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stePH
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Cool story, bro!


« Reply #40 on: September 23, 2009, 03:53:16 PM »

In the minority of one again ... I hated Norm's hosting style.  Just trying too hard to be funny, and Epic Failing.  I don't remember him being nearly so obnoxious the time or two that he guest hosted EP, but this was almost insufferable.

Story was OK.
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« Reply #41 on: September 24, 2009, 12:21:27 AM »

I love Norm's voice but strongly disliked his sense of humor on this one.  I agree, he was trying too hard.
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« Reply #42 on: September 24, 2009, 12:36:45 AM »

I love Norm's voice but strongly disliked his sense of humor on this one.  I agree, he was trying too hard.

Norm just needs to settle in to the gig.  It takes a while to figure out what works for each audience.  Al went through the same thing at PP.  Now his monologues are my favorite part of PP
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« Reply #43 on: September 24, 2009, 12:59:46 AM »

I agree with those who said that the story was great till they got the house.  Then it took a turn for the worse.  That's too bad, because it did a really good job of engaging me up to that point.  I should listen again to figure out what happened that derailed it for me, I just really got distracted and even annoyed by the characters.  At first just the main nerd-hero, then at Violet and everyone.

The reading was amazing though, she nailed it.  More Tina.  Please.

I LOVE having Norm as co-host!  I can see how this is going to be great for Escapepod.  If you listen to his music you know how witty and hilarious he is.  If you listen to his show you know how great his hosting and narration is.  While I cracked up at his Nigerian online relationship and Iphone Glory-hole application, I agree that this was maybe an over-dose of his style and sense of humor.  It was all in the spirit of the story yes, but maybe a "Hey everyone I'm the new guy, Norm, not Steve, here's a few weird/mild jokes to get you acclimated" would have helped the transition here, rather than full-blown Norm-on-sexy-cyber-talk.  Lil' all the sudden.
In humor and pop culture, I'm normally the girl who's like "what, why does everyone think this guy is awesome?  That was lame!"
But with Norm I've gotta side with the majority here.  The minority are people like below who post things like "Story was OK"... and that's it. And nobody really cares about them or reads those posts anyways.
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« Reply #44 on: September 24, 2009, 01:02:33 AM »

Beth, play nice.  No pointing at other people and saying they don't count.  The whole point of a forum is to let everyone get their say.
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« Reply #45 on: September 24, 2009, 01:05:48 AM »

ooo, my first official scolding from Russell!  ahhh.....

will...play....nice....now....mmmm...

thank....you...
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« Reply #46 on: September 24, 2009, 02:00:54 AM »

You can point at me and say I don't count if you want to. Everyone else does!

I'm like Mr. Cellophane from 'Chicago.'

Except not a man.
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« Reply #47 on: September 24, 2009, 02:50:25 AM »

I wasn't going to say anything, but I'll chime in regarding Mr. Sherman. 
Drabblecast is one of my favorite podcasts, and I wish every episode had a long, meaty intro from Norm.  I listen to Drabblecast B-sides, and if he did another one I would listen to that.
However, I found myself wishing he would get to the story on EP.  I can't explain it other than I was used to the Escape Pod brand.  It's like going into McDonalds and finding fried plantains instead of fried potatoes.  Not bad, but not really what you were looking for and used to.  Personally, I'm a little warey of Norm on the Escape Pod.  Norm is awesome, and I'm happy he has the exposure and I wish him all the exposure in the world, but this means a little less diversity in my playlist.
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« Reply #48 on: September 24, 2009, 03:16:42 AM »

ooo, my first official scolding from Russell!  ahhh.....

will...play....nice....now....mmmm...

thank....you...

Ooh sarcasm.  For that I'll dish out punishment the way I do to my six-year-old.  Give me 30 push-ups and then you can post again.
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« Reply #49 on: September 24, 2009, 08:00:20 AM »

I wasn't going to say anything, but I'll chime in regarding Mr. Sherman. 
Drabblecast is one of my favorite podcasts, and I wish every episode had a long, meaty intro from Norm.  I listen to Drabblecast B-sides, and if he did another one I would listen to that.
However, I found myself wishing he would get to the story on EP.  I can't explain it other than I was used to the Escape Pod brand.  It's like going into McDonalds and finding fried plantains instead of fried potatoes.  Not bad, but not really what you were looking for and used to.  Personally, I'm a little warey of Norm on the Escape Pod.  Norm is awesome, and I'm happy he has the exposure and I wish him all the exposure in the world, but this means a little less diversity in my playlist.

Conversely, I liked the intro.

I guess you can't please everyone, though, one way or the other.
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« Reply #50 on: September 24, 2009, 04:31:12 PM »

I enjoyed this story very much.  The teenage banter was probably a bit too witty and spot-on, as to seem a bit unrealistic in a Dawson's Creek kind of way, but it was still enjoyable and interesting.

As for Norm, I love his intros, and found myself snorting out loud several times (to the alarm of my co-workers) at his dry and off-beat humor.  I believe EP's in good hands.

[ sorry can't english today ]
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« Reply #51 on: September 24, 2009, 06:53:00 PM »

No, sorry Norm, no fried plantains for me (what are they?) I may just have to 'LA LA LA' through the intro and push through to the stories.

Intros and outro needs work. DI don't think it blended with the story.

Perhaps I should try the drabblecast as well, to get some sense of his style or to become immune.
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« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2009, 09:03:23 PM »

Liked Norm, liked the story, liked that the singularity was hinted at but not actually explained.  This is a story of the world on the edge, just before it tips, falls... and flies.

Good show.
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« Reply #53 on: September 26, 2009, 08:53:35 PM »

No, sorry Norm, no fried plantains for me (what are they?) I may just have to 'LA LA LA' through the intro and push through to the stories.

Intros and outro needs work. DI don't think it blended with the story.

Perhaps I should try the drabblecast as well, to get some sense of his style or to become immune.

Actually- for me anyway- it didn't change much. Norm feels RIGHT over at DC. It's where he's found his strange tenticled groove. He just came on a little strong- like that guy at office that has no idea of personal boundries strong. And I think Norm is hilarious. I'm hoping he'll find his place here. We're not DC's oddball group of mutant lovers (except for those of us that are..) after all. We're respectable zombie/spaceship/pink unicorn lovers darnit (*note, wry tone intended)
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« Reply #54 on: September 26, 2009, 10:27:18 PM »

oooooh this was a cute story.  Great story pick!  That pretty much sums up my opinions entirely, so I won't say anything else on that.

as for Norm, in another concise opinion.... New co-host? A'ight cool.
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« Reply #55 on: September 27, 2009, 01:44:19 AM »

Great story and wonderfully read by the way.  Eyeball Floor was really good, Tina.  So cool to have you reading here as well.  You brought this story to life in a really unique way.

I think it's funny that a lot of people were worried about the story turning into a "90210" after the first 10 minutes or so, then half the people loved it, the other half not so much, but it still never turned into a 90210 at all.  I thought it was a cool, cutting-edge contemporary story.  As Norm pointed out, the line is getting close between social networks, technology, behavior and business.  Singularity very well might lead to crazy competitive monthly plans for your handheld device... (or even pseudo-prostitution for that matter!)
 
I've got a friend who always shows off her Iphone Apps,...wouldn't be surprised if the "Glory Hole" App suddenly became a reality and she half-interestedly showed me all the other, better, new transmogrifying alternatives to download.  But I, like Norm, have a Blackberry, so I'll have to stick to the real deal in the occasional roadstop rest area. 
Between this, Mr. Penubra's 24 hr book store, and Sinner/Baker, it seems like EP is pushing in a direction that is most relevant to the scifi genrei, and I think that's great. 

Cracked up at intro and outro.  I miss Steve but love havin Norm.  Hope Norm doesn't water down his style just for a few nattering people on the forums.  I've heard a lot of "Norm will grow into things" but I think the reality is that we're the ones that will actually be growing into things.  Things are changin for the best, and it's good to be open minded in times like these. 

Also, just wanna say that it's gotta be hard for Steve to step out a little.  It's really a testament to his awesomeness that things are actually getting better than worse through his delegation skills and the support he's built up around here. 
I'm excited for EP, because despite the admin changes and inconstancy, things are now looking great!
  The stories have been consistently better than ever for the past 2 months, IMO.
 Norm was the perfect pick for co-host (regular host-- NO!...the world (and Norm I bet) can only handle one Drabblecast, but co-host with Steve and Alasdair...really, how is that not the best power trio everHuh)   I can't even imagine a better 3 headed beast; the "Stevalasdanorm" kicks Gidrah's ass so hard it's not even funny.  Steve is the main head, the one that can breathe fire. 
  Alasdair is the left head that has a crappy mic but always has really insightful things to say, great insights and memorable quotes.
 Norm is the right head that embodies Steve's call to "Have Fun."  He's the cool guy that doesn't take himself too seriously but also somehow comes across as super serious.  Most people that have heard his music think that he stomps Coulton into the ground, though most people who have heard him host Escapepod think that he sounds like he's hosting Drabblecast. 
I think if EA rotates between the 3, delegating stories to each, they will satisfy the most people.  Steve, Al and Norm have all had a history of love and hate.  Combine em and synergize, you can't lose with the 3 headed space-dragon.

Oh, and keep in mind also that these folks (hosts, not authors) are probably volunteering their time, am I right?  I think stories should be criticized, not pro bono hosts. 


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stePH
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Cool story, bro!


« Reply #56 on: September 27, 2009, 09:23:22 AM »

Oh, and keep in mind also that these folks (hosts, not authors) are probably volunteering their time, am I right?  I think stories should be criticized, not pro bono hosts. 

The podcast is about the stories, but the hosting is part of the overall presentation, and thusly is fair game for criticism.
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« Reply #57 on: September 27, 2009, 10:31:45 AM »

Oh, and keep in mind also that these folks (hosts, not authors) are probably volunteering their time, am I right?  I think stories should be criticized, not pro bono hosts. 

I believe that the host (though not the story narrators) are paid for their work.
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« Reply #58 on: September 27, 2009, 11:13:46 PM »

I liked this story. It was light and fun.

The overtones of trying to get Ted and Violet together were cute as well -- even if they couldn't see it coming.
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« Reply #59 on: September 28, 2009, 08:38:16 AM »

I liked this story but didn't love it, probably because it teased us with other possible directions that were left unexplored, such as

     1.   All of the AIs being exposed as people working in a third world country, rather than sophisticated programs

     2.   Her newly sentient AI being downloaded into a body, to become her real boyfriend

     3.    John being her not just her AI but many other people's.

Also, by the time the singularity arrives I'd think people will have better interfaces with their phones. 

All that said, I liked the style of the story and loved the narration.




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