This week’s episode brings our friend Jon Olsen to the basement studios for a conversation about calendars. Jon has a long held interest in how we mark time and it makes for a broad conversation topic. We even learn why the seventh day of the week isn’t a Sunday! Jon also has the distinction of being only the second theist to appear on our podcast, a fact we almost completely ignore.
Jon will be performing The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver at the Bryant Lake Bowl in February, 2015. The show opens on the 5th and will also play on the 6th, 12th and 13th. Go see his show!
This week we get together with our friend David Elwyn Traylor to talk about holy wars. The central question is whether or not religion drives people to commit despicable acts or if it is merely one potential means to an end. We manage to do little more than scrape the surface of so broad a topic so feel free to continue the conversation in the comment section if you are so inclined. After we cut our main conversation short, David gets to ask us five questions.
On this week’s episode, we explore the Not All Like That Christians Project. Endorsed by Dan Savage in this video, the project was started to give Christians the opportunity to come out of the closet and publicly state their support for LGBT rights. Our friend Eric Knight joins us for a conversation that includes the tricky question: why is the NALT project a good thing and #notallmen a bad thing? Eric also asks us five questions and we spend a lot of time talking about vegetables.
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.
Our guest this week is Hertzey Hertz, who joins us to talk about Sunday assembly, a secular gathering for atheists/agnostics/nones who are looking for a community. While we talk a lot about the Twin Cities chapter, there are assemblies popping up all over the world. Many of the people we’ve talked to over the last two years have mentioned that the loss of a community is one of the major obstacles to shedding religion. The Sunday Assembly movement is a new movement that attempts to fill that void for some people. Of course Hertzey also gets to answer our five questions!