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52 minutes | 20 hours ago
Ep. 273: John Connelly – Co-Author of Beyond Kuiper, Aerospace Engineer
John Connelly is the co-author of Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance and an aerospace engineer, and he’s the guest on Ep. 273 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast debuting December 2, 2020. John Connelly is the co-author of Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance. Here’s a teaser of what you can expect from it, taken from THE B.K.U: There is no Drake equation. There is no question on sentience. The galaxy is alive, filled with life, the only issue, us humans aren’t invited. The Galactic Star Alliance awaits your exploration. We acknowledge the vastness of time, the cyclical nature of civilization; and the obscurity of our own history. If our galaxy is so full of sentient life, why has no one said hello? We thought of a simple, logical reason: no one wants to. The Galactic Star Alliance has been alive and well for millions of earth years. Hundreds of thousands of sentient worlds and trillions of beings walk, run, and crawl across the many home worlds of the Alliance. This revelation led to many questions: How is faster-than-light speed travel possible, and could cohesive, interstellar civilizations exist without it? Along with his co-author, Matthew Medney, John has created an entire world in his novel, and in this week’s episode we discuss how it came to be, the daunting process that is writing and revising a novel, why he’s so interested in space and expanding human capabilities, and much more. Did I mention John is an aerospace engineer, as well? He performs mechanical design for NASA deep space missions with 3 satellites using his designs currently orbiting our planet. Where does he find time to sleep? Short answer, he doesn’t. And in the inspirational back half of this episode, you’ll see his passion and drive on full display. Be sure to go to The B.K.U. where you’ll find links to all the ways you can purchase Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance. And also check out John and Matthew’s podcast Heavy Metal Presents: Putting The Science In Science Fiction. This episode is available for download on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, at the Jon of All Trades homepage, or wherever you get your pods.
42 minutes | 8 days ago
Ep. 272: Jose Prieto – Lead Singer and Guitarist of MakeWar
Jose Prieto is the lead singer and guitarist of punk band MakeWar, and he is the guest on Ep. 272 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast, debuting November 25, 2020. Jose Prieto is the lead singer and guitarist of MakeWar, one of my new favorite bands. I became hip to MakeWar thanks to NERF, who curates KTCL’s HD Radio Station Punk Tacos. He loved their sound, and when I heard them the first time, I was immediately hooked. After my interview with Jake Kiley from Strung Out, I told Vanessa, my contact at Fat Wreck Chords, that I’m always down to interview bands x, y, and z (names stricken just in case I end up interviewing them). One of them was MakeWar, and so she hit me up Saturday night and offered an interview the next day in the afternoon. I love getting emails like that. So Jose and I connected via Zoom, and we chatted about what was supposed to be a kickass year for MakeWar touring all over the world in support of their excellent Get It Together record, how he’s spending his time during lockdown, what it’s like doing those streaming concerts, how their unbelievably cool Tarantino-inspired music video for “Oh, Brother” came to be (below), and a ton more. It’s an awesome chat with a dude who makes art that brings me joy. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? I hope wherever you are, your work brings you joy. I hope my show is a bright light in a dark and challenging time. That’s what I aspire to do, and I appreciate you letting me be a part of your life. Be sure to stay up to date with MakeWar on their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on Spotify, and on SoundCloud. Also, whenever live music comes back, go the fuck out and support it! Available on iTunes, streaming on Stitcher, or at the homepage.
47 minutes | 22 days ago
Ep. 271: Noah Hutton – Writer & Director of Lapsis
Noah Hutton is the Writer and Director of sci-fi movie Lapsis appearing at #DFF43. He’s the guest on Ep. 271 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast debuting November 11, 2020. Noah Hutton is the Writer and Director of Lapsis, a science fiction movie I had the privilege of seeing at Denver Film Festival 2020 (#DFF43). It’s described thusly on the film’s website: In a parallel present, delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. After a series of two-bit hustles and unsuccessful swindles, Ray takes a job in a strange new realm of the gig economy: trekking deep into the forest, pulling cable over miles of terrain to connect large, metal cubes that link together the new quantum trading market. As he gets pulled deeper into the zone, he encounters growing hostility and the threat of robot cablers, and must choose to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out. The movie is fantastic. It’s not only fun as hell in its world-building, but is an interesting commentary on the gig economy and labor writ large. In our conversation, Noah and I talk about the pros and cons of being independent consultants, ballot measures like California’s recent Proposition 22, WWE classifying its performers as independent contracts yet enacting draconian measures like taking over their Twitch and Cameo accounts, blue collar vs white collar sci-fi and a ton more. We also talk about the advantages and challenges of working in the same industry as your successful parents. If you don’t know who his parents are, Google it. You’ll figure it out quickly. You can stay up to date with all of Noah’s work at his own website: NoahHutton.com. This episode is available on iTunes, for streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.
56 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 270: Mark Berzins – Executive Producer of Most Guys Are Losers
Mark Berzins is the Lead Dog at Little Pub Company, author of Most Guys Are Losers and Executive Producer of the film Most Guys Are Losers. He’s the guest on Ep. 270 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast, debuting November 4, 2020. Mark Berzins is the Lead Dog at Little Pub Company, the largest independent pub and restaurant company in the state, under whose umbrella are several establishments I’ve spent a great deal of time in. Shoutout to The Spot, which was, well, my spot when I lived in West Wash Park, and the College Inn, which is right near both my house and my wife’s work. When you’ve spent your life behind the bar, you have a front row seat to the relationship struggles of young people both as customers, and your staff. As his oldest daughter shoved off to college, Mark compiled all of the advice he had given her into a book he titled Most Guys Are Losers. That book caught the attention of his daughter’s friends, then their moms found its way to a friend in the publishing business, and then through some fortuitous contacts, is where we find it today, premiering at Denver Film Festival! I hadn’t seen it when I interviewed Mark, but now have. It’s a delight. The performances are uniformly great. It’s got a big, beating heart. And Keith David glowers at a kid when he doesn’t know who the ’85 Bears are. (“I don’t know all 85 of them…”). Overall, it’s a fun way to spend 90 minutes at home, and I highly encourage you to check it out. You can do so right here. This episode is available on iTunes, for streaming on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage. Wherever you get your pods, please rate, review and subscribe.
56 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 269: Major Glen – Denver Rock Band
Barrett Ward (left) and Ben Brich are two members of Denver-based rock band Major Glen, and they’re the guests on Ep. 269 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast, debuting October 28, 2020. Major Glen makes rock music that feels like it could fit in virtually any era. That’s a tribute to the talent of its members, and also just how kickass their tunes are. Barrett Ward plays rhythm guitar and sings, Ben Brich plays drums, and they comprise half of this quartet formed in Glendale, CO. On this week’s show, we talk about their ultimate goals for the band (it might surprise you given the talent and craftsmanship involved here), why rock has a lesser place in the world than it has traditionally, how they’re going to survive one of their members being two time zones away, and who informs their sound. We also wax romantic about old music stores, record stores, video stores, and the like. It’s an incredibly fun and easy going chat between three dudes who clearly love music, and not a one of us has less than a master’s degree. [pushes glasses back up onto nose] Be sure to check out Major Glen at their website, or on Spotify. And stay tuned to their channels because they’re working on a new album in December. I can’t wait to see they come up with next. This episode is available on iTunes, for download on Stitcher, or at the Jon of All Trades homepage.
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