Useless Drivel – WTF Are You Listening To!?!

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! It’s Friday and you’ve come to the absolute best podcast on the internet (if your goal is to lose a piece of your soul and wonder why this is even worth your time)! Join your hosts Robert, Matt, and The David as they discuss all sorts of stuff you didn’t care about, know about, or damn want to hear about! This one, my friends, will definitely require a bull brain scrubbing to erase the mental images. Hardly informative, barely entertaining, and usually partially offensive, it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Useless Drivel – Run for your life… or not…

running sucksIf there’s two things we don’t do here at MITC Productions, it’s run and fact check.  This is probably pretty obvious for the regular listeners, as they allow Robert and Matt to speak winded words into their microphones on a weekly (usually) basis.  For the causal listener, this week is no different.  Join your hosts as they discuss the things that don’t really matter to most of this world, at least this week.  Rarely correct and usually awkward, it’s time for another episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point.

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Episode 65 – Best of 2012

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Are you exhausted?  Because we sure are!  2012 turned out be a geek’s best friend and it didn’t matter what your nerdgasm of choice was, either!  Be it movies, gaming, television, comics, or whatever else, 2012 surely did deliver… and there are absolutely no signs that 2013 is going to do any less.  Hell, it’s probably going to do more!  Join us this week as we gather around the mics and discuss what “got our geek” the most in the past year.  Prioritize your superheroes, stock up on convention passes, and be sure to try out a bit of the meatloaf as you settle in for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 11 – Monkey Year in Review

So, 2011 is finally winding down and coming to an end.  Another year come and gone with most of us having nothing to show for it but wracked up Christmas debt and extra pounds courtesy of the holiday season.  While this reality gets most people down as the new year turns the corner, we here at Monkey in the Cage couldn’t be more excited!  This year has proven to be a great one for all of the Monkeys, especially since it brought us all closer together and saw the start of our podcast!  Woohoo (or boo, if you’re Robert)!

This week, in our end of the year episode, we look back on all the great things we were able to geek out on this past year (or, from September on…).  From movies and games to babies and houses, join us as we close out 2011 with some great memories and get ready for a geek-filled 2012.  From all of us Monkeys to all of you Internet-ians, have a drunkenly safe and happy New Year and in 2012 always “Nerd out with your Wookie out!”

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Things that go Bump in the Night

Looking for something to help get you in the mood for Halloween?  Here are a few suggestions of things that have each taken a turn or two keeping me up at night.

Movie:  Poltergeist

“They’re heeeere…”  A modern classic if you ask any fan of the genre.  It was released in 1984 making me four years old and entirely too young to be watching it but that didn’t stop me.  This movie alone is probably the reason that ghost stories  both fascinate and frighten me still to this day.  Also, being roughly the same age as little Carol-Anne probably didn’t help either.

Television:  American Horror Story

A new series that premiered less than a month ago but has already made a huge impression on me.  A multi-layered story filled with tragedy, secrets, tension, and sex all intermingled with a huge creep-factor and some pretty messed up murder scenes.  If you’re into horror or ghost stories you will love it and with a two-part Halloween episode it’s perfect for this time of year.

Literature:  Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know this is a children’s book.  But that didn’t stop it was giving me the chills.  The movie, while fantastic, didn’t make my skin crawl quite like the book.  The Dave McKean illustrations alone had me speed-reading  just so I could turn the page.  As soon as Coraline found herself in the other world with other-mother and her creepy button eyes I knew this was a different kind of kids’ story and I loved every minute of it.

Games:  Fatal Frame II:  Crimson Butterfly  (Playstation 2)

Japanese horror stories have a way of creeping me out that sticks with me.  There are still random times after using the bathroom in the middle of the night that I think “long arms” from the original Fatal Frame may be lurking in my closet waiting for me.  Your character is armed only a camera to defend herself against hostile ghosts like “broken neck woman”, “woman in box”, and “fallen woman.”  All women, huh?  Yeah, way to be sexist, Fatal Frame.  The overt scares are great but it’s the subtleties that really make this game shine.

Graphic Novel:  30 Days of Night by Steve Niles

Screw your sparkling vampires.  Steve Niles’ take on the vampire genre is the stuff of nightmares.  Ruthless, ugly, and teeth like sharks– 30 Days of Night made vampires scary again.  The added talents of Ben Templesmith almost make the gore-splashed pages beautiful.  But there is no denying that these vampires will tear your throat out, as many of Barrow, Alaska’s residents can attest to.

 

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The Inaugural Monkey in the Cage Podcast

We have arrived!  In this, our inaugural episode, we introduce ourselves to the podcast listening world, offering insight into our geek pedigree’s, gaming interests and touching on a host of inside jokes.  We welcome all of you out in internet land to start joining us in our weekly discussions on gaming, geek culture and everything in between.  Sit back and relax as we here at Monkey in the Cage make a valiant attempt to entertain you, the gracious listener.

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