International Object Podcast 126: Ashley Leckwould

Ashley Leckwould comes on the show, and we end up trying to convince one another to watch more wrestling. I try to talk her into season 2 of Lucha Underground, and she tries to convince me to go back and watch more of Being the Elite. Other topics include Joey Ryan, Thunder Rosa, and a little bit on the Mae Young Classic.

Show notes:

  • Ashley Leckwould
  • Power Up with Kate Leith
  • Lucha Underground on Netflix
  • Mae Young Classic
  • Star Trek TNG Season 1
  • Cookie Dough
  • Parks and Rec
  • Joey Ryan
  • ROAR — Women’s wrestling Atlanta Wrestling
  • Thunder Rosa
  • Bullet Club Gets a Villain” — Being The Elite Ep. 52
  • A Curtain Call” Being the Elite Ep. 54
  • Fuck the Revival” Cease & Desist
  • The Gay Community
  • Xavier Woods and Ashley Leckwould on Twitter
  • Taguchi Japan

International Object Podcast 126: Ashley Leckwould

Ashley Leckwould comes on the show, and we end up trying to convince one another to watch more wrestling. I try to talk her into season 2 of Lucha Underground, and she tries to convince me to go back and watch more of Being the Elite. Other topics include Joey Ryan, Thunder Rosa, and a little bit on the Mae Young Classic.

Show notes:

  • Ashley Leckwould
  • Power Up with Kate Leith
  • Lucha Underground on Netflix
  • Mae Young Classic
  • Star Trek TNG Season 1
  • Cookie Dough
  • Parks and Rec
  • Joey Ryan
  • ROAR — Women’s wrestling Atlanta Wrestling
  • Thunder Rosa
  • Bullet Club Gets a Villain” — Being The Elite Ep. 52
  • A Curtain Call” Being the Elite Ep. 54
  • Fuck the Revival” Cease & Desist
  • The Gay Community
  • Xavier Woods and Ashley Leckwould on Twitter
  • Taguchi Japan

International Object Podcast 125: Robbie Dorman

Robbie Dorman and Sawyer Paul talk podcasting nerdery (00:00), then pivot to the G1 Climax, (20:00), watching way too much wrestling, Juice Robinson’s character motivations (32:00), cursing in English on Japanese programming, NJPW airing at exactly the wrong time of the day for North Americans, good match flow and an overview of the G1 (37:00), sports entertainment and Toru Yano (42:00), most impressive performances in the tournament (48:00), English commentary (57:00), and finally, Ibushi & Omega (63:00).

  • Anchor — Podcasting on phones
  • Squarespace for Podcasts
  • Podcasts in iOS 11 updates
  • Simpsons Show
  • Handsome boys comics hour
  • BluBrry Podcasts
  • When you go to add your podcast back to iTunes and you’re reminded that you used to have an awesome podcast network
  • Caffeine Coordination by Robbie Dorman
  • Where are They Now: Mason Ryan
  • Katsuya Kitamura
  • G1 Climax Last Night
  • Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega share a moment
  • Thoughts on G1 Climax 27
  • Matches involving Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
  • 5 Years of @google searches for NJPW
  • Kenny Opens Up After His G1 Final Loss

International Object Podcast 125: Robbie Dorman

Robbie Dorman and Sawyer Paul talk podcasting nerdery (00:00), then pivot to the G1 Climax, (20:00), watching way too much wrestling, Juice Robinson’s character motivations (32:00), cursing in English on Japanese programming, NJPW airing at exactly the wrong time of the day for North Americans, good match flow and an overview of the G1 (37:00), sports entertainment and Toru Yano (42:00), most impressive performances in the tournament (48:00), English commentary (57:00), and finally, Ibushi & Omega (63:00).

  • Anchor — Podcasting on phones
  • Squarespace for Podcasts
  • Podcasts in iOS 11 updates
  • Simpsons Show
  • Handsome boys comics hour
  • BluBrry Podcasts
  • When you go to add your podcast back to iTunes and you’re reminded that you used to have an awesome podcast network
  • Caffeine Coordination by Robbie Dorman
  • Where are They Now: Mason Ryan
  • Katsuya Kitamura
  • G1 Climax Last Night
  • Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega share a moment
  • Thoughts on G1 Climax 27
  • Matches involving Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi
  • 5 Years of @google searches for NJPW
  • Kenny Opens Up After His G1 Final Loss

International Object Podcast 94: The WCW

As of July 31, 2013, WCW has been owned longer by Vince McMahon than by Ted Turner. Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul take a fresh look back at the organization, how greatness isn’t something one gets to do by corporate mandate, how challenging the final Nitro must have been, and how throwing money at a problem can become a problem itself. 

We also begin discussing Total Divas, its possible olive branch to non-fans, and Eva Marie and Jo Jo as audience surrogates for new fans, extending an idea that began with Joseph Park . 

Show notes:  

WCW: Urban Dictionary, 4th entry:

The initials of (and an abbreviation for) American poet William Carlos Williams (b. 1888, d. 1963).
Sometimes used as a short way of referring to him in writing, and a hashtag on twitter. #WCW
Also, apparently, a wrestling media empire.

WWEs final Nitro playlist

Forbes profile on Ted Turner

Controversy Creates Cash

A Lion’s Tale : Around the World in Spandex 

Do You Creak? - Lexicon Valley

Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of creaky voice.”

International Object Podcast 93: Prime Placement

Where is the best place for a character to be in a large-scale ensemble with many moving pieces? What does it mean to be in the best place? How long can one be there? And what happens if your best place isn’t where people think you should be? Where do characters really belong on the long road of endless high drama? Finally, where do people—or characters—belong when you can actually choose their fate

International Object 92: There’s nothing in the briefcase

This week on the show, K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss the Money in the Bank briefcase, what it means, what it can and can’t offer, what’s actually  inside, and whether we can find what we need inside. Finally, what does it mean to buy into a character like CM Punk, and what does it mean if you can’t? 

International Object Podcast 91: Turns out it’s you

This week on the show, Rich and Sawyer discuss Vickie Guerrero’s firing, her character, the WWE universe as antagonists, Vince McMahon’s sympathetic overtones , Brad Maddox, and how to tell a compelling story on a wrestling show without wrestlers. 

“What qualifications do you possess that will make you a successful general manager? ”
“Well, I’m the general manager. I think that’s my number one qualification.”

Sounds about right. 

We also chat a bit about the What’ chant, Patton Oswalt’s article on hecklers,  and how the audience would rather ruin a show than be quiet if it means they get to take part.

 

International Object Podcast 90: Big Van Vader Helmet Running Android

On the 90th episode of the International Object Podcast, we return to wrestling by diving deep on the dropkick (not the drop kick, or the Dropkick Murphy’s): origins, variations, sister moves, whether the baseball slide or the enziguri count as dropkicks, and whose dropkick is most impressive (my vote is for AJ Styles. Rich’s is the tandem version performed by the Rock n Roll Express). Also, is Rich afraid of kickboxers? But first, some Mad Men follow up about Detroit. Finally, you’ve all got some homework: watch The Harder They Fall. Again, obviously.

@ksp_me Whose dropkick makes you think long and hard about what you are doing with your life?

— Jason Mann (@wrestlespective) July 4, 2013

International Object Podcast 89: Not great, Bob!

From Mad Men Screenshots with Things Drawn On Them 

Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss In Care Of,” the season finale of the most challenging and enjoyable season of television in a long time. They touch on Tom and Lorenzos fashion critiques, and how the Kodak pitch and the Hershey’s pitch were two sides of the same coin. Rich reminded Sawyer about when Pete tried to learn to drive, the continual unravelling of Pete, Rich’s theory about where the whorehouse was in Pennsylvania, and whether or not Don is now finally, finally, finally capable of moving forward.

International Object Podcast 87: Is There a Heartland?

Rich and Kyle take questions from the audience. It’s the most fun episode we’ve done in a long time, and we think you’ll really like it. That’s all I’m going to say.

Show links:

Questions we did not get to:

  • What’s Kyle drinking this episode? Raconteur, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia.

@ksp_me How much better would the 1988 Schwarzenegger/Belushi film Red Heat have been if Nikita Koloff & Dusty Rhodes played the lead roles?

— Masked Tweeter (@MaskedTweeter) May 29, 2013

International Object Podcast 86: People on flickr using flickr for flickr

International Object Podcast 86: People on flickr using flickr for flickr

This week, Rich and KSP delve deep into Flickr, the photo sharing site both have been using for nearly a decade, and the discussion weaves through workflows, usage habits, ownership, money, Yahoo, Tumblr, the impact on the site on our lives, and if we are impressed or irked by the sudden, forced redesign. 

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 88: Brad Maddox has been dead this whole time

After a two-week hiatus, Rich and Kyle get back on the horse to find a plethora of conspiracies on both Mad Men and Monday Night Raw. Bob Benson is revealed (sort of). Pete’s gun shows up to taunt Kyle, Megan Draper is either Sharon Tate or a Ghost, narrative bias is killing us, Brad Maddox may have never survived his ride in the ambulance, and just whose fate is worse, Pete’s or Don’s (or Daniel Bryan’s?) We settle on a serious discussion of concussion-based entertainment and the will of the vomitorium (probably poorly used). 

Finally, we discuss if WWE is a monarchy, which it of course is not, because: 

Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

So there

 

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International Object Podcast 85: Only Pete Can Beat Pete

Our Madmen miniseries rolls right into crazytown this week, and we’re sorry if you feel a little bit like Burt Peterson in the process. We discuss Man with a Plan,” Don’s Domming, Benson’s coffee-fetching skills saving Joan, and Ted’s aviators. Then, we veer into larger territory, trying to figure out why people discount an entire series simply because they hated the ending. That brings us to Douglas Coupland (who can’t write an ending), the writers of LOST (not the best at managing expectations), and why relationships with products can sometimes be like relationships with actual people. 

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast Episode 84: You’ve gotta understand when it’s over

This week, K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss For Immediate Release,” merging company rules, the Chevy Vega, Joan’s rage, and why you need to change things up every now and again, even if it drives everyone you know totally crazy. 

Show notes:

@earthdog Is there a precedent for a show just completely switching formats? Why are you doing this to me?

— Pure Gristle (@PureGristle) May 8, 2013

International Object Podcast 83: I thought it would solve the whole thing

Week 2 of our Madmen series details a very special episode of Madmen where they tackle the MLK assassination. Rich Thomas, K Sawyer Paul, and Eisee Sylvester discuss The Flood, racial integration in 1968, Planet of the Apes, Roger Sterling’s silver tongue, and more.

International Object (IO) is a blog about theatre, combat, and politics. International relations, human rights, choreography, and steel chairs to the head.

International Object Podcast 80: Burning Hammer

We’re splitting our Wrestlemania review into two parts. First up, Rich Thomas describes his experiences ordering the show online, the stream delay, refunds, and whether to watch the show live or start from the beginning. Then, Rich gives his thoughts on the crowd and the show overall. Finally, Rich and Kyle debate whether wrestlers should have super” finishing moves like the Bullhammer.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 79: WresFest

This week, Richard H Thomas and K Sawyer Paul talk about Wrestlemania as an emergent arts festival, with third-party hangers-on like Wrestlecon and ROH performing shows the same weekend in the same vicinity. They compare Wrestlemania to other arts and film festivals and detail the similarities and differences. Finally, they discuss the Wrestlemania 29 set, just who might climb the fake Empire State Building, and whether or not WWE can continue their stadium tour around the US indefinitely.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 77: Famous enough not to have to do the Nutcracker

This week, Rich and Kyle continue their Wrestlemania series, this time tackling the idea of the tentpole show. Is Wrestlemania enough to sustain WWE? Are there artistic downsides to revolving an entire company around a single event? Will Sheamus ever headline a Wrestlemania with all these part-time stars hogging the spotlight? And who will be old and hogging that spotlight in ten years’ time? Will WWE ever not need a guy like The Rock? Plus, Rich and Kyle end up running down the Wrestlemania XXIX (not 29, damn you) card.

International Object Podcast 76: What the World Has Come To

K Sawyer Paul and Richard H Thomas begin their Wrestlemania series by tackling the oft-dismissed Wrestlemania 2. They discuss the triple locale, technical feats require to pull that off in the 80s, the emergent PPV market, giant screens, being sold a ticket for 1/3 of a live show, theories about the event, comparisons to Super Mario 2, and how the event still influences wrestling shows today.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 75: All crazy people look the same to me

Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter, Glen Beck, Alberto Del Rio, and WWEs fresh take on us vs them,” as a narrative structure. They also talk about just how old that story has been in wrestling, Sgt Slaughter’s year as an Iraqi sympathizer, and how WWEs changing demographic is affecting how wrestling stories are told.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 74: Let’s talk about the bird

This week, Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul discuss the design, symbology, and possible meanings of the 2013 WWE Championship redesign. It’s an episode encrusted from head to feet with the finest jewels from our coffers. Well, sir, what do you think of that?

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 73: Lifehacks, Instapaper, and Time-shifting reading

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss apps that help people read things later, like Instapaper and Readability. They discuss the lifehack aspect of time-shifting consumable media, where to find longer articles to read, and what can be done with these articles when they’ve been saved. In addition, they talk about workflows for blogging, If This Then That automations, and getting articles onto eink devices.

—Show Notes—

International Object Podcast 72: The human heart is not properly connected to the human brain

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas talk about the Trudeau’s, The Rock, Community, and the feeling of ownership that comes from loving popular culture, and the emotional whiplash that comes with it. Just like Liz Lemon says, these things may frustrate and wear us out, but because the human heart is not properly connected to the  human brain, we love them.

Listen directly.

Show Notes:

International Object Podcast 62: The currency of attention

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss attention being the only currency that matters in wrestling, the dissonance caused by commentary talking about things other than what’s happening in the ring, how Raw’s never turn the channel’ ethos hurts it in the long term, the value of the slow burn story, and how wrestling needs to respect its audience to stay on their own merits.

International Object Podcast 62: The currency of attention

K Sawyer Paul and Rich Thomas discuss attention being the only currency that matters in wrestling, the dissonance caused by commentary talking about things other than what’s happening in the ring, how Raw’s never turn the channel’ ethos hurts it in the long term, the value of the slow burn story, and how wrestling needs to respect its audience to stay on their own merits.

International Object Podcast 37 - Joe Drilling

Joe Drilling and I cool down from Jason’s Starrcade series and discuss WWEs distribution arms, comparisons to sports and SNL, wrestling education compared to other arts, wrestling psychology, and why Sting was not quite like the Crow.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 29: Mikey Llorin II

This week, Mikey Llorin and I talk about Summerslam, MMA, and whether winning is more important than having a good match. Click the link above to listen.

Show topics:

  • International Object’s origins
  • Summerslam’s interesting finale
  • Summerslam’s solid match list
  • The Torch’s iPhone App
  • Fair to Flair’s iPhone App
  • The current movement
  • CM Punk’s contract
  • HHH as a referee
  • Black Ref
  • UFC & Strikeforce, and momentum
  • What’s more important? Winning, or having a good match?
  • Devaluing wrestling for a movement
  • Grantland
  • Wrestlemania XXVIII
  • Randy Orton is the guy that wins
  • Fair to Flair’s schedule
  • Do you want it good, or all the time?
  • The next issue of Fair to Flair Quarterly
  • Dragon Dictate

International Object Podcast 29: Mikey Llorin II

This week, Mikey Llorin and I talk about Summerslam, MMA, and whether winning is more important than having a good match. Click the link above to listen.

Show topics:

  • International Object’s origins
  • Summerslam’s interesting finale
  • Summerslam’s solid match list
  • The Torch’s iPhone App
  • Fair to Flair’s iPhone App
  • The current movement
  • CM Punk’s contract
  • HHH as a referee
  • Black Ref
  • UFC & Strikeforce, and momentum
  • What’s more important? Winning, or having a good match?
  • Devaluing wrestling for a movement
  • Grantland
  • Wrestlemania XXVIII
  • Randy Orton is the guy that wins
  • Fair to Flair’s schedule
  • Do you want it good, or all the time?
  • The next issue of Fair to Flair Quarterly
  • Dragon Dictate

International Object Podcast 30: David Shoemaker

My guest this week: David Shoemaker of Deadspin and Grantland. We discuss our favourite writers, his upcoming book, CM Punk, creativity in the ring, wrestling journalism, and shaky fantasy worlds.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 30: David Shoemaker

My guest this week: David Shoemaker of Deadspin and Grantland. We discuss our favourite writers, his upcoming book, CM Punk, creativity in the ring, wrestling journalism, and shaky fantasy worlds.

Show notes:

International Object Podcast 3: Aaron Glazer

Inside Pulse’s Aaron Glazer and myself talk Bragging Rights, Brand Split, Fantasy Booking, and if Dolph Ziggler is the worst name in the history of wrestling.

Show notes:

  • Neither of us watch smackdown
  • We run down bragging rights 2010
  • Paying for middle chapters
  • The writers room being far away from the marketing room
  • Serial storytelling
  • Why wwe should stop doing ppvs
  • An angle is two lines meeting
  • A proposed off season
  • Glazers off season theory
  • Ziggler and Bryan.
  • I think dolph ziggler is a terrible name.
  • TNA is a dumb name
  • Unconsciously tuning into tna
  • Thursday night TV viewing
  • Wrestling fans love HBO
  • What would HBO do with a wrestling show
  • Watching wrestling just to bitch
  • Habitual viewing
  • A better raw - what I tried to do and what failed
  • The last innovation was in early 97 when the raw set evolved.
  • WWE being poor at coming up with their own ideas, but good at evolving others
  • Having longer times between matches
  • Orton as the new dominating hero
  • The WWE title changed 45 times this year
  • The thin roster
  • We talk about hhh’s return. Possibilities about what he’ll do.
  • Brock lesnar vs undertaker
  • Edge is golden.
  • Glazer says they need a face of smackdown and it has to be edge, because it won’t be Orton or cena.
  • We talk about Kevin Nash on colour commentary
  • Forget about all PPVs until the rumble
  • Fun fantasy booking
  • Nash and Austin as managers

International Object Podcast 3: Aaron Glazer

Inside Pulse’s Aaron Glazer and myself talk Bragging Rights, Brand Split, Fantasy Booking, and if Dolph Ziggler is the worst name in the history of wrestling.

Show notes:

  • Neither of us watch smackdown
  • We run down bragging rights 2010
  • Paying for middle chapters
  • The writers room being far away from the marketing room
  • Serial storytelling
  • Why wwe should stop doing ppvs
  • An angle is two lines meeting
  • A proposed off season
  • Glazers off season theory
  • Ziggler and Bryan.
  • I think dolph ziggler is a terrible name.
  • TNA is a dumb name
  • Unconsciously tuning into tna
  • Thursday night TV viewing
  • Wrestling fans love HBO
  • What would HBO do with a wrestling show
  • Watching wrestling just to bitch
  • Habitual viewing
  • A better raw - what I tried to do and what failed
  • The last innovation was in early 97 when the raw set evolved.
  • WWE being poor at coming up with their own ideas, but good at evolving others
  • Having longer times between matches
  • Orton as the new dominating hero
  • The WWE title changed 45 times this year
  • The thin roster
  • We talk about hhh’s return. Possibilities about what he’ll do.
  • Brock lesnar vs undertaker
  • Edge is golden.
  • Glazer says they need a face of smackdown and it has to be edge, because it won’t be Orton or cena.
  • We talk about Kevin Nash on colour commentary
  • Forget about all PPVs until the rumble
  • Fun fantasy booking
  • Nash and Austin as managers