Monthly Archives: August 2011
I’m on vacation for two weeks, but rather than write a post about why I’m not posting, I figured I’d give my readers a little treat. After the jump, read the lyrics to the first rap song I ever wrote.
Ever since watching Indiana Jones, Zorro, Catwoman, and others crack a bullwhip on film, I’ve wanted to try my hand at it. An episode of the podcast Galactic Watercooler sent me over the edge last year. In episode #208, the crew interviews David Morgan and his son Will, two of the world’s most famous whipmakers. You might be familiar with David’s work, as he made the whips for the Indiana Jones movies. The crew also learns to crack a whip, under the tutelage of co-host Sean’s father, Bwana. After listening to that ‘cast, whip cracking never seemed so possible.
A week ago, I received my first bullwhip. It was a gift from my father-in-law, someone who shares my interest in things that make loud noises. Ostensibly, it was an anniversary gift, but I think he was just looking for an excuse to give it to me. Of course, I immediately started using it.
I’ve mentioned the Galactic Watercooler podcast quite a few times because it’s had a major impact on my development as a geek, but it’s not the only podcast I listen to. I got an iPod as a college graduation present in 2006, and since then I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts. Some, like GWC, I continue to listen to every week. Others have come and gone out of my podcast rotation. More recently, a couple of my friends have started their own shows, which have earned top spots in my listen queue. Here’s a run-down of Jonolobster’s “Required Listening” podcasts:
I’ve never really been that into sports. I’m fine with watching football or hockey and count myself as a supporter of our local franchises, and I’ve been known to enjoy a round of Wii Golf on occasion, but I hardly ever attend games or read the sports page. I guess I know enough about sports to get by as our culture expects from someone of my gender. I can hold my own in a discussion of sports with someone as long as things don’t get too technical. My favorite sporting event is the Winter Olympics (curling being my favorite event), so I only get really excited about sports every four years, which suits me fine.
However, I’m a huge fan of science-fiction, fantasy, comics, and the like, and I’d much rather spend my time watching, reading, discussing, or thinking about something in those realms. I also like to write – a lot.
Enter Galactic Watercooler‘s Fantasy Sci-Fi League.