’t pre-order a ton of them, and you should check it out.
This could be the start of something big. Future Dude is planning animation, mobile games, and deck builder games all running… in parallel. Here’s some preview animation, with some release date info.
This week we gathered in the luxurious trailer studios to record an episode with our friend Eric Thompson. Eric (like Tim) grew up in the Catholic Church and he takes us on an exploration of the difference between being devout and being bored. We learn how Tim ditched church with the help of his Father (who had once been in school to be a Catholic priest), Eric’s Tattoo, and a lot of other interesting things. Eric also has some good answers for our five questions.