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Robert Stark interviews Game Designer James Ernest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Game Designer James Ernest. He is the owner and founder of Cheapass Games

Topics:

James’s background as a professional juggler
How James got started with game design, his start start with MAGIC: THE GATHERING, and starting Cheapass Games
Self Publishing as a basis for game design
Kickstarter fundraising for games
How the narrative is more important and challenging than the mechanisms
Casino games
Games based on novels
The game UNEXPLODED COW
The game FISH COOK
The game KILL DOCTOR LUCKY inspired by Victorian Murder Mysteries
The game BEFORE I KILL YOU, MISTER SPY which was originally “Before I kill you Mister Bond”
The game GIVE ME THE BRAIN and the sequel LORD OF THE FRIES
The game PENNYWISE
The game FALLING
The most recent game TAK
Pulp games like American Idol CCG, Looney Tunes CCG, LandyLand, and Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge
The adult themed game XXXenophile
The artist Phil Foglio who James collaborates with on games
James’ comedy film The Man Between

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Robert Stark interviews Music Composer Dana Countryman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and Cartrell Payne(The Adventure Kid)talk to music composer Dana Countryman.

Topics:

Intro: How Do You Know When You Fall IN LOVE? from the album Girlville!
Dana’s latest album Girlville! inspired by early 60’s music
Dana’s rediscovery of early 60’s girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Crystals, and The Shangri-Las
The Retro Pop genre
Dana’s album – Moog-Tastic and the Moog Synthesizer
Dana’s collaboration with French musician Jean-Jacques Perrey who was the founder of the electronic genre in the 1950’s
Dana’s biography about Perrey Passport To The Future: The Amazing Life and Music of Electronic Pop Music Pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey
Dana’s interview for the book with Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti who produced Perrey’s albums in the 60’s
Perrey co-writing the music for Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade
Dana’s Cool and Strange Music Magazine
Chicken On The Rocks by Jean Jacques-Perrey & Dana Countryman which was feature on South Park
Dana’s comedy vocal group in the 80’s The Amazing Pink Things
“Jealous Heart” by Dana Countryman inspired by Fountain of Wayne
“Baby, I’ll Be Your Star” by Dana Countryman, a parody of Reality TV
Exotica Music

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Robert Stark interviews Jeffery J. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JEFFERY J. SMITH published The Geonomist, which won a California GreenLight Award, has appeared in both the popular press (e.g.,TruthOut) and academic journals (e.g., USC’s “Planning and Markets”), been interviewed on radio and TV, lobbied officials, testified before the Russian Duma, conducted research (e.g., for Portland’s mass transit agency), and recruited activists and academics to Progress.org. A member of the International Society for Ecological Economics and of Mensa, he lives amidst the beauty of Northern California. Jeffery is currently Chief Editor at Progress.org.

Topics:

Jeffery Smith’s new science fiction novel Perfect Timing about time travel to a future society
How the book conveys the tone of Hitchhiker’s Guide, offers insights like Stranger in a Strange Land, and presents an upbeat alternative to Brave New World
The theme and implementation of a Basic Income in the future society
Why a basic income is necessary and ways to implement it
The artificial notion of the work week and the book The Overworked American
The Post-scarcity economy and how the surplus of wealth is concentrated in the top 1%
The theme of Utopia; Aldous Huxley’s utopian novel Island
The future society of Geotopia, the theme of Ecotopia, and the book by Ernest Callenbach
Ecological based economics; Herman Daly’s Steady State Economics
Geonomics, Georgism, and the land value tax
How a land value tax is different from a property tax and leads to more efficient land use
City Density—Friend of Trip Efficiency
The book Better NOT Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve your Community
Jeffery Smith’s upcoming book on measuring the indicators of land value

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Robert Stark talks to Count Fosco about the Film Blast From The Past

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Count Isidor Fosco about the Film Blast From The Past(1999) starring Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone.

Topics:

The plot summery; Adam Webber(Brendan Fraser) comes out from a nuclear fallout shelter after 35 years
The culture shock when Adam emerges in the 90’s and thinks he is in a zombie overrun dystopia
Adam’s father scientist Dr. Calvin Webber(Christopher Walken) who builds the fallout shelter
The stereotype of a 1950’s father vs. Calvin as a Utopian and idealist
The beginning of the film during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War Theme, and the cultural “nuclear war”
The “education” of Adam; his homeschooling makes him appear “aristocratic” to women
The bunker as an analogy for isolating one self from society and the pros and cons of doing so
How Adam manages to win the Psychosocial narrative by playing by his own rules
The concept of “Eternal Return” as it is shown at the end of the film
The trend of having nostalgia for past eras and the mid century aesthetic
Political agendas in film and conservatives uncreative critiques of Hollywood
The formulaic narrative of romantic comedies and how it works for the film
The comic element in the miscommunications and what makes good comedy
Brendan Fraser as a 90’s icon, his comic style, and his other films
The allure of Alicia Silverstone and how her character compares to her roles in films such as The CrushClueless, and The Babysitter
The Transformation of Alicia Silverstone’s character Eve
LA depicted in the film, the San Fernando Valley, and Pasadena
Pilleater on Tess Haubrich as Rosenthal in the new film Alien Covenant


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Robert Stark interviews Shaun Partridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Shaun Partridge. He is a musician and co-founder of The Partridge Family Temple. He blogs at shaunpartridge.com and runs Shaun TV on Youtube.

Topics:

Intro Song: B Magic
The background story of The Partridge Family Temple
The Partridge Family Show and it’s inspiration for the Temple
Troll culture; Boyd Rice wearing a rape shirt in front of a giant troll poster for Answer Me! in the 90’s
Shaun’s article “Rape is Love” for Answer Me!’s “Rape Edition,” Boyd Rice’s piece “Revolt against Penis Envy,” and Peter Sotos’s article and books
Shaun’s music for BOYD RICE’S HATESVILLE
Adam Parfrey’s Apocalypse Culture and the Temple’s work for Adam’s art show “Occult Rapture”
Vice’s review of Shaun’s work; The unpop sound
Monty Python’s The Rutles
The power of dreams and Carl Jung as an artist
Shaun’s comedic dreams, including a Seinfeld episode, and Pilleater’s dream sequence in his Novella “Trip”
Surreal humour; Tim and Eric and Sam Hyde’s Million Dollar Extreme
Occult Mysticism in the Wizard of Oz, Alice and Wonderland, Better Call Saul, and Mad Men
Josh Simmons introduces The White Rhinoceros
The power of Psychedelic drugs; out of body and other worldly experiences
Pop Art inspired by Corporate logos by Whale Song Partridge
The Temple Doctrine; “Fun is the Law”
David Cassidy’s reaction to the Partridge Family Temple


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Robert Stark interviews Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and Brandon Adamson talk to Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

Topics:

The music from the game
1981’s Soft Porn Adventure
How Al wanted to make a comedy game
The main character Larry Laffer
Larry as a loser and sleazy, but guys can relate to him probably more than they would want to admit
How young people today are able to identify with the character of Larry through their online dating adventures
The fan song feel like leisure suit larry
Al’s point that the game is not about the “sleaze” but a satire
The portrayal of women in the game who get the upper hand on Larry
How the early games had only text and no voice for Larry
The Adult Video Game genre and nudity in the game
How the old Larry games were difficult, and you could actually get stuck if you forgot to do something or ran out of money, and there were totally unpredictable ways of dying. In some cases clues were very minimal
The groundbreaking software innovations of Sierra Entertainment in the 80’s
The aesthetics of the game, Vaporwave and 80’s nostalgia, and Al’s point that he was just going with the style and limited color pallet of the time
Video Games as Art
Brandon’s point that the essence of the game is exploration rather than winning
Nontoonyt Island, the tropical setting in Leisure Suite Larry 2 which has been transformed into a resort
The Casino Aesthetic, City of Lost Wages, and “Ceasars Phallis”
How in Leisure Suit Larry 5 (1991) there’s a “Tramp International Casino” which is clearly a reference to Trump and now Trump is president
The Alicia Silverstone look a like in Leisure Suite Larry 6
The process of creating a character
“Save Early, Save Often”
Rumors that Glen Quagmire from Family Guy was based on Larry Laffer
The Planned Leisure Suite Lary TV show in the 80’s with Sony
The Leisure Suite Larry Calendar
The Leisure Suite Larry look a like contest
The Reloaded Edition
Sierra’s Game “Kings’s Quest”
The Game “The Manhole”
Al’s game Torin’s Passage
The effects of political correctness on video games
Al’s free daily jokes at his Humor Site

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Robert Stark talks to Pilleater about his Novella “Trip”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark talks to Pilleater about his new novella Trip. Pilleater blogs at Asian Aryanism | Making Animate Real!

Topics:

The creation of Trip and Pilleater’s other new book Almond Eyes, Baby Face
Cause & Effect’s Trip album
The main characters Tom Delunge and Daisy Liang
Information Society –Pure Energy
Tom Delunge as an alter ego of Pilleater, Robert Stark as Howard Festler, and Rabbit as Turtle
Sex and Race-Play in the book
Tom’s stand-up comedy as a way to deal with his past trauma
Asian-Aryanism as a new sub-culture
Porn Actress Harriet Sugarcookie, Franny Choi, and avant-garde Asian culture(Amped Asia Magazine, Alt-Porn)
Asian-Aryanism as the new street or “queer theory” culture, synergizing the Alt-Right/Left, Adam Parfrey’s Apocalypse Culture, and Asian studies
The setting of Santa Barbara, West Coast America
Chinese vs Japanese culture
Tom’s dreams; the subconscious dream becomeing a reality; Phillip K. Dick’s VALIS, and the film Monkeybone
SJW culture and the “Yellow Feminist”
Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and the cliche of road trip stories in film
Socioeconomics, snob culture, and the fetish of youth culture


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Robert Stark interviews Animator John R. Dilworth

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Robert Stark and co-host Pilleater talk to Animator John R. Dilworth. John runs the animation studio Stretch Films in New York City. Check out his work on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook

Topics:

John’s show Courage the Cowardly Dog, which aired on Cartoon Network from 1999 to 2002
Top 10 Most Disturbing (Scariest) Courage The Cowardly Dog Episodes
John’s unsold pilot Prudence
The decline in children’s horror shows
The dark aesthetic in John work, and how the culture has become softer
Incorporating adult themes into children’s shows
The role of marketing, and how it can conflict with art and important messages
Meme culture and public domain art
Mixed media and having the right aesthetic cohesion
The Surreal Comedy genre
The Surrealist aspect of John’s work and inspiration from Salvador Dalí
How to Dream Like Salvador Dali
Japanese Manga including Ghost in the Shell
Richard William’s The Thief and the Cobbler
John’s upcoming film Goose In High Heels, inspired by the disaster in Fukushima
John’s film Life in Transition, which he created after 9/11
John’s erotic comedy The Return of Sergeant Pecker
John’s short film the Angry Cabaret
John’s short film When Lilly Laney Moved In
The value of a  pure mind observing nature
The dynamic of the Aesthetic Arrest, and whether art posses a soul
Philosophical questions about life, human suffering, conformity, our place in time, and expressing ones self


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Robert Stark interviews Mark Velard

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Robert Stark and co-host Rabbit talk to Cartoonist Mark Velard. He publishes his work at Refractor Industries

Topics include:

How he got into drawing comics
His influences, including Daniel ClowesRobert CrumbJack Kirby, and Jim Woodring
The 60s-80s influence in his comics
Why he prefers to work in Pen & Ink instead of digital graphics
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars and Mark’s parody “Pepe John Carter”
His short stories, including his recent one Cliff Wretched’s Escape, and the themes that drive them
How his stories tend to be tales of journeys and heroism
His upcoming graphic novel “Clowns of the Apocalypse,” about evil clowns who invade society and want to be seen as equals
His stand up comedy
His fascination with Space Travel and Escapism
John Carpenter’s Film In the Mouth of Madness
How he ended up associating with the AltRight
How his politics influences his work
His experiences with political correctness at Comic Cons
Whether his political views have interfered with his art career

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Robert Stark interviews Ray Sawhill

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Ray Sawhill worked as an arts and culture reporter for Newsweek. He has also written for Salon.com and blogs at Uncouth Reflections as Paleo Retiree. He splits his time between New York and Santa Barbara.

Topics include:

How Robert and Ray both have personal connections to Santa Barbara and how the city is almost too idyllic
Crime Fiction Novelist Ross Macdonald who’s work captures Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara as a place with strict zoning laws that was modeled after Andalusia in Spain
The contrast between life in Santa Barbara and New York City
How New York City has changed in Ray’s time there in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
How Cuisine is the one area that has seen increased innovation in New York
Ray’s cameo in the film Exposed set in New York in 1983 staring Nastassja Kinski
How films such as Exposed and Taxi Driver are documentaries for New York in that era
The new peculiarly shaped skyscrapers going up in New York today
“See through buildings” where wealthy Foreigners are buying up real estate in New York and leaving them empty
How Ray is drawn to architecture because it is art you can experience and changes the world in a way that regular art doesn’t
How most of the general public has little input and interest in architecture
How places without zoning laws tend to lack any aesthetic value
How the main rule in urbanism is not to do anything that harms the city
Art Deco and how it succeeds in bringing tradition and modernity into one
Architectual Revivalism which seeks to recreate older forms of architecture
Robert Stark’s Artwork
Ray’s work at Newsweek as a reporters covering art, culture, literature, film, and theatre
How Ray’s most significant interviews were with Writers Philip, Roth, and John Updike, filmmakers Francis Coppola, and Robert Altman and Architect Christopher Alexander
How conservatives tend to avoid culture and leave that domain to the left
English Philosopher Roger Scruton as a model for a cultured conservative
Front Porch Anarchist Bill Kauffman
New Urbanism
The The Retro Cocktail and Locavore movements
James Howard Kunstler
Ray’s involvement with Environmentalism and Bioregional Anarchism
How the environmental movement abandoned the overpopulation issue due to political correctness and mass immigration
The Alternative Right
How the real political divide is between globalism and decentralization
Cultural trends and how Ray views himself as a cultural radar
The trend towards a focus on muscles for young men and men are more self concious about their bodies
The value of pleasure and leisure
Erotica and the debate about what’s art and what’s pornography, can porn shown on websites like videoshd.xxx even be considered as art?
Controversial nude photographer Jock Sturges, who Ray interviewed
How society is a taking contradictory paths towards lewdness and prudishness
Students Still Sweat, They Just Don’t Shower
How having taste and style has become equated with homosexuality
Young women moving to New York City because of Sex and the City
“Sex Scenes” which is a raunchy, satirical audio entertainment that Ray created with his wife playwright Polly Frost. Check it out.

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