#7 – Thor Ragnarok

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #7!

This short episode consists entirely of my spoiler-free impressions of the just-released movie Thor Ragnarok. Enjoy!

New Novel: Firebird Champion Released Today!

I’m proud to announce the availability of the latest novel in The Sedumen Chronicles:

The opposite of life isn’t death; it is lifelessness.

Firebird Alex died. When she was brought back to life, Alex  discovered that she could communicate with all living things—the very life force itself. But with resurrection, comes responsibility—Life compels Alex to fight it’s enemies. And Life’s biggest enemy is the Cult of the Watchers. They destroy everything, leaving only lifelessness.

The Cult of the Watchers has beaten Alex at every turn, leaving her bloody and broken, but everyone depends on Firebird Alex to be their champion. There’s no amount of torment she won’t endure to succeed. She won’t fail her friends and those she’s sworn to protect. She won’t waste her second chance.

Firebird Champion is available today as an eBook at the following online retailers:

You can buy a paperback copy at the following online retailers:

You can download the first chapter free, or read it online.

This novel picks up where Watcher and Firebird, The Sedumen Chronicles, Book 5, leaves off. However, it is a complete tale with a beginning, middle, end, and all the backstory you need to know what’s happening. So to get the complete arc, you can read Watcher and Firebird and Firebird Champion (bonus, but not necessary: Stinger and Bow a “day in the life” story featuring thirteen-year-old Rachel aka Stinger, introduces the baddies). If you want the richest experience of the world of Sediin and our heroines, read all six. But this isn’t necessary to enjoy Firebird Champion.

Please download the free chapter, check out the novel, and if you like it, let everyone know! As an indie author, I don’t have a giant PR machine, my best method of getting the word out is people who love the story. I hope you enjoy it!

#6 – CW Premieres, Tech Gadgets, and the iPad Pro

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #6! 

The CW superhero shows (Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow) premiered this week, so I give you my thoughts on how the shows are starting off. (:42)

Next, I get a little techie. Lots of new gadgets and devices have introduced by the big tech companies these last few weeks. I talk about three that I either bought, or would consider buying: the Apple TV 4K, Echo Spot, and Google Clip (with honorable mention to the Echo Button). (6:44)

I end by talking about my big tech purchase of late: an iPad Pro 12.9” and how it works with the recently released iOS 11. (16:45)

Quick apology—I didn’t have my normal podcasting rig, so the audio isn’t 100% where I’d like it. I make up for it with a silly effect in the middle of the ‘cast. Enjoy!

#5 – Star Trek Discovery and The Orville

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #5! This episode I go trekking through space with you! (See what I did there?) I’m remixing my thoughts on two space faring shows that have just started.

First, Star Trek Discovery, which premiered Sunday with one episode broadcast nationally on CBS TV, and the second episode streamed on CBS All Access—as all subsequent episodes will be. (1:24)

Then I discuss The Orville, which is Seth MacFarlane’s new science-fiction space opera “dramedy” that draws extremely heavily on the Star Trek universe, especially the Next Generation era universe. (18:14)

#4 – Game of Thrones

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #4!

Like the previous episode, this episode is a panel disccusion between myself and Caren and Chris Spliter. This time, we’re talking about Game of Thrones Season 7.

SPOILER ALERT: we talk about the whole season, even referring to previous seasons a little, so if you’re not caught up yet, be warned!

#3 – The Defenders

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #3!

In this episode, the entire episode is a panel discussion of the Netflix series The Defenders! Chris, Caren, and I slip and slide into talking about the individual shows and comics as well, but you expected that, didn’t you?

SPOILER ALERT: we talk about the series as a whole. So if you’ve not finished it yet, be warned!

#2 – Batman and Harley Quinn, The Tick, and Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire

Welcome to Culture Pop Remix #2! Now with original theme music!

In this episode I start with a mention of the movies I recently bought in Digital HD format, and explain why I prefer to buy Digital HD Movies on iTunes. (1:06) 

Then I review the new DC Animated movie Batman and Harley Quinn. (5:05) 

Next, I move to streaming TV and give you my take on Amazon Prime’s new series The Tick. (10:32) 

I end with a book review of John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire. (15:29)

I started a new podcast: Culture Pop Remix!

Farewell A Guide From The Perplexed, Hello Culture Pop Remix! So is this the same podcast with a new name? Yes and no. Let me explain:

When I began A Guide From The Perplexed in 2010, I just saw podcasting as another medium for disseminating the same information that I already was giving out in blog posts and on social media. The podcast was merely a way to get that information to people who’d rather have it streaming into their earholes while they’re doing something else, instead of having to give it three minutes of focus. I never took it very seriously, which is why in seven years or so, I’ve only racked up thirteen podcasts.

I did other podcasting experiments, of course. For a couple of years when I was regularly reading weekly comics I did a podcast with Michelle called Comics Corner. While it was going, I enjoyed it, and we amassed a few hundred regular listeners. But I still wasn’t taking it all that seriously.

Then a funny thing happened. Podcasting became a “thing.” I started listening to interesting podcasts, everything from people speaking to news shows to even serialized entertainment, like old radio programs. And for those who listened to A Guide From The Perplexed, I started experimenting, talking about movies and TV and comics—more than just my projects. And suddenly, I was getting excited about podcasting in a way I hadn’t before.

So in one sense, Culture Pop Remix is a logical extension of what AGFTP was becoming. Each episode is a deep dive into a couple of new things in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, games, movies, shows, etc. But it’s not just “pop culture news”—other podcasts already do that, and there’s no real fun for me just reading a list of everything new. Instead, it’s a “remix” (I got the idea from a great series YouTube videos called everything is a remix) in which I take those few things that really affected me, and put my own spin on it. And not just me; I plan on bringing in guest co-hosts as appropriate, depending on the topics, and really turning this into a podcast of interest and depth for those into pop culture. I’m setting a goal of weekly, but I really am going to shoot for 2-3 every month, usually on Sundays.

The first episode is already live!

You can subscribe to Culture Pop Remix through your favorite podcast player applications. You can also go directly to the podcast website at http://www.culturepopremix.com, where you can stream each episode live from the page, or download them.

You can go to the iTunes listing for Culture Pop Remix and subscribe here.

The direct link to the feed is here.

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Don’t Be A Sucker

It’s hard for me to concentrate on anything today besides the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and how happy the neo-Nazis are that President Trump refuses to condemn them. Other essays and articles already address how deeply this affects those of us who aren’t Nazis (I particularly recommend John Scalzi’s essay) and I don’t want to just virtue signal or contribute to the noise with a long post restating what others are saying.

So let me simply leave this video, made by the US War Department in 1947, called “Don’t Be A Sucker.” The basic brief of the short film is that it “Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into “suckers.” “Let’s forget about ‘we’ and ‘they’ — let’s think about us!

70 years later, that message seems more relevant than ever. Let’s not listen to those who want to divide us into the “master race” and everyone else, lets say no to violence, and let’s be good to each other, okay?


A Guide From The Perplexed #13

The Comic-Con 2017 Edition! Freshly back from two days at the convention, I give my impressions of Comic-Con in general, and some specific details about my experience. I end the podcast by discussing some of my projects, specifically what I plan to do with the podcast at this point. Music is the song Subdivision by Rush, as covered by Ember After.