Drunken Whocast 2

Yes, the Drunken Whocast returns.  It is now, undeniably, a regular thing.  Some guys - Jack, Kit, and Daniel this time - in varying and progressing stages of shitfacedness, talking far too much about Doctor Who

This time, your arseholed hosts talk Series 2 (2006).  And other things (this was recorded before the election). 

As before, you're getting this almost entirely unexpurgated.  We've removed only some dull pauses, some bathroom breaks, one or two jokes that were a tad too off-colour upon sobre reflection, and one instance of vicious slander.

Stick with it - I'm told hour 4 is the best. 

Download here.

As often happens, people who sponsor me on Patreon heard this ages ago.  (I don't thank my sponsors at the end of Drunken Whocasts as it seems wrong somehow, almost as if I were insulting them, but they all get namechecked at the end of regular shabcasts, as long as I have time to record that bit.)

Elder Kings (Crusader Kings II mod) with Ben Knaak

 

 

Over at my YouTube channel, I recently had friend of the blog Ben Knaak on to play and talk Elder Kings, a fanmade modification for the game Crusader Kings II that changes the setting from the medieval crusades period to Tamriel from The Elder Scrolls. Over the course of the 2 hour video, we discuss the Grand Strategy genre, The Elder Scrolls Online, musō, eSports, E3 2017, historical fiction, video game violence and the Marxist conception of history.

This was originally going to be a livestream a week or so back, but due to cascading technical problems involving CPU usage and YouTube's own livestream algorithm it went disastrously. We offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who tried to tune in for that. As a result, we recorded this offline session instead and turned it into a normal video with all of our commentary intact and 100% less "Can you hear me now? Let me try this". If I livestream again, which I hope to, it will probably have to be on my end and I'll have to test the limits of my rig and Internet connection.

Once again, if you want to hear me and ...

The Proverbs of Hell 13/39: Savoureux

The Patreon is healthily above $320 now, so podcasts are good to go. That said, there's been a scheduling snafu on this one, so I'm not actually sure what day it'll post. Sorry about that.

SAVOUREUX: I’ll just quote Fuller: “a savoury dessert appealing to diners with no interest in a sweet ending to their meal.”

Will is unambiguously hunting here, as opposed to fishing, and right on the heels of making the distinction with Abigail. There are more visceral demonstrations of the idea that Will has been pushed to the edge, but this is perhaps the clearest demonstration that this edge consists of more than just the side effects of encephalitis, also encompassing a genuine moral shift.

The first appearance of the Wendigo, aka the mature form of Will’s stag hallucinations, reflecting his understanding that the figure he’s been stalking is in fact Hannibal. What’s interesting, of course, is that Will doesn’t know that Hannibal is the copycat killer yet. His appearance here could be mere foreshadowing - that is, broadly speaking, the point of a hallucinatory cold open after all. But more to the point, it suggests that Will does not know all that he ...

The Eaters of Light Review

The nearest precedents for a classic series writer returning to do a new series episode were probably the P.J. Hammond episodes of Torchwood. And indeed, those two episodes provide a handy map to the pros and cons. “Small Worlds” felt brave and refreshing, “From Out of the Rain” like a clumsy collection of random ideas that belonged to a different show. More to the point, they do this without actually being very different as scripts, which goes to show you that the comeback tour is on a knife’s edge in terms of whether it works or not. And while Hammond and Munro are very different writers, The Eaters of Light has similar problems to the Hammond scripts. Most notably, the characterizations are slightly off. Bill has unexpectedly caught Amy Pond’s already fairly idiosyncratic fascination with Roman Britain, only without the “invasion of the hot Italians” explanation. The Doctor, meanwhile, has rolled back two seasons and change of characterization, becoming more surly and uncharitable than he’s been in ages. (Note the two very Series 8 catchphrases - he’s “against” charm and back to calling human lifespans “hilarious.”) Both Hammond and Munro visibly come from a pre-”tone meeting” generation of writers ...

E3 2017: Nintendo

Strengthen your body. Staying in good health is the basis of everything

My first thoughts upon watching the opening to Nintendo's E3 2017 showcase were that their new demographic seems to be athletes. We opened on a montage of weightlifters, strength trainers, boxers and sportspeople all passionately getting ready for their next event. Much as, I would guess, Nintendo themselves do to prep for E3. But then there were those who seemed to not be training for anything in particular, just groups of friends hanging out at the beach or downtown. Maybe those athletes aren't all career players then. Maybe some of them just do what they do for the love of it.
 
This is a message that speaks to me.
 
There are many schools of faith for which total body fitness is a matter of spirituality, especially in east Asia. You take care of your body, mind and soul because all are emanations of the same sacred whole: Health and wellness of the body is the same as health and wellness of the spirit. This is an ideal to which all of us can work towards, and when we train to improve out bodies ...

Shabcast 34 - The Election, Corbyn, the Tories, the DUP, and Grenfell Tower

Shabcast 34 - download here.

The image across is by Steve Bell and was published in the Guardian.  I'll take it down if they ask.  But it seemed too brilliantly, horribly perfect to abjure.

This month I'm joined by Kit and James, to talk about the election we had last week (surprise surprise) in which Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics to resurrect the fortunes of Labour and pummel the Tories into a very uncomfortable corner.  We also talk about the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, just had just happened when we sat down to record.

Please share around, tell your friends, etc.  I think we're all proud of this one.

Credit where its due: this episode very much came about because Kit and James organised it, and James both edited the main body of the episode and supplied the wonderful title.  I'm not even in the episode for half an hour or so.

 

Eruditorum Presscast: Empress of Mars

Another week, another podcast. This time we've got Ian McDuffie, writer and artist of Feels and the force behind Violet Mice. And a Gatiss episode. One of those is worth getting excited about. The other is... fine. Find out which is which here.

E3 2017: Bethesda

E3 this year has been weird for me. At first I wasn't even going to watch it, resolving to put modern games behind me (except Samurai Warriors) for the foreseeable future, but then the Nintendo Switch started selling like Nintendo stuff does on eBay. So then I was just going to watch Bethesda and Nintendo, and wound up watching Ubisoft and Sony too, the former of which actually did some pretty cool stuff. And yet even so, as I write this, I'm not sure I could point to anything I've seen at this year's E3 that makes me terribly enthusiastic about upcoming releases for the next 18 moths or so, or makes me want to shell out the 300 big ones to get a Nintendo Switch just yet (and “XBOX One X”? Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahahahaha). We're not getting much in the way of reveals and announcements, more “here's a thing we announced last year. We're still making it. Here's what it looks like now and when it'll be out”.
 
But none of that, weirdly, actually matters, because, in giving us a more understated and intimate show, E3 this ...

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