I am exhausted. Very very exhausted. Between the controversies last week, the Axp thread, another shitstorm of atheist/skeptic bigotry and hostility and flaunted privilege over at CFI Okanagan’s Facebook page, and this lovely comment posted about me at r/lgtb:
I am getting very worn out. I’m a tenacious little bitch, but even I have my limits. I’m about one more hostile, petty, transphobic remark away from taking Stephanie up on her suggestion to just spend the rest of the week posting My Little Pony videos and drinking Sonic Screwdrivers (vanilla vodka, blue curacao, and lemon/lime soda). Unfortunately, I’ve kinda already set aside the last week of the month for a break (since I’m finally moving into a new apartment), and I’d be loathe to take it early. So carry on I must.
*wilting flower back-of-hand to forehead pose*
But for this afternoon, I’m nonetheless just going to take it a bit easy, and simply recommend a particularly awesome podcast based here in Vancouver, and featuring some intensely awesome people… Joe Fulgham, Toren Atkinson and Kevin Leeson. It’s called Caustic Soda.
Caustic Soda isn’t really a skeptical podcast or science podcast per se. It’s more just based on the underlying sense of wonder and giddiness and “man this stuff is cool!” that drives a lot of skeptics and scientists. Each episode picks some kind of topic or another, like “Burns”, “Cocaine”, “Bacteria” or “Brainwashing and Mind Control” and delves into all kinds of science, trivia, and pop culture surrounding it.
One of the particular pleasures of Caustic Soda, at least for me, is how they have such a robust ability to derive glee and squirmy fascination from all kinds of macabre, horrific and skin-crawling things. Like that bacteria episode? Yeah. It’s the same kind of kick one gets from things like that episode of House where he puts the maggots on the burn victim to treat his infection without using antibiotics. And I really can’t wait for them to do an episode on body modification or surgery so I can come on as a guest and describe SRS in all its grisly detail.
Really, their talent for this kind of thing is amazing. Check out the “Food” episode for insight into how they can draw the horrific out of even the most mundane things.
Anyway, a few recommended episodes
- Doomed Expeditions (Part 1 and 2)
- Fecal Matters
- Human Sacrifice
and, though I wouldn’t recommend starting with it, an interesting one is the “Alcohol” episode, where they all get really really drunk. None of them really remember making it, and they all entertainingly make total asses of themselves.
They also have lots of terrific guests from around the Vancouver skeptic scene, like the awesome Dr. Rob Tarzwell.
Anyway, check it out. It’s fantastic. Really.
Now I need to go buy some vanilla vodka and blue curacao…