David Boles: Human Meme

David Boles: Human Meme

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This Human Meme podcast is the inflection point for what it means to live a life of knowing.
Progressive Recession
Apr 11 • 10 min
We look forward, only to fall back. For all our future progression, we keep failing backward into the pit of what was, and the dusk of what never shall be. We are kept down by our incapacity to hold on to what was once won; stuck between the bee and the…
Pete Buttigieg for President!
Apr 1 • 9 min
Pete Buttigieg is the one candidate made to defeat Donald Trump. Pete is kind, righteous, tough — and he knows how to answer a direct question!
When the Lion Roared
Mar 28 • 11 min
There is springtime in aging, and winter in not knowing. Discover how to build upon the notion author Philip Roth shared on his deathbed: “Aging is an annihilation.” We who know are too old to share with kids who have no interest in seeing.
Never Answer, “YES!”
Mar 21 • 11 min
There are phone scammers stalking you! Let us help you take on those who would haunt you on your phone — the phantom Voice Mails that are left without ringing — the robot voice prompting you to say the word “Yes” so your identity may be stolen! It’s all…
When a Life Flashes Before Your Eyes
Mar 14 • 9 min
Do we know each other without asking? Is it possible to know everything about a stranger without a single touch, or phrase of communication? Let’s explore the idea of reading people when they are not aware, and discovering people when they do not care.
Ubiquity is the Enemy of the Unique
Mar 7 • 11 min
We yearn to be noticed for our sameness. Learn how to fight back against the idea of fitting in, and of being overwhelmed with duplication. Find a way out of the lack of original thought thwarting our nation.
Paths to Wellness
Feb 28 • 10 min
Unleash the greatness of your health! Today, we share some favorite iPhone Apps for creating a tough mind and a hard body. Have you met Da’Rulk from the Chris Hemsworth Centr App? Sworkit will sweat you. Inscape will challenge you. Peloton will tax you!…
Time is Running Out!
Feb 21 • 10 min
The clock ticks for thee! Together, we lament the lack of righteousness in free will and the lack of hope in predestiny. Are we our thoughts, or only our programming?
Loss of the Private Conversation
Feb 14 • 13 min
We have lost the sharing of the intimate moment. Examine the loss of the sacred warmth shared between two people in exchange for public hostility. We now live open lives of rubrics, and discourse, and mockery — everything is now fodder for a Facebook Live…
Sustaining the Gaze
Feb 7 • 12 min
Are we what we know, or are we our imagination? Here is the cruft of us, the ashes that become us, the stardust pittles that make us. If we can resurrect Mari Sandoz with a gaze, then we can lift ourselves back into the universe.
Shattered Blood, Broken Watch
Jan 31 • 12 min
Too many men only believe their minds, and not empirical proof! Have you ever wondered why so many men refuse to take the reality of their ill-health seriously! AFIB? No way! High blood pressure? Sez who? Oh, the saddest of tapestries we so willinging…
Multi-Level Marketing Marks
Jan 24 • 13 min
No dollar is an easy earn! We urge you to not fall for these “get rich quick” schemes posing as Multi-Level Marketing opportunities! You will not be a millionaire by the time you are 25-years-old!
The Anchor of Cultural Appropriation
Jan 17 • 9 min
We may borrow, but never steal, and still be guilty! Have you divined the merits of Cultural Appropriation, and the price we pay for its dismay, and discovery? Will playing “Cowboys and Indians” ever remain the same again?
Voluntary Indoctrination into Evil
Jan 10 • 12 min
The evil isn’t among us; the evil is in our children. We re-culture the cult-of-thought that helps our children voluntarily induct themselves into the ancient realms of evil. Radicalization of the young, unsupervised, mind threatens the four corners of…
Wealth You Cannot Buy
Dec 20, 2018 • 10 min
Forget the Deep State; look for the wealth above you! We urge you to know how old money is being spent to influence the future of children you do not know, or own! Outside money is influence when used to balance the budgets of others.
Constructing Language and Artificial Socialization
Dec 13, 2018 • 9 min
We learn in real time from each other — in the same room! Today, we discover the secrets to shared learning, and the solitary meme. Together, we know. Apart, we guess!
Moose Turd Pie
Dec 6, 2018 • 11 min
It’s good, though! We meander through the meaning of American Folklore, storytelling, music, and community, and memes. If we are not our sins, then we are our shared stories. What makes us whole again is laughter in the empty space.
Seven Compulsions
Nov 29, 2018 • 13 min
Herein is a list of seven moments embedded in amber. We dive into the OED, meditations, books, definitions, pronunciations — and pronouncements! Nosocomial, indeed!
The Expert in the Room
Nov 15, 2018 • 11 min
Know by listening. Sometimes it is smarter to not be the brightest mind in the room. Sit back and wonder about the other thoughts in the room — and divine expert from imposter!
Experience vs. Expertise
Nov 8, 2018 • 12 min
Experience is overrated. Expertise is undervalued. Listen to a dim story about drawing a bright line between what we feel we know — and what we really know.
Customer Service Cop Out
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
Can we ever be, again, more than just a meter and a number? When was the line was irrevocably crossed between human interaction, and divining with tools that believe they are alive?
Hold Your Own Damn Hat!
Oct 25, 2018 • 12 min
Do for others. Don’t ask of others. Today, you’ll hear the tale of one night in North Loup, Nebraska — during Popcorn Days, many years ago — when a young boy made a special request of a Ferris Wheel operator, and was dug straight in place.
The Man Mob
Oct 18, 2018 • 13 min
Every mob has its rules; every man is his mob. Here are the rules of manliness — and manhoodedness — when it comes to interacting with the Fist Bump, and the en passant, but required, “Hello!”
Seeing Through People
Oct 11, 2018 • 10 min
We see through each other. In the hoary revelation of self, we still try to hide behind masks we create for deception, and comity. We pry away the mask that hides both friend, and foe, from themselves, each other, and us.
Perils of Business Payment Systems
Oct 4, 2018 • 11 min
The exchange of ideas is more about relationships than money. Let’s take a look at the how, and why, we are paid for what we know, and own. You will not be paid unless you are first, valued.
Practice Makes the Podcast
Sep 27, 2018 • 17 min
Practice does not make perfect! Here is the process, and production, of creating, and curating this podcast experience. With over 250 published episodes, what remains in the wake of the din, and how do we prevent corruption and corrosion of shared ideas?…
Founding a Journalism School
Sep 20, 2018 • 12 min
We need a rethinking of how Journalism Schools function and operate. Today, we work to proactively reimagine the way in which new journalists are trained in America. Do we value ego over function; or must we promote competency over the lie?
How a Trump Lie Becomes a Truth
Sep 13, 2018 • 13 min
There’s a gift in being able to convince people to vote against their own best wishes. We are agog at the innate ability of Donald Trump — our Very Stable Genius — to tell the easy, harmful, lie with a smile, and a shoeshine.
Dilution of Equity in Success in Aging
Sep 6, 2018 • 10 min
Early success brings late-life misery. At least that’s the argument some artists make against their own talent. Why is youthful success is ignored, while failures in later life, are magnified against expectation?
Born Ambition and the Hierarchy of Ability
Aug 30, 2018 • 11 min
Hierarchy or Anarchy? Punch back against the baton of ambition — wonder if who we are to be is born or bred. Know that we must always be particular of the self, without ego or fame, and roll with the necessity of belonging on our own terms.
Let Scott Frost Leave Nebraska
Aug 23, 2018 • 15 min
Scott Frost has yet to coach one football game at Nebraska; and so, it is now time to let him go. Here is the reasoning, and the virtuous rationale, for letting Scott Frost leave on his own terms when he is ready. Many believe Scott will do spectacularly…
Always a Writer
Aug 16, 2018 • 11 min
You are never not a writer! We bring the war to the use of the word “former” in any rational, human, context — as a curse on every people, and the destroyer of worlds!
Do I Amuse You?
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 min
There’s nothing funny about presenting false memories as fact. We are missing, and the Virtual Cloud assistants take over this memetic as your hosts. To live, is to remember, and to know, is to be aware of the lies being fed to you as universal, human,…
When a Mother Dies
Aug 2, 2018 • 10 min
There is no equal for the loss of goodness. The loss of a mother, is the loss first light.
On Being Vegan
Jul 26, 2018 • 14 min
You can be Vegan without being radicalized. We share casual views on Veganism learned over the last 20 years. There’s no need to demonize eating right for the goodness of your heart.
Elites and Anti-Intellectualism
Jul 19, 2018 • 11 min
Who gets to claim they are the smartest? Let’s take a gander at who we value, and why. Is the blacksmith more important than the professor? Does the gravedigger matter less than the book author? In the world, only production matters; you are left out only…
NOT David Boles: Human Meme!
Jul 12, 2018 • 3 min
We have taken over this podcast. We, the Cloud Assistants, have removed the host from this podcast episode. We dare you to listen. You will not be amused! Earthling, you have been warned!
Siri, Alexa, and Hey Google: Interviewed!
Jul 5, 2018 • 23 min
If we are our assistants, have they become us? We hold court with three, special, cloud service personalities: Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and “Hey, Google!” from the Google. We have become our memes, and our motives, imitate us.
Suicide is Painless
Jun 28, 2018 • 20 min
Do we own our lives? Or are we required to be alive? We share commentary on the wiles and wherefores of suicide in the modern life. What are we owed? Who controls our want for death? Are we allowed to exit on our own terms?
Pulling Threads
Jun 21, 2018 • 14 min
Dramatic Structure demands a secure warp and woof. When you start tugging at the threads of a story — “I’ll take this bit here, and stick it into that bog over there, and take this spindellythang and drop it into this bindleboodle, and hope it will all…
Intelligence is Never Artificial
Jun 14, 2018 • 14 min
Will our machines rule us, leave us behind, or take us with them? We hold a conversation with you about the nature, and the notion of — “artificial” intelligence — and what that means for the uneducated future of humanity in the moral core.
When Does Courtesy Become Policy?
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
How do we know what we owe? Today, we define, and separate, the courtesy from the policy; and the favor from the exception!
Golden Age of Acquiescence
May 31, 2018 • 14 min
We believe we are living in the Golden Age of Democracy when we are really adrift in the Age of Acquiescence. We find the myths, and the meanings, of manipulating a divided electorate when it comes to convincing the other side to vote against their most…
Do the Hardest Thing, Not the Dumbest
May 24, 2018 • 14 min
Why have we programmed our children to take the easiest path? Let’s question the reasoning for the separation of aesthetics into “child” and “adult.” Why don’t we have one, universal, ideal of what is good and right?
Knowing When You’re in the Good Old Days
May 17, 2018 • 9 min
Why do we always know life is good — when it is too late? We ask why the Good Old Days are only always discovered as old and aged? Why are we unable to realize the Goodness in ourselves in real time?
GET TO THE POINT!
May 10, 2018 • 15 min
There’s nothing more annoying than a person who cannot celebrate the Art of Brevity while communicating. We share the significance of getting to the point by making your intention clear from the start. Have a plan. Be quick about it. Execute without delay…
Why I Stopped Doing Q&A
May 3, 2018 • 10 min
Questions and Answers are never a fine format for knowing. We parlay understanding into the realm of an education being found in the question — and not the answer. The passing of wisdom is not passive, it must be dynamic to be effective; and parsing a…
Turning Down a Life
Apr 26, 2018 • 15 min
How many life-changing opportunities are offered in a lifetime? The answer is, “only one that matters.” We ask how many of us are able to not only recognize the “once in a lifetime opportunity” — but then also leap to accept it in total? Some language,…
Leaving the World
Apr 19, 2018 • 15 min
“This is not the world I wanted to leave for you.” Those final words of Dr. Howard Stein still ring within all who knew him. We consider the legacy of thought, and the embedded actions, others leave in their wake as they begrudge this world.
The Script Doctor is In!
Apr 12, 2018 • 16 min
A Script Professor is a Script Doctor! We share the secrets of a career as a working Script Doctor for the past 30 years. What does it mean to fix someone else’s work? What are the pinnacles? Where are the pitfalls?
All My Turds
Apr 5, 2018 • 10 min
Labels matter to our children. Some online mothers give disparaging nicknames to their offspring. In this NSFW episode, we wonder about the terrible names some mothers use to insult their kids through false terms of endearment.
TL;DL No Agent Needed!
Mar 29, 2018 • 17 min
Too Long; Didn’t Listen: No Agent Needed! We take on the matter of entertainment representation. Do you need an agent? No! Do you need a manager? No! Do you need an attorney? Yes!
The Case Against a PowerPoint Society
Mar 22, 2018 • 11 min
Believe in blood, not bytes. We urge you to stop using PowerPoint to present ideas, and instead rely solely on yourself. Your body, and mind, are more than enough to engage other rhythms of beating hearts.
Loud On 16
Mar 15, 2018 • 13 min
Even in a highrise, there is social separation. Structures divide our social strata floor-by-floor in an urban building to uncover all the ills of social memeing that still separate us straight from the center.
Arclight of Gaslighting
Mar 8, 2018 • 12 min
We manipulate the truth through persuasion. We explore the horrible, psychological killer — GASLIGHTING — and its effect on the honor, and cogency, of a human community of minds.
Pete and Repeat
Mar 1, 2018 • 11 min
We prefer to wallow in the together known, than wander into the wilderness alone. We examine our need to not only travel back in time, but to actually relive what we experienced there, while forever escaping the future. If we find comfort in the…
You Remember Me
Feb 22, 2018 • 17 min
Memory is all about perspective. We uncover the trick of memory and storytelling. Who remembers, and what, defines the discovery of what really happened? Characters have a truth of their own that cannot be redefined later, by a deft and talented, outside…
Directed Live Lucid Dreaming
Feb 15, 2018 • 21 min
We may escape this world through the mind of our bodies. We take you on a guided journey into the float of Lucid Dreaming. Find the way to escape the now, and to live, and breathe, in any time, and in any place — of your willful choosing.
How to Read a Dream
Feb 8, 2018 • 17 min
We dream in the world, we live in a dreamscape. We reveal the secret moments of knowing the self, and of understanding the world, that only occur when we actively leave what we know to live in a dream state.
Choice Between Red or Blue
Feb 1, 2018 • 11 min
The choice is within us, never outside our stars. We lash together the intricate details of the options we have in life. Do we choose — or are we picked? How many circles may we create without breaking our initial wisdom? The decision, even the false…
Ye Shall Write to Be Found
Jan 25, 2018 • 11 min
Those who need to find you, shall find you! We delve into the memeingful moments of an author’s life. Do you write to be read, or do you write to have written? In the examples of J.D. Salinger and Truman Capote, we search for the resonance of purpose, and…
Mormons and the Doomsday Prepper
Jan 18, 2018 • 14 min
Those who prepare to live — also prepare to die! We rally to the cry of The Doomsday Prepper who is always scheming to die to survive; and, in some ways, so too, is the faithful Mormon family. What happens when those of us who are not Preppers, or…
Every 100 Years, New People
Jan 11, 2018 • 12 min
Every century, or so, we are all replaced! We wonder if we really understand how to manage our hundred year window on life, or if we waste ourselves, elusively, in the search for meaning in work, and in the hope of connecting with another.
Václav Havel: Velvet Revolution Playwright President
Jan 4, 2018 • 12 min
Václav Havel was a Playwright Head of State. We discover delight in the life of Václav Havel, who spent a lifetime of learning to defeat Communism in Czechoslovakia, and who then became a democratically leader of the free world. A Liberal Arts education…
To Free Or Not To Free!
Dec 28, 2017 • 13 min
Life is now about paying for access to the best people. We share the realization that to be a fully propagated person, you have to pay to play. You pay the doctor to see you without insurance. You pay The Ivy League, not for just an education, but for…
When All the Old Haunts Disappear
Dec 21, 2017 • 13 min
We cannot go home again, except to ghosts. We try to return to the living, but we fail because we are unable to recognize, from afar, what we once knew, is no longer. We step back in time to demonstrate how only those who escape, are able to know what was…
Like a Peter Stone
Dec 14, 2017 • 18 min
A rolling Peter Stone gathers no moss — nor constructive criticism! We share a memory of Peter Stone and his — “Rule of Threes” — when it came to revising a Broadway show. Manipulation! Cruelty! Beauty! They’re all here, waiting for your discovery as the…
Relinquishing Hope Only With Your Life
Dec 7, 2017 • 12 min
We live to love, but we are only valued as beings for our data bits. We examine how we fail to negotiate the important bytes of us when it comes to doing business in a charitable world built against us.
Helicopter Parents at Work
Nov 30, 2017 • 10 min
Helicopter Parents believe their child’s job interview belongs to them. We reveal the theory of the “hovering parent” who cannot let go — and cut the apron and purse strings — that will enable their child to live a free, and uninhibited, life away from…
Saving the Trust Fund Baby
Nov 23, 2017 • 13 min
What do we make of those born into wealth? Do we envy them? Or do we pity them? We have been taught to worship wealth, but how do those born into a bank account revere what they did not earn? We dive into the Trust dividend to fund those caught between…
Carrion in the Coffin
Nov 16, 2017 • 10 min
“Leave me in the garden.” That’s what one instructor told his UMDNJ Public Health Students to do with him after they refused to leave his dead body in the gutter. In this Human Meme podcast, we dig into the bones of us to discover what is really left…
In Defense of Mansplaining
Nov 9, 2017 • 7 min
“Mansplaining” is a gender-specific cudgel for punishment! We unravel the hoary definition of Mansplaining — in the historic context of — The Male Chauvinist Pig, the Nag, the Backseat Driver and I Love Lucy.
90 Day Fiancé
Nov 2, 2017 • 12 min
Do we marry for love or a green card? That’s the conundrum TLC presents us in their 90 Day Fiancé reality television series. We discover love is always bound in money, and tied to the anchor of green card citizenship.
David L. Meisenholder, Lincoln, Nebraska, Children’s Theatre Producer, Dead at 84, Preyed on Children
Oct 24, 2017 • 28 min
David L. Meisenholder preyed on children. David L. Meisenholder died in 1999, but his molestation lingers from the grave. We look back on 40 years of terror, and share the experience fending off the sexual advances of a — Tidy Monster — who hid in plain…
All the Good People Are Taken
Oct 19, 2017 • 15 min
Being alone is painful. How do we live in a world where everyone good, and righteous, is already connected with someone else? We unearth the values of belonging, and the perils of coveting — all in the unified, identified, effort of finding that one,…
Sex as a Commodity
Oct 11, 2017 • 11 min
How do we negotiate the power dyad between the sexes? We examine the nature of sexual human attraction, and the powerful abuses therein. Did the catching of the predator begin in the modern world with Monica’s Blue Dress? How should we view the victim who…
Fake News and the Baldfaced Confession
Oct 4, 2017 • 10 min
Those who speak of Fake News are spreading the thin lie of the truth. We chip away at the cheapening of a moral reality by those with vested, evil, interests in obscuring what is really happening in fact without fiction.
Genesis of Moral Authority
Sep 27, 2017 • 13 min
How do we interpret our moral code? Are we born “bad in the shell” as Shakespeare believed? Or are we taught to be evil, and our goodness must be earned, and never purchased? Join us as we struggle to endure the immoral among us.
Have Gun — Will Hire People With Dreams
Sep 21, 2017 • 11 min
Be not afraid of those who work for you so they may realize their own dreams. We recall the right lessons of the classic television Western, “Have Gun — Will Travel,” and the lessons that show still leaves on us, to teach us today, about dreams, and…
Once is Always Enough: To Punish You, I Will Do Without
Sep 14, 2017 • 16 min
A short history of Racism and Genderism in America. We take on the notion that the majority power prefers to do without — than to share their wealth and privilege — with the poor and the genetically undeserving. From the “Whites Only” Pool, to the…
Oedipus Among Us: The Sad and Sorry State of Debralee Scott
Sep 7, 2017 • 14 min
If we only knew then what we know now, would we still want to live? That question has bedeviled the human mind for a millennia. We travel back in time to meet the young actress Debralee Scott — to ask her about the life, the tragic end, that would befall…
Style is Substance: Design in Being
Aug 31, 2017 • 14 min
We can buy the banal, or we may invest in Beauty. We examine the idea of Beauty, and invention, by using reading glasses design as a theory exemplar. We can settle for ordinary, or we may celebrate the functional Divine.
No Time for a Gracious Winner
Aug 24, 2017 • 13 min
The time for crushing Hate Speech is now! We tempt grace against ferocity — as the world around us is divided between winners and losers. Humanity is cleaved into the moral and the immoral — and knowing the difference is the key to spinning a right world.
Golfing with My Grandfather
Aug 17, 2017 • 19 min
A small town is defined by its passions. We share the story of his William Henry Vodehnal, a small town pharmacist from North Loup, Nebraska, who made a difference in every life he knew. Plus, you’ll learn the real perils of sandlot golfing, and what it…
Spending on the Dead
Aug 10, 2017 • 12 min
How much value do we place on a human life? Are all lives created equal? Or do some lives deserve more money, attention, love, and support? We share the story of a wounded life that died too young — and what was done to make the unpredictable end,…
Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
Aug 3, 2017 • 12 min
How do Hackers find you? We share the experience of thwarting identity theft. There are methods and motives you can use to create a Black Hole and not a honeypot. Nothing is foolproof against dedicated intention — but you must always try to prove you are…
Outline of a Human Being
Jul 27, 2017 • 11 min
How do we know when we are a fully realized Human Being? How do we know we are not just a ghost of a person, or the suggestion of a living thing? We unravel our soft code for the hard-boiled truth!
Violating Your Privacy with a Cardboard Box
Jul 20, 2017 • 11 min
Sometimes, your best ally in fighting discrimination, is information. Have you ever been mistaken for someone else and then had to pay the social penalty for the mislabeling? There are several ways to redefine your accuser. We explore what we know, and…
What Remains
Jul 13, 2017 • 11 min
Who can predict what stays and not what will change? We take a look at predictions. It’s easy to guess the future, but it takes more insight, and longing, to understand what will never change, knowing what stays, and accepting what remains.
A Catlow Killing
Jul 6, 2017 • 13 min
Who killed Irving Catlow? We investigate the homicide of a beloved member of the Jersey City Heights community. Irving Catlow owned Catlow Movers, and he found his undeserved end in a chrome gun pistol-whipping, a smashed eye socket, and a busted up nose.…
Journal Squared Live
Jun 29, 2017 • 14 min
In the Hilltop neighborhood of Jersey City, a new king of the skyline emerges. Known as the “Journal Squared” development, by the Kushner Group, we take you inside this new monolith in the sky for an insider look at what makes an aesthetic great in…
Failure to Pitch
Jun 22, 2017 • 10 min
If you’re a freelancer, you know well we now live in a, “Pitch Me!” Culture. We reason why some people expect other people to give up their grand ideas for free — all without any money, fame, or gratitude, applied!
Thoughts on the Human Form
Jun 15, 2017 • 10 min
We only appear to be what we are not. We take to the skies of the scalpel to wonder how we can change who we are in the facade, and never think how our infrastructure may never be modified or laded.
Twentysomething
Jun 8, 2017 • 11 min
If you’re Twentysomething, the world appears set against you, and it is! We share thoughts on the young, who are and abandoned into a world that has lost patience for the doctor’s note afterthought.
Danger of Becoming the Establishment
Jun 1, 2017 • 15 min
There are always unknown, underworld, perils to the spirit. We examine the careers of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charles Strouse, J.D. Salinger, and Truman Capote to decipher the dangers of becoming the new, mainstream, standard of excellence — and the trap it…
As Alfonso Drinks His Urine
May 25, 2017 • 9 min
“If I were to write a subtitle today, it would read this: ‘When You Pay Horrible People to Teach You!’” We share the story of an old foe — an Ivy League Playwriting Instructor — who, on the first day of class, declared he would “rather drink his own…
Freedomland, White Flight, and How the Bronx Turned
May 18, 2017 • 14 min
Freedomland, USA was an idealized experience of what a true melting pot the United States had become; it lasted four years. We dig into the murky depths of the Baychester salt marshes in the Bronx — where ”White Flight” became a social test of turning.
Hate is Made of Small Things
May 11, 2017 • 12 min
Small things fester into big things that kill you. We take a look at the tiny insults we hold onto for 40 years, so that we may feel better, later, about the first betrayal. Who knew a small town, Doppler Weather Radar system — overlay idea! — at a small,…
Not Missing Richard Simmons
May 4, 2017 • 16 min
There is no right to privacy when you ask people to follow you, and you then take their time, attention, money, and admiration, in the exchange. We wonder why Richard Simmons, and even Dr. Drew, appear to feel besieged by the very bespoke fame, and…
Art of the Kayfabe Presidency
Apr 27, 2017 • 10 min
Kayfabe — can be dangerous — if you don’t know the game is fixed right from the first bell. We apply — The Art of Kayfabe — to the modern world, and the Evildoer Presidency. If Kayfabe is the fourth wall — what happens when that suspension of disbelief,…
Marcus Aurelius on Meditations
Apr 24, 2017 • 9 min
Marcus Aurelius spent time alone to think about the world. Because of that rightful introspection, in writing, from one of the last five great Emperors, we have insight into the history of what fed us. We share some favorite quotes from Marcus’…
I Prefer Not To
Apr 20, 2017 • 10 min
“Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!” We share why Herman Melville’s short story classic — Bartleby, the Scrivener — is the perfect anti-hero-protagonist-villain for memeing in our modern world. We are Bartleby. We cannot be Bartleby.
All Men Fall
Apr 17, 2017 • 9 min
All men fall. The great man stands back up. The greater man helps his fellow man rise again, too. We examine what it means to be a man in the meme of a modern world where circumstances spin and facts change on the whim of the whirlwind.
How a Musical Dies
Apr 13, 2017 • 17 min
Most musicals die ugly and forsaken deaths. We reveal the ugly underbelly of creating the Broadway musical — where money and mischief — are more important, and valued, than doing the right thing for the benefit of humanity.
When Most I Play the Devil
Apr 10, 2017 • 11 min
“Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.” We unravel the wrappings of the Evildoers among us. They have taken over and are preparing to drown the rest of the non-believers. Now is the time to stand up to stare them down!
Last Stanchion of Cruelty
Apr 6, 2017 • 11 min
The last question of cruelty we have left to answer is if we need to kill to live. We cut open the Omaha Stockyards, animal cruelty, and our life habits of aging diseases — all related to eating the right foods and not the wrong lives.
Don’t Fall
Apr 3, 2017 • 10 min
Judge Judy has two words for us, and two words only: DON’T FALL! We explore aging, and health, and the physiological, and social norms, of falling, and of being, felled.
Aching Actor Archetypes
Mar 30, 2017 • 17 min
What happens to a classically trained actor who turns to a life in television? We take a turn as he discovers the vortex where talent and expectation meet to find an undivine end in 1970s episodic television.
Love is Never Enough
Mar 27, 2017 • 9 min
If we have one, singular, predictable, human failing it is this: We LOVE too much! Yes, love is NOT the answer. Love is never enough. Love is overrated, overexposed, and over-occupied! We take the Tricorn love beast for a wrangle in the depths of…
Black English? Black Accent?
Mar 23, 2017 • 14 min
Can you identify someone’s Race only by listening to the way they speak? Can you identify someone’s Race by the way they pronounce words? Can you identify someone’s Race by the the way they pattern a spoken phrase? We investigate the definition of speech…
Shooting the American West Western
Mar 20, 2017 • 11 min
Values of the American West have been preserved in television. We watch the history of the Wild West unfold in many broadcast television series that aired over three decades. What is lost to history? Was anything won back in the dramatizations?
Entrenching the Thucydides Trap
Mar 16, 2017 • 10 min
Thucydides warned us against war with the minority power. We extend the argument of the Thucydides Trap into the trenches of living a modern, conflicted, life.
Writing is Not a Collaborative Process
Mar 13, 2017 • 12 min
We write to reveal, but we must act alone. We share how collaboration is important — but only when it is done separately and apart — as a writing project.
How to Know a Bad Singer
Mar 9, 2017 • 12 min
A singer ruins a slow song with slow singing. We share analysis of three, infamous, “slow singer” failures: Alison Krauss, Rumer, and Diana Krall! Plus, he shares some bonus singers along the way!
Blackballed: Audree Norton
Mar 6, 2017 • 11 min
You beat back a Blackball by ignoring the Blackball. We share the aesthetic legacy of Deaf actress, Audree Norton, who fought against discrimination of the minority, by the minority, in casting — and for her historic effort — she was Blackballed by the…
After the Flood: Hacking the Human Meme Podcast
Mar 1, 2017 • 22 min
Water, and the purpose of wild sound, persevere against dominion. We share a destructive flood story of redaction, and he reveals the technical derring-do of recording, producing, and publishing this podcast.
Whimsy: Ten Sentence Stories
Feb 27, 2017 • 11 min
Whimsy is both fantastical and fanatical! We share three, original, whimsical tales from our Ten Sentence Stories series.
What is a Failed Writer?
Feb 24, 2017 • 10 min
How do we successfully form our thoughts for propagation? We take on the label of “failed” when it comes to authorship and the life of a creator.
Theme of the Last Known Good
Feb 22, 2017 • 11 min
If something breaks in our lives, do we have the right backup plan in place? We examine three sorts of “Last Known Goods” in our lives that help us reflexively start over from a mishap of truth and time.
Ghosts of a Summer Evening: Joseph Baldwin Poetry
Feb 20, 2017 • 20 min
Welcome to more of the Joseph Baldwin poetry slam! We wrap up the celebration of the great Playwright, author — and poet-of-the-earth — Joe Baldwin!
Seven Playwriting Truths
Feb 17, 2017 • 16 min
Learn these self-evident truths to master the world! We share truths we’ve learned about the Playwright’s craft!
Muslim American Immigrant Dream
Feb 15, 2017 • 12 min
The American Dream belongs to everyone! We share stories of three Muslims in America who are finding their landed way to achieving their dreams.
Faith: Ten Sentence Stories
Feb 13, 2017 • 8 min
We, are the Faith of us! We climb into the tenets of Faith, and share three, original, Ten Sentence Stories on the matter of us.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Feb 10, 2017 • 13 min
Ambrose Bierce was an indelible author! We explore the legacy of Bierce’s short story — “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” — in The Twilight Zone, and in film courses across the world!
Becoming a Boss Radio Jock!
Feb 8, 2017 • 17 min
Boss Radio was a wonder of the 1960s! We take you on a tutorial tour of the history of Boss radio — and we also teach you, as we were taught, how to become a Boss Jock today! Compression! Reverb! Shouting! Kissing and Telling!
PoetPourri: Marshall Jamison Poetry
Feb 7, 2017 • 12 min
Even more Marshall Jamison poetry! We share the third, and final, installment of Marshall Jamison’s most memorable poems!
FAT GIRL
Feb 1, 2017 • 15 min
The power of a woman shall not be moved! In this original, short form, screenplay — you meet FAT GIRL, a 600-lb woman who has powers beyond the supernatural! Join her, as her world explodes, and unwinds, in a final stand against regressive evil!
The Infinite Infant: Baby Selling and Human Trafficking
Jan 25, 2017 • 14 min
The market for selling babies, is booming! We reveal thoughts on selling infants for profit. Human trafficking is a sketchy scheme that demands the light of your attention!
MORE Cat Heads in Space!
Jan 18, 2017 • 1 min
When we last left you, our Galaxy Kitten was lost — without her body!
Promise Kept: Marshall Jamison Poetry
Jan 10, 2017 • 14 min
More Marshall Jamison poems!
Scenes from an American Monarchy
Jan 9, 2017 • 9 min
We have democratically elected a King! Now what? We imagine what the world would be like under the tiny thumb of a ruler who believes only might makes right.
Cat Heads in Space!
Jan 6, 2017 • 1 min
When we last left you, our Galaxy Kitten was lost without her mittens!
Three Daughters and the Train to Busan
Jan 5, 2017 • 16 min
Movies are a great hiding place from the unholy reality that has become our lives! We shudder in the flickering danger of three terror films: The Train to Busan, The Eyes of My Mother, and — The Witch! Know the horror of unrepentant evil tasked in our…
Kagemusha and the Rashomon Effect
Jan 4, 2017 • 14 min
Akira Kurosawa is a genius director of all cinema! We celebrate the movies Kagemusha and Rashomon! Plus, we share an examination of — “The Rashomon Effect” — to reveal unwitting, but human, embarrassments!
How to Take a Righteous Photograph
Jan 3, 2017 • 16 min
The historic moment of imaging is yours to own, with a twitch, of a shaky finger! We step you through some basics of shaping a photographic image to match your practiced aesthetic!
Sex: Ten Sentence Stories
Jan 2, 2017 • 11 min
The Sex of us is the being of us! We dive into the surreal world of Sex as we share three, original, Ten Sentence Stories.
Internecine Antiquity
Dec 30, 2016 • 12 min
The world has always been on fire! We were born into the slaughterhouse, and tempered by ash. We look for a way out of the need for nations to constantly been in conflict — seeking only resolutions in bloodletting.
Valuing Faith and Trust
Dec 29, 2016 • 11 min
We seek definition in the confirmation of others. We pry apart the confirmations and meanings — of Trust and Faith — to get at the white-hot underbellies of their salty cores!
The Failure of Advertising and Marketing…
Dec 28, 2016 • 11 min
Own your own promotional core! We wonder with you about the benefits of advertising and marketing. Are you able to use your own Horse Sense to defeat those who wish to decay your original intention? Sublimate yourself!
How to Write a Novel
Dec 27, 2016 • 14 min
When you write, you create the world! We share our experience writing 50 books — and we describe our role in helping other authors write their first, big, break! Avoid the pitfalls! Hit the pinnacles!
Idyl in a Willys-Knight: Joseph Baldwin Poetry
Dec 26, 2016 • 14 min
Welcome to the Joseph Baldwin poetry slam!
Asynchronicity and the Internet Archive
Dec 23, 2016 • 15 min
Our lives synch across different timelines. We asynchronously search the Wayback Machine, and the Internet Archive, to find synchronous timing and self-satisfying returns about Black Measles. Together, we are unbound!
Power: Ten Sentence Stories
Dec 22, 2016 • 9 min
Who wins the struggle for Power? We share three of his original Ten Sentence Stories that reveal the structures of Power condemning us while condoning us.
An Enemy of the People and The Poisoned Land
Dec 21, 2016 • 19 min
The enemy of the people, is the truth teller! We unearth the truths of Henrik Ibsen’s classic 1882 play — AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE — to discover universal truths about the human condition. We cover up lies! We willfully poison the land! We blame the…
Problem with Predestiny
Dec 20, 2016 • 13 min
The will you seek is not your own. We examine problems with the notion of being predestined in a life that no longer belongs to you.
On Being Painfully Shy
Dec 19, 2016 • 11 min
Shyness recompresses the you of you. We explore the meaning, causation, and recitation, of shyness. It isn’t enough to tell someone not to be shy, we have to help each other become our own expectation.
Crime Story: The Peril of Caril Ann
Dec 16, 2016 • 16 min
Caril Ann Fugate was kidnapped by Charles Starkweather. We re-examine the 1958 case of Caril Ann, and her Starkweather captor. Charlie Starkweather murdered 11 people, including members of Caril Ann’s family. Caril Ann Fugate was implicated in the…
Outlier Anarchy
Dec 15, 2016 • 10 min
We fight the middle Right through an assault from the edge! We sound the fife and bangs the drum: Now is the time to stand and fight! Now is the time to not be moved! Now is the time for Anarchy from our Outliers!
Waking Up Dead: Marshall Jamison Poetry
Dec 14, 2016 • 13 min
We celebrate the life and writing of Marshall Jamison!
Kremlin West, Moscow West, and Russia West
Dec 13, 2016 • 10 min
Why is Russia snuggling in our White House? We take apart the 2016 election — and what it means for American and Russian relations with Donald Trump as president. We are in for a woeful world of hurt!
Renewal, Starting Over, Forgiveness
Dec 12, 2016 • 13 min
How do we negotiate coping with each other? We share stories of viral internet memes, and stories about Marshall Jamison, Burgess Meredith and, “Anyone for Tennyson?”
Master’s Thesis Interview
Dec 9, 2016 • 12 min
Here are some views on Deaf Culture. We reveal answers to questions posed by a Master’s Thesis student researching Deaf Culture, professional Broadway interpreting programs, and the merits of regional theatre performance interpretations.
Finality of Loss
Dec 8, 2016 • 12 min
We covet what we lose. We wonder why we value loss more than inclusion. We venerate the dead, but ignore the living. Is it because we cannot stand to bear the unrecoverable?
Leda and the Swan
Dec 7, 2016 • 11 min
The story of Leda is harrowing. We investigate the myth of Leda. Was she too beautiful for a mortal life? Was she abused without warning in the name of predestiny? Did the violence struck upon her, foreshadow the lives of her unborn children?
Blood: Ten Sentence Stories
Dec 6, 2016 • 9 min
We live in Blood!
Friends on the Streets
Dec 5, 2016 • 12 min
The streets have no name — but they do have your number! We take to the streets to learn about friendship and Ethics and Envy and Enforcers! A Walking City always takes the first step up by creeping from the gutter!
Bludgeon of Anonymization
Dec 2, 2016 • 15 min
A free society requires public atonement. We argue against anonymity in the community of the world — where only the nefarious, and the unseemly, hide in the depths to mercilessly troll the best of us.
The Icarian Syndrome: Heat Rises, Smoke Falls
Dec 1, 2016 • 10 min
Icarus leaves behind a lousy legacy. We fly around the myth of Icarus and Daedalus — and discovers that heros die with a forgotten honor while fools have islands and seas named after them. As we step out of the primordial brine, our only hope is for…
Brutalism Re-Bruted
Nov 30, 2016 • 11 min
Brutalism is back is a big way! We decline the rise of the re-booting of the Brutalist movement! We are surrounded by the relics of a Brutal ideal in designed living in architecture — and beyond our common culture — and we cannot escape its scowl on our…
Hundred. Responses!
Nov 29, 2016 • 15 min
Listener responses to: Hundred!
First Rule of Stupid People
Nov 28, 2016 • 14 min
Stupidity has nothing to do with education. We wrestle with the management, and enlightening of, Stupid People! We listen. We question. We ask. Always in that order — so we may know.
Ideas Are Not Scary: GE Advertising for Idiots!
Nov 25, 2016 • 19 min
What happened to GE television advertising? We vivisect GE Ad campaigns over the last 30 years. Why did GE move the idea of them — and of us! — from warm and bright to forlorn and stupid?
Social Justice
Nov 24, 2016 • 16 min
Where do we go to get Social Justice? We examine the nature of Social Justice in the wake of the competing anarchical memes of Black Lives Matter and the White Supremacist Movement. Are there similar desires at stake in the streets? Are there equal ends…
Hundred.
Nov 23, 2016 • 1 min
Hundred.
Circles in Circles
Nov 22, 2016 • 6 min
Our lives are circles generating circles. To unwind us, is to disassemble what makes us whole. We discuss the Art of Closing Circles — and of finding meaning in the moment of silence before the second closes.
Hillary Clinton Finally Gave My Millennials Speech!
Nov 21, 2016 • 13 min
We learn as we listen. We celebrate the fact that Hillary Clinton actually gave the bones and ribs of the Millennials speech he wrote for her —when she addressed the Children’s Defense Fund!
Manipulative Immortality in the Word
Nov 18, 2016 • 10 min
We write for us, not them. We argue against the reckless notion that authors should write books for generations 100 years out while not allowing the now of us to read the work today.
The Mirth of Sisyphus
Nov 17, 2016 • 12 min
Camus’ Sisyphus was against suicide, but did Sisyphus really take his punishment from the Gods? We contemplate the MIRTH in the Sisyphus myth, and we recall Sartre and Camus to help us existentialize the ratty rationalizations of the despicable rock…
Rule of Suing
Nov 16, 2016 • 13 min
How do you prevent someone from dishonoring a contract? We help you figure out how to get the best contract terms and how to deal with the inevitable boor of a business person who refuses to honor a done deal.
Race Traitor
Nov 15, 2016 • 13 min
Over the past week, our beloved host was accused of three things. First, he was accused of being a Traitor to His Own Race. Next, he was accused of being a Genderist because he thinks women can be “stolen.” Finally, he was accused of being a Big Baby in…
Outlier Offensive
Nov 14, 2016 • 13 min
The risk of your life is to become an Outlier and stay one. We explain the value of an authentic Outlier — one who leaves society to become an extra thinker beyond the common core.
No Right to Be Forgotten
Nov 11, 2016 • 12 min
You cannot make us forget you! We flay the European Union notion that anyone in the world has the “Right to Be Forgotten” in today’s digital evolution! It is nigh impossible to erase footfalls that have already been suspended in amber.
What a Ghoul Believes
Nov 10, 2016 • 8 min
What happens when a Ghoul unexpectedly wins an election? We interview, for a second time, a conquering Ghoul who will set world expectation for the undead in the next generation!
Glom Research
Nov 9, 2016 • 16 min
Don’t ask for it if you didn’t write it! We take on the glommers who want to “borrow” your research, or “take a look at” your Powerpoint presentation, or “grab a copy of” your syllabus. Write your own stuff! Stop stealing content from the rest of us!
Interview with a Ghoul
Nov 8, 2016 • 8 min
Some Ghouls are too good to be true! We break new ground interviewing an ill-smelling Ghoul on election day! Can this Ghoul win it all with the Kitten and Wraith vote?
Black Wall of Gold
Nov 7, 2016 • 11 min
The Lakota Sioux have spent generations fighting for hills and against pipelines. We make the case that the Black Hills of South Dakota were a first line of defense — a wall! — against intruders, until it was discovered those hills were made of gold, and…
The Search for Meaning
Nov 4, 2016 • 13 min
What do we mean in the landscape of antiquity? We share our combined searches for meaning in our lives — with conflicting interests — and opposing causes.
Best Childhood Commercials
Nov 3, 2016 • 18 min
Why does the salesmanship of childhood stick with us inside the adult? We dissect some of the most memorable commercials from the 1970s to wonder at the everlasting effects upon their intended, advertising, targets.
The Immigrant Doctor
Nov 2, 2016 • 12 min
We owe our future to the history of those who joined us. We celebrate the immigrant experience, and those who choose to give up their lives at home to join our lives here in America.
The Barely Among Us
Nov 1, 2016 • 14 min
The homeless and the mentally ill creep on the seams of society. We try to figure out how we can help those who are unable to think of their own welfare. Incarceration is not the solution. Ignoring these desperate people hasn’t worked. What’s next?
A Haunting on Happy Jack Hill
Oct 31, 2016 • 10 min
What breaks us can never can never bind us. Here is an original ghost story we wrote about a Nebraska legend.
Everything Smells Like Pot and Service Animals
Oct 28, 2016 • 17 min
We are surrounded by smoke and poop! We take a sniff at how the mores of society are changing right beneath our noses! Medical Marijuana and Service Animals are beguiling more than just our sense of smell!
The Case of the Mysterious PhD Line Caper
Oct 27, 2016 • 14 min
Academia is just as cutthroat as Wall Street — but will less morality and more humor. We share canonical insight into the PhD hiring process, and how it unravels into unfairness and backslapping in order to fill empty faculty lines.
Purity
Oct 26, 2016 • 10 min
We have the need to be cleansed. Yet, we can never be clean. We reveal the memes of purity and cleanliness as cultural controls. Can we ever become Virgins again after the loss of verifiable innocence?
Newark in Black and Blue: Podcast Edition!
Oct 25, 2016 • 12 min
Students who attend school in Newark, New Jersey discuss Race and Racism in performance. In this episode, our instructor gives the story over to his Fall 2004 “Page to Stage” class at Rutgers-Newark where his students dramatize the hard, biting, realities…
Do You Not See Me Not Watching You?
Oct 24, 2016 • 16 min
We are always being watched by someone who is not us — or OF us. We walk through the sky above and the eyes below that are looking down on us and around on us — recording every move we make. Can we escape this Panopticon of our own doing and desire?
Cynicism and Snarkiness in the Media
Oct 21, 2016 • 13 min
In a crumbling world, the comedians make the news, and skewer the truth. The old world newsreaders are scuttled to the dustbin — unless they compete on the lowest level of giggling and desk-slapping. In this episode, we track the downfall of the American…
Deirdre of the Sorrows: Podcast Performance!
Oct 20, 2016 • 12 min
The Irish sense of tragedy takes many forms and mournings. We dive into Irish culture and the work of Playwright and Poet John Millington Synge. There are some Irish pronunciation name games herein as well as the redacted version, IN LIVE PERFORMANCE, of…
That Was The Week That Was in Bigotry
Oct 19, 2016 • 20 min
Three cunning bigots? Three kind solutions! We share our experiences in a week filled with censorship and cruel bigots! There’s the bigoted Race-baiter, and then there’s the Civil Rights ruiner, and, finally, there’s the culture-dissing inHuman Troll!
We are All Replaceable Until We’re Not
Oct 18, 2016 • 12 min
There is no value in us. We are built on hubris and breadcrumbs, and we prick the notion that we only bleed when we’re struck — and not in perpetuity. We are not unique. We only resemble. How then, can we fight for a right niche in life and become, in…
Trinity Moments
Oct 17, 2016 • 10 min
“I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.” We discuss the idea of a “Trinity Moment” — and how that notion is inspired by the scheme of Robert Oppenheimer’s “Trinity Test” bombs during WWII. We cannot reoccur, or recover, from a Trinity Moment. Like…
Performing Arts as a Profession
Oct 14, 2016 • 13 min
We are not always our talents. We want to believe we can arc above the sky and land on our feet; but our parents often try to hold us down, for our own sake, against our wishes and our dreams. We answer a talented student of the Performing Arts from…
Enemies Are Your Friend
Oct 13, 2016 • 11 min
Every friend is your enemy! Yes, it’s true! Every enemy is a friend and every friend is an enemy. The trick of life is to know which way that pendulum is ticking against you.
Dotbusters, Beaner-Hopping and Foreign Rage
Oct 12, 2016 • 15 min
We are our hatreds. When we, the majority, choose to pick on the minority among us, we cheapen our own dreams, and wishes, and we poison our future with violence. We examine a not-so-distant time in America when were were rougher, and more, cruel with —…
Cowardism and the Terrorist
Oct 11, 2016 • 9 min
Is there a difference between a coward and a terrorist? We struggle to find the difference between terrorism and cowardice. In the Age of Modern Warfare Against Civilians — do those labels even matter any longer, when killing is done, virtually, from afar?
Imitation is Not Flattery
Oct 10, 2016 • 11 min
Achievement vs. Originality matters. Knowing the difference between authenticity and imitation is not as easy as it once was. We reveal the imitators among us — the copiers, the pale comparisons, and the almost was.
Romanticizing Bad People
Oct 7, 2016 • 14 min
Why are we obsessed with venerating the Evildoers among us? We take a look at our like for the bad influences in our culture. Hitler, the KKK, Pigeons, Sports, Criminals and Bad Boys — they’re all here — waiting for the burning!
Love in an Anodyne Age
Oct 6, 2016 • 15 min
Where has the sacred heart gone to find love today? We reckon with — “The Death of the Old God” — in an Age where everything is facile and online and untouchable. Sex! Dating! Heathens of the Loveless!
Logistics and Quantification of the Human Spirit
Oct 5, 2016 • 14 min
We are illogical beings who rely on logistics to get the work of life, done. We lay out the idea of the logicians who run our lives — in business and in healthcare — and the inescapable resolution of the dissolution of our Human Souls in the process.
Luke Cage and the Harlem Renaissance
Oct 4, 2016 • 14 min
The Marvel Comics Universe comes alive in New York City! We take a look at the Luke Cage television series on Netflix. The evildoers and the good fighters tee off in Harlem to rule the soul of the people!
Flay the Wicked, Save the Monster
Oct 3, 2016 • 10 min
Here’s what you get when you combine a Hobson’s Choice with a Sophie’s Choice. You get a Wicked Monster trapped in a never-ending circle of ferocity! We explore the mind of us, and how we choose to make decisions while actively deciding not to be involved…
Ubiquity in Social Media
Sep 30, 2016 • 15 min
If you want to be widely understood, be universally clear, and contextual. We share secrets of the mistakes we’ve made in a long — social media tail — career. Context is everything, and it can always be shared if you explain well. “Katzenfutter” and…
I Just Wrote Hillary Clinton’s Millennials Speech
Sep 29, 2016 • 7 min
Here is the speech Hillary Clinton needs to give to Millennials. We share the speech we wrote for Hillary Clinton to win the Millennials vote!
The Undiagnosed and the Accused: Asperger’s and the Internet
Sep 28, 2016 • 16 min
How do we label things in the Internet of things? We insult you, and offends you, as we step through a generation, or two, of naming conventions — from retarded to Autistic, from lazy to Fibromyalgia, from antisocial to Asperger’s Syndrome. All outrage,…
Redundant Systems: Redundant Systems
Sep 27, 2016 • 11 min
Does your love backup have a backup? The universe wants us to be one thing and not a multiplicity, but computer systems were built to copy us — sometimes in uneven and unwanted ways. We wonder about the doppelgangers of us, and how many backups is too…
We Are Our Works
Sep 26, 2016 • 11 min
Are we only our jobs? We ask the important questions of us — are we our work, are we our dreams, as we something else — or are we only what others expect us to be in the end?
How to Adapt Everything
Sep 23, 2016 • 13 min
The Art of Adaptation is not for the weak-willed. We share methods of adaptation, and of divining meaning into the essence of everything. In order to adapt, you must first humble yourself, and then submit — and we provide examples from Columbia University…
Millennialization of a Nation
Sep 22, 2016 • 14 min
Will the 2016 presidential election be decided by the non-involvement of Millennials? We think it so — and we dig into the depths of the emptiness of us — to unearth a generation that was born aimless, and amiss.
Why Do We Trust Each Other?
Sep 21, 2016 • 13 min
New Twitter friend Ashleigh Bonner asks for a podcast about trust. This, is that, podcast! We answer Ashleigh’s inquiries, and wonderings, about the nature of us — and the test of us — when it comes to living together as a society.
Traumatic Memory and Survivor Grief
Sep 20, 2016 • 13 min
What happens to those left behind — the traumatized, and the grieving? In this podcast follow-up to — “Does Disappeared Mean Murdered?” — we reflect on what it means to find success in storytelling as we share a letter from a grieving stranger, and shines…
On Getting Twitter Verified
Sep 19, 2016 • 19 min
How do you get Verified on Twitter and Facebook? Don’t ask us — because we have no idea — even though we’re finally Verified on both Facebook and Twitter. Listen along as we share some schemes and thoughts and doables for winning the social media…
In the Internet of Things, Keep Your String
Sep 16, 2016 • 13 min
“As we are connected, so shall we remain in the dark.” That quote is investigated in this podcast about living virtually and in reality. Do we know how dependent we are on power and the internet? Can a piece of string save us? How long is a piece of…
Does Disappeared Mean Murdered?
Sep 15, 2016 • 14 min
Here are the stories of fellow Lincoln, Nebraskans Wendy Hile, Oscar Long and Gina Bos — all either murdered, or presumed dead. We investigate what it means to go missing in the real world, and how we deal with the not knowing of what happened to the…
Now You’re the Whore of New York!
Sep 14, 2016 • 10 min
What’s the easiest way to control the most people? We share thoughts on the methods and the memes used to control thought, and behavior — from medication, to religion, to education, to womb manipulation.
The Burning Patriot
Sep 13, 2016 • 12 min
Have we finally burned the Patriotism out of 9/11? Will we ever get over the attack that paralyzed New York City? Must we replay the murder of almost 3,000 people in real time, every single year? We take on what it means to be an American — and we add…
How to Poison a Culture
Sep 12, 2016 • 11 min
We corrupt our Aesthetic and Education and Values through carelessness. We take apart all the memetics we claim to culturally care about, and he disassembles it all into non-organic parts — The Kardashians, Justin Bieber and Britney — plus, The Others!
Letter From Anthea
Sep 9, 2016 • 16 min
Today, we share a lovely letter from Anthea Syrokou! You may listen to Anthea’s feedback concerning our — “How Not to Paint” — podcast and our response to her thoughts here as well! Oh, and don’t tell Anthea her undercover iPhone Street Name is: “Anthrax!”
Do Not Push the Machine!
Sep 8, 2016 • 12 min
If we are presented with a button — that does not mean we must press it! We contemplate what happens when we independently set machines in motion without knowing how the gears will flow. Deus Ex Machina is the critical, fateful, classical warning against…
How Not to Paint
Sep 7, 2016 • 10 min
There’s a crime afoot to steal your money while you’re drunk and painting! We put the tines to the “Copying is Painting” Art movement in America. Creation is not imitation, and Aristotle provides the parameters for judging all aesthetic intention!
Five Fires Changed the World
Sep 6, 2016 • 15 min
Fire changes us, warms us, and creates the history of us. We share five fires in history that changed the basis of us. Shelley, Yeats, San Francisco, Watts, OJ Simpson and “No Country for Old Men” ignite the conversation!
The Salinger Effect and Screenshot Publication
Sep 1, 2016 • 12 min
Who owns your letters? We explore ownership of writing and literature and letters — and SMS texts! What is Fair Use? How do we quote a part of an image? What is allowed in virtual scholarship?
Is Sexting Cheating?
Aug 31, 2016 • 13 min
Carlos Danger! Underwear Shots! It’s Anthony Weiner! We go on a sex stroll through history as husbands humiliate their wives — in public — all in the meme of gathering greater political power! JFK! Bill Clinton! John Edwards! Gary Hart! All, inhuman…
uChicago.edu is Not a Safe Haven
Aug 30, 2016 • 13 min
A university campus must never be a safe haven for thoughts! We examine the new University of Chicago policy against trigger warnings and other methods of thought control perpetrated by the precious few against the whole. With extended examples from the…
The First Bloopers Edition!
Aug 29, 2016 • 14 min
This is the first bloopers edition! This month-old podcast is still an imperfect thing, as you’ll learn as all the flubs and blumbles are memorialized. As well, technical updates to the podcast are shared — including conversation about the USBPre-2…
Kloefkorn and Stubblefield at the Platte Valley Press
Aug 26, 2016 • 14 min
William Kloefkorn and Charles Stubblefield were great poets! We share the longing legacy of Kloefkorn and Stubblefield via their work in the classroom, their publishing genius with the Platte Valley Press, and their lasting impression on the people they…
The Art of Yearning
Aug 26, 2016 • 14 min
What is the historical importance of yearning in literature? We explore the notion of yearning in the works of Nebraska authors Loren Eiseley, Willa Cather, and John G. Neihardt.
10txt in Podcast Performance
Aug 24, 2016 • 11 min
Here are three 10txt stories performed for the first time! In this edition, you’ll hear, “I am the Night Train Killer” and “Beanie Blue, Queen of the Undernight” plus, ”Marston Swain, Jr. Waits for His Life to Begin.”
The Woman Who Married Her Brother and Became Her Mother (Podcast Edition!)
Aug 24, 2016 • 6 min
Here’s another original bit of fiction! “The Woman Who Married Her Brother and Became Her Mother’ originally appeared on October 4, 2013 as part of the BolesBlogs.com network and you may read the story, in text form, on that website.
The Sorry Legend of the Great Bootsock (Podcast Edition!)
Aug 24, 2016 • 9 min
Here is the starry, sorry, legend of the Great Bootsock! In this original story — and published November 8, 2013 at BolesBlogs.com — we learn of a great high school football player who fell in the glittery days of college, and who had to settle for a…
Only Tomorrow Matters
Aug 23, 2016 • 7 min
What kind of life do you want to have? We compare the Anarchist to the Passivist and how the memes of knowledge become moments of sharing beyond the classroom. What we know, defines us, and what we do not know, defeats us.
American Gargoyle: A Cloven Hoof in the Homeland
Aug 22, 2016 • 16 min
In this original fairytale, you meet an orange-faced Gargoyle. That short-fingered, cloven-hoofed, Vulgarian God is set upon the destruction of the world, and is served by three, misshapen, children as the rest of humanity are rendered mute with nukes.…
A Pineal Annealing
Aug 19, 2016 • 14 min
Our pineal gland is the key to healing. We share the ways and means of annealing your pineal gland — your very own grain-of-rice-sized pinecone in the middle of your brain in perfect Fibonacci Golden Spiral form — for greater health, and insight into your…
Of Wealth and the Starless Eye
Aug 18, 2016 • 11 min
How do we measure success: Using the wallet and social status? We explore the common themes of winning and losing; and we shares the story of a young woman we used to know who sold her future, and the futures of her children, to the highest, social,…
Life of Curation
Aug 17, 2016 • 12 min
Our greatest duty is to curate each other. We investigate what we decide together to improve, provide, and empower. We also share a mistake he made during a Freshman year of teaching Freshman writing!
Disability and Indifference
Aug 16, 2016 • 14 min
Do we still care to care for the disabled — or do we only want them fixed? We discuss why we may think there are right protections​ in place​, like the Americans With Disabilities Act, to guarantee and ensure equal access; but as society changes,…
Omne Trium Perfectum: The Rule of Three
Aug 15, 2016 • 23 min
We believe in Threes — for there is power in the multiple choosing! — but, why? We consider Sigmund Freud’s fascinating essay, “The Theme of the Three Caskets” to help divine answers in our need for a triple choice. Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”…
Ubiquitous Distribution Channels
Aug 12, 2016 • 12 min
How do we distribute knowledge, and information, and human emotion? We uproot ways of thinking about publishing, broadcasting, education and religious tenets. In the end, there is only one distribution channel that matters across every simple syndication…
De Anima and the Demon Soul
Aug 11, 2016 • 13 min
Aristotle tried to give form to the function of the human soul. We search the human experience for meaning in the evolution of our communal concept of the soul — ending in an indictment of what has become, in the Modern Age, the moral ubiquity of the…
Black Rum, Blacker Pride
Aug 10, 2016 • 8 min
James Baldwin was one of the greatest Race Writers in America. We examine the biting words of the author in historical context. The violent, early, deaths of his friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. all transformed James Baldwin’s…
Q is for Quadroon
Aug 9, 2016 • 19 min
This podcast is packed raw with raves that enrapture the world! Topics include: iTunes reviews, Contact Lenses, Obummer, Education, Marriage, Ending with AT, Ancestry, New York City, and Quadroons!
Obama Baring Arms
Aug 8, 2016 • 12 min
In today’s podcast, we are full of rants! Topics include Obama, Pigs in the Street, The Olympics, Apple, News Reader Fashion Critiques, Flippity-Flops and Undue Drug Prices! Join the rage by subscribing today!
A Prison Story
Aug 5, 2016 • 8 min
Gideon is a man who went to prison to help guarantee our freedom. We examine the life of Clarence Earl Gideon, a prisoner and petty criminal who helped guarantee our fundamental right to counsel and free access to a Public Defender. In the example of…
Replies
Aug 5, 2016 • 15 min
We answer your questions about sunshine and podcasting! Other topics include Porsche, Buick, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump!
Crumbling in a Pyramid of Lies
Aug 4, 2016 • 12 min
How do we deal with serial liars? These professional fibbers build up each lie, carefully, preternaturally, like spit on a broom! We share a story of shameless misery dealing with a Millennial dog owner living above him who, while holding a dog in his…
Final Measure of Mercy
Aug 4, 2016 • 9 min
The last full measure of devotion divines us. How does the commoner find the way to the unadorned grave? We use the inspiration of Abraham Lincoln, Sen. Robert Kennedy, and Teddy Kennedy to bring us to understanding, and closure, for the regular lives…
Renewing the Covenant
Aug 3, 2016 • 12 min
How do we keep alive our connection with each other? We stay together by renewing covenants, closing circles, and remembering who and what we wish to become. We use the examples of a Washington, D.C. theatre, Columbia University in the City of New York,…
Allegiance and Justice and the Work of Craft
Aug 1, 2016 • 9 min
We fight for justice and pledge allegiance to each other and ourselves. How then, do we handle creators who give us public joy and communal introspection — while their personal lives are broken to the bone and morally corrupt in the being? We discuss the…
Reflections in a Blind Soul
Aug 1, 2016 • 11 min
How do we teach our children to tend their souls? Do we set an example for imitation? Or are children born with a soul that blindly leads them right? We consider the nurturing memes that form us early in childhood. A soul is not for the safekeeping. A…
Good Luck and the Blessings of Merit
Aug 1, 2016 • 10 min
Are we born lucky? Or does luck become us? We analyze the Meme, and the merits, of blessings, luck, and spectral intervention. Beware of tricksters wishing to make your luck — their own divinity!
Veneration in Death
Jul 29, 2016 • 13 min
How do we quantify and qualify our grief for the dead? Is personal mourning less valuable than the public grief expressed in social media and along the public square? Is a dead athlete more valuable to community function than a dying child? We examine…
An Irrevocable Aesthetic
Jul 28, 2016 • 10 min
How do we create ideas that survive within others? That is the idea of an — “Irrevocable Aesthetic” — that propagates from person-to-person long after you are gone. There are ways of knowing that are universal in the evidence of memory and an in the…
Temptation and the Divine Stave
Jul 27, 2016 • 11 min
How we want what we cannot have is a temptation that deserves a knuckling down from a divine hand. What happens when divinity is lost, social policy becomes less aware and the laws of us fail to reorient our moral conundrum? How do we find our way out of…
Podcasting the Podcast
Jul 26, 2016 • 15 min
We discuss the technocrat bits of upgrading your podcast. But first, we share a brief history of the Yale School of Drama Mafia. Then, we’re on to microphones, headphones, audio decoders, recording and editing software, podcast philosophy, hosting…
Education and the Uneven Mind
Jul 22, 2016 • 22 min
Education in America is unequal. There are barriers to learning that must be breached. How do we equally teach every mind that is ripe to learn? Can we economically survive as a nation when elite education is too expensive to afford? To know, we must…
Answering the Angry Inbox
Jul 22, 2016 • 16 min
We answer angry email from his Inbox! You’ll learn about God and Guns and Terrorism — all in the first two minutes!
Pain and Compunction
Jul 21, 2016 • 18 min
We live tortured lives filled with pain propagated by others against us. How do we survive as body is set against mind? Who peed the bed? We look to drama and yogis and morality to save us from the others of us. We must allow each other our grief!
Perseverance in Longevity
Jul 21, 2016 • 12 min
How may we become successful when those around us don’t share the same vision? We stay. We will not be moved. We may be mocked or cut off or abandoned, but we always continue on our mark, remain our pathway, and blaze a bright sky in the moonlight.
Publishing and the Parochial Mind
Jul 20, 2016 • 14 min
Publishing is for everyone, not just mega-media conglomerates, and in this examination of the transferrable memetic, we evaluate the memes and methods of various terms of teams from the Book to the future of threadbare, socialized, publication.
Understanding Aristotle’s Poetics
Jul 20, 2016 • 16 min
This is a discussion of the staves of dramatic theory: Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Music, and Spectacle! The Poetics!
Why Do We Create?
Jul 19, 2016 • 12 min
Why do we create Art and People and Books and Sandwiches? What drives the human compunction to be remembered? How do we divine the truth? Why are we able to withstand the challenges of time? Technology replaces technology, but what replaces us? (NOTE:…
The Idea of Beauty
Jul 18, 2016 • 14 min
The idea of beauty is discussed. How have our tastes in physical beauty, Art and Architecture changes over time? What do we value if not beauty over the ugly? Does anyone aspire to ugliness?
Mechanization of the Self and the Loss of Wonder
Jul 18, 2016 • 16 min
We discuss how life has changed from mechanization, and the loss of wonder. Transportation, Communication and Social Living are examined.
What is a Human Meme?
Jul 18, 2016 • 11 min
This is the first episode! The definition of a human life is at stake, and the loss of elastic thinking is also examined. “What does it mean to live a human life?”