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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 213 – Ed Champion’s Got Ninja Listening

Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Bat Segundo Flies No More

Ed Champion is the creator and producer and correspondent for the Bat Segundo Show, a cultural and literary podcast that in no way intentionally tries to imitate the conventional interview format.   He has been podcasting for over 6 years and has produced an impressive 500 shows.  On the occasion of editing his last show I interrupt his work to interview him about this prolific podcasting run.  Over Skype, he tells me, among other things, that in post-production he will sometimes edit his questions which can go on in what he calls a rambling fashion.   He does this because the listeners are there to hear who he is interviewing,  not him.   But in my show today,  Ed gets the entire floor to himself.  He’s on the other side this go around.

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Names, places, end-links,  and other podcasts mentioned:

Occupy Sandy,   Rockaways,    Hurricane Sandy,    Powerhouse ArenaDavid Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,   Jynne Martin (Random House),     T.C. Boyle,   Brett Easton Ellis (American Psycho)Marisha Pessl, Andrea Peyser New York PostStuds TerkelPeter Davidson – Doctor WhoMarc Maron : WTF,   A.M.Holmes (The End of Alice)John UpdikeThe Nerdists, This American LifeMichael Sliverblatt :The Bookworm,  Robert Bierenbaum,   Tim Poole – TimcastJoe WisenthalCooks Source Scandal  Jonah LehrerQ.R. Markham,  David Rakoff.

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 208 – Let’s Begin With Bees

Monday, September 10, 2012 8:16 pm 2 comments

(Photograph by Ken Duret) http://kenduret.com/

This show is the first in a series of soundscapes and interviews conducted during the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium this year.

On my way to view the sound installations at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium  on a hot humid night in August,  I found myself in conversation with a man named  John Board.  Now you may know who John Board is, but I didn’t.  If you can look him up on IMDB, you’ll see he’s been working in the film industry, primarily as an assistant director,  for more than 40 years.  Among the many films he’s worked are  Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers and other  David Cronenberg movies.    In 2010 John was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.   An advocate of homeopathy, he recently started using bees as part of his cancer treatement.  Last spring (2012), he won a $1000 prize from pUNK Films to document his story.    In this spontaneous interview with me, he tells me more.

Links:

The Hollywood Survival Kit

pUNK Films.ca Feature Film Challenge

John Board on IMDB

Me, The Bees and Cancer

Homeopathy World Community

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 207 – “Old is Just a State of Mind” – The Virtual Yooper (2012)

Monday, August 27, 2012 9:27 pm 1 comment
Ottawa - Canada's Captial - Parliament Hill

Ottawa – Canada’s Captial – Parliament Hill

On the occasion and eve of the final Podcasters Across Borders conference, I,  Mike, Shane, Adam, and Rick do a content walk from Ottawa’s Elgin Hotel to Parliament Hill and back again.  We try to get into trouble but it doesn’t work.   We do talk about things that could get people into trouble, though.   I talk to some tourists.  Shane waxes philosophical about personal  happiness and the end of humanity.    We consider the War of 1812, its 200th anniversary, and the origin of how Ottawa became the capital of Canada.   We get a more than a little meta about podcasting and Adam Curry.   Finally, we pay verbal tribute to the last PAB conference.  Join us for the walk, the talk, and the beauty of Ottawa, Canada:

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https://ninjaradio.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/207hotfrmoldisastateofmind.mp3

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PAB 2012 Signed by Mark Blevis on the Pink Canoe

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 195 – Savage Beauty and a Bit of Gershwin

Saturday, June 11, 2011 10:44 pm Leave a comment

A Typical McQueen Creation

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Special K follows the fashion world, so it made sense that she didn’t want to miss the late designer Alexander McQueen’s retrospective Savage Beauty. It was showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during our New York trip. I’m normally not so keen on fashion, so I didn’t expect to be blown away by the exhibit. On Feb 11 2010, McQueen tragically killed himself in his London flat at the age of 40, just days after his mother’s death. He was known for his runway spectacles, outrageous edgy performance art meant to compliment his fashion creations and make a statement. I didn’t even know any of this about him when I followed Special K and Dragon into the first gallery. Despite the crushing crowd, straining to get a glimpse of his works adorning mannequins and on display platforms, I lingered over what I realized were oddly compelling works of art. I couldn’t believe that anyone would collect razor clam shells, strip them, varnish them and then drape them over a woman’s body or make a leather suit with bleached denim attached and taxidermy crocodile heads. I think the pieces that intrigued me the most were his monstrous lobster claw shoes and the endless variety of masks, some playful, some nightmarish, adorning the mannequins’ heads. To me, it is brilliant, ironic, and a little mischievous that these pieces are even called fashion. Instead, each garment tells a story and makes a point, sometimes terrible as illustrated by his collection called Highland Rape. 

Besides seeing this exhibit, we also took Dragon and Fly through Central Park and through an photographic exhibit by the Korean artist Ahae. Walking through the Vanderbilt Hall in the Grand Central Terminal, we saw but a small sample of the many photographs he took over the course of two years from one window where he lives and works in Korea.

And what trip to New York would be complete without a pianist in Washington Square Park playing Gershwin’s iconic Gotham tune Rhapsody in Blue?

Washing Square Park Rhapsody

Playing Gershwin in Washington Square Park (Photo by Ninja)

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Ninja’s Mother : April 1 1929 – November 1 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Mom c1945 16 years old in front of her house Toronto, Ontario Canada

Mom, I hope you are having fun, smiling and laughing wherever you are.

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