Free Range Idiocy
Episode 24: The Last Straw

Episode 24: The Last Straw

April 24, 2020

We're heading into controversial territory with this episode folks... well, at least for Star Wars fans that is. That's right, we're talking The Last Jedi with our special guest, Jimmy Dice of the Scruffy Looking Podcasters! We talk about why the flick is so divisive amongst fans, what we liked, what we didn't, and ss a special bonus, we also manage to get into a Star Trek discussion as well.

Jimmy Dice is one of the co-hosts of Scruffy Looking Podcasters, which they describe as "a stuck-up, half-witted, Star Wars podcast -4 scruffy dudes on a weekly podcast covering Star Wars news and speculation."

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Relating to a pre-show discussion with the lads, here's an interview with comedian Bill Hicks talking about the worst gig he ever had. (NSFW for language)

- Relating to Tim's brew choice for this episode, the APA was a wrestling gimmick for a tag team that acted as a protection agency for other wrestlers. Trust us, it actually made sense at the time. Here they make a comeback in 2012 with Lita.

- Yeah, Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One was pretty badass, wasn't he?

- Here's the Scruffy Looking Podcasters episode where they rank their favorite Star Wars movies.

- Looks like a bunch of commentators have been tipping the picks at the NFL Draft for a while.

- Here's the news about Stellan Skarsgard in the new Star Wars series.

- Here's the Phasma comic that Jimmy Dice was talking about that takes place between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

- Here's our episode talking about the depth of the Star Wars universe verses something like the MCU

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

- JIMMY DICE highly recommends the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

- TIM is very bullish on season one of Star Trek: Picard.

- TODD recommends going back and watching your favorite movies in black & white.

 

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Episode 23: A Whole New (West)world - Part 2

Episode 23: A Whole New (West)world - Part 2

April 21, 2020

We're back to dive into the third and fourth episode of Westworld season 3, so prepare to melt your mind a little bit more. As usual, please be warned that this episode is spoiler-rific - so if you haven't watched episodes 3 and 4, pause this, watch the episodes, and then come right back!

We offer our theories, explanations, slobbering admiration, and much more.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Geary's Special Hampshire Ale has an ABV of 7%, so it's not moonshine territory, but it ain't no joke either

- Here's a video of R-Truth's funniest moments in WWE

- Here's a video of R-Truth pinning Drake Maverick at his wedding

- Check out the Mark Strand poem that Todd is talking about as a reference for the title of Episode 3

- How the phrase "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" is dumb

- How the toilet paper shortage isn't all about hoarding, but has a lot to do with supply chain

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim would has been pretty happy with his new Fuego grill and would advise you to check it out the next time you're in the market for a controlled fire to grill your meats.

Todd recommends the OG graphic novel of V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd along with the movie version.

 

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Episode 22: Lockdown Survival Tips

Episode 22: Lockdown Survival Tips

April 10, 2020

In this episode, we're going to share some things that we've been doing over the last couple weeks of social distancing to keep us going crazier than we usually are. Because like James Brown used to say, we don't know karate, but we dang sure know crazy.

To all the folks out there who are in essential jobs and out there working, please be safe and take care of yourselves. You're the glue that's holding this thing together and we appreciate each and every one of you.

If you need help during this time, here's a couple quick links we found:

- Coronavirus Resources (benefits.gov)

- A guide to helping and getting help during the coronavirus crisis (cnn.com)

- COVID-19 Pandemic (211.org)

Please note that we haven't thoroughly researched any of these - please check into them as you see fit and don't give anyone important personal information unless you're sure they are trustworth.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Never heard of the Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks? Well, let's remedy that for you

- Here's the "Make Before You Manage" blog post by Tim Ferriss

- If you're interested in The Thrawn Triology of Star Wars books, here you go

- One of the games Tim has been getting into (read: obsessing over) is Civilization VI, which you can check out here

- Another game he recommends you delve into (but maybe not too deep) is Eve Online, which you can check out here

- You should definitely check out the album Be-Be's Kids by the late, great Robin Harris - but the bit Todd was referencing is the "Picolo Player" segment (NSFW)

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim recommends the Marco Polo app as a good way to stay in touch with friends via video instead of text or email.

Todd recommends listening to Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall front to back, several times if necessary

 

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Episode 21: A Whole New (West)world

Episode 21: A Whole New (West)world

April 3, 2020

Greetings once again to all y'all out there in Interwebs Land, we're back and talking about one of our favorite shows, Westworld. Season three debuted in March, and we're talking about the first two episodes - what we liked, what we loved, and how damned confused we are about the whole thing. Check it all out along with a couple recommendations and ideas of how to sneak a dragon out of your workplace in this episode!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- A little background on who the Steiner Brothers are

- And since we're light on links this episode, here's a bit from a Steiners / Road Warriors match back from 1996

- If you've never heard about "Go Away Green", then check this out

- Tim was correct, Boardwalk Empire was an HBO show - so if you're watching Westworld, you can probably stream that one too

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

TIM was watching Viceland's excellent web series called "Dark Side Of The Ring", specifically the Chris Benoit two part documentary.

TODD has been listening to the 1972 Ray Charles album "A Message From The People" album, which is very tough to come by these days, but is available to stream on Spotify. Good news, it's also due for a physical copy reissue next month!

 

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Episode 20: Bradygeddon, Part 2 with special guest Jason Ward

Episode 20: Bradygeddon, Part 2 with special guest Jason Ward

March 27, 2020

It's official, Bradygeddon has come to its inevitable conclusion and Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. As such, we figured it was a good time to do our first sequel and dive back into the madness. But this time, we brought along a lifeguard in the personage of musician and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Jason Ward. In this episode, we cover the best and worst case scenarios for both franchises for the upcoming season.

Jason Ward is the baritone sax player for the Maine-based band Rustic Overtones. He released his own solo album in 2018 called The Ultimate and Rustic Overtones released their own self-titled album in 2019.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the details on Tom Brady's new contract with Tampa Bay

- Tom Brady's career stats and Jameis Winston's career stats in case you're interested

- Todd couldn't find that article about Paul McCartney and starting over with wings, but here's the Wikipedia article about the project for your reading pleasure

- Yeah, Doug Williams' performance in Super Bowl XXII was pretty good - he was 18 of 29 for 340 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, and took home the MVP. His performance was also voted #5 of the Top 50 Super Bowl performances in 2016

- Looks like Mark Sanchez is retired after playing in 2018 for Washington.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

JASON is working on the follow-up to his 2018 solo album The Ultimate right now with his band, The West End Mules. Check out all of his music and news at JasonWardSax.com - his album is available on all streaming platforms like iTunes, Spotify, etc. and also buy his album on CD or vinyl from his website!

TIM recommends checking out Jackbox Games during this wonderful time when we're getting cabin fever and trying to find things to do besides glare at each other.

TODD passionately tells anyone who will listen that they need to check out Tower of Power's new album Step Up any which way they can. Also be sure to check out their video for "Look In My Eyes", their first music video in 30 years after their song "Credit".

 

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Episode 19: Pod By Night - Rush (The Band) with special guest Mike

Episode 19: Pod By Night - Rush (The Band) with special guest Mike

March 20, 2020

What happens when 2 dedicated Rush fans try to convert someone into the fold? Let's find out! During this wide ranging discussion, Tim and our guest Mike talk about their love for some of Canada's favorite musical sons and provide some entry points for Todd. 

This is actually a really cool episode where we of course focus on Rush, but also get into a fairly fun tangent on jazz trumpet player Clark Terry, whom it turns out we all some connection to as well. Enjoy!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the trailer for the Rush documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage.

- Todd was being foolish when talking about U2 briefly during this episode... Of course Bono is the lead vocalist for the band, not Edge.

- Pretty sure this is the live version of "Working Man" from Cleveland that Tim was talking about.

- "The Weapon" live with the intro by Count Floyd.

- Here's a little bonus for ya... Neil Peart during Drum Solo Week on Letterman back in 2011.

- Clark Terry was THE MAN. Check out his bio on Wikipedia, his book, his movie, and the documentary Keep On Keeping On.

- Oh, and there's a couple version of his signature song "Mumbles"... How about a wicked old version from 1965 with the Oscar Peterson TrioHere's one from 1985 with Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd. And here's one featuring Clark alongside the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin from 2001.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Mike recommends checking out YYNot Band and Sea Shepherd

Todd advises you to get listening to the new album Apollo by Electro Deluxe

And Tim wants y'all to know that Westworld is back baby!

 

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Episode 18: WTF BSG?!

Episode 18: WTF BSG?!

March 17, 2020

In this episode, we talk about the Battlestar Galactica ... thing ... that's happening on NBC's new streaming service. Though it's not a reboot, it supposedly won't share any cast, but takes place in the same universe as Ron Moore's BSG, and we have no idea when it'll actually be available to watch. So yeah... this one seems like it's humming along like a finely tuned machine. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean we can't spend some time wildly speculating about what it could be!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the original Hollywood Reporter post about the new show from September 2019, then the latest article we found on Cineblend from February 2020, and then another one from Slashfilm in February 2020 for the sake of completeness.

- Welcome to another edition of "Tim Was Right, Todd Was Wrong"... Tim was closer to the truth about the time jump at the end of "Daybreak Part 3" (the final episode of Ron Moore's BSG) because it's a 150,000 year difference between the crew landing on Earth and present day, not millions of years as Todd claimed.

- Well, well, well... looks like SNL posted the old Eddie Murphy "James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party" in a decent resolution after all!

- And the most recent actor we thought who was no longer with us but turns out to be very alive was Dennis "I've Got 98 Acting Credits To My Name So Stop Calling Me Mister Belding" Haskins!

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim was very excited about Mile Davis' 1981 album The Man With The Horn, which features drummer Al Foster, saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarists Mike Stern and Barry Finnerty, Marcus Miller on bass, and others. Specifically, you ought to check out the track "Fat Time".

Todd thinks a deep dive into Keith Jarrett's The Koln Concert is well worth your time as well as reading some of the history behind the event and why it's considered a bit of a masterpiece.

 

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Episode 17: Free Range Idiocy Trailer Park - 2020 Movie Previews

Episode 17: Free Range Idiocy Trailer Park - 2020 Movie Previews

February 24, 2020

We're rollin' up into the Free Range Idiocy Trailer Park to preview all the movies we want to see that are coming out in 2020 (and the ones we don't want to see) based solely on the online trailers. Join us as we discuss CGI dogs, the wonders of youth, how DC can mangle another property, and whether the world really needed another movie about cars!

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's the list of 2020 movies and trailers that we used for research.

- Tim was correct, it does appear that Morbius will be associated with the MCU in some way.

- For those of you who aren't familiar with Stranger Things (like Todd), here's a link to the awesomely named Finn Wolfhard's IMDB page.

- Here's that article Todd was reading about the term "uncanny valley".

- Here's a link to Keanu Reeves on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

- Here's an article talking about Alex Winter's work as a producer, the internet, and Bitcoin.

- For those of you that didn't experience the about mindjob that was MTV's Liquid Television in real time, here's the first clip of "The Head".

- Yeah, Wonder Woman is a badass (aka the No Mans Land scene).

- Chuck Yeager's Wikipedia page is pretty interesting reading, but the book is better.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim was in a literary mood for this episode and recommends you check out the Mobituaries podcast and book by Mo Rocca wherein he gives remarkable people the send-offs they really deserve. Also, check out the wiki page for John Quincy Adams since we got on that tangent as well. 

Todd had a chance to catch the gypsy flamenco swing trio Ameranouche awhile back and would recommend downloading everything possible by them and also finding them out live.

 

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Episode 16: Rando With Mando - The Mandalorian Recap

Episode 16: Rando With Mando - The Mandalorian Recap

February 14, 2020

In the immortal words of Carl Weathers, MANDO!!!! 

Yup, it's time for us to recap one of our favorite creative endeavors of 2019, The Mandalorian. Join us as we run down our favorite moments, characters, and episodes from the first season. And yes, we manage to squeeze in some wrasslin' and Battlestar Galactica references as well.

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Want to know more about Power & Glory? Here you go.

- Everything you need to know about The Mandalorian from Wikipedia.

- Go back and check out our MCU Grab Bag in Episode 8 for all the stuff Tim was referencing.

- The animated Thanksgiving-themed talking turkey movie that featured George Takei as the voice of a time machine (it really does make sense in the context of the movie) was called Free Birds and features not only Woody Harrelson, but Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, Keith David, and Star Trek TNG and Deep Space Nine alumni Colm Meaney.

- Yeah, Kurt Vonnegut didn't like semicolons that much, saying: “Here is a lesson in creative writing. The first rule: do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” Source.

- Here's a quick reference about military ranks in the Star Wars universe. And for those wondering, Moff was the rank held by the Sector Governors of the First Galactic Empire (via Wookiepedia).

- Will Katee Sackhoff be appearing in the next season of The Mandalorian? The answer is... she can't say.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim recommends checking out the South Korean movie Parasite, which did end up winning the Oscar for Best Picture.

Todd would recommend stepping away from Facebook for awhile if it's causing you more grief than it's worth. Here's an article about someone's experience.

 

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Episode 15: 2020 WWE Royal Rumble Recap

Episode 15: 2020 WWE Royal Rumble Recap

January 29, 2020

WE'RE BACK BABY!!! Okay, that felt good... In this episode, we run down all the happenings at the 2020 WWE Royal Rumble - the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

 

LINKS OF INTEREST:

- Here's a list of all the winners of the Royal Rumble from 1988 until this year.

- Initially, Vince McMahon wasn't a fan of the Rumble, but changed his mind when the TV folks liked it.

- We've probably linked this before, but it's always a fun watch - here's Ax and Smash of Demolition as the first two entires in the 1989 Royal Rumble.

- Yeah, Tim was right about that giant pop when AJ Styles debuted at the Royal Rumble a couple years back.

- Here's Jake "The Snake" Roberts telling the behind the scenes story about his infamous cobra incident with Randy "Macho Man" Savage on Joe Roagn. NSFW because Jake loves him some four-letter words.

- Here's some great Kofi Kingston Royal Rumble saves.

 

...AND ANOTHER THING:

Tim recommends checking out Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by RUSH drummer Neil Peart

Todd thinks you should listen to episode #405 of The Tim Ferriss show featuring Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller.

 

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