Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We Built This City

The best things in life come naturally, not forced by the incessant demands of our clamoring society, but shaped by time and patience. As you'll learn in a few moments, some of the worst things in life come just as naturally.

The evolution of Gheorghe: The Blog from small-time internet magazine to super-niche blog was fairly well preordained. We had the time, the motive, and the opportunity. Also, the built in audience of dozens. We didn't have much to say, but that's where the super-niche part comes in.

Time, motive, and opportunity conspired again this week with the latest in online technologies in a confluence that may well reshape the world as we know it. Or at least give you 28 minutes and 29 seconds of moderate amusement.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the very first edition of Gheorghe: The Podcast. In this episode, Teejay, Mark, Whitney, and I overcome technical difficulties and ineptitude to talk over one another, tell inside jokes, forget to explain what G:TB is, use one of George Carlin's 7 words (though not the one you might think), and touch on Eddie Money, basketball, M.A.S.K., and the dangers of carbonation. It's probably SFW, unless you don't want the people you work with to think you're a moron.

Click the play button below, and please lower your speaker volume. We welcome all the constructive criticism you can muster in the comments. Enjoy.




We have our own version of StatBoy at work, too. Here's what you wanted to know:

It was a shamrock, not a clover.
His name was Snagglepuss.
The 7 words are listed here.
And spoken here.

And the rules we violated almost systematically are here.

49 comments:

zoltan said...

I'm 20 seconds in and already it sounds like you all have an extra chromosome.

TJ said...

Z-man...just think what our first broadcast will sound like.

rob said...

it's like the mclaughlin group, only dumber.

Dave said...

i can't wait to get home from work and listen to this (is it stupid for me to be so excited?)

rob said...

yes.

zoltan said...

On a scale of 1 to 10 ...

Geoff said...

I'm kind of pressed for time today. At what point in the podcast is my sexuality discussed. I'd like to skip ahead.

rob said...

i don't think we mentioned you by name this time, geoff. greg made a cameo, though.

TJ said...

And Dave got two name drops.

rob said...

as did the wizards of waverly place

zoltan said...

But not the Wizard of Poetry?

zoltan said...

AWL for the Steamboat Willie call.

Sisler said...

Yeah, the Steamboat Willie comment got me, too. As did the ever-present barely-audible TJ laughter.

TJ said...

SI.com showing Wrenball some love:
http://bit.ly/5KGVHy

zoltan said...

Why didn't Whitney come up with this first?

http://drinkedin.net/en/about.html

Sisler said...

Also, the mention of yacht rock reminds me...if you're ever in the Richmond area when the weather gets warmer, check out Three Sheets to the Wind, America's # 1 Tribute to Yacht Rock. Here's a short clip of these donkeys doing some Dave Mason unplugged backstage after a set:
http://tinyurl.com/yhdh455

Shlara said...

1. Love the idea of a podcast. Hopefully you can address the sound qaulity for podcast #2.

2. The Tribe plays good team basketball, and they have heart. We're just too jaded from being screwed for all these years.

3. Mike Peca retired. That makes me feel old. He's the only opponent I would visibily cheer for...he's hot.

Shlara said...

Is anyone going to the Tribe vs. ODU game on Sat? I may have to drive down to the Burg for it.

TJ said...

Isn't this something we were discussing last week in this very space?

zoltan said...

We talked about King Arthur?

rob said...

shlara, we're a bit beholden to the talkshoe podcast technology as it relates to sound quality. it's basically a recorded conference call, and all of us were on cell phones. if the podcast takes off, i think we'll hire an engineer. or have a happy hour.

rob said...

shlara, i have yet another work party on saturday, but i'd be much obliged if you feel up to sending score updates via text.

Greg said...

The Teej and I did a pioneer podcast recording once.....basically I used my phone to record us as we drank beers and elected the pope. There might have been some classic rock shootout

TJ said...

Truly some of our best work. Well, that and shooting asinine videos of me.

rob said...

z-man, you following the gailey hiring presser?

zoltan said...

No, I didn't know it was on. But I did watch Tedy Bruschi's commentary. Not kind.

Dave said...

i'm into the podcast! TJ, thanks for the meta-reference. why do you sound like you're podcasting from 20,000 leagues under the sea?

Dave said...

how long is this fucking thing? you break a LOT of those rules . . .

it's funny when squirrel says, "i'll make a long story SHORT."

rob said...

28:29, dave - says so right in the post. reading comprehension my ass.

TR said...

The Teej definitely needs to stop sucking nitrous before speaking.

Dave said...

i've got a great song for your podcast theme song-- should release it this week . . .

your hook up regret stories make me think of the cynthia/wallet/chip fiasco when rob betrayed me and handed over our room keys . . .

Dave said...

i skipped the reading! this is supposed to be a podcast! do i need to READ about the podcast as well as listen to it?

TJ said...

Next time I'll simply make sure to case a ballot or two, like one of my co-podcasters. Perhaps that will de-Simmons-ize my voice.

rob said...

consider it like liner notes, dave.

rob said...

thursday, february 25 at the state theatre in falls church - trombone shorty with orleans avenue. who wants to go with me?

Mark said...

TJ...stop blowing Rob's cover on the ballot casting. His wife reads the comments, pal.

rob said...

my wife, she and the pope are tight.

TJ said...

That reminds me, I finally saw Angels and Demons over the Xmas holiday...how is that not a huge GTB fave? It's entire plot revolves around electing the pope, AND the Large Hadron Collider is involved.

rob said...

holy crap. i totally forgot about the lhc in that movie. i read the book. now i need to watch it.

Mark said...

If only we could spread our euphemism to the masses...

TR said...

Electing the pope might confuse people into thinking you are exploring yourself. You know, on account of the white stuff coming out of the pipe and all. But what do I know. I'm a Persian Polish Lutheran.

Whitney said...

Plus it sounds a little like "beating the bishop." But it's nothing like that...

Is the conversation that was the origin in the G:TB archives? Do we have an intern?

zoltan said...

Beating the bishop? How about raking the rook? Pawing the pawn? Cleaning the king?

TR said...

I would prefer "crowning the king" to "cleaning the king."

zoltan said...

Yes. And when you're intimate with your lady you can say "king me." Or even "king my checker-like schwantz."

Whitney said...

Kind of like the SI cover jinx, we present the Gheorghe: The Podcast jinx.

http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=4840237

zoltan said...

Indeed. Speaking of wisdom from follies, Andy Roddick has, at the ripe age of 28, developed a slice backhand!? He might win this thing.

zoltan said...

Darren Cahill just said that Agassi's book was the greatest book he ever read. I guess they don't have English classes in Australian grade schools? He also said that he doesn't know anyone who has anything negative to say about the book. I guess they don't have book reviews in Australia. Or G:TB.

zoltan said...

A 5'8" Irishman won the first Grand Slam match by an Irishman in the Open Era, and he's now going toe to toe with John Isner, a 6'9" American.