Like I said in the show intro, I’m working on adding the podcast to Google Play and (eventually) to iTunes. While this is going on, the post will be a little wonky. (For example, as of right now there are two media players on this page, although if you’re reading this from the archives in the future then I’ve hopefully fixed it by now.) Please bear with us. Here is the podcast on Google Play and here is a link to the GP RSS feed.
Episode edited by Rachel.
1:00: We compare Chris to Strong Sad.
If you don’t know anything about Homestar Runner, then this video probably won’t even begin to help you to have an inkling of an iota of a notion of what you’re missing. But it’s got Strong Sad in it, and that’s what’s important for the purposes of our discussion.
4:05: Diecast on Google Play and iTunes.
To submit to Google Play / iTunes, you need a custom RSS feed with their company-specific special-snowflake tags added. Assuming you have better things to do than manually generate your own RSS feed (or write and maintain integrated WordPress plugins to do same) then this means using an existing WordPress plugin. The one I’m using is the best I found. (Read: Simplest to enable and roll out on an existing site. Most plugins seem to be written with the assumption that your blog BRAND NEW and ONLY for the podcast and thus everything should be added to the RSS feed.) But this one comes with its own player and problems and frustrations.
Anyway. If you’re a Google Play user then please let me know if it works like it should. If you have any advice for adding the show to iTunes without needing to install stupid iTunes on my PC, I’d love to hear it. If not, then it sounds like Mumbles can take care of it.
I’m asking this on the show because I don’t use RSS, I don’t listen to podcasts, I don’t use Google Play, and I don’t do very much with mobile devices, so there’s no way I’ll know if I’ve gotten it wrong.
7:55: Star Trek Beyond
Here’s the Twitter fit I threw last year when the first trailer came out, along with the trailer in question:
Okay, which one of you swaggering Gorn-faced morons asked Hollywood to turn Trek into Fast and the Furious in space?https://t.co/POWqQC5XCS
— Shamus Young (@shamusyoung) December 14, 2015
But like I said in some follow-up tweets, I’ve long since made peace with the fact that Trek movies are just action films now. I’m okay with that as long as they’re GOOD. (Which both Josh and Moviebob say this one is.)
25:48: Suicide Squad
34:47: Telltale Batman
52:14: Humble Monthly Bundle
Here is remote control Claptrap the Mumbles talked about:
What does a gentleman say? pic.twitter.com/9U59QVq02L
— Llamapunk (@TheGameLlama) August 6, 2016
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