A sidebar topic actually became the bulk of the conversation as Tricia and I discuss the finer points of two local media companies throwing hissy fits about a contract that should be an open and shut deal. Anyway, here’s the new episode!
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I couldn’t wait to post the next one… I got into a groove and just keep going with some updates.
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Yes, it is finally accessible in one feed… the first ever episode of the Lime Flavored Podcast. I’ve come a looooong way and this episode was nowhere near what the podcast has become, but I’m a completist, so here you go!
With the posting of the Podcast of Darkness “flashback” re-releases, I have decided to re-release all of the previous Lime Flavored Podcasts, Kitties and Bunnies Present Opinionated Jackasses, Storyteller’s Podcasts, Comic Casts, and Dark Green: the Blackwood Chronicles into this new feed so everything will be in one happy location. I will be planning to release a retro episode every week from each of the 2 categories (1 is the Podcast of Darkness and 2 is the original Lime Flavored Podcast feed).
This move is part of a larger effort which will become more apparent in the near future. When the releases slow down, or serious progress is made on Project Garnet, I will explain things in more detail. Until then, enjoy the audio re-releases and hopefully we can blaze a bright trail into the future with many more entertaining podcasts.
Welcome to the first episode of Breaking Bad season 4, Boxcutter. Enjoy!
Going into the waaaay back machine to April 5, 2006, here is the first episode of the classic Podcast of Darkness!
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Michael sparkles in the sunlight… at least that what Jared of J-Bear on the Air has discovered. Is it due to him being a vampire? Is he an alien being? Could he possibly have the herpes of the art world (glitter) all over him in a freak accident? Only time will tell… but the truth of the matter is, Michael sparkles.
No one has been clamoring for it, so here it is, after no ado about everything! The ORIGINAL podcast feed, which will soon be disappearing from iTunes.
On the original feed you will find Lime Flavored Podcast episodes 1 through 30, Dark Green: The Blackwood Chronicles (all of them) and I believe the first one or two of the Smaragdi Noctes: Dark Green podcasts… I may also soon be linking to the original Podcast of Darkness here, the ENTIRE RUN, from episode 1 to 34… but I still have a missing episode. Coming soon!
Scuzz returns! We have an in depth discussion that just happens to include Scuzz, who was invited to be the focus of the episode.
I am joined by Tricia and Scuzz this episode for a rollicking through Project Garnet, GI Joe, Transformers, and the parking debacle in Bismarck!
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Let’s go allllll the way back to the beginning… of Breaking Bad.
After I finished the last article talking about how to bring the Justice League together in a big screen fashion like Marvel did with the Avengers, I thought about the scenario and came up with another way to do the same thing, but without having to worry about a gigantic budget or worrying about the large scale scope of a multi-year project. Although my previous suggestion was only a 2 year (maybe 3) project, I think that something can be done differently to do the same thing but with a unique twist.
DC has always been fairly decent at making TV shows. Now, some of you will point out that Smallville was the only DC show that they’ve done and that they haven’t really done anything else worthy of note. Wrong. They did the Flash, hop in the way back machine and go to the late 80s/early 90s for that “gem.” That isn’t what I’m talking about, though. DC and Warner Brothers are basically the same thing at this point (much like Disney and Marvel, though that separation seems like a deeper one). Marvel has done really well with live action movies, DC has done well with their multitude of animated series. Batman (all of the series), Justice League, and now Green Lantern… the characters can be done on TV, and all I’m saying is try doing a live action version.
Enter Smallville. Smallville was a 10 year journey for a young Clark Kent from small town farm boy to full fledged superhero. While network TV is a tedious way to build up a single character, why does a show have to concentrate on just one? Smallville for the whole Justice League?
Using my core six members from before, you can build a full 20 episode season around the idea that you’ll get 4 or 5 episodes per character per season. For those keeping count, that means a couple of the main players don’t get featured at all in season one. I’d suggest leaving Superman off of season one… and maybe hold off on the Batman for season one, too.
The series, which I’ll just call “Justice,” starts out on Themyscira and builds up Wonder Woman… using her proper, or very, very close to her proper origin. Give the writers 4 episodes to build up the beginnings of Wonder Woman and leave what happens next at a cliffhanger… episode 5 then progresses to tell the Atlantean story of Aquaman. When the last of the four episode arc complete Aquaman’s origin, then leave his tale at a cliffhanger. See a pattern? That’s where the pattern ends, really. Green Lantern’s origin is told in a massive 7 episode arc (because there is SO MUCH GOING ON in his origin, you really need a big platform), tying into John Stewart and Guy Gardner as well as dealing with Hal Jordan… don’t muck about with the origin, just stick to the basics. Don’t do Parallax. Don’t do Sinestro. Try to keep it simple. You can even tie GL into the Flash, as in he is the buddy of Barry Allen, who becomes the Flash to finish out the first season… yeah, that’s right, four of the six, and you have 4 cliffhangers for 4 different characters. Season 2? That goes a bit differently.
FLASHBACK! Yes, start out with a single flashback episode that tells us about Kal El’s arrival on Earth. Give us a story that has the Kents keeping him safe just long enough to get us through the episode. Episode 2 shoots through to Gotham where we are privy to Bruce Wayne’s origin… not him going straight to Batman, but more the Nolan version of building up his skills before donning the mask. Episode 3 returns us to the familiar as we see Wonder Woman go through the next phase of her story, which lasts 3 episodes and ends her up in New York (not in peril). Green Lantern joins us in New York in a similar fashion after 2 episodes. Flash gets a single episode moving to New York chasing a mystery villain. Aquaman will get 3 episodes to define why he leaves the water to come to New York. We’re 11 episodes into season 2 and that gives us enough time for two big origins: Batman then Superman. Batman’s origin is given 5 episodes, taking him from skill building into the suit… and into a business meeting in New York. Cut to Superman, told in 3 episodes, brought to the modern day and moving into New York for a news story. That gives us a single episode of 6 perspectives from 6 different characters coming together to face a common foe. Would I use Darkseid as this common foe? I wouldn’t, but there isn’t a good reason he couldn’t be. Leave the season at a cliffhanger giving the reason for all 6 to come together.
Season 3 would be their first combined battle and would then be about how the group functions as a unit against others… sure, it isn’t a big screen deal but it is a way to create the team. If you wanted to skip the cliffhanger ending in season 3, use that break for a 3 hour movie of the Justice League, which leads into season 3… then, you can have a sequel between every season until the series is cut. Don’t limit yourself to just the primary 6, either. Bring Martian Manhunter in sometime during season 3. Cyborg should also make an appearance. Green Arrow could pop in, maybe even the others I mentioned last time. Hell, Justice League 3 (between seasons 4 and 5) could be a completely different team than the originals. That would do something Marvel hasn’t…
It’s a way to keep things focused and concentrate on many facets in one setting rather than trying to coordinate several movie franchises into a single direction.
There is a lot that is going on in the world of movies and the biggest thing that is currently ready to explode is the Avengers, Marvel Entertainment’s huge project. In my opinion, the Avengers movie will be the record breaking phenomenon of our lifetime. There has been a lot of expectations and speculations but everything has been pointed at Marvel. What I am about to talk about is going to deal with DC, Marvel’s chief rival.
What I’m talking about is the Justice League.
Unlike Marvel, DC’s line of travel is a bit longer to get to a Justice League movie. Marvel’s principle super team was comprised of a very limited scope of characters, all of which have wildly differing backgrounds. Marvel had the Ultimate Comics line to lean on to recreate their super team, though, and DC doesn’t have anything like that. Some might look towards DC’s recent relaunch as a similar example but I would beg to differ.
Forget all of that, though. DC needs to look at a realistic reimagining of their top super team and if they want to have something like the Avengers on their hands. DC can’t just repeat Marvel’s path, either, they have to do something completely different… and I have some ideas.
First, let’s look at DC’s Justice League. We have Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Flash as the core of the group. If we look at the classic DC, you’d want to include Martian Manhunter and if you want to look at the reimagined JL you want to include Cyborg. In my opinion, we want to stick with the core six… I don’t think that anyone else should be included because the method of getting there would take too long… so, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Flash are the lineup. So, what next?
Marvel did the whole thing through feature films… DC has to look at doing a little more. Marvel started with one of their “B list” heroes, moved on to one of the biggest “A list,” then went to “B” and “A” again… I think that DC doesn’t need to stagger themselves like this and can build their core six team without worrying about the heroes’ status or popularity. (Yes, Iron Man and Thor were B list heroes, while Hulk and Captain America were A listers… I’d say that Iron Man and Thor’s statuses are different now, but they were B listers when the movies started.) So, what’s my plan?
DC should start out with the one character that everyone thinks is lame: Aquaman. Take Arthur Curry and put him in a big screen setting… a la Entourage’s fictional portrayal. If you give Aquaman the origin of reclaiming his rights for Atlantis in a war against pollution, you nail two birds with one stone. DC looks environmentally conscious while giving Aquaman the first step in their setting up of the Justice League. The setting begins.
Batman should be next on the agenda. Smallville breathed life into Superman (the old DC Superman), so it’s time to do Gotham (or Wayne, or whatever you want to call it). Batman should be given a series that does NOT have the “filler” Smallville did… make it a 13 episode season series. With Aquaman’s feature film out and Batman’s series finishing their first season in the same 6 month period, make sure that the basis for what Batman IS is finished before the second season begins. Batman should be wearing the costume during or by the end of season 2. That’s 2. Who’s next?
I’m not a big fan of the Flash. Giving the Flash a web series, no episode longer than 15 minutes, and building a solid origin during the same time that Aquaman’s movie comes out and the Batman series is on… this isn’t diminishing Flash’s role, it allows us to do to Flash what Flash needs done: fast, stories, told very quickly, and accentuating what Flash is all about: speed. Hints at a feature film can be done, but what Flash’s web series should actually culminate in is a “web movie,” longer than the series episodes but something that can be marketed to a crowd savvy online. We have 3, what now?
Green Lantern should be next. I would have originally said to keep Ryan Reynolds in his spot and just launch off of the movie he’s already a star in… but further thought made me rethink that. Cast an actor, model a 3D CGI character from him, and give Green Lantern a Saturday Morning cartoon show. With the CGI model actually based on the actor, making the character realistic would be far easier than trying to do a live action series or a movie again, considering how large scale GL needs to be. Run this after series 1 of Batman runs and make sure that there is another season planned to run during Batman’s second season… then we have 4.
Wonder Woman has caused a lot of folks a lot of trouble for a long time. Thor is the analogue here and if you can’t see how to do a “demigod” angle with Wonder Woman after Thor’s movie, then the people running the show are too stupid to be in charge. Wonder Woman should follow her actual origin in a feature film. The film shouldn’t be out farther than 6 months from Aquaman’s movie and the budget should be through the roof. Follow the reimagined DC’s version, using the horror style that they’ve been using. Wonder Woman should be a no-brainer but no one seems to be able to think about how to make this thing work. This leads into the coup de gras for DC: Superman.
We’ve had Smallville. We’ve had the Donnor films. DC knows how to do Superman. But can they do it again? I’m writing this before Man of Steel is released and I’m going to say that Man of Steel COULD, possibly, be the way to launch this whole thing. If they do Superman right (with the new DC version), then a sequel would be best in order to make sure the Justice League has its rightful place on top of the movie world.
Whoever is cast as Aquaman in his movie, Green Lantern as the base actor for the cartoon show, Batman in his series, Wonder Woman from her series, Flash from the webseries, and the guy staring in the Man of Steel are your Justice League… make sure the villain is Darkseid and you have yourself a winner. Darkseid should have minions and they should do the bulk of the fighting. He should be attempting to take over the world.
Don’t stop there, DC! Seed Martian Manhunter in there somewhere… put in a nod to Cyborg… what about Booster Gold? Blue Beetle? If you seed enough little tidbits in there, then you have yourself the next wave of Justice League members and you have subjects for the next wave of DC’s takeover of entertainment. You have WARNER BROTHERS backing you, for Pete’s sake, why can’t something like this be done? Hell, DC should be ruling the roost, yet it seems to be the one trying to play catchup…
I just gave you a roadmap.
One more time, Sarah and Angel come back at you with the next thrilling episode of Bad Breakers reviewing the episode titled “Full Measures.” Enjoy!
About 15 years ago, Jared and the crew of the USS Ontheair stranded a genetically superior being, Khan Noonien Singh, on Ceti Alpha 5. Now, Jared, Michael, and the new crew of the USS Ontheair must battle Khan, who has managed to flee from the surface of Ceti Alpha 5 aboard the Starship Disco… loaded with powerful “Disco Balls,” Khan may actually destroy Jared’s ship… who will win?
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Tricia and I discuss the finer apps out there we’ve been privy to, Facebook can be modified by a new website, and I bore Tricia to death with the Story Bible this week.
Many zombies were killed during this show… many.
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Tricia and I are on the road, recording an impromptu Easter episode as we head back home. While this one is a bit erratic and not very structured, it is still entertaining.
I’m trying to catch up this week, so much jammed into such a short period of time. There is a Lime Flavored Podcast ready to be posted and I’ve got a bunch of stuff from Bob to edit together in order to get that working in the podcast form, too.
I’ve gotten zilch written since my Project Garnet priorities were adjusted and I’ve been given a bunch of work related tasks to do every night this week… so, hang in there… stuff is coming.
J-Bear is a lonely little squid who is forced to move from the Atlantic to the Pacific because his mother got a new job. There, he is picked on by the Octopi until he is finally defended by the maintenance manta. The maintenance manta trains him in the martial arts and J-Bear becomes the Karate Squid.
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The girls return for another episode, this one on the season 3 episode Half Measures.
Molested by squirrels, J-Bear confides in Michael and the gang about how he now feels “funny down there” whenever one crosses the street. This is a special episode… not because of some moral issue, but because everyone on this podcast is “special.” Yeah, special like “that.”
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In their premiere episode, Sara and Angel start us off with a review of the Breaking Bad episode Abiquiu, from season 3. While they will provide us, eventually, with reviews for the series entire, they had to start somewhere.
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In one of the most competitive sports, a legend has returned and has once again shown his complete dominance over the competition. DJ Allen returned to competitive paper tossing in the 2012 World Paper Tossing Championships and walked away with a thirteenth World Championship. Finally, a ring for each finger… and two for each thumb and an extra finger.
But this isn’t as spectacular without the background behind the epic win. The journey really started in the early 60s, long before DJ ever stepped into the competition… or was even born! Here is the tale.
Back in the “Golden Age” of paper tossing, the most dominant player of the 50s was Dick Dangle. Dangle had started competing in paper tossing in the early 40s and finally won his first championship in the 1948 World Paper Tossing Championships. No one had won more than two championships before Dangle and certainly no one had won back to back championships. Dangle broke that record by winning the 1949 World Championship as hard fought as he’d won the first one. That brought paper tossing into the limelight and made it one of the most competitive sports in the United States, and by the mid-50s, the world.
“I can remember when winning a championship other than paper tossing didn’t mean much,” remembered “Bull” Bill Schitt, the 1953 Slinky Walking World Champion. ”I won mine when I was 14 but it really didn’t even register. There were too many people interested in paper tossing.”
“Bull was a great brother and wanted me to follow in his footsteps,” recalled Jack Schitt, brother to Bill Schitt. ”I just wanted to play paper tossing when I was old enough.” Jack won the 1965 World Paper Tossing Championship and was forced to retire after a a career ending paper cut. ”I rose to the top, won my championship, and I was on top of the world.”
Dick Dangle became the face of paper tossing when he added 1952, 1955, 1957, 1958, and 1960 World Paper Tossing Championships to his list of accomplishments. With seven World Championships, Dick Dangle was an inspiration to multiple generations of paper tossing hopefuls. One of the people he inspired was William Fold, Bill to his friends.
Bill Fold started world class paper tossing in 1958 by making the top 100 list of best players in the world. When he beat 15 other former world champions, including Jack Schitt and Dick Dangle, in the 1961 Super-Invitational Paper Tossing Cup competition, Bill became an overnight sensation and was featured in Paper Tossing Today, the leading magazine for the sport.
Competing head to head in World Championships, Bill and Dick formed a friendship that lasted until Dick’s death in 1968. Dick won the 1963 World Championship, his final, as Bill was building his own legacy. Bill Fold won the World Championship of paper tossing in 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, and 1970. He was the fastest rising star in the sport everyone wanted to compete in. Bill Fold was so good at paper tossing, people used to say “Bill Fold: Where the Money’s At.”
Unlike his idol, Bill did something that his idol couldn’t do: win three straight championships. Breaking the repeat barrier with 1972, 1973, and 1974 World Championship wins put Bill in a class of his own. He became the most famous paper tosser ever to play the game. When the “1975 Mishap” occurred, many thought Bill’s career was over but it was only a stutter step in his path to greatness.
“In 1975,” Bill recalled in 1992, the year before his death, “I had to fart while I was preparing to through the winning shot. I didn’t realize that it was more than a fart and I soiled myself, throwing off my balance and I missed the shot. I was so embarrassed I’d missed the shot.”
The incident forced Bill into a self-imposed exile to reflect on his career. When he knew he wanted to come back to the game, he returned to a training regiment in 1979 to get fit for competition again. This was when 3 year old DJ Allen became captivated by paper tossing and would come to love the game for decades to come.
Success wasn’t immediate, but Bill Fold did finally win another championship in 1985, after taking on the best players out of the most diverse field ever to compete. The game was finally world wide. Bill had clawed his way back into the limelight with his ninth World Championship… but it would be the last time he won because the man who would come to shape the game was old enough to compete with the best of the best.
The 1986 World Paper Tossing Championships would be looked back as the dawning of a new era. Defending World Champion, “Where the Money’s At” Bill Fold, would be the chosen favorite to repeat even when the fastest rising star in paper tossing, DJ Allen, was making his finals debut. DJ Allen won his first championship against the defending champion, elevating his win to a height very few others had ever experienced.
“Bill was a legend,” said DJ Allen. ”I could remember being in the audience for the 1985 World Championships shouting ‘Where the Money’s At! Where the Money’s At!’ Bill Fold was like leather, he looked good and was tough as hell.”
DJ and Bill met 5 more times in the finals, only missing the 1990 finals as Bill lost in the semi-final round. Each time, though, DJ Allen came out on top. He won the 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 World Championships, accomplishing the impossible and doing it against the legendary face of paper tossing five out of six times. If he never threw another wadded piece of paper, DJ would be remembered as a legend in his own right.
“Bill retired from paper tossing in 1991, right after I beat him in the finals,” said DJ. ”He was in the sport for 30 years, that was something no one else had done.”
Bill Fold watched DJ Allen go on to win the 1992 World Championship before a fatal handwriting accident would end his life. DJ would contemplate retiring until the 1993 competition but he held off and the paper tossing world was better for it.
DJ Allen added 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997 to his list of World Paper Tossing Championships to his streak, bringing his World Championship streak to an unheard of 12 straight. Like Dick and Bill before him, DJ became the face of paper tossing and was officially named the “Greatest Player Ever” by Paper Times Weekly magazine. There weren’t many who could disagree.
“After the 1997 tournament,” recalled DJ, “I looked around and realized that there wasn’t anyone in paper tossing I hadn’t beaten. I’d tossed them all. Something a champion thrives on in competition but my competition from 1994 to 1997 were paper thin… I decided to walk away.”
When DJ decided to announce he wouldn’t be returning for the 1998 World Championships made many protest. One of his biggest fans, Harry Balzanya, famously refused to use paper of any kind the entire year… not even toilet paper. After DJ failed to appear for the 1999 World Championships, people started to realize that perhaps the legend had finally retired.
No one from 1998 to 2011 won more than one World Paper Tossing Championship and none of them rose to become anything but a “ink spot” in the history of paper tossing. While several “firsts” happened during that stretch (first female champion Fay Kname, youngest ever champion 10 year old Stu Pidhead, oldest ever champion 96 year old Phill McCreviss), no one really stood out as being the next big thing. The glory of paper tossing was threatening to wane.
Returning to the 2012 World Paper Tossing Championship with an unstoppable run through the competition, DJ Allen is once again the top paper tosser in the world. Many are hailing this as the “Next Sheet of Paper in the Printer,” but DJ Allen wants to tone down everyone who thinks he’s back for good.
“I wanted to see if I could still dominate like I used to,” said DJ. ”There’s a boy watching these competitions out there who will prove to be better than me… better than Bill Fold… better than Dick Dangle. Hell, it might even end up being a girl. It could even be a wheelchair bound sad-sack who throws like a girl named Ian. One can never know.”