There's No Time To Explain #3: Julia San Bartolome

11846693 10153568310046204 1464221222279253473 nI have a conversation with Julia San Bartolome, three-time winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, who happens to be my cousin. We talk about winning and losing Cupcake Wars, her love life and why food is such a personal experience. She talks about who is eye candy in the local band The Army of Freshmen and why the Poseidon Brewing Company is the best in Ventura. We chat about dating in the age of Tinder and our family's idiosyncratic food culture and the supremacy of enchiladas entomatadas. She helps me conceive of a new segment I'll call, "Isn't that the one where..." where she guesses at the plots of movies she hasn't seen. She even coins the word, "catapulyst," Sarah-Palin style (catapult+catalyst, obviously.) I rant about the blowback over the hilarious Bernie vs. Hillary meme and get everybody to calm the fuck down.
 

 
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Untitled Personal Podcast Project #15-Life Before Facebook

Greg, Brian, Matt and Megan discuss the latest trending topics, controversies, and general good times.
Community topic of tonight is -- What was life like before social media, the internet, and for some of us...technology.
This show features pictures of me in a dress. Be warned.
 
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There's No Time to Explain #2: Larry Mendoza

LarryMI have a conversation with Larry Mendoza of the Road to Reason TV Show and The Beltway Atheists. I ask the question, "What's Wrong with the Liberal Left?" Larry lists three issues that we only begin to discuss when he casually mentions he owns 23 snakes. We cannot help but discuss snakes (and what kind of metal Larry listens to when he's hanging with his snakes) for the next 45 minutes. Larry gives us the first installment of the segment, "I'm Not An Expert, But..." where he tells Stephen Hawking to get off his lazy tush and get cranking on figuring out the universe.  I wax poetic about the meaning of love in a vast and chaotic cosmos and give a movie review of The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, based on the true story from American history of mountain man Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who survived being mauled by a grizzly to be left for dead by his companions. The episode ends with a live (and poorly sung) recording of the song "Abraham Lincoln" by my old band, The American Cheese Band, which has a verse I wrote about Hugh Glass.

Larry mentions these bands during the podcast:

Eluveitie (Celtic folk metal hailing from Switzerland)

Amon Amarth (Melodic Viking death metal)

Ensiferum  (Finnish Folk Metal)


 
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I get a case on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast

judge-john-hodgman-square-mustache 156Inspired by a conversation I participated on FB with Jeff Sveien, I submitted a case to the Judge John Hodgman Podcast and he settled it in this episode while clearing the docket! I have a problem with restaurants who list chives on their menu but only ever serve green onions as a topping on baked potatoes. I'm looking at you Wendy's. The Honorable Judge Hodgman agrees with me and ordered me to report this to the Federal Trade Commission, ha.  Listen at 36:45 to hear my case.
 
 
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There's No Time To Explain #1: Richard Carrier

richard carrierI'm starting a new podcast, There's No Time to Explain, a podcast with the premise that there is no premise. I wanted to do a podcast where every week I talk about whatever I happen to be thinking about with whomever I happen to be talking to. My first conversation is with noted author and historian Richard Carrier. We talk about his life as a freelance historian and traveling author and then our conversation turns to the idea that we wage war very differently depending on our cultural ideas. Yes, I meant "Kamikaze," not, "Bonzai," forgive me, sheesh. Richard offers up an obscure movie review for "The Call of Cthulhu," by the H.P. Lovecraft Society. I recorded this interview in early 2015, but I listened to every moment and it's all still relevant (Except Johnny Jihad is dead, so there's that.)
 
Take a listen and drop me a line here with feedback, questions, or, if you'd like to join me on my podcast for an interview or conversation about whatever, let me know! I'd love talk to you about your music, band, business, project or whatever questions you'd like to get into with me.  Grab the RSS feed to catch new episodes.
 

 
 
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Untitled Personal Podcast Project #14-Greg on Drugs

I take the reigns tonight with Greg on serious pain meds. Matt and Megan chime in as we discuss the latest trending topics, controversies, and have good times.
Community topic of tonight is open (since this was a last minute endeavor) so stay tuned for a nice mix of conversation, debate, drugs, and laughter.
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