DNA Podcast 044 – Musical Brains

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Richard Moule to discuss music and how it affects us. The trio explore the physical processes behind our reactions and interactions with music and discuss how music and humans evolved together over time. The three also delve into music as soundtrack, and discuss the ways in which moviemakers use music to control and shape the emotions of the audience. All this, and  why John Williams owes Gustav Holst royalties is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Dr. Daniel Levitan
Sylvanian Nose Flute (earliest musical instrument)
Yoruba Tribe Talking Drums
Edgar Varez (Experimental Composer)
Insane Clown Posse Fucking Magnets How Do they Work?
Troubadours
Skalds
A History of Talkies and Silent Film
Holst’s The Planets
John Carpenter (composer)
Dio
Post-Rock
Invisble Soundtrack Music
Tortoise
Thrill Jockey
Radiohead
Opening to JAWS
Tubular Bells (it’s a classic, but this is my fave take on it!)
Hans Zimmer
Midnight Express
The Revenant
You Could Be Mine
Blood Red Skies
Lalo Schifrin (Dirty Hairy Soundtrack)
John Barry
Barry Gray (actual composer of the Thunderbirds)
Disco
Saturday Night Fever
The Meteors
Music in Neo-Natal Wards
The Simpsons- Yvan Eht Nioj


DNA Podcast 043 – Post Apocalyptic RPGs

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined again by their friend Chad to discuss Post-Apocalyptic (Tabletop) Role Playing Games. The three discuss the different ways in which an RPG can be Post-Apocalyptic, the importance of post-apocalyptic hygiene, and then go through the history of the Post-Apocalyptic gaming genre with side trips into movies, anime and pop-culture. All this, and why The Flintstones is a post-apocalyptic setting, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

A History of Post Apocalyptic RPGs
The Oregon Trail
The Road
Mad Max
The Fist of the North Star
Future Shock
The Planet of the Apes
Panic in Year Zero!
Metamorphosis Alpha
Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
The Starlost
Endless Quest- Light On Quests Mountain
Gamma World
Thundarr the Barbarian
Radioactive Dreams
Aftermath FGU
The Late Great Planet Earth
The Morrow Project
Fallout video game
Tri-Tac Games
TMNT RPG
After the Bomb
Road Hogs
Twlight 2000
Traveller
Traveller 2300
Battletech
Robotech
Macross
Southern Cross
Invid Invasion
Mospeda
RIFTS
Logan’s Run
The Omega Man
Beyond the Supernatural
Car Wars
Mutant Year Zero
The End of the World
This is the End (movie)
Apocalypse World
Deadworld
Samurai Jack
World of Darkness


DNA Podcast 042 – Dungeons and Dragons

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by fellow gamer Jack Ward to discuss the granddaddy of tabletop roleplaying- Dungeons and Dragons. The intrepid trio throw on their adventuring gear and delve deep into the many editions of D&D while sharing their thoughts on how D&D became a cultural fixture in our society.  All this, and why you need to roll for initiative right now!… are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Image Credits (Used under CC 2.0 License):
Galfragnog The Mighty DM by Scott Macleod

Things Discussed:

Chainmail
Dungeons and Dragons
1:1 Scale Gundam
Tolkien and Led Zepplin
The Crying Native by the Side of the Road
Hunter in the Dark Monica Hules
In Children’s Books Food replaces Sex
Greyhawk
Blackmoor
AD&D
Tunnels and Trolls
King of Kong
Dragonlance
Forgotten Realms
Stranger Things
12 Famous People Who Play D&D
Record of Lodoss War
Interview with Will Meugniot
Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon
Shannara
Dragon Riders of Pern
Wizards of the Coast
Red Wedding Reaction Videos
Ral Partha
D&D Toys
Strongheart and Warduke
Pathfinder
6 Best Editions of D&D
Ranked List of Best RPGS of All Time
Orc with a Pie D&D
Brandon Sanderson
Piers Anthony
Community D&D
Harmonquest


DNA Podcast 041 – Remakes, Sequels and Reboots. Oh My!

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In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the issues involved with remakes, prequels, sequels and reboots, and why at best they’re a tough act to pull off well, and at worst they’re totally awful. Along the way, they delve into the nature of story itself and how stories reflect the writers and society. All that, and why the Ice Cream Man was an important figure in Star Wars lore (at least according to Don), is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Romance Novel Formula
The Anatomy of Story
Humans are wired to learn through story.
Friday the 13th
SCREAM
Why The Force Awakens Bombed in China
Murder Mystery Formula
Audiences Like Films Better when they know what happens
The Green Hornet: movie and character
The Phantom Edit
Star Wars Ice Cream Man (Willrow Hood)


DNA Podcast 040 – Mister Kitty’s Stupid Comics

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Shain and Dave from Misterkitty.org to talk about their ongoing Stupid Comics project where they showcase some of the most awful and unique pieces of comic book art visited upon mankind. Along the way, the four talk about the pair’s Mister Kitty’s Lo-Fi Landfill audio project, really really oldschool anime, whether Archie is really comics or not, and the demise of local culture. All this, and how to make friends in high school using Omaha the Cat Dancer, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

 

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

MisterKitty.org
Stupid Comics
Mr. Kitty’s Lo-Fi Landfill
Guardians of Justice and the O Force
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Anime North
Anime Hell
Corn Pone Flicks
Don Rickles meets Jimmy Olsen
Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!
Bizarre Sex Comic
Omaha the Cat Dancer
Robert Crumb
Fletcher Hanks
Stardust the Super Wizard
Phantoma the Mystery Woman
Dan DeCarlo
Archie Superheroes
Danguard Ace
Danguard Ace Compilation Films (watch online)
Captain Harlock
Shingo Araki
Prince Planet
8 Man
Kurt Scaffenberger
When Stupid Comics Ruled the World
How to Publish Comics the Solson Way
Sue Cat
Chargeman Ken
Horror Hosts
Littlest Hobo
Kids in the Hall

 


DNA Podcast 039 – Bad Movies We Love

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In this episode, Don and Rob are joined by their friend Chad to talk about the movies that they know are awful, but can’t help but have soft spots in their hearts for. This journey takes the trio from classic 50’s monster movies, to the heights of 80s cheese and the depths of Asia’s cinematic vaults. Thrill to Chad’s love of Ed Wood! Stare in shock at Don’s encyclopedic knowledge of 80’s horror! Wonder at Rob’s passion for backwoods monsters! All this, and Don’s dramatic twist surprise that Rob and Chad didn’t see coming, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Don’s Top 3:
3) Better Off Dead
2) Inframan
1) The Star Wars Holiday Special

Chad’s Top 3:
3) Plan 9 From Outer Space
2) King Kong Escapes (trailer)
1) Daoism Drunkard

Rob’s Top 3:
3) Kung Fu Cult Master
2) Godzilla vs. Megalon (trailer)
1) Hawk the Slayer (trailer)

(Dis)-Honorable Mentions:
Deathstalker II
Riki-Oh- The Story of Riki
The Death Master
The Legend of Boggy Creek
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (trailer)
The Dungeon Master (trailer)
War of the Gargantuas (trailer)
The Giant Claw
Terrorvision (trailer)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (trailer)
Buckaroo Banzai March
My Name is Nobody (trailer)
The Class of 1999 (trailer)
Mad Monster Party (trailer)
Wild Zero (trailer)
Watership Down (trailer)
When the Wind Blows
Psychomania
THEM (trailer)
BEN (trailer)
Of Unknown Origin (trailer)
Neco z Alenky Alice (trailer)
Chinese Ghost Story
The Daoism Song


DNA Podcast 038 – Interview with Spiritual Medium Mary Bezaire

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In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with psychic medium Mary Bezaire to discuss what it’s like to see spirits and be a channel into the unknown. The three discuss a wide variety of topics, from the nature to spirit guides, to the most haunted places in Essex County, to the existence of evil spirits. All this, and the question of what happens to us after we pass on are waiting for you this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Spirit Guides
Power Animals
Touched by an Angel
Buddhist Philosophy
Spectral Solutions (Windsor, Ontario Ghost Hunters)
Heritage Village of Essex County
Little Devil Picture (she never sent it along, sorry)
Paul Martin House (aka Harry Low House) in Windsor
Spectral Solutions Sigh Audio (couldn’t find it, maybe it was taken down?)
Ley Lines
Speaking in Tongues
The Real Annabelle (Loraine Warren)
The Conjuring
John Zaffis (The Haunted Collector)
Chip Coffey
Aleister Crowley
Andrew Jackson Davis
Arthur Findlay
White Eagle Publishing
Arthur Conan Doyle
Ruth Montgomery
Mary Summer Rain
Mountains, Meadows and Moonbeams
Doreen Virtue
Sylvia Brown
Zazen Meditation


DNA Podcast 037 – Death and the Nerdly Arts

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Rob, Don and Jack Ward explore the place of death in the nerdly arts. From superheroes who never die, to the real life celebrities who do (for now), and how our own fears of death shape our entertainment of choice, the trio head down a funerary rabbit hole. It’s an episode of grave humour, and sober considerations about the future of the kind you’ll only find on the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

The Princess Diarist
Nicholas Hammond
Rocket Robin Hood
King Arthur
Edward Snowden
Bill and Ted play Chess with Death
Millenial Problems
Japanese Don’t Have Sex
Japanese VR Sex Toys
The Venus Project
Basic Minimum Income
Randi Cartier


DNA Podcast 036 – Interview with Will Meugniot

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by comic artist and animation director and producer Will Meugniot to talk about Will’s long history in the comics and animation industry. In this deep exploration of the animation industry of the 80’s and 90’s, they discuss the DNAgents, Will’s role as showrunner for X-Men the Animated Series and Exo-Squad, and so much more! All this, and how Urusei Yatsura shaped JEM and the Holograms is here for you in the 36th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed:

Will Meugniot’s IMDB Entry
Will’s Wikipedia Entry
Will’s Comics Database Entry
The Masked Mayhem Presents The Almost Unseen Artwork of Will Meugniot
California Comics
Jo Meugniot Comics Database Entry
Tigra
Tony Isabella
Dick Giordano
Mark Evanier
Hanna-Barbera
Godzilla (1978 cartoon)
Dave Stevens (Rocketeer)
DNAgents
Vanity (Comic)
Pacific Comics
Misfits of Science
Street Fighter (USA Animated Series)
Rick Hoberg
Dick Sebast
Russ Heath
Spider-man Newspaper Strip
GI Joe Animated Series
GI Comic Animated TV Commercials
GI Joe TV Openings
GI Joe Movie
JEM
Inhumanoids
Defenders of the Earth
Conan the Adventurer
Return of the Living Dead 3
Larry Huston
Pryde of the X-Men (episode on YT)
Eric Lewald (X-Men Story Editor)
X-Men The Animated Series
TOEI Animation
Sunbow Entertainment
Force Five
Battleship Yamato
Captain Harlock
Buzz Dixon
Flint Dille
The Real Ghostbusters
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Bucky O’Hare
Sigfried and Roy Animated Series
Duke dies in GI JOE the Movie
Exo-Squad
Nippon Sunrise
Spider Man Unlimited
Dragonlance Animated Movie
Villains and Vigilantes DNAgents Sourcebooks
Murdoch Mysteries
JIN (time travelling doctor)
Time Taxi
800 Words
Miss Fisher Mysteries
Osamu Dezaki
Dunegons and Dragons Cartoon
Urusei Yatsura
JEM Music Videos
JEM Opening
UY- Beautiful Dreamer


DNA Podcast 035 – The Hero’s Journey Strikes Back!

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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by Jack Ward for a spirited debate about Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Does Campbell’s opus really hold the key to writing satisfying stories? Jack thinks so, but Rob and Don aren’t so sure, and this leads to a long discussion involving comparative mythology, newspaper comic strips, 1970’s vampire hunting reporters, and more sitcom references than an 80’s flashback! All this, and Don’s unhealthy fixation with the obscure scifi comedy Quark are waiting for you in this, the 35th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

    Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Things Discussed

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (book)
Glove and Boots Heros Journey (in 5 minutes, with puppets)
The Power of Myth Bill Moyers/Joseph Campbell
Christopher Vogler Hero’s Journey Memo
Kishotenketsu For Beginners (Alternate Japanese Story Structure)
Buck Rogers
Mary Worth
Snuffie Smith
Blondie
Cousin Oliver/Brady Bunch
The Story Toolkit Podcast
Eating Raoul (trailer)
Captain Blood (Errol Flynn, trailer)
Quark (first episode)
Law and Order
Kolchak the Night Stalker
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Who’s the Boss?