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A Passport and a Clean Pair of Socks – THIS IS NOT A TEST #20

You really deserve a gripping, original podcast every week. One where I’m rhapsodizing about something I love but that you just don’t understand, or me frothing at the mouth over (a perceived) grievous social injustice. That’s what you deserve, but this week I’m going to read you a bit of a book I’m working on instead.

The book is called A Passport and a Clean Pair of Socks, and it’s about being in a band. Sort of. It’s a lot like this podcast: a central theme that I can’t stick to. But variety is the spice of life, amigos. Never forget that.

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God bless our troops – THIS IS NOT A TEST #19

You may also hear me talking about office chairs, Malcolm Gladwell, technical people not being great communicators, baking pies, fundamentalism, the death of white America, dinosaurs, carbon, Rodney King, living in a cave in the desert, heads on pikes, Mad Max, Goethe and Mozart.

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Is this the Golden Age of TV, or is it all just fool’s gold? THIS IS NOT A TEST #18

I might also mention airport security, the lack of seasons in Los Angeles, VCRs, fish heads, what I would do if I was smart, the Pony Express, Mark Twain, Costco, giraffes, world travel and sitting and doing nothing.

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The death of the middle class, The New Media Expo and Bob Heil – THIS IS NOT A TEST #17

Also in this action-packed episode: The Podcast Awards, what entrepreneurs do, chickens, gas stations, bars, rock concerts and room service hamburgers.

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Schedules are so 20th century

I’ll be here at the New Media Expo until Friday. Usually by Friday I’ve already recorded the show for the week, but that’s not going to happen this week. You know, since I’m 275 miles away from my microphone.

All of which is to say that the show may be late this week.

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What’s in a name? (the drunk episode) – THIS IS NOT A TEST #16

Why do we name things the way we do? How do we come up with the terms we use every day? Language is a funny thing.

I’ll also talk about asbestos, pizza, the military, news people, ASMR, scientists, stink bugs, audiophiles (again), Dianetics, being uneducated, Deadwood, artist’s statements, belonging, communicating, and the rise of our evil canine overlords.

Warning: I should mention that I was kind of drunk when I recorded this one. Or more drunk than I usually am. So I would suggest that for the optimal listening experience, you also have two or three (or eight) drinks before you listen. Level the playing field. I was tempted to re-record it when I was slightly less drunk, but then I thought, fuck it, so here you go.

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The 10th Annual Podcast Awards – THIS IS NOT A TEST #15

This one is about the Podcast Awards (yes, that’s a real thing), but I might also mention Carol’s art show, NMX, NAB, what conferences and trade shows really are, Las Vegas, desperation, The Rose Parade, The Webbys, Smurfs, and a few other things along the way. What can I say, my mind wanders.

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Mat Gleason interview – part two – THIS IS NOT A TEST #14

In part two of my interview with iconoclastic Los Angeles art writer and gallerist Mat Gleason, we talk about art schools, MFAs, philosophy, Catholic school, Nietzsche, Goldman Sachs, capitalism, mercantilism, consistency, selling out vs. sneaking in, loyalties, art about art, artist’s statements, Nicole Panter, CalArts, the cost of transparency, Art World Boot Camp, Tower Records, President Reagan and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Links mentioned in this episode:
Art World Boot Camp

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