Mar 18

I actually talked about basketball for a moment here

There is a basketball tournament and Indiana is in the finals. We have friends from Virginia Tech, the team who will tomorrow being playing the role of the villains. Which, of course, they are not. In point of fact, the Hokies are kind of the underdog here. Both teams started the year slow, and both teams figured it all out at the right time during the season. But, because of seeding, the final WNIT game will be played at Indiana. And Assembly Hall has been getting bigger and bigger crowds as they work their way through this tournament. It’s possible that none of the women for either team have every played in front of a crowd the size they’ll see tomorrow. And they’re all going to be wearing crimson and cream.

So Virginia Tech, really, they’re not the favorite in this game. We have friends from there, so …

Also, Justin and I did a fun show for today. It’s about that guy that is trying to launch himself into space with a homemade rocket. Or, at least he wants you to think that’s what he’s doing. Who can really say?

From The Media Is Changing Department

That department is going to be renamed, something that crystalizes its focus, and the nature of things. What about … The Office Of By Now Thoroughly Unnecessary Updates That Media Is Obviously Changing … The acronym is dreadful, but the name has a certain ring to it.

Mar 18

Studio time

I spent a few minutes in the television studio today with an IDS movie reviewer.

She sits down and does these right after watching the movie. It’s an interesting process. Line, pickup, line, pickup, and then she just jams them all together to get her finished product:

She’s doing that on a DSLR with video capabilities. The studio is a backdrop, a fancy enough setting. But we’re of course producing traditional television productions as well. Here’s a talk show some of the students produced a few days ago. I think so, anyway.

The days tend to run together if you bounce back and forth between the control room and the studio too much. I think it has to do with the darkness in both rooms.

Mar 18

No wendigos allowed

Here is today’s podcast. And if you’re hungry before you listen, we’ll either solve that problem or give you some ideas. It seems there’s a new kind of meat that may be making its way into your grocery shopping list. I doubt, very seriously, that it will happen, but it is fun to contemplate, as you will soon see.

I went for a run after work, sneaking in a quick four miles around the neighborhood before our dinner with friends. And I told them about this episode. Everyone agrees it is an unusual one, even the guy sitting at the table next to us.

We were at an upscale fancy kind of place, our friend who suggested it promised the best burgers in town. And that’s always one of those things you should follow up on. Because it would be a shame to not know where the best burger in town is, first of all. Plus, the previously nominated best burger in town was merely pretty decent. There was nothing wrong with it, but we went the one time and haven’t been back in 15 months, for whatever reason.

But this place, maybe we’d go back. The burgers were certainly good, if a bit overpriced. But you’re paying, you see, for the pleasure of sitting quite close to the next table over. And those people are paying for that same privilege. So it only seemed right that I should talk about recording a podcast where we discussed what is called clean human meat.

The guy at the next table was a little put off by this. Probably because I was talking about it. Definitely because I was talking about it with a little volume. Hey, these podcasts don’t publicize themselves, you know.

Anyway, we probably stayed at that places for about three hours, on the strength of burgers and fish. And everyone had a lovely meal and time. Our dinner dates work in the library and the art museum, so they have plenty of interesting things to tell us about. And we decided in the course of all of that that there are movies we all haven’t seen, but should.

How do you know which movies those are? It seems like we’d all need the input of someone else on this. But who knows all of the movies you’ve seen? No one, really. So it is down to self reporting. And so we decided on a methodology — because this is what you do on a Friday night in a college town. After much debate and thought, we figured we would self-nominate five films each from the Oscar nominated Best Screenplay and Best Film categories dating back to 1980. So you have to go over those and find five movies per. Mine were:

Grand Budapest Hotel
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
The Savages

In The Bedroom
The Theory of Everything
Get Out
The Post

Next, someone is going to gather all of those in a spreadsheet and we’re going to start watching the common overlaps. There will be popcorn and merriment and, I’m sure, endless critiques.

There will be no human meat.

Happy weekend!

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Mar 18

Jokes, we got them

I’m thinking that there should be a regular humorous installment of this show. So we’re going to be experimenting with some things on Fridays. And here’s the first one now. It’s a basic thing still, really, but the process is organic … like we’re growing something.

They’re stealing plants!

Mar 18

On the road again

On the podcast I talked with Ken Booth, a man who used to be my boss a few jobs ago. I have always enjoyed chewing the fat with him. He’s a clever and well-read person, so it was only a matter of time before he was on the show. Also he let me work for him for four-and-a-half years, so he’s clearly very smart.

Actually, he took a chance on me. I was leaving broadcasting and he was running what was then a news site that was something between a startup and a mainstay. They were making money and hiring and I was a journalist who could code a little and do some other things and we found ways to make it work and it became one of those things that led to other things and turned out to be pretty important, that job and the things I did and learned there. So I was clearly very smart to take the job.

And now here we are today, about 14 years since he hired me and nine-and-a-half years since I left — it seems like two lifetimes ago – talking about the success of the young craft brewing industry:

Also, most of today was spent in the car. Allie came along. She’s a great traveler, but we think she might not like the leather interior of my car. She spent most of the trip in the floorboard:

We drove for about seven hours — which is about four more hours than anyone should ever be in a car, but the cat was fine — and finally made it through a land where they now advertise on buses:

And now we have arrived, for a quick family trip and a birthday and more time in the car. And that’s the weekend. How’s your weekend shaping up?

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