Episode 501

September 23, 2016

The second collection of clips from my shows, this time covering the period between 2013 and 2016 when Sharon became my co-host, Digital Drift and School of Movies. They are pulled from fewer overall episodes but they are more meaty and substantial with some of the funniest, sustained moments and memories. You'll also hear from my guest spots from That Awful Sound and The Mana Pool along with a host of new voices.

And of course the now-infamous introduction of Dramatic Readings and Bad Reviews Against Humanity.

Volume 3: Digital Drift

Avatar Responses [DD49 2014 - 0.01.00]
The formation of Digital Drift [0.02.05]
50 Shades Trilogy Rant [DD06 - 0.06.25]
We Hate Movies [DD05 - 0.09.30]
Rhianna Pratchett [DD08 - 0.25.38]
Spider-Man 3 - Harry's Problem [DD12 - 0.32.18]
Transformers - Non-Dairy Dessert [DD32 - 0.36.01]
I've Been a Bad, Bad Angel [That Awful Sound #18 - 2015 - 0.37.36]

Volume 4: School of Movies

Robin Hood - Hysterical Inaccuracy [SOM143 2016 - 0.57.53]
Flight of Dragons - Racist Wizards [SOM145 - 1.05.21]
Terminator 3 - Joshua Rants [DD72 Mid-2015 - 1.11.02]
Deadpool - Colossus on Music [SOM146 - 1.24.06]
Making Fantasy Fun [Mana Pool #393 - 2015 - 1.27.11]
The New Century Multiverse 101 [1.35.58]
Jurassic Wrestling [DD68 - Mid 2015 - 1.47.54]
The Daddle [DD44 - Late 2014 - 1.56.32]
Crap Chinese Toys [DD48 - 1.59.50]
RobertCop 2 [School of Everything Else #88 - 2.09.35]
Grey [SOEE87 - Late 2015 - 2.14.17]
Credits [2.22.50]


Episode 500

September 16, 2016

Alex's 500th Podcast.

I've been at this game for almost a decade and produced and hosted  four media discussion shows, Digital Cowboys, Digital Gonzo, Digital Drift and School of Movies. 

What we have here is a collection of highlights from the first few years. This celebratory episode ended up as two, simply because there was so much to choose from. So Episode 501 will be released next week. Consider them like Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2. 

This is significant interviews, first meetings, moments of particular insight and of course the absolute funniest bits, many of which were suggested by you guys while I was putting this together.

Volume 1. Digital Cowboys

  • Another Day at the Office [Joinee Radio, Early 2007 - 0.01.22]
  • Curse of the Golden Flower [Digital Cowboys Episode 01 - 0.06.36]
  • An Important Announcement [DC48, 2008 - 0.08.58]
  • First Meeting With Daniel Floyd [DC10, 2009 - 0.12.13]
  • Red vs Blue Interview [DC126 - 0.15.24]
  • Giant Bomb Snackbox [DC104 - 0.19.40]
  • Jonathan Coulton Interview [DC121 - 0.22.23]
  • Dominik Diamond Interview [DC133 - 0.27.07]
  • The Wii - First Meeting With James Batchelor [DC130 - 0.32.51]
  • First Meeting With Neil Taylor [DC167, 2010 - 0.34.37]
  • Duke Nukem Kicked Out [DC180 - 0.35.18]
  • Legends of Zelda - Opening Montage [DC164 - 0.38.41]
  • Paul & Storm Interview [DC163 - 0.42.53]
  • Digital Cowboys - The Last One [DC109, 2011 - 0.49.10]

Volume 2: Digital Gonzo

  • New Solo Show [Digital Gonzo Episode 42, 2011 - 0.55.23]
  • Thor - Alex Doing Mr Plinkett Doing Thor [DG70, 2012 - 0059.44]
  • Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Cosmocats [DG33 - 1.02.20]
  • Back to the Future - Time Travel [DG19 - 1.05.00]
  • Fire [The Internet News - 1.09.42]
  • Never Mind the BuzzGeeks: Coffee Commercials [DG39 - 1.13.06]
  • Movie Clichés - The Wilhelm Scream [DG34 - 1.15.43]
  • Schools [The Internet News - 1.17.44]
  • Blue Sun Audio Drama [DG35 - 1.22.25]
  • James Bond - The Henchman Agent #1 [DG43 - 1.29.30]
  • James Bond - Henchman Agent #2/Herr Stamper [DG45 - 1.33.51]
  • Firefly - The Henchman Agent #4 [DG106 - 1.33.52]
  • Batman Returns - The Henchman Agent #3/The Finale [DG77 - 1.36.51]
  • Alien - Shotgun Penis [DG74 - 1.41.36]
  • Alien Resurrection - Alien DNA/Executives [DG82 - 1.45.29]
  • Superman IV - Physics! [DG133, 2013 - 1.51.56]
  • Sound of Gonzo - Snowboarding Spy [DG102 - 1.57.00]
  • The Last Airbender - Exposition Scrolls [DG95 - 1.59.26]
  • Sound of Gonzo - Vice City/Dance Hall Deadlock [DG142 - 2.00.47]
  • Iron Man 3 Avengers in Advertising [DG154 - 2.02.51]
  • Return of the King - Lyra on LOTR [DG112 - 2.06.40]
  • The Two Towers - Gollum [DG111 - 2.07.36]
  • An Unexpected Journey - Gollum-Off [DG113 - 2.11.29]
  • Fan Response - First Meeting With Bob Chipman [DG149 - 2.12.25]
  • Pacific Rim - Signing Off [DG161 - 2.21.30]
  • Tower of the Sorcerer - "Can I Ride It?" [DG150 - 2.32.15]

Gonzo Adventures: Tower of the Sorcerer

August 16, 2016

[SOEE #20]

The 150th episode of Digital Gonzo.

This was a one-off show inspired by the episode of Community 'Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'. It's a sit-down gaming session conducted over Skype with myself as Dungeon Master and my guests as a team of adventurers. For this one we were using the flexible, simple ruleset of Advanced Fighting Fantasy by Graham Bottley which itself stems from the gamebooks of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Deathtrap Dungeon) and detailed in the starter book Dungeoneer. This is the first of the two adventures within that book.

I wanted to bring you guys something different, in the style I have honed over the years so there's music and sound FX as well as a hefty chunk of silliness and getting into character. The lengthier fights have been edited for pacing but you're mainly missing a lot of dice rolls. The team that begins this story comprises of the following.

Thrale Copperhelm: A tough-as-nails dwarf, played by Neil Taylor of GameBurst
Lastern Darkfire: An elf fresh out of the forests, played by Mark Reay of The A.I. Bots
Kellis Payge: A human mage from the city watch of Chalice, played by Sharon Shaw of School of Movies
Harron Brondyn: A sarcastic thief played by Matt Ramsey of Do Try This at Home

Focus is on character and story over action and complex systems, almost closer to an audio drama than the recording of a game. The guest soundtrack for this week is the original World of Warcraft OST by Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke, and Glenn Stafford. Many thanks to my guests, who played brilliantly and went easy on me in my first-time role as Dungeon Master. The combat rules were still being learned by all of us, also Gonzo is an adult podcast and we use adult language in this. 

And thank you all for making this one of the warmest, smartest, funniest communities on the internet for 150 episodes of Gonzo.


Fan Response

May 28, 2016

This episode, originally published in September 2013 I invited on Bob Chipman, AKA MovieBob along with Daniel Floyd and Leelee Scalaferri of Extra Credits to talk about the age old scenario of fans flipping their lids when something they love is perceived as being meddled with. With the ascent of Twitter and Facebook, forums, comments sections and YouTube we have more opportunities than ever before to voice our discontent, and voice it we have in ways often so hostile and illegible that some sections of the internet appear to be transcripts of the death-screeching of broken killer robots with electronic Tourette's syndrome. 

Among other specific instances we cover Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist frequency, The Xbox One, Batfleck, Phil Fish, Grand Theft Auto V, Devil May Cry, Mass Effect 3, Green Lantern, The Star Wars Special Editions and Fifty Shades of Grey. The aim was not to be wholly objective and detached and there is a lot of opinion being flung back and forth during this crackling debate with four vibrant personalities all vying for the mic, but we do try our best to be fair.  

To illustrate the many facets of this immense debate I have employed audio segments from some of the best and brightest.

With Great Power [Bob Chipman: The Big Picture]
Crass Effect [Bob Chimpan: Game Overthinker]
Rebecca Black [Charlie Brooker: 10 O’ Clock Live]
Anita Sarkeesian: The Monster Gamers Created [Jim Sterling: Jimquisition]
Harassment [Daniel Floyd & James Portnow: Extra Credits]
GTA V Review Revulsion [Johnny Chiodini: GameSpot - Feedbackula]
Guide to Comments [Vi Hart]
A Day at the Park [Kiriakakis: Mused]

Bob, Dan and Leelee have made hundreds of video presentations between them and their recommendations if you're newcomers are the following.

Extra Credits [Of Penny Arcade TV]

  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel
  • A Little Bit of Yesterday
  • Art is not the Opposite of Fun


  • The Big Picture - Skin Game
  • Game Overthinker - Never Grow Old

Music on the show played by Lindsey Stirling

  • Crystallize 
  • Elements
  • Electric Daisy Violin

Of course there wasn't time to discuss a bunch of well known examples, including the Derpy Hooves debacle but we do want this show to spark debate on ways for the more considerate side of the internet to gain more of a vocal share of the general discussion, which often seems to be dominated by the enraged and abusive.


The Hero’s Journey

April 15, 2016

This show (which is one of the best individual podcasts we've ever put together) is all about The Hero's Journey. It explores the monomyth, the idea that nearly all of the tales that we embrace as a species are telling the same story. 

Carl Jung theorized with the collective unconscious that our brains are all roughly the same shaped organ, with very similar emotional responses which have remained very similar for thousands of years, so it stands to reason that there would be certain universally appealing themes that we like to explore time and again. 

Joseph Campbell codified this in the 1940s by examining our mythology, dating back to ancient times and analyzing recurring patterns in the most abiding stories from all over the world when he put together his seminal work; The Hero With a Thousand Faces. This includes a multi-part symbolic series of events a hero always seems to go through in some form or another and what that really means. 

Christopher Vogler took this further with his book The Writer's Journey, examining the most popular and successful movies and the similarities therein.

And we ourselves have produced literally hundreds of podcasts covering our favourite movies, the greater proportion of which this manner of thinking can be applied to. 

So it's time to take a deep dive into what those steps are and why they are so important to our species. 

Joining us are Megan Hopwood and Lorin Grieve, both of whom have also taken a longtime interest in this. 

You're in for a treat here.


The Seven Most Important Superhero Movies

March 23, 2016

[SOEE #73]

On this very special episode (in the week I'm celebrating eight years in the podcasting game) I gathered Bob "Moviebob" Chipman, Parris Lilly of "Gamertag Radio" and Joe Cunningham of the "Cinematic Universe" podcast, and along with my wife and co-host Sharon Shaw we asked ourselves...  

Which are the seven most important superhero movies to date?  

Not our favourites, not best, most important.   

We debated them up and down the history and our conclusions may surprise you... or they may be the exact seven you chose in which case you have your finger well and truly on the pulse because we spent ages on this.   It's a brilliant episode and one I was so proud to host. A big thank you to our guests who brought all kinds of intelligent and reasoned viewpoints along with them. 

Be sure to check out the thread on this very subject on the forum and cast your vote. 

If you love these shows support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexandershaw


Y: The Last Man

February 4, 2016

A classic episode where we discuss the comic book series by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra. 

One afternoon in the early 2000s every single male on planet Earth suddenly dies. the planet is left to the females to survive and rebuild and figure out a future. Some of the best female characterization in comics, funny, dark, emotional and hopeful. A major influence on New Century. 


Lou Reads The Internet

December 20, 2015

[Gonzo #155]

Couple of weeks ago after becoming fascinated by the broader concepts of the Fan Response show and looking for a more anthropological approach to studying online human behaviour I came across a podcast called Lou Reads the Internet. On this podcast which has run for over 120 episodes since March 2009, host Lou Fernandez simply reads aloud, almost always from forums, almost always the words of people who have… special interests. Now these could be racists, misogynists, fetishists, and fantasists from all walks of life.  He proceeds for fifteen to thirty minutes and tries his level best to remain impartial. Some of his most interesting episodes are ones he is obviously ruffled by the content and breaks down repeatedly. 

I devoured show after show, hearing from Tea Partyers, adult babies, furrys, men with big penises, men with tiny penises, meth addicts, beleaguered hotel workers, those who are poised for The Rapture and white supremacists looking to make their hate-filled rhetoric more appealing to children. It is not, repeat not, I repeat once again NOT for the faint hearted or those with weak constitutions and since I have Lou with me tonight to talk about his show, I am issuing a warning to all my listeners...

This is going to get disgusting! You may end up nauseous, furious, terrified. This is effectively extreme podcasting. I will try my level best to keep the conversation under control, but I’d strongly suggest that if it gets too much you switch off and come back for next week’s episode on Thor: The Dark World. It also goes without saying that if you are a child listening to this, turn off now. There are things you need to spend more of your life not knowing about. 

Be sure to tweet me with the timestamp for where we broke you. I’ll compile a list and this will probably end up more of an endurance contest. It is, however, possible that you may be fascinated by some of this. Below is the approximate, but not exact running order of topics. And if you start listening to Lou's show because of me then be sure to let him know. 

This made me question both my tolerance levels and how judgmental I am.

  • The Misogynists 
  • The Anti-Liberals
  • The Torture Porn Fanatics 
  • The Religious Zealots 
  • The Adult Babies
  • The Pokevores 
  • The Drug Addicts
  • The Zoophiles
  • The Incest Lovers
  • The Bodily Fluid Fetishists
  • The Beleaguered Hotel Workers
  • The Pandora Dreamers
  • The Super-Racists

One last thing. this show has nothing to do with the now departed singer Lou Reed. We recorded it on October 10th and he died in the meantime. Just in case anybody wonders.


Dramatic Readings

March 21, 2013

[SOEE #81]

After the uproarious reception that the Bad Reviews Against Humanity shows brought, we decided on a series of dramatic readings. This is based on a sci-fi convention game wherein one of the worst pieces of fantasy literature in history; The Eye of Argon' gets read aloud. If the current narrator laughs he or she must pass it on. We went beyond Argon by embracing a now infamous children's book, a movie script written by a longtime friend of mine, the intro to a public information film about the evils of marijuana and an article from Cracked.com on shoddy toys with worrying claims on their packaging.

1. The Eye of Argon by Jim Theis
2. Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Programmer [With Stickers] by Susan Marenco
3. Another Day at the Office by Thomas Underhill
4. Reefer Madness by Arthur Hoerl
5. The Ten Most Unintentionally Hilarious Toys Exported by China by Seanbaby


Our guest speakers this week are...

* Laura Kate Dale of (among others) 'Podcastquisition'
* Lou Fernandez of 'Lou Reads the Internet For You'.
* Derrick Ritchie of 'The Console Ninjas Podcast'.
* Lorin Grieve of the Digital Drift community.

And by popular demand we begin with Lou reading out ten bad reviews from @AmznMovieRevws 

Next week: We begin a month of Korra. Four podcasts covering the last two seasons. After that we proceed with the Disney animated classics review series with Daniel Floyd, starting of course with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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We Hate Movies

March 10, 2013

[SOEE #70]

This week we talk to two of the hosts of one of the funniest, most insightful movie podcasts we've yet heard; Andrew Jupin and Eric Szyszka of We Hate Movies. 

As is discussed on the show, don't let the name fool you. You'd be hard pressed to find a bunch of chaps who love movies more than these guys, and while they often cover well-known stinkers they most frequently mine comedy value from films nobody ever seems to talk about, which tend to be the obscure, the ridiculous and/or the terrible. For many years they have accumulated a vast archive of reviews and experimental tangent shows, so once you've heard this episode go ahead and mosey on over to www.whmpodcast.com and check out what's on offer in the full collection. Then subscribe on iTunes and you'll find a generous helping of their shows on there.  

I'll confess to being a little excited at getting these guys on our show as we take the opportunity to ask all about how they started out, their review style, why they focus on these forgotten, dubious gems and we get to showcase some of the funniest moments of the past few years, including...

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Jaws: The Revenge, Casper, After Earth, Star Trek: Insurrection and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.

We also talk a little about my show for the benefit of newcomers, and why I haven't yet covered the Transformers franchise. Five more episodes of We Hate Movies, I heartily recommend for my listeners

Bad Boys II, Batman Forever, Godzilla, Mrs Doubtfire and A Good Day to Die Hard (Because we sure as shit will not be covering that last one).

And for We Hate Movies listeners who want a nice selection of Digital Drift shows to catch up on, try our reviews of...

Alien Resurrection, The Last Airbender, Star Trek, and The Phantom Menace, Batman Returns and The Lord of the Rings.

Next week: The Fifty Shades Trilogy.

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