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My Friends Are Crazy
69 minutes | Jul 28, 2015
017 - Wolfman Joins Me To Give The Local Angle On Some National News
This is like it sounds, but what a treat to have Wolfman back as a guest, as we all recall the national news story from a few months back about local law enforcement coming down hard on some motorcycle club bad guys, or, were they? Wolfman informs us of the actual facts on this as seen from his local viewing situation. Of course, there is the usual chatting about what's been going on in his neck of the woods and various other asides and diversions, and we ultimately of course have to laugh to keep from crying (or, do we?). Enjoy!
33 minutes | Jul 28, 2015
016 - I Talk About My Recent Viewing
A short podcast here, which starts out by my announcement that Wolfman will be joining me again next podcast after way too long an absence, informing and updating us on a few things which have taken place where he hails from, touching on some topics from national news. Make sure not to miss that! This time, it's just me talking about my night time viewing such as a Jack Kerouac documentary, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (2 films by Linklater), and the concacaf gold cup and US men's national team. I end by musing about the simple pleasure of enjoying "gun porn", and finally remarking (again?) on what a great tv series Kung Fu was. Hope you enjoy.
39 minutes | Jul 15, 2015
015 - I Discuss What I Have Been Viewing Lately - Spoilers!!!!!!!!
Just me again, more focused and less rambling than usual, but, well, you be the judge of that. After wishing all a Happy Bastille day, or whatever you want to call it, I explain that I recently saw the movie Boyhood and what I thought of it. I also mention that I finished the final episode of the Netflix original series Daredevil, season 1, and how much I liked it. I then explain that Divided Line brought over the extended version DVD of The Punisher, which he had talked about a bit in the last podcast, and I end talking about a series on Netflix recommended by a friend in Las Vegas entitled La Reina Del Sur. Enjoy, and remember you can email me with comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
109 minutes | Jul 6, 2015
014 - I Finally Return And Divided Line And I Talk TV And Movies
OK, rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I am FINALLY back here in the Midwest, my studio has been set up here, and after my first mad week back, I recorded this with Divided Line one night, unplanned and spur of the moment. (gee, can you tell) We talked of many things, although I can't recall exactly what, but I think some movies and TV shows were mentioned. Now that I'm back, I will be resuming my once a week schedule, talking of erections, ejaculations, exhibitions and general tales of ordinary madness. Free subscription to anyone who knows to what I am referring.
68 minutes | May 20, 2015
013 - Ghostdog Joins Me To Talk About Mad Men Series Finale (SPOILERS!!!!!)
First, MAJOR WARNING*********SPOILER ALERT********** Ok, hopefully we are clear on that. Well this episode is exciting as hell, 'cause my old friend Ghostdog joins me and we talk about the series finale of Mad Men. The title of this podcast tells it all I guess, and we both discuss the finale in the context of the show as a whole, talking about all the shit you would expect - character arcs, artistic production stuff (Ghostdog an expert here, btw.) Folks this series is SUPERB, and hugely popular - what a great way to introduce your friends to my podcasts, and Ghostdog and I, of course, are very knowledgeable when talking of films and TV quality production. And, we are ALWAYS right, even when we disagree. So get ready for a great discussion of the show everyone watched last Sunday night(except me, who watched it on Amazon Instant Streaming Monday night, and other people watching it on Netflix streaming and have to wait a year or whatever, etc., yadda,yadda,yadda) But those of you who watched the show through the years, and watched Sunday Night's Finale, give this episode a listen, and if you have a different interpretation, email me email@example.com, it is allowed for you to disagree with me and/or Ghostdog, (if you haven't figured that out yet.) Anyway, as always, enjoy!
88 minutes | May 12, 2015
012 - Divided Line Talks Of Guitar Lessons, Plato, Zen And More
My old friend Divided Line is back for another great episode, where he tells of how he is now taking guitar lessons, zen "beginner's mind" and being "in the zone." This gets us to chatting about muscle memory, pythagorean stuff and atheletics and at some point I mention actually reading the wikipedia entry about "divided line," (the term from Plato's Republic, not my guest) and what they say it means. This all gets me to talking about a documentary I saw entitled No-No about Dock Ellis, the major league baseball pitcher who it is said pitched his 1970 no-hit game while high on LSD. We then get into a discussion concerning the possibility and probability of this happening, and bring in muscle memory, practice, and back to music practicing. We mention high performance cars and I tell of my car woes the previous day, his Shelby story from his youth, and then I mention things we didn't have time to get into, talk of the author James Thurber and how enjoyable he is to read, and end up teasing the Preakness this Saturday, I tell another acid tale from my misspent youth, and finally give away the entire plot of the great work by Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet, and yet you should read it, because we still will do an entire podcast on it someday. Enjoy
71 minutes | May 5, 2015
011 - My New Orleans Guest Talks Of Jazz Fest
This week I am honored to have my old friend Enola Virus call in for the first time, and I have anointed him the podcast's official New Orleans correspondent. I recommend this episode to everyone of course, but especially if you have any interest in New Orleans, it's culture, and of course The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which has been around awhile, and is so big now it's almost ridiculous. Enola Virus was born and raised in New Orleans so knows a lot about all this shit. We start out talking about some general stuff, we share memories and stories of "days of old" when there was actually a riverboat called The President which would have great concerts at night during the Fest, a retelling of a funny mushroom story about it, then get into a bit of "then vs. now." The present day ticket price is brought up, as well as the physical expansion of the fest and the logistics of everything because of it's present huge attendance. Elton John's concert and the crowds he drew are mentioned, and also how now the fest is "family-friendly" and just what that means. The Nevile Brothers are mentioned with some fond memories, I somehow find a connection to American Horror Story - Coven, but back to reality with the good Dr. John, a favorite son of the crescent city, and my friend relates some funny stories that occurred during his cameraman gig at the fest, including how all America owes him a debt of gratitude for "stopping the terrorists from winning." A bunch of artists are talked about, Buddy Guy, a new one named Caroline Wonderland who "absolutely tore the place up" (I am definitely checking her out, as well as Dr. John's new album,) George Porter, The Meters, The Radiators, and maybe a few I don't remember. I contrast all this with Derby Day/Big Fight Night in Vegas and some stories about that, including the weirdness
65 minutes | Apr 30, 2015
010 - Derby Day And The Big Fight
In this week's episode, after I promo a few upcoming guests, I mention how I foolishly missed the big podcasting conference which was just miles away, and lament about the Nepal earthquake tragedy and the avalanche on Everest. Then, trying to lighten the mood, going over big news since last podcast, I find myself feeling compelled to mention Baltimore but of course I "move on" quickly. Then I get into the meat of the show, talking about the big fight this weekend between Mayweather and Pacquiao and the opinion of a Judo expert I know, as well as my own. Then I dissect the other big event Saturday, the Kentucky Derby, and tell everyone the horse I am going to bet and talk a bit about the method I used to pick the winer. This gets me to mention astrology and a recent dvd I saw, and in my "media talk" I mention I saw the film Francis Ha and give a quick opinion of it, and tell all I have continued to watch season 3 of American Horror Story(Coven) and how I am really enjoying it. Ending on a light note, I speak of resuming my viewing of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and take a breath to get ready for the big weekend.
52 minutes | Apr 20, 2015
009 - Your Breakfast With Doc
On this week's episode, after I tease that I will probably have my New Orleans friend(s) on as guests soon, I begin by revisiting the Joe Rogan podcasts, which I mentioned last week, why I like them even though it can sometimes morph into "weed-head talk," (and happy 4/20 to all) and also Jim Norton's appearance on the last episode (Rogan's, not mine.) I complain a bit about my annoyance with commercials on all media, and somehow start talking about the movie My Dinner With Andre, and make some connection with all the above to the song Started at the Bottom Now I'm Here by Drake. This gets me to talking about the Comedy Central show Broad City and how I absolutely love it. Getting back to Rogan and his martial arts knowledge, I relate a conversation at a poker table recently which involved picking the winner (and explaining your answer) between Mayweather and Ronda Rousey in a hypothetical match. Then I explain that not only is May 2 a big date here because of the Mayweather fight, but it is also the Kentucky Derby, and I talk of my love of the "sport of kings." The subject of horse racing and horseplayers makes me think of Charles Bukowski, how great a writer I feel he was, and also the documenta
53 minutes | Apr 13, 2015
008 - My New Orleans Friends And More
I begin the show by mentioning I had a long, thoroughly enjoyable phone chat with 2 of my friends from New Orleans, and how great it would be if either or both individually or together agree to do a call in guest/co-host podcast with me. One of them recommended the TV series Justified to me, and this gets me into a bit of tech talk about streaming media, why I canceled sling TV for now, and my short take on "net neutrality." I explain how I did not go to the Steely Dan show Saturday night. I mentioned my friend's recommendation of American Horror Story and how I might watch it, which gets me talking about the Bram Stoker classic Dracula character vs. some modern-day takes such as the "metrosexual" Dracula. Turning to top breaking news, I mention that Mrs. Clinton announced she is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, and another total surprise news story, in Chicago Emmanuel won the democratic party mayoral primary run-off. Getting off the news for idiots, I talk of the Joe Rogan podcast, and why I like it sometimes and sometimes, not so much. In one Rogan podcast I was recently listening to, he and his guests (one being a guy named Asprey) talk about neuro-enhancing, flotation tanks, Asp
55 minutes | Apr 7, 2015
007 - Divided Line, A New Guest Co-Host, Talks About Bitcoin and More
Yea it finally happened - my old friend Divided Line makes his first appearance as guest co-host, as talked about and hyped previously. He starts out explaining where he got his "nom de pod" which is French for "podcast name." He then talks about the new apple watch and gives his thoughts, and I give my 100% guaranteed prediction of its future. He mentions a way Blackberry actually made some money recently, and more about the ever changing nature of technology. I mention my trying sling's new product, "sling tv," and how it was basically to feed my "Mad Men" addiction, also how sling tv differs from slingbox. Then Divided Line begins to explain a bit (sorry no pun intended) about where he is at in his continuing research into bitcoin, tells us about its beginnings, and why it's such an interesting subject. I ask some questions, and realize of course this is not a topic which can be summed up in 20 minutes, or even, probably, hours. But Divided Line is open to coming back and bringing us further along in his research, and hopefully some will email me with questions for him for next time. I then start talking about my streaming viewing of late, watching "Bosch" and "Mozart In The Jungle" on amazon instant streaming, sidetrack into Chicago mayoral elections and Chicago Cubs opening day bathroom problems, recount how I just migh
42 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
006-Palm Sunday March Madness
In this weeks podcast, it's just me again, Doc, wishing all a happy Palm Sunday(whatever that means.) Then I mention that Wolfman, in his extensive show research, added new info about my March 19/Capistrano statement on my last show with him(episode 4 on Itunes.) I build more excitement about the pending debut of my friend Divided Line, hopefully now scheduled for next week's podcast, where he will answer all questions(ok, maybe only some) about bitcoin. I mention his interests in many related things, such as cryptography(like in The Imitation Game) as well as unrelated subjects like firearms and high performance cars. I then talk about the ongoing NCAA tourney, and this gets me talking of observations about flying into, and out of, Vegas, as well as some poker room scenes concerning the tourney. I start talking about some news stories of the week, which gets me rambling about mountaineering and my love of it, and how it relates to poker. I end by puzzling over the President's response to global terrorism and the mideast in chaos, touch on the Indiana "anti-gay" law and some thoughts about what it might mean, and relate this to Vegas casino rules in respect to blackjack. I hope you enjoy, and if you don't, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
52 minutes | Mar 24, 2015
005-My Previously Mentioned Diverse Interests..
This week's podcast starts out with a reminder that My Friends Are Crazy is now available in Itunes store and why you should subscribe RIGHT NOW! I talk about an old friend who will be joining us, (soon, I hope) as a co-host, talking about bitcoin, and wtf it is and how it works. I then mention that I haven't forgotten those topics I first mentioned in November posts. I explain about my interest in homeopathy, and then start talking about my favorite author of fiction, Lawrence Durrell. You might realize just how much I like him based on the amount of time I spend raving about him, and talking about his chef-d'oeuvre, the Alexandria Quartet. This leads me to reminisce about my trip to Egypt years ago, and why it is so amazing a place, and of course I digress into some of my other travels. I talk about astrology and my longtime interest in it, and tease about possible future co-hosts who might talk
101 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
Another great episode, although admittedly long, (we basically went double the normal 45-50 minute length) where Wolfman is back after much critical acclaim for his first co-hosting episode which is ep#2. On this one, We start out touching on the current state of country music, old school “real country” , mention some greats like Dale Watson, Merle Haggard, Hank III(and a mention of an interesting doc entitiled “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” or something like that) and the late, great Waylon Jennings. We both lament the present state of whatever country has now become, and talk about some of our favorite concerts and venues in our respective locales. SXSW is mentioned as we try to understand what it is, and talk a bit about festivals then vs now, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. That gets us to talking about mushroom stories(not talking about portabellas here folks) and somewhere in there we orient the podcast in time by mentioning the Ides of March when we recorded it, Friday the 13th, St. Patricks Day, St. Joseph Day, and the upcoming Vernal Equinox. And as mentioned in the podcast, any comments you have about the show can be emailed to me at email@example.com
58 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
95 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
70 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
In this podcast, Critical I discusses with me, well generally I guess the present state of our culture, gives some examples, gives a mini-review of a recent movie he saw(hint, it was up for an oscar) and I must say that it is his talents rather than mine that end up carrying this thing. But, hey, give me some credit, as I did (I think) end up getting this recorded, processed, tagged, (all boring tech stuff, but oh what a pain in the ass!) and did of course make apologies and excuses for myself at the beginning(don’t tell me I’m defensive!!!!!). Yea, I know, old joke, oh well….. So listen to it and realize that episodes (hard to believe) will get even better than this, but of course, Critical I is already great.
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