This week, our Geeks Without God podcast tackles geeks and sports. The big question is whether or not geeks who are sports fans are marginalized within the wider geek society. As the only member of the podcast who is a sports fan, I thought it was a really interesting topic to cover.
I tend to keep my opinions about sports to myself but that is mostly because I know that most of the time I’m hanging around people who aren’t interested. When we have so many other things that interest all of us, why spend time on something that isn’t a mutual interest?
We talk about lots of things including what sports seem to interest geeks more than others, what it is that interests me about sports and, of course, the problems inherent in professional sports.
It is, as always, an interesting conversation. I hope you listen!
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This week’s Geeks Without God returns to our geeky roots with another geeky boner episode! I love recording these episodes just because the three of us just get to sit and talk about the stuff that has us excited. I hope that they are as fun to listen to as they are to record.
We recorded this one a few weeks back. I talked about my current obsession with “Community.” At the time, I was only about halfway through season number two. I’ve made it a bit further since then. Molly talked about a video game that I would totally play if I had the time.
And Nick got me all excited for the next batch of Marvel movies all over again.
Here’s hoping you get as excited as we did.
This week’s Geeks Without God has our friend Windy Bowlsby hanging out and talking about her marriage to a theist. That was the idea anyway. It turns out that they have everything worked out pretty well. Instead, things ended up talking about all sorts of crazy stuff including the definition of “accepted fan moniker.”
I’ve brought it up several times in the last few months so it seems fair to finally explain what the hell I mean and why I keep bringing it up.
Windy is actually the third member of the CONvergence “founding board” who has been on the podcast. I’m not sure how it happened that most of us are atheist/agnostics as that wasn’t something any of us ever talked about in the early days.
Nor is it something that we talked about with Windy. Maybe I’ll have to bring that up when we have Christopher Jones on next month!
Anyway, enjoy our conversation with Windy!
The whole concept behind Geeks Without God is that we are geeks who are also atheists and both sides of that equation are important. This week’s episode is seriously geeky because we talk about the most recent series of “Sherlock.” In depth.
I’m kind of in love with this new series. I think all three episodes are great although the second episode may be my favorite episode of the entire run. Hard to say. I’ve had to re-watch the first episode of series one a few times in order to make up my mind.
The three of us geek out hard on this episode. We go very deep into spoiler territory. Very deep.
But I gotta say that this episode was a lot of fun to record. Three fans just geeking out about a terrific show.
This week’s Geeks Without God was about as timely as our podcast gets. We talk about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye that took place last Tuesday. I have to be honest and admit we didn’t actually watch the debate because we had strong issues with the fact it was even taking place.
Were we right to judge what took place without actually watching it? Well, given that our objections had little to do with the content of the debate, I think that we had some valid points to make.
Creationism is something that annoys the hell out of me because it is completely dishonest and I’m pretty sure it comes out in this week’s podcast. So if you want to listen to me (and Molly and Nick) get pretty vocally angry, I’m guessing you’ll like this week’s show.
You can listen to it here.
This week’s Geeks Without God was my idea. I’m sure Molly and Nick will want everyone to know because boy oh boy were they unhappy that I made them watch the movie.
I’ve actually been pushing for Life of Pi to be a topic for quite a while. I was certain that my co-hosts wouldn’t like the movie and yet it has a premise that is perfect for our podcast.
Early in the movie we are told that Pi has a story that will make us believe in god.
When watching the movie in the theatre, I was actually really interested to learn what that story might be. Sure, the movie is fiction so it is not trying to convince me that there is a god. It was more of an intellectual exercise. If this story was true, would it make me believe in god?
I’m not going to give away the answer to that question. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.
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As part of a renewed focus on writing stuff, I’m creating a blog schedule for myself. If you follow this blog, here’s what you can hope to find. If you don’t follow my blog, I imagine you aren’t reading this.
Monday: This will be all about the projects I’m working on, my creative process and my artistic journey. I’m calling it “Putting it Together” because it sounds very self important.
Tuesday: Dregs blogging! I’ll be posting on The Dregs website about our latest projects, music, gigs and more. I’ll also have a post on this blog about the latest episode of Geeks Without God, which goes live every Tuesday.
Wednesday: Movie blogging. I’ve been writing my Alphabetical movie blog on and off for a while and I really enjoy the exercise of trying to write about the mental journey I take as a result of watching the film rather than the film itself. I’m going to “force” myself to post about a movie every week. If I’m feeling super productive, I might even write two entries on the same day!
Thursday: Open. What am I, a machine? I might write about something. I might not. Give me some space!
Friday: Shit that Pissed me off. My attempt to find humor in the news events that have struck a nerve. Kind of a rage blog.
Saturday: NO BLOG FOR YOU!
Sunday: Comedy blogging. In other words, I shall attempt to write something funny. On purpose.
If all goes well, I hope to begin this on Monday, February 3rd. My first installment of “Putting it Together” will, somewhat ironically, be about how I suck at self promotion.
This week’s episode of Geeks Without God was recorded in my hotel room at CONvergence 2013, which sounds dirty but really isn’t. My Twitter friend Finn Murphy was at the convention and she’s a co-host of the Skeprechaun podcast back in her native Ireland. Super cool! We asked her on our podcast and she agreed.
So what topic did she want to talk about? Abortion! A perfect topic for a comedy podcast, right?
Actually, it was a great topic. For all the issues we have with abortion laws in the United States, things are far worse in Ireland. It was a fascinating exploration of some really problematic legal choices.
Hey, I used the word choice. See what I did there?
My life is about to become all Fringe Festival all the time so it seemed appropriate that this week’s Geeks Without God touched on the theatrical orgy that is the Minnesota Fringe. We brought back former guest Joshua Humphrey to engage in Fringe Nerd conversation.
To be fair, Josh and I are the fringe nerds. Molly and Nick patiently listened to what we had to say and asked really good questions. The conversation covers the origin of the Fringe, the benefits to local theatre companies and some of the challenges as well.
Then Josh got to ask us five questions and they required a fair amount of thought. I don’t know what it is with guests showing up and making us think, but it needs to stop!
If you would like to listen, you can do so here!
OK, I know we’ve been talking about CONvergence a lot. We really like the convention. So this episode is about our favorite moments at the convention. I think the episode is fun to listen to but no matter what, it was fun to record. That has to count for something, right?
Actually, there are some fun stories that came out of the convention and we somehow managed to remember a few of them!