Living Local

We all want to do our part, and make ourselves be as “local” as possible. We shop small, eat at the non-chain restaurants, and drink our coffee at mom and pop shops. What are we exactly? We get called Yuppies, and hipsters, almost as it’s derogatory.

Honestly though, we are Community.

There are local movements we support, and may not even know it.

Drink Local supports craft beer, and drinking it locally. Supporting beer from your home state/town, and that small business that brews that beer. These days you can find a Drink Local shirt with every state on it, and can support it just about anywhere you go.

Shop Small supports small business, and even has Small Business Saturday, making a specific Saturday for you to stay away from the big box stores and grab up locally made one of a kind goods.

There is nothing wrong with supporting your community, for wanting to make it better. You want it to grow and thrive. It’s even better when you get a bunch of like-minded people together to take on a project to uplift the community, like Evansville has with E is for Everyone.

Personally, I have a really big connection with living local. Everything I love about my hometown is that it is a staple there, and only there. I am extremely homesick for that community, for my living local. I’ve been gone almost two years, and I’m extremely grateful for small similarities between the River Cities.

The city is what you make it. We are just getting into our prime here. There is so much more to come, and it is really exciting. Let’s keep this community alive. Let us live local.

DQYD Top 5: Close to Home

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Heather. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Heather is an entrepreneur and owner of the local shop: River City, so we set out to make our top 5 lists very Evansville-based.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Historic Evansville Locations

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Pick 5: USS LST 325

Recently getting a cameo in the new Call of Duty, the World War 2 naval ship resides peacefully in the city it was built. 

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Pick 4: Angel Mounds

It's easy for cities to forget what was there before a single building was constructed and luckily Evansville has held on to a piece of that history. Located on the southeast side of town is a Native American museum with many reconstructed buildings and items from what stood there in the past.

Pick 3: Willard Library

Every city has a potentially haunted library in the middle of it, right? 

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Pick 2: Reitz Home

From tours to small jazz parties, this house is the surest way to get transferred back into the early 1900's there is.

Pick 1: Bosse Field

Not even a baseball fan and I can sense the "magic" of Bosse field. Oh and scenes from "A League of Their Own" were filmed here. Just don't ask Madonna what she thought of our city.

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Farrin's Top 5 Favorite Evansville Bars

Evansville has a plethora of libation stations, and I’m going to pick my top 5.

Pick 5: Peephole

Small in space, but great in personality, the Peephole will help you wet your whistle on the cheap. While you’re at it, get a grilled cheese and some tots!

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Pick 4: Gerst Haus

Evansville’s German roots are in full feature at the Gersthaus (Gerst Bavarian Haus). If you want some sauerkraut, bratwurst, and a good beer, trinken bei Gersthaus!

 

Pick 3: Fidel's

One of the more unique and equally delicious restaurants, Walton’s, holds in its high towers the wonderful whiskey bar, Fidel’s. So classy up there! And it gets better, they have shuffleboard!...TRY TO BEAT ME NATHAN!

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Pick 2: Lamasco/Bokeh Lounge

I couldn’t decide on which place I wanted to be at number two, so I picked Lamasco and Bokeh Lounge. They both have awesome live music and a fantastic atmosphere, so you can’t go wrong with either!

Pick 1: Mo's House

My number one drinking hole in Evansville shouldn’t be called a hole at all, but a place of pure fun, Mo’s House! Back in the day it was was Haynie’s Corner Pub which was a blast, but Mo came in and turned it up to 11! It’s cozy, it’s live, it’s fun, and the staff is the bomb!

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(Honorable mention has to go to High Score Saloon! It’s not open officially yet as of this post, but come on, it’s a barcade!)

 

Drew's Top 5 Evansville Resturaunts

Food is something we all do, and here in Evansville, we do it well. Condensing a list of my favorite local eateries down to just 5 was harder than I thought it'd be. Food & drink run very parallel with each other, and in the end, I ended up leaving two fantastic local places off the list (Walton's & Gerst Haus) purely to split away from Farrin's top 5.

Pick 5: Franklin street pizza factory

Who doesn't like pizza? Communists, that's who. While there are no shortages of pizza places in Evansville, FPF has some seriously good eats

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Pick 4: Pangea Kitchen

If you haven't been to Pangea yet, do yourself a favor and go there now.  With a menu full of tastes from around the world, there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

Pick 3: The Hornet's Nest

The Hornet's nest was a name that I'd heard again and again throughout the years. Only recently did I actually make my way out there to see if it lived up to the hype. All I have to say is: Driving out to the middle of nowhere never tasted so good.

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Pick 2: Turoni's

What, you thought Turoni's wasn't going to be on the list? C'mon, son! 
Turoni's is one of the most iconic eateries in the area, and one of the first places that I'll recommend to anyone asking for good places to eat.

Pick 1: Charlie's Mongolian bbq/big bang

Basically, whenever there's a meal choice left up to me, you better believe that I'm going to one of these two places nine out of ten times. There's just something about building every component of your meal and watching it get cooked in front of you that I love.

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DQYD Top 5: Comedy

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Gavin. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Gavin is a comedian, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on comedic themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 SNL Cast Members

As a child, SNL was one of the first things I was truly obsessed with. Mainly watching reruns, it was my window into a different time. Most of my early recognition of the celebrity and politics of yesteryear was forged through that satirical show. Though it certainly has peaks and valleys, the following people are some along the way to ensure I keep coming back.

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Pick 5: Jason Sudeikis

Jason is one of those rare actors that can be just as believable as the ever failing protagonist as he is the slimy, macho antagonist. It was this range that allowed him to play such a versatile role on the show.

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Pick 4: Eddie Murphy

Just in case you forgot how cool Eddie Murphy used to be, watch him during his SNL days. His unique level of energy should be bottled and sold to those trying to impress on job interviews and first dates.

Pick 3: Dan Aykroyd

If this was based on movies, I'd have gone with Bill Murray or Chevy Case in this spot, but there is no denying Dan's prowess in the world of improv. 

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Pick 2: Tina Fey

Perhaps an even bigger deal behind the scenes, Tina's sharp wit and self deprecating sense of humor make her one of my favorites of all time.

Pick 1: Will Ferrell

Based on his wide range of regular characters alone makes Will one of my favorites of all time. He set the bar so high for the weekend show that it may never be reached again.

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Farrin's Top 5 Performance Venues

Pick 5: Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK's most popular venues for performers of all types with performers of all types. Maybe one of the most memorable include Pink Floyd’s epic cannon shooting, gorilla suit wearing, life time ban concert. 

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Pick 4: Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall makes number four, being one of New York’s most popular landmarks. Many a performance has taken place here, and it’s known as the home for the Rockettes precision dance group. 

 

Pick 3: Carnegie Hall

One of the classics in performance venues, Carnegie Hall has to make the list. The venue has over 250 performances a year and is ranked as one of the most prestigious venues in the world.

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Pick 2: Madison Square Garden

Staying in NY for number 2, we’re talking about the most well know garden in the US...Madison Square Garden! Besides basketball, huge artists and performers have graced the stage with memorable events. One of my personal favs being Victor Wooten debuting his new Midi Synth Bass

Pick 1: The Apollo

Since Gavin’s episode is about comedy, why not talk about The Apollo. Known for its amazing performances and and deep roots in the African American community, the Apollo should definitely make any top performance venue list. If you don’t perform well, expect a shower of tomatoes and and hook pulling you off the stage.

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Drew's Top 5 Favorite 00s Comedy Movies

Holy crap, this list was hard for me to narrow down. Comedy is hands-down my favorite genre, so five was nowhere near enough to accurately represent all of the amazing movies out there. For my sanity, I had to narrow it down to the 2000s movies that I've watched the most. Maybe we'll have another comedian on sometime, and I can hit on a different decade...

Pick 5: Super Troopers

I'm a big fan of most everything the Broken Lizard crew put out, but Super Troopers was my introduction, and still sits as m

Pick 4: Superbad

In my eyes, this is still the closest depiction of high school life that has been made. 

Pick 3: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

The movie where I first saw Jason Segel as the lead. A supporting cast of great actors really brings this one together.

Pick 2: Grandma's Boy

I remember being pumped when I saw the trailer for this movie. A comedy about a bunch of people working in the video game industry? Sign me up! 

Pick 1: I Love You, Man

I love pretty much anything with awkward charm of Paul Rudd. Throw in some Jason Segel, and you've got yourself a pretty great movie.

 

Taking Risks From Your Bucket List

So many people have that bucket list, that list of things you want to do before you die. They can range from getting married and having kids to, ya know, skydiving. 
Let’s focus on the fact that skydiving is actually one of the top things from a bucket list. That is not an exaggeration. When you google it, skydiving pops up as number three. Why do you think this is? The rush of adarelenine? The fact that people can say they want to and then most of them end up never doing it? 
People can put some ridiculous stuff on their lists. For a personal example, I have meeting both Bruce Willis and playing drums with Tommy Lee, as well as getting shot. The probability of any of those things happening are really freaking low, but they are still there. 
Bucket list items are those things that you feel like you absolutely want to do before you leave the earth, but know that you most likely won’t get to do them, so why not reach. Not everyone can be on the Make A Wish list.
When it comes down to it, some people just have more guts than others, some people actually want to check things off this list, and can make that happen. 
Oddly enough, Sheridan kinda did that. She faced her fears, and jumped out of an airplane, just well, because. She was bored, she wanted to, and it was on her bucket list. 
We should all take a page out of her book. Do something daring, and just because. Take a risk. 
 

DQYD Top 5: Thrills & Chills

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Sheridan. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Sheridan is a sky diver, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based extreme sport & thrill seeking themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Fun Things That Will Most Certainly Kill You if Done Incorrectly

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Pick 5: Chicken

Whether it was racing towards a cliff, or even each other, a "friendly" game of chicken was how many teens proved their manliness in the 40's and 50's after consuming too many pops. This is what happens we didn't have video games to satiate our competitive side.

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Pick 4: Rock Climbing

Rock climbing can be beyond safe. When proper equipment, supervision and tested routes are used, a great time can be had. Replace just one thing in that sentence however, and you're in for a bad time

Pick 3: Wrestling

Watch any wrestling program on TV these days and it'll lead with "Don't try this at home". This is because thousands of people a year injure themselves by doing things like diving onto tables, and more importantly, each other. Let the professionals handle it and fight that urge to powerbomb your budz. 

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Pick 2: Extreme Camping

Maybe camping in woods bores you? Maybe you want to visit a desert? Maybe you want to take a hallucinogenic and find yourself. Maybe you underestimated how much water you'd need. Maybe you cant find your way back. MAYBE ITS SUPER COLD AT NIGHT. MAYBE YOU GOT BIT BY A POISONOUS SNAKE...Maybe just keep it to safe places with your friends, mkay.

Pick 1: Slacklining (Tight Rope)

As a man with absolutely no balance, the idea of crossing a large gap where I can easily fall terrifies me. With this said, what better way to feel like the protagonist from Assassin's Creed than traversing buildings via a small rope.

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Farrin's Top 5 Thrill Seeking Hobbies

Sheridan had us shaking in our boots with her adrenaline pumping 13k foot jumps and so this week, we’re talking other extreme hobbies. Check out these five thrill seeking hobbies.

Pick 5: Base Jumping

Base Jumping is just as terrifying as skydiving to me, but with lower heights. With that said it’s still dangerous as all get out and will be sure to get you pumped up!

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Pick 4: Dune Bashin

Want to do something a bit more extreme than “muddin’?” Dune Bashing might be up your alley. Get a SUV, a really good Roll Cage, and find some big sandy dunes, and you’re in for a treat!

 

Pick 3: Storm Chasing

Waaaay back in the day as a young lad, I used to be frightened of tornados, so you can imagine I wouldn’t dream of being a storm chaser. These people are crazy to get close enough to a tornado. But they produce some of the coolest videos you’ll find on the web/Weather Channel.

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Pick 2: Shark Diving

Deep dark seas, colorful coral, and super sized sharks brings us to our number 2, diving with sharks. You will not find me anywhere near this hobby. One word, nope.

Pick 1: Wingsuit Flying

At number 1, here’s  another take a flight, wingsuit flying. Get your squirrel on, and jump into the fresh air, navigating with subtle movements of your body. Just be careful landing!

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Drew's Top 5 Common Fears

Some of us were listening to Sheridan talk about her love of jumping out of a perfectly good plane, and were 100% on board. Others immediately had nope-alarms were going off in their heads. It got me thinking about the various phobias that people have, and so I consolidated a list of common fears.

Pick 5: Claustrophobia

The fear of enclosed spaces. This is probably the one on the list that hits the closest to home for me. While a packed elevator doesn't overly bother me, the thought of getting stuck in a small space is very anxiety-inducing.

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Pick 4: Acrophobia

The fear of heights. A healthy fear of heights is definitely a good thing. However, for some, the picture to the left is enough to make their stomach lurch.

Pick 3: Arachnophobia

Spiders. Cute, cuddly, eight-legged nightmare fuel. Spiders are very anxiety-inducing to many people.

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Pick 2: Necrophobia

Fear of death is a natural thing. Especially since there's no way to truly what happens after you pass away until you do. 

Pick 1: Glossophobia

The fear of public speaking comes in at the number one spot... over death. It makes a fair bit of sense, though. I can verify that when you're in front of a group of people and you botch your presentation, death is often preferable.

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Thankful

What are you thankful for?

Well, here goes.

Thankful that I had a great relationship with my mom, and that I got to spend as much time with her as I did.

Thankful that my dad got to walk me down the aisle at my wedding.

Thankful for a best friend who forgives and understands that moving across the country made it impossible for me to attend her wedding.

Also, thankful for Friday facetime dates with said best friend.

Thankful that I have finally found my core group of friends here, and they are the best people.

Thankful for good beer.

Thankful for the guy in front of me who paid for my Starbucks.

Thankful for my husband. He’s a dick, but I love him more than I ever thought I’d love anyone.

Thankful for mental health professionals.

Thankful for Bruce Willis, and his perfect everything.

Thankful for laughter.

Thankful for the musical talent of Noah Gunderson.

Thankful that one of the same guys that catered Ryan Lewis’ wedding catered mine. He’s my brother.

Thankful for my personal athletic trainer when I have random pains. She’s my sister.

Thankful for family, old, and new. I have in-laws, and new brothers.

Thankful for this podcast, and these dudes letting me write pointless random articles every week.

I have been a writer in a professional sense for a few years, and this is something that I have noticed is that as my life gets busier, the time for my passion gets smaller. Somehow, I get to write these articles, and it reminds me I am a writer, no matter how short, silly, or weird. That’s what I am, that’s what I do, and I’d like to think that I’m pretty alright at it.

I’m thankful for my passion.

DQYD Top 5: Thanksgiving

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our Friendsgiving episode. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, we sat down to a series of good cop & bad cop questions, and we set out to make our top 5 lists based Thanksgiving themes, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Filler

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Pick 5: Goonies

What better thing to bring a group of friends closer than searching for lost pirate gold? The Goonies were lovable because we saw a group of losers each support each other despite their flaws and setbacks (besides the time they made their portly friend dance topless if he wanted to come hang)

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Pick 4: Ghostbusters

They say going into business together is more intimate than marrying someone. If that's true, I feel so bad for the others for having to put up with Venkman. I also realize that I am DQYD's Venkman.

Pick 3: Friends

Thought they'd get the number one spot, did ya? Oh they would have if it wasn't for Ross's slimy ass. 

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Pick 2: Scrubs

Sometimes suffering through work builds the best kind of friendships. JD and Turk represent the high water mark for bromances everywhere.

Pick 1: How I Met Your Mother

This show, unlike any other, makes me miss my friends if I haven't seen them in a while, or have hit an antisocial spell. Not because "x is just like Barney", or because we have a slap challenge, but because this show represents the wonderful thing about friendship. It is always changing, evolving and most importantly, growing.

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Farrin's Top 5 Alternative Thanksgiving foods

Not feeling a Turkey this T-Give, or maybe you don't even eat meat? Try out some of these alternative Thanksgiving meals!

Pick 5: Paleo Stuffing

Try this stuffing out that is Paleo friendly, or for those that want to just eat a ton of meat, Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing! Ground Pork, bacon, celery, yellow sweet potatos and a hole host of other fillings will keep you stuffed for a long time.

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Pick 4: Vegan Wraps

Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps are a great way to get some of those fall flavors for all your friends and family. Bust out the sweet potatoes, chickpeas, some wraps and all the spices for this veggie main dish option!

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Pick 3: Pizza

Pizza is great any time, with Thanksgiving being no exception! Try this Thanksgiving pizza out that is loaded with cranberry chutney, turkey, and gorgonzola cheese. Plus, there's an apple pie in the middle of the thing!

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Pick 2: Burrito

Burrito lovers rejoice! Take your everyday Chipotle style burrito, but this time add Turkey, Cranberry Salsa, and cornbread stuffing!

Pick 1: Burger

Need a burger instead of the normal turkey sammies, try this Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey burger! Equipped with cranberries, brie cheese, and stuffing instead of normal bread crumbs.

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Drew's Top 5 Tradiditional Thanksgiving Foods

Happy Turkey Day, everyone! With the holiday fast approaching, Thanksgiving foods have definitely been on my mind lately. While it's not what the holiday is truly about, I definitely know that I'm not alone in adding these foods to the list of things that I'm thankful for!

Pick 5: Cranberries

Sauced or canned, cranberries are a fantastic side item for any Thanksgiving feast.

I *do* have a preference to the sauced version, and highly recommend taking the extra time to make it, if you've never had it before. It's totally worth it!

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Pick 4: Potatoes

Baked, roasted, au gratin, smashed (with or without skins), mashed.. regular and/or sweet potatoes are extremely versatile and delicious.

My personal favorite is mashed sweet potatoes. 

Pick 3: Green Bean Casserole

Who doesn't love green beans? Terrorists, that's who. Not to mention green beans cooked in a mushroom gravy, and topped with sauteed or, my favorite, french-fried onions.

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Pick 2: Cornbread

I'll just come out and say it: If you don't like cornbread, you're a monster.

I'm personally partial to the sweeter version over the true southern style that many have grown up with. 

Pick 1: Turkey

This one's a no-brainer, and one that I think everyone can get behind. With a myriad of seasonings and cooking styles, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't a fan.

To me, turkey is, and always will be, the quintessential main dish of choice for any Thanksgiving. 

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Electronic Music and the Art of Tommy Lee

Most people know of Tommy Lee as the rock and roll drummer from Motley Crue. The dude who married Pam Anderson, who has a Starbucks in his house, and has an infamous sex tape.

What people don’t know about him is that he has a place in the electronic music community.

He started on tour with Deadmau5 and has been kicking ass in EDM since 2004.

Tommy has a huge range of musical talent, from playing the drums, playing the guitar, and the man can even sing. To do all of those things you have to have a good ear, and he has one of the best. His solo albums have included bits and pieces of his love for electronics, and his side projects, including Methods of Mayhem incorporate all the hardcore rock and metal with the dash of EDM.

I know, Tommy Lee isn’t the best electronic artist out there, and I know he is one that people wouldn’t put down as an example, but let me tell you why I did.

I’ve been a Motley Crue fan for as long as I can remember. I’m an 80s-hair metal junky, and the Crue started it all for me. I’ve seen them in concert at least four times including their final tour. I have the best memories with friends, and my mom that include the Crue. The reason I am in Evansville is basically because of Motley Crue, and it’s even more so ironic since my husband hates them.

Murphy’s Horizon said something about music being love. It represents love, it is a feeling, and not just the feeling all at once. I loved that. He brings his love into his music, using his girlfriend as his muse and making something so personal and beautiful into an amazing beat.  Listening to someone who is so young talk about loving their craft so much is pretty humbling and refreshing.

That is what sparked my choice. I adore Tommy Lee. I adore the memories I have, the music he plays, and I don’t give a cuss about what anyone else thinks.

Isn’t that exactly what electronic music is about?

Weird, isn’t it?

DQYD Top 5: Musicality

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Murphy's Horizon. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Murphy's Horizon is an electronic musician, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based musical themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Concert Setups

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Pick 5: Datsik - The Vortex

Electronic musicians have really stepped their stage presentation up in the last few years. Dubstep artist Datsik surrounds himself with a vortex that helps set the tone for each track by constantly changing. Fire represents an aggressive score while a video of space may indicate a more cerebral song. 

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Pick 4: Kanye - The Floating Stage

Okay. So Kanye is obviously taking the messiah gimmick a little far. With that said the fact his stage literally comes to you makes it a little better if you could only afford some whack seats.

Pick 3: Lady GaGa - Castle Set

One of the most expensive sets ever is what Lady GaGa's used for the "Born This Way" tour. What better way to put in a show than include an entire castle? I have to imagine it was a bitch to set up night in and night out.

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Pick 2: U2 - 360 Set

Confession. Fuck U2. Now that I can move forward, their 360 set while looking like an alien taking over a football stadium is pretty neat. It's constructed so everyone is able to enjoy the show equally (despite Bono being Bono).

Pick 1: Run the Jewels - Floating Hands

Its simple. Its fitting. Its rad. Something about having the band's logo hanging from the sky with the entire crowd mimicking it is just the coolest to me. I feel like if the hand fell and smashed a few people down below the show wouldn't even miss a beat.

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Farrin's Top 5 Music festivals

I’ve played some mini festivals in the past but these 5 music festivals are the real deal.
 

Pick 5: Moogfest

Moogfest is dedicated to one of the absolute pioneers to the dance/trance/house/edm and modern music in general that may be overlooked by the listener, Bob Moog. This festival will be sure to give you a mix of just about any genre that uses Bob’s synths.

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Pick 4: Bonnaroo

Close to us Midwesterners, Bonnaroo is an obvious choice for one of the top music festivals. Grab your tent, balloons, and friends and head on down the Manchester, TN for a blast for a time.

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Pick 3: Electric Daisy Carnival

Electric Daisy Carnival is sure to keep you entertained and in the clouds (by whatever means you like) with a mix of some of the top DJs in the land. Make sure to bring a lot of water and your choice of energy drink.

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Pick 2: Jazzfest

A festival I’ve always wanted to go to, New Orleans’s Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) is one of the best in the US. From Chili Peppers to Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young to Trombone Shorty, you can’t miss this festival!

Pick 1: Lollapalooza

The Windy City hosts one of the US’s biggest festivals, Lollapalooza. Tons and tons of artists come to grace your ears with 120 dB of musical glory!

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Bonus Pick: Coachella

Bonus... you can’t forget about Coachella obviously!

 

Drew's Top 5 Electronic Music Genres

I'm about to upset electronic music fans everywhere, but I'm a basic bitch when it comes to electronic music.

Pick 5: Electropop

Let me preface the choice with saying that a solid 90% of the electropop genre isn't for me. Like many of the genres, there's a pretty broad range of music that falls under the genre tag.
My likes in this genre are more in the realm of Bag Raiders, Passion Pit, and Empire of the Sun. It's hard to not tap your foot along with the upbeat... uh.. beats that this genre has to offer.

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Pick 4: IDM

Intelligent dance music, ironically, isn't usually very... "dancy". IDM typically has a complex and somewhat abstract sampling sounds that doesn't really make you want to do anything but just listen to it.

Pick 3: Ambient

This is probably one of the most aptly-named genres out there. The music in this genre lacks a beat, and just a persistent sound that's just simply “there”. It’s fantastic for setting a mood, or just relaxing and zoning out for a bit. 

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Pick 2: Chiptune

Ever listened to a videogame soundtrack? Chiptune music brings you the classic 8-bit sounds that many of us enjoyed as children. This one has a dash of everything, ranging from new soundtracks to indie videogames, to standalone music, and (my personal favorite) 8-bit recreations of Radiohead albums.

Pick 1: Downtempo

This is hands-down my favorite genre from the electronic music world. It shares some similarities with the ambient genre, being on the slower/more relaxed side of the spectrum, but with more of an emphasis on beats. 

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A Guide to Begin your Own Beer Brewing Journey!

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In episode 84 we sat down with Kevin Wohlmut to discuss his journey into the world of home brewing. Since then we’ve had listeners, coworkers, friends and even a few family members reach out to say how much they enjoyed the episode. Almost across the board they all followed that up with “Dang. I wish I could get into that”. That’s the thing. YOU TOTALLY CAN!

As you can tell by listening to the episode, Kevin is very well read. Like many of us when we find our passion, he has collected several resources that have helped him along the way. Fortunately for us he was more than happy to share them to assist those in need.

First is an introduction written by John Palmer. It lists all the basics such as needed equipment, brewing with different ingredients, formulating recipes and even links to get more assistance.

http://howtobrew.com/book/introduction

Speaking of getting assistance, one thing I’ve learned from many of our guests is that the best way to learn something is to ask those that are already immersed in the field. The following are two local Evansville, IN groups that champion the art of brewing. Don’t fret if you’re not a southern IN native as I’m sure there is a similar association near you!

Ohio Valley Homebrewers Association

http://ovha.net/

Evansville Area Craft Beer Club

https://www.facebook.com/evansvilleareacraftbeerclub/

Kevin references a few times in the episode a book that he could draw a major influence from. This book is “Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers” written by Stephen Harrod Buhner. In it are mentions and details of lesser known healing aspects of some beers along with some interesting history. You can find it by visiting: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157268.Sacred_and_Herbal_Healing_Beers

Also, something I found very interesting is the link to home brewing and witches. Yes, fly on a broom stick, dance around a cauldron, witches. HISTORY channel has a wonderful video detailing how some of the stereotypes may have begun.

https://www.facebook.com/HISTORYasia/videos/10155675153638754/

I truly think this is a perfect guide to get you started on your path in home brewing. Kevin went way over and beyond to provide awesome, accessible links to cover almost all the basics and has even volunteered to answer any questions one may have. You can find him and his tasty creations by following along his group “The Brew Fairies” https://www.facebook.com/thebrewfairies/

I hope this all helps but more so I hope you bring by any wonderful concoctions you create. Cheers!

Creative Creatures

What does it mean to be a creative these days?

Have you noticed that people who have a talent or a skill usually have something else they are good at too. Take Bruce Willis for example. Amazing actor, but he can also play the harmonica like nobody’s business, and he can sing. BRUCE WILLIS CAN SING.  

As a matter of fact, most people in the Hollywood can act and sing, or dance, or whatever. They are usually double or triple threats. I call that annoying. Some of us normal people don’t even have one talent, but super awesome, good looking people have like twenty.

I’m not bitter.

My main point being that creative types can usually use multiple parts of their brains to do multiple creative projects at a time, or they just have several talents and can use one or all of them at once. Sometimes we get lucky, and get people like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake who can literally do anything, and it’s a bonus if they do it together.

Multi-talented creators are everywhere these days. They can literally be anywhere in the world, making anything. We see them daily on the internet with YouTube, people with amazing skills and talent showing the world.

It really is a great time to share your creative mind. We have so many ways to do so, and so many platforms at our fingertips. I couldn’t imagine living in a world without IPhone cameras and garage band. There are so may mulita talented people out there, it is time to get out there and shine.

There is literally a YouTube channel on how to start a YouTube channel.

Get out there and be creative.

Let your freak flag fly.

DQYD Top 5: Content & Creativity

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Spencer Boyle. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Spencer is a media creator, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based content making and creative themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5  Web Series

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Pick 5: Red vs. Blue

For many people my age, Halo was such a pivotal part of our high school and college years. That's what made a series all about using the game engine for some of the most random humor you will ever find so enjoyable. Meme culture before it existed, RvB is perhaps just as impactful of the game in was satirizing.  

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Pick 4: The Guild

Sticking with the theme of satirizing video games, in the early 2000's, World of Warcraft was king. It had millions of people logging in every day to level up and go on quests together. The Guild was one of the first mediums that I can recall that capitalized on modern day nerd culture without feeling like it was exploiting it. Instead it shined a much needed light that it wasn't just 18-35 year old males that played video games.

Pick 3: Southpaw Wrestling

Fuck Southpaw is funny. Its almost hard to believe something that has so much genuine charm came out of modern day WWE. Depicted as lost tapes from a 70's wrestling fed, today's stars act the found footage out in SNL style sketches. Soooo good.

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Pick 2: Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

Neil Patrick Harris always plays NPH. However, this time with a charming backstory, a great supporting cast, and a fun twist to the normal super hero plot. That boy can sing.

Pick 1: UFC Embedded

As a casual fan of UFC and a non-cable owner, neatly put together mini documentaries of the upcoming fights is exactly what I need to get excited. For many PPVs, I'm more excites for this simple glimpse in a fighter's event week than the fight itself. If you think MMA is all dummies fighting without any reason besides glory and dolla dolla bills, give this a checkout. It will definitely change your mind

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Farrin's Top 5 Tech Advancements

Pick 5: The Printing Press

I’m going super old school with my number 5 pick, the good ol’ Printing Press. Imagine reading your favorite novel...but in hand written letters. Although a romanticized notion, you wouldn’t feel that way if I wrote a book and you had to read my hand writing.

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Pick 4: The GPS

How many of us use maps these days? Close to no one, with the exception of a few pirates. Thanks to GPS, we can leave our car length maps of the US at home and just pack along our cellphones. Speaking of...

Pick 3: The Cellphone

Cellphones have been one of the single most innovative tech improvements we’ve seen in such a short time. From the indestructible Nokia brick to the brand new iPhone X (I know I just put a time stamp on this post with that), our little pocket computers have come a long way.

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Pick 2: The Computer

While we’re on the topic, computers have constantly leaned out and have become faster. They’re like the technological version of Rocky. No longer subjected to university lab rooms, you can bring your computer (or tablet for that matter) along anywhere and get your J.O.B done

Pick 1: The Internet

And for my number 1...The internet! Without it, we wouldn’t be able to use any of the above (minus the printing press). Remember those old AOL discs? Psssh...a thing of the past. Now your GPS equipped watch, your cellie, your computer, everything is connected online. Without the net, we wouldn’t even have this podcast!

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Drew's Top 5 Let's Players

For anyone who knows me, it’s no surprise to learn that most Let’s Players tend to annoy me. I’m not a fan of watching people play games, and the level of over-reacting to things that most players exhibit is cringe-worthy at best. 
However, I’ve found a few players that are a decent enough mix of entertaining/informative to keep me coming back every so often.
 

Pick 5: Hamst3r

Hamst3r, despite the name, has very few frills or gimmicks. Most of his talking during gameplay is reactionary, and not forced to help fill silence for entertainment purposes. 

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Pick 4: Northernlion

Northernlion has a heaver focus on games that I’d never get for myself. Honestly, that’s kind of why I watch these videos at all. He’s got a great voice for the medium, and the energy to keep you interested in what’s going on. 

Pick 3: quill18

The main appeal of quill18 for me is the lack of frills that he puts into his videos. There’s little to no over-the-top acting, just informative gameplay. 

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Pick 2: Super Best Friends Play

These guys just have a solid chemistry. Watching them play games reminds me a lot of when I play games with friends. 

Pick 1: Markiplier

I have to admit, I didn’t expect to like Markiplier as much as I do. He does have some of the “gimmickiness” that I hate about most of the Let’s Players out there, but there’s something infectious and genuine about his personality that gives him the top spot on my list.

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DQYD Top 5: Hauntings

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Lee Garnet. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Lee is a a haunted house organizer/charity worker, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based spoOoOoky haunting themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Simple Things Haunted Houses Do to Get Frights

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Pick 5: Fog Machines

It's almost silly how much just adding a layer of fog can "spook" up the place. Perhaps one of the most reoccurring Halloween troupes but a lack of visibility will always be effective

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Pick 4: Fake Guts

You can find almost as many fake organ recipes online as you can for burger recipes. The scare level goes way up when it looks like a murder occurred.

Pick 3: Fake Filled Bodybags

Is someone in there? Is that adult or child sized? Either way, I'm not going near it even if its is just made of milk jugs.

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Pick 2: Room of Mirrors

Not being able to see the clear exit can be anxiety ridden when you have people dressed up and yelling in the same room. Just don't walk through the room too fast.  

Pick 1: Spinning Strobe Light Room

Okay, so maybe not technically scary, but this simple trick always made you feel like something cool and twisted was going on. Today however, it would probably make me barf.

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Farrin's Top 5 Haunted Houses in the US

Aside from our own jewel of haunted houses, check out these across the country for some frightful nights!

Pick 5: Netherworld

Netherworld, not to be confused with MJ's Neverland, is the biggest Haunt in state of Georgia. The name alone should strike fear in to visitors, just think about Mortal Kombat and the Nether Realm.

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Pick 4: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Sanatorium will seriously creep you out! A two-store tuberculosis hospital that was abandoned and left decrepit...You go ahead and try a complete overnight stay...not I says me.

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Pick 3:  Nashville Nightmare Haunted House

Nashville is not only known for country music, but also the Nashville Nightmare Haunted House! You get not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different houses to choose from!

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Pick 2: Asylum 49

Nursing homes can give you the heebie jeebies, so why not visit Asylum 49 in Tooele, UT to really scare you socks off. And get this, there's actual active residents still in the other side of the haunted house.

Pick 1: Terror Behind the Walls

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is hands down one of the scariest places in the US. Not only are you taken through an abandoned jail but the creepies are allowed to touch you. Not to mention there are many secret pathways to get you lost from the rest of the group.

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Drew's Top 5 Haunted Places in the U.S.

I don't make it a secret that I don't really buy into the idea of ghosts. However, if I come across a paranormal investigation show on TV, I will be glued to it to the end. I don't know if it's the cynic in me looking to catch them up on something questionable, or if I secretly want to believe. Either way, I love watching/reading about haunted locations.

Pick 5: Hannah House, Indianapolis IN

The Hannah House was part of the underground railroad, a place of solace for runaway slaves seeking their freedom. 
One night, an oil lantern fell, and set the house on fire, killing several people.
The owner of the estate, not wanting to be caught, buried the bodies in the basement, which bound their souls to the house. 

People have reported: disembodied footsteps, shadowy shapes, and strange smells.

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Pick 4: Lizzie Borden B&B, Fall River MA

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home. While nobody was ever charged with the murders due to lack of evidence, the prime suspect was their oldest daughter, Lizzie. 

People have reported: apparitions the family, cold spots, lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing.

Pick 3: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston WV

Look... asylums are creepy. There's no denying it. Especially when you look into their past and learn about the amount of patients that died, and all of the horrific things (electroshock therapy, lobotomies, etc...) that they had to endure back in the day. 

People have reported: hearing cries of anguish, and seeing apparitions of nurses, doctors, and patients.

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Pick 2: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia PA

The mix of Gothic architecture, and tales of the horrible living conditions really add to the creepiness of this place. 

After it was shut down in 1971, it's said that the anguished spirits of former inmates took over the prison. 

People have reported: footsteps, wailing, mad laughter, shadowy figures, and figures of ghostly faces. 

Pick 1: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO

Have you ever wondered where Stephen King got the idea for The Shining? Look no more!

Though the Stanley Hotel isn't a site of great tragedy like most haunted places, the hotel is a hotbed of supernatural activity, especially room 217.

The story says that in 1911, a thunderstorm knocked out the hotel's power, and the chambermaid, Elizabeth Wilson, entered the room to relight the gas lamps. However, the room was full of leaked gas, and when she entered, the gas ignited, causing an explosion. While she sustained injuries, there were no fatalities. However, that's when many of the supernatural events reportedly started.

People have reported: apparitions of previous owners, piano music, bags being unpacked, lights turning on and off, and children's laughter (easily the creepiest, if you ask me)

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Cardio is Hardio

The word "cardio” is one of the most feared words in the English dictionary. So many people spend many hours thinking of ways to avoid it. It’s a necessary evil in the world of fitness, however. You can get to the top of the strength train without it, but sometimes your muscles need a break.

When you can incorporate fun into your workouts, with whatever platform it may be, it makes them a little bit more bearable. Whether it’s loud fist bumping Motley Crue, Karen, Georgia and the F bomb murder show, My Favorite Murder, or even streaming Supernatural on Netflix while on the elliptical. Whatever makes the time go by, and makes you forget a little bit that your body hates you, not to mention, you want to die.

There is so much more at our fingertips than there has ever been before these days when it comes to making our workouts fun. We have group classes at gyms, YouTube, even beach body on demand. There are dance classes to make you feel foolish while burning those calories. You don’t have to be stuck on a treadmill going nowhere and feeling unfulfilled.

One of these super awesome new workout trends happen to be the hula-hoop. These things can mean some serious business. People get down and intense with these weighted big thick hoops. They can burn some serious calories, and be super fun. Tricking you into your workout. Funny how that happens, right?

Personally, I go through stages. I started off as a cardio snob. My weight loss journey all began on the elliptical. My sister talked me into running, and I found out I was decent at it. I was actually fast... ish. Fast for being someone who never ran before. I placed in a 5k, finished my first 5k in 31 minutes, and kept running after that. Trained for half marathons in the pouring down rain. Ran 10 miles on a Saturday. FOR FUN.

I’ve never had a cardio problem. For some, I know how boring it can be. Change it up. Do something different. Get out of that comfort zone. Pick up a hoop. Thanks to Abs Marie, we know where we can learn!

DQYD Top 5: Exercise and Heirlooms

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Abs Marie. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Abbi is a hoop instructor, and runs Hoops of a Feather, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on exercise and heirloom-based themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Farrin's Top 5 Playground Activities

Pick 5:  Duck, Duck, Goose

 The classic Duck, Duck, Goose. Tap the heads of your friends (while avoiding head lice) and pick on your crushes. This game was surely at all playgrounds

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Pick 4: Tag

Tag you're it! Probably the original game played by all of child kind. Make sure you don't skin a knee while playing this one.

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Pick 3: Jump Rope

I was never good at this, but jumping rope was a hit on a number of play grounds. Could you double Dutch?

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Pick 2: Hopscotch

Hopscotch...not like scotch in a lowball glass...was quite the fun time for our uncoordinated legs back in the day. I dare you to try it at full speed today!

Pick 1: Four Square

Another popular game played by most: Four Square. I literally didn't play it until my freshman year of college in an extreme version with full body dives.

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Drew's Top 5 Hand-Me-Downs

Pick 5: Clothing

One of the biggest things that gets handed down to others. It's not uncommon to get second hand baby clothing, or, for those of us that aren't the oldest child, clothing that your older sibling has outgrown. 

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Pick 4: Toys

Much like clothing, these things get outgrown after a time. 

Pick 3: Photos

Photos are literally a window into the past. Typically, it's old family photos that have been passed down several generations where you won't even recognize half the people in them.

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Pick 2: Recipes

One of my personal favorites. Family recipes that have been refined a perfected over the course of many years. Not only do you know how to create a delicious meal, but there's often a strong sense of nostalgia attached to some of your childhood favorites that will take you back.

Pick 1: Jewelry

Arguably one of the most popular things that get handed down from generation to generation. Especially engagement rings and timepieces that hold a lot of sentimental value. 

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When the Lights Come On

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players;”- William Shakespeare

In episode 81 of Don’t Quit Your Daydream Tamarea Kramer answered what her greatest strength as an actress was with “my ability to be.” I believe that ‘being’ or ‘the ability to be’ is the single greatest determiner of success in any enterprise you might undertake. It’s what separates the real from the fake, the authentic from the manipulative, it’s what makes or breaks pieces of art and entertainment, and it is in acting that we most clearly see the discrepancy in that ability. What do we say in response to an incredible performance? It was her ability to be vulnerable, her emotion, that she made it feel so real. But to be vulnerable there must be something to be uncovered, to show genuine emotion there must be genuine feelings, and it follows that to make a performance feel real, real in the gut, real in the heart of things, then it must be real to the person playing the part.

But how do you do that? How do you just be?

Tamarea’s full quote goes: “My ability to be. I like the way I approach things. A lot of people do the whole research thing, and that’s great, they should research, it’s very important. But a lot of people are caught up in the thinking of a character. It’s ‘why would my character do this,’ it’s ‘my character,’ it’s ‘why would the character.’ For me it’s not like that. It’s just me. -- Because it’s not you, and it shouldn’t be you every time. The character is a mould that you pour yourself into. You’re going to fill it differently every time, but the fundamental part of it is you so it has to be you.”

One of the most important things to note in this quote is the “a lot of people are caught up in the thinking of a character.” By thinking about what the character would do you begin rationalizing behaviour, emotional responses, and displays of those emotions, most of the time winding up in you developing concepts about what you think the character should be doing. And when you try and translate that should on stage, it comes across as inauthentic. Why? Because you cannot rationalize an emotional performance.

What happens when you begin rationalizing, or thinking too much (you should think some of course), is that you distance the character from yourself naturally through the analytic process. Say you’re in a show and in one scene your character’s mom dies. You start thinking, okay so in this scene I’m supposed to be sad, how can I be sad. You begin thinking about the character’s relationship to the mother, you begin thinking about what this means for the character, if you’re going really deep you think about the character’s reactions to their reaction to the mother’s death (ie: feeling guilty for not feeling sad enough, etc), and you continue this process until you have a sound understanding of what the character’s sadness should be. But in practice everyone keeps telling you it feels off, it feels forced or mechanical, and you feel it’s forced too because you can’t make the real tears come. You understand why the character should feel something, but there is no feeling in knowing why. I know why some people love Big Bang Theory, but in no way does that make me feel that love.

It’s this ‘should’ that interrupts and distorts the essential quality of being that is flow, that is instinct. Craig MacDonald said “The best acting is instinctive. It’s not intellectual, it’s not mechanical, it’s instinctive,” and “Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!” In explaining we rationalize, and we rationalize to justify. We use shoulds to protect ourselves because we lack the confidence to just be. The confidence to be vulnerable.

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.” - Jack Lemmon

“Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.” - William Esper

To think is to stop being. To think is to be self-conscious. To think is to distort and manipulate. To think is to be inauthentic. If there is one truth to being, it is that you can never think your way there. You do not think your way into vulnerability. But to give up thinking you must have confidence, and to develop confidence one must work.

“One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.” - Bill Murray.

“You have to break your own personal blocks. You have to be able to be vulnerable in front of anybody. You have to break the thing inside you that doesn’t want people to see. And when you get comfortable with that, when you let people see that, you get access to power you never thought you had.” - Will Smith

It’s in the process of doing that the truth is revealed. It is when one is acting that the gap between character and actor blur, when the lines blend. To be the character one must be in the moment, to be in the moment you must not indulge in your thoughts, to not indulge in thoughts you must believe that you will do the right thing without having to think about it, to believe that you can do that you must be confident, and to develop that confidence you just have to do it. Which means you have to try, again and again. Which means you have to be able to take criticism saying you are not there yet. You have to listen when the director tells you that you’re holding on too tightly when you thought there was nothing left to hold. You will have to fail until you no longer fear failure because it is the fear of failure that forces you to protect yourself, to clam up, to not allow yourself to do anything without first judging it to decide if it’s what you are supposed to be doing. But it’s this confidence that will also allow you to quiet the war raging inside your head for a moment, so that when the lights come on, you can just be.

“The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.”- Michael Shurtleff

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself there.” -Meryl Streep

I’m not insulated from the reality that it’s not always this mythical, pseudo spiritual incarnation of yourself as the character. That there is a real gap, and you do not literally become the character. Gary Oldman once said “Anyone who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they’re clearly diagnosed as schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.” I am arguing only that creative greatness come from a spontaneity that rationality imprisons. That trying is not the same as being, and that most of your success in life will come from your ability to understand that difference.

I understand most of this can be construed as cliche, as drivel, as overwrought, as self-indulgent, as a ridiculous aggrandizing of artistry. I’m well aware that there are no words which can sufficiently explain the difference, and that when someone tells you to just be in the face of your best efforts, you can’t help but be enraged when told that you have to just do it. I can be told to write it instead of write about it all day, but still at times I fall in the same trap that I am preaching against. Another cliche, but: “The vapider the cliche, the sharper the canines of the real truth it covers,” - David Foster Wallace. And perhaps there is no more vapid, no more cliche cliche, then the everlasting ‘be yourself,’ whose real truth lies entirely in that first word, be.

So to close, let me ask this:

Who will you be when the lights come on?

Much love, and thank you!

Top 5: Theater & Acting

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Tamarea Kramer. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Tamarea is an actress, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on theater and acting themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Eccentric Roles performed by Actresses

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Pick 5: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Shaving her head, losing almost a quarter of her weight and eating nothing but oatmeal for months, Anne proved to the acting community she'll do whatever she can to bring depression to the screen.

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Pick 4: Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Watching this movie was...conflicting for me. If you can get past the awful bedroom scene, you are awarded with a great revenge plot and a unique protagonist.

Pick 3: Kathy Bates (Misery)

Annie Wilkes breaking her captives ankles are the things nightmares are made out of. Much different then her "Waterboy" and "Titanic" roles, Kathy shows that she has no problem being absolutely wicked.

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Pick 2: Charlize Theron (Monster)

One of my first Hollywood crushes, Charlize Theron proved she was much more than a pretty face. One of the most drastic physical transformations caught on film, she is almost unrecognizable on stage.

Pick 1: Linda Blair (Exorcist)

This movie terrorized me as a child. Specifically due to Linda's crazy creepy, scary, tormented performance. I still worry as an adult, agnostic male that my loved ones may get possessed in their sleep.

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Farrin's Top 5 Femme Fatales

Pick 5: Alex Vause

Alex Vause from Orange is the New Black is a prime example of a Femme Fatale. She has seduced not only women in the popular show but men as well, and has brought them all down (sometimes with her)

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Pick 4: Ginger Knowles

Ginger Knowles (Halle Berry) in Swordfish is a total FF and could probably get anyone to do anything she wanted them to...

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Pick 3: Ripley

Ellen Louise Ripley from Alien most definitely has to make this list. She smartly and cooly handled Aliens fro crying out loud!

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Pick 2: Beatrix Kiddo

Beatrix Kiddo (The Bride) in Kill Bill is without a doubt a true Femme Fatale...I mean look at the sword! Everyone get out of the way when she walks in!

Pick 1: Selina Kyle

Probably my personal favorite, Selina Kyle (Cat Woman) is the definition of a Femme Fatale. A siren that's equal parts seductive and badass, even Batman can't resist her charms.

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Drew's Top 5 Theater Superstitions

Pick 5: Bad Dress. Good Opening

There are many in the theater world that subscribe to this one. The idea is that having a bad final dress rehearsal before the opening of a show leads to having a great opening night. 

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Pick 4: Whistling

Regardless of where you stand on superstitions, even the naysayers will have a hard time refuting this one, as it's roots are based on old theater practices. Before the invention of hand radios, theater technicians would communicate with whistles to call cues. Someone absentmindedly whistling could inadvertently call a cue before it was time. 

Pick 3: Ghost Light

This one is somewhat different, as it functions as a superstition and practicality. The superstition says the light is to be left on stage to help ward off spirits. In the practical sense, the light is left on so that someone entering a dark theater can see where they're going.

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Pick 2: Break a Leg!

Oddly enough, wishing someone "good luck" before a play is actually bad luck.

Pick 1: Macbeth

The title of the famous Scottish play is taboo to say in a theater. Most believe it will invoke the curse said to be set upon it due to Shakespeare's addition of spoken witchcraft.

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Hollywood, Iron Man, and 3D

I didn’t realize how much 3D printing was used in the movie Iron Man. Most of the suit was designed and made all by 3D printer after the amazing Jon Favreau figured out that they had the technology to do so. He wanted something realistic, something that he could put on Tony Stark, and something that was durable, but not ridiculously expensive. This was the answer.

As an audience member, we have no idea. With movie magic, they make it look like some super awesome durable steel suit.

Hollywood utilizes the crap out of 3D printing, and 3D in general. Over the last 10 years or so the 3D movie has really come back. With the IMAX running 3D movies, you can see bigger, better versions of movies. Only drawback? There are also bigger ticket prices. Going to see Transformers in 3D in Spokane, WA cost around 13 bucks a ticket for 3D, and that was years ago.

When it comes to entertainment, consumers are always looking for the next big thing. 3D printing is available to the Average Joe at home. You can print things for yourself. You can start an Etsy store. You can make the stuff we only imagined you could make. Making 3D thigs for entertainment all the way up to making 3D hands and feet. It’s basically an amazing thing for all of mankind as well as art.

What’s going to be the next big thing? Maybe it’s your hobby?

DQYD Top 5: 3D & Inventions

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Matt Koewler. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Matt is a 3D designer, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on inventions and 3D technology themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Farrin's Top 5 Most Unique 3-D Prints

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Pick 5: Saxophone

Obviously I have to start off the list with one of my passions, the Saxophone! The sax is one of the more complicated wind instruments out there in terms of mechanics and this print captures not only the look, but also the sound of the soulful instrument. 

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Pick 4: Food

3D printing isn't limited to plastic, apparently food can be designed by these awesome machines. The Sugar Lab in LA used a 3D printer to create cake toppers, while Cornell University has been experimenting with candies. Make some in your own home!s

Pick 3: Buildings

Need a place to live? Well, China built the world's tallest 3D building and Mansion, check these bad boys out!

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Pick 2: Stem Cells

Scieeeeeeeence! IFLS! So far we've touched on music, food, and architecture, but what about the human body? Well, science now has a hold of 3D Printing and can create Stem Cells, say what?!?

Pick 1: Bald Eagle Beak

With all the crazies out there, sometimes we need to remember the awesome people in the world. Poachers decided to be the worst kind of dung and shot a Bald Eagle's Beak off. Well, a group of fantastic individuals remedied this situation by creating a 3D printed beak! This almost made me tear up in joy!

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Drew's Top 5 Popular Game Engines

Pick 5: RAGE Engine

If you've played most anything by Rockstar (Grand Theft Auto & Red Dead Redemption are some of my personal favorites) then you've seen this game engine in action.

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Pick 4: Source Engine

Ah, Valve. The list of hits that have been made using Valve's Source Engine is ongoing. If you've ever played Half-Life 2, Portal, or Titanfall, then you've seen the greatness this game engine possesses.

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Pick 3: Creation Engine

Let's face it, we've all played Skyrim, and we loved it. Bethesda's use of this engine lends itself to having beautiful worlds, and it is very open and easy for users to create mods and games themselves. 

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Pick 2: Unity

My first introduction to this game engine was through the game "Firewatch" (which you should absolutely check out, by the way). It's hailed as one of the most graphically impressive and controllable game engines on the market.

Pick 1: Unreal Engine

Indisputably the most widely-used game engine on the market today. Loads of AAA titles have been developed using this engine, such as Gears of War and Mass Effect, and I'm sure there are many more on the way.

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Nathan's Top 5 Inventions I Didn't Know I Needed

Pick 5: modobag

One of the worst parts of travel is lugging a big ol carry-on bag in between connecting flights. What better way to solve that dilemma than turning that piece of luggage into a motorized vehicle?

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Pick 4: Baby Mop Outfit

As soon as a baby starts crawling the moving never stops. Might as well as strap the little one in this outfit and get some cleaning done.

Pick 3: AB Enhancer

Going to the gym sucks so I'm for any device that helps bridge the gap to looking like Brad Pitt from "Fight Club".

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Pick 2: Gas Powered Roller Skates

Full disclosure: I never learned to roller skate. Maybe if I didn't have to do any of the actual work myself I could finally do it. That or I'd fall to my death. Who knows?

Pick 1: horn cannon

What if all war could be ended on who could be the most annoying? Okay the device is actually used to locate threats in the sky, however, one could dream...

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Historical Reenactments and Carlton Lassitor

Detective Carlton Lassitor, AKA Lassie, from the Santa Barbara Police Department lives a life of entertainment and confusion.

If you don’t have any idea who I’m talking about, take yourself back to the USA show ‘PSYCH’ Also known as the world’s greatest psychic detective show ever.

What I know about historical reenactments have come from a fictional TV show. There were talks about them in high school, but I’ve never seen one in person.

My dad is a big history guy. He loves watching anything on the history channel, and he always is watching some show about a war, or historical period. When I lived with him, which I did until I was almost 30 (don’t judge me) we would usually watch some TV together, when I wasn’t working, at the gym, or seeing friends before I left the state. We would watch these reenactments of war, and for me they would just be something to pass the time. For my dad, it was entertainment.

It was entertainment for me when my favorite show had reenactments as a story arc, and Psych Did It perfectly. Murder, fake psychic detectives, and a whole bunch of historical actors combined and you have a masterpiece.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show for many reasons, which include Shawn “glamping” and Gus dressed up to look as if he’s running the marching band, but it’s mainly the passion and dedication that these actors have for their parts.

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Reenactments are a big production, everything must be as authentic as possible, and to do so they go without a lot. The time that it takes to set everything up alone must be insane. Gathering the things you need, making those you can’t find. It’s a huge, time consuming hobby. But a super interesting one.

If you have the time, I’d watch the episode Weekend Warriors of Psych, you won’t regret it. Also, give a shout out to the man himself, Brandon Vigliarolo and I’m sure he will let you know what’s up!