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  1. Constant Crisis News & Opinion

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Poking fun at a world gone mad.


    I found, and am now subsequently reviewing this podcast because one of the dudes in it followed me on Twitter.  Hi, @FunnyChuck, good on you for seeking out venues in social media!  I'm sure as hell not getting paid for any of these reviews, but here at ViddyViddy Co. we like to make sure that the twelve people who read these reviews can trust that my bias lies entirely with the font choice of the podcast's website, and nowhere else. 

    Let's meet-n-greet with Constant Crisis News & Opinion!

    Relevant Links:
    Main site!
    Download from iTunes!
    Chuck Hansen's site!

    Hosts Hamilton Holloway and Chuck Hansen invite you to join them as they marvel at the grand display of stupid in the world.  They have taken it upon themselves to scour the news sources of the world (and the Internet) so that they can bring you the freshest oddities and reported ridiculousness.  The Associated Press is their vineyard, and they have plucked only the most choice stories for you to laugh at.

    Holloway and Hansen take to the mics to give you their views on each story, and inject their own senses of humor into a lot of very silly stories.  They hosts enjoy themselves, and invite you to join them.

    Content Rating: Clean and dandruff free.

    Average Episode Length: Twenty-nine minutes, as the crow listens to his podcasts.

    Drinking Game:  I feel like this drinking game is one that lacks alcohol, but there is still an inherent game.

    1. Go to a local thrift store.
    2. Search through the coffee mugs.  The goal is to find the mug that bests expresses either:
      1. Your dislike of Monday
      2. How much you love your grandchildren
      3. How like the kitten on the branch, you hang in there
    3. Take mug home, rinse out.  
    4. Fill with instant coffee/lemonade of your choice.   Drink.

    Release Schedule:  Weekly!  Good stuff.

    Music:  That "deet-dee-deet-deet" noise that's a marker for news reports.

    Unintentionally Good Part:  It made me feel good when I saw the notification that @FunnyChuck had followed me. 

    Unintentionally Bad Part:  If you peruse sites like Yahoo!News or any other news aggregate sites, you'll have heard a lot of these stories before.

    Unrelated rating:  Now that you've read this whole review, here is a summary of the CCN&O podcast:

    Boom!  Go listen.

  2. Seven Day Cooldown

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Reddit!  It's a thing on the Internet.  I am not a redditor, or one who uses Reddit, because there are already enough time sinks I participate in that if I pick one more up I will literally become one with my computer chair.  And since I don't feel like submitting to a life of wet-wipe baths, I probably won't sign up for an account.

    But I did click around randomly, and it's pretty cool!  People post things, other people decide if that thing is cool or not, and the best things float to the top of the screen.  At least, I think that's how it works.  Am I close?

    I'm just gonna... keep clicking on things... ha!  Oh, that's a cool thing, lemme click on that... 

    Anyways, there's this podcast called Seven Day Cooldown and it came from reddit so let's check it out, shall we?

    Relevant Links:
    Main Site!
    Seven Day Cooldown on Reddit which could also be the main site?
    The podcasts!

    Content RatingExplicit!  Naughty words ahoy, but not particularly foul content. 

    Average Episode Length:  Let's say about 56 minutes?  Yes, yes, let's say that.

    hah, okay so the /r/aww is super-adorable         
       there's one just for cats?
                           little kitty-cat, gonna pet you with my mouse icon

    What?  Right.  Podcast review.

    Seven Day Cooldown is a podcast that consists of people who play video and computer games, talking about video and computer games, with people who make video and computer games.  An interview show in format, Seven Day Cooldown provides the Qs while their guests provide you with all the As allowed by their current NDAs.  You like moving pixels around on a screen so that you can score points in an arbitrary system?  This podcast is the one for you. 

    The interviews are thoughtful, interesting, and open up a lot of industry discussion that ought catch your attention.  There is an odd sense of decorum in this podcast that I really like:  hosts are treated with respect, and in turn they provides lots of cool words about games they work on. 

    Drinking GameHEY!  They actually one!  Okay, so technically this is for Reddit, not Seven Day Cooldown.  To make it more relevant, um... take a drink every time a guest has to avoid answering a question. 

    Whoops, rage comics!  I'm back.  Let's get the rest of this review over so I can go click on more screenshots.

    Release Schedule:  The last podcast was released in May, so I'm going to say this is an occasional release.  This podcast relies on guests, and these guests are of high caliber, so it probably takes a while to schedule shows. 

    Music:  Just a tad. 

    Unintentionally Good Part: This quote:

    If wishes were horses, the Koreans would love us.

    Unintentionally Bad Part:  If you are not a child of the Internet, and up to date on your gamer news, than you may not get what they're talking about at some points.  This is "a podcast made for gamers, by gamers" as stated by their Facebook account, and they don't intend to help you play catch-up.

    Unrelated rating:  I'd give it an upvote.

    They had Gabe friggen Newell as their first guest.  GO LISTEN.  Then go click on things in Reddit.