In Flight Gold: Extra Ordinary

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For the first time in over a year, I travelled by plane to visit family.

With the pandemic overall, plus my home state easing up on mask restrictions and businesses opening earlier than they probably should have, I was nervous. I even speculated to my mom about my hazmat options. I didn’t go that route, but I followed mask mandates to the letter and they were strict about it, especially on the plane.

I flew Delta, and they had in flight movies. I selected Extra Ordinary. It was a comedy set in Ireland about a driving instructor, Rose, with paranormal talents she does not want. Needless to say, she still gets calls from neighbors thanks to her late father’s TV show, which Rose was a part of as a kid until an accident killed dad.

One such call came from a handsome dad named Martin, haunted by the ghost of his pushy late wife, and later targeted by a washed up musician who made a pact with Satan for a best selling comeback album.

I liked this a lot. I think I will put this on the to podcast list. Will Forte is a great villain and the performances were hilarious all around. The score was eerie, but very sweet.

Podcast Status Update

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By the time Memorial Day rolled around, I had a few episodes up. The run time compiled together would amount to roughly an hour, the average run time of podcasting peers. Nevertheless, I published them. I still had the free version of Podbean.

Around that time, I discovered an event on Twitter, namely Junesploitation. This was hosted by the podcast and blog, F This Movie. I had wanted to explore live tweeting, but scheduling, time etc. got in the way. This event would allow one to pick one movie within a genre or theme on a given day and share online. I picked my movie, used a hashtag and added a photo before viewing my choice after work.

A week or so into participating into this event, I had a nasty panic attack. I don’t know at what point it came to me to write up what I was watching, but late into that evening, I started doing so as a means to calm myself further. A few days later, it hit me that it was around the time where I would upload a podcast. At that point, I had episodes already recorded. I tended to do shorter solo episodes already, and figured why not break up what would be a longer form episode into three parts ten movies apiece, during the month, the last one to arrive July 9th? That first part was one take, and I hear it in my voice on top of other flaws I hear, stuttering or otherwise.

We are nothing if not our own toughest critics. I was easier on some the movies, despite where the idea came from. To avoid further pressure on myself, I more or less jotted notes each day per movie, reading aloud so I would trip up less while recording. This worked to a degree, and maybe I could continue this while writing for practice.

I dropped parts one and two as bonus episodes. I kept posting to twitter. By the end of the event, I was mostly ready to record, and it hit me that I would have an easier time scheduling episodes. I also wanted more reach as well. More or less, it was time to take this idea a little more seriously, start looking into joining podcast networks and up my membership account.

From there, I scheduled every episode I had. As I am travelling to see family next week, I can keep up. I’m updated well into August and I have a window of time until my next trip in late September.

In addition to scheduling, Bad Movie Bunnies is now on YouTube, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Deezer, etc. I uploaded my own header photo on the Podbean page.

So, now what? I thought about ad revenue, but what cost would it offset? Patreon? I have combined knitting/crafting with podcasting by way of supplementary comics not unlike vlogs. I’m more or less a group of raccoons in a band shirt at this point. I’ll put the bunnies on camera instead and start opening the floor to guest spots in October.

https://badmoviebunnies.podbean.com/

Podcasting plans change

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Yesterday, I got my first Covid-19 vaccine. I experienced only a few side effects, some aches that carried over the next day.

I am scheduled for my second shot on the same day I plan to launch The Bad Movie Podcast, as well as some local voting. Given that I am prone to some of the side effects, I am moving the launch to April 30 and well, why not go in for early voting?

When Fandoms Collide: Yes, I heard The Mission UK on Miami Vice

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Whenever the band, The Mission UK, comes up in conversation the first thing that I think of, or bring up, is Wayne Hussey’s autobiography, “Salad Daze,” which I highly recommend. The second thing I think of is weirder, a little more niche, if you will.

I was posting one of my favorite Mission tracks, ‘Wasteland,’ to an online deathrock discussion group one day. In addition to thumbs up and other approbation, there were a few comments expressing love for the band, and certain albums or tracks.

I respond with another little fun factoid, one that seems a little absurd, and whether I write or speak it, it just feels like I’m making it up.

‘Wasteland’ was featured in an episode of, “Miami Vice.” Season 3, episode 16 “Theresa” to be precise.

It sometimes feels like people don’t believe me when I say this. I barely believed it when I first saw it, but there it was, the familiar opening chords and vocals playing over a car chase, our heroes played by Philip Michael Thomas, Michael Talbott and Don Johnson in hot pursuit of the suspect played by Tim Capello, the saxophone guy from The Lost Boys in a neon more 80’s than 80’s backdrop suggesting nightlife, parties, fast cars and faster drugs.

Given that this was a very stylized police procedural set in 1980’s Miami, Wasteland, or the chorus, seems appropriate. It is a drug wasteland however prettied up. It is a little weird given how it was gussied up to a pastel and neon landscape to show off those 80’s sports cars and beach wear. You’d never quite picture listening to a dark song against such a back drop.

Then again, maybe it’s too perfect. I still feel that others don’t quite believe me. Good thing we have YouTube…..

As you enjoy the clip proving my ramblings, wrap your head around the following. “Vet for the Insane” by Fields of the Nephlim was in the opening sequence (involving an arty ‘snuff film’ screening) of Season 4 episode 3 “Death and the Lady.”