Well, the alpha for WoD has dropped, and since I raid with a bunch of podcasters, I had the bittersweet experience of being happy for all my friends who got invites, while knowing I was one of those left behind. So why not make lemonade out of lemons by engaging in some pseudo-apocalyptic news reporting!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Karl Rove's obvious smear of Hilary Clinton regarding her health was par for the course for him, so I felt little compunction in slamming his virtual version in this week's episode. The whole Wizard of Oz riff revealed itself to me as I was writing the script, and once I'd gone down that path I knew I had to find a way to work in the pun at the end!
The controversy over net neutrality was big in the news, and an obvious target for the ODN treatment. My only regret is that I didn't have a good way of calling out the shameful fact that the current head of the FCC was once head of the cable industry trade association, and an old head of the FCC is the new head of the cable industry trade association. This revolving door situation is utterly shameful, like the fox and the farmer switching hats, while we're the chickens in the coop.
The comments of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling provides a boatload of material for this week's story. I had no trouble casting Garrosh in the Sterling role, but it took a few minutes before I hit on the goblins as the object of Garrosh's disdain. I thought the switch to the "short" race made for a nice counterpoint to reality.
Reaching the 150 milestone brings a great deal of satisfaction! It coincides with the two year point of me taking over ODN from Acuzod, and sometime this summer I'll hit my own 100 episode mark. It's been a great ride and I look forward to pressing on into year three! For this week's story, the publishing of more details regarding WoD gave me a hook, especially the upcoming retirement of the venerable MPQ file type.
This was one of those episodes where the pun came first, followed by the story. Facebook buying Oculus Rift presented the obvious pun, and so the challenge was coming up with a framework that would lead up to it. Hey, if the cart is more compelling than the horse, I'll find a way to put it in front!
This episode was a shout out to Kristian Nairn (Hodor in Game of Thrones), who publicly came out in March of 2014. I know he's been on The Instance before, so the fan-boy side of me would like to believe that he is a listener, sticks around for the end of show segments, and heard this episode. Hey, a segment producer can dream, can't he?
I was saddened to hear that Radio Shack was going through tough times - I wouldn't have gotten into computers had it not been for a chance encounter with a TRS-80 my sophomore year in high school. In the way too many years since, I've bounced back and forth between jobs in meteorology and computers. So this week's ODN is an homage to a store I spent way too much time in as a kid.
The Arizona measure allowing businesses to use "sincerely held beliefs" to refuse service to gays was easy pickings for an ODN segment. I try to keep the political content here to a low level, but sometimes the story just calls out for it. This was one of those cases.
Ken Levine's decision to close down Irrational Games was a sad one for me - I've been a fan since the System Shock and Thief days. But how could I resist using the news to slip in another "arrow in the knee" joke, and comment on the announced ability to buy further straight to 90 characters?
Having spent six hours traveling 15 miles in Atlanta's Snowmageddon, I knew immediately that it would be the subject of this week's ODN. As I write this in June, I now know I'm moving to Miami in a month, so hopefully I'll never have to deal with a snowy commute again.