Presidential Epilogue

by Andrew Osborne

I hear Trump was surprisingly gracious to Hillary in victory, and I truly hope that he somehow manages to be a great president. But the fact that tens of millions of people voted for the openly bigoted, sexist, and dangerously ignorant things he said during the endless campaign (and that millions more couldn’t be bothered to vote at all or chose feeling good about themselves over trying to stop such a man) is why this election night was more disturbing and upsetting for me than any other in my life. Obama’s two victories made me think America was finally getting smarter and better, but now I know that was just wishful thinking. We’ll always be the Union vs. the Confederacy. We’ll always be rural vs. urban, rich vs. poor, right vs. left. We’ll always be divided, and I don’t even WANT to be united with people who support “jokes” about killing journalists and jailing opponents and nuclear war. I don’t really want to be united with the supporters of a candidate who the KKK and Putin also support…I don’t really want to be united with people who deny science and oppose gay marriage and actively work to prevent blacks and Latinos from voting. But…enough. I truly don’t want to think or talk about politics as much going forward, because words and facts are clearly meaningless in America now. We all preach to our own choirs. I’ve said it before (and keep falling short), but going forward, I hope I can follow the example of those doing the actual hard work of elections: phone banks, canvassing, etc. And if you want to argue with this post, go ahead and dispute me or bash Hillary or praise Trump/Johnson/Stein or whatever down there in the comments. But I’m done arguing (at least for a while…though my wife doesn’t believe me). And to everyone else (especially those with kids), good luck: I hope Trump surprises us all (in a good way for a change), or at least leaves behind some semblance of the country I grew up in.

Double Toasted: The Double Year Oral History

I interviewed DoubleToasted.com‘s Korey Coleman & Martin Thomas for CultureVulture.net, but since I’m not sure if the article will be up in time for DT’s two-year anniversary celebration this weekend in Austin TX, I’m posting it here, as well…enjoy!

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Double Toasted:  The Double Year Anniversary by Andrew Osborne

Sure, lots of people have podcasts, and some of those podcasts even have fans…but DoubleToasted.com has a congregation (and that’s just for the Sunday Service, one of five R-rated, live-streaming weekly video broadcasts covering movies, video games, politics, dating advice, and whatever else the rotating ensemble of regular panelists, callers, guests, and random audience members feel like chatting about.

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Ghost-meh-sters

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by Andrew Osborne

Well, I’m not exactly siding with internet trolls (and it will come as no surprise) when I say the new Ghostbusters is not even quite as good as Ghostbusters II (which at least had a teaspoon of recognizable human behavior in Venkman’s bitter divorce from Sigourney Weaver’s character, a bit more for Ernie Hudson to do, and some funny bits with Peter MacNicol).
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PUKE Online!

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by Andrew Osborne

Previously available on VHS dubs only (and Austin public access TV), the underground ’90s classic PUKE is now online!  SEE a sweet young suburban child transformed by SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL (and questionable parenting choices) into mohawk’d rebellion!

That’ll do, Preacher, that’ll do.

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by Andrew Osborne

Preacher, the comic, hooked me right away and kept me reading straight through to the end.

Preacher, the TV show, had a promising pilot and a fairly solid cast…but somehow, AMC’s managed to make a series about a vampire, two gun-toting outlaw lovers & a war in Heaven 100 times duller than Saul Goodman Xeroxing legal documents.

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The Ol’ Pod Shop, Episode 3

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by Andrew Osborne

Click here for Part 3 of my ongoing online archive, featuring a Mad About You sitcom spec I wrote based on a nasty case of food poisoning that I experienced while living with my first serious girlfriend. (Don’t listen while eating!)

I Was Dreaming When I Wrote This

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by Scott Von Doviak

Prince is dead and I don’t feel so good myself. 2016 is already notorious as the year the music died, but this is the rock ‘n roll tombstone I dreaded most, the bullet I thought I dodged last week when Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and he was rumored to be at death’s door. When that proved to be a false alarm (at least temporarily), I made a mental note to see Prince next time he came to town because, after all, who knows when it might be the last time? Well, the last time will never come, hard as it is to believe. So all I have are memories, presented here in roughly chronological order…

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