DNA Podcast 092 – Police in Popular Culture

In this episode, Don and Rob take a look at the messy history of the police in popular culture. Starting off with a history of the police themselves, the pair explore how police stories are very much a reflection of the society which produces them, and how we seem to alternate between two forms of cop story in the modern era depending on society’s mood. All this, and why Sherlock Holmes was the original Deadpool, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Criminals in Popular Culture DNA Podcast
A History of Police
Sheriff
Robin Hood
Yakuza
Sam Vimes – Discworld
Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Pinkertons
The Moonstone (first Police Detective Novel)
Sherlock Holmes
The Keystone Kops
Dick Tracey
Bulldog Drummond
Dragnet
Serial Podcast
G-Men Movies
Heart to Heart
McMillan and Wife
Columbo
Dirty Harry
S.W.A.T.
Miami Vice
ADAM 12
C.H.I.P.S.
Hill Street Blues
Sledge HAMMER
COPS
Cop Rock
NYPD Blue
LAW and ORDER
LAW and ORDER: Criminal Intent
C.S.I.
VG CATS – 67 – Choice Words
CSI Zoom and Enhance Meme
Murder She Wrote
The Mentalist
Matlock
Elementary TV Series


DNA Podcast 091 – tReading the Path of Heaven

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with Jonathan Kinney and Richard Curtissmith from the tReading the Path of Heaven podcast to talk about Asian Light Novels and webnovels. The four of them discuss the differences between Japanese, Korean, and Chinese webnovels, some of their favorites, and what makes webnovels characters unique. All this, and why being merciful to your enemies is being merciless to yourself, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Treading the Path of Heaven Podcast
Wuxiaworld.com
Novelupdates.com
Light Novel Bastion
QiDian-Webnovel.com
SPCNET.tv Forums
Shalvation Translations
Gravity Tales
Coiling Dragon
Readlightnovel.org
RE:Monster
Jin Yong
Gu Long
Haruhi Suzumiya
Sword Art Online
Arifureta
Escaflowne
Truck-kun
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Rising of the Shield Hero
So I’m a Spider, so what?
Dungeon Defense
MMORPGs
Isekai
Overgeared
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Seoul Station’s Necromancer
Everyone Else is a Returnee
Dimensional Sovereign
Murim
I Level Alone/Solo Leveling
Tales of Demons and Gods
New Game Plus
I Shall Seal the Heavens
DNA Interview with Deathblade
The King’s Avatar
Against the Gods
Desolate Era
The Deathmage Who Doesn’t Want a Fourth Time
Martial God Asura
Nine Star Hegemon Body Art
The Dao Heart
Martial World
Gurren Lagann
Hunter x Hunter
Tenchi Muyo!
High School DxD
The Tutorial is Too Hard!
Rainbow Turtle


DNA Episode 90 – Crime and Villainy in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don delve into society’s dark underbelly and explore how popular culture and our image of criminals have become intertwined. Along the way, the pair discuss where our concepts of villainy come from, how the roles of hero and villain have switched places over history, and how TV and movies have shaped how criminals see themselves. All this, and Don’s unhealthy obsession with 60s Youth Gone Wild films, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Gilgamesh
Druids
Jack the Ripper
Marijuanna
The Black Panthers
Bonnie and Clyde
Cowboy Cop (TV tropes)
The Yakuza
Troubled Teen Films
Japanese 70’s Exploitation Films (Yes, that’s a real movie)
Doc Savage
Dirty Harry
Knight Rider
Magnum PI
Revenge of the Nerds
PORKY’S
Dragnet and the 50’s version
Holmes and Yoyo
ADAM-12
CHIPS
Hill Street Blues
Matlock
T.J Hooker
The Six Million Dollar Man
Andre the Giant
Sandy Duncan
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors Bigfoot Andre The Giant Clip
Silence of the Lambs
The Godfather
Scarface
Bosozoku
Yanki Subculture
Tanuki
Ganguro Culture
Japanese Street Fashion (wikipedia)
I Accuse My Parents
Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
Judge Death
The Comics Code
Von Hoffman’s Invasion
Tales from the Tour Bus
Take This Job and Shove It


The Next Episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs Will Air May 17th

Set your podcatchers, folks! The next episode of DNA goodness (or badness, since it’s about crime and villainy in pop culture!) will air on May 17th, 2019.

Don’t miss it!

Rob

 


DNA Podcast 089 – Mysticism Continued with Lothar Tuppan and David Towers

Following up on the last episode, Don and Rob continue their exploration into the world of the occult with new guest Lothar Tuppan and returning guest David Towers. The four of them pick up where Dave left off, giving more context to the ancient Abrahamic origins of modern mystic thought, and then tumble forward in time to discuss not just European approaches to mysticism, but African and Asian perspectives as well. Along the way, the four discuss the mythical figure of Hermes Trismegistus, how the Nag Hammadi Scriptures changed everything, and the real meaning of working magic. All this, and the secret power of memory theatres, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Note: Apologies for the audio quality on this one and the previous one. We’ve been forced to use SKYPE’s built-in recording system, which is a bit unstable.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Lothar Tuppan
Jack Hunter
Jeffrey Kripal
The Book of Ezekiel
Merkabah mysticism
The Cult of the Saints
Hermes Trismegistus
Hermeticism
The Kabbalah
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Traditional Religion and Revealed Religion
Abrahammic Religion
The Zohar
The Picatrix
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
John Dee
John Dee and the Empire of Angels by Jason Louv
Sir Francis Bacon
Giordano Bruno
Memory Theatres
The Magicians of the Golden Dawn
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Jacob’s Ladder
The Diary of a Drug Fiend
The Death and Resurrection Show
Marcus Tullius Cicero


DNA Podcast 088 – Mysticism with David Towers

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Don’s old friend David Towers to discuss mysticism. Dave has had a lifelong interest in the subject, and he shares the fruits of his research with the pair. Spiraling off from Don and Rob’s earlier episode about the Satanic Panic, the three of them delve deep into the origins of pop culture mysticism and the role it plays in our lives. Along the way, they discuss Aleister Crowley, the Rosicrucians, and how the Freemasons got their reputation for being keepers of mystic knowledge. All this, plus Dave’s answer to the meaning of mysticism in our lives, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Satanism
The Satanic Panic
Mysticism
Anton Lavey
Aleister Crowley
John K King Books in Detroit
The Golden Dawn
Freemasons
Ordo Templi Orientis
Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons
Black Sabbath (This is the one everybody’ll recognize)
Rosicrucians
Alchemy
The Golden Bough
The Order (TV)
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Library of Alexandria
The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis
National Treasure
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


DNA Podcast 087 – Automating Tabletop Gaming with Brian Welcher

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with teacher, martial artist, and gamer Brian Welcher to discuss his project to automate some parts of tabletop gaming. The three discuss how Brian first got into gaming, and how his fascination with the RPG Pathfinder led him to look for ways to create scripts that would control the actions of absent players and NPCs. It’s a fascinating discussion that leads to questions about what games actually are, and the possibilities of players being able to work co-operatively in wargaming instead of against each other. All this, and the bard with the worst luck ever, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:
Brian’s Email: sackvilledm@gmail.com
Dungeons and Dragons First Edition
Pathfinder
Palladium Fantasy
Robotech RPG
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG
Warhammer
Panzer Leader
Avalon Hill Game Company
Dust 1947
Bolt Action
Flames of War
Battletech
Mekwars.org – Classic Battletech Campaign and Server (I was wrong, it isn’t solo, but just online play- Rob)
Thorn Battlemech
Fallout Tabletop Game
Albedo RPG
Call of Chthulu
The Walking Dead: All Out War Tabletop Game
Creative Commons


DNA Episode 086 – Interview with Lee Gold

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with the incomparable Lee Gold to discuss her life as an early RPG designer, editor of the long-running APA Alarums and Excursions, and filk songwriter. Along the way, the trio discuss the history of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), how she started her APA, and some of Lee’s memories of the early days of fandom. All this, and a sample of Lee and her husband Barry’s singing, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Lee Gold Wikipedia
Alarums and Excursions
Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS)
APA-L
DRAGON Magazine
Amazon Cannot Ship to Australia
Chivalry and Sorcery
Steve Perrin
Fanzines
Worldcon
Westercon
Gary Gygax
Jackals Fattening on a Lion’s Kill by Gary Gygax
Could you repeat that in Auld Wormish? by Lee Gold
ORGINS Convention
Issac Asimov Foundation Trilogy
SLAN by A.E. Van Vogt
Lensmen by E.E. Doc Smith
Doomed Lensmen by Sybly Whyte
Skylark of Space
Filk Songs
Tunnels and Trolls (or here)
Superhero 2044
Toyo 2000 Basic Kanji Characters
Lands of Adventure RPG
Fantasy Games Unlimited
GURPS Japan
You Bash the Balrog and I’ll Climb the Tree
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
Liaden Series by Sharon lee and Steve Miller
In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan Series


DNA Podcast 085 – Media and the Law

In this episode, Rob, Don and Jack Ward discuss the relationships between the law and entertainment media. These three gumshoes leave no stone unturned as they delve into the seedy and often antagonistic relationship between those who make the rules and those who make the fun. Along the way, they discuss how copyright law has affected Audio Drama, real-life superheroes, and a surprising amount of adult material. All this, and why the king of Prussia was one sneaky S.O.B., is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Google Books Uncovers Massive Plagiarism
How Mickey and Superman Changed Copyright Law
Broken Sea Audio
Conan the Barbarian Copyright Issues
The History of Trademarks
The History of Copyright
History of Disclaimers
Disney
DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Pendant Productions
Brampton Batman
The Crimson Canuck
Batman Dead End
Spider-Man in Television
Audio Drama Ratings System
A History of PG-13
Dreams of Fisherman’s Wife by Hokusai (NSFW)
Libel
Slander
Parody
Ratings Systems
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Marg Warrior Princess
Star Trek: The Next Generation a XXX Parody (Trailer)
The Air Pirates
Censorship
Friendly Franks – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Japanese Comic Book Demographics
Inspector Kurokochi
King of Prussia Markets Potatoes
Chinpokomon South Park

 

Jack’s Notes:

Lone Ranger Unmasked
http://mentalfloss.com/article/12536/court-ordered-unmasking-lone-ranger
But Moore’s career hit a speed bump in 1978, when Jack Wrather, who still owned the rights to the character, obtained a court order barring him from appearing in public as the Lone Ranger. The suit came because Universal Pictures felt it was time for a new take on the legendary masked man.
After a year-long court battle, Moore lost the right to wear the mask in 1979, a move that devastated both him and his fans. Moore was quoted as saying, “It felt like a slap in the face.”

Gary McKinnon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_McKinnon
McKinnon stated that he was able to get into the military’s networks simply by using a Perl script that searched for blank passwords; in other words his report suggests that there were computers on these networks with the default passwords active.
He said he investigated a NASA photographic expert’s claim that at the Johnson Space Center’s Building 8, images were regularly cleaned of evidence of UFO craft, and confirmed this, comparing the raw originals with the “processed” images. He stated to have viewed a detailed image of “something not man-made” and “cigar shaped” floating above the northern hemisphere, and assuming his viewing would be undisrupted owing to the hour, he did not think of capturing the image because he was “bedazzled”, and therefore did not think of securing it with the screen capture function in the software at the point when his connection was interrupted.

Real Life Superheroes
https://listverse.com/2013/03/24/10-outrageous-real-life-superheroes/
Knight Warrior- Supernatural Power- to make the world a better place
Although he doesn’t have any combat training, gadgets, weapons, or identifiable means of protection, he does have a flashy costume, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get people’s attention. According to him, “When people see me coming up it does tend to stun them into silence.” Knight Warrior lives with his mother.

Wheel Clamp Man

His main “heroic” activity is a full-fledged crime—he patrols Perth with an angle grinder and cuts wheel clamps off cars that have been illegally parked.Dressed in a skintight green leotard, rainbow socks, and a glue-on mustache, Wheel Clamp Man has only been working in the area for a relatively short time, but motorists are grateful for his help in helping them avoid a $135 fine.

Dark Guardian

New York, Inspiring video taking out a drug dealer out of the park
https://vimeo.com/3529737

Captain Australia

With gardening gloves flexed and ampersat blazing, Captain Australia is waging a one-man war against crime in Fortitude Valley. In his day life he’s a stay-at-home father of two, but a desire to clean up Queensland’s streets has motivated him to put together a makeshift costume and patrol some of the “seedier areas” of Brisbane at night.

Thanatos

Vancouver! Wearing a black trench coat, black hat, and a green skull mask, Thanatos takes a community involvement approach to vigilante justice, passing out food and clothing to people on the street, even though he still keeps an eye out for any crimes that cross his path.

Phoenix Jones

Seattle Washington is an MMA fighter. Bullet proof vest and armor plating

The Flashing Blade

Has only been involved in one incident so far, but it was definitely bizarre. A gang armed with chains and knives attacked two detectives in South Shields in 2007. The detectives were unarmed, but out of nowhere a man leaped into the fight, swinging a katana and shouting, “Leave him alone, he’s a police officer!” The sword caught one of the gang members on the arm, and the rest of them turned and ran, according to the report.After the detectives were safe, The Flashing Blade disappeared and was never seen again. The only description the police got was that he was white, in his 40s, and had a mustache. So, be on the lookout.

Chinese Redbud Woman.
http://www.chinahush.com/2011/12/31/female-superhero-chinese-redbud-woman-appears-in-beijing/
She has been spotted several times in Beijing wearing a mask and cape and handing out food to homeless people on the streets.Are these people vigilantes, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger, or are they actually making a difference in whatever way they can?

Paramount and Axanar
https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/21/cbs-and-paramount-settle-lawsuit-with-star-trek-fan-film/
Official fan guidelines. Specifically, the production can only be 30 minutes long in total, and even then it has to be split into two parts. The Axanar film also can’t have “Star Trek” in the title, cannot use public crowd-funding and may not compensate any of the professional talent for their work.

Flagpole sitting
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_sitting
Flagpole sitting was a fad in the mid-to-late 1920s. The fad was begun by stunt actor and former sailor[2] Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly, who sat on a flagpole, either on a dare by a friend[3] or as a publicity stunt.[2] Shipwreck’s initial 1924 sit lasted 13 hours and 13 minutes. It soon became a fad with other contestants setting records of 12, 17 and 21 days. In 1929, Shipwreck decided to reclaim the title. He sat on a flagpole for 49 days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, setting a new record.[4] The following year, 1930, his record was broken by Bill Penfield in Strawberry Point, Iowa who sat on a flagpole for 51 days and 20 hours, until a thunderstorm forced him down. Flagpole sitting in the 1920s was a major part of the decade. For the most part, pole sitting died out after 1929, with the onset of the Depression.

Conan the Barbararian and Broken Sea
www.sffaudio.com/conan-and-new-zealands-new-copyright-law-vs-broken-sea/
February 24, 2009
An intellectual property company has been harassing fans that were making audio versions of public domain Robert E. Howard CONAN stories.

They’d keep going, but the new fucked-up New Zealand copyright law will shut down their whole operation if the company complains.

Broken Sea Audio Productions, headquartered in New Zealand, has shut down all their Robert E. Howard projects after receiving another threatening letter from the lawyers for Conan Properties International LLC (aka Paradox Entertainment).

Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers
https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2017/12/13/hollywood-is-about-to-become-a-cage-match-between-disney-universal-and-warner-bros/#5823958243fa


DNA Podcast 084 – Food in Popular Culture

Ronald McDonald 1.0

In this episode, Rob and Don explore the weird relationship between food and popular culture. From C3POs to Mac Tonight, the pair discuss how food is both shunned and adored in popular culture, and how this relationship has changed over time. Along the way, they ask the big questions, like “Can you eat D&D Monsters?” and “Why are North American so afraid of food in their media?” All this, and the Creepy Burger King, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

C3PO’s
Cerial Box Prizes
Tokyo Midnight Diner
Bartender Manga
The Stuff
Descent into the Depths of the Earth (D&D)
The Underdark
Delicious in the Dungeon
Toriko
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon
Restaurant in Another World
Nobunaga’s Chef
Isekai Izakaya “Nobu”
Dr. Stone
Iron Chef
Cutthroat Kitchen
Wok With Yan
Julia Child
Gordon Ramsey
Anthony Bordain
Alton Brown
Good Eats
NHK World
Aunt Jemima
Mascots
Ronald McDonald
Ronald McDonald Dating
Mac Tonight
Wendy’s Twitter Feed
Burger King Bearskin Rug
The Burger King
Elias’s Big Boy
Petey Wheat (Scroll down….)
Volto From Mars
Folgers Coffee Romantic Commercials (Taster’s Choice actually….)
Long Long Man Japanese Commercial Series (HAW! Subtle!)
Messin With Sasquatch
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma