In other news: I’m now a podcaster! Laura Kate Dale has put together a new, geek culture podcast named The Geek Night In, and she invited me along to be one of the five voices around our virtual fireplace.
The Geek Night In is an hour-long, weekly podcast in which Laura Kate, myself, Byron Atkinson Jones, Rebecca Tilley and Kate McAlpine talk about our geeky passions, and whatever we might have been indulging in that week.
The pilot episode was recorded last weekend, and went live on Tuesday; you can hear it here. Unfortunately it really was a technical nightmare, as quite apart from having everyday issues with the recorder, we also discovered that Laura Kate has the power to destroy podcasts with her (perfectly decent) singing. So, although the test episode was disrupted, we’re now in good stead to record the ongoing series!
As well as Byron spluttering at us from his deathbed, this episode features:
- the birth of a high fantasy splinter faction, which threatens the unity of the podcast within its first 6 minutes;
- our ‘sick day’ film recommendations;
- a discussion around getting people into animé, and Tilley’s passionate defence of Shaolin Showdown;
- Kate nearly rage-quitting as we realise Neopets went right over most of our heads;
- enthusiasm for The Fault in Our Stars, as a trailer for the film adaptation recently went live;
- a discussion of lending feminist credit where it’s not necessarily due, and the reactions of some fan communities when this is called into question;
- dread tales of Twitter fights, both with fan communities and celebrities who should know better;
- a discussion of the inevitable comeback for mechs in films.
(As a small aside, I also designed the podcast logo.)