Episode 222 : Schrodinger’s Carol Channing

Part 1 didn’t have a lot of questions. Part 2 makes up for it. Also, Tony describes how he’s been defending Ellen Degeneres in his own mind for years. Enjoy!

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What’s the best way to listen to podcasts, for the hopelessly overburdened among us.         –Anonymous

(Can you please) Describe your dream home. (?) –Beth

*If there was a TMTH telethon, what three celebrities would participate, and what would their talents be? –Dave of Id

*Which STD would make an Emmy-award winning cable show? Which network?               –Dave of Id


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5 Responses to Episode 222 : Schrodinger’s Carol Channing

  1. jas says:

    hmmm, I was a little bit afraid to look in the box. (And that makes me think there’s a very good short story out there about a supernatural being who brings things into being through their ambivalence to look in the universe box.)

    But anyway, Carol Channing is 94. 🙂

  2. jas says:

    I’ve seen Neil Gaiman in person 3 times, and I have a friend who knew him when he was first getting started and wrote for a magazine where she also worked. My friend reports he was a very nice guy.

    The first time I saw him in person was also before he was famous. He was a friend of someone I was on a panel with at a conference on Sci-Fi. I just remember thinking, “who is that very intense looking guy with the cool hair?”

    The second time was with Will. And then I went to a talk and book signing for “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” At that he seemed a bit brusque, but I was pretty much at the end of a very long line; it was about 100 degrees and humid; and it was the last stop of the book-signing tour.

  3. jas says:

    Speaking of Sam Neil and of period pieces (possibly even of syphyilis, though it hasn’t come up yet in any episodes I’ve watched), “Peaky Blinders” is really good. On Netflix and also starring Cillian Murphy. Given that it focuses on gangs, the IRA, Communist activists and the police in Birmingham after WWI–quite a lot of violence. I like the way they’ve brought out how much of an effect the war has had on the working-class and the poor. There was kind of an interesting coincidence of the fact that I started watching it just after I had heard a story on NPR about how many vets are in biker gangs like the Cossacks and the Bandidos.

  4. Beth says:

    1) yes, I did change my name legally and socially. Academically and at work, it’s still my same, old name. Now everywhere, it’s a big pain in the rear to remember what my name is. I’m thinking of changing it again in favor of simplicity, but I can’t decide what I want the end result to be, so for now, I remain in this multi-name limbo-land.
    2) My question was phrased strangely because TMTH requests we submit questions, not statements.

  5. Mark says:

    Commercial success: I didn’t think this was your motivation.

    Blogging anonymously: It lets you express your thoughts/feelings in public without worrying about the consequences of doing so as yourself.

    Baby goats: I’ve not watched whatever video(s) you talked about, but the description isn’t really doing anything for me. I might be dead inside.

    Best way to listen to podcasts for the hopelessly overburdened: If you have an Android based smartphone; download a Podcast playing application –I use BeyondPod, a lot of people recommend Pocket Casts–, set up your application to download your podcasts overnight and setup the player to playback your podcasts back at something faster than normal speed. You’ll probably want to start at a lower multiplier and work your up to the max you feel comfortable listening to them at. I personally listen to most of my podcasts at 2x speed.

    Better Off Ted: WOOT, I loved that show!

    Time Traveling STDs: I… I… just… Nope, I’m out.

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