Fighting Words Archive

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Fighting Words – Episode 13 – The Year of the Monster

Hello, internet, and welcome back for 2014′s final episode of Fighting Words, the fastest non-Ayn Rand themed podcast on the internet.

I’m changing the tone a little for this episode. Tempted as I was to lay into 2014 with an airing of grievances about shitty movies and shitty video games, I decided to say something a little more meaningful.

In so much as I use this podcast – and indeed this website – to laugh at the world, I’m often doing so as the only alternative to despairing at how civilization seems to be circling the drain. I used to write about politics and civil liberties with all the righteous furor of my writing hero Christopher Hitchens. At the time, I thought I could set the world on fire with my words. Eventually I gave it up for the more reasonable and less stressful goal of stopping people from seeing Michael Bay movies. Today, I round out a year of Fighting Words with a nod to my previous writing self. No dick jokes at the expense of movies. Rather, an honest acknowledgement of 2014 and a call to action for a better 2015.

Have a safe and peaceful holiday season. I’ll be back with something special for you on January 5th. Stay tuned, and prepare to launch fighters.

Remember, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Fighting Words – Episode 12 – You’re Doing It Wrong

Hello, internet, and welcome back for another episode of Fighting Words, the fastest non-libertarian themed podcast on the internet.

In this episode, we’re talking about how not to write the good guys in a movie that is supposed to be a light-hearted battle of good versus evil. Spoiler alert: you don’t do it like Guardians of the Galaxy.

That’s right, I’m that guy. The guy who didn’t think that Guardians of the Galaxy was a high watermark for the marvel cinematic universe. I’m also the guy who liked The Incredible Hulk. Because at least Ed Norton’s Hulk made more sense than Mark Rufalo saying that he’s angry all the time. If Banner is angry all the time then he should be the Hulk all the time. That’s how it works, Joss Whedon.

Remember, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week every couple of weeks.

Here’s the audio.

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Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 11 – Experiment in F Minor

Hello, internet, and welcome to a very special episode of Fighting Words.

Why is it so special, you ask? Because in today’s episode I’m releasing a single from my upcoming debut album “Songs of the Mouth.

I’m also talking about media consumption and people slavishly downloading things, but that’s not nearly as important as my Experiment in F Minor.

Once you’ve heard it, I think you’ll agree that this song is a product of my soul…or at least my diseased mind.

Remember, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Here’s the audio.

Right click and save to download your exclusive copy of Experiment in F Minor, the first song from my upcoming album “Songs of the Mouth”

Music Credits

Experiment in F Minor – Composed and Performed by Adam Shaftoe

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Fighting Words – Episode 10 – Pass the Thorazine

Fighting Words – Episode 10 – Pass the Thorazine

Ha ha! It’s the first double digit episode of Fighting Words, and what an episode I’ve put together this week – even if I do sound a little more congested than normal. I blame it on pollen and shitty ventilation in my apartment.

This week, I peel back the layers on one of film’s most venerated heroes, Doctor Peter Venkman, Ph.D.

Here’s the thing with Peter, he’s kind of a douche bag. He’s so much of a douche bag that I started building a case for Walter Peck as the true protagonist of Ghostbusters. Although that particular application of the “Ed Rooney is the Hero” theory didn’t quite pan out. Thus, I dedicated myself to exploring the one act that pushes Peter Venkman from douche bag protagonist (and probable charlatan) into the realm of potential rapist. I’m talking about our old pal Thorazine.

Can Peter be redeemed? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Remember, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Does anybody have any recommendations for an android podcast stream I should be using?

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 9 – Doctor Who Cares Anymore?

So it’s come to this. People are falling over themselves to praise the current season of Doctor Who, and I’m left to wonder if I’m an idiot for not seeing what they see, or if I’m just dead inside. Though, I suppose those two things are not mutually exclusive.

It’s entirely possible that I’m dead inside and an idiot. Though, what little shred of self-esteem I’ve managed to hold on to over the years tells me that I’m probably not an idiot.

Nevertheless, here we are roughly half-way through a season that I would describe as the omnishambles, and I think it’s time to ask some serious questions about how we’re supposed to approach Mr. Moffat’s story telling from a critical point of view.

I mean it’s either that or we can piss and moan about how the show used to be better back when (insert appropriate Doctor Who epoch here).

Remember, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 8 – Regulate This

And so it came to pass that Adam did record the eighth episode of Fighting Words, the fastest podcast on the internet.

In this week’s very special edition of Fighting Words, I talk about Netflix being a rebellious teenager, the CRTC acting like its concerned school marm, and gentleman’s unfortunate last name, all of which leads up to, by far, the sexiest third minute this podcast has ever seen.

I think it’s also good form to offer my thanks to Hugo, Zain, Hayden, and Tim for offering up some hilarious Canadian themed porn movie titles. After three takes I still couldn’t get through the list without laughing.

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Also, does anybody have any recommendations for an android podcasting stream I should be using?

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 7 – Microjang

Seven episodes in to Fighting Words, the fastest podcast on the internet, and I still haven’t run out of things to get angry about. I guess this project won’t turn out to be a fad after all. Though, really, so long as the internet keeps being stupid, I’ll never run out of material.

In this week’s edition, I talk about Microsoft buying Mojang, I shame the internet for being stupid, and I talk to my cat. That’s right, I’m dragging my cat into the fracas.

Video games, cats, and outrage, this episode is a trifecta of things that drive the internet. The only thing it’s missing is a nod to porn…or is it?

Remember that you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


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Fighting Words – Episode 6 – Gamers

Hot and fresh from Gozer’s mind, to my lips, to your ears, it’s episode six of Fighting Words, the fastest podcast on the internet. Yes, I am still making that claim until somebody tells me otherwise. I’m also still calling the podcast Fighting Words no matter how many letters I’m sent from that libertarian podcast also called Fighting Words. Bring it on, libertarians. I’ve read Robert Heinlein. I know all your secrets, and I know how to get a free lunch.

In this week’s edition, I talk about being a gamer, how gamers have let the lunatic fringe dominate the discourse, why I’m sick of the mainstream media defining who I am as a gamer, and my very simple solution for rehabilitating the word.

Remember that you can subscribe to Fighting Words on iTunes and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 5 – Epic Fails of Starfleet

That’s right, it’s the fifth episode of Fighting Words, the fastest podcast on the internet. (NB: I have no idea if this is the fastest podcast on the internet. All I can say for sure is this isn’t even the first podcast to call itself Fighting Words, but never you mind that other podcast. You’re here to listen to me talk about the minutia of science fiction.)

In this week’s edition, I have a few choice words for Starfleet’s ship designers. This also raises the question, is there any better use for the internet than to facilitate a forum for a man in his thirties to talk about Star Trek as if it was more than a television and film franchise?

I think not.

In other news, I managed to get wordpress working together nicely with iTunes. Now you can subscribe to Fighting Words and get a new episode downloaded to your iDevice each and every week. Except for the next two weeks because I’m going on vacation as of Friday. So starting September 10th you’ll get a new episode of Fighting Words delivered to your device every week.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Fighting Words – Episode 4 – Neuromancer

Gather around, humans and extraterrestrial refugees, alike, the fourth episode of Fighting Words is upon you.

In this week’s edition of the fastest podcast on the internet, I share a few thoughts on William Gibson’s seminal novel, Neuromancer. Said musing is not particularly flattering toward the book. I mean, the show is called Fighting Words, so it wouldn’t be much of an episode if I spent three minutes telling you how much I love Neuromancer. If that’s what you want, then I recommend you tune into one of the podcasts I run in an alternate universe; it’s called, Make Love Not Derp.

That is one freaky alternate universe. Can you imagine? Me being happy and full of good cheer on matters of popular culture? What a nightmare. I imagine it would look something like this.

 

That’s just about enough of that.

Here’s the audio.

Music Credits

“Pump Sting” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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