July 3rd, 2013

22: Wake-Up Calls and Kudos

How kids perceive time. Dramatic deaths while playing War (“I’mmm deeaaad”). Catching crayfish down by the crick. Emotional qualifiers imposed on certain words.

References to stuff we talk about:
Radiolab: Colors
Terence McKenna: The Language of Reality
Eclipse Golf Balls
Civil War 150th: Why They Fought

June 17th, 2013

21: Remember the Skylark

Let’s all agree to forget the last six months. Okay? Back to it! Public schools as prisons. Lessons in working the system. Adapting the language of texting into an educational method. Yo, yo, you with the face. Gimme a quarter now.

January 21st, 2013

20: Muskmelon and Watermelon

Anzo is visiting the parents in FL and the memories flood back: games of naked ladies and poop statue, smashing mailboxes, flying side kicks, anger management failures, and a cameo from Mama.

January 14th, 2013

19: For Each Degree of Wobble

Happy New Baktun! Brave hasn’t noticed any changes, unless you count Birkenstocks in the 90s. Though childhood head injuries may also play a part. Anzo learns from dogs, with the help of Haley and “Caesar Chavez,” and flails into the water hitting ear first. Explains a lot.

December 17th, 2012

18: From One To Five

The 80s comedy boom, Eddie Murphy, 5th grade sex ed, sexual awakening, and just a splash of masturbation. A recipe for hilarity.

December 7th, 2012

17: From Guru To Student

Timebinding, how the past speaks directly to the present, influential teachers, cynicism, and laundry. A and B walked into this expecting to talk about Facebook. It’s a testament to their focus and dedication that they never broached that topic. Though they talk about talking about Facebook. Riveting.

Links:
Carl Sagan: 4th dimension
Hypercubes, starting from dimension 0 up to dimension 6
The Transformations Of Language (Terence McKenna)
Timebinding; RAW on Korzybski
Stoneworks Project, Clif High’s effort to preserve information
Sand Mandala, Impermanence
Jane Forsyth bio
The Womack Family Band
Inside The Actors Studio – Dave Chappelle
Vision Quest

November 28th, 2012

16: Imprints of Death

Light, happy thoughts about childhood and innocence and…death. Other breezy issues: Does the universe’s bigness bring comfort or dread? Does avoiding irrational exuberance bring us closer to the truth of reality or deny an element of our human perspective? Some issues with distortion in this one (on Brave’s side). It’s only bad in one spot, otherwise it’s fine. Apologies for that.

Note: Brave says that during Roman triumphs, a eunuch or slave would whisper “This too shall pass” or something like that. According to wikipedia: “The words that the slave is said to have used are not known, but suggestions include “Respice te, hominem te memento” (“Look behind you, remember you are only a man”) and “Memento mori” (“Remember (that you are) mortal”).”

Links:
Memento Mori
The Story of the Taoist Farmer
Marc Maron: Todd Hanson (“Don’t Ruin Birds For Me”)
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die
Here’s a few links regarding terms like “collateral damage” and other military/intelligence speak: Collateral Language: Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamiam; Warspeak: Linguistic Collateral Damage; Pentagon Language Translation Guide

November 22nd, 2012

Anzo’s Corner #1

Since it seems I cannot form a complete thought during the podcast, (Brave interrupts) I thought I would write a wee bit.

Repetition Repetition Repetition
Mass Media  РThe modern mitote

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November 15th, 2012

15: World, Don’t Devour Me

A & B comment on listener feedback. Then, when they get over themselves, they talk about the split loyalties of first-generation kids, fighting wars with skirts, and guitar porn. Plus a quick postmortem on last week’s episode and creating the illusion that everything’s alright. How’s that for bringing the chaos back — no annoying throughline in this one.

Notable quote: “I get rather horny when I watch my hands play guitar.”

Links:
LilyWheel Slide Studio: Creative Process and Resistance
Guitar Porn and just for fun, remember StSanders and his shredding seriesEddie Shreds
Random Food Porn and Portlandia on Food Porn

November 1st, 2012

14: And Will My Eyes Be Closed Or Open

Even I couldn’t get through this one without either laughing uncomfortably or just feeling sorry for them. A & B lay it all on the table and talk chemtrails, big bang, mathefukinmatics, apathy, and agnosticism. If you don’t yell at your iPod, then you’re either not listening or something’s wrong with you.

Links:
What In the World Are They Spraying and its follow-up Why In the World Are They Spraying
“Sunshade” to fight climate change
When Cloud Seeding Goes Wrong: Cement Chunk Falls From the Sky
Oldest Light In the Universe: Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
SuspiciousObservers on YouTube
Radiation Network

October 15th, 2012

13: Humans Are Neither Pure Nor Responsible

It is a virtual guestplosion at SPRT! With two great guests that, along with A & B, actually approach an actual round table. D. makes a repeat appearance while L. joins for the first time. The topics move from shifting social mores (for the better or worse) and adolescent rebellion.

Rundown:
-Changing social mores (ie. cigarette smoking)
-Cigs, rifles, and porn
-Boys and Death
-Youth rebellion and the pendulum effect of conservative/liberal parents and kids

Links:
Reagan on Medicare – 1961: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.” [Original Audio] [Bill Maher’s Take]

September 30th, 2012

12: Made a Rainbow With My Hand

Back from vacation, it’s just Anzo and Brave this week. Conversation turns to dosing your high school teacher, the 99% (who don’t regret their psychedelic experience), myco propagation, ceremonial sayings in cultures and society, and symbol literacy.

Links:
Bill Maher with RAW, David Cross, etc, from ’96: At 12:00 Bill explains acid quality
Subversive use of Symbols by Michael Tsarion
Big Ideas: Michael Persinger on Psychotropic Drugs

September 7th, 2012

11: Part 3 – Onward Down the Road

The 3rd installment of conversations with G.! Brave has been traveling these past weeks so that partly explains the 3-parter. Plus, anything over an hour with these guys brings certain indigestion, so thank them later for the bite-sized portions.

Links:
Chinese Pullout Method

August 30th, 2012

10: Pt 2 – Transparent And Fuzzy At The Same Time

Part 2 of 3 episodes featuring guest, G.! What to do if you love your family, but your family loves Fox News? Rant about the pacing in Breaking Bad of course. These are the kinds of segues that either make you love SPRT or make you tear your hair out (I’m bald if that hints at anything). Words of the week: Jolt and Mitote. Annoy your friends! Use them both in a single sentence: “Just a few more jolts and there’d be some serious mitote action going on here.” BAM! THUD! You’re welcome.

RUNDOWN:
Fox and Family
Pacing and editing in movies/media
Jolt: effects on the brain (cortisol NOT cortisone, Anzo!)
Mitote

Links:
Beasts of the Southern Wild (the film Brave tries to remember at 17:39)
Zen of TV Watching
There Is a Mitote in Your Mind

August 23rd, 2012

9: Pt 1 – I’m Blank Blank And I’m Here To Say

This is part 1 of 3 shorter episodes featuring guest, G.! (exclamations are part of all our guests’ names. No exclamation, sorry, no can be guest.). The trio discuss an amalgam of musical topics, focused around prog rock and guitar rock (Anzo and G.!’s specialty).

Links:
Slate feature on Prog Rock
Re: Miles Davis Turning Back on Audience
The Dillinger Escape Plan: descendants of prog?
Zappa!
Eric Johnson: Lead Guitar Lesson
Jeff Beck at the White House

August 15th, 2012

8: Truth, Myth, and the American Way

Memes, media, and myths are just some of the things A and B try to talk about with the help of special guest, S! And just when a conceptual breakthrough is in sight –BAM!– interrupted by Jenna Tolls.

RUNDOWN:
Memes vs Parody (FYI, Richard Dawkins coined the phrase in 1976)
When media types begin to believe their own distortions.
What source do you trust? Where is the verification? What to believe?
The media “buffet”
Separating/blurring history and mythology
Pacifism. Noble? Does it progress society?
Self-delusion as requisite for success

Links:
Self-Deception and Its Relationship to Success in Competition

August 8th, 2012

7: Propagating Heroes (with special guest: D.!)

A and B are joined by D, giving his perspective on heroes and heroism. Plenty of references to the typical childhood crucifixion fantasies.

RUNDOWN:
Tony Stein and the Medal of Honor
Education Standards
Underdog hero beginnings in movie plots (with requisite saving of world)
Victim and Hero juxtaposition (vehicles toward individualism and exceptionalism)
Motivation for Voluntary Sacrifice

Links:
Tony Stein – Medal of Honor
Leeeroy Jenkins!

August 1st, 2012

6: My Souffle! And Other Things Overcooked

If the sun went out it’d be dark, and other profound truisms. Anzo broaches the topic of the solar deity but is rebuffed by Brave who just wants to talk sh** about the Greek people. Real classy, B, real classy. Anzo sold his house! He’s now homeless…er, “home free.” BTW, Brave, even WITH your fabric softener you still stink.

PART I —Psychology of the Sun
Light as information, zeitgeist, styles of the sun god
Brave analyzes the psychology of the Greek people/culture

PART II —- Moving Out
Modern Amish Barn Raising
Homeless vs Home-free
What’s the collateral for a mortgage?
Abreactions
Changing styles of slavery throughout history
Income tax goes to pay interest
Disinformation – LIBOR/Aurora tragedy

Links:
Stephen Hawking, Brief History of Time [not “through” time, Anzo]
The Toltec culture
Zeitgeist (the film)
Historical Jesus (from iTunes U)
Fake Gold Bars in Fort Knox

July 17th, 2012

5: Location, Creation, Starvation

Does an artist need to be uncomfortable to kick-start the creative process? Have we finally left behind the romantic idea of the starving artist and entered a new era where middle-class, living-wage artists reign? Where does trauma and tragedy fit into that equation? Anzo regales us with an ode to Jill Engle, the Treasurer of Wood County. Brave wants to perform in supermarkets. They’re both sooo subversive.

Links:
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Jill Engle, Wood County Treasurer

July 4th, 2012

4: Is It the Fourth? BOOM! Blister Juice!

Is there no room anymore for true pyros in contemporary 4th of July celebrations? A and B reminisce about Fourths past. Plus they discuss the “feel” of the holiday and historical precedent in American attitudes towards taxation. Then they go all tangential talking about the ironies of safety and anarchy on the modern highway. And other stuff. Anzo keeps changing the subject and Brave keeps interrupting. Jerks.

Links:
Interesting 2010 report on fireworks from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
I’m Just a Bill (Schoolhouse Rock)
More info on why Britain taxed the American Colonies
U.S. car fatalities by year (B’s estimate of 45k is high considering a decline in recent years)

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