Welcome to Geekdom #01: We Watch A Lot of TV

I was asked to be the pilot guest on Deanna Chapman's new show Welcome To Geekdom. We talked about TV and how we watch it in a cable cutter's world. Personally, I use Plex for most of my shows so I went into how that's helped me organize and stay up-to-date on my favorites. Of course we got into the weeds about shows we like what's on Netflix too.

In the first episode of Welcome to Geekdom, Jacob Tender joins to discuss how we consume TV. We cover Netflix, cable, and more.

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STT #02: Chapter Two: 'The Weirdo on Maple Street'

James and I are back to our respective states after his wedding (which was really fun). That means we can continue watching Stranger Things! Naturally, James' recording laptop took a bath before recording so we're working with Skype audio until he gets it fixed, but we just couldn't wait any longer. Enjoy!

Jacob and James dive into episode two where the search for Will Byers truly begins.

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STT #01: Chapter One: 'The Vanishing Of Will Byers'

I've got the podcasting bug and a lot of ideas. As a result, I wanted to try a pop culture show centered around one specific television program called Stranger Things. Netflix has been crushing it with the exclusives all year and this is no exception.

My friend and colleague James Shotwell are digging into the show epsiode by episode to find the nuances in the plot and inspiration behind the hit show. If you've watched through all of Stranger Things, or you're making your way through it now, subscribe to the show! We set up a Twitter account as well so that you can share your theories. Just don't spoil anything beyond our latest episode, please!

James and his fiancée are getting married next week and I'm in the ceremony, so it's quite possible we won't have another episode out for a little while. Still, we wanted to get this thing off the ground while the show is hot. We hope you enjoy!

Jacob and James crack open episode one and get to know the people of Hawkins.

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Bantha Fodder #9: It's All About Balance

I love The Clone Wars. Now that Mike has been working his way through the show, it's cool to have a chance to talk about it on the podcast. The Mortis story arc is vastly different to anything else you'll experience in the Star Wars universe as it exists so far. Watch it, then listen to this.

In the ninth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob talk about the Mortis arc of The Clone Wars. Jacob is determined to find the meaning in “balance” as it pertains to the Force and Mike can’t decide how to pronounce the strange celestial body where the story takes place.

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Anderson .Paak makes his TV debut

At some point, years after I loaded her MP3 player up with key tracks from Bayside and The Starting Line, my sister has officially become more savvy than I when it comes to emerging musical trends. I owe my love for Donnie Trumpet (and Chance The Rapper for that matter), Corbin (aka Spooky Black), and Vince Staples solely to her. A few months ago, she made a another recommendation. This time for Anderson .Paak.

Spoiler alert: I'm a fan.

Anderson .Paak caught a lot of ears with Venice, his 2014 LP. He piled on a lot more with his 6 appearances on Dr. Dre's Compton. He solidified my attention with his new album Malibu, and floored me with his TV debut on Colbert.

It's well known my love for Kendrick Lamar's television performances. Each one somehow outdoes the last and improves upon the studio version—if there is one (here's another one). He's infinitely impressive. Anderson .Paak has only performed on televsion once, but that one performance is nearly as memorable as one of Kendrick's—nearly.

That's not surprising. .Paak seems to pull a fair amount of influence from the Compton rapper. There are tracks on Malibu that sound not so much like To Pimp A Butterfly B-sides as they do spiritual successors. The sounds of both artists have grown into lush tapestries of sonic collage. Each transcedent over their peers in hip-hop and R&B by harkening back to the roots of their genre.

I imagine with his new Aftermath deal and plenty of opportunities on his horizon, .Paak has a bright career ahead. The ideal first step would be Kendrick taking him out on tour.

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